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Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Zelda Caldwell, editor
August 28, 2012
In This Issue
From the Principal
From the HSA
Back-to-School Night
Lafayette Directory
Spring Auction
About the Tuesday Bulletin
From the Community
Lafayette Sponsors
Article Headline

From Principal
Lynn Main



The weather is starting to cool off. A few of the trees are starting to change colors. The crape myrtles are in full bloom and summer vegetables are fading fast. We've had tax free weeks and school supplies are flying off the shelves at Target. It looks like it must be time for school to start again. So welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at Lafayette. 


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September 3 (Monday)

No School, Labor Day


September 5 (Wednesday) 

LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

Back-to-School Night I (pre-K, 1st, 3rd, 5th)


September 6 (Thursday)

Back-to-School Night II (K, 2nd, 4th)


September 13 (Thursday)

 HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


September 19 (Wednesday)

HSA Open Chat, 8:45 a.m..


September 27 (Thursday)

HSA General Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents


We are happy to welcome all the new and returning Lafayette parents. The first week of school is always exciting - kids are adjusting to new teachers and everyone is figuring out new routines. We are truly honored to be working with the HSA this year and hope many of you will join us in our continued efforts to enrich the Lafayette experience for our kids.


We hope you noticed how great the front of the school was looking when you arrived yesterday - a huge thank you to the more than thirty volunteers who came out on Saturday and spent hours weeding, mulching, power washing, painting and planting. Both kids and parents worked hard and had fun sprucing things up for the first day - great job!


Yesterday or today you should have received a bright yellow envelope in your child's backpack folder. There is important back-to-school information in there, so please take a few minutes to look it over. Gayle and I want to emphasize our ongoing offer to listen to your suggestions, answer your questions, and help you problem-solve when needed. The HSA's virtual "suggestion box" is [email protected]. Gayle and I will check this regularly and get back to you ASAP.


Thanks to the HSA Hospitality Chairs!

A big thank you to hospitality chairs Jenny Backus and Janine Finck-Boyle, as well as parent Josh Gordon, for organizing a back-to-school lunch for the teachers on Friday, and a parent welcome-back coffee yesterday. Teachers and parents look forward to these annual traditions which mark the start of school and give everyone a chance to catch up after a summer away. We appreciate the time and effort that goes into organizing these events -



Have a great first week of school!


Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley



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Back-to-School Night Next Week


school sign This is an evening to see what's coming up this year, see your child's classroom and meet their teachers. Come prepared with questions! We are splitting it into two sessions to reduce congestion in the school. Wednesday, September 5 is for Pre-K, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Thursday, September 6 is for Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades. On both evenings, a meeting for new parents will start at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, and a general information session for all parents will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. These evenings are for adults only.  


>>See flyer 


Add or Update Your Family's Directory Information 


Every year a team of volunteer parents compiles a Family Directory and the HSA distributes a free copy to every Lafayette family. Help us get the Directory distributed early this year - update or add your info to our online database today!



>> Family Directory Instructions 

Save the Date: The Lafayette Auction on March 8, 2013 


calendar Lafayette's Biggest Fundraiser!

Spring Auction: March 8, 2013


To get involved please contact

Hope Scheller at [email protected]  or Julie Raley at [email protected] 


Staff and parents together make Lafayette one of D.C.'s BEST Elementary schools.

Letter from the Editor


For those of you new to Lafayette, the Tuesday Bulletin is the communications arm of the Lafayette Home and School Association. It's where you will find important information from HSA officers and teachers and staff on news, events, and fundraisers at Lafayette. It's also where to turn for information on after-school curricular activities and volunteer opportunities at the school and within the community.

   The "Community Notices" section of each bulletin, akin to a classified-ad section, is where families can submit up to two ads per semester. The ads must have a clear Lafayette connection. We do not accept ads for most commercial businesses or real estate. For the convenience of families, we do post ads for camps, classes and after-school activities that take place at Lafayette and within the community. Please note that these programs are not run by Lafayette or the HSA.

     To meet our deadlines, editors need all submissions e-mailed to [email protected] by the previous Friday. Notices should include your name, phone number, e-mail address, as well as connection to Lafayette. If you have any questions please call me at 244-6631 or send an email to [email protected].

     Thank you to parent editors Teresa Gionis, Miriam Van Dyck, and Suzanne Stokes Vieth for joining me in producing the bulletin again this year. Thanks also to retiring editor Lisa McLish for her years as an editor.


Editor Wanted

The Tuesday Bulletin is looking for another editor. If you think you might be interested, please email me at [email protected].


- Zelda Caldwell, Tuesday Bulletin editor


CommunityCommunity Activities at Lafayette


Tippi Toes Dance

Dance instruction for all ages will be available at Lafayette starting the week of September 10. Classes that teach the elements of ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop will be offered. See attached flyer  for more information and class schedule. 


Mad Science

This fall, Mad Science will be offering NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers. This program has been co-designed with NASA. Students will learn many amazing aspects of space technology, rocket propulsion and the experience of living in space. Classes will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Monday class will run from 10/1-12/10 and the Tuesday class from 10/2 -11/20. Registration is first come first serve, so register now to secure your spot. Visit the Mad Science website to learn more and to register online at

Time: Mondays and Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Place: Team 2 Classrooms

Contact: Laura Lindsley (202-369-4858) or [email protected] or Mia Diaz at 310-593-4777

Cost: $104.00

For ages K - 5th


Lafayette Lunchtime Tennis

Lafayette Lunchtime Tennis will begin right after Labor Day. The Lunchtime program for 1st-5th graders will begin on September 4 and run for 10 weeks ending on November 9. The fee for the 10 weeks is $100. Schedules will be set for each class based on other activities such as band practices that take place during lunch recess. Students may take only one class per week. Click here for a registration form. Additional copies of the registration form can be picked up in the information rack in the Great Hall or on the website Lunchtime Tennis is a great way for school friends to enjoy a fun physical activity together during their lunch recess. You can always contact me, Paul Rosenbaum, with questions at [email protected] or 202 441-0925. Drop the forms off in the orange tennis box in the Great Hall.


Lafayette Afterschool Tennis

Lafayette Afterschool Tennis will be starting on September 4 which is the day after Labor Day and run for 9 weeks until November 2. There will be 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. sessions on Monday through Friday for the kids ranging from 5 to 14 years old in beginning, advanced beginner and intermediate classes. There will be teen classes at 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Check for space availability and to get the registration form. Call me with questions or to sign up at 202-441-0925 or email me at [email protected]. These classes run for 9 weeks and cost $135. 


Lafayette Adult Tennis 

Lafayette Adult Tennis starts August 27! Drop the kids off and come up to the tennis courts for a one hour lesson at 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on Monday through Friday. Or if you work all day, come to an evening 6:30 p.m. adult clinic. Clinics will be for beginner, advance beginner and intermediate players. Check for space availability. Fee is $240 for 12 sessions. Call me to find out where you fit into one of these clinics at 202 441-0925.


Girls on the Run

Welcome to another season of Girls on the Run at Lafayette! Girls on the Run is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education. We use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in the critical pre-teen years and beyond. 


Details for the fall program at Lafayette:


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30 pm

Starts on Sept. 18.  Ends with a 5k on December 2

Coaches: Lafayette teachers Ms. Diesner and Ms. Breslin

Limit 15 girls, grades 3-5

Cost: $165


Registration is online this year and if your daughter is interested, please sign up now because the class is limited to 15 girls.  We will not be adding a second team this year as we have done in the past. 

Please click here to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steve Dolge at [email protected].


Tiny Chefs Afterschool Cooking Classes 

Grades K-2 meet on Mondays in the cafeteria/kitchen for 9 classes:

September 24, October 1 & 29, November 5,19 & 26, December 3,10 & 17

From 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fee is $190. Register online now at


Grades 3-5 meet on Fridays in the cafeteria/kitchen for 9 classes:

September 28, October 5, 12, 19 & 26, November 9, 16 & 30, December 7

From 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fee is $190. Register online now at

Questions: [email protected]




Community Notices 


Aftercare needed. I am new to DC and to Lafayette and I am looking for someone to watch my preschool daughter after school until 6 p.m., 3-5 days a week. I am flexible about the type of aftercare. I do need to keep my costs down, so I am looking for a stay at home parent who wants a playmate for their child or a sitter/nanny to share with 2 or more other families. If you are interested or know anyone who might have ideas, please contact me at [email protected]


Tutor available. Expert tutor helps students study more efficiently, reduce stress, and find greater satisfaction in learning. Fifteen years of teaching (and tutoring) experience specializing in English, writing, history, and study skills. Frequently tutor younger students in reading, phonics, and math. Also tutor algebra I, geometry, and for SAT/PSAT. Experienced coach for AD/HD, LD, and G/T students. Combined MFA degree in literature/creative writing. Have worked since 2003 with DC and MCPS students in grades 2-12 at Lafayette, Wilson, Carderock Springs, Bannockburn, Burning Tree, Pyle, Whitman, B-CC, and Churchill, as well as privates Washington Waldorf, Maret, and McLean of Maryland, among others. Plenty of references available; will come to you. For more information, call Bill Jackson, 301-229-2602, or visit


Home for rent in Chevy Chase, DC starting October 1st. In-bounds for Lafayette ES. 4 BR, 3BA stone house one block off Chevy Chase Cir. Big backyard, newer appliances, wood floors. 12-15 min walk to FH Metro. Street and off-street parking. $3500/month. Call 202-725-4545 or email [email protected].


Girls' softball. CapCity Little League is currently registering girls age 9-14 for its Fall softball season. CapCity Softball offers three divisions: Majors 10U (ages 9-10), Majors 12U (ages 11-12) and Juniors (ages 13-14). This is a recreational softball league with an emphasis on skills development, teamwork and having fun. Girls of all skill levels are encouraged to sign-up and learn softball in a positive and safe environment. All girls who register will be placed on a team. Registration information can be found at 

     Groups of girls (and/or coaches) looking to register an entire softball team with CCLL can do so by coordinating with the Softball Commissioner at [email protected]

     For younger girls, the league suggests playing baseball in either the American (ages 5-6) or National (ages 7-8) divisions, where girls can begin to play baseball and receive coaching in the basics of hitting, throwing and catching. 


Youth soccer. A new club and league called DC Youth Futbol Club has formed. We are looking for 30-40 boys and pre-existing teams to join a core group of 30 boys from the inaugural Spring 2012 season. We are looking for committed and motivated players willing to compete with and against a set of skillful and talented players. The games will be conducted on Sundays from 4-6 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center turf field located at 3500 Sherier Place NW DC. Training will be conducted on Wednesday afternoons from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. at an Upper NW location for 7-9 year olds.  The 10-12 year olds will practice on Thursday from 3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. at an Upper NW field. For further information about the club, visit


Music instruction available. Instrumental in-home music lessons in piano, recorder, flute, saxophone, oboe, clarinet and bassoon from a professional and seasoned musician and pedagogue. Lessons carefully designed and implemented according to each student's individual level and interest to make this a fun yet purposeful experience. For more information Please call  Dilyana @ 202-352-4430 or email: [email protected]


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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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