Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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January 3, 2017
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

January 12
Summer Camp Expo

January 16
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19
End of Term

January 20
Inauguration Day

graphic-summer-park.jpg Save the Date: 2017 Camp Expo, January 12, 2017!

SAVE THE DATE!  The 2017 Second Annual Summer Camp Expo will be held at Lafayette from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th!  Lafayette families and the Lafayette community are invited to join us to meet and greet representatives from summer and sleep-away camps at this fun, and sometimes interactive, fair. 

The Expo will take place immediately following the HSA Budget meeting.  There will be camps, activities, food, fun and fellowship, so drop by to learn about the wonderful offerings that are available for your little (or older) munchkins. 

Take advantage of early-bird enrollment and save big $$! Get an early peek at which camp programs you can bid on at our March auction! So bring the whole family and tell your neighbors.  If you have a camp you love and would like to spread the word, please have them contact Julie Chen to reserve a spot.  Spaces are still available.  We are also looking for a few volunteers to help set-up and clean-up.  
We look forward to seeing you there!
Spelling Bee Spelling Bee

Preparation for this year's spelling is well underway!  Practices continue to be held every day during Flex Time for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  The Spelling Bee is scheduled for January 13th  (January 18th make up) at 1:30 in the cafeteria.  All are invited to attend or watch the Bee LIVE as it is streamed over YouTube. 

Attached are the Spelling Bee Practice Schedule, Spell It 2017 Tips and Tricks Spelling Guide, Spell it Plain Text List, and the 2017 School Spelling Bee List.  A special thank you to all of the teachers who have been volunteering their time and effort for practices!
Community Service Fair on MLK Day

Mark your calendars for a Community Service Fair at Lafayette from 1:00-3:00 on MLK Day, January 16th! All Lafayette students and their families are invited to join us for this drop-in event where kids will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities to support worthy organizations in the DC area.

Please click here to RSVP and contribute the necessary supplies. We're currently seeking middle and high-school students to help set-up, clean-up and facilitate the activities. If you know of students who would like to earn community service hours, or who would just enjoy the chance to help, please have them contact
Katie Burke . We look forward to joining together as a school community to raise awareness around the needs faced by others, and to contribute in a meaningful way.

DC Youth Orchestra Program Spring Registration is Open!!
DCYOP offers beginner through advanced group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.  Nearly 500 students participate in group classes, ensemble rehearsals, and performances each semester at Eastern High School on Capitol Hill.  Every student has the opportunity to perform in at least one concert every semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public. To learn more about DCYOP programs and register for the spring semester, please visit .

Mark your calendars for January 14!!! Spend an hour (or MORE!) celebrating the arts at  CREATE DC!
The Create DC Arts Festival is bringing together a vibrant network of DCPS arts teachers, teaching artists, and local arts organizations for an afternoon of creative play on Saturday, January 14 from 11-3 at Union Market's Dock 5. Families across the city are invited to join us in experiencing the visual arts, drama, dance, and music through hands-on interactive workshops and collaborative making stations as we celebrate the arts. All are welcome

Winter Lafayette Tennis Indoor at Chevy Chase Community Center Starts January 10
We will be offering indoor tennis this winter at the Chevy Chase Community Center (CCCC) using mini-nets and foam balls to teach tennis skills to boys and girls ages 5-12.  The schedule:
Tues: 3:30 Beginner Ages 5-7
Tues: 4:45 Beginner Ages 6-8
Wed.:3:30 Beginner Ages 5-7
Wed.:4:45 Advanced Beginner Ages 6-9
Friday: 3:30 Advanced Beginner Ages 6-8
Friday: 4:45 Adv Beg/Intermediate Ages 7-12
We will gather the kids at pick-up and walk or drive them over to the CCCC.  When LEP starts we will coordinate with the LEP staff if your child will be going to any LEP classes from 3:30 to 4:30 then to tennis at 4:45.
Each class is one hour.  On Tuesday and Wednesday 10 sessions will cost $250.  On Friday 9 sessions (DPR closed on Inauguration Day) will cost $225.  10% discount for second and third family member or class. 
Please go to for registration form and space availability.  If you have any questions please call or email Paul Rosenbaum at or 2-2 441-0925.

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Shannon Behm & Chris Lisi, Lafayette HSA Co-Presidents
Lafayette Elementary School