Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, editor February 19, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Counselor's Corner
Jump Rope for Heart
Auction Update
WLES Shout Out
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
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Mark Your Calendar  

February 20 (Wednesday)
HSA Open Chat, 8:45 a.m.

February 21 (Thursday)
Counselor/Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m.

February 25 (Monday)
No School, Parent-Teacher Conference Day

February 26 (Tuesday)
Lafayette Open House, 9:00 a.m.

February 28 (Thursday)
HSA General Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

March 1 (Friday)
Online Auction Begins, 9:00 a.m.

March 6 (Wednesday)
LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

March 7 (Thursday)
Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m.

March 9 (Saturday)
Annual Auction Party, 7:00 p.m.

March 10 (Sunday)
Online Auction Ends, 12:00 p.m.

March 14 (Thursday)
HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents 

We hope you enjoyed the long Presidents' Day weekend. Hopefully you used those extra days to work your way through all that Valentine chocolate! 

Thank you to Ms. McClure, Mr. Jackson and all of the parent volunteers who made last week's Jump Rope for Heart run smoothly. Parents helped to organize and oversee the day's activities and served up nutritious snacks, while the kids jumped up a storm! All donations need to be collected by February 28, and then we can find out how much we raised.

Please mark your calendar... Coming up next week, on Thursday, February 28, is the 3rd HSA General Meeting of the year. We'll meet in the cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. We will be covering a lot of important business, including voting on several items:

  • Voting on proposed spending for school-wide technology upgrades. Nathan Wieand, the school's full-time technology coordinator, will give a presentation on how we might use $75,000 of HSA savings to bring all of our classrooms up to a more modern technology standard that will still be "renovation-proof."
  • Approval of spending for Laurie McLaughlin's contract close-out. In order for the HSA to meet its obligation to close out art teacher Laurie McLaughlin's old contract, we need to approve the withdrawal of funds from our savings to complete her leave payout.
  • The HSA proposes a few changes to its bylaws, including changing the current fiscal year so that it better aligns with the school year, and adding a board position of co-communications chair. Please click here to see a red-lined version of our bylaws showing proposed changes in red.  
  • The HSA body needs to vote to approve the proposed volunteers for the Nominating Committee.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we'll be hosting our monthly "Open Chat" from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Given the cold weather, you'll likely find us in the Great Hall. If you have questions about any of the items coming up in the General Meeting, or can't make the meeting and want to learn more, please come by and talk with us. Hope to see you then.

Jenny & Gayle

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Counselor's Corner
Jillian Diesner, School Counselor 


All this month we have been learning about Respect and the idea of treating others like you want to be treated. In many classes we read Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches, and discussed how treating others differently because they may look or act different is certainly NOT showing respect. This is one of my favorite lessons because the children are truly shocked that anyone would act so awful over something as silly as a "star upon thars." Then we relate that star to hair color, clothing, gender, and any other perceived "difference" we see around us, and they fervently agree it would be absurd to treat someone badly or tease them because of these differences. Oh, if they could only stay so young and innocent!

Continuing on the theme, we also took time at our Professional Development on Friday to have a staff-wide discussion about respect. Teachers gave input on what respect means to them from various sources, including parents, other teachers, and administration. We invite you to attend our bi-weekly Parent Pick-Up group this Thursday (2:15 p.m. in the Oasis) as we share some of these thoughts from our teachers and discuss facilitating a positive relationship with your child's teacher. All are welcome to attend, but if you cannot and would like a summary of the information discussed, please let me know at Jillian.Diesner@dc.gov. Hope to see you on Thursday!
Jump Rope for Heart News

Jump Rope for Heart
Over 500 Lafayette students' jumped, danced, leaped and moved any way they could on Wednesday, February 13 during our 14th annual JRFH event.  A big thank you to everyone who helped make this one of the best JRFH's we have had.  The Lafayette community is so tremendous in their ability to volunteer and serve the community.  Without the help of everyone I would not be able to run this community service project.

Thank you to Mrs. Main for supporting and jumping with us.  Ms. Perll and Mr. Jackson worked tireless with me behind the scenes putting it all together.  The 3rd grade teachers' continue to support this event in so many ways.  Shopping for the food, organizing and chaperoning are just a few of the ways that they support this program.   More thank you's go to Lisa Resch and her crew of snack directors.   And to all of the other parent volunteers who came to support us.   Thank you so much.

Every teacher in the building helped to make this a huge success.  It is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.  Thank you staff for all of your help and support.

Thank you to Pat Richitt at Entertainment Exchange for providing the sound system.  Pat has supported us for the past few years and we greatly appreciate his donation.

Jump Rope For Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches kids the importance of developing heart-healthy habits and that being physically active can be fun.  The funds we raise are used to support research and education.  We are helping to save lives across the country and in our community.  If your family is raising funds- thank you.  These pledges are due on February 28.  Please put in the envelope provided and place in the JRFH box in the Great Hall.  Please remember to put your child's name and class on the envelope.  When possible, please convert any cash you have into checks.  Checks should be made out to American Heart Association. 
On line fundraising is the the most efficient and productive strategy. Just register online at  www.heart.org/jumpClick on Washington, DC, and then find Lafayette and you're ready to register.

If you have any questions please contact me at school or by email marjorie.mcclure@dc.gov.

Ms. McClure
Physical Education Teacher
Do you want to be WISE?

Join We in Special Education for an evening of education and conversation about a relevant topic in the education field: student organization and self-regulation. On Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m., WISE will meet in the Lafayette special education trailer to give a presentation on how to help parents understand their child's learning style and how this can impact a child's organization abilities. Tips and resources will be provided to help assist parents with organizing their children's academic and personal lives. All are welcome to attend. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please email bridget.omalley@dc.gov. We in Special Education look forward to meeting you!

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Auction Update

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This is the last week to donate items or services!
Do you have a special talent like baking or cooking or driving someone to the airport? Create an auction package and help support the school. Want an easy idea for an auction package? How about donating a gift certificate to a nice restaurant or your seats at a sporting event for a package. Deadline for donated items is this Friday, February 22.

Cash Donations: Cash donations are very welcome and go a long way to helping us put together terrific big-ticket items. Go here for ways to donate cash.

Tickets are on Sale
Tickets for the event 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.

Volunteers: Want to volunteer your time? We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help decorate on Friday, March 8, in the evening. Please email us at  lafayetteauctiondcps@gmail.com and let us know.

Thank you for your support!

Hope & Julie

Buy a WLES Shout Out Today!

Have a custom message read to your child during the morning shout out dude announcements. It's a great way to say "Happy Birthday", "Good Luck" or just send a fun message to your child at the beginning of the school day. Print and fill out this form, and place it and a payment of $15 (checks made out to Lafayette HSA) in the WLES Shout Out box in the Great Hall. Announcements and payment must be received at least seven days prior to the announcement date. All proceeds go towards the Spring Auction. Please contact Eden Burgess for more information.

Community Notices


Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Troop # 6113 (Lafayette 4th grade girls) will be having a Girl Scout Cookie Booth after school on Thursday February 21, 2013 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the Great Hall.  Please come and stock up on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies!

The Children's Art Studio. The Children's Art Studio will hold Spring Camps the Week of March 25-29, when MCPS is off and the week of April 1-5, when DCPS is off. 
Spring Classes start March 5 and include 'My Grown Up and Me in the Morning', 'An Afternoon Art Class for Nursery School Children' Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.,  and After School Classes for Elementary School Children. 
The Children's Art Studio is a not-for-profit organization located on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown.
We hope your child will join us!

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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