Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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February 21, 2017
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

February 22
JRFH PK, 1st

February 23
JRFH K, 2nd-5th 

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

Dear Lafayette Families -

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and the spectacular weather. This week is another short week, but packed with learning and adventures. It's hard to believe, but we are in the thick of budget season for next year. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the January HSA General meeting and shared his or her priorities for next year's budget. I have been working with DCPS and the LSAT committee to finalize our allocations for 2017-2018. As some of you know, our budget allocation is based upon our projected enrollment, which is 796 students for next year.

As some of you may not know, this year's 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, I will be sharing specifics for this year's and last year's budget at the HSA General Meeting on March 2nd . Your attendance is extremely important. It's important that we all stay informed as we work collaboratively as a school and HAS to align our budgets to maximize support for our students and teachers. The HSA General Membership will be asked to vote 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.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the HSA Board and Membership. Because of your donations, resources, and time, our teachers and students have all that they need. Our students continue to have incredible learning experiences, field trips, extra-curricular activities, and current learning materials. The HSA has also supported our "move" into the building in ways too numerous to list. For that, every student, teacher, and staff member is incredibly grateful.

I'm also grateful that we continue to "give back" to those in need. Please don't forget to join us for our 2nd Annual Comfort Cases packing event on Sunday, 2/26. This event hosted by "Lafayette Gives Back" will run from 1 pm - 4 pm as we pack resources for kids in the foster care system. Please see the website or your room parent email for additional details.

I also want to take a moment to highlight the work of our 4th and 5th grade Student Council students.  These leaders in our school have been incredibly active over the past several months. Led by teacher Stephanie Moore, our Student Council has donated over 200 boxes of cereal to a local food bank, hosted concession stands to support our basketball teams, and are working to help sponsor an upcoming assembly for our students to learn from a prominent voice on mindfulness - JusTme The Student Council has also revived our recycling program. They are true leaders working for their school, their peers, and the environment. Keep up the great work!

Here's to a great week full of field trips (4th Grade to MD Science Center), informances (2nd Grade Wax Museum) and our annual Jump Rope for Heart events.  We look forward to seeing you soon - at Jump Rope for Heart, Comfort Cases, and/or at the HSA General meeting on 3/2 at 7 pm.

Take good care,
Dr. B  

Playoff Fever Hits Lafayette  basketball
Boys & Girls Teams Have Big Games This Week!

The Lafayette Bears Den was rocking last week when the Lafayette Boys and Girls Basketball Team racked up two more wins. The Lafayette Bears Girls team advanced to the Regional Finals  with a big win over Takoma and the Lafayette Bears Boys team had a decisive regular season win over cross Northwest rival Murch.  Thank you to all the parents, staff, and fans who came out to cheer the teams on.

We have two BIG games coming when the Boys meet #2 seed Shepherd in the Regional Semifinals Friday, 2-24 at 4PM at Hearst and the Girls play in the Regional Finals versus Hearst on Monday, 2-27 at 4PM at Lafayette.  If the Boys win Friday they will play as well as on Monday 2-27. Keep an eye on the Lafayette Twitter and Facebook Accounts, website and constant contact emails for more details as the Lafayette Bears advance through the playoffs.  Thanks for supporting Lafayette Basketball! 

Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart News

Thank you to everyone that signed up to participate in this year's JRFH event. Also, a big thank you to the families that have decided to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  The AHA uses these funds to:
  • Educate students on the importance of heart-healthy habits
  • Teach that being physically active is fun
  • Support cardiovascular research and education in our community
Please make sure your child is prepared with sneakers on the day of their event. Pre-K and 1st grade will jump on Wednesday, February 22nd during the school day.  K will participate on Thursday, February 23rd during the school day. 2nd thru 5th grades will participate after school on Thursday, February 23rd from 3:15-5:30.

For our after-school event all students will report to the gym right after school. They will place their belongings and backpacks in a designated area outside of the gym. Students will not be allowed to bring anything into the gym during the event.  It will be very crowded.   Also, there will be no room for spectators either. All students should be picked up promptly at 5:30. All students' in the after school event should have already turned in their permission slip.

Please turn all donations into the JRFH box in the Great Hall by March 2.  All donations should be in an envelope with child's name, class code and type and amount of donation.

Anyone that has volunteered for our after school event please come to the gym at 2:45. All other volunteers should arrive to   If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Ms. McClure
New Auction Item -   Check Out The 2017 Auction Live Packages

A Weekend Trip to NYC after school gets out for the summer to see Hamilton on Sunday June 18. A Disney Park Hopper Package and a Photo Safari in Africa.  It's a veritable list of your family's fantasy trips but you can only get them live at the Lafayette Auction on Saturday March 25. You must be "in the room where it happens" so purchase your tickets today here and get registered so you are ready once bidding opens. Don't miss your chance to go where the wild things are, see magical kingdoms and turn the world upside down at the Lafayette Auction.

Flag Football Anyone?

Attention all 4th and 5th grade boys and girls! There will be a flag football meeting in the Great Hall on  February 27th at 8:15am .  Anyone interested in learning more about joining the flag football team should attend the meeting.  See Coach Bell or Coach J. Campbell for more details.

It's Not Too Late
To Donate to Celebrate 1928
(A Rhyming Request!)

The 2017 Lafayette Auction is coming up quick, but we need your help for our final donation kick!

Our Auction is only as great as the donations we make and the events we create. 

But the deadline is near and we are still short we fear. 

If you have points that can be converted to gift cards for rooms, restaurants, and tickets to events, that would be so heaven sent. We will also take cash to add to our stash.  

So don't hesitate, find an idea or item that great and donate, donate, donate.  

It's as easy as pie, we would not lie, just fill in this link and sit back with a drink. 

For more details on this ultimate rage, check out the Lafayette Auction Page

Thanks for supporting the school and making the 2017 Auction so cool! 
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!
  • Lafayette Staff v. Students (All 4th and 5th graders welcome) - Monday March 13 at 4PM
  • Lafayette Staff v. Parents- Wednesday March 15  at 4PM
  • Current Student Team Players v. Student Alumni - Thursday March 16 at 4PM.
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.

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 ggets them prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Key Dates:
Registration open February 13-March 26th (we had mistakenly said it was March 13-26 in last week's Tuesday Bulletin), 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)  
Don't Forget to Order School Photos!
10% of all orders is donated to Lafayette!

It's not too late! If you haven't already ordered your student's school portrait, the galleries are still open for viewing and ordering. This includes students photographed on the make-up/re-take day as well. Just use the same login/password info as
before. If you need that info again, please contact your Room Parents or
Gayle Moseley . Class photos will be taken on May 2.


Mother's Helper Needed

We are moving to Runnymede and 33rd in and are in search for a mothers helper to help from 5pm-7pm Mon-Fri. My husband or myself will be home at all times with the helper. Just need an extra hand with dinner / bath / bedtime / washing baby dishes / folding baby clothes / playing with the kids / bedtime. Kids are almost 2 and 10 months.

If anyone is interested please contact me at  305-778-5621.

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.

Keep the Children's Art Studio  in mind as you make your summer plans.

We will hold camp every week this summer at Capital Memorial Church on  Chesapeake Street in Forest Hills.  You may enroll for one week at a time.  Small class size, thoughtful instruction and the inventive use of high quality materials is what
it is all about.  We hope your child will join us!

Please see our site for more information:
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