Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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May 24, 2016   Miriam Van Dyck, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

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

Monday May 30
No School
Memorial Day

From the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families!

Hold on we go, a quick look at what's coming up in the last 4 weeks of school!  Details regarding times and locations can be found on our website:

  • Spirit Week - Tuesday, 5/24 - Friday, 5/27
  • 5th Grade Science Fair - Tuesday, 5/24
  • Arts Night II - Thursday, 5/26 (2nd - 5th grade)
  • Memorial Day - Monday, 5/30 (no school)
  • Field Day - Wednesday, 6/1 (Pre-K & K)
  • HSA General Meeting - Thursday, 6/2 (SY 2016-2017 Budget Vote & LSAT Elections)
  • Field Day - Friday, 6/3 (1st - 5th)
  • Coffee Talk with Dr. B - Friday, 6/3 (Trailer D-102)
  • 4th Grade State Fair - Monday, 6/6 (individual classrooms)
  • Pre-K End of Year Celebration - Friday, 6/10 (teachers to provide details)
  • 5th Grade Promotion - Wednesday, 6/15 (teachers to provide details)
  • Last Day of School - Friday, 6/17 (12:15pm dismissal)

We look forward to all of the fun in the next few weeks!  Please plan to join us for the HSA Meeting on June 2nd!

Have a good week,
Janine & Shannon

Thanks to the Lafayette Community for Arts Night 1: Now We Need You for Arts Night 2!
Congratulations to all the artists and performers and their teachers who displayed their talents and work at Arts Night#1 last week for Pre-K, K and 1st graders. Ms. Perll, Ms. McLaughlin, and Mr. Holmes did an amazing job and it was a truly impressive show.  We also want to thank all the people who worked so hard to make the night a success including Dr. Broquard and the Administration and Custodial teams.  
We especially want to thank the incredible team of parents led by HSA Hospitality Chairs Kristin Nicholson and Nedra Pickler and super volunteer Fiorenza Castelli who worked so hard on the food tables, Laura Nelms who helped spearhead Grizzly Gear Sales, and Hope Scheller, who worked with the art teachers to create note-cards made out of the students' artwork. Look for the Note-Card Table. the Grizzly Gear Table, and the Food Tables again at Arts Night #2. 
And speaking of Arts Night #2, it truly takes a village to make Arts Night happen and we really need volunteers for Arts Night #2.   We especially need parent volunteers for Pizza Sales and help with moving boxes and setting up our Grizzly Gear and Food Tables. We can work with you to make sure you catch your child's performance.  Please sign up here to help out on Thursday night, May 26
Last but not least, we wanted to give a special shout-outs to our student volunteers who stepped in to help at the last minute: Lafayette alum Jonah Merriam, and Lafayette students Ian and Alec Nicholson, Aurora Antonazzo, Jack Pagano, Ryan Behm, Finn Boyle, and Malachi Merriam who rocked the Pizza Line, and Alice Stillerman who manned the Grizzly Gear table.
politics & prose logoThanks for Supporting the Annual Lafayette Elementary Politics & Prose Book Fair

Congratulations to Jessica Bowers and Lisa Hopson for another successful Lafayette Book Sale at Politics and Prose this past Saturday. We are so grateful for your work on this important Lafayette tradition each year.  

Thank you to all the parents who came out and shopped in support of Lafayette.  Your efforts generated hundreds of dollars for Lafayette and more than 50 beautiful new books were donated by Lafayette families to our Library and teachers. 

Thank you to Ms. Perlin for providing the Summer Reading List and encouraging teachers to send in their wish lists and, as always, to the team at Politics and Prose for hosting us. The Book Sale is only made possible through the hard work of our organizers and our parent volunteers. Thank you to Fred Jacob, Amy Joyce, Candace Smyth, Rita Brickman, Eden Burgess, Jenny Backus, Sarah Remes, Sara Rheim, Todd Hathaway, and Meena Raj for giving up part of your Saturday to help our school. 
From the Art Room   
Laurie McLaughlin, Visual Art grades 1-5 Laurie McLaughlin
So much celebrating... so many thank yous... so much appreciation!!!
Congratulations to the following students, whose art has been selected to represent Lafayette at the DCPS Citywide Art Show:

  • First grader Quinn Reimers- Moon Collage
  • Second Grader Lucia Ridgeway- African Fon Cloth Dragon
  • Fourth Graders Ryan Behm, Setina Dawitt & Jake Capobres- Linoleum prints on watercolor paper
  • Fifth Grader Ella Davis- Topsy Turvy Interior Drawing

The opening celebration will be held in the Ronald Reagan Building on Tuesday, May 31 from 5pm - 8pm.  If you can't join us on the 31st, the exhibition will remain on display and open to the public through June 7th.
Special thanks to Hope Scheller for stepping in to take the fun Images photos when there were no subs available for art. Thank you to 4th grader Avi Weiss for proofreading Images PDFs to make sure no one was left out and each illustration matched its story:) A humongous thank you to hospitality co-chairs Kristin Nicholson and Nedra Pickler for graciously offering to feed our entire Lafayette community at both Arts Nights!!! 

And speaking of Arts Nights- our custodial staff takes on an exhausting job of moving all the equipment and cleaning up after us which makes Arts Night a success! If you see any of these people, make sure you show them your appreciation!!!

 Field Day News  Field Day

Field Day for 1st -5th grades will be on Friday, June 3rd. This year we will be doing a "Rainbow Dash" during the morning.  In the past we have needed volunteers to run all of the different stations.  This year we need our volunteers stationed throughout the race route in Lafayette Park and some adjacent streets.  We are still in need of numerous volunteers.  Please go to the Signup Genius link to volunteer.  Volunteers are needed all morning from 8:45-12:00.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. McClure or Ms. Howes.
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Annual Lafayette Essay Contest - Special Reception at Child's Play on June 8

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are busy working on their essays for the annual Lafayette Essay Contest. Third graders are writing essays about Abraham Lincoln's leadership qualities, fourth graders are writing about ways to improve the school, and fifth graders are writing about time travel and meeting a famous historical figure.

Winners of the essay contest will be announced Monday, June 6, and will have the opportunity to read their winning essay at Child's Play the evening of Wednesday, June 8. Child's Play is staying open two extra hours on Wednesday June 8 from 7 to 9 PM just for Lafayette Families. We will have a reception with cookies and adults and kids beverages, the essay reading and then everyone is free to shop and Lafayette will receive 10% back on almost everything in the store. 

The great books team from Child's Play will have our summer reading list in stock plus their usual great selection of kids. You don't have to enter the essay contest to come to the reception and special Lafayette Spring Shopping Night on June 8.  Happy writing to all the students and can't wait to celebrate you all on June 8!

Get Your Summer Reading Books at Arts Night

Missed the Book Sale last weekend?  Don't despair. Our annual books-apple-icon2.jpg sponsor Child's Play and their terrific book team are hooking us up for Arts Night #2 and all summer long. We will have all the required books for Lafayette Summer Reading for sale at Arts Night this Thursday plus a good selection of many of the suggested books. We'll even have a few of the hottest titles for the summer plus info on how to sign up to receive the new JK Rowling book coming out in July and info about the party that Child's Play is throwing.  And the best news of all, the Lafayette HSA will get 20% of all of our sales on Arts Nights #2, Thursday May 26.  
Can't make it to Arts Night on the 26th? We are also having a special Lafayette only shopping night on June 8 from 7 to 9 PM at the Child's Play Store on Connecticut Ave and we will receive 10% of sales on all books and most toys that night.  Plus you can swing by the store all summer long and take advantage of their great specials and awesome selection.The team at Child's Play has been working closely with the Lafayette Summer Reading team and are working to have all our books in stock. It's a great way to get ready for the summer and support a local small business who works so closely with our school.

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; and  Stone Ridge School: July 11 - July 15, 9am - 1pm. For more information or to register please visit our website.
Babysitter available.  Our regular babysitter, Elle Smiley, is looking for additional summer work as our daughter will be in camps.  Elle is wonderful with our daughter and is a rising senior at AU.  You can contact me at or her directly at

Looking for a great summer camp? The Alice Deal Athletic Department will offer a 4 week youth sport & fitness camp in July! 

 Four weeks of rotating sports instruction, fitness & nutrition education, and FUN!
When: Four sessions, from July 5th through July 29th, from 9 am to 5 pmMonday 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:

1 week session: $300
2 sessions:  $550
All 4 sessions:  $1000
Drop in daily rate:  $50
Register now using the following link:
E-mail with any questions or contact Coach Downing directly at

Great Birthday Party Laser Tag Package Available at Ultrazone in Bailey's Crossroads. 
My friend Michelle Boorstein had planned out her son's birthday party for this Saturday and then learned that the date wouldn't work.  It is for 12 players for Laser Tag plus 4 cheese pizzas. Ultrazone does not offer a refund if you cancel less than one week in advance. So she is looking to see if someone wants to buy this package for this Saturday. The Party is currently scheduled for this Saturday May 28 at 10:00 AM but can be used any time except Saturdays (other than this Saturday) over the next 30 days through the end of June. The package cost $278. The address is 3447 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church, VA. 
If you are interested in purchasing this package or have any more questions, please contact Michelle Boorstein at
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