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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Miriam Van Dyck, editor
June 5, 2012
In This Issue
From the HSA
Feedback on Drop-off/Parking Policy
Book Fair at Politics & Prose
Field Day Thanks
Medication Pick-Up
Advertise in Family Directory
Directory Volunteers Needed
Host International Teacher and Interpreter
Arts Integration Program Feature
IMAGES on Sale
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main




We're down to the final stretch. Pre-kindergarten graduation is Friday along with the fifth grade awards ceremony. Then a short week with the fifth grade promotion ceremony and the final day on the 14th. And on to summer with vacations, camps and family trips.


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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.


June 14 (Thursday)

Last day of school, 12:15 p.m. dismissal 


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From the HSA 

Dan Aladjem & Jenny Murray, co-presidents


It's finally June, which can mean only one thing. The last HSA general meeting is coming up. Yes, this Thursday, at 7, in the cafetorium. As always, we have a full agenda. We're going to vote on the 2012-13 budget for details. If you can't make it to the meeting, please be sure to download and complete a proxy ballot (also available in the Great Hall). Return those to the HSA Secretary's drawer in the Great Hall.

The real focus of the meeting, however, will be to recognize some of the extraordinary people who make Lafayette a great school. We'll present our annual Marquis de Lafayette Awards and recognize our "retiring" teachers. We'll present awards near the beginning of the meeting, so please come out to say thank you to these remarkable volunteers and teachers.
2012 Marquis de Lafayette Awardees

  • Kimberly Cestari
  • Judy McLanahan
  • Monroe Newman
  • Judy Perlin
  • Lisa Resch
  • Diana Rojas
  • Liz Wieser

"Retiring" Teachers

  • Helen Lundebye
  • Ivan Nicolic
  • Janet Zwick

Lastly, you will receive shortly an email regarding the HSA Survey we talked about 2 weeks ago. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey. Thanks!




Feedback on Drop-off/Parking Policy Wanted 


Lafayette has had the new drop-off and parking policy in place for a week now. This is our pilot phase, so we'd like to hear from you so we can make adjustments as needed. How's it working for you? What's working well and what could be improved?  


We know it takes a while to get into new habits, and the staff and parent volunteers have been very appreciative of everyone's patience and positive attitudes. If you have comments or suggestions, please email Lisa Resch, Jenny Murray, or Lynn Main. Thank you!

The Book Fair is This Weekend at  

Politics and Prose! 


Here are the Top Five Reasons you should come to the Book Fair on Saturday, June 9th, anytime from 9 a.m. -8 p.m.:


5. It's a great chance to buy Father's Day gifts and get your summer beach reading. You can also find music, books, travel guides and all kinds of gifts you might need for this summer! 
4. Politics & Prose is on the way home from wherever you may be this Saturday, whether it's baseball, soccer, or the pool. Come by and shop! 
3. is great, but this is a chance to support a local bookstore and business that gives back to our community.


2. Twenty percent (20%) of the book fair sales from this day will benefit the HSA. The donation is $1 for every $5 dollars you spend at the store on Saturday.  


1. And finally, the class with the highest attendance at the fair has the chance to win a pizza party before the end of the school year. This competition is open to every grade at Lafayette, so come and visit the Book Fair this Saturday!  See you there!


Bonus Reason: The pre-ordered books for grades 2-4 will be available for pick-up at the bookstore all day during the Fair. Come by to pick up your books and shop.

Sumdog Competition, Apple Donations, and Educational Website Recommendations 


Nathan Wieand, Technology Coordinator


This year, our school has been using the website, which uses fun multiplayer games to encourage students to practice their mathematics. Now, Sumdog has launched a "Summer Mathematics Challenge," to encourage children to keep practicing over the summer.  


To complete the challenge, children must correctly answer 100 questions a day for a total of 20 days. As a reward, children are given 2000 bonus "Sumdog Coins" that they can use to customize their avatar in the virtual shop. Also, for every child that completes the challenge, the school will receive a free subscription to Sumdog for a student until the end of 2012. This allows teachers to use Sumdog's premium features, such as reporting and analysis tools.  


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Field Day Thanks                            


field day pictureThank you to everyone who helped with our field days last week. Both field days were a huge success. There are too many people to list; it was a true community effort. Thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who volunteered to run stations, set up, and help with clean up. It is a huge undertaking to run events for over 700 children and would not have been possible without the generosity of all who helped.


I was not able to take pictures during the day. If anyone has pictures and would be willing to share them, please send copies to me at [email protected]


Thanks again for a great day. Peace Out,


Ms. McClure

Physical Education Teacher

Medication Pick-up:  Don't Forget

To all parents of children with medication at school:  Please pick up all medications no later than Friday June 14th at 12:15.  We cannot store medications at school; therefore any medications left at school must be destroyed.  Thank you in advance and I hope you all have a safe and happy summer! --Chris Cockrell, R.N.


Advertise in the 2012-13 Family Directory


Each year the HSA publishes a Family Directory that is given to every family in the school and is checked many times each week when arranging play dates, contacting room parents, scheduling volunteer activities, and the like. We invite parents and local businesses to support Lafayette by advertising in the Directory. With over 500 families at the school, your ad will be seen by many eyes!


We will work again this year with Mike Schoen and his team from A to Z Directories to produce a professional, quality Directory.  There are full page ($350), half page ($225) and business card ($125) advertising opportunities available. As in past years, there will be a lottery for premium spots: the back cover, the inside front and back covers, and the divider pages.  


Parents/businesses interested in a premium location or a regular ad should email Mike or call 301-806-4376. The deadline for the lottery for premium spots is Friday, July 6, 2012; for regular ads, the deadline is September 5, 2012. 


Thank you for supporting our school!


Directory Volunteers Needed

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity that ends by late October? Join the Directory team! Two experienced parent volunteers are looking to add a third member to the team. You will coordinate with staff and other parents to collect info for the directory, work with the directory database, and help to follow up with families whose data is incomplete.  


The majority of the work takes place in September and October. One person is needed as a committed member of the team; two more could be used for just a two-week period to email/call families whose data is incomplete. If you can help, please contact Laura Comay. Thanks!


Opportunity to Host International Teacher and Interpreter


As part of an exchange program run by the American Councils for International Education, Mrs. Pereira, Lafayette's ESL teacher, has been chosen to host a teacher and interpreter from Thailand from October 13- November 1, 2012. In turn, she will be traveling to Thailand in the summer of 2013.The purpose of this exchange is to increase awareness of global issues in education while enhancing the professional development of the teachers involved, along with fostering cultural awareness for the school community.  


Basically, we will need a couple of families to have these two people stay at their house while they shadow Mrs. Pereira and other teachers at Lafayette during the daytime.


Mrs. Pereira and her family will be hosting the guests for their first week in the US, and she thought it would be a great opportunity for the visitors and a Lafayette family if a family would be willing to host them for the second week. The only requirement would be to provide room and board, as the teacher and interpreter will be spending all day, Monday through Friday, at the school. Any other travel around the city will be on their own or organized by Mrs. Pereira.


If you are interested in being a host and/or have questions about this opportunity please e-mail Ms. Pereira or call her at 202-679-5044.


For more information on the program, click here

Lafayette Arts Integration Program Featured on DCPS Website

Please see the article about our Arts Integration Program now on the DC Public Schools website. Thank you to Fred Lewis (2C) for writing such a nice article bringing attention to the good work our teachers do every day.
--Jacqueline Snowden, Art Integration Specialist
IMAGES on Sale this Week!

IMAGES 2012 Art and Literary Anthology, Lafayette's unique and most avidly read publication,is still available! We will be selling them before and after school on Wednesday (6/6) and Friday (6/8). Bring your check for $15 (2 for $28) made out to the Lafayette HSA, though 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!  


Community Notices 



Graphic Designer Wanted.  We're looking for a graphic designer to help us with some light design work for the HSA. This is a volunteer opportunity; however, you will receive the satisfaction of helping Lafayette! It's not a big time commitment at all (and we'll have fun). Interested? E-mail Marilyn Kitzes or call 917-676-4461.  


Looking for summer child care?  Our wonderful, warm, responsible babysitter Jenny is available from July 1 to August 20. She drives and knows the area well.  Please contact Amy at 202-445-4162.


For Sale:  Creative PlayThings Swing Set. The Williamsburg Model -- solid wood.  Has the slide, 4 position swings, play house and picnic table. Paid $2,000 originally, asking $600.  I have the name of an installer to help move it. Please call Lisa: 202-236-9527.


Looking for a house/dog sitter for 10 days in August.  The dog needs long walks twice a day and needs to be let out at mid-day. This could be perfect for a responsible college student or teacher with the summer off.  No parties allowed!  Email Jennifer Byrnes or call me at 202 997-0348.


Wonderful nanny is looking for new family. Leidy Kurz has been my child's nanny for the past year, and she is looking for a new family starting June 25, 2012. Leidy is extremely caring, warm, and calm-natured. She is a legal US Resident, and speaks fluent English and Spanish. She does light cooking, but not housekeeping. Feel free to contact Leidy directly at (443) 540- 3225 or e-mail  [email protected]. If you have any questions please contact me, Francia Torres, by e-mail or phone 202-320-3084.


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. My academic support includes, but is not limited to, the scaffolding of instruction, academic content development, enrichment opportunities, test preparation, organizational/executive functioning matters, and IEP tiered interventions.  I am available after school, weekends and during the summer. Please contact Joni Magee by email or by cell at 508-254-6630.


Camp Ramayana, running from June 18-July 13 for children from ages 5 to 12, explores the centuries old epic through dance, drama, crafts and storytelling.  Campers also have fun with martial arts, yoga, and world music.  For those interested in immersing themselves in dance, Camp Kuchipudi (6/18-6/29) explores the south Indian classical dance style of Kuchipudi. Beginners are welcome. Camps will take place at Sutradhar Institute of Dance and Related Arts, 1525 Forest Glen Rd. Silver Spring, MD, 301-593-2664,  Please feel free to call Lafayette parent Jan Jacobson at 202-362-3429, or Nilimma Devi, founder and director of SIDRA, with inquiries.

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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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