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.

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

Staff Appreciation Week starts on Monday!

MAY 1ST – 5TH

This is a great opportunity to convey to your child’s teacher your thanks and appreciation for their hard work and dedication this year.  You should of heard from your Room Parent by now on the activities planned for next week. Here is a run down of the PTA sponsored events for next week.

Monday 5/1
Not Another Manic Monday:  Let’s start the week off right and offer coffee, pastries and other goodies that our dedicated staff can nibble on during the morning.  Volunteer sign-up to bring in fresh flowers or pastries to teacher lounge.

Tuesday 5/2
Planned by each class by Room Parent(s)

Wednesday 5/3
Coffee Talk Complimentary coffee drinks, delivered to the teachers around 9am.  Orders will be taken in advance and personally delivered to them.  Volunteer sign-up to be coffee runner or coffee coordinator.

Thursday 5/4
Take a Mini-Vacation on the Massage Table:  Staff can sign up for a relaxing, mini massage with David Crabtree, LMP and also enjoy some fresh fruit & cold beverages in the Staff Lounge.  Volunteer sign-up to bring in fruit or bevs to teacher lounge.

Friday 5/5
“Let’s TACO ‘bout How Awesome Y’all Are” Taco Bar:  Holy Guacamole!  A Taco Bar with all the fixins’ from 9:45am-12pm in the Library for all our Teachers and Staff.  Volunteer sign-up to bring in taco fixings, bevs, desserts, paperware, set-up/serve/clean-up.

Go here to sign up to volunteer to bring something or assist in one of the events.

If you have questions you can reach out to your room parent or Rachel Hagenson at her email.

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/

Volunteer for the Auction on the new SignUp Genius site

Calling all volunteers!  We have setup a new site for volunteering for the auction at SignUp Genius. You can go here to check out the fun ways to get involved.  The old sign up has been transferred to this site so if you volunteered already you are good to go!

 

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!  Go here to get your tickets! Tickets After February 20th are  $80/person, $160/couple or secure a table of 10 for $800.

Auction Early Bird Tickets by Feb 20th and Go get those Donations, turn in by the 17th!

Reminder!  Buy Early bird Auction tickets by February 20th.

Tickets:  Purchase by February 20th @ $75.00/person or $150/couple or to secure a table of 10 for $700.  After February 20th tickets will go up to $80/person, $160/couple or secure a table of 10 for $800.

To learn more about the auction and opportunities to donate, please visit the auction site here to donate goods, money or experiences.  All donations need to be received by February 17th, 2017.  You can find a ideas to donate at this link AUCTION WISH LIST 2017.

Please contact the Auction team via email with any questions at auctionlafayette2017@yahoo.com .

Get your Masks ready! Auction Tickets are Available and Volunteer Opportunities

Get ready for a fun night at A Fool’s Ball on April 1st!  The Auction site is live for tickets and donations!  Check out the details here and look how you can participate and volunteer on our Volunteer page.   Please make sure you have done the requirements for volunteering also found on the volunteer page of our website. All paperwork should be turned into the front office.

Keep up to date on Auction news here or on our Facebook page. If you have questions about the auction please contact the team at auctionlafayette2017@yahoo.com

 

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

 

Walk-A-Thon Parties and Fun Facts

Menchie’s Parties

Any student that raised $350 or more during the 2016 Lafayette Super Silly Fun Walk-A-Thon is being invited to a day-time frozen yogurt party courtesy of Admiral Menchie’s! Party invitations and permission slips were sent home today with each student that qualified. Lafayette sponsorships like this sure are SWEET.

  • K & 1st Grade Party: Wednesday, December 7th 12;15 – 12:45
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Party: Wednesday, December 7th 12:55 – 1:25
  • 4th & 5th Grade Party: Thursday, December 8th 12:50 – 1:20

If you need the Menchie’s Party Field Trip Permission Slip, it is available to download. Print it, sign it, and get it back to school!

Next Year!

Several Walk-A-Thon Chair Positions are still available for next year. Sign up at http://lafayettepta.com/volunteer
If your child did not receive an invitation and you believe they raised $350 or more, please email Maya and Jen at Wat.lafayette@gmail.com

Amount Raised by Teacher*

Teacher			Total
Ms. Duke		$6,173.60
Mrs. Essex		$4,377.00
Ms. Joseph		$3,665.00
Ms. Baiai		$3,640.00
Mrs. Sacco-Neel		$3,411.02
Ms. Miller		$3,372.01
Ms. Thompson		$3,086.53
Mr. Hodges		$2,909.00
Mr. Schroeder		$2,802.25
Ms. Adams		$2,545.85
Ms. Freed		$2,512.88
Ms. Benson		$2,461.45
Mr. Shaw		$2,396.00
Ms. McBeth		$2,056.25
Ms. Whipple		$2,026.00
Mrs. Baleto-Ferguson	$1,756.00
Ms. Takahashi		$1,412.50
Mrs. Hogrefe		$1,329.50
Ms. Peterson		$1,263.25
Mr. Ngobi		$1,213.00

*Does not include “Company Matching”

Other Fun Facts

  • Lafayette students walked 8,017 laps this year.
  • Leo Lambert had the most laps (32).
  • Tatum Paddock had the most pledges (68).
  • The Super Silly Fun Walk-A-Thon raised $74,411 in 2016!

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