Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Suzanne Stokes Vieth, editor
 October  16, 2012
In This Issue
From the HSA
Picture Day
Fall Festival
Bake Sale
Counselor's Corner
Technology Corner
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
From Principal Lynn Main
Lynn Main


When I first came to Lafayette (12 years ago) there were almost no after school activities offered. Mr. T was running a cross country program but there was no basketball or step team. The building was pretty much locked down at 3:30. Not even the playgrounds were used much. Except for the Lafayette Aftercare Program and a few students working with a teacher, the building was empty.


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October 17 (Wednesday) 

HSA Open Chat, 8:45 a.m.


October 18 (Thursday)

"Parent Pickup Group" Coffee in the Oasis, 2:15 p.m.

(See "Counselor's Corner" article for info)


October 19 (Friday) 

No School: Professional Development Day

October 22 (Monday) 

No School: Conference Day


October 23 (Tuesday) 

Picture Day

October 27 (Saturday)

Fall Festival, 3-5:30 p.m.

October 31 (Wednesday)
Halloween Parade, 1:30 p.m. 
November 2 (Friday)
4th Grade Pow Wow, 9:00 a.m.
Half Day, 12:15 dismissal


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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents


Tomorrow morning Gayle and I will be out at the flagpole once again (or in the Great Hall if the weather isn't good) for a second "Open Chat" session. If you have an idea for the school, come and run it by us. If you have questions about anything Lafayette, we'll do our best to answer them. Or just stop by and say hello - we'd love to put a face with a name. We'll be hanging out from 8:45-9:30--hope to see you.


On a different note... we'd like to give a shout out to the Chevy Chase Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market gave a generous donation to the HSA as a "thank you" to the Lafayette community. We appreciate their support and we hope you'll support the local merchants at the Market each weekend (personally, we probably lend our "support" to the Belgian waffle guy a little more often than we should! J).  


 -Jenny Murray



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Next Tuesday is Picture Day!


All students will be photographed by Bethesda photographer Freed Photography. Both class photos and individual photos will be taken outside, using natural sunlight. November 1 is the rain date.

Freed Photography operates a little differently than the photographers we've used in the past. No paying for photos before you see them!  In approximately two weeks after picture day, you will receive an order form with five beautiful proofs of your child. You will be able to order as many or as few photos as you like. See flyer.


Picture Day Clothing Suggestions: solid colors and simple patterns photograph best; collared shirts or polos for boys look great; and avoid sweatshirts/sweatpants and t-shirts with large logos or letters. Please feel free to contact Gayle Moseley with any questions you may have.



Fall Festival 2012: A Harry Potter Experience!


Saturday, October 27

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Special screening of "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" in the Cafetorium at 5:30

This year's Fall Festival will be a Harry Potter extravaganza, with excited events such as a Hogwarts Haunted House, Pie Bake-Off, Bake Sale, a Butter Beer station, food and drink, and Halloween Crafts. Kids Passes are on sale now! Find out more at the Festival page at the HSA Web site.


The Fall Festival is parent-powered!  Here's how you can get involved:

Volunteer!  Each class has a station, and shifts are just one hour.  Sign up here. Get your chef's hat on and start baking!  The Bake-Off is fast becoming a Fall tradition, and this year's event will have two categories: Apple Pie and Harry Potter-inspired.  We'll also have a Bake Sale, which is a always a big hit.

Movie Night:we are still in search of one or two Captains for the Movie Night. This job takes place almost entirely on the day of the event, and is a fun way to help support Lafayette.


Come on out to the Fall Festival. It's a great way to meet others in the school community, support Lafayette, and have fun!  Contact our Fall Festival chairs, Annie Bennett (abennett2000@yahoo.com) or Brendan O'Brien (bfobrien@gmail.com) with any questions.


The Fall Festival Bake Sale Needs You!

Please bring your goodies and treats to the Bake Sale table. Saturday, October 27th 3-5:30

Counselor's Corner
Rashida Mosby & Jillian Diesner

Greetings Lafayette parents and family! We want to let you know about some exciting events for the month of October. First, our Parent Pick-Up group is having its first meeting this Thursday, October 18th, at 2:15 in the Oasis on Team 3 (see flyer here). We welcome all interested and available parents to attend this initial discussion, where we will also be planning the ongoing format of future sessions. Remember to check out the Google group for a summary of our meeting if you cannot attend in person!  Ms. Mosby


Discussion group link:



Our character word for the month of October is Self-Control, a necessary tool for students, especially at the beginning of the year. We are going into classrooms discussing how we can control our bodies and emotions in various ways throughout the school day. Remind your children that self-control doesn't always mean being "perfect" and "quiet," but rather thinking through our actions before we take them, to be sure it's the right time and place for that action. Just as we celebrated Teamwork at the end of September, we will once again honor students who show exceptional Self-Control (as nominated by their classroom teachers) at the end of October with a special party and prize.


As always, we invite all parents to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns about our program or your student. We can be reached at Rashida.Mosby@dc.gov and Jillian.Diesner@dc.gov.

Technology Corner
Nathan Weiand, Technology Coordinator


Sumdog Competition

As you may know, Sumdog is an online math program aimed at helping students learn and practice numeracy skills in grades 1 - 8. Sumdog adapts its questions to each student's ability and teachers can even restrict the range of questions by setting default skills. Starting at the end of this week Lafayette will begin partSumdog image icipating in a city-wide Sumdog Competition.


The competition runs from Friday, October 19 at 8:00 am until Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 pm. Students compete by playing Sumdog's games. All students in the school have been entered into the contest and to compete, students will simply play Sumdog games--which are free to play--before, during and after the contest. Students are ranked on the number of correct answers and on their average answer speed if there is a tie. To make contests fair for students with limited access to computers, every student is limited to 1000 questions. However, it's fun to take part even if students only answer a few questions. Read More... 


The Lafayette Computer Lab

This year, I am proud to announce that we have introduced a computer lab at Lafayette. The Lafayette Computer Lab is a designated computer space that holds enough computers to accommoStudents in Computer Lab date even the largest class at the school. The lab is equipped with 29 Apple computers, a Smart Board, and 2 color printers and is located on Team 3. The primary purpose of the lab is to give teachers an area where they can work with their students on educational projects that integrate technology. The lab will also be used for completing our online STARS Reading, Math, and Early Literacy Assessments, as well as various online educational programs such as Sumdog, ST Math, and First in Math. Read more... 

Community Notices


HoopEd One Day All Sports and Games OR Hoops Camps!
No School, No Problem! Teacher Conferences are October 19th and 22nd, Join the exciting HoopEd staff this upcoming holiday! Keep the kids busy ALL day with HoopEd playing kickball, tag games, dodgeball, hoops and so much more! Camp is for boys and girls ages 5-13 and runs from 9:00am-3:00pm with aftercare available until 5:30 pm. All skill levels and abilities are welcome to join. The camp fee is just $60 for the day or $70 with after care, and you can register for just one day or for both.

Registration is easy! Just visit our Web site, www.hoopeducation.com and click on the location that works for you!


Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk

Please Register for the 2012 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Community Walk on Wednesday, October 31st! The Lafayette Community will be participating in the annual walk on October 31 during the Halloween Parade. All parents will be receiving Fannie Mae Walker Registration Forms from teachers. Parents are also strongly encouraged to go on-line to register student walkers, sponsor teachers, and make a tax-deductible contribution. The quick and easy on-line registration is available at: http://www.hthwalks.org/goto/lafayette. On-line registration is $20 for kids and $30 for adults. Everyone who registers by Thursday, October 18th will receive a Help the Homeless t-shirt. Learn more.

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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