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.

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.

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


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

The ‘Smart Snacks’ Rule: What it Means for Lafayette

Effective July 1, 2014, the “Smart Snacks” rule, which comes out of the federal Child Nutrition Act, provides nutrition standards for food sold outside the school meal program, on the school campus, during the school day.

The “Smart Snacks” rule requires that food sold on the school campus during the school day (1) Be a grain product containing 50% or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient; OR (2) Have as the 1st ingredient one of the non-grain main food groups (fruit, vegetables, dairy or protein foods); OR (3) Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of a fruit or vegetable.

In addition, beverages sold on the school campus during the school day must be plain water or plain carbonated water, low-fat or nonfat unflavored milk or approved milk alternative (8 oz. limit), or 100% fruit or vegetable juice or fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water and containing no added sweeteners (8 oz. limit).

The memorandum goes on to recommend that celebrations involving food during the school day be limited to one party per class per month, and should involve no more than one food or beverage item that does not meet the above standards. This “recommendation” is being viewed by the District as a requirement, to ensure that all Seattle schools are in full compliance with these new federal standards.

This means that the PTA will no longer be able to include a Bake Sale as part of Walk-A-Thon fundraising activities, or organize any other fundraising activities involving the sale of non-approved food or beverage items during school hours. Families should also understand that classroom celebrations involving non-approved food or beverage items, such as children’s birthday celebrations where cupcakes are served, must be limited to one party per class per month, maximum.

The Lafayette PTA is confident that even with the “Smart Snacks” rule’s enhanced restrictions on food sales during school hours, the Walk-A-Thon will continue to be a successful fundraising event. In fact, with the support of our families, through your generous Walk-A-Thon pledges and business sponsorships, volunteer hours, and cheers for your little walkers, we think we can make this our most successful Walk-A-Thon year ever!

Thank you for all you do to make Lafayette great!

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Fall PTA Enrichment Enrollment Now Open

Lafayette PTA Fall Enrichment Enrollment is open! This session begins on October 6th and will continue until December 19th unless otherwise noted. Enroll your child now for before & after school enrichment programs at Lafayette!

Posted in Enrichment, PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

Advanced Learning Forms Due 10/2

It is again the time of year to have your student(s) tested for advanced learning opportunities including “Advanced Learning Opportunities” (ALOs), “Spectrum”, and “Highly Capable Cohort” (formerly APP now HCC). The deadline for your application is on October 2nd. This is a hard deadline – the district will NOT make exceptions if you miss it. You can download the forms off of the Seattle Public Schools website or pick up a hard copy from the Lafayette office.

More information about the Seattle School District’s Advanced Learning programs are available on the Seattle Public Schools website.

Editor’s Note: Please consider testing your student even if you have no intention of joining a “Spectrum” or “Highly Capable” service. It is of this humble editor’s opinion that ALL students should be tested.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin

The Walk-A-Thon Still Needs Your Help!

Are you interested in a fun way to get to know other parents and help our children’s school? Consider volunteering for Lafayette’s LARGEST fundraiser,

The Walk-A-Thon on
Friday, OCTOBER 31st

It takes OVER 100 Volunteers & 500 students to run the Walk-A-Thon, none of it is possible without YOUR help!

Available volunteer positions include:

Sponsorship Co-Chair – Shadow the current chair, learn the position, and head up 2015 procurement. Skills: organized, detail oriented, and tech savvy.

Sponsorship Team – Procurement team members are needed to reach out to community businesses and help raise funds. Last year, local businesses donated 20k.

Assembly Chair – Plan Kick off Assembly Sept. 20th and Awards Assembly Nov. 22nd.

Thank You Follow Up Chair

Pledge Counters – Help count the student pledges on Oct 4 (THURSDAY), and Friday Oct 10, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, and Nov 8 from 9:30 to 11:30.

Envelope Stuffers – On October 6th at 9:35am volunteers are needed to stuff and distribute WAT envelopes.

Walk-A-Thon Event – There are many volunteer jobs the day of the Walk-A-Thon on October 25, 2013. Volunteer while watching the kids and have a blast!

Last year over $80,000 was raised. The goal for this year is $85,000, which will go to fund many Lafayette programs including:

  • Computer Lab Equipment
  • Library Books and Materials
  • Teacher Supplies
  • Field Trips
  • Enrichment
  • Classroom Tutors
  • Art & Science Learning Materials
  • Health Room Assistant
  • Green Team
  • Lafayette Playground
  • and MUCH MORE!!

Visit lafayettepta.com/walkathon for more information or contact Pauline Floyd and/or Sarah Dillard.

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

You Won’t be Bored with the Birthday Board


A parent volunteer is needed to manage the “Birthday Board” in front of the Gymnasium. It is a monthly task that should be completed at the beginning of each month until the end of the school year.  If you are interested, please contact Angie Jaffe and/or Jennifer Larson.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, School Bulletin, Volunteering

Playground Supervisor Needed

You could supervise the students on the playground and manage the playground equipment (Balls!) and get PAID! 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.

Posted in Community, School Bulletin

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