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

March 21
NEW DATE: Pi Day and Pizza Night at Potomac Pizza

March 25
School Auction

March 31
End of Term

April 6
HSA General Meeting

April 17-21
Spring Break

Dear Lafayette Families -
It seems hard to believe, but enrollment season is right around the corner!  We will start accepting enrollment packets as of April 3rd. April 3rd is also the day that matched lottery seats for PreK 4 will be released.  It is critical for us to enroll our students as quickly as we can.  Our efficient enrollment supports our staffing, class lists, and preparations for next year.  Please be on the lookout in the coming week for more details about timelines, office hours, and more enrollment specifics.
In thinking about next year, we have been thinking through ways to continue to improve our capacity for aftercare and for enrichment.  To that end, I have been meeting regularly with the LAP executive board and with the HSA over the last several months.  We continue to talk through the needs of the community, the vision for "after school" at Lafayette, and how to best achieve those ends.  Within the next week, we will be sending out a link to a survey to try to capture your voice.  Please take time to let us know your needs, ideas, and preferences.
The big news this week...the AUCTION IS HERE!  Reserve a babysitter for Saturday, 3/25 from 7 pm - 11 pm.  The link to buy tickets is here. If you are still on the fence about attending, please consider coming out and sharing a lovely evening with our parent community. The Auction Committee has put in a tremendous amount of time and planning to make sure this evening is swanky and spectacular. It really is a fun evening for all.  Thank you in advance to everyone who has contributed to the Auction in any way - planning, time, donations, fundraising, attending, etc.  The fundraising support of the HSA supports many of the incredible events at Lafayette.
Finally, a few nuts and bolts -  Don't forget the Pi Day Pi K is now scheduled for Tuesday, 3/21 at 3:30 pm for 3rd - 5th graders.  We are looking forward to running 3.14 kilometers and enjoying a slice of pie to celebrate Pi Day (3/14).  This Wednesday will be our Drama Club Performance - yet another Steven King original play.  Please join us at 7 pm to watch our very talented students.  And finally, don't forget that students should be at school and in lineup by 8:40 am. The school day starts in the classrooms at 8:45 am.  We have had a slight rise in late arrivals that was exacerbated by the bad weather last week.  Let's all be sure that we are doing our part to make sure students arrive on time.  
Have a great week,
Dr. B
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TONIGHT! Potomac Pizza Night!
Lafayette gets 20%

Order p izza  in-store, take-out or delivery from 4 to 9 p.m. today and Lafayette Elementary will receive 20% of the proceeds.  You don't even have to order pizza-- the deal is good on anything you order!  Just mention LAFAYETTE when you order. 
Auction 2017: A Party Fit for Gatsby

Dust off your party dresses and spit-shine your shoes, Lafayette Auction is nearly here, and it's gonna be the cat's particulars!

The excitement is building... the music... the food and drinks... the glamorous décor... so get your tickets now!

The Music
We can't wait to swing and sway to the band Brûlée:
"A rich musical blend - melding sultry vocals and smart lyrics with creative arrangements that slide seamlessly from loungey bossa nova to smoky jazz ballads."
...and hoof it up to The Blue Crescent Syncopators:
"If you like your jazz with some tabasco and cajun seasoning, or are curious what the songs mentioned in Ernest Hemmingway's book really sounded like, you'll love the fire and spontaneity of this combo."

The Food and Drinks
The Lafayette Speakeasy Lounge is fully stocked and ready to sling... enjoy top-shelf liquor as you mix and mingle with friends old and new. 

The Glamorous Décor
Step into 1928 as you enter a Jazz Age world of glamour: our photographer will be capturing it all. Show off your duds as you pose for pictures with the Vintage Car parked in front of the school!

Keep it going at the after-party!
The fun doesn't have to stop... grab your tickets now to the after-party at Macon Bistro! Only $15 per person when you buy your tickets. Join us in the Magnolia Room to keep it going into the wee hours.

***Auction Nuts and Bolts***
There will be a lot going on on Saturday night! While you will need your cellphone to bid for silent auction items, you will sign up for parties with a good old pen and paper. For more details on how the auction works, click here.

Questions? Email Sarah Remes .
Lafayette Staff "Barely" Beats Parents in Annual Hoops Classic; Lafayette Alums Beat Current Team

Led by Lafayette Bears Basketball Coaches Johnson, McCants, and Hover, along with Mr. Coor, Ms Brown and some "friends" of the staff and with help from Dr. B. and Ms. Leese earlier in the week, the Lafayette staff succeeded in holding back a scrappy and determined group of parents on last Wednesday in the annual Parents vs Staff Basketball game. The parents mounted a ferocious 4th-quarter comeback but lost narrowly to the staff in the last minutes of the game. 

On Thursday, a team of recent Lafayette alumni took on this year's Bear teams in a fast paced game in the amazing new gym. Many of the alumni were very excited to be playing once again at Lafayette. Thank you all the students, staff, parents and alumni who came out last week for a great week of fun basketball in the Bears Arena.
This week, Lafayette will host Coach Johnson and Coach Hover's annual March Madness tournament, starting on Wednesday afternoon.

Stay tuned to the Lafayette website for more details.

Math Center News: New Pi Record!

We have a new Lafayette record for reciting Pi digits! Pi Day was officially on Tuesday, March 14th , but Winter Storm Stella had other plans and we had our annual recitation contest on Wednesday. It was pretty exciting, with 5 th grader Eddy Hoover beating the existing Lafayette record of 530 digits (which he set last year) to end up with 780 digits of Pi! Congratulations to Eddy for setting a new record. We were thrilled to hear first grader Maura Cohen sing the digits of Pi, which was a first for us but clearly a great method because she got up to 69 digits. The winners are below:

1st grade - Maura Cohen (69 digits)
2nd grade - Oliver Siegel (81 digits)
3rd grade - Lucia Ridgeway (81 digits)
4th grade - Jaya Thacker (90 digits)
5th grade - Eddy Hoover (780 digits)

Congratulations to all of our mathematicians!
-Erin Duchinsky and Edie Stanton
Q&A with New DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson
March 27, 6:30-8:30 at Deal Middle School 

This is your opportunity to ask the new chancellor all your questions about DCPS including school crowding, funding and achievement. Lafayette teachers are encouraging community members to ask questions about the current teacher contract negotiations, including the issue of retroactive raises. Mr. Catapano asks that parents who are interested in talking about the negotiations sign up here
New Peace Newsletter

Check out the latest peace newsletter here.
Love to Cook? Volunteer Chefs Needed!

One of the most popular live auction items each year is "Guess Who's Coming With Dinner," where the winning bidder gets a home-cooked meal delivered one night each week for an entire school year. But to make this fabulous item a reality, we need lots of volunteer chefs to cook and deliver a meal to our lucky winners. Please help us close out the year on a delicious note! Sign up here (last name Gordon, password lafayette) to deliver dinner on a Monday evening between now and the end of the school year. Contact Kristin Nicholson for more info. Thanks for your support!
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Join the HSA Board!

Hello parents! This is your first reminder that we are looking for HSA Board nominees for the 2017-18 school year. You can learn more about the positions here

All volunteer positions, except three, are open for nomination. (One co-president, one co-treasurer and the secretary are in the middle of their two-year terms.) One or more candidates are expected to run for each position. 

If you are interested, please email Amy Joyce ASAP. We need to have all candidates confirmed by April 1. Thank you all!

Parents of K-2 Students
Please Help Us With Lunch

In an effort to make lunch time run more smoothly for a few grades, we're trying something new for K-2nd grade. We are looking for parent volunteers who can help open milk cartons and yogurt tubes, help kids with table washing and generally lend a hand during lunch. 

Have 30 minutes to spare to be a "Table Parent?" Sign up here! 

Calling all Photographers!

The H SA is beginning the process of redesigning Lafayette's website and we need some gorgeous n ew photos! If  you are a fantastic photographer (and there are definitely some of you out the re) we'd love your    help. We're looking for two types of picutres:
  1. Non-people photos. Shots of our new building inside and out, architectural or natural elements, children's artwork etc.
  1. People photos. Great shots of our students and teachers at work. These can be from a normal school day or from some of our wonderful events, such as the fall festival or battle of the books. Some photos without faces (backs of heads, imagery of arms raised or legs running, etc.) would be helpful as well.
If you have a bunch of these sitting on your hard drive (no more than a year old) or would like to spend some time snapping some photos, we'd love a copy of your handiwork.

Please tag them as follows: description_MMYY_photographerl astname (example: frontarch_0317_jones.jpg or recesssneaker_1016_smith.png.) Upload to  this dropbox folder.  We can accept JPG, PNG and TIFF files.  

Photos from the 2016-17 year will also be shared with the teachers and staff who are compiling the yearbook. If you do not want your photos included in the yearbook, let us know.

Contact with any questions.

Story Contest!
Penguin Young Readers has teamed up with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to launch Willy Wonka's hunt for five NEW lucky Golden Ticket winners. Kids can come up with brilliant story ideas of up to 100 words, and have their parent, teacher or guardian enter their story ideas at for the chance to win some truly splendiforous prizes! Click the link for more information. (The prizes are extraordinary, including a family trip to the UK, a chance for one winner to fly to Hollywood with their family to pitch their story idea to Warner Brothers Animation and a chance for one winner to pair up with Adam Gidwitz to turn their idea into a short book. Please check out the link to find out more).

Shoes for Congolese Kids
We are collecting children's crocs, slides, flip flops and similar shoes to take to children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Several Lafayette families are board members of the Idjwi Island Education Fund and will visit the DRC to open our new school there at the end of the month. We are hoping to take as many shoes as we can carry (we have nearly 500 students). Washable shoes may be dropped off in the box on the porch at 3709 Livingston St. (where Sophie and Lexie Folds live). Thank you!

The Third Annual Tenley Tiger Run 
The run brings together and celebrates the greater community of Tenleytown, and the citywide friends and alums of the Wilson High
School community. The race supports the Wilson High School Track and Cross Country teams! Fun for kids 6-14, we have a new 1-mile race for all runners! Help us celebrate youth fitness. We have safe course that is closed to vehicles. Sponsored by Kids Elite Sports, the 1-mile run start at 10AM. To register, visit and join Team Lafayette. Let's see if we can win the prize for the Team with the most members registered!

Babysitting and Home/Dog sitting Services:
Dear Lafayette Community: I'm Jackie Fernandez. I am a Lafayette alum and older sister of two current students. I recently graduated from VCU with an English Degree. I am home, happy and available to provide babysitting, home sitting and dog sitting services this spring and summer. I am happy to help with transportation, meals, and tutoring. I have ample childcare and tutoring experience. Please contact me at or (301) 265-6288 to schedule, or if you have any further questions.
Thank you in advance!
Jackie Fernandez

The Children's Art Studio Summer Camp
The Children's Art Studio will offer camp from  June 19 - September 1 We meet from  9 - 2 o'clock  at Capital Memorial Church, Forest Hills.  We have a beautiful court yard room next to a park where we lunch and play.  You may enroll for one week, or for the whole summer.    The cost for each week is $325.  Camp is for children five (5) years old and up.  This year we will offer an extended day from  2 - 5 o'clock  for $150  Info here  We hope your child will join us!

Look for the Children's Art Studio donation of a full week of summer camp (and a Workshop day)  at the Lafayette auction!

Lafayette Afterschool Spring Tennis Starts March 20
The Spring tennis season starts this week.  There are still several spots available for returning and aspiring tennis players ages 5-14.  Check the website for a time and date that fits your player's schedule.  We will pick-up your tennis player from their teacher at Lafayette for the 3:30 class.  We will escort your tennis player to and from LAP so they can get plenty of exercise at the end of the day.  Classes are at 3:304:30 and 5:30 Monday through Thursday and 3:30 and 4:30 on Friday.  Let your child become a tennis player and enjoy a sport they will be able to play for the rest of their lives with family and friends.
Send an email to to reserve your spot.  If you have any questions, call or text Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925.
Lafayette Adult Spring Tennis Also Starts Monday, March 20
Due to the impending bad weather this week, we have decided to delay the start of the adult tennis at  9:15 10:30 and 6:30PM  until the following week.  Please check the same website to find the class that works for you.  If you aren't sure, call Paul Rosenbaum at  202 441-0925 .  

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