Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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November 8, 2016
Katya Svirina, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

November 8
Election Day

November 11
No School - 
Veteran's Day

November 17
LEP Session Ends
Drama Club Performance


Congratulations to the newly elected Lafayette Student Council officers. Please come out and support them at the Lafayette Election Day Student Council Bake Sale, brought to you by the HSA and the Lafayette Student Council.

November 8, from 7 to 10:00 AM and then again from 3:30 to 7:00PM, volunteers from the Student Council and the HSA will be offering baked goods and hot beverages, pizza and sodas for sale to voters voting at Lafayette. All proceeds go to the Lafayette Student Council.  We are also looking for donations of baked goods from Lafayette families for the kids to sell. Please drop donations  at our table on Northampton Street starting at 7:00 AM on Tuesday November 8. Thanks for supporting the Lafayette Student Council.

School-Nurse Update
Cut in Nursing is Postponed, but Threat Remains 

Good news for Lafayette parents who were worried about the possible reduction of hours for school nurses in DC. Emergency legislation introduced by DC Council members David Grosso and Brandon Todd to slow down the implementation of this proposed policy from the DC Department of Health and maintain current nurse staffing until June 2017 passed the Council unanimously on November 1, thanks in great part to support from the community.

The organizers of the Lafayette Community letter want you to know that they still plan on sharing our letter of concern with every member of the Council and the Mayor at the end of this week. The DC Department of Health will spend the next six months working on new policy and there is no guarantee that they won't try to change the status of full-time nurses again. It is critical for the Mayor and the Council to hear from all of us about the importance of full-time nurses here at Lafayette and in all DC public schools. Check out the Lafayette United website for all the latest information and to add your name to the Lafayette Community letter.

Have you met Lafayette's new librarian, Rachel Leese?

Not only is it Rachel's first year at Lafayette Elementary, but this is her first year as a school librarian!

Rachel grew up in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, where she took part in clubs like theatre, chorus, and marching band. Clarinet players rejoice! From her small hometown, Rachel attended Penn State and earned her undergraduate degree in religious studies and integrative arts with a focus in architectural history. She then went on to obtain her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her diploma for library and information sciences.

One of her favorite books is The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill.
Her favorite part of being a school librarian is helping students find books they enjoy, and spreading the love of learning. The hardest part of being a librarian at Lafayette is keeping the shelves from descending into chaos! The students here go through our books and come back for more. She says she is coming to accept the controlled chaos since it comes with a love for reading. The most popular books are the Amulet and Big Nate series of graphic novels. She says she would love to see some love given to The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber. It is a fiction novel with a great twist! If you're feeling generous, Rachel says she would like to see more graphic novels in the library... it's the most popular genre among the students.

teaching peace logoMessage from Peace of Mind

Click Here for the current issue of Peace of Mind newsletter. This highlights our activities at Lafayette Elementary for this month.
lost and found2Lost & Found Items to be Donated November 18 
All items left in the lost & found (cafeteria location) will be picked up for donation to a good cause on November 18. So please check for anything that belongs to your kids. And please remember to put your name (legibly!) in clothes, especially outerwear, that your kids wear to school. Thank you! 
Don't miss the 2nd Annual Barstons Child's Play Book Sale & Book Drive November 7-20

20% of all sales go directly to the Lafayette HSA
Help us secure 50 New Books for Kids In Need!
Our wonderful Lafayette Annual Sponsor Barstons Child's Play is back for their second annual Holiday Book Sale and Book Drive. From November 7-20, we will be selling a short list of the top children's books this season curated by the amazing Book Department at Barstons Child's Play. Click here to check out this year's selection.
20% of the sales will go to the Lafayette HSA and we are hoping to secure 50 book donations for children in need. It's a great time to stock up on books to read in the car on the way to Grandma's for Thanksgiving. And it's really easy to take part.
Select the books you want on the form linked here, and send your completed form, with credit card info or a personal check made out to the Lafayette HSA attached into school with your child by Friday November 18. Or drop your completed form and payment in the HSA Box in the Front Office. You can also pay via Paypal at, put "ChildsPlayFallBookSale" in the notes section, save your receipt and then email your completed form and receipt to Jenny Backus at or drop it off at 5841 Nebraska Ave.  We will gift wrap your books in colorful non-holiday specific paper and send them home with your child via their backpack by November 22. We will keep books you are donating and give them to the Episcopal Children's Center.
WE WILL ALSO BE AT LAFAYETTE ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 DURING THE DAY & AT THE DRAMA PERFORMANCE. Stop by our table outside of the school at drop-off and pick-off or come to the Drama Club Performance that night at 6:00 PM
GIVE THE GIFT OF READING TO ANOTHER:  HELP US DONATE 50 BOOKS TO THE EPISCOPAL CHILDREN'S CENTER.   We are teaming up with our friends at the Episcopal Children's Center on Utah Avenue to help modernize their library and get newer books into the hands of the students they serve. Just indicate on the form on the back of this sheet the titles of books you want to donate to the Children's Center. 


The talented, award-winning Wilson High School Theater program is back with URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL on November 11, 12, 18, & 19.  Don't miss it!
Winner of three Tony Awards, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution.  An irreverently humorous satire, it is filled with tuneful references from classic American musicals and has been praised for its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.  URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, tells the story of a Gotham-like city in the grips of a terrible water shortage that has led to  a government-enforced ban on private toilets.  The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.  Until an unlikely hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Shows are November 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 7:30 pm, and November 19 at 2:30 pm, at the Wilson High School Auditorium (3950 Chesapeake Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016). 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and $5 for everyone at the matinee on November 19th.  Cash or check only.  Buy at the door or reserve in advance by emailing

Chevy Chase DC Public Library has some great upcoming programs. They are all free and open to the public. Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month!
Come learn about the Piscataway Nation through papitam "let's play." Papit├ím is a learning through play experience that educates kids with culturally appropriate Piscataway explorations.  Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm at Chevy Chase DC Public Library. Registration required: call 202-282-0021 to sign up.  Ages 8 and up.

HoopEd All Sports and Games
No School on Friday, November 11th - HoopEd All Sports and Games camp is back at Lafayette!  Register HERE!

The Choral Arts Society of Washington has supported our school auction for many years. Former Principle Ms. Main was a resident singer and Lafayette mom, Bethann Siegel, has performed with this world-class symphonic choir for almost 20 years! Their next performance is the Berlioz Requiem happening at the Kennedy Center on Sunday November 20th at 5pm, with a full orchestra, brass band and close to 200 singers! Support Choral Arts and come out to the concert.  TICKETS: Available through the Choral Arts Box Office. Order before Nov. 13th and save 15% with the "friends" discount: BERLIOZ15. 
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