Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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March 14, 2017
Gayle Moseley, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

March 14
Pi Day and Pizza Night at Potomac Pizza

March 25
School Auction

March 31
End of Term

April 6
HSA General Meeting

April 17-21
Spring Break

Dear Lafayette Families -
Our school community has been out in full force the last several weeks with truly impressive events and gatherings.  Several weeks ago Lafayette Gives Back hosted a wildly successful Comfort Cases packing event.  We packed over 200 bags for kids navigating the foster care system.  Also in the last couple of weeks, both 2nd grade and 5th grade hosted their annual informances.  The 2nd graders put on a stunning Wax Museum of Inventors, while the 5th graders hosted a creative Civil War Museum.  Both informances highlighted many different aspects of the students' learning and celebrated their new-found knowledge. 
This week was College and Career Readiness Week, cohosted by the counseling department and the student council.  To cap off the week, we hosted our first annual Career Fair.  It was truly amazing!  Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us and share their careers, paths through college, and "real life" with our students.  It was a truly awesome sight to watch our students move from table to table, jotting notes about what types of colleges were attended, people's major job duties, and the favorite part of their jobs.  Thanks also to Ms. Diesner, Ms. Mosby, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Bosurgi for organizing the event and to all of our teachers who helped our students navigate the expo.
This past week also saw our Girls' Basketball Team make a VICTORIOUS run to the City Playoffs.  The Lafayette Bears Girls' Basketball team beat Hearst 27-25 on Friday evening in an incredibly intense game to become the CITY CHAMPIONS for only the third time in school history.  The team played with heart, hustle and grit.  Congratulations to Coach Johnson, Coach Jordan, Coach Hover, and Coach McCants as well as all of the players.  I was so incredibly proud watching them outhustle every team they beat on the way to the championship title.
This coming week we will host (weather pending) our first ever Pi Day Pi K run after school for 3rd - 5th grade students.  We will also continue our "eat the rainbow" nutrition lessons in 2nd grade, and finish off the winter session of LEP.  Next week will be the Drama Club play (3/22) and the long anticipated Auction (3/25).  We will bring March to a close with a "Music in Our Schools Concert" on the 30th at 6 pm.  Don't forget there's no school on Friday, 3/31 (end of term professional development day).
As always, my gratitude goes out to every person who participates in our amazing school community.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the HSA General meeting last week.  The HSA's support of our school - with funding, volunteers, manpower, ideas, and resources is unwavering.  On behalf of the teachers and staff, please accept our sincere thanks.  My thanks also goes to our incredible teachers and staff who work relentless to support all students and create memorable learning experiences.  Lafayette continues to be a special place through our collective efforts and spirit. 
Have a great week,
Dr. B

Lafayette gets 20%
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Due to the weather, we have decided to postpone Potomac Pizza Night from tonight until  next Tuesday, March 21. Order p izza  in-store, take-out or delivery from 4 to 9pm next Tuesday and Lafayette Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds.  You don't even have to order pizza >>> deal is good on anything you order.  Just mention LAFAYETTE when you order. Look for a new updated flyer coming home this week for more details and mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 21.

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Hello parents! This is your first reminder that we are looking for HSA Board nominees for the 2017-18 school year. You can learn more about the positions here

All volunteer positions, except three, are open for nomination. (One co-president, one co-treasurer and the secretary are in the middle of their two-year terms.) One or more candidates are expected to run for each position. 

If you are interested, please email Amy Joyce ASAP. We need to have all candidates confirmed by April 1. Thank you all!


A huge thank you again to all of the Lafayette Families who donated toward the Library Loft during Raise the Paddle at the 2016 Spring Auction!  

Just in case you have been curious about the plans, never fear - a team of volunteers is working with the school Administration to firm up plans regarding this structure.  Upon return from Summer vacation, make sure you take a peak in the Library... 

Please Help Us With Lunch

In an effort to make lunch time run more smoothly for a few grades, we're trying something new for K-2nd grade. We are looking for parent volunteers who can help open milk cartons and yogurt tubes, help kids with table washing and generally lend a hand during lunch. 

Have 30 minutes to spare to be a "Table Parent?" Sign up here! 

Get Your Tickets Today!

We are just 10 DAYS away from the 2017 Lafayette Auction celebrating the founding of our school in 1928.
A team of talented Lafayette creative geniuses has been working for weeks on plans to transform Lafayette into a Jazz Age party greater than Gatsby's.  Dinner, free drinks, dancing, and decadent decorations...from the gambling tables to the Speakeasy Lounge to music from the bands of 2 Lafayette Dads; Craig Gildner & The Blue Crescent Syncophants & Louis Matza and Brulee, this promises to be the party of 2017. And it can be all yours for the low price of $75 a person. 

Click HERE 
to buy your tickets today! 
Hurry because the price goes up to $95 at the door!

Need a babysitter? 
You can find a list of good local sitters in your Lafayette Directory.

Spelling Bee
Can you spell bildungsroman, ocarina, schottische, or rejoneador? How about  apparatchik, glaciarium, or uitlander ?  If not, you probably wouldn't have fared well at the 35th city-wide spelling bee that was taped at NBC-4 on Saturday, March 11.

Joe Finkelstein

Lafayette's spelling bee winners, fifth graders Joe Finkelstein and Eddy Hoover, did a fantastic job at one of the longest, most competitive city-wide bees ever. Our stars spelled through 10+ rounds as one by one the majority of the contestants went down. Finally, both our guys missed in the same round. Joe misspelled m-e-l-l-o-p-h-o-n-e and Eddy missed on r-i-a-l-t-o. 

Eddy Hoover

It took several more rounds for the final two spellers,  Margaret I sacson, a seventh grader at Oyster-Adams, and Jude Martin, a fifth grade at Brent to fight it out to a win. Finally, Margaret spelled t-o-t-i-p-a-l-m-a-t-e, the winning word! She will  go on to represent Wa
shington, DC in the National Spelling Bee, May 31-June 1, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

In all, 29 public, charter and private school students in grades 4-8 made it to the city-wide finals, a big accomplishment for all! You can watch the City-wide bee on NBC-4. Date TBA.

Bears Basketball Team wins City Championship

Congratulations to all the players and coaches of the Lafayette Bears Girls Basketball Team for their amazing City Championship victory last Friday afternoon. The Lafayette Bears won a very close game 27-25 against their rivals the Hearst Owls at Eastern High School to clinch the City Championships.

Congratulations to all the Bears players for a wonderful season and great championship. Our amazing 5th graders who will be moving on next year: Ella Barton, Kinzly Gootman, Samantha Gordon, Astrid Grimm, Hannah Lahey,  Molly Reeder, Erin Rosebar, Alice Stillerman, Alex Wingo. Our great 4th graders:  Eve Fisher, Riley Gayle,  Gabriella Goldberg, Molly Hutchinson, Hannah Matthews-Kavanaugh,  and Avery Sessoms.

The Bears played great team basketball throughout the game and were aided by some clutch shooting in the final stretch by 5th grader Alex Wingo, who was named to the All City Tournament team. 5th grader Samantha Gordon, who racked up numerous steals and key baskets in the game, was also named to the All City team and was declared MVP of the City.

The Lafayette Bears are so grateful for the spirit filled Lafayette group of teachers, staff, students and parents who came out to Eastern High to cheer them on. They also want to thank everyone who came out this season to cheer on the Bears teams.

A special thank you to Coach Johnson and Coaches Hover, McCants and Jordan for their leadership and support.  This is the third time the Lafayette girls have won the DCIAA City Championship under the leadership of Coach Johnson, winning in  2006-07, 2011-2012 and this year 2016-17.


It's March Madness week with the Lafayette Basketball Coaches.  Come by the Bears Arena and celebrate great Lafayette basketball with a series of fun games sponsored by the Coaches of the Lafayette Boys and Girls Basketball teams. 

After a great season with the Boys Team winning the Region B Championship and the Girls Team winning the City Championships last Friday, it's time to get the whole community out on the Court. 

Yesterday Lafayette students took on the Coaches and the Staff in a fun game.  On Tuesday , the teams (weather willing) will celebrate at their team banquet.  On Wednesday  at  4PM  the Lafayette staff will take on the parents. This looks to be a very fun game. And  on Thursday , our most recent Lafayette Bears Basketball Alumni return to Lafayette for a game against the current players.  

So come on out to Bears Arena and celebrate March Madness at Lafayette. 

Sign Up for NoteBUSTERS!

A Tribute to the Tony Awards featuring favorite songs from award winning Broadway Musicals including: Hamilton, Rent, Kiss Me Kate, A Chorus Line, Wicked, Newsies and more!

NoteBUSTERS provides a unique after-school experience that embraces the power of music to build confidence and create community in the lives of children and their families. The program is held at Lafayette, Janney and Mann Schools. Students from all schools get the extraordinary opportunity to perform together as a community in a live performance at WILSON HIGH SCHOOL auditorium on Sunday, June 4th. Notebusters will meet at Lafayette on Thursdays after school beginning April 6. Please visit the FlexAcademies website to register your child for noteBUSTERS.


Dear Lafayette Parents-

The LEP Spring Session is almost here! Registration opens this week Friday, March 17th at 10 am.  Preview classes here. We're excited about the new classes FLEX is offering in response to your feedback including gymnastics, hip hop dance, film making, a "sophisticated" theater class, and cooking. We still have chess, sports, and a variety of STEM classes. Parents who have never signed up for LEP classes are encouraged to go online ahead of time to "create an account" in preparation for registering.
Also, the LEP Winter Session is ending this week for most classes. Monday classes will be extended through March 20 because of MLK Day. The last day for the Wednesday Spanish class will be March 22 as a makeup day.
A Message from Flex:  If your student will be out sick or miss a LEP class for any reason please follow the link below to let FLEX staff know. With flu season there have been a lot of absences. Letting us know in advance if your child will be out helps our staff complete attendance quickly so we can begin the classes without delay.  IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT FOR ANY REASON PLEASE INFORM US AT:
Bela Shah Spooner
Program Manager, Expanded Learning
National League of Cities
202-626-3057  office

Calling all Photographers!

The H SA is beginning the process of redesigning Lafayette's website and we need some gorgeous n ew photos! If  you are a fantastic photographer (and there are definitely some of you out the re) we'd love your    help. We're looking for two types of picutres:
  1. Non-people photos. Shots of our new building inside and out, architectural or natural elements, children's artwork etc.
  1. People photos. Great shots of our students and teachers at work. These can be from a normal school day or from some of our wonderful events, such as the fall festival or battle of the books. Some photos without faces (backs of heads, imagery of arms raised or legs running, etc.) would be helpful as well.
If you have a bunch of these sitting on your hard drive (no more than a year old) or would like to spend some time snapping some photos, we'd love a copy of your handiwork.

Please tag them as follows: description_MMYY_photographerl astname (example: frontarch_0317_jones.jpg or recesssneaker_1016_smith.png.) Upload to  this dropbox folder.  We can accept JPG, PNG and TIFF files.  

Photos from the 2016-17 year will also be shared with the teachers and staff who are compiling the yearbook. If you do not want your photos included in the yearbook, let us know.

Contact with any questions.

BABYSITTING SERVICES: Hi! My name is Emily Durr and I'm currently a senior at Wilson High School. I'm a graduate of Lafayette Elementary and Alice Deal Middle School, and will be attending Scripps College in the fall. I have babysitting experience with children of all ages. I have my drivers license and I'm available to provide transportation if necessary. I can also help with laundry, meal prep, or other household chores. I am free weekdays on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday evenings, and on most weekends. I'm also available this summer. Feel free to contact me at 202-664-7496 or
Wilson Theater's Spring Shakespeare presents . . .
     Twelfth Night  - begins this weekend
Separated from her twin brother Sebastian after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy to serve Orsino, the Duke of Illyria. Wooing Olivia, the countess that Orsino adores, on his behalf, she is stunned to find herself the object of Olivia's affections.  Wilson Theater's production Twelfth Night recreates Illyria as present day New York and explores Shakespeare's classic tale of the journey to find true love, the confusion it can cause, and the joy it finally brings.

Twelfth Night is presented in Wilson High School's Black Box Theater.  Entrance on Chesapeake Street.

Performances are:
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 
Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 and 7:30 

Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and Wilson Staff.  No advance ticket sales. Seating is limited so arrive early.
Special $5 pricing for all seats for the  March 18 afternoon performance at 2:30.   Hope to see you there!

AFTERSCHOOL SITTER NEEDED: We're looking for a sitter who could pick up our 4 year from Temple Sinai at 2:30 and then pick up our 6 year old at Lafayette on TuesdayWednesday, and Thursdays. Having your own car would be ideal. We have sweet girls! You may need to give them a snack after school or throw them in the tub. There could be an after-school activity on some days. We are normally home by 5:30. Please email me if you know of anyone interested: Thank you!

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