Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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April 11, 2017
Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

April 13
4th Grade Battle of the Books

April 17-21
Spring Break

From The HSA

Dear Lafayette Families - 
Only a few short days until Spring Break where we can all slow down a bit and share time with family & friends.  Before we head off for a week, we want to thank those who joined us for the HSA General Meeting held on Thursday, April 6th.  The attached Proposed Budget was discussed at the meeting. This is a line by line listing of all projected revenue and expenses for SY 2017-2018.  A few things to keep in mind as you read through the budget:
  • The HSA runs a Balanced Budget - all of the incoming money is offset by the expense lines, resulting in a Net Zero Budget.  
  • Earlier in the school year, the HSA sent out a parent survey and in response to your feedback, we have added two line items: Choir & STEM (more details about these to follow in the next few months).
  • This spreadsheet has 3 tabs for your review - please comb through them - the first gives the Proposed Budget, the second provides details and definitions of the budget line items, the third is a detailed list of our Extra Curricular programs.
  • Reminder - this is a Proposed Budget and will require a vote by the HSA General Membership  on Thursday, May 4th at 7 pm - please plan to join us.   During this meeting we will also hold the election for the HSA Board Members for SY 2017-2018.
Please take some time over the next few weeks to review the budget.  As always, please reach out to us with any questions or if we can provide any additional information.
We appreciate your amazing and continued support of the HSA and Lafayette.
Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Auction Pictures Available!
Don't Forget to Check Out the Auction Photos! Make sure you see your dapper duds on display-- our professional auction photos are available now to view and to purchase. Please head to and enter in the password LAFAYETTE17AUC. Remember- a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the HSA.
Looking for a Few Great Lafayette Leaders for the 2017 Spring Fair
Are you looking for a great way to help Lafayette? Sign up to be a lead for the Lafayette Spring Fair on Saturday May 13 from 11 to 4 pm. We are looking for a few parents to join the Spring Fair Leadership team. Our three open categories include: Food & Drink, Ticket Sales, and Signage.
Here's how it works. You sign up with Vince Frillici, our incredible Spring Fair Chair at We will train you on how it all works.
You will lead a team of amazing parent volunteers to plan for this great event. On the day of the fair, you will manage your volunteers and vendors and the Fair will be a smashing success. Your kids will be so excited to see you leading the Fair and you will be making a big difference for the school. So sign up today!
Spring Book Sale

If you love great books for kids, look no further than the Lafayette books-apple-icon2.jpg Library this week, where the Lafayette HSA and Barstons Child's Play have teamed up for our spring Book Sale. We're open for business each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm,  except on Thursday April 13 when we stay open late until 8:00 pm for the Battle of Books. Your child will also visit the sale with their teacher one day this week during school as well.
You will find a wonderful selection of paperback and hardback books for all ages, including sections of poetry, history, sports, cooking and award winning books.  Pick some books out for yourself and check out the teacher wish lists. We are also stocking a bookshelf for our friends at Neval Thomas Elementary in NE DC. 
We take cash, checks (made out to the Lafayette HSA) and credit cards.  The sale is staffed 100% by wonderful parent volunteers and we are always looking for more folks. Please sign up to volunteer here.  And thank you for supporting the Lafayette Library and the Lafayette Book Sale.

Images Cover Design Contest

Design a cover for Images, Lafayette's much loved literary and art anthology!  Click here to learn more.
Jump Rope for Heart News
The numbers are in! This year we raised $23,000.00 for the American Heart Association.  Thank you to everyone that participated.  As always, we are amazed at the incredible support we get from the Lafayette community. This year was no exception.
All students who raised money should have received their "Thank you" gifts.  If your child did not receive theirs please send us an email or note with your child's name and what class they're in. And we will get them their gifts.
Again, thank you to everyone for your continued support of our community service project with the American Heart Association. Lafayette Rocks!
- Ms. McClure, Ms. Howes, and Ms. Perll

F A N T A S T I C (14 Points) S U C C E S S (11 points)
Thank you to all the teachers, teams and supporters who came out to the Lafayette Auction Party's 3rd Annual Scrabble Tournament hosted by Libbey Sheldon and Chris Merriam, Maura and Chris Rogan, Katie and Packy Kennelly and Jenny Backus and Ed Pagano.
Nine teams made up of 2nd through 5th graders and a nice selection of grandparents, older brothers and parents competed for three exciting rounds of Scrabble. Guests feasted on pizza and handmade Scrabble iced cookies from Katie Kennelly. Year One winner and Lafayette Alumni Sammy Taubman (who is on his way to his second National School Scrabble Tournament representing Deal) served as our Master of Ceremonies and Judge for the evening with help from Lafayette Scrabble Club founders Kathy Echave and Blake Yedwab.
Four teams battled their way into the finals and when the dust settled, the home team of Jack Pagano and Jenny Backus emerged victorious, followed in second place by last year's winner Stacy Beck and Will Haray, Eddy Hoover and his Grandmother Barbara in third place, and Maura and Michael Rogan in fourth place. Special kudos go out to our two youngest players Katie Boyle and Walt Bernstein for their excellent play. The Bernstein team came in 5th which is quite impressive for rookies!

Lafayette Yearbook Now On Sale

lost and found2 Please Check the Lost & Found!

There are many coats, sweaters and other items left in the lost & found, located in Lafayette's cafeteria. Please stop in and check for personal items that may belong to you child (or ask your child to). All items will be removed and donated after school on Friday, April 14. Thank you!

Join the 2nd grade Chevy Chase basketball team! PPA Hoops is a youth basketball organization that operates in the MD/DC area, providing programs for boys and girls. Our professional coaches have played at the highest levels and focus not only on skill development, but on creating a positive overall experience for players. Our kids improve...and they have FUN!
Learn more about our different spring leagues at
Interested in joining a spring team? Come TRY A PRACTICE OUT FOR FREE!
Practices: Fridays 5:30-6:30pm, @ Chevy Chase ES
Games: Sundays at 12pm or 1pm, @ Bethesda ES
Questions? Email or call 301-257-9572.
2017 GirlsUP Summer Programs. Since 2008, GirlsUP has been helping girls to decide who they are, before the world tells them who they should be. Through innovative weeklong summer programs and year round events, GirlsUP inspires girls to think creatively, communicate effectively, assess choices critically and develop an authentic self-reliance. GirlsUP is a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation Campaign for Girls.
Registration for GirlsUP Summer 2017 Programs is now open:
Session I: July 10-14   9am - 1pm   Stone Ridge School
Session II: July 17-21   9am - 1pm   Chevy Chase ES

For more information or to register please visit our website at

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