Tea & Tissues

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.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter

Last Day of Summer?

What! Only one day of summer left!? Are you kidding? Don’t forget about the “Lafayette Family Back to School BBQ” on the Lafayette playground from 5-7pm on Tuesday. About five or six volunteers are still needed to pull this off smoothly so please volunteer if you can. Also on tuesday, at 10am the “envelope stuffing party” for the “first day of school packet” starts in the Lafayette Cafeteria. Come by and stuff a few envelopes!

Posted in Community, Event, PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!

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!


Robert Gallagher's Signature
Robert Gallagher
Dr. Christine Ybarra's Signature
Dr. Christine Ybarra
Assistant Principal


Posted in School Bulletin

Hourly Jobs Available!

Lunchroom Helper

Assist Mimi in the lunchroom supervising the students at lunch time – Approximately 10 hours a week – 11:15AM to 1:15PM

Playground Supervisor

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.

Posted in Community, School Bulletin

Enrichment Programs Coming Soon

Enrichment programs will begin early October and will be offered before and after school. More information will be available on the PTA’s website, on facebook, and via email very shortly!

Some classes we look forward to offering this fall are: Flag Football, Jump Roping, Chess, Chinese, Spanish, Yoga, Guitar, iPad Lego Animation, Comic Creation Station and Let’s Craft! just to name a few!

If you are interested in offering an Enrichment Program at Lafayette, interested in assisting with Enrichments, or have any questions please contact Rachel Hagenson. Your involvement is welcomed!

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter

Curriculum Night

Come and meet the PTA at the annual Lafayette Curriculum Night. Curriculum night is on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30pm and it will start in the lunchroom. First, you will learn about the PTA’s critical role in the school. Then, you will meet and talk with Principal Gallagher and Assistant Principal Ybarra. Finally, you will be released to your student’s classroom where you will meet your teacher and be presented with the curriculum for your grade level.

After curriculum night join the PTA in toasting another great school year at Pizzeria 22. You already have a babysitter so why not join them?

Please be aware that the PTA is unable to provide childcare for this meeting.

Posted in Community, Event, PTA Newsletter

Envelope Stuffing Party!

Are you willing to come put some packets together on the day before school starts? Come down to the school’s lunchroom on Tuesday, September 2nd and help stuff some envelopes! The more, the merrier! Contact Ken Bodensteiner if you are interested, or just show up!

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

The Walk-A-Thon Needs Your Help!

The Walk-A-Thon is the first and biggest fundraising event of the school year. In order to make this event a success, volunteers are NEEDED to get started right away. Available positions include:

  • Walk-A-Thon Co-chair (shadow this year’s chair to chair next year)
  • Assembly Chair (to run kick-off and awards assembly)
  • Event Day Chair (set up track and running stations)
  • Procurers (get business sponsorships)

If none of the positions above suit you, there are literally HUNDREDS of fun jobs to fill on the day of the Walk-A-Thon. Please visit our website at http://lafayettepta.com/walkathon to sign up or to get more information.

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

PTA General Meeting Minutes, May 2014

Meeting: Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Date/Time: May 15, 2014, 7pm
Location: Lafayette Elementary Cafeteria
Proper notice was given to all members

Call to Order:
Sean Reynolds, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.
A quorum was present. The attendance sheet is attached.

Secretary’s Report:
Motion: Annie Higgins made a motion to accept the April meeting minutes. The motion was seconded. The motion was approved.

Treasurer Report:
Angela Corvino distributed the Treasurer’s Report. We are collecting yearbook money. There are some matching gifts coming in. The end of year is June 30, 2014 and Angela is also ending her 2-year term. She has enjoyed the Treasurer job. She is also moving to a new school, Fairmont Park Elementary. A review of the books was done last week and she thanked Olga Fisher and Paul Hagenson who helped do the review most recently. We will need to do another review in July and would like a couple of volunteers to help with that.

Vice President Report:
Katy Wallum reported that parent enrichment is very important to her. She hopes for better attendance next year. We had great topics this past year: December=Kids, Gadgets & the Brain; February=Amy Lang with Birds and the Bees; and March=Kim Estes with Savvy Parents, Safe Kids. Katy feels strongly about parent education and finds all these topics relevant to parents and families at our school. She also threw out ideas from teachers who suggested these topics: helping with organizational skills for kids, social interactions (how to help kids out), literacy night, highlight the new math curriculum, and/or talk about core curriculum.
Katy asked: Do parents tonight have any ideas? Ideas raised were: Allowances for kids, bring back Amy Lang, college savings programs, good to bring back good speakers next year.

Katy said we could have a 4th speaker next year. Someone suggested maybe combining with Schmitz Park. Maybe have FOOD at the programs?

Having more community events was also discussed this year. We do the back to school BBQ and maybe we could do one other food, community activity.

Katy talked about the Fairmont Park Elementary PTA seed money request. The PTA board discussed it and agreed/voted to give Fairmont $500.

Motion: Taeya Lauer made the motion to give $500 to Fairmont Park Elementary school’s PTA for the 2014-15 school year. The motion was seconded. The motion was approved.

Katy then asked for volunteers to work on the following committees next year: 
Legislative Chair, Safety Chair, and Playground Chair

Fundraising Report:
Sarah Dillard talked about the upcoming Spring Fling/Art Fair: on May 16th. There will be a real photo booth, spray tattoos, food (3 tix gets pizza, fruit, juice box). It’s $10 for 12 tix. Kids have to come with an adult/no drop-offs. There will be a cake walk so need cakes (delivered between 3-5pm on Friday). Joel is the DJ and Popcorns will perform at 6:30pm. There will also be a guitar session by our guitar teacher and some of his kids. There will be clay animation in one of the classrooms.

Sarah reported that the Walk-a-Thon chair for next year is moving (Olga Fisher) to California. So, we need a new chair. Sarah is willing to train and work with the new chair but would really like someone to step forward.

Nominating Committee Report:
The nominating committee has nominated the following candidates for the four (4) open PTA Board positions:

President: Katy Walum; Vice President: Rachel Hagenson; Treasurer: Paul Hagenson; Co-Secretary: Meg Jones.

Motion: Sarah Dillard made the motion to nominate the above list of nominees for the above-listed board positions. Any conflicts of interest would be addressed and safeguards put in place. The motion was seconded. The motion was approved.

Budget Report:
Taeya Lauer handed out copies of the 2014-2015 PTA budget. She thanked the members of the budget committee for their help. She estimated the income for next year at $107,150.00. Her figures show that attendees at the auction this year spent an average $90 per person. Our goal is to spend money we expect to spend next year so we want to try and spend $175,978.57 this year. She discussed many of the line items in the budget.

Motion: Olga Fisher made a motion to approve the 2014-2015 budget. The motion was seconded. The motion was approved.

President’s Report:
Sean Reynolds said the budget looks amazing and has blossomed. He encouraged parents to be active in Olympia. He touched on why the PTA does pay for some salaries, including the lunchroom supervisor and recess supervisors. This is something PTA feels shouldn’t be the responsibility of the teachers and taking away from their time in the classroom. Sean reported that Envisions is the math that was chosen. Board was asked to approve it and the school staff to vote on it on June 4th. This is a late decision/process so it means the school staff will not get resources before summer to start preparing for next year.
There are staff changes at Lafayette coming up. The enrollment changes are not firmed up until the end of the summer. It is, however, on projection to be around 550 at Lafayette. Someone asked why aren’t we fixing the capacity issue?

It was also raised that Schmitz Park and Lafayette are the only schools in the West Seattle area having “Pay for K”. Sarah Dillard would like to address this with the district/Olympia. In 3 years, the district has said Pay for K will be fully funded. Sarah will work on whether campaign should be individualized (send lots of letters). The message should be clear and positive.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm. Our next General PTA meeting will be in Fall, 2014.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Playground Cleanup

Come and help get the playground cleaned up before school starts! Have you seen the kiwi? Come to the school on Friday, August 22nd from 9am-12pm. Meet near the kindergarten planters, bring some work gloves and be ready to work!

Download a flyer for this event.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

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