Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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March 28, 2017
Katya Svirina, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

March 31
End of Term

April 6
HSA General Meeting

April 17-21
Spring Break

Congratulations to Lafayette moms & 2017 Auction Chairs Sarah Remes and Kavita Chambery and their outstanding Auction Committee* for a Lafayette Auction for the record books. More than 500 people came out last Saturday night to witness Lafayette Elementary School transformed into a modern day Cotton Club in celebration of the founding of our school in 1928. From the vintage 1920s car in the front of the school as you entered the building to the gorgeous lighting, awesome costumes, delicious 1920s food and the beautiful Art Deco decorations created by Art Teacher Laurie McLaughlin and the students of Lafayette,  you felt like you were transformed back in time.  

Two incredible Lafayette parent bands set the mood. Thank you Craig Gildner and the Blue Crescent Syncophants and Louis Matza, Aura Kanegis, Johannes Langekilde of Brulee for an amazing evening of entertainment.  And Lafayette parents Tim and Erinn Walsh kept the spiritis flowing with their generous help securing our alcohol.  HSA members Astrid Ruggeri & Tonya Oliver worked with Lafayette Annual Sponsor Macon on an incredible after party in Macon's Magnolia Room.

But it was more than just an incredible party, it was the biggest and most important fundraiser for the Lafayette HSA and thanks to incredible support from our parents, teacher and the community,  and two great parent volunteer Auctioneers, Lydia Weiss and Ed Pagano, we raised more than $140,000.  Kudos to our Marquis de Lafayette sponsors, the donations team, the party team and the teachers and staff who put together an outstanding array of parties, creations, and treats for our guests to bid on. 

The HSA and the Auction Committee would like to especially thank our great parent community and  Dr. Broquard and the entire Lafayette family of staff and teachers for all their incredible support and give special thanks to Ms Mayhew, Mr Young and the custodians and Mr King for helping us every time we asked for more.

2017 Lafayette Auction Committee: Sarah Remes, Kavita Chambery, Astrid Ruggeri, Jenny Backus, Marelise Voss, Sophie Hanrahan, Jen Lanoff, Beth Vassalo, Bethann Siegel, Hope Scheller, Gayle Moseley, Steven King, Megan Marcotte, Amanda Ryan, Laura Grimm,  Miriam Sinton, Shannon & Michael Behm,  Jennifer Bertsch, Katie Blick, Verena Braunoehler, Cynthia Carpenter, Fiorenza Castelli, Connie Chang, Jenny Dangre, Julie Chen, Patricia Balestra, Michelle Cooper, Eileen Dombo, Rachel Friedman, Maria Lacaze, Jessica Meth, Laura Nelms, Kristin Nicholson, Anjali Phillips, Nedra Pickler, Edith Rankin, Soleak Sim, Christian Mew, Clare Sant, Paul and Axelle Harasty, Michelle Moser, Charles Zentay, Virginia Stocker, Jennifer Vaughan, Jane Ellis, Tonya Oliver, Janine and Pete Boyle, Ashley and Sean Kennedy, Eileen Dombo and Lou Blick, Mike and Kendall McManus, Heather and Chris Davenport, and Darshana Venugopal.

For a complete list of Auction Thank Yous and Shoutouts, click here


Couldn't make it to Lafayette on Saturday night? Don't worry. You can still sign up for some amazing kids' parties here and parent parties here -- but hurry, before they're all sold out.

You can also purchase some great new items, including tickets to see the NATS (Item#504). Check out what is available on our Auction web site.

Go on a tour of Hamilton's Washington, celebrate a night in Havana, see the Muppet Movie,  taste rare wines, rare beers and rare scotches, make fresh guacamole.  There is something for everyone's taste.  So sign up today. If you are already registered for the Auction, you can go ahead and bid.  If you didn't go to the Auction, you can just register your credit card on line.

Thanks for supporting the Auction!


Each year at the Lafayette Auction, we do a special "Raise the Paddle" fundraising call to collect donations for a special school wide program. Folks contribute a donation of any amount that feels comfortable for them towards this special project. This year, we are collecting for the Lafayette School Garden and Kitchen Classroom.

The Garden and Kitchen Classroom Program will use the Raise the Paddle funds to purchase equipment, such as soil test kits, bug boxes and magnifying lenses, provide teacher training, and enhance and expand garden-based programming.  Funds will also support art in the garden. Ms. McLaughlin will work with several grade levels to create student-made mosaics for the walkways, planting beds, and garden entrance sign. 

Your support will also help us buy tools, soil, compost, seeds, and everything else we need for the garden. You can read more about it here in this beautiful presentation put together by HSA Environment Rep & Lafayette Grow Committee member Laura Nelms or feel free to contact her at

Thanks to the support of Auction attendees we are about 3/4 of the way to our goal of raising $10K for this wonderful program. We are looking for your support to take us over the top. Just click here to make a donation and thank you for supporting Raise the Paddle and making our garden grow!
We understand. It was a heck of a party. Contact Sarah Remes to collect your winnings or make your payments if you haven't checked out yet. And thank you for your amazing support of the Auction.

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Join the HSA Board!

Hello parents! This is your first reminder that we are looking for HSA Board nominees for the 2017-18 school year. You can learn more about the positions here

All volunteer positions, except three, are open for nomination. (One co-president, one co-treasurer and the secretary are in the middle of their two-year terms.) One or more candidates are expected to run for each position. 

If you are interested, please email Amy Joyce ASAP. We need to have all candidates confirmed by April 1. Thank you all!

Lafayette Drama Club Performance of Wild Island  
receives rave reviews from parents, students and guests
Congratulations to the Lafayette Drama Club and their fearless leaders Mr Steven King and Ms Annie Campbell for another successful show. Mr King's latest opus "Wild Island" rocked the Lafayette stage last Wednesday for two packed performances. A tremendous cast and crew of Lafayette 3rd, 4th and 5th graders worked for weeks on this, the Drama Club's 8th show, and all their hard work and practice showed.  

Lafayette mom Hope Scheller did an amazing job working with the kids and parents on colorful costumes, props and make-up as well as a very cool set that transformed from Chicago by night to the Wild Island. Lafayette's own maestro Mr Joel Holmes helped out with the music and lighting and Mr. King and Ms Campbell coached the kids to some impressive dramatic heights. Special props to student stage manager Lian Alula. Special thanks to all the Lafayette students, parents and friends who came out for the show and to Dr. Broquard and the HSA for their support of the Drama Club.  Can't wait to see what Mr King comes up with next. 

The Lafayette Wild Island cast includes:  Lily Formuzis, Sophia Harper, Haidyn Williams, Alice Patterson, Penny Mason, Alec Nicholson, Samantha Broquard, Kai Handy-Kanegis, Lane Mahan, Jaya Thacker, Katie Boyle, Jack Pagano, Danny Alula, Archie Lacey, Zander Sargent, Walt Bernstein, Ian Springer, Rory Davis, Peter McManus, Finn Zentay, Miles Bickart, Mia Mora, Hadley Haray, Hadley Bennett, Lucia Ridgeway, Ray Whipple, Sofia Ridgeway, Leah Harper, Lilly Moser, Janie Sargent, Luka Neskovic
from 6-8 PM

Featuring 40 Poems written and performed Lafayette 5th Graders
As part of Lafayette's celebration of National Poetry Month happening this April, the 5th grade has been working on a special poetry curriculum developed by our staff, teachers and Lafayette parents. Helped by a grant from the HSA, this talented group came together with professional local poetry educator Oliver Bendorf to develop a special poetry curriculum integrated into our 5th grade ELA classes. Students have been working on poems for one or two voices for the past months, and every student will perform their poetry out loud in class the week of  March 29.

In addition, 40 poems will be selected from across the 5th grade to be performed at a special evening performance called  Pass the Poetry Please in the Lafayette Cafetorium on Wednesday April 5, from 6 to 8 PM.

Lafayette's own Joel Holmes and another jazz musician will accompany the students readings and the evening will also feature a reading by local poet Mary Rand Hess. Light refreshments will be served. So if you love poetry, please come out on Wednesday April 5 and hear the amazing things Lafayette 5th graders have to say. And thank you to all the great teachers, staff and parents who made this poetry curriculum and performance possible. 
Galley's Giveback week with Lafayette begins this SUNDAY night!

Menus for the whole week will be available Sunday so get a head start on meal planning for the week ahead by ordering Galley April 2-7. Galley prepares new dinner menu daily from scratch, for delivery to your door at a time of your choosing to make dinnertime a breeze. No subscription or minimum order required. Tax, tip and delivery included! Add #Lafayette to the delivery instructions to give 20% back to our school.
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Shows happening at 9AM, 2PM and 6PM
Special Performance at 6PM by local non-profit The MusicianShip!

Please join our wonderful music teacher Mr Holmes and the Lafayette Band, Drum Line, Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble for a series of shows celebrating Music in our Schools Month this Thursday in the Lafayette Auditorium/Cafeteria. 

Students will perform twice during the school day and wear regular school clothes for that performance. They should wear Black and/or White dress clothes for the evening performance. Families are invited to attend any and all of the performances. And we have a special treat for the evening performane. A guest vocal ensemble called 'The MuscianShip" will also perform for the students and families.  You won't want to miss them! Questions, please contact Mr Holmes at

Monday April 10-Friday April 14 in the Lafayette Library

We're teaming up with Lafayette Annual Sponsor Barstons Child's Play and their awesome book department for our Spring Book Fair. 
20% of our proceeds at the Fair will go directly to Lafayette so it is the perfect time for stock up on books for spring break and summer reading. The Barstons Child's Play team has great relationships with both the big publishers and the small independent publishing houses so there will be an amazing selection of books. You can check out some of the titles here.

We are also looking for volunteers to help staff the sale. Look for the SignUp genius coming your way from your room parents.  We hope to stay open late a few nights during that week so parents and kids can shop the sale while waiting for Battle of the Books to start. Look for a flyer coming home this week from Ms Leese our terrific librarian and thanks for supporting the Spring Book Fair.

lost and found2 Please Check the Lost & Found!

There are many coats, sweaters and other items left in the lost & found, located in Lafayette's cafeteria. Please stop in and check for personal items that may belong to you child (or ask your child to). All items will be removed and donated after school on Friday, April 14. Thank you!
HoopEd All Sports and Games Camp on Friday, March 31st at Lafayette! Come join us for a super day of games! REGISTER at www.hoopeducation.som

Bring the family to experience Mozart's monumental Requiem
performed from memory by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and artistic director Scott Tucker. Visit for more information.
Order a Family 4-pack in the First or second Tier for $100 when you enter code MOZART100 during check out by April 4th. Offer available through the Choral Arts Box Office. Not available on previously purchased tickets. Limited quantities available. To order by phone, call 202.244.3669.

Mozart: Requiem
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
The Third Annual Tenley Tiger Run 
The run brings together and celebrates the greater community of Tenleytown, and the citywide friends and alums of the Wilson High
School community. The race supports the Wilson High School Track and Cross Country teams! Fun for kids 6-14, we have a new 1-mile race for all runners! Help us celebrate youth fitness. We have safe course that is closed to vehicles. Sponsored by Kids Elite Sports, the 1-mile run start at 10AM. To register, visit and join Team Lafayette. Let's see if we can win the prize for the Team with the most members registered! 

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