Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, editor

 April 30, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Summer Reading
Spring Fair
Spring Fair Salads
Spring Fair Bake Sale
Spring Fair T-Shirts
From the Art Room
HSA, LSAT Elections
School Registration
School Boundary Update
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

As we hurtle towards the end of the school year, many of the activities occurring in May and June celebrate extended units of study. Last week the 5th grade started off with their social studies/arts integration informance on the Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression and the New Deal.    

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Mark Your Calendar   
May 1 (Wednesday)
LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.
May 2 (Thursday)
Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m.
May 4 (Saturday)
Lafayette Spring Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 8 (Wednesday)
Walk & Bike to School Day
May 9 (Thursday)
HSA General Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
May 15 (Wednesday)
HSA Open Chat, 8:45 a.m.
May 16 (Thursday)
Parent Pick-Up Group, 2:15 p.m.
Arts Night 1, 6:30 p.m.

May 22 (Wednesday)
DC Theatre Cafe
May 23 (Thursday)
DC Theatre Cafe
Dialog with David Catania, 7:00 p.m.
May 27 (Monday)
No School: Memorial Day
May 28 (Tuesday)
Lafayette Open House, 9:00 a.m.
May 30 (Thursday)
Arts Night 2, 6:00 p.m.


 See full school calendar 

From the HSA

Jenny Murray and Gayle Moseley, Co-Presidents

  Next Thursday is a very important HSA meeting because we will be electing the HSA Board for next the school year.  We will also be presenting a draft of the HSA budget for the 2013-2014 school year.  This is your opportunity to see how we are anticipating HSA funds to be spent, to ask questions and make suggestions regarding the allocation of funds that will be raised next year.  The final budget will be voted on at the final general meeting on June 6 to be accepted as the operating budget for next year.


  This Saturday is the much anticipated Spring Fair!  A dedicated group of parent volunteers has been hard at work for several months planning and preparing this fun event.  The Spring Fair also depends on families helping out on the day of the fair - either offering to help set up before it starts at 11:00 a.m., signing up to volunteer at a game, ride or food station, or staying after 4:00 p.m. to help clean up.  It's a great day to bond with other Lafayette families.  We hope you and your family will be there to share in the fun and camaraderie!

Have a great week!
--Jenny & Gayle

Pre-Order Summer Reading Books

books Pre-order Your Books for Summer Reading for Upcoming 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders.

Help your child get ahead on their required summer reading books by placing an order online this week and support the Lafayette HSA at the same time. Once again Politics & Prose is donating 20% of all pre-ordered books placed by May 9 back to support Lafayette. The books will be available for pick-up at the Lafayette Book Fair at Politics & Prose on June 1.

Click here to see the titles for required summer reading for upcoming 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.


Saturday, May 4: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cirque de Lafayette We're really looking forward to seeing all of you this coming Saturday. Please spread the word to our newer families, friends and neighbors about the great "Circus" fun that is shared by all at this annual event. The Spring Fair has always been a success and it attracts families from all over the community. The Spring Fair features arts and crafts activities, rides, custom t-shirts, and great food. The Spring Fair could not be a success without your support, so we cordially invite you join us in making this a great family day!

Also, if you have an hour or two to donate, we're still looking for volunteers, especially for the food tables, face painting and a few other places.

Please contact:
Marilyn Kitzes
Julie Maner
Barbara Noguera

Don't' forget:
  • Buy a Kidpass
  • Bake for the Bake Sale
  • Donate an hour
  • Collect and donate books, CDs and DVDs
  • Collect small toys to donate - items to give as prizes
  • Bring the family and enjoy the Fair!
Spring Fair Salads Wanted!
salad photo
The Spring Fair Salad Team requests homemade salads. Lentil, pasta, mixed vegetable, tossed-whatever you can dream up! Kindly deliver your salad (and a list of its ingredients) to the salad table on Saturday, May 4 (the fair starts at 11:00 a.m.). Salads should be in a disposable pan with a clear lid or a disposable plastic container. Your creation will raise money for the school! Thank you!
Spring Fair Bake Sale

Last year we sold thousands of cupcakes,cupcake cookies, brownies, and other treats. With your help, we can sell even more this year!

Bring your goodies to the Bake Sale table at the fair.

Kelsey French (703) 615-1917
Liz Wieser (202) 439-5257
Laura Scalzo (202) 641-8683


  Spring Fair T-Shirts On Sale

spring fair t shirt Spring Fair T-shirts are on sale the week before the fair:
  • At the flagpole Monday - Friday April 29 - May 3, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Of course we will be selling t-shirts at the Spring Fair as well.


From the Art Room
Laurie McLaughlin

Laurie McLaughlin Congratulations to the following students, whose artwork will be featured in the 2013 IMAGES, Lafayette's unique art and literary anthology! IMAGES 2013 debuts at the first ARTS NIGHT on May 16!

Cover - Iona Volynets

Back Cover - Charlotte Goodnow

Title Page - Anaily Acosta

Table of Contents - Rosalia Inglima

Section Headers - Lauren Chineme, Annika Haggquist, Sasha Garcia, Kathlyn Dell-Bosak, Caterina Sella, and London Gracey

Autograph Pages - DerY'onna Carr, Mizan Irby, Carly Nusbaum, Sheyla Gyles and Kaylin Brandon, Cordelia Stanton, Daniela Gram, Torin O'Brien, Katherine Bouker, and Sahara Trask and Callie Saltz

>>View the cover and back cover images

HSA and LSAT Elections are Next Week


Home and School Association (HSA) and Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) elections are coming up.  Please plan to come to the HSA meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 to vote in person for leadership of the HSA and parent representatives of the LSAT. Or you may vote by proxy ballot starting Monday, May 6.  Ballots will be sent home in student's folders and may be returned to the ballot box in the great hall above the file cabinet up, or in your child's folder, until the meeting on May 9.

Members of the HSA who have paid their 2012-13 dues are eligible to vote for HSA representatives (one vote per household). Please contact Julie Maner to join or verify membership. Everyone, regardless of HSA membership status, is eligible to vote for representatives of the LSAT. Results will be announced after votes are counted at the May 9 meeting.   

Please visit the website to see HSA candidate and LSAT candidate statements and photos.
Register for School Next Year

Thank you to everyone who registered their children last week.  We are making our current target numbers.  The school will be open again this Wednesday, May 1 until 7:00 p.m. to accommodate many of you and your busy schedules.  We will also have the office open during the Spring Fair if that works better for you.


School Boundary Update


Volunteers will be answering questions about the school
boundary/feeder pattern revision process at the Spring Fair on May 4. If you have not already signed on to the letter in support of
maintaining the Lafayette, Deal, Wilson feeder pattern, please do so at https://www.sites.google.com/site/lafayetteunited/.

Volunteers are needed to help at Spring Fair in order to help get the word our to our entire Lafayette community about this important issue. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jared Cohen at [email protected].  

Community Notices


ALICE DEAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS HONK, JR.: A contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling.
Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $5/students; $10/adults
Reserve tickets at [email protected]
All performances are at Alice Deal Middle School
3815 Fort Dr, NW, Washington, DC 20016
(a short walk from Tenleytown Metro Stop)


Lafayette Spring Boot Camp.  DC Health Coaches was started by three like-minded Lafayette, Deal, and Wilson grads with a common interest in health and fitness. For Lafayette specifically, we will be holding a boot camp, starting at 6:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning April 26th. The idea is to have a fun, competitive and healthy setting for the community members to come out and enjoy exercise. Anyone can stop by a session if interested! The classes comprise of a variety of exercise modalities and last for about 45 minutes. Our general services include on-site personal training (we come to you), group training, sports-specific training and corporate fitness programs. Visit the website at www.dchealthcoaches.com or email  [email protected] to get more information.


 Responsible housekeeper available. Nellie is available for morning housekeeping in the Lafayette neighborhood on a weekly or monthly basis.  She has worked with our family for the last two years, and she is completely trustworthy, mature, conscientious, flexible, and hard-working.  Nellie is fluent in English and Spanish, and has her own transportation.  Please contact her directly at [email protected] or 240-505-8921.  For a reference, contact Michele at [email protected].    


Walking for a Cure! For the fourth year in a row my daughter and I are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer here in DC, May 4 and May 5.  We will be walking 40 miles in 2 days to raise awareness and to raise money to help fund breast cancer research and treatment here in the DC area.  In order to walk, my team needs $3600 and we'd love to raise even more for the cause!  If you would like to donate, you can do so online at www.avonwalk.org/goto/MargaretQuinn or by dropping off a check made out to "Avon Walk for Breast Cancer" with Kia Ghamarian in Pre-K.  Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have already donated - the support of the Lafayette community means so much to me.  -- Margaret Quinn  

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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