Lafayette Elementary School
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Jan. 19, 2016          Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

Jan 19
HSA Board Meeting-6:30 pm

Jan 22
Spelling Bee-9:00 am
Early Dismissal-12:15 pm

Key Dates from DCPS

DCPS has announced some key dates for the 2016-17 school year and is soliciting feedback. The survey asks about the length of Winter Break, the timing of Spring Break, and how to structure PD Days. You can click here to provide feedback.

Lafayette Enrichment Program Update

The Winter Session of LEP begins next week on January 25th! 
Class openings are still available in Scrabble Club, Advanced Chess and Next Generation Minipreneurs.  Visit our registration site to enroll. LEP information can be found on the school website in two navigation areas: "For Parents" and "Student Life." Questions?  Email Hope Scheller at 
Indoor Track Wraps Up

Congratulations to the Indoor Track Team! The boys & girls did a wonderful job representing Lafayette at the 2016 DCIAA Elementary Indoor Track and Field Championship.  The girls' team took 3rd and the boys' team took 4th place.

Huge thanks to Coaches Jess Campbell, Meg DeMaria, and Cara Hoppe for coaching 45 athletes this season. They report: "As coaches, we were most proud to see our team cheering each other on, supporting each other before and after the race, and congratulating other teams." Thanks to all for a great season!

Jump Rope for Heart Update

One of the kids' favorite activities of the year is just around the corner.  This year's Jump Rope for Heart will be held during the week of February 22nd during Physical Education classes.  Our 18th annual event will have a completely different look due to the constraints of our space.  All activities will take place in the Big Top during regularly scheduled PE classes.  All students will participate in the heart pumping activities during the school day. A packet will be sent home this coming week.  Please be on the lookout for it.  If you have any questions please ask Ms. Perll, Ms. Howes or Ms. McClure.  Read more. 
Lafayette Students Show Off Their Moves in MLK Chess Tournament
4th Grader Hale Snyder wins second place in city-wide tournament
Lafayette students performed very well in the third annual citywide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Chess Challenge sponsored by DC Parks and Recreation last Thursday night. More than 45 boys and girls from across the District took part in the tournament which was held at the Chevy Chase Community Center including several students from Lafayette.  

The competition was fierce. Some matches ended in just a few minutes, and others took longer. 4th grader Jack Pagano made it to the quarterfinal. 4th grader Hale Snyder had an outstanding night, winning second place in the tournament and receiving a trophy and a gift certificate for his great performance.  Both Hale and Jack are members of the Lafayette Chess Club and take part in the Lafayette Enrichment Program's chess classes.  Several other younger Lafayette students also took part in the tournament.  Spaces are still available for Chess in the LEP winter session.  
Host a Party--Help the Auction!

Love throwing parties? Looking for a way to support the 2016 Lafayette Auction?

Throw an Auction Party for Adults, Kids, or Families. It's easy and so fun.

Step 1 - Come up with a fun party theme

Your party can be for kids, families, or just adults-we are especially interested in parties kids can attend with their parents. Find some co-hosts and start brainstorming! All good, creative (and legal) ideas are welcome. Some examples of past parties to get you started: Adult-Child Golf Tournament, Nats Game BBQ, Build-A-Bear or Pottery Painting Party, Community Talent Show, Pre-Teen Disco. We've seen everything from an "Amazing Race Party" to an "Around the World Wine Tasting Party," from a "Mother-Daughter Tea" to a "Dads-Only Pub Crawl."

Step 2 - Pick your date and decide on the number of guest slots

You and your co-hosts will cover the cost of throwing the party and charge guests a cover to attend. We would like to net $1,500 per adult party and $500 per kid party.

Step 3 - Sit back while we promote your party

The Auction Team will advertise your party and guests will be able to sign up at the Auction on March 12. What could be easier? We already have a real NC BBQ, the 5th Annual College Party, a Woodstock Festival, an Adult-Child Golf Tournament and a Murder Mystery party on the books. But we need more ideas and parties.

It's a win-win for everyone

You, your co-hosts, and guests will make memories to last a lifetime, while the HSA makes critical funds to help support all the programs that make Lafayette special.

Sign up today: The deadline for party submissions is February 17

Just send Chris Lisi or Jenny Backus an email that includes: your name, brief party description, party date, co-hosts (list doesn't have to be complete), number of guest slots, cover charge, and any artwork you want included in the description of your party. Or just fill out this Google spreadsheet.

We are happy to answer any questions and help you brainstorm ideas. We'll even help you find co-hosts. Let's party on for Lafayette!

Thank you for your consideration and support,
Chris and Jenny 
Get Your Groundhog Day Groove On.....
...Friday January 29 at Tenley Bar and Grill with Lafayette's own parent band Cheaper than Therapy.

We teamed up with Lafayette's own Cheaper than Therapy and the Tenley Bar and Grill, located at 4611 41st Street, for a super fun midwinter party on Friday January 29. Come by for dinner, dancing, a signature Marquis de Lafayette drink and a chance to sing with one of NW DC's most rocking bands. And you will be raising money for Lafayette too. What could be better?
The party starts at Tenley Bar and Grill on Friday January 29 from 6 to 9 when the great Tenley team has generously offered to give back 10% of all proceeds from dinner and early drinks back to Lafayette. Starting at 8:30 PM, we'll collect a $10 a person cover charge at the door and the band will play several sets from 9:00 until late into the night. If you are already there for dinner, don't worry about the cover charge. All proceeds from the door go directly to Lafayette so spread the word and bring your friends, co-workers and fun casual acquaintances.

The professional bartenders at Tenley Bar and Grill are also mixing up a special signature cocktail for the night called a Marquis de Lafayette and we will get 50% back from each drink sold.So come thirsty!  And last but not least, get ready for your Voice audition and secure your chance to sing with the band during the evening. Four lucky donors will get a chance to sing on stage during the night.

So come out and join Cheaper than Therapy on Friday the 29th. It's a great way to blow away the midwinter blues and get your groundhog day groove on. Plus Cheaper than Therapy rocks the house and so does Tenley Bar and Grill. We thank both of these great NW DC institutions for stepping up to support Lafayette. Let's show them how much we appreciate them with a great turnout. Click here for the flyer. 
Lafayette Summer Camp is Here!

LAFAYETTE SUMMER CAMP IS HERE FOLKS! As most of you know Afsheen and I (Nadhege) have been doing this for the past 6 years at Lafayette and it has been AWESOME! We invite you to join us again this summer for more AWESOMENESS! Attached please find our brochure and our application. Feel free to share with those who may be interested. 

A few things to note about summer camp for 2016:  Due to renovation at Lafayette Elementary School, and until further notice and the time being, Lafayette Camp will run out of the Wisconsin Ave. Baptist Church located in Tenleytown at 3920 Alton Pl. NW Washington, DC 20016. Should Lafayette Elementary become available to us again (cross our fingers) we will certainly let you know. It is the same AWESOME Staff and the same AWESOME Activities!. This will hopefully be our last year running away from Lafayette Elementary and we will be back home once renovations are complete! WooHoo!
  • Please remember, Lafayette Camp is NOT affiliated with LAP or Parks & Rec. We are the same fantastic people... but a different business entity.
  • Checks & money orders can only be written to Lafayette Camp (other checks will not be accepted).
  • We will not operate on July 4th or July 5th.
  • Acceptance is on a first come first serve  basis.
  • Summer camp fees must be paid for in advance before program begins on June 20th (a payment schedule will be available upon receipt of your application).
  • Lastly, but most importantly, prepare your children for fun, fun and more fun (did I mention FUN)!
Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to serving you!
Nadhege & Afsheen
Lafayette Gives Back

We're still collecting baby carriers to donate to Carry the Future, a non-profit organization that will distribute them to Syrian refugees in Greece.  Due to continued interest, we've extended the collection through Friday, January 29th. If you have a baby carrier in good condition that you are no longer using, please consider dropping it in the collection bin, located in the administrative office. We're also collecting Kind bars, baby food pouches (the soft kind, no glass containers), and hand-written notes for the refugees, which can be placed in the baby carrier bin as well. Thank you! For questions please contact Jamie Davis Smith or Katie Burke.

Help support our neighbor - the Episcopal Center for Children

Over the holidays, the Lafayette community generously donated more the 50 new books to the children who attend the Episcopal Center for Children on Utah Avenue. Several Lafayette parents are teachers there and their wonderful new Director Dodd White has been a real force in the community, opening the door of the Center to groups like the Lafayette HSA and our Spring Fair. Now they are working to build a sensory room for their students through a Go Fund Me campaign. You can check it out here

Your donations could really make a difference in these children's lives and help the incredible teachers and counselors at the Center. I live right across the street from the Center and I see the great work the staff does every day.  Our community's support can help the team there ensure their children have what they need to learn and grow. Thanks for your consideration.

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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