PTA Town Hall – Thanks for coming out! Here are the notes!

Thanks to all of the parents that could attend the PTA Town Hall on Thursday, May 11th. There was a good discussion and information shared throughout the meeting.  Cindy Chaput presented on state of the school and 2017/18 curriculum plans with help from Monica Smith (parent on the math committee and former teacher).  If you have a moment please read through the links below and check out the research and presentation.  She is happy to discuss any items with parents so feel free to reach out.

In addition, the PTA Budget was passed for the year 2017/18.  We will post the full budget on our website shortly.

Thanks for being part of your community!

Lafayette PTA

Cindy Chaput’s Presentation

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – State of School Presentation

Math Research from Math Committee

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – AbilityGroupingResearch

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – best practice math

Summary of Math committee research

2017 05 11 LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA – elem_math_Feb_9_2007

 

PTA Town Hall – Agenda: Budget, School Update from Principal Chaput and Wall to MATH and other Curriculum updates

PTA Town Hall Thursday 6:30pm – 8pm in Cafeteria (Childcare available in the gym)

AGENDA:

  • Cindy will review the State of the School and we will have principals from Fairmount and Genesee Hill joining her to discuss curriculum for next year. We will discuss research for Advanced Learning, that Lafayette has been chosen to participate in due to high scores of testing.
  • PTA Budget for 2017/18 – Vote on all that hard earned money raised this year and how it should be spent to benefit the kids.
  • Open Discussion – Open positions for PTA 2017/18, school events coming up and volunteer opportunities

Please come and participate in the meeting. There are many exciting things happening at the school and your voice counts!

Lafayette PTA

Two Tier School Schedule for 2017-18 – Use Your Voice!!!

Seattle Public Schools and City of Seattle Leaders need to hear from you in support of the change for 2017-18 school year to a “Two Tier” start times.

Next school year there will be 20 minutes added to the school day.  With the current “Three Tier” bussing system, the schedule will be even more extreme for 2/3rd of students.  It would have Tier 1 schools start at 7:45 AM (7:30 AM arrival), Tier 2 schools at 8:35 AM (8:20 AM arrival) and Tier 3 at 9:25 (9:10 arrival).  With 3 tiers, essentially 2/3 of students will be on more extreme early or late starts.

The District has determined that for all students to have more reasonable start and end times, it is important to switch to a “Two Tier” system.  A switch to two tiers would allow for 8 AM (7:45 AM arrival) and 9 AM (8:45 AM arrival) start times, including the additional 20 minutes to the school day.   This change will require a one-time transportation cost of $2.3 million.

Thanks to the advocacy of parents and collaboration with the District, the Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee and the Seattle City Council that this one-time funding of $2.3M be allocated to Seattle Public Schools. This will make it possible for SPS to implement equitable start times that support the health and safety of ALL students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Seattle Council PTSA passed a resolution and was active in supporting the later start for adolescents made for the 2016-17 school year, in alignment with ample research and health professional recommendations. With the addition of 20 minutes to the school day, two tiers maintains appropriate start times for middle and high, and provides reasonable times for elementary.  The 3 tier system is more extreme for 2/3rd of our students. The two tier start times were the recommendation of the Bell Time Task force and the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee.

Please send a message District and City Leadership in support of a two-tiered schedule for the well-being of our students and families. DRAFT BELOW

Thank you for all of your support for Seattle’s school kids,

Sebrena Burr, President

 

Feel free to use this message or write your own to:

Dear Seattle Schools and City of Seattle Leaders,

Please make the health, safety, and well-being of our students highest priority and shift to two start times next school year. I want our children to be able to get adequate sleep and elementary students to walk safely to and from school. I also support sports and encourage you to adjust practice and game schedules so that all students, including athletes can benefit from later school start times. A better night’s sleep with a later start has even shown improvement in student athletic performance. Two tiers is what Seattle students of all ages need now.

I support the Mayor in recommending that one time funding of $2.3m be allocated to SPS to implement a district-wide two-tier bus schedule in the 2017-18 school year for equitable bell times, and I hope you will, too.

Thank you,

Seattle parent

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/

2017 Spring Enrichment is Open for Enrollment!

Get ready for some serious fun this spring! 

Registration is open for the Spring Session that begins Monday, April 3rd and ends Friday, June 16th (unless otherwise noted due to school early dismissal and mid-winter break).  Click here to Enroll Now  or you can see the descriptions for the classes here and then enroll by March 27th.

Note: No Classes on the following days:

  • Week of April 10th-14th (No school – Spring break)
  • Wednesday May 10th (2-hour early dismissal)
  • Monday May 29th (No school – Memorial Day)

Full and Partial 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 PTA Enrichment Program itself, i.e. from all of our families. The 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 will be kept confidential. If the demand for scholarships is too great, the PTA may need to limit the number of scholarships awarded.

  • Registrations are due by Monday, March 27th. One registration per child.
  • Classes with a stated maximum limit will be determined by lottery. Late registrations will be considered by PTA Enrichment coordinator.
  • Two ways to register: On line (processed in real time) OR paper enrollment (processed at same time as on line). If enrolling by paper, please fill out and hand in last two pages of this document to the PTA Command Center’s Drop Slot. Parents will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the session
Please contact PTA Enrichment coordinator Kathy Johnson with any questions at her enrichment email.

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

 

Meet the New P.E. Teacher Mrs. Banner!

In December, the school hired a new P.E. teacher and we wanted to make sure the community had a chance to meet her.  Get ready for more fun in the gym and some Ultimate Frisbee with Mrs. Banner!

“Hello! My name is Mrs. Banner I am excited to be joining the Lafayette team as the new Physical Education teacher. I chose to come to Lafayette School because when I first visited there was such an amazing positive atmosphere and everyone was very welcoming. Before coming here I was teaching elementary PE in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I got to experience teaching in very warm weather. I have really enjoyed Seattle since I have moved here as there are so many outdoor activities to do such as Skiing, Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking and much more!  I cannot wait to explore Seattle more.

My vision for PE at Lafayette would be that I would like to have students develop a positive attitude towards physical education that will last a lifetime. I have many sports that I enjoy playing for example hockey, soccer, basketball and more but if I had to pick one sport that is my favorite, it would have to be Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate stresses the importance of sportsmanship and fair play, which makes playing really fun. It also has a great community and is just an amazing game to play. I hope to coach the first Lafayette Ultimate team! “

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