Back to School BBQ on 9/6 – Volunteers needed to help out!

Join the Lafayette PTA and members of the Lafayette Faculty on the Lafayette Playground on Tuesday, September 6th at 5 -7pm for the “Back to School BBQ.” Volunteers are needed for this event to be successful from 4pm – 8pm. Fun jobs include; grilling, setup, cutting fruit, restocking chips/buns/fruit and handing out popsicles. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and meet other parents while the kids play on the playground!

If you can help, please sign up on the Lafayette PTA’s website.

Summer in the Garden

“Hey Ma, Look what we did!” The kids should be proud! They worked so hard this   spring and early summer planting everything.  Things have grown beyond our expectations.  So very many flowers.  Volunteers this summer report that they have seen hummingbirds, butterflies, song birds, lady bugs, bumble and honey bees and more creatures in the garden.  Lettuce, peas, cucumbers, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more are all growing and being harvested.  Here are some pictures.

Flowers, flowers, everywhere!


Hello Ladybug.


Hello Bee!





More Playdates, Back to School BBQ, plus Tea & Tissues

2 more Kindergarten/New Student Playdate Opportunities!

The PTA would like to invite incoming kindergarten or new student families to gather at the Lafayette playground for an opportunity to meet each other before school starts.

Wednesday August 24th, @ 12:00 p.m. (after JumpStart bring your lunch)

Tuesday, August 30th @ 5:30 p.m.

Come to the Lafayette Playground and meet other families, make new friends, reunite with old ones, play on the playground, and learn more about the school community. PTA members will be available and will answer any questions you may have. All families are welcome!

Back to School BBQ Save the Date:

Tuesday, September 6th 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Lafayette Playground (Rain = Cafeteria)
This is an annual event for the community to get back together before school. There is food sponsored by the PTA and it’s a great opportunity to socialize with new and old friends!

Tea& Tissues, Sept. 7th  & Sept. 12th 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Join other parents for refreshments & comfort (or celebration!) after the start bell rings. Sponsored by the PTA.
Location: School cafeteria

New Principal at Lafayette

This is the note that came from Larry Nyland, Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools.   All parents should of received this in an email directly from the district on August 5th. We are looking forward to welcoming Ms. Chaput in September!

Dear Lafayette Elementary School Community,

As many of you know, Principal Robert Gallagher recently resigned his position to accept a new position with the Kent School District. Today, I am pleased to announce Ms. Cindy Chaput has been selected as the new principal for Lafayette Elementary School. Ms. Chaput currently serves as a Dean of Students in the Federal Way School District, and she is thrilled to join the Lafayette community and Seattle Public Schools. The interview team, which included Lafayette staff and community members, and two elementary principals from the West Seattle region, was impressed with Ms. Chaput and her passion to see all students succeed, her exceptional reading and literacy background, her extensive instructional coaching experience, her focus on technology integration, her ability to create sustainable systems and her commitment to meaningful family engagement. In addition to leadership and instructional work with Federal Way School District, Ms. Chaput has also been a leader, instructional coach and classroom teacher in the Renton and Kent school districts. A current Doctoral Candidate at Seattle Pacific University, Ms. Chaput earned her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction as well as her Principal Certificate from Gonzaga University; her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Washington University; and her Bachelor of Science from State University of New York, College at Brockport. In 2011, she became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.  As hiring is always a challenge during summer months, we especially want to thank the Lafayette staff and community who volunteered to serve on the interview team. Their pride and passion for working at Lafayette was evident throughout the entire process and directly influenced the final recommendation forwarded to the Chief of Schools and my office. Ms. Chaput will join us shortly. She will work with staff and PTSA members, as well as the newly named Executive Director of Schools for the Southwest Region, Helen Joung, to schedule opportunities for students, staff and the families of Lafayette to meet their new principal. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Chaput as the new principal of Lafayette Elementary School.


Larry Nyland, Superintendent Seattle Public SchoolsLarry Nyland

Kindergarten Playdates and Back to School BBQ

The PTA would like to invite incoming kindergarten families to gather at the Lafayette playground for an opportunity to meet each other before school starts.

Wednesday August 10th, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday August 20th, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday August 24th, 12:00 p.m. (after Jumpstart)

Come to the Lafayette Playground and meet other families, make new friends, reunite with old ones, play on the playground, and learn more about the school community. PTA members will be available and will answer any questions you may have. All families are welcome!

Save the date:
Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, September 6th

Kindergarten Jump Start 2016-17 is August 22nd thru 26th

The “Jump Start” program for incoming Kindergarten students for the the 2016-17 school year is now available to RSVP! If your child is enrolled at Lafayette for kindergarten this fall then you are automatically registered.  You will need to RSVP and fill out a health form which can be found at the Seattle Public School website, click here .

This program will be held from August 22 – 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.  For more information about this program please see the Lafayette Elementary website.

Congrats to our Golden Acorn Winners!

The Golden Acorn Award is presented by the Lafayette PTA to two volunteers in recognition of their outstanding dedication and service to Lafayette and it’s students.

The Lafayette PTA will contribute $50 for each award, in honor of our 2016 Golden Acorn Recipients, to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program, which helps graduates of public high schools in our state go onto college.

I’m so proud of our Lafayette community because we have so many great people among us who give so generously of their time and talents to make our school experience safer, richer and more fun.

Diana Palmer has been a long-time Lafayette parent and has taken on many roles during her tenure; Room Parent, Board Member, Spring Fling Chair, plus key roles with both the Walk-A-Thon and School Auction. She was proactive this year in the continuation of our student play “The Lion King” this Spring.  She is the type of parent who is often here at the school and if she sees a need, she steps in and takes care of it. 

Ellen Zoffel is another a long-time Lafayette parent who has given endless hours and definitely some sweat this year.  She’s been Room Parent, Board Co-Secretary, and the Great Composers teacher.  This year she took on the enormous and ambitious task of creating a school garden out of an eyesore that we had grumbled about for years.  Not only did she see a problem and design a solution, she took on this challenge all on her own and saw it from start to finish.  From writing grants, organizing volunteers from both the school and outside community so that we can all enjoy the beautiful school garden thanks to Ellen’s efforts.

Congrats to both of these hard-working recipients. Thanks again for all your time, talents and efforts!

Acorn WinnersEllen_Diana

Order School Supplies Online by July 22nd

While you wait for the hot weather to reappear you can purchase your Back to School Supplies Online!

Once again the Lafayette PTA has partnered with EPI (Educational Products, Inc) to reduce the stress for your back-to-school shopping experience.  Order online before July 22nd and the supplies will be delivered to your child’s room on the first day of school.  It’s that easy!

To order, visit:

Enter the School ID: LAF038 and follow the prompts.

Click on flyer below for more details.

Lafayette Supply Order                 

Before & After School Care Next Year- Coming to Lafayette (Hopefully!)

With the change in the Lafayette Bell times for next school year (7:55 am- 2:05 pm), we know that there are many Lafayette families who will be in need of child care next year, especially in the afternoon. Many families knew Hiawatha was full and thus, did not put their names on the waitlist.

However, Hiawatha is looking to offer before and after school care AT Lafayette next year, but needs to get a reasonably accurate headcount for how many families would enroll if it were available. Once they have this accurate number they can continue securing space at Lafayette (who is in support of this).

Costs for next year break down to : $249 – Before School Only 6:00am-8:00am, Second Child $234
$467 – After School Only 2:00pm-6pm: Second Child $452
$650 – BEFORE & AFTER School Program: Second Child $635
However we do have scholarship available strictly for childcare that will help many families.
To get more information and get on the Waitlist, please email To get on the Wait list, please email your name, child’s full name and next year’s grade, and phone number .