Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 17, 2016   Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
Thursday May 19
Arts Night I 
(Pre-K - 1st) 

Monday May 23
No School
Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday May 27
Arts Night II
(2nd - 5th) 

Monday May 30
No School
Memorial Day

From the Principal

Dear Lafayette Families 

April showers bring....more May showers!  Despite all the rain and dreariness over the last two weeks, the staff, students, and Lafayette community continue to sparkle! There were many reasons to celebrate the talent, effort, teamwork, and commitment that abound.  First, a belated shout out to all those involved with the Spring Fair (Way to go Vince Fillici and Jenny Backus!!!).  It was an awesome event, despite the hurdles of construction and weather.  Congrats to the Spring Fair Chairs and Committee who were a small village of committed individuals.  What an outstanding day to revel in all that our community has to offer.
Last Tuesday, or Boys and Girls Track team ran in the City Championship meet.  Several kids ran/jumped/threw personal bests.  A huge thank you to Coach DeMaria, Coach Campbell, Coach Hoppe and the small army of parents that made practices and meets possible.
            Thursday, the DC Theater Café wowed us all.  Our 3rd grade students and teachers put together an outstanding showcase of local DC musicians, along with some history, humor, and service with a smile.  It was an absolutely outstanding show.  Kudos to our 3rd grade students and teachers!  And how can you beat pizza and donuts at 9:30 in the morning?!?
            The Big Top hosted yet another outstanding performance when our Drama Club put on, "The Circus".  This clever, and original play, written by our very own Mr. King, highlighted the very talented thespians among us.  Bravo!  Thanks to the students for their time and dedication to memorizing lines and throwing their heart and soul into their performance.  A huge "thank you" to Mr. King, Ms. Campbell, and all the parents involved in procuring costumes.
            Our final two celebrations go out to our Archery Team and our Girls on The Run Team.  Both teams celebrated their culminating events this weekend.  The Archery Team competed at the National Tournament in Kentucky where several students set personal records in their flights.  Way to go archers!  A huge shout out to Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes for training our young archers, as well as to the HSA for supporting our team and students at the national tournament.  While the archery team took aim on Saturday, the Girls on the Run team set their sights on a 5K on Sunday.  The 10th annual, GOTR citywide 5K was run at Anacostia Park.  Despite 35 mph wind gusts, every runner finished, including the girls, coaches and parents who ran.  It was an incredible display of DC girl power at it's finest.  Thanks to Coaches DeJonckhere, Hallock, and Cacibauda for their dedication to developing our young ladies as individuals and as runners.
            As May continues to roll on, buckle up for the ride!  We have Arts Night I (PreK - 1st) this Thursday, 5/19 and Arts Night II (2nd - 5th) next Thursday, 5/26.  There are also fieldtrips planned for several grade levels, field day on the horizon, and spirit week to finish off the month.  Don't forget Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, 5/23.  And through all the excitement, celebrations, and performances, we continue to pack and ready ourselves for the move back into the new building in August (YES!  They are STILL on schedule!).  Be on the look out for volunteer opportunities as we continue to pack.  Although we are all spinning with schedules, commitments, practices, and performances, don't forget to take a moment and appreciate all that is going on around us.  It is truly remarkable.
See you soon,
Dr. B
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Candidates for LSAT 
 School Year 2016-2017

Please review the bios below, these candidates will be included on a ballot for the LSAT Election that will take place during the June 2nd HSA General Meeting.  Absentee ballots will be sent home on Thursday, May 26th

Meena Raj
Carrie Willimann
Jared Cohen
Jordan Kaplan 
David Gessert
Kathryn Young

politics & prose logo Annual Lafayette Elementary Politics & Prose Book Fair

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! 
The student council is having Spirit Week for Lafayette Elementary. It will start Tuesday, May 24th and end Friday, May 27th. The Spirit Week events will be:
Team Tuesday: Wear something from your favorite sports team or from a team that you are on.

Wacky Wednesday: Just like it sounds. Come dressed wacky
PJ Thursday: Wear your favorite pajamas to school so when you wake you may not even have to change!
Fancy Friday: Dress up day so just look extra fancy. 

Teachers can do Spirit Week, too, if they want. 
-Cody Hobson, 5-G, Student Council Secretary


Singing note

June 5 NoteBUSTERS spring performance @ 5:30

Wilson High School auditorium
Favorite ABBA songs from Mamma Mia

Free admission to friends and families and Lafayette teachers and staff.



 Field Day News  Field Day

It's that time of year!  We are looking for parent volunteers to help with this year's field day event.  In the past we have used volunteers to run the many different stations.  This year will be completely different due to the space constraints.
This year we are having a "Rainbow Dash" for our first through fifth grade students. Essentially it is a running race around the Lafayette Park and adjacent streets.  At certain points on the route there will be color stations where runners will have "color" thrown on them.
Volunteers are needed Friday, June 3rd all morning from 8:45 until 12:00.  Volunteers will be on the race route directing the runners or throwing color at the runners as they pass through the color stations.  If you are able to help please visit our Signup Genius site.  Select the area where you would like to volunteer.  As we get closer to the date I will send more detailed instructions.

Please note that the Pre-K and K field day is on Wednesday June 1st.  They will have a completely different set of events. Ms. Perll and classroom teachers will send information out about that.
Questions? contact Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.

Thank you for volunteering! 




eventeen fourth and fifth graders competed in the National Archery in the Schools Program ("NASP") National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky May 13th and 14th.  After winning the Second Annual DC Archery Tournament earlier this year, the Lafayette team went on to compete at the national level.  The National Tournament brings together over 12,000 students from across the United States to compete at 10 and 15 meters.  A HUGE thank you to Ms. McClure and Ms. Howes for all that they did to make this possible, includng early morning practices in the Big Tent.  Congratulations team!!!
Lafayette's Archery Team members that competed in the National Tournament are: Ayleen Acosta, Aryan Amin, Jon Bouker, Finn Boyle, Leo Espuelas, Joe Finkelstein, Luke Gidley, Kinzly Gootman, Ciera Hamilton, Cole Ingram, Will Lindsley, Kieran McIlreavy, Morgan McReady, Malachi Merriam, Brian Metzger, Connor Riley and Ethan Schaefer.,

"Circus" Rocks the Big Top

Congratulations the cast and crew of Lafayette's Spring Musical, The Circus.  After 12 weeks of hard work, the Lafayette Enrichment Program's Drama Club brought the Circus to town with style, panache and some pretty snazzy dance moves in a three-show run from Friday through Monday last week. 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.  As the Clowns and Jesters battle for control, 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.  Students in the LEP Drama program, which is open to students from the 2nd to the 5th grade, help Mr. King and Ms Campbell on script ideas, build all the sets, and memorize all the songs and dances.  
2016 Circus performers include: Jonah Shapiro, Anya Finkelstein, Katy Whipple, Evan Weinstein, Fiona O'Keefe, Cole Ingram, Leah Braden, Jessie Moss, Alex Benach, Jack Pagano, Brooke Fuld, Leah Braden, Addy Darnell,  Owen McManus, Eli Schwartz, Sam Jaffe, Aaron Gorman, Liam Blick, Patricia Karastelev, Helena Wolfe-Feichter, Elijah Gold Moritz, Iris Koppenheffer, Leah Harper, Avery McDonald, Sophia Harper, Zachary Dell-Bosak, Sarah McLaughlin, Katie Blick, Abby Bozzell, Thomas Braden, Helene Burwell, and Wendy Gonzalez-Menche.
Congratulations to Mr King and Ms Campbell for an outstanding show. We are so lucky to have you both at Lafayette. Special thanks also go to Dr Broquard and the Administration team, the Custodial crew, the Lafayette HSA and LEP Director Hope Scheller who not only helped organize the program but did some killer make-up.

Camp Twin Creeks BIG SALE!
Two Camp vouchers on sale for $1,500 per session. (Only one session per family) for children 6-12: Must be first time campers. The retail value of a session is $2,750.
Camp Twin Creeks is a coed overnight summer camp located in the 
beautiful Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. We offer a wide 
variety of sports, arts, and adventure activities that every camper 
will participate in during their two week summer experience. We also 
offer transportation from Reston,VA, but encourage all new parents to 
come and see our beautiful 170 acre property 4 hours from D.C. Every 
camper will also get to water ski and tube, go on an overnight camping 
trip, and participate in our camp-wide olympics. 

 contact  Ashanthi Kiridena, 202-779-5440

The DC Youth Futbol Club (DCYFC) will conduct soccer tryouts for boys and girls ages 9-14 to play on a competitive select team in Fall 2016.  Tryouts are scheduled for June 5 and June 7.  DCYFC currently has 14 girls and boys teams competing in a local league in Montgomery County and plan to add one U10G and one U10B team.  Roster spots are also available on a competitive tryout basis for existing teams.  We train and play locally.  For further details, go to 

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE (10 families!)   Moreland St Nw/Northampton St Nw. Sat May 21st. 8 am - Noon
Tons of women clothing, shoes, jewelry and purses (a lot of french brands); baby, toddler and children clothes (a lot of french brands),Tons of baby and toddler items; tons of books (french and american, children and adults);Dvds (children and adults);Household furnishings,Kitchen stuff, Appliances, Furniture, Luggage,Electronics,Photo equipment, Vinyl records...Free stuff
The Children's Art Studio invites your little one to join us for Summer Camp.  Your student will have uninterrupted time to create beautiful, modern projects in a calm, supportive, upbeat environment.  Class will take place in a courtyard room next to Chesapeake park where we will break for lunch and play. Every child receives one on one encouragement, learning to use pencil, brush and clay with skill and acuity. We will look at many art historical examples and the best of children's illustrated books. Small group size, thoughtful instruction and the inventive use of high quality materials is what it is all about.  We hope your child will join us! Please email with questions and to enroll: See our site for info:

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