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Kindergarten Welcome


Lafayette Families,

Welcome to the Lafayette Elementary School community! This is a very exciting time for you and your kindergartner.  There is a lot of information to disseminate in the beginning of the school year and we hope to ease any stress you may have during your transition to school.

Key Links (2018-19)

Important Dates (2018-19)

  • Jan. 8: Registration begins for 2018-19 school year.
  • Jan. 20: Admissions Fair, come learn about Seattle Public Schools’ option schools.
  • Feb. 5-16: Open Enrollment for School Choice, turn in a choice form to be part of the lottery for a school outside your attendance area. Forms will be available starting Feb. 5.
  • Feb. 8:Kindergarten Tour from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • May 31: School Choice Last Day for (late) Applications
  • June 1 until Aug. 31: Non-resident Registration Period
  • Aug. 20-24, 2018: Jump Start, 9-12 daily. Jump Start, a one-week free transition program for new kindergarten students at most schools. A list of participating schools will be available soon. Read more about Jump Start. Your assigned Jump Start teacher may or may not be your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Aug. 31: Open Enrollment dissolves.
  • Sept. 5-7: Family Connection Meetings. Each family meets with their Kindergarten teacher; please request an interpreter when you are contacted for an appointment. Before starting school, each new kindergartner’s family is offered the chance to meet with their student’s teacher to begin building a home-school partnership. In order for teachers to meet with families, the kindergarten start date is postponed three days, to the Monday after Labor Day. Your school will contact you in late August to schedule a time to meet.
  • Sept. 9: PTA Welcome Back to School BBQ. All grades and families welcome.
  • Sept. 10: First day of school for Kindergarten students (grades 1 through 12 begin on Sept. 5)
  • Sept. 10: Tea & Tissues – Kindergarten Parents. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and hope we can meet many of you at our annual Tea & Tissues. After you drop off your Kindergartener, make your way to the school cafeteria to meet with other parents, PTA members and our school principal, Ms. Cindy Chaput, to share in some coffee, pastries and conversation. We won’t ask if your tears are joyous or sorrowful.

Prior to the start of school, the PTA usually coordinates kindergarten playdates for new families joining our Lafayette community. This is a good chance to meet other families. Follow us on Facebook, where we make announcements about the playdate schedule.


Join Our Community

There is no better way to connect to our Lafayette community than to join the PTA.


Children Benefit • School Benefits • Make Connections • It’s Good For You


PTA provides educational enrichment • PTA supports our school • PTA communicates • PTA builds community


For more information about our PTA, what we do and who we are, please visit our website. If you have any questions or ideas on how to better serve our Lafayette community, feel free to contact us at (you should receive a response within 5 business days). Lafayette Elementary School is a 501[c][3] organization, Tax ID #91-1079172.


To join the PTA go to

Once you are online there are detailed instructions on how to fill out your profile and pay for your membership. You will be prompted to put in our Organizational Code which is 98116.

While our goal is to have 100% participation of teachers and parents in the PTA we understand that it may not be for everyone.  Another way to stay informed about what is going on at school is to sign up to receive PTA emails.  You do not have to be a PTA member to volunteer for events or to receive PTA emails.  To sign up to receive emails only, please use this link:

Again, we welcome you to Lafayette Elementary!  We look forward to building and supporting our school community together with you all.




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