Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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Nov.17, 2015          Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
Nov. 17 (Tues)
HSA Board Meeting
6:30 pm
Nov. 19 (Thurs)
Make-up Picture Day 

Nov. 20 (Fri)
LEP Fall Session Ends

Nov. 23 (Mon)
Potomac Pizza Night

Nov 26-27
Thanksgiving Holiday
No School

Coffee Talk! 
Friday Nov. 20, 
8:50 - 9:45 am
in the Library.
Topic: Construction 


Message from the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families!

How is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week?! Time is flying by, but please take a moment, if you can, as we all show our giving side to those less fortunate. A little bit goes a long way - you can still donate to the Lafayette Gives Back program as we focus on the organization Comfort Cases. Today through Friday, we are still collecting donated items in each of the trailer pods where you your children can drop off items on this list.  Our goal is to fill 125 backpacks for foster children in the area, please help us reach our goal. That said, the volunteer response for this Sunday has been overwhelming, we are SO grateful for everyone's offer to help. At this time, we cannot accept any more volunteers for Sunday's assembly; we apologize - but really appreciate everyone's willingness to help. Keep an eye out in next week's Tuesday  Bulletin and we will share photos and a detailed update.

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our very generous donors for this year's Annual HSA Donation/Membership drive. We are proud to announce that we have raised $147,000 ($7,000) over
our goal for this year. We are ecstatic! Hats off to Tonya Oliver for leading the charge as well as Josh Gordon for working behind the scenes - nice job! Please remember, your tremendous financial support provides very valuable programs, supplies and support to our children and staff at Lafayette. 

Reminder - don't forget to pay your class activity fee, these funds are very important for each classroom as they fund transportation costs and entrance fees for field trips. Any questions? Please reach out Tonya Oilver  or your Room Parent.

Lastly, check the updates below and on the HSA website regarding Lafayette Loyalty Day, Make-Up Date for School Photos, Lost & Found Clean Up and our upcoming Spring Auction. We continue to keep things busy and moving on the HSA front - we are excited by the Lafayette Spirit and Community. We cannot thank you enough for your continued and amazing support!

Have a great week -

Janine & Shannon

Lafayette Gives Back: PJs for Comfort Cases!
Thanks to everyone who has donated to Lafayette Gives Back's donation drive for our Comfort Cases event. If you haven't donated yet, but still want to, most of all we need PJs, toothbrushes and toothpaste!! This is all preparation for an exciting event where kids get hands-on involvement in packing bags filled with basic necessities for children in foster care. Your kids can help now by donating items for Lafayette kids to pack at the event! We've made it super easy with this Amazon wish list. Even JUST ONE donated item is a big help. There are collection bins in the trailers and in Ms. Perll's classroom for kids to drop off donations on or before Friday 11-20. More information at the Lafayette Gives Back website or contact Katie Burke or Kitson Jazynka. Also please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at the  packing event on Sunday, 11-22 from 1-3 pm. (Due to overwhelming response, we can't accept more volunteers.) Thank you, and also thanks to GlobalPhone and Barstons Child's Play for their support. 
Make Up Picture Day
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For parents who would like their child's photo retaken, picture make up day is this Thursday. Please let  your child's
teacher and Jackie Snowden know
by Wednesday, either via email or send in a note.  

Saturday March 12 at Wilson High School


Yes folks, you read that right. The Lafayette Annual Auction Party is scheduled for March 12, 2016 at Wilson High School's beautiful atrium. Dust off your jumpsuits and John Travolta moves, we are headed for a Disco Inferno. Our friends at Wilson are graciously hosting us as we go through renovation.  
We are also delighted to announce that parents Jane Ellis and Ellen Root have stepped up to lead the Auction this year. They bring an impressive array of experience and creativity but they are going to need help from all of us. If you would like be a lead volunteer for the Auction this year, please contact Jane or Ellen or Eileen Dombo, our HSA Volunteer Coordinator. It's a great way to get involved in an important project and meet lots of new folks. 
And it is never too early to start soliciting for great things for the auction. We are looking for wonderful, creative things to auction off, like time in vacation homes, sports tickets, or a party ideas. We have already had one dad volunteer to create a Lafayette Whiskey Club. Any and all excellent ideas and offers are welcome. Please send them to Jane and Ellen and thank you for supporting this wonderful Lafayette tradition. 

lost and found2 Lost & Found Clean Up: Mark Your Calendars! 
All of the items in Lost & Found will be placed outside the Admin Trailer on Friday - November, 20th for the entire day.  Swing by and double check the large assortment of coats, jackets, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. for any missing items.

All items left at then end of the day on Friday, November 20th will be donated to a local charity.

Sign up for Lafayette Book Fair

Our book fair is coming up. The dates are Monday, November 30th through Thursday December 3rd. Only 4 days this year.

I would like to start recruiting volunteers. Please sign up here. The set up is going to be just before schools lets out for Thanksgiving. When we return on Monday, the book fair begins.

- Judith Mcintosh
Peace of Mind

Please enjoy the latest newsletter from Linda Ryden and our Peace Program.
Our next Potomac Pizza Night on Monday November 23. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Potomac Pizza, a proud HSA annual sponsor, Lafayette Elementary School will receive a 
percent of the sales of all in-store, pick-up AND DELIVERY orders p
laced on Monday November 23. Please make sure you mention Lafa
yette and KEEP YOUR RECEIPT and send it back in with your child on Tuesday. The class who collects THE MOST PIZZA RECEIP TS will receive a free Pizza Party courtesy of Potomac Pizza. 
Congratulations to Mr. King, Ms Campbell and the cast and stage crew of the Lafayette Enrichment Program's Drama Club for an amazing performance of the Steven King original play "The Jungle" on Friday night. The children and their awesome teachers/drama coaches put on two great performances for the whole school and their parents and friends. 

Thanks for Supporting 
Lafayette Loyalty Day
Last Wednesday, we held our first Lafayette Loyalty Day sponsored by Potomac Pizza, Child's Play and Galley Foods. Participating families enjoyed discounted pizza and delicious chef prepared dinners delivered right to their homes from Galley Foods ( thanks to Lafayette mom Bethann Siegel for arranging). Steven
 Aarons, Simmie Kerman and the team at Child's Play were such
wonderful hosts of the special Lafayette After Hours sale on Wednesday night. Parents enjoyed wine, homemade c ookies from a very talented Lafayette alumna, and personal shopping consulting from the great staff at Child's Play. Thanks again to our three great sponsors for your incredible support for Lafayette.  
Thousands of uncarved pumpkins are thrown away after Halloween. But uncarved pumpkins are not just decorations-they are very nutritious food.  Don't waste them, rescue them!
On Sunday, November 29, 2015, 11 am-3 pm, bring your *uncarved* pumpkins to Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave NW (in the back).  We have arranged for DC Central Kitchen and the Mid Atlantic Gleaning Network to pick them up, and combined they can accept about 420 pumpkins.
 If you have any questions or would like to participate in this effort, please contact me at  If you'd like to donate, please let me know how many pumpkins you will bring.  I'll reply, keep your email address, and remind you shortly before 11/29.  If the response exceeds our expectations and we already have 420 pumpkins, I'll let you know that, hoping to be able to accommodate more pumpkins next year.  Either way, you will get a response. If you can't donate, please consider cooking your pumpkin rather than throwing it away. Here are some ideas:

Wilson HS Presents:  HAIR
HAIR, the first rock musical, depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the `60s that changed America forever. The story follows a group of hopeful and free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War as they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, and burn draft cards. Featuring an exhilarating rock score-including favorites Aquarius, Hair, Easy to Be Hard, and Good Morning Starshine- HAIR delivers an irresistible message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages over 40 years later.
Three performances remain:  Friday November 20 at 7:30 pm and Saturday November 21 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
Student/child - $5 all performances 
Adult - $15 ($10 for the Saturday, Nov. 21 2:30 pm matinee) 
Cash or Check only
Tickets may be purchased before each performance.  You can also email to reserve tickets in advance.  Include your full name, the date and time of the performances you wish to attend and the number of tickets you'd like to reserve

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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