Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor September 24, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Fall Festival: Volunteer
Give with Target
From the Art Room
WLES Shout Out
Picture Day
Walk to School Day
LSAT: Representative Needed
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
Quick Links...
Lynn Main  

Twelve years ago, Karen Allen came to my office to interview me for the Tuesday Bulletin, the weekly newsletter for the school.  Would it be possible for me to write some columns during the school year?  Just a few.  Wouldn't take that much time.  I really didn't like writing much.  I grew up in the age of the manual (yes, not even electric and I still have it at home) typewriter.  Everything was written out in longhand and then edited and typed, or if you were a really good writer you could type and compose at the same time. 
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Mark Your Calendar  

September 26 (Thursday)
HSA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (pizza), 6:30 p.m. (meeting commences) 


October 3 (Thursday)

Picture Day (individual and classes) 


October 9 (Wednesday)
Walk to School Day

October 10 (Thursday)
Rain Date for Picture Day

October 14 (Monday)
No School - Columbus Day

See full school calendar

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 

Life can be busy. Demands on our time pull us in all different directions ... family, work, school, obligations, and so much more. It's hard to keep up with it all!   We hope to make things a little easier for you this Thursday evening. We would like to invite each of you to come out on Thursday for our first HSA meeting of the year. This is your chance to hear what's on tap for the HSA, ask questions, and voice any concerns you might have about the school year ahead. This year, we are trying a new format, and we are hoping to see lots of faces, both old & new, in the crowd-please consider this your personal invitation. Also, we are planning an HSA Giveaway, and Thursday's meeting is the perfect time to join the HSA before the September 30th deadline.


Give with Target has extended their deadline 9 days! We now have until September 30th to get as many votes as possible. Vote each day, and encourage friends and family to vote as well. Remember, every vote equals one more dollar we can put towards Lafayette and enriching the lives of our children.


Finally, we would like to send a big "thank you" out to Jared Cohen for organizing the New Parent Social at Jake's American Grille last Wednesday. It was fun to meet new parents, and nice to see veteran parents welcoming everyone to our community. What a great evening!


Please check our website often for up to date happenings at Lafayette and feel free to contact us anytime. Gayle: gaylemoseley@starpower.net; Hope: tjh1337@comcast.net


Have a fabulous week!



  --Gayle & Hope  

See HSA board members 

The Fall Festival Volunteer Sign-up Sheet is Now Available                           
You want us to do what? VOLUNTEER!

Yes, that's right parents. The fall festival volunteer sign-up sheet is now available on Signup Genius. Please click the link below, find your child's class, and sign up for a slot.  There are many thrilling activities and we hope you will help us execute them.  Sign up now to get your choice of time slot!

Fall Festival 2013 Volunteer Sign-up

Monster Joke of the Week:
Why wouldn't the ghost volunteer for the Fall Festival?
He had no guts! 
Give with Target - Deadline Extended to September 30th! 

Give with Target
Every year Target gives up to
$5 million to schools all over the country through Give With Target. Let's add Lafayette to the list of schools that benefit from this simple program!


Here's what you need to know:

Simply go to http://givewith.target.com/school/73359# and vote for our school weekly until September 30th or until $5 million has been awarded, whichever occurs first. It takes just 25 votes to start. After that, Target will donate $25 to our school. Upon receiving 25 votes, each additional vote equals $1 more for up to $10,000 per school. Log on and start voting today!

From the Art Room...
Laurie McLaughlin, Art Teacher, Grades 1-5

Laurie McLaughlinThe month has flown byas younger students remembered routines and the "ingredients" we use to make art: line, shape, color, form, texture, space and value. We've explored Matisse, Miro, Valdez, Kahlo, Cuna Indian Molas and South American Arpilleras. Fourth and fifth graders have given me a glimpse into what makes them tick through identity based art projects and have begun to participate in open art during their noon recess time. Interested fifth graders are currently taking one-on-one pottery wheel workshops with me during their open art time, which have been hugely popular! Open art is also a time for 4th & 5th grade students to finish artwork or explore a new medium or idea on their own. This week, many students are working to complete entries for the Healthy Schools Art Contest!

Exciting News!!!We have a new student teacher in art, Ayesha Johnson, coming to us from the Corcoran and here Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the entire school year! Lucky us! She has already had lots of positive interactions with our students and even begun co-teaching art lessons to classes who come to art those days. We also have Sydney Barrett, a high school student from School Without Walls, coming Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to assist with various art room tasks.

In order to avoid the volunteer burnoutwe experienced last year, we are using a different system for art volunteers. I will be soliciting volunteers only for specific projects through your parent art volunteer coordinator. Thank you for your understanding as we transition to this new system. I will attempt to give parents at least 2 weeks notice when asking for help.

Remember to check the art room blog which you can link to through the HSA website or at lafayetteartwithlaurie.blogspot.com. You'll find news and photos of art room goings on and links to area art workshops and resources. 

Buy a WLES Shout Out Today!


shout out dude 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.
Picture Day, October 3!


Thursday, October 3 is Picture Day for all students except Kindergarteners and Mr. King's class. Kindergartners and Mr. King's class will be photographed on Thursday October 10.

Students will be photographed by Bethesda photographer Freed Photography. Both the whole class photos and individual portraits will be taken on the same day and they will be photographed OUTSIDE, using natural light. No paying for photos before you see them! You will be able to see several proofs online and you may order as many or as few photos as you like. Proofs will be available on a password-protected site, but all students photos may be viewed. If you would prefer to have your proofs emailed privately, please contact Gayle Moseley and provide your email address.

Picture Day Clothing Suggestions: solid colors and simple patterns photograph best; collared shirts or polos for boys look great; and avoid sweatshirts/sweatpants and t-shirts with large logos or letters. Some shots may show your child's entire body, so please consider this when choosing an outfit. That being said, photos can be cropped, so if you really like the smile and expression of your child on a full-body shot, you can have it cropped to just show the head and shoulders if you prefer. See flyer for additional information. 

Please feel free to contact Gayle Moseley with any questions you may have.

Walk or Bike to School Day, October 9


Walk or Bike to School Day is coming up on Wednesday, October 9th! Mark your calendars and get those sneakers ready to join us for this fun event!

We're currently seeking volunteers to "drive" the walking school buses and to host the prize tables at the school.

If you're interested in helping, please contact Katie Burke at katie.burke.dc@gmail.com.

New Community Representative Needed for the Local School Advisory Team


The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) at Lafayette is looking for a new community representative to join our committee. As stated in the LSAT guidelines put out by DCPS, "A Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that shall exist in every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, non-­-instructional school staff, a community member, and in some cases students, to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students."

The LSAT at Lafayette meets once a month at 7:45am for about an hour. The community representative would have a one year term. If you know of someone who might be interested in filling this role, please let Peaches Scribner (peachesy@mac.com) know

We hope to have a list of interested candidates to choose from by our next meeting on October 2nd. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Peaches for more information.

Community Notices


Mad Science at Lafayette

Due to low enrollment, the Mad Science class that was scheduled for Tuesdays has been canceled. The Monday class will go on as scheduled and is now full.


Winter Futsal - Indoor Soccer
Futsal is Brazilian indoor soccer and is great at developing skillful, creative soccer players. This indoor soccer program is for boys 2nd through 5th grade. It will take place every Saturday starting November 23rd at Sidwell Friends School. The program aims to give skills training and play futsal games. Lots of fun, and very beneficial for players trying to improve their game for the outdoor season. For regsitration/more details parents should contact Coach Aron (arongyorgy@hotmail.com
, 240-271-3842). Limited space. Coach Aron currently coaches 3 different Lafayette player based soccer teams in the DC Stoddert league.


Driver Needed 4 hours/$120 per week

We are seeking a driver to take our 14-year-old son to trampoline team practice at the Fairland Sports Complex in Laurel, MD four days a week. Distance is 15 miles and the trip takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic. Pick-up at our house in Chevy Chase DC would be at 4:45 Tues/Weds/Thurs/Fri, starting immediately. He just needs to be dropped off, as we will pick him up after practice. We will pay $30 per trip, $20 if using our car.

If you are (or know) a reliable, experienced driver with a clean driving record who would be interested, please contact Anne Joyce at ajoyce.2006@gmail.com.


Expert Tutor

My name is Bill Jackson, and I have fifteen years of teaching and tutoring experience specializing in English, writing, math, and study skills. Combined Master's in writing and literature; experienced coach for AD/HD, LD, and G/T students. Often I tutor younger students in reading and phonics. Have worked with students in grades 2-12 at Lafayette, Bannockburn, Carderock Springs, Burning Tree, Wilson, Whitman, B-CC, and Churchill, among others. Plenty of references available. For more information, call Bill Jackson, 301-229-2602, or visit www.billjacksontutoring.com and read testimonials from parents. Many parents have employed me for two, three, and four years. 


The Chevy Chase Babysitting Coop is having a get together for interested families on October 6 from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Laura Meckler and Paul Brodsky, 6417 33rd St. NW, between Tennyson and Western. Feel free to come and learn about how this resource works for swapping babysitting among neighborhood families. Contact: lmeckler@gmail.com


Yard Sale

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Military Road & 27th street. Huge selection of quality furniture and household goods - sofas, chares, coffee table, king size bed, queen futon, tableware, 12 pacesetting Noritake china set, excercise equipment, much more...


Bear with us as we respond to requests to remove former Lafayette families from the email list. We try to respond promptly but understandably we're getting a large number of requests these early weeks of school.

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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