Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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August 23, 2016   Teresa G. Gionis, Editor
Mark Your Calendar

August 31
Back to School Night
for PK, 1, 3, 5
6:00 p.m.

September 1
Back to School Night for K, 2, 4
6:00 p.m.
September 5
No School, Labor Day


From the Principal

Dear Lafayette Families-
Wow.  What an incredible start to our year!  After several years of planning, 16 months of construction, countless hours of meetings, decisions, contractors, subcontractors, trailers, metal walkways, blizzards, tents, and so much more - we did it.  We successfully opened our 2016-2017 school year in our incredible new school building.  What a day it was! 
Thank you to everyone for your patience and grace at drop off.  After a smooth morning drop off, teachers and students spent the day getting to know one another, classmates, and the building.  As I walked through the building, I saw smiling faces all around.  I am beyond confident in the incredible work our teachers do with our students, not just the first day but every day. We have hit the ground running! 

On Tuesday, students will go to our "SAMM" Assemblies.  "SAMM" is our school wide, positive behavior support structure.  It stands for "Speak Mindfully, Act Mindfully, and Move Mindfully."  We actively teach the children the positive expectations in every aspect of the building and then celebrate when we achieve those expectations. We also incorporate our Peace of Mind curriculum and social emotional teaching in "Peace Class."  If you hear your students talking about "SAMM" tickets... 


Back to School Night 
Back to School Nights are around the corner!
Click here  for flier with schedule school house  of events and all the details
  • PK, 1, 3, 5 - August 31st 6:00 p.m.
  • K, 2, 4 - September 1st  6:00 p.m.

Letter from the Editor

For those of you new to Lafayette, the Tuesday Bulletin is the communications arm of the Lafayette Home and School Association. It's where you will find important information from HSA officers and teachers and staff on news, events, and fundraisers at Lafayette. It's also where to turn for information on after-school curricular activities and volunteer opportunities at the school and within the community.
The "Community Notices" section of each bulletin, akin to a classified-ad section, is where families can submit up to two ads per semester. The ads must have a clear Lafayette connection. We do not accept ads for most commercial businesses or real estate. For the convenience of families, we do post ads for camps, classes and after-school activities that take place at Lafayette and within the community. Please note that these programs are not run by Lafayette or the HSA.

To meet our deadlines, editors need all submissions e-mailed by the previous Friday. Notices should include your name, phone number, e-mail address, as well as connection to Lafayette.  
Thank you to parent editors Miriam Van Dyck, Gayle Moseley, Sheryl-Ann Gayle, Katya Svirina, and Sophie Hanrahan for joining me in producing the Bulletin once again this year, which will be my 11th and final year as editor. 

Teresa G. Gionis,Tuesday Bulletin editor

Verify Your Info for the Directory!
It's time to verify your info for the Lafayette Directory!  Both new and returning families need to verify their information
in the database, so that we can get this valuable resource out to you as soon as possible. Remember, all information in the database is secure and is not shared with outside parties for any purpose.
New families: Go here and choose "Join as a New Family."  Or send an email to Laura Comay with your contact information (parents' names, address, preferred phone numbers and emails for each parent as desired). 
Returning families: We need you to verify your directory information, even if nothing has changed. Go here and follow the instructions on the home screen. If you've forgotten your username or password, choose "Can't Login."


Calling All Babysitters!
We're compiling listings of neighborhood babysitters for the Lafayette Directory. This is intended for neighborhood students--usually Lafayette alums or siblings--who will be available for weekend, evening, and other casual babysitting. The listings are free, but please only submit a listing if you expect to be reasonably available, and limit the entry to a few sentences at most. Include your name, age, phone number and/or email address, as well as any restrictions (such as what days you are available or what age group you want to babysit). Please email submissions or questions to Holly Idelson

Calling all Lafayette Runners!

The Cross Country (XC) season at Lafayette is just around the corner. Cross Country is a sport that emphasizes sportsmanship, teamwork, and a good work ethic. Throughout the season, runners are taught proper running form, how to manage a consistent running pace, and how to set personal fitness goals.
In order to participate, all runners
 must be in 4th or 5th grade and have all paperwork completed by the start of the season. Paperwork includes: a current physical conducted within 12 months of the last day of the season (November 1, 2016) and provide a copy of the DC Universal Health Certificate/ Physical Form, the Club Sports Consent Form, and the Emergency Treatment Form. All forms can be found here.  
Please scan and email completed forms to Cara Kruse-Hoppe no later than September 1, 2016. Include your runner's name in the subject line of the email. We will also be accepting forms and signing up volunteers during Back to School Night.
We look forward running with you!
Coaches Campbell, DeMaria, and Hoppe

Lafayette Fall Tennis - Starts Monday, August 29 
We had 10 great weeks of tennis camp and are ready for the new school year to begin.  Lafayette Fall Tennis will begin on August 29th.  We will have tennis classes for students in Pre-K through 5th grade on Monday through Friday at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30.  This will be a ten week program than will end on November 4th.  Please go to tcheck on class times, availability and skill level.  We will have classes for absolute beginners, experienced players and advanced players. You can get the registration form from the website.  The cost of the program is $250.  Financial assistance is available.   
Lafayette Adult Morning Tennis - Starts Monday, August 29 
 Moms, Dads and au pairs, after you drop off the kids, come play an hour of tennis before you get on with your day.  We will have adult classes at 9:15 and 10:30 until November 18.  Check  for skill level and availability.  The fee for the 12 weeks is $300.  
You can contact Paul Rosenbaum at or 202 441-0925 for answers to your questions.

There is also adult evening tennis at 6:30 for 9-5ers Monday through Thursday. 

Cub Scouts. If you have a son who likes to have fun, explore new things and enjoys the outdoors, consider joining Cub Scout Pack 52!  
We're welcoming new Cub Scouts from first through fifth grade. 
Tuesday, August 30, is Pack 52 "Join Scouting Night" 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Great Hall at All Saints Church
3 Chevy Chase Circle, MD
This is an informational night for prospective Scouts and their parent/guardian to come learn about our Pack. This event includes an activity for the boys. 
 Pack 52 draws its members from Northwest Washington and the Chevy Chase area and has enjoyed a long presence at Murch, Lafayette, and Janney as well as Maryland and private schools. Our pack warmly welcomes scouts and their parents from all backgrounds, faith traditions and family compositions. 
We typically meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Great Hall of All Saints Church.
Our first Pack meeting for returning and new Scouts is Tuesday, September 13, 7:00. Fall Family Camping is Oct 1-2. Location TBD
If your son enjoys new adventures, meaningful service projects and camping in the great outdoors, Pack 52 is for you!  As always Pack meetings are open to the entire family. There is a parking lot behind All Saints (access via Western Avenue or Grafton Street). The Great Hall is one floor above the entrance from the parking lot.  
If you have any questions please feel free to email us at this information to anyone that might be interested.
Angela Carpenter Gildner
Pack 52 Committee Chair
Lafayette parent of Graham (5th) and Margot (2nd)
Tim Abrams
Pack 52 Cubmaster 
Murch parent of Oliver (4th)

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