From Dr. B

This post has been updated.

Dear Lafayette Families –

I hope this note finds you well rested after a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful every day to be part of the Lafayette community. We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for every day.

Over the past several weeks, our parent committees have been hard at work. Our Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) met before Thanksgiving break. During our meeting, we reviewed our enrollment projections for the upcoming school year. For the 2019-2020 school year, we are currently projected at 940 students. The projected enrollment accounts for the students we currently have in the building, a new Kindergarten class that is consistent with the size of our last two years of kindergarteners, and a reduction in one PK4 section. This means that we anticipate the following number of classes at each grade level:

  • 4 classes of PK4
  • 7 classes of KDG and 1st grade
  • 6 classes of 2nd and 3rd grade
  • 5 classes of 4th and 5th grade*

Thanks to the work of the LSAT and DCPS, we have a plan to successfully accommodate the projected students in classrooms for the upcoming school year. The LSAT has also been deeply engaged with DCPS on proposed long term solutions for our growing size and need for classrooms. As we get more definite answers, we will keep the community apprised. For a full look at the notes from the LSAT meeting, please see this link.

Another parent group, the After School Advisory Team (ASAT) met at the beginning of the month to review our afterschool vendors – CLS and FLEX. Both CLS and FLEX provided updates for the beginning of the school year. We learned that CLS is currently serving about 297 students in aftercare while FLEX served about 437 students in enrichment classes. The first session of FLEX enrichment classes is drawing to a close this week. The Winter session will run from January 14th – March 22nd. Registration begins Thursday, Dec. 6th at 10 am. The full flyer of activities is here.

The other big update across the city is the upcoming release of OSSE’s DC School Report Card. This is a new rating system (STAR) that is a result of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The DC School Report Card will provide a 5 star ranking system for every school in DC – public or charter. We expect the results to be released city-wide the first week in December. I will be sharing more information in detail once the information is released. Check out the OSSE website for more information here. We will also be talking about the results in detail at our December 12th LSAT meeting (7:30 am). Everyone is welcome to attend.

And finally, a quick reminder about reporting absences and DCPS’ attendance policy as the holiday travel and flu season is upon us. If your student will be absent, please email your student’s teacher AND ASAP, or no lather than noon on the day of the absence. Please include your child’s full name, reason and date(s) of absence. Your child’s absence will be defined or “excused” or “unexcused” as per the DCPS attendance policy, found here

Here’s to a great 4 weeks – where we go to school all 5 days of the week(!) – leading up to the winter break. We know this time of year can be busy, intense, and full of fun. Be sure to take time for yourselves and your family. Enjoy the greatness we see in your students every day, and don’t forget to part of the amazing upcoming community events:

  • Drama Club Play – 11/29
  • Cookies and Coding – 12/1, 9 am – 12 pm
  • Scholastic Book Fair – week of 12/3
  • LSAT Meeting – 12/12, 7:30 am
  • Winter Concerts – 12/13

Take care,

Dr. B

*Correction: An earlier version mistakenly said there would be 6 classes of 4th and 5th grades.