Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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April 4, 2017
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

April 5 6-8PM
5th Grade Poetry Night

April 6
HSA General Meeting

April 17-21
Spring Break

From The Principal

Dear Lafayette Families -
Happy week before the week before Spring Break!  Last week we wrapped up "Music and Art in our Schools Month" with a spectacular series of concerts.  Our student musicians were truly remarkable.  Additionally, please be sure to scroll down to our Tuesday Bulletin entry from the Art room.  Ms. McLaughlin and students have been hard at work (as usual!) integrating art into every facet of our lives.  Our students' remarkable work is on display throughout the building.

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  Thanks to a 5th grade parent, the 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Echave, and Mrs. Matthews-Meth, we are looking forward to hosting our first annual poetry reading - "Pass the Poetry, Please".  Our 5th grade students have learned about different types of poetry and have crafted original pieces for the reading.  There will also be a visiting poet to share in the celebration of words.  Please join us if you can, Wednesday 4/5 at 6 pm.  It promises to be an evening to remember.

April has also opened up ENROLLMENT SEASON!!!!  That's right, it's time to bring in your paperwork for next year.  DCPS will not be mailing anything home.  The link is here if you would like to print the forms.  We also have copies in the main office.  Our goal is to have 100% of our returning students enrolled by May 17th! 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the After School Advisory Team.  We will hold our inaugural meeting on Thursday, 4/6 from 6-7 pm.  We will review the data from the after care survey sent out last week as well as next steps in best serving our community's aftercare and enrichment needs.  All information at the meeting will be shared with the community at large.  Stay tuned for updates. 

Thank you to everyone for all that you do for our students, staff, and community every day.  The last month has been chocked full of student events, performances, the Auction, puppet shows, field trips, etc.  Our calendar only promises to pick up momentum as we head into June - Battle of the Books, Arts Nights, Field Days, Spring Fair, Staff Appreciation Week, class parties, field trips, promotion, etc.  Thank you to every single person who volunteers, shares ideas, gives feedback, or participates in any way.  We can only do these amazing events as a collective.  Together we create an unstoppable collective that supports our students' growth and development.  Thank you. 
See you a t the HSA meeting Thursday evening (4/6) at 7 pm.  And remember that my door is always open.  Feel free to email, call, or stop by.
With gratitude,
Dr. B

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HSA General Meeting and Board Nominees

Reminder - HSA General Meeting Coming Up!

Thursday, April 6th 7pm

Please join us as the HSA Board shares the proposed budget for SY 2017-2018.  We want your thoughts and feedback.

Babysitting available.

Take a few moments to learn about your candidates for the 2017-2018 HSA Board. 
T he vote for the Board will be on May 4th. 

Chris Lisi, Co-President
Margaret Lidstone , Co-President
Shannon Behm, 1st Vice President
Colleen Lyster, 2nd Vice President
Tammy Horn, Secretary
Kavita Chamberry, Co-Treasurer
Tonya Esposito, Co-Treasurer
Astrid Ruggieri, Ways and Means
Sean Maloney, Membership
Carrie Willimann, Volunteer Coordinator
Erinn Walsh, Early Childhood Coordinator
Laura Nelms, Environmental Chair
Clare Sant, Hospitality Co-Chair
Edith Rankin, Hospitality Co-Chair
Nedra Pickler, Outreach and Tours
Sophie Hanrahan, Communications Co-Chair
Caroll  Vuncannon, Communications Co-Chair

See you in the Cafeteria this Thursday!
Chris & Shannon

Our Lafayette community knows how to throw a great party and they came up with some amazing ideas for this year's Auctions.  There are still openings available for the following Lafayette parties.  Sign up now on the Lafayette website at
Wine Tasting Party - Saturday June 10 at 8:00
Scotch Tasting Party - Saturday April 29 at 8:00 
Sample Rare Beers - April 14
Legendary Beer Pairing - Saturday May 6
Havana Nights Party - Saturday May 20 from 8 - 11:00 
Trivia Party at Soapstone Market - Sunday April 30 from 6 to 9
How to Kombucha - Sunday May 28 from 4 to 9:00 
Lafayette Dads Night Out - Saturday May 13
Bollywood Moms Party - Friday June 2 at 7:00 
90s College Party - May 13 from 7 - 11:00 
Zengo Ride for Lafayette - June 10 at 1:00 
Movies and Treats with Mr. Johnson and Ms. Pluck
Archery Party with Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes
Storytime and Baking with Ms Ivy
Lafayette, Washington and Hamilton, The World Turned Upside Down Party - Sunday June 4 - morning
3rd Annual Lafayette Parent-Child Scrabble Tournament - Sunday April 9 at 5:00 
Dog Parade and Training Clinic - May 6 at 11- 1:00
Kids Night Out - May 6 from 5 - 7:00 
Pre-K Spring Social  - May 20 from from 2-4:00
Parent vs Child Capture the Flag Game - May 21 from 2 - 4:00
Kindergarten Spring Tea Social -May 13 from 2 - 4:00 
Cook with Brooke - April 29 from 2-4:00 
The Great Zucchini Party - Thursday May 4 at 6:00 
Breaking Away Midweek for Meatball Madness - Wed May 24
Muppet Movie Madness - Saturday June 3 at 10:00 AM
Pokemon Trading Party - May 13 from 6 - 9:00 
Guacamole Making Party - Friday May 12 from 4:30-6:30
Minecraft for Computer - Advanced Party - May 7 from 1 - 4:00 
Minecraft for Computer Beginner Party - May 6 from 1:30 to 4:00 

Check out the full descriptions of the parties below and sign up for your slot


Each year at the Lafayette Auction, we do a special "Raise the Paddle" fundraising call to collect donations for a special school wide program. Folks contribute a donation of any amount that feels comfortable for them towards this special project. This year, we are collecting for the Lafayette School Garden and Kitchen Classroom.

The Garden and Kitchen Classroom Program will use the Raise the Paddle funds to purchase equipment, such as soil test kits, bug boxes and magnifying lenses, provide teacher training, and enhance and expand garden-based programming.  Funds will also support art in the garden. Ms. McLaughlin will work with several grade levels to create student-made mosaics for the walkways, planting beds, and garden entrance sign. 

Your support will also help us buy tools, soil, compost, seeds, and everything else we need for the garden. You can read more about it here in this beautiful presentation put together by HSA Environment Rep & Lafayette Grow Committee member Laura Nelms or feel free to contact her at

Thanks to the support of Auction attendees we are about 3/4 of the way to our goal of raising $10K for this wonderful program. We are looking for your support to take us over the top. Just click here to make a donation and thank you for supporting Raise the Paddle and making our garden grow!
Wednesday April 5 from 6 to 8 PM in the Lafayette Cafeteria
Calling all poetry fans. Join us tomorrow even ing, Wednesday April 5 from 6 to 8 PM in the Lafayette Cafeteria for Pass the Poetry Please, a special performance by the Lafayette 5th grade.  40 poems have been selected from across the 5th grade to be performed at a special evening performance. Lafayette's own Joel Holmes and another jazz musician will accompany the students readings and the evening will also feature a reading by local poet Mary Rand Hess .  Light refreshments will be served. Come on out and cheer on our amazing student poets.

Love to Cook? Volunteer Chefs Needed!

One of the most popular live auction items each year is "Guess Who's Coming With Dinner," where the winning bidder gets a home-cooked meal delivered one night each week for an entire school year. But to make this fabulous item a reality, we need lots of volunteer chefs to cook and deliver a meal to our lucky winners. Please help us close out the year on a delicious note! Sign up here (last name Gordon, password lafayette) to deliver dinner on a Monday evening between now and the end of the school year. Contact Kristin Nicholson for more info. Thanks for your support!

...And the Popsicle Party Goes to....
We tallied up the Lafayette Auction's tickets sales, items donated and voluntee r time of our amazing parents. So many people in our community helped out to make it a success, but a few classes and grades topped the bunch. 
Class competition:
Upper grades: Ms. Campbell's 5th Grade Class
Lower grades: Ms. Breslin's 2nd Grade Class
Grade competition:
Overall winner: 1st grade 
Most chips collected at the end of the Auction: Kindergarten
The winning classes and grades will receive popsicle parties to celebrate!

From the Art Room  Laurie McLaughlin, Visual Art grades 1-5 Laurie McLaughlin
Celebrating Arts in Our Schools- we've been busy!
Visual arts students in grades 4&5 just completed a math infused unit on Art Deco, and their work ultimately transformed our auction space on March 25th! Check out the photos of students working on the decorations on the art room blog.  
Super exciting news!!! Students in grade 4 and 5 are currently working with artist-in-residence Kevin Reese to create two large mobiles for our stairwells to be installed this coming summer! Calder-like and reflective and colorful, the joyful mobiles will represent our own students' creativity!
In other news:
Third graders just wrapped up a painting focusing on a D.C. landmark building and incorporating a color mixing lesson on tints, shades and low intensity colors. Second graders just completed their unit on African textiles with Adinkra style symbol printing representing qualities we feel are important... from "recycle" to "peace" to "be mindful" to "eat more carrots"J  Grade 1 students have been entertaining their parents and others with shadow puppet shows, where delightful Chinese dragons dance behind a screen projected with light... a great way to explore their science concepts of light and sound! 
And finally, all our students are working on IMAGES, our beloved art and literary anthology... taking stories generated in class and creating illustrations in the art room! Class photos will be taken this week and the book will debut at Arts Nights in May!

GROW Committee News

This past week has been a busy one for the GROW Committee! On Wednesday, over 40 teachers attended the Garden Open House to learn more about the outdoor classroom, receive sample lesson plans, and share their garden wishes. We're looking forward to planting in the garden in April and watching it grow!

March was National Nutrition Month.  To celebrate, GROW organized a school-wide "Eat A Rainbow" tasting event on Friday, March 31 to highlight the importance of eating a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables for a balanced diet. The rainbow plates were a big hit with all the students, with many asking for seconds.

If you'd like to support the garden and other GROW Committee activities, please consider donating to Raise the Paddle

Arts in Our Schools Month; A Rich and Varied Experience for All!  

At Lafayette we celebrate the arts every day! Because March is "Art and Music in Our Schools Month" we want to highlight some of our current integrated experiences for our community!
First of all, if you were at the Music in our schools Month celebration concert last Thursday, you know that in addition to a fantastic lineup of performing groups, we had a special appearance by grade 2. In music class, in conjunction with their activism unit, second graders listened to, analyzed, and sang the song "Yonder Come Day", a spiritual that speaks of a day full of positive change. Students practiced singing in harmony and rounds and then gave an energetic performance for us all!
The fifth grade team began the month with a Civil War Museum, then turned their attention to poetry writing.  In honor of National Poetry Month, recent ELA classes have featured in-class poetry readings, including original poems for two voices. Fifth grade students will weave poetry, jazz, and tableau together at an April 5th evening performance called "Pass the Poetry, Please", where 40 young poets will follow the lead of Mary Rand Hess, published poet, reading their original poems to the accompaniment of jazz musicians Joel Holmes and Zayani Sims. Come out and support our young artists!
Fourth grade students wrote plays of events leading up to The Revolutionary War, choosing from the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Battle of Lexington and Concord, or Paul Revere's Ride.  Student work included dialogue, stage direction, and historically accurate details. The final creative results were performed on the stage with an audience of their peers.
Third graders in Ms. Campbell and Mr. Rogall's classes explored Federal, State and Local jobs as part of their unit on the Government, and then created poetry and portraiture about jobs that they could see themselves doing in the future.  Students in Ms. Yedwab and Ms. Bosurgi's classes dissected fables, which allowed them to understand the elements of fables. After looking at the difference between prose writing and script writing, groups of students chose a moral, planned a fable that taught that moral, wrote a script and then created an illustration. Skits were performed for the parents.
First grade classes integrated visual art and book writing to enhance the different curriculum topics they are exploring in their classroom. We also performed shadow puppet shows in art for our parents as a tie-in to their unit on light and sound.
Pre-K students integrated music into their classroom unit on nutrition with a musical interactive story using percussion instruments. And In Ms. Perll's classroom, Kindergarteners combined art and music by illustrating and dancing to a song.  
And we continue to CELEBRATE!!!

WLES Video News 

I am happy to announce that the first ever WLES Broadcasting Club has just posted their inaugural video! WLES is a broadcasting club introducing 5th graders and staff sponsors that create broadcasts featuring news, announcements, interviews, and so much more! We plan on posting these broadcasts to the school's youtube channel bi-weekly and on Fridays. This means the next post will be April 14, right before Spring Break. To access the videos simply go to the Lafayette Technology Resources page and look for the YouTube link.

We hope that you enjoy watching these videos as much as we do making them and that they provide additional insight into all that we do here at Lafayette. If you have any questions or comments about the club please feel free to reach out to
Happy viewing!
Mr. Wieand 

Monday April 10-Friday April 14 in the Lafayette Library

The Lafayette Spring Book Sale is happening next week and we need your help. We've teamed up with Child's Play on a great selection of books for every age level. It's a great opportunity to stock up on Spring Break reading and Lafayette gets 20% back from each sale. We're also teaming up with Thomas Elementary School in NE to "fill a bookshelf" with new books for their library.

Check out the 
flyer  that came home last week from Ms Leese our terrific librarian and thanks for supporting the Spring Book Fair.

We also need your help to make the sale a success so please sign up to volunteer for the sale. We've got jobs for everyone.  Thanks for supporting the Lafayette Library and the Lafayette HSA.

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!
JUST TRYAN IT Kids Triathlon: Swim, bike, and run on June 18th at the Landon School for a great cause! JUST TRYAN IT financially supports families fighting childhood cancer in the Greater Washington, DC area. In  2016, over 500 students (ages 6-14, of all abilities) participated and helped raise $175,000+. Since 2010, we have given over $1,300,000 to support families being treated for pediatric cancer in our area. JUST TRYAN
IT continues to grow and we have hopes of helping more and more families in the future.

Watch this short video < watch?v=erZLX7BoEdQ > or visit our website < > for more information and Register TODAY! We are also seeking volunteers - register to volunteer on our website.

Spring Break Art Camp and Art Classes
Registration is open for Spring Break Art Camp at CREATE Arts Center, in downtown Silver Spring. Spring Break Camp runs from April 3 through April 21. Flexible day-by-day registration, and before and aftercare, is available. For more information, and to register, visit Registration is also open for our spring art classes. Learn more about our art classes at

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