Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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June 13, 2017
Gayle Moseley, Editor  
Mark Your Calendar

June 13
Pre-K End of Year Celebration

June 14 
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal 12:15

From Our Principal

Dear Lafayette Families -

And just like that...we are in the final days of school. It seems unimaginable, but we have just finished our first full year in our new building with a bang. Last Friday we enjoyed an amazing celebration of our students with our inaugural 5th grade promotion. Kudos to all the volunteers, room parents, families, teachers, and students that helped make the ceremony beautiful and heartfelt. 
Congratulations and thank you's also go out to the 5th grade students and teachers for an awesome Science Fair. It was a STEM-tastic display of our students' hypotheses and experiments.  Also rounding out our school year was the 3rd Grade's long awaited DC Theater Café. It was an amazing day for all of our students as they visited the café and learned about some local powerful voices. We couldn't have done it without our fantastic 3rd grade teachers and the cadre of parent volunteers. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this special day.
We've also been very busy celebrating our retirees for the year. A final farewell goes out to Jackie Snowden, Assistant Principal; George Young, Custodial Foreman; Ms. Murphy and Ms. Adams, Cafeteria managers. We are also saying good bye and thank you this year to Joe Rogall, Blake Yedwab, Juanita Howard, and Karen Breslin. We wish you all the best in the next chapter and thank you for all that you have done for our students and families.
As we look forward to August, we are excited to share that we will be opening up two new special education classrooms that will serve students with a variety of disabilities. The K-2 classroom (Early Learning Support or ELS) will be taught by Jasmine Rogers.  The 3rd - 5th grade classroom (Specialized Learning Support or SLS) will be taught by Ashley Swartz. We are also adding a new special education coordinator, Monica Arce and a new social worker, Sophia Carre. We are ecstatic to welcome these incredibly talented women to our team. Over the course of the summer, we will be sharing more information about the new students and families that will be joining us. It excites me to think that Lafayette is continuing to expand our inclusivity and working to educate and involve all students in the amazing things we do.
The building will be open every day from 8am to 4pm.  We will be hosting Lafayette Camp as well as DPR camp. We'll also be installing the final phase of our construction - our art installations by local artists. The artwork will continue to add  warmth and beauty to our building - I can't wait for everyone to see it! I'll send out an occasional update regarding school supply lists and other odds and ends. Class lists will be published the first week of August. 
Please take time this summer for yourselves and for your family.  Take the time to enjoy one another and take advantage of the "lessons" that surround us every day. Here's to a summer of rest, swimming pools, long evenings outside, a few mosquito bites, and endless play outside.
Thank you for an incredibly successful year in our new building.  While we had our learning moments, we came together as a community and grew in our gratitude and our strength as a community. Thank you for that. And for all that you do to support your students every day.
Happy Summer!!!!!!!
Dr. B

A Special Class of 2017 Thank You 

Thank you to the wonderful 5th grade team teachers, room parents and the Administration team for an incredible promotion ceremony on Friday. From the beautiful music played by Mr Gregal and Ms McLaughlin at the start of the ceremony to the class picnic and movie organized by the room parents, to the first ever Lafayette Clap-Out by the students and parents at the end of the day. It was a day that will always be remembered. 

We thanked many of folks at the ceremony who helped the Class throughout the years, but we accidentally left out a very special person who was instrumental in helping the Class of 2017 succeed: 5th grade mom and key 5th grade substitute teacher Laura Lindsley. A former HSA President and Lafayette substitute teacher, Laurie opened the school year for Ms Direnzo's class while Ms Direnzo was out on maternity leave. She did an amazing job and we thank for her for her dedication to Lafayette. 

Help Our Teachers Get the Pay They Deserve!

Teachers at Lafayette and across the city are counting on you to get us to our 500 signature goal by tomorrow at midnight. The greatest way to send teachers off for the summer is to show them that you have their back in their demand for retroactive pay and a cost-of-living wage increase. We have been waiting patiently and in good faith for 5 very long years. Our parent community at Lafayette is so supportive and we are asking you to continue that tradition by adding your name to our petition. Demand that Mayor Bowser treat her teachers the way she should: With dignity and respect.  Click this link and share it with your friends!  You do not have to be a DC resident to sign! We want to show Mayor Bowser that people from around the country stand in solidarity with DC Teachers. Thank you so much, in advance, for your support!
-Mr. Jared Catapano, Lafayette Union Representative

A Gigantic THANK YOU to our 
Tuesday Bulletin Editors!

Every week we receive the Tuesday Bulletin, it's jam-packed with an abundance of information to keep us updated and organized. Did you know we have 6 editors that quietly work behind the screen collecting all of our important updates and carefully assembling the information? 

As you read this Tuesday Bulletin, the last edition for School Year 2016-2017 - please take a moment and say a big Thank You! to our wonderful Editors: Teresa Gionis, Gayle Moseley, Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Miriam Van Dyck, Katya Svirina and Sophie Hanrahan. Your time commitment and dedication to this important channel of communication is greatly appreciated!

Lafayette Represents at Capital Pride Parade
Thanks to the families and staff that represented Lafayette in the DCPS contingent of the Capital Pride Parade. It was a fun opportunity to show our pride and support for the diversity in our school community. 

Summer Access to Online Site Licenses
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Hello Lafayette families and community members! 

This summer your children have access to multiple online sites that can help them stay fresh for next school year. You can think of this list like the summer reading list of online programs. Click here to view the list and login information for each site.

As always, please contact Nathan Wieand  if you have any questions about the programs or need assistance with login credentials. To access the sites please use and bookmark the Lafayette Technology Resources Website

Have a great summer everyone!

The Bear's Garden Needs Your Help!

Our garden is growing, but we need help to keep it alive over the summer! We're looking for individuals to help with watering during the week and on weekends.  If you're interested, please use this link to sign-up.  

A brief orientation will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 10 am. Those unable to attend can receive information and instructions via email. As a bonus, waterers can take home some of the garden's summer bounty! For more information, please contact Laura Nelms.

Library Books

As the school year closes,  all library books must be returned!  All books were due June 1, but over 700 books have still not been returned!  Please, log onto our online catalog with your student's ID number and birth date and review what they
have checked out.  Books can be dropped off in the book return outside the library anytime the building is open. DCPS does not require students to replace or pay for lost books. We do need to k now they're gone, though! 

Please email Ms. Leese if you can't find an item. Any book that isn't returned this year will be a book that our students can't enjoy next year!


It's not too late to order a 2016-2017 Lafayette Yearbook! 

You can find an order form here or order online at the  Freed Website  and enter password:  LAF1617YB


Help Mr. Wieand Get Published! 

Lafayette's Technology Coordinator, Mr. Wieand is trying to publish his book and is looking for some help! To learn more about his interactive hip hop storybook, please visit his website.

Lafayette 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

It was another great year on the greens for Lafayette golfers big and small this past Sunday for the 3rd Annual Lafayette Golf Tournament, an official Lafayette Auction party.  We got everyone off and back on the rolling front nine at Rock Creek Park Golf Course and no one died of heat stroke. Thank you to our Hosts - the Burrises, the Hans, the Harays, the Gordons, the Minotts, the Trabues and the Backus-Paganos for organizing the day and a special shout-out to Cora, Ally, Sidney, John and Marcus Han for the great breakfast treats and homemade cookies. We also want to thank Jack Pagano's grandpa Steve Blodgett for serving as our Starter and coming out to give the kids water breaks. 
For the first year ever, we had a tie for overall first place - last year's champions Ted and Teddy Trabue and newbies Jack and Molly Reeder tied for first place shooting a cool 37. Jack and Ed Pagano came in second with a 38.  There was a two-way tie for third place with two 3rd grade teams: Keith and Griffin Vaughn and Sebastian and Dennis Ruggeri, who have coincidentally agreed to join with the Hans to run the tournament next year! 
Our best dressed prize was awarded to first timers Dennis and Sebastian Ruggeri who were sporting the Salmon and Blue, although Alex and Charles Findland and the Trabues gave them a real run for the money. Charles Finland also won best score in the under 8 year old category.  
Chancellor's Parent Cabinet Applications Now Open! 

The Chancellor's Parent Cabinet is a group of parent leaders who directly inform the Chancellor around system-wide policies affecting schools. Over School Year 2017-2018, the Parent Cabinet will discuss a variety of topics, including investing in our middle schools, improving transparency in the budget process, preparing students for college and career, and social emotional learning in our classrooms. 

Parents of secondary school students, male parents, East of the River parents, and parents from diverse racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply! Please encourage any parents you know who would be interested in representing your school and sharing perspectives from your school community. For more information and application info, please go to: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2017.  

Summer Reading Lists

Rising 1st through 5th grade students have REQUIRED summer reading or projects. You can find those assignments in the 2017-summer-reading-guide, which also contains top-notch reading suggestions for every grade. Have a great summer!

Key Info for Graduation Class of 2017 (5th Graders)

Here is some important info for our departing 5th graders and their parents. 
It's not too late to order a 2016-2017 Lafayette Yearbook. 
You can order online at the Freed Website and enter password:  LAF1617YB
You can also order copies of the Class Panoramic photo from the same site. If you ordered one and didn't receive it in the mound of stuff your child sent home, please email Ms Ratcliff.
The talented Ellen Shurman created cool photo frames that say Lafayette Forever - Class of 2017 for each 5th grader. If you didn't pick yours up at graduation, Ms Beck has them in the front office. 
The Class of 2017 donated three gifts to Dr Broquard at the promotion ceremony:  a framed panoramic photo of the Class of 2017 (the first class to graduate out of the new building), a framed print of the beautiful I Believe Tree that parent artist Hope Scheller helped the class create for the Auction, and a new outdoor community bulletin board. The bulletin board is designed to promote communication between parents, the school and the community. It will be engraved with their class year and put outside of school this fall. Parents who wish to donate towards these gifts can put a check made out to the Lafayette HSA in the HSA Presidents Box with "Class of 2017" on the memo line, or pay via PayPal using this link. It is a voluntary collection and we welcome any amount parents want to give. So far we have received $20 to $50 a family. Thank you to everyone who has given and to the HSA for helping us order and install the bulletin board. 
It's not too late to return any and all Lafayette Library books which may turn up as you start camp packing and summer fun. Our wonderful librarian Rachel Leese would be very grateful if you dropped them off in the bin in front of the Library.
Save the date for Deal Orientation - Friday August 18 for students and parents.  Look in the mail for your welcome letters coming from the Alice Deal Community Association and the Principal in August. 
Here is the 6th Grade Deal Summer Reading Assignment in case it got lost in the year-end shuffle of stuff your child brought home last week. 
Want to order a Deal T-Shirt ($15) for your child for next year? Contact Jenny Backus


Summer Bootcamps are back at Lafayette! DC Health Coaches, a group of local fitness professionals will continue to host 6am and 8:45am "bootcamp" classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays next to the Lafayette tennis courts.  These classes combine aerobic exercise and functional strength training designed to give participants of ALL FITNESS LEVELS a full body workout!  
Additionally, the DC Health Coaches offer personal training and small-group training in their studio underneath Broad Branch Market.  To inquire about classes or training, email Brendan or v isit their website!

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