Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor October 29, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Pie Baking Contest Winners
HSA Committee
ST Math at Home
WLES Shout Outs
Raising Funds
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

I am often asked if I repeat any Tuesday Bulletin columns. The exchange mainly goes like this. "You sure do write a lot of those columns each year. I bet you have a whole lot that you can just copy over from year to year." 
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DCPS Attendance Protocol

1) The Office of Youth Engagement now identifies students who accrue 10 unexcused absences as "chronically truant."

2) Students must be referred to court once they have reached 15 unexcused absences.

3) Students must be at school 80% of the entire school day in order to be considered "present".


The only excusable reasons for a student's late arrival and/or absence from school are:

  • Illness or medical cause (a doctor's note is needed for 5 or more absences)
  • Medical or dental appointment
  • Death in the student's immediate family
  • Summoned to attend in judicial proceeding
  • Religious holiday
  • Lawful exclusion or expulsion from school
  • Failure of DC to provide transportation
  • Emergency or circumstances approved by LEA

In order to be acknowledged as "excused" the student must provide a note to the attendance counselor (written or electronically) from the parent and/or guardian citing at least one of the reasons listed above.

If you have any questions please contact the office and ask to speak to Ms. Bright, or email her.
Mark Your Calendar

October 31 (Thursday)

Halloween Parade, 1:30 p.m.


November 1 (Friday)

Early Dismissal, 12:15 p.m.


November 3 (Sunday)

Day Light Savings (Fall Back) 


November 6 (Wednesday)

Deal Buddy Day (5th Grade)


November 8 (Friday)

1st Grade Patriotic Celebration, 9:30 a.m.

 Picture Retake Day


November 11 (Monday)

No School, Veteran's Day 


November 14 (Thursday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


November 19 (Tuesday)

Dialogue with Council Member David Catania

Chevy Chase Community Center, 7:30 p.m. 


November 21 (Thursday)

HSA General Meeting


See full school calendar  

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 

We hope everyone had a great time at the Fall Festival on Saturday! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day to be outside with our friends and families. Thank you to Fall Festival co-chairs Jeanine Boyle, Bethann Siegel and Mia Dell for all of your hard work and a job well done!


Next on the agenda is Halloween! The annual school parade takes place at 1:30. Find a spot around the track and wait for the procession of children led by Mrs. Main! It starts with pre-K and as the age of the children increases, so does the scariness of the costumes!


Please remember that Friday is a half-day of school. Pick-up is exactly the same as regular days, just at 12:15 instead of 3:15.


Have a great week!

  -- Hope & Gayle


See HSA board members 

And Now the Winners of the Pie Baking Contest ...


The Fall Festival co-chairs wish to thank all the parents who dedicated their time to this year's event. It was a wonderful afternoon of fun and we raised over $11,000.00 for the Lafayette HSA. Thanks for coming out and participating.


And now the winners of the pie baking contest ...


1st Place: Lea Anderson and Sophie Bruch with Grandma's Fabulous Pecan Pie 


2nd Place: Dennis Smyth and Brigid Smyth with Louisiana Banana Pecan Pie


Just in time to plan your holiday desserts, our bakers have graciously shared their award winning pie recipes. Try them out for yourself!


This is a great way to get involved in the future of the HSA.  We are in need of three or more parents who would like to be on the HSA Nominating Committee. These individuals help find nominees for the HSA Board positions for next school year. They let interested people know what the responsibilities of the positions are and what they need to do in order to be a candidate (we'll give you all the information you'll need).  Time commitment for this job is really only a couple of hours a week and your responsibilities are over once candidates are finalized in early April.  If interested, please contact Gayle Moseley or Hope Scheller.
ST Math at Home

ST Math is ready for home use for students in grades 1-5! The teachers have attended a follow-up training and are ready to assign content. Please allow me to explain how content will be assigned before providing instructions on how to gain access.


In ST Math teachers arrange the common core standards to align with the objectives they are teaching in their classrooms. Teachers will only assign content for home use if they have already covered it in class. This means that if your child hasn't finished an ST Math activity that was aligned to a standard taught in class they will be able to finish it at home. Alternatively, if your child has finished all of the standards up to a given point, they will only be able to play activities that they've already completed. This is another reason why Sumdog login information was recently sent home. We want students to have something to work on even if they are all caught up in ST Math.


To access ST Math from a home computer or tablet please see the attached parent letter and tablet instructions, or follow the abbreviated instructions below:


On Personal Computers

  • Enter stmath.com in the Address Bar of Your Web Browser
  • Click on JiJi, the Penguin
  • Enter the Activation Code: LAF1JL-HQS-EU-FFQ

On Tablets (iPads, Kindles, and Devices Running Android)

  • Download the ST Math App from the Applicable App Store
  • Open the App and Enter the following credentials:
    • School ID: LAF1JL
    • Password: HQSEUFFQ
  • If Prompted Enter the Following Activation Code: LAF1JL-HQS-EU-FFQ


Thank you for your participation in the ST Math program. We hope that you find it to be as educational and helpful as we do. Please contact Nathan Wieand with any questions.

shout out dude Buy a WLES Shout Out


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 for more information.

Raising Funds: Please Bring Shoes in Good Condition  
The Lafayette third grade Girl Scout Brownie troop is partnering up with Terracycle to raise funds for girls that can not afford girl scouting. Please bring pairs of shoes (no flip flops, sandals, skates, ski boots, or roller blades) in good condition to the box in the great hall. These shoes will be recycled through Terracycle's paired shoe brigade.  

Community Notices

Ramer's Shoes Gives Back To Lafayette. It's time for rain boots, snow boots, and all of your Fall and Winter foot gear!  Head over to Ramer's Shoes, just off Chevy Chase Circle, beginning October 1 through October 31, and they will take 10% off of your purchase when you mention Lafayette Elementary School.  Ramer's has generously agreed to give the 10% back to Lafayette as they are participating in our Portion of Proceeds Program for the month of October. 

Ramer's Shoes

3810 Northhampton Street, NW

Washington, DC 20015



Daily 9:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm

If you have any questions, please email Shannon Behm.


Large Church Bazaar Saturday, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Corner of Nebraska Ave. and New Mexico Ave. Featuring a large selection of gently used toys and children's books, kitchenware, accessories, Christmas items and - thanks to a special bequest - a trove of vintage (out of production) American Girl dolls in pristine condition (original boxes), including Felicity, Kirsten, Samantha, Nellie, Kit and more. Proceeds benefit organizations working directly to alleviate poverty and exploitation in communities near and far: from Africa to American Tribal communities to DC's Trinidad neighborhood. Stop in on your way to or from soccer games - church is directly across from Horace Mann field and on the way to Palisades Rec Ctr.


First Touch Soccer. 2013/2014 Winter Indoor Soccer Program.
Registration is now open for the First Touch Soccer winter indoor clinics. The clinics will be held at the Stoddert Elementary School gymnasium located at 4001 Calvert St NW DC.

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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