Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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April 12, 2016   Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

April 13
Potomac Pizza Night
Great Zucchini Party
Enrollment Party

April 14
4th Grade 
Battle of the Books
April 15
Emancipation Day
No School
May 2-6
Staff Appreciation Week
May 6
No School for Students - 
PD Day for Staff
May 7
Spring Fair

From the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families! Lafayette logo

Even with the chilly weather, the HSA is fully focused on Spring! We have so many great events and activities going on, we like to make sure you don't miss one thing. 

We need your help! We must have 100% of our student registration complete by May 1st - please help us reach this very important deadline. All students must be registered so Lafayette receives full fundingfor the teachers. Returned registration forms are the only way we/Dr. Broquard can validate the number of students expected to attend Lafayette for SY 2016-2017. Please see additional information below, on our website and a future Constant Contact will be sent via email.

The HSA budget process has begun, the Board will spend the next few weeks reviewing the current budget, proposing updates and
modifications based on this year, past years and our upcoming year in the new building. At our General Meeting on May 5th we will provide our proposed budget for SY 2016-2017. We hope you will join us for this meeting not only to review the budget but to cast your vote for our SY 2016-2017 Board Candidates.

On June 3rd all HSA members will vote on the final budget so it is ready and in place for our next fiscal year. We want and need you at these meetings - your voice matters - please join us.

Now on to family fun! Mark your calendars and buy your kid passes - the Spring Fair is just around the corner (literally!) Saturday, May 7th - located at our neighboring school - The Episcopal Center for
Children at the corner of Nebraska & Utah. We have formed a wonderful relationship with the school and administration (Thank you Jenny Backus, Chris Lisi and Vince Frillici) and look forward to this great event and other opportunities to work together.

We wish all the best to the 4th Graders this week as they battle their book knowledge at Battle of the Books this Thursday! They've been working hard for many weeks to prepare for this fun and
competitive event. Good Luck Teams!

Have a great week,

Janine & Shannon
DCPS uses enrollment numbers to determine budgets and staffing for DC schools. Our budget and staffing for Lafayette is directly dependent on our enrollment numbers.We need your help in getting 100% of our students enrolled by May of this year. Enrollment forms are available on line here, in the front office and you should also receive a packet soon in your mailbox from DCPS. Simply complete the forms and bring them into the front office from 8:00 to 3:00 PM Monday through  Friday. We are also accepting forms on Wednesday nights from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. All packages must be complete but you can turn in your health and dental forms later on.

This Wednesday night April 13, Dr B and her team are kicking off our 2016-2017 enrollment drive with a SPECIAL PIZZA FOR PAPERWORK PARTY. Bring in your enrollment packages from 3:00 to 6:30 PM and you and your family will get a free slice of Pizza. It's a delicious way to help the school and get enrolling your children off your to-do list.

Plus the grade level who gets all their children enrolled first this enrollment season is eligible to WIN A SPECIAL TOUR OF THE NEW SCHOOL. The first grade level who gets 100% of their students enrolled is eligible for a drawing where Dr. B will draw the names of 10 lucky families in the grade ( parents and students) and take them and all the teachers in that grade level on a special school tour. 

HSA Board Nominations 2016-2017

The following parents are running for the HSA Board. The election will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the HSA General Meeting. Proxy ballots will be sent home for those who cannot attend the meeting.*
Please click here to read their bios and statements.
1st Vice President: Janine Finck-Boyle
2nd Vice President: Colleen Lyster
Co -Treasurer: Tonya Esposito Oliver
Secretary: Tammy Horn
Ways and Means (2 positions): Jenny Backus, Chris Lisi-Frillici
Membership: Josh Gordon
Volunteer Coordinator: Eileen Dombo
Early Childhood: Eve Bennet
Environment: Laura Nelms
Hospitality (2 positions): Kristin Nicholson, Nedra Pickler
Outreach/Tours: Sarah Remes
Communications (2 positions): Stacy Beck, Jennifer Lanoff
Community Representative: Joseph Nelson

* Please note, you must be an HSA member to vote. If you did not join at the beginning of the school year, it's not too late! To join the HSA, please complete an HSA Donation Form and drop it and a
check in the HSA box at the Lafayette Admin trailer, ATTN: Tonya Esposito Oliver, HSA Membership Chair.

Student Council Earth Day Competition Is Coming 

The student council is having an Earth Day competition for students. It will be held from April 18-21 and prizes will be given out on Earth Day, Friday, April 22. The purpose of the project is to make students aware that they can do more to recycle and help save the earth. Trash and garbage that isn't recycled has to be dumped, burned, or buried which is bad for the environment.

Grades 3-5 will participate in the contest, but everyone is encouraged to reduce trash and increase recycling! At lunch, student council representatives will collect  and weigh the trash from their class's lunches. The more reusable containers, the better! The class with the least trash at the end of the week will win a prize.

At the end of the week of the competition, the student council representatives from each classroom will also bring their class's recycling to be measured and weighed. The class with the most recycling for the week will win a prize. The prizes are popsicles on Earth Day.

Cody Hobson
Student Council Secretary

Calling all Vendors for the Lafayette Spring Fair

The spring fair offers a unique opportunity for local vendors to showcase their business to Lafayette families and our greater community. We are looking for businesses that offer services, classes, camps and activities relevant to families. Artists and crafters are also welcome! Any business selling goods will be asked to make a donation from their profits back to our school.  Click here to see our  registration and payment sites. Registration fee is $65 early-bird and $75 after April 29th, $50 for non-profit organizations. Questions? Contact Bethann Siegel
This Thursday April 14 the 4th Grade will wage an epic battle to demonstrate their awesome reading comprehension and team work skills at the annual 4th Grade Battle of Books, taking part in the Big Top Tent from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Our fabulous fourth grade teams have been working together for weeks to prepare for this day, reading five books and learning everything they can about each author and story. Ms Fratto, Ms Echave and Mr Foley have a fun night in store for students and parents. 
Come on out and cheer on your favorite team who will be decked out for Battle in creative t-shirts they designed themselves. The Blank Pages, the Book Worms, the Oxymorons, the 5th Page, the Chapter Champions, the Book Busters, the Battle Bears,  the Four Book-A-Teers, the Fictionistas, the Smarties, the Flipping Flamingos, the Blizzard Books, the Page Turners, the Book Exterminators, the Book Burners, the Book Bosses, and last but not least the Book Barbarians.
Battle teams should report to the Big Top Tent by 5:00 PM on Thursday night. We will have pizza ready for participants to snack on while they line up to enter the Big Top Battle Tent. Parents and spectators should arrive by 5:30 PM. There will be babysitting available AND cookies, fruit and drinks for participants and spectators during the night.
Thanks to the HSA and Dr. Broquard for supporting this wonderful annual Lafayette tradition

Please join the Lafayette school community for the 
Family Earth Day Event coming up on Thursday 4/21 from 5:00p-7:30p organized by the Greening and Wellness Committee.  We have a range of fun-filled and earth inspired activities planned, focused on environmental stewardship. The highlights include:
  • Arts & crafts projects led by the Audubon Society and the GWC
  • A bike blender utilizing human energy to make delicious smoothies
  • Park clean up with Friends of Lafayette Park
  • RiverSmart residential program information for sustainable gardens
  • Update on Lafayette's new garden and outdoor kitchen program
  • Dinners by Galley Foods
  • Bluegrass music
  • Seed give-aways, composting demos and more !!!

If you would also like to volunteer at the event, we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Laura Nelms  or Ellena Ochoa if you can lend a hand.

Lafayette parents Niall Brennan and Myra Tanamour will open up their secret beer cellar for a special tasting party for 15 lucky Lafayette parents to raise funds for the new Library reading loft.  For just $75 a person, Niall will curate a flight of hard-to-find delicious beers personally chosen from his gourmet beer collection.  Sample beers that others would die to taste and make some new friends who also love great beer.  Sours, stouts and fresh IPAs will be served from internationally renowned breweries such as Hill Farmstead, Trillium Brewing, Russian River brewing, Cascade Brewing and many many more. Sign up now here and make sure you reserve your spot quickly because this is an offer sure to go quickly. We have currently scheduled the party for 4/29 but we are flexible with the date and time depending on what works for participants.
Don't Miss the Best Party for Young Kids in DC 
While Supporting Lafayette At The Same Time

Tickets Still Available for 
The Great Zucchini Pizza Party 
on Wednesday April 13 at 6:00 PM
Go to to purchase
Great Zucchini
Bring your kids out for a pizza dinner and a giggle-inducing show on Thursday April 13 at 6:00 PM. The man called "Washington DC's #1 Entertainer for Young Children" will perform a 45-minute show under Lafayette's big tent.
Lafayette Moms Nedra Pickler and Valerie Cline have teamed up again this year to host this very fun party for younger Lafayette students.
Tickets are available now on the Lafayette Web Site at  and all proceeds go to supporting critical programs right here at Lafayette.
Younger siblings and friends who don't attend Lafayette are welcome to join. They will just need to purchase a ticket.

Leave the cooking to our friends at Potomac Pizza on Wednesday April 13. Potomac Pizza, a awesome Lafayette annual sponsor is offering a special deal to benefit Lafayette/ The Lafayette HSA will receive 20% percent of all sales of all in-store, pick-up and DELIVERY orders placed with Potomac Pizza on Wednesday April 13.  All you have to do is tell them you are from Lafayette.


#1  Order online. Please put LAFAYETTE HSA in the Memo/Notes line
#2 Place your order by phone by calling 301-951-1127  Please tell them to credit LAFAYETTE
#3 Stop by the Chevy Chase Potomac Pizza Restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night - Tell your server you are from LAFAYETTE

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!!! Send them in with your child on Thursday AM. The class who collects THE MOST PIZZA RECEIPTS will receive a free Pizza Party courtesy of Potomac Pizza. Ms DeJonckheere's 1st grade class, Ms Nicklel's 3rd grade class and Ms Ghamarian's Pre-K class have all won so far this year. They are tough competitors but with your help your child's class could be the lucky winner of a pizza party this time!

Looking for a great summer camp? The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport & fitness camp in July! 
This summer, Deal Fit Camp will provide fitness, sport and nutritional education, in a fun and nurturing environment. In addition, the Deal Fit & Sport Camp will offer opportunities for enrichment, team building, and peer mentoring. 
Camp rates per session (Full Day Rate):
  • 1 week session: $300
  • 2 sessions: $550
  • All 4 sessions; $1000
  • Drop in daily rate: $50
Deal Fit and Sport Camp Online Registration Form HERE. Please email with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at:

Daisy Girl Scout Interest Meeting
Monday, April 18 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Lafayette Park, northwest corner near the intersection of Broad Branch Road and Quesada Street
Is your pre-K or kindergarten daughter curious about Girl Scouts? Does she want to try new things, meet new friends, and make the world a better place?
See what Daisies are about at the next meeting of Daisy Troop 1229! We'll play games, singsongs, make a craft, and sample Girl Scout cookies.
Girls should beaccompanied by a parent. Caitlin Graney (, Girl Scout member specialist, will discuss forming troops for the 2016-17 school year.
Please RSVP bycompleting the following form: 
Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPing is strongly recommended to ensure we have enough craft supplies and snacks available. Bonus: We will be able to contact you if inclement weather forces  a venue change.
*Rain Location: 
Wesley United MethodistChurch Fellowship Hall
5312 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(between Jenifer and Jocelyn streets)
Questions? Contact Troop1229 leaders Angela Carpenter Gildner 
or VirginiaStocker
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Emancipation Day Friday 4/15/16
School is Off, Camp is On!
Join HoopEd @Lafayette ES for All Sports & Games Camp
Campers Ages 5 to 13 are welcome
**Space is Very Limited @Lafayette, Please Register TODAY**

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