Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor April 1, 2014
In This Issue
DCPS Attendance
From the HSA
HSA Board Nominations
Lafayette Enrichment
Got Books?
Help Wanted
Battle of the Books
Design a Cover
More March Madness
2014-2015 Calendar
Lost & Found
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
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From the Principal 
Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

Finally, the never ending month of March is over. I must admit that March is probably my least favorite month in Washington, DC. The transition time between winter and spring seems to take forever. This year was one of the worst I can remember. Snow up to the last week of the month. Frozen playgrounds that were shoveled and shoveled again. Mornings where record low temperatures were being set. Parents who were volunteering in the drop-off lane often said they signed up for the last week in March never realizing the weather would still be this bad. 

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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  

April 3 (Thursday)

General HSA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


April 7 (Monday)

Testing for Grades 4 & 5/Makeups 


April 11 (Friday)

LEP Winter Session Ends 


April 14 (Monday)

No School - Spring Break


See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 


This Thursday is our next HSA General Meeting. All families are invited to come enjoy pizza ($1/slice + salad, desert & drink) from 6:00pm until 6:30pm. Child care and the meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

After HSA business is done, please stay for a talk by Dave Trachtenberg, a local expert in mindfulness and Program Manager of MINDS Inc., a non-profit dedicated to starting mindfulness programs in local schools. Dave specializes in working with teens, especially incorporating mindfulness into athletics. We will also hear from Lafayette's own Peace Teacher Linda Ryden and School Counselor Jillian Diesner who will talk about how mindfulness has been incorporated into Peace class and in many other facets of our school life. You will also have a chance to experience a little mindfulness practice yourself to see what your child is doing in Peace Class every week.

Now that Spring is in the air, we would like to remind everyone that we need to get back into the habit of dropping our kids off at their appropriate morning outside line-up spot. Their teachers will come
retrieve them and lead them to their classrooms.

The school administration has requested that dogs not be brought up into the mix of children during drop-off and pick-up. While many of us are dog lovers, there are children who are uncomfortable
around our furry friends.

Lastly, please remember there is NO PARKING on Northampton Street during morning drop-off AND afternoon pick-up. There is NO PARKING on Broad Branch Road during morning drop-off AND afternoon pick-up. If you continue to park in these areas, the school will call the MPD to help enforce these rules. There is plenty of legal parking available within a block or two of the school.

Have a great week! Only 10 days 'til Spring Break!

--Hope & Gayle  

See HSA board members  

Calling All Candidates to Join the Lafayette HSA Board Nominations for 2014-2015  

Interested in joining the lafayette board? Please sign up on our genius account here.

All positions on the sign up are open to all Lafayette parents.The sign up genius was created to allow more than one parent to enter their name for any Board position. If all the slots are filled and you would like to run for that position please contact Phoebe Cervigni.

kids holding hands Lafayette Enrichment Update (LEP)  

Registration is now in its second week, and spaces are filling up quickly!   Due to high demand, we had two additional Minecraft classes, and there are still a couple of spaces available in the second Intro to Minecraft Programming class on Wednesdays.

Lights, camera, action! Our very own Mr. King & Betsy Hallstrom are putting together Lafayette's very own Drama Club! Aspiring thespians can learn all about putting on a stage production. The class will end with a performance of the play The Land of Feelings.


Do you have a rising 4th or 5th grader? You might be interested in Moving On Up. This class is designed by our very own Lafayette teachers, and geared toward helping your child make a smooth transition into middle school.

Got Books?  

We are now collecting books of all kinds for the used Book Sale at the Spring Fair. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. In addition to Lafayette families, the used book sale attracts many folks from the neighborhood who do not have students at Lafayette, so it's a nice way to bring everyone together!

We are especially in need of children's books, so please check your kids' bookshelves and see if there are a few books gathering dust that haven't made the bedtime story rotation in awhile. Have your kids outgrown their board books and are now into Junie B.? We'll take them! Graduated from Junie B. to Harry Potter? We'll take them!

DVDs are always popular (please no VHS tapes), as well as music CDs. Video game cartridges are also welcomed. And lastly, please refrain from unloading your college textbooks or outdated self-help books. We'll just throw them in the trash, so save yourself the trip and toss them in your own Supercan.

Donations are being collected in the Great Hall. Ask you neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll come pick them up (contact Gayle Moseley) or you can bring them to the school during our neighborhood book drive on Saturday, April 26th (time TBD).

Help Wanted: Spring Fair Party Parents


Want to be part of the happiest, most spring-y fundraiser at Lafayette? The co-chairs of the Lafayette Spring Fair have three open positions that need to be filled for the fair on Saturday, May 3. They include:


Books Co-Chair

Join fabulous and fun parents and co-chairs Gayle Moseley and Jenny Backus as you create your very own Politics & Prose in the cafetorium. You'll help collect books and DVDs before the fair at school (and on your front porch, if you can) and set up the store the day of the fair. This is an important fundraising position-you know you want it!


Face Painting Co-Chair

Gather the paints for face painting the day of the fair and oversee teenager volunteers and other parents as they paint our kids' pusses. Easy.


Rides Co-Chair

Team up with amazing parent and spring fair veteran Laurie Aladjem to make sure we have enough parent volunteers to supervise the rides the day of the fair. Easy.


Questions? Contact Marilyn Kitzes.

Fourth Graders Prepare for Battle of the Books

Can you picture an academic challenge unfolding in Lafayette's gym? Well, the second annual fourth grade Battle of the Books will be waged there on Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m., and the excitement is growing.

Not only are fourth grade families welcome, but all are invited to watch and cheer on these young readers. Undertaking this year's Battle of the Books are 88 4th graders on 17 teams. In January, the teams began reading and studying five books with their adult sponsors. Be there to witness the Battle!

Design a Cover for IMAGES 2014 Laurie McLaughlin
Laurie McLaughlin Ward


  • Use 8 X 11 paper (regular paper you use in your computer printer)
  • Use black pens and/or markers
  • Include the words "IMAGES 2014" and make the letters/date LARGE
  • Make your drawing interesting by:
  • Have a good balance of black and white
  • Make it FUN!
  • Put your name in PENCIL on the back


Turn your cover design in to Ms.McLaughlin by Wednesday, April 23rd!

More March Madness basketball  


Take a look at the special March Madness edition of the Sports X-Treme where fourth and fifth grade students write about school, local and national sports. This is the fifth edition of the newspaper this year and lots of fourth graders are joining our fourth and fifth grade veterans in learning how to conduct interviews, write and edit sports stories, do layout, and produce, fold, and distribute the newspaper.


Kathy Echave

Reading Specialist

2014-2015 School Calendar
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The calendar for the 2014-15 school year is now posted on the DCPS school website
at http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS.  School starts next year on August 25.
Lost & Found
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The lost and found (back in the corner on the way to the music room) will be emptied and all items donated to charity over spring break. Please check before then to see what items might belong to you! Thanks.


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


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