Early Release Jump Rope Party on 3/25

Jump Rope Party

A Ropeworks’ “jump Rope for Fun and Fitness” Special Event! This workshop costs $30 and will take place on March 25th, from 1:45-3:45pm. Kids grades 1-5 may participate, whether you are in jump rope class or not. The special workshop day will include:

  • Single Rope Skills
  • Lots of jump rope games
  • Watch jump rope videos by the BEST jump rope athletes
  • Relay Races
  • Work in skill books & choreograph routines (older jumpers)
  • Double Dutch – prizes and more

Register for this workshop online at http://learntojumprope.com/classregistration.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Lockdown Drill on 2/24

Please be advised that on the morning of Tuesday, 2/24/2015 there is a lockdown drill scheduled for 10am. During the drill, the perimeter gates and all doors to the building will be locked and people will not be allowed in the building. This drill should take about 20 minutes.

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Lafayette Auction Update

5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction

Auction tickets are selling fast! Over 65% of the seats are filled, so hurry and get your tickets NOW before they sell out. The Early Bird ticket price ($65 per seat) has been extended until February 27th. After that ticket prices go up to $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $650.

Volunteers are still needed for the night of the event. You can still help while being a guest or you might consider working most of the event for a free dinner. Available positions include Registration, Raffle Ticket Sellers, General Helper (Floater), Auction Item Processors, Purchase Processor/Check Out Helper, Live Auction Spotter, Live Auction Recorder, Live Auction Runner.

This auction couldn’t happen without donations from our parent community. Thank you to those of you who have already entered donations! There are some very exciting things so far!

The auction committee is still seeking entertainment options. If anyone in the Lafayette community knows anyone at SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts), Teatro Zinzanni, magicians or other similar entertainment please contact Leslie Francis (lfran@outlook.com) or Karin Guidry (karinguidry@yahoo.com).

Note: if you are helping with your classroom student art project, the deadline is March 1st!

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

Important PTA Meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm

Calling All Lafayette Parents!!
Next Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Thursday, February 19th – 6:30pm-8:30pm

Featuring Our Own Taeya Lauer, Lafayette Mom and Senior VP/Financial Consultant With E.K. Riley Investments, LLC, Presenting “Building Your Child’s Education Fund”

Board-Approved Topics for General PTA Discussion and Vote Will Include:

  • Approve a $4,100 expenditure to assist the school with the immediate purchase and installation of a front door buzzer system?
    • This proposed system is widely supported by Lafayette staff, and our families have long petitioned for enhanced security and visitor monitoring measures ASAP for our school building.
    • The PTA is committed to partnering with the school to support our school community. The school has obtained a quote and can pay for up to ½ of the cost of the buzzer system, and asks for the PTA’s assistance in funding the full cost.
    • However, in order for the PTA to pay for the other ½ of the cost at this time, we would have to take this on as a non-budgeted expense and spend from our reserve funds in an uncertain fundraising climate.
  • Increase Student Scholarship/Family Support Fund by $2,000?
    • The purpose of the Student Scholarship/Family Support budget line item is to assist Lafayette families in need with paying for items such as class field trips and needed.
    • This line item was set at $2,000 for the 2014-2015 school year and has already been depleted.
    • To increase this fund for the remainder of the school year, the PTA would move $2,000 from our unallocated fund.

As always, childcare will be provided during the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Building Your Child’s Education Fund

  • Do you want more information about 529 plans and how they work?
  • Are you curious about the Washington State GET program?
  • Do you need to know what college costs and how much you might need to save?
  • What are the factors considered in qualifying your family for financial aid?
  • What can you do to teach your kids about money?

Come and explore these questions and many others on February 19th from 7:00-8:00pm.
This is a free educational discussion sponsored by the Lafayette PTA. Discussion will take place in the lunchroom at Lafayette Elementary School immediately following the PTA general meeting. Speaker has been a financial consultant for twenty two years with a focus on helping families achieve their goals.

Taeya Lauer

Taeya C. Lauer – Senior Vice President & Financial Consultant – E.K. Riley Investments, LLC
Direct: (206) 832-1659; Toll Free (800-809-9317); Fax (206) 832-1527
Email: Taeya.Lauer@ekriley.com; Website: http://www.tlauer.ekriley.net
Mailing Address: 1420 5th Avenue, Suite 3300, Seattle, Wa. 98104

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Auction Update

Tickets are going quickly, more than 50% of the seats have already been purchased so buy your tickets today before they are sold out!

Volunteers are still needed to help with the “Dessert Dash”; help procure desserts, pick up and deliver desserts, and to help set up the dessert table. There are still opportunities to help with donation procurement; call and/or visit local businesses. There are still plenty of roles to fill on the night of the auction!

Finally, this auction couldn’t happen without donations from our parent community. Thank you to those of you who have already entered donations!

The auction committee is still seeking entertainment options. If anyone in the Lafayette community knows anyone at SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts), Teatro Zinzanni, magicians or other similar entertainment please contact Leslie Francis.

5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Doors open at 5:00pm for Festivities & Silent Auction
Dinner and Live Auction start at 7pm

The Foundry by Herban Feast
4130 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

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Design Lafayette’s Yearbook Cover!

“Leopards are on the loose in Seattle”

Here is what you need to know!

Your cover art needs to incorporate a Seattle landmark with our Lafayette Leopard. For example, our Lafayette Leopard climbing the Columbia Tower (like King Kong). Lafayette Leopard riding ‘The Duck’ or ‘The Great Wheel’, shopping at Pike Place Market, posing with the Fremont Troll, rocking at the EMP, etc. Some other landmarks that you could incorporate include, Alki beach, Space Needle, Seattle Center fountain, the Monorail, Westlake Center, Quest or Safeco Fields, or the Smith Tower.

Your artwork should be colorful and be able to hang up and down (vertical). Finished size 8 1/2″ X 11″.

You may use any medium: markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils, and colored paper.

Your artwork does NOT need a title.

Most importantly all artwork must be done by a Lafayette Student.

Write your first & last name, teacher’s name and grade in pencil on the back of your artwork.

All artwork must be placed in the Yearbook ‘Cover Contest Box’ on the table near the front office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

The winner will have their artwork appear on the cover of the yearbook and you will receive a FREE COPY of the yearbook!

Other entries may be featured in the yearbook.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Yearbook

Lafayette Math Night


When: Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:30-7:30 P.M.
Where: Lafayette Lunchroom

This fun and exciting parent learning night will include demonstrations of technology options for math practice, games, and activities that will help support students with Math in Focus homework.
Our amazing Lafayette teachers have planned these sessions to help families with children in grades K-5.

Topics will include:

  • Answering problems in multiple ways
  • Using manipulatives to show an answer
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Using objects from home as math tools
  • Algebra: kinesthetic and abstract depictions
  • Writing math expressions
  • Bar modeling and other problem solving strategies
  • Bar modeling with fractions
  • Using a number line with fractions
  • Number bonds
  • Part and whole
  • Math trays
  • Ten frames
  • Illustrating collections

Please join us for this special night designed just for parents!

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Jump Rope for Heart, 2/26

Jump Rope for Heart Event
& Fund Raiser!
Thursday, February 26th

Jump Rope for Heart

This event includes jump roping stations and ways to learn about heart facts in a fun and educational way!

Posted in Community, Event, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

PTA General Meeting Minutes, January 2015

PTA Meeting
January 22nd, 2015
Library, Lafayette Elementary

6:36 Call to order
Katy welcomes everyone.

Secretary Report – Review of the Marty McLaren meeting notes. Available online or in paper copy.

Katy reviews her meeting with Dr. Larry Nyland – He did a site visit and met with Katy personally for 10 minutes in which she discussed primarily building security and equity issues of late start and pay for K.

Treasurer Report
Walk-a-thon netted 55k
Kids did a great job of fundraising!
Missed the goal due to lack of sponsor funding.
Enrichment showing 23k surplus but that will go down when instructors paid.

Auction – Leslie Frances
Auction is March 21st at the Foundry
Priorities are parent donations – experiences are good sellers. If you can’t think of anything, please consider donating small items or gift cards for game prizes.
Volunteers – We need procurers, procurement chairs.
Website – is up. Volunteering, donations, set up, take down etc. Please sign up!
Tickets – on sale week of 26th.
Invitations will go home with students
Student Art – Classroom projects are big sellers. Please inquire if your child’s classroom needs help or donations for their project. Contact Kathy Wimer regarding class projects.
Contact Leslie Frances with any other questions.

VP – Rachael Hagenson
Parents Forum Next month – Taeya will speak about saving for college education.
Marination Night – They ran out of food and made 2k from our families. We get $401.23. Great way to make money for the PTA!

Focus Day – Katy
A few Lafayette families attended focus day. There were tours of the capital building, Local Seattle PTA council had set up meetings with our representatives. Cody, Fitzgibbon etc. We gave them our letters that had been written by families. Thousands of postcards. Huge turnout due to McCleary.

Budget Update – Taeya Lauer
Income side – We need support for the auction. We do not have a walk-a-thon chair. We absolutely need someone to do it. We get 70% of our income from the walk-a-thon. If we don’t have that income next year, we will have to really change our spending. It is also a hallmark event for our community! We cannot lose this income or event.

Spending – Salary money will be spent in full. Family and parent community and student enrichment money will get spent. Most of our money goes into a grant. We have a refund from the grant from last year of $12k.

Budget committee – We need members. Please consider helping out. Shellie Stockfish is interested.

Presidents Report
I attended the Building Leadership Team meeting. The BLT team includes teacher reps from each grade and Ms. Scranton reps the specialists and Ms. Selina as a rep for the office. They vote on their 60k budget that is discretionary. They can use their money to help fund the positions such as counselor and health room assistant. The PTA is fully funding the playground supervisors, tutors, share the counselor, health assistant and instrumental music program. The school funds the reading specialists. This shows how significant the salary funding is. Funding must also include benefits etc. I will report how the BLT votes to spend their money.

Other topic: New school entrance procedures. To alleviate bottlenecking. Improve the safety of the school. Procedures developed by the Safety Committee, staff and parents. Approved by the BLT.
Roll out Feb 2. There will be a letter home to all students, postings at the front doors, website posting and email blast.


Students will all report to the back playground
9:10am the doors will be locked.
Picked up by teachers at 9:25.
Classes will be lead through different doors.
Leaving through different doors for recess and dismissal.
Dismissal to back playground 3:40.

Phase II proposed – Security System at the front door.

  • Front door buzzer system has been priced through the district of 7k-9k.
  • Install a device that would allow the office staff to buzz visitors in through the front door of the school. Involving a video screen and audio.
  • Will be voted on at the next board meeting. If approved by board on Feb 4th. Then families will be informed the details and timeline so families can provide feedback and then vote at the general meeting Feb 19th.
  • What is the annual upkeep and maintenance costs?
  • Do we know other schools who have implemented this and what their feedback is?
  • Chris W. expresses the opinion that it is bad idea. Is there proof that it makes them any safer? How does the staff decide who to let in? Are they willing to take that on?
  • Will the video be recorded?
  • Why is the PTA paying for this? Why isn’t the district paying for this? Because they cannot retrofit the old schools. Their philosophy is to build a new schools, not fix this school.
  • A parent noted her old school in Georgia implemented a system mid year. People had to show ID and then put in the computer system and printed out a digital tag for you.
  • What about hallway monitors?
  • What about a survey to notify parents and hear about what they are saying?

Meeting adjourned @ 7:35pm

Lafayette Parent Education Night
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) at Lafayette
Presented by Dr. Ybarra

MTSS is the model of support in the classroom. This is how your child is taught to their individual needs. Based on test results, each child is grouped and provided support based on their individual level of need. Multiple groups allow the teacher to challenge each child’s growth from their ideal starting point.

I came from California where I studied RTI and followed a group of students for 3 years. This system came into effect because we found that students that couldn’t keep up were referred to special learning when they didn’t need it . This way the teachers can provide support to multiple groups with different levels of needs.

How your child benefits from MTSS at Lafayette.

  1. Classroom groups work with different word sorts that allow them to work at their current level.
  2. Guided reading – serves each child at their own level, prevents students from missing important steps needed to move forward.
  3. Behaviors in the classroom are better because difficult behavior is most often linked to academic frustration in the classroom. This way kids are reading and working at a level that is challenging but not overwhelming.

How do teachers evaluate individual needs?

  1. Data collecting is now standardized, making it easier to assess the kids as they move through the grades.
  2. Teachers meet weekly with administration to brainstorm next steps we can take with each student, class and as a whole school to keep moving forward.
  3. Teachers have been introduced a computerized form where they track the students progress. They can then take the data and make the next plan based on evidence.
  4. Teachers brainstorm with each other to compare notes on how they each teach for success. Using The Problem Solving Process.

How do teachers support the students when there are problems?
MTSS Problem Solving Process and Multi-tiered system of supports

  • Use Guiding Questions
  • Students do not stay in the same groups. They move in and out
  • We have a new assessment test we are using that is providing information.
  • What do we do if they already know it?
  • What do we do if they don’t know it?
  • See the visual for tiers. – Academic and Behavioral Multi- tiered system of supports (MTSS)

Questions from Parents

Has their been thought about kids traveling from class to class for different instruction? Specifically for Math?
Yes – We would have to consider a few things: Does the entire school switch at the same time? How will multiple teachers communicate about one student.

How does this specifically address students who are far below groups?
MTSS hopes to use special ed only after they have explored other options through MTSS interevention first. Data collection, analyzing the routine and the process are key to the value of MTSS.

Parents – You can always ask for an update on your students progress. What have they improved on, what do they need to work on? Targeted specifics to work on at home and in school.

MTSS is a growth mindset – highlighting the process of growth and learning. Highlighting the powerful conversation of each childs’ skills they have mastered.
*See what can I expect handout
*Key Questions for parents.

Seems that MTSS is more focused on catching up the kids versus helping kids who need to move higher.
Ybarra – the term intervention implies that it is not meaningful to the advanced students. But both are as important. The staff works to plan for this. We work with each other. Some teachers are better on working with advanced kids and give their expertise to the group to advise them.

In the past, with MAP scores, the numbers were very general. Now, it is more targeted. We can see each area and standard where the kids can grow. Always focusing on growth for each standard regardless of low or high levels.

Tutors are being used. Teachers should be working with kids with the most need. Tutors help the kids who just have just missed one or so things.

Please feel welcome to contact me with any more questions or comments.

Presentation finished at 8:35pm

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