Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Miriam Van Dyck, editor April 29, 2014
In This Issue
From the HSA
LSAT Elections
HSA Board Nominations
Spring Fair
Got Books?
Spring Fair Bake Sale
Help Syrian Refugee Kids
LEP Update
Playground Improvement
Bike to School Day
Art Room
WLES Shout Outs
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
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From the Principal 
Lynn Main  
Lynn Main

As your children get older you may be finding that they are discovering new and creative ways to spread their wings and show more independence. Some don't really want you to hold their hands anymore. They know where they are going and often want to run ahead. And you run behind trying to catch up.


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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


May 2 (Friday)

No School: Teacher Professional Development Day


May 3 (Saturday)

Lafayette Spring Fair 


May 5-9

Teacher Appreciation Week


May 8 (Thursday)

Arts Night I: PK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade + Bands and Percussion Ensemble


May 14 (Wednesday)

DC Theater Cafe


May 22 (Thursday 

Arts Night II: Grades 2-5 + Guitar Ensemble, Drum Line and Step Team



See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley & Hope Scheller, co-presidents 


Abracadabra!  Looking for a magical good time?  This Saturday, May 3rd, is the much anticipated Spring Fair!  The Spring Fair committee, a dedicated group of parent volunteers, has been hard at work for several months planning and preparing this fun event.  KidPasses are already on sale, and one of a kind Spring Fair t-shirts will be on sale after school this week.  We need every volunteer we can get to make the day a success, as well as fun and enjoyable for all. So, if you haven't already, please sign up to volunteer.  We are looking forward to seeing you and your family Saturday sharing in the camaraderie of this fun event!

In two weeks we have a very important HSA general meeting.  We will be electing the HSA Board and LSAT representatives for next school year (see the candidates below).  We will also be presenting a draft of the HSA budget for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is the time to weigh in with your opinion and suggestions regarding the allocation of funds that will be raised next year.  We rely heavily on you to raise these funds, so it is only fair that your thoughts are included during this very important meeting. The final budget will be voted on at the final general meeting of the year on June 5th to be accepted as the operating budget for the 2014-15 school year.


Have a great week!


Gayle & Hope


See HSA board members  

Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Elections for 2014-2015  

The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff and a community member to advise the Principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students. These teams were initially established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Principal for the purpose of improving student outcomes.

We have six wonderful parents who have decided to run for the four Local School Advisory Team representative positions.  Please read through their statements in preparation for the election at our next General Meeting on Thursday, May 8.   

HSA Nominations for Board Positions

2014-15 vote button


The following parents are running for the HSA Board. The election will be held on May 15 at the general HSA meeting.  Please click here to read their bios and statements.


Co-President:   Laura Lindsley


1st Vice President:  Kristin Willsey


2nd Vice President:  Marek Gootman, Nadia Gold-Moritz


Co -Treasurer:  Josh Gordon


Ways and Means (2 positions):  Shannon Behm, Chris Lisi-Frillici


Membership:  Jenny Backus


Volunteer Coordinator:  Eileen Dombo


Early Childhood:  Eve Bennet


Environment:  Keith Jones


Hospitality (2 positions):  Sarah Rabasco, Lisa Mitchell


Outreach/Tours:  Jen Lanoff


Communications:  Stacy Beck


Community Representatives:  Joseph Nelson, Mark Friedman


Spring Fair News - Abracadabra!


Saturday, May 3, 11 am to 4 pm


We're really looking forward to seeing all of you this coming Saturday. Please spread the word to our newer families, friends and neighbors about the great "Abracadabra" fun that is shared by all at this annual event. 


The Spring Fair has always been a success and it attracts families from all over the community.  The Spring Fair features arts and crafts activities, rides, custom t-shirts, and great food. The Spring Fair could not be a success without your support, so we cordially invite you to join us in making this a great family day!


Also, if you have an hour or two to donate, we're still looking for volunteers, especially for the food tables, face painting and a few other places. Please contact Marilyn Kitzes, Julie Waterman, Julie Maner, and Barbara Noguera. Thanks!


Don't forget:

  • Buy a Kidpass
  • Bake for the Bake Sale
  • Donate an hour
  • Collect and donate books, CDs and DVDs
  • Bring the family and enjoy the Fair!
Got Books?  

We are still collecting books of all kinds for the used Book Sale at the Spring Fair. Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. DVDs (please no VHS tapes), audiobooks, music CDs and video game cartridges are also accepted. Thanks in advance for not unloading textbooks, outdated self-help books, ancient encyclopedias, etc. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't donate it!

Donations are being collected in the Great Hall as well as two drop-off locations within the neighborhood (5504 32nd Street and 3129 Beech Street). Ask your neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll come pick them up (contact Gayle Moseley). 


Spring Fair: Bake Sale
Don't Miss The Lafayette Spring Fair Bake Sale, World's Most Amazing Vanishing Act
Thousands of cupcakes will disappear before your very eyes!


Get in the act by dropping your cookies, cupcakes, or other treats at the bake sale table when you arrive at the fair


We need your help!

Make Cupcakes, Make Magic 

Help Support Syrian Refugee Children at Lafayette's Spring Fair!


As you may know, Lafayette's One World Service Club has been collecting donations for Syrian children living in Lebanese refugee camps. Please bring your gently used art and school supplies, toys, P.E. equipment (balls, racquets, etc.), clothing and bedding to the Spring Fair to donate! We will have a couple of large boxes set up to receive your donations in the Great Hall. Please note that art and recreational supplies are especially needed, including paper, markers/crayons/paint, and balls and rackets for small space play.


Please keep in mind that there is a language barrier, so books and games that require English language skills won't be useful to them. If you can't get your donations to the Spring Fair, we will continue collecting donations in the Great Hall through May 7th. Questions? Please contact Sumaiya Hamdani.

Lafayette Enrichment Program Update


We made it through the first week of the Spring Session of the kids holding hands Lafayette Enrichment Program (LEP). Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we worked out a couple of kinks, and continued implementing new procedures and policies.


Although enrollment for most classes is closed, there are a couple that are still accepting enrollment. Log in to the LEP registration site to see register for Zumba, Drama Club, Pre Ballet, Hoop Dance, and Hip Hop/Jazz.


Please remember that all children need to be signed out. I know that with large classes, such as NoteBusters, this is still taking some time to get used to. Please remind your kids that they need to be signed out. Their cooperation makes the process move faster. We want everyone to have fun with a layer of safety for good measure. 

Drop Off Lane - Update 


As we count down to the end of the school year, please help us keep the drop off lane a quick and easy process:


  • Volunteers for the drop off lane will begin at 8:30 am along the curb ready to receive approaching cars (this is a No Parking Area from 8 am- 4 pm on School Days)  
  • Beginning at 8:30 am, the outer blue doors to the Early Childhood wing will open, and Pre K and K children are invited to sit with classmates on the stairs inside the building with a parent volunteer until 8:40 am when the inside doors will open and teachers are ready to receive the children.  
  • Children in grades 1-5 need to walk to their line up areas and should not cut through the Early Childhood wing.  
  • No parents are permitted in the building between 8 am and 9 am, no exceptions please. Parents must sign in at the main office by entering into the front doors of Lafayette.  
  • At 8:45 am, school begins and children are considered tardy if they are not in their classrooms.  
  • The drop off lane will close promptly at 8:45 am, and those who arrive after this time will need to walk to the front of the school and enter through the main entrance.


Please note: During inclement weather, the exterior double doors to the gymnasium will be open to allow students to walk through the school and line up with their classes prior to and up until 8:40 am.


If you have any questions, please email Shannon Behm or Jen Lanoff.


Many thanks in advance for your assistance and continued support!

First Community Meeting for Lafayette Playground Improvement Project 

DPR and DGS Seeks Community Input on the Play DC Project from District Residents of All Ages


Play DC is a multi-year initiative and the largest playground renovation project in the District of Columbia's history.  

DPR and DGS  invites you to attend the first planning and design meeting for the Lafayette playground.  To ensure that the newly renovated play space meet the needs of, and reflect the individuality and uniqueness of the surrounding community DPR and DGS would like you to participate in an upcoming meeting: 


Where: Lafayette Elementary School  

(5701 Broad Branch Rd NW) 

Date: April 30th, 2014

Time: 6:30-8pm 


The Play DC project team will present the broad project scope and residents will have an opportunity to weigh in and supply input on details such as design and amenities that should be considered for the new play space. Residents, community groups, and especially children, are invited to attend.


Please share the information about the meeting and the with your neighbors, family and friends. 


For more information on the Play DC Project, go to http://bit.ly/DPRPlayDC or contact PlayDC@dc.gov.


If you have any concerns or questions regarding the meeting please feel free to contact myself or Ella Faulkner. Ms. Faulkner can be reached at 202-286-1533 or by email at Ella.Faulkner@dc.gov.




Bike to School Day 


Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 7th! Get your bike

Bike to school

tuned up or swap your old one for a new one at the Spring Fair bike exchange and get ready to ride with us! If you want to ride en masse, we'll have a "bike train" to school departing from the corner of 32nd St. NW and Utah Ave. NW. 


Clif Bar is sponsoring our event this year, so we'll have Clif treats at the school for all of the riders/walkers/scooterers/non-motorists. 


Key Elementary has won the golden bike statue for the past two years in a row for the greatest percentage of student body participation. Let's beat them this year and have that statue at Lafayette! Volunteers are needed to help engineer the "train" and staff the prize tables at the school. If you can help, please contact Katie Burke.

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


IMAGES 2014 has gone to press and the publications committee is excited to announce the following selections for our anthology!


Cover: Andy Burris

Back Cover: Maddie Vassalo

Title Page: Ally Han, Maddie Eggen, and Grace Foose

Table of Contents: Annika Haggquist

5th Grade Section Header: Samantha Jolles and Carly Nussbaum

Autograph Pages: Jessica Singletary, Willa Beckerman and Emily Burke, Samantha Jolles, Sayre Rooney, Maisie Jane Derlega, Molly Reeder, Carmen Britto, and Charlotte Crean


These delightful cover winners and runners up are posted near the Great Hall this week! Remember to buy your IMAGES at ARTS NIGHTS I and II!!! 

Technology Corner

Nathan Wieand, Technology Coordinator Mr. Weiand

This week, all of the students at Lafayette will be bringing home a school satisfaction survey. The survey is to be completed by parents or guardians providing an opportunity to let everyone know what you think. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and contains a prepaid self-addressed envelope or the option of completing it online to submit your responses. Please complete only one survey per household even if you have more than one student at the school. I have surveys available in different languages so please email me at nathan.wieand@dc.gov if you would like to request one. The surveys are due back May 23, 2014 and it would be awesome if we had a high participation rate! Thank 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


Join us  at Child's Play for a Build-and-Launch Rocket Workshop!  The event will take place on Sunday, May 4 from 1-2 pm for Grades K-2 and 2:30-3:30 pm for Grades 3-5. Learn about the science behind rockets, build your own straw rocket and test it out! Call 202-244-3602 or stop in to the DC location to sign up.

5536 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC

Space is limited. Cost = FREE!

Barstons Child's Play is pleased to partner with

Engineering for Kids for this awesome event!


Overnight Father/Child Basketball Camp.  Mark Tillmon Basketball Academy overnight basketball camp at American University for fathers and kids to come together and learn basketball at a very introductory level. Attention will be focused on development of young basketball players as their fathers work alongside them. Along with the fundamentals of basketball, the camp emphasizes the importance of building meaningful relationships and empowering Fathers to make a difference in the lives of their children. Proceeds will benefit women veterans, trauma and mental health victims.


Mark Tillmon is a DCPS Dad, former Hoya and college basketball sports analyst for Comcast Sportsnet and MASN. His foundation, called the Shooting Straight Program (SSP), sponsors the Mark Tillmon Basketball Academy. For more information and online registration, please visit www.marktillmonbasketballacademy.com


Walking for a Cure! For the fifth year in a row my daughter and I are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer here in DC, May 3 & 4. We will be walking 40 miles over 2 days to help fund breast cancer research and treatment here in the DC area. In order to walk, I need to raise $1800 and we'd love to raise even more for the cause!  If you would like to donate, you can do so online at www.avonwalk.org/goto/MargaretQuinn or by dropping off a check made out to "Avon Walk for Breast Cancer" with Kia Ghamarian in Pre-K.  Thank you to all the parents and teachers who have already donated - the support of the Lafayette community means so much to me.  -- Margaret Quinn


No School, The Last HoopEd One Day Camp of the School Year!  Student Holiday Mini Camp: Friday May 2.  Campers ages 5 to 13 are welcome to participate in our famous All Sports and Games Camp! Camp runs from 9 to 3 with AfterCare available until 5:30 pmCost: $60/$75 w/AC.  Visit 
www.hoopeducation.com for more information.


Camp for Boys Returns to Lafayette.  Camp for Boys has been offering day camp to DC elementary students for almost a decade now!  We hosted camp at Lafayette for the first time last summer, after moving from our nearby Horace Mann location.  We are excited to let you know that Camp For Boys will be returning to Lafayette for summer 2014!  We will be running alternating weeks (with full and half day options) of Classic Camp (laser tag, water games, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, capture the flag, etc) and Soap Box Car Camp (Classic Camp activities with the added project of building pedal-powered go carts in teams) from June 23rd to Aug 15th. To register or find more information about our camp, please visit our website at campforboys.com. You may also email us with specific questions at counselors@campforboys.com. We hope to see you this summer!

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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