Tuesday Bulletin
Lafayette Elementary Home and School Association 
Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Editor June 9, 2015
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June 9 (Tuesday)

HSA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

June 11 (Thursday)

HSA General Meeting, 7:00 pm 


June 17 (Wednesday)
5th Grade Promotion & Reception

June 18 (Thursday)
Last Day of school, dismissal 12:15 pm 


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From the HSA

Last week, I had the pleasure of having lunch at Lafayette's DC Theatre Café. For those of you not familiar with this annual event, it's a luncheon theater that our third graders host each year. This multi-disciplinary project culminates in a field trip to the US Capitol, art projects studying DC architecture and use of math skills to run the café. Every year the third graders decide what their theme should be and this year it was the historical March on Washington. They did a fantastic job performing on stage as well as performing their jobs as waiters, hosts and chefs. For the grand finale, a gentleman who was at the March on Washington in 1963 came to discuss his experience with the children. What an amazing way for the kids to learn history and think about where we are as a country today. A big thank you to Ms. Jensen and all the third grade teachers for their dedication in bringing a complicated project together. Job well done! 


This Thursday, June 11, the HSA will be hosting our final General Meeting. We have a full agenda which includes: the presentation of the Marquis de Lafayette Awards, voting for the new LSAT members (see below) as well as voting on the final 2015-2016 HSA budget. 


The Marquis de Lafayette Awards are presented to those who have provided outstanding service and assistance to the school. This year's recipients are: Carol Hill, Brad Jewett, Robert Johnson, Bridget O'Malley, Cheryl Phillips, Ashley Powell, Bernadine Walker, Marek and Jen Gootman, Marilyn Kitzes, Julie Maner and Gayle Moseley. We hope you can attend and show your appreciation for the people who make Lafayette such a special place.


Also at this meeting, we plan to vote to accept the HSA Budget and have the LSAT elections. Thank you to the many parents who have given us feedback. Please click HERE to review the Budget before you come to the meeting on Thursday. We do need a quorum of 30 to vote, so please come to the meeting if you can. Just as with previous meetings, we will offer free babysitting. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow at 7:00pm. 


If you haven't already, please make sure to register for next year. We are in the home stretch, and the more students who are registered before the end of the year, the easier the transition will be for our front office as we enter into our school renovation.

Enjoy your week!

Hope & Laurie

It's Time to Vote for LSAT Representatives!

The election for our Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) will be held THIS THURSDAY at the HSA General Meeting. We have EIGHT Lafayette parents who have decided to run for one of the four representative positions: Katie Burke, Kavita Chambery, Jared Cohen, Dave Gessert, Marek Gootman, Tammy Horn, Odell McCants and Carrie Willimann. Please read through their statements in preparation for the election.

If you cannot attend the meeting to vote in person, you may vote by proxy. Please check your child's backpack for a PROXY BALLOT or print one here. Vote for no more than four (4) candidates and place your ballot in the red shoebox on top of the HSA file cabinet in the Great Hall or send it to the meeting with a friend who is attending. All parents/legal caregivers of Lafayette students are eligible to vote.

The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The team consists of parents, 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 are established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Principal for the purpose of improving student outcomes.


From the Library
Judith Perlin
Everyone who walks by the library laments on the emptiness of our wonderful space. Our collection is about two-thirds of the way packed up. Upstairs you can still find shelves full of easier chapter books and picture books. I am scanning all library books to complete an inventory of the entire collection before I box them up. About half of the collection will be coming into our temporary library space this fall. And yep, I am taking all the good books. The space will be great, we will still have our book fair, and there will be book clubs and author visits. After we return to school in August we will have our first author visit. On September 29th, Liz Pichon (pronounced pea-shone) will visit Lafayette. Pichon is the author of a few picture books as well as the Tom Gates series which is kind of the British version of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.


Third Grade Meets Civil Rights Leader - March On Washington Participant

Capping off an excellent week of DC Theatre Cafe ( thank you Ms Jensen and all the third grade teachers and parent volunteers for an excellent show), the Lafayette Third Grade got a chance to meet a real live participant in the March on Washington and one of the nation's top Civil Rights Leader on Friday afternoon, Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Mr. Henderson, who is a DC native and an alumni of DC Public Schools, went to the March on his bicycle when he was 15 years old. He spent an hour on Friday talking to the Lafayette Third Grade about what it was like to grow up during the time of the March and what it was like to be there. He also quizzed them about the March and the Civil Rights movement and was blown away by our great third graders knowledge of their own local history. They asked really smart questions like "Were the buses that took people to the March segregated, were the schools in DC segregated, did you get in trouble for going to the March, were you scared?"

The children also serenaded him with a rousing performance of Peter Paul and Mary's If I had a Hammer. After his talk, Ms Yedwab presented Mr. Henderson with a Lafayette canvas shopping bag on behalf of the 3rd Grade teachers and the kids all asked for his autograph. It was a special moment for Lafayette and the perfect end to their great unit on the March on Washington and the DC Theatre Cafe.


Lost & Found Clean Up
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Please check out the lost & found items on or before June 11 for anything that might be yours. In anticipation of the school building's closure for construction, the lost & found will be cleaned out early this year. All items will be donated to charity after June 19.


Lafayette Farmers Market

image of vegetables The Lafayette Farmers Market is moving to its relocation site, the courtyard between the CCCC and the CC Library, 5601 Conn. Ave NW during the renovation of Lafayette E.S.  They will be at this new location during the duration of the project, June 2015 - August 2016.





Tennis Hitting Sessions. 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. 

30 minute session: $15 
60 minute session: $30 
Please contact him at samcoan1@gmail.com to schedule a time.

Looking for a babysitter this summer? Rosie Cohen, daughter of Peace Teacher Linda Ryden, is available for babysitting. Rosie is home from college and free most evenings and some days. Contact Rosie at (202) 494-1055 or cohen.ro.23@gmail.com.

Last Week of Vacation. There's a 3 Nanny Mini Camp for kids ages 6 to 8 yrs. August 17-21 from 9 to 4 pm. Limit 12 kids. Cost $250 includes snacks, t-shirt and some field trips. To secure a spot contact 3 Nanny at marciakerise@gmail.com. Deadline is July 31st.


Washington Performing Arts Summer Camps. A world of opportunities can begin with Washington Performing Arts summer camps. Camps are located at Alice Deal Middle School. Free breakfast and lunch provided at all camps supported by D.C. Free Summer Meals Program. Register Now!

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Youth Sport and Fitness Camp. Looking for last minute camp options? We still have space!

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 sessions, from July 6th through July 31st, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, with aftercare available; 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:

1 week session: $275
2 sessions: $500
All 4 sessions; $900

Partial Day Rate:

1 week session: $175
2 sessions: $300
All 4 sessions: $650

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

Deal Fit and Sport Camp Online Registration Form HERE

Please email dealfitandsportcamp@gmail.com with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at: neal.downing@dc.gov

Space is limited, so register now!

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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