Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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Oct. 27, 2015          Gayle Moseley, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

Oct 30 (Fri)
Halloween Parade and Parties - 9:30am
Oct 30 (Fri)
Early Dismissal
Nov 1 (Sun)
Daylight Savings
Nov 5 (Thu)
HSA General Meeting
Nov 11 (Wed)
Veteran's Day
No School
Nov 11 (Wed)
Lafayette Loyalty Day


Message from our Principal

Dear Lafayette Families -

Happy last week of October! This is also our third short week in a row. I know everyone will be happy to get back five full teaching days next week! Last week we had an outstanding round of Parent/Teacher conferences. Thank you to all of our teachers who take so much time and care to know each and every one of our students, and who care so deeply about our children's learning. A huge "thank you" also goes out to Astrid Ruggeri, Daniela Golinelli, the HSA, and all the parent volunteers who orchestrated a spectacular Fall Festival this past Saturday. It was great to see so many of our families enjoying the afternoon together. Thanks also goes to Mrs. McLaughlin and the 2nd grade students who made the fabulous Box Trolls that lined the walkways of the park and the 5th grade students and parents who made the haunted house extra creepy!
Friday, 10/30 is the end of the First Term. This means that we will have dismissal at 12:15 pm on Friday. It also means that the first round of report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 13th. Friday is also the day we will celebrate Halloween! Students should come to school dressed in costume (with no toy weapons). The parade will start at 9:30 am with PreK leading the way. We will parade out of the trailers and through the park. Be sure to log onto the website to see the exact route. Parents should plan to view the parade in the park. Be sure to check out the beginning of the parade...we have some very special Grand Marshalls who will be joining us! Halloween parties will start at the conclusion of the parade (about 10:45). We will then dismiss for home at 12:15 pm. Our first "Lafayette Gives Back" event will follow in the afternoon - Trick-or-Treating at the Washington Home at 1:30 pm.
Thanks to the parents who joined me for my first Coffee Talk. We discussed the overall curriculum of the school as well as briefly discussed how we use assessment to guide instruction. The information discussed will be uploaded to the website in the coming week or so. If there is a topic you would love to chat about, please feel free to drop me an email. I am always on the hunt for what parents want to talk about during our Coffee Talks.
As we hurdle toward November, be on the lookout for fieldtrips, informances, the 5th Grade class trip (11/4 and 11/5), an HSA general meeting (11/5), a day off on Veteran's Day (11/11), Lafayette Loyalty Day (11/11), the Drama Club Play (11/13), a Coffee Talk (11/20) and another Lafayette Gives Back event (11/22). Be sure to take time as a family and spend time together as schedules begin to intensify through the holidays. We remind our kids every day to take time to be thankful for all that is around us. Here's to the close of another great month of this school year.

Carrie Broquard, Ed. D.
Lafayette Elementary School
Cross Country
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Lafayette cross-country team made an excellent showing at the City Championship meet. The boys' team placed 3rd, and the girls' team placed 4th. A number of Lafayette runners placed in the top 20 in their respective races, including Selden Pikens, who placed 4th, Jonah McKearn, who placed 12th, and Michael Rogan, who placed 13th. In the girls' race, Grace McKearn, finished 9th, Gillian Gessert, finished 16th, and Olivia Hernandez finished 17th. Full results of the meet are available here.

Congratulations to all the runners for a season of hard work and to Coaches Hoppe, Campbell, and DeMaria for leading the team!

Winter Track is Starting!

All fourth and fifth graders are welcome to join the Lafayette winter/indoor track team.  Track practice starts on Tuesday November 3rd.  Practices will be held outside on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school at 3:30.  Kids will meet coaches Campbell, Hoppe, and DeMaria at the picnic tables by the rec center.

In order to attend practice, kids must turn in a consent to participate and emergency health form.  Links to the forms are here.

We'll have the team shutterfly site up soon to help coordinate communication with team families.
Lafayette Gives Back
You're not too late to sign up for a great opportunity to do some extra trick-or-treating, and make Halloween a special day for some of our local senior citizens! After the Halloween fun at school, you're invited to join Lafayette Gives Back for trick-or-treating at the Washington Home on Friday, October 30th at 1:30pm. Students can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with the elderly residents, who enjoy seeing the kids decked out in their holiday disguises! The children will trick-or-treat and interact with the residents for about an hour. Siblings are welcome to participate in this event as well, but please register all children through the
For questions, contact Janine Finck-Boyle.

Halloween Candy Drive
for the Homeless
Remember that mountain of candy you collected last Halloween?  Sure it tastes good for a while but wouldn't you like a longer-lasting good feeling?  For the fifth year in a row the Lafayette community will be collecting Halloween candy to share with the people who come to Bethesda Cares Homeless Shelter.  Each year we collect more and more candy - so much that the people at the shelter are able to give every person who comes in a piece of candy for a whole year!  Bring in a bag of candy and get a free smile that will last all day!  Candy donations should be brought to the Oasis trailer (E101) starting the Monday after Halloween through Wednesday November 4th.  We will be making cards to go along with the candy in Peace Class. FAQ's: "Why Bethesda Cares?" Lafayette grads Nina and Kyle Clemente and their mom Wendy Adler are long-time volunteers at Bethesda Cares. They take our candy home and deliver small amounts every week to the shelter. "Isn't candy unhealthy?" Yes, but for children without homes special treats are rare. A little piece of candy following a healthy meal from the shelter means a lot to people who are struggling.   Thanks for helping us help others!  More questions?
Contact Linda Ryden.

Linda Ryden
Peace of Mind
Lafayette Elementary School
And the winner is . . .

apple-pie.jpg It was a sweet day at the Fall Festival,  so special thanks to all of our bakers who came out and made both the Pie Competition and Bake Sale such a success.  I am not quite sure if I ever seen such picture perfect pies on display and I know Dr. Broquard did not have an easy time making her decision. So without further ado...congratulations to our winners: Shahram Vaezy with his Pumpkin-Apple Pecan Pie for 3rd place, 2nd place goes to a Black Bottom Salted Caramel Pie baked by Ashley Allen and our 2015 Pie Winner is Mary Meagher Hunter with her Pecan Pie. Click HERE for the recipes for these delicious pies!
What a Fabulous Fall Festival!

There was magic in the air this past Saturday when Lafayette Elementary School and Park was successfully invaded by some pretty darn cute box trolls and their very own fun festival. Our incredible Fall Festival Chairs Astrid Ruggeri and Daniela Golinelli along with their super band of volunteers created a world of fun and wonder across the park and under the Big Top. Many of us were worried it would be hard to replicate the Fall Festival during renovation but Daniela and Astrid took the challenge on and created something really special and memorable for everyone involved. The 2nd Grade Box Trolls lining the Park really set the tone. The teams who baked pies and Halloween treats, made hot chocolate and coffee and sold pizza after pizza were incredible. The Creepy Clown House was awesomely scary and the games, face painting and photo-booth, a new addition this year, were mobbed with happy children.  Congratulations to 5th grade mom Mary Meagher for her delicious award winning pie.  And what a great way to finish off a busy day and calm down some excited kids than with a showing of the "BoxTrolls" under the Big Top. Thank you to all of the incredible parents, children and guests who made the day possible through volunteering and attending.
In addition to our everlasting gratitude to Astrid and Daniela, special thanks go out to Laura Grimm who helped us navigate the world of DC permitting;  Dr. Broquard, Stephanie Mayhew and our friends at SKANSKA for their  help on logistics, electricity and so much more; Ms Ali and Mr. Hart  at the Lafayette Rec Center who willingly helped us transform their space into a Haunted House and give us such great advice and help;  Art Teacher Laurie McLaughlin and the 2nd Grade for the amazing Box Troll Art; HSA Volunteer Coordinator Eileen Dombo and all the Fall Festival lead volunteers including: 

Ticketing & Check-in:   Michelle Moser
Games & Photobooth:  Maria Lacaze
Bake Sale & Pie:          Katie Burke
Face Painting:             Hope Scheller
Arts & Crafts:              Edith Rankin
Karaoke:                    Caroline Mew
Pizza and Beverages:   Sonya Matza
Movie Night:               Anslie Stokes
Photographer:            Tonya Oliver
Haunted House:          Eldad Moraru
Pumpkin Sale:             Chris Lisi
Accounting:  Josh Gordon & Kavita Chambery

A very special thank you to our Annual Sponsors and Fall Festival Sponsors whose generosity made the Festival possible including Broad Branch Children's House, Galley Foods, HoopEd, Lafayette Tennis, and the super cool team from Mad Science.  Our friends at Costco, Giant, Broad Branch Market and Child's Play provided prizes for our contest winners.

And a Lafayette shout-out to George Young, Bobby Matthews, Glenn White, Karen Harris, Lorenzo DuBoise, and Jaime Howell from the Custodial team who worked with dads and moms to lug tables across the park, clean up trash and keep things moving and Becky Maydak and our friends on the ANC, including former ANC Chair Allen Beach, Lafayette Class of 1945, for their support of the Festival and all of Lafayette's neighbors who signed our petition and came out in support.

We would be remiss without recognizing  HSA Ways and Means Chair Chris Lisi and the team at Farmraiser for finding a way to include our friends from the Chevy Chase Farmers Market in the fun. The pumpkins, apples and cider sales were a big hit and made the Festival seem even more seasonal plus Lafayette got to take home a significant percentage of the profits to support academic and enrichment activities for all our students year round. 

Grizzly Gear! 

hoodie jacket
It's time to order Fall Grizzly Gear! Look for an order form in your child's backpack. We have new Lafayette tie-dyed t-shirts, car magnets, and Lafayette golf and regular umbrellas. Plus we've got some great stuff for the colder weather including athletic wear sweatshirts for the adults, fleeces for the family, and pajama pants. You can return your order form in the envelope attached in your child's backpack, or to the box in the main office. All proceeds go to the school and it's a great way to show your Lafayette Spirit!


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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