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Lafayette School Newsletter, May 14th 2014

Lafayette Elementary School
2645 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 252-9500 (206) 252-9501 (Fax)
Robert Gallagher, Principal
Karmen Nordhougen, Assistant Principal
May 14th, 2014 —– Bulletin 17


May 15th, Thursday
Last PTA Meeting of the Year @ 7:00PM

May 16th, Friday
Hollywood Art Show and Spring Fling 5:30-8pm

May 19th, Monday
Monday Last Day of Monday Jump-Rope Club – Parents Are Welcome @ 3:35pm

May 20th, Tuesday
Instrumental Music Concert at West Seattle High School – 7:00PM

May 21st, Wednesday
Music Assembly @ 2:20PM

May 26th, Monday
Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

May 27th, Tuesday
Last Day of Tuesday Jump-Rope Club – Parents Are Welcome @ 3:35pm

May 29th, Thursday
Last Day of Thursday Jump-Rope Club – Parents Are Welcome @ 3:35pm

May 29th – June 4th
Book Fair in the Library

June 3rd, Tuesday
Arts Assembly – Seattle Opera K-2 9:40AM 3-5 10:40AM

June 4th, Wednesday
Two Hour Early Dismissal

June 5th, Thursday
Volunteer Tea in the Lunchroom – 2:45 to 3:45pm. See the flyer.

June 11th, Wednesday
Rooms 16 and 18 to Camp Long

June 13th, Friday
Field Day-Rainbow Day!

June 17th, Tuesday
5th Graders Roller Skating Party

June 19th, Thursday
Last Day of School for Students-1 Hour Early Dismissal
Awards Assembly – 9:45AM (Grades 1-5)

 THANK YOU!- We absolutely loved Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! The daily treats in the staff lounge and the luncheon on Friday were wonderful. The massages were divine. The gift cards were an unexpected surprise! Lafayette is so very lucky to have such wonderful parental support. We hope to see you all at the Volunteer Tea on June 5th! (Please pick-up your dishes, left over from the Staff Luncheon, in the Staff Lounge).

SPRING FLING/ART WALK IS THIS FRIDAY, MAY16TH AT 5:30PM- There is still time to sign-up and volunteer. Please contact Sarah Dillard at

STAFF CHANGES- Along with spring often comes a time we say goodbye to staff members as they move on to the next phase in their life. This year we have three teachers who are retiring: Laurie Belfor, Sharon Rollins and Kent Ferris. Erin Bell will also be moving on to a new school next year. She hopes to be closer to her family. Lastly, Regina Ferguson will be taking a leave of absence for a year. We thank them for their years of dedication to the student’s and families at Lafayette and wish them luck. Staffing announcements for next year’s classrooms will be sent out within the next two weeks.

ATTENDANCE NEWS UPDATE- When you call the office to report an absence, please call the attendance line at 252-9502. Please call 252-9500 for all other calls. Feel free to leave a message on our attendance line. Please program your cell phones with both phone numbers. This new procedure will help us be more efficient in the office. You are also welcome to email us about absences or other attendance issues. Please email Selina (, Kathleen ( as well as your child’s teacher. This way we are all in the loop! Thank you.

NEW VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTSSchool is almost out and only a few of you  have submitted the video completion certificate and viewed the Volunteer Handbook. Please do this before the end of the school year. You cannot volunteer in the building in September, or go on field-trips etc. if we do not have these completed forms. All volunteers must complete the on-line course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention: (this link is on our website @ The video is about 25 minutes long. Follow the prompts and print out the completion form and turn it into the office. Keep a copy for your records. We will put it with your back-ground check application. Every year, we will require a new back-ground application to be filled out. You only have to watch this video once, not yearly. Turn in the completed forms to Selina or Kathleen. Please don’t leave this important task until September. This extra work, for all of us, is about the safety of Lafayette’s students. We will be happy to answer your questions. Thank you.

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILY SYMPOSIUM- Seattle Public Schools would like to cordially invite you to attend the upcoming Family Symposium: Building Bridges for Summer Learning scheduled for Saturday, May 17 from 9:30-2:30PM at Garfield High School located at 400 23rd Street in Seattle. Come hear more about the upcoming Common Core State Standards, take the new Smarter Balanced Assessment and find ways that you can help your student keep learning over the summer months. We will also have workshops for families on academics, Special Education, the transitions to Kindergarten, Middle and High School and preparing for college and careers beyond high school. Interpretation services, supervised children activities, and lunch will be provided.

Yellow bus service will transport families to the Symposium from Roxhill Elementary School, New Holly Community Center, Rainier Vista, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Northgate Elementary School, and Broadview-Thomson K-8 School between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. The buses will return to the sites after the event. You may go to our website to see the bus schedule. Please join us on Saturday, May 17 at Garfield High School at 9:30AM!

INSTRUMENTAL SPRING CONCERT WILL BE ON MAY 20TH The Lafayette Instrumental Music students will be presenting their annual Spring Concert in the West Seattle High School Theater on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 7:00PM. This concert will feature all of the 4th/5th grade Lafayette Elementary Instrumental Music students including the Combined Band, Advanced Band, Beginning Strings, Advanced Strings, as well as some small ensembles. The students really sound great, and have been working diligently on learning their music, so come out and support our fabulous music students!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT FUNDRAISER- The West Seattle High School ASB Sophomore Class is hosting another Parents Night out on Friday, May 30th, from 5:30PM – 10:00PM. $25 per child, ages 3 (potty-trained)-11 or $20 with 2+ cans of food for the WS Food Bank. Price includes pizza, drinks, snacks, movie, games and crafts. Call Gabby at 206-935-6517 or email to make reservations or if you have questions.

SEATTLE OPERA ASSEMBLY ON JUNE 3RDThe final PTA Arts Assembly for the school year will be June 3. The Seattle Opera’s “Opera Goes to School” program will perform a 40-minute opera about the issues of conservation and endangered species, brought to life by professional singers in a fully-staged performance featuring vivid scenery and beautiful costumes with piano accompaniment. A question-and-answer session with the performers follows. K-2 will hear the performance at 9:40AM and 3-5 will attend the 10:40AM performance.

GREAT COMPOSERS PROGRAM – The month of May will feature the music of one of America’s great composers, Aaron Copland.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW SCHOOL WEBSITE at The PTA website is still and has recently been updated. Our family handbook was recently updated and linked to the school website.

NO PETS IN THE SCHOOL OR ON THE PLAYGROUND We love your little dogs, but you can’t bring them into the school, even in your arms. 🙁 Lafayette has some students with life-threatening pet allergies. Pets are not allowed on the playground at any time, as well. People (We are sure it couldn’t be Lafayette families!) are letting the dogs run loose and are not “scooping” up after them and our students step in “it” and bring it into the school. Yuck!

A NOTE FROM THE NURSE -Summer break is quickly approaching. If your child has medication at school, please stop by the nurse’s office on the last day of school to retrieve it. Medication left after 6/19/14 will be properly disposed of.

BUILDING SAFETY Thank you to all parents who are checking in at the office. This is just a reminder again that all parents and visitors must sign-in in the office and pick up a visitor’s badge as per District Policy. We are adhering to the State and District requirements, but ultimately it is for the safety of your children. We need to know who is in our school at all times. Please do not escort your children to their classrooms. Please drop them off, and when the bell rings, allow them to come into the building on their own. We have too many people gathering in the halls when the students are entering the building. We respect your commitment to your child’s education, but safety has to be a top priority for our school. At the end of the school day, please wait for your child outside the school doors. Thank you!

PARKING- Thank you for not parking in the staff parking lot or drop/pick up kids before and after school in this area. Thank you, also, for not parking in the front of the school in the bus zone or in the Bank of America parking lot.

LOST and FOUND We have quite an assortment of clothing items that have been left on the playground and in the hallways just since Spring Break. There is a basket in the office with a retainer, assorted keys, jewelry etc. Anything left on the last day of school will be donated to a local charity.

A printable version of this newsletter.


Kathleen Brose
Administrative Secretary
Lafayette Elementary School

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