Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 23, 2017
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor  
Mark Your Calendar

May 25
Arts Night II

May 29 
No School 
Memorial Day

May 31
PK & K Field Day

June 1
HSA General Meeting


Hello Lafayette Families -
The days are flying by, so we wanted to give you a quick HSA update as we zoom towards the end of the school year. 
First of all, an endless thank you to our community - your financial support as well as volunteer hours do not go unnoticed.  We truly appreciate all of your time, effort and contributions this year.  THANK YOU!
We want to make sure you are aware of a few items:
  • SY 2017-2018 HSA Budget was passed at our General Meeting held on May 4th - thank you to those who attended
  • SY 2017-2018 HSA Board Members were elected and confirmed, click here for more information
  • We heard your ideas and we thank you for your input - due to your suggestions, the HSA has added two new line items that were approved for the SY 2017-2018 HSA budget - Chorus & a STEM program.  For more information about our search for a Choir Director to support our current Music Program, please click here.  Keep an eye out this summer for more specific information about both programs as we head back to school in August
  • Reminder - the Library Loft planning is underway and will be ready when students return to school in the Fall
  • Mark your calendar - Thursday, June 1st - final HSA General Meeting for this year - please join us for this very special meeting.  We need your vote on our LSAT candidates for SY 2017-2018, we will honor our Marquis de Lafayette honorees and we will soak in the creativity and beauty of Art Transcending, a special program lead by Lafayette mom, Hope Scheller and the wonderful work of all of our children.  You don't want to miss this meeting!  Babysitting available - we will begin at 6pm (Note: this is earlier than usual)
Please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.
Have a great week and holiday weekend!
Chris & Shannon


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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.

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.


Starting to plan your camp packing list or looking to refresh your child's summer wardrobe? Pick up some Lafayette shorts, wicking short sleeve shirts, towels, sweatshirts and canvas bags for the pool at the Grizzly Gear table at Arts Night. We also have lots of Class of 2017 and Class of 2018 Lafayette T Shirts and a limited selection of  the younger grades. And new for Arts Nights, Lafayette Teddy Bears. We take cash, check and credit card. Look for us next to the IMAGES table on Main Street and thanks for supporting Lafayette.
PS - You can also fill out your form and pay fo r a commemo rative Brick as well at the Grizzly Gear  table. We will have forms and a sample brick Brick orders are due on May 31.

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 
Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help with this year's field day.  We still have numerous slots to fill.  This is one of the kids' favorite event of the year and wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.
Volunteers are needed to run stations form 9-12 on Friday, June 2nd.  All volunteers will come to the gym at 8:30 to get last minute instructions and refreshments. Please clear your schedule for the morning and come join us in all the fun.   Please go to our signup Genius to sign up. Look at all the activities and choose one you like.  Scroll to the bottom of page to find the sign up area.
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.


books From the Library

Greetings from the library!  It's been such a pleasure serving the readers of Lafayette this year!  As the school year closes,  it's time to return all of those library books!  All books must be returned by June 1.  Please, take time to log onto our online catalog with your student's ID number and birth date and review what they have checked out.  Books can be dropped off in the book return outside the library anytime the building is open.
DCPS does not require students to replace or pay for lost books. We do need to know they're gone, though! Please email Ms. Leese at if you can't find an item. Please look everywhere first:  Under the bed, in the couch, under the car seats, on your bookshelves, at the houses of family and friends, in the park, and anywhere else your child might have gone.  Any book that isn't returned this year will be a book that our students can't enjoy next year!  Thank you!

Lafayette Parents Join Working Group to Address School Overcrowding
Two Lafayette parents, Alison Barnes and Ben Fitzpatrick, are representing Lafayette in a working group designed to help address overcrowding at Wilson High School and the community of middle and elementary schools that feed into Wilson.  Over the past three weeks they have attended meetings at both Mary Cheh's office and with DCPS as DCPS identifies ways to cope with persistent and growing enrollment issues throughout the W ilson community.  
The number of school age children in the Wilson community is expected to grow 21% between 2015 and 2025, with the Chevy Chase DC neighborhood predicted to experience the greatest growth of any neighborhood, according to the DC Office of Planning. Wilson currently has an enrollment of 1,750 in a building that can accommodate 1,700 students, and is expected to experience enrollment spikes in the coming years as large Deal middle school classes graduate.  Deal is only able to accommodate its current enrollment of 1,476 students - a 27% increase since 2012 - by erecting portable space for 200 students. Elementary schools throughout the Wilson community are either at-or-over capacity, with no expectation that their enrollments will subside. These numbers support the need for DCPS and the DC Government to take substantive action to address existing and upcoming enrollment issues throughout the Wilson community of schools. 
Barnes and Fitzpatrick met with parents and administrators from other feeder schools to discuss possible solutions as well as current issues related to school overcrowding.  The meetings, both with the formal working group and the Wilson feeder schools, are expected to continue throughout the year. The Lafayette representatives will next meet with Dr. Broquard as well as members of the HSA and LSAT to gather and share more information.
Drivers and Walkers: More Mindfulness Needed
Though it feels like summer is right around the corner and everyone is itching for vacation, please remember to follow the traffic rules and listen to Eddie the crossing guard every day! We've had some scary incidents of late.
Most recently, a child's scooter was hit by a driver at the school stop sign (the child had jumped off) and a separate driver was aggressively honking his horn at the scene.
Let's all try to remember to follow drop-off procedures, no parking in restricted areas, look before crossing the street and to be patient drivers, especially around pick-up and drop-off.
PS-  Mr. Eddie wants everyone to know that he apologizes for his emotional outburst during the incident. 

Three cheers for our wonderful Lafayette Politics and Prose Sale lead volunteers, Lisa Hopson and Jessica Bowers who organized another successful event at Politics and Prose last Saturday May 20 to benefit the Lafayette HSA. We also want to thank all our volunteers and shoppers who came out to make the sale a success. We raised close $600 for the HSA.  It's so great to see how much our community loves books and reading. 

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.

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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