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November 28, 2020

From the HSA Co-Presidents

From the HSA Co-Presidents
Dear Lafayette Families,

It is hard to believe the school year is almost over. I hope your students had a memorable year – I know we did. But before summer takes hold, we have one last request of you. Whether nor not you are an HSA member, please come to our final HSA general meeting of the year, this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. We will be honoring some truly outstanding Lafayette staff and parents for their superior service to Lafayette and we hope you can join us in honoring all they have done for our school community. We will also be electing new parent volunteers to the LSAT; that election is open to all. The HSA has some important business to tend to as well – from approving our 2018-2019 budget, amending our by-laws, to electing a new board. Whether or not you are an HSA member, we hope to see you Thursday.

Thanks again for all your support this year.
--Margaret Lidstone and Chris Lisi

Open Forum on the DCPS Chancellor Search Process On June 11th 

Open Forum on the DCPS Chancellor Search Process On June 11th 
The Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network is sponsoring an open forum to discuss the DCPS Chanellor Search process. Councilmember Mary Cheh and State Board of Education Member Ruth Wattenberg will be in attendance. All are welcome. Please RSVP to w3ednet@gmail.com. How should the Chancellor search process be handled? What would you like to see in the new Chancellor? …

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From the HSA Co-Presidents

From the HSA Co-Presidents
Dear Lafayette Families, It is hard to believe the school year is almost over. I hope your students had a memorable year – I know we did. But before summer takes hold, we have one last request of you. Whether nor not you are an HSA member, please come to our final HSA general meeting of the year, this Thursday …

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Mindfulness Over The Summer

Mindfulness Over The Summer
Dear Parents, I've been encouraging my students to continue to practice mindfulness over the summer. Even a minute a day can make a big difference in improving focus, building empathy and increasing overall happiness. There are lots of great apps out there including Calm, Smiling Mind, Mind Yeti and Headspace. Or look on the Peace of Mind website for videos that I have …

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Field Day Fun Slideshow

Field Day Fun Slideshow
A HUGE thanks to Ms. McClure and Ms. Howe for another fabulous field day! See a slideshow of all the fun.

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Pride Parade This Saturday!

Pride Parade This Saturday!
Lafayette is marching as part of the DCPS contingent of the 2018 Capital Pride Parade. The parade is a great way for us to celebrate diversity, show support, and boost visibility of LGBTQIA students, staff, and families WHAT TO WEAR Please wear your Pride in DCPS shirts or your Proud to be Lafayette shirts. Also consider wearing comfortable shoes, a …

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Advertise in the Lafayette Directory

Advertise in the Lafayette Directory
As we wrap up the 2017-2018 school year, AtoZ Connect is already hard at work on our directory for the 2018-2019 school year! AtoZ Connect produces our print directory and our Directory App free of charge for our school. With that in mind, we are thrilled to be working with them again. Our directory is a valuable resource for our …

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2018-19 LSAT Candidate Biographies

2018-19 LSAT Candidate Biographies
Please see the candidates for the 2018-19 Local School Advisory Team: Kalah Auchincloss, Julia Cohen*, Paul Harasty, Brian Oliver, Kathryn Young*

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Lafayette Auction Parent/Child Golf Tournament

Lafayette Auction Parent/Child Golf Tournament
Thanks to everyone who came out on Friday for the Lafayette Parent/Child Golf Tournament. We lucked out with a sunny day as a surprise between all this rain, and of course all the children had a blast! No hole in ones to report, but congratulations to the following players: Longest Drive for kids went to Charles Finland and on the …

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End of Year Flex Schedule

End of Year Flex Schedule
Attention Flex parents, Please see the schedule for the end of the Flex spring session. You have received this schedule from Flex in an email and will receive a reminder email as well. Monday, June 4 - All Monday classes will meet; these are regularly scheduled sessions, not make-ups Tuesday, June 5 - Make-up session for Mad Science Secret Agent Lab only; …

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Ms. Ghamarian's Retirement Celebration Coming Up

Ms. Ghamarian's Retirement Celebration Coming Up
Join us on June 14 for Ms. Ghamarian’s Retirement Celebration; Your Memories Needed by June 7! Please join for an open house in celebration of the retirement of Lafayette’s beloved Pre-K teacher, Ms. Kia Ghamarian, on Thursday, June 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served. Families, children, and Lafayette alumni are welcome …

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Return Library Books This Week; Volunteers Needed To Stock Shelves

Return Library Books This Week; Volunteers Needed To Stock Shelves
The end of the school year is fast approaching. All library books are due this Wednesday, June 6. You can see what your student has checked out anytime by logging onto our catalog with your student's ID number and password (birth date). If a book has gone missing, please email Ms. Leese so she can remove it from your student's …

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Final HSA General Meeting This Thursday - Please Come!

Final HSA General Meeting This Thursday - Please Come!
We are honoring: Chris Cockrell, Kia Ghamarian,  Joel Holmes, Rita Brickman, Martha Le, Bethann Siegel, Potomac Pizza, and voting on: HSA 2018-2019 Budget, HSA By-law Changes, HSA Board Election & LSAT Election.

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More Lafayette Art at BBM and in the Front Office

More Lafayette Art at BBM and in the Front Office
Congratulations to 1st grader Giana Tiu Sonco and Pre-Kindergartener Alexander Berry-Singh whose art is hanging at Broad Branch Market along with the artists announced last week. Congrats also to Kindergartener Sophia Shepardson whose painting was chosen to hang in our front office for the next school year! Stay tuned to hear which delightful work is chosen to grace our 2018-19 Directory …

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Community Notices

Do You Want to Start Something Special This Summer?

Kidsave is a small local non-profit that works across the US and internationally to move older kids out of the child welfare system and into permanent loving families. Here in DC, Kidsave runs a program that connects Colombian orphans with American families. Summer Miracles brings a small group of kids to DC each Summer for a 5-week vacation. The kids are hosted by local families, who help to introduce their young visitors to as many potential adoptive adults and families as possible.

There are lots of ways to be involved. The kids for this Summer have already been matched with host families but you can participate in one or more of the “get to know you" events hosted by Kidsave over the summer. These events give local adults and families thinking about adoption a chance to meet the kids in a fun and relaxed situation. Information about the events taking place in DC/MD/VA this Summer is now available on the Kidsave website (click here).

If you are curious about hosting a child next Summer, contact Kerrie Burmeister, a Janney parent and a Kidsave volunteer via email. Kerrie is working to build a community of interested families across Ward 3. She would be happy to talk to you about Kidsave and its incredible kids.



Expert Summer ISEE/SSAT/Math Tutoring

I'm a lifelong neighbor who coaches Lafayette/Deal students through successful middle and high school transitions all year round. I hold an advanced degree in linguistics from Georgetown University, and offer extensive experience with the ISEE/SSAT, accelerated math for individuals and groups, and competitive middle and high school placements.
My references attest to my expertise and students' performance on standardized tests. For more information visit Chevy Chase Prep or email Maggie Ronkin or call 202-316-2263. More information can also be found on Twitter

Private In-Home Tutoring for Grades K-4

Does your child need an extra boost of confidence in reading and writing? Lafayette kindergarten teacher Mrs. Brown is offering private in-home tutoring or any location of your choice. Tutoring grades K-4 for $80 a hour. Available throughout the summer.

Experienced Educational Coach / Mentor Seeking New Clients

Former LEAD Humanities High School Teacher at The Field School with twenty years of tutoring experience and a focus on making concepts come alive and relevant for the learner is in search of people to help over the summer.

Areas of Focus:
All forms of Writing (Including the College Essay)
Executive Functioning Support: Providing and incorporating the best organizational “system”
Hands-on job/career placement for people of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life

Visit here for more information. You can also email Jared Kallen or call him at 202-557-1046.
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