Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Teresa G. Gionis, editor April 9, 2013
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From the HSA
Spring Fair
Donate Books
WLES Shout Out
Cooking Contest
School Boundary Update
Community Notices
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

It's been an interesting week at Lafayette while the students and teachers were on Spring Break.  With no children in the building we are able to get a lot of cleaning and other maintenance issues addressed.  The supply room was reorganized and inventoried so we have a better idea of what supplies we need for the remainder of this year.  The office copiers and the laminating machine received much needed cleaning and repairs.  


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Mark Your Calendar
April 10 (Wednesday)
LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.

April 15 (Monday)
No School, Professional Development Day

April 16 (Tuesday)
No School, Emancipation Day

April 17 (Wednesday)
HSA Open Chat, 2:15 p.m.

April 18 (Thursday)
Parent Pick-Up Group, 7:45 a.m.
Battle of the Books, 6:00 p.m.
HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 23 (Tuesday)
Lafayette Open House, 9:00 a.m.

May 4 (Saturday)
Lafayette Spring Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

 See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Jenny Murray & Gayle Moseley, co-presidents 

Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing week away from school. Gayle and I were both away for part of the break (Gayle in CA and I in FL). It felt good to have a change of scenery, but it's also nice to be home again. It's such a short run from now until the end of the year - hard to believe!


If you are interested in running for a position on the HSA board next year, TOMORROW is the deadline to contact the nominating committee please contact Liz Wieser or Holly Idelson and declare your interest. Multiple candidates for any position are welcome. In next week's Bulletin you will see the published list of official candidates.


Mark your calendars for the upcoming Spring Fair on Saturday May 4th. This is a great community event with rides, games, crafts, local vendors, great food, a bike swap (where you can trade your bike and get a "new" one for a great price) and the ever-popular bake sale. Details and KidPasses will be available on the Lafayette website  soon.


It looks like spring has finally sprung! Have a great week.

- Jenny & Gayle

Spring Fair News - Cirque du Lafayette

Less than four weeks to go until the train is on our track, the moon bounces and slides and other rides cover Lafayette Park. 


Excitement is building for our Spring Fair on May 4th (from 11 am to 4 pm).


Other things you can do NOW to help support the Fair:

  • Donate an hour or two to staff an activity, please contact your room parent or a co-chair to sign up
  • Start gathering books, video games, CDs and DVDs to donate to the sale. 
  • Bake for the bake sale
  • Donate a salad
  • Mark your calendar, bring the family, enjoy the Fair!  


As in past years, class assignments have been made to help make sure each activity has the volunteer help it needs to run successfully.  

Book / CD/ DVD Donations Needed    


Ready for Spring cleaning? Please drop off your gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and video games in the designated boxes in the Great Hall. Children's books are especially welcome - no textbooks or dated computer books please. Your donation will raise money for Lafayette at the Book Sale at the Spring Fair. If you have any questions or need larger donations picked up, contact Teresa Gionis. Thanks!

Design a Cover for IMAGES 2013




  •       Use 8 ½ X 11 paper (regular paper you use in your computer printer)
  •       Use black pens and/or markers
  •       Include the words "IMAGES 2013" and make the letters/date LARGE
  •       Make your drawing interesting by:
  •       Using lots of TEXTURE, SHADING,  DETAILS, and DESIGNS
  •       Have a good balance of black and white
  •       Make it FUN!
  •       Put your name in PENCIL on the back


Turn your cover design in to Ms. McLaughlin by Friday April 19th!


Buy a WLES Shout Out Today!

Have a custom message read to your child during the morning announcements.  It is 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, 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.  Please contact Eden Burgess (eve8garden@yahoo.com) for more information.



Calling All Lafayette Kids Ages 8-12 Who Love to Cook

Have you ever wanted to go to a White House State Dinner?

Well now's your chance. All you have to do is get cooking healthy and share your favorite healthy lunch recipe with the First Lady Michelle Obama, the US Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture and the folks at Epicurious.com and you could be DC's representative to the 2013 Kids State Dinner at the White House.


The second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" invites parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, to create and submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty.


In support of Letıs Move!, launched by the First Lady to solve the issue of childhood obesity, each recipe must adhere to the guidance that supports USDAıs MyPlate (at ChooseMyPlate.gov) to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal are met.  Entries must represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe.


The winning recipes will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Tanya Steel, Letıs Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, USDA and U.S. Department of Education representatives, as well as a celebrity chef. At the conclusion of the Challenge, a free, downloadable and printable e-cookbook featuring the winning recipes, nutritional analysis, photos and drawings,

will be available.



Rules can be found and recipes can be submitted April 3 through May 12, at recipechallenge.epicurious.com or via mail at The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge c/o Epicurious.com, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Winners will be notified at the end of June.   


School Boundary Update


Dear Parents and Fellow Lafayette community members, we need your help and your voice.


Last week during break, the Washington Post ran this story with an update about the DC Public School boundary review process.  


Basically the gist of the story is that DCPS and the Chancellor are starting the review process later than they originally anticipated but are still hoping to get it all done in time for the 2014 school year. 


What does this mean for us? It means that everything appears to still be under consideration - including a possible revision of our Lafayette boundaries and feeder patterns. DCPS appears to still have all options on the table, including floating the idea of getting rid of boundaries for all high schools.  It is important that we let them know how we feel.


We need to demonstrate a strong show of support in the community for maintaining our 70 year old tradition of Lafayette feeding into Deal and Wilson. Right now close to 500 folks have signed our community letter but we need an even stronger showing. 


If you haven't signed the letter yet, please do so at www.sites.google.com/site/lafayetteunited.



Lafayette Afterschool Tennis Starts This Week


There are still several slots open in the Afterschool Tennis program, especially on Monday 3:30, Wednesday 4:30 and Thursday 3:30 and 4:30.  Check www.LafayetteTennis.org to see what age groups have openings.  If you have questions, call Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925.


Lafayette Lunchtime Tennis Starts This Week


This is the first week of Lunchtime Tennis.  Kids who haven't signed up yet are welcome to try it out with their friends and classmates this week with no commitment.  So if your child says they played tennis at lunch during their recess and want to keep playing, go to www.LafayetteTennis.org to get the registration form.  The regular weekly schedule is: Monday 3rd grade, Tuesday 2nd grade, Wednesday 1st grade, Thursday 4th grade and Friday 5th grade.  4th graders who play in the band can play on Friday with the 5th grade. 

Community Notices




Learn to Fence This Summer! Join the fun Aug.5-9 and Aug.12-16! Sabre camps welcome kids new to fencing along with kids who have fenced before. Together, all campers:

  • *  Learn fundamental & advanced fencing actions & strategies
  • *  Gain improved coordination through hand/eye and movement games, like soccer, dodge ball and handball
  • *  Build their atheletic abilities
  • *  Have More Fun Exercising and learning a sport than they ever have before!

Led by Coaches Dariusz Gilman and Peter Souders, the camps are held from 9 am to 3 pm at the DC Fencers Club, in closeby Silver Spring. Early drop off and late pick up options are available. All equipment is provided. The cost for each one-week camp is $320. Register today at www.dcfencing.com.



Guinea pig. Looking for a new warm loving home for a cute guinea pig. The guinea pig is around 8 month old. He is very friendly, long brown hair with yellow highlights.  The guinea pig comes with a cage and all its accessories. If you are interested please email abfrye@verizon.net.  No cost.




Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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