Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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March 7, 2017
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

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 Passes Three Motions

Thank you to those who could join us for the HSA general meeting last Thursday night.  The HSA general membership approved 3 motions: 
  • Fund supplies needed by the school up to $30,000
  • Fund the development of a new website up to $10,000
  • Approve Karly Sessoms, Amy Joyce, and Lori Finch for the HSA nomination committee.
The HSA will continue to meet with Dr. B and share more about DCPS funding as information becomes available.
CELEBRATE THE MARQUIS at the Lafayette Auction 2017

Swing on Back to our Founding Year: It's 1928 in Here!
March 25th, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Here's a bit of chin music for ya: Did you know 
the Marquis de Lafayette was a real darb fella? 
That's right, he was a floorflusher who loved to 
don his glad rags and get a wiggle on. 

In his honor, purchase a Marquis de Lafayette ticket for $150. 
In thanks for your extra donation, you will receive:
  • Tickets to the Golden L pre-Auction reception
  • Listing in the Auction program
  • Acknowledgement at the Auction
...and the satisfaction of being a generous egg who's hip to the jive! 

Be a lalapazaza! Buy now:

Remember, no dimbox jaunts needed! Just dud up and 
ankle on over, we're right here in the neighborhood.  

The juice joint will be well stocked and perking, 
serving everything from gin to panther sweat, 
and we don't mean moonshine, neither.  

Get your tickets now before they cost you heavy sugar. 
DC Teacher Contracts

Teachers at Lafayette and across the city are asking for help from the community to support us in our ongoing contract negotiations.  Teachers in DC have been working without a contract for four and a half years.  As a result, we have not had a cost of living increase for those same four and a half years.  Teachers are asking that parents and community members contact Mayor Bowser and ask her to settle the contract and give teachers the retroactive pay they deserve.  Lafayette teachers appreciate the support from the HSA on this issue and countless others.  Thank you for your help!

-Jared Catapano

Wednesday 3-8-17 at Hearst Elementary at 4PM
Congratulations to the Lafayette Bears Girls Basketball Team and their coaches for their exciting City Championship quarterfinal win Monday afternoon in the Bears Arena. It was a Bear on Bear contest with the Lafayette Elementary School Bears winning 28-8 over the Miner Elementary School Bears,. After a low scoring first half, the entire Lafayette Bears team rallied in the second quarter for a decisive win. The Lafayette Bears now play in the City Championship Semi-Finals on Wednesday March 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Hearst Elementary School which is located at 3950 37th St NW.  If they win there, they will head to the City Championships on Friday at Eastern High School. The team will need all the support they can get so please think about coming over to Hearst Wednesday and cheering them on. 

Thank you to all the great fans who came out to cheer the Bears on at home on Monday, including Dr. B, Mr. Coor, Ms Howes, Ms McClure, and Eddy the Crossing Guard to name just a few Lafayette cheerleaders spotted in the Bears Den.
Lafayette Archery Team Scores First Place at 3rd Annual DC Archery Tournament

The Lafayette Archery Team participated in the DC Tournament this past Saturday.  We had 41 students participate and win the tournament for the 3 rd year in a row. We had numerous archers nock their personal best.

It was an incredible day. This was our best score ever for our team. Highlights from the tournament include; Overall girls winner, this includes, elementary, middle and high school archers, was our very own Kinzly Gootman.  She had a personal best of 242 (300 is a perfect score). The top 6 Lafayette archers besides Kinzly were; Will Lindsley-Boys Elementary winner(232), Jake Duholm(218), Jesse Corn(206) Malachi Merriam (199) and Joe Finkelstein(198).

We are very proud of our archery team. All of their hard work paid off with numerous personal bests and the DC Elementary Championship.  A big "Thank-You" to all the parents who got their kids to and from the event.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes

Jump Rope for Heart News
Thank you to everyone who supported our annual community service project with the American Heart Association.  All donations were due last week.  If for some reason you missed the deadline please get them in ASAP.  Our goal is to have everything counted and tallied by the end of the week. All of the "Thank You" gifts should arrive in about 4 weeks.
As always, Lafayette continues to do an amazing job supporting us during this activity.  We are well on our way to our goal of $20,000.00 Thank you to everyone for your generous support.

Ms. McClure, Ms. Perll and Ms. Howes

Lafayette gets 20% Back.

Tuesday March 14 (3-14-17) is Pi Day and what better way to Potomac Pizza logo  celebrate than with a delicious pizza pie from Lafayette Annual Sponsor Potomac Pizza. Order Potomac Pizza in-store, take-out or delivery on Tuesday March 14 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. 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.  All you have to do is mention LAFAYETTE when you order. Look for the flyer coming home this week for more details and mark your calendar for Pi Day.

Save the Date - and your stuff! 
Lafayette Community Yard Sale 5/13

Before you get that spring cleaning itch, we wanted to remind families about the upcoming Lafayette Community Yard Sale.  The yard sale happens the same morning as the Spring Fair - Saturday, May 13th.  This year it will take place from 9:00 -12:00 p.m.  There are two ways to participate:

1. Buy a table for $30 and sell your stuff (and keep what you make through sales)  Kids can also purchase tables for $10.

2. Donate your things to the HSA table, where we will sell them for you.  All proceeds go to the HSA.  

At noon, a series of nonprofit organizations will sweep through to take anything that you did not sell (or, of course, you can take it home with you).  Last year we had more than 30 tables participating, drawing yard sale goers from all over the city!  Start making your piles now!

For more info, contact Lydia Weiss at

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.


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.

Summer Tutoring Sessions. Miss Daley is offering summer tutoring sessions for students PK-1, M-F 10-5:30. Sessions are one on one or small group, up to 3 students per session. Sessions will last 45 minutes or an hour based on need. Please contact her at to get on her summer calendar.

Camp at All Saints Church Vacation Bible SchoolCome join fellow campers ages 3-rising 5th graders at All Saints Church Vacation Bible School!
When: Monday 6/19-Friday 6/23 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
How: Register online at our website under the "Family" "Children" section
Cost: $100 for the week
Questions?: Contact Liz McReady or 301-654-2488

FitCampNation Summer Camp
FitCampNation Summer Camp at Deal Middle School  will offer 5, 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 ADMS.
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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