PTA Meeting Thursday, Feb 16th 6:30pm BeSmart Speaker

Another way to get involved at the school is to join a PTA meeting – the next one is scheduled for this Thursday February 16th, at 6.30-8.00pm in the cafeteria (childcare provided). A summary of PTA business will be first on the schedule, and then join us for a conversation about gun violence and how we can keep our kids safe. We have a speaker from Be Smart (Gun Safety), and there will be free gun locks available!

You can read more about this important safety issue on their website www.besmartforkids.org 

Auction Early Bird Tickets by Feb 20th and Go get those Donations, turn in by the 17th!

Reminder!  Buy Early bird Auction tickets by February 20th.

Tickets:  Purchase by February 20th @ $75.00/person or $150/couple or to secure a table of 10 for $700.  After February 20th tickets will go up to $80/person, $160/couple or secure a table of 10 for $800.

To learn more about the auction and opportunities to donate, please visit the auction site here to donate goods, money or experiences.  All donations need to be received by February 17th, 2017.  You can find a ideas to donate at this link AUCTION WISH LIST 2017.

Please contact the Auction team via email with any questions at auctionlafayette2017@yahoo.com .

Logo Contest is underway! All entries due 2/17

Create something that will be a part of your school’s history!

That’s right, a logo isn’t something that is used once or twice. It becomes a
part of your schools’ history! The winner(s) of this contest will see their logo on school spirit wear, the Lafayette Elementary and PTA Web sites, plus on handouts that go home and around the school grounds for years to come!

What is a logo?

  • It QUICKLY lets people know who you are
  • It can be a simple picture or symbol 
• It can be just words 
• It can be words and a picture/symbol together

Think about who we are. What images come to mind? Draw them quickly. Don’t get too detailed. A logo must be able to be viewed big on a poster, or small on an envelope, so simple images work the best.

We want all your ideas and sketches. You are welcome to submit as many logo designs as you want. You can work on them with a friend too!

The winner(s) of the contest will get an opportunity to work with a professional design team to take their logo from a sketch on a piece of paper to a finished design!

Please make sure you include your full name, grade and room number on all the logos you submit for the contest.

SUBMIT ALL ENTRIES TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Pizza with the Principal & new Kindergarten Tour February 2nd 8am – Parent Volunteers Needed

Pizza with the Principal is this Wednesday, January 25th at 5pm in the Cafeteria. Thanks Pagliacci for sponsoring!  You can also find the latest January newsletter here.

Our rescheduled Kindergarten Tour is now on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00 a.m.  Please share this information with your friends or neighbors who are considering our school and community.

This event also needs our wonderful parent volunteers to provide a tour of the school and our programs.  Take the opportunity to be an ambassador for the school!  Contact Kathy Johnson in the front office to sign up. She would like to have 5 volunteers. Contact Kathy via email kajohnson@seattleschools.org  or phone 206-252-9500.

Please make sure you have completed the volunteer requirements which are here.

No Kindergarten Tour today – Cancelled, but there is still a PTA Meeting tonight!

Unfortunately our fearless leader Mrs. Chaput has come down with the Flu and we are cancelling our Kindergarten Tour today. Look for a reschedule date very soon!  Please share with others if you know they plan to attend.

PTA Meeting is tonight!  Childcare is provided in the gym and it starts at 6:30pm.  No guest speaker tonight but we will cover up coming events (Auction), review finances/budget and answer questions  and/or take any suggestions from parents.  We look forward to seeing you there and hopefully the weather cooperates!

Drumming 101 needs students

Drumming 101 is a 1 1/2 hour class on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:45pm for students in second through fifth grade. Attendance is low and a few more students are needed to keep this course available. If your student is interested please sign up NOW!

Love music? Learn how to play the drums! Explore fundamentals of rhythm, time keeping, technique, rudiments, and ear training, all while having fun listening to great songs! Designed by a music industry professional, Drumming 101 employs innovative tools, techniques, and a state-of-the-art stereo monitoring system-that will teach kids to rock!

Instructor: Jon Slatkin is a West Seattle parent and musician/producer. Present/past clients include Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, Sundance Film Festival, YouTube. Modern Sky and EMP. Jon began his professional career at age 15 and studied with legendary drummer Jim Chapin. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Percussive Arts Society.

Grade levels 2nd-5th
For 1 1/2 hours on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:45PM
Min. 5 students/Max. 12 students
Jon Slatkin
Portable 27
$165/sessionKathy Johnson

Winter Enrichment Registration Reopened

The registration form for Winter Enrichment has been reopened. There is a NEW JUMP ROPE CLASS on Thursday with Lafayette’s new PE Teacher, Ms. Banner. Spanish Club on Friday needs two or three more students or it will be cancelled. A few classes are full and have been closed but most are still available for registration.

Get your Masks ready! Auction Tickets are Available and Volunteer Opportunities

Get ready for a fun night at A Fool’s Ball on April 1st!  The Auction site is live for tickets and donations!  Check out the details here and look how you can participate and volunteer on our Volunteer page.   Please make sure you have done the requirements for volunteering also found on the volunteer page of our website. All paperwork should be turned into the front office.

Keep up to date on Auction news here or on our Facebook page. If you have questions about the auction please contact the team at auctionlafayette2017@yahoo.com

 

Meet the New P.E. Teacher Mrs. Banner!

In December, the school hired a new P.E. teacher and we wanted to make sure the community had a chance to meet her.  Get ready for more fun in the gym and some Ultimate Frisbee with Mrs. Banner!

“Hello! My name is Mrs. Banner I am excited to be joining the Lafayette team as the new Physical Education teacher. I chose to come to Lafayette School because when I first visited there was such an amazing positive atmosphere and everyone was very welcoming. Before coming here I was teaching elementary PE in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I got to experience teaching in very warm weather. I have really enjoyed Seattle since I have moved here as there are so many outdoor activities to do such as Skiing, Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking and much more!  I cannot wait to explore Seattle more.

My vision for PE at Lafayette would be that I would like to have students develop a positive attitude towards physical education that will last a lifetime. I have many sports that I enjoy playing for example hockey, soccer, basketball and more but if I had to pick one sport that is my favorite, it would have to be Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate stresses the importance of sportsmanship and fair play, which makes playing really fun. It also has a great community and is just an amazing game to play. I hope to coach the first Lafayette Ultimate team! “

Welcome to 2017 and Thank you for Volunteering!

Welcome to 2017!

The Lafayette PTA Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your contributions and the dedication you have shown the school, it’s teachers, and the administration in 2016. It truly takes a village, and there is so much more to do!

There are two incredibly hard-working people I’d like to thank before we focus our attention forward – our Walk-a-Thon chairs, Jen Wheatley and Maya Boriboon. Jen and Maya gave a great many extra hours each week for many months to support major tasks we were unable to provide volunteers for, going way above-and-beyond to make this event a great success for our school, and a community-building opportunity for all students, parents, and local businesses. Their contribution was immense and a sacrifice. I am mentioning this for two reasons – we are truly grateful, but also as an effort to spread the time load among our community for the coming Auction, and the 2017/2018 Walk-a-Thon.

The Walk-A-Thon was one of our best yet, raising $74,411, and we thank each of you who gave money, matching funds, and supported the event with your time, as well as the students who walked 8,017 laps. This money contributes a large share of our annual PTA budget and will support salaries and activities to help our children be successful in 2017/18. These include our school Nurse, our Psychologist, Instrumental Music, Writers in Schools, our Tutors, playground and Lunch Supervisors, much needed equipment and supplies in all the classrooms, in addition to scholarships to support field trips and activities.

Every precious gifted hour of your time adds up to success that directly influences program delivery in our school. Raising money to support our students is the end goal, and we can’t do it without valuable volunteer hours. I’m making a personal ask that you also commit to donating some time to our events – without this contribution, the many tasks are left to the few. In addition to all you do for your teacher, for those of you who haven’t considered pitching in around the community events, there are many ways you can help on-or-off campus. Please be on the lookout for volunteer requests for our upcoming Auction, and other events in the spring, and consider signing up early to help our 2017/18 Walk-a-Thon. Your wonderful room parent should be emailing you about help needed for the Auction art project in your classroom.

Consider carving out 90 minutes each month to come along to a PTA meeting – the next one is scheduled for Thursday 19 January, at 6.30-8.00pm in the cafeteria (childcare provided). A summary of PTA business will be first on the schedule, and then join us for a conversation about gun violence and how we can keep our kids safe. We have a speaker from Be Smart (Gun Safety), and there will be free gun locks available.  Each PTA meeting we do our best to provide valuable parent education opportunities. If you know of a speaker, please reach out to Jodi Hill, PTA VP to share your ideas. You can find contact details for the entire PTA and Jodi here.

Safety is on our minds – let’s keep our kids safer on the internet in 2017. Child Sexuality Expert, Amy Lang, Birds+Bees+Kids, recommends checking out this site for tips on how to block unwanted sites from your router, and increase the level of filtering to block adult sites that kids may unwittingly (or not) stumble upon.

There will be much work to do and much fun to look forward to in 2017 – best wishes to you and your families – may it be filled with much happiness, and opportunities to celebrate.

Please continue to visit lafayettepta.com and follow up on Facebook so you don’t miss out on news and opportunities to contribute to your vibrant community!

Warm regards,

Jac Howard
PTA President 2016/17

The mission of the Lafayette PTA is to support the school’s academic success and enrich the student experience while building a strong community.

Upcoming events in JANUARY

Jan 9th  Coffee with the Principal  8 – 9am Cafeteria

Jan 11th Dine Out for Lafayette @Pizzeria 22 from 6 – 10pm Dine in Only

Jan 16th  No School, Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 18th  1st grade Parents Night Out – Mission Bar 7:30 pm

Jan 19th Kindergarten Tour – 3 to 5pm – Cancelled

Jan 19th PTA Meeting – 6:30 pm  Cafeteria, childcare in the gym

Jan 25th Pizza with the Principal – 5pm Cafeteria

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, April 1st, 2017

7th Annual Auction Night – A Fool’s Ball  
5pm at The Foundry
Live Auction and Dinner at 7pm
Learn More on the Auction Page