Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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June 6, 2017
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Editor  
Mark Your Calendar

June 6
DC Theater Cafe

June 8
HSA Board Meeting

June 9
5th Grade Promotion
Teacher Appreciation Reception

June 13
Pre-K End of Year Celebration

Marquis de Lafayette Awards

The HSA awarded members of our Lafayette community with the Marquis de Lafayette awards on Thursday, June 1. Each recipient in attendance was honored with a personalized award and some kind words detailing their incredible contribution to the school. We are so lucky to have these fantastic people in our community.

Sharon Adams* - Cafeteria Staff
Stacy Beck - Parent Volunteer, Former HSA Board Member
Laura Comay - Parent Volunteer
Eileen Dombo - HSA Board Member
Janine Finck-Boyle - HSA Board Member
Josh Gordon - HSA Board Member
Jen Lanoff - HSA Board member
Mary Jaffe - Parent Volunteer
Dennis Smyth - Parent Volunteer
Jackie Snowden* - Assistant Principal
Joseph Rogall - 3rd Grade Teacher

*Unable to be present at award ceremony

Help Our Teachers

Our final, big push

We need 172 signatures in the next 14 days. This is the time we need you the most. Teachers are working harder than ever at this time of year and they really need to know that they have your support. This is an easy time to forget about our teachers, so get the word out of DC Teachers! This fight is still happening!! I'm imploring you to get the word out! Let's do it! See the petition here.
Lafayette 5th Grade Family Graduation Night Potluck Picnic

graphic-summer-park.jpg Lafayette 5th Grade Family Graduation Night Potluck Picnic
5:30 PM Friday June 9 at Pierce Mill Picnic Area in Rock Creek Park

Hello 5th Grade Families, graduation day is almost here but there is still time for one last wonderful Lafayette tradition. The Post Graduation Family Celebration on the night of Graduation. For years Lafayette families have gathered together on the night of graduation for a casual potluck feast, coming full circle from that first parent potluck in Pre-K or Kindergarten when little did you know as a parent, you were meeting some of your best friends for the next few decades.

This year, we have reserved the Pierce Mill Picnic Area otherwise known as Picnic Area #1 in Rock Creek for Friday June 9 from 5:30 until it gets dark for a fun family potluck picnic and have created a sign-up genius for folks to list what they can bring.The event is free, just bring a dish or something to share with the group. You can sign up here.

You don't need to cook. Some of folks are bringing pizzas. Hosts will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. The picnic site includes a covered pavilion and picnic tables for our use as well as restrooms. We will also provide charcoal and will have the grills lit, if you would like to bring items to grill.All 5th grade families and extended families are welcome to come. Since it is National Park Property, alcohol is prohibited and all pets must be on a leash. But we can bring frisbees and soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, even bocce and badminton if someone feels inspired.

This is a super casual event. Come by for 20 minutes or two hours and celebrate the Lafayette Class of 2017. We look forward to seeing you!
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 at 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!
Bears Flag Football Wrap Up
The Bears had an amazing run in their inaugural flag football season this spring. A hard-working team of 4th and 5th graders were undefeated in the regular season, beating Dorothy Height 17-7 in their final regular season game last Wednesday for a 4-0 record. Alas, after an awesome but exhausting field day last Friday, they fell to Wheatley in the City semi-final playoffs, 20-7. Huge thanks to their awesome coaches Shawn Bell and Jess Campbell for organizing and coaching the team, team photographer Stacy Beck for her awesome photos and to amazing team Mom, the indefatigable Jenny Backus!

Fun Weekend of Auction Parties

Auction Parties have been happening every weekend since the Auction.  These parent organized parties are a great way for parents and kids to meet new people.  Up this past weekend, the Lafayette Moms went to Bollywood and  Lafayette kids from Pre-K through 5th grade turned the world upside down with a Hamiliton Themed Walking Tour through Washington DC  Check out these fun photos. They even tweeted messages to Lin Miranda and the HAMILTON Musical team.  And you should have heard all the kids singing on the bus, they knew the whole show!

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!
Field Day Thank You
Field Day
Thank You to all Field Day Volunteers
What a perfect day we had for Field Day. It was a fabulous day for all. A big thank you goes out to all of the faculty and community members who volunteered. It really is a community effort and all of the hard work and support is greatly appreciated.

Ms. McClure, Ms. Howes and Ms. Perll
Strawberries & Salad Greens--Garden Open House

Over the last few years, DC Schools have come together to provide its students with locally grown juicy strawberries and crunchy salad greens on a special day in celebration of supporting local foods. Strawberries & Salad Greens Day will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

In addition to the local strawberries and greens being served in the cafeteria, smoothies made from local strawberries and greens from our school garden will be offered by the GROW Committee in the garden throughout the day. If you're interested in seeing the garden, please stop by anytime between 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM to check it out and enjoy a smoothie!
Framebridge Framing Service

The Lafayette HSA has teamed up with online framing service Framebridge for a special campaign and they are EXTENDING the order deadline thru JULY 1!!!
For every new user order placed, Lafayette will receive $30. Just go on line to and follow their easy directions to place your order. Enter code LAFAYETTEFRAMES at checkout. It's so easy to frame a piece of your child's art, special photo or graduation certificate. Questions? Email or call 301-801-6884
CompanyE presents the Jungle Book on Sunday, June 251:00 and 4:00 PM. One hour show, and tickets are $35. Tickets are available directly through the Kennedy Center. At least one Lafayette student (kindergartner!) is performing.

Summer coding tutor. My name is Joseph Kaperst, and I am a computer science student here at Stanford University.
Originally from the DC area, I attended Lafayette. In High School, I started District CoderDojo, a nonprofit organization that teaches students how to code. For more information, check out our website: In addition to my work with founding the Dojo, I organize and write tasks for the Bebras Computing Challenge. Over 1 million students participate in this challenge each year. Named a Bethesda Magazine Top Teen for my work in computer science education, I am offering up tutoring services to Lafayette students. I have a flexible schedule, and I am able to teach all levels. With many students having time over the summer, it is a great opportunity to build a strong foundation in computer science. Please contact me with any questions. Joseph Kaperst 301-919-1856.

Lafayette kindergarten teacher private tutoring. Students lose at least 4 months of skills they have learned during summer vacation. Lafayette kindergarten teacher Mrs. Brown is offering private in-home tutoring or any location of your choice. Tutoring grades K-3 for $75 a hour. Contact Mrs. Brown at  

Lafayette Elementary School Charity RideSaturday, June 10 - 1:00 PM - Join us at Zengo, Bethesda!  

Plan your Saturday workout now!  It's not too late to sign up and the money raised for this event goes back to Lafayette - sign up now.    Questions - please contact:  Maribeth Raffinan

Where:  Zengo Bethesda
Time:  1:00 PM (arrive 15 minutes early)
What:  Lafayette Elementary School Charity Ride 

Washington Walks.  Looking for something fun and educational to do over summer break?  Check out Washington Walks, a wonderful local based walking tour company right here in DC at . They are great with kids - especially Caroline and Andrew, and put together a custom tour for a group of Lafayette folks this past weekend that was really informative, age appropriate and fun. We all learned a lot, even the adults.  They run public tours every weekend from April to November. Walks cost $20( $5 off for folks with military or federal ids) and  last two hours. No reservation is required. You can reach them at  202-484--1565 .  Topics include Women Who Changed America, Hamilton's DC,  Abraham Lincoln's Washington, Memorials, Monuments and so much more.   It's a great way to learn about the amazing city we live in.

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