Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 10, 2016   Katya Svirina, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
May 9-13
Lafayette Week at Galley Foods 
May 10
Track Meet 
May 12
DC Theater Cafe
May 13
Drama Club Play 

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HSA Election Results & Draft Budget 
A BIG Thank You to those who attended our HSA General Meeting last Thursday.  
We are pleased to announce the HSA Board for School Year 2016-2017.

Co-Presidents (2):
Shannon Behm (serving 2nd year)
1st Vice President: Janine Finck-Boyle
2nd Vice President: Colleen Lyster
Treasurer Co-Chairs (2): Kavita Chambery (serving 2nd year), Tonya Esposito Oliver
Volunteer Chair:
Eileen Dombo
Early Childhood Liaison: Eve Bennet
Hospitality Co-Chairs (2): Kristin Nicholson, Nedra Pickler
Communications Co-Chairs (2):
Stacy Beck, Jen Lanoff
Membership Chair: Josh Gordon
Tammy Horn
Ways & Means Co-Chairs (2): Jenny Backus, Chris Lisi-Frillici
Environmental Chair: Laura Nelms
Outreach/Tours Chair: Sarah Remes
Community Representatives (2): Joseph Nelson

The Draft HSA Budget for School Year 2016-2017 can be found here, please take a moment to review and share comments, ideas and feedback. Please email Shannon Behm or Janine Finck-Boyle. The HSA General Membership will vote on this budget during the General Meeting that will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm - please plan to join us. 
Thank You
Hands Across Chevy Chase Brings Community Together

Despite 10 days of rain, the sun came out on Saturday for the annual Lafayette Spring Fair hosted this year for the first time on the beautiful grounds of the Episcopal Center for Children. Thank you to Dodd White, President of the ECC and his amazing staff and Board,  for their warm hospitality and incredible support and Vince Frillici, our incredible Spring Fair Chair and his wonderful team of parent volunteers who made the whole day possible.  

Although the ground was too wet for the traditional Spring Fair rides, the children and families of the community enjoyed an amazing afternoon of delicious food, exciting activities and old fashioned fun running around the grounds of the ECC.   Our theme this year was Hands Across Chevy Chase and the beautiful artwork of hands coming together, created by the students of Lafayette's own art teacher Laurie McClaughlin and Adele Stuckey, the art therapist at the ECC,  displayed along the fences and doorways of the ECC really set the tone for the whole event

The Spring Fair is one of the signature fundraising events that the HSA runs each year and it is only possible thanks to the generosity of our parents, our great Lafayette staff and all our Lafayette community members who come out each year to support the Fair and volunteer their time baking, making salads, painting faces, hauling tables and books and staffing our signature events.  Thanks to all of you, we raised thousands of dollars for Lafayette this year and we helped forge a partnership with the Episcopal Center that we look forward to continuing well into the future.  

We want to especially thank Doctor Broquard and all the teachers and staff who came out on a Saturday to show their school support. We also salute Becky Maydak our ANC Commissioner for Lafayette who helped us staff the yard sale and Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd for coming out to support Lafayette time and time again. And all the Lafayette alumni and parents who work at the ECC and serve on their board, especially Lafayette mom Cate Robinson Tafur who helped open the door of the ECC for Lafayette.

Special HSA Thanks and shout-outs go to Vince's Spring Fair Committee and all the parent and student volunteers who supported them.  Ellen Shurman led our face painting efforts and never took a break all day. Lydia Weiss and her incredible Yard Sale team allowed many of us to clear out our attics and garages and make some $ for Lafayette. Elizabeth Shreve and Donna Oetzel and their volunteer food brigade brought us a cornucopia of baked goods, salads, and delicious food and drink, Adam Crain and Jonathan Lenzer led our set-up and clean up efforts and made it fun even in the pouring rain. and Robin Chait worked her man and woman power magic and made sure our volunteer operation ran smoothly. Bethann Siegel broke the record for the number of community organizations and small businesses who came our to meet the Lafayette Community, Rebecca Gordon, and Josh Calder along with an awesome crew from Wilson High School and the School Without Walls  moved, organized and sold hundreds of books at the Annual Book Sale. Libbey Sheldon got us all in the spirit at the Grizzly Gear table and Chris Merriam and Stephen Burwell kept things rolling all day at the Bike Swap. Laura Grimm made sure we had the permits and permissions we needed. 

Many members of the HSA also stepped up to take leadership roles for the Spring Fair including Stacy Beck who led our communications efforts and created our beautiful Fair logo and signs. Jen Lanoff who managed our ticket and wrist bands sales masterfully and handled every wrinkle we threw at her.  Josh Gordon and Tonya Oliver who ran the Spring Fair Finance operation like pros, Kristin Nicholson who made some real green for the school at the Plant Sale, Chris Lisi who designed and ordered our Grizzly Gear, Gayle Moseley and Jenny Backus who helped on the Book Sale, the absolutely incredible Eileen Dombo who worked tirelessly to find us parent volunteers and our great HSA co-presidents Shannon Behm and Janine Finck Boyle who did everything we asked of them from early AM Kinko's runs to helping us make the tough calls when the weather got bad. Thank you all for believing in the Spring Fair and allowing us to try something new this year. And thanks again to the incredible Vince Frillici who has volunteered to help on the 2017 Spring Fair as well. We are so lucky to have you Vince!

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It's finally stopped raining and it's almost time for the Beach, Camp and the Pool. Make sure you are showing your Lafayette Pride this spring and summer with some awesome new Grizzly Gear. Click here to what we have in store for you.  New BPA Free Lafayette Water Bottle, Blue Beach Towels, Canvas Tote Bags, White and Blue Ringer T-Shirts for Adults and Kids plus our Super Summer Tote Bag of Fun ( that includes a tote bag, water bottle, and towel) for just $40.
Plus we've got Car Magnets , Golf Umbrellas and a limited supply of Adult Small Tie Die Shirts ( that also  fit older kids). We even have a few fleeces for adults and kids, and adult sweatshirts for those nights around the campfire.
Look for the order forms coming home in your child's folder and drop them off in our box in the main office. Or stop our table at both Arts Nights on May 19 and May 26 and the Drama Club Performance this Friday May 13 in the Big Top Tent at 7:00 PM.  Other sale dates to be released in June.  
Questions? Please contact Jenny Backus at or Mary Jaffe at  
A Steven King/Annie Campbell Original Production 
Brought to you by the Lafayette Drama Club
Mark your calendars for Friday May 13 for another awesome production from the Lafayette Enrichment Program's Drama Club. Don't miss The Circus, an original production by 2nd grade teacher Steven King and 5th grade teacher Annie Campbell, is a play about how two little kids help save the show when it begins to fall apart.  See how they get everyone to listen and restore order at the circus after PT Barnum, the creator of the greatest show on Earth, convinces them to help. Performances on Friday May 13 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Lafayette Big Top and an encore show on  Monday May May 16 at 2:00 PM.   

Walk or Bike to School Day was another big success at Lafayette, despite the dreary weather! 
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Thank you to everyone who left your cars at home and hit the sidewalks on your bikes, scooters and feet! Also, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at the prize table, with the bike train, and with the walking school bus. The healthy snacks from the Greening and Wellness committee were a big hit, and were trash-free this year, keeping in the spirit of the day. Many thanks to all of the parents and Nurse Cockrell on that committee who provided those delicious treats!

If your kids enjoyed the granola power balls and you'd like to make some at home, here are the recipes for you. 
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The Politics & Prose Bookstore-Lafayette Elementary book fair is coming up on Saturday, May 21, 9:00am-6:00pm. On this day, P&P will donate 20% of your entire book purchase to Lafayette! 
In addition, you can buy books to donate to Lafayette's library and teachers' classrooms.

Stock up on summer reading, buy dad some Father's Day books, while supporting Lafayette and your local bookstore.
We also need volunteers to staff the table at P&P. Please sign up here! 
Galley Giveback

Hey Lafayette! Galley Foods had fun serving lunch at the spring fair this weekend. If you missed us, Lafayette's Galley giveback week continues through Friday, May 13th. Order your dinner this week using #Lafayette in the delivery instructions and Lafayette will earn 20% back for the school.  Try Galley's Family Style dinners serving 4 people for that busy night of the week. Order up to a week in advance or on-demand for a quick delivery in under 30 minutes.

Eat Well Tonight!
The Blessed Sacrament Bulldog 5K
Lace up your running shoes for this year's Bulldog 5K!  The 2016 edition of this community tradition is this Satuday, the 14th, at 8:00 AM, followed by a one-mile Fun Run at 8:45.  Race proceeds support the GirlsUp summer program, and every racer receives a super-cool Bulldog t-shirt.  But you can't get one unless you register now at Any questions, please email Brendan O'Brien.   

PPA FALL SOCCER TRY-OUTS: Individual Players and Existing Teams Welcome!  PPA's Team Programs offer travel-level soccer with a focus on player development and experience. All girls and boys interested in joining a U8 through U18 PPA Premier Team for the fall 2016 season should attend.

Kindergarten & First Grade: No Tryouts Necessary.  Join a PPA team as an individual player (or with a friend) or form your own team and your season is FREE!
U8 and Up: Visit for tryout dates and locations

All-Girls Teams available for Kindergarten to U15. Email for more information.
Our program is designed to provide a competitive developmental environment which also emphasizes teamwork, friendship, and an overall positive player experience.  Through our flexible scheduling system, players have the ability to choose their weekly clinic day/location. Questions?  Email or call 646-271-6705646-271-6705.

2016 GirlsUP Summer Programs
Since 2008, GirlsUP has been helping girls to decide who they are, before the world tells them who they should be.  Through innovative weeklong summer programs and year round events, GirlsUP inspires girls to think creatively, communicate effectively, assess choices critically and develop an authentic self-reliance. GirlsUP is a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation Campaign for Girls.  Registration for GirlsUP Summer 2016 Programs is now open:
Georgetown Visitation School: June 5-July 1, 9am-1pm
Chevy Chase Elementary School: July 18-July 22, 9am-1pm

Stone Ridge School: July 11-July 15, 9am-1pm
For more information or to register please visit our website at   
Deal Fit And Sport Camp
Looking for a great summer camp? The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport & fitness camp in July! 
What: Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness & nutrition education, and FUN!
When: Four sessions, from July 5th through July 29thfrom 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday (no camp on Monday, July 4th). 
Who: Any rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
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. 
  • Weekly swimming and water play
  • Weekly rotating sports and games
  • Skills instruction
  • Indoor/outdoor free play
  • Stretching and exercise instruction
  • Daily fun runs
  • Nutrition and diet education
  • Weekly field trips
Camp rates per session:
Full Day Rate:
1 week session: $300
2 sessions: $550
All 4 sessions; $1000
Drop in daily rate: $50
Register now using the following link (paper registration forms are also available): Deal Fit and Sport Camp Online Registration Form HERE 
Please email with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at:
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