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Lafayette School Newsletter 03.05.2014

LOOKING AHEAD

March 7th, Friday
“Hollywood” Day – Dress like a movie star!

March 8th, Saturday
4th Annual Auction at the FOUNDRY 5:30PM

March 13th, Thursday
Room 1 (L. Bell) to Frye Art Museum

March 14th, Friday
Art Assembly – TAP Dance – K-2@9:40AM 3-5@10:40AM

March 18th, Tuesday
Tuesday Rooms 2 and 26 (Boyll and Takahashi) to the Frye Art Museum

March 25th, Tuesday
Tuesday Rooms 14 and 15 to SCT – “Boy at the Edge of Everything – 9:40-12:30

March 26th, Wednesday
Wednesday 2 Hour Early Dismissal – Mind Unwind Enrichment Class in the Lunchroom

March 28th, Friday
Class Photo Day with O’Connor Photography (Club Photo Day TBD)

March 31st, Monday
Monday Visit by Author, Steve Cotler (Cheesie Mack Book Series)

LAFAYETTE PTA AUCTION NEWS- The 4th Annual Lafayette PTA Auction will be on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This year the auction will begin at 5:30PM @ the FOUNDRY. You can purchase tickets online at mylafayette.org. Cost is $65.00 per person. Don’t wait! Just a few tickets left! Questions? Contact Olga at 206-779-5012 or fialka2107@yahoo.com.

NEW VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS- All volunteers must complete the on-line course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention. The video is about 25 minutes long. Follow the prompts and print out the completion form and turn it into the office. We will put it with your back-ground check application. Every year, we will require a new back-ground application to be filled out. You only have to watch this video once, not yearly. We also need you to read the Volunteer Handbook in the office (next to the badges) and sign the form located in the back of the book. Turn this completed form into Selina. Please view the video ASAP so you will be ready to go for next year. This extra work, for all of us, is about the safety of Lafayette’s students. If you have any questions about these new procedures, please talk to Selina or Kathleen. Thank you.

PHOTO COPY USE- Dear wonderful volunteers; please remember that teachers are always first in line to use the copiers. Help us keep the work room neat and tidy. Let Selina or Kathleen fix jams, replace cartridges or staples. Please ask the office how to properly use the laminator.

NO PETS ON THE PLAYGROUND– Pets are not allowed on the playground at any time. People (We are sure it couldn’t be Lafayette families!) are letting the dogs run loose and are not “scooping” up after them and our students step in “it” and bring it into the school. Yuck!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SCHOOL WEBSITE at http://lafayettees.seattleschools.org/. The PTA website is still www.mylafayette.org

IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK- Please don’t send them to school. They need to remain fever-less (less than 100F) for 24 hours.

LOST AND FOUND- Check it out and see what belongs to your child. Our lost and found is located in the West Wing opposite the boys and girls bathrooms. The next clean out will be on April 11, 2014.

BUILDING SAFETY– All parents and visitors must sign-in in the office and pick up a visitor’s badge as per District Policy. We are adhering to the State and District requirements, but ultimately it is for the safety of your children. We need to know who is in our school at all times. Please do not escort your children to their classrooms. Please drop them off, and when the bell rings, allow them to come into the building on their own. We have too many people gathering in the halls when the students are entering the building. We respect your commitment to your child’s education, but safety has to be a top priority for our school. At the end of the school day, please wait for your child outside the school doors. Thank you!

ATTENDANCE– School starts at 9:30AM. Get your children to school on time so we don’t have to mark them late. Whenever possible, please schedule your children’s medical appointments after school is out at 3:35, or take them out at lunch or recess time.

PARKING ISSUES- Thank you for not parking in the staff parking lot or drop/pick up kids before and after school in this area. Thank you, also, for not parking in the front of the school in the bus zone.

SUPERINTENDENT JOSÉ BANDA TO HOST REGIONAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS- Seattle Public Schools will host five community meetings to share information on the District’s five-year Strategic Plan, with tailored comments, topics and data from each of the five educational regions. These meetings are designed to engage families, students, staff and community members in ideas to ensure academic success for every one of our students. There will also be time for participants to ask questions of the Superintendent and District leadership.

The community meetings will be held:

  • Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Southeast region, South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson St.
  • Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northeast region, at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th
  • Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Central region, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd
  • Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northwest region, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th
  • Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the West Seattle region at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th

Interpreters in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog will be available at each meeting. In addition, supervised children’s’ activities and light refreshments will be provided.

Each meeting will include a joint presentation by Superintendent José Banda and the Executive Director of Schools for that region. Families, staff and community members will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the Strategic Plan on how to ensure the District meets its goal of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.

To learn more about the District’s Strategic Plan please, visit this website.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT TO RAISE MONEY TO FEED THE HOMELESS – Sponsored by West Seattle High School. When: Friday, March 21st from 5:00PM to 10:30PM. Includes dinner of Pizza, snacks and veggies! Experienced students and teachers will be there. $20 per kid with $10 for each additional child in the family. Sorry, no diapers!

RSVP wshsparentsnightout@gmail.com with parent’s first and last name, child’s name and age. We will contact you with reminders and more information as the day comes closer.

JUMP-ROPE FOR HEART We had over 80 kids jumping and being active at Jump Rope for Heart on Feb.27, 2014. Yes, Ms. Belfor and Mrs. Ford will have red hair sometime in April! Why? You guessed it. Students at Lafayette raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association. Money is still coming in and being counted! Thank-you prizes will be ordered as soon as all the money is in. Look for them in April. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all the participants and the many parents who helped Mrs. Ford, Ms. Fleck and Ms. Chandler during this busy event. – Laurie Belfor

The March menu is available.
A printable version of this newsletter.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Brose
Administrative Secretary
Lafayette Elementary School

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