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January 2021

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Monday Is Virtual Learning – Here’s the Plan!

Hi Again Lafayette – All of DCPS, including Lafayette, will be in a virtual learning stance tomorrow.  Given that we are mid transition (and oh so close) to opening, we’re going to do the best we can to be live with kids throughout the day at different grade levels. ...

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Congrats To Our Spellers!

Congrats to all of our third, fourth and fifth grade students who participated in Lafayette’s school spelling bee!  Our bee in the time of covid-19 looked very different — an online test instead of a live bee in our cafetorium — but students still put in the work, and...

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January Cub Facts is here!

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. You can...

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Use Amazon Smile and Support Lafayette

Do you use Amazon? Do you love your prime membership? Just use the below URL to enter Amazon every time you shop, and Amazon will make a donation to Lafayette Home And School Association.

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Transition Lunch Bunches for Kids Today!

Student lunch bunches will be held today Tuesday  to help support students who may be transitioning to a new classroom, students who are working through the idea of going back, or would just like to talk a little more about staying virtual.   Tuesday 1/26 @12:00 pm for Grades...

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Safety Protocols Parent Huddle Presentations and Recordings

ReOpening Safety Protocols Parent Huddle Thanks to everyone who joined us Thursday evening to learn more about the safety protocols, COVID testing, and COVD response as we gear up to open in a week! If you missed the huddle or would like to have access to the slides, the...

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Lafayette LSAT Recommendation on the DCPS Proposal to Either Reduce Pre-K Classrooms or Move the Pre-K Program to the Military Road School

Executive Summary (see link for entire letter): While we appreciate DCPS’ efforts to address enrollment growth issues at Lafayette, the Local School Advisory Team must emphasize that the process of notification, community engagement, and information flow around the rollout of the proposal has been incredibly detrimental to our ability...

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The spelling bee starts Monday, 1/25!

It’s time for Lafayette’s annual spelling bee!  Instead of a live bee, we’ll be using Scripps’ official online testing platform.  Students in grades three through five have between Monday, January 25 and Thursday, January 28 to take the test.  The students with the three top scores will advance to the cluster bee...

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ReOpen Next Steps – Parent Huddle Tonight

ReOpen Next Steps – 1/21/21 We are truly at the dawning of a new day – we have a new president, a new vice president, and we’re only days away from reopening schools in person.  Below is pertinent information to keep you up to date: Waitlist and in person...

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Thank you for supporting the book fair!

Our book fair was very different this year, but our community still showed up to support literacy!  Thank you to everyone who promoted the book fair to friends and families, and many thanks for everyone who purchased books.  Together, we raised $1,683.20 to expand our classroom libraries! I owe...

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Social Story for Re-opening

Lafayette’s Mental Health Team has created an interactive social story to preview some of the re-open changes.  Learn about flexibility with Ms. Ayers and some Sesame Street friends!  The MHT shares their own strategies for coping with change.  The social story explains why not everyone will be returning to...

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ReOpen FAQ – Please read as you are making decisions!

Return to In Person Learning – FAQ January 11, 2021 Can my student remain virtual? Yes!!!  Always! Can I start in person and then return to virtual? Yes.  We can accommodate a return to virtual instruction.  Can my student start virtually and then return to in person learning later...

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News from the Art Room

Congratulations to the following Lafayette students whose Indian Welcome Kolam art (along with other DCPS arts students and area artists) will be included in a regional art installation near the Capitol in honor of the inauguration.  5th graders- Bella Daulton, Ellie Widor, Alexis Larson, Maura Cohen, Nandini Chambery, Imani Diallo,...

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Community Notices

Sports Pods Here is information about sports pods with Coach Bell. Barrie Summer Camp At Barrie Camp, an American Camp Association Accredited Camp, we seek to develop your child’s best qualities and provide all of the things that are needed for kids to enjoy a fun and engaging camp...

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Parents of Students of Color Meeting Wednesday January 13

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, 1/13/21 (and the second Wednesday of each month moving forward) for the Racial Equity Committee’s open forum for Parents of Students of Color. We invite all parents of students of color to join with members of our committee for discussion on Lafayette current events....

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REMINDER! Potomac Pizza Night Wednesday, January 13

Join us for the second Potomac Pizza Night! This is a GREAT way to raise money for Lafayette, support a neighborhood business, and enjoy a night-off from dinner prep!  On Wednesday January 13, Potomac Pizza will donate 20% of all evening sales from dine-in, take-out or delivery to our...

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Announcing our ReOpen Models and Staffing

Thank you for everyone’s time and feedback as we worked as a community to establish our plans for ReOpening.  Our LSAT and teaching teams spent countless hours working on models and reviewing your feedback.  Thank you also to all of you who attended our community meetings and provided feedback. ...

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Resources to Respond to the Attack on the Capitol

Dear Lafayette, Never have we seen our democracy or governmental buildings aggressed upon in such an overt, brazen, and disturbing fashion.  As I sat up last night and watched the speeches on the Senate floor, I found myself on an emotional rollercoaster.  In processing with my own two children, the...

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Spark Club Learns About Food Deserts in DC

Lafayette’s social justice club SPARK (Students Planning a Revolution of Kindness) is hosting its second special learning event. Next Monday 1/11 at 12:30 we’ll be hearing from the founders of To Be Well Fed. TBWF is a non-profit started by DCPS parents, Dave and Alicia Kyvyra, to help provide...

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