About the HSA
The Lafayette Home and School Association (HSA) is a group of volunteer parents, Lafayette staff, and members of the local community. The HSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, similar to a traditional PTA. The HSA’s primary mission is to bring home and school closer together, promoting cooperation among parents, teachers, and other staff, the community, and the D.C. government, and to work for the best interests of the children.
The HSA works for our community in variety of ways including:
- Raising funds to support programs and events not covered by the DCPS budget
- Engaging parents in volunteer and social activities around the school
- Keeping parents informed of what is happening at school through our communications channels like the website, emails and social media
- Serving as a resource for current or future parents
The following is a list of ways to contact the HSA and key school leaders:
- Contact any of our HSA Board Members directly.
- Come to the monthly HSA General Meetings! We welcome suggestions for topics for these meetings
How HSA-Raised Funds Are Used to Support Learning and Enrichment for Lafayette Students (2017-18)
Instructional support: Includes HSA- supported salaries for the Peace Program, the choir teachers, the drumline/band teacher, and recess programs.
Classroom supplies: Includes $425 per classroom teacher to be used at the teacher’s discretion to buy needed supplies- from posters to creative manipulatives for enhanced instruction. It also includes funds for art supplies, funds for specials and special education classroom supplies (including counselors, PE, music etc.)
Student activities: Includes a breadth of extracurricular activities: cookies and coding, science night, archery tournaments, sports team uniforms, the battle of the books, the spelling bee, field day, nutrition and wellness (GROW), the annual science expo, track invitational, march madness, Lafayette Gives Back, the 5th grade promotion ceremony, scholarship funds to help Lafayette families in need pay for school extras, and targeted “raise the paddle” projects such as the library loft.
Educational needs: Includes library support, professional development resources for teachers, and the principal’s fund to be used at Dr. B’s discretion.
Teacher appreciation: Pays for Welcome Back and Teacher Appreciation luncheons for teachers.
Facilities: Pays for items to help the school’s physical plant. In the past, this has included snow blowers, classroom rugs and other items.