Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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Feb.23, 2016         Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
Feb 23
HSA Board Meeting

March 12
Lafayette Auction

March 28-April 1
Spring Break


This year's auction is your opportunity to bring out your disco grooves once again AND to take home some amazing, one-of-a-kind auction items! Thanks to the amazing wine party hosted by Lisa Mitchell and Don Capobres last weekend, a stellar selection of wines will be up for grabs in the Live Auction on March 12th. Buy your tickets today to make sure you don't miss your chance to bid on a cooler full of delicious vintages. It will go home with the highest bidder, as will other gems, including the cherished prize of home-cooked dinners delivered to your home once a week, for the entire year, and MUCH MUCH MUCH more! Buy your tickets today for your chance to win big. 
Also coming this week, check your email for your chance to pick your fav disco song to be played at the auction at the Set the Playlist Contest! Keep your eyes peeled for an email soon...

Jump Rope for Heart News 
Jump Rope for Heart
All students will participate in Jump Rope for Activities this week during Physical Education classes.  Pre-K will have their event on Wednesday from 11:30-12:30 and K will participate on Thursday at the same time. The Big Top is the location for these heart pumping activities.  All students should wear their sneakers for participation.
For those families choosing to participate in the fundraising portion of our community service project please note that donations are due this Friday, February 26th.  Donations can be brought to the Big top during their PE time.  Puppies will be distributed as needed for the rest of this week during JRFH.  Please, No Cash. Convert cash into checks made payable to the "American Heart Association."  If possible raise donations on-line by going to\jump  This method is the most efficient way to raise funds.  It also makes the accounting portion more manageable for the Physical Education team.

When turning in please place all items in an envelope with child's name, class, amount of money raised and t-shirt size if reached the $50 prize level.

Our mission is to educate our students and families on the importance of good nutrition and the value of exercise on maintaining and developing healthy bodies.  This would be a great time to open a dialogue with your family on the importance of moderate to vigorous activity and healthy eating.  Take time to try some new fruits and veggies.  Try to eat a "rainbow" of fruits and veggies this week.  Some of my favorite vegetables are kale, cauliflower, Peppers (all colors), radishes, broccoli, beets and squash. Here is a link to help you get started thinking about all the different fruits and vegetables and their colors.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. McClure, Ms. Howes or Ms. Perll.
I feel so fortunate to work in such a great community.  Thank you for your support in our mission in helping with this community service project.  I am very grateful.

Ms. McClure
Physical Education Teacher
Lafayette Yearbooks

The FIRST EVER Lafayette Yearbooks are on sale NOW!  Fliers and order forms will be coming home with students this week.  Yearbooks will be sold for $20.00.  Please make checks payable to Freed Spirit Photography.  Yearbooks may also be purchased on line at All orders are due by April 8th and can be handed in to the office. Please email any questions to Mr. Catapano or Ms. DeMaria  

Spring Track

Spring Track starts soon!  There will be a quick spring track information meeting from 3:15-3:30 this Thursday, February 25th in Ms. DeMaria's classroom H100.  4th and 5th grade students who are interested in joining track are encouraged to attend.

Author/Illustrator Steven Weinberg 

Author/illustrator Steve Weinberg is coming to Lafayette on the afternoon of March 16. This event is for Pre-K, K, and 1st Graders. To order books or get more information see attached flyer. 
books Wilson High Literary Club Book Drive

The Wilson High School Literacy Club has teamed up with the Lafayette fourth grade and the larger Lafayette school community on three great programs this winter and  spring.  Student volunteers from the Club will be  supporting the Fourth Grade Battle of the Books in April and the Lafayette Spring Fair Book Sale in May. 
We are kicking off our partnership with a book drive from February 15th to April 15th.  The books we collect from the Lafayette community will be donated to Reading Partners, an organization that provides tutors for DCPS students in low-income schools behind grade level in reading. The Wilson Literacy Club works closely with Reading Partners in schools around the City. Please consider dropping off new or gently used K-3rd grade books to collection bins in each main trailer and the front office.  We will come by each week to pick up donations and make sure your treasured books get into the hands of students who really need them.
We would like to thank Dr Broquard, the 4th grade teachers and the HSA for their helping in building this partnership and we really look forward to working with Lafayette over the next few weeks and months.
Lucy McCurdy
Wilson High School Junior
President of the Wilson High School Literacy Club

Shop at Magruders and Support Lafayette

Each year Magruders Grocery, Beer & Wine Store on Connecticut Avenue generously sponsors Lafayette as an annual sponsor and from now until the end of May, they've brewed up something really special to support the Lafayette Auction. For every $500 that Lafayette families spend on wine, beer or liquor or any other purchase from now through the end of May, Macgruders will donate $20 to the Lafayette Auction.  They are also offering all Lafayette Families a 15% case discount on non-sale still wines (750ml) and 10% case discount on 12 bottles of non-sale champagne and other sparkling wines. All you need to do is tell the cashiers you are from Lafayette before they ring you up.  Thanks for supporting them and for supporting the Lafayette Auction!

Caught the Word Bug During the Spelling Bee?
Calling all 4th and 5th graders who love to SCRABBLE. Take part in the Deal Scrabble Tournament, Saturday March 12 in the Deal Cafeteria, organized by Deal Scrabble Coordinator and renowned author of "Word Freak", Stefan Fastis. There's a $10 per child entry fee to cover prizes (pay at the door). You don't have to be in the Scrabble Club to enter. The kids will play two games, break for a pizza lunch, and then play two more games. The kids will play four games in teams of two grouped into divisions based on ability and experience. All of our Lafayette kids will be in the newbie division, playing against other first-time tournament goers. 
Deal parents supply lunch, snacks and drinks. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and they'll finish around 3 p.m. Parents are welcome to stick around if they wish.

If your child is interested, please email their name to Ms Yedwab, or Ms Echave by Thursday, March 3 so we can pass the names along to the coordinator for planning purposes.
Use the Directory App and Earn Prizes

AtoZDirectories is running a contest to see which school uses their directory app the most between February 10th and March 15th.  We are competing with over 100 schools across DC, Montgomery County and Northern VIrginia.  The school that uses the app the most wins a $500 prize.   Five parents will also be chosen to win $50 Bed Bath and Beyond Gift Cards.  If you aren't already using the directory app, visit the Lafayette HSA website for instructions to load it onto your mobile device.    

More Comfort Cases

Last fall, the Lafayette Gives Back program hosted a fantastic event in support of Comfort Cases, a local organization that donates backpacks full of basic necessities to kids who are in foster care. Two Lafayette alums, Max Jazynka and Sophie Gross, are bringing Comfort Cases to Alice Deal Middle School. Max and Sophie are spearheading a donation drive during the month of March. They are hoping to pack more than 200 bags at an event at Deal in April. Deal students will donate much of what is needed. But if you'd like to help their cause, please consider donating to the gofundme campaign they have created to help them in pursuit of their goal! To donate or get more information visit the website.



Register Now for Girls On The Run!

Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 Girls on the Run Season! Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. The program is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength--It's not just about the running! To learn more about the program, check out the Girls On The Run website.
Online registration can be found HERE and spots fill quickly so register soon! Coach Hallock, Coach deJonckheere and Coach Cacibauda will be leading the team again this year. Practices will be held afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week of February 29th. Please contact Site Liaison Sarah Boone if you have questions.
Lafayette Tennis Update
Lafayette Summer Camp Expo Discount Expires March 1st
Quick reminder that the cash/check Summer Camp Discount of 5% expires on March 1st.  Check for registration info.
Winter Indoor Tennis - spaces open for short 5 week session until Spring Break.
$125 for 5 sessions.  Check for availability
Spring Afterschool Tennis - for boys and girls 5-134 starts April 4th.  Sign up at
Contact Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925 or for questions.

Get a haircut and support Children's National Health System 
Calling all Lafayette Hoopsters. Check out this awesome event Ms Kuhn's son Abe is doing at Whitman High School in Bethesda.  
WhenSunday, February 28th from 1-4 at the Basketballin' for Celiac Disease Fresh Cut Fundraiser for Children's National Health System 
Where:  Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda, MD - Room C124
On Sunday, February 28th come get a fresh haircut courtesy of Landell's Barbershop of Potomac, MD.  All proceeds from purchasing your "fresh cut" will benefit the Celiac Disease Program at the Children's National Health System in Washington, DC.
Please pre-register...If you donate and pre-register for the haircut, there is a minimum donation of $20.  Walk-ins are $25 on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Health System. 
To donate ahead of time, go here and then reserve your spot here.  
See you on February 28th and thanks for your support!
Any questions, please contact  
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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