Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor January 6, 2015
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January 15 (Thursday)
HSA General Meeting

January 16 (Friday)
Coffee Talk

January 19 (Monday)
No School - MLK Day

January 20 (Tuesday)
School Tour

January 23 (Friday)
12:15 School Dismissal

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From the HSA 

Hope Scheller and Laura Lindsley, co-presidents 


Happy New Year Lafayette Families! We hope you all had a wonderful time these past two weeks celebrating the holidays.  Whether it was visiting relatives, traveling to new destinations with your children or enjoying a hot cocoa (or hot toddies) by the fireplace, these past two weeks help to rejuvenate us all for the coming New Year. 


Speaking of New Year, in keeping with Lafayette tradition, the HSA is looking forward to hosting our two big spring events, our annual auction and the Spring Fair. These events are fun for both kids and parents but we need your help to bring it all together. Volunteering for these events is the perfect way to meet new parents, especially if you are new to Lafayette.  Those who have volunteered in the past have found the experience rewarding. Please, let us know if you can help.


With the winter weather here, more of us are taking advantage of the morning drop off carpool line. In order for this convenience to work, we need parents to take 15 minutes of their time to help in the morning from 8:30-8:45. As of now, there are no volunteers for the month of January (second grade is scheduled for this month).   Please take a moment and volunteer via the HSA website or click here.


In addition, if you are using the carpool line during inclement weather, please allow extra time to get through. It is school policy that the doors close at 8:45 am. If you are still in the car pool line after 8:45 am you will need to park your car and walk your children to the main doors of the school. 


Mark your calendars.  Next Thursday, January 15th is our next HSA general meeting. Please try to attend as this meeting will cover several items of importance and we need a quorum to vote on a change to our by-laws, a change in our budget and the HSA nominating committee for next year's board. Dinner will be provided at 6:30 PM, pizza for sale @ $1 per slice with your choice of salad, dessert and a beverage. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Don on your Grizzly Gear and come out to cheer on Lafayette's Girls' and Boys' basketball teams this week. The Girls play at Oyster Jan. 7th at 4pm and the Boys play at home against Hyde on Jan. 8th at 4pm. We wish them the best of luck. Go Lafayette!


We hope you have a wonderful week.  Take care!

Laurie and Hope 

DCPS Chancellor's Parent Cabinet 
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DCPS is excited to announce that the application process has opened for the second cohort of the Chancellor's Parent Cabinet to serve beginning March 2015. The Parent Cabinet provides a forum for meaningful dialogue between families, the Chancellor, and the DCPS Leadership Team.


To apply, parents may submit an online application or send in a paper application. We have posted an overview of the Parent Cabinet as well as all of the application materials here on the DCPS Website. Please share this information with your networks or consider applying if you are a DCPS parent. All applications must be submitted by January 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.


For questions and additional information, contact the Office of Family and Public Engagement at ofpe.info@dc.gov or 202-719-6613. 

From the Math Center

Math Club Math club is a place to investigate a variety of math ideas, games and challenges.

We started off with Contig, a game of strategy in which students roll dice and use mental math to score points. Over the next two weeks, we explored origami by making Sonobe units. These
little parallelograms can be combined to make dozens of larger polyhedra and they helped to launch discussions about fractions and geometry. The Math Club meets on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. in the upper library and we welcome any student in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. We will not be having Math Club on Wednesday, January 28th due to a staff meeting.

Math Team continues to explore different topics and share problem-solving strategies. We recently received the results November's AMC-8 math competition. This nationwide contest features 25 challenging non-traditional math problems and is administered to students up to 8th grade. We are so proud of all of our mathematicians for taking part in this challenge! The top scorers are as follows:

1st Place (14 correct): Sammy Taubman (5G)
2nd Place (13 correct): Luca Ciagne (5G)
3rd Place (12 correct): Elinor Aladjem (5S), Nicole Pierce (4CD), Gabriel Schwartz (5R)

Math Team meets Friday mornings at 8 a.m. in the upper library and is open to 4th and 5th grade students. Even though the AMC-8 contest is over, we have a lot more math to discuss and explore.

Happy Thinking!
Erin Betz and Edith Stanton

SECOND GRADE PARENTS: Please sign up for the carpool line!

Second grade has been assigned to help with the car pool line on Northampton street during the month of January. If you could please consider doing even one day, it would be a huge help to our entire school community. The time commitment is really short - 8:30 to 8:45. 


Your child(ren) can sit on the steps to the early childhood wing to keep warm and go in when the bell rings. All you have to do is open car doors, help children out, and keep the line moving. It is an easy and quick way to contribute to our school that is really appreciated. Please contact Jen Lanoff  or Shannon Behm with any questions. 

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Lost & Found Reminder!


Please check the lost & found (back of the great hall on the way to the music room) for any goodies that you might be missing. Everything will be cleared out by 3:15 on Friday, January 16. Usable items will be donated to a good cause.
Auction Update

Date Change - We have a new date for the Spring Auction. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 28th!


We Need You!

We are putting together an army of volunteers, hoping to make this year's auction the best one yet! Want to join in and lend a hand? Contact Shannon Behm.
Community Notices


The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP), a local nonprofit, provides classes for parents and caregivers with children of all ages throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Early registration discount: 20% off the fee for any winter 2015 core class (8 to 10 weeks) when you register by Dec. 31st! 

Parenting Preschoolers (8 weeks)
Understand your child's development and personality and get positive parenting tools to set firm and kind boundaries, solve problem behaviors, and foster cooperation and capability.

PEP I: Parenting 5 to 12 Year Olds (8 weeks)
Are you struggling with your child's behavior? Tired of yelling, threatening or bribing, or just looking for some new strategies? Learn how to use positive, encouraging methods with your children to gain cooperation, promote respect and responsibility, set and uphold limits, and bring out the best in each child.

Thriving with Teens (10 weeks)
Wishing for a better relationship with your teen? You're not alone. Learn proven, positive strategies to parent teenagers effectively in the midst of their peers, media, the Internet, and their own adolescent development.

Free Parenting Workshop: "Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?"
For parents of children age 2˝-18 who have never taken a PEP course. Sat, Jan 10, 3-4:30 pm at PEP, Kensington; Wed, Jan 14, 10-11:30 am, at Temple Micah, DC. FREE; space is limited and preregistration required. 301-929-8824.

Visit http://pepparent.org or call 301-929-8824 for more information. 

Get Fit with CrossFit
If getting fit and healthy is your New Year's Resolution, Second Wind CrossFit is your 2015 gym. Come find out why our strength and conditioning program is for everyone. No experience needed. Every move is functional and scalable. Coaches provide one-on-one support and training in every class. You can't get this kind of attention at another gym.

We live in the neighborhood, and are proud sponsors of our kid's schools: Lafayette, Deal and St. Johns. Second WInd is a small family-owned gym located one block from Carter Barron - only 5 minutes from Lafayette. We are closer than the Tenleytown globo-gyms!

Beginner CrossFit classes just $99 this month.

We also offer bootcamp and yoga classes, convenient to parents right after school drop-off, plus classes for 8-18 year olds.

Come find out how you can be stronger and healthier in 2015.

Email us too!

Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our very generous Annual Sponsors for 2014-2015, your continued support is amazing! 



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