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Last Day to Give Feedback on ReOpen Models

Happy Almost New Year Lafayette!  Before we say goodbye to 2020, don’t forget to give us your thoughts on the two different ReOpen models presented by your child’s grade level!  The survey will only be open until 9 pm on 12/31/2020!  Share your thoughts here:   Grade Level Feedback Community...

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Missed the Holiday Concert? You Can Still Watch!

If you missed the virtual holiday concert, don’t fret. Watch it all online here. Many thanks to Ms. Carroll and Ms. Perll for their work to make this concert possible! 

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Last Chance to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to the Bear Fund!

Only a few more days until our annual Bear Fund fundraising campaign ends on December 31. We are grateful to all of you who have already contributed in this very challenging year.   If you have not done so already, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you...

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Parent Feedback Survey for ReOpen Models

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for all of our ReOpen community meetings!  We have learned about a variety of models for ReOpening and now is the time to provide your feedback. Please answer the Grade Level Feedback Community Survey.  The survey will only be open from...

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It’s spelling bee season!

Dear Lafayette Families,  This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow Lafayette Elementary to host a school spelling bee program while our students are learning remotely! All students in third, fourth and fifth grades are welcome to compete.  In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we...

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Thank You to the Lafayette Community

A huge THANK YOU to the Lafayette community for its incredible support for our annual Holiday Gift Drive. Thanks to your donations, we were able to provide gifts and grocery gift cards to more than 100 DC public school children and their families this holiday season. A special shout-out to the Chevy Chase Farmers...

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Attention Grades 3-5! Participate in an art installation for the inauguration

Are you in grades 3-5 and have an interest in creating a piece of art inspired by Indian Welcome KOLUMs which will be added to an art installation near the White House for the inauguration? DCPS has been invited to participate but the turnaround time is TIGHT! Entries are...

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Latest edition of Cub Facts

Attention Pre-K and Kindergarten friends (and all of you who are young at heart and want to have some fun)! 4th and 5th Grade students have worked hard to create another exciting Cub Facts for you to enjoy. You’ll find poems, stories, jokes, and many different activity pages to complete.   ...

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ReOpen Plans Grade Level Presentations

Thank you to everyone who joined us Wednesday evening for our grade level presentations.  Below you will find the slides presented by the grade levels.  Every grade level shared two potential models for a ReOpening plan.  Please remember that all DPCS safety protocols and parameters will be in place...

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Reminder: Winter Concert This Thursday, Dec 17

We can’t wait to see you this Thursday, December 17th for the Winter Magic Virtual Concert! The concert watch party will begin at 7:00pm that evening. Please check your email for information on the Zoom link.  We are not sharing this link on the website to avoid being Zoom bombed. However, please...

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Interested in Student Council?

Attention 4th and 5th graders interested in running for an officer position in student council: Your homeroom teachers will share information on how to apply via the week at a glance. You must fill out the application, get a teacher recommendation, make a virtual PPT campaign poster, and upload...

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From the Art Room: Be a part of Kolam Installation 2021!

DCPS student artists will be participating in a unique, artistic, cultural inauguration 2021 event to welcome President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-president Kamala Harris to the White House.   Inauguration Kolam 2021 (https://www.2021kolam.com/) is an art installation that reflects the spirit of “Presidency for All” and our multicultural heritage. Lafayette 3rd-5th graders...

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ReOpen Next Steps – Please Read

ReOpen plans for Term 3 are continuing to take shape!  Thank you to those of you who joined me Thursday evening for our ReOpen Parent Huddle.  Please take time to review the slides linked here.  Here are the critical next steps to plan for ReOpening: Community Grade Level Meetings...

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Support Families at Lafayette’s Sister School this Holiday Season

The Giving Tree for Takoma EC families in need, including families experiencing homelessness, is now live. Please click the link below to purchase items from the wish lists that families have created. There are instructions there to walk you through the process of purchasing gifts, which will be sent...

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Tips for reading over break

It’s time for winter break!  Hopefully, your days will be filled with much-deserved relaxation!  Reading a good book is a great way to wind down after months of intense virtual learning.  Below are tips to help you find and read great books over break.  Set a goal to read...

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Community Meeting-Wed. 12/9 @ 6:30 pm: Enrollment Growth and PreK4 Considerations

Community meeting on 12/9 @ 6:30 pm The Lafayette LSAT has been tasked with helping advise Lafayette’s administration on how to best meet the growing enrollment demands of our school community. Over the past four years, the LSAT has been tracking the enrollment projections and brainstorming solutions to meet...

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New Mental Health and SEL Resources

Lafayette’s Mental Health Team is here to support students and families!  During distance learning, they have shared many wonderful resources, including at a recent meeting with parents, “Parenting in a Pandemic.”  See below for a note and new tools from them, and then explore the other resources they’ve shared!...

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Morning Announcement Transcripts

Morning announcement transcripts can be found here or on the website using QUICKLINKS tab!  Then, from drop down menu select morning announcements.  It’s updated daily!  

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SPARKLERS Helping Out! 

This year’s SPARK Club (Students Planning a Revolution of Kindness) is focusing on helping our community. Our first project has been to partner with Kids Helping DC (kidshelpingdc.com) a new non-profit started by some local teens and some Lafayette alums. Kids Helping DC is working to raise money and...

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Community Notices 12/8/20

Outdoor Girls Baseball Clinics Ages 6-10   Join DC Girls Baseball for weekly small group clinics in NW DC on Sundays from 1-2 p.m.  The clinics start on January 10 and will run for 8 weeks.  They are open to all girls ages 6-10 — no prior experience required! The clinics...

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Lafayette Gives Back Holiday Gift Drive

Lafayette Gives Back — the school’s community service program — is hosting its annual Holiday Gift Drive. This year, there are two ways to give: (1) Purchase a gift for a family in need at our sister school Takoma Education Campus via an Amazon wish list (link coming soon!)....

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Book Fair Runs through Saturday!

To shop our book fair, students must go through our book fair homepage, which is already linked to on the Lafayette Tech Page Shopping has begun and runs through  Saturday, December 12. There will be more than 6,000 items for sale!  Also, there will be a virtual fair, where you can...

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From the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs

To better serve the African families in DCPS and understand their challenges we created an online questionnaire, both in English and Amharic. We invite all African families to complete this brief survey: Survey Questions for DCPS African Parents- Amharic Survey Questions for DCPS African Parents- English  Website:www.oaa.dc.gov

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Lafayette Winter Magical Concert: Still Time to Submit your Videos!

There is still time to send in your videos for the LAFAYETTE WINTER MAGIC VIRTUAL CONCERT! We have 15 performers so far and we are so excited!!! You’re invited to the Lafayette Winter Magic Virtual Concert on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00pm EST! Please see the EVENT FLYER and...

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Lafayette Park has a New Name!

Thanks in small part to the hard work of our SPARK club members from last year, our park and rec center will now be known as Lafayette-Pointer Park. This change reflects the hard history that was recently discovered about the land our school was built upon. The land was...

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The book fair ends Saturday!

Thank you to everyone who has already supported literacy at our school by shopping our online book fair!  This annual Lafayette tradition strengthens our students’ love of reading, and it allows us to expand our classroom libraries.  The book fair ends this coming Saturday, December 12, so don’t delay!...

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Join TONIGHT at 6:30pm for the Pre-K Community Engagement Meeting

Join tonight at 6:30pm for a parent community engagement meeting on the future of Pre-K Zoom link: https://bit.ly/39dLqQK

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Pick up your Lafayette Family Directory Today!

Lafayette Family directories are available now in front of the school under the awning each day this week from 9-2pm. Please pick yours up today and we ask only one per family. Huge thanks to Cynthia Carpenter and Annalisa Synnestvedt for their work in pulling it together! 

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Grizzly Gear Flash Holiday Fundraiser! Buy Today!

Get all your favorite Grizzly Gear in time for the holidays with our Flash Holiday Fundraiser. Stock up starting today through December  7th. We’ll have all the old favorites, including t-shirts, hoodies, and masks, along with some new items, like winter beanies and baseball tees. Shop now!  

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It’s Giving Tuesday: Donate to the Bear Fund

Please consider donating to the Bear Fund! This year, we are aiming for 100% participation in the Bear Fund, regardless of donation level. The HSA continues to support life at Lafayette, including funding online licenses, our Peace program, and supplying our teachers with much-needed technology resources. We need you...

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Virtual Learning Feedback Survey

The LSAT and School Staff want to hear your thoughts! Please take a moment to share your thoughts on what is going well in virtual learning, what could be tweaked, and any other questions or suggestions you have. We will use the data to identify trends across the grade...

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