Yearbook Ordering Extended!

The deadline for ordering a yearbook has been extended until April 30th! If you’ve lost your form, download and print a new one or pick one up in the school office. Return your form with your payment to the PTA Command Center in the school office.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Yearbook

Garden Demo Day

Saturday, April 25th & Sunday, April 26th 10am-2pm

Volunteers Needed

  • Weeders
  • Bulb Planters
  • Shovelers
  • Heavy Lifters

Tools Needed

  • Shovels
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Yard Bags
  • Tarps
  • Trowels
  • Crowbars
  • Clippers

Sign up to volunteer on the PTA’s website or by contacting Ellen Zoffel at

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

Parenting From the Heart

An introduction to Parenting with Positive Discipline

Thursday, April 23rd

6:30 PTA Meeting
7-8:30 pm Parent Educator- Sahara Pirie, CPDLT


Are you challenged by kid fights, whining, chores, bedtime problems, homework problems or something else?

Most of us have days when parenting “works”; when we show up as the loving parent that we want to be while still setting appropriate limits. There are other days though, when we can hear our own parent’s (not always so nice) voices coming out of our own mouths.
Simple, respectful parenting tools can help us parent more from the “heart” and less from the “hip”. We can discipline (teach) our children with kindness and firmness without being either permissive or punitive.

Come explore and play with these ideas in an evening provided by Parent Educator, Sahara Pirie, CPDLT.

Posted in Community, Event, PTA Newsletter

2014-2015 Yearbook Form

The Lafayette Elementary School 2014-2015 Yearbook is now on sale until April 30th, 2015. You should have received an envelope that came home with your student. Extras are available in the school office. Please return it with your payment (check or cash) to the “PTA Command Center” in the school office. A limited number of yearbooks will be ordered. Don’t miss out. Sorry, no online orders this year.

Yearbook Order Form 2015

Posted in Yearbook

Goodbye Kathleen!

Dear Lafayette Parents and Students:

“I really enjoyed being the Administrative Secretary at Lafayette these past two years. Lafayette is a wonderful school due to many factors, including the awesome parental involvement. I am leaving you in good hands with Kathy Johnson as the Acting Administrative Secretary. Thank you for all your tokens of appreciation these past two years. It was a privilege to be part of the Lafayette Staff.”

Kathleen Brose
Administrative Assistant
John Hay Elementary

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Forming a PTA Nominating Committee

If you have interest in helping to find the next great PTA Officers please consider volunteering for the PTA Nominating Committee. This committee must be made up of dues paying Lafayette PTA members in good standing. This committee will seek out candidates for PTA Officer positions that are available starting in the 2015-16 school year (Co-Secretary and Vice President/President). This committee will officially form at the General PTA Meeting on April 23rd, 2015 and will nominate the PTA Officer candidates at the General PTA Meeting on May 21st, 2015. If you would like to be on the nominating committee or if you are interested in one of the PTA Officer positions that will be available in the 2015-16 school year please contact Ken Bodensteiner at or Ashley Gross at

TLDR; Nominating committee gets nominated on April 23rd. Nominating committee seeks candidates. New PTA Officers will be nominated and (hopefully) elected on May 21st.

Nomination Form

Fill out my online form.
Posted in PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

Last Chance for a Teacher Experience!

Wednesday, April 8th is the last day to purchase a teacher experience. All teachers will get their list of attendees and will contact the purchasers.

  • Lunch for one student and a friend with the Assistant Principal
  • Sewing Lesson with the Assistant Principal
  • Arts and Crafts and Lunch with Ms. Thompson
  • Flag Football with Coach Fletcher
  • Nature Walk with Mr. Bell
  • Menchies Party with Mr. Z and Ms. Scranton
Posted in Auction, Fundraising, PTA Newsletter

Advanced Learning Focus Group

A Focus Group is forming to provide an opportunity for school leaders and community members to collaborate on implementing new Advanced Learning services at Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School. If you are interested in joining the Focus Group, application forms will be made available by mid-April on the Seattle Public Schools’ Advanced Learning website.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Tell the House to Expand Capital Budget Funding for K-12

The Washington State House of Representatives has issued their proposed Capital Budget – and it’s far short of what is needed. The proposal offered by the committee is larger than last year, but it still doesn’t come close to addressing the numbers that Seattle Public Schools needs for facilities. The Washington State PTA is asking the House to do better to meet the needs of our kids and prioritize capital funding for K-12 buildings.

Send your legislator a message today to increase funding allocated for K-12 in the Capital Budget to a level that helps districts build permanent buildings instead of portables and meet the space needs to reduce class size.

Posted in Legislative, PTA Newsletter

SPS Interview Training Schedule

If you would like to participate in Lafayette teacher/administrator screening and/or interviews, you must complete the Seattle School District’s Site-Based Interview Training. These trainings take place from 4-5pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 Third Ave S, Seattle, WA 98124. Dates and room numbers are as follows:

Tuesday, April 7 – Room 2700
Thursday, May 14 – Auditorium
Tuesday, June 9 – Room 2700
Tuesday, June 23 – Auditorium

Please register for these trainings via email to with your full name, email address, contact phone number, and the date for which you are registering.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

Upcoming Dates