Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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June 14, 2016   Sophie Hanrahan, Editor
Mark Your Calendar
June 15
5th Grade Promotion

June 16
Full Day of School

June 17
12:15 Dismissal

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From the HSA

Hello Lafayette Families -

Can you believe it - the last week of school?!

We want to express a heartfelt Thank You to each family within our Lafayette Community. You all are amazing! The commitment and support to our school, children and staff is overwhelming - we cannot thank you enough.

Please join us in extending a HUGE thank you to all of our Tuesday Bulletin Editors! They quietly work behind the scenes throughout the year on this weekly newsletter, so families receive the latest and greatest news from the HSA & School Administration. Kudos to: Teresa Gionis, Gayle Moseley, Sophie Hanrahan, Miriam Van Dyck, Sheryl-Ann Gayle and Katya Svirina.

Lastly, two HSA Board Member updates for SY 2016-2017 - we are excited to announce that Chris Lisi has been appointed to the open position of Co-President and Astrid Ruggeri has been appointed as a Ways & Means Co-Chair to replace Chris Lisi. Thank you both for your service!

We look forward to another great school year, as we have the opportunity to experience the beautiful, new building we have all watched this past year - as it has been built from the ground up! Keep an eye out for updates from the HSA and Dr. Broquard over the next few months.

We wish all of you a wonderful and adventurous summer with just enough relaxation thrown in - enjoy!

See you around the neighborhood -
Janine & Shannon

Marquis de Lafayette Awards

The final HSA General Meeting on June 2nd included the annual service award ceremony. The following individuals were recognized with Marquis de Lafayette awards for their outstanding service to Lafayette:

* Lafayette parents Julie Waterman & Craig Sechler
* Lafayette parent Jenny Backus
* Lafayette teacher Judy Fratto
* Lafayette parent Hope Scheller
* Lafayette parent Teresa Gionis
* Lafayette teacher Morgan Hebert
* The Lafayette renovation SKANSKA team: John Bond, Jeff Busch, Carl Moore, and Pamela Murray
* The Lafayette custodial team: Bobby Matthews, Glenn White, Jamie Howell, Lorenzo DuBoise, and George Young
* Lafayette parent Annie Bennett
* Lafayette parent Mary Meagher Hunter
* Lafayette parent Donna Oetzel
* Lafayette parent Robin Chait

Essay Contest Winners Honored at Child's Play

It was a spectacular night for Lafayette writers last Wednesday night when the winners of the 2016 Lafayette Essay Contest read their winning essays aloud at a special reception hosted by Lafayette annual sponsor Barstons Child's Play. Organized by 3rd Grade ELA Teacher Blake Yedwab, 4th Grade ELA Teacher Meg DeMaria and 5th Grade Teacher Annie Campbell, the Lafayette Essay contest was open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Many other teachers and staff helped judge the essays. The winning essays were funny, smart, provocative and incredibly well written. Congratulations to all our winners. A capacity crowd of proud teachers, parents and friends came out to cheer on the winners and enjoy juice, wine and special "reading and book" cookies baked by a Lafayette alum. Thank you to Ms Yedwab and her team for finding a way to honor writing and speaking at Lafayette.
Third Grade Winners:
1st Place: Sydney Burgess
2nd Place: Thomas Braden
3rd Place: Spencer Jones

Fourth Grade Winners:
1st Place: Jack Pagano
2nd Place: Claire Simon 
3rd Place: Kinzly Gootman

Fifth Grade Winners:
1st Place: Paige Rockwood
2nd Place: Christian Dalida
3rd Place: Claire Thorn

Honorable Mention: Gabriella Goldberg

Thank you to all who helped make this possible, especially the judges, including David Gregal, Annie Campbell, Cara Skubel, Richard Singer, Jessica Raugitinane, Jonathan Coor, Stephanie Moore, Donna Cobb, Linda Ryden, Maddie Howes, Laura Pajor, Nathan Wieand, Rashida Mosby, Kathy Echave, Joe Rogall, Lisa Jensen, Jessica Campbell, Meg DeMaria and Kerry Cassidy. Thank you also to Lisa Jensen and Kathy Echave for tallying all of the scores.

And a huge thank you to the HSA for providing prizes for the winners!
A Special Shout-Out to the 2016-2017 Lafayette Fun Committee

As we all know, this has been a different kind of year for Lafayette but thanks to some incredibly dedicated and creative parents, it's also been a year of FUN. 

For the first time ever, Lafayette had it's own FUN COMMITTEE, made up of parents from every grade, whose mission was to look for ways to brighten the mood at Lafayette while we were in trailers and put smiles on the faces of our students, teachers, neighbors and staff. And it was a whopping success. All year long this team of creative geniuses came up with events and activities that made this year so special. Here is just a sampling of what they did.

Decorating the front of the school with blue and yellow personalized ribbons on the first day; helping to provide extra staff to help everyone find their way to school during our first week; delivering flowers to the "Envelope families who live around the school"; throwing a heck of a good birthday ice cream party for the Marquis de Lafayette's Birthday. Providing umbrellas for the teachers and safety patrol, dropping off pumpkins for the neighbors; buying games for indoor recess; leading a Valentine's Day candy drive for the Construction Crew; securing a Party Bus for the Auction; bringing Shaved Ice Trucks to Field Day; the Lafayette Nats Presidents Race; a special thank-you reception for the Teachers at Macon; supporting the Six Flags Trip for the 5th Grade plus a special commemorative gift for each 5th Grader.

On behalf of the entire HSA membership, thank you to all the fun committee members for your hard work and your great ideas.

OUR 2015-2016 FUN COMMITTEE MEMBERS :Mary Ann Akers, Mary Ashley, Jennifer Bertsch, Courtney Corn, Vince Frillici, Rebecca Gordon, Stacey Fersko Grant, Kirsten Hoffstedt Keefe, Holly Idelson, Jordan Lloyd Bookey, Lisa Mitchell, Elllena Ochoa, Ellen Shurman, Bethann Siegel, Dennis Smyth, Adam Reisman, Ellen Root, and Darshana Venugopal. Plus HSA Fun Committee Liaisons: Janine Finck Boyle, Shannon Behm, Chris Lisi, Kristin Nicholson, Nedra Pickler, Stacy Beck, Jen Lanoff and Jenny Backus

Thanks to the incredible work done by this year's Fun Committee, the HSA has decided to continue the Fun committee next year, although with a slightly smaller budget. The HSA has allocated $10K to cover 4 big events or a series of smaller events for the 2016-2017 year.

If you are interested in serving on the 2016-2017 Fun Committee, please email Jenny Backus at We will be scheduling one meeting for this summer to plan for the start of school. Feel free to email ideas too if you have a busy summer. Mark your calendars now - the Marquis De Lafayette's Birthday is on Thursday September 6 this year!
Summer Access to Online Site licenses
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Hello Lafayette families and community members! This summer your children have access to multiple online sites that can help them stay fresh for next school year. As always, please contact if you have any questions about the programs or need login credentials. To access the sites please use and bookmark the Lafayette Technology Website at:
Have a great summer everyone! See this flyer for more info!

Yearbooks Still Available!

Book Fair mouse Now that all the new shiny yearbooks are out and about, does your child wants one of their own? Good news! We still have copies left! Please drop a check made out to Freed Photography in an envelope with the student's name and class on the front. Cash is also accepted. Envelopes can be dropped in Mr. Catapano's or Ms. DeMaria's mailboxes no later than Thursday, June 16th. We will get yearbooks out to students once order forms are processed. 
Fall Cross Country Team Info!

Your Lafayette coaches are holding an informational meeting for any student interested in running on the cross country team next fall. Yes, we know, this meeting is early, but we want to get out information now, so that all medical forms can be completed throughout the summer. All rising 4th graders and rising 5th graders are eligible to participate on the cross country team. We also want to welcome any graduating 5th graders to attend the meeting to speak on behalf of the team and to share any wisdom to the team for next year.

The meeting will be on Thursday, June 16 in Coach Campbell's room (G102) from 3:30-3:45 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

All the best,
Your XC and Track Coaches

Join the 2016-2017 Ways And Means Committee

It's been an amazing year here at Lafayette thanks to the support of our incredible parents. From the Homecoming Dance to the Auction to the Spring Fair and all the events in between, the community and school events you and your kids love and count on only happen because of our parents come together to make them happen.

The Lafayette HSA Ways and Means Committee works with parents to create, manage and design events and programs for Lafayette that support the HSA and all our great programs like art, music, mindfulness, sports and extracurricular events. Our philosophy on the Ways and Means Committee is to recruit a strong group of parents to chair each event and program that the HSA counts on for revenue and work to help our Ev
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ent and Program Chairs recruit a committee of parents to support them.  Each of the big events has a budget and a project revenue goal.

We are delighted to report we have recruited several event chairs already for 2016 -2017  but we still need more (especially for our Fall Events)  and we need subcommittee chairs for each event. We are especially committed to recruiting parents from the younger grades because many of our lead volunteers have older children and will be leaving the school soon.  If you are interested in helping on an event or chairing an event, please email Jenny Backus at  or Astrid Ruggeri  at at or email your Event Chairs directly. Some of these jobs are very short commitments in terms of time and organization, others take more legwork and volunteers. We can help you find the right job or assignment  and we can share our budget numbers and goals as well. 

We will also be hosting a happy hour this summer for folks who are around and in town to talk about the Committee and the events we have planned for 2016-2017 on Tuesday July 12. Stay tuned for a Constant Contact with the exact place and time.  Adult beverages will be provided along with babysitting. Everyone is welcome - whether you are new to the school next year or a seasoned veteran. We will also recruit next year as well but for some of our events like Homecoming and Fall Festival, we need to get started soon.

We hope you consider joining the Ways and Means team and remember, you don't have to Chair an event to make a difference. We gladly welcome donations of time ( and money) of any size and all our Chairs would very much appreciate folks who can volunteer to work on their Committees and at their events. Don't hesitate to reach out to any one of us.
Thanks for your consideration
Your 2016-2017 Ways and Means Team:
Co-Chairs - Jenny Backus and Astrid Ruggeri
Auction Chairs - Sarah Remes & Erin Walsh (needs lots of committee members)
Spring Fair Chair - Vincent Frillici 
Grizzly Gear Chair - Mary Jaffe
FarmRaiser Chair -Kristin Nicholson
School Photos Chair - Gayle Moseley
AtoZ Directory Chair - Laura Comay
Artwork/Card Sales Chair  - Hope Scheller
Yard Sale Chair - Lydia Weiss

We're Looking for...
Homecoming Dance Co-Chairs
Fall Festival Co-Chairs
School Sponsors Chairs (work over the summer-not so much in the school year)
Partnership Rewards Chairs ( Escrip/Giant/Amazon-smaller time commitment)
Camp Fair Chair (work over the fall - fair in early January)
Brick Sales Chair (lighter time commitment - more in the spring)
Looking For A Few Good Sponsors

Do you own a business or know someone locally who does? We are looking for 2016-2017 Lafayette HSA Sponsors. Contact Astrid Ruggeri at Lafayette sponsors help make all of our awesome Lafayette events happen. Sponsors receive free advertising on our website, Constant Contact emails and signage at our major events. Plus so much more.  Just this year our sponsors hosted special outdoor games at the Fall Festivaland Spring Fair, movie nights, special after hours shopping events, summer reading book sale, and the Wine Party to name just a few. We would love to work with you to customize a package that makes sense for your business.  There is a special benefit for Sponsors who sign up early so reach out today. Thanks for supporting Lafayette.

Celebrate The End Of School at our Special Summer Grizzly Gear Sale

Friday, June 17 at Noon
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Look for the special Grizzly Gear tables right when school gets out at noon! We will have all the summer Grizzly Gear you will need to show your Lafayette Pride at Camp, the Pool or on Vacation.

We've got Summer Fun Kits, ToteBags, Towels, WaterBottles, Adult and Child Ringer T-Shirts and Tie Dye Shirts for Older Kids. Plus Car Magnets and Golf Umbrellas and some leftover stock from the winter. Shop for Father's Day or Graduation or even get ready for the First Day of School in August. We will take checks, credit cards and cash.

Can't make this sale? Stop by the Main Office and pick up an order form or download one from the website. Fill it out and drop it in the Grizzly Gear Box. Or email Jenny Backus at with your order and we can process.


Galley does Coach and Teacher gifts! If you are looking for a great way to thank your coach or teacher this year, buy a Galley Foods gift card, available in any amount. Galley dinners are great - delivered to your door after a weeknight practice, your coaches will love it. Galley has enjoyed partnering with your organization, so we will give back 5% of your GIFT CARD purchase to either Stoddert Soccer, CapCity Little League or your school. 

Email with your gift card order #, amount, and giveback recipient of choice. Thanks for eating well with Galley!

ESL/TEFL Tutor - Georgetown University certified English language instructor available to help you build confidence and expand your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Contact: Susan Kay at 202-841-1942 or

Babysitting Service: We are a group of responsible rising 7th grade girls at Sidwell Friends School neighborhood girls who are raising money for scholarships for a girl's high school in Kenya. If you hire us, we'll have two girls come to play and take care of your children. Our prices will vary, depending on what you think is reasonable, but all proceeds will go to the school.
We are pretty flexible with ages, but we would prefer to babysit kids who are at least three years or older. If you would like to hire us, please email
You can also email one of our moms, Jen Lanoff, at or call her at 202.744.4925, with any questions.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

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