Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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October 4, 2016
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor

Mark Your Calendar
October 5
Walk/Bike to School Day 
October 6
HSA General Meeting
All Things Learning with Dr. B 

October 10
No School
Columbus Day

October 14
Picture Day

October 15
Fall Festival
Mark Your Calendar!
Join us in the Cafetorium on October, 6th at 7pm for All Things Learning with Dr. B!
Dr. Broquard will share details with us about of the wonderful learning that is going on within the beautiful walls of our new school.  Please plan to attend this informative meeting.  Q&A will follow her presentation.  
Babysitting will be provided for this meeting.


Brains? Courage? Heart? Show Off Your Skills at the Lafayette Fall Festival!
The Fall Festival is less than two weeks away on October 15. For those wizards in the kitchen, please join our annual Pie Contest, judged by Dr. B herself! Bring two homemade pies (one for the contest, one to sell) to the pie table between 2-3  p.m. along with a copy of your recipe and a $10 entry fee. The winning pie recipe and bakers will be featured in the Tuesday Bulletin.
We need your yellow (brick road) cakes, your over-the-rainbow cookies and your fresh-glazed munchkins for the Bake Sale. Please bring your creations to the bake sale table when you arrive. No need to sign up ahead of time!
Additionally, we're looking for few key items ahead of the big day. Please contact Michelle Mosner  if you have any of the following to donate:
Plastic baseball bats
Dorothy costumes
Tin man costumes (or silver/grey pants and top)
Scarecrow costumes
Lion costumes


Wednesday, October 5 is Walk or Bike to School Day, inviting you and your kids to be green, be healthy, be social, and earn free snacks! You can walk or bike your own route to school, or join one of the bike trains or walker herds. 

The route is located at this link.

Click here for flyer with all the details you need!

We hope that you participate in Walk/Bike to School Day, 
but if you choose to drive, please be extra careful due to the larger-than-usual number of pedestrians and cyclists, particularly along 33rd Street.  Thank you!

 Questions?  Contact Stephen Burwell.

Congratulations to Sonya Matza, Lafayette parent and the coordinator of our first-ever Lafayette Commemorative Brick program for an incredible job kicking off this new Lafayette program. More than
100 bricks and larger pavers were sold to mark important moments and honor students, teachers and staff. All funds received will go directly to supporting important programs at Lafayette. 

Over the next few weeks, we will get the bricks produced and then put in the ground in the front of the school hopefully by the end of November.  So stay tuned for our official unveiling. If you missed the deadline, don't worry, we are hoping to bring the program back for a short time in the spring. Thanks to HSA Co-President Chris Lisi for her hard work and creativity in conceiving the brick program, Dr Broquard, DGS and our SKANSA team for finding and designing the space, and the incredible Sonya Matza for all her hard work running the program.

Save the Date! 
Tuesday, October 25 from 6-8, is Family Science Night, brought to you by the HSA and the Maryland Science Center. There will be 8 fun and interactive science activities to explore at your convenience, so come when you want. Questions? Email Sarah Remes.

Picture Day is in 1½ Weeks!

Individual portraits will be taken by FreedSpirit  on Friday, October 14.  Class photos on a later date in the Spring. If your child is absent that day or you do not like your child's proofs, there will be a make-up/re-take photoshoot on a date TBD after the proofs come out. Students will be photographed outside using natural light and the backdrop will be various spots around the school and/or park. In approximately 2-3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to view your child's proofs online and you may order as many or as few photos as you like.

Picture Day Clothing Suggestions:
Solid colors and simple patterns photograph best; collared shirts or polos for boys look great; avoid sweatshirts/sweatpants and t-shirts with large logos or letters. Please chat with your child about taking his/her jacket off for the photo or making sure he/she knows what clothing is expected to be worn in the photograph. We have kids who show up in bowties and fancy dresses, as well as sweatshirts and athletic shorts and everything in between. Sometimes it's difficult for the volunteers/photographers to determine what the intended outfit is supposed to be. If unsure, we may ask, "Does your mom or dad want you to wear that jacket in your photo?" and we are met with a blank stare or a sly smile, so we have to just go with it.
It's important to know that the photographers use many different tactics to encourage your child to smile his/her most natural smile. When you see your child's proofs, you may see some full-body or waist-up shots of your child, sometimes in silly poses - you can ignore those shots or, due to the magic of digital photography, you may request that it be cropped to show the traditional head and shoulders pose. For a sneak peak of what to expect, please check out their  website  to see their portfolio.
If you have any questions regarding Picture Day, please email parent volunteer  Gayle Moseley .
October is Growing Healthy Schools Month, a district-wide celebration of health and wellness!  

 Throughout the month, students are invited to participate in the "Eat A Rainbow" Challenge by choosing to eat a variety of different-colored fruits and vegetables, helping to ensure their bodies get the vitamins and minerals they need.  Information on how to participate was sent home in students' folders this week.  Displays in the cafeteria will highlight the benefits of "Eating  A Rainbow."  To help kick off the month-long celebration, families can also join in Bike/Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5th.

Thank you to everyone who supported Potomac Pizza Night last week. According to the folks at Potomac Pizza, this was the best turnout they have ever seen since we started doing Potomac Pizza Nights, netting more than $500 back to Lafayette. Way to go Lafayette families and staff.  Mark your calendars for our next Potomac Pizza Night on November 22, 2016 and thanks for supporting Lafayette.

Thank you to Lafayette HSA Annual Sponsors Galley Foods and Potomac Pizza for providing free breakfast and lunch for our hardworking teachers and staff last Friday during our in-service day. Our teachers and staff work so hard for our children and it is really nice to see them recognized by the community.

Does your child need a boost of reading confidence?
Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Brown is offering private in-home tutoring or any location of your choice.  Tutoring grades K-2 for $75 a hour. Available after school until 5pm and early afternoons.  If interested please contact Mrs. Brown at

Thanks to our Sponsors:
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