Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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June 7, 2016   Gayle Moseley, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

June 10
Pre-K End of Year Celebration

June 15
5th Grade Promotion

June 16
Full Day of School

June 17
12:15 Dismissal

LSAT Election Results
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The results for the 2016-17 LSAT parent representatives are:  

Jared Cohen
Dave Gessert
Meena Raj
Carrie Willimann

Thank you for to all of the parents that ran for the positions and congratulations to the parents elected.  

A Colorful Field Day!

What a great day we had on Friday running the Rainbow Dash! It was a fantastic way for our students to demonstrate their cardiovascular fitness levels and perseverance. Kids had a choice of running between .86 and 3.5 miles. A few might have even run over 4 miles.  All the kids had a blast running the race route and getting splashed in a rainbow of colors.  While the morning activities were completed before the rain came we weren't so lucky with the afternoon events.  Those will be rescheduled.

Of course the day would not have been possible without the numerous parent volunteers.  A BIG Thank you to all of the parents who came out to ensure the safety of the runners on the route.  We had 58 volunteers this year.  Thank you!

Thank you to the Lafayette community for your support and generosity. We are able to accomplish great things because of it.  

Have an active and fun summer!
Ms. McClure & Ms. Howes

Lost & Found

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Are you or your child missing a favorite sweatshirt, lunch box, jacket, water bottle or family treasure? It could be in the Lafayette Lost & Found. Stop by the Main Office Trailer this week and take a look at what we have.

Next Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14 we will display all the items we have in Lost and Found on a table outside the Main office. Those items not picked up by the end of the day on Tuesday, will be donated to charity on Wednesday morning, June 15. Be sure to stop by and claim your missing items.  We WILL NOT move the Lost and Found to our summer office at Deal Middle School. 

Questions? Please contact Ms Beck in the front office. 

Message from Nurse Cockrell
Chris Cockrell
Dear Parents,

As the end of the school year approaches, I want to remind you to pick up your child's medication from me. Medication cannot be kept in the health suite beyond the last day of school, Friday June 17, 2016.  Any medication left in the health suite after that date will be discarded. Please make arrangements to pick up all medication within this timeframe.
If your child will attend summer school in a District of Columbia Public or Public Charter School, it is your responsibility to pick up the medication, current physicians authorization/medication plan, and/or action plan from your base/home school and give it to the school nurse at your child's summer school. Please note that the physician's authorization/medication plan and action plans are valid for 12 months from the date the order was written and signed by you the parent, and physician. Medication and the authorization form/action plan may have different expiration dates, and may need to be renewed at separate times.
If you would like to make arrangements to pick up your child's medicine, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact me at the phone number or email address below.

will have blank Asthma and Allergy Action Plans ready to go (along with your child's medications) for next year. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!  

Chris Cockrell, RN, BSN
Lice Alert

As you may be aware, lice has made a big comeback recently!  The best treatment is prevention:  
  • Tie hair back in braids and ponytails (yes even boys).  
  • Do not share combs, brushes, hair ties, batting helmets, bike helmets.  
  • Watch for scratching of heads and look for lice and nits.  Check your children's heads daily through this next few weeks.
Go online or stop by Nurse Cockrell's office for information or a quick check to see what you are looking for. Please inform the teacher and Nurse Cockrell if your child has lice so that the rest of the parents in the class can be put on alert to watch for it.
Thank you!

Chris Cockrell, RN, BSN

Peace of Mind 

Here is the Peace of Mind newsletter from Linda and Jillian or June 1.


Mindfulness Over the Summer

Parents often ask me how they can help their children
to continue practicing mindfulness over the summer. is a website chock full of mindfulness activities for kids including exercises to help with calm, focus, and connections with others.  

Smiling Mind 
is a website and an app for kids of all ages. Calm is an app that mostly caters to adults (although most of the exercises would be appropriate for older elementary kids at Lafayette), but it has a section called Calm Kids. Calm has beautiful pictures and sounds that would be relaxing for all ages and has specific exercises to help children fall asleep. I've tried all three out in class and the kids loved them. Many of my students are already using them. Mind Yeti and Smiling Mind are free, Calm is free but the Calm Kids section has a fee. I hope that these will be helpful to you over the summer and I hope that you will try some mindfulness with your children. A little mindfulness could make summer parenting a lot easier!

Happy Summer!

Summer Reading
The goal of the summer reading list is to encourage lifelong reading and nurture respect for all people. We hope you enjoy the new selections and that they lead you on your own journey of discovering new books to read and share. 

Special Shopping Night at Child's Play
Wednesday, June 8 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Barston's Child's Play on Connecticut Avenue is opening up after hours tomorrow evening just for Lafayette families. Come by and celebrate our Student Essay Contest Winners, who will be reading their winning essays in the store. The HSA will have adult and children's beverages plus cookies available for shoppers and essay contest winners and their families.

It will be a great chance to stock up on your summer reading books and all the supplies and toys you need for summer vacation, birthdays and camp. 10% of sales of almost all items in the store* sold on Wednesday evening will be donated back to the HSA.  Check out the form on the website for specific details and we hope to see you tomorrow night from 7 to 9 PM at Child's Play.

*Exceptions to 10% donation:
Boogie Boards
Little Tikes
Zoku Products
Innovation First Scooters
Micro Brand helmets
Ping Pong and game tables      
Strollers & Stroller Accessories
Balance Bikes              
Car Seats 
Ripstick/Razor Boards
Moss, Wonder Workshop &
Little Bits Kits

Special Bear Facts Issue

Calling all students, parents and Lafayette alumni. As a special thank you for teachers and staff moving on from Lafayette, we are publishing a special edition of Bear Facts, put out by the parents, honoring our departing staff and we need your help.

Several of our wonderful Lafayette staff members are retiring and moving on from our school next year and we want to make sure we recognize their amazing contributions to our community. If you or your children has ever had Ms. Phillips, Ms. Fratto, Ms. Hebert, Ms. Cacibauda or Ms. Raugitinane, we are looking for short messages, photos, poems, art work or anything you want to say about them and what you learned from them. We also want to honor our awesome librarian Ms. Perlin who is leaving the school at the end of the year and Mr. Kennedy who has been a great aide in the younger classrooms.

Our deadline for submissions in Friday, June 10We will "publish" the paper online and present staff members with hard copies the last week of school. 

Kids who have DCPS accounts can submit through the Bear Facts link at the bottom of the Lafayette Technology Resources page. Just click here. 
For folks who can can't access that link, we are collecting submissions in this Google Doc [] or you can drop them in Jenny Backus's HSA mailbox in the main office or mail them/drop them off at 5841 Nebraska Ave NW. Deadline for Submissions is Friday June 10

Thanks for helping us recognize these great professionals who give so much for our kids.

Hot Bargains on Summer Grizzly Gear

There is less than 10 days to get your summer grizzly gear before school ends. Stop by the main office and check out our summer Grizzly Gear display. Stock up on beach towels, adult and child ringer t-shirts, water bottles and beach totes. Get a summer fun kit (tote bag, towel and water bottle) and save $10. We have a limited supply of tie dye t-shirts for small adults and bigger kids and fleeces and sweatshirts in assorted sizes. Plus golf and compact umbrellas, car magnets and a few wool skull caps.

Download a form here OR pick one up in the main office, place your order and put your form and payment into the Grizzly Gear box or drop it off at 5841 Nebraska Ave. You can also email your order to Jenny Backus. Let's keep that Lafayette spirit alive over the summer.

School Photos

Forgot to order your kid's school portrait? It's not too late! If you need the password to view your child's portraits and/or class photo on FreedSpirit's website, please contact Gayle Moseley. The galleries will be open until the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

AtoZ Directories

Hello Parents!

As we gear up for end of year celebrations - AtoZ Directories is already hard at work on our directory for the new school year!

AtoZ makes it easy for you to advertise in the directory. With a plan for every budget, there is no better way to connect directly with families in our community and support our school! Remember our school does a lottery for the premium spots which gives all our parents an equal chance to get the best location!  The lottery deadline is fast approaching - click here to download the lottery form.

Please email Kim Ford to secure your placement or for more information before summer rolls in. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with AtoZ Directories and we know Kim will take good care of you!

As always, thank you for your participation and support!


Barbell Bettys Summer Session: Barbell Bettys is a beginner weight-lifting class for women only, coached by women only. The class is geared towards women of all ages with little to no weight training experience. Our CrossFit Weight Lifting and Level One certified coaches, Gayle Moseley and Liz Rihani, will teach the basics of strength training with weights: squats, presses and deadlifts in a fun, supportive, women-only environment. See our website for more info:

Summer Babysitter available: I'm a 15 year old Lafayette alumni and honor student at Wilson HS and I live close to Lafayette on Patterson Street. I'm very flexible  to meet your summer schedule baby sitting needs.I can meet your kids at the camp bus stop and babysit until you get home from work. I'm free on many weekends and weekdays throughout the summer. 
I'm responsible and have babysitting experience with kids of all ages. 
If you need extra help Please text, call or email me.
Ally Heinrich 
202-744-6646 or

Special Invite : A Documentary Screening - 
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, is a feature-length documentary from the popular simple living duo The Minimalists, which examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. 
We have the opportunity to bring a screening of this documentary to Mazza Gallerie this July 5, 7:30pm. To learn more, and reserve your seats, please visit our screening page  Note: This screening will only take place (and you will only be charged) if we're able to reserve a minimum of 60 seats by June 21. Thanks to everyone who's already shown their support to date. 
Thank you, Lafayette parent, Clare Sant/Zentay

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