Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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January 24, 2017
Gayle Moseley, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

February 26
Lafayette Gives Back
Comfort Cases

March 2
HSA General Meeting

March 3
NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conference Day

March 12
Daylight Savings

March 14
Pi Day and Pizza Night at Potomac Pizza

March 24
School Auction

March 31
End of Term

From the HSA
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Hello Lafayette Families!

January is off and running - it's been a very busy month so far, and the HSA truly appreciates your support! 

Thank you to those who attended our Lafayette Gives Back, Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day it was a huge success and our volunteer turnout was impressive!  The number of families & camps who participated in our 2 nd Annual Camp Fair provided for another successful event.  Also,we truly appreciate the parents who jumped into our Small Group Budget Discussion, it was so helpful to hear their questions and receive great ideas and feedback.  

Parent participation is so important to all of us - this team effort continues to bring us closer together and maintain our strong roots as an amazing community.  We cannot thank you enough.

Upcoming  Dates to Remember:      
  • Winter Session of LEP/FLEX begins this week, we are excited about all the program offerings and the overwhelming interest.   Click here for important information.   As we continue to offer these programs we are always interested to hear your ideas and feedback, please continue to share with us here
  • It's Budget Season and the HSA Board will meet this
    Thursday evening.  Feedback from the Small Group Budget Discussion will be shared and discussed by the Board.   Next HSA General Meeting is scheduled for March 2 at 7pm.  Please join as we share financials and budget items fo r discussion.
  • Lafayette Gives Back - Comfort Cases Party - volunteering event for all children - Sunday, February 26 - more details here and below. 
  • Pre-K International Festival - February 3, reach out to teachers for more information.
  • Next HSA General Meeting is scheduled for March 2 at 7pm.  Please join as we share financials and budget items for discussion.  More details to follow.
As always, please reach out with any questions, comments, concerns and celebrations you would like to share.  We want to hear from you.
Have a great week!


Parents and Children - it's cold and flu season and the stomach bug is making his way quickly around Lafayette. Now is the time to remind ourselves and our children how important it is to wash our hands several times a day, especially after using the rest room.  

Water, SOAP, Rinse - that simple but so important as we keep everyone healthy.   

Attached  here is a letter that was circulated by Nurse Cockrell, but sharing again.  Please reach out to her with any questions.   

Spelling Bee
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Please congratulate Eddy Hoover (1st place), Joe Finkelstein (2nd place), and Alex Benach (3rd place) for their MANY successful rounds at our annual Lafayette Spelling Bee which took place on Friday, January 13. Click here to see photos of all the participants and click here to watch the spelling bee on YouTube.

A special thank you to all the teachers who volunteered their time and effort for practices, and especially to Mr. Thurston, who made a return visit as the Spelling Bee Pronoucer!

Peace of Mind 
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Please click on  this link to view the most recent Peace of Mind Newsletter from Linda Ryden. Please feel free to share with friends and family!

Also,  Peace Teacher Linda Ryden will be reading her new children's book  Rosie's Brain  this Saturday, January 28 at 10am  at the new Soapstone Market (4465 Connecticut Ave., NW).  Please come out to support her and to check out the new market by our friends at Broad Branch Market.  


Linda Ryden
Peace of Mind
Lafayette Elementary School

Coming Soon:  Jump Rope for Heart!

Thank you to everyone that has turned in their permission slips. For those that haven't done so yet, they are due by February 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.  Getting an accurate count is essential in planning for the day, so don't delay.

Thank you to those families choosing to help raise funds for the American Heart Association.  All pledges should be turned in by March 2.  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 for those families that are willing.  It eases the burden of paperwork.  Just go to their website and sign up, send a few emails and it's done. 

All of our "Zoo Crew" days are held on days 2 and 4, 8:20-8:40 a.m. in the Great Hall.  Any family that chooses to raise funds and has started to collect may bring the coupon in to collect characters from the Zoo Crew.  No money needs to be brought in at this time.  There is a coupon on the back of collection envelope if funds raised are not on-line.  If you have any questions about the "Zoo Crew" please refer to the materials that came home a couple of weeks ago. 

Important Dates to Remember:

February 1 -   Permission Slips Due
February 23 - Jump!!!
March 2 -       Pledges Due

ZOO CREW DAYS (provided there are no snow days)
January 24 & 30
February 1, 7, & 9

Thank you to the Lafayette community for your support of our 19th  Jump Rope for Heart event. 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

Saturday March 25, 2017 from 7 - 11 pm
We're swinging back to the clock to 1928 for a Jazz Age Jump and Jive Party that will be the bees knees and so much more. Swing to the sounds of two great Lafayette bands, bid on fabulous packages and mix and mingle with all your friends and neighbors while enjoying delicious drinks, dinner and dessert.  

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Tickets are available for a special discounted price now on our special
  Lafayette Auction Page  on the website. The price will go up the closer we get to the Auction. Want to give more or are a Golden L member? You can also sign up to sponsor the event, buy a ticket for a teacher or purchase a shout out for a special teacher or student at Lafayette on the page as well.
Keep an eye on the Auction Page and Tuesday Bulletin throughout January and February as we will be updating it frequently.
MEET OUR AUCTION CHAIRS:  We are very grateful to have two wonderful Auction Chairs this year, Sarah Remes and Kavita Chambery. HSA Board members by day, Auction wizards by night, Sarah and Kavita are working hard to make the 2017 Auction magical for Lafayette families. 
Sarah mom to a first and fourth grader, will be leading our Auction solicitation team, running our bidding, and website. Kavita is the mother of a first grader, and is planning our Auction party. Everything from food and drink to music and decoration will be under her purview. Together they have recruited a great committee of volunteers, but they still have several important roles which need to be filled and products and services to be secured. All offers of help are welcome.

#1 - COMMITTEE LEADERS FOR DECORATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS -  We are looking for a creative genius to lead the Auction Decorating Committee and a witty wordsmith to help us lead Auction Communications. We have lots of our veterans ready and willing to help anyone who wants to step forward but we really need to train the new generation of parents at Lafayette. Please contact Kavita or Sarah if you would like to lead these two critical areas. Our volunteer coordinator Eileen Dombo promises she will have lots of volunteers to help you implement your vision!
#2 - GREAT CATERERS WITH LAFAYETTE TIES  We are sending out an RFP for catering needs and we would love to make sure Lafayette caterers and friends of Lafayette are given the opportunity to submit a bid. Please contact Kavita at with ideas and suggestions.
#3 - DONATIONS FOR THE AUCTION - The Solicitations Team is looking for donations of hotel rooms, airline tickets, sporting events and special event tickets. If you would like to donate cash to help buy these things or have connections in any of these areas, we need your help. Does your firm have box seats at Verizon or NATS Stadium?  Let us know. Contact Sarah to help.
We are also looking for folks who may have vacation homes or other special services to donate. Creative out of left field ideas very welcome. Just send us an email. 
SPECIAL AUCTION FACT OF THE DAY:  Did you know we have close to 20 camps who have donated a week of summer camp or an equivalent service like a birthday party to the Lafayette Auction as a result of the Camp Fair?  Look for our special Camp Section on the website or in the catalogue and help fill up your child's summer schedule. 
Thanks for supporting the Lafayette Auction!

Save the Date!
Lafayette Gives Back

What:   Comfort Cases Packing Party 
When:  Sunday, February 26, 2017
Where: Lafayette Cafeteria

HSA's Lafayette Gives Back program  is gearing up for our second annual Comfort Cases Donation Drive & Packing Party! We'll be supporting a local charitable organization called Comfort Cases , which provides comforting bags full of necessities to children in foster care. We'll soon be collecting donations of bags and backpacks in new or excellent used condition, along with pajamas, toiletries, books and activities, clothing and comfort items, and will need your help to gather everything we'll need! If you'd like to get involved with planning the event, please contact Katie Burke or Kitson Jazynka.
 Photos from last year's Comfort Cases Packing Party

When You Shop at Amazon or Giant Foods

Did you know that you can help raise funds for Lafayette Elementary School every time you go to Giant or shop on Amazon? It's so easy! Check out our Shopping for Lafayette page on our website or follow the easy instructions below.

AMAZON -  There are two ways you can support Lafayette:

#1 -  Use our unique Lafayette Amazon link on the 
Shopping for Lafayette page found under the HSA tab on our school website every time you shop on Amazon. Lafayette will get a percentage of the sale as a donation. It's the same Amazon site you always use, but using this link makes sure that Lafayette will benefit from your purchases.

#2  - You can also designate Lafayette as your charity of choice as part of the Amazon Smile program.  Choose "Lafayette Home and School Association DC Public School" as your charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the HSA.
GIANT -  Make sure your Giant Grocery Card is registered for Lafayette Elementary School as part of Giant's A+ School Rewards Program. The program ends on March 17, 2017 but there is still time to earn $ for our school.

To participate:
  • Visit Giant Food and scroll down to the center of the page to select REGISTER YOUR CARD from the red box on the right marked FOR CUSTOMERS; or,
  • Call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance; or,
  • Email the A+ Hotline.  Please include the last name associated with your Giant Card, your 12-digit Giant Card number and our school name and school ID number* of our school (or the name, city and state in which the school is located).
Lafayette Elementary School's ID# for the Giant Program is: 00160.
* If you are supporting more than one (1) school, please include the ID numbers for both schools (or the name, city and state of your schools.

Use your registered Giant Card each time you shope at Giant and you will earn CASH for Lafayette! You can track then number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt.

PLEASE NOTE :  You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year. If you registered your Giant Card last year for Lafayette, you don't need to re-register this year.
Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school!  This could result in more CASH REWARDS for Lafayette!
Thank you for supporting our school.
Kristin Riley

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 sometime in the Spring.


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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Shannon Behm & Chris Lisi, Lafayette HSA Co-Presidents
Lafayette Elementary School