Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Teresa G. Gionis, Editor May 26, 2015
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May 28 (Thursday)
HSA Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.


May 29 (Friday)

LEP Spring Session Ends


May 30 (Saturday)

Lafayette Book Fair at Politics and Prose 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.


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From the HSA


Welcome back from the long Memorial Day weekend, and what a beautiful one at that. Hopefully, you all enjoyed either a dip in the pool, a vacation at the beach or spent time on the Mall remembering our fallen service men and women.   Either way, we hope you enjoyed the well deserved time with friends and family.


We are in the final stretch with four weeks left of school!  Still, a lot is going on. The third graders have been training hard learning how to run the DC Theatre Café, the fourth graders have been busy studying their states for their Suitcase Fair, and the fifth graders are packing their bags in anticipation for their  Gettysburg trip.  Most importantly, please note, the last day of school has changed for Lafayette.  It is now June 18th with dismissal at 12:15PM. 


We are still seeking parents who are interested in running for the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), see Gayle's message below.  From a personal view, I have found being a member very rewarding.  Every month we have discussions on the importance of standardized tests, recess programs and most importantly, how our DCPS budget is allocated.  This position offers ample opportunity to have a close relationship with our principal as well as cogent discussions regarding the future of our children's education.  The time commitment is one meeting per month starting at 7:45AM.  That amounts to about 10 hours/year.  We hope you consider running.


Got Sneakers?  We want them!  We have an opportunity to help set up a "lending library" of sneakers for an elementary school in Newport News, Virginia.  The PE teacher at Magruder Elementary Discovery STEM Academy is asking for gently used sneakers for students K through 5th.  This school is in a disadvantaged neighborhood where most children cannot participate in gym class because they do not have the appropriate footwear.  As with the book drive for DC libraries, this is a wonderful opportunity for Lafayette students to show their generosity.  Look for the sneaker bin in the Great Hall to donate your sneakers.  We thank you in advance.


Last but not least, please join us at Politics and Prose for our annual book fair this weekend (see details below).  This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on summer reading list and books for Father's Day while supporting Lafayette.  Remember, 20% of your proceeds go to Lafayette.  We hope to see you there. 

Enjoy the week,

Hope & Laurie

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from the Art and Music Deparment 


huge thanks goes out to Eldad Moraru for once again sponsoring Arts Nights 2 and 3 this year. We could not have done it without him. Thanks also goes to Eileen Dombo for coordinating all of the parent volunteers. Finally, thank you to all of the parents who spent time pouring juice and passing out cookies. You are all fabulous! We are fortunate to be part of such a helpful and supportive community.

- Laurie McLaughlin, Andrea Perll, and Joel Holmes


Health and Dental Certificates


Whenever your child has a physical exam, regardless of the time of year, please bring in the new health certificate to the nurse.  These health and dental certificates are valid for a full calendar year, and I can always help you verify a current health certificate for purposes of registration for next year.  Please do not bring in an old health certificate that has been re-dated at the bottom of the form!  Please just bring in a brand new one after each physical exam/birthday.

Old health certificates are a) not valid, b) redundant, and c) make me crazy.

Thank you so much and have a great summer!


-Chris Cockrell, RN, BSN

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.

Advertise in the Lafayette Directory

Each year the HSA publishes a Directory that is an invaluable resource for all Lafayette families. This year we will once again work with AtoZ Directories to produce a quality Directory, and we'd like to invite our Community families and area merchants to purchase advertising space.  It is a great way to show your support for the school, and enables Lafayette families to support our local businesses who advertise. 


The Directory lists important school policies and contact information as well as class lists, student addresses, telephone numbers and parent email addresses.  As veteran members of our Lafayette Community know, the directory is owned by almost every family in the school and is checked many times each week when arranging play-dates, contacting room parents, scheduling volunteer activities, and the like. The Directory will be ready for distribution in early October 2015.


There are full page, half page, and business card advertising opportunities available. You can get a full page ad for $350, a ½ page ad for $225, or a business card ad for $125. 


We also have premium advertising spaces available.  The back cover is $900, inside front and back covers are $750, and divider pages (used to separate sections within the directory) are $500. 


As a way to give Lafayette parents the first and equal chance to get the premium spots, which are always in high demand, we are holding a lottery this year for those locations.  Parents interested in a premium location or a regular ad should complete the attached form and send it to AtoZ Directories by June 10th, 2015.  Once the lottery is held, AtoZ Directories will contact you to let you know your location and all the other details you will need.  There is no need to send payment or artwork until your location is finalized.


A directory ad form is attached.  Please feel free to pass it on to local merchants that you think might be interested in advertising.  Keep cool, have a great summer and thanks in advance for your support!



Annual Lafayette

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Pick up your summer reading books at Politics & Prose on Saturday, May 30, 9am-10pm. 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). 

Dr. Broquard will be reading books at 10:30am - don't miss it!
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*





Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp

The Lafayette Tennis Summer Camp still has openings during several of its fun week-long sessions.  Camps start June 15 (for non-DCPS kids) and go through the second week of August.  Boys and girls ages 5-15 are invited to develop their tennis skills.  Beginners and experienced players can improve their game while having fun playing with friends and classmates.  Check out space availability at www.LafayetteTennis.org or contact Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or rosenbaumpaul@msn.com.  You can request a wait list spot for a week that is currently full.  Scholarship requests are considered on a case by case basis.  We are a no electronics camp environment.



HUGE YARD SALE/MOVING SALE (more than 15 families!)

This saturday, May 30, 8 am to Noon


Womens clothing, shoes and accessories (a lot of french brands),

Baby and toddler clothes and items, Toys, Books

Household and kitchen stuff, Appliance, furniture, electronics....

Free stuff.

Delicious homemade french pastries (macarons, caneles, financiers...)

Lemonade and coffee stands

Come visit us :

5712 Moreland St 

Washington DC 20015


Tennis: Sam Coan, a junior USTA nationally ranked tennis player and former Lafayette student (age 15), is available for tennis hitting sessions at the Lafayette elementary school tennis courts. 
Rates: 30 minute session: $15  / 60 minute session: $30 

Please contact him at samcoan1@gmail.com to schedule a time


PEP Parenting Final spring workshops | Summer classes at 20% off! | Super Sitters class. The latest classes can be found here. 



Nanny: Our former nanny is looking for full-time work as her current family is moving to Colorado.  Sylvianne is warm, loving, vivacious and speaks English and French.  Please contact Sylviane directly at 240-423-5018 or contact us for a reference at 202-364-8069.

 -Sam Frumkin and Susan Kay







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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