Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Gayle Moseley, Editor March 17, 2015
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March 16 - 18
5th grade PARCC testing (ELA)

March 19 (Thursday)
Music in our schools (Grades 4 - 5), 2:15 pm
Meeting for 5th grade families, 6:00 pm
HSA General Meeting (dinner 6:30 pm; meeting 7:00 pm)

March 19 - 25
4th grade PARCC testing (Math and ELA)

March 20 (Friday)
Kindergarten Plays (green, gold and orange base)
Coffee Talk, All Things PARCC, 8:50 am

March 26 - 27
3rd grade PARCC testing (Math)

March 28 (Saturday)
Rock Me Lafayette School Auction


April 3 (Friday)

12:15 Dismissal, Records Day for Teachers  


April 6 (Monday)

No School

From the HSA 

Hope Scheller and Laura Lindsley, co-presidents 
I can't say enough how impressed I am with Lafayette. Last week, I got to see the first, second and third graders celebrate Music and the Arts. On Wednesday, the children, along with Mr. Holmes, gathered in the Great Hall to hear their peers perform their favorite songs. To my surprise, my first grader volunteered to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on the piano. I had no idea he would want to perform in front of a large crowd. It was great to hear all the young musicians take their turn on stage. On Thursday, the cello ensemble, Low Strung, came all the way from Yale University to give their take on some of Rock 'n Roll's finest tunes. Their interpretations of classics like Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" and "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse were fantastic. Low Strung did a great job connecting with the students and introducing them to the beautiful sound of the cello.


These are wonderful examples of how the music and art programs benefit our school. We can make sure these activities continue by contributing to Raise the Paddle at this year's auction. For those who are not familiar with Raise the Paddle, it is the program that brought the Maryland Science Center to our school this year. This year, Raise the Paddle will benefit the arts integration that makes our school so unique and goes a long way to enriching the educational experience of our children. Stay tuned for more details.


Congratulations to Sammy Taubman and Chris O'Brien for their participation in the DC city wide spelling bee which took place on Saturday. Everyone at Lafayette is proud of all your hard work and efforts on tackling so many difficult and challenging words. Way to go guys!


A big Thank You to Nadia and Gary Gold-Mortiz for generously hosting the Rock(s) Steady Party on Saturday night. With their help, the bar of "The Lounge" will be fully stocked with fabulous assortments of whiskeys to choose from. We would also like to thank Br�l�e for performing an amazing show.


This week is shaping up to be a busy one. The fifth and fourth graders will be PARCC testing as well as celebrating their Music and the Arts on Thursday, author, Kate Dicamillo, visited on Monday and the HSA will be hosting their "All Things Renovation" General Meeting on Thursday evening (see message below for details).  


Have a happy St. Patrick's Day. Sl�inte
Laurie & Hope

HSA General Meeting on Thursday

Please join us for our next HSA General meeting to be held this Thursday, March 19th. We will be covering "All Things Renovation."   Come and learn the status of the renovation plans for our school and details of our educational swing space next year. We will start at 6:30 pm and have both dinner and free childcare available.

  • 6:30 pm: Pizza for sale @ $1 per slice. Your choice of pizza comes with salad, dessert and beverage. 
  • 7:00 pm: General meeting commences 

Whether you are coming from LAP, home or other after-school activities, we hope you will join us and bring your families. Chi Omega, an American University sorority, is volunteering their time to help us with childcare. Childcare will be split into two categories. A quiet/homework room and a fun room with games and crafts. Whatever your needs, we hope to have you covered. **Please note that children participating in childcare must be at least 3 years old and potty trained**


See you Thursday!

From the School Nurse


Chris CockrellThis week for National Nutrition Month our second graders are all about the colors YELLOW and ORANGE.  Ms. Breslin's class has double duty this week with all those amazing fruits and vegetables; they make us think of Sunshine, Spring and Summer trips to the beach.  While you enjoy a new yellow or orange fruit or vegetable this week, remember you are boosting your vision health and your immune system all at the same time.  After school on Friday, ask your kids what fruit or vegetable surprised them at the lunchtime taste test; did they try something new?

 --Christine Cockrell

Congratulations Lafayette Spellers!
Spelling Bee

Fifth graders Chris O'Brien and Sammy Taubman proudly represented Lafayette in the city-wide spelling bee held last Saturday at NBC4. The bee was taped and will be aired on April 12 at 2-3 p.m. on Channel 4. The bee is sponsored by the Washington Informer and is in its 33rd year.

Over 30 students from DC public, charter, private, and parochial schools were in the bee. All had advanced in their regional bees to win the right to participate in the city-wide. 
Sammy went three rounds and correctly spelled layette and linden before missing buccaneer in the third round. He left out a "c". Chris went four rounds, correctly spelling grabble, dugung, and boswell, before misspelling virgule in the fourth round. (For those who may not know, virgule is the official name of the slash mark punctuating a date such as 4/12/15, which is the date you should watch these two guys who were only one step away from being in the National Spelling Bee! 

Kathy Echave,
Spelling Bee Coordinator

Being in a spelling bee is serious business, as you can see in these photos of Sammy and Chris!
Sammy Taubman

Chris O'Brien

From the Math Center

On Friday, March 13th we celebrated Pi Day with our annual Pi Recitation contest. Thirty-two students competed this year and fifth grader Jonah Frumkin completed his 6-year winning streak to finish first overall! It was also a family affair with 2 Epsteins, 2 Davises,

2 Joires, 2 Hans, and 3 Kennys! 


The winners are as follows: 

  • 1st Grade:  Griffin Vaughan (37 digits)
  • 2nd Grade: Amalia Kenny (48 digits)
  • 3rd Grade:  Matthew Burris (100 digits)
  • 4th Grade:  Ella Davis (33 digits)
  • 5th Grade:  Jonah Frumkin (204 digits)

We are so proud of all the mathematicians who participated and congratulations to the winners!


In other math news, there will be no Math Club on Wednesday, March 25th because there is a staff meeting.


Erin Betz and Edith Stanton 

Battle of Bands and Bidders 

March 28, 7:00 pm


Auction 2015 is going to be historic. 

 Make sure you're a part of it.





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March Madness

 March Madness is coming to Lafayette. There is a game for just about everyone. Interested in joining in? Contact Mr. Hover

Lafayette Alumni Team VS Lafayette Girl's & Boy's Team 
March 24, 2015 @ 4pm  Lafayette

Students VS Lafayette Staff 
March 25, 2015 @ 4pm  Lafayette 

Parents VS Lafayette Staff and Friends 
March 26, 2015 @ 4pm

Lafayette Bears Can Help

Name the New National Zoo Bears


Just like it did before with a certain giant panda bear cub, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is asking people to help name two of its newest additions. In November, the Zoo's eight-year-old Andean bear Billie Jean gave birth to two cubs and now the Zoo is crowdsourcing naming of the bear brothers.


The first cub, which the Zoo describes as "rambunctious and seems to need Mom's attention a bit more than his brother," has three options to vote for: Larusiri (lah-roo-SEE-ree), which means "giggly;" Mayni (MY-nee), which means "unique;" and Kusisqa (coo-SEES-kah), which means "happy." The cub's brother is described as "playful and likes to wrestle but is more laid back than cub #1" has the following name choices you can vote for: Tusuq (too-SOOK), which means "dancer;" Muniri (moo-NEE-ree), which means "loving;" and Wayna (WHY-nah): means "young."


Click HERE to read more and vote for the bear cub names. Voting ends March 22.

Community Notices



Ms. Quinn is Walking for a Cure Again!
"For the sixth year in a row my daughter and I are participating in the Avon39 Walk to End Breast Cancer here in DC, May 2nd & 3rd.  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 http://info.avonfoundation.org/goto/MargaretQuinn or by dropping off a check made out to "Avon39 Walk to End 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


Lafayette Alum Math Tutor - Alexandra Radifera, Lafayette Alum, currently a 10th grader at Wilson.  I am available for tutoring in math and or helping with math homework.   Please contact via cell or text at 202.657.8889


Expert Academic Coach Available (all subjects). Recently, I've tutored reading and writing, concept-based math (aligned with the Common Core and PARCC assessments), social studies, science, and standardized test preparation to students in grades four to six-at Lafayette, Murch, Janney, Deal, Latin, and in private schools. I'm a lifelong resident with training in writing studies, an advanced degree in linguistics from Georgetown University, and extensive teaching and consulting experience. I'd be pleased to provide references and to work closely with Lafayette families to provide exceptional after-school instruction at your homes or mine. Summer study programs for individuals and groups also are available. Please email Maggie Ronkin or call 202-316-2263.


Alice Deal Middle Fitness Camp in July 

The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport and fitness camp in July! 


What: Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness and nutrition education, and FUN!


When: Four one-week sessions from July 6 through July 31, from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.

Who: All rising 6th, 7th and 8th Graders

Deal Fit and Sport Camp will provide fitness, sport and nutritional education, in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition, the Deal Fit and Sport Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, and peer mentoring. 

  • Weekly swimming and water play
  •  Weekly rotating sports and games
  • Skills instruction
  • Indoor/outdoor free play
  • Stretching and exercise instruction
  • Daily fun runs
  • Nutrition and diet education
  • Weekly field trips

Camp rates per session:


     Full Day Rate:                         Partial Day Rate:

     1 week session: $275              1 week session $175

     2 sessions: $500                      2 sessions:  $300

     All 4 sessions; $900                 All 4 sessions:  $660


 Register now using the following link (paper registration forms are also available):


Deal Fit and Sport Camp Online Registration Form HERE

Please email with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly.



Spring Lafayette Tennis Update

Lafayette Afterschool Tennis - The afterschool tennis program is starting this week.  There are still lots of spots open on Wednesday at 3:30 and Thursday and Friday at 3:30 and 4:30.  Check the schedule at www.LafayetteTennis.org for specific dates, times and skill levels.  If you have questions, call Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925.


Lafayette Adult Tennis - The 9:15 and 10:30 adults classes still have slots open on Monday through Friday.  The 6:30pm classes on Monday through Thursday have space as well.  Time to get back into the swing of tennis in the Spring!



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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