Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, editor January 14, 2014
In This Issue
From the HSA
Havana Nights
Arts Integration
Thank You
School Photo Orders
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

The summer of 2001 was an exciting one for me.  I was finally making my first trip overseas to Italy when the chorus I sing with was invited to perform at the Spoleto Music Festival.  The week before I left I had been interviewing at several DC schools for principal positions.


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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   


January 20 (Monday) 


January 23 (Thursday)


January 24 (Friday)


February 1 (Saturday)


February 13 (Thursday)


February 14 (Friday)


See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 


Only a week in, and we are already off to a busy start to the second half of the school year!  There are a couple of important meeting dates that have been changed.  The HSA's next Board meeting has been moved from January 16 to January 23.  Also, the next HSA General Meeting originally on the books for March 6 has been rescheduled to March 13 as the 5th Grade Informance has been rescheduled for March 6.  Please make these changes to your calendar.

As you may have read in Mrs. Main's article, she is retiring at the end of this school year.  On February 6 @ 6:30 p.m., there will be a special meeting for all Lafayette parents with DCPS officials regarding the Principal Selection Process.  

The afterschool enrichment programs at Lafayette are going to run a little differently for the remainder of the school year.  In an effort to streamline access to the afterschool programs, there will now be one central location for program information and registration. The Winter Session will run from February 3 - April 11, and registration will open on January 21.  Please look for your afterschool program brochure and an additional email on these changes later this week.

The first auction event of the year, the 5th Annual Wine Party, is just around the corner and it is Sold Out!  A big thank you to our party hosts, and to all of you that signed up for this wonderful event.

Have a great week!

--Gayle & Hope


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Havana Nights - Spring Auction Party

Lafayette's Signature Event Is Coming - you will not want to miss this party!

Online Auction
March 14, 9:00 a.m. - March 23, 5:00 p.m.

Havana Nights -Auction & Casino Party
March 22, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Calling all volunteers...
We are in desperate need of volunteers to help with soliciting items for the Online Auction as we build our list of spectacular auction items.   We need your help!  The Auction Party and Online Auction generate half of the HSA's general budget and are critical to maintaining our programs at school.    Interested in volunteering?  Please email Shannon Behm, shannonharrisbehm@hotmail.com.
Arts Integration
Jacqueline Snowden, M.Ed,  

Snowden Happy New Year and welcome back to the second of half of what is a fast moving school year!  As quickly as the time is passing, we are also rapidly gearing up for the remainder of grade level informances and Arts Nights. The Special Subject teachers and I are meeting and planning with those grades as we prepare for what always proves to be great performances, informing you of what the students have learned.  This year we are also, as mentioned in previous columns, making sure we are documenting how the arts integration strategies are being used in the classroom, in preparation for the informances.

In November, the second grade used a myriad of arts integration strategies in presenting the American Indian Museum.  The instruction leading up to the presentations was documented and displayed for all to see.

The last session of The Pen, Painting, and Pose was held and I am so excited to see the strategies being used across the grade levels.

We continue to open school three times a week with the Actor's Toolbox, asking our students to agree to control and/or strengthen their bodies, voices, imagination, concentration, and cooperation skills.

Our CETA Strategic Planning Committee will be attending their second meeting at the Kennedy Center, Thursday. We will meet with other CETA schools and review our Action Plan to see if we are meeting our goals and if any adjustments need to be made.
Here's hoping your new year is off to a great start.
    ~Jackie Snowden


Thank You
Mrs. Bright  would like to say "Thank You " to everyone for your cards and gifts during the holiday season. Again thank you!

Still Need to Order Your Child's School Photo?


It's not too late to order your child's school photos from FreedSpirit.  If you need the Lafayette login information to view your proofs, please contact Gayle Moseley (gaylemoseley@starpower.net) and she will forward it to you.

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

Tutor Available
My name is Bill Jackson, and I have fifteen years of teaching and tutoring experience specializing in English, writing, math, and study skills.  I hold a combined master's in writing and literature, and I have plenty of classroom experience teaching English, writing, and math.  I'm an experienced coach for AD/HD, G/T, and LD students.  If I see a need, I address it! 

I've worked with students in grades 2-12 at Lafayette, Burning Tree, Carderock Springs, Ban-nockburn, Wilson, Whitman, B-CC, and Churchill, among others. Often I tutor younger students in reading and phonics.  Plenty of references available. For more information, visit www.billjacksontutoring.com and read testimonials or call 301-229-2602. 

Past parent of Lafayette seeking nanny/babysitting position in upper north west/Chevy Chase Bethesda area. Available between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as mother's helper for toddlers and or after school pick up at Lafayette and Blessed Sacrament School. Also available on week ends anytime. No job is too small. Send inquiry through email to marciakerise@hotmail.com.

Desperately Dealing With a Tough Child?
There are many parents who feel depleted, hopeless and worried -- overwhelmed by the difficulties of raising a challenging child.  You are not alone and there is a place to find support with others who really do "get it."  I have more than 17 years as a practicing social worker, addressing the tough issues head-on and focusing on problem solving.  Having personally experienced the serious challenges that come with raising a "tough" child, I am uniquely qualified for and passionate about supporting parents with similar challenges.  Quotes from current parents and more info. at: http://shereen3838.wix.com/parent-support-group/
The new year is the perfect time to start working to create a more harmonious family dynamic. I am currently forming two small, parent support groups that meet conveniently in Bethesda and have a limited number of slots still available.  Call or email to learn more:  Shereen Rubenstein, LGSW -- 301-613-3838 shereen3838@gmail.com

All Sports and Games Camp
January 20, 2014 NO SCHOOL!
All Sports and Games Camp @Lafayette ES
Visit www.hoopeducation.com to register.
Join the HoopEd coaches and your crew of camp friends for a day full of energy and exercise!
Come on down to camp where you can be skipping, jumping, running, laughing and hanging with your friends!
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. w/AfterCare available until 5:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls ages 5 to 13 are welcome
Cost: $60.00 / $75.00 with after care

PEP Classes
PEP, a local nonprofit organization, provides classes for parents and caregivers with children of all ages throughout the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The winter class schedule is now available at http://www.pepparent.org/pepguide.html. Check out these classes and more. Visit http://pepparent.org or call 301-929-8824 to register or for more information. 


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