Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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January 10, 2017
Miriam Van Dyck, 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!

Brrrr, it's Cold!  THINK SUMMER!  The 2017 Second Annual Lafayette Elementary Summer Camp Expo will take place at Lafayette from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  immediately following the HSA General Meeting on Thursday, January 12th . 

Representatives from more than 30 summer and sleep-away camps will be on hand to introduce their camps and answer questions.   

Play games. Save on early-bird discounts!  Get a preview at which camp programs you can bid on at our March auction! And best of all, enter the $5 Raffle to win a full-day week of camp to Headfirst Summer Camp (valued at $439) or a $1000 coupon for sleep-away camp at Camp Twin Creeks.  

Potomac Pizza and Galley Foods will be on hand and babysitting will be available.  So bring the whole family and tell your neighbors. 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

The Lafayette Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 13th from 9:00 am until 11:15 am in the Cafeteria.  The make-up date is January 18th. Families are invited to attend or watch LIVE via YouTube!  There will be a link on the Lafayette Tech Home Page the morning of the Bee that will take you directly to the feed.  Practices will continue to be held during flex time. 

Practice on the 12th will be used as a review of procedures. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Echave (, Ms. Campbell (, or Ms. Ratliff ( 

Community Service Fair on MLK Day

Don't forget that the MLK Day Community Service Fair at Lafayette is coming up next Monday the 16th, from 1:00-3:00! Please click here to RSVP and contribute the necessary supplies. The sooner you RSVP the better, so we'll know how many folks to expect. 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. We're still 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. If you have questions about this event, please reach out to Melissa Jones or Katie Burke.

Coming Soon:  Jump Rope for Heart!

One of the kids' favorite activities of the year is just around the corner.  This year's Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Thursday, February 23rd. This is our 18th anniversary!  What an amazing community service project that our Lafayette Community has embraced and supported for so many years.

Packets will be sent home on Wednesday January 11 .  Please be on the lookout for them.  Children in PK, K and 1st will receive packets this week as well.  Their event will take place during the school day one day the week of February 20th.

If you have any questions please ask Ms. Perll, Ms. Howes or Ms. McClure. If you are able to volunteer please email Ms. McClure if your child is in 1st-5th grade.  PK and Kindergarten parents please email your child's classroom teacher. 

Important Dates to Remember:

February 1st-   Permission Slips Due
February 23 th - Jump!!!
March 2 nd -    Pledges Due
Ms. McClure
Ms. Perll
Ms. Howes

Congratulations Claire Simon and Louise Block!

Fifth Graders Claire Simon and Louise Block won second  place in the citywide Growing Healthy Schools Essay Contest! They wrote a wonderful essay about how mindfulness helps Lafayette to be a healthier school.  The second place prize is a whopping $500 for Lafayette and a commemorative plaque to hang in the Great Hall.  We are very proud of Claire and Louise!!!


Nursery School Openings.  St. Paul's Nursery School is accepting applications for 2017-2018 and has a few openings for this year. The school day runs from  9 am to noon  5 days a week for children 2 1/2 to 4 years old. "Lunch bunch" meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  12 pm to 2 pm  for the older children.  It is located at 3600 Everett St. NW Washington DC.  Call 202-966-0214 to schedule an appointment.  To see what some parents have said about their experience, read this article.

Art Class for Second - Fifth Graders.   The Children's Art Studio will offer a high quality art class for older elementary school children on Tuesday afternoons from 5:15 - 6:15.  We will work with a wide range of materials and spend time on perfecting specific techniques and skills.  This is a good class for children interested in going a little deeper into the world of visual arts. Class starts January 24th and runs ten weeks.  The cost is $325.  We meet at Capital Memorial Church on Chesapeake Street.  Please see our website for more information

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