Planning Summer Camps?

If you are looking for great activities this summer for your students to enroll in, consider:

If you have any summer camps or activities that you would like to promote, submit them via email or bring the discussion to Facebook.

Lafayette Goes Hollywood: SOLD OUT

Lafayette Goes Hollywood is SOLD OUT! Have a great time and don’t forget to designate a driver or consider using a taxi (like yellow) or ride sharing service (like uber).  See you Saturday!

The Foundry is located just SOUTH of the Spokane Street viaduct (West Seattle Bridge) at 4130 1st Avenue South. The best way to get there is to take the 1st AVE S. exit from the West Seattle Bridge and turn left on 1st (going North), then turn around and head back SOUTH on 1st and keep going until passing under the Spokane St Viaduct. Continue South in left lane approximately 2 more blocks. Turn left on S Dakota St (immediately before the overpass). Take an immediate right down “Dead End” driveway, running along overpass. The Foundry is in between Crosscut Hardwoods and Daniel Smith Art Supplies.

The PTA Wants You!

The Nominating Committee of the PTA is seeking candidates to serve on the PTA Board during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. These three very important positions are Vice President, Co-Secretary, and Treasurer. In accordance with PTA Standing Rules, the Vice President is elected for a one year term (2014/15) and would transition to the role of President for one additional year (2015/16). There is also an opening for one of our Co-Secretaries and for the Treasurer, both of which are two year commitments. All of these are very exciting positions and a great way to ensure the future success of Lafayette.

Contact the Nominating Committee if you would like to make a nomination (including for yourself!) for any of these positions or if you have any questions. The members of the Nominating Committee are Annie HigginsChris Weinmann, and Sarah Volpone.

Lafayette School Newsletter 03.05.2014


March 7th, Friday
“Hollywood” Day – Dress like a movie star!

March 8th, Saturday
4th Annual Auction at the FOUNDRY 5:30PM

March 13th, Thursday
Room 1 (L. Bell) to Frye Art Museum

March 14th, Friday
Art Assembly – TAP Dance – K-2@9:40AM 3-5@10:40AM

March 18th, Tuesday
Tuesday Rooms 2 and 26 (Boyll and Takahashi) to the Frye Art Museum

March 25th, Tuesday
Tuesday Rooms 14 and 15 to SCT – “Boy at the Edge of Everything – 9:40-12:30

March 26th, Wednesday
Wednesday 2 Hour Early Dismissal – Mind Unwind Enrichment Class in the Lunchroom

March 28th, Friday
Class Photo Day with O’Connor Photography (Club Photo Day TBD)

March 31st, Monday
Monday Visit by Author, Steve Cotler (Cheesie Mack Book Series)

LAFAYETTE PTA AUCTION NEWS- The 4th Annual Lafayette PTA Auction will be on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This year the auction will begin at 5:30PM @ the FOUNDRY. You can purchase tickets online at Cost is $65.00 per person. Don’t wait! Just a few tickets left! Questions? Contact Olga at 206-779-5012 or

NEW VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS- All volunteers must complete the on-line course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention. The video is about 25 minutes long. Follow the prompts and print out the completion form and turn it into the office. We will put it with your back-ground check application. Every year, we will require a new back-ground application to be filled out. You only have to watch this video once, not yearly. We also need you to read the Volunteer Handbook in the office (next to the badges) and sign the form located in the back of the book. Turn this completed form into Selina. Please view the video ASAP so you will be ready to go for next year. This extra work, for all of us, is about the safety of Lafayette’s students. If you have any questions about these new procedures, please talk to Selina or Kathleen. Thank you.

PHOTO COPY USE- Dear wonderful volunteers; please remember that teachers are always first in line to use the copiers. Help us keep the work room neat and tidy. Let Selina or Kathleen fix jams, replace cartridges or staples. Please ask the office how to properly use the laminator.

NO PETS ON THE PLAYGROUND– Pets are not allowed on the playground at any time. People (We are sure it couldn’t be Lafayette families!) are letting the dogs run loose and are not “scooping” up after them and our students step in “it” and bring it into the school. Yuck!


IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK- Please don’t send them to school. They need to remain fever-less (less than 100F) for 24 hours.

LOST AND FOUND- Check it out and see what belongs to your child. Our lost and found is located in the West Wing opposite the boys and girls bathrooms. The next clean out will be on April 11, 2014.

BUILDING SAFETY– All parents and visitors must sign-in in the office and pick up a visitor’s badge as per District Policy. We are adhering to the State and District requirements, but ultimately it is for the safety of your children. We need to know who is in our school at all times. Please do not escort your children to their classrooms. Please drop them off, and when the bell rings, allow them to come into the building on their own. We have too many people gathering in the halls when the students are entering the building. We respect your commitment to your child’s education, but safety has to be a top priority for our school. At the end of the school day, please wait for your child outside the school doors. Thank you!

ATTENDANCE– School starts at 9:30AM. Get your children to school on time so we don’t have to mark them late. Whenever possible, please schedule your children’s medical appointments after school is out at 3:35, or take them out at lunch or recess time.

PARKING ISSUES- Thank you for not parking in the staff parking lot or drop/pick up kids before and after school in this area. Thank you, also, for not parking in the front of the school in the bus zone.

SUPERINTENDENT JOSÉ BANDA TO HOST REGIONAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS- Seattle Public Schools will host five community meetings to share information on the District’s five-year Strategic Plan, with tailored comments, topics and data from each of the five educational regions. These meetings are designed to engage families, students, staff and community members in ideas to ensure academic success for every one of our students. There will also be time for participants to ask questions of the Superintendent and District leadership.

The community meetings will be held:

  • Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Southeast region, South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson St.
  • Thursday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northeast region, at Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th
  • Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Central region, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd
  • Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northwest region, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th
  • Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the West Seattle region at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th

Interpreters in Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog will be available at each meeting. In addition, supervised children’s’ activities and light refreshments will be provided.

Each meeting will include a joint presentation by Superintendent José Banda and the Executive Director of Schools for that region. Families, staff and community members will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the Strategic Plan on how to ensure the District meets its goal of ensuring every student graduates prepared for college, career and life.

To learn more about the District’s Strategic Plan please, visit this website.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT TO RAISE MONEY TO FEED THE HOMELESS – Sponsored by West Seattle High School. When: Friday, March 21st from 5:00PM to 10:30PM. Includes dinner of Pizza, snacks and veggies! Experienced students and teachers will be there. $20 per kid with $10 for each additional child in the family. Sorry, no diapers!

RSVP with parent’s first and last name, child’s name and age. We will contact you with reminders and more information as the day comes closer.

JUMP-ROPE FOR HEART We had over 80 kids jumping and being active at Jump Rope for Heart on Feb.27, 2014. Yes, Ms. Belfor and Mrs. Ford will have red hair sometime in April! Why? You guessed it. Students at Lafayette raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association. Money is still coming in and being counted! Thank-you prizes will be ordered as soon as all the money is in. Look for them in April. A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all the participants and the many parents who helped Mrs. Ford, Ms. Fleck and Ms. Chandler during this busy event. – Laurie Belfor

The March menu is available.
A printable version of this newsletter.


Kathleen Brose
Administrative Secretary
Lafayette Elementary School

PTA Arts Assembly on Friday, March 14th


Our first PTA arts assembly for this school year will be Friday, March 14. It’s a tap dancing performance and demonstration by Mark Mendonca and his company. Mark has an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer, performing on Broadway, television, and concert stages around the world.  Mark’s dancing was motion-captured for the animated feature film “The Polar Express“, and his dancing was featured in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “Juba: The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance”, aired on PBS.

The performance consists of tap dance, drumming, found object percussion (like the Broadway show Stomp), audience participation, and some history of the American art forms of tap dance and jazz music. They will perform different styles of tap, from early Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Shirley Temple in the 1930’s, to Broadway, to what tap dance is today. They will get the audience on their feet to learn a tap dance combination, and will have a question and answer section. The show is high energy and the kids always love getting their feet moving and making rhythms.

The performance will take place on the stage. Parents who would like to see the performance are welcome to join us. K-2 will see the show at 9:40 a.m., and 3-5 at 10:40 a.m.

Laurie Utterback, PTA Arts Assemblies Coordinator

Popcorn News

Lafayette’s jump rope club, the POPCORNS, had a successful mini-fundraising campaign! We raised over $2,500 to support this year’s after-school jump rope program and want to thank all the wonderful parents who contributed! Popcorns is an after school jump rope club, open to 1-5 grades at Lafayette. The kids perform around town at events, public and private schools throughout Seattle and King County.

As young ambassadors for our school, the Popcorns promote exercise for health and do an annual fundraiser for American Heart Association. Last year they raised over $3000.00. This year we hope to raise $4,000! Lafayette’s annual Jump Rope For Heart, Jump A Thon will be on Thursday, February 27 from 3:35 to 5:00. All are welcome to sign up and join in for the fun day of jump roping in support of the American Heart Association. Students should turn in permission slips the week we are back from mid-winter break. Collection envelopes should be returned on day of the event to Mrs. Belfor. Kindergarteners will do the event during their P.E. time.

Popcorns recently performed to a roaring crowd of students, teachers and staff at St. John’s Catholic School in Seattle, Lake Dolloff Elementary in Federal Way, and Silver Lake Elementary in Federal Way. Great fun! Mrs. Belfor has received letters from the schools ‘The Popcorns’ have visited telling her how much they liked her team. They learned a lot from ‘The Popcorns and are now having fun jumping at their school.

We have another upcoming performance at the West Seattle’s YMCA “Healthy Kids Day” on April 26th. Come watch and support your school’s Popcorns!

Lafayette and Amazon

If you purchase items on Amazon you can use Lafayette’s affiliate link to shop, bookmark, or “add to favorites”. When you shop on Amazon in this manner, the Lafayette PTA will earn a percentage back for every purchase you make. The average return to the PTA is over 6%. That means when you spend $100 on Amazon, the PTA earns $6. Pretty sweet deal. The PTA earned $160 in November!

Are you ready to try it? Your Amazon experience won’t change at all. When you’re ready to shop, you simply have to visit Remember to “bookmark” or “add to favorites” in your browser so you can use it again and again. Forward the link to your friends and family. When you are shopping for school supplies, clothing, books, or gifts you can also help the students at Lafayette!

5 Ways to Make Money

Lafayette would not be the wonderful school that it is today without additional financial help. Here are five things that you can do to help raise money for the school without any additional expense to you.

  1. Link your Safeway Club Card to Lafayette so that the PTA gets donations from Safeway.
  2. Use a Bartell’s B Caring Card when you shop at Bartell Drugs.
  3. Do your online shopping at
  4. Buy a PCC scrip card.
  5. Save Box Tops.