Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor February 25, 2014
In This Issue
DCPS Attendance
From the HSA
Principal Selection Panel
Havana Nights Update
Need a Baby Sitter?
Calendar Changes
Thank you from Eddie Hall
Jump Rope for Heart
Building Resiliency
Jon Muth
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
Quick Links...
From the Principal 
Lynn Main  
Lynn Main


The past month Lafayette students have been hard at work marking a difference in their community. And not just current Lafayette students. Many activities this week involve our current student body. But our alumni are also continuing Lafayette traditions by looking for opportunities to make a change and then going for it. A few updates from here at the school and around DC.

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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  


February 26 (Wednesday)

Jump Rope for Heart


February 28 (Friday)

Second Grade Heroes Assembly 


March 3 (Monday)

Potomac Pizza Night, 4:00 p.m.


March 6 (Thursday)

Fifth Grade Informance, 6:30 p.m.


March 7 (Friday)

Music in Our Schools PK - 2nd, 2:00 p.m.


See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 

Welcome back from another long weekend! I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to think we are never going to have a full week of school again. Looks like for as many days as we've had off since the beginning of January, March will be full of instructional days for our little ones.


A big thank you to everyone who threw their name in the voting pool for the Principal Selection Panel! You voted, and our panel has been selected. Please see the article below to find out who the Lafayette Principal Selection Panel will be.


Originally we had an HSA general meeting scheduled for March 13th. Instead of our meeting, Harriet Kuhn, our school psychologist, is planning a presentation on sports and character development for that date. We have moved our general meeting to April 3rd.


AUCTION 2014 -"Havana Nights"

Tickets to the annual Auction Party on March 22nd go on sale this Friday. This is a FUN event with dinner, open bar, the always-entertaining Live Auction and the evening will wrap up with a casino party. Buy your tickets early online for $60/person - the cost goes up if you wait to pay at the door.


When purchasing your tickets, we hope you will consider donating and becoming an event sponsor. Also, there is still space in the catalog to advertise your business, or for personalized catalog shout-outs for kids, staff or other community members.


Friday also marks the day you'll be able to browse most categories and items on the auction website. The online auction for most items will run from March 14th- March 23rd. However, there will be a few special items that can only be "won" at the auction party: Class Creations, Parent Parties, and Teacher's Treat. We hope you will get your babysitter lined up for the evening of March 22nd and come to the party!


Have a great week!


--Gayle and Hope

Principal Selection Panel

As part of the process of choosing a new principal, both parents and school staff participated in elections for select the Principal Selection Panel. A big thank you to everyone that placed their name in the running, and thank you to all that participated in the vote.


The Principal Selection Panel Is:


LSAT Chairs:

Peaches Scribner (parent)

Andrea Perll (teacher)


HSA President:                   

Hope Scheller

Alternate: Gayle Moseley


Building Union Rep:          

David Gregal



Jackie Snowden
Jillian Diesner
Kathy Echave
Morgan Hebert

Alternate: Brad Jewett


Support Staff:

Marion Bright



Philip Brach

Robin Chait

Laura Phinizy

Alternate: Jonathan Weinstein

Community Rep: 
Joe Nelson
Havana Nights Update


We are looking for volunteers to come help us assemble auction party decorations on Sat., March 1st and Sat. March 15th from 9am-12pm. Help us whip up some flowers, palm trees and more. Sign-up sheet is here


We are also starting a collections box for party decor. If you have any of following items laying around that you would either like to donate or loan there will be a large box in the Great Hall labeled "Havana Nights Donations". Drop off anytime between now and March 14th.


- Wire Coat Hangers

- Bright Solid Colored Tissue Paper 

- Cigar Boxes

- Cafe Bustelo Coffee Cans

- Unloved Straw Hats

- Artificial Flowers

- Indoor Plants and Trees

- Colorful Shawls or Scarves

- Rafia

- Burlap 


For any questions contact Brooke Evans.


Friday, February 28th, is the last day for donations. Have something spectacular you would like to donate? Please contact Shannon Behm. 

Need a Baby Sitter?
Need a Baby Sitter?

Do you still need a babysitter for March 22nd?  Havana Nights - Spring Auction


If so, we have a connection for you.  Here's the deal:


* 5:30pm - Midnight

* $17 per hour (1-3 children)

* Personable and responsible American University Student

* Email Shannon Behm
calendar Calendar Changes for the Month of June

Due to inclement weather, DC Public School students have lost 3 days of school. The current DCPS calendar has 181 school days scheduled. This means we need to recover 2 days of school to meet the 180 day minimum mandated by DC Municipal Regulations. We have revised the 2013-2014 calendar to make-up these inclement weather days.

What did we change?

- Tuesday, June 2 is no longer a Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Students are expected to report to school on time for a full day of instruction.

- Thursday, June 19 was previously scheduled as the last day of school. It is now a full day of instruction and/or testing.

- Friday, June 20 is now the last day of school for SY 13/14. Students will be released at 12:15 p.m.
Community Crossing Guard says THANK YOU!
Dear Parents  - 

I want to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all of you for your support!  I want you to know that I received the "Most Recognized Safety Technician" Award for the Second District from the Department of Transportation.

This is because of all of the wonderful parents and children within the Lafayette Community who voted for me. Thank you so much!!

Keeping you safe,
Mr. Eddie Hall
Lafayette Crossing Guard
Jump Rope for Heart Jump Rope for Heart is This Week
Lafayette's kids will be jumping, dancing and performing other heart pumping activities on Wednesday, February 26thPK,K and 1st grade will have their event during the school day starting at 12 O'clock.  2nd-5th will be right after school until 5:30.
All 2nd-5th grade participants should have turned in a permission slip by now.  Please do not send your child with a permission slip the day of event if they have not already signed up.  All children should be dressed in comfortable clothing and sneakers.  The gym could get very hot.
This is an opportunity for our kids' to learn the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle as well as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA does lifesaving research and provides educational materials for various organizations.  We would love for every family to support us in our endeavor to help fund this important research.  If your family decides this is a cause you would like to help please make sure all donations are turned in by March 12th.  Please make checks out to "The  American Heart Association".  Please turn all cash into checks. Envelopes can be turned in to the JRFH box in the Great Hall. 
Additionally, you may collect funds on line.  Just go to www.heart.org/jump  set up a web page (easy instructions) and send emails to family and friends.  No envelope to turn in.  This is the easiest and most efficient way to collect.  We encourage you to try it.  If you have any questions about this please see Ms. McClure.
Thank you to the Lafayette community for supporting us in our 15th Jump Rope for Heart event.  You are amazing.  Let's make this the best one ever!
Anyone who volunteered (put a check on permission slip) please arrive about 15 minutes prior to event.  If I did not contact you please come, we need help.
Ms. Perll
Mr. Jackson

cartoon-sneakers.jpg Building Resiliency and Character Development Through Sports


Come one, come all to an exciting evening program entitled, "Building Resiliency and Character Development Through Sports". On March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., you are invited to hear Lafayette psychologist Harriet Kuhn, Jimmie Parker of E-Train University (ETU) and Tony Korson of KOA Sports talk about how to help your child build psychological resilience through team/individual sports.  Topics will include how to use sports to help your child be more organized, resourceful and obtain the mental toughness needed to survive in today's rapidly changing world.  Children are invited to work out with ETU and KOA staff in the gym while parents learn more about how to help their children cope with stress, reduce anxiety and increase self esteem.  Dinner to be provided. 

Author and Artist Jon Muth is Coming to Lafayette!


The author of Zen Shorts, Zen Ties and now Hi, Koo! is coming to Lafayette on February 25 to speak to grades K to 2nd.  Jon Muth's beautifully illustrated books feature Stillwater the panda and his haiku-speaking nephew Koo. Muth's new book is a series of poems about the seasons, with Koo on every page. Muth will speak and sign books for our students.



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


Take a Moment to Support BBM!
Cast your vote for "Best Food Market" in the Washington City Paper's Best of Issue!



Lafayette Tennis Programs

Spring is almost here!  Afterschool Tennis for kids 5-15 starts in three weeks on March 10.  There is still plenty of space throughout the week.  Check www.LafayetteTennis.org for availability in the 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 times.   


Adult Morning and Evening Tennis will also be starting on March 10


Lunchtime Tennis will not start until March 31st


The 2014 Lafayette Summer Tennis Camp registration is open for kids 5-15.


Contact Paul Rosenbaum if you have any questions at rosenbaumpaul@msn.com or 202 441-0925

Wheaton FC U8 Developmental Academy 

The program is intended for those children that would like to commit to developing as soccer players. The environment fosters individual player development as well as having fun and enjoying the game. The aim is to give professional skills training, play small sided games and activities that teach them the foundations to be successful in soccer.


The Academy is led by coach Aron Gyorgy. Aron has been coaching professionally in the DC area for over 10 years, has played NCAA D1 soccer (St. Peter's College, NJ) and has directed soccer programs in schools (School Without Walls HS) and multiple club programs (DC Stoddert travel program, Arlington FC, Wheaton FC). Aron grew up in Budapest, Hungary and New York City where he played for club and school teams, and has a USSF license to coach soccer.


Age group: U8 players are born after Aug 1st, 2005.


Contact Coach Aron for try out details/cost/Spring practice schedule and any other questions, phone: 240-271-3842. 

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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