Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 9, 2017
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

May 10
Bike or Walk to School

May 11
Arts Night I

May 13 
Spring Fair,  11am-4pm

May 18
12:15 Dismissal

May 19
No School
P/T Conferences

May 25
Arts Night II

May 29 
No School 
Memorial Day

May 31
PK & K Field Day

The Spring Fair is This Weekend!
Buy your Kidpass Today!   Beat the lines for unlimited rides, games, food and fun. Buy them now and you can skip the line on Saturday, you won't want to miss this chance to make fair fun a breeze. Just $35 gets you an all-access Spring Fair.
The Lafayette Spring Fair Is 100% Parent-Powered:  We Need You to Help Make This Beloved  Community Tradition a Success!

Please sign up now to help out. We have all sorts of jobs at all sorts of times - perfect for Moms, Dads, Grandparents - even older siblings looking for service hours. 

Volunteer for a shift or two. Like to work early in the AM? Sign up for the Yard Sale or Fair Set-up? Love Books? Volunteer at the Book Fair. Are you a foodie? Bake a treat or make a salad.  We have all sorts of jobs at all sorts of times and you are totally welcome to sign up for more than one job. In fact we need lots and lots of Bakers and Salad Makers. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to date and we look forward to seeing you all at the Spring Fair on Saturday.

Attention all Bakers!  
Get out your mixing bowls and flour, and whip up your tastiest treats for the Spring Fair.  Bring goodies to the Bake Sale table by 11 am, on May 13th,  already cut and ready to be sold.  Please note the easiest way to drop off sweets, is to come through

the Northampton street loading dock.  You can cross the bridge over to the back of the school where the food section will be. Click here to sign up.

You Can Still Order A Personalized Brick 
This is the final week for to order a commemorative brick for the 2016-2017 school year!  If your family would like to add their touch to the school's brick walkway, please act now.  We will conclude our order period at the Spring Fair on Saturday May 13.
  To order, please complete the order form and drop it with your check or paypal receipt in the Brick Drawer in the main office or stop by the Grizzly Gear Sales table at the Spring Fair.  If you have any questions, please contact Sonya Matza. Thank you for supporting Lafayette HSA!

Got Salad? 
Help ensure the healthy alternative for lunch at the spring fair. Please bring your favorite greens, beans, potato, pasta, fruit (or any other salad for that matter) to the salad tables at the spring fair on May 13 at 11 am.
Sign-up early so we have an idea what to expect.
 Questions? Email Margaret McDaniel

Plant Sale Extended - Last Chance for Orders!  plant

Good news for procrastinators! Our FarmRaiser plant sale has been extended until tonight! All orders must be in by the end of the day Tuesday, so order while you can.
 We have beautiful hanging baskets for Mother's Day, as well as tomato plants, annuals and more. Order online by tonight, and pick up your goodies at the Spring Fair on Saturday from 11-4. Questions? Contact Kristin Nicholson
Just in time for Mother's Day, Arts Night and Graduation
Check out the May "Lafayette Frames for Fund"s Program from Framebridge or s top by their sponsor table at Spring Fair and Arts Night!
The Lafayette HSA has teamed up with internet framing service Framebridge for a special campaign this May. For every order placed, Lafayette will receive $30. Just go on line to www. and follow their easy directions. Use code LAFAYETTEFRAMES when you place your order, It's so easy to frame a piece of your child's art, special photo or graduation certificate. 

Have more questions or want to learn more? T he folks from Framebridge have generously signed on to sponsor the Lafayette Spring Fair and Arts Night. Stop by their table on May 11 at Arts Night 1, May 13 at the Spring Fair or May 25, Arts Night 2 and learn more or place your order right there on site.
Got Books? 

We are collecting books of all kinds to be sold at the used Book Sale at the Lafayette Spring Fair.

Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. DVDs (please no VHS tapes), audiobooks, music CDs and video game cartridges are also accepted. Thanks in advance for not unloading textbooks, outdated self-help books, ancient encyclopedias, etc. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't donate it!

Books are being collected at Lafayette in bins in the Great Hall and in our Loading Dock (located just off Northhampton where the school parking lot is located). There is also a drop-off location in the neighborhood at 5841 Nebraska Ave. Spread the word to your neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll come pick them up (contact Gayle Moseley or Jenny Backus).  
Thanks for your support!

Spring Fair Yard Sale: Spring cleaning made simple!

Get a table at  this Saturday's Spring Fair Yard Sale. It's a great way to support Lafayette while purging all the things that are outgrown/under used around the house.  
$25 for a table and just $10 for a kids table and you keep all the profits.  Don't wait to reserve yours now!
kids walking school
TOMORROW: Bike or Walk to School Day

Get your walking shoes out and your bike tires pumped - TOMORROW is Bike or Walk to School Day at Lafayette! There will be a bike parade departing from the corner of 32nd St. and Tennyson St.s NW at 8:20, if you'd like to bike with a crowd! There will also be tables set up in front of the school where student participants are welcome to enjoy healthy snacks provided by the GROW committee. This event will take place rain or shine - see you on the sidewalks! 
Experience "Art Transcending"
  • An All Lafayette Communal Art Project
  • Art Display beginning week of 5/29
  • Special Performance - Evening of Thursday June 1 at Lafayette Elementary
Did you know the students of Lafayette have been collaborating on an massive school wide art project called "Art Transcending". Led by Lafayette mom Hope Scheller with help from parent volunteers and the classroom teachers, our kids have been creating a multi-media, multi-platform piece of art for the past seven months based on the game "Telephone." 

Starting with the Pre-K students, each grade level has been creating art based on what they are seeing and hearing from the grades that precede them. By the time the project is complete at the end of May, every Lafayette student will have contributed their perspective, interpretation and inspiration.
2nd grade art

Don't miss your chance to witness this magical artistic journey undertaken by our children. Hope and her team of parent volunteers will be displaying this project starting the week of May 29 across Lafayette and on Thursday June 1, they will hold a special evening viewing of 48 different video vignettes created by our kids. It's a great chance to see what happens when all of Lafayette works together towards a common artistic goal. Questions about "Art Transcending"? Contact Hope Scheller

A Lafayette Bears Roar the 2017 Battle of The Books! 

Here's a shout out of to all participants and our wonderful 4th grade teachers. And now...the results!

First Place:  Donuts of the Galaxy:  Dorothy Kremer, Mia Mora, Ashlee Narsico, Ailani Cuadra, Esther Flores-Calderon, Miriam Stinton-Remes
Second Place:  The Five Musketeers: Spencer Jones, Elijah Lott, Caleb Murphy, Paul Joire, Sam Ginsburg
Third Place:  Booky Katz: Jack Reeves, Griffin Fraizer, Zachary Dell-Bosak, Elijah Gold-Moritz, Judson 
Congratulations to the 4th grade students  and teachers for another successful Lafayette Battle of the Books. This terrific Lafayette academic tradition is designed to get 4th graders excited about reading some great books and working together as teams to answer questions about what they learned. On Thursday April 13, parents, teachers and dozens of teams gathered in the new gym for the 2017 Battle. It was clear from the crowd, the music, the t-shirts and hairdos, the pizza and the cookies and the spirited competition,  that the Battle of Books is a rocking and reading good time. Nearly every 4th grader took part in the competition and they made their teachers, parent coaches and friends so proud.

Thanks to Ms Demaria, Mr Catapano, Mr Coor, Ms Houston and Ms Culver for their hard work planning the Battle and to Ms Leese for her help in selecting the books and keeping score on Battle.  Night.  Thanks to the HSA for their support and to all the teachers, Administrators and parents who came out to cheer on the teams.
Student Satisfaction Surveys
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It's that time of year again when DCPS has all of the schools administer a school satisfaction/stakeholder survey for students in grades 3-5. These surveys will be used to provide important information to DCPS central office, school administrators and the community at large. Here are a few FAQs about the survey that will help better illustrate what the survey is all about: 

A. What will the survey cover?
The surveys will ask general satisfaction questions about the school and district.
B. How long will the surveys take?
Surveys should take 10-15 minutes for older students and 15-20 for younger students.
C. When will we receive the results?
Schools will be provided reports of their results over the summer and district-level results will also be made available online in the fall.
D. How does DCPS use the results?
This is the primary way DCPS measures the Capital Commitment Goal 4 of "90% of students say they like their school."
Results will also be used for strategic planning within central office and to assist in the School Climate Initiative.
Some of the questions also factor into the DCPS School Scorecard.

If you would like to check out the results of a previous year's survey then you can go here: This is also where this year's survey results will be posted in the fall. The DCPS School Profiles are also a great way to see the different satisfaction and safety index scores for all schools in DCPS. Check out the "Scorecard" tab and information is posted under "Safe and Effective Schools" Http://

This week you should receive a Student Survey Notification and Withdrawal Form that explains the survey and gives you the option to opt out your child. If you do choose to opt out please return the form to your child's homeroom teacher or directly to my mailbox. If you would like your child to participate in the survey then there is no need to return the form. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me via email at

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Mr. Wieand
Look for Library Books books

The end of the year is fast approaching, and the awesome readers of Lafayette currently have 1,700 books checked out! While the library will be open for several more weeks, now is the time to begin looking for and returning misplaced books. Please, take time to log onto our online catalog with your student's ID number and birth date and review what they have checked out.

DCPS does not require students to replace or pay for lost books. We do need to know they're gone, though! Please email Ms. Leese at if you can't find an item. Thank you!
Jus Tme Assemblies Rocked!

Mindfulness Teacher and Hip Hop artist Jus Tme visited Lafayette for two assemblies on Wednesday. We have enjoyed his music and teachings in Peace Class for a few years now and thanks to the generosity of the HSA and the Lafayette parent community we were able to fly him in from California to spend some time with us. We had an amazing day! 

He performed two assemblies for 1st - 5th grades that included singing, dancing, lessons on focusing, self care, kindness, and appreciating your teachers. A group of 25 4th and 5th graders learned one of his songs and created their own dance to go with it. When they performed it during the assembly Jus Tme was blown away. He spent time with some smaller groups of students, signed autographs and gave out hundreds of high fives and warm hugs. The sight of 350 children sitting quietly and meditating together was something I will never forget. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this day possible!!
- Linda Ryden
Lafayette at the Pride Parade

Proud to be part of the Lafayette community? 
Come represent Lafayette as part of the DCPS contingent in the Capital Pride Parade on June 10th. Let's show DC we are the biggest, proudest school in the District. The Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and ends along the 14th Street corridor at S Street. Parents, family, friends, and students are all welcome!

Whether you can march with us or not, consider showing your pride by ordering (and wearing) a "Proud to be Lafayette" shirt. The order will close on May 16th.
To get a swanky shirt, go here and to  RSVP for the parade, go here.
Annual Politics & Prose Book Fair
  A Fundraiser for Lafayette
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The Lafayette Elementary/Politics & Prose Bookstore book fair is coming up on Saturday, May 20, 9:00am-6:00pm. On this day, P&P will donate 20% of your entire book purchase to Lafayette! 
You can also buy books to donate to Lafayette's library and individual teachers' classrooms. 

Stock up on summer reading, buy dad some Fathers's Day books, while supporting Lafayette and your local bookstore.
We also need volunteers to staff the table at P&P. Please sign up here
Arts Night I is Thursday
Arts Night II is May 25
Lafayette's Arts Night is almost here! It's our annual celebration of art and music, during which every child in the school will have a chance to perform on stage, and every student in school will have a piece of artwork on display. 

Additionally, our annual literary anthology, IMAGES will be on sale. This publication features a piece of writing with illustration from every child at Lafayette. 

Our population is so large that we have two nights of celebration!  On Thursday May 11, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade will perform, along with the percussion and guitar ensembles.  On  Thursday May 25, grades 2-5 will perform, as well as the band and drum line. See schedule below.
During Arts Night there will be pizza for sale, along with Grizzly Gear (Lafayette apparel and sundries), and our IMAGES publication. We hope to see you all there! 

Please contact Mr. Holmes or Ms. Perll with questions. 

Arts Night I
Thursday, May 11

   5:50 Meet in Pre-K Wing
   6:00 Perform on Stage

   6:05 Meet in Pre-K Wing
   6:15 Peform on Stage

1st Grade:
  6:20 Meet in Pre-K Wing
  6:30 Perform on Stage

Guitar Ensemble:
   6:30 Meet in Music Room
   6:45 Peform on Stage

Percussion Ensemble:
   6:45 Meet in Music Room
   7:00 Perform on Stage

Arts Night II
Thursday, May 25

2nd Grade:
   5:50 Meet in Pre-K Wing
   6:00 Perform on Stage

3rd Grade:
   6:05 Meet in Pre-K Wing
   6:15 Perform on Stage

4th Grade:
   6:20 Meet in Pre-K Wing
6:30 Perform on Stage

5th Grade:
   6:30 Meet in Pre-K Wing
   6:45 Perform on Stage

Lafayette Band:
   6:45 Meet in Music Room
   7:00 Perform on Stage

Lafayette Drum Line:
   7:00 Meet in Music Room
   7:15 Perform Outside
             on the Track

Field Day Volunteers

PK and Kindergarten Field Day is Wednesday, May 31. All inquiries for this field day should be directed to Ms. Perll.  N
Field Day ews is coming soon on opportunities to volunteer for that event.

1st - 5th Grade Field Day is Friday, June 2. Please mark your calendar as we will need many volunteers to ensure the success of the day. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 to noon. Volunteers typically run a station for the duration of the morning. Additionally some volunteers will be needed at 7:30am that morning for set-up. We will send out a Signup Genius link for volunteers. If you can't wait for the link you may email me to volunteer and I'll sign you up.   

Thank you in advance for your support.  This is one of the kids' favorite days of the year and without the help of parent volunteers it wouldn't be possible.

-Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes


Mr. Coor Summer Tutoring
As everyone continues to make plans for the summer, I wanted to let you know that I will be available for tutoring over the extended break.  I plan to work with students from grades 1 -5 in any area of need.  I am flexible with availability, however there will times when I will be traveling with my family.  Please feel free to contact me with questions and to pass this information along to anyone who may be interested.  Also, for tutor related correspondence, please contact me at 
Survey About the Lafayette Rec Center and Park
Friends of Lafayette Recreation & Park (FoLRAP) is conducting a survey to better understand the community's relationship with the park and recreation center and to gather ideas about possible improvements.  The survey is available online at and all are welcome to participate.

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE (more 15 families !!!!)
Saturday MAY 20th
8 am - Noon
Corner Moreland St Nw/Northampton St Nw
Tons of women clothing, shoes, jewelry and purses (a lot of french brands),
Tons of baby, toddler and children clothes (a lot of french brands),
Tons of baby and toddler items
Tons of baby, toddler and children toys,
Tons of books (french and americans, children and adults),
Dvd (children and adults),
Household furnishings, Kitchen stuff, Appliances, Furnitures, Luggage, Electronics, Photo equipment, Vinyl records...
Coffee/Limonade stand
Homemade French pastries

Expert Spring/Summer Tutor Accepting Students.
I'm a lifelong neighbor who tutors Lafayette students in grades 4 and 5 through successful middle school transitions. I hold an advanced degree in linguistics from Georgetown University and have decades of experience with all subjects, integrated projects, and the ISEE/SSAT. I'm licensed and up to date on the Common Core and IB Middle Years Programme. My references attest to my expertise, and to students' confidence, performance in school, and scores on standardized tests. Email:; phone: 202-316-2263.

Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp June 12 - August 22
Fun tennis camp for boys and girls ages 5 - 15. This camp is designed for brand new beginners and experienced tennis players. We focus on having fun while improving the tennis players' skills. Both full day (9-4) and half day (9-noon) weekly sessions are available. We also have optional after-camp care and pre-camp care. We play on the Lafayette Park tennis courts and use the splash park to cool off in the afternoon. We also cool off at the Broad Branch Market after lunch, as well as, swimming one day at a refreshing pool.

Come check out our location at the Spring Fair this Saturday. Registration information is at Or call Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or

Thanks to our Sponsors:
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