Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Suzanne Stokes Vieth, editor November 5, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Auction 2014
Cross Country Results
Coats & Cocktails
From the Art Room
Peace Update
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

Several years ago Lafayette invented the word "informance" to describe events when we invite parents to come to the school and see what we have been learning. It seemed so much more appropriate than performance. On Friday our first grade students will be having the first informance of the school year when they present their annual Veteran's Day Patriotic Celebration. It is one of my favorite informances of the school year.

A little background to this very moving event:

Please Read: 


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  

November 6 (Wednesday)
Deal Buddy Day -- 5th graders
November 8 (Friday)
Picture Retake Day
First Grade Patriotic Celebration, 9:30 a.m.

November 11 (Monday)
No School -- Veteran's Day Holiday
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 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Meeting Dinner, 6:00 p.m

November 25 (Monday)

2nd Grade American Indian Museum, 9:00 a.m. 


November 26 (Tuesday)

Lafayette Tour (9:00 a.m.)


November 28-29 (Thursday-Friday)

No School -- Thanksgiving Break 



 See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 

How about that Halloween Parade??!! There's nothing else quite as spectacular as 700 kids, dressed to scare, marching around the school and track led by the Wicked Witch of the West! 

What's happening in March 2014? Why should you be interested now? Lafayette's annual auction takes place in March, but planning has already begun and continues all the way up until the day of the event. It's our biggest fundraiser, and Ways and Means chair, Shannon Behm, is hosting an informational meeting tomorrow evening (details below). If you're new to Lafayette or think you might like to help put on this fun and fabulous event, please come to the meeting and learn about what's involved and how you can be a part of it. It's a great way to feel connected to Lafayette and make some new friends. 

If you haven't already, please take a few moments to complete the HSA survey concerning afterschool enrichment. We need every parent's voice in order to find solutions to the recent woes of Lafayette's after-school enrichment clubs.

Have a great week!

-- Hope & Gayle


See HSA board members 

Auction 2014 Auction 2014                      

Join us Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Havana Lounge and Casino for our annual auction party! A grand night of food, drinks, fun, and community.


If you would like to get involved planning this fabulous party, please contact Brooke Evans.


What is the school auction? How can I participate? We realize there are new parents who've never even heard of the auction...and some not-so-new families that want to get involved, but don't know how.  


Our annual spring auction is Lafayette's biggest and primary fundraiser. The auction dollars raised through your generosity allow us to fund our unique Peace Program, technology support, science enrichment and much, much more. We are currently looking for a few brave volunteers to help us out by soliciting items for the online auction in the following categories:

  • We're Cooking
  • Cheers
  • For the Kids
  • Lafayette Specials
  • DC is Unique
  • Out on the Town
  • Getaways
  • Sports & Fitness

Join us this Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. for an introductory auction meeting at Shannon Behm's home (3207 Van Hazen St, NW) to learn more, or email Mary Jaffe, our Auction Solicitation Chair, if you are interested in getting involved. 


Congratulations to the Lafayette Cross Country Teams!


Both the boys' and girls' teams competed on Saturday in the DCIAA City-Wide Championship meet, with great results! The boys' team took first place overall, and the girls took second. The boys claimed seven of the top 10 spots, and all posted under 7-minute miles! The boys were led by James Paul, who came in 2nd overall, followed by Jay Murray, Luca Ciagne and Nicky Cassol-Pawson (3rd through 5th, respectively), then came Matias Hernandez and Colin Bennett in the 7th and 8th slots, with Emmett Patterson rounding out our top ten finishers in 10th.


The girls were headed up by Regan Waterman, placing 2nd overall, with Schuyler Phillips taking 6th place followed by Zoey Chineme and Tusani Jackson in the 10th and 11th slots, and Rebecca Meroney also in the top half of finishers in 22nd place. Complete results with times are posted here, and on the bulletin board off the Great Hall adjacent to the lost and found. Congratulations to all the runners, and a big thank you to Ms. Paul and Mr. Jackson for coaching this season. 




cocktail Coats and Cocktails

Coats & Cocktails is Friday, December 6! Please see attached flyer. If you would like to donated new or gently worn winter outerwear to the students of Bruce Monroe Elementary School and Nevel Thomas Elementary School but are unable to attend the event, please bring your items to the collection box in the Great Hall. Many thanks!


Laurie McLaughlin From the Art Room ...

Laurie McLaughlin, Art Teacher grades 1-5
I am excited to announce a new art show at Broad Branch Market is now ready for viewing. Charming Storytelling Arpilleras, inspired by the fabric panels from Chile and Peru, have been lovingly created out of mixed media by our 3rd graders. 
Congratulations to the following students whose Arpilleras were selected for the Market display: Bryanna Gudiel, Finn Hopson, Helena Wolfe-Feichter, Teun Van Bommel, Catherine Turner, Mikayla Wolf, Charles Ertz, Rohan Mishra, Addy Darnell, Jonah McKearn, Leah Carrier, Olivia Eggen, Jordan Mongardini, and Ella Davis. 
Arpilleras and the students' stories from Ms. Powell's class will be on view in Lafayette's Great Hall soon! Thank you to Ms. Stanton for giving 3P students the opportunity to write their stories down. I know several other 3rd grade classes plan to do the same as it fits with their curriculum!
Linda Ryden Peace Update                       
Lynda Ryden, Teaching Peace Coordinator

Thanks so much for everyone who generously donated candy to our Halloween Candy Drive for the Homeless!  As of Friday we had a mountain of candy and I know more is coming. We'll keep collecting candy until Friday the 8th. Also, please be sure to check out all the news about our Peace program on our blog.
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.

Community Notices


Food Bank Collections 

The Lafayette Cub Scouts (Pack 52) are collecting cans of food for distribution to a food bank. We welcome contributions from all students. There will be a box in the Great Hall to drop off donations. Also, on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, the 3rd grade Cubs Scouts will collect food by the flagpole before school during drop-off. Every child who brings in a can of food will get a small prize of thanks!  Last year, Pack 52 collected and donated more than 2 tons of food. Please support this 'teachable moment' and our kids as they try to beat last year's achievement. Contact Carrie Cohen or Chris Purdy with questions.


Diapers Wanted
Donate diapers to needy families in the DC area. Our house (family of four Lafayette alumni) has recently become an official DC Diaper Bank drop-off. Over 30% of parents have reported having to cut down on basic necessities like food and child care to afford diapers. Open packs of diapers your child had outgrown are happily accepted. Please drop off diapers any time throughout the year outside our front door at 3200 Oliver Street, NW. For more information go to www.dcdiaperbank.org or email me at zeldacaldwell@earthlink.net.


CCPC Open House

You are invited to join a tour of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (CCPC) Weekday Nursery School on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Our classes for Toddlers through 5 year- olds follow our play-based philosophy of learning.  Please call or e-mail to set up an appointment and receive more information.  202-363-2209 or wns@chevychasepc.org


HoopEd All Sports and Games Camp at Lafayette ES on November 11
Thank you to all of our Lafayette Families who attended camp in October! We had a phenomenal turnout and the kids were high energy, responsible and very active! Check out pictures from October's  camps on Facebook!  We hope to keep the good times rollin with some more great Lafayette friends and families at All Sports and Games Camp on Monday 11/11/13. In celebration of all the admirable Veterans who have served our country, schools are closed and CAMP IS OPEN!

Visit www.hoopeducation.com to Register
Ages 5 to 13 are welcome
Camp Starts 8:00 a.m. (FREE early dropoff at 8:30am)
Camp Ends 3:00 p.m. (AfterCare available until 5:30pm)
Price: $60.00 or $70.00 w/AfterCare

(Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, plan on camp  at Lafayette on Friday, November 29) 


Seeking part-time nanny/housekeeper

We are seeking a part-time nanny/housekeeper to pick up our 4 lovely children from Lafayette (grades k - 3) after school. Hours are from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Responsibilities will include supervising homework, preparing dinner and some housekeeping. If you are interested, please send an email to Sheryl at sjennings2@hotmail.com.


Seeking Child Care Provider

We would like to hire someone to pick up our Lafayette 5th grader after school at 3:15, assist with homework and drive her to after-school activities as needed. Also, we are willing to pay more for someone who is willing to do light cleaning in our house. Please call Julie/Ron at 202-363-3193 to apply.


Hansel and Gretel Opera

November 10 at 4 p.m. - Free - Donations accepted

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church; One Chevy Chase Circle, NW


Peabody Opera Outreach, a program of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, will perform a 50-minute condensed version of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, designed for performance in schools. It is fully costumed and presented on a unique revolving set, which changes quickly as the scenes change in this beloved opera based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale. The presentation is framed by a brief introduction and a Q&A session afterwards, in which the audience (translated - children!) can interact directly with the performers. Bring your kids, grandkids, and friends to this timeless experience for all ages! 


Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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