The sun is coming and so is the Spring Fling Carnival! May 18th 5:30-8pm

The Spring Fling Carnival is almost here!  Thankfully the weather looks like it will cooperate.  There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and get involved. Please go to our volunteer page to sign up and get into the groove at the carnival. The kids have a blast and the 5th graders have the opportunity in their last year to help work the carnival for the younger grades.

The Play’s the Thing! June 8 -10th @ West Seattle High School

The kids are presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at West Seattle High School.  June 8th at 7pm, June 9th at 7pm and Saturday, June 10th at 2pm. The show runs about 1 hour and 15 minutes with one intermission.

There are so many ways to get involved in the school play! See below for job descriptions.

Tech Week kid-wranglers: These rehearsals can get fairly long as we stop to adjust lights and scenery etc. We need some parents willing to take groups of kids who are not on stage to play outside or hang out in another area of the school so our actors and crew can work.

*Show day kid wranglers: Lafayette staff! It would be great if you could take this on so that parents can be in the audience at our shows. I’ll need someone to do the same duties as described above, but during shows it’s mainly about keeping the kids quiet and occupied away from the stage door during the performance. Run time of the show is only about 1:15.

*Load in/Load out: Need a coordinator to recruit volunteers who can bring all scenery, set pieces, costumes etc. to the theater, and volunteers to strike the set after the show on Saturday June 10 and bring everything back to Lafayette.

*Hair and make-up: Need a volunteer(s) to gather the materials we’ll need and help kids with hair and make up design for the show.

*Concessions: Need a coordinator to solicit donations of snacks and drinks that we can sell at our shows to boost the profits we can use towards next year’s production! The coordinator will also be in charge of signing up volunteers to work before each show and at intermission.

Promotion and program: Need someone to design posters to advertise our show and put together a program. We have a cast member who has created an original design we’d like to use, and our show kit contains templates we can use for both the poster and program, so this should be an easy job for someone with computer skills.

Ticket sales:  Sell tickets prior to the show at West Seattle High School.

Contact Mrs. Duke to learn more and you can also go to the volunteer sign up sheet.

More Auction Events to Participate in!

Evening out on the Cycle Pontoon

Sign up to enjoy a 90 minute cycle pontoon boat cruise around South Lake Union. 5 more seats are available on this pontoon boat with individual pedals to make the paddlewheel move the boat through the water. You will be responsible to bring your own beverage of choice (adult beverages allowed, no glass) and any snacks to share with the group. A captain will be provided. When: June 15, 2017 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Who: Purchase a seat for yourself (and a friend) How much: $35/person 

Momma Bird Dance Party

Friday, June 2nd 8:00-10:30 pm $25/dancer Why should you sign up??

  • It’s DANCING
  • In West Seattle (you don’t have to leave your ‘hood!)
  • We will play music you KNOW!
  • Signature cocktails and nibbles included
  • The Running Man and Roger Rabbit are encouraged
  • Twerking will not be
  • Your FitBit will track your dancing steps- it’s good for you!
  • Your kids will be in bed when you get home
  • It’s gonna be awesome!
  • Chances are YenWor will follow!
  • 33 more spots available

Space Tractor Benefit Concert 

Come rock out with Space Tractor and close out your summer in fine form! August 25th at the Parliament Tavern in West Seattle. Band should go on at 8pm so don’t be late! 35 more spots available $25/person

Contact Karin Guidry to sign up. 

Two Tier School Schedule for 2017-18 – Use Your Voice!!!

Seattle Public Schools and City of Seattle Leaders need to hear from you in support of the change for 2017-18 school year to a “Two Tier” start times.

Next school year there will be 20 minutes added to the school day.  With the current “Three Tier” bussing system, the schedule will be even more extreme for 2/3rd of students.  It would have Tier 1 schools start at 7:45 AM (7:30 AM arrival), Tier 2 schools at 8:35 AM (8:20 AM arrival) and Tier 3 at 9:25 (9:10 arrival).  With 3 tiers, essentially 2/3 of students will be on more extreme early or late starts.

The District has determined that for all students to have more reasonable start and end times, it is important to switch to a “Two Tier” system.  A switch to two tiers would allow for 8 AM (7:45 AM arrival) and 9 AM (8:45 AM arrival) start times, including the additional 20 minutes to the school day.   This change will require a one-time transportation cost of $2.3 million.

Thanks to the advocacy of parents and collaboration with the District, the Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee and the Seattle City Council that this one-time funding of $2.3M be allocated to Seattle Public Schools. This will make it possible for SPS to implement equitable start times that support the health and safety of ALL students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Seattle Council PTSA passed a resolution and was active in supporting the later start for adolescents made for the 2016-17 school year, in alignment with ample research and health professional recommendations. With the addition of 20 minutes to the school day, two tiers maintains appropriate start times for middle and high, and provides reasonable times for elementary.  The 3 tier system is more extreme for 2/3rd of our students. The two tier start times were the recommendation of the Bell Time Task force and the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee.

Please send a message District and City Leadership in support of a two-tiered schedule for the well-being of our students and families. DRAFT BELOW

Thank you for all of your support for Seattle’s school kids,

Sebrena Burr, President

 

Feel free to use this message or write your own to:

Dear Seattle Schools and City of Seattle Leaders,

Please make the health, safety, and well-being of our students highest priority and shift to two start times next school year. I want our children to be able to get adequate sleep and elementary students to walk safely to and from school. I also support sports and encourage you to adjust practice and game schedules so that all students, including athletes can benefit from later school start times. A better night’s sleep with a later start has even shown improvement in student athletic performance. Two tiers is what Seattle students of all ages need now.

I support the Mayor in recommending that one time funding of $2.3m be allocated to SPS to implement a district-wide two-tier bus schedule in the 2017-18 school year for equitable bell times, and I hope you will, too.

Thank you,

Seattle parent

Early Dismissal May 10th!

Remember that next week on Wednesday, May 10th it is early dismissal for Seattle Public Schools. School is dismissed at 12:05pm. There will be no After school enrichment this day.

Early Release Crafternoon!

Wednesday May 10th
12:05 to 2:05 p.m
$30 per child

Trendy Arts & Crafts is offering a class on May 10th where you can make 2 special Spring Themed crafts and enjoy a tasty snack.  Cost is $30 per child.  Contact Kathy Johnson at the school to enroll.  kajohnson@seattleschools.org

 

 

Book Drive for Mary’s Place May 8th to 19th

Mary’s Place has just opened a shelter for homeless woman, children and families in White Center.  Lafayette and Genessee Hill Elementary’s librarians are teaming up to supply the new place with books!

Good Books to donate are:

  • New / Gently used
  • For children of any age (babies to high school age)
  • Includes characters of different backgrounds
  • In English, Spanish, Amharic or Tigrinya

Books can be dropped off at school from May 8th to May 19th.  In lieu of books, Mary’s Place would also welcome financial donations which can be made at their website www.marysplace.seattle.org

Please contact your school librarian Linda Nakagawa for any questions.

Thank you for your support!

 

Class Library Books are here! Volunteers needed….

New Library books for classrooms have arrived!  As you may know, all of our library books are coded by reading level (A,B,C, etc.).  The school has purchased new classroom library book kits and is in need of volunteers to code the books – basically put the appropriate sticker on the binding.  This is something that be done at home or at school.  You can pick up a box of books, stickers and corresponding lists which indicate which level a particular book is and then bring it back in once you are done.  Get the kids involved too!

If you are interested in taking a box of books home to code, please contact our Principal, Cindy Chaput at cpchaput@seattleschools.org.

Earth Day Clean Up at School

Saturday, April 22nd 9am- 12pm

We have a crew of volunteers provided by Seattle Public Schools plus a local law firm who are coming to help us clean up the school, paint and maintain the gardens!

Our Volunteer Project Manager, Ellen Zoffel is coordinating the Earth Day volunteers on Saturday April 22 9:00am-12:00pm, Parent volunteers are also needed to be part of the clean up crew! If you have any wheelbarrows to share on that day it would really help!

sign up here: http://lafayettepta.com/volunteer/

Auction is tomorrow! Check out the Art and Live Auction Catalog…

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!  Check out the Art and the Live Auction Catalog on our website.  Remember to check in before you arrive!

LIVE AUCTION for the items to be offered after 7pm.

ART for the kids amazing creations.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who contributed their time and creative energy to make the art with the kids.

Volunteer Opportunities! Jump Rope for Heart 3/31 & Third Grade F.U.N. Thursdays April 6th – May 4th

Jump Rope for Heart needs your help this Friday, March 31st from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to assist kids in the 15 stations setup to facilitate the event.  Please contact the PE Teacher, Ms. Banner at klobrien@seattleschools.org   Even if you have only 1 hour that would help out!  Thanks!!

3rd Grade F.U.N. (Finding Urban Nature) Program

This incredible program starts on Thursday April 6th and will meet for 3 more Thursdays (April 20, 27, and May 4th).  The meetings are from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Go to our sign up sheet to volunteer and contact the coordinator christines@seattleaudubon.org if you are able to facilitate a small group of awesome learners!  Note: to have consistency they would like the same volunteers for each Thursday.