Urge Your Legislators to Fully Fund Basic Education

The time is now for us to tell our legislators to fulfill the constitutional mandate of fully funding basic education. Despite the increases offered by the House and Senate, it is still not enough. The current budgets proposed fall far short of the need. You can take action today!

The Supreme Court has held the State in contempt for failing to meet the mandates of the McCleary decision. Our state needs to step up to the plate and fully fund basic education like they promised and stop shifting the burden onto local property owners. Simply taking local levy funding (originally meant to supplement basic education, not PAY for basic education) and spreading it across the state does not provide the basic funding needed.

The court has been clear. The State is not funding the BASICS of public education. The legislature needs to fix our unfair and insufficient revenue structure and fully fund education without cutting needed services like health and human services, early learning or higher education. We need for everyone to pay their fair share. We need fair revenue.

Posted in Legislative, PTA Newsletter

PTA General Meeting Minutes, April 2015

Lafayette PTA General Meeting
April 23, 2015

Call to Order 6:35pm

Introduction and welcome by Rachel Hagenson standing in for Katy Walum

Secretary Report – Ellen Z

Review of March minutes

Minutes were moved for approval and passed

Treasurer Report – Paul H.
Auction – Budgeted net $30k, we netted around $70.  Enrichment programs show $23k.  Will adjust with expenses but will still show positive impact and roll forward to support next year enrichment program.

More details available in the budget report

Budget – Taeya 
We are in the middle of the budget process. We will make a recommendation to board by May 6th.  Thank you to everyone who came to the auction and participated because it made it so we didn’t have to cut anything.

These are the programs that would have been impacted:

  • Nurse for 2.5 days that the district doesn’t provide making it possible for kids who are here to stay. Otherwise they would leave.
  • We fund the tutors.  They help by reducing class size and easing the burden for teachers and giving students individual attention
  • Counselor – We would have NO counselor without the PTA support!
  • Extra supervision in Lunchroom and Playground.
  • Instrumental Music for the 4th and 5th Grade
  • Writers in Schools workshops
  • Assemblies etc.

Parent – Wondering if the extra money from the state might affect us?  Taeya –  Amounts to 12k per kid but it is at the district discretion on how to spend it. With the mandate to reduce class sizes, it will most likely soak up most of that money.

You can find past year’s budgets on the website. New budget will be proposed to board on May 6th and approved at May general meeting.

Fundraising - Sarah Dillard 
Auction - Auction was a huge success!  Came in over what we anticipated but I love that it is a great time. Folks had so much fun and it is a night for our community to get together and celebrate.

Spring Fling – Date has been moved.  Now it is June 5!

Events, Games, Station in the Gym and around the school.

If you are interested in helping, please contact or look online.  Diana Palmer and Sarah Dillard will be chairing the event.

Presidents Report
PTA Family Nights – Skate Night was fantastic! Over 300 people on the skate rink, ran out of pizza.  It was super successful and fun!

Next PTA night is May 28th at Hiawatha Community Center.  Taco night!

Teacher Appreciation has been moved to not conflict with the play and other things. Now the week is May 11-14th.

Board Positions Update:

Nominating Committee
The board is looking for the vice pres and co secretary. We need to create a nominating committee. We will do that tonight. The procedure is to move to elect the nominating committee. Motion to create a nominating committee with the following members: Ashley Gross,  Ken Bodensteiner, Ellen Zoffel.  Motion made by Taeya, seconded by Sarah Dillard. Motion Passed.

Enrichment Coordinator will be Margaret Gomez

Fundraising Chair Needed  – Looking for candidates! Spread the word! If you are interested or know of anyone please contact the Sarah Dillard or the PTA Board.

School Supplies – We are going to have available a online ordering option for school supplies. It will come to the school with your childs name delivered to their class room.

School Garden – Demo is this weekend, please help.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:03

Parent Speaker NightPositive Discipline – The Adlerian Approach

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Congratulations Silas and Zhaiarah!

WITS

Please congratulate Silas Jones and Zhaiarah Holiday Thompson for being selected to represent Lafayette Elementary at the upcoming WITS Student Reading & Celebration! Silas and Zhaiarah will read their work on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm in the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Posted in Community, Event, School Bulletin

President’s Spot, May 2015

Well, friends, it’s hard to believe we are in our last few weeks of the 2014-2015 school year.  Time keeps racing by, it seems, and our little ones have already logged another year as Lafayette Leopards.  In this my final newsletter as your PTA President, I wish to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to taking a positive, active role in your children’s Lafayette experience.  Thank you for stepping up to support our school!

I wish to also highlight some of the significant activities and accomplishments of your PTA, which has also been working hard this year to fulfill our mission of supporting the school’s academic success and enriching the student experience while building a strong community.   Here’s some of what we’ve done, thanks to our awesome leadership team and to our amazing families:

Back-to-School BarbecueIn spite of the rain and the last-minute change to hold this event indoors, we had our largest turnout ever!  Families enjoyed hot dogs, watermelon and reconnecting with one another, and we kick-started the new school year on a positive note.

Walk-A-Thon Everyone rallied for this event, held on Halloween.  Students and their families raised almost $65,000 through pledges and corporate matching funds alone, and our school community really came out to cheer on all the student runners, who gave their all out on the track.  A special thanks to the chairs and volunteers for this event; their planning and dedication make Walk-A-Thon an exciting, fulfilling season for all at Lafayette.

Representatives’ Forum – You presented your issues, and we listened.  And we invited Seattle School Board Representative Marty McLaren and State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon to hear our school community’s point of view in our first-ever Representatives’ Forum.  Your PTA representatives addressed school safety, building improvements, school bell times, and pay-for-K, among other topics, and we pressed for concrete solutions.  Guess what?  We got some (see below) ☺.

Washington State PTA Focus Day – On the MLK Jr. Day holiday, a handful of Lafayette families traveled to Olympia to attend the Washington State PTA Focus Day.  There we toured the capitol building and learned more about the legislative process, but more importantly, we spoke with our legislators directly about the issues affecting Washington schools, and Lafayette in particular.  It is my hope that our school continues to address our concerns directly and consistently to those who can effect a change.

Building Safety – At our February general meeting, the PTA voted to help the school fund the purchase and installation of a front door buzzer system to aid in monitoring the flow of visitors to our building each school day.  This system was widely supported by Lafayette staff and our families as an enhanced security measure for our school, and the school also implemented new entry and exit procedures for students in February in an effort to improve student safety and building security.

“Las Vegas Night” Auction – What a night!  Together we raised over $72,000 – more than twice our projected amount – at this awesome event.  The money we raise through our Auction and Walk-A-Thon allows the PTA to continue to fund important staff positions, such as tutors, the counselor, and the health room assistant, as well as great programs such as Writers in Schools and Instrumental Music.  You showed your support for our school in a truly significant way on this night.

Free K for 2015-16 School Year – We did it!  Through our focused efforts and conversations with School Board Representative Marty McClaren, School Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, and others, we convinced the District to take a closer look at Lafayette’s changing population and at its own threshold for qualification for funding for the free full-day kindergarten program, and we gained free K for all families for next year!   See what happens when you’re the squeaky wheel?

Kinder-Garden – This is the inspiring story of a Lafayette parent – Ellen Zoffel – who did not lose sight of her vision to recreate Lafayette’s garden into a beautiful, inviting, outdoor classroom.  Ellen engaged families, the administration, and District representatives, and successfully applied for grants to make her vision a reality.

Upcoming Events – The year’s not quite over yet!  Here are a few more events to look forward to in the weeks to come:

  • May 28th – Lafayette Family Dinner (free!) at Hiawatha Community Center, 5pm-7pm.  Get together with Lafayette families in the gym at Hiawatha for a free dinner and socializing.
  • June 5th – Spring Fling Carnival at Lafayette.  Enjoy this fun family night with games, prizes, and treats.  Tickets for purchase at the door.
  • June 10th – Lafayette Volunteer Tea at Lafayette, 2:45pm.  Please remember to nominate your favorite Lafayette volunteer for the Golden Acorn Award, awarded each year to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth.   Fill out the nomination form contained in this Paw Print Press, and drop it off in the box at the front office, or fill it out online.

I wanted to also congratulate the student performers, Ms. Scranton, and all who helped to make this year’s Lafayette play, “The Barnyard Musical Mystery,” a smashing success!  Well done!

Finally, I cannot thank this year’s PTA Board members enough for their support and dedicated service.  It’s not easy to come to meetings every month and stay engaged in the myriad goings-on and obligations of the PTA of a large elementary school, not to mention keeping this President on track!  I think it helped to have regular “meetings-after-the-meetings” to decompress and really hash out our ideas.  It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you.  I hope you will read through the above list over again and feel proud of all you’ve accomplished this year.

To this great Lafayette community:  You are all brilliant.  Keep on shining!

Katy Walum

President, Lafayette PTA.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Madison Middle School Welcomes Incoming 6th Graders

Dear Families of Graduating 5th Graders,

Madison Middle School PTSA is excited to invite you to our End of the Year Celebration and Potluck on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6-8 pm in the Madison Commons area (our auditorium/lunchroom). There will be members of the PTSA, students from ASB (Associated Student Body), and some staff available on hand to answer questions. Students will give a tour of the school and answer questions about what it’s like to attend Madison. You will find information about Band and Music Boosters, the MOST program (afterschool activities), athletics at Madison and how to use the Source.
This is an exciting transition in your children’s lives. It can also be anxiety provoking for both student and parent. We hope to calm your nerves and get everyone in the house looking forward to the upcoming school year…before your summer has started!

Plates, beverages & utensils will be provided. Please bring a dish according to your child’s last name. Of course, if you have a favorite dish to share, by all means BRING IT and ignore the suggestions below!

A-K Main dish
L-R Side Dish/salad
S-Z Dessert

We hope that you & your family can join us. For those students attending other schools, we wish you the best! Keep those connections between your classmates.

Warmly,
The Madison Middle School PTSA

Contact Kara Centioli for any questions at karacentioli@yahoo.com

Posted in Community, Event

Yearbooks Still Available, Now $17

Yearbooks are still available, but the price has gone up to $17. Download, print, and return the order form to reserve your copy today.

Posted in Yearbook

Door Buzzer is Fully Operational

Dear Lafayette Families,

Our school’s new door buzzer has been installed and is fully operational. Beginning Monday, May 11, 2015 the front door will be locked from 9:10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. If you need access to the building during these hours you must use the door buzzer, and office staff will grant access once your identity has been verified. This new system will not impact morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up. The outside gates will be locked from 9:35 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily. Outside gates will be unlocked for afterschool pick-up and locked again at 4:00 p.m. daily. Thank you for your support in keeping safety a priority in our community.

Best Regards,
Dr. Christine Ybarra
Lafayette Assistant Principal

Posted in School Bulletin

Jump Start for Kindergarten 2015-16

The “Jump Start” program for incoming Kindergarten students for the the 2015-16 school year is now available for registration! This program will be held from August 17th until the 21st from 9am to 12pm each day. To register, please visit the registration page at jotform.us. For more information about this program please see the Lafayette Elementary website.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony is Tuesday, June 9th

The date for the 1st Annual Fifth Grade Promotion Event has been changed to Tuesday, June 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm. Note, this is a revised date than the one previously published so be sure to change it on your calendars! The ceremony will be held in the cafeteria at Lafayette with light refreshments following. More details will follow as the date approaches.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 11th-15th

How can YOU help make the Teacher Appreciation Week the best?

Contact Rachel Hagenson (rachelhagenson@gmail.com) or Monica Weiner (monicajohnsonweiner@gmail.com) via email if there is anything you would like to contribute.

Or, sign up online or on the poster in the school lobby for whatever you might like to do.

Thank you so much for all you do to support your Lafayette community!

Week–at-a-Glance

Monday: Fresh fruit delivered to the staff lounge, mid-morning snack. Sign up EARLY for Massage offered Thursday

Tuesday: Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the staff lounge.

Wednesday: Coffee Break! Complimentary Starbucks beverage delivered at 9am to your room or the front office.

Thursday: Cookies & Lemonade, Pita & Hummus in the Staff Lounge. David Crabtree LMP in portable 30– Sign up schedule in the Staff Lounge

Friday: Fancy Finger Foods Luncheon 11:00 – 1:30 in the Library for our Fantastic Teachers and Staff!

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