Lafayette Elementary School
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April 19, 2016   Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
May 2-6
Staff Appreciation Week
May 6
No School for Students - 
PD Day for Staff
May 7
Spring Fair

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, and in the front office. 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.

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. 

4th Graders Rock Battle of the Books

A crowd of hundreds filled the Lafayette Big Top Tent this past Thursday for the 4th Annual Lafayette Battle of the Books. This beloved 4th grade tradition featured 17 teams of avid readers who spent the last two months mastering five books. Last Thursday night they gathered for the showdown.  Clad in colorful home-made t-shirts, the teams marched into the tent to thunderous applause thanks to our awesome MC Mr Foley. Dr Broquard kicked off the night with a reading of the rules  and the Battle was joined. For two heated rounds, it was close, but in the end the Battle Bears (Sofia Parodi,  Molly Reeder, Kinzly Gootman, Becca Green,and Arianna Ridgeway) emerged victorious, with the Blank Pages (Malachi Merriam, Nicky Gionis, Isaiah Moore, Leonardo Espuelas)  running a very close second. The Smarties and the Oxymorons tied for third place. The first place and second teams each received medals the night of the ceremony and will receive gift certificates for Politics and Prose. Way to go teams!
Ms Fratto and Ms Echave want to congratulate all the teams for their hard work and great performance and the amazing parent team coaches and parent volunteers who helped out on Battle Night. They also want to thank the 4th grade team teachers, Dr. Broquard, Assistant Principal Mayhew, and the custodial staff for all their support over the past months. All of the Battle of the Books participants will enjoy a pizza party on Tuesday courtesy of the HSA. Thanks so much Ms. Fratto and Ms Echave for another awesome Battle of the Books!

Lafayette Yard Sale:  Save the Date!
Saturday, May 7 from 9 am-12 pm, in conjunction with the Spring Fair (11 am- 4pm).  
The  Lafayette HSA is organizing a community yard sale as part of this year's Spring Fair.  There are four ways to support the Lafayette HSA through the yard sale:
1. Buy a table! Funds raised through the sale of tables go to the HSA; you keep all the money you make selling your stuff. A full table costs $30, $15 for a half and $10 for a kid's table. Sign up at  to reserve a table today.  And leave the yard sale promotion to the HSA!
2. Donate your things to the HSA table.  All proceeds for items sold at the HSA table go to directly to the HSA.  Start stockpiling your stuff now!  
3. Sign up for a one hour shift at the HSA table.

4. Come and shop at 9am, May 7th!

Thanks for your support!
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. 

Visit 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.
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:
  • Nature 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 cooking classroom program
  • Dinners by Galley Foods (**see below)
  • Bluegrass music
  • Seed give-aways, composting demos and more !!!
We will have an e-waste disposal site at the event.  Bring small items that you cannot throw away in the regular trash:  light bulbs, household batteries, household chemicals, and small electronics no larger that 12"x12". 
We are in need of event volunteers! If you can help out please get in touch with Laura Nelms ( ) or Ellena Ochoa (  And please drop us a line if you know you will be attending the event.  Thanks and see you on Thursday!
The Greening and Wellness Committee
**Galley will be offering three healthy dinner menus for sale at the Earth Day Family Event. All meals cost $10 and Galley will give 20% back to Lafayette.  Pre-order your meal via the Galley Earth Day Menu for Lafayette and enjoy a picnic dinner on the school grounds.  Pick up your meal when you visit the Galley tasting table at the event.  Contact Bethann Siegel,, if you have trouble ordering through the link.

Got Books?  We Need Them for the Annual Lafayette Spring Fair Book Sale!

We are collecting books of all kinds to be sold at the books used Book Sale at our Spring Fair on Saturday May 7! 
This year the Book Sale will be held in the cafeteria of the Episcopal Center for Children, on the corner of Utah and Nebraska Avenues during the Spring Fair which runs from 11 to 4 on Saturday May 7.The ECC is hosting our Spring Fair this year while we are under construction.
Hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction are all welcome. DVDs (please no VHS tapes), audiobooks, music CDs and video game cartridges are also accepted. Thanks in advance for not unloading textbooks, outdated self-help books, ancient encyclopedias, etc. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't donate it!
Donations are being collected at Lafayette in plastic bins which are located in the Main Administration Trailer and each of the three classroom trailers. There are also two drop-off locations in the neighborhood (5841 Nebraska Ave NW and 5510 Broadbranch).  Ask you neighbors, friends and relatives. If you have a large batch of books, we'll come pick them up (contact Jenny Backus, You can also bring them to our neighborhood book drive on Saturday, April 23 (11am -2PM) at the corner of Northampton and Broad Branch.  Thank you for supporting this great Lafayette tradition.
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Please bring items ready for $1 sale to the Episcopal Center for Children at Utah and Nebraska, May 7 at 11 am for the Spring Fair Bake Sale! Questions? E-mail
From the Art Room
Laurie McLaughlin, Visual Art Grades 1-5 Laurie McLaughlin

When you see some delightful artwork on the fence later this week, thank a 3rd grader! Each 3rd grade student created an Earth Day poster to help bring awareness to caring for our planet!
Congratulations to the following students (the 3-5th graders with all top marks in art this quarter) who were invited to participate in helping me create the banner for the new Bear's Garden:
Third Graders- Sophie Folds, Sarah Francis Jones, Leah Levy, Vince Valenzuela, Rory Davis, and Riley Gayle
Fourth Graders- Hailey Fox, William Lindsley, and Eddy Hoover
Fifth graders- Ella Davis, Izzy Muffett, and Leah Braden
Congratulations also to 5th graders Kate Turpin and Sophie Folds whose design proposals for illustrating Ms. Ryden's new book, "Rosie's Brain" were selected. Although they will have some help with various other characters drawn by Elinor Scribner, Selden Pickens, Benji Chait, Noah Greiff and Sydney Gayle, the project rests mostly on their capable shoulders and I am so proud of them!

With Images cover designs and layout, Earth Day celebrations, "Rosie's Brain" drawings, Bear's Garden banners, and soon Spring Fair decorations, not to mention classwork (!!!) the art room is a beehive of activity from the first bell until well after the last. Open studio from 11:15-12:45 continues to be bursting with creativity, and I go home each day exhausted but thrilled to be part of such a fabulous community of artists and learners!!!
IMAGES Celebrates 25 Years!!!

Our much anticipated Art and Literary anthology and most read publication at Lafayette, IMAGES, is in the final layout stage! Over 700 stories have been created and edited, over 700 pieces of art have been drawn and scanned, and now the labor of love is coming together in book format as we lay out the entire publication. Students are designing front covers and autograph pages, we're trying to figure out a way to get those breezy and funny class photos taken, and then it goes to the printer. Our 25th anniversary IMAGES will be sold at both Arts Nights in May... don't miss it!!! 
Place your orders now for the Lafayette HSA Spring Plant Sale! 

Please visit or use the order form comingplant home this week to purchase the perfect Mother's Day presents, fresh herbs and other beautiful additions to your home or garden. The sale ends Wednesday, April 27th. Orders can be picked up on May 7th at the Lafayette Spring Fair from 11am to 4pm. We will also have a limited number of plants for sale at the fair.  Questions? Contact Kristin Nicholson at

Exciting 5th Grade News!
Ellie Sanders (5C) has been selected as the Level 1 First Place winner in the 2016 Letters About Literature writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  Ellie will be presented with her award at the Letters about Literature Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 7th at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.  Congratulations Ellie!
Spring Bootcamps are back at Lafayette! 

Starting Monday, April 18th, the DC Health Coaches, a group of local fitness professionals (and Lafayette graduates), will be hosting 6am and 9:15am "bootcamp" classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays next to the Lafayette tennis courts.  These classes combine aerobic exercise and functional strength training designed to give participants of ALL FITNESS LEVELS a full body workout!  To sign up for classes or get more information email Brendan Herbert at
Cub Scouts in Search of Crutches.  Cub Scout Pack 52, which includes many Lafayette boys, is looking for a couple pairs of small crutches.  Our next Pack meeting is all about Disability Awareness and we are setting up stations so the boys can experience what some disabilities are like.  We could really use one or two pairs of small crutches, suitable for a 6 to 10 year old.  I know many of you may have some of these in the basement from past injuries (unfortunately).  We only need to borrow them for the night of April 26th.  I could pick them up, and return them the next day.  You can email me directly and I'll coordinate with you. Thanks in advance, Beth 

Fort Reno Clean-up, April 23 9:00 am-noon Cub Scout Pack 52 is running a clean-up at Fort Reno as part of the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup Day. The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation's annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. At 10, 11 or noon, first to fifth graders who help clean-up are also welcome to join in a fun 30-minute program about the Fort's status as the highest point in Washington, DC. and its civil war history. Join us by signing up here.  Questions? Contact

AU Student Looking for Summer Babysitting Position. Hi! My name is Sydney Salazar and I am a sophomore at American who will be staying in DC this summer.  I have open availability during the day throughout summer and I am available to begin any time after May 23rd.  I do not have my own car, but I have a clean driving record and experience driving for a family in the DMV area.  I have babysat in DC for the past 2 years for multiple families and I have experience with children and infants of all ages.  If you are looking for an experienced DC babysitter that can provide references please contact me!   Call or text 602-930-7111 or email

Summer GirlsUP Program:  Helping girls decide who they are, before the world tells them who they should be.
GirlsUP offers extraordinary summer programs for girls age 10-13 focused on developing character, confidence and critical thinking through an innovative journey toward self-discovery. GirlsUP is a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation Campaign for Girls.
  • Georgetown Visitation School: June 5 - July 1, 9am - 1pm
  • Stone Ridge School: July 11 - July 15, 9am - 1pm
  • Chevy Chase Elementary School: July 18 - July 22, 9am - 1pm
Registration is now open. Please visit our website for more information and to enroll. Please send questions about GirlsUP to or call (202)556-3461.

Children's Art Studio Camp.  The Children's Art Studio wishes you and your family a happy and healthy summer. Please consider us as you finalize your plans.  Small class size, thoughtful instruction and the inventive use of high quality materials is what characterizes the summer camp experience at The Children's Art Studio.  We hope your child will join us!  Please see our site for further information.

Leaps and Bounds is offering their Sensori-Motor Summer Camp again this year for children ages 5 - 9. Camp dates are June 27 to August 5, with a pre-school option (ages 4-5) 9-12pm and a Kindergarten to second grade option (9-3pm). Please see the online brochure for more information.

How To Be Green On A Budget. Join the Chevy Chase Citizens Association for our 11th Annual Green Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 pm, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. This year's program will feature Ted Trabue, Managing Director of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, speaking on the topic How To Be Green On A Budget. In addition, Jeffrey Madison, owner of Veteran Compost, will provide a presentation and distribute information about composting. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Home for Rent off Western Avenue.  Yellow Dutch frame 4 bedroom home on a quiet dead end street. The attic is finished with room for an office or master bedroom, the second floor has 4 bedrooms of equal size and a full bath, the first floor has a kitchen, living room, family room, dining room (sun room), and a half bath, the basement: a kitchen, living room, bedroom and full bath with an outside entrance. Two car garage. If interested, please email

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