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

PTA Meeting this week 11/10 @ 6:30pm and Important 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.

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.

Walk-A-Thon First Week’s Fun Facts

  • Total flat donations $9,731.
  • Mrs. Sacco-Neel’s class had highest totals = $1,520
  • Second graders had the largest total donations for the week = $2,201
  • Largest single donation = $1,250 (there was also a $1,000 donation)
  • Total number of pledges = 309
  • Kindergarten classes had the largest number of pledges = 63

Thank you Renee Rhone for being the Walk-A-Thon Spreadsheet Chair! If you happen to meet her around the school, tell her “I know what you’ve done and I think its amazing!” It takes a ton of volunteers to make this event successful, you can be rad like Renee – just sign up to volunteer for something.

“Super Silly Fun Land” is Serious Business!

Lafayette Walk-A-Thon 2016

The first week of the Walk-A-Thon’s pledge drive is off to a great start! The students raised $6,850 in the first week. Ms. Sacco-Neel’s 2nd Grade Class in Room 8 won a popcorn party for raising $1,520! Way to go Room 8! Keep those pledges rolling in, the goal this year is $60,000 which works out to be about $150 per student. This money is very important at Lafayette to fund classroom tutors, playground supervisors, instrumental music, field trips, school nurse’s assistant, school counselor, student government, and more. Thank you for your support.

 
The Lafayette Sponsorship drive is also in full swing, bringing in more than $5,490 over the past few weeks. The deadline to make it on this year’s Walk-A-Thon T-Shirt has passed but you can still be a Lafayette Sponsor anytime!

 
The Walk-A-Thon’s success is only possible with parent and community involvement. There are many ways for YOU to volunteer; opportunities are available before, during, and after the event. Volunteering for the Walk-A-Thon is a GREAT way to meet other parents and get to know some of the students.

 

PTA Meeting Thursday, October 13th @ 6:30pm

The PTA Meeting is this Thursday, October 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  The PTA hopes you can come for some or all of the meeting and the good news is that childcare is provided in the gym, meeting is in the cafeteria.

The agenda is as follows;

  • President’s Report – Jac Howard
  • Principal Update – Cindy Chaput
  • Budget Update – Mike Hemker
  • Walk-a-thon – Walk-a-thon Chair(s)
  • How to get involved at the school, join the PTA
  • Volunteer Opportunities and Requirements (Room Parents, School Committees, Classroom, etc)
  • Parent Education: Speaker Jo Langford (7- 8pm)

Our featured speaker, Jo Langford is the author of the series, Spare Me, ‘The Talk’!, (the only modern guide to healthy sexuality for boys and their parents, and the only modern guide to healthy sexuality for girls written by a male). He is also a dad, a Master’s-level therapist and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents, in Seattle, Washington. 

Jo will be providing an overview childhood sexual development, hosting a open Q&A for parents and presenting a primer around proactive, digital safety for parents of elementary school children.  Jo says this is “required reading” if your kids are over the age of 8 and already sticking their toes into the Internet.

More about his work with youth, parents and professionals to promote healthy, positive and safe sexual and social behavior can be found at his website, Beheroes.net.

The 2016 Walk-A-Thon is “Super Silly Fun Land”

Lafayette Walk-A-Thon 2016

The pledge drive for the 2016 Walk-A-Thon has officially begun! Good luck! Make your pledges online at http://lafayettepta.com/pledge, and send the link to your friends and relatives that might live too far to visit in person!

 
Here are some sample scripts that you or your students can use to help get pledges.

Sample Walk-A-Thon Script for Door-to-Door

Hello, my name is //student// and I am trying to raise money for my school, Lafayette. We are having a Walk-A-Thon where my classmates and I walk in laps around our playground for 30 minutes to raise money for important programs at our school like classroom tutors, playground supervisors, instrumental music, school nurse assistant, school counselor, and more! If you’d like to help, you can pledge me “per lap” or with a flat donation. Last year I did //XX// laps, and this year my goal is //XX// laps! Thank You!

Sample Walk-A-Thon Script for Email or Social Media

Hello! I am trying to raise money for my school, Lafayette. We are having a Walk-A-Thon where my classmates and I walk in laps around our playground for 30 minutes to raise money for important programs at our school like classroom tutors, playground supervisors, instrumental music, school nurse assistant, school counselor, and more! If you’d like to help, you can pledge me “per lap” or with a flat donation at lafayettepta.com/pledge. Last year I did //XX// laps, and this year my goal is //XX// laps! Thank You!

Walk-A-Thon T-Shirts

All students will receive a free Walk-A-Thon T-Shirt on the day of the Walk-A-Thon. If you would like to purchase additional T-Shirts, orders must be in by Friday, October 14th.