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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Miriam Van Dyck, editor
March 20, 2012
In This Issue
Pick Up Auction Items
Upcoming Informances
From the Art Room
Lost and Found
Pi Week Celebrated
DCPS Food Services: Weigh In
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main




It's budget time in DCPS.  Schools received their preliminary allocations the first week in March.  We received a 5 day turnaround to get our budget sheets back to central office. On March 23, DCPS will be presenting the school information to the District Council for final approval and on we will move to staffing for the new school year.

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March 23 (Friday)

No school; Professional Development Day


March 30 (Friday) 

Half day, 12:15 dismissal


March 27 (Tuesday)

Principals' Office Hours, 8:45-9:30 am


April 2 - April 9

Spring Break - no school



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From the HSA 

Dan Aladjem & Jenny Murray, co-presidents


This week, I'm all about thanking the wonderful parents who make so much happen at Lafayette.


I hope those of you who came out to hear the "Sex Lady" (Debra Roffman) last Wednesday evening enjoyed it.  I, for one, felt inspired and encouraged to talk with my kids early and often.  A big thank you to Milou Carolan for doing all the legwork to make this great presentation happen. Also thank you to Gayle Moseley for handling the refreshments.


Our first-ever, all-online auction concluded on Sunday evening. I hope you all enjoyed the week of guilt-free shopping. It was a lot of fun and a great success! HUGE thank you's to the volunteers leading the charge: Christy Maguire, Kristin Willsey, Annie Bennett, Amanda Nothaft and Maura Rogan. More HUGE thank you's to the many hardworking volunteers who helped them... There were parents who solicited businesses and fellow parents for all the great donations we bid on, parents who did communications and publicity, parents who did the database and computer work, parents who helped with the kick-off party, and many more parents who filled in where needed and pulled it all together. And thank you as well to the many kids in the student council for their enthusiastic help in making posters and promoting the auction. And finally, thanks to all the parents (and friends and family) who bid so generously in the auction and made it possible for us to raise money for the school. The HSA and the school administration sincerely appreciate your contributions to the auction!  - Jenny


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Pick Up Your Auction Items! 


Don't forget to pick up your auction items! If you have not picked up your items, or made arrangements to do so, before 3:30 on March 26, those items will be forfeited. Please come by the school during any of these 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
  • 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.  Thanks for being part of the auction's success!

Informances-Mark Your Calendars! 


instrumentsPlease Come! All informances are located in the cafeteria.
3rd grade- D.C. Theater Café- Wednesday May 16 and Thursday May 17

5th grade- March 22, 7:00-8:00 pm    


Arts Night I- Wednesday, May 9, 6:00-8:30 pm:  Pre-K, Kindergarten, strings, choir, 1st grade, Guitar Ensemble, Beginner Band, Advanced Band, Percussion Ensemble


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

From the Art Room
2nd grade art


THANK YOU to those of you who have sent in recycled small and medium boxes and tubes for the third grade building project. Keep them coming through the month of March! The art room also needs old sheets- especially solid colors and white. Please save and send in.


THANK YOU to those of you who remember to have your children wear dark and/or old clothes on art day... some paints stain even though they are "washable." Art is more fun when we don't have to worry about getting messy!


And THANK YOU to those parents who have found time in their busy lives to either volunteer in the art room, or find a relative or neighbor to do it for them! You are MUCH APPRECIATED!  You make your child happy and help keep your art teacher sane!--Laurie McLaughlin, Art teacher Grades 1-5

Lost and Found:  Come and Get It! 

The Lost & Found bin is full to the brim. Items will be on display in the Great Hall starting Wednesday afternoon. Please stop by and see if you recognize anything. Unclaimed items will be donated to a worthy cause.

Happy Pi Week! 

Pi day might have been Wednesday, March 14th, but we spent a whole week celebrating the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. In addition to exploring problems about circles, we held a Pi Recitation contest on Friday afternoon. We were thrilled to see students from first grade through fifth grade reciting digits of Pi, and it was evident that our kids worked hard to memorize so many digits. Here are the results of our competition:




1st Place (143 digits) - Daniel Freyman (4K)

2nd Place (120 digits) - Aaron Rosenthal  (5JL)

3rd Place (100 digits) - Noah Weitzner  (3Y)


Grade-Level Winners


First Grade:1st Place (14 digits) - Enrique Moreno de Acevedo (1PM); 2nd Place (9 digits) - Leah Carrier (1PM); 3rd Place (6 digits) - Katie Whipple and Winston Oziri (1PM)

Second Grade: 1st Place (72 Digits) - Jonah Frumkin (2H); 2nd Place (32 digits) - Natalie Wise (2S); 3rd Place (30 digits) - Cole Norris (2S)

Third Grade: 1st Place (100 digits) - Noah Weitzner (3Y); 2nd Place (75 digits) - Nate Belman (3R); 3rd Place (51 digits) - Zachary McLish (3Y)

Fourth Grade: 1st Place (143 digits) - Daniel Freyman (4K); 2nd Place (41 digits) - Thomas Scheller; 3rd Place (35 digits) - Michael Senko (4S)

Fifth Grade: 1st Place (120 digits) - Aaron Rosenthal (5JL); 2nd Place (81 digits) - Josh Taubman (5JL); 3rd Place (43 digits) - Jelani Machen (5J)


Thank you for your hard work, mathematicians! - Robert Thurston and Erin Betz

DCPS Food Services:  An Opportunity to Weigh In 


Did you know that DCPS Food & Nutrition Services ran a deficit of $14 million last school year?  D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson wants a quick fix - to hire another food service company to provide school meals.  This is a short-term band-aid solution.  We can and should do better for our children.  We must think about the future of DCPS school meals in the long run. 

The Chancellor recently rejected her food service director Jeff Mills' proposal to move school meal production in-house.  Instead, she hastily ordered her staff to establish a new contract with an outside vendor (or vendors) to cut costs, even though it's not clear what the reported cost overruns are attributable to.  One thing is for sure - cutting out the vendor middleman entirely would save money for the District in the long-term.  Self-operated meal programs have been proven financially solvent in large, urban school districts all over the country.  

There's been a lot of coverage on the DCPS school food fight lately - see the links below to catch up!

In light of all the progress made in DCPS cafeterias recently, we ask you to join numerous community organizations and concerned parents in demanding that Chancellor Henderson think about a long-term solution instead of playing musical vendors, and insist that she lead DCPS in a strategic transition to in-house food production.

You can sign the petition here:

And for more information:

Blog post by Ed Bruske: "Kaya Henderson Turning Out the Lights on School Food" 

Washington Post Article by Bill Turque: "Chancellor Kaya Henderson and top staff in food fight" 

Link to full DCPS Food & Nutrition Services RFP



Community Notices 



Fair Chance 5K.  Registration for the Second Annual "Runnin' for a Chance" 5K Run/Walk taking place on Sunday, April 15, 2012, is OPEN!  All proceeds from the race will go to Fair Chance. The mission of Fair Chance is to strengthen the sustainability of nonprofit organizations and their leaders to transform the lives of children and youth living in poverty in Washington, D.C.  To learn more about the event and to register, click here.  


House available for rent.  Lafayette family away from mid-June through New Year's is hoping to rent their neighborhood house out to another Lafayette family.  Rental from September through December also possible.  Furnished.  Fenced yard; three bedrooms, three baths, plus attic bedroom/study.  Easy walking distance to Lafayette and Connecticut Avenue.  Please email Jenny at


Tutor available.  As a highly effective, licensed K-12 teacher with a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and currently working on an Ed.D., I am looking to expand my tutoring practice.  I have taught for over a decade across all grade levels and academic content areas in both public and private educational settings.  My practice is individually tailored based upon a student's educational needs and learning styles with a specialized focus on developing literacy skills through readers & writers workshops. I am available after school, weekends and during the summer. Please contact Joni Magee by email at  or by cell at 508-254-6630.


Babysitter, dog-walker available this summer.  My name is Moira Sims.  I'm 17 and about to graduate from high school in Istanbul, Turkey. I went to Lafayette Elementary School in 6th grade and am helping my family move back to DC this summer and preparing to go to university. I am an experienced babysitter and dog-walker and if anyone is interested in hiring me for either job, please let me know! I will be back in DC by July 1, until the end of August. My email is Thank you!  


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