Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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September 27, 2016
Katya Svirina, Editor

Mark Your Calendar

September 30 
PD Day for Teachers - No School for Students  
October 5
Walk/Bike to School Day 
October 6
HSA General Meeting 
Mr Coor and Ms Skubel
We are delighted to announce that Lafayette Elementary School's own Mr Jonathan Coor, who teaches 4th grade and Ms Cara Skubel, who teaches 5th grade were our 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. Both teachers are not only beloved teachers at the school, but they are also proud Lafayette Alumni.  The King and Queen were crowned as part of our second annual Homecoming Dance here at Lafayette held in the Cafeterorium. 

The evening's other winners included BEST DRESSED - Former Lafayette parents and current Annual Sponsors Kim Cestari and her husband Ken rocking the prom dress and Grizzly bear tie, BEST SPIRIT - former HSA President Janine Finck Boyle for her tube socks and tutu, and DANCE CONTEST WINNERS Jason Bertsch and former Lafayette Dad Tom Murrary.

A fun time was had by more than 200 parents and alumni in our festively decorated cafetorium. Special thanks to the Homecoming Decorating Committee lef by Courtney Corn, Jennifer Bertsch,  Lydia Weiss, Ellen Shurman and Mary-Ann Akers.  Thank you Lafayette parents and Annual Sponsors Tim and Erinn Walsh for our delicious food, Delfina Reimers for her blue and yellow jello shots, and our friends at Macgruders for the great drinks. And last but not least, thank you HSA Ways and Means Chair Astrid Ruggeri and the amazing Shannon Behm, HSA Co-President, who do events like no one else.  Thanks for making Homecoming such a cool annual tradition.

Community Homecoming Reception and Tour a Big Hit
One hundred alumni, former parents and neighbors came back to school last Friday afternoon for our first Lafayette Community Homecoming Reception hosted by the Lafayette HSA. From the class of 1948 to the class of 2015, each person who walked in our doors marveled at our beautiful school and relished the chance to walk around the halls. Folks were delighted to see their former teachers like Ms Snowden and Ms McClaughlin and couldn't get over the new library, the art room and the peace rooms. Recent former alumni like Cole Ingram, class of 2015, helped out on the tours, explaining some of the programs that make Lafayette special. The HSA provided drinks and hot snacks.

Neighbors said it made them feel like all the construction was worth it. A special shoutout to the Class of 1962 who had at least 10 different members there and to the classes of 2014 and 2015 who were so excited to come back and see the new school. HSA President Shannon Behm also met at least 6 former HSA Presidents and officers who came back to see the school. 

Thank you to Dr Broquard, Ms Snowden and Ms Mayhew as well as the Administration and Custodial teams for opening the doors of the school and making everyone in the community  feel welcome and special.   
Congratulations to our wonderful Lafayette first-graders. Your grade had the highest number of parents and teachers attend the Lafayette Homecoming Dance, including Ms deJonckheere, who has attended every Lafayette Homecoming and Homecoming Committee Volunteers Mary-Ann Akers, Heather Davenport, Amy Joyce and Sophie Hanarahan. Way to show that true blue and yellow Lafayette Spirit. Every child in 1st grade will receive a Lafayette Spirit Bear in their backpack this week. And thank you to all our great parents who volunteered to make the Dance a success and came out in force to celebrate our great school.
Lafayette HSA Commemorative Brick Program Sales Deadline is Friday September 30!

Time is running out to purchase your engraved brick!  If your family was considering a brick purchase to add your name to our new school, you only have until September 30 to decide on your message and place your order.

It's so easy. You can pay via check or by Paypal. Just print and fill out the order form (both sides please), attach a check or your receipt from paying online, and return it to school via your child's backpack or drop it in the Main Office.

There are 2 sizes of bricks.  A standard brick (4" X 8") costs $150 and includes 3 lines of engraving up to 17 characters per line, including spaces and numbers.   A larger paver (12" X 12") includes 5 lines of engraving up to 17 characters per line, including spaces and numbers, and costs $300.

Brick sales end on September 30th.  The commemorative bricks should be installed by the end of 2016.

Questions? Please contact Sonya Matza.
books Please Make Sure Your Students Do not Still Have Books from Previous Years

Dear Parents,

Lafayette's library is open and busy everyday!  All the boxes are unpacked and books are flying off the shelves.  It has been such a joy for me to meet Lafayette's many readers.

One of our first tasks has been inventorying our collection to see what books were lost in the move.  Thanks to the hard work of Mary Rives, we will finish scanning our 10,000 or so books in a few weeks!  Would you please check the bookshelves of your houses, behind your car seats and under beds to make sure your students do not still have books they checked out in previous years?  Once the inventory is complete, any books that were checked out before this year will be considered lost and deleted from our catalog.  It is important that our catalog is accurate so I can replace any popular books that are missing.  Please, send any books you find to school with your student, or deposit them in the book return outside of the library. Thank you to all of the families who have already returned their overdue books!

Many thanks,
Rachel Leese
Lafayette Fall Festival Produce and Plant Sale!

Once again, we have partnered with FarmRaiser to put together a bounty of locally-grown fall items. Click here to purchase Halloween pumpkins, farm-fresh apples and veggies, and beautiful mums. Proceeds will help support all of the great programs and activities funded by the HSA, so please share the link with family, friends, and neighbors!

This sale ends Wednesday, October 5th. Orders must be placed online, and may be picked up on October 15th at the Lafayette Fall Festival, from 3 to 5pm.
From the Math Center

Math Club: Math Club will be for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. We focus on investigations, games and problem-solving and welcome any student with a love for math. This year we will be meeting on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:40 A.M. The Lafayette Math Club will have its first session on Wednesday, October 5th, at 8 A.M. and will continue to meet every Wednesday morning that we have school. We will gather in the Great Hall at 8 a.m. and proceed to the Math Center (208). We ask that mathematicians bring a folder, a pencil and a willingness to learn.

Math Team: Calling all 4th and 5th grade mathematicians! We are excited about another year of problem-solving and creative mathematical thinking. We do participate in a handful of math competitions every year, but really we are just a bunch of people who like to get together and talk about math. The Lafayette Math team will have its first meeting on Friday, October 7th at 8 a.m. and will continue to meet every Friday morning that we have school. We will gather in the Great Hall at 8 a.m. and proceed to Ms. Skubel's room (224). Math Team members should bring a folder, a pencil, and a readiness to accept a challenge.

In the next week, Ms. Duchinsky or Ms. Stanton will be coming to talk to each math class and distribute permission slips. After that, forms will be available in the Math Center and completed forms can be placed in Ms. Duchinsky's mailbox.

- Erin Duchinsky and Edie Stanton
Picture Day is in 2½ Weeks!
Now is the time to get Caleb's hair trimmed and sort through Abigail's wardrobe. Class photos and individual portraits will be taken by FreedSpirit, the school photography division of Bethesda photographer Freed Photography on Friday, October 14.

Picture Day Clothing Suggestions: solid colors and simple patterns photograph best; collared shirts or polos for boys look great; avoid sweatshirts/sweatpants and t-shirts with large logos or letters. Don't let your kid be that kid up ^ there!

This is our fifth year using Freed. Those of you new to Lafayette will see that Freed operates a little differently than traditional school photographers. You do not need to fill out an order form or prepay - every student will be photographed. Students will be photographed outside using natural light and the backdrop will be various spots around the school and/or park. In approximately 2-3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to view your child's proofs online and you may order as many or as few photos as you like. If your child is absent on picture day or you do not like your child's proofs, there will be a make-up/re-take photoshoot on a date after the proofs come out.

It's important to know that the photographers use many different tactics to encourage your child to smile his/her most natural smile. When you see your child's proofs, you may see some full-body or waist-up shots of your child, sometimes in silly poses - you can ignore those shots or, due to the magic of digital photography, you may request that it be cropped to show the traditional head and shoulders pose. For a sneak peak of what to expect, please check out their  website  to see their portfolio.

If you have any questions regarding Picture Day, please email parent volunteer  Gayle Moseley .
October is Growing Healthy Schools Month, a district-wide celebration of health and wellness!  

At Lafayette, the GROW (Greening, Recreation, Outdoor Learning & Wellness) Committee is organizing grade-level activities aimed at educating students about the importance of making healthy food choices, getting outdoors, and being active.  Farm field trips, cooking demonstrations, and lessons in the school garden are just a few of the planned events.
  School-wide and family activities are also a part of the celebration, including Bike and Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5th. During the month, we'll provide weekly updates on school activities.  Any questions or to get involved, please contact Laura Nelms at
Lions and Tigers and Bears-- Oh My!

See them all at the Fall Festival's costume contest on October 15! There will also be games, pumpkin painting, a bake sale, a pie competition, a haunted house and more. Following the festivities, we'll be watching The Wizard of Oz. We'll need your best cakes and costumes--stay tuned for more details-- and get excited for a day of full technicolor fun! 
Laurie McLaughlin From the Art Room, Laurie McLaughlin, Visual Arts grades 1-5

It was great to see so many of our parent past and present enjoying our new "We Are Lafayette" mural at Homecoming this past weekend! This charming mural contains all of our 760+ Lafayette students in a rainbow of monochromatic self portraits that celebrate our uniqueness!

In addition to their self portrait, all of the 1st -5th graders currently have another piece of art on display in honor of Dot Day to express our belief that we can "Make our Mark". A huge thanks to the parent volunteers who assisted with our hanging... you made it possible!!! Some fun photos from Dot Day are up on the art room blog at .
Current artwork beginning to go up in our new Lafayette Gallery includes additions to our Dr. Seuss Truffula Garden and celebrations in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. We hope you get a moment to check out the halls and cafeteria sometime in the next month or two! We are beginning to feel like an Elementary school!!!
Wednesday September 28 from 4:00 to 9:00 PM

Leave the cooking to our friends at Potomac Pizza on Wednesday September 28. Our awesome annual sponsor is offering a special deal to benefit our school. The Lafayette HSA will receive 20 percent of all sales of all in-store, pick-up and DELIVERY orders placed on September 28.  These funds will go a long way to supporting all the programs you love at Lafayette. All you have to do is mention LAFAYETTE when you order.


#1  Order online at

Make sure you write LAFAYETTE in the notes section.

#2 Place your order by phone by calling 1-301-951-1127. Make sure you tell them you are from LAFAYETTE

#3 Stop by the Chevy Chase Potomac Pizza Restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night. Makesure your server knows you are from LAFAYETTE


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