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Lafayette Elementary presents Shrek: The Musical

You are invited to Lafayette Elementary’s presentation of Shrek the Musical at the West Seattle High School auditorium.

Show Times are Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm, Friday, May 18 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm.

In lieu of selling tickets, we are asking for a small donation. The suggested donation amount is $20 per family. Donations will be accepted at the door or online (please reference SCHOOL PLAY in the note section). Concession sales and donations help pay for next year’s production.

Thank you in advance for your support of the PTA and our school play program.

http://lafayettepta.com/donate

Lafayette Elementary presents Shrek: The Musical

You are invited to Lafayette Elementary’s presentation of Shrek the Musical at the West Seattle High School auditorium.

Show Times are Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm, Friday, May 18 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm.

In lieu of selling tickets, we are asking for a small donation. The suggested donation amount is $20 per family. Donations will be accepted at the door or online (please reference SCHOOL PLAY in the note section). Concession sales and donations help pay for next year’s production.

Thank you in advance for your support of the PTA and our school play program.

http://lafayettepta.com/donate

YOU CAN HELP! Lafayette Elementary Brownie Troop 44448 donation drive for Mary’s Place

May 1, 2018 6:43 pm
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Another chance for you to help neighbors in need! Your partners this time – Lafayette Elementary students. Kirsten Franklin-Temple shares the photo and announcement:

Lafayette Elementary School Brownie Troop 44448 is now collecting NEW underwear (for kids and adult) for Mary’s Place.

The girls chose Mary’s Place to donate their cookie proceeds to, are collecting one of their highest-need items for, and will also be leading an activity with residents in the next couple months. New underwear donations are being collected through May 12 at Lafayette Elementary (box in front lobby) and at the Fit4Mom studio (2707 California Ave SW). Donations can also be picked up by troop leaders. To arrange for pickup, email troop44448@gmail.com.

Lafayette’s lobby is open weekdays 8 am to 2:30 pm, Kirsten says, and you can check Fit4Mom’s schedule here (drop off donations during any “studio” class).

Dine Out for Lafayette Elementary

Dine at Marination Ma Kai between 4 and 8 pm today and part of the proceeds will go to help students at Lafayette Elementary!

Lafayette Elementary PTA

PTA meeting – with child care available in the gym. Meeting details here.

Lafayette Elementary School’s May kindergarten tour

05/15, 8-9 am
Kindergarten Tour

Address: 2645 California Ave SW
Phone: (206) 252-9500
http://lafayettees.seattleschools.org/

RSVPs are appreciated but not required to kajohnson@seattleschools.org . If parents can’t make any of scheduled tours, they are welcome to call the front office and schedule a mutually convenient/date time.

Lafayette Elementary School kindergarten tour

02/08, 230-330 pm
Kindergarten Tour

05/15, 8-9 am
Kindergarten Tour

Address: 2645 California Ave SW
Phone: (206) 252-9500
http://lafayettees.seattleschools.org/

RSVPs are appreciated but not required to kajohnson@seattleschools.org . If parents can’t make any of scheduled tours, they are welcome to call the front office and schedule a mutually convenient/date time.

Lafayette Elementary School tour for Genesee Boundary families

02/08, 830-930 am
1st/2nd Grade School Tour for Genesee Boundary Families

02/08, 230-330 pm
Kindergarten Tour

05/15, 8-9 am
Kindergarten Tour

Address: 2645 California Ave SW
Phone: (206) 252-9500
http://lafayettees.seattleschools.org/

RSVPs are appreciated but not required to kajohnson@seattleschools.org . If parents can’t make any of scheduled tours, they are welcome to call the front office and schedule a mutually convenient/date time.

FOLLOWUP: Genesee Hill/Lafayette Elementary boundary changes get School Board approval

The Scenario F” proposal to move part of the Genesee Hill Elementary attendance area into the Lafayette Elementary attendance area got final approval from the School Board last night. After a reader question, we just checked and just confirmed that via the recording of last night’s meeting (you can see the unanimous vote here). Current GH students in the affected area will be “grandfathered” if their families want them to stay at that school. The plan is meant to provide some relief for GH, the district’s most populous elementary and now 50+ students over “seat capacity,” per the district, while Lafayette is 100+ students under capacity. More background is in our report from two weeks ago; before the final scenario was settled on, we covered a briefing at GH last October.

P.S. Incoming kindergarteners’ families are asked to enroll them as soon as possible because schools already are making staffing and other decisions – you can do that now. GHES has two tours scheduled – 9 am January 25th and 9 am February 7th. Principal Gerrit Kischner noted in his enrollment-period announcement, “If you do have an older child currently attending Genesee Hill and you live in the zone that is shifting to Lafayette, you must apply for Genesee Hill during Open Enrollment, which runs for a short period between February 5 and February 16th.” Lafayette’s next kindergarten tour, meantime, is on the school calendar for 2:30 pm February 8th.

Lafayette Elementary School’s Annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser

Annual Lafayette PTA fundraiser. WSB is a co-sponsor. Details to come. Watch this page!

Benefit for Lafayette Elementary PTA

Lafayette Elementary PTA is holding a fundraiser at Zippy’s Giant Burgers (9614 14th Ave SW) on Thursday, September 21st. The fundraiser runs all day!

Lafayette Elementary Benefit: Space Tractor performs

A Benefit performance by Space Tractor at the Parliament Tavern to benefit Lafayette Elementary on Friday, August 25, 9pm-12am.

Featuring alternative rock. $5 cover.

Lafayette Elementary ‘Little Mermaid’ matinee

Lafayette Elementary students perform “Little Mermaid Jr.” at the West Seattle High School Theater, 7 pm June 8 and 9, 2 pm June 10th. Suggested donation $5/person, $20/family.

Lafayette Elementary performs ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

Lafayette Elementary students perform “Little Mermaid Jr.” at the West Seattle High School Theater, 7 pm June 8 and 9, 3 pm June 10th. Suggested donation $5/person, $20/family.

Lafayette Elementary Kindergarten Tour

Kindergarten Tour at Lafayette Elementary School
Wednesday May 3rd from 8:00am-9:00am.
Please RSVP with the front office at 206.252.9500

 

 

EARTH DAY: Lafayette Elementary cleanup on Saturday

Looking for someplace to make a difference tomorrow, on Earth Day? We’ve already featured Duwamish Alive! – but there are smaller events, too, like this one at Lafayette Elementary, all ages welcome:

On April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day here at Lafayette from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. It is a Saturday morning and we will be having a community clean-up day. We are joining hands with our self-help and Jackson Lewis P.C. We will have at least 25 volunteers. Please bring your child and help clean up/ freshen up Lafayette’s grounds this Earth Day! There will be water, juice, donuts, and coffee.

The school is at California/Lander.

Lafayette Elementary Earth Day Clean-up

On April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day here at Lafayette Elementary School from 9:00am-12:00pm.

It is a Saturday morning and we will be having a community clean-up day. We are joining hands with our self-help and Jackson Lewis P.C.

We will have at least 25 volunteers. Please bring your child and help clean-up/freshen up Lafayette’s grounds this Earth Day! There will be water, juice, donuts and coffee.

206.252.9500

One school’s story: What education-funding shortfall would cost Lafayette Elementary, and other news from tonight’s PTA meeting

You’ve heard a lot about school funding lately. The school-by-school discussions and decisions are where the toplines become real … and potentially painful. Thanks to Bill Schrier for the photo and report from tonight’s Lafayette Elementary PTA meeting, where attendees heard from first-year principal Cindy Chaput:

Principal Chaput reported to the Lafayette PTA tonight about budget cuts and other news.

On the good news front, the building is a historic landmark. It is slated for a remodel in three years, as long as levies continue to pass. The remodel will not change the interior, but significantly upgrade the interior and systems. In the meantime, she has arranged for repainting of the common areas, which badly need it.

The District has a $74 million shortfall, although $24 million of that is likely to be funded from levy proceeds. At this point, Lafayette is projected to have 415 students next year compared to 460 students this year. Chaput expects the actual number will be 460, and she encourages anyone with a potential kindergarten student to register immediately.

Between the budget shortfall and the District’s lower projection of student population, Lafayette would lose four certificated teachers, dropping from 20 to 16 teachers. It would also lose its half-time music specialist, who works primarily in grades K-3. The music specialist position would be restored if the District authorizes one more teacher. In addition, Lafayette would lose paid playground and cafeteria supervision, requiring teachers and instructional aides to perform such work.

Chaput also reported on how the school spends its $71,000 in discretionary funds for professional development, teacher leadership development, and to help fund the school’s interventionist. The PTA could help by raising and spending $100,000 to fund a half-time counselor, 1 day a week instrumental music teacher for the upper grades, the Writers in Schools program, and library supervision so the library could stay open 5 days a week during the school day.

Chaput concluded by saying she loves the staff and community at Lafayette, which makes her commute from Federal Way worthwhile. She loves her job.

The Lafayette PTA is presenting its annual auction on April 1st: lafayettepta.com

Bill also forwarded the e-mail that Seattle Public Schools superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland sent to families tonight. It’s not yet on the district’s special webpage for budget-related messages and information, so we’re republishing it below:

Dear Seattle Public Schools families:

Seattle Public Schools faced a $74M budget shortfall for next school year. Recent bipartisan action in the Legislature reduced that shortfall by $24M. Thank you to the Legislature and Governor Inslee for delaying the Levy Cliff and for restoring dollars, already approved by our local voters, to our 2017-18 budget.

We are extremely grateful for the timely action. I also want to thank the Seattle Legislative delegation for conveying the seriousness of the Levy Cliff and the potential impact in Seattle. Finally, thank you to the Principal Association of Seattle Schools (PASS), Seattle Education Association (SEA), Seattle Council PTSA (SCPTSA), WA Paramount Duty, and so many others for carrying our needs and message forward.

Delay of the Levy Cliff resolves one-third of the budget shortfall we are facing next year. We can now prepare, with greater certainty, school and central budgets for the 2017-18 school year. It also allows us to reduce far fewer staff and provide our students and families some stability in the short term as the Legislature continues to work on long-term budget solutions.

We find ourselves in a unique position, of being extremely thankful and relieved, but still facing a $50M budget shortfall. Without full funding from the state, the district will still need to make painful cuts. We are working with our partners to identify restoration priorities. We will take those recommendations to the School Board on March 29. We expect the restoration plan will restore most, but not all, of the proposed staffing reductions. Updated staffing allocations will be sent to schools after spring break.

As a result of the McCleary lawsuit, promises to fully fund education were made. Years later, they remain unfulfilled. Extension of our levy authority, while much appreciated, does not address our long-term financial needs, including adequate and ample educator compensation, nor does it address the state’s constitutional obligation.

I continue to remain hopeful. The Washington Supreme Court has set a firm deadline. By the end of the 2017 legislative session, the state must have a plan to fully fund education. I am encouraged by our community’s united efforts to get the Levy Cliff addressed. It is evidence that when we are aligned, focused, and persistent, we can get great things accomplished on behalf of our children.

Thank you for your patience, commitment, and continued support of our students. As more information becomes available, I will continue to share updates. Attached is a document that provides additional details. If you have any questions during the next phase of the budget process, please contact budget@seattleschools.org or publicaffairs@seattleschools.org.

At Highland Park Elementary back on Monday, Gov. Inslee told us and the TV crews covering his visit that he expects the Legislature to fully solve the education-funding crisis this session.

Dine Out for Lafayette Elementary School

Dine out in West Seattle and support Lafayette Elementary! A portion of the proceeds on that day go to Lafayette Elementary School.

Thursday, December 15th: Chipotle, 3 pm-10 pm
Wednesday, January 11th: Pizzeria 22, 6-10 pm
Tuesday, February 7th: Cactus, 5 pm-10 pm

Dine Out for Lafayette Elementary School

Dine out in West Seattle and support Lafayette Elementary! A portion of the proceeds on that day go to Lafayette Elementary School.

Wednesday, January 11th: Pizzeria 22, 6-10 pm
Tuesday, February 7th: Cactus, 5 pm-10 pm

Dine Out for Lafayette Elementary School

Dine out in West Seattle and support Lafayette Elementary! A portion of the proceeds on that day go to Lafayette Elementary School.

Tuesday, February 7th: Cactus, 5 pm-10 pm

CANCELED – Lafayette Elementary Kindergarten Tours

**Canceled due to illness**

Lafayette Elementary School is hosting Kindergarten Tours for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th from 3:00-5:00 pm.

West Seattle scene: After the Lafayette Elementary Walk-a-Thon

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Thanks to Vy Duong for the photo! Perfect day for the Lafayette Elementary Walk-a-Thon, and here’s the cheery crowd of participants afterward. This year’s theme: “Super Silly Fun Land.”

(This is one of our area’s many school fundraisers organized by PTAs/PTSAs – if your school has one coming up and you welcome wider community support, please let us know so we can include it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendareditor@westseattleblog.com – we include PTA/PTSA meetings in the calendar when we get word of them, too – thank you!)

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