Welcome to 2017 and Thank you for Volunteering!

Welcome to 2017!

The Lafayette PTA Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your contributions and the dedication you have shown the school, it’s teachers, and the administration in 2016. It truly takes a village, and there is so much more to do!

There are two incredibly hard-working people I’d like to thank before we focus our attention forward – our Walk-a-Thon chairs, Jen Wheatley and Maya Boriboon. Jen and Maya gave a great many extra hours each week for many months to support major tasks we were unable to provide volunteers for, going way above-and-beyond to make this event a great success for our school, and a community-building opportunity for all students, parents, and local businesses. Their contribution was immense and a sacrifice. I am mentioning this for two reasons – we are truly grateful, but also as an effort to spread the time load among our community for the coming Auction, and the 2017/2018 Walk-a-Thon.

The Walk-A-Thon was one of our best yet, raising $74,411, and we thank each of you who gave money, matching funds, and supported the event with your time, as well as the students who walked 8,017 laps. This money contributes a large share of our annual PTA budget and will support salaries and activities to help our children be successful in 2017/18. These include our school Nurse, our Psychologist, Instrumental Music, Writers in Schools, our Tutors, playground and Lunch Supervisors, much needed equipment and supplies in all the classrooms, in addition to scholarships to support field trips and activities.

Every precious gifted hour of your time adds up to success that directly influences program delivery in our school. Raising money to support our students is the end goal, and we can’t do it without valuable volunteer hours. I’m making a personal ask that you also commit to donating some time to our events – without this contribution, the many tasks are left to the few. In addition to all you do for your teacher, for those of you who haven’t considered pitching in around the community events, there are many ways you can help on-or-off campus. Please be on the lookout for volunteer requests for our upcoming Auction, and other events in the spring, and consider signing up early to help our 2017/18 Walk-a-Thon. Your wonderful room parent should be emailing you about help needed for the Auction art project in your classroom.

Consider carving out 90 minutes each month to come along to a PTA meeting – the next one is scheduled for Thursday 19 January, at 6.30-8.00pm in the cafeteria (childcare provided). A summary of PTA business will be first on the schedule, and then join us for a conversation about gun violence and how we can keep our kids safe. We have a speaker from Be Smart (Gun Safety), and there will be free gun locks available.  Each PTA meeting we do our best to provide valuable parent education opportunities. If you know of a speaker, please reach out to Jodi Hill, PTA VP to share your ideas. You can find contact details for the entire PTA and Jodi here.

Safety is on our minds – let’s keep our kids safer on the internet in 2017. Child Sexuality Expert, Amy Lang, Birds+Bees+Kids, recommends checking out this site for tips on how to block unwanted sites from your router, and increase the level of filtering to block adult sites that kids may unwittingly (or not) stumble upon.

There will be much work to do and much fun to look forward to in 2017 – best wishes to you and your families – may it be filled with much happiness, and opportunities to celebrate.

Please continue to visit lafayettepta.com and follow up on Facebook so you don’t miss out on news and opportunities to contribute to your vibrant community!

Warm regards,

Jac Howard
PTA President 2016/17

The mission of the Lafayette PTA is to support the school’s academic success and enrich the student experience while building a strong community.

Upcoming events in JANUARY

Jan 9th  Coffee with the Principal  8 – 9am Cafeteria

Jan 11th Dine Out for Lafayette @Pizzeria 22 from 6 – 10pm Dine in Only

Jan 16th  No School, Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 18th  1st grade Parents Night Out – Mission Bar 7:30 pm

Jan 19th Kindergarten Tour – 3 to 5pm – Cancelled

Jan 19th PTA Meeting – 6:30 pm  Cafeteria, childcare in the gym

Jan 25th Pizza with the Principal – 5pm Cafeteria

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, April 1st, 2017

7th Annual Auction Night – A Fool’s Ball  
5pm at The Foundry
Live Auction and Dinner at 7pm
Learn More on the Auction Page

 

Dec. 15th: Music Assembly, Last Day of Food Drive and Dine out at Chipolte

Music Assembly performed by students in K – 3 grades will be held in the cafeteria/auditorium at 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15th

Food Drive:  There is a lot of food piling up in the lobby of the school! You have 1 more day to bring in food and help support our community.  There are prizes for classrooms that bring in most number of items.

Dine Out for Lafayette:  December 15th from 3 – 9pm you can dine out at Chipolte and help support Lafayette.  It’s located right in the junction at 4730 California Avenue SW, Suite A, between Alaska and Edmunds street.  See all events on our Facebook page here.

Early Release on Friday, December 16th,  dismissal is at 1:05 p.m.  and Report Cards sent home.

Have a wonderful and safe winter break and see you in the New Year on January 3rd!

Book Fair December 1st – 7th

The Library Book Fair Fundraiser is Coming – December 1st – 7th!

The Book Fair is quickly approaching and we’re hoping that you may be available to stop by during Lunch Recess or after school. Proceeds raised range from 40 – 60% of sales and will be used to purchase books for the school and Library Program. Last year we used the funds to purchase over 300 books for the Library, plus every classroom and had a guest author, Annie Crawley who visited and shared about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Ways to Shop for Books:

  1. Visit the Library (see times below)
  2. Order Online at this link: scholastic book fairs
  3. Clip & Send the Newspaper Flyer Order Form (remember to add 9.8% sales tax).

The Library cannot hold cash orders before the Fair opens on Thursday, December 1st. Checks are accepted anytime & made payable to the Lafayette PTA.  This another great opportunity to help the kids in the classroom and shop for the holidays!

Thank You!

Linda Nakagawa
Lafayette Librarian

Schedule for the Book Fair:

Thursday, 12/1 @ 10:00 – 11:10 am and 2 – 2:45 pm
Friday, 12/2 @  10:00 – 11:10 am and 2 – 2:45 pm
Monday, 12/5 @  10:00 – 11:10 am and 2 – 2:45 pm
Tuesday, 12/6 @  10:00 – 11:10 am and 2 – 2:45 pm
Wednesday, 12/7 @ 10:00 – 11:10 am only

Craft Fair and Sneak Peek Art Show! December 8th

Purchase a table at the Craft Fair & Sneak Peek Art Show and Volunteer Opportunity! 

Calling all artists and crafters (and shoppers)! Artists: showcase your talents and sell your goods at the annual Craft Fair on Thursday, December 8th in the school cafeteria.  This is an opportunity to both students and adults to offer their homemade goods to the community and help others get some holiday shopping done. Some typical items for sale are: jewelry, honey, soaps, & home decor.

To reserve a table at the Craft Fair ($5 fee) use the online sign up sheet or email Diana Palmer at diana@tricomwebdesign.com  .  You can pay at the door.

This year’s Craft Fair will coincide with a Sneak Peek Art Show! What is a Sneak Peek? I am glad you asked….from Ms. Sandler, our Art Teacher;

I am looking forward to sharing your student’s progress in art so far! After all, art is a process as much as it is about the final product. This is a great opportunity for you to talk to your student(s) about their artistic process including materials, the content of their work and what their next steps are! The art room will be an “open studio” and some more work will be in the hallway. I will be around to answer any questions and meet some of you that I haven’t touched base with yet.  This will be a little preview into the big art show we will have this spring! 

Volunteer! For this event to be a success, Ms Sandler would love help setting up on Monday & Tuesday after school and on Wednesday about 4pm.  The tasks include labeling art, mounting and hanging the artwork.  Just show up the art room, she needs about 4 – 5 helpers.

We hope you will join the community for these 2 great events!

Marathon Club at Recess starting Nov. 9th – Volunteers Needed

Hey there you runners and walkers!  Now that the Walk A Thon is over, you have an opportunity to keep up the pace.  Our amazing school nurse, Mary Sykes has put together a program with the help of a grant from Fuel Up to Play 60 sponsored by Nike, the Washington Dairy Council and the NFL.  Kids can choose during lunch recess to run/walk on Wednesdays and Fridays.  They will get a tracking chip and we will track the kids laps with iPads.  The good news is that the Walk-a-Thon laps count!  Kids can earn prizes for each marathon they walk/run and they have until Spring break to earn them! Look for more information in the school entrance.

Volunteer Opportunity

Our 2 interns that will be tracking the kids will not be available after the Thanksgiving break so Mary is looking for parents to volunteer from November 30th to April 7th.  She needs 2 trackers from 9:45am to 10:50 am.  Please sign up here to volunteer.  This program is a great way to keep kids moving for 60 minutes a day and with parental support we can keep it going! Remember in order to volunteer you need to turn in the forms required and watch a video required by the district. You can find that link to the online video required by the district here. Forms are in the front office with Ms. Selina or ask a PTA member.

Read more about the program at Fuel up to Play 60.

PTA Meeting November 11th and Important Upcoming Dates

The PTA will be hosting a general meeting on November 11th at 6:30 pm with a parent education opportunity hosted by the RULER committee starting at 7pm. There will be childcare available in the gym.

RULER is an acronym that stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions.  All of the classrooms have produced  a class charter expressing how they want to feel in their school/classroom everyday.  The committee will walk through the 4 phases of this program and how it is positively impacting students and learning.  You can learn more about the program at this site.

Important Dates:

No School on Friday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day

Save the Date:  December 8th Art Show and Craft Fair 5 – 8pm in the school cafeteria.

Like us on Facebook!   Be in the know for events and calendar reminders as well.

Lost and Found: There is a lot of stuff in the lost and found. Please check it out for lunch boxes, water bottles, jackets and sweaters.  Please label your students clothes with tape, sharpie or a suggestion from a parent is Mabels Labels which stay on clothes through washing.

Volunteer: Sign up and get involved! Take your volunteer training and apply here and get your form in the office with Ms. Selina.  There are new opportunities listed on the site. Check it out here.

Join the PTA here. It is $20 to join for an annual family membership. There are also scholarships available for those in need.

Recycle your markers at school! See the front table to drop off your used up markers.

Art Room Requests

A good excuse to Clean out the Toy Room and Upcycle!

The art room needs your help! Ms. Sandler is currently accepting donations of the follow materials:

  • Plastic bottles (thin ones that kids can cut – no Gatorade)
  • Bottle caps (preferably metal ones)
  • Anything in bulk (old game pieces, marbles, beans, rice, clips, beads, etc.)
  • Spray bottles
  • Jewel Cases (with or without CDs inside)
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Low plastic containers (cottage cheese, sour cream, etc.)
  • Hand wipes/baby wipes
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines (home and garden, food)

Also if you have an old area rug or functional holiday lights that you don’t want anymore, I’ll take them! Thank you in advance for your support!

Kimberly Sandler Proud Teacher | Visual Arts |Lafayette Elementary

 

How can you help Art at our school? Volunteer this weekend!

This Saturday at 10am, Jac Howard, our PTA president, is leading the effort with others to improve the tables in the art room.  Join her and others to help sand and resurface the tables with donated stainless steel. They need one additional helper to sand the table tops and handle them (strong back needed and an orbital sander if you have one).

Contact Jac at jacinta_howard@yahoo.com.au

#SPSUnited #BlackStudentsLivesMatter October 19th

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool FAQ: Answering why hundreds of Seattle educators are wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts to school

As you many may know, Seattle Council PTSA voted to stand in solidarity with John Muir and Leschi Elementary in support of all educators and our students of color in SPS. The district has also supported this action by using Oct. 19th to state their commitment to closing opportunity gaps, especially between white student and black students. The Seattle Council PTSA board voted to endorse the actions on the 19th, and released the following statement:

The Seattle Council PTSA Board endorses and will participate in the day of action on October 19th in solidarity with educators and families. We are committed to continuing the conversation on racial equity in our schools and communities in support of all our students and in support of the district’s efforts to close opportunity gaps. The PTA welcomes all families and speaks up for every child. We will extend our support of this action to the local school PTAs and PTSAs through the lens of family engagement. We are a resource for the local units to strengthen their support of and engagement with all families in their school community, so that every child in Seattle Public Schools has the tools to succeed. “We Stand Together.”

For more information on this, please visit here or the I Am an Educator site here.