Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 30, 2017
Miriam Van Dyck, Editor  
Mark Your Calendar

May 31
PK & K Field Day

June 1
HSA General Meeting

June 2
Grades 1-5 Field Day


Hello Lafayette Families -

Just a reminder about the upcoming HSA General Meeting this Thursday, June 1st at 6 pm.  Please plan to join us for a very special night, with babysitting available:

- Election for SY 2017-2018 LSAT Members - we need your vote!


- Please plan to join us as we honor the following volunteers & community members with our Annual Marquis de Lafayette Awards for 2017:

  • Jen Lanoff - HSA Board Member
  • Josh Gordon - HSA Board Member
  • Janine Finck-Boyle - HSA Board Member
  • Eileen Dombo - HSA Board Member
  • Dennis Smyth - Parent Volunteer
  • Jackie  Snowden - Assistant Principal
  • Sharon Adams - Cafeteria 
  • Joseph Rogall - 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Laura Comay - Parent Volunteer
  • Stacy Beck - Parent Volunteer, previous HSA Board Member
  • Mary Jaffe - Parent Volunteer
We look forward to seeing you!
Chris & Shannon
Field Day Update
Field Day
Field Day is this Friday, June 2nd. All students in First through Fifth grade will participate in a variety of physical education stations all morning, and then in some whole school activities in the afternoon. 

Children should be prepared for the day with appropriate clothes and sneakers. Shoes other than sneakers are not safe. It is also suggested that students bring a hat, water bottle and apply sunscreen before school. We will be outside most of the day so it is important to stay hydrated and protect our skin.
If there any questions please ask Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.

Field Day Volunteers Still Needed!!

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered already. Didn't get a chance to sign up yet? Please do so, we are short 20 spots. Volunteers are needed Friday, June 2nd all morning from 8:30-12. If you can help please go to the sign up link. Please scroll down past the descriptions and choose an activity that is still available. 

Thank you in advance for your support. This day would not be possible without the tremendous support of parents. If you have any questions please contact Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.

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2017 DC Theater Café
Powerful Characters, Powerful Voices
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
On June 6, your child will take part in a Lafayette tradition - the DC Theatre Café, where they will learn from the 3rd grade about important Washingtonians while dining in a theater cafe setting. The 3rd grade classes are looking forward to making it a memorable and fun experience for all!
A flyer will come home on Thursday June 1 with information about the event, including café menu and prices. All profits will be donated to the Washington Humane Society, the 3rd grade charity of choice.

 Book Donation News

Generous book donation by the Lafayette community brings smiles to Neval Thomas Elementary School in NE and  the Episcopal Center for Children here in our neighborhood
Thank you to all the parents, students, staff and community members who generously donated to our Fill the Shelf With New Books for Neval Thomas Elementary School Campaign during the Child's Play Book Sale right before Spring Break, and who brought in wonderful gently used children's books for the Lafayette Used Book Sale at the Spring Fair. Thanks to your generosity we were able to donate more than 150 brand new books to Neval Thomas Elementary School in Northeast DC, plus more than 500 gently used books to Neval Thomas and about 50 top quality used books to the students at the Episcopal Center for Children right here in Chevy Chase.

This is the second time this school year we have been able to donate books to these two worthy schools. The HSA sponsored a coat and book drive for Neval Thomas and the ECC last fall but we gathered more books this spring. Neval Thomas Librarian Ms Robyn Ine told us that she plans to use these new books in her library and set up a special distribution system in the school auditorium so each child in the school (there are 524) can pick out a used book or two to take home this summer  for their own library. Check out this great picture of Mary Rives, top Lafayette library volunteer and our lead parent volunteer for the Used Book Sale and Neval Thomas Librarian Robyn Ine when we dropped off the books last week.
There are so many communities across the city who do not have the same access to new and top quality used books as we do here at Lafayette. Thank you for helping share our bounty of books with children, schools and families who are eager to build their own libraries.


An All Lafayette Communal Art Project Art Display

Special Video Performance  Thursday, June 1, following HSA General meeting 
The students of Lafayette have been collaborating on an massive school wide art project called "Art Transcending".  Our kids have been creating a multi-media, multi-platform piece of art for the past seven months based on the game "Telephone."  The conversation started in Pre-Kindergarten in November and finished in 5 th grade just this month.  

From tissue paper artwork by our tiniest students to fabulous fly rhymes from the 5th grade and all the art in between, Lafayette students have created a stunning collective piece of art that will take all of us on a magical artistic journey. 

48 different "installments" of art will be displayed throughout the school this week, culminating in a special evening viewing, following the HSA General Meeting on Thursday June 1, of the 48 different short video vignettes created by our kids.  We hope you will join us to see what happens when all of Lafayette works together towards a common artistic goal.
Questions about "Art Transcending"?  Contact Hope Scheller .

Singing note

Notebusters presents a Tribute to the Tony Awards! Featuring hits from award winning Broadway musicals including Hamilton. Sunday,  June 4 at 5:30 pm at Wilson HS auditorium. The event is free, lasts one hour and open to friends, family and teachers.

Lafayette Directory:  Call for Sponsors
Each year the PTA publishes a Directory that is an invaluable resource for all Lafayette families. This year we will once again work with AtoZ Directories to produce a quality Directory, and we'd like to invite our Community families and area merchants to purchase advertising space.  It is a great way to both show your support for the school, and also gives all who receive a directory a chance to, in turn, support your business and/or service.  We heartily encourage our school community to support all advertisers.  Read more .
From the Math Cave

Math Team: Friday, May 26th was the last Math Team session. Thank you to all you mathmagical students who dedicated your Friday mornings to solving math problems. The fifth graders will be truly missed.
Math Club: Our last session will be Wednesday, May 31st from 8:00 - 8:40. A special thank you to Ms. Yedwab for your dedication to Math Club!

Class Photos, Individual Portraits and the 5th Grade Panoramic All Available!
Click here and enter the password: CUB1617F to see the class photos, the 5th grade panoramic and the individual portraits.  If you had already placed an order, Freed will be delivering to the school today or Wednesday. The digital files for anyone who ordered a package A, or digital downloads should have already been received.
Contact Carla Freed with any questions.

Images Update
We have just a few copies left of the ever popular Lafayette Art and Literary Anthology!!! If you were unable to be at either Arts Night, and still need a copy, send or bring $15 ( CHECKS ONLY made out to LHSA, please note "images" in the memo line)  to Ms. Perll and she will hand you your IMAGES!

Flag Football News
On Wednesday, May 24, the Lafayette flag football team coached by Shawn Bell and Jessica Campbell beat Bancroft in overtime to earn a spot in the playoffs. Go Bears!

Lafayette parents' band Brûlée at Villain & Saint in Bethesda this Thursday  - You may remember  Brûlée as th e upstairs band doing their best impression of a 20s group for this year's auction, but if you want to hear the 2017 version, now is your chance (and your last to see the band with Johannes Langkilde, one of three Lafayette parents in the current line up, before his family returns to Denmark!). Join  Brûlée at 8 PM this Thursday night June 1 at Villain & Saint, just a few minutes away in Bethesda at 7141 Wisconsin Ave, with tasty food from acclaimed chef Robert Wiedmaier and a well stocked bar.  Advance tickets are $5, available  here . More info on the band is at . We promise a great time, well worth getting a sitter!
Summer Nanny Available.  Our fantastic nanny Girija is available to provide child care for another family from June 19 - August 11 (8 weeks). She is flexible and would be fine with 3, 4, or 5 days per week. She can also provide transportation to summer camp, activities, etc. Girija has been working as a nanny for 20 years and has worked with newborns through elementary school children and older. She has a car so can easily drive to you. She is always on time and very reliable.  Our nearly 1 year-old daughter is very comfortable with Girija. She has a kind, gentle, and nurturing way about her. We so appreciate the love she has for our daughter. I'm happy to provide more information if you'd like, just email me. Please reach out to Girija directly to discuss child care for the summer. Her number is 202-285-7570. Thanks,  Lauren Di Renzo.

Huge Multi-Family Yard Sale this Sat @ Stuyvesant Place Northwest.  Sat, Jun 3, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.   Drive down and around the cul-de-sac to hit both sides of the street.  We have 8+ families that have furniture, bikes, toys, housewares, knick-knacks, and much more.  Stop by to get some deals! Rain date is Sun (6/4)
Kids Elite Sports Camp returns to Wilson High School this summer for a fourth year!  Kids Elite operates under the direction of Coach D (Desmond Dunham), physical education teacher and head coach of Wilson's cross country and track programs.  Kids Elite Sports Camp provides an array of recreational and competitive, individual and team sports with a focus on having fun and developing an active and healthy lifestyle. Kids Elite empowers children to live healthy and active lifestyles.  We strive to develop well-rounded individuals who will learn and enhance critical motor and athletic skills as well as build character, determination, perseverance, and collaboration in a nurturing environment. Kids Elite Sports Camp welcomes kids of all athletic abilities, ages 4-12.  For more information, visit 

The Children's Art Studio Summer Camp 2017 will be held June 19th - September 1 at Capital Memorial Church Van Ness/ Forest Hills. Small class size, thoughtful instruction and the inventive use of high quality materials is what it is all about.  We hope your child will join us! For more information, e-mail or visit

Lafayette Tennis Camp Still Has Openings. If you still haven't planned out your child's entire summer you can still fill it with a few weeks of tennis fun.  We have openings in most sessions at Lafayette Park so contact me or vist for updated information. 
We are also offering a Tiny Tiny Tots half day camp (9-12) at the Chevy Chase Recreation on Livingston Street to introduce 4 and 5 year olds to the basic skills for tennis.  This camp will be run by Ernie Cohen, who has been working with tiny tots for many years.  This tiny camp will only have 6 kids in it so they will get lots of attention working on their motor and tennis skills.  Check the website for registration information or call or e-mail Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925.
Expert 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 up to date on the Common Core, Eureka Math, and IB Middle Years Program. Through my licensed practice, I also prepare students for high school and college transitions. My references attest to my expertise, and to students' confidence, performance in school, and scores on standardized tests.  Email: or call 202-316-2263.

Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr! is coming to Deal Middle School. 
Come see this fabulous musical that is truly great for all ages! With songs like I'm Just a Bill, Conjunction Junction and the Preamble - how can you go wrong?
June 2 at 6:30 PM
June 3 at 5:00 PM

Full immersion French summer camp in Bethesda. Combine learning French with fun activities and sports! Campers rotate through several activities each day. Everything happens in French:
Arts, sports, music, theater, language instruction, science projects and fun games. Taught by professional teachers and coaches who are native speakers. For children from ages 5 to 14. Groups are organized by age and French speaking level. Learn more here: or call: 301-358-5500.
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