#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.

Pizza with Principal 10/19 @5pm & Join the PTA

Pizza on Oct. 19th!  Principal Cindy Chaput will be hosting a meeting with parents on Wednesday, October 19th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Pizza will be available and if you plan to come please RSVP to Kathy Johnson at kajohnson@seattleschools.org or 206-252 -9501 so we can plan ahead.  In addition, Cindy will have Dr. Matt Okum from the district available to answer questions about Advanced Learning.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved but a good first step is to Join the PTA! You can get a form in the office or join online here. To learn more about the PTA and to sign up for emails go to this page.

Three Classrooms go for the Gold! Thanks to Rooms 8, 13 and 21 for their Gold Level Support of “Super Silly Fun Land” Walk-A-Thon!

Thanks to the parents in three classrooms that have gone the extra mile to support the Walk-A-Thon, Lafayette students and the Lafayette community.  These three classrooms have raised funds to sponsor the
Walk-A-Thon at the Gold Level:
Room 8 – Ms. Sacco-Neel
Room 13 – Ms. Whipple
Room 21- Mr. Schroeder


Curriculum Night is here! Plus other important news…

Curriculum Night:  Thursday, Sept 29th from 6:00 – 8:00pm starting in the cafeteria. Agenda is as follows:

6:00 – 6:20 pm  Principal Intro and PTA Welcome
6:25 – 6:40 pm Grade Level Walk to Math
6:45 – 7:10 pm Time in your Student’s classroom
7:15 – 7:30 pm Grade Level Walk to Math
7:35 – 8:00 pm Time in your student’s classroom

The staff is very excited to bring the community together and share all the exciting programs that will enrich our students experience at Lafayette.  The PTA will also have treats and information for you to see how you can get involved in your school PTA.

Save the Date! Skate Night at Southgate Roller Rink October 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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.

Volunteer opportunityDo you like to organize?  Math-in-Focus closet is in need of some Martha Stewart help. Volunteers will sort and clean out items that belong to old Math programs. It will be 2-3 hours of work in Room 11. It can be done over a few days. Sound like fun? Email Jac at jacinta_howard@yahoo.com.au

Advanced Learning Application Deadline, October 6th learn more here

Lost and Found:  Remember to label your child’s jackets, and check the lost and found – it is filling up!

Science Alert and Garden Classes!

Science Alert!!!  This news is big! Most of you might remember that last year we left some pumpkins to rot in the garden to see if they might come back. Pumpkins are full of seeds. They rot, the seeds plant themselves and with a little water, sun, a visit from a bee, and time a new pumpkin can grow.  Go check it out! The pumpkin is getting bigger everyday!  

Fall Classes in the Garden: New classes are up! Have fun kids!

Back to School BBQ on 9/6 – Volunteers needed to help out!

Join the Lafayette PTA and members of the Lafayette Faculty on the Lafayette Playground on Tuesday, September 6th at 5 -7pm for the “Back to School BBQ.” Volunteers are needed for this event to be successful from 4pm – 8pm. Fun jobs include; grilling, setup, cutting fruit, restocking chips/buns/fruit and handing out popsicles. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and meet other parents while the kids play on the playground!

If you can help, please sign up on the Lafayette PTA’s website.

Summer in the Garden

“Hey Ma, Look what we did!” The kids should be proud! They worked so hard this   spring and early summer planting everything.  Things have grown beyond our expectations.  So very many flowers.  Volunteers this summer report that they have seen hummingbirds, butterflies, song birds, lady bugs, bumble and honey bees and more creatures in the garden.  Lettuce, peas, cucumbers, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more are all growing and being harvested.  Here are some pictures.

Flowers, flowers, everywhere!


Hello Ladybug.


Hello Bee!





The Girsky Quartet Visits Lafayette

To coincide with the monthly Great Composers program, the kids of Lafayette enjoyed classical music on Thursday.   The wonderful Girsky Quartet played selections from Schubert and Beethoven in two concerts to accommodate the whole school. The halls were filled with music. Thank you to all the teachers and kids who wrote thank you notes.   For more information on the Girsky Quartet, you can visit their website. www.girskyquartet.com.

Birds, Bees, and Kids

Take the sting out of the Birds and Bees talk with Amy Lang, MA.

  • You will get ready to start and continue the conversations
  • You will understand why your parents were so lame at this and how you can do it differently
  • You will feel more confident and inspired to keep the talks going
  • You will learn the #1 Kid Tested Secret to making them comfortable

Date: November 20th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Lafayette Cafeteria

Nordhougen News

Dear Lafayette Families,

It is with heartfelt words that I write this letter to inform you that as of the end of June, I will be leaving the position of Assistant Principal of Lafayette Elementary School and beginning in a new position as an Assistant Principal at Broadview Thomson K-8. Although I will miss my work with our school family, I look forward to the challenges this new position has to offer.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the Assistant Principal at this school for the past three years.  It has been my good fortune to experience a wonderful partnership with the students, staff and families in our community.  While we have had quite a few bumps along the way, I am confident that Lafayette is at a great place and will only grow stronger in the coming months and years. This is an amazing group of educators and be confident that your students are in the best of hands!

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your children and this outstanding school community and hope you know I am especially proud of our students. I look forward to hearing great things about their accomplishments as they continue their education at Lafayette and beyond.

Robert will be communicating with you soon on the process of hiring the next Assistant Principal.

Karmen Nordhougen