Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Aug. 16, 2017

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Lafayette Elementary School went through an extensive renovation in 2016. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2016)

The D.C. public schools will open for the academic year Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse, and both of our local elementary schools, Murch and Lafayette, will have eclipse-watching activities.

Murch Elementary will begin its second and final year of classes at the University of the District of Columbia while its building on 36th Street NW is being renovated. School registration forms, supply lists and other important information can be found at murchschool.org. There is a pre-K play date on Saturday and a kindergarten play date on Sunday, both at the Forest Hills Playground. Check the website for times.

On Friday, Aug. 25, after dropping off their kids, parents are invited to stay for coffee to meet Murch Home and School Association board members and other families. Back to School Night is Thursday, Aug. 31, providing parents the opportunity to meet their children’s teachers. Murch Day at Nationals Park, on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1:35 p.m., is open to family, friends and alumni of Murch. Visit groupmatics.events/#/event/Benmurch to buy tickets in a Murch section.

Check out the June 13 interview on the Murch website by then-fifth grader Devan Tatlow with a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Murch dad, David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Lafayette Elementary is getting ready for a second successful year in its new building. The school has added more than 70 students, as well as two new special education classrooms to serve students with a variety of special needs. Lafayette’s enrollment now tops 800. Over the summer, new artwork by local artists was installed, including several wall murals and two large hanging mobiles that were created with student participation.

There will be a popsicle social for new Lafayette families at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Lafayette Park, and at 8:45 a.m. Monday, parents and guardians are welcome to celebrate the first day of school with coffee and pastries.

— Amy Mack and Tammy Horn