2014-2015 Yearbook Forms

The Lafayette Elementary School 2014-2015 Yearbook is now on sale until April 22nd, 2015. You should have received an envelope that came home with your student. Extras are available in the school office. Please return it with your payment (check or cash) to the “PTA Command Center” in the school office. A limited number of yearbooks will be ordered. Don’t miss out. Sorry, no online orders this year.

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Goodbye Kathleen!

Dear Lafayette Parents and Students:

“I really enjoyed being the Administrative Secretary at Lafayette these past two years. Lafayette is a wonderful school due to many factors, including the awesome parental involvement. I am leaving you in good hands with Kathy Johnson as the Acting Administrative Secretary. Thank you for all your tokens of appreciation these past two years. It was a privilege to be part of the Lafayette Staff.”

Kathleen Brose
Administrative Assistant
John Hay Elementary

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Forming a PTA Nominating Committee

If you have interest in helping to find the next great PTA Officers please consider volunteering for the PTA Nominating Committee. This committee must be made up of dues paying Lafayette PTA members in good standing. This committee will seek out candidates for PTA Officer positions that are available starting in the 2015-16 school year (Co-Secretary and Vice President/President). This committee will officially form at the General PTA Meeting on April 23rd, 2015 and will nominate the PTA Officer candidates at the General PTA Meeting on May 21st, 2015. If you would like to be on the nominating committee or if you are interested in one of the PTA Officer positions that will be available in the 2015-16 school year please contact Ken Bodensteiner at kenbodensteiner@gmail.com or Ashley Gross at ashleykgross@gmail.com.

TLDR; Nominating committee gets nominated on April 23rd. Nominating committee seeks candidates. New PTA Officers will be nominated and (hopefully) elected on May 21st.

Nomination Form

Fill out my online form.
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Last Chance for a Teacher Experience!

Wednesday, April 8th is the last day to purchase a teacher experience. All teachers will get their list of attendees and will contact the purchasers.

  • Lunch for one student and a friend with the Assistant Principal
  • Sewing Lesson with the Assistant Principal
  • Arts and Crafts and Lunch with Ms. Thompson
  • Flag Football with Coach Fletcher
  • Nature Walk with Mr. Bell
  • Menchies Party with Mr. Z and Ms. Scranton
Posted in Auction, Fundraising, PTA Newsletter

Advanced Learning Focus Group

A Focus Group is forming to provide an opportunity for school leaders and community members to collaborate on implementing new Advanced Learning services at Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School. If you are interested in joining the Focus Group, application forms will be made available by mid-April on the Seattle Public Schools’ Advanced Learning website.

Posted in PTA Newsletter

Tell the House to Expand Capital Budget Funding for K-12

The Washington State House of Representatives has issued their proposed Capital Budget – and it’s far short of what is needed. The proposal offered by the committee is larger than last year, but it still doesn’t come close to addressing the numbers that Seattle Public Schools needs for facilities. The Washington State PTA is asking the House to do better to meet the needs of our kids and prioritize capital funding for K-12 buildings.

Send your legislator a message today to increase funding allocated for K-12 in the Capital Budget to a level that helps districts build permanent buildings instead of portables and meet the space needs to reduce class size.

Posted in Legislative, PTA Newsletter

SPS Interview Training Schedule

If you would like to participate in Lafayette teacher/administrator screening and/or interviews, you must complete the Seattle School District’s Site-Based Interview Training. These trainings take place from 4-5pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 2445 Third Ave S, Seattle, WA 98124. Dates and room numbers are as follows:

Tuesday, April 7 – Room 2700
Thursday, May 14 – Auditorium
Tuesday, June 9 – Room 2700
Tuesday, June 23 – Auditorium

Please register for these trainings via email to SEA@washingtonea.org with your full name, email address, contact phone number, and the date for which you are registering.

Posted in PTA Newsletter, Volunteering

PTA General Meeting Minutes, March 2015

Meeting:  Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Date/Time: March 19, 2014, 6:30 pm
Location: Lafayette Library
Proper notice was given to all members

Call to order:
Katy Walum, PTA President called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. A quorum was present. The attendance sheet is attached.

Diana Feinson, with Hiawatha Summer Camps was a guest speaker. A new Hiawatha Summer Camp program starts this summer – all outside, split into half-days. but you can have a full day of care. 9am-1pm (half day), 1pm-5pm (half day), or 9am-5pm (full day) with extended hours from 8-9am and 5-6pm.  There is still a lot of space available, they can take up to 90-100 kids. There will be big pop up tents for sun and rain with extended hours and lunch inside.

Secretary’s Report: Meg Jones
February Meeting Review: The front door buzzer system funding passed with 16 in favor, 6 opposed, 1 abstention. This year’s auction is SOLD OUT!

  • Where are we with the buzzer install? Katy says it should be installed and functional in April.

Ken Bodensteiner moved to approve the February Meeting Minutes. Motion was seconded. Motion was approved.

Lafayette was approved to provide Free Kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year.

Also during the 2015-16 school year, there will be a blended special education and general education Pre-K program with 16 special education students and 8 general education students which ultimately allows the school to have more funding. There will be a morning class with 12 students and an afternoon class with 12 students.

There are plans for a new garden moving forward. Ellen Zoffel is working with landscape architect. The plan is to have benches; she has gotten grant money and funding through the district.

Treasurers Report: Paul Hagenson for Taeya Lauer
A lot of money just came in from Spring Enrichment enrollment.

The budget had expected $60,000 from the Walk-A-Thon, but since it came in a little under we are counting on the school auction to make up the difference.

The PTA should consider moving the enrichment account out of the general fund into a separate checking account.

Hoping to vote on budget in May.

Fundraising Report: Katy Walum for Sarah Dillard
Katy went out asking for auction donations. Businesses were very generous. There is a lot to bid on in the silent auction.

Auction set up is tomorrow from 11am-3pm if you want a sneak peek. There are some volunteer spots that need to be filled.

Enrichment Report: Rachel Hagenson for Chris Weinmann
Spring enrollment ended yesterday. Spring has been very popular, School of Rock and 3-D Paper Art are new.

There are two interested candidates for the Enrichment Coordinator position next year.

Communications: Ken Bodensteiner
School Directory finally went out thanks to Stephanie Jordan. Ken mentioned he’s found a shadow to eventually replace him as Communications Chair, in the 2016-17 school year.

VP Report: Rachel Hagenson
Rachel has been contacting school supply companies to provide pre packaged bundles of school supplies for the convenience of parents and students next year. One company needed orders by April 15. Rachel would like to promote buying school supplies by June when the order would have to go in. Incoming kindergarten families would be something we would have to figure out.

Quotes $60 per kid, act sooner rather than later.

Katy suggested hands off approach; give link and info to parents.

Parent Ed – Positive parenting practices, discipline, homework, stressful times with kids.

Pizzeria 22 family night coming up.

President’s Report: Katy
Family Social Events:

April 2 – Thursday at Southgate Roller Rink Lafayette Skate Night – Pizza being provided, beer for purchase.

May 28 – Family Dinner at Hiawatha, tacos, permit for food handlers- $10, permit for events $30, which PTA can cover.

Anyone have access to commercial kitchen for food?

VP position is open; we need to formally nominate the person (there is one possible candidate).

There is a confirmed Walk-A-Thon co-chair, Jen Wheatly! There is another potential co-chair as well.

Ken will send out an email blast for the open VP position.

Madison Ma-Kai Marination Family Night is March 24.

Smarter Balance testing is next week.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:55pm

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Auction Corporate Matching

Does your employer offer corporate matching? Did you make a donation or make purchases at this year’s school auction? Don’t forget to submit the deductible amounts from your auction receipt to your company’s corporate matching program. This matched donation goes directly to your students through PTA supported roles like the Health Assistant, Classroom Tutors, School Counselor, Lunchroom Assistant, Playground Supervisor, and so much more. Every dollar counts!

Posted in Auction, Fundraising, PTA Newsletter

Lafayette PTA Seeks Board Candidates

The Lafayette PTA is seeking candidates that would consider serving on the PTA Board. Seats available include Co-Secretary position and the Vice President/President. In accordance with PTA Standing Rules, the Co-Secretary is elected for a two year term (2015/16 and 2016-17) and the Vice President is elected for a one year term (2015/16) and would transition to the role of President for one additional year (2016/17).

If you are interested in this position or if you have any questions, please contact the Lafayette PTA Nominating Committee.

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