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.

Walk-A-Thon Parties and Fun Facts

Menchie’s Parties

Any student that raised $350 or more during the 2016 Lafayette Super Silly Fun Walk-A-Thon is being invited to a day-time frozen yogurt party courtesy of Admiral Menchie’s! Party invitations and permission slips were sent home today with each student that qualified. Lafayette sponsorships like this sure are SWEET.

  • K & 1st Grade Party: Wednesday, December 7th 12;15 – 12:45
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Party: Wednesday, December 7th 12:55 – 1:25
  • 4th & 5th Grade Party: Thursday, December 8th 12:50 – 1:20

If you need the Menchie’s Party Field Trip Permission Slip, it is available to download. Print it, sign it, and get it back to school!

Next Year!

Several Walk-A-Thon Chair Positions are still available for next year. Sign up at http://lafayettepta.com/volunteer
If your child did not receive an invitation and you believe they raised $350 or more, please email Maya and Jen at Wat.lafayette@gmail.com

Amount Raised by Teacher*

Teacher			Total
Ms. Duke		$6,173.60
Mrs. Essex		$4,377.00
Ms. Joseph		$3,665.00
Ms. Baiai		$3,640.00
Mrs. Sacco-Neel		$3,411.02
Ms. Miller		$3,372.01
Ms. Thompson		$3,086.53
Mr. Hodges		$2,909.00
Mr. Schroeder		$2,802.25
Ms. Adams		$2,545.85
Ms. Freed		$2,512.88
Ms. Benson		$2,461.45
Mr. Shaw		$2,396.00
Ms. McBeth		$2,056.25
Ms. Whipple		$2,026.00
Mrs. Baleto-Ferguson	$1,756.00
Ms. Takahashi		$1,412.50
Mrs. Hogrefe		$1,329.50
Ms. Peterson		$1,263.25
Mr. Ngobi		$1,213.00

*Does not include “Company Matching”

Other Fun Facts

  • Lafayette students walked 8,017 laps this year.
  • Leo Lambert had the most laps (32).
  • Tatum Paddock had the most pledges (68).
  • The Super Silly Fun Walk-A-Thon raised $74,411 in 2016!

Movie Night is this Friday, November 18th at 5:30pm

It’s Movie Night at Lafayette! Students MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT at a 4:1 ratio. That’s four (4) students for every one (1) adult. The other way would be weird. There are two movies to choose from this year, both start at the same time and will end at 7:30pm.

1. Finding Dory; or
2. Ice Age: Collision Course

Pizza will be available for $2 per slice. There will be popcorn. Remind your students to bring a reusable water bottle. Consider volunteering since you already have to be there to watch your children.

At the end of Movie Night, all attendees will be encouraged to clean up and leave the movie areas as were found.

The Walk-A-Thon results are outstanding!

As of November 4th, the Walk-A-Thon’s total pledges were $63,520. $45,819 has been collected with $18,031 remaining. Keep collecting and remember to return your envelopes THIS THURSDAY 11/10!

The Week 3 Popcorn Party winner is Ms. Essex’s class with $1862.25! Mr. Hodges class took the Week 4 Popcorn Party with an impressive $3,333.

This event was only successful because of the hard work of all of the students, the Lafayette staff, and the parent volunteers. It is amazing that we can come together as a community and make this happen every year. The amount of work that goes into this thing is incredible. Jen and Maya, our school is SO LUCKY to have you – thank you for all of your hard work.

Return Walk-A-Thon Envelopes Friday, November 4th!

Please return your Walk-A-Thon pledge envelopes this Friday, November 4th. Some 3rd and 4th week numbers will be available shortly and you will get an update early next week. We are really close to our goal of $60,000, so keep collecting those pledges until November 10th!

Walk-A-Thon: The Second “Super Silly Fun” Week

Lafayette Walk-A-Thon 2016

The students at Lafayette are amazing! During the Walk-A-Thon’s second week of pledge counting the students brought in another $8,125! Ms. Essex’s class wins the 2nd POPCORN PARTY with $715 and they are the second 2nd grade class to do so. Second Grade is really bringing their A game this year. What’s up Fourth Grade?

There are only a few days left to get your pledges in before the day of the Walk-A-Thon on Friday, October 28th. Don’t forget that your company or organization might have a donation matching program which could double or even triple your donation!

The Walk-A-Thon’s Snack/Bake Sale needs your help!

Bring your healthy snacks and baked goods to the Snack/Bake Sale at the Lafayette playground THIS Friday, October 28th. If you need assistance or want ideas about what to bring, contact Chris Hanson. E-mail: hartless64@comcast.net text: 206 851-6618. Also, don’t forget to send your students to school with some extra money so they can buy a healthy snack after they walk!

Admiral Menchie’s Party!

Students who get more than $350 in pledges will get invited to an Admiral Menchie’s Party. Admiral Menchie’s has donated these parties for the past few years and is a Lafayette Platinum Sponsor! Thank you Admiral Menchie’s!

Walk-A-Thon T-Shirts

Walk-A-Thon T-Shirts will be for sale on the playground during the Walk-A-Thon for $10. If you would like to purchase an extra T-Shirt but will be unable to attend the Walk-A-Thon, email WAT@lafayettepta.com.

Week Two Fun Facts

  • Total flat donations for Week Two = $8,125
  • Ms. Rowlett’s 2nd grade class had highest total for Week Two = $715
  • First graders had the largest total donations for Week Two = $1,644
  • Largest total pledges submitted by one person = $348
  • Total number of pledges for Week Two = 390 (309 last week!)
  • Pledges came from 100% of the classrooms
  • Kindergarten and 4th grade classes TIE for the largest number of pledges in the week = 79

Here are some stats on the accumulated pledges:

  • Total flat donations = $17,857
  • Total number of pledges = 699
The students of Ms. Sacco-Neel's second grade class earned a popcorn party for bringing in $1,520 during the first week of this year's Walk-A-Thon pledge drive. Way to go kids!
The students of Ms. Sacco-Neel’s second grade class earned a popcorn party for bringing in $1,520 during the first week of this year’s Walk-A-Thon pledge drive. Way to go kids!

Important Walk-A-Thon Dates and Times

Friday, October 28th
Day of Walk-A-Thon! Pledge Envelopes are DUE IN CLASS BY 8:15am. Pledges that come in after 8:15am will be counted the following week. Students will receive a FREE Lafayette Walk-A-Thon T-Shirt and walk with their classmates for 30 minutes! Walk times:

  • 3rd Grade walks from 8:15-8:45am
  • 2nd Grade walks from 9:00-9:30am
  • 1st Grade walks from 9:45-10:15am
  • There is a break from 10:15-10:45am
  • Kindergarten walks from 11:00-11:30am
  • 4th Grade walks from 11:45am-12:15pm
  • 5th Grade walks from 12:30-1:00pm

Friday, November 4th
Pledge Envelopes are DUE IN CLASS BY 8:15am. Pledges that come in after 8:15am will be counted the following week.

Friday, November 10th
Final Collection Date! Pledge Envelopes are DUE IN CLASS BY 8:15am. Pledges that come in after 8:15am will be counted the following week.

Friday, November 18th
Walk-A-Thon Awards Assembly and Lafayette Movie Night

Early Release Sugar Skull Workshop


There is a two hour early dismissal on Wednesday, October 26th at 12:05pm.  There will be a “Sugar Skull Workshop” from 12:10-1:25. Use the form below to register, there are only 20 slots available.

Participants will learn about Dia de los Muertos Celebration, along the Altar significance where sugar skulls, candles, Cempazuchitl flower or Marigolds are place to honor the departed beloved ones. Participants will be guided how to decorate a pre-molded sugar skull using paint, glitter, fabric, tissue paper and papel picado or tissue paper. Program will be illustrated with books, photos and colorful memorabilia about Dia de los Muertos.

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