Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 16, 2017
Katya Svirina, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

May 18
12:15 Dismissal

May 19
No School
P/T Conferences

May 20, 9:00am-6:00pm
The Politics & Prose Bookstore - Lafayette Elementary Book Fair

May 25
Arts Night II

May 29 
No School 
Memorial Day

May 31
PK & K Field Day

Lafayette Spring Fair Chair Vince Frillici and Lafayette Head Custodian George Young never stopped believing that the sun would shine on the 2017 Lafayette Spring Fair and they and their teams delivered on their promise of a wonderful experience for hundreds of local families this past Saturday. Thanks go to an incredible group of over 300 Lafayette parent volunteers, Lafayette Annual Sponsors and Spring Fair Sponsors, the devoted Lafayette custodial and Administrative teams, teachers, Lafayette alumni and community supporters for all their help producing  the first Annual Lafayette Spring Fair and Yard Sale in our newly renovated school.
From the fresh plants and flowers from Farmraiser to the freshly made salads and baked goods courtesy of Lafayette parents,  the great selection of rides, games, and activities, the new treasures offered by our expanded group of vendors and the old treasures and old favorites found at the yard sale, the bike swap and the used book sale, the artistic genius of our face painters to the friendly attitude of our wonderful volunteers,  our whole community came together for a truly wonderful event that the kids loved.  We had to make a few adjustments due to Mother Nature but it all worked out in the end and folks got to experience all that Lafayette has to ffer.
Wonderful HSA events like the Spring Fair would never happen without the support of our parent volunteers. Our parent volunteers dug in and gave 200 percent this year, baking dozens of treats, making salads,  lugging tables across our huge campus, reorganizing our flow of show when we brought the yard sale and vendor operation inside, picking up trash, helping serve burgers and pizza, selling tickets and placing signs.  We know there are a lot of demands on your time, especially in spring and we truly appreciate all the tremendous support we got for this event from parents.  You are the best!
A special shoutout to the 2017 Spring Fair Committee for all their weeks of  hard work leading up the 2017 Spring FaiIf you would like to help lead the 2018 Spring Fair or any Lafayette special event next year, please contact Astrid Ruggeri.  
  • Vince Frillici - Our wonderful 2017 Spring Fair Chair
  • Adam Crain - Facilities  & Supplies & 2018 Spring Fair Co-Chair
  • Astrid Ruggeri - HSA Ways & Means/Food & Entertainment
  • Jenny Backus - HSA Ways and Means 
  • Darby Pearson,  Sophie Hanrahan, Jen Lanoff - Publicity 
  • Bethann Siegel - Vendors
  • Lydia Weiss - Yard Sale 
  • Danton & Rowena Stuart - Tickets
  • Kristin Nicholson - Farmraiser
  • Mary Rives, Sarah Remes, Gayle Moseley, Josh Calder, Kristi Kennedy, Rebecca Gordon  - Used Book Sale
  • Kavita Chambery, Shannon Behm - Finance
  • Rolando Arrieta - Bike Swap 
  • Mary Jaffe & the Bennett Family - Grizzly Gear
  • Hope Scheller, Heidi Sherman and the Au Pairs of Lafayette - Face Painting
  • Eileen Dombo - Volunteers
  • Laura Grimm - Permits
Enrollment Deadline is approaching!   

Tuesday, 5/16
is "Pizza for Paperwork".  Any families who enroll after 3:30 pm will receive a slice of pizza!  Bring that paperwork in!  Our goal is 100% by Friday, 5/19.  We are close!!!! 
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

How do you get to the Kennedy Center? Practice, practice, practice. Mr Holmes, our talented Lafayette music teacher, brought the Lafayette Band to the Kennedy Center this morning for a special performance for DCPS schools. This is the first time that the Lafayette Band has taken part in this program and they really sounded wonderful. A devoted group of Lafayette Band parent groupies braved the traffic on Monday to hear them play and were impressed with their sound and their energetic performance. Kudos to Mr Holmes for his great musical leadership. If you want to hear the Band, check them out at Arts Night on Wednesday May 25.

Worried you didn't get your Brick Sale in on time? Do not despair. We've extended our Spring Sale through May 31. A Lafayette Commemorative Brick is a perfect gift for dads, grads. alumni, even for your favorite staff member or teacher. Fill out the attached form with your form of payment and return it in our special BRICK DRAWER or in the HSA BOX in the main office.  Or it to Sonya Matza. Thanks for supporting the Lafayette Brick Program.

Last Call for Class of 2017 Lafayette Grizzly Gear shirts and all the rest of our Lafayette Grizzly Gear (like wicking T-shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts. We are also selling framed and unframed prints of the amazing class creation "I Believe Tree" that the 5th grade made for the Auction.  All proceeds from the print sale go to the 5th Grade Graduation party. All proceeds from the Grizzly Gear go the Lafayette HSA. Fill out the attached form and drop it in the HSA WAYS & MEANS box or email it to 
We will have a booth at Arts Night on Wednesday May 25 as well but we have less and less in-person sales opportunities before the end of the year.  
Volunteers are Needed for Field Day

Field Day Field day is right around the corner. On Friday, June 2nd our 1st-5th grade students will be participating in their culminating Physical Education activity. 

In order to have a successful day we need numerous volunteers to run stations.  It is a great day for our 1st-5th grade students, you won't want to miss it.  Follow the link to the sign up page. Browse through the different activities.  See one you like? Sign up at the bottom of the page.  All volunteers are needed from 8:30-12.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.

Archery Team Competes in the National Archery Tournament
This past weekend 24 4th and 5th grade students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to participate in the National Tournament.  Over 15,000 archers from all over the United States participated. Our team was incredible.  We improved from last year by 400 points.  All of students worked very hard, often sacrificing their lunch and recess time to practice.  They should all be very proud of their contribution and achievement.

Children in fourth and fifth grades are eligible to participate.  Look out next year for your child to have opportunities to participate.
Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes.

Ms. Bosurgi Summer Math Tutoring 
With summer quickly approaching and vacations/camp schedules being put together, I wanted to inform everyone that I will be available all summer to tutor students entering grades 1st through 4th in mathematics. I can focus on reviewing objectives from this current school year, preparing for the next grade, or simply engaging students in fun enrichment activities and projects. My schedule is very flexible and I am willing to work one-on-one or in small groups. Do not hesitate to contact me at for more information and feel free to pass this on to others than may be interested! Thanks!

Help wanted for the summer
We have 2 boys ages 8, 11 and are looking for a college student to do fun activities with them 2 days out of the week. Must have driver's license. Please call me at 202 460-2206, Patricia Straw   

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

Greetings FitCampNation!
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 camp is open to students in grades 6, 7, & 8 and they do NOT have to attend ADMS.  
Session 1: June 26-30
Session 2: July 3-7 
Session 3: July 10-14
Session 4: July 17-21
Session 5: July 24-28 
Please visit us at or email us for more info and/or to register your child, click HERE.
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
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