Lost & Found is Overflowing!

The Lafayette lost and found is located in the west wing of our building. Lost items have been piling up rapidly – please stop by and check for missing items.

Posted in School Bulletin

Cup Stacking Family Fun Night!


What: Cup stacking family fun night! Come stack with your family and friends
When: November 13th 4:00- 4:40pm come in to join the fun!
Who: 5th and 4th grade students and their families

Posted in Event, School Bulletin, Uncategorized

Walk-A-Thon/Halloween Reminder

Dear Lafayette Families:

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Walk-a-Thon on Friday, October 31st. If possible we encourage you to join us for this great community event and cheer on our walkers, joggers, and runners. Please check the PTA website for specific class walk times. As a reminder, Lafayette students do not wear costumes to school on October 31st. Each child will be provided a Walk-a-Thon t-shirt by our PTA. We encourage you to send your child to school in comfortable shoes/clothing appropriate for a possibly rainy walk. Thank you for supporting our students!

Robert Gallagher, Principal
Christine Ybarra, Assistant Principal

Posted in School Bulletin

Walk-A-Thon Event Still Needs Volunteers

The following positions still need to be filled:

  • First Aid station Volunteers 11-12:30
  • Photographers
  • Lap Counters 9:30- 11 (9 positions)
  • Lap Counters 1-2:30 (4 positions)
  • Classroom Helpers 10:15-11:15 and 1-2
  • Check out Students 9:30-11, 11-12:30, and 12:30-2

Now is your chance to help Lafayette’s BIGGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR! Please call Sarah Whitehead to sign up (206-790-7631) or visit the sign-up sheet.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Volunteering, Walk-A-Thon

A Primer on ‘McCleary’

There have been some questions on the significance of ‘McCleary’ and what it means for Lafayette students. In a nutshell, ‘McCleary’ is the shorthand reference to a decision from the Washington State Supreme Court from 2012 which ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the McCleary family and others, who had sued the State of Washington for failure to fully fund K-12 education as mandated by the Washington State constitution. The lawsuit was filed in 2007.

The State Supreme Court ruled that the legislature was required to provide full funding for the State’s public schools by 2018. The legislature was to make ‘steady progress’ on fully funding education through the implementation of successive educational budgets. Needless to say, the legislature has fallen far short of the budgetary goals articulated before the Court by the State in testimony elicited before the Court.

On September 11 of this year the Supreme Court issued a contempt order against the legislature for failing to present a sufficient budgetary plan in conformity with the Court’s decision. Such a contempt order is unprecedented in State history and puts pressure on the legislature to comply with the Court’s McCleary decision, or else. What the ‘or else’ may be will be decided at the end of the 2015 legislative session by the Court if the legislature still has not generated a budgetary plan which the Court finds satisfactory.

The ramifications for Lafayette students of full implementation of the McCleary decision are boundless. ‘Steady progress’ to reach the budgetary goal set by the Court requires the State to increase K-12 funding an average of $655/pupil each year from 2009/10 to 2017/18. With a contempt order hanging over its head, the legislature is under great pressure to comply with the Court’s decision in the biennial budget to be implemented in the upcoming session.

In summary, now is the time to put pressure on your local representatives to comply with McCleary. The representatives in the 34th District, Lafayette’s District, are Sen. Sharon Nelson, Rep. Eileen Cody, and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. Drop them an email and let them know you care about what they are doing to implement McCleary.

Posted in Legislative, PTA Newsletter

Lice Alert! Please Check Your Students!

"Male human head louse" by Gilles San Martin - originally posted to Flickr as Male human head louse. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg

“Male human head louse” by Gilles San Martin – originally posted to Flickr as Male human head louse. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg

The nurse’s office is seeing a HUGE increase in lice infestations where multiple classrooms are affected! Flyers were sent home today that have instructions for detection and treatment. Please check your students TONIGHT! For other tips on detection and treatment please see these search results from Google.

Posted in Teacher Request

Make This Week the Week You Turn in Your BoxTops!

Lafayette’s BoxTop coordinator only has a few weeks left to sort, count, bag, package and send in Lafayette’s BoxTops before the November 3rd deadline. Each boxtop is worth 10 cents. This money goes directly to Lafayette, so go home and start clipping the tops from your favorite cereal, soup, or snack food and bring them to the box on the table by the main office! Visit the Lafayette PTA’s BoxTop page to get more information.

Posted in Fundraising, PTA Newsletter

Order Your “Walk on the Wild Side” T-Shirt Today!

Students will receive a free T-Shirt during the Walk-A-Thon, but if you would like additional T-Shirts for your friends or family please use the form below.

Fill out my online form.
Posted in Fundraising, Walk-A-Thon

Enrichment Tuition Due

If you have NOT submitted payment for your child’s Fall PTA Enrichment Program class(es), please make checks payable to Lafayette PTA and bring them to the PTA Command Center at school. OR- pay online here!

If you’re unsure what amount you need to pay, a list of classes and costs are available on the enrichment page.

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Eat Pizza and Earn Money for the Lafayette PTA!

Plan to have dinner at Pizzeria 22 after 6pm on Tuesday, Oct. 21st and Pizzeria 22 will donate 10% of all sales back to Lafayette’s PTA! Just mention you are a Lafayette Family when you eat.

Posted in Community, Event, Fundraising, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

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