Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Miriam Van Dyck, Editor April 21, 2015
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April 22 (Wednesday)

Nutrition and Fitness Night


April 28 (Tuesday)

Potomac Pizza Night


May 1 (Friday)

No school, Professional Development Day


May 2 (Saturday)

Spring Fair


See the full calendar here.

From the HSA 

Hope Scheller and Laura Lindsley, co-presidents  


Welcome back to school! Cherry Blossoms have bloomed, the trees are slowly starting to turn green, and the tiresome pollen is blowing around. Spring has definitely arrived. We hope you all had a fabulous Spring Break, and are ready to get right back into the swing of things.


Tomorrow, April 22, the HSA and the Nutrition Committee will host a very special Earth Day & Nutrition event. We hope you will all come out, and bring your families for an evening in celebration of Energy! What we consume - what we burn. This event will from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and will feature Tony Brown, chef at Macon Bistro, who will give us a cooking demonstration of colorful, seasonal, delicious and nutritious foods with a tasting for all to share. The evening with also feature BURN ENERGY with Cross-Fit and Geo-Nutrition games, and a presentation on gardens-local, farmer's and specialty. Join us for a tasty, fun and educational evening.


Our next General Meeting will be Thursday, May 14, and in addition to electing the new HSA Board, we will be presenting the proposed budget for next school year. We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions about where you would like to see your money spent (or not). Please send Laurie or me your input ASAP as we are now creating the budget for SY 2015-2016. This is your opportunity to give us your thoughts about any changes you'd like to see in how HSA money is spent at the school.


We hope you'll join us at Potomac Pizza next Tuesday! A percentage of all dine-in or carry-out orders will be donated to Lafayette, so take this opportunity to have someone else cook dinner and hang with your fellow Lafayette families.


Have a great week!

Laurie & Hope

Congratulations Carol Leonnig!


Our community extends hearty congratulations to Lafayette mom and Washington Post journalist Carol Leonnig, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this week for her reporting on the Secret Service. Carol, you make us very proud! 

Lafayette Enrichment (LEP) Update


The Spring Session of LEP began yesterday. There are still a few classes with openings, so registration will remain open until the end of the week.


Information about LEP can be found on the school website in two navigation areas: "For Parents" and "Student Life." Read about session dates and browse the class brochure.


Questions? Email Hope Scheller at LafayetteEP@gmail.com.

Energy Celebration

Come one, come all to a special evening celebration of ENERGY on Earth Day, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the cafetorium and gym!


ENERGY: what we consume, and what we burn.


Our featured guest is Tony Brown, chef at Macon Bistro, who will give us a cooking demonstration of colorful, seasonal, delicious and nutritious foods with a tasting for all to share.


Learn about gardens of all types, from local farmer's markets, to our Lafayette's Bear's Garden, to a vertical hydroponic Tower Garden like those in use at O'Hare Airport.


Then get ready to BURN ENERGY with fitness and nutrition games, courtesy of the physical education team.


Bring the kids for an evening of delicious fun!

From the Art Room
 Laurie McLaughlin, Art Teacher


Images has gone to press!!! Our beloved school anthology will go on sale at all three ARTS NIGHTS: April 30, May 5, and May 21 ($15 each, 2 for $28.)


I am pleased and excited to announce the winners for our IMAGES cover contest as follows:


Front Cover- Tess Breeden and Lindsey Grosser

Back Cover- John Joire

Title Page- Ellie Aladjem,Evelyn Goldwasser, Annelise Jacobson, and Ellen Carrier

Table of Contents- Agnes Burke and Tess Cassol-Pawson


In other contest news, we finally have the rest of the results from the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest:


Best of Show- this art will represent Washington D.C. and compete nationally: Isabella Radifera

First Place:
Group 1 Grade 2- Eli Schwartz
Group 2 Grade 5- Sophie Bruch, Agnes Burke

Second Place:
Alec Bachle, Alexa Feldmanm, William Munro
Third Place: Max Fuld, Guy Kenny, Madeline Lewis

Honorable Mention:

Ian Barton, Tess Breeden, Tess Cassol-Pawson, Eli Faber, Lindsey Grosser, Vasco Hollar, Armani Johnson, Jade Miller, John Moody, Victor Parello-Plesner, Schuyler Phillips, Aicha Sanogo, Gabriel Schwartz

Conservation Message Winners


Best of Show:

Max Fuld

Second Place:
Group 1 Grade 2 - Eli Schwartz
Group 2, Grade 5 - William Munro

Third Place:
Agnes Burke

Honorable Mention:

Alexa Feldman, Madeline Lewis, Christopher Hardee, Gabriel Schwartz

Field Day
Field Day News

Mark your calendars. Field Day will be held a little earlier than usual this year due to the impending construction. Field Day for 1st-5th grades will be held on Friday, May 15th. Please be on the lookout for information on volunteer sign up. We will need 60 parents to help run stations during the morning events (8:45-12). It should be an awesome day with our theme of "Moving Day".


--Ms. McClure, Physical Education Teacher

Bake Sale Coming Soon!  


Your cupcakes are awesome! and so are your cookies and brownies and rice krispy treats! Please bake up your favorite batch of goodies and share them at the Spring Fair!! You can drop

checkerboard-cookies.jpgthem off at the Bake Sale Table anytime on May 2, between 10:30 - 2:00pm. Please include a card with the list of ingredients. Any questions? Call or email Liz Wieser at 202-439-5257 or EAWieser@aol.com. Thank you! You are awesome!
Design a Keychain Logo for the Spring Fair!

It's going to be an awesome contest!  Your logo on a keychain with the Lafayette Under Construction:  Everything is Awesome theme. Click here for more details!

Got Books?

We are collecting books of all kinds to be sold at the used Book books-apple-icon2.jpg Sale at our Spring Fair in a couple of weeks! 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 one drop-off location in the neighborhood (5841 Nebraska Ave NW). Ask you neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll come pick them up (contact Gayle Moseley or Jenny Backus)

You can also bring them to our neighborhood book drive on Saturday, April 25 (9am - noon) at the corner of Northampton and Broad Branch (corner of the school closest to the Farmer's Market).

Spring Fair Bike Swap

Donate a working bike and take home a swapped bike for a $10 family-bike-ride.jpg donation, or simply donate $20 and take your pick of other donated bikes! And, of course, we will gladly accept donations of outgrown or unused bikes even if you don't need a new one. If you can't get your bike donation to the Fair on May 2, please contact Lafayettebikeswap@gmail.com and we will arrange to pick it up at your convenience. All funds raised will benefit the Lafayette Elementary School Home and School Association.


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 contact Maggie Ronkin @ 202-316-2263 and maggie.ronkin@gmail.com.


Essay Tutoring for 5th Grade Students.  When 5th grade students enter middle school, one of the most important skills is writing a "five paragraph essay". These essays will be assigned throughout all of middle (and high school), and will become the foundation for clear, convincing writing over a lifetime.


As professional writers dedicated to teaching students effective writing skills, we are offering private in-home tutoring sessions specifically designed for 5th graders about to enter middle school. Working with existing assignments and clear examples, students will take away:


** A simple and lasting blueprint for constructing 5-paragraph essays.


** The ability to assess and edit their own work.


** An appreciation of the clarity and beauty of the English language.


Rate: $50/hr.


About the Tutors:  Syd Butler and Nick Paul are experienced, professional writers with a passion for teaching students lifetime writing skills. Both are Lafayette and Deal parents and neighbors. In addition to his writing experience, Syd has for years taught tennis with Paul Rosenbaum and is dedicated to improving children's physical and educational well being. Nick is a published author, and along with Syd is assisting with after-school English tutoring for Deal 7th graders.


Please contact us at nicewriting@yahoo.com or call 202-244-1020. We are ready to help!


The DC Youth Futbol Club (DCYFC), a nonprofit organization based in Washington DC, will conduct tryouts for Fall 2015 "select" teams and "Academy" program boy and girl players on April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 at the Palisades Recreation Center turf field. U9/U10 players will train from 6:30pm-7:15pm and U11/12/13 players will train from 7:15-8:00pm. DCYFC currently has two U10 Girls, two U10 Boys, one U11 boys, one U12 Girls and one U12 Boys teams entered into a competitive Montgomery County league. Academy training is for players U8 and younger who need more skill development or too young to play on a "select" team. To register for the tryout, send an email to Mitch@DCYouthFutbolClub.org and specify the player's month/year date of birth and current team. Further information about the club can be found at www.DCYouthFutbolClub.org 


Walking for a Cure! 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


Tutor Available.  Alexandra Radifera, Lafayette Alum, currently a 10th grader at Wilson, is available for tutoring in math and/or helping with math homework. Please contact via cell or text to 202.657.8889.

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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