Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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March 8, 2016         Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

March 12
Lafayette Auction

March 14
Pi Day

March 15
HSA Board Meeting

March 28-April 1
Spring Break

From the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families!

It's time to get your Boogie Wonderland Auction Tickets before the price goes up on Saturday night at the door. Click here to buy your auction tickets, buy an after party ticket, or get a song on the set list by sponsoring a teacher.  And remember, every time you support the auction (ticket sales, after party, donations etc)  your child's teacher will get credit. And the teacher with the highest support for the auction wins an ice cream party for their class. Right now Ms Ritchie in kindergarten is the class to beat with Ms. Fratto, Ms DeMaria, Ms Culver and Ms Howard hot on her heels. But it is very close among ALL the classes.

Only 6 days to go. So get your tickets now.

The Boogie Wonderland Auction will be held at Wilson High School starting at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 12.  We may be celebrating the 70's on Saturday night but our technology is totally 21st Century.  We are working with 501 Auctions and we will have TEXT bidding this year.  This is the only time we will tell you KEEP THAT CELL PHONE HANDY!    Remember - charge up the cell phones and tablets (charging station on site) and Bid, Bid, Bid to Win! 

Auction catalogs went home in backpacks last night - keep an eye out for the bright yellow Boogie Wonderland Auction book.  Or, click here to view all of the amazing items.   

As always, we greatly appreciate your support of Lafayette and the HSA.

See you on Saturday!
Janine & Shannon 

You're Just Days Away From The Most Amazing Auction Yet!

Haven't yet bought your Lafayette Boogie Wonderland Auction on Saturday, March 12? Pop over to our website to grab your tickets so you don't miss these EXCLUSIVE experiences:

YOU can take a private, hard hat tour of our new school with Dr. Broquard! Be the first parents to tour the test kitchen, run some laps in the new gym, see your child's classroom, and stand on the stage of our new cafeteria. 

And it doesn't get anymore exclusive than our Teacher's Treats! Your child can be Principal for a day, see the Washington Monument with Mr. Martin, go to the movies with Ms. Catapano, roller skate with Mr. Otunba, and more!

There is definitely something for everyone as you can see in the catalog. All you need is your auction ticket and your groovy dance moves


Check out this super new addition to the LIVE AUCTION on Saturday March 12 courtesy of our own Mr King.

A fabulous 6 day Photo Safari  for 2 in South Africa at the luxury lodge Zulu Nyala

  • 6 days and 6 nights accommodation for two people at your choice of 3 venues: Zulu Nyala Game Lodge, Heritage Safari Lodge or Hemingway-style Tented Safari Camp (Based on Standard Room)
  •  All meals, with gourmet breakfasts and buffet dinners. 
  • 2 game viewing activities per day on Zulu Nyala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers with an experienced ranger. 
  • A host ranger that will assist them in arranging their activities during their stay at Zulu Nyala. 

Excludes: Airfares, transfers, side trips, drinks, telephone calls and gratuities. 

This donation is valid for two years from the auction date. This package for two is valued at US $5,950
Minimum bid $2,500
Call all HSA Members - need your vote please!

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A nominating committee has been assembled to recruit parent volunteers for the upcoming HSA Board Nominations.  Three wonderful parent volunteers have offered their time to serve on the nominating committee.  The HSA bylaws require that the general HSA membership vote on the nominating committee.

The names are as follows:

Rita Brickman
Dennis Smyth
Karley Sessoms

Please send your vote:  Yes or No to Sarah Remes (HSA Board Secretary) at the following address: no later than Thursday, March 10 at 5:00 pm.  

Thank you for your attention to this important HSA item.
Peace of Mind

Peace Club is back! Peace Club is an alternative lunch/recess option for kids in grades 1-5. We meet in Ms. Perll's trailer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to play games, build with Legos, Magna Tiles, make marble runs, and draw. Peace Club rules are very simple: be kind to everyone, share everything, include everyone, and help clean up. 

Pi Day is Coming!

On Monday, March 14 (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 1.
Happy Pi Day!
Erin Duchinsky and Edie Stanton
From the Art Room

Art Room Auction Updates! 

Our 5th grade Flying Geese quilt is in the final stages! Check out the art room blog for info and pics of 5th graders working on our jewel tone class creation:

And NEW THIS YEAR! In lieu of the ever popular teacher treat pottery classes, we will be holding ART parties after school this year! Check your calendars before the big night this weekend and come sign up for one of the 8 slots in each party!

"Abstracts and Snacks" Grades 2-5
Enjoy Ms. M's delish homemade brownies and rice krispie treats while exploring art media to music
3:20-4:20 April 13 Max 8 students

"Munchies and Monsters" Grades 1-3
Munch on Ms M's homemade chocolate chip cookies and play with mixed media visual texture monster collages a la Eric Carle! 
3:20-4:20 June 1 Max 8 students

Laurie McLaughlin
Art Teacher Grades 1-5
Lafayette Competes in DC Archery Tournament

This past Saturday, 27 Lafayette students assembled at HD Woodson High School to compete in the 2nd Annual DC Public Schools Archery tournament.  It turned out to be a fantastic day for all of our archers.   There were many personal bests.  And as a team we rocked the building.  Lafayette took first place for the second year in a row.  

Top 3 girls were: Ciera Hamilton (214), Morgan McReady (203) and Kinzly Gootman (190)
Top 3 boys were: Aryan Amin (221), Brian Metzger (208) and Joe Finkelstein (178)

A big thank you to all the parents for getting their kids to the tournament and supporting us in this activity.

Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes
Lafayette Physical Education Team

Reminder - the DCPS Scrabble tournament will be in the Deal cafeteria this Saturday, March 12.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the tournament will finish around 3 p.m. Parents are welcome. The kids play two games, break for pizza lunch, and then play two more games. Deal parents supply lunch, snacks and drinks. 

The kids will play four games in teams of two grouped into divisions based on ability and experience. Lafayette players will all be in the newbie division, playing against other first-timers. 
There's a $10 per child entry fee to cover prizes. That fee will be covered if your child is in the after school club with Ms. Echave and Ms. Yedwab. Be sure to let them know by this Thursday if your child would like to play with a particular partner. After that, names will be submitted to Deal and randomly assigned.

Looking forward to a great day of Scrabble!

Seeking Rental Home. Danish/Argentine family of four (daughters 2 and 4) looking for a nice house in a good school area of DC starting May 1. Lease for min. 2 years. Contact:

Expert and Versatile Summer Tutor Now Booking
I'm a lifelong neighbor who privately tutors/coaches students at Lafayette and other high performing public and private schools. This summer, I'm offering several slots to Lafayette students who plan to spring ahead into grade 5 and middle school. I hold an advanced degree in linguistics from Georgetown University, and I have decades of experience covering all subjects and integrated projects, as well as organizational strategies, study skills, and the ISEE/SSAT. I'm licensed and up to date on the Common Core and IB Middle Years Programme. My references attest to my expertise, and to students' confidence, performance in school, and scores on standardized tests. Email:; phone: 202-316-2263.


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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