Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Zelda Caldwell, editor February 26, 2013
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Auction Update
WLES Shout Out
Jump Rope for Heart
Counselor's Corner
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

This Thursday is going to be quite a busy day at Lafayette. Our second-grade students have been hard at work on a reading and social studies unit dealing with heroes. They went to see a play, "How Old is a Hero?", that featured heroes throughout history at various age levels. Across the various classes students then started on activities that related heroes to them and to a famous American that they selected to study.

Mark Your Calendar  

February 28 (Thursday)
WISE Presentation on Learning Styles and Organizational Skills (all welcome), 6:30 p.m. in Special Education trailer

HSA General Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

March 1 (Friday)
Online Auction Begins, 9 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 p.m.

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

March 13 (Wednesday)
Internet Safety Discussion, 7 p.m.

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

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

Potomac Pizza Night, 4-9 p.m.

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

March 28 (Thursday)
March Madness Basketball Game, 4 p.m.

March 29 (Friday)
Early Dismissal, 12:15 p.m.

 See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents 

Welcome back from yet another long weekend! Seems like we've had a lot of them lately. The good news about March is that it goes on uninterrupted until Spring Break, which is the first week of April this year. We hope you had an opportunity to meet with your child(ren)'s teacher(s) on Monday to discuss their progress so far this year.  


HSA General Meeting on Thursday, 7:30 p.m.   

We hope everyone will come to the school cafetorium to learn about, discuss and vote upon several important agenda items: 


As Mrs. Main mentioned in her column, Nathan Wieand will be presenting a proposal to technologically upgrade all the classrooms. As we have mentioned at previous meetings, the HSA has money in a savings account that we were legally required to keep on hand when we were employing our art teacher. Now that the art program is largely funded by DCPS, these funds are available to use with the HSA membership's approval. Mr. Wieand has carefully inventoried our current technology and has determined the best way to utilize $75,000 to bring every classroom into the 21st Century.  


The art teacher's full-time employment contract (including salary and benefits) ended last year, and it included a one-time payout for unused vacation/sick time. We were required to keep funds in a savings account to cover expenses associated with the employment contract, and the HSA membership needs to approve the use of funds for this one-time payment. 


Lastly, we have a few minor changes we would like to make to the HSA bylaws, which require approval from the HSA membership.



Your invitation to the annual Auction Party on March 9 should have arrived in your mailbox ("snail mail", not email!) last week. This is a FUN event with dinner, open bar, the always-entertaining Live Auction and the evening will wrap up with a casino party. Buy your tickets early online for $60/person - the cost goes up if you wait to pay at the door. It's a great excuse to get dressed up and party with your fellow parents. Most items up for auction are to be bid upon online (March 1 until noon March 10). However, there will be a few special items that can only be "won" at the auction party: Class Creations (artful items created by every child in each class - some are on display already in the Great Hall); Parent Parties (these popular parties, hosted by parents/for parents, are available to those who sign up first in person); and Teacher's Treat (almost every Lafayette staff member is donating some of their personal time to do something special with the highest bidder's child). We hope you will get your babysitter lined up for the evening of March 9 and come to the party!


- Gayle & Jenny


See HSA board members 

Lafayette Auction Update  


Join us for the biggest party of the year! 


Come one - come all to Lafayette's biggest party on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.! Don your festive attire and join us for a night in Monte Carlo. Dinner, open bar, live music, and of course the Live Auction.


Tickets 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.



Best of Live Raffle:

"Best of Live" raffle tickets go on sale this Wednesday! The "Best of Live" raffle winner can choose ANY live auction package! Tickets are $100, and only 50 will be sold, so get yours before they sell out. You'll need to write which auction package you prefer when you buy your ticket, so check out the live auction packages in the online catalog or the print catalog (coming soon in your child's backpack!). Tickets will be on sale before and after school at the flagpole until we sell out.


Sponsorship/Cash Donations: 

Although the deadline for donations has passed, we can always use cash donations/sponsors. Your donation will go a long way to helping us make this event happen. Go here for ways to donate cash.



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.

DCPS Boundary Revisions 

Since December, more than 200 Lafayette parents have attended meetings to learn more about the DCPS's boundary and feeder pattern revision process. A group of Lafayette parents monitoring this issue is recommending that all Lafayette parents review and sign a letter in support of maintaining the Lafayette, Deal, Wilson feeder pattern.  To review the letter and sign on, please visit www.sites.google.com/site/lafayetteunited
Jump Rope for Heart Donations Due 
Jump Rope for Heart
Margie McClure, Physical Education Teacher

Thank you to everyone who participated in collecting funds for the American Heart Association. If you still need to turn them in they are due this Thursday, February 28. Please turn all cash into checks when possible. Checks should be made out to the "American Heart Association." Please put in an envelope with your child's name, class code and amount raised. The envelopes can be put in the JRFH box in the Great Hall or Ms. McClure's mail box. Or save yourself some time and use the on-line method. Just go to www.heart.org/jump and register.


Thank you again to everyone who has helped with this community service project.

Counselor's Corner - Internet Safety 
Jillian Diesner, School Counselor 


Parents, please join us on Wednesday March 13 at 7 p.m. for an evening of discussion on internet safety. As our children become exposed to the Internet at increasingly younger ages, many parents have concerns about cyber-safety. Join us for a presentation led by an area non-profit organization, iKeepSafe, whose core vision is to see generations of the world's children grow up safely using technology and the internet.  See flyer for more information.
Arts Integration
Jackie Snowden, Arts Integration Coordinator 


Snowden As February comes to a close and we continue to celebrate Black History Month, this week we will be treated to the second grade's Heroes in Wax Museum, featuring famous African-American heroes. The teachers have been documenting the process as the students researched, conducted character interviews, practiced tableaus, used the Curriculum Based Reader's Theater in a choral reading, and learned music to accompany it all, a complete arts integration unit. Look for them to be spotlighted on our CETA board next.


Speaking of documentation, one of the things that those of us on the CETA committee have noticed is that there are so many arts integration lessons going on that we need to document it, for all to see. So, please take a "museum walk" down the hallway leading to gym, and check out the documented lessons by Ms. Perll's kindergartners who studied and learned about patterns, and Ms. Paul's first graders, as they learned geometry using the art of Kandinsky. Learning how to document our arts integrated lessons is also one of the CETA courses that is offered. One of our AI goals is to show this documentation more and more.


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Fifth-Graders Host Brazilian Ambassadors 


brazil Leslie Nicole Jean, Fifth-Grade Teacher


In January, Ms. Jean and Ms. Jackson's class hosted the 37 Youth Ambassadors from Brazil. The 2013 Youth Ambassadors of Brazil represent the wide geographic and cultural diversity of their country-each state and the Federal District! The youth are ages 15-17 years old and attend public high school, chosen from an applicant pool of over 16,000! They were tested and selected based on their English abilities, demonstrated leadership potential and commitment to community. Their program ran January 11-February 2 and began in DC where they spent one week exploring leadership, US democracy, youth civic engagement, and volunteerism. Then the group split in four and continued their exchange in the host communities of Seattle, Bozeman, Tulsa, and Charlotte. They lived with American host families, attended high school, volunteered, and even experienced MLK Day, the National Day of Service, and the Inauguration! The whole group reunited in DC for their final week and joined Lafayette students in a cultural exchange of songs, dances, and food. 


The Youth Ambassadors Program with Brazil is sponsored by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the US Embassy in Brazil, and implemented by World Learning and its US community partners. Next month, as part of Ms. Jean's class relationship with the Embassy of Brazil through the Embassy Adoption Program, the group will be performing for Mayor Gray and the Mayor of DC's new sister city, Brasilia.

Girls on the Run 

Girls on the Run registration is now open! GOTR is a life-changing,

character development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade, which combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education.


The Lafayette Team will meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 for 10 weeks beginning the week of March 4. All participants will walk/run in the 5k on May 19 at Anacostia Park. We are excited to have teachers Gretchen Paul (1st grade) and Erin deJonckheere (Kindergarten) as our coaches this spring.


Registration is now open and will close once it is full.  Registration is to be completed online and is first come, first served.The $165 program fee includes 10 weeks of curriculum-based lessons led by trained coaches, all lesson materials, a tee shirt and water bottle, and 5k registration and incentives. Please see this link below to register.  Questions may be directed to Steve Dolge, sdolge@gmail.com.

Community Notices


NoteBUSTERS. The fun and fabulous after-school vocal music and performance experience opens it's spring session with "The Wiz Meets the Wizard of Oz" The show will feature music from these two great musicals. Lots of parts for little munchkins! Children get weekly opportunities to sing for others with a focus on building confidence and self esteem. Registration is open for children in grades 1 through 5.  Children meet after school on Thursdays beginning March 19 and runs through to the final performance on Sunday June 2.  To register and learn more about this wonderful, popular program go to: www.notebusters.org and see flyer.


Apartment needed. Lafayette family is looking for a new reasonably priced 2br/2ba garden apartment for a 1 year lease or longer. Ready to move in this spring or summer. If you have ever thought of renting out your mother-in-law apt or garden apartment, please consider renting to our family. Please call 202-200-1207 or email jbrownng@hotmail.com if you have or know of local rental opportunities. Thank you.


Chevy Chase DC child and family counseling. Helen Rudinsky, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist serves children who have difficulty adjusting to school, Third Culture Kids (TCKs), and children with special needs, development delays and social/behavioral issues. I also work with children of families who are globally mobile: expats, diplomats and IMF and World Bank employees, as a former expatriate myself, I understand the ups and downs of international living, the stress of living in another country and the adjustment returning back home.To learn more visit:


Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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