Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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April 25, 2017
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

May 4, 7 pm
HSA General Meeting
May 1-5
Teacher Appreciation Week!  

May 13, 11am-4pm
Spring Fair

From The HSA
Hello Lafayette Families - 
Welcome Back!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. 
Just 8 short weeks left before the end of school, so hold on to your hats!  Here are a few reminders - please also keep an eye out on the website for updates and upcoming events.
  • Registration Continues - please bring in your paperwork, our goal is 100% of our families registered by May 17th!   Registration forms can be found on the HSA website
  • HSA General Meeting - Thursday, May 4th - please join us - we need your vote on 2 important items: the HSA Budget for SY 2017-2018 & HSA Board Election for SY 2017-2018.  The meeting will take place in the cafeteria at 7pm.  Babysitting available
  • May 1st - May 5th - Teacher Appreciation Week (details to be posted on the website this week)
  • Mark Your Calendar - Saturday May 13th - Spring Fair - Lafayette Campus
    • o   A day of fun!  Spring Fair  11am - 4pm
    • o   Don't forget the Annual Yard Sale - 9am - 12pm
  • Arts Night I - May 11th (Pre-K, K & 1st Grade)
  • Arts Night II - May 25th (2nd - 5th Grade)
As always, please reach out to us with any questions.  
Reminder - Dr. B and the Front Office Staff are always available, if you need anything.
Thanks and have a great week!

Last Chance to Pick Up Auction Items!
If you have not yet made arrangements to pick u
p the items you bought at the auction, please do so as soon as pos
sible! You can pick them up from the flag pole  Thursday  morning from  8:30-8:50  or email  Sarah Remes  to make alternative arrangements.

Get Ready for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Next Week!
It's that time of year again when we honor Lafayette's amazing staff for everything they do on behalf o f our kids. The HSA has planned treats each day next week to make sure the adults in the building feel the community's collective thanks. Some days we'll ask each child to help us shower the staff. We know their small tokens are especially treasured. 
Monday, May 2
 - The HSA will kick off the week with pastries and coffee in the teacher's lounge before school. 

Tuesday, May 3 - Please have your child bring in a homemade card to deliver to each of their teachers -- don't forget specials teachers and the office and custodial staff. 

Wednesday, May 4 - Please send in store-bought or homemade desserts to help stock the teacher's lounge. Staff are given take-home boxes to fill and enjoy. We could use a couple volunteers to help collect desserts at drop-off and bring them to the lounge - if you can help, please email 
Thursday, May 5 - At lunchtime, a tiki smoothie bar will be set up in the teacher's lounge to provide frozen treats. 

Friday, May 6 - Please send in a single flower for each teacher. The HSA will provide vases to make a specialbouquet that they can take home and continue to feel the love all weekend. 
Thank you for helping make the week a success!


Get Ready for Spring Fair Fun!
Back at Lafayette, Home, Sweet Home, after a construction break last year, join us for this neighborhood event as we cele-
brate with:
  • Carnival rides   
  • Relay races     
  • Karaoke           
  • Face Painting            
  • Music                  
  • Food               
Date: Saturday, May 13
Fair hours: 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Yard Sale, Bike Swap and Plant Sale Pick Up: 9am-noon
·Bring all out grown bikes to the swap to be traded in or donated!
Brought to you by the Lafayette HSA
Got Books?  We Need Them For the Annual 
Lafayette Spring Fair Book Sale.
We are collecting books of all kinds to be sold at the used Book Sale at the Lafayette Spring Fair on Sat.
May 13.
Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. DVDs (please no VHS tapes), audiobooks, music CDs and video game cartridges are also accepted. Thanks in advance for not unloading textbooks, outdated self-help books, ancient encyclopedias, etc. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't do
nate it!
Donations are being collected at Lafayette in plastic bins which are located in the Great Hall and in our Loading Dock, which is located just off Northhampton Street where the small school parking lot is located. There is also a drop-off location in the neighborhood at 5841 Nebraska Ave. Spread the word to your neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll  come pick them up (contact  Gayle Moseley    or Jenny Backus ). You can also bring them to our neighborhood book drive on  Saturday April 29 (11am -2PM) at the corner of Northampton and Broad Branch.
Thanks for your support,
Your 2017 Book Sale Chairs
Mary Rivas, Sarah Remes, Gayle Moseley, Kristi Kennedy, Rebecca Gordon & Jenny Backus


Reminder - Buy a Table at the Yard Sale, or donate 
your stuff to the HSA table!
In coordination with the Spring Fair on Saturday, May 13th, the HSA coordinates a community yard sale from 9-12pm.  You can buy a table for $25, and you keep all the money you make from the sale of your goods.  A kid's table is $10.  If you are eager to clear out your house but not to buy your own table, consider donating your things to the HSA table (to do this, simply drop your stuff off at the yard sale any time after 8am on Saturday 5/13).  
Purchase your table  here. And leave the promotion to us!  And the best news - the DC Homeless Childrens' Playtime Project will come by at 12 to take any donations of toys and baby stuff that you haven't sold.  A Wider Circle will do the same.  The Lafayette Yard Sale is a win-win-win for our commmunity - sign up today or save the date to come and shop! 
Contact with any questions. 

Lafayette Spring Plant Sale
Our annual plant sale is back! We're partnering
FarmRaiser again to bring you farm fresh herbs, flowers for your garden and gorgeous hanging baskets just in time for Mother's Day. Order
online by May 7, and pick up your goodies at the Spring Fair on May 13.  Order now, and share the link with family and friends... it's a great way to support the as you get ready for the season! Questions? Contact Kristin Nicholson

Class Picture Day is Next Tuesday!
Class Picture Day is next Tuesday, May 2. You should be receiving an order form in your child's backpack this week. Please fill out the order form and return to school with payment by Tuesday. You can also pre-order online - please see the order form for details.
Please note, the 5th Grade Panorama photo will be taken on May 23 at 1pm. This photo includes ALL fifth graders and is a Lafayette tradition. It's a wonderful memento of your graduate's last year at Lafayette!

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.

JUSTME is coming on May 3rd!
We are so excited to announce that JusTme is coming to Lafayette!  JusTme is a hip-hop artist and mindfulness teacher who has been entertaining your children with his recorded music all year.  Thanks to the generosity of the Home School Association we have been able to fly him in from California for a LIVE performance and mindfulness teach-in on May 3.  He'll be doing two performances the morning of May 3 for our 1st -5th graders.   A group of 4th and 5th graders have been working on a surprise performance for him as well.  Ask your child about our favorite song "Don't Flip Your Lid".  Thank you, HSA!!!

Student Council Activities
Thursday May 4th -May the Force be with you  Day! (Wear Star Wars attire , no swords)
Friday May 5th - Spring Dance
Cost:$5 ( for 4 and 5th graders)
Details.. ..
The theme for the Spring Dance is Hollywood, The Red Carpet.  The dance will be for grade 3-5, all grades will attend the dance at different times.  Admission is free for third grade, they will dance during their scheduled "Specials" time.  Grades 4 and 5 will be entertained with music, a photo booth, dance competition, "best dressed" prize, a dance souvenir  and light snack bags!!! Students do not have to dress up and are welcome to dress according to the theme.  The party will start at 3:15- 4:30 for fourth grade. 5th graders will be welcomed in starting at 4:40-6:00.  Those interested in chaperoning the event should contact Ms. Moore  
Field Day Volunteers Needed
Field day is coming. There are 2 field days.  PK and Kindergarten will be on Wednesday, May 31st.  All inquiries for this field day should be directed to Ms. Perll.  N Field Day ews is coming soon on opportunities to volunteer for that event.
First - fifth grades will have their field day on Friday, June 2nd. Please mark your calendar as we will need numerous volunteers to ensure the success of the day.  Volunteers will be needed from 8:30- 12:00.  Volunteers typically run a station for the duration of the morning. Additionally some volunteers will be needed in the morning for set up starting at 7:30AM.  We will be sending out a Signup Genius link for volunteers to sign up.  If you can't wait for the link you may email me to volunteer and I'll sign you up.   
Thank you in advance for your support.  This is one of the kids' favorite days of the year and without the help of parent volunteers it wouldn't be possible.
-Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes

kids walking school
Bike or Walk to School Day
It's time to get your  bike  tires pumped or your walking shoes out -  Wednesday, May 10th  is Bike or Walk to   School   Day  at Lafayette! All students who ride a man-powered, wheeled vehicle or who walk to school will receive a healthy snack, provided by the GROW committee, and a small prize near the flagpole. If your kids would prefer to join a crowd, meet us at the corner of Tennyson St. and 32nd St.s NW at  8:15  to participate in the bike parade up to school! The event will take place rain or shine. If you can help chaperone the  bike  parade, or if you'd like to help at the snack/prize tables at school, please sign up  here . It's a short and fun commitment. Can't wait to see you all out on the sidewalks!


Volunteers Needed for Second Grade Bike Ride
All Second grade classes across the City are participating in a biking unit in their Physical Education classes.  Our sec ond grade classes have ju family-bike-ride.jpg st begun.  The final culminating activity is a 2-7 mile ride in the park and neighborhoods.
In order to provide adequate supervision we need parents to help chaperone the rides.  We are looking for about 7- 10 parents per class. Sign up for your child's ride. You are welcome to sign up for more than one ride if you would like.  If you do not have a second grade student and would like to help chaperone you are more than welcome to join us. Click on the link below to sign up.
All rides will be in the afternoons from 12:00-3:10. The dates for the rides are as follows;
Nickel- May 5th
Cobb-  May 8th
Mesghenna- May 9th
Breslin- May 15th
King- May 16th
If you have any questions please contact Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.
Thank you to our wonderful librarian Ms Leese, Deborah Johnson, Simmie Kerman, Steve Aarons and the amazing book team at Barstons Child's Play and all the great,parent volunteers who made our Spring Book Sale the week before Spring Break a terrific success. Working together, you all provided the children with a great selection of books on a range of interesting topics and it paid off. Thanks to tremendous support from the Lafayette community, we earned more than $3,000 for the Library and the HSA. Our generous parents and students also donated an entire book shelf full of books for our friends at Neval Thomas Elementary school in NE DC, as well as dozens of books for our teachers through the teacher wish list program.  
Programs like our Book Sales would never be possible without the support of our parent and local junior high school and high school volunteers.  Our thanks to the following folks:  Mary Rives, Hope Scheller, Eileen Dombo,  Fiorenza Castelli, Thea Kendler, Maresa Patterson, Mona Benach, Paloma Benach, Rachel Zuraw,  Rosie Mische, Mona Idrees, Eden Burgess and her daughter, Sophie Hanrahan, Janine Finck Boyle, Jennifer Berstch, Ann Sargent, Valerie Cline, Amy Kurtz, Chris Lisi- Frillici, Sarah Green, Brooke Finland, Astrid Ruggeri, Sylvia Y, Tracey Trabue, Amy Joyce, Ashley Kennedy, David Sobel, Lily Mason, Danton and Rowena Stuart, Sonya Matza, Susan Parker, Lori Aratani, Molly Murchie,  Hazel Howes,  John Rogan, Thomas Scheller, Jack Pagano.  Plus our wonderful Lafayette staff including George Young and the custodial team, Ms Mesghenna, and Ms Mayhew.

Letters about Literature
Congratulations to Ms. Annie Campbell and the following fifth graders who are finalists in the Center for the Book's Letters About Literature contest.- Ella Barton, Alex Benach, Hailey Fox, Natalie Gordon, Eddy Hoover, Alice Stillerman, and Dalton Tatchell. 
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 that is sponsored by the Library of Congress. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.
These talented fifth graders and their families, friends and fellow students are invited to the 2017 Letters About Literature Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 6 from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Local author Minh Le will share inspiring words, and light refreshments will be served.
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 folrapsurvey1 and all are welcome to participate.   
Go back to early 1960s Baltimore in Deal Middle School's upcoming staging of HAIRSPRAY JR on May 5-6. HAIRSPRAY JR celebrates diversity with a positive, inspiring message and some big, showy dance numbers. Showtimes are 6:30PM on 5/5 and 2PM and 6:30PM on 5/6. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Come support your neighborhood middle schoolers and have a great time doing it! Tickets can be bought at the door or  at .
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 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 at for more info and/or to register your child.

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