Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Katya Svirina, editor June 17, 2014
In This Issue
From the HSA
Please Note!
School Boundary Update
Meal Price Increase
Summer Access
Save Our Sandboxes
Lafayette Park
Community Notices
Lafayette Sponsors
Make a Submission
Join Our Mailing List
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From the Principal 
Lynn Main 

It's time to say goodbye. After 13 years at Lafayette, this is my last Tuesday Bulletin. I wasn't sure I
wanted the responsibility of coming up with a new column each week but have found Lafayette to be so full of amazing children and events that it's been more of a pleasure than a chore.   


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Please Read:

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


June 18 (Wednesday)

5th Grade Promotion


June 20 (Friday)

Last Day of School (full day)



See full school calendar 

From the HSA 

Gayle Moseley, co-president 


I can't believe it's the last week of school and this will be the last column I write for the Tuesday Bulletin.


I would like to thank all the parents and HSA Board members who helped make this an enjoyable second year of my term as co-President. Your knowledge, expertise, time and hard work are much appreciated.


I would also like to thank Hope Scheller, who was a pleasure to work with and I know she and Laurie Lindsley will be a terrific team next year. Thankfully, I still have three more years at Lafayette and I am looking forward to all the new changes we have in store, including a newly renovated school and a new Principal!


Our new Principal, Dr. Carrie Broquard will be visiting Lafayette this week, so please keep your eye open for her at drop-off and pick-up. On Thursday at 2:30, she will be in the cafetorium to introduce herself and chat with parents. There will be another opportunity to meet her the weekend before school starts.


Be sure to register your children if you haven't already done so!


Have a safe and fun summer and we'll see you here again on August 25th.




Please Note! 


Please check the school website this summer for more information about next school year. The Summer Reading Guide is there already. Soon the school supply lists will be posted.


We still need you to complete your registration for the fall. We are at 65% right now. That means that over 150 of you are still missing in action.  

Update from the Lafayette School Boundary Working Group


On June 12th D.C. Officials released a draft student assignment policy proposal. The proposal emphasizes neighborhood schools and maintains the Lafayette Deal Wilson feeder pattern.


You can view the proposal by visiting the following site.


You can view an article in the Washington Post about the proposal as well. 


The Lafayette School Boundary Working Group will continue to monitor this issue over the summer and into the new school year. If you have questions, please contact Jared Cohen.

Meal Price Increase for Next Year

Dear DCPS Parents and Guardians,


As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, the Office of Food & Nutrition Services would like to briefly notify parents and guardians of the price increases coming to the 2014-15 school year. Starting on August 25th, 2014, the price of DC Public Schools (DCPS) paid lunch meals will increase as follows:


Elementary student (pre-K-Grade 5) meals will increase from $2.00 to $2.10;


Secondary student (Grades 6-12) meals will increase from $2.50 to $2.60.


Please note: These changes will not impact students who apply and qualify for free or reduced lunches. School breakfast, after school snack, and after school supper will continue to remain FREE for all students.


This meal price increase is necessary to bring our prices more in-line with the costs of the meals we serve. However, despite this increase, DCPS lunch prices will still remain lower or comparable to the prices of our neighboring school districts.


We will be sending a formal letter to all student households detailing more about these changes, as well as providing some additional information about how to apply for free meals through our Free And Reduced price Meal (FARM) application.


For questions or comments, please contact Emily Fisher.



Emily Fisher

Program Assistant of Nutrition and Compliance

Office of Food and Nutrition Services

District of Columbia Public Schools

Summer Access to Online Site licenses 


Hello Lafayette families and members of the community! This summer your children have access to multiple online sites that can help them stay fresh for the next school year.


As always, please contact Nathan Wieand if you have any questions about the programs. Please know that there may be some gaps in the time in which I am able to respond, which is why I have included some other outlets for support.


To access the sites please use the Lafayette Technology Website.


Please see detailed information here.


Have a great summer everyone!

S-O-S! Save Our Sandboxes! 


For those of you who may not know, Lafayette Park is going to go through some renovations / improvements this summer. While the Lafayette School has three playgrounds on its property, the

kindergarteners use the playground in Lafayette Park during recess.


Despite support from community members at both community meetings to keep certain playground features, DC's plans presented last week propose taking out a number of features that seem to be well-used in the playground. For example, they want to take out all sandboxes from the tot areas and also sand under the play structures. At meeting #2, all the kids at the meeting, all the neighbors who spoke and the Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) President all supported sandboxes. FOLP has donated sand every year to keep the boxes fresh and will most likely continue to do so. Kids need sand to push, pull, build up muscles, learn cause/effect and motor planning -- and sand is FUN!! It seems they also want to take the climbing fire truck and the swings out of the tot lot too.


For the big kids, it seems they want to take out the popular monkey rings and the tire swings (this is the playground our kindergarteners use). We'd asked at the first meeting to keep the tire swings because more than one child can use them at a time. Two or three can get on and one can push.


Please take a look at the proposed plans and take the survey to voice your opinions. Friday is the deadline for completing the survey. More information below from our ANC Commissioner, Rebecca Maydak. Thank you!


Here's a link to the Plans.


Lafayette Park Improvements 


The second meeting for the Lafayette Park Play DC Initiative took place this past Monday, June 9, 2014.  LandDesign is the firm contracted with DGS to provided design concepts. 


DGS posted the presentation of the two concept designs proposed by LandDesign based on the community input during the initial meeting on April 30, 2014.   One concept is being called "Native Meadow Concept" and the other "Rock Creek Concept".

Please go to the following link to review the concepts (presentation located near the bottom of the page, direct link to the presentation is here).    
In addition, below the presentation explaining the designs are notes from both meetings.  You can click on the title and you can review the notes of what was discussed.
**** PLEASE NOTE:  DGS advised a survey will be posted for the community to vote/add comments on the two concepts.  We will be given a two week time frame to complete the survey.  I will post the link as soon as I am sent it from DGS. *****

Rebecca Maydak
ANC Commissioner 3/4G-04
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


Free event! Catch World Cup Fever at Barstons Child's Play!

BarstonsChild's Play at 5536 Connecticut Ave. NW will host a World Cup Soccer Event! The event will feature the mobile Panini America, Inc. company van, an inflatable soccer goal, and officially licensed FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 sticker album giveaway! 


Families are invited to kick a goal and show off their World Cup team spirit!  Panini will give away FREE Collectible Sticker Albums to get fans started on their own ultimate World Cup adventure--an international sticker-trading phenomenon (while supplies last)! 


Panini America, Inc. is sending their promotional van to stores around the country, promoting their premier product, the collectible World Cup sticker album and team and player stickers.  This FREE event will take place on June 29 from 11:30 - 1:30 pm


The collectible sticker albums have gained wild popularity worldwide, and were featured in the New York Times on May 17, 2014. 

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) -- Summer Parenting Classes!
Whether you're looking for a new game plan for effective parenting, a three-week guide to anger management, or a two-hour "tune-up" to help end whining or motivate your child, PEP offers these options and more in the weeks ahead. Check out the summer class schedule at: http://pepparent.org/

Come to a PEP class for expert advice, lively discussion, answers to your questions, and the keys to truly enjoying the time you spend with your children. PEP, a local nonprofit organization, provides classes and workshops for parents and caregivers with children of all ages. Like PEP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pepparent or follow PEP on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pepparent for parenting tips, tools, and talk!


Barstons Child's Play Hosts Create it! Make it! Take it! Summer Classes

Beat the heat this summer at Barstons Child's Play Stores and create some fun!  Every Thursday, starting June 26 - August 28, we will be offering a fun craft activity at 10 am and 4 pm at all store locations.


View the schedule and register online at www.barstonschildsplay.com


You can also call or stop by to sign up. The cost for each activity is $5. Parent/caregiver must stay on site while children participate. 




Private baseball coaching
Lafayette graduate and Wilson varsity baseball player Henry Cohen (Ms Ryden's son) is offering private baseball coaching for little leaguers during the summer. Individual or small groups are welcome. Players will work on fundamentals of hitting, pitching, and fielding. 

Summer Sitting or After School Sitting in the Fall 
1. Need after school care in the fall? I have space for a couple more students. Contact Marcia.

2. Feel like a little Caribbean to your summer cook out, family gathering or a birthday party? Use the contact above and
we'll make it a summer you and your guests will remember.

3. We also offer summer house and pet sitting. 




Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


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


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