Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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January 17, 2017
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
January 19
End of Term

January 20
Inauguration Day

January 26
HSA Board Meeting

Lafayette Gives Back

The inaugural Lafayette MLK Day Community Service Fair was a great success. Thanks to all of you for participating! We made well over 500 sandwiches for Martha's Table; at least 200 thank you notes and goody bags for local firefighters and police officers; over 200 cards and works of art for seniors at Knollwood Retirement Center; and at least 200 activity packets for sick children at Children's National Medical Center. Thanks to you, many of our local residents had their days brightened. A huge thanks also to the many adult and kid volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly, to Shannon Behm and Dr. B for dropping everything to problem solve at the last minute, and to Melissa Jones and Katie Burke for putting it together.

Stay tuned to the Lafayette Gives Back space here. Our next activity is just around the corner! Our second annual Comfort Cases packing party will be on February 20th ! We're looking forward to another great event supporting local children in foster care. You'll find more details on the website and in next week's Bulletin.
Lafayette Auction Wine Party

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Lafayette auction nears and we want to invite you to reserve a spot at one of the auction's early and ever-popular fundraisers -- the annual Lafayette Wine Party. The party will be held this year on Saturday, February 11, at 8:00 pm, at the home of Heather and Chris Davenport.

For those of you who have not attended in the past, the Wine Party is a special night for Lafayette moms and dads to enjoy some comradery and wine tasting, all with the goal of helping our school. The Wine Party happens the month before the actual auction, and its goal is to accumulate a quantity of quality wines that are then offered for bidding during the auction.

The first 50 people to make reservations join the festivities with a simple price of admission. Each couple, as well as each single person or single person with a guest, brings a "luxury" wine of their choosing worth $75 or more and with a rating of 92+ points to donate to the school's auction. These luxury wine donations will then go to the highest bidders at the school auction on March 25th. Each guest is also asked to contribute $20 to help cover the cost of the tasting wines that will be served at the party. 

If you wish to attend the Wine Party, please email Eileen Dombo at as soon as possible.  This event sells out quickly every year! 

And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at the emails below.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Your Hosts:
Heather and Chris Davenport (
Eileen Dombo and Lou Blick (
Janine Finck-Boyle and Pete Boyle
Kendal and Mike McManus (  


If the amount of kids playing in the special indoor GAGA pit on stage in the Lafayette Cafetorium was any indication, the 2nd Annual Lafayette Camp Fair was a smashing success. 35 local day camps and area sleep away camps RSVP'd for the Fair and the Lafayette community was there to meet them. We had art camps, sports camps, chess camps, music camps, outdoor camps, academic camps, and sleep-away camps. We had camps from as close as our building like LAP Camp and Lafayette Tennis to sleep away camps who travelled to the fair from Baltimore, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Congratulations to  Carolynn Race and  Yi-Ru Chen for winning a free week of camp at Headfirst Camp and  Jennifer Jackson who won a $1000 credit at Camp Twin Creeks.  

You can learn more about all the camps who attended the Fair  here on our special Lafayette camp page. Many of them have also donated weeks of camp for the Auction.  If you decide to attend one, please tell them you learned about them at Lafayette. Thank you to all the parents, staff and Administration team who attended the Fair and helped recruit camps.

A special congratulations and thank you to Lafayette mom  Julie Chen who has been working since the start of school to organize the Camp Fair. Not only did Julie raise close to $2000 for the HSA through the sale of tables at the fair and snacks, she also secured more than $7000 in donations from the camps for the Lafayette Auction, doubling our totals from last year.  Way to go Julie!  She was assisted the night of the Fair by her husband  Walt, plus a great group of Lafayette volunteers (  Nedra Pickler, Jane Ellis, Laura Nelms, Susan Parker, Fiorenza Castelli, Rowena & Danton Stuart  and Katherine & Mark Dueholm)  Thanks also to the hardworking  Lafayette HSA Board especially Ways and Means Chair  Astrid Ruggeri, our great babysitter  Kanisha Swinton  and the incredible  George Young and his custodial team.

basketball Last week was a big week for the Lafayette girls and boys basketball teams with two big team wins against Brightwood. The girls continued their winning ways taking their record to 4-0 with a 34-13  victory  on Tuesday  against the Brightwood girls at home and the boys travelled to Brightwood  on Thursday , winning 48-11 to even out their record to 2-2. All our players contributed to these two big wins. This week both the boys and girls teams are home in the Lafayette Bear Arena with two big games on Tuesday 1/17 and  Wednesday 1/18 . The girls play Hearst  on Tuesday  and then the boys host Hyde-Addison  on Wednesday . Both games tip-off at  4:00 pm  and the players and coaches are counting on a great crowd of fans. If you come out to the games, don't forget to visit the Student Council Snack Bar during half time.  All profits go to supporting Student Council events like the spring dance.

Kids Elite Sports Summer CampIt's that time again to be thinking about camp even though the weather is freezing!  Kids Elite Sports Summer Camp is a multi-style camp that takes place at Wilson High School.  The camp was created by Wilson Track Coach, Desmond Dunham, who is a warm, friendly, thoughtful educator who gets kids and knows how to engage and motivate them. A total of 8, 1 week sessions are offered starting June 19th and ending August 11th.  More information can be found at

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Shannon Behm & Chris Lisi, Lafayette HSA Co-Presidents
Lafayette Elementary School