Nurse’s Office in Need!

The Nurse’s Office needs gently used clothing items.

Items needed are:

Pants and Sweatpants for both boys and girls. Sizes 6, 7, 8, 10, and larger.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Teacher Request

Fall Enrichment Last Chance!

Enrichment Programs are scheduled to start next week (10/6), but due to low enrollment numbers, some classes may need to be cancelled.

Classes at risk of being cancelled are:

  • Stacking Cups (Monday mornings)
  • Art Cycle (Monday afternoons)
  • Morning Sports (Weds mornings)
  • Art @ the World (Weds afternoons)
  • Mad Science (Thurs afternoons)

Enrollment is now reopened in the hopes that more students may enroll in classes, and thus, prevent their cancellation.

Please share this message with other parents, too!

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter

PTA General Meeting Minutes, September 2014

Meeting: Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Date/Time: September 16, 2014, 7pm
Location: Lafayette Elementary Cafeteria
Proper notice was given to all members

Call to Order:
Robert welcomes everyone back for a wonderful year at Lafayette.

Dr. Ybarra welcomes families as the Assistant Principal. She introduces the teachers and Instructors.

Budget Report:
Katy welcomes everyone to Curriculum Night. Thanks for coming to BBQ, Tea and Tissues and we look forward to having more fun events.
We have $180,000 in our budget. We fund positions like tutors, playground supervisors, school counselor and more. Walk A Thon (WAT) on Oct. 31 and School Auction in March are our two biggest fundraisers.

Fundraising Report:
Sarah talked about different ways to get involved in the WAT. Through website and forms offered here today to be a business sponsor for the WAT.

President’s Report:
Katy talked about community building through our mission statement. Parent education nights will be in conjunction with PTA monthly meetings. Topic such as Saving for College, Birds and Bees, etc. Consider being a Room Parent for your child’s room. We want to have community events like last years Marination Dinner. “The meeting after the meeting.” Join us tonight at Pizzeria 22 to get to know one another.

Motion:
Paul Defonzo made a motion to nominate Ellen Zoffel to the Co-Secretary position. The motion was seconded. The motion was approved.

Katy talked about engaging with the PTA via the website through smartphones. Officers and Board Members of the PTA spoke about why they joined:

Connection and support
Next generation
Friends
Involved
Informed
Enrich
Create
Impact
Prepared
School pride
Communication
Community

Principals Report:
Robert talked about Oct. 16 meeting on current info as a school community.
Christine talked about School Communications: Once a month bulletin will be sent out, urgent news will be send via email blast or text.
Robert: “Smart Snack Policy” put in place by government, not a school or district initiative. Contact your state legislative if you have an issue. Robert responds to rumors that he, in fact, is not leaving. Neither is Dr. Ybarra. He says he made a commitment to change the school and change cannot happen in less than 5 years.
In regards to programing: we value our EEL, Spectrum, Special Ed…Our role is to support ALL families. We are your partners in this journey and that starts with open communication. We will advocate for our programs and students.
Thank you for coming and being a part of this community.

Everyone is dismissed and sent to their respective classrooms for Curriculum Night with their students’ teachers.

Adjournment:
The meeting ended at 6:58pm.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Halloween Decoration Workshop is 10/29

Wednesday, September 24th
1:40 – 3:40 pm in the Cafeteria
Cost $30

Don’t be scared of the next early release day! Instead, why not paint a pumpkin and make some hanging bats?

Families that sign up will get a reminder email the night before the workshop.

Fill out my online form.

Questions? Contact Krystal at create@mindunwind.org. Please refrain from contacting Kathleen in the office with questions!

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Legislative Survey

Please be sure to complete your Washington State PTA survey which should be received via email by all registered PTA members. The survey assists the State PTA in determining what issues to bring to the legislature for prospective legislative action in the coming session. If you have not received the survey or are a new PTA registrant you can access it at http://surveymonkey.com/s/LEG2014. It takes about 5 minutes. The deadline is September 30.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Friday Flag Football added to the Fall Enrichment Session!

Due to the popularity and high enrollments, Coach Fletcher has decided to add a second offering of Flag Football on Friday afternoons. Sign ups are available online now! If you’ve already registered for Thursday, but would prefer to have your child participate on Fridays instead, please email lafayette.enrichment@gmail.com to request the change.

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Walk-A-Thon Business Sponsorship Forms Now Available

Dear Lafayette Family,

Lafayette Elementary School is celebrating the annual PTA Walk-A-Thon fundraising event on Halloween this year! In addition to pledging your student(s), business owners are encouraged to sponsor the Walk-A-Thon. A business sponsorship directly funds K-5 education at Lafayette Elementary School.

Supporting the Walk-A-Thon with a business sponsorship not only supports the students at Lafayette but also benefits your business as well! Some of the benefits of being a business sponsor include: your business NAME posted in the school lobby for the entire school year, your business logo and website link on the Lafayette PTA Website, your business logo on Walk-A-Thon t-shirts, your business logo and listing in Lafayette School Directory, a certificate and decal to hang in your business. More information is available about business sponsorships on the Walk-A-Thon’s website.

Like most public schools in Seattle, Lafayette Elementary faces a tremendous challenge. Over the past two years, district enrollment has shot up as education funding has decreased. With more children and fewer state funds, our PTA dollars have been stretched thin to provide the basics for our classrooms.

Your sponsorship of the Walk-A-Thon will go directly to the PTA budget for the 2014-15 school year.

The PTA budget supports:

  • Classroom tutors
  • Playground supervisor
  • Crossing guards
  • Technology
  • Instrumental music
  • Field trips
  • Enrichment classes
  • School nurse
  • School counselor
  • Student government
  • Much, much more!

Fill out your sponsorship form, make your payment, and provide your logo before Monday, October 13th, 2014 to ensure that you will be included on this year’s t-shirt. It is source of pride that our Walk-A-Thon t-shirt has more business sponsor logos than any other school in our area.

We thank you for supporting the greater Lafayette Elementary community.

Sincerely,
Lafayette PTA Walk-A-Thon Team

Posted in Event, Fundraising, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Walk-A-Thon

Walk-A-Thon Volunteers Needed ASAP to Follow Up with Business Sponsors

Lafayette is in need of volunteers to follow up with business sponsors. This work can be done over the phone and by working parents. The Walk-A-Thon takes place on October 31st, 2014 and represents the largest fundraising event for Lafayette. Donations represent a large portion of yearly operational budget for the Lafayette PTA and are used to enrich the education of every student by funding:

  • Classroom tutors
  • Playground supervisor
  • Crossing guards
  • Technology
  • Instrumental music
  • Field trips
  • Enrichment classes
  • School nurse
  • School counselor
  • Student government
  • Much, much more!

Pledge a Student
Student pledge envelopes will go home with students on October 6th. You can also make a pledge online. Remember, every donation helps.

Business Sponsorship
If you have a family business or work for one, consider becoming a business sponsor. It is a feel-good, tax-deductible donation. Every sponsorship helps. You can also become a Walk-A-Thon business sponsor online.

Volunteer
Walk-A-Thon is a massive undertaking and many volunteers are needed. Please take the time to visit the Walk-A-Thon website to review volunteer opportunities.

For more information, visit the PTA’s Walk-A-Thon website.

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

Save the Date for the Next PTA General Meeting on 10/16 at 6:30pm

Thursday, October 16th, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Thank you to everyone who attended curriculum night this past week as it was great to see so many families being able to meet our teachers and learn about what’s happening in Lafayette’s classrooms.

The next PTA general meeting on Thursday, October 16th is a great opportunity to learn about new Common Core standards, new tests, and Spectrum program longevity with Principal Gallagher and Vice Principal Ybarra presenting. Also remember that child care is provided at PTA meetings.

Posted in Event, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

“Rad Hat” Early Release Workshop

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Wednesday, September 24th
1:40 – 3:40 pm in the Cafeteria
Cost $30

Students will step through the process of designing and painting their very own trucker hat. They will learn how to create and use a template, sketch out their design, and use acrylic paint to add color. They will leave with a wearable work of art they’re sure to be proud of!

Families that sign up will get a reminder email the night before the workshop.

Fill out my online form.

Questions? Contact Krystal at create@mindunwind.org. Please refrain from contacting Kathleen in the office with questions!

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

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