Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor December 3, 2013
In This Issue
From the HSA
Hop on the Bus!
Book Fair
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Join Our Mailing List
Quick Links...
Lynn Main  
Lynn Main


This week you child will be bringing you what we call the Impact Aid form. You might take a quick glance at this and think 'This doesn't apply to me.' And maybe it doesn't. But don't just toss it away. We need everyone to return those forms to the school. If you don't you face the perils of dealing with Mrs. Bright. And she is the queen of forms at Lafayette. She just might be the queen of forms in DCPS.   


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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  


December 6 (Friday)

Coats & Cocktails  


December 12 (Thursday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.  


December 19 (Thursday)

Winter holiday parties  


December 23 (Monday)

No School - Winter Break    


January 7 (Tuesday)

School Resumes  

January 16 (Thursday)


January 20 (Monday) 


 See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 


We hope everyone had a relaxing & fun, long Thanksgiving weekend! Wow! Only three weeks until Winter Break...

This is definitely a season in which we are encouraged to be thankful for what we have, as well as to be giving-both within and outside of our community.  The annual Coats & Cocktails event is this Friday. Although this wonderful event is already sold out for the "cocktails" part, the "coats" part is never sold out. It's hard to imagine what it must be like not to have a warm coat to wear or a pair of gloves to keep your fingers from freezing as the weather turns colder and colder. Please consider donating your gently used (or newly purchased) coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and boots (children's and adult sizes) so that we can pass them along to elementary schools in our hometown.  Families around the city, children and parents alike, are in need of outerwear to keep them warm during the next several winter months. Our generosity will help the principals have the means to offer their students' families something warm to wear this winter.

Closer to home, the coordinators of our "Havana Nights" annual spring auction are hoping you might consider giving donation to the auction. Every penny donated to the auction goes a long way in helping our students have the programs and tools that make Lafayette the wonderful school that we all know and love.

Last, but not least, visit the Scholastic Book Fair is this week in the library. The fair runs daily between 8:30am-4:00pm. Parents are welcome before and after school, as well as between 12-1:30pm daily. Let's see if we can beat the sales from last year, and put even more books at our children's fingertips in our fabulous library.

Have a great week!


-- Hope & Gayle


See HSA board members 

Hop on the Bus!


The Lafayette community is invited to join its teachers and staff on Monday, December 9th for a national forum Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education. It will take place at Eastern High School at 5:30-8:00 p.m. The bus will leave Lafayette at 5:00 p.m. and return participants after the forum.


Topics of discussion:

We are parents and caregivers, students and community members. We are educators and school staff. Our voices matter.

  • Public schools are public institutions.

  • Strong public schools create strong communities.

  • Assessments are for improving instruction.

  • Quality teaching must be delivered by committed, respected and supported educators.

  • Schools must be welcoming and respectful places for all.

  • Schools must be fully funded for success and equity.

If you believe we can improve our school - then join us!

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Book Fair

Book Fair mouse The annual Scholastic book fair will run December 2 - 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to accompany their PK or K student. Everyone is welcome before and after school or 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. during the school day. Please see the book fair flyer and schedule for more details.

>>Book Fair Flyer
>>Book Fair Schedule
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



BabyLove DC is holding a clothing & gear drive12/14, 9-11am at Broad Branch Market. Drop off gently used maternity, infant, and children's clothes, blankets, diaper bags, swings, strollers etc. at the BabyLove DC's donation drive!

Saturday, December 14, 9-11am 

Outside Broad Branch Market

5608 Broad Branch Road  

For more information and a full list of accepted and needed items check out: http://www.babylovedc.org/  


Looking for someone 1 afternoon a week to spend a hour with my kindergartner working on Spanish language basics. She has taken Spanish language/music classes on an off for two years and we would like to keep the momentum going until she is old enough to sign up for the Lafayette before-school program next year. If you know a good private instructor or group class close by please let me know. Thank you! Chris  

Looking for a nanny position. I have an extensive experience with children any age and excellent references. I worked as a teacher in the past, which helps me connect with children easily, making them happy and keeping them busy. I can teach Russian. If you are interested, please email me. Sincerely, Aleksandra  

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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