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Stand Up PTA Meeting Friday, June 2nd @2:15pm – Playground

Please come and join in the last meeting of the year and give your feedback about meeting times for next year, plus approve nominations for your new board!  We would like to try to alternate meetings after school and in the evenings in 2017-18.  If you can’t attend but want to give feedback on meeting times, please send an email to the board at lafayette.pta.seattle@gmail.com

AGENDA

  • Approve and vote on the nominations of the PTA Board
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Co-Secretary
  • Provide feedback on Meeting times next year
  • End of Year Events

We look forward to seeing you in the playground after-school!

Lafayette PTA

 

PTA Town Hall – Thanks for coming out! Here are the notes!

Thanks to all of the parents that could attend the PTA Town Hall on Thursday, May 11th. There was a good discussion and information shared throughout the meeting.  Cindy Chaput presented on state of the school and 2017/18 curriculum plans with help from Monica Smith (parent on the math committee and former teacher).  If you have a moment please read through the links below and check out the research and presentation.  She is happy to discuss any items with parents so feel free to reach out.

In addition, the PTA Budget was passed for the year 2017/18.  We will post the full budget on our website shortly.

Thanks for being part of your community!

Lafayette PTA

Cindy Chaput’s Presentation

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – State of School Presentation

Math Research from Math Committee

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – AbilityGroupingResearch

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – best practice math

Summary of Math committee research

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – elem_math_Feb_9_2007

 

PTA Town Hall – Agenda: Budget, School Update from Principal Chaput and Wall to MATH and other Curriculum updates

PTA Town Hall Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm in Cafeteria (Childcare available in the gym)

AGENDA:

  • Cindy will review the State of the School and we will have principals from Fairmount and Genesee Hill joining her to discuss curriculum for next year. We will discuss research for Advanced Learning, that Lafayette has been chosen to participate in due to high scores of testing.
  • PTA Budget for 2017/18 – Vote on all that hard earned money raised this year and how it should be spent to benefit the kids.
  • Open Discussion – Open positions for PTA 2017/18, school events coming up and volunteer opportunities

Please come and participate in the meeting. There are many exciting things happening at the school and your voice counts!

Lafayette PTA

Spring Fling Carnival May 18th 5:30pm to 8pm

Time to celebrate Spring with your Lafayette Community.  Spring Fling is a carnival of fun for the whole family at the school. We will have games in the gym, food, bouncy houses, photo booth and prizes to win!

Volunteers can get involved with the fun by supervising games, help with setup plus be at the art & craft tables, cake walk, bounce house, photo booth, ticket sales, DJ in Cafeteria, make popcorn, face painting, grill hot dogs, make snow cones, clean up and more!

We have a Volunteer Project Managers ( thank you —Diana Palmer, Sarah Dillard and Jimmie Galaites) who is coordinating the volunteers. Sign ups will be posted shortly so look for it here: http://lafayettepta.com/volunteer

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

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