Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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January 31, 2017
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
February 17
Professional Development Day

February 20
President's Day

February 26
Lafayette Gives Back
Comfort Cases

March 2
HSA General Meeting

March 3
Parent/Teacher Conference Day

March 12
Daylight Savings

March 14
Pi Day and Pizza Night at Potomac Pizza

March 25
School Auction

March 31
End of Term

From Dr. B & The HSA
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Dear Lafayette Families -
As January draws to a close, I am reminded at how quickly the spring will appear (or we can only hope!). To that end, the HSA and I thought that a "Save the Date" for some of the key school events that happen on our campus. So without further ado....

Feb. 3 - PreK International Festival & 100th Day of School!
Feb. 22 - Jump Rope for Heart - PreK-1st*
Feb. 23 - Jump Rope for Heart - 2nd-5th*
Feb. 24 - 2nd Grade Inventors' Wax Museum  Informance
Feb. 26  - Comfort Cases event*

March 6-10 - Pathways to your Future, College and Career Week
March 14 - Pi Day! Be on the lookout for a 5k announcement! (3.14 miles...)
March 25 - HSA Auction*

April 13 - Battle of the Books - 4th

May 1-5 - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week*
May 11 - Arts Night I for PreK-1st*
May 13 - Spring Fair*
May 24 - KDG Museum  Informance
May 25 - KDG Museum Informance& Arts Night II for 2nd - 5th*
May 26 - 4th Grade State Fair Informance
May 31 - Field Day PreK/KDG*

June 1 - 5th Grade Science Fair
June 2 - Field Day 1st - 5th*
June 6 - 3rd Grade DC Theater CafĂ© Informance
June 9 - 5th Grade Promotion
June 13 - PreK End of Year Celebration
June 14 - Last Day of School

*Volunteer-heavy event

Whew. I'm exhausted just typing the list....buckle up and hang on for the ride! Note that many events require lots of volunteers so we ask you to keep these in mind...and pace yourself. We will need you this spring!

This list is subject to change and does not include field trips, classroom events, or other activities that may be shared via classroom newsletters and room parents. You can always check the website for a full listing of events and up to date announcements.

Thank you in advance for the countless hours dedicated by our staff, students, parents and volunteers. It truly takes all of us working as a team to create such a rich and rewarding learning environment for our students and families. Thank you for that support and cooperation.

Our deepest appreciation on behalf of the Lafayette administrative team and the HSA Board,

Dr. B, Shannon Behm, and Chris Lisi
The Doctor Is In!

Looking for a chance to chat with Dr. B one-on-one? She is now offering office hours on selected Fridays. Sign up here to book a slot!

100 Cereal Boxes to Celebrate 100 Days of School

Led by the student council, Lafayette students will donate 100 (or more) boxes of hot or cold cereal to a local food bank on the 100th day of school, February 3. Please send in boxes of cereal with your student, and happy 100 days!    
Update on Jump Rope for Heart!

Thank you to everyone that has turned in their permission slips. For those that haven't done so yet please get them in ASAP.  They are due Tomorrow, Feb. 1.  Please tear the permission slip off from the collection envelope and put it in the JRFH box in the Great Hall. All children must have a permission slip turned in in order to participate.
Volunteers are needed the day of the event.  If you can volunteer for the event on February 23rd after school from 3-5:30 p.m. please contact Ms. McClure 

All monetary pledges should be turned in by March 2nd.  Envelopes can be turned in to the JRFH box in the Great Hall or to Ms. McClure's mailbox.  Please convert any cash into checks made out to The American Heart Association.  Online fundraising is our preference as it eases the burden of paperwork. Just go to and sign up. 
We l have some "Zoo Crew" days coming up.  All that's needed is the coupon from the back of envelope; please do not send money just for the "Zoo Crew" Characters.  If you have any questions about the "Zoo Crew" please refer to the materials that came home a couple of weeks ago. 
Date to remember:
2/1 - Permission slips due.
2/22-2/23- We are jumping!
3/2- Last day to turn in pledges.

Zoo Crew Days  (provided there are no snow days):  2/1,  2/7,  2/9

Thank you Lafayette community! Your support and commitment has made our school one of the top schools in fundraising in the Mid-Atlantic and the top in our area for many years.  But most importantly we are using this event to teach the importance of healthy eating and exercise and the positive effects it has on our bodies.

If you have any questions please ask Ms. McClure , Ms. Howes or Ms. Perll.

Thank you,
The Lafayette Physical Education Staff
Calling all Runners!

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who would like to join the Track Team in the spring must attend an informational meeting on February 9, in the Library at 8:15 a.m. During the meeting, students will receive information about the team, meets, and any paperwork required. We look forward to seeing you there!

From the Math Center  null

Math Club meets every Wednesday at 8 a.m. and is open to all students in grades 3-5. We just wrapped up line designs, in which we used a ruler to make evenly spaced marks on angles, intersecting lines, and polygons. Note: There will be no Math Club on Wednesday, February 8th due to a faculty meeting. 

Our Math Team, open to students in grades 4 & 5, is back at it solving  non-routine, challenging problems from the Continental Math League. 
To read more about the activities of the Math Club and Math Team and see if you can solve a challenge problem, click here.
LEP Pickup- Now at the Main Entrance

After-school activity pickup will now be from Lafayette's main entrance at 4:30 p.m. Your child must be signed out by a parent or caregiver before leaving!

Note that LAP students will be escorted to the Cafetorium by Mrs. Simmons and signed into LAP at that time.

Auction Items, Auction Parties, Decoration Lead

Please Donate an Item or Service to the Auction...

Thanks to generosity of Lafayette families, we already have a number of exciting getaways for our annual auction on March 25, including vacation rentals in Snowshoe (with a round of golf!), Berkeley Springs, and Ocean Pines! 

We are still looking for more donations--everything from tickets to games and shows, goods and services like home-cooked meals, free gardening help, or web design, even more vacation ideas. It's really easy. You can do it right on line-- click here. Questions? Email Sarah Remes.

...Or Throw a Party and Help the Auction--Here's How it Works: 
Grab your family and closest friends and come up with a theme for a great event. Host a traditional favorite like a wine-tasting dinner or a Mother-Daughter tea. All good, creative (and legal!) ideas welcome.

Consider parties that parents and kids can go to together, like an adult-child golf tournament, a BBQ at a Nats Game, a Build-A-Bear or pottery painting session, a community talent show or a preteen disco.

Annual traditions like the annual Murder Mystery Party, the Dads Pub Crawl, the Golf Tournament or the College Party all began as a creative they are in the Lafayette Party Hall of Fame!

Just pick your party date, chose a host committee and select your party's size. You and your co-hosts cover the cost of throwing the party and then you charge guests (who will sign up at the auction) a fee to attend. We hope to net $1,500 per adult party and $500 per kid party. 

We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you brainstorm ideas for fun events. We'll even help you find other co-hosts.  Sound good? Email Megan  or Laura  with details. Deadline for Party submissions is Feb. 15. 

We Also Need an Auction Decoration Chair!

Calling all you creative people itching to show off your decoration talent! We need your help. Email  for more info.
Save the Date!
Lafayette Gives Back

Lafayette Gives Back Comfort Cases Donation Drive & Packing Party

When/Where: February 26, 1-3 p.m. in the Lafayette Cafeteria

The HSA's Lafayette Gives Back program is hosting the second-annual donation drive and packing party for local charitable organization Comfort Cases which provides bags full of comforting necessities to children in foster care. Your family is invited and encouraged to participate by donating and then helping pack bags on the 26th. Please visit our
event page to learn more including how you can volunteer and donate! For questions, please contact Kitson Jazynka at  or Delfina Reimers.

Looking for a fun Christian sleep away camp for your 7-15 year old boys and girls? 

On Saturday February 11th at noon, come learn more about the powerful Camp Ligonier experience with 2-14 night sleep over options. Current and former campers and parents will share how meaningful the Ligonier experience has been in their lives. You'll meet camp representatives and see loads of slides and videos to help you grasp how fun summer camp at Ligonier can be! RSVP to Liz McReady

Time to Get Strong & Healthy!  Just a six-minute drive across the park from Lafayette, Second Wind CrossFit is starting a new Foundations sess ion on Tuesday, January 31. CrossFit is an overall fitness regimen that is built on constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity.

"But only crazy people do CrossFit!" At Second Wind, our classes include people just like you:  moms, dads, doctors, teachers, lawyers, nurses, restaurant owners, police officers, scientists, bartenders, writers, environmentalists . . . and that's just in one class! CrossFit really is for everyone, no matter what your fitness level. We can make it work for you! Click here to sign up for the next introductory Foundations session or to learn more about Second Wind CrossFit and the different classes we offer. Here's a video we hope may inspire you!


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