Auction Update 3/3

Don’t miss a great event! We are almost 90% sold out and there are only 11 days left to get your tickets. There are some fantastic items to bid on both on the live event and the silent. And don’t forget the beautiful student art projects that have been made by our children – they are amazing!

Volunteers: We need your help! This auction cannot be put on without volunteers working the night of the event! Even if you are attending the event you can help by working for 30-60 minutes. If not attending and can work the full event you will also get to partake in the wonderful dinner. If you volunteered last year we could really use your expertise. We are especially looking for people to man computers for registration and processing. Can you help? We will train you – it’s easy!

Available positions include Registration, Raffle Ticket Sellers, General Helper (Floater), Purchase Processor/Check Out Helper, Live Auction Spotter, Live Auction Recorder, and Live Auction Runner.

5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction

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5th Grade End-of-Elementary-School Celebration: Calling Parents of 4th Graders for Help!

We’re starting a new tradition to recognize our 5th Graders as they finish up their time at Lafayette and move on to Middle School. On Wednesday, June 10 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, we will have a ceremony and reception for 5th Graders and their families in the cafeteria at school. So that these families may enjoy this special night with their students, the parents of current 4th graders will “pay it forward” and organize the event.

If you have a child in the 4th grade and would be interested in helping plan and execute this event, please contact Annie Higgins at We’d love to have your help!

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President’s Spot, March 2015

Well, the calendar may say otherwise, but spring has definitely sprung here in beautiful West Seattle! I am an avid gardener and can barely wait to get out there and start shaping up my yard to enjoy during our warmer months, and our kids are so thrilled to get out on their bikes and spin around the neighborhood. I hope that your families are enjoying these breaks of sunshine, too, and the promise of longer, brighter days.

Springtime at Lafayette means that our 5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction is just around the corner, on March 21st at the Foundry by Herban Feast, and our volunteers are busy putting together a fabulous event for you. I have personally done some procurement of items from our local businesses (as well as from my own household), and have seen some of the classroom art projects in progress, and while I won’t give away any of the surprises, I will say that our donors have really outdone themselves this year, and auction attendees are in for some treats! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, by all means hurry over to to pick some up; our fundraising chair Sarah Dillard recently announced that 85% of the tickets have already sold, so make sure you get yours soon! And remember, the theme is “Las Vegas Night,” so don’t forget your glitz.

I’m also excited to report that the Lafayette PTA is hosting two family social events this spring, in a continuing effort to strengthen our school’s community, and just enjoy each other. First, please join us on Thursday, April 2nd, from 6pm to 8pm, for Lafayette School Skate Night at the awesome Southgate Roller Rink! We’re renting out the rink just for Lafayette students; just tell ‘em you’re a Leopard at the door, and the skating (including skate rental) is on us. Second, on Thursday, May 28th, from 5pm to 7pm, the PTA will host a Family Dinner at Hiawatha Community Center. Bring your family out to Hiawatha, enjoy a dinner you don’t have to prepare ☺, and get to know one another better while your kids play. More details on these events will be posted on our website in the coming weeks. Please mark your calendars for the fun!

In the time since our last newsletter, your PTA has gotten much accomplished. On behalf of Lafayette and the PTA, our own Ellen Zoffel applied for and was awarded a $2,000 Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant to help fund an overhaul of our school garden area. Way to go, Ellen! Ellen has been working with the school, the district, and the PTA to realize her vision of an inviting, educational garden space for our students, but she also needs lots of parent help to make this a reality. Anyone have access to lumber, soil, plants or gardening supplies, or do you just love to get your hands dirty to help create beautiful spaces like I do? Contact Ellen at!

During the month of February, we voted as a Board and then as a General Assembly (at our General PTA meeting on February 19th), to move $2,000 from our Unallocated Fund to replenish our Family Support and Student Scholarship Fund to assist families in need with paying for items such as field trips and school-related supplies. We also voted, after an engaging discussion with passionate and informed arguments on either side, to take $4,100 from our Reserve Fund to help the school immediately pay for the purchase and installation of a front door buzzer system. The buzzer system parts have now been ordered, and the installation should occur by April.

Significantly, our Board and General Assembly voted to approve the door buzzer expenditure without knowing at the time if we would have a Walk-A-Thon next fall, as no one had yet stepped up to chair this vital fundraising event (see my February President’s Report). But we had faith in the energy and generosity of our school community, and we had feet on the ground, approaching parents to have conversations about this important opportunity and reassure them of the incredible support present at Lafayette. And I am happy to say that in the past week, at least one individual has bravely stepped forward to take on this role – there will be a Walk-A-Thon next year!!!

So let us never stop having faith in our community, and in our own abilities to make powerful things happen for Lafayette. Our school becomes greater with every family’s contribution; what will be yours?

Off to the sunshine!
Katy Walum
President, Lafayette PTA

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Early Release Jump Rope Party on 3/25

Jump Rope Party

A Ropeworks’ “jump Rope for Fun and Fitness” Special Event! This workshop costs $30 and will take place on March 25th, from 1:45-3:45pm. Kids grades 1-5 may participate, whether you are in jump rope class or not. The special workshop day will include:

  • Single Rope Skills
  • Lots of jump rope games
  • Watch jump rope videos by the BEST jump rope athletes
  • Relay Races
  • Work in skill books & choreograph routines (older jumpers)
  • Double Dutch – prizes and more

Register for this workshop online at

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Lockdown Drill on 2/24

Please be advised that on the morning of Tuesday, 2/24/2015 there is a lockdown drill scheduled for 10am. During the drill, the perimeter gates and all doors to the building will be locked and people will not be allowed in the building. This drill should take about 20 minutes.

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Lafayette Auction Update

5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction

Auction tickets are selling fast! Over 65% of the seats are filled, so hurry and get your tickets NOW before they sell out. The Early Bird ticket price ($65 per seat) has been extended until February 27th. After that ticket prices go up to $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $650.

Volunteers are still needed for the night of the event. You can still help while being a guest or you might consider working most of the event for a free dinner. Available positions include Registration, Raffle Ticket Sellers, General Helper (Floater), Auction Item Processors, Purchase Processor/Check Out Helper, Live Auction Spotter, Live Auction Recorder, Live Auction Runner.

This auction couldn’t happen without donations from our parent community. Thank you to those of you who have already entered donations! There are some very exciting things so far!

The auction committee is still seeking entertainment options. If anyone in the Lafayette community knows anyone at SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts), Teatro Zinzanni, magicians or other similar entertainment please contact Leslie Francis ( or Karin Guidry (

Note: if you are helping with your classroom student art project, the deadline is March 1st!

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Important PTA Meeting this Thursday at 6:30pm

Calling All Lafayette Parents!!
Next Lafayette PTA General Meeting
Thursday, February 19th – 6:30pm-8:30pm

Featuring Our Own Taeya Lauer, Lafayette Mom and Senior VP/Financial Consultant With E.K. Riley Investments, LLC, Presenting “Building Your Child’s Education Fund”

Board-Approved Topics for General PTA Discussion and Vote Will Include:

  • Approve a $4,100 expenditure to assist the school with the immediate purchase and installation of a front door buzzer system?
    • This proposed system is widely supported by Lafayette staff, and our families have long petitioned for enhanced security and visitor monitoring measures ASAP for our school building.
    • The PTA is committed to partnering with the school to support our school community. The school has obtained a quote and can pay for up to ½ of the cost of the buzzer system, and asks for the PTA’s assistance in funding the full cost.
    • However, in order for the PTA to pay for the other ½ of the cost at this time, we would have to take this on as a non-budgeted expense and spend from our reserve funds in an uncertain fundraising climate.
  • Increase Student Scholarship/Family Support Fund by $2,000?
    • The purpose of the Student Scholarship/Family Support budget line item is to assist Lafayette families in need with paying for items such as class field trips and needed.
    • This line item was set at $2,000 for the 2014-2015 school year and has already been depleted.
    • To increase this fund for the remainder of the school year, the PTA would move $2,000 from our unallocated fund.

As always, childcare will be provided during the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Building Your Child’s Education Fund

  • Do you want more information about 529 plans and how they work?
  • Are you curious about the Washington State GET program?
  • Do you need to know what college costs and how much you might need to save?
  • What are the factors considered in qualifying your family for financial aid?
  • What can you do to teach your kids about money?

Come and explore these questions and many others on February 19th from 7:00-8:00pm.
This is a free educational discussion sponsored by the Lafayette PTA. Discussion will take place in the lunchroom at Lafayette Elementary School immediately following the PTA general meeting. Speaker has been a financial consultant for twenty two years with a focus on helping families achieve their goals.

Taeya Lauer

Taeya C. Lauer – Senior Vice President & Financial Consultant – E.K. Riley Investments, LLC
Direct: (206) 832-1659; Toll Free (800-809-9317); Fax (206) 832-1527
Email:; Website:
Mailing Address: 1420 5th Avenue, Suite 3300, Seattle, Wa. 98104

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Auction Update

Tickets are going quickly, more than 50% of the seats have already been purchased so buy your tickets today before they are sold out!

Volunteers are still needed to help with the “Dessert Dash”; help procure desserts, pick up and deliver desserts, and to help set up the dessert table. There are still opportunities to help with donation procurement; call and/or visit local businesses. There are still plenty of roles to fill on the night of the auction!

Finally, this auction couldn’t happen without donations from our parent community. Thank you to those of you who have already entered donations!

The auction committee is still seeking entertainment options. If anyone in the Lafayette community knows anyone at SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts), Teatro Zinzanni, magicians or other similar entertainment please contact Leslie Francis.

5th Annual Lafayette PTA Dinner & Auction
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Doors open at 5:00pm for Festivities & Silent Auction
Dinner and Live Auction start at 7pm

The Foundry by Herban Feast
4130 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

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Design Lafayette’s Yearbook Cover!

“Leopards are on the loose in Seattle”

Here is what you need to know!

Your cover art needs to incorporate a Seattle landmark with our Lafayette Leopard. For example, our Lafayette Leopard climbing the Columbia Tower (like King Kong). Lafayette Leopard riding ‘The Duck’ or ‘The Great Wheel’, shopping at Pike Place Market, posing with the Fremont Troll, rocking at the EMP, etc. Some other landmarks that you could incorporate include, Alki beach, Space Needle, Seattle Center fountain, the Monorail, Westlake Center, Quest or Safeco Fields, or the Smith Tower.

Your artwork should be colorful and be able to hang up and down (vertical). Finished size 8 1/2″ X 11″.

You may use any medium: markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils, and colored paper.

Your artwork does NOT need a title.

Most importantly all artwork must be done by a Lafayette Student.

Write your first & last name, teacher’s name and grade in pencil on the back of your artwork.

All artwork must be placed in the Yearbook ‘Cover Contest Box’ on the table near the front office by the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

The winner will have their artwork appear on the cover of the yearbook and you will receive a FREE COPY of the yearbook!

Other entries may be featured in the yearbook.

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