Lafayette Elementary School
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March 1, 2016         Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
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March 12
Lafayette Auction

March 28-April 1
Spring Break

From the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families!

Wow!  What a weekend - we hope you enjoyed the amazing Spring-like weather.    Speaking of Spring....we want to remind you about a few important details for the upcoming Spring Auction.

Please join us Saturday, March 12th from 7pm - 11pm at Wilson High School for our annual Spring Auction.  This year we are going back to the 70's as we break out the disco balls, bell bottom pants and enter Boogie Wonderland.  Book your sitter now; you don't want to miss this event.   Urban Sitter has offered us a special discounted price.  Go to Urban Sitter's "Lafayette Page" and enter the code (for new customers only): FREESCHOOL50.

And don't worry about driving, we've secured the Boogie Wonderland Party Bus to transport our guests in style from the neighborhood over to Wilson. Complete with a bar and dance pole, this free bus will help you get your groove on early and get you home safe and sound at the end of the night. Stay tuned for more details about pick-up and drop-off locations.

It promises to be an Auction to remember, filled with many of our very popular items like Class Creations - one of a kind items made by the kids, Teacher's Treat - your child spends one-on-one time with your favorite Lafayette teacher and Parent Parties - adults only parties as well as kid/parent parties with your favs from the Lafayette community.  Oh - and several AWESOME Silent and Live Auction items.  Get ready to bid!  This year we will have text bidding, so charge up that cell phone and bid, bid, bid - until you win!

So click here to register and purchase your tickets!   You may have heard that we are running a contest where the class that has the highest ticket sales and/or support for the Auction wins a free ice cream party. Right now Ms Brown's kindergarten class is in the lead, followed closely by Ms. deJonckheere and Ms Culver.  Help your child's class win. 

We are also asking for your help to sponsor tickets for our amazing Lafayette teachers and staff. If you sponsor a teacher or staff member, you also get to choose a song that will be played at the Auction. Click here for more details.

Last but not least, a big Shout Out to our Auction Team who is working hard behind the scenes to make this Lafayette tradition another amazing night as we raise funds for our kids, programs and school. If you've got some time on your hands to help in these last few days, we are sure they would appreciate the help. Please email Eileen Dombo with your available times.

We look forward to seeing you on March 12th!
Janine & Shannon 

It's Auction Time and That Means Parties!

Here's another great reason to get your ticket to the Lafayette Boogie Wonderland Auction on Saturday March 12:  Lafayette Auction Parties!

The Lafayette Auction  is your first and best chance to sign up for a slot at these must-attend events in the Lafayette social calendar.  Here's how it works. Your friends and neighbors have agreed to open their homes to the Lafayette community for a delicious assortment of adult and kid parties. All you have to do is sign up for a slot the night of the Auction, pay your entrance fee and it's party time!  But you need to be there in person to secure your spot and you need to be there early because these parties fill up fast. So get your ticket today online.
This year choose from a delicious assortment of adult, kids and families parties. Everything from old favorites like the wild and crazy Lafayette College Party, celebrating Greek Week this year and A Knight of Medieval Mayhem at the 8th Annual Murder Mystery Party to exciting new traditions like the Pig Pickin and Bluegrass party hosted by Lafayette parents from the great state of North Carolina, a special experience at RFK Stadium with DC United and a new tradition of the Pre-K Mother-Daughter Tea Party. You will find a complete listing in the Auction Catalog coming home in backpacks on Friday

And trust us - there is definitely something for everyone.  Like sports? Check out the Sweat with Lafayette Zengo class or the 2nd Annual Lafayette Classic Golf Tournament. Looking for adventures of the mind? How about the Lafayette Parent-Child Scrabble Tournament or Cards Against Humanity? Love fine food and drink? We've got everything from a Scotch Tasting Party to a Gourmet Meal with Beer Pairings. But space is limited. So make sure you are first line to sign-up on Saturday March 12 at the Lafayette Boogie Wonderland Auction Party at Wilson High School.  Only at Lafayette do you have to go an amazing party to get to an amazing party later this year. 

Jump Rope for Heart News 
Jump Rope for Heart
Last week was our 18th annual JRFH event.  We had a great time getting our hearts pumping by jumping and dancing during physical education class.  The kids were awesome!  So many have come such a long way with their jump rope skills. And a big Thank You to all the parents who came in to volunteer.  Also, another thank you to our Pre-K and K teachers for your support of JRFH.
For the families that have decided to raise funds for the American Heart Association, donations were due last Friday. If you missed the deadline please get donations in by this Friday, March 4th. Donations can be given to your child's physical education teacher or dropped in their mailbox. Make sure it is marked with donation amount, child's name and class code.  Please turn all cash to checks.  Checks should be made out to the American Heart Association. 
It's not too late to sign up on line to request donations.  Please go to and find our school and join our team.  All donations go directly into our account and no paperwork for us. If you are running behind schedule don't worry, these donations can be entered a little late.  The sooner we have all donations the sooner we can finish tallying everything and send in our team totals.  Once totals are in it will take about 3 weeks to receive the "Thank you" gifts.
This has been another incredible year for JRFH. I am always amazed at how generous our community is. Thank you for your support of the American Heart Association.  As of Sunday morning we were over $17,000.00 on-line alone.  We haven't even counted the envelopes yet!  We are probably well over our goal of $20,000.00. The Lafayette Community rocks!
If you have any questions please direct them to the JRFH team- Ms. Perll, Ms. Howes or Ms. McClure. 
You may email Ms. McClure as well:  [email protected]
Again, thank you to everyone who helped to make this JRFH one of the best ever.
Ms. McClure, Ms. Perll and Ms. Howes

LEP Update

noteBusters registration 
is now open!
Grades 1-5
Notebusters is taught by a team of professional musicians from the United States Army Chorus and Dr. Wood from Janney Elementary School.  It provides a unique after-school experience that embraces the power of music to build confidence and create community in the lives of children and their families.   Open to children grades 1-5, this session of noteBusters will feature the music of Mamma Mia - lots of fantastic music for singing and dancing!  It will be on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00pm starting March 24 The session will conclude with the final concert production on Sunday, June 5 at Wilson High School.
To register, please click here.

Claire Thorn Advances to City-wide Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Lafayette's three spelling bee champions who participated in the regional bee held Tuesday, Feb. 23--Mackie Boone, fourth grade, and Ella Davis and Claire Thorn, fifth grade. 
Claire tied for third place and advances to the next level--the city-wide bee which will be held on Saturday, March 26. That bee will be taped at NBC studios for airing at a date yet to be announced. The winner of the city-wide bee will advance to the National Spelling Bee in May.
The word that stumped each girl? Mackie missed on v-i-g-i-l-a-n-t-e. Ella missed on r-e-s-i-l-i-e-n-c-y and Claire missed on n-e-o-l-o-g-i-s-m.

Pi Day is Coming!

On Monday, March 14th (3.14), we will celebrate all things circular! On this day, dedicated to the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, we will have our Pi recitation contest in which students try to recite as many digits of Pi as they can. Any student in grades 1-5 is welcome to pick up the first several hundred digits of Pi in the Math Cave and work to memorize them over the next few weeks. We will be awarding prizes for each grade level and anyone who enters gets a little prize. The contest will be at 10:45 in the library.
In addition to the contest, our resident artist Mr. Gregal will be screen-printing his unique Pi t-shirt design during recess on Tuesday, March 8th. Any student who is interested is welcome to bring in a light-colored shirt labelled with her or his name and class code. Students can drop off the shirts to Mr. Gregal's room in H109 and we will also be accepting shirts in the Math Cave starting Tuesday, March 1st.
Happy Pi Day!
Erin Duchinsky and Edie Stanton

Support Nurse Cockrell to Raise Funds for the Epilepsy Foundation

Thanks to so many of you, I am much more than half way toward Chris Cockrell my goal of raising $2000.00 for the Epilepsy Foundation! For those of you who are considering making a donation, no amount is too small; please visit my page and the website to learn more about our battle against epilepsy.

Love, Chris Cockrell

books Wilson High Literary Club Book Drive Off to a Great Start

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Wilson High Literacy Club Book Drive so far. We are off to a great start. 

The books that are collected 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 DC. 

Please consider dropping off new or gently used K-3rd grade books to the collection bins in each main trailer and in the front office.  We are coming by each week to pick up donations and will make sure your treasured books get into the hands of students who really need them. A special thanks this week to  Mona Benach and the Benach family for their generous donation of six bags of books.

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

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.
Flag Football League.  Finally! A local flag football option and a team for Lafayette Bears...FlagStar DC
 is the new flag football league in Northwest DC. After their inaugural season this past fall, they're gearing up for a Spring session (starting April 10). Registration closes March 4.

The league -- K-7th Grade -- is high-energy, well-organized, and filling up fast. The league is for everyone: boys and girls, athletes and book-worms. No one should be intimidated if this is their first-time with the sport. It's a low-pressure playing environment with a strong emphasis on 'fun!'Games and practice are held on Sundays, so there's no mid-week driving. And games never conflict with Sunday religious commitments. 

We're in the midst of creating a Lafayette team for the K-1 division. When you go to register, you'll see a team option for "Lafayette Bears!" For the older age divisions, Carl Ehrlich, the league founder (and former Harvard Football captain), will make sure groups of friends/classmates end of together. 

If your son or daughter is interested, drop Carl a line (202.468.1516 or [email protected]). They're limiting the size of registration for the Spring, so better to register now and save your spot!
Tenley Tiger Run.  Support our local Wilson High School XC & Track team! The Tenley Tiger Run is a Family Friendly Run on April 9 organized by the XC & Track team at Wilson HS. This is their annual team fundraiser so please come out and support our local high school where many of our Lafayette runners will come to shine one day. You can sign up for either 5k, 2.5K, 1 mile or a Fun Run. This is a Family Friendly Run - everyone in the family can participate, so sign up today!
The Metropolitan Book Sale is this Saturday, March 5 to benefit two local charities:  DC Diaper Bank and Bright Beginnings (early childhood development center for homeless children). Come see our excellent selection of non-fiction, fiction, hardbacks, paperbacks, children's books, cookbooks, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records. Our bake sale table will be loaded with goodies, including homemade chicken soup. The sale will be held 8 am to 3 pm at Metropolitan Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW, corner of New Mexico Ave. Plenty of free parking.  Please support reading, recycling, and two great organizations helping kids on our city. The sale is organized by the United Methodist Women of Metropolitan. For more information, tweet us at @metropolitanumw or e-mail [email protected]

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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