Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor January 21, 2014
In This Issue
From the HSA
Lafayette Enrichment Program
Havana Nights Update
From the Art Room
Mindfulness Program
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
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Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

Be Responsible. Two of the words in our code of conduct for the children at Lafayette to follow during the school day and beyond. Our other words, Be kind, Be Safe and Work Hard seem to be easier to follow. We seem to be able to reinforce kindness, safety and work in the school setting with more regularity. We seem to have more control over those areas of our students' behavior. Because, you the parents, are some of the biggest saboteurs when it comes to responsibility. What me? What could I possibly be doing that interferes with responsibility? Here are some ways.


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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 23 (Thursday)


January 24 (Friday)


February 1 (Saturday)


February 6 (Thursday)
Principal Selection Process, 6:30 p.m. (dinner at 6 p.m.)

February 13 (Thursday)


February 14 (Friday)


See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 


Today is the unveiling of the HSA's new online registration for after school enrichment programs at Lafayette. If your child enjoys after school activities, please check out the article below for more information on how you can sign your child up.


Mrs. Main is retiring at the end of this school year and there is a DCPS procedure for parent and teacher involvement in the selection of a new principal. Please mark your calendars to attend the informational meeting with DCPS officials to learn about and discuss the Principal Selection Process on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. (dinner at 6pm). We are planning the same format as our General Meetings: pizza for sale by the slice with salad, dessert and beverage and free babysitting during the meeting portion of the evening.


And just a gentle reminder . . . please do not park in front of the school on Broad Branch Road during drop-off in the morning or pick-up in the afternoons. It is illegal and both a traffic and pedestrian hazard. There is plenty of safe, legal parking within a block or two of the school and we can all use the exercise!


Lastly, school will be dismissed at 12:15 on Friday.

Have a great week! 

--Gayle & Hope


See HSA board members 


Registration for the Lafayette Enrichment Register here Program is now open! 


The Winter Session starts on February 3rd, so visit our registration site and enroll today.


The new Lafayette Enrichment Program (LEP) can be found on the school website in two navigation areas: "For Parents" and "Student Life."


Read about changes, browse the new class brochure, and look at the class calendar.

Questions? Email Hope Scheller. 
Havana Nights Update


March 14-23 - Online Auction

March 22 - Havana Nights Auction & Casino Party


The auction is just two months away, and we need you!


Be an event sponsor

In order to make this event a success, we rely on wonderful sponsors/donors like you. Check out all the ways you can sponsor our event by donating cash here.


Advertise in our Auction Catalog

Do you own your own business? Want to get the word out to the Lafayette community? Why not advertise in our Auction catalog. Go here to learn more about advertising options and rates.


Try an Auction Catalog Shout-Out

Say "hi" to a child, thank a staff member at the school, or congratulate a sports team or class for a job well done by purchasing a shout-out in the auction catalog! It's a great thing for grandparents or special friends and family members who want to support the auction and their special Lafayette student but can't be here in person. For $25 you get up to 150 characters (approximately 15 lines) and you can include a photo or other image! Go here to purchase or for more information.



Our auction's success is dependent on the generous donations of Lafayette parents and their friends and family. Please consider donating an item to the auction... we need air miles, hotel reward points, Amtrak reward points, sports tickets, or anything else you can think of. Other big sellers include unique experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours or lunch with a VIP. Think about what skills you have, who you know, and go here to make your donation today. The deadline for donations is February 21, 2014.

Questions? Contact the auction team.



Would you like to help transform the school for the night of the auction party? Is hanging twinkling lights one of your favorite tasks? Then we need you! Right now we are looking for volunteers to help with decorations for the event. We are also looking for a couple of volunteers interested in helping out at the beginning of the party and during the silent auction. Please email Brooke Evans if you are interested.


Also...we still need help of volunteers to help with soliciting and work on the online auction system 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.


Thank you!

The Havana Nights Auction Team

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


As the New Year begins and we remember the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are thinking about what we can do for others and how artists can raise awareness and funds for good causes.


Fifth graders have been exploring how artists can assist with environmental conservation as they create entries for the National Jr. Duck Stamp Contest. Sale of the stamps raises money for wetland conservation and Jr. entries receive grant money to help educate students on why wetland conservation is so important.


In addition, all Lafayette students have been invited to participate in a citywide student art contest. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, students are asked to create a poster that answer's Dr. King's question. "What are you doing for others?" Entry forms with details are available in the art room and have been given to each teacher.


The maximum size should be 11X17, any medium may be used, and I will submit all entries that are here in the art room by February 21st. Students in upper grades may work on their entries during noon hour open art.


Please remind your 3rd - 5th grade students that this week marks the end of the grading period, and those with incomplete work have been reminded many times to come to open art to complete their work. I seem to have more incompletes than ever this quarter.


I know many students are involved in multiple activities during the noon hour but the art room is open almost every day from 12:00-1:00 and incompletes do affect a student's grade.


Thanks so much for your help!

Laurie McLaughlin

Linda Ryden Mindfulness program at Lafayette Elementary

Have You Heard About our Mindfulness Program?

Mindfulness has been getting quite a lot of buzz in the media of late and Lafayette is right on the cutting edge of this trend. We have joined into a wonderful partnership with Minds Incorporated, a new non-profit dedicated to implementing mindfulness programs in DC area schools. 

If you want to know more about this aspect of our peace education program, want to learn more about how you can practice mindfulness with your own child, or have any other questions please feel free to contact me or Jillian Diesner.

Attached is a very brief article highlighting the amazing effects of a mindfulness program on a very low-income, high risk school in California.

Linda Ryden
Teaching Peace
Lafayette Elementary School
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


Barstons Child's Play Speaker Series Presents:
"Overuse Injuries in Adolescent Athletes"
by Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Stacy E. King
Sunday, January 26 @ 2 pm
5536 Connecticut Ave. NW 



Winter coat is missing 

Our 1st grader Marley's winter coat is missing. He was on the playground Monday and believes a 3rd grader accidentally grabbed his coat. It is an olive lands end parka with orange trim. His name is written on the inside pocket name tag. If anyone sees it, please turn it into lost and found. Thanks. Lisa Connor 


Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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