Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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February 28, 2017
Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

March 2
HSA General Meeting

March 3
Parent/Teacher Conference Day

March 6-10
Career Pathways Week 

March 12
Daylight Savings

March 14
Pi Day and Pizza Night at Potomac Pizza

March 25
School Auction

March 31
End of Term

HSA General Meeting - Thursday, March 2nd! 

Please join us in the Cafeteria at 7 pm.  Babysitting available.
As some of you may not know, this year's school budget allocation (2016-2017) included a shortfall. Like several other DCPS schools in our area, our actual enrollment exceeded our projections, thus leaving us with a sizable deficit in our budget. 

To this end, Dr. Broquard will be sharing specifics for this year's and last year's budget at the HSA General Meeting. Your attendance is extremely important. It's important that we all stay informed as we work collaboratively as a school and HSA to align our budgets to maximize support for our students and teachers.
Three items for HSA Members to vote on:
  • To support the potential financial need for additional support for the school if we find ourselves in need as we near the end of the school year.
  • To use HSA funds to update the Lafayette website and improve school-community communication tools.
  • Nominating Committee for SY 2017-2018.  Team of three (3) volunteers will recruit, manage and organize the nomination process for the upcoming HSA Board election.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Lafayette Girls Win Region B Championship 
Headed to City Finals
Boys Team loses tough game to Shepherd in 1st round of playoffs
The Lafayette Bears Girls Basketball Team won the Region B Championship on Monday afternoon, beating #1 seed Hearst in a tough fought game and are headed to the City Championship next week. Showing great teamwork, strong passing and sheer desire to win every ball at every end of the court, the girls netted a great victory in front of a packed crowd in the Bears Arena.  Stay tuned to all our Lafayette platforms for more details on the City Championship games. The girls will be looking for friendly Lafayette faces as they move through the rest of the tournament where they could face Hearst again.  Hearst was their only loss during their 7-1 regular season.  Congratulations to our Champion Lafayette Bears Girls team and good luck as you proceed in the City Championship!
The Lafayette Bears Boys team lost a tough game against Shepherd in the first round of the playoffs last Friday and sadly won't be advancing to the City Championship.  They kept it very close for three quarters, playing their hearts out and keeping close, but Shepherd's powerful big men powered through in the 4th quarter and the boys ending up losing 59 to 44. Congratulations to all the Boys Basketball team and their coaches for a great 7-3 season.  While the DCPS season is over for them, the Boys Team will be working hard preparing to defend their winning title at the Annual Lafayette March Madness Tournament, happening in the Bears Arena March 20-29. 
The players would like to thank all their parents, coaches, teachers, fellow students, staff, HSA and Dr. B and the Administration team for all their support of Bears Basketball this year. 
Lafayette Community Comes Together to Pack More Than 220 Comfort Cases 
It is truly amazing to witness the generosity of the Lafayette Community. Our second annual Lafayette Gives Back Comfort Cases event held this past Sunday was a tremendous success. Lafayette families, teachers, friends and sponsors donated hundreds of items to fill more than 222 Comfort Cases for foster children here in DC, 100 cases more than our amazing total last year.  Lafayette students from every grade as well as teachers packed the cases at a fun event this past Sunday helped by parents and Lafayette alumni volunteers.  We were also so excited to be joined again this year by Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer and his family, who spoke to our students about how every citizen can make a difference in their community and how he built the program into an international success. 
The Lafayette Comfort Cases program would never have been possible without the leadership and vision of Lafayette parents  Kitson Jazynka and Lafayette Give Back Chair Katie Burke and their wonderful team of volunteers: Delfina Reimers,  Melissa Jones, Susan Formuzis,  Polly Snyder, Sonya Schwartz,  Stacy Beck, Abby  Royal, Christy McGuire, and many, many dedicated volunteers who donated money or items and helped us on the day of the event and in the days before the event as we prepared.
Kitson  introduced us to the program two years ago and has worked closely with Katie to make it an important part of our Lafayette Gives back work.  For more information on the program, check out this article which will be appearing in the School Dispatches section of this week's NW Current by Jack Pagano, a 5th grader here at Lafayette. 
We would also like to thank Lafayette Annual Sponsor Barstons Child's Play who generously donated books and activities for the cases, and Dr Broquard and the Administration team for giving us so much support from the school. Thanks also goes to our awesome custodial staff for their help setting up and breaking down the event. 

Jump Rope for Heart News
What a great way for our kids to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity. Last week our students pumped their hearts during the Jump Rope for Heart Activities.  We jumped and danced during our 18th annual JRFH community service project.  It was an awesome week!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered.  There were staff, teachers and community members who assisted during the event. Thank you to all of you!  We couldn't have done it without you.

For the families that have decided to raise funds for the American Heart Association, donations are due this Thursday, March 2nd.  Please put all donation envelopes in the box in the Great Hall. Make sure it is marked with donation amount, child's name and class code.  Please turn all cash to checks.  Checks should be made out to the American Heart Association. 

It's not too late to sign up on line to request donations.  Please go to  find our school and join our team.  All donations go directly into our account and no paper work for us. Once totals are in it will take about 4 weeks to receive the "Thank you" gifts.

If you have any questions please direct them to the JRFH team- Ms. Perll, Ms. Howes or Ms. McClure.  You may email Ms. McClure as well.  

Again, thank you to everyone who helped to make this JRFH one of the best ever.

Ms. McClure, Ms. Perll and Ms. Howes

Pi Day is Coming!

On Tuesday, March 14th (3.14), we will celebrate all things circular! On this day, dedicated to the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, we will have our Pi recitation contest in which students try to recite as many digits of Pi as they can. Any student in grades 1-5 is welcome to pick up the first several hundred digits of Pi in the Math Center and work to memorize them over the next few weeks. We will be awarding prizes for each grade level and anyone who enters gets a little prize. The contest will be at 1:00 in the Math Center.

After school will be the first annual Lafayette Pi Day Pi K. We will start at 3:30 at the flagpole and run/walk 3.14 kilometers (about 1.95 miles). At the end, we will all celebrate this "mathmagical" holiday by eating pie. We are still looking for volunteers to monitor the course, as well as donate, serve and collect pies. Visit the HSA website to find out more, or click here for the flyer and permission slip.

Happy Pi Day!
Erin Duchinsky and Edie Stanton

Help Needed for Auction Parties!

We have lots of fun auction parties planned for this year. There is something for everyone - trivia at Soapstone, wine tastings, beer tastings, scotch tastings, dinner parties, 80s college party, 90s college party, ice cream parties -- even a Hamilton-themed party for kids -- plus many more. 
However, to have all these fun events, we need to find a few families to serve as hosts instead of guests. You won't be starting from scratch - everything is already planned and has a "main" host - what we need are just a few more families willing to help cover costs and in some cases, maybe do a little shopping or helping out at the party.
These are the parties that need more hosts. Let us know if you can join in!  And we'll pass your name on to the party host so you can get more information.
Remember, it is for the kids :)
If you are interested in hosting any of these parties, please contact  Laura and Amanda.
Beth, Laura, Amanda, Megan, Bethann, and Sarah

1. Square Dance at the school in June (family party)
2. Trivia Night at Soapstone on April 30th (parent party)
3. Bounce House/ Minute to Win It party (kid party)
4. Outdoor disco at Lafayette (family party)

Get Ready for March Madness at Lafayette

It's almost tournament time and that means it is time for March Madness at Lafayette. The Lafayette Bears Basketball Coaches have a series of fun games and events organized to celebrate America's greatest sporting event - the NCAA Tournament and another great season of Lafayette Bears Basketball.  There's something for parents, teachers, alumni and fans. You won't want to miss the fun happening in the Bears Arena March 13-29!

  • Students on the current basketball team will play the staff on Monday, March 13th at 4:00 pm.
  • Lafayette staff will play Lafayette parents on Wednesday, March 15th at 4:00 pm.
  • This years' current basketball players will play alumni basketball players from years ago on Thursday, March 16 at 4:00 pm. 
We're even hosting our own Lafayette Elementary School March Madness Tournament. It will kick-off on Monday March 20 , 2017 and could run through Wednesday March 29 depending on how many teams sign up to take part.

Lafayette parents, alumni, and staff who interested in playing in the fun games on 3/13,3/14 or 3/16 or coaches of teams interested in taking part in the March Madness Tournament starting on 3/20 should contact Coach Johnson or Coach Hover for more information.

Career Pathways Week Coming Soon

March 6-10 is Career Pathways week at Lafayette!  Click here for more information about this week in which Lafayette students will explore college and careers.  Click here to learn more.
LICE Alert!

3 easy steps to keep these critters out of our school - please help
  1. Watch for your child scratching their head
  2. Send child to Nurse Cockrell if any concerns - do not hesitate!
  3. If Lice exists - please follow treatment process all the way through - this is critical so we can minimize the number of cases within Lafayette.
We must be vigilant with treatments to keep the LICE out.
Email Nurse Cockrell with any questions:
Thank You for your Support!

Registration for Girls on the Run is open...NOW!

Sign up for Girls on the Run! GOTR inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.  Girls on the Run logo
The program runs for 10 weeks, and girls in 3rd-5th grade and gets them prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Key Dates:
Registration open February 13-March 26th, first come first served.

Practices will be held 3:30-4:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lafayette.  5K Run will be held June 4, 2017
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Green, 4th and 1st grade parent, at 202/271-2806.  The Online registration form can be found here.    Link to register (in Spanish and English)  
FoodPrints Classes Underway

FoodPrints classes are underway at Lafayette!  FoodPrints is a food and nutrition education program provides standards-based, hands-on experiences with growing, harvesting, cooking and eating nutritious, local and seasonal foods.  
Last year, Lafayette received a School Garden Grant to pilot FoodPrints classes for Pre-K and 2nd grade classes. Since January, students have been participating in monthly classes in Lafayette's kitchen classroom.  As spring approaches (even though it feels like it's already here!), students will have a chance to work in the garden, growing and harvesting food to use in some of their future lessons.
The GROW Committee and administration are currently exploring ways to expand classes to additional grade levels next year.  For more information, please contact Laura Nelms.


Little League Baseball & Softball Season Starts Soon
Capitol City Little League  has been serving young athletes in Lafayette's area since 1986.  All students enrolled at Lafayette are eligible to play.  If your student would like to play baseball or softball, you can register them before March 3rd  for the Spring 2017 season.  Games and practices start by March 18th and the season ends in mid-June.  To register, click here.  Financial assistance is available.
Cap City will be holding a special clinic for prospective Cap City softball players on Saturday, March 4, from 11:30 am-1 pm, on the softball field at Alice Deal middle school. Players from the Wilson High School softball team will be running the clinic with the assistance of Cap City coaches. The clinic is free.

The clinic is open to all girls in grades K-5 who have never played softball before. New players who have already signed up for the first time are welcome to attend. As an added incentive, veteran players who bring along a new player may also attend. Please spread the word about the clinic.

You can find more information about the clinics, including registration info, on the league website, .

GirlsUP offers extraordinary summer programs for girls age 10-13 focused on developing character, confidence, and critical thinking through an innovative journey toward self-discovery. GirlsUP is a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation's Campaign for Girls.  For more information, click here or visit

Soapstone Market, a party sponsor for Lafayette's Spring Auction, is hosting a Mardi Gras party on February 28th (TONIGHT!) with Abita Brewing Company featuring a Cajun inspired buffet and two drink tickets. 6 pm to 9 pm. $30 per person.  Tickets can be purchased online  or at the door.  Soapstone Market, 4465 Connecticut Ave NW.  202-750-4100 .

Lafayette Spring Tennis Registration Is Open.  Afterschool tennis classes at the Lafayette Park Tennis Courts will start March 20 and run for 12 weeks ending on June 9.  There will be beginner through intermediate classes for boys and girls ages 5 - 14 for 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 classes.  

Please check for class times and space availability.  We will coordinate pick up and drop off for 3:30 classes and LAP attendees. If you have any questions you can contact Paul Rosenbaum at  202-441-0925 or via email at

We will start adult morning and evening classes on March 13. 

FitCampNation Summer Camp
It's time to start searching for a camp for summer 2017! FitCampNation Summer Camp at Deal Middle School  will offer five one-week sessions between June 26th and July 28th. We pride ourselves in and focus on fitness, sport specific instruction, structured play, and nutritional education, in a fun and nurturing environment. Additionally, FitCampNation Summer Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, and problem solving/critical thinking.  The following sessions will be offered, at a discounted rate of $250 per week. The early bird rate will apply until April 1st, 2017. Rates will increase to $300 per week, thereafter. The camp is open to students in grades 6, 7, & 8 and they do NOT have to attend Deal Middle School.
Session 1: June 26-30
Session 2: July 3-7 ($150, holiday week)
Session 3: July 10-14
Session 4: July 17-21
Session 5: July 24-28 
Please email us at for more info and/or to register your child, click here.

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