Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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November 15, 2016
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

November 17
LEP Session Ends
Drama Club Performance

November 24-25
No School, Thanksgiving

December 2
No School,
Professional Day
HSA Reminders

Early Pickup
Reminder - if you need to pick up your child early from school, please make sure you arrive to the office no later than  2:45pm. The closer the teachers and students get to  3pm and our  3:15pm dismissal time, it becomes very difficult to locate the students and redirect them to the main office during the end of day wrap up process.   Please help us by planning ahead and arriving to the office no later than  2:45 pm  for an early pickup.  We greatly appreciate your assistance and support of this request.  

Please Fill Out HSA Survey!

Discussions about next year's HSA budget will begin before we know it. That makes it the perfect time for you to weigh in on all things HSA - from after-school offerings and social events to fundraising and communications. We need to hear from you as we develop our HSA priorities, plans, and budgets for this school year and those to come. Please click here to take this important survey - it takes just a few minutes, but your responses are critical.  

Very Last Call for Warm Coats

Brrrr it is getting chilly out there and hundreds of kids across the city don't have warm coats to stay warm. We are wrapping up our annual Lafayette  coat drive this week and are still accepting donations through   Thursday November 17. Please bring new or gently used/freshly laundered coats to school to the bin by the Security Desk or drop them in the bin at 5841 Nebraska Ave. Thank you for all your support so far. We were able to drop off dozens of coats for the children at the Episcopal Center for Children last week and they were so grateful. This week we will take all our remaining coats to Thomas Elementary School in NE DC on   Friday November 18  in the morning.  We still need more coats, especially coats size 8-10 and 10-12. 

New Lafayette Student Council Rises to the Occasion for Election Day Bake Sale.
Congratulations to the new Lafayette Student Council and their advisor Ms Moore for a very successful first event. Working with the Lafayette HSA, the Lafayette Student Council students ran an all-day Election Day bake sale outside the gym where community members voted. Close to $1000 was raised. Thank you to all the parents, Lafayette alumni and friends who supported the sale by baking treats, donating treats and steering business our way. The kids did an outstanding job manning the table and serving customers and promoted the sale through home-made posters.  A special thanks to our great custodial and security teams who helped us set up our tables and steer customers towards us. All the funds raised will go directly the Lafayette Student Council.

School Pictures are Ready! 
We are happy to let you know that portrait proofs are now ready for viewing online and a percentage of every order will support Lafayette! Please use the link and password provided by your Room Parents to view your student's online gallery and enjoy FREE shipping on orders placed by Monday, November 21, 2016. 
Due to the magic of digital photography, photos can be cropped if you prefer a slightly different view. Just enter your request in the "Notes" section with your order. If you are unhappy with your child's photos or your child was absent on picture day, there will be a retake/make-up day scheduled soon. Class photos will be taken sometime in the Spring.
Please contact Gayle Moseley if you have any questions!  Thank you!

Drama Club Performance Nov 17

The Drama Club has been hard at work perfecting their performance of  The Fight for Civility, an original play by Steven King.  Please join us as Lafayette's young thespians work their way through history searching for civility to the soundtrack of songs by Elton John, Helen Redding, Bob Dylan, and more.  We are pleased to announce two performances this Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Lafayette Cafetorium.  In the spirit of the season of giving and thanks, this performance is also a canned food drive.  As your price of admission, please bring non perishable canned goods.  All collected canned goods will be donated to Shepherd's Table.
Notebusters Thanksgiving Show November 22 Singing note

NoteBUSTERS Thanksgiving Show
Tuesday, November 22 @ 6:30
Wilson High School Auditorium
Celebrating the music of Billy Joel and Elton John
FREE admission - NO TICKETS necessary
Open to family, friends, and teachers 

Message from new Spanish Club

Click here for information on the new Lafayette Spanish Club.
lost and found2Lost & Found Items to be Donated November 18 
All items left in the lost & found (cafeteria location) will be picked up for donation to a good cause on November 18. So please check for anything that belongs to your kids. And please remember to put your name (legibly!) in clothes, especially outerwear, that your kids wear to school. Thank you! 
Don't miss the 2nd Annual Barstons Child's Play Book Sale & Book Drive November 7-20

20% of all sales go directly to the Lafayette HSA
Help us secure 50 New Books for Kids In Need!
Our wonderful Lafayette Annual Sponsor Barstons Child's Play is back for their second annual Holiday Book Sale and Book Drive. From November 7-20 , we will be selling a short list of the top children's books this season curated by the amazing Book Department at Barstons Child's Play. Click here to check out this year's selection.

Select the books you want on the form linked here, and send your completed form, with credit card info or a personal check made out to the Lafayette HSA attached into school with your child by Monday, November 21. Or drop your completed form and payment in the HSA Box in the Front Office. You can also pay via Paypal at, put "ChildsPlayFallBookSale" in the notes section, save your receipt and then email your completed form and receipt to Jenny Backus at or drop it off at 5841 Nebraska Ave. We will gift wrap your books in colorful non-holiday specific paper and send them home with your child via their backpack by November 22. We will keep books you are donating.
WE WILL ALSO BE AT LAFAYETTE ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 DURING THE DAY & AT THE DRAMA PERFORMANCE. Stop by our table outside of the school at drop-off and pick-off or come to the Drama Club Performance that night at 7:00 PM

Potomac Pizza Night Nov 22

Tuesday November 22 is Lafayette Potomac Pizza Night.
Let Lafayette Annual Sponsor Potomac Pizza do the cooking while you do your Thanksgiving dinner shopping.
From 4 to 9 PM on Tuesday November 22, Lafayette will receive 20% of all dine-in, delivery or carry-out orders at the Chevy Chase Potomac Pizza store. Just tell your server you are supporting Lafayette Elementary School, bring our flyer along or put Lafayette in the notes section when you order online. It's an easy and delicious way to support our school.
Halloween Candy Drive Thanks

Thanks to everyone who donated candy to our Halloween Candy Drive for the Homeless!  Once again the Lafayette community was so generous that we now have a mountain of candy to share with visitors to the Bethesda Cares homeless shelter.  In Peace Class the children made cards to send to the shelter along with the candy.  These beautiful cards are sure to warm the hearts of people going through difficult times.  Thanks also to the Candy Fairies Stacy Beck and Jenny Backus and their families for hauling the many, many, many heavy bags of candy out of the Peace Room.  Our friend Wendy Adler will be delivering the candy to the shelter over the course of this year along with the wonderful cards.  What a great way to bring a little happiness into our world that sorely needs it.  Thanks everyone!

The talented, award-winning Wilson High School Theater program is back with URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL on November 18 & 19.  Don't miss it!
Winner of three Tony Awards, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution.  An irreverently humorous satire, it is filled with tuneful references from classic American musicals and has been praised for its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.  URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL, tells the story of a Gotham-like city in the grips of a terrible water shortage that has led to  a government-enforced ban on private toilets.  The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.  Until an unlikely hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Shows are November 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm, and November 19 at 2:30 pm, at the Wilson High School Auditorium (3950 Chesapeake Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016). 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and $5 for everyone at the matinee on November 19th.  Cash or check only.   

Parent Class for Young Children  
On Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm Leanne Gray from the "Prepared Environment" will be leading a class on encouraging independence at home at the Broad Branch Children's House.  In addition to all of the wonderful information you will receive during this event, you will also be given a special starter kit with 10 unique items for your home. 

The cost for this evening is $30 per family (plus $5 per child and $1 for pizza). RSVP at 202-232-2233

Ward 4 Holiday Party Please save the date for the annual Ward 4 holiday party and coat drive! It will be held at the newly modernized Lafayette Elementary School. We invite all to celebrate the holidays with us. The party will take place on  December 10, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Lafayette Elementary School: 5701 Broad Branch Rd NW. 

Please RSVP with Dolly Turner at 202-724-8052 

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