Lafayette Elementary School
Tuesday Bulletin
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August 30, 2016   Miriam Van Dyck, 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 -
Thank you again for an incredible opening of our school year and new building!  We are eager to share more information about our classrooms, teachers, clubs, and all things that make Lafayette great this week during Back to School Nights! 

Wednesday, 8/31 - Grades PreK, 1, 3, 5
Thursday, 9/1 - Grades KDG, 2, 4
6-8 pm both nights 
A couple of quick odds and ends...
-Every Friday will be "Spirit Day"!  Students and staff are invited to show off their Lafayette pride and wear their favorite Grizzly Gear.  If you need to stock up, Grizzly Gear will be available at Back to School Night.
-Please don't park on Northampton or BroadBranch road adjacent to the school.  These are both key to our drop off lane and the bus routes.
-If you arrive after 8:40 am, your child will enter through the main office and go to class.
-PARCC scores are being released today.  We will devote an upcoming "Coffee Talk" to discussing our results and how we measure achievement.
I think that's all for now.  We look forward to sharing great evenings with you this week for Back To School Night!
See you soon,
Dr. B

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.

Meet the 2016-2017 Lafayette Annual Sponsors

This year we are proud to announce that the following local businesses have signed on as Lafayette Annual Sponsors:

Anslie Stokes and the Stokes Realtor Team, The Avenue and Capital Crab Company, Barstons Child's Play, Broadbranch Market, Byrdsmiles Orthodontics, Galley Foods, Heather Davenport, Washington Fine Properties, Kimberly Cestari, W.C. and A.N Miller, Realtors, Lee Murphy, Washington Fine Properties, Macon, Magruder's, Potomac Pizza, Steve and Michelle Dolge, Second Wind CrossFit
Lafayette Annual Sponsors are local businesses and community leaders who donate thousands of dollars each year in cash and good and services to support Lafayette and all our amazing events and programs. Many of these generous local businesses donate year after year, even after their own children have graduated from Lafayette. Their generosity makes a huge difference for the children, staff and families of Lafayette.  

In return for their support, we ask each Lafayette family to think about supporting them the next time you need to buy or sell a house, shop for food, get a gift for a birthday party, start a new work-out routine, order in dinner or even go get braces for your child.

If you own a business or know a business in the community who would like to become a Lafayette Annual sponsor, please contact Jenny Backus at  or Astrid Ruggeri. Thanks again to all our awesome Lafayette Annual Sponsors. 

LEP Fall Session 

The Fall Session of the Lafayette Enrichment Program (LEP) will run for 8 weeks: September 26 through November 21. 

Registration opens on Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Please take a couple of moments to review the session brochure and make your class selections.

Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, visit our registration site to enroll.

Questions? Email Shannon Behm.

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.

Add a Name to Our New School!

The HSA has teamed up with our builders and school leaders on a very cool new program to build a special commemorative area in our new school where current and former Lafayette families or community members can buy engraved bricks to honor students, teachers, friends, and even special moments.  It's a great way to permanently cement special Lafayette memories, plus you are helping to support Lafayette.
Sales of the engraved brick pavers will benefit all the programs that make LAFAYETTE GREAT!!!
It's so easy. You can pay via check or online at Just fill out the order form (both sides please), attach a check or your receipt from paying on line at  and return it to school via your child's backpack or drop it in the Main Office.  Order forms can be found on-line, and print copies will be sent home in your child's backpack after Labor Day.  There are 2 sizes of bricks: standard (4x8 inches) costing $150, and larger (12x12 inches) costing $300.  
See the website for more details.  Brick sales end on September 30th.   Questions? Contact Sonya Matza.

Don't Miss the Lafayette Homecoming Dance
An Adults-Only evening featuring dinner, dancing, drinks and a dance contest:  Friday September 23, 2016 from 7 to 11 PM

Looking for a fun way to spend a Friday Night, meet new friends and support Lafayette Elementary School at the same time?

Get your blue and yellow on and head on out to our 2nd Annual Lafayette Homecoming Dance on Friday, September 23 at the newly renovated Lafayette Elementary School building.

We will be celebrating our Lafayette Alumni, our wonderful staff, our beautiful new school and our great Lafayette community. Plus we'll crowning our second annual Lafayette Homecoming Queen and King.

Tickets are just $40 a person in advance and $50 a person at the door.  You can buy them online day or night. 
Dinner, drinks, door prizes, even a dance contest included in the price of admission

***Families who have donated to the HSA at the Golden L Level get in free.  See the Lafayette Donation Drive page for more details. 

From the Art Room
Laurie McLaughlin, Visual Arts grades 1-5
We're up and running and loving our new spectacular, light Laurie McLaughlin filled art space!!! I look forward to meeting many of you at Back-to-School Night and hope you will put the art room on your must see list of places to visit!

I am excited to announce a brand new student art show in the Broad Branch Market candy room featuring a selection of highlights from last year's artwork.

Congratulations to the following students, whose artwork was selected to represent Lafayette:
Grade 6 (last year's grade 5):
Jordan Mongardini & Hudson Purdy- Mixed Media Ecosystem Relief
Juliet Tompkins- Topsy Turvy Interior Inspired by Patssi Valdez

Grade 4 (last year's grade 3):
Caleb Joyner- Neoclassical Building Pokemon Memorial
William Hathaway- DC Building Photo Painting
Dorothy Kremer- Gothic Style Architecture Drawing
Thomas Braden- Mixed media South American Storytelling Arpillera
Grade 3 (last year's grade 2):
Neena Krutak- Cuna Indian Mola Style Drawing

Grade 2 (last year's grade 1):
Emmanual Abera- Overlapping Oil Resist Cityscape
Skye Brookfield- Amate Style Bark Painting
Evvie Dominick- Mixed Media Moon Collage
Ryan Turpin & Peter Hoover- Van Gogh Style Warm/Cool Landscape

From the Music Room
Joel Holmes, Music
Welcome back, and let the music begin!

There will be a Lafayette Music table in the Great Hall at both Back to School nights. I will proudly run through all things "Lafayette Music" to include ensemble sign up, instrument rental and availability, scheduling, field trips, performances, and curriculum. 

Please stop by, especially if your young one has expressed interest in Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Band, or Drumline. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lafayette Tennis Update.  The Lafayette Tennis Afterschool program is starting this week.  There are still several spots available in the 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 classes.  Tennis classes are available for all grades.  Please check for space availability.  Or call Paul Rosenbaum at 202 441-0925, or stop by the tennis courts.
Morning and evening adult clinics are also starting.  Come play at 9:15, 10:30 or 6:30 in the evening: also has space availability.

Last Call for Fall Ball! Is your child interested in playing Little League baseball in our community this Fall? Registration for Capitol City Little League ends very soon. Click here to register today.

You can also register your little sluggers for softball on Cap City's web site:

Cub Scout Pack 52. If you have a son who likes to have fun, explore new things and enjoys the outdoors, consider joining Pack 52! We're welcoming new Scouts from first through fifth grade.

Pack 52 "Join Scouting Night"
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.

Tuesday, August 30
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All Saints Church, Great Hall
3 Chevy Chase Circle

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 TBA.
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 And please forward 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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