Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sophie Hanrahan, Editor May 19, 2015
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Dear Lafayette Families,

Welcome to the middle of May! It is impossible to believe that there are only 5 weeks left of school. The first order of a business is to celebrate last week's Field Days!
They were FANTASTIC!!!!!! I couldn't even began to wrap my brain around what I was seeing - countless stations, volunteers at each, kids moving and running and playing until they had worn themselves out, clever T-shirts, popsicles, tug of war, and relay races.... 

Click HERE to read the full message.

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Mark Your Calendar 


May 20 (Wednesday)

Community Modernization Mtg. 7:30-8:30 p.m.


May 21 (Thursday)

Arts Night, Pre-K, K 6:00-8:00 p.m.


May 25 (Monday)

No school (Memorial Day)


May 28 (Thursday)
HSA Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.


May 29 (Friday)

LEP Spring Session Ends


May 20 (Saturday)

Lafayette Book Fair 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.


See the full calendar here.

From the HSA

Thank you to all of you who came out to last week's General Meeting. We had a nice turnout for the election and budget discussion. Congratulations to our new HSA Board members! We have a great group of folks to guide the HSA's efforts next year. If you were not able to make it to the meeting, please take a moment to review the proposed draft budget for SY 2015-2016. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions regarding the Budget, please click here and tell us what's on your mind. Based on the comments and suggestions we receive between now and Wednesday, May 27, we may make some changes to the Budget before it's presented for approval at the General Meeting on June 11.

The main office set a goal for 100% of returning students to be registered by May 15th, and we came very close to achieving our goal. If you are returning to Lafayette next year, please be sure to stop by the school to register as soon as possible. Completed enrollment packets should be returned to the main office, along with residency verification information, by the person who signed the packet. Health forms do not need to be turned in at this time.

Remember, tomorrow, May 20th at 7:30 PM, is the Community Modernization Meeting, and Thursday is Arts Night for grades PK, K and 1st.

Have an amazing week!

Hope & Laurie

Congratulations Lafayette Track! 

At last week's DCIAA Elementary Outdoor City Track & Field Championships, the Boys Bears Track & Field Team finished 2nd overall, while the Girls Team finished 3rd. A great showing by the Bears! Congratulations to all the athletes! 


Many individual athletes won and placed in events. The full results can be found here.

Lafayette Construction Community Meeting

Please join DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department of General Services (DGS)  for Lafayette School Modernization community update meeting on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 at Lafayette in the cafeteria.

Please see this link for a flyer with information about the community meeting. Please share the flyer with your family, neighbors and anyone whom you feel would be interested in receiving an update on the project.

For those unable to attend the meeting, we will also post the presentation to the DGS Lafayette project page on the website after the meeting.
voting_people.jpgLocal School Advisory Team Election 
The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team consists of four (4) parents (elected by the parent body), 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.

LSAT members are tasked with advising the Principal on matters such as: allocation of school resources; organization of the school; curriculum options, including special or supplementary course offerings and specialized research-based instructional strategies; budget decisions; priorities and considerations for staffing patterns and the selection of personnel; monitoring overall student progress; school culture, and family engagement.

The election for the four (4) LSAT parent members will be held at the General HSA Meeting on Thursday, June 11. If you are interested in running for an LSAT position, please sign up HERE by May 29 or contact Gayle Moseley (gaylemoseley@rcn.com) with any questions.
Thank You Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Goes Through the Roof!       

Many classes have raised at least $250 and have received donut holes. These classes include Ms. Hallock's class, Ms. Hill's class, Ms. Haigler's class, Mr. Martin's class, Ms. Cacibauda's class, Ms. Hebert's class, Mr. Otunba's class, Ms. Harn's class, Ms. Powell's class, Mr. Rogall's class, Ms. Yedwab's class, and Ms. Fratto's class. We raised almost $7,000 in total! This donation will help hundreds of victims and help to get the people in Nepal back on their feet. A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the fundraiser, and we hope those affected by the earthquake will benefit from our donation.

P.S. Ms. Ghamarian's class, Ms. deJonckheere's class, Ms. Phillip's class, and Ms. Cobb's class were very close to $250 and might have raised enough to get donuts on Monday.

Annual Lafayette

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Pick up your summer reading books at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 30, 9am-10 pm. P&P will donate 20% of your entire book purchase to Lafayette! Help Lafayette get some free money while supporting your local bookstore.   


Already stocked up on books? We'll have boxes for books you can donate to one of the following: Barnard Elementary; Lafayette's library; or specific Lafayette classrooms (teacher wishlists will be available). Or just bring the kids to hear some surprise guests read their favorite kids' books aloud...

Finally, we need volunteers to staff the table at P&P. Sign up here!
*Make sure you tell the cashier you're buying for Lafayette to get the 20% donation*
New (Revised) DCPS School Calendar
calendar Please see the DCPS 2015-2016 school calendar There are a few changes to it, including:
  • Spring Break will take place March 28, 2016 - April 1, 2016
  • Thursday, June 16 will be the last day of school


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Our summer reading guide is now posted, please find it here.

Lafayette family seeking nanny-share!
Our younger daughter (turning 4 in October) attends Temple Sinai Nursery School, and we would love to join another family for a nanny share arrangement in the fall. She is one the hippest, funniest kids you could hope to meet, with an abiding love of all things dinosaur, superhero, reptile and insect. We'll definitely need someone five days a week, and probably from noon to 5:30, although we may keep her at school a few afternoons a week. We're happy to have the other family host, though the kids can be at our place too. Ideal for another TSNS family, of course, but we're open to other families with preschool-aged kids in the neighborhood!


Beth Jacob, ejgross@gmail.com

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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