Tuesday Bulletin

Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 

Teresa G. Gionis, editor
 January 29, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Auction Tickets on Sale
Potomac Pizza Night
Counselor's Corner
Lafayette Tennis
Dance Classes
Arts Integration
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Join Our Mailing List
Quick Links...
From the Principal 
Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

It has been a busy last few days down in the early childhood wing.  Ms. Rice is leaving us to return to Minnesota.  At the same time Ms. Shapiro received notification that after a long wait, the child she will be adopting has arrived and is ready to meet his new mother.   Two vacancies at the same time.  Something that really hasn't happened in a while.  We have had teachers who were ill or had an accident and needed to out for a long period of time but never two at the exact same time.  So what do we do?

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Mark Your Calendar  


January 29 (Tuesday)

Lafayette Open House, 9 a.m.


January 30 (Wednesday)

Potomac Pizza Night, 4 p.m. 


February 6 (Wednesday)

LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.


February 7 (Thursday)

Counselor/Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m.


February  7 (Thursday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


February 13 (Wednesday)

Jump Rope for Heart 


February 15 (Friday)

No School, Professional Development Day


February 18 (Monday)

No School, President's Day


 See full school calendar 

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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents 
Webster's New World Dictionary defines community as "all the people living in a particular district, city, etc.; a group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interests, work, etc. in common."  We all consider ourselves members of several different communities, one of which we share is the Lafayette Community.  The Lafayette Community encompasses not just families with current students, but everyone who is affected by Lafayette.  Whether they use the playgrounds, walk their dog around the property, ride the E6 bus along Broad Branch Road every day, or just live within a few blocks of the school; these are people with connections to the Lafayette Community.


In the coming months, our Lafayette Community may be challenged as DCPS reconsiders its school boundaries and feeder patterns.  A small group of parents and community members have organized to gather information to help the Lafayette Community learn more about DCPS' plans.  We will keep you updated as we receive information and there will most likely be a meeting or two in the near future to discuss our options.  In the meantime, please think about what the Lafayette Community, including the wider community of Deal Middle School and Wilson High School, means to your family, to your kids' friends' families, to the folks next door with a newborn and even the retired couple that live across the street.   The Lafayette Community may mean different things to different people, but it's important that we all unite and show our strength and dedication to keep our Lafayette Community together as it has always been and preserve it for future members.


To that end, we hope you will come enjoy a family night out with your Lafayette Community at Potomac Pizza tomorrow night!  Dine in or carry-out, Lafayette will receive a portion of the evening's proceeds.  We hope to see you there!

Have a great week!

Jenny & Gayle 


See HSA board members 

Join the HSA




This is a great way to get involved in the future of the HSA.  We are still in need of two more parents who would like to be on the HSA Nominating Committee. These individuals help find nominees for the HSA Board positions for next school year. They let interested people know what the responsibilities of the positions are and what they need to do in order to be a candidate (we'll give you all the information you'll need).  Time commitment for this job is really only a couple of hours a week and your responsibilities are over once candidates are finalized in early April


Auction Tickets on Sale Now 

Get Them Early

Tickets for the event on March 9 are $60 pre-sale and $75 at the door. Each ticket includes your auction reservation, as well as a $50 voucher to gamble in the casino. To purchase your tickets sign in to Maestro (it's easy to create a new account if you haven't signed in before), and click on the "Buy Tickets" tab. From there make a selection from the drop down menu and follow the prompts.


While buying your tickets, we hope you'll consider the option to "Sponsor a Teacher" for $25, or "Sponsor a Teacher and Guest" for $50. We love our teachers and staff, and since they do so much for our kids, we give them complimentary tickets to the event. So, we hope you'll help us cover the cost of these tickets.


Calling All Volunteers

Would you like to help transform the school for the night of the auction party? Is hanging twinkling lights one of your favorite tasks? Then we need you! Right now we are looking for volunteers to help with decorations for the event. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers interested in helping out at the beginning of the party and during the silent auction. Please email Hope and Julie at [email protected] if you are interested.



Our auction's success is dependent on the generous donations of Lafayette parents and their friends and family. Please consider donating an item to the auction ---  we need air miles, hotel reward points, Amtrak reward points, sports tickets, or anything else you can think of. Other big sellers include unique experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours or lunch with a VIP. Think about what skills you have, who you know, and go here to make your donation today. Feel free to contact Julie or Hope at [email protected] with any questions, or just to discuss any donation ideas.


Thank you!

Potomac Pizza Night

Come Join Us at

Potomac Pizza- Chevy Chase To Help Support


From 4pm to close

Date: Wed. 1/30/2013     


That's right! Please come join us for some great food, good company and most importantly to help the  LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY HSA raise money!

Please come dine in or carry out with us and we will donate 20% of your proceeds back to Lafayette HSA.

You may either bring this email with you or tell your server that you're here to support  the LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY HSA and we will add you to the totals.


Thank you again for your support!


Potomac Pizza- Chevy Chase

19 Wisconsin Circle

Chevy Chase, MD 

Counselor's Corner 

Rashida Mosby


Middle school??  Yes, middle school,  is right around the corner for our fifth graders and we know this transition is filled with more questions than answers.  Around this time of the year, we begin to look more closely at our fifth graders and I work with the fifth grade team to determine and address the individual and collective needs of our crew as we do our best to prepare them for this next big step.  As we move closer to this transition, we will be providing information to help both parents and our students get ready.  An upcoming "DCPS sponsored middle school fair" may be a good start if you are not quite sure about the best fit for your child.  Please see the attached Middle School Flyer about this event on Saturday, February 9.


Upcoming events (February/March):

-Counselor led classroom lessons and break out groups on transition and how to be middle school ready

-Parent/counselor chat and chew; "What next?"


Questions or concerns as we move forward? Contact me anytime via email [email protected] and/or call me 202-282-0116


Lafayette Tennis Programs for Spring, 2013


Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp 2013 will be happening again at the Lafayette Park tennis courts.  The camp will have 8 weekly sessions starting the week

of June 24th.  The last session is August 10-16.  The camp will run from 9:00AM - 4:00PM with pre-care options from 8:00AM and aftercare options until 6:00PM.  Boys and girls age 6 through 15 with all tennis skill levels are welcome.  We will also have trips to the Wilson pool to cool off.  Field trips to summer tennis activities including the WTT Kastles matches and the CitiOpen Tennis Tournament will be included.  Sessions are $300 per week except for the short week with the July 4th holiday.  Half day sessions from 9:00AM-12:00PM are available for $200 per week.  Go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to get the registration form and additional information.  Call me with questions or to sign up at 202 441-0925 or email me.


The Lafayette Lunchtime Tennis program for 1st-5th graders will begin right after Spring Break on April 8th and run for 11 weeks ending on June 14th.  The fee for the 11 weeks is $110.  Grade schedules will be set for each class based on other activities such as band practices that take place during lunch recess.  Children with a split lunch, play first from noon to 12:40 then eat at 12:40 during the 3rd shift of the lunch period.  Students may take only one lunchtime tennis class per week.  Those who want to play more tennis can sign up for the Lafayette Afterschool Tennis.  You can go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to get a copy of the registration form or pick one up from the brochure rack in the Great Hall.  It is a great way for school friends to enjoy a fun physical activity together during their lunch recess.  


Lafayette Afterschool Tennis (LAT) runs for 11 weeks starting right after Spring Break on April 8th and running through June 14th.  The fee for the 11 weeks is $165.  The program will be open to boys and girls age 5 through 15.  Classes for younger players (5-12) will be held at 3:30 and 4:30.  Classes for teens will be held at 5:30.  Adult classes will take place at 6:30.  Please go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to get a registration form and find out the weekly schedule by age and skill level.  The website will also tell you how many slots are still available for each class.  Call me with questions or to sign up at 202 441-0925 or email me.



Tippi Toes Dance Afterschool
Arts Integration News

See attached flyer 

Community Notices


Wilson Lacrosse Clinic Wilson is hosting a FREE BOYS LACROSSE CLINIC Sponsored by Kevin Quigley, Eagle Scout Project. 09:00 - 12:00 23 Feb 2012

Woodrow Wilson High School

3950 Chesapeake Street Northwest,

Washington, DC

Preregister at [email protected] or 703-635-6175



Your invited to the next Moms in Prayer meeting for Lafayette and Deal. When: Friday 2/1/2013 2-3pm

Where: Liz McReady's house 6209 Western Ave., NW, WDC 20015

Why: To pray for our children, our schools, our teachers and administrators. Calling all Moms who believe that prayer makes a difference. For more info. on Moms In Prayer International go to www.momsinprayer.org






Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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