Summer Play Date on Thursday

This Thursday (July 24th 10am-12pm) there is a play date at the Lafayette playground.  This will be a great opportunity for new and returning families to see their friends and make some new ones. Other play dates during the summer include Saturday, August 9th from 10am-12pm and Wednesday, August 27th from 4-6pm.

Posted in Community, Event, PTA Newsletter

Kindergarten Team Needs Volunteers for “Jump Start”

The Kindergarten team is looking for volunteers to help out with the “Kindergarten Jump Start” program this fall.

Jump Start volunteers will help with learning stations during the five day program (August 18th – 22nd). The time commitment is 9-11:45am each day. Volunteers will follow prepared plans and support the students as they engage in learning. Some stations will also involve simple note-taking. The stations that need volunteers include:

  • Fine Motor (coloring, cutting, drawing)
  • Math (counting, shape designs, patterns)
  • Literacy (listening to stories and looking at books)

If you enjoy helping children learn and build confidence, please consider volunteering. Contact Mr. Bell to volunteer or if you have questions.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Teacher Request

Ms Kathleen Visits General Lafayette

Kathleen Brose pays her respects to General Lafayette in rainy Paris, France in July 2014.  The flowers are from the 4th of July ceremony.

Kathleen Brose pays her respects to General Lafayette in rainy Paris, France in July 2014. The flowers are from the 4th of July ceremony.

Posted in Community, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Announcing Lafayette’s New Assistant Principal

Dear Lafayette Families,

It is with great delight that I write to you as the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Lafayette Elementary School.  It is my sincere pleasure and honor to be able to assist our principal, Mr. Robert Gallagher, in making this one of the best school years ever. I am looking forward to working with the enthusiastic and devoted Lafayette staff to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students.

I began my educational career fifteen years ago as a high school English teacher and have taught grades K-12 in public schools in both Los Angeles and Seattle. I have worked as a classroom teacher in grades K-12, a university professor in the field of education, and as a coach and mentor for other teachers. I graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Education. I then went on to earn my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton.

Lafayette Elementary enjoys a rich history of student and family engagement that is a direct result of the partnership between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for the students. During my first two years at Lafayette as a kindergarten, first grade, and Mentor Teacher, I have found this close working relationship to be the foundation of this community. It was a pleasure working with and getting to know the students, staff and parents at Lafayette over the last two years and I look forward to continuing our work and to meeting all of the new families who will be joining our community.

Parents, teachers, support staff, community and administration all have important roles in encouraging our children to become active, life-long learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in our vastly changing society. Through a close and collegial partnership with the Lafayette Elementary community, I am confident we can ensure our school is a place where students learn and grow.

Please feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with, please feel free to let me know.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer break, and I wish you a terrific upcoming school year.


Dr. Christine Ybarra
Assistant Principal
Lafayette Elementary School


Posted in PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

School Supplies for 2014-2015

Kindergarten Supply List 2014-15

1st Grade Class Supply List

2nd Grade Class Supply List

3rd Grade Class Supply List

4th Grade Class Supply List

5th Grade School Supply List

5th Grade (Spectrum) School Supply List

Posted in PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Teacher Request

Thank You Mind Unwind!


Thank you, Krystal Kelley & J. Conrad Nivens from Mind Unwind, for helping Lafayette’s Graduating Class of 2014 present this piece of art! The students and parents helped create this masterpiece during the Hollywood Art Show & Spring Fling. If you would like to see this wonderful work of art in person, it is hanging in the Gymnasium hallway.

Posted in Community, PTA Newsletter

2014 Walk-A-Thon Planning Begins!

Lafayette Families,

The Walk-A-Thon is Lafayette’s largest PTA fundraiser. Last year the students raised $65,000 and businesses donated $20,000! The WALK-A-THON is a really fun and easy event to be involved with, the team of volunteers are amazing and so important.

We are looking ahead to next year’s 2014 WALK-A-THON and need volunteers to help in the following roles:

  • Co-chair – someone to co-chair the WALK-A-THON alongside Sarah and Pauline and take over in 2015 training the next successor.
  • T-Shirt orders – ordering WALK-A-THON t shirts for students staff and sponsors.
  • Assembly chair – planning the WALK-A-THON kick-off assembly in Sept, and fun awards assembly after the WALK-A-THON in Nov.
  • Event set-up coordinator – day of WALK-A-THON manage volunteers for set up and take down.
  • Procurers – follow up with previous donors or go out and recruit new donors for the WALK-A-THON and auction.

All of these jobs come with ongoing training and support. Please consider helping with one of these roles in the 2014 WALK-A-THON.

Email or call ASAP (so I can relax)
Pauline Floyd at

Thank You
Pauline Floyd

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

4th Grade Field Trip Oct 8-10 to Cedar Springs Camp

Dear Families of Future Lafayette Fourth Graders,

The fourth grade teachers, Dianne Wieland, Lynn Schwab, and Sheila McBeth are very excited about camp next fall. We want to extend an invitation to you to chaperone as a cabin leader for this two-night, three-day experience, so save the dates: October 8th to October 10th 2014.

We are going to a new facility called Cedar Springs Camp in Snohomish County. The cost is only $104 per child and $25 per chaperone. This is a much better fee for both our students and parents!

Camp is used to supplement our ecosystems science through outdoor education classes conducted by the camp staff. Camp is also a great opportunity for all of our fourth graders to bond at the beginning of the year. Mostly, it is just a lot of fun!

If your child has any food allergy or dietary challenges, the camp is happy to accommodate with an appropriate menu. If you have medical background and can chaperone, please consider volunteering as we need at least one doctor or nurse to coordinate medications. As an incentive, the “nurse” pays no chaperone fee.

The district’s policy now is that ALL chaperones are required to complete a background check that includes fingerprinting of anyone who is with students during a school function off campus. The fingerprint process takes about three weeks, so it is important if you are considering being a chaperone to have this done now or over the summer. The forms you will need are in the main office. Chaperone spots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so please sign up as soon as possible. If you are interested in participating in this fabulous event, or have any questions, please email one of us:

Lynn Schwab, Sheila McBeth, and Dianne Wieland

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, Teacher Request

Math Adoption Final Answer

Dear Lafayette Families,

We are writing to inform you of an update with the Elementary Math Adoption. The school district has decided to move forward as a unified system with every school implementing Math in Focus. Waivers for other resources will no longer be accepted. As a community we will be fully trained and ready to implement at the start of next school year. Thank you for your input as we moved through this process.

The following is an excerpt that Superintendent Banda sent to Building Leaders yesterday:
We believe any of the top three materials considered by the Materials Adoption Committee would have provided staff with a strong resource to support instruction. The selection of Math in Focus provides an opportunity to ensure an aligned approach to mathematics across the district through our established feeder patterns in regions. The implementation of a single program also ensures equitable access to students throughout the city of Seattle.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.


Robert Gallagher's Signature
Robert Gallagher
Karmen Nordhougen's Signature
Karmen Nordhougen
Assistant Principal


Posted in Community, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Nordhougen News

Dear Lafayette Families,

It is with heartfelt words that I write this letter to inform you that as of the end of June, I will be leaving the position of Assistant Principal of Lafayette Elementary School and beginning in a new position as an Assistant Principal at Broadview Thomson K-8. Although I will miss my work with our school family, I look forward to the challenges this new position has to offer.

It has been a pleasure to serve as the Assistant Principal at this school for the past three years.  It has been my good fortune to experience a wonderful partnership with the students, staff and families in our community.  While we have had quite a few bumps along the way, I am confident that Lafayette is at a great place and will only grow stronger in the coming months and years. This is an amazing group of educators and be confident that your students are in the best of hands!

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your children and this outstanding school community and hope you know I am especially proud of our students. I look forward to hearing great things about their accomplishments as they continue their education at Lafayette and beyond.

Robert will be communicating with you soon on the process of hiring the next Assistant Principal.

Karmen Nordhougen

Posted in Community, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Uncategorized

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