Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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October 11, 2016
Miriam Van Dyck, Editor

Mark Your Calendar

October 14
Picture Day

October 15
Fall Festival
Hello Lafayette Families -

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend!   

Thanks so much to those who attended the HSA General Meeting this past Thursday, we appreciate your time and willingness to listen. 

Attached are the presentation and minutes, as well as a copy of all of the Question Cards that parents posed to Dr. Broquard. 

Should you have further questions for Dr. Broquard, please email her directly at  If you  have questions for the HSA, please reach out to Shannon and Chris, we are always available. 

We appreciate your support and your time, and value you as a Lafayette community member.

Have a great week,
Shannon & Chris

It's Here! The Fall Festival is THIS SATURDAY! Grab your munchkins, oil your joints and prepare for an afternoon of technicolor fun!  The lineup of activities includes: Farmraiser, pop-a-shot,  corn hole,  twister race, sack races,  relay races,  obstacle courses by Hoop Ed and Tippi Toes, Circle Yoga, a haunted house,  moon bounces, a photo booth, a DJ, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting and tattoos.

Schedule of Events on October 15:
3:00pm-5:00pm Fall Festival Activities at Lafayette Park*
5:15pm-5:30pm Costume Contest in the Multi-Purpose Room
5:30pm-7:30pm Movie: Wizard of Oz in the Multi-Purpose Room
*In case of inclement weather, the festivities will be held within Lafayette Elementary School
Buy your wristbands!
Wristbands are $20/child and include all activities (Golden L families and adults are free); they can be purchased online or at the festival and  collected at the ticketing table on Saturday.
Pizza, bake sale, and beverages are also available for advance purchase.
Not sure you can volunteer? Why my dear, you are capable of more than you know...

Parents, we need your help make the Fall Festival a super-success! Volunteer just a bit of your time by signing up today on the fall festival volunteer sign-up sheet available on Signup Genius. Find your child's class, and sign up for a slot.
If your child's class is filled up, please know that we still need lots of help with set-up and clean-up. Set-up is from 10:30am-1:00pm and our clean-up is from 5:30-7:30pm. PLEASE sign up for a slot there, too, if you can. Remember, there is nowhere over the rainbow without you!

Join Auntie Em's Pie Contest and the Bake Sale!

Are you a wizard in the kitchen? Join our annual Pie Contest, judged by Dr. B herself at the Fall Festival!
Bring two homemade pies (one for the contest, one to sell) to the pie table between 2-3  p.m. along with a copy of your recipe and a $10 entry fee. The winning pie recipe and bakers will be featured in the Tuesday Bulletin!

Feeling a little shy and rather provide a treat than compete?

We would love your contribution to help make the Lafayette Bake Sale as sweet as it can be.  Can't wait to see you on the yellow brick road!

The HSA wants to know what you think! Beginning next week, the Lafayette HSA will be distributing an online survey to get parent feedback on the full spectrum of HSA activites, from after-school offerings and social events to fundraising and communications. We need to hear from you as we develop our priorities, plans and budgets for this school year and those to come. So keep an eye out for details, and please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Thanks in advance for your help!


Individual student portraits will be taken by FreedSpirit on Friday, October 14. You do not need to fill out an order form or prepay - every student will be photographed on Friday.

Students will be photographed outside using natural light and the backdrop will be various spots around the school and/or park. For a sneak peek at what to expect, please check out their website to see their portfolio.
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 that day or you do not like your child's proofs, there will be a make-up/re-take photoshoot on a date TBD after the proofs come out.

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. Please chat with your child about taking his/her jacket off for the photo or making sure he/she knows what clothing is expected to be worn in the photograph.

We have kids who show up in bowties and fancy dresses, as well as sweatshirts and athletic shorts and everything in between. Sometimes it's difficult for the volunteers/photographers to determine what the intended outfit is supposed to be. If unsure, we may ask, "Does your mom or dad want you to wear that jacket in your photo?" and we are met with a blank stare or a sly smile, so we have to just go with it.

If you have any questions regarding Picture Day, please email parent volunteer Gayle Moseley or call 202-253-2029.


Join with your kids & help us collect 300 warm winter coats, hats and mittens for children in need across Washington DC and right here in our neighborhood as part of our Annual Coat Drive. 

We are looking for new and gently used/freshly laundered winter coats in all sizes, especially larger sizes. Kids are also encouraged to donate hats and mittens too. Just bring your coats to the Fall Festival on Saturday October 15.  Or bring them to the bins by the Security Desk at drop-off and pick-off starting on Monday October 17 through Monday October 31st. You can also drop coats off at 5841 Nebraska Ave NW anytime in the plastic bin.

This great Lafayette tradition usually has occured later in the school year but because the weather gets colder earlier, we wanted to make a big push for coats during October.

We will be donating our coats and mittens to two local DC Public Schools that we have supported over the years  plus to our friends at the Episcopal Center, right down the road from Lafayette on the corner of Nebraska and Utah. Please help us reach our goal of 300 coats.  And thank you for your support!


The Lafayette HSA is pleased to announce that we have sold more than 180 bricks and larger pavers to mark important moments and honor students, teachers and staff. All funds received will go directly to supporting important programs at Lafayette.

We are no longer accepting any brick orders for this round.
If you missed the deadline, don't worry, we are hoping to bring the program back for a short time in the spring.

Please look for future announcements on the unveiling of the bricks!


The October 2016 Peace of Mind Newsletter is now available! Happy reading!

Nathan Wieand, Technology Coordinator

Greetings Lafayette Community!   
In Technology Class we have been talking a lot about digital citizenship and making good decisions when going online or using devices. Students in grades 3-5 all have accounts on Digital Passport, which can also be accessed from the Lafayette Tech Page.
Students log in using their student ID # and birthday in MMDDYY format and complete different modules pertaining to digital citizenship. We will not be spending much time working through the modules in class so students are encouraged to complete them at home.
In addition, we have also been discussing the Lafayette Educational Technology Use Pledge, which will be sent home with students shortly. The purpose of the pledge is to assume a shared responsibility of teaching responsible use of technology between families and the school. We would greatly appreciate if families could read and discuss the pledge with students in grades K-5 and sign and return it to their child's homeroom teacher. The pledge outlines the school's expectations of students' use of school technology, which overlaps with the expectations for home use.
Our aim for the pledge is to raise responsible digital citizens equipped with relevant 21st century skills. As always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to me via email at:


Please join us on October 25 for Family Science Night, brought to

you by the Maryland Science Center. Activities will include uncovering the identity of a liquid through chemistry, looking at the world through the eyes of other animals, discovering why the sky is blue and how rainbows form, and more science fun and prizes!


The event will be held in the cafetorium from 6-8. Plus sample lunch offerings from Sodexo (while supplies last).  Questions?  Please contact Sarah Remes.

After all of the Halloween excitement at school on the 31st, keep those costumes on and join Lafayette Gives Back for an opportunity to extend the fun, and share the joy with the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community.

The children will get to show off their ensembles in a costume parade, and have a great time trick-or-treating with the residents. Further details will be forthcoming.

Did you know Lafayette has a Summer Camp Expo each year in January to help Lafayette families find the perfect summer? Do you have a summer camp you love that might like to take part in the Expo this coming January 12th ?  We are taking signups for camps now and would love to include recommendations from the Lafayette family.  

We are also looking to include more sleepaway camps this year, so if you have had a good experience with a camp, please encourage them to attend. Contact Julie Chen at for an info sheet to share with your favorite camp director and help us make the next event a great success. Or click here for more information on the Lafayette Elementary website.


Growing Healthy Schools Month is well underway! This week is "ReThink Your Drink!" Students will participate in a demonstration in the cafeteria during lunch to learn about the sugar content in various drinks, such as sports drinks, juices, and sodas.

We've already had lots of great activities this month - we had great participation in Bike or Walk to School day last week, and the second graders went to Arcadia Farms to learn about sustainable agriculture. If your student has not returned the "Eat a Rainbow" worksheet, bring it back this week for a chance to win a prize. Students can pick up another copy or print one out at home for more chances to win. 

Stay tuned for more health and wellness activities to celebrate Growing Healthy Schools Month throughout October! If you're interested in helping or joining the GROW committee, contact Laura Nelms at
NFL Youth Flag Football - Still Time to Register.  Let's Move Sportz is a coed non-contact flag football league for boys and girls ages 4-13. We are a member of the NFL Flag Football community and we are committed to promoting health and physical fitness for the kids in our community.

Young players will love the opportunity to play in the jersey of one of the 32 NFL teams. Everyone gets a chance to play; there are no tryouts!

There are still spots available this Fall in our 6-8 year old division and limited availability for our 9-11 year olds. Please visit us at for more information and to register online. The registration button can be found in the upper right hand corner on the website.

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