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The State of the School, April 2014

Dear Lafayette Families,

Happy Spring!  Hopefully all of you were able to enjoy the wonderful weather we had during the break and were able to relax and rejuvenate.  It is hard to believe there is only two months left of school this year!

As you know as soon as we return from break we will be in full test mode.  From April 21 – June 6 we will be conducting MSP and MAP assessments.  We are going fully online testing for MSP this year so scheduling for the lab was tricky.  A schedule was sent out to all families and it is also available on both the school and PTA website.  PLEASE NOTE:  It is very important for your child to be present on the day of their scheduled assessment as we have very limited time to do make-up tests.  Students should come to school rested and have had a good breakfast so they are in the best mindset for the test.  Third, Fourth and Fifth grade classes will have  had opportunities to practice using the online format but if you want additional practice there is a link on the school website or at OSPI.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Spring also brings joyful events that allow us to come together as a school community and have fun.  The first event is the school play.  The students have been putting in a lot of time and effort to make this year’s production more exciting than ever.  The play with be held at Chief Sealth High School on May 1 and 2.  This is a wonderful event for the whole family.  In addition we will be combining the Art fair and Spring Fling into one fabulous event.  This is a favorite event of the year and the students really look forward to it.  Mark your calendars for May 16th from 5-8 p.m.

If you have an incoming Kindergartner, or know someone who does, please note that we will be holding Jumpstart Lafayette again this year.  This is a program for incoming students to become familiar with the school and the teachers as well as to get some assessments so we can better place the students for the following year.  This was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to holding it again.  Information will be sent out to those families soon – Mark the week of August 18-22 if you plan on attending.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, do not hesitate to call or come by.  Please know our doors, and the doors to your child’s classrooms, are always open and that together we can ensure your child’s experience at school is successful.


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

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