Dear Lafayette Families –
We are now in the 5th week of Term 3, which is hard to believe! We have tackled snow, ice, non-snow day virtual days and our return to in person learning. Thank you all for your patience and grace. It has been incredible to hear the sounds of our students (whether in person or virtual) throughout the building. I know that A Week students are just now getting into a rhythm due to inclement weather. We continue to explore creative ways to try and equalize their experience, stay tuned. Below are many updates, including celebrations and discussions of the budget season.
It is with great pride that I share that we were recently notified that Lafayette has been nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021 as an Exemplary High Performing School. It is an incredible honor to be nominated as one of only three schools in the District of Columbia. Over the next several months, our teachers and staff will be completing the application process and will look forward to sharing the results of our efforts with the community. Click here to find out more about the National Blue Ribbon Award.
Over the next two weeks we will host a series of parent meetings to check in on how learning in Term 3 is progressing. Please save the dates accordingly:
Wednesday, 3/10 @ 5:30 pm – Parent Meeting for Kindergarten Students on the waitlist
Thursday, 3/11 @ 6:30 pm – Parent meeting for “All Virtual” Families
Thursday, 3/18 @ 6:30 pm – Whole School Parent Huddle: Check in for Term 3 and Updates for Term 4
This week the LSAT and I have been working on our school budget for the 2021-2022 school year. We are currently looking at a budget deficit due to the enrollment reduction related to our PreK not moving to Military Road. The LSAT and I have met twice so far to discuss prioritizing our students social emotional learning needs as well as academic needs that may be present on the heels of the past year of schooling. I have also requested budget assistance from DCPS and look forward to hopefully gaining some budget supports to keep our mental health and academic programming intact. Our final LSAT meeting to review the budget is Wednesday, 3/3 at 7:00 am. The meeting is open to the public. Additionally, the meeting recording and notes will be made available within several business days after the meeting.
In closing, thank you to everyone for your adherence to our social distancing norms at drop off and pick up. We are doing great! Thank you also to everyone for leaving your dogs at home!!! It greatly helps the congestion. As a reminder, at this time we are not able to do early dismissals for students. If a student needs to arrive late after an appointment, they should enter the front doors where they will be temperature checked and receive a tardy slip and head to class.
Here’s to a great month of March!!!!!