Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Zelda Caldwell, editor
 May 7, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Summer Reading
Teaching Peace
HSA, LSAT Elections
Bike to School Day
White Boards
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
Quick Links...
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Lynn Main

We are doing much better at getting registration forms returned. This week we will be open late on Thursday because of the HSA meeting so you can drop off your forms then. We will also be accepting forms at both Arts Nights. We are getting closer to reaching our enrollment targets set by DCPS central office. Remember we do not need health forms at this time.


How could we have had a better day for this year's Spring Fair? The weather was absolutely perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. A gentle breeze. Just the right amount of sunshine. And enough time for the field to be dried out after out last bout of rain. We often joke about having some kind of weather mojo in regards to the Fair, but this year it was at its most powerful.



Mark Your Calendar   
May 8 (Wednesday)
Walk & Bike to School Day
May 9 (Thursday)
Teaching Peace presentation, 7 p.m.
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

Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing day we had here at Lafayette this past Saturday! The Spring Fair "Cirque de Lafayette" brought out the entire community to enjoy the beautiful weather and all the fun of the Fair. Kids waited in line for the wrecking ball and touched a live bunny in the petting zoo. Salads and baked goods sold fast, clowns entertained the crowds, and the bike swap made another round of kids happy with their "new" bikes. Thank you so much to the event chairs, Barbara Noguera, Marilyn Kitzes, Julie Maner and Kristi Teems, for all of your hard work. Many thanks also go to the category chairs and parent volunteers who made the day possible - you are all fabulous!


With the Spring Fair behind us, there's still some big stuff coming up this week...


Walk & Bike to School Day - Wednesday (see article below for details). Help ease congestion and pollution while doing something fun and good for you! Let's see how many of you can take the challenge to walk or ride your bike to school tomorrow.


HSA General Meeting - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ALL parents are invited to attend this meeting where we will vote for next year's HSA Board members and LSAT parent representatives. Also at this meeting the HSA will present its draft budget for next year. Please come out and tell us what you think. Based on comments received during and after Thursday's meeting, the draft budget may be revised, with the final budget presented for a vote in early June.


We realize that not everyone will be able to attend the public meeting on Thursday evening. If you cannot be there in person, please fill out the HSA ballot and LSAT ballot and either place them in the ballot box in the Great Hall, or send them to school in your child's folder. By now you should have received both the HSA and LSAT paper ballots in your child's folder. If not, you can print the HSA ballot and LSAT ballot here. Remember... one vote per family, everyone can vote in the LSAT election, and current HSA members can vote in the HSA election.


We hope to see you on Thursday!


--Jenny & Gayle

Order Required Summer Reading Books Today


Parents of Rising 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-graders,


There are only a few days left to order your required summer reading books and support support the Lafayette HSA at the same time. Once again Politics & Prose is donating 20% of all pre-ordered books placed online by May 9 to support Lafayette HSA. 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.
Want to Know More About Peace? 


Linda Ryden Peace Teacher Linda Ryden will be giving a presentation on Teaching Peace, Lafayette's very own peace program at the next HSA meeting. Confused about the difference between Peace Class and Peace Club? Wondering why your kids keep telling you you're going up the Conflict Escalator? Come to the meeting and find out the answers to these questi.ons and much more. Thursday May 9 at 7 pm.  Hope to see you there!  For more information about Teaching Peace contact Ms. Ryden.

HSA and LSAT Elections are on Thursday


This Thursday, May 9 is the Home and School Association (HSA) and Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) election.  Please plan to come to the HSA meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. to vote in person for leadership of the HSA and parent representatives of the LSAT or you may vote by proxy ballot until 7:30 p.m. on May 9. Ballots have been sent home in students' folders and may be returned to the ballot box in the great hall above the file cabinet, or in your child's folder, until the meeting on May 9.


If you did not receive a ballot, please use these links (HSA ballot and LSAT ballot) to print out a ballot and return it to the Great Hall or in your child's folder. 


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.


Bike to School Day is Tomorrow!
   The event will go on rain or shine, so you may need to get those parkas ready along with your bikes and scooters. We'll have prize tables in the front and back of the school, so ride or walk to school and we'll have something for you! (If it's pouring rain, the prize tables will be in the Great Hall.) If you'd like to join the bike/scooter parade to ride with a group, please head to the corner of 32nd St. and Tennyson St. NW (just off Utah Ave.) by 8:15. The parade will depart at 8:15 and follow Tennyson St. to 33rd St. over to the school. Please feel free to join the parade at any point on its way. We're looking forward to seeing you all showing off your wheels tomorrow morning rain or shine.
White Boards in Action in Early Childhood 


We wanted to share some ways that we have been using our new interactive white boards in our classrooms. There are four interactive white boards in the Early Childhood wing, along with 20 others in the building. We have been able to use them for our morning messages, where students fill in missing letters and sight words. The pre-k students have talked about the life cycle of butterflies and frogs using the Promethean boards. The kindergarten students are currently sorting word families, talking about seeds and also talking about past and present. The boards are super engaging and allow for less paper materials to be created. We appreciate your continued support in our classrooms and in helping us to get more technology in our rooms. The students love coming up to the boards to work!


Click here to see photos of the white boards in use.


Thanks so much,

Lime Base, Blue Base, Red Base and Orange Base

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 dealmusical2013@gmail.com
All performances are at Alice Deal Middle School
3815 Fort Dr, NW, Washington, DC 20016
(a short walk from Tenleytown Metro Stop)


House cleaners available. For the past several years, Dorith Castellon and her crew of ladies have come to our house to clean on a weekly or biweekly basis. Usually three or four of them arrive ready to tackle the work to be done. They are completely trustworthy, hard-working, efficient, and reasonably priced. You can contact Carol, Dorith's daughter, by calling or texting 703-650-8403. She's fluent in English. You can contact Connie for a reference at this address


Dog sitter wanted. If you are interested in watching our dog Jesse from May 17-21 please let me know. He is a golden retriever, 18 months, very friendly and loving dog. Contact Kia Ghamarian, pre-k teacher at kia.ghamarian@dc.gov.



Art camp. The Children's Art Studio is offering full-day camps for children five and up for the entire month of July, (including the full week of July 4th), and half-day camps for children four years old and up for the entire month of August. Students may enroll for one week at a time. Small class size, thoughtful instruction and the inventive use of high quality materials is what it is all about. The Children's Art Studio is a mission driven, nonprofit, founded by a local mom. Our beautiful, bright studio is located on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleyton.  Please see this link for more information about our Summer Program.

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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