Eight Ways YOU Can Help the Walk-A-Thon

Are you ready to help one of the PTA’s biggest fundraising events of the school year? The Walk-A-Thon’s success is only possible with parent and community involvement. There are many ways for YOU to volunteer; opportunities are available before, during, and after the event. Volunteering for the Walk-A-Thon is a GREAT way to meet other parents and get to know some of the students. Opportunities include:

Event Set Up
Lap Counting
Pledge Counting
Classroom Helper
Sales Booths
First Aid Station
Water Station
Event Clean Up

Visit the Walk-A-Thon’s volunteer page and sign up for something fun today!

Curriculum Night is here! Plus other important news…

Curriculum Night:  Thursday, Sept 29th from 6:00 – 8:00pm starting in the cafeteria. Agenda is as follows:

6:00 – 6:20 pm  Principal Intro and PTA Welcome
6:25 – 6:40 pm Grade Level Walk to Math
6:45 – 7:10 pm Time in your Student’s classroom
7:15 – 7:30 pm Grade Level Walk to Math
7:35 – 8:00 pm Time in your student’s classroom

The staff is very excited to bring the community together and share all the exciting programs that will enrich our students experience at Lafayette.  The PTA will also have treats and information for you to see how you can get involved in your school PTA.

Save the Date! Skate Night at Southgate Roller Rink October 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The PTA is hosting a free skate & pizza night for the community.  This has been a fun family event that all the students and parents enjoy.  The event will be located at the Southgate Roller Rink.


Volunteer opportunityDo you like to organize?  Math-in-Focus closet is in need of some Martha Stewart help. Volunteers will sort and clean out items that belong to old Math programs. It will be 2-3 hours of work in Room 11. It can be done over a few days. Sound like fun? Email Jac at jacinta_howard@yahoo.com.au

Advanced Learning Application Deadline, October 6th learn more here

Lost and Found:  Remember to label your child’s jackets, and check the lost and found – it is filling up!

More room in classes for Enrichment!

Fall Enrichment has open spots left!

Enrichment has more spaces left for the following classes:

Rope Jumping (new class on Thursday, waitlist people should check this out), Yoga, Beginning Spanish, Kids Knit, Chess, Comic Art, Trendy Crafts (both Monday and Wednesday), Lego Mindstorm,  Mandarin, Drumming 101, Game Development, Makers Madness, Guitar Lessons, Game Club, Young Innovators, Flag Football and Running Wild.

Check out the page here for details & registration.  Please contact PTA Enrichment coordinator Kathy Johnson at lafayette.enrichment@gmail.com with any additional questions.

Guess who’s a Lafayette Sponsor?

Lafayette Sponsorships provide funding for Tutors, Playground Supervisors, Instrumental Music, Field Trips, Enrichment Classes, School Nurse Assistant, Student Government, Technology, et cetera, et cetera.

YOU can be a Lafayette Sponsor. Too spendy for you? Maybe you could get together with your other parent buddies and buy a sponsorship? Maybe you could ask your boss? Maybe YOU ARE THE BOSS? If you ARE the boss, check out this new sponsorship level, the SUPER ULTRA MEGA SPONSORSHIP! Impress your friends and join this growing family of sponsors and gain exposure with the Lafayette and West Seattle community. Lots of people will give you high-fives.

Art Supply Request and Remember Photo Day is Friday!

CD Cases
Get rid of your jewel CD Cases for a good cause and declutter your life and perhaps digitize that music! Ms. Sandler our Visual Arts teacher is looking for jewel cases (for CDs) for an art project.  Drop it off at the office if you have them.  Thanks in advance from Ms. Sandler.

Friday, September 23rd is Photo Shoot Day.  Get your forms into the teachers and get those outfits and smiles ready! If you can volunteer please reach out to Kathy Johnson in the front office @ 206-253-9500.

Science Alert and Garden Classes!

Science Alert!!!  This news is big! Most of you might remember that last year we left some pumpkins to rot in the garden to see if they might come back. Pumpkins are full of seeds. They rot, the seeds plant themselves and with a little water, sun, a visit from a bee, and time a new pumpkin can grow.  Go check it out! The pumpkin is getting bigger everyday!  

Fall Classes in the Garden: New classes are up! Have fun kids!

Lafayette Sponsorship Team in Search for Members

The Lafayette Sponsorship Team is looking for some new members to join the team. This team serves a critical role in the success of the Lafayette PTA by soliciting donations from organizations both local and nation-wide. This team will have a big push before the Walk-A-Thon and then it could be pretty mellow until the school auction in the spring. There are spreadsheets. There are color coded maps. There are lists of leads separated by area. This will be a fun way to help out Lafayette. If you are interested in joining this silly and fun group please contact sponsorshipteam@lafayettepta.com.

Fall Enrichment, Sponsorship Team Volunteers, plus more!

Fall Enrichment Classes are ready for registration!

Enrollment for the Fall 2016 Enrichment session is now open! The Fall Session begins Monday, October 3rd and ends Friday, December 17th unless otherwise noted.   Classes include activities like Trendy Crafts, Comic Art, Maker Madness, Drumming 101, Jump Roping, Yoga, Robotics and whole lot more. Check it out and register by September 26th!


Lafayette Sponsorship Team in Search for Members

The Lafayette Sponsorship Team is looking for new members to join the team. This team serves a critical role in the success of the Lafayette PTA by soliciting donations from organizations both local and nation-wide. This team will have a big push before the Walk-A-Thon and then it can be pretty mellow until the school auction in the spring. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Lafayette Sponsorship Team, please contact WAT@lafayettepta.com


Important Dates Coming up

Student Photo Friday, September 23rd

Curriculum Night Thursday, September 29th, 6 – 9pm School Cafeteria/Classrooms 

This coincides with the first PTA meeting of the year as well.  There is no childcare for this meeting but there will be for subsequent meetings.  Time to meet your teachers if you haven’t already and check out the classrooms and learn about what your kids will be learning this year!  It is also a great time to check out the PTA and see how you can get involved in your school.  Join the PTA here Join.  

Skate Night at Southgate Roller Rink October 6th, 6 – 8pm

Save the Date!  The PTA is hosting a free skate & pizza night for the community.  This has been a fun family event that all the students and parents enjoy.  The event will be located at the Southgate Roller Rink.

Advanced Learning Application Deadline, October 6th learn more here

The Events Calendar  on the PTA website has all our events plus Seattle Public School District (SPS) information as well. You can go to the calendar by clicking here.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience but there is some paperwork before you can start!  Please go to this link and fill out the paperwork and submit it to Ms. Selina in the front office.  This is an SPS requirement of all our volunteers.  

Save those Markers!!  

We will be starting a recycling program for those expired colored markers. Look for a container in the front lobby coming soon!

Welcome from the PTA

Welcome to the Lafayette Community

Dear Fellow Lafayette Elementary Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the Lafayette PTA, a big welcome back to our returning families, students and teachers. To our new families and staff: We are excited to welcome you to the Lafayette community! I hope you all enjoyed your summer and are ready for a successful 2016/2017 school year.

With your support the PTA can continue to make Lafayette academically successful and help to enrich our students experiences. The Lafayette Community is based on vibrant parent involvement. Whether it is your time, knowledge, or resources, your contributions make a difference. We invite you to become an involved member at Lafayette and with the PTA. You can become an official PTA member or renew your membership on the PTA’s website or by returning the PTA’s form that went home in the first day of school packet. Thank you for helping in any way that you can, and showing your children the importance that you place on their education!

Please bookmark the Lafayette PTA’s website, lafayettepta.com and visit it frequently to stay informed and connected to all Lafayette news and current events (news, calendar, volunteer information, etc). You may also sign up for our email bulletins. And there are even more ways to stay on top of it all: ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@LafayettePTA), too!

I also hope you will join the monthly PTA meetings, the first of which is on Thursday, September 29th and coincides with Curriculum Night. The evening begins at 6:00 pm – unfortunately child care is not provided (but it is provided at all the other PTA Meetings). Please check our website calendar for all the upcoming events and future PTA meetings.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or another PTA Board Member. Please know that questions and suggestions are always welcome!

Sincerely,

Jac Howard
PTA President

Other Important Info &  Dates!

Tea & Tissues Part II for the new kindergarten parents. Meet in the cafeteria after drop off on September 12th from 7:55- 9am.
Position at School: Lunch room help needed (especially Thursdays) – this is a paid position. Please contact Kathy Johnson in the school office kajohnson@seattleschools.org
Picture Day is  Friday, September 23rd
Curriculum Night & PTA Meeting is Thursday, September 29th at 6-9pm. No childcare provided.