Stand Up PTA Meeting Friday, June 2nd @2:15pm – Playground

Please come and join in the last meeting of the year and give your feedback about meeting times for next year, plus approve nominations for your new board!  We would like to try to alternate meetings after school and in the evenings in 2017-18.  If you can’t attend but want to give feedback on meeting times, please send an email to the board at lafayette.pta.seattle@gmail.com

AGENDA

  • Approve and vote on the nominations of the PTA Board
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Co-Secretary
  • Provide feedback on Meeting times next year
  • End of Year Events

We look forward to seeing you in the playground after-school!

Lafayette PTA

 

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

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

 

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 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.