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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Lisa McLish, editor
March 13, 2012
In This Issue
Auction is Live
Tomorrow - Sex Talk Expert
Music & Art News
Spelling Bee
JRFH Pledges
Peace Club
Lending Library
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main



One of my favorite parts of auction time at Lafayette is to get to see the class creations. For the past month parents and Laurie McLaughlin have been hard at work coming up with new ideas and projects for each class to contribute as its auction donation. All their hard work has been completed and is on display in various areas of the school. You can also see them on the school website and join in the bidding fun. And while each and every item is lovely, there is a lot of teaching and learning going on here too. >>Read more

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March 14 (Wednesday)

Speaker, sex-talk expert Deborah Roffman, 7 p.m.     


March 18 (Sunday)

Last day of Online Auction


March 23 (Friday)

No school; Professional Development Day


March 30 (Friday) 

Half day, 12:15 dismissal


April 2 - April 9

Spring Break - no school


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From the HSA 

Dan Aladjem & Jenny Murray, co-presidents


(From Dan) I generally shy away from singling out teachers in this column, but my older daughter has a great teacher this year who does amazing things to make science exciting. My daughter is always coming home and asking interesting questions about science or telling me about the latest cool thing she's done at school. I was thinking a lot about that last week when I had the chance to participate in the DCPS STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Stakeholder Summit. DCPS brought together people from academia, government, industry, professional societies, nonprofits, and even a few teachers in an effort to find ways to support science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science in DC public schools. I know that many parents at Lafayette feel that the federally-mandated emphasis on reading and mathematics (as worthy as it is) has had the unfortunate side effect of reducing the time available for and emphasis on science.  >>Read more


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The Online Auction is Live! 


The "Bids for Bears 2012" auction got off to a rockin' start on Friday night with a lively kick-off party. Thanks to Annie Bennett, Kristin Willsey, Maura Rogan, Christy Maguire, "Princess" and all the other volunteers for their hard work in putting together such a fun party!


>>Go to the online auction now!


The online bidding is now underway! A few tips:


  • zucchiniUse the "Add to Wish List" feature to create a list of items you'd like to bid on.
  • Click on the "My Bids" tab to see everything you've bid on.
  • Use the "Buy Now" feature to buy an item right away. This ensures no one else can steal it away from you, and it maximizes the dollars going to the Bears!
  • Remember, any amount you pay over the value of an item is tax deductible. Good for you, and good for the school!
  • Everyone can participate. Send the auction link to relatives & friends.


Here are a few interesting items:

Great Zucchini kids' party on Friday, April 20 after school

Get together with friends and sign up for the Parent Parties

50% off the realtor's fee when selling your home

Private event at Project 4 art gallery (includes food & wine!)

1 week of Headfirst multi-sport summer camp 




All winners must go to checkout to pick up their items. If you have not picked up your items, or made arrangements to do so before 3:30 pm on March 26, then you will forfeit those items. Checkout will be held at the school during the following times:

  • Friday, March 23, 8:30-10:00 am (no school for kids, building is open)
  • Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon (confirmation pending)
  • Monday, March 26, 8:30-9:00 am and 3:00-3:30 pm 


Any questions about the online auction or item pick-up, please email Christy Maguire.

Sex Talk Expert: Wednesday (tomorrow)! 
7:00 pm in the Cafetorium

Are you nervous to talk with your kids and not sure what information is appropriate for what age? Ms. Roffman, a distinguished educator, author and consultant in the field of sex education, is known for her wise, warm and practical advice. Join us in the cafetorium for this free and informative session.
Music and Arts News


instrumentsInformances- Mark your calendars! Please Come! All informances are located in the cafeteria.
3rd grade- D.C. Theater Caf´┐Ż- Wednesday May 16th and Thursday May 17th
5th grade- March 22nd 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Music and Arts in Our Schools Month

 Friday, March 16th Pre-K-2nd 2:00-3:00

Arts Night I- Wednesday May 9th 6:00-8:30 p.m.

strings, choir, 1st grade, Guitar Ensemble, Beginner Band, Advanced Band, Percussion Ensemble


Arts Night II- Wednesday May 23rd, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade,
 We hope to see you at the concerts!  

Aaron Rosenthal Takes Fifth Place In City Spelling Bee 


The city spelling bee was taped at NBC4 studios on Saturday. Fifth grader Aaron Rosenthal and fourth grader Ella Pearlman-Chang represented Lafayette well. You may remember that Aaron and Ella came in first and second in the school bee and repeated their performance in February's regional bee. 
Aaron, who was our school spelling bee winner for the second year in a row, came in fifth at Saturday's city-wide bee. He missed on cynosure, a noun meaning a guide or center of attention. The winning word in the bee was epistolary, an adjective meaning pertaining to letters or letter writing. We won't give away the ending so you can see all the action when the bee airs on NBC4 on Sunday, April 8.
Jump Rope for Heart 
Marjorie McClure   


The deadline for turning in pledges for JRFH was last Friday. If you missed the deadline you may still turn in this week. Just put envelope in Ms. McClure's mailbox. The online tool can still be used. Just log into 

Thank you to everyone for helping the American Heart Association. Once all funds are collected and counted I will announce our total.


If you have any questions please contact me.


Peace Club

Linda Ryden 

The Peace Club had to reschedule our day for helping the homeless.  We are now going to be making our baggies of trail mix on Friday March 16th during Peace Club.  This time I would like to include the second graders in our work.  If your child is a Peace Club regular and would like to help us put together our donation to the shelter, please consider donating some ingredients: granola cereal, raisins, m&ms, pretzels, goldfish, etc.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you can help us out.  Thank you!!!!  Contact me with any questions or contributions. Thank you so much!

New! Parenting Lending Library

parenting booksWe are starting a new parenting lending library that will be located on a bookshelf in the room just outside Nurse Cockrell's office. So cull through your old bookcases for any books on parenting that you can donate.  We are seeking books on children's fitness, nutrition, sleep, child rearing, education, safety/wellness, ADHD, etc.  The book lending will be maintained on the honor system.  We hope this new resource will be of great use to our many Lafayette parents.  Any questions, please email Lisa Resch or call 237-7101.


Community Notices 


Nanny Available Our incredible nanny, Tawnya Jackson, will be available in June. Tawnya has been a beloved part of our family for six years.  She is experienced, patient, loyal and loving, and our boys have a wonderful relationship with her. Tawnya has over 20 years of experience as a nanny, daycare instructor and babysitter for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and older children.  She is very familiar with the neighborhood, as well as the procedures at Temple Sinai and Lafayette.  She's very proactive about making friends in the area and arranging playdates and other activities.  She is creative, calm and caring and an amazingly dependable presence in our lives.  Tawnya is an excellent driver and a Maryland native.  She is looking for a full-time position M-F.  We cannot recommend her highly enough.  Please email me at [email protected] with any questions, or you may contact Tawnya directly at (301) 356-8900 or [email protected].


Fresh Air Fund Seeks Host Families The Fresh Air Fund is a long-standing organization that places inner-city kids from New York City with families all over the east coast during the summer.  The organization is looking to find some host families in our area for a two-week period from June 29th through July 13th.   Host families can enroll their Fresh Air child in camp, go on day trips and excursions or just relax and let them enjoy the simple summer pleasures that many of these kids have never experienced.  The children who participate in the program range in age from 6 to 12 and families may request the age and gender that would be the best fit.  Our family has hosted a child for the past six summers and it has been a wonderful experience for all of us.  Please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to provide more details about the program: Lisa Oakley, [email protected] or 202-641-8301.


It's a whole new ball game at Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF)! Come join us for our new 10 and Under and Junior tennis programs this April at our 16th and Kennedy St. location. Classes for all levels and ages with award-winning professional! Additional classes for older kids, too! Please contact Ellen Miller at [email protected] or at 202-291-9888 ext. 201


Camp Opportunity Come have dessert and learn about Flying Moose Lodge - a woods canoe and backpacking adventure summer camp for boys ages 10-16 in the Penobscot Bay region of Maine.  Started in 1921, the camp has been operated by the Price family for the last 75 years.  Even if your summer plans are already set for this year, come and listen for future summers.  3, 4.5 and 7 week sessions are available.  Director Chris Price and local alumni will be on-hand to talk about the camp Friday March 23rd from 7-9 p.m. at the Darnells, 3213 Morrison St.  Please RSVP [email protected] or 202-237-0458.  For more information about FML visit:





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