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Seattle Opera Assembly Will Give Kids a Chance to Sing with the Pros

The final “PTA Arts Assembly” for this school year will be on 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 will follow.

The schedule for June 3rd is as follows:

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade at 9:45am
  • 3rd – 5th Grade at 10:45am

Parents are welcome to join the assembly!

And here’s an amazing opportunity for students who like to sing: as part of “Opera Goes to School,” Lafayette 3rd through 5th grade students can perform with the professional singers at the assembly on June 3! A Seattle Opera choral teaching artist is coming to Lafayette to teach and rehearse interested students for ensemble numbers in the short opera. Students who want to sing will come to three rehearsals on Tuesday mornings May 13, 20, 27th from 8:25–9:25 a.m., and then perform together at the assembly under professional direction. There is no fee for participation. Rehearals will be in Ms. Scranton’s art room.

For questions, information, or to sign up please contact PTA Arts Assemblies Coordinator Laurie Utterback by May 7.

“Teacher Appreciation Week” Starts May 5th


Being a teacher in these times of recession and budget cuts comes with a low to moderate paycheck and around the clock hours. As another “Teacher Appreciation Week” approaches, now is the perfect time to personally thank your students’ teachers for their sacrifices and support for your children throughout the year. While appreciation alone will not reduce the challenges that Lafayette teachers and staff face, it will let them know that their efforts are not going unnoticed.

Here are some of the ways you can honor Lafayette’s teachers and staff:

  • Write letters and cards of appreciation to your students’ teachers throughout the week and ask how you can support them throughout the year.
  • Coordinate with your room parents for classroom gifts or surprises.
  • Volunteer for the staff breakfast or luncheon. Sign-ups coming soon.
  • Nominate your students’ teacher for an award!
  • Show your support by volunteering in your students’ classroom.
  • Don’t forget about the administrators and the other teachers in the building (Music, PE, Computer, etc). Hint: The administrators like “Bear-Claws”.
  • Brag about your teacher on Facebook or Twitter.
  • For more teacher appreciation ideas, see Pinterest.

To sign up for the festivities contact Rachel Hagenson and Diana Palmer.


Register for the West Seattle Cup


June 14th-15th, 2014
Walt Hundley Playfield, High Point, West Seattle

The “West Seattle Cup” is a free soccer tournament and community-building event for elementary-age children and parents. The “West Seattle Cup” aims to engage and build community by creating opportunities to play, teach, learn, and connect across generational and cultural differences.

Participation is free. Register online or use the printable version of the form and return it to the West Seattle YMCA or the Neighborhood House High Point Center. Captain registrations are due April 11th, player registrations are due April 22nd.

Spring Concert


Greetings, Lafayette parents and students! It’s springtime, and that means 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 7:00 p.m. 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!

Mr. Seeberger, Lafayette Instrumental Music Teacher

Healthy Kids Day Superhero Spectacular

Saturday, April 26
10:00am – 1:00pm

Put on your cape and fly over to the West Seattle Y to refine your super powers at Healthy Kids Day. Throw kryptonite at the dunk tank, use your super powers to navigate the Obstacle Course and be sure to record the moment forever at the photo booth. You will also make your own cape, meet real life heroes and fuel your inner superhero with healthy snacks. This event has activities for the whole family so travel faster than a speeding bullet down to see the Y transformed into superhero headquarters. First 100 Kids will win a free t-shirt!

As a part of the day’s events, there will be a performance by the Lafayette Popcorns at 11:30am. Everyone is welcome to come watch and support the Popcorns.

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