Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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December 6, 2016
Gayle Moseley, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

December 5 - 9
Scholastic Book Fair

December 20
Winter Holiday Parties
Winter Concert

December 22
No School
Winter Break Begins

January 2
No School

January 3
School Resumes

Message from our Principal

Dear Lafayette Families -
This week we find ourselves in the throes of the Book Fair and National Computer Science Week!  Thank you to Mr. Wieand for organizing Saturday's kickoff event - Cookies and Coding! It was awesome to see teachers (Ms. Campbell, Mr. King, Mr. Gregal, Ms. Mesghenna and Mr. Wieand) and so many parents and students exploring coding activities at, unplugged coding activities and Sphero robots. Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped out!  We will hold our school wide "Hour of Code" on Friday, December 9.
This past weekend our band also represented Lafayette very well!  They participated in a tree lighting ceremony at Cathedral Commons on Wisconsin Avenue.  We can also look forward to hearing them in action at the upcoming Winter Concert. The Winter Concert will be December 20  at 1:45 pm and 6:30 pm.
Make sure to check out the Book Fair this week. Ms. Leese and a cadre of volunteers have worked to set up an incredible Book Fair that will be open all week.  Every class will visit the book fair.  If you need it, the schedule of when classes are visiting the fair, it is posted on the website. Thank you in advance to the volunteers who keep the fair running smoothly!
Last week we hosted Principal Albright from Deal Middle School and a handful of Lafayette alums who spoke to our 5 th grade class about articulating to Deal. This week we will send our 5 th graders to Deal for "Buddy Day" on Wednesday afternoon. We appreciate Deal for helping our students and families learn more about middle school, experience a "day in the life of..." and answer questions about the next step in their education. 
In other news, we have been notified that there will be some potential changes to our nursing situation. Nurse Cockrell works for an agency that contracts with Children's School Services. She was notified late last week that the agency's contract would not be renewed with Children's. Therefore, she has applied to Children's School Services, but we will not know the outcome of her application or her assignment until further into December. While we continue to be allocated 40 hours per week of nursing services, I am not sure who will be providing those services beginning in January. As I know more information, I will keep the community up to date.
In better news, our gym is (almost) finished and is open for business! The floor looks amazing and is being used by classes and the basketball teams.  We are still waiting for a few last items to be installed (archery net, etc), but we are incredibly thankful to have the gym for instructional space. This week we will also host our very first home girls and boys basketball games on Thursday, December 8. We will host Eaton Elementary School beginning at 4 pm.  We hope to see you there! We also wish the teams luck at their first game of the season on Tuesday, December 6 at Janney.
As we quickly countdown the days to the Winter Break, be on the look out for "We Are Lafayette" lunchtime assemblies celebrating our inclusivity and diversity, the Winter Concert (12/20), the Ward 4 Holiday Party hosted at Lafayette (12/10 @ 6 pm), and classroom Winter Parties (12/20).  As the winter holidays approach and the busy-ness of the season floods our calendars, don't forget to stop and take time to appreciate the spirit of the season and the specialness of those around you. 
Take care,
Dr. B

Lafayette Basketball Season is Open!

GIrls Team plays TODAY @ Janney Elementary &
Boys Home opener  is Thursday in our new gym!

It's time for Lafayette Bears Basketball. The Lafayette Boys and the Lafayette Girls Bears Basketball team kick off their seasons this week and we are hoping to see a good crowd of fans come out and cheer them on. The Girls Team travels to rival Janney this afternoon to open their season at 4:00pm. The Boys Team opens their season at home here on Thursday at 4:00pm.

Lafayette students clearly love basketball. We had a record number of children try out this season. Fifteen 5th and 4th grade boys and Fifteen 5th and 4th grade girls made the teams. Coach Hover, Coach Johnson, Coach McCants, and Coach Jordan report that the teams are looking good after some great practices in our new gym and are fired up to try to bring home the City Championship. We need all the support we can get from the Lafayette community.  So come on out to the games in your finest blue and yellow and keep your eyes out for our new Lafayette Basketball Spirit Bear. Let's go Bears!

LEP Registration Opens Friday

Lafayette HSA is excited to bring another LEP season of diverse after school enrichment opportunities through the Flex Academies for the 2017 Winter Session! New morning language classes, Film Making, Art, Cooking and another Pre-K dance  class were added based on feedback from parents so we hope you and your child find an opportunity of interest. You can NOW go HERE for a sneak preview of the Winter schedule to review classes, prices, descriptions and instructors. For new parents, we also recommend you go to this site to set up your account now so you are ready to register as soon as registration opens next week.

Registration Opens Friday, December 9 at 10:00 AM and c lasses fill up quickly. Registration closes January 16, 2017 at 5:00pm The Winter session runs from January 23 - March 20, 2017. Click here for a flyer with the weekly schedule and here for class descriptions.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing your child afterschool.

Toy Drive

Please Support the Lafayette Bears Basketball Team to  benefit needy families served  by the Capitol Hil l Group Ministry, a group Coach Hover has worked with for years.
The Lafayette Bears Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are collecting new toys for children in need this holiday. Toys will be distributed by the Capitol Hill Group Ministry, a group Coach Hover has worked with for years.
If you would like to support this effort, please bring a new unwrapped toy to the collection bin in the front entrance near the Security Officer's desk by Wednesday, December 21.  
Thank you for supporting Lafayette Basketball & DC kids in need!

Lafayette After Hours at Magruders
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As the holiday season is now upon us, let the merriment begin!  Stock up on some good libations and support a Lafayette Annual Sponsor at the premiere, "Lafayette After Hours at Magruders" on Wednesday, December 14 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Join Lafayette families at an exclusive wine tasting evening in the second floor tasting room of Magruders. You'll have an opportunity to explore wines from around the world, close to home, to uncork at your next holiday function. Also sample some sparkling wines and champagne and get ready to toast in the New Year!
We are pleased that Magruders has also invited  a rep from Opici Wines to join us and help us explore the different offerings. There are limited spots available, so please be sure to register and pay via the link below.
All tasting fees will support the Lafayette HSA and let's help support a local business and Lafayette Annual Sponsor. We are so glad that they can host this special evening just for Lafayette families.

$30 Tasting Fee with some light snacks.  To register, please click  here . Questions? Please  please email Astrid

Lafayette 5th Grade Band Members Help Light the Tree at 
Cathedral Commons

Twas the night of the Cathedral Commons Treelighting and all 
across the land
All the Giant shoppers were grooving to the sounds of the 
Lafayette Band
All the 5th grade band members were decked out in festive 
holiday  gear
Including our trumpet player who was rocking the reindeer ears
Mr Holmes led the students in four holiday songs
as the kids on clarinets, flutes, trombones, trumpets and the drums played along
It was a great night for Lafayette and all the parents were proud
and the kids were on tune and really played loud!

Thanks Mr Holmes and the Lafayette 5th Grade band for a great show!

Lafayette 5th Grade Band Members 
at Cathedral Commons on December 3, 2016

Message from Peace of Mind
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Please click here to read the latest blog post from our Peace of Mind teacher, Linda Ryden.

Shop the FarmRaiser Holiday Sale
Support the Lafayette HSA and find great stocking stuffers, host gifts, poinsettias and other holiday goodies at our winter FarmRaiser sale! Items may be picked up after school on Friday 12/16 , or other arrangements can be made as necessary. Click here to browse and order - and thanks for your support!


Help Wanted:  The Lafayette After School Program (LAP) is looking for additional after school counselors between the hours of 2:30 and 6:00pm, Monday-Friday. Candidates with partial day availability will be considered. If you or someone you know might be interested, please click here for more info and contact LAP's Director, Nadhege Raphael at

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