Enrichment Reminders

Registration for the spring session is now available online! If you prefer paper forms you can still download and print them or pick up copies in the school office. Registration will end on Friday, March 21st.

Winter Enrichment ends Monday, March 31st and the Spring Session starts Tuesday, April 1st.

Familiar favorites include:

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Yoga
  • Guitar
  • Creative Writing
  • App Academy
  • Stacking Cups

New classes:

  • Comic Creation Station
  • Rockets
  • iPad Animation- Superheroes
  • Friday Fitness Fun
  • Track & Field, Creativity Club
  • Game Day

And the return of:

  • Flag Football

Quite a few activities to choose from! Any questions? Contact Rachel Hagenson.

Safety shouldn’t be scary!


The Lafayette PTA Presents
A Parent Workshop on Child Safety, Led By Child Safety Expert Kim Estes
Thursday, March 20th 6:30PM, Lafayette Auditorium
Free childcare available

Workshop topics will include:

  • Sleepovers & Play dates
  • Cell phones for kids?
  • Home alone? Are they ready?
  • Talkative kids (blessing or a curse?)
  • Questions every adult should be asking
  • Teaching your child about body safety
  • Out and about neighborhood safety
  • Safety tools: What works? What doesn’t?
  • Red Flags parents need to watch out for
  • The “Super 10” every kid should know

We all want to keep our kids safe. Learn easy tips and tools that make safety fun, not scary. No graphic conversations. No scare tactics.

Learn more at SavvyParentsSafeKids.com

Print this flyer and help spread the word!

Urgent! Take the Budget Survey

There have only been 65 survey responses so far and MORE ARE NEEDED. Help set the budget for the 2014-2015 school year by taking the 2014-2015 Lafayette Elementary School PTA Budget Survey. This survey closes at midnight on Sunday, March 16th and time is running out.

Please note when ranking options in the survey, the questions will reorder themselves according to your choices. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you notice that the questions are actually moving (the numbers don’t move) it makes sense.

Thank you,
The PTA Budget Committee

No Bank Parking Please

There have been complaints from the Bank of America branch next to the school. People are parking in the bank parking lot and walking students onto the school property. The bank is ready to call a parking enforcement officer because the situation has become so difficult. The main problem is that the bank opens for business at the same time that school starts. The bank’s customers cannot use the parking lot when it is full of vehicles for Lafayette.

Lafayette needs to be good neighbors with the community as their support is needed throughout the year. Please do not park in the Bank of America parking area during drop-off and pick-up times. Thank you.

Madison Casino Night and Auction

Madison PTSA Casino Night and Auction is this saturday and they need 40 more attendees to make this event a success! Incoming Madison students will benefit from the funds raised at this event.

Saturday, March 15th
5:30 pm check-in, 6:00 pm games begin, bar opens
South Seattle Community College
Brockey Center

This is Madison PTSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and YOU are needed to help keep quality education on the table. Can we deal you in?

There will be some terrific auction items up for bid, including: a mountain cabin weekend for 6, a distillery tour & tastings for 12, 6 hours of architectural services, dinner for 4 at Zippy’s, 5th Avenue Theater tickets…the list goes on and on!

To purchase tickets:
Price per person is $60 and includes a buffet dinner. Go here to pay online with credit card or PayPal.

Auction Thank-Yous

The Lafayette goes Hollywood PTA Auction was a huge success! It was great to see so many Lafayette parents and teachers have a collectively great time together while raising so much money for the school. How much you ask? We brought in close to $69,000 (gross, not net)!!!!!!!!

Many, many, many thanks to the all the people who worked on this event. Please forgive me if I forgot your name!

We had an awesome committee and this auction would not have happened without these AMAZING people: Olga Fisher, Sarah Dillard, Joel Oltyan, Diana Palmer, Emily Swanson, Kiran Robertson, Ellen Zoffel and Mark Zoffel.

A very special thanks to Jennifer Oltyan for the beautiful Auction Art Graphic.

Thanks to Chris Weinmann for the tasty beer!

To Karen Whorton for coordinating the Dessert Dash. Also thanks to the volunteers who baked or purchased desserts for the dessert dash: Rachel Hagenson, Sarah Dillard, Sherelle Sinko, Carrie Brown, Holly Bauersfeld, Heidi Taft, Katie Fuller, Jelena Svircev, Catherine Berglund, Mark Zoffel, and Nancy White.

Thank you to all who helped with Student Art: Ken Allen who took all the pictures and Kiran Robertson, Kathy Johnson, Heidi Taft, Cynthia Adams, Tas Philp, Beverley Buehler Marian Johnson, Dany Tomlinson, Joia Tatola, Melissa Fenno, Ken Bodensteiner, Kathy Humenik, Olga Fisher, Lai Wong Smith, Amy Sharp, Lauren Stephens, Maia Low, Jac Howard, Lara Swimmer, Andy Wakefield, Victoria Chhagan, Diana Palmer, Krystal Kelly, Bly Carling, Maddy Klum, Hayla Thompson, Rick Pratt, Deborah Hazelgrove, and Melia Scranton.

And now for the big list for the event setup and night of…Thanks to Jill Alvis and Sarah Dillard for their awesome décor and Tami Clark, Kristi Brown, Stephanie Jordan, Katie Weinmann, Margaret Gomez, Lai Wong Smith, Sunyan Perry, Lalida Snidvongs, Noelani Catrett, Lori Olin-Evans, Kimberly Pena, Victoria Chhagan, Stefanie Lemon, Erik and Katy Walum, Catherine Darwin, Patti Bunting, Ashley Gross, Mary Kay Sykes, Beverly and Larry Buehler, Meghan and Mark Hogan, Linda and Fred Bentler, Stephanie Jordan, David Toledo, Margaret Gomez, Lara Murphy, Andy Mason, Joia Tatola, Rachel Hagenson, Mary Ann Mason, Tom Collins, Ashley Gross, Rob Zoffel, and Jennifer Oltyan.

Thanks also to all Lafayette Staff for donating their wonderful experiences and especially to Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Nordhougen for their support and generous donations. Boy are those kids going to have a blast! And thanks also to all the Lafayette families who donated items to the event.

Leslie Francis
PTA Auction Chair

Thank YOU Leslie Francis

And most of all, a very special thank you goes out to Leslie Francis. On behalf of the entire Lafayette community – Leslie stepped up and coordinated a fantastic event, enlisted a tireless crew and substantially increased the impact that the Auction fundraiser has on the school. Thanks to Leslie for your leadership and devotion. You have upped the ante on a legacy for Lafayette.

Sean Reynolds
PTA President

Spring Enrichment Registration Begins!

The Lafayette Enrichment Program’s Spring 2014 session registration is open! Download and print your forms today!

  • Spring Session begins Tuesday, April 1st and ends Friday, June 13th unless otherwise noted. Session is approximately 10 weeks long except monday classes (8 weeks).
  • All classes are for K-5th graders unless otherwise noted.
  • Registrations are due by Friday, March 21st. One registration per child.
  • Classes with a maximum limit will be determined by lottery. Late registrations will be considered based on availability.
  • All registration are processed at the same time. Please return your registration and payment to the “PTA Command Center” drop slot in the school’s office. Parents will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the session.
  • Scholarships are available to families who request them (no questions asked), for one class per child per session. Please note that scholarships are funded through the proceeds of the enrichment program itself. Our goal is to be all-inclusive but also self-sustaining. Please carefully consider the needs of your family when deciding whether to request a scholarship. Scholarship requests are kept confidential.

Email Rachel Hagenson with any questions or use the front bulletin board for information. Direct all questions to Rachel, NOT Kathleen and Selina in the Front Office.

The registration forms are available online but will also be sent home with the students this week.

Action Request: Take the Budget Survey!

You can help set the budget for the 2014-2015 school year by taking the 2014-2015 Lafayette Elementary School PTA Budget Survey.  This survey will be open until Sunday, March 16th at midnight.  Complete this survey as soon as possible and have a voice in funding the programs at your school. 100% parent participation is achievable!

Please note when ranking options in the survey, the questions will reorder themselves according to your choices. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you notice that the questions are actually moving (the numbers don’t move) it makes sense.

Thank you,
The PTA Budget Committee