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November 28, 2020

From Dr. B:
Back-to-School Nights, and More

Dear Lafayette Families,

What an incredible start to the 2017-2018 school year! We are off and running. This week, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Back-to-School Nights. These are the evenings where teachers will share pertinent information, answer questions, and give you a sneak peek into your child’s daily life.
  • August 30th – Grades PK4, 1st, 3rd, and 5th
  • August 31st – Grades KDG, 2nd, and 4th
The evenings begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The full schedule can be found here.

We also look forward to seeing everyone at a few other events planned for the upcoming weeks: The New Parent Social on Sept. 6th, the HSA General Meeting on Sept. 13th, and the Homecoming Mixer on Sept. 15th.

We are a strong school community because our parents are supportive of the school and of on another. As we open the year, we are eternally grateful for all that we have as a school and a community. Thank you for entrusting us with your children and for your unwavering support.

Have a great week!
Dr. B

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Parents University: Talking About Race

Parents University: Talking About Race
The next DCPS Parent University will feature the amazing women who have created The AntiRacist Table. I've been working with them for a few months and I can testify that they are amazing people who have done some deep work about how to talk with children about racism. Their work aligns with our Peace of Mind program in that it …

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LSAT Re-Open planning meeting tomorrow at 7 am (11/24/2020)

LSAT Re-Open planning meeting tomorrow at 7 am (11/24/2020)
Dear families, Lafayette's Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) will be conducting a Re-Open Planning Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), November 24 at 7 am. This meeting is part of the LSAT team's new duties in informing the school's re-opening process. All LSAT meetings are open to members of the Lafayette community. Interested individuals can join the meeting here: Microsoft Teams meeting Join …

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A to Z Directories Are Here!

A to Z Directories Are Here!
Copies of the A to Z Directory will be available outside the front doors of the school during Thanksgiving week, Tuesday-Friday in conjunction with the book drive. Please take only one copy per family to ensure there are enough. Tables will be set up under the overhang at the front doors of the school on Broad Branch Rd. from 9:30AM – 3:30PM Tuesday, …

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Join Us This Week for a Book Swap!

Join Us This Week for a Book Swap!
Need some new books to read? The HSA is organizing a drop-off, pick-up book swap outside the front doors of the school this week, Tuesday-Friday, to help people refresh their home libraries. We are asking families to drop off books on Tuesday, November 24. There will be four tables, organized by reading level: PreK-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grades, 4th-5th grades, and books for …

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Peace Class Videos

Peace Class Videos
I have been gathering my videos on various aspects of the Peace program - mindfulness practices, stories, inspiration for kindness, games, etc. for you and your kids to access to compliment the live Peace Classes.  You can find them at https://wke.lt/w/s/stDxpS or at the bottom of your child's Canvas page where you see the button for Peace of Mind. I'll be adding …

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Calling all Parents of Students of Color

Calling all Parents of Students of Color
The Lafayette Racial Equity Committee would like to invite you to our first virtual meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30pm. At this meeting we will spend some time getting to know one another and discussing your priorities for future meetings and events throughout the school year. Please plan to attend if possible! Tuesday 12/1/20 6:30pm Join …

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November Cub Facts is Here!

November 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. We hope you have fun and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Click …

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Save the Date for the Lafayette Winter Virtual Concert Dec. 17 & Audition Info

Save the Date for the Lafayette Winter Virtual Concert Dec. 17 & Audition Info
You're invited to the Lafayette Winter Magic Virtual Concert on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00pm EST! Please save the date and join us for an evening of performances by our very own Lafayette singers, dancers and instrumentalists, followed by a family sing-a-long! See the flyers below to audition if you would like to be a featured performer; ALL GRADES WELCOME! …

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Parent Meetings and ReOpen Updates

Parent Meetings and ReOpen Updates
Below are several significant updates and reminders as we are looking to wrap up the second week of Term 2. Please take some time and read through the entirety of the message! I hope to see you all either tonight or Thursday night in the parent meetings! Upcoming Parent Meetings Wednesday, 11/18 @ 6:30 pm – “Parenting During a Pandemic …

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eBooks that read with you

eBooks that read with you
One powerful tool for improving your reading is listening to a story while you read it. You can check out a print or electronic copy of a book and listen to its audiobook, but there are also ebooks that are specially designed to highlight the words as you listen. Below are some of the websites and apps available to our …

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Join us TONIGHT for a Parenting Discussion

Join us TONIGHT for a Parenting Discussion
The Lafayette and Takoma Education Campus HSAs are pleased to present an online discussion with school counselor, author and parenting expert Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, who will be answering all of those parenting questions you’ve been grappling with during these unprecedented times. Please join us TONIGHT at 6:30 pm via Zoom (passcode Parents). Click here for additional call in numbers for Zoom. …

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Donate to the Bear Fund!

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 more than ever, click here to donate today!

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Thanksgiving Week Book Swap 

Thanksgiving Week Book Swap 
Need some new books to read? The HSA is organizing a drop-off, pick-up book swap outside the front doors of the school during Thanksgiving week, Tuesday-Friday, to help people refresh their home libraries. We are asking families to drop off books on Tuesday, November 24. There will be four tables, organized by reading level: PreK-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grades, 4th-5th grades, and books for …

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Encourage your reader at the book fair

Encourage your reader at the book fair
Lafayette is thrilled to be hosting a Scholastic online book fair this year on Sunday, November 29 to Saturday, December 12! Reading for pleasure has real and long-lasting benefits! It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Our Scholastic online book fair features the books that kids want to read! It’s a wonderful …

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Save the Date: Parenting Discussion with Expert Phyllis Fagell Nov 18

Save the Date: Parenting Discussion with Expert Phyllis Fagell Nov 18
The Lafayette and Takoma Education Campus HSAs are pleased to present an online discussion with school counselor, author, and parenting expert Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, who will be answering all of those parenting questions you've been grappling with during these unprecedented times. Please join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30 pm via Zoom (passcode Parents). Time: Nov 18, 2020 …

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Community Notices

Art Contest for Students!

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is holding an art contest for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12). Kids can use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads. Winners will receive a certificate of recognition and have their artwork featured in a 2018 calendar.

See more at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/OurRoadsArtContest.

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