5th Grade Promotion June 19th 5:30pm

Can you believe our 5th graders our moving on?  Yep, neither can we.  Please join all of us in saying congratulations!  The ceremony will be at the school cafeteria on Monday, June 19th at 5:30pm.

Contact the following team to help out (looking at you 4th grade parents) .

Katie Weinmann (kaweinmann@comcast.net) or Kristin Szabadi (kszabadi0312@gmail.com)

Mark your Calendars for FIELD DAY!!! June 23rd

Friday 6/23 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

Field Day is a ton of fun and we will need a lot of parent volunteers!  Signup Genius link is below–

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4DABAD2DA57-field1 

Field Day is a celebration of the end of the school year with a lot of activities and games.  We will have fun stations like water balloon toss, rope climbing, 3-legged race, ring toss, etc and of course, a cold treat!  The stations are both inside the school and outside on the playground, each run by a teacher and at least one parent volunteer.

Please mark your calendars and consider helping out!

Also, if anyone is interested in co-chairing Field Day for this year or next, please contact Wendy at wpersonett@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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

Meet the New P.E. Teacher Mrs. Banner!

In December, the school hired a new P.E. teacher and we wanted to make sure the community had a chance to meet her.  Get ready for more fun in the gym and some Ultimate Frisbee with Mrs. Banner!

“Hello! My name is Mrs. Banner I am excited to be joining the Lafayette team as the new Physical Education teacher. I chose to come to Lafayette School because when I first visited there was such an amazing positive atmosphere and everyone was very welcoming. Before coming here I was teaching elementary PE in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I got to experience teaching in very warm weather. I have really enjoyed Seattle since I have moved here as there are so many outdoor activities to do such as Skiing, Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking and much more!  I cannot wait to explore Seattle more.

My vision for PE at Lafayette would be that I would like to have students develop a positive attitude towards physical education that will last a lifetime. I have many sports that I enjoy playing for example hockey, soccer, basketball and more but if I had to pick one sport that is my favorite, it would have to be Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate stresses the importance of sportsmanship and fair play, which makes playing really fun. It also has a great community and is just an amazing game to play. I hope to coach the first Lafayette Ultimate team! “

Spirit Day is Monday, October 31st!

Leopard Leaders Celebrating Literacy on October 31st

Leopard Leaders are sponsoring a literacy character day.  Students have been learning about character traits in their literacy classes which is linked to Common Core: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

As part of the learning, the Leopard Leaders are sponsoring a Spirit Day in which students are able to dress like their favorite literacy character.  This is optional for all students, however the discussion around character traits will be part of the lesson for that day and all students will be expected to discuss their character and how their traits, actions and emotions are part of the story.  The request is no masks, props or weapons be part of the accessories.  Please be sure that if your child has PE they have the appropriate shoes.

Seattle Schools Input Request for Schedule Change in 2017/18

Seattle Public Schools seeking input on 2017-18 School Schedule Changes

Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association are partnering to increase students’ access to core content, improve instruction and accelerate student achievement.

As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time.

As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.

To find out more information and fill out the survey, click here.  All surveys are due by October 21st. 

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!

More Playdates, Back to School BBQ, plus Tea & Tissues

2 more Kindergarten/New Student Playdate Opportunities!

The PTA would like to invite incoming kindergarten or new student families to gather at the Lafayette playground for an opportunity to meet each other before school starts.

Wednesday August 24th, @ 12:00 p.m. (after JumpStart bring your lunch)

Tuesday, August 30th @ 5:30 p.m.

Come to the Lafayette Playground and meet other families, make new friends, reunite with old ones, play on the playground, and learn more about the school community. PTA members will be available and will answer any questions you may have. All families are welcome!


Back to School BBQ Save the Date:

Tuesday, September 6th 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Lafayette Playground (Rain = Cafeteria)
This is an annual event for the community to get back together before school. There is food sponsored by the PTA and it’s a great opportunity to socialize with new and old friends!


Tea& Tissues, Sept. 7th  & Sept. 12th 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Join other parents for refreshments & comfort (or celebration!) after the start bell rings. Sponsored by the PTA.
Location: School cafeteria

Notice of Change to Student Vaccination Requirement

School vaccination regulations in Washington State have changed for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The WA State Department of Health now requires two doses of chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine for all students in grades K through 12.

Here’s what you need to do:
Check your student vaccination records or contact your health care provider and be sure that each student has the required vaccinations before the start of classes in September, 2016.
School nurses will review each student’s vaccination records and will notify parents through regular postal mail by the end of the current school year if a student needs additional vaccinations. Students who do not have two doses of vaccine by the start of classes in September, 2016, could be excluded from school.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be very serious for children and adults. Two doses of vaccine are very effective against the disease.

More detailed information can be found on the SPS webpage: http://bit.ly/1nm3Umj

You can access your family’s immunization records through the Washington Immunization Information System: http://1.usa.gov/1QyXmsJ

Sincerely,
SPS Health Services Team

Lost & Found Clean Out 4/8!

It’s time again for another “Lost & Found” clean out! At Noon on Friday, April 8th whatever remains in the “Lost & Found” will be donated to an appropriate charity. Tell your students to take a quick peek and make sure they haven’t left anything. The Lost & Found is located in the North hallway across from the bathrooms. Don’t forget to sign in at the office!