There will be a “Tea & Tissues” event for parents in the Lafayette Cafeteria on the first day of school – Wednesday, September 3rd from 9:30-10:30am.
Dear Lafayette Elementary Families:
We want to cordially welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year!
This year will bring many positive curricular changes to our school. We are looking forward to working with staff to implement these changes in ways that are most beneficial for students. We are committed to supporting ALL students in their learning at Lafayette Elementary School and will challenge our students to continue to develop the necessary skills needed for success.
It is with great sadness, we must inform you that over the past several weeks we have had staff members resign or go on leave.
A few weeks ago Ms. Wieland, informed us that for personal reasons she would not be returning to Lafayette this fall. She indicated that this decision was an extremely hard one for her to make, but a necessary one. Ms. Wieland has provided to all the students she taught over the years at Lafayette an excellent education and we will all miss her greatly.
Yesterday, Ms. Diaz informed us that she was also resigning from Seattle Public Schools, and like Ms. Wieland, it was a hard decision for her to make, but a necessary one. Ms. Diaz positively touched the lives of many students in our school over the years and we will miss her greatly.
Earlier this month an outstanding teacher was assigned to our open first grade position. Shortly following this placement, the teacher went on leave. This created a difficult situation for all of our first grade classes. We have been working extremely hard to make the best of this situation.
We have begun the process of finding highly qualified replacements for our current first and second grade openings. Our intent is to ensure that teachers are in place as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition. We have arranged for two experienced substitute teachers to cover the next few weeks while we are completing the hiring process. Ms. Kim Ryan will start the year in our second grade class and Ms. Jennifer Gauyan will be in the first grade class.
If your classroom is affected by these last minute staffing changes, please be assured that we are committed to ensuring the success of our students. There will be a smooth transition for the students in the affected classrooms. We welcome parental input during the hiring process and there will be parent representation on each of the hiring committees. You have our promise that we will work tirelessly until these vacant positions are filled by highly qualified teachers.
At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, we were in a similar position when we lost a first grade teacher. With our commitment to finding highly qualified teachers we were able to attract Ms. Schwab who has been a wonderful addition to the Lafayette family.
We have several other staffing announcements to make at this time. We are extremely excited to announce that Ms. Judy Thompson and Ms. Lorynn Sacco are joining our Lafayette staff. Ms. Thompson will be teaching on our fifth grade team and Ms. Sacco will be on our fourth grade team. Both bring many years of teaching and life experiences and will definitely have a positive impact not only on the students in their classes, but on our whole school community. Welcome letters from both teachers will be sent home to their student’s families.
Ms. Dianna Ford our PE teacher will be on leave for at least the first month of school. Ms. Jennifer Herrin will be covering Ms. Ford’s classes until her return in early October.
As we go forward, we look to the Lafayette community for support. All administrative decisions are focused on benefiting our students.
We look forward to seeing each and every student during the first week of school. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and get to know you!
Assist Mimi in the lunchroom supervising the students at lunch time – Approximately 10 hours a week – 11:15AM to 1:15PM
Supervise the students out on the playground as well as pushing out the equipment cart and pushing it back in after the afternoon recess. No more than 19 hours a week – 11:15AM to 1:15PM and 1:55PM to 3:15PM.
Contact Ms. Kathleen if you have an interest in either of these positions.