Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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Sept. 29, 2015          Katya Svirina, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

Oct 1 (Thu): 7:00 pm
HSA General Meeting
Oct 2 (Fri):
-Picture Day
-Homecoming Dance and Coat Drive (7-11pm) 
Oct 7 (Wed)
-Walk to School Day

Message from Dr. Broquard
Fall is in the air!  We find ourselves saying goodbye to September, and welcoming October as we enter Week 6 of school.  This week is Spirit Week!  Don't forget to check out all the dress up days below:
  • Mustache Monday
  • Team Tuesday (wear your favorite jersey or tshirt)
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Tired Thursday (aka Pajama Day!!!)
  • Dress Up Friday (it's Picture day)!
We will wrap up the week with the 1st Annual Lafayette Homecoming Dance and Coat Drive on Friday, 10/2 from 7 pm - 11 pm.  Help us put the tent to good use - tell your friends, neighbors, and alums!  There will be a DJ, drinks, dancing, and District Taco. Tickets are on sale online now and will also be available at the door.  
Rainy Day Plan

If it rains, (which it won't...), please note that you will drop your student off at the following gates. Staff will meet students and be sure they are escorted into their classrooms (PreK and KDG) or into the hallways of their pods (1st - 5th)
  • Line Up Area 1 - KDG will use the Main Gate (Gate 4), 1st Grade will use Gate 5
  • Line Up Area 2 - Use the Main Gate or Gate 2 to enter campus and get onto the walkways.  Parents should say goodbye at the gates.  Students should then proceed onto the walkways and into their pods.
  • Line Up Area 3 - Students will enter using Gate 3 and proceed to their classrooms or pods.  The place to say good bye will be at the gates.
When we dismiss, we will exit in reverse, using the same gates you enter from.  I realize that if it is raining, parents will be standing in the rain waiting for their child.   This will not be a quick process - especially since we have never done it before.  Thank you in advance for your patience and sense of humor!

Carrie Broquard

calendar Reminder: General HSA meeting

Reminder General HSA meeting this Thursday, October 1st at 7:00pm. We will review budget, donation drive, up and coming events and give a general update. Remember we need all of you to succeed! Please meet in the Tent where pizza will be for sale and free babysitting offered during the meeting. Following the HSA update, DGS will host a Lafayette Construction meeting.  Please come out and support the HSA.  Thank you! 

Shannon Behm and Janine Finck-Boyle, HSA Co-Presidents

party dancersHomecoming Dance

Lafayette Spirit Week - It Isn't Just for Kids. Calling all Lafayette Boosters Over the Age of 21. Come out and show your Lafayette School Spirit at our First Ever Adult Only Homecoming Dance

Lafayette Spirit Week isn't just for kids. It's for grownups too! Head on out to the first ever Homecoming Dance, Friday October 2 from 7-11PM in the big tent and enjoy food, drink and dancing with all your friends who love Lafayette. Tickets are still available on the Lafayette HSA website. And thanks to the generosity of some great Lafayette boosters, our speci  al $30 per ticket price for all the food and drink you can consume has been extended through Thursday of this week, They will go up to $50 a person at the door on Friday.
So join with Dr. B, Lafayette teachers, parents and community members and show your spirit at the end of Spirit Week at the Homecoming Dance. It promises to be good time for everyone.
The Homecoming Committee

Spreading Good Spirit Across the City with our Annual Coat Drive   

As part of Lafayette Spirit Week, we are asking all Lafayette kids and families to show some of our great Lafayette spirit and compassion by taking part in our Annual Coat Drive to help children in need at other DC public schools across the city. 
Please bring a new or gently used/freshly laundered coat to school this week and drop it in plastic bins in the front of the school. Or drop it off at 5841 Nebraska Ave. We are trying to collect 300 coats for children across DC and we are only one fifth of the way there. So please check your closets or log on to Amazon Smile or use your Target Red Card and buy a new one.
You can also bring coats to the Homecoming Dance on Friday October 2. Thank you for helping keep all DC kids warm and toasty once the cold weather starts.  

The Homecoming Committee 
Lafayette Gives Back   

This year we are delighted to introduce Lafayette Gives Back, a new community service program sponsored by the HSA. Lafayette Gives Back will provide our students and families with hands-on community service opportunities throughout the school year. This will be an excellent chance for our students to gain a better understanding of the needs in our region and beyond, and to see how they are able to personally make a difference. Please keep an eye on the Tuesday Bulletin, HSA website, and emails from your room parents to find out about upcoming events. If you have questions or ideas for great hands-on service opportunities, please contact Katie Burke.

Picture Day is this FRIDAY!  

All students will be photographed by Bethesda photographer Freed Photography.  Both class and individual photos will be taken - no order forms - no pre-paying.

Freed Photography operates a little differently than traditional school photographers. Students will be photographed outside using sunlight and the backdrop will be various spots around the park.


Save the Date: Lafayette Fall Festival

In the town of Lafayette, when all good citizens are safe inside.  Do you what creatures roam the trailers at night?  You might just get to meet them at the Lafayette Fall Festival.


From the Math Center

Math Team: Calling all 4th and 5th grade mathematicians! We are excited about another year of problem-solving and creative mathematical thinking. The Lafayette Math team will have its first meeting on Friday, October 2nd at 8 a.m. in Ms. Skubel's room (H108) and will continue meeting on Fridays at that time.

Students should enter through the main gate and proceed to the H trailer. In the next week, Ms. Duchinsky or Ms. Stanton will be providing the 4th and 5th grade math teachers with permission slips to give out to students. After that, forms will be available in the Math Center and completed forms can be placed in Ms. Duchinsky's mailbox.

For a sneak peak of what we do, try this question from the Continental Math League contest:

Janice was born in 2003. Her brother was born in 2009. In what year will Janice be twice as old as her brother?  

We Hope to see you on Friday!

- Erin Duchinsky and Edith Stanton  

teaching peace logo Peace of Mind Newsletter

Welcome to Volume 1 of our new Peace of Mind Newsletter!

We are Linda Ryden, Peace Teacher and creator of the Peace of Mind program, and School Counselor Jillian Diesner. Linda teaches Peace Class each week to the 1st - 5th graders and Jillian teaches the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.

Every two weeks we will let you know what is happening in Peace Class and in the Peace of Mind program in general. We may also share some interesting articles and some pictures of your children being peaceful.

See the Newsletter here

October is Growing Healthy Schools Month! 

Lafayette will be participating in this DCPS-wide event with classroom visits from farmers, chefs, and athletes to celebrate the benefits of local food, healthy eating, and being active.  Morning announcements about smart food choices, participation in "brain break" contests, and other fun activities are planned for the month. More information can be found here.

Lafayette's Greening & Wellness Committee is helping to organize this event. If you'd like to join the committee, or learn more, please contact Laura Nelms.

Warm up Those Sneakers!kids walking school
The annual International Walk to School Day event is coming up on October 7th, and we want it to be bigger and better than ever here at Lafayette! We'll have prizes for participants, walking school buses and a lot of healthy, green fun! We need a little bit of help from parents to make this morning a success. Please click here if you can offer a short amount of your time to help out with the event. Thank you! For questions, please contact Katie Burke. 
Community Community Notices

Is you child interested in building robots?  I am looking for other families who might be interested in starting one or more Junior First LEGO teams.  The age range is 6-9, teams are up to 6 kids. The financial commitment is $50 per team for registration costs.  Junior First LEGO League (Jr. FLL) also recommends purchase of starter kit which would be about $200 per team. Jr. FLL requires each team has 2 coaches over the age of 18 so I am also looking for someone who would volunteer to coach with me.  Meeting space can be reserved for free at the library, so I would try to have this hosted at the Chevy Chase Library, Sunday afternoons after 2 pm.  More details about the program can be found in the link here.  If you are interested, please let me know.  I would like to try to kick off the team in the next 4-6 weeks.  Please email me, Karley Sessoms: [email protected].

Homerun Baseball Mom's Clinic
Dear Mom's Everywhere,
You are cordially invited to our special annual clinic for the real general managers - on and off the field! You'll jump right into a fast paced, active clinic and take batting practice, square drill, fly balls and play active catch. We'll also discuss how to support and guide a young ballplayer to be more coachable and effortful on and off the field. I'll take time during our water break for questions on any and all topics. There will be a few special surprises for our participants including a special edition hoodie, inspirational bio's of a few of my favorite players and a special raffle of books and fungoes! Sun, Oct 18th 12:00 - 2:30 PM. Friendship Rec. Center, 4500 Van Ness St. NW, Suggested tax deductible donation, $75. For more information see this website

Expert and Versatile Tutor Available
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Thank You Lafayette Sponsors!
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our very generous Annual Sponsors for 2015-2016, your continued support is amazing! 

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