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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Suzanne Stokes Vieth, editor
May 22, 2012
In This Issue
From the HSA
Strawberries & Salad
Students Featured at DCPS Art Show
Lafayette Parking Plan
Book Fair at Politics & Prose
IMAGES on Sale
Peace Club
Tennis Summer Camp
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main



FYI for Lafayette Parents:
State of the Schools: Ward 4
Thursday, May 24, 5-8 p.m.
Parents are invited to join Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Councilmember Muriel Bowser at the "State of the Schools: Ward 4" meeting. Learn about progress and plans for Ward 4 schools. Refreshments and childcare provided. >>See flyer
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Mark Your Calendar


May 23 (Wednesday) 
Arts Night II (Grades 2-5), 6 p.m
May 24 (Thursday)
Ward 4 State of the Schools Meeting, 5-8 p.m.
May 28  (Monday)
No School: Memorial Day


May 30 (Wednesday)

Field Day for pre-K and K


June 1 (Friday) 

Field Day for 1st - 5th grades


June 7 (Thursday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30  p.m.

HSA General Budget Meeting  7:00 p.m.


June 8 (Friday)

Pre-K Graduation, 9:30 a.m. 

5th Grade Awards Ceremony, p.m.


June 9 (Saturday)

Lafayette Book Fair @ Politics and Prose


June 13 (Wednesday)

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.



 See full school calendar


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From the HSA 

Dan Aladjem & Jenny Murray, co-presidents


Anyone remember Back to School Night? Jenny and I stressed three points during both Back to School Nights: join the HSA, volunteer at school, and stay connected/informed. The sum of those three points is very simply that the HSA exists to serve our school community, including students, teachers, staff, parents, and friends. We need the entire community to engage actively in the HSA and at school. The flip side is that the HSA wants and needs to meet the needs of our school community.



As Lafayette has grown, we realize that the needs of the school community are evolving. It will always be the HSA's mission to support the school and promote good, strong relationships between parents, teachers and staff. But we know that as people change, preferences may change as well and the right mix of activities and opportunities isn't always self-evident. To that end, with the generous support and guidance from parent Jay Younger, the HSA will be fielding a survey before the end of the school year. The purpose of the survey is to help us better understand the preferences of the community and how the HSA can respond. This is only the latest step in an ongoing process to ensure that the HSA meets your needs as well as possible. We know that everyone is extraordinarily busy this time of year; when you receive the link, please take just a few minutes to respond to the survey. Your answers will help us immensely as we plan for next year and beyond.






Strawberries & Salad Greens
Announcing... Strawberries & Salad Greens - May 23, 2012

School lunches will feature fresh, local strawberries and salad greens on Wednesday, May 23!  We will also have a "Where Foodstrawberries n greens Comes From" educational table in our cafeteria during the event to get students excited about eating farm-fresh food. It will feature plants, pictures, stickers, maps, seeds and more. Join your child for lunch at school on May 23 so you can taste the farm-fresh berries & greens together!  If you can't join your child on the 23rd, at least make sure he or she participates in school lunch that day. Find more information about the event and how your family can celebrate at home at  
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Lafayette Goes to the DCPS Citywide Art Show

Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will represent Lafayette at the Citywide art show held at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University June 1-17: 1st graders Ella Davis and Olivia Eggan; 2nd graders Maddie Lewis, Esther Nachbar-Seckel, Julia Dailard, Jack Coan, John Joire, Bennie Feikin, and Harper Dunn; 3rd graders Sara Weich, Kathlyn Dell-Bosak, Miranda Moody, Ally Han, Sam Shapiro, and Abby Levine; 4th grader Isiah Nance; and 5th graders Jalen Ciagne, Maya Forcier, and Jacob Stocker. Special congratulations goes to Jalen, whose oil pastel resist drawing of Dancers After William Johnson was selected to grace the front of the brochure and cards advertising the show! Each of the students above should have received (via backpack mail) an invitation to the opening reception and awards ceremony held June 1 from 5-8 p.m. Questions?

Lafayette's New Parking & Drop Off Plan  

 Starting Tuesday, May 29th right after Memorial Day


As you know, traffic around the school has become dangerous.  To address this issue Lafayette has partnered with the D.C. Safe Routes to School Program Together we have developed a traffic safety plan which we will pilot for the last 3 weeks of school. Look for specific details coming soon in your child's backpack and on the website

Lafayette Book Fair at Politics & Prose 

booksMark Your Calendar for the Lafayette Book Fair
The Lafayette Book Fair is back again this year at Politics & Prose  Bookstore on Saturday, June 9.
Your pre-ordered books will be available for pick-up at the bookstore all day during the Fair on June 9, 2012! Twenty percent (20%) of the book fair and summer reading sales will be donated to the HSA by Politics & Prose.

On the day of the fair, the class with the highest attendance to the fair will also receive a pizza party. We will have sign-on sheets for each class so that we can track who came. See you there!

IMAGES on Sale at Arts Night II! 


IMAGES 2012 Art and Literary Anthology, Lafayette's unique and most avidly read publication, will be on sale at ARTS NIGHT II. Bring your check for $15 (2 for $28) made out to the Lafayette HSA to ARTS NIGHT on May 23. Exact change cash is also fine:) Make sure you have the publication that includes EVERY STUDENT'S ART AND WRITING and class photos-- both pretty and silly!  You also might want to bring a pen for your child to collect their friends' signatures on the autograph pages in the back.

Can't make it to ARTS NIGHT? Any books left will be sold in the Great Hall after school Friday, May 25.

Also, our sincere apologies to kindergarten teacher Erin

deJonckheere, whose name was inadvertently left off the list of publications committee members for 2 years in a row! Yikes!

Peace Club News and Info
Peace Club Learns About Homelessness 
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Members of the Peace Club have worked hard this year to provide some food and cheer for people at the Bethesda Cares shelter for the homeless.  On Wednesday, May 23, former Lafayette parent Wendy Adler will come to Peace Club to talk to us about the problem of homelessness. Wendy will share a video that she made featuring some of the people who visit the shelter often and will answer our questions about why some people become homeless. This meeting will be open to the 4th and 5th grade members of Peace Club.  Please let me know if you have any questions. -- Linda Ryden

What is Peace Club Anyway?
Peace Club, Peace Class, Peace Team....  it can be a little bit confusing to know what your child is talking about sometimes but these are all pieces of Lafayette's unique Teaching Peace program.  Today I want to answer some of your questions about Peace Club.
Read more ...
Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp 
Full / Half Day Tennis Camp--Players Ages 6-15

Lafayette Park, Chevy Chase, DC
Eight Weekly Sessions
First Session  June 18 - 22
Special Deal Teen Week is July 9 - 13          
Last Session  August 6 - 10

There are still openings most weeks in the Lafayette Tennis Camp. This is a small, friendly tennis camp that focuses on improving the skills of all players. The camp will be using the two upper tennis courts at the Lafayette Recreation Center at 33rd and Quesada Streets, NW.  In addition to developing their tennis skills on the courts, kids can cool off in the refreshing Lafayette Water Daisy and with ice cold slushies from the delicious Broad Branch Market. We will also make frequent trips to the Wilson Aquatic Center on hot days. We will take advantage of kids' programs with The World Team Tennis Washington Kastles this July and at the new Citi Open Tennis Tournament July 28 - August 5.  Camp goes 9-4.  For families with working parents we offer optional Pre-Camp Care and Post-Camp Care.
A 10% discount is available on the second or third child in the same family signing up for the same camp session.  Weekly fee for full day camp week is $300 and half day camp week is $200.
Click here for the registration form, space availability and additional information. Camp registration is through the Lafayette Tennis Association, a USTA Community Tennis Association.

Paul Rosenbaum (Lafayette, Deal, Wilson Parent)
Camp Director, Lafayette Tennis Association
(202) 441-0925
Last Mom's (and Dad's) Matinee at the Avalon Theatre  avalon logo


Plan for a fun morning out this Thursday, May 24--enjoy a muffin and coffee at the Avalon Cafe and then a special 11:00 a.m. matinee showing of the new movie, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" starting Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Grab a friend and enjoy some adult time before summer starts!


Community Notices 


The Children's Art Studio will offer a class on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon. All ages welcome (5 and up).  Class will meet May 19 - June 16. The cost for the ten hour session is $270.  Drop ins welcome at $50. We hope your child will join us! The Children's Art Studio is located at 4723 Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. Please see our website or email us with questions. 


Summer tutoring and dog sitting available. Contact Dina Shapiro


Intensive Summer Math and Language Arts Tutoring Available
Summer tutoring and retention available for grades 1-7 in Math, Language Arts/Reading, and Elementary Spanish. Please contact Ms. Jean for more information.


Luis Garay's Summer Drum Camp for grades 4-12. Located at Glen Haven School, Silver Spring, MD. Free transportation to and from Forest Glen Metrorail Station! First session: July 23-28, 2012
Second session: July 30-August 4, 2012. Only five students per class. To reserve your space, please click here or call me at 301-649-5217--Luis Garay:  founder, instructor, artistic director. Keep the Groove! 


Summer babysitter available. My name is Rebeca, I'm 20 years old and home for the summer having finished my sophomore year at Guilford College in NC where I am double majoring in Education Studies and Psychology. I love working with kids and hoping to do so this summer. I can offer: Mon-Fri child care ages 3+, up to 3 kids (flexible hours);  Day trips to the zoo, museums, the park, etc.; Prepare healthy meals and snacks; Spanish lessons (I am fluent); General Tutoring; Dog walking; Basic house keeping. I'm very flexible and happy to do as much as I can to help. I'm patient and caring, and I work at very reasonable rates. References from Lafayette Elementary parents available upon request. Contact me for more info.


Our wonderful nanny, whom we love, has decided to go back to her home country, so we are looking for a replacement. We need a full-time nanny to take care of our three children, our 10-year old son, and our boy/girl twins who are 7. Must be legal, a good driver, and good with elementary school-aged children. If you know of anyone, please contact me via email or at 202.262.2002.

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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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