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Teacher Appreciation Week is THIS WEEK (May 3-7, 2021)!

The Lafayette Home and School Association, on behalf of all students and parents, would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude this Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for the warmth, strength, adaptability, grace and resilience you have brought to virtual and in-person learning as we navigate this once-in-a-lifetime...

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Calling all book lovers for our spring poster contest!

It’s time for our annual book poster contest!  Every year, all Lafayette students are invited to celebrate one of their favorite books through art and writing.  One winner in each grade will win $15 of books of their choice! Posters must be submitted by Monday, May 10!  To submit, take...

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Navigating the current racialized events in our nation

As we continue to move through a rapidly evolving climate of racial equity, tragedy and accountability leading towards justice, Lafayette will continue to provide a message of equity and support to our staff, students and families.  This time in our nation and world is not only being broadcast to...

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Call for Volunteers for Teacher Appreciation Week!

The HSA Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, 2021. Assistance may be needed to drop off items or assemble appreciation bags. If you are available to help, please email Jessica Voris at  or Farah Shah at  for more information.  

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Term 4 ReOpen Parent Huddle Slides

Here’s to another great First Day of School for Term 4!!!  Below are the slides I shared with details about reopen for Term 4. ReOpen Details Term 4 Parent Huddle  

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Celebrate Earth Day with reading and activities!

Earth Day is this week!  While we enjoy learning about and helping the environment all year, Earth Day is an opportunity to really focus on our impact.  To help you learn, read and create this year, Ms. Leese has curated a choice board with activities, articles and books.  (Thanks...

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COVID Notification 4/16/21

April 18, 2021   Dear Lafayette Elementary School,   This letter is to inform you that an individual who was last present at Lafayette on April 14, 2021, has since reported a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is no longer on campus and will not return until medically...

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Attention 5th Grade Families!

5th grade families, as we head into spring, we have yet another transition to prepare for and one to celebrate…the transition to Middle School. Please join us for our Virtual Feeder School Transition Chat with Principal Neal from Alice Deal on Thursday April 29th @6:30.   Topic: Virtual Feeder School...

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Sounds of Summer Virtual Concert

Ms. Perll and Ms. Carroll are so excited to announce the “Sounds of Summer” Virtual Concert taking place on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:00pm! Please see this flyer for information on performances, how to submit and the deadline to turn in videos. We will have a watch party just...

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Term 4 Class Lists

Dear Lafayette Families – I hope this note finds you enjoying one another and your spring break.  Thank you for your patience as we work to reorganize our school structure one more time for Term 4 to continue to meet the needs of our students and community in the...

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Term 4 Critical Announcements

Dear Lafayette Families – As we approach Spring Break and the start of Term 4, I’m writing to share several very important announcements. Monday, 4/19, will be an asynchronous day for students in Grades 1 – 5; there will be no in person instruction. This decision will allow teachers...

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Gender Non-Conforming Parent/Student Group

Do you have a child who is uncomfortable with the typical “boy/girl” dichotomy, or who has expressed interest in exploring some characteristics of a different gender? Lafayette will be hosting a short-term closed and confidential group for parents and children around these and other topics related to gender non-conforming...

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Covid Fatigue Presentation Slides

The Mental Health Team would like to thank the parents who attended the presentation last week on Battling Covid Fatigue. In case you missed it, the slides can be found here. Please reach out to any member of the MHT if you’d like more information or help for your...

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From the Art Room

Exciting grade 3 architectural challenge due this week by Sunday, April 11- D.C.P.S. Build Day: Design and construct a model for a new building for Washington D.C.!   Think about the function and form of your building, use any supplies you have on hand- recycled cardboard, paper, found objects,...

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5th Grade Virtual Feeder School Transition Chat

5th grade families, as we head into spring, we have yet another transition to prepare for and one to celebrate…the transition to Middle School. Please join us for our Virtual Feeder School Transition Chat with Principal Neal from Alice Deal on Thursday April 29th @6:30.   Topic: Virtual Feeder School...

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Cub Facts April 2021

Here is the latest edition!

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Advertise in the A to Z Directory!

Each year the HSA publishes an annual school directory that is an invaluable resource for all Lafayette families. We are excited to partner with AtoZ Connect again this year to produce our beautiful directory.  We invite our community families and area merchants to purchase advertising space.  This is a...

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Community Notices

Girls Baseball Spring Program, Ages 6-10   Join DC Girls Baseball (DCGB) for a 5-week girls baseball program this spring. Weekly practices include skills development and instructional games. The program is open to all girls ages 6-10 — no prior experience required! Practices are led by a DCGB coach and members...

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Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose April Preview 

Our theme for April is “Trans-Affirming, Queer-Affirming, Collective Value”  Here are some kid-friendly interpretations of these BLM principles: Trans-Affirming: “Everybody has the right to choose their own gender by listening to their own heart and mind. Everyone gets to choose girl or both or neither or something else and...

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COVID Notification 4/5/2021

April 5, 2021     Dear Lafayette Elementary School,    This letter is to inform you that an individual who was last present at Lafayette on April 2, 2021, has since reported a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is no longer on campus and will not return until medically cleared. Upon notification...

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Upcoming LSAT Meeting on Re-Opening

LSAT Meeting on Re-Opening Wednesday, April 7 7:30am   Agenda: Brief overview and discussion of re-open updates for Term 4 Opportunity for questions and perspectives: Teachers/staff, parents Follow up and next steps   Via Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NzRhYmFkZjUtZWNkYi00ZWU2LThhNTAtMjk4NTYyMTE3ZmU2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%222aa046ee-b34e-4a33-92b7-999df2bc0a32%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22a51f2bb9-10c4-4228-82eb-a2dfdf37fa9c%22%7d   Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the...

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Celebrate April by making and reading poetry!

April is a great time to enjoy reading and writing poetry!  To help your family to join in the fun, Ms. Leese has created a choice board filled with poetry resources.  Read and listen to poetry on websites dedicated to the artform.  Ms. Leese and DCPS School Libraries have...

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Important Immunization Information From the Lafayette Health Team

There are ways to stay healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including staying home when you are sick, avoiding mass gatherings, wearing a face mask when out in public, and washing your hands frequently (more at coronavirus.dc.gov). Being healthy also means staying on track with your child’s routine wellness...

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Term 4 ReOpening Plans

Thank you all for joining us this evening as we shared our plans for Term 4.  Here are the powerpoint slides as well as the highlights from this evening. PK – 2nd Grade Term 4 ReOpening Powerpoint 3rd – 5th Grade Term 4 ReOpening Powerpoint Highlights: Term 4 begins...

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