Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Zelda Caldwell, editor
November 6, 2012
In This Issue
From the HSA
Election Day Bake Sale
From the Art Room
Peace Club
WISE Discussion
Cross Country
Register for Homeless Walk
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
From Principal Lynn Main

Most days at Lafayette I have one of those "Gee whiz, I didn't know that moments." Art Linkletter was right when he said that kids say the darnedest things each day on his House Party show. I never quite know what to expect when I visit a classroom or start talking to students moving through the school. 


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November 7 (Wednesday)

Picture Retake Day

LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

1st Grade Patriotic Celebration, 9 a.m. 


November 8 (Thursday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


November 12 (Monday)

No School, Veteran's Day 


November 13 (Tuesday)

WISE Special Education discussion, 3:30 p.


November 15 (Thursday)

Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m. 

HSA General Meeting and Deal Night, 7 p.m.

November 21 (Wednesday)

HSA Open Chat, 8:45 a.m.  


November 22 - 23 

No School, Thanksgiving Break


December 7 (Friday)

3rd Grade Recorder Concert, 2 p.m.


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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray and Gayle Moseley, co-presidents


I think we are all feeling pretty lucky this week having made it through Hurricane Sandy. We were also lucky to have good weather for both the Fall Festival before the storm, and Halloween afterward. If you haven't seen the pictures on the website, take a look at the Halloween Parade and Fall Festival albums that were recently posted.


Next week, on Thursday, November 15, we will host Deal Night as part of the second HSA general meeting. After we discuss HSA business, Deal Principal James Albright and several Deal students will be on hand to talk about life at Deal and answer all of your questions. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. - please mark your calendars.


Have a great week! 



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Election Day Bake Sale


 bake saleThe HSA is sponsoring an election day Bake Sale with donuts, muffins and other goodies outside the doors near the Lafayette gym on the morning of the November 6 election. Please stop by for a treat on your way in (or out) of the polling booths. We will be there until 11:00 a.m. 


All of the proceeds will fund the Lafayette HSA and support the school community.  

From the Art Room 
Laurie McLaughlinLaurie McLaughlin, Art Teacher, Grades 1-5


Despite Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 4th-grade Arts Integrated INFORMANCE, the Powwow, celebrating "How the Arts Keep Native American Traditions Alive," went off without a hitch! I want to give a shout out to all the parents who helped hang art and run craft stations, including: Kate Mazza, Kam Mishral, Brenda Maloney, Kitson Jaszynka, Marcia St. Hilaire-Finns, Patti Goodnow, Sharon Bruns, Donna Oetzel, Sue Wright and others who I know lent their hands to make this the "best Powwow ever!" Thanks also to our technology coordinator, Nate Weiand, who helped everything run smoothly in our rehearsals and on our informance day, but whose name was inadvertently left off the program.


November is Native American Heritage Month. We hope you enjoy our 4th grade museum in the cafeteria. Our Kachina dolls will be moving to the glass case in the Great Hall. Also look for 4th grade Frida Kahlo style "Portraits in Proportion" and work from every 5th- grader, which will be hung before mid-November.


From the Peace Club 


Peace Club friend and local teen Emma Hardin  

is launching a campaign to get 100,000 people to pledge to do one random act of kindness by the end of 2012.  If your child (and you!) would like to register please go to http://cluster.gishwhes2012.com/pledge.php.  Please type in her email address: emmakh6@gmail.com as your sponsor.  And spread the word.  Let's start a kindness chain that will wrap around the world! 

WISE Discussion on Special Education


Do you want to be WISE? Join We in Special Education for an afternoon of education and conversation about relevant topics in the field of special education. On Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m., WISE will meet in the Lafayette special education trailer to give an overview of what special education is, how accommodations and modifications are given in the general education classroom, and what different models of co-teaching look like. WISE aims to answer any questions you may have about the special education process, including how it can impact students in general education. All Lafayette parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Please email bridget.omalley@dc.gov with any questions or to RSVP. We in Special Education looks forward to meeting you!


Kerry Cassidy

Special Education


Cross Country Team Victorious
 hsa logoFort Dupont Park, Saturday, November 3- The elementary girls' race was scheduled for 9 a.m. on this chilly day. However not all the schools were able to get there in time for a 9 a.m. race (Lafayette's bus arrived late to school and we barely got there in time). The girls finally got underway at 9:20 a.m. (after a long time shivering at the start line!).


The Lafayette girls were led once again by Ella Pearlman-Chang, 4th in the race in a time of 17:39. Miranda Moody (5th, 18:15), Lauren Chineme (8th, 18:26), Alexandra Waterman (11th, 18:37), and Rachel Wallach (15th, 19:13), completed the scoring for Lafayette, with Allison Pierce (17th, 19:32) and CJ Bertsch (19th, 20:04) finished out our 7-person team (in cross country, 5 score and the next 2 can "displace" opponents). While the strong team from Murch took the championship, our girls earned the runner-up team prize and we are really proud of them!


Altogether 12 Lafayette girls finished in the top half of the race; our remaining top 12 were Abby Gorman (20th), Catherine Hammes (21st), Sophie Gross (23rd), Emily Burke (26th), and Rosalia Inglima (29th).


Congratulations also to Eliza Dahlkemper, Sahara Trask, Caroline Durr, Jessica Singletary, Katherine Bouker, and Airelle Brown for great running today!


Our boys were a little selfish today, hogging 7 of the top 10 places and 9 of the top 15! Daniel Freymann left no doubt as he claimed the championship in 14:13, 63 seconds ahead of 2nd place. Elijah Moore (3rd, 15:52), Michael Senko (4th, 15:58), Jeremy Jensen (5th, 16:08), and James Paul (6th, 16:14) completed our scoring team, with Zach Kaplan (8th) and Joe Himmelfarb (10th) providing added insurance. Our boys are the citywide elementary champions!


Our top 12 boys matched the girls' achievement by placing in the top half of the race. Our remaining top 12 boys were Brendan Klein (13th), Weston Duncan (15th), Doug Cohen (20th but the first over the line with no shoes!), Rhone (RJ) Resch (25th), and James Rogan (26th). We are also proud of Elijah Miller, Zack Wall,Nicky Clisham-Parsons, Alex Wall, Sam Shapiro, Noah Weitzner, Trevor Thiesfeld-Jones, and Owen McKearn.


The plaques that our teams earned are not yet in school as someone made a mistake in the wording, but we will display them as soon as we get them. We were especially honored that Principal Lynn Main braved the cold weather to be out there in support of the runners. This was a great cross country season, and a great start to our "running year." Next up is indoor track-we should have some information about that during this coming week.

-- Coach Thurston for coaches A. Powell and J. Catapano


Important Update:  Halloween Parade/Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk

We Still Need Your Help!

Thank you to all of the Lafayette teachers, parents and students for making the annual Halloween Parade/Help the Homeless Community Walk a success last week! We received 134 Student Walker Registration Forms and have raised almost $1,000 for Sinai House, a homeless housing facility supporting families in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.


Did you forget to turn in your child's registration form or register on-line?  We still need your help!  We need every parent and child who participated in last week's Halloween Parade/Fannie Mae Walk to turn in their paper Registration form OR register on-line by this Thursday, November 8th! Walker registration forms can be turned into your child's teacher, the main Lafayette office or sent directly to Temple Sinai (fax: 301-433-9062/email: sinaihouse@gmail.com).  Did you lose your registration form?  You can download a new one at: http://lafayettewalkform.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=168967658.  On-line registration is fast and easy (http://www.hthwalks.org/goto/lafayette).  Fannie Mae provides a match for each on-line registration so every walker registration form is key! Don't forget that you can also sponsor teachers and make a tax-deductible contribution on-line. 


Thanks to the entire Lafayette community for the fantastic support!   With the support of people like you, in 2011 the Help the Homeless nonprofit organizations touched over 180,000 clients offering over 6,300 housing units to the Washington, DC area. We appreciate your support for the homeless in our community!



From the Community


NoteBUSTERS to perform at Wilson. Come watch the Lafayette NoteBUSTERS perform! It's going to be a fabulous show! "Gone Too Soon: A Thanksgiving Tribute to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson" features the Lafayette's singing club NoteBUSTERS. The show is on Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m. at the Wilson High School Auditorium. It's a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. And to learn more about Notebusters and how your child can get involved go to: www.notebusters.org



Lafayette students to spend November 12 with HoopEd.

In celebration of the Veteran's Day holiday, schools are closed but HoopEd All Sports and Games Camp is OPEN! HoopEd will be right here in your own Lafayette gym so come and join us! Your child will have a blast playing kickball, tag games, dodgeball, hoops and so much more! Camp is for boys and girls ages 5-13 and runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with after care available until 5:30 p.m.The camp fee is just $60 for the day or $70 with after care. HoopEd loves having a packed house, so bring a friend, a sibling, a cousin or a neighbor to share in the FUN! We also have other Hoops camps running on November 12th as well. Go to www.hoopeducation.com for more details and to register.


Much more than a babysitter available.

We are moving in December and our nanny/babysitter of the past 10 years is looking for a position in the neighborhood. Tita is simply the most reliable and honest individual you'll meet. She has cared for our two girls since they were born. What makes Tita remarkable though is that she also manages to keep your house at the same time that she cares for the children. She will keep your house clean, organized, and laundered. Reliability is one of Tita's strongest points. In 10 years, I think that she has called in sick perhaps three times. If you need someone like Tita to help you and your family, please contact Orin Levine at orin.levine@outlook.com or Amie Batson at aebatson@gmail.com. We'll be happy to arrange a meeting or answer your questions.



Are you looking for a way to give back to our community?  

There is a homeless men's shelter at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (at 4900 Conn. Avenue) and they need dinners delivered on a nightly basis. It's a great way to help out in very local way. For more information on the program check out: http://www.stpaulslutherandc.com/ministries/social-justice


You will provide dinner for 6 people (5 residents and one staff).  At this time there are no known dietary restrictions and dinner is to be delivered to the church (via the portico door) between 6 and 7 p.m. on the day you are scheduled. Contact Hannah Magnolia for more information and if you'd like to signup:  hannah.magnolia@gmail.com


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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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