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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Lisa McLish, editor
April 24, 2012
In This Issue
From the HSA
Spring Fair News
Book Donations
Counselor's Corner
Fundraiser at Jake's
HSA Speakers
Arts Integration Open House
Article Headline
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main



Last Friday, Lafayette breathed a big sigh of relief as students in grades 2-5, for the most part, completed their annual reading and writing tests. For most of the children, the previous four days were a piece of cake. They knew their stuff and taking tests is no big deal. For others it was a different story.   >>read more 
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Mark Your Calendar
April 24 (Tuesday)
Principals' Office Hours, 8:45 a.m.
April 25 (Wednesday)
Speaker: Parenting in the Digital Age, 7 p.m.
May 1 (Tuesday)
Class Picture Day
May 3 (Thursday)
HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Parents' Night at Jake's American Grille, 7- Midnight
May 5 (Saturday)
Spring Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 May 8 (Tuesday)
Group/Club/5th Grade Picture Day
May 9 (Wednesday)
Arts Night I (1st Grade; Bands, Ensembles), 6:00 p.m.
May 10 (Thursday)
HSA Election Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments, 7:00 p.m.

 See full school calendar


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From the HSA 

Dan Aladjem & Jenny Murray, co-presidents


In honor of the DC CAS, I thought that this week we might try a little HSA CAS for parents. Answers and a scoring rubric will be in next week's Tuesday Bulletin.


1. Who is the Assistant Principal at Lafayette?

            a. Michael McCoy

            b. Peter Young

            c. George Young

            d. Lynn Main


2. Fill in the blank. Who is your child's teacher? _____________


3. When did you last speak to your child's teacher?

            a. this week

            b. this month

            c. this school year

            d. never


4. Lafayette Elementary School is:

            a. an arts-integration school

            b. a math-science magnet school

            c. a charter school

            d. a private school


Quiz continues >>here   


Spring Fair News: Luau on May 5! 

A few reminders from our Spring Fair team: 


luau5th Grade Face Painters Needed

We need 5th graders to help with face painting at the fair. This is lots of fun and any time commitment is welcome. Click the volunteer link below to let us know when you can help!    

Bike Donation Time!

The Spring will be having a Bike Swap again this year on May 5. Please contact Jeff Hagquist for information on where to bring your donated bicycle.    

Start planning what flavors you will bring to the SPRING FAIR BAKE SALE!!! We can use all kinds of baked goods, so ask YOUR kids about the treats THEY would spend their allowance on!!!
Are you famous for your Salad?
Salads wanted for the popular salad table at the fair. Fruit, lettuce, pasta, etc. Use your imagination. We can also use people to help man the table, especially from 11:30-1:30. If you can make a salad, or wield some salad tongs, please email Lisa McLish 
Calling all Volunteers!
If you haven't yet signed up for a shift at the fair, click here.
Lafayette Needs Your Used Books + CDs!
Please donate your gently used books, cds, and video games for the Book Sale at the Lafayette Spring Fair. Drop off in the Great Hall or, for larger donations, email co-chairs Teresa Gionis or Gayle Moseley.
Children's books especially welcome.
Book Drive THIS SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., 5800 Broad Branch Road (at Oliver) Free lemonade and popcorn to all who drop off gently used books, cds, dvds. No textbooks or VHS tapes please. 

Images Cover Design Winners!!! 


Congratulations to the following students whose cover designs will be included in our 2012 anthology IMAGES: Torin O'Brien and Iona Volynets- COVER, AJ Branton- Back Cover. Rosalia Inglima, Ana Gunther, and the team of Jessica Riegal and Marlene Hujer tied for Title Page, so we will try to incorporate all of their designs somewhere. In addition, we have autograph pages by Lindsay Grosser, Anna Nachbar-Seckel, Emily Walke, Noah Gross, and the team of Katie Cunningham and Clare Trinity.


IMAGES 2012, our beloved Lafayette Art and Literary Anthology, will be on sale at each of our two ARTS NIGHTS in May.


Student Council News: Bake Sale and Pajama Day on Friday     


This Friday, April 27, the Student Council will be having a bake sale after school with cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more.  Everything will cost $1 and all proceeds will go to the Washington Humane Society. 

That same day (Friday the 27th) will be pajama day for the entire school.  So come and wear your comfy pajamas and get yummy treats when the school day is over. 
We can make animals happy and healthy in D.C.!  
Jalen Ciagne, Secretary
Lafayette Parents' Night at Jake's May 3rd
Join us on Thursday, May 3 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for
Lafayette Night at Jake's Boiler Room. Jake's is donating 10 percent of the proceeds to Lafayette. An
y questions, call 202 441-0925 or click here for more info.  
HSA Speaker Series 
The HSA speaker series continues in April and in May -- please mark your calendars now and plan to attend these events!


Parenting in the Digital Age: Raising Good Digital CitizensWednesday, April 25, 7-8:30pm, Lafayette cafetorium. 


Are you worried about your kids' use of technology, cell phones, and the internet? Join us for tips on raising responsible digital citizens, internet safety for elementary aged children, family media management, cyber-bullying, texting and cell phone use.  Our speaker will be Dr. Ruth Zitner, a Lafayette parent and clinical and forensic psychologist with over 20 years of helping children and families find emotional well-being and balance in their individual and family lives.  She has worked with many children, teens and parents in creating sensible media plans and fostering dialogue between children and parents.


What's Eating Your Child? The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments.   Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 pm, Lafayette cafetorium.


Join us to talk about the connections between food and common childhood ailments such as anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, picky eating, rashes, ADHD, and more. Our speaker, Kelly Dorfman, is a nutritionist who has specialized in the connection between children's health and behavior and the food they eat. Ms. Dorfman has been called a nutrition detective who integrates information from many sources to find practical solutions for even the most complex ailments and symptoms. She is also a popular speaker and workshop leader and author of the book, What's Eating Your Child? The Hidden Connections Between Food and Childhood Ailments, which was published last year.

Arts Integration Open House Schedule

Jackie Snowden, Arts Integration Coordinator


Parents: as we continue to "embrace the concept of using Arts Integration as an approach to teaching" (LES Vision/Mission Statement), we  would like to invite you to our first Arts Integration Open House on Monday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 8th from 9:00-12:00. The schedule is  >>here. Each classroom teacher will be teaching an arts integrated lesson for you to see for yourself one of the many ways we are integrating the arts at Lafayette. Please feel free to email Jackie Snowden with any questions or comments.  

Class Picture Day 

Class Picture Day takes place one week from today on Tuesday, May 1st.  Pre-order forms and payment envelopes will be sent home this week via backpack express.  You must pre-order the class photos - there will not be a proof of the class photo to review prior to purchasing.  Students can however, bring money back to school for a few days after the picture day.   Please note that purchasing the class photo is strictly voluntary.  However, the Lafayette HSA does receive a percentage of the proceeds.  Club, Group, and Team photos and the 5th Grade Panorama will be taken on Tuesday, May 8th. 


Community Notices 


Book Drive for Ethiopia Reads 

Have old books lying around!?!? Why not donate them to Ethiopia Reads? Boxes will be left in the Great Hall next to the security desk. Please gather all children's and/or adolescent books (chapter, picture, and nonfiction and reference books published since 2000) .Please make sure that the books are lightly used. The boxes will be in the Great Hall from Monday, April 30 to Friday,May 4. All book donations will be greatly appreciated.


Enrollment is now open for GirlsUp's extraordinary week-long summer programs for girls aged 10-13. Through its interactive, interdisciplinary programs, GirlsUp encourage girls to develop genuine character, robust confidence and critical life skills. The program provides a unique setting for a girl to construct a healthy self-image, think creatively, assess choices critically and begin to find her own voice. GirlsUp is also a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation. Summer 2012 sessions will be held on July 9-13 at two sites, Stone Ridge School and Chevy Chase Elementary, and on July 16-20 at Chevy Chase Elementary. Learn more at


Book Club 

I am a ninth grader at Woodrow Wilson High School, a former Lafayette student and a book lover. I am a part of a new program called the Future Project and would like to form a new kind of book club at Lafayette to share my love of reading with the world.  Books are a constant companion and a window to adventure and exploration without ever leaving your hometown. Despite popular belief, reading can be fun. It just has to be discovered. Fourth and fifth graders are invited to attend an interest meeting on Monday, April 30 at 3:45.  Cookies and juice will be provided.  If you would like to learn more about the book club, parents may also attend or email me, Julia McGurk.  If you would like more information on the future project, you can visit the Project Future website. Hope to see you there! 

Language Study
I am a Lafayette & SWW mom and a Georgetown University researcher currently looking for participants for a study on the effects of learning a foreign language on cognition in older adults (see New York Times science section article on bilingualism from Sunday 3/18). If you have some college education, are 60 or older, and are a native English speaker who speaks, reads, writes, and hears Spanish on a regular basis OR a native English speaker with limited experience with foreign languages, please contact me - Cristina Sanz - at by May 1, 2012.
You will be compensated for participation. This is an ongoing study, and we can meet your scheduling demands.


"What to Do With Worry: Helping Kids Handle Anxiety" For Our Kids, For Ourselves lecture presented by Erica Berger, LCSW
This presentation will describe four aspects of anxiety and how to best support children in managing each one. We will discuss when anxiety is a problem, when it is most likely to occur, and helpful stress management techniques that can prevent anxiety. Anxiety disorders will also be outlined, in order to help recognize signs that a child might need professional help, in addition to parental support.

Sunday, May 6
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Admission: $12, $15 at Door RSVP 


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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


These organizations support Lafayette through a generous annual donation- please support them!


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