Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home & School Association 
Zelda Caldwell, editor

May 28, 2013
In This Issue
Book Fair
Summer Reading Guide
Essay Contest Winners
Field Day Volunteers
From the Art Room
Arts Integration
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors

From Principal
Lynn Main



Registration Update -- As of last week we have 60% of our students enrolled for next fall.  New families are also starting to come up to school.  We will be open late this Thursday, May 30 during the upper grades' Arts Night for anyone still needing to register and that is still a lot of you.  We need to be around 550 before we leave for summer vaction. 


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May 30 (Thursday)

Arts Night II, 6 p.m.


June 1 (Saturday)

Lafayette Book Fair at Politics & Prose, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Comet Pizza Night (15% of proceeds to Lafayette)


June 5 (Wednesday)

Field Day:  Pre-K & K, all day

LSAT Meeting, 7:45 a.m.


June 6 (Thursday)

HSA General Meeting, 7:30 p.m.


June 7 (Friday)

Field Day, 1st-5th grades


June 14 (Friday)

Pre-K Graduation


June 19 (Wednesday)

Fifth-Grade Promotion


June 21 (Friday)

Last Day of School, 12:15 dismissal

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From the HSA 

Jenny Murray and Gayle Moseley, co-presidents


We hope you and your family enjoyed the long Memorial Day weekend and took some time to remember those who made great sacrifices for us. While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many of us, there are still 17 � days of school on the calendar!


What a treat it was to have D.C. Councilmember David Catania come chat with Lafayette parents last Thursday evening. Mr. Catania is the Chair of the newly reconstituted Committe on Education and he is taking his new role very seriously. He is in the midst of visiting every public school in the District, listening to parents and teachers so he can better understand our needs and help our school system become one that all residents can be proud of.   


Fifth-graders are headed to Gettysburg for an overnight field trip this week and Arts Night II takes place on Thursday evening.  Finally, don't forget to check out the proposed HSA budget on our website. Please send your comments or suggestions to us by the end of today. One suggestion we received and will include in next year's budget is for the HSA to match the "Raise Your Paddle for Science" amount collected ($5,500) at this year's auction for the visiting science program from the Maryland Academy of Science.  This additional funding will make it possible for each grade to enjoy two programs (instead of one) during the 2013-2014 school year. The final budget will be presented to the membership for a vote at the general meeting next Thursday evening (June 6).


-- Gayle and Jenny
Visit the Lafayette Book Fair this Saturday at Politics & Prose 

politics & prose logo When: Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Where: The Lafayette Book Fair at Politics & Prose 


Shop any time on Saturday, June 1 and 20% of your sales will support Lafayette!  Bring the whole family and:


* Pick up required summer reading and any books you pre-ordered. 


* Shop for gifts, music, cards and books or


* Come listen to the essay contest winners from 5 p.m. until 5:20 p.m.



BONUS:  Enjoy some food or drink at Comet Pizza on June 1 and 15% of your check will support Lafayette!

Lafayette Summer Reading Guide is Online

The 2013 Lafayette summer reading guide is out. It has major revisions in its early childhood, second and fourth grade pages. As usual, it contains thoughtful lists for suggested summer reading as well as required summer reading assignments for students entering grades 1-5. Click here for the summer reading guide.


Congratulations To Lafayette's  Essay Contest Winners


The judging is done and verdicts are in! Here are the results of the 2013 Lafayette School Essay Contest for third through fifth graders. 



Winners to Read at Book Fair Saturday


Every year Lafayette holds an essay contest in conjunction with the book fair. This year the first place winners in grades 3-5 will read their essays in the children's section of Politics and Prose from 5-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Come support the young writers and hear some great essays! Take along the 2013 summer reading guide and get the scoop on great books to buy at the book fair. 


Field Day Volunteers Needed

Marjorie McClure, Physical Education Teacher 



We Need YouVolunteers are still needed.  Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered.


Volunteers are needed the morning of Friday, June 7 from 8:45-12 for the 1st-5th grade field day.  Please email Ms. McClure or return the red flyer that was sent home a couple of weeks ago.    Field day is one of the kids favorite activities of the year and it would not be possible without the support of the Lafayette community. Please let me know ASAP if you are able to help. All volunteers will receive an email the week of field day with details of the activities. Thank you again for your support.


We are still in need of work gloves that would fit kids. And any lawn mowers that are not working.  Please email if you can donate either item.

From the Art Room
Laurie McLaughlin, Art teacher Grades 1-5


Laurie McLaughlin

In addition to Thursday's Arts Night II, join me for a special art opening involving Lafayette students on Friday night, May 31. Lafayette's students in Ms. Harn, Ms. Hallstrom, and Ms. Culver's class took part in a pilot program for a new art concept founded by Lafayette Alum Jeffrey Prost-Greene called RadicART. They "place artists in schools using their artwork and experience as teaching tools in classrooms." To quote the website, "RADICArt means art for you, a haven for artists, and education to change the world." Check out their website: http://radicart.org/about-us/, and if you can, come to their debut event this Friday from 6-9 p.m., hosted by DCI Consulting at 1920 I (Eye) Street.


Don't forget to bring your check made out to LHSA to Arts Night this Thursday to purchase our annual Art and Literary publication, IMAGES! Every student's art, writing and fun class photos are yours for just $15 in our most read and beloved student publication!


Arts Integration at Lafayette 
Jackie Snowden, Arts Integration Coordinator


SnowdenSo much to share and so little time left, with this year rapidly winding down. Click here for the latest news in Arts Integration.


Community Notices 



Soccer clinics and camps. First Touch Soccer is offering soccer clinics and camps at the Palisades Recreation Center. See website for details and to register.


Jewish after-school program. MoEd: A Jewish Afterschool Community is building a Jewish learning and playing community across denominational lines. Five days a week, and full days when schools are closed, children in grades K-5 come to us for immersion-style Hebrew learning, Jewish culture and knowledge, and plenty of time for outdoor play, crafts, snacks, homework and fun. Hosted at Ohr Kodesh, convenient to Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Northwest DC and beyond, we are looking into transportation options, including carpools, for Lafayette families. Register before the end of May for two free camp days during the school year: [email protected]


Summer tutor available. Does your child do okay in school, but need summer course content review or want engaging enrichment? 

Consider working with an experienced tutor of elementary math (e.g., Kumon, Singapore, and Summer Skills), English language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science, and integrated subjects. I'm a lifelong resident with superb training in writing/composition studies, an advanced degree linguistics from Georgetown, and extensive teaching and advising experience. Please contact Maggie Ronkin at  [email protected].


Babysitter available. Experienced babysitter available Monday to Friday in the afternoon. Excellent references. Please call Zoraida at 301-335-0539 or email [email protected].


New summer camp at Lafayette. Camp for Boys has been offering day camp to DC elementary students for the last seven years at Horace Mann ES. We are excited to let you know that Camp For Boys will be returning for its 8th summer at Lafayette Elementary School. We will be running alternating weeks (with full and half day options) of Classic Camp (laser tag, water games, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, capture the flag, etc) and Soap Box Car Camp (Classic Camp activities with the added project of building a pedal-powered go cart in teams) from June 17 to Aug 2. To register or find more information about our camp, please visit our website at campforboys.com. You may also email us with specific questions at [email protected]. We hope to see you this summer!


NoteBUSTERS Spring Performance. Come watch and enjoy Lafayette NoteBUSTERS students as they sing on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. in the Wilson High School Auditorium.  The show is "The Wiz Meets the Wizard of Oz and It's WICKED." The amazing performance is free of charge -- feel free to bring family, classmates, and friends.

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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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