Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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December 13, 2016
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

December 20
Winter Concert

December 21
Holiday Parties

December 22
No School
Winter Break Begins

January 2
No School

January 3
School Resumes

Message from our Principal

Dear Lafayette Families -

This past week we celebrated National Computer Science Week with our Hour of Code in every classroom. Fourth grade had an additional hour of Lego Robotics hosted by AdventureLab (courtesy of the HSA,) and our 5th graders spent the afternoon at Deal Middle School for "Buddy Day. " We also officially opened our gym and our basketball season with our first home basketball game where the boys had a tough two-point loss to Hearst and student council held a "snack sale" and is busy planning two events for next this coming week - "We Are Lafayette" lunch assemblies and the Winter Dance on Friday.  Don't forget the Book Fair which was an INCREDIBLE success and our daily spelling bee practice, buddy readers, literature circles in full swing and a host of construction activities. 

Whew! There is NEVER a dull moment. I am always amazed at the collective power and agility of our community. Our students take an incredible amount of pride over their learning and their work while the adults work relentlessly behind the scenes to provide them with a seemingly limitless amount of rich opportunities and experiences. 

This week we are celebrating "Inclusivity Week." While we honor our diversity and inclusivity every day, this week we are taking time to intentionally recognize and celebrate our differences and our sameness. In the words of Anrdres Tapia, "Diversity is the mix; inclusion is making the mix work". Every day I watch as we work toward a powerful sense of inclusion for all students - often with our children leading the way in this work. We are ALL Lafayette. The student council and I will be hosting lunchtime assemblies. Don't forget to send in your "We Are Lafayette" drawings for our school wide display.

Before we know it, we will be headed off to Winter Break to celebrate the holidays. But before we go, we have a Girls (Tuesday) and Boys'(Thursday) Basketball Game this week, the LAP end of year potluck on Thursday, and the winter dance on Friday for 3rd - 5th graders from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Next week we will close out 2016 with the winter concert on the 20th and our Holiday parties on the 21st. Thank you in advance to everyone who is involved in all of these amazing opportunities and experiences for our students - staff, families, volunteers, and community members.

Happy Holidays to everyone. May your holiday season be filled with peace, love, and loved ones.

Dr. B

Bears Basketball off to Exciting Start in New Gym
The Lafayette Bears basketball teams are off to an exciting start in the new gym. The boys team narrowly lost their home opener to citywide champs Hearst Elementary before a capacity crowd in the gym last Thursday. The girls play at home this Tuesday against  Eaton and Wednesday against Janney at 4 p.m.while the boys team return to the court Thursday at 4 p.m. for a game against Whittier. 
Coaches Johnson, Jordan, McCants and Hover are excited about how hard the teams are working and say it should be a great week of Lafayette basketball.  Both teams would like to thank Dr. Broquard, the teachers, the parents and all the students who came out to cheer them on. We look forward to seeing you all for the girls home opener this week and the rest of the season. Go Bears!
Eddy Hoover and Jack Pagano Win Scrabble Contest 

Congratulations to Lafayette 5th Graders  Eddy Hoover and  Jack Pagano   for winning the Q Division at the Fall DC School Scrabble Tournament held Saturday Dec. 10 at Deal Middle School. This is the second year these two Scrabble whizzes (30 point word!) have won their division in the DC School Scrabble Tournament. They were undefeated over four games, beating teams from Janney and as far away as Baltimore while racking up a total of 645 points. Jack and Eddy credit their winning performance to the great coaching they have received as part of the Lafayette Scrabble Club, the brainchild of Ms. Yedwab and Ms. Echave, which is now being run by Ms. Campbell and Mr. Gregal.

Recent Lafayette alums  Max Fuld and  Sammy Taubman came in fourth in the competitive Division A and scored the highest scoring word of the tournament - a triple triple. Both Max and Sammy attended the National Scrabble Tournament last year.

Organized by WordFreak author and Wilson parent Stefan Fatsis, DC School Scrabble hosts two tournaments a year for elementary, middle-school and high-school students. Seventy-two Scrabble players from 18 schools from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, Va attended the Fall Tournament. To learn more about DC School Scrabble click here . CONGRATS to all our winners!

Come Celebrate the Season at the Winter Concert

Tuesday, December 20 -- Two Shows: 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Lafayette's Cafetorium.

Our drum line, music ensembles and band will performing -- please come on out and lend your support to these amazing student musicians!

If you are coming to the 6 p.m.concert show, keep your eyes out for the student council bake sale. Our Lafayette student leaders will be selling baked goods, coffee, and hot cocoa at the evening concert. All the proceeds from the sale go directly to the student council. (Fresh-baked donations from the community are welcome. Just drop them off in the front office on the morning of Tuesday December 20 or bring them to the concert.)  The HSA will also have a table of Grizzly Gear at the for folks looking for last-minute stocking stuffers. Looking forward to seeing you all there on Tuesday night!  
Wine Tasting- Tomorrow at Magruders!

Lafayette wine party picture Join Lafayette families at an exclusive wine-tasting evening. You can explore wines from around the world and close to home to uncork at your next holiday function. Also, sample some sparkling wines and champagne and get ready to ring in New Year! Magruders has invited a rep from Opici Wines to join us and help us explore the different offerings.

There are limited spots available, so please be sure to register and pay via this link.

Wednesday, December 14,  7-9 p.m.
Magruders Second Floor Tasting Room
$30 Tasting Fee with some light snacks
Tasting fees support the HSA. See you there!
Bartsons Child's Play Donates $1,000 to HSA

T hank you to everyone who supported the recent Book Drive and Special Holiday Shopping Night at Lafayette Annual Sponsor Barstons Child's Play. Barstons Child's Play donated nearly $1000 to the HSA, plus 100 books to the Episcopal Center for Children and Neval Thomas Elementary School in Northeast.

Lafayette families and friends enjoyed wine and delicious home booked cookies and the chance to consult with Child's Play expert staff on the right gift for everyone on their lists. Twenty percent of the sale of books and 10% of the sale of toys came directly back to Lafayette. Thank you to Steve, Simmie, Deborah, Erica and the whole Child's Play team. We are lucky to have friends like you here in our neighborhood!
Bears' Toy Drive

Please Support the Lafayette Bears Basketball Team to  benefit needy families served  by the Capitol Hil l Group Ministry, a group Coach Hover has worked with for years.
The Lafayette Bears Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are collecting new toys for children in need this holiday. Toys will be distributed by the Capitol Hill Group Ministry, a group Coach Hover has worked with for years.
If you would like to support this effort, please bring a new unwrapped toy to the collection bin in the front entrance near the Security Officer's desk by Wednesday, December 21.  
Thank you for supporting Lafayette Basketball & DC kids in need!

Community Service Fair on MLK Day

Mark your calendars for a Community Service Fair at Lafayette from  1:00-3:00 on MLK Day, January 16th!  All Lafayette students and their families are invited to join us for this drop-in event where kids will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities to support worthy organizations in the DC area.

Keep your eyes on this space in the next couple of weeks, as a SignUp Genius link will soon be available for families to RSVP and help contribute supplies. We're currently seeking middle and high-school students to help set-up, clean-up and facilitate the activities. If you know of students who would like to earn community service hours, or who would just enjoy the chance to help, please have them contact  Katie Burke . We look forward to joining together as a school community to raise awareness around the needs faced by others, and to contribute in a meaningful way.

Indoor Tennis:
We will be offering indoor tennis this winter at the Chevy Chase Community Center (CCCC) using mini-nets and foam balls to teach tennis skills to boys and girls ages 5-12.  The schedule is:
3:30 Beginner Tennis 12 spots Ages 5-7
4:45 Beginner Tennis 12 spots Ages 6-8

3:30 Beginner Tennis 12 spots Ages 5-7
4:45 Adv Beg Tennis 12 spots Ages 6-9

3:30 Adv Beg Tennis 12 spots Ages 6-8
4:45 Adv Beg/ Intermed 12 spots Ages 7-12

We will gather the kids at pick-up and walk or drive them over to the CCCC. When LEP starts we will coordinate with the LEP staff if your child will be going to any LEP classes from 3:30 to 4:30 then to tennis at 4:45. Each class is one hour. On Tuesday and Wednesday 10 sessions will cost $250. On Friday 9 sessions (DPR closed on Inauguration Day) will cost $225. 10% discount for second and third family member or class.

Please go to for registration form and space availability. If you have any questions please call or email Paul Rosenbaum at or 202 441-0925.

Want to help your kids embrace winter this year? 
The Elements connect K-5th graders to nature, bringing balance to their lives and helping kids stay happy, healthy and doing well in school. An hour in the elements allows kids to unplug, reboot and let loose. Our kids explore our local woods in nature, cross streams, collect woodand items, build shelters, jump off logs, drink peppermint tea and enjoy their own Alaskan Iditarod.  Please check out for more info.

Help Wanted:  The Lafayette After School Program (LAP) is looking for additional after school counselors between the hours of 2:30 and 6:00pm, Monday-Friday. Candidates with partial day availability will be considered. If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here for more info and contact LAP's Director, Nadhege Raphael at

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Shannon Behm & Janine Finck-Boyle, Lafayette HSA Co-Presidents
Lafayette Elementary School

Shannon Behm & Janine Finck-Boyle, Lafayette HSA Co-Presidents
Lafayette Elementary School