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Welcome Back to School!
 Dear Lafayette Elementary Families:

We want to cordially welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year!

This year will bring many positive curricular changes to our school. We are looking forward to working with staff to implement these changes in ways that are most beneficial for students. We are committed to supporting ALL students in their learning at Lafayette Elementary School and will challenge our students to continue to develop the necessary skills needed for success.

It is with great sadness, we must inform you that over the past several weeks we have had staff members resign or go on leave.

A few weeks ago Ms. Wieland, informed us that for personal reasons she would not be returning to Lafayette this fall. She indicated that this decision was an extremely hard one for her to make, but a necessary one. Ms. Wieland has provided to all the students she taught over the years at Lafayette an excellent education and we will all miss her greatly.

Yesterday, Ms. Diaz informed us that she was also resigning from Seattle Public Schools, and like Ms. Wieland, it was a hard decision for her to make, but a necessary one. Ms. Diaz positively touched the lives of many students in our school over the years and we will miss her greatly.

Earlier this month an outstanding teacher was assigned to our open first grade position. Shortly following this placement, the teacher went on leave. This created a difficult situation for all of our first grade classes. We have been working extremely hard to make the best of this situation.

We have begun the process of finding highly qualified replacements for our current first and second grade openings. Our intent is to ensure that teachers are in place as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition. We have arranged for two experienced substitute teachers to cover the next few weeks while we are completing the hiring process. Ms. Kim Ryan will start the year in our second grade class and Ms. Jennifer Gauyan will be in the first grade class.

If your classroom is affected by these last minute staffing changes, please be assured that we are committed to ensuring the success of our students. There will be a smooth transition for the students in the affected classrooms. We welcome parental input during the hiring process and there will be parent representation on each of the hiring committees. You have our promise that we will work tirelessly until these vacant positions are filled by highly qualified teachers.

At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, we were in a similar position when we lost a first grade teacher. With our commitment to finding highly qualified teachers we were able to attract Ms. Schwab who has been a wonderful addition to the Lafayette family.

We have several other staffing announcements to make at this time. We are extremely excited to announce that Ms. Judy Thompson and Ms. Lorynn Sacco are joining our Lafayette staff. Ms. Thompson will be teaching on our fifth grade team and Ms. Sacco will be on our fourth grade team. Both bring many years of teaching and life experiences and will definitely have a positive impact not only on the students in their classes, but on our whole school community. Welcome letters from both teachers will be sent home to their student’s families.

Ms. Dianna Ford our PE teacher will be on leave for at least the first month of school. Ms. Jennifer Herrin will be covering Ms. Ford’s classes until her return in early October.

As we go forward, we look to the Lafayette community for support. All administrative decisions are focused on benefiting our students.

We look forward to seeing each and every student during the first week of school. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and get to know you!


Robert Gallagher's Signature
Robert Gallagher
Dr. Christine Ybarra's Signature
Dr. Christine Ybarra
Assistant Principal


Announcing Lafayette's New Assistant Principal
 Dear Lafayette Families,

It is with great delight that I write to you as the newly appointed Assistant Principal of Lafayette Elementary School.  It is my sincere pleasure and honor to be able to assist our principal, Mr. Robert Gallagher, in making this one of the best school years ever. I am looking forward to working with the enthusiastic and devoted Lafayette staff to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students.

I began my educational career fifteen years ago as a high school English teacher and have taught grades K-12 in public schools in both Los Angeles and Seattle. I have worked as a classroom teacher in grades K-12, a University professor in the field of Education, and as a coach and mentor for other teachers. I graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Education. I then went on to earn my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton.

Lafayette Elementary enjoys a rich history of student and family engagement that is a direct result of the partnership between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for the students. During my first two years at Lafayette as a Kindergarten, first grade, and Mentor Teacher, I have indeed found this close working relationship and focus upon what is best for children to be the foundation of this community. It was a pleasure working with and getting to know the students, staff and parents at Lafayette over the last two years and I look forward to continuing our work and to meeting all of the new families who will be joining our community.

Parents, teachers, support staff, community and administration all have important roles in encouraging our children to become active, life-long learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in our vastly changing society. Through a close and collegial partnership with the Lafayette Elementary community, I am confident we can ensure our school is a place where students learn and grow.

Please feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with, please feel free to let me know.  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer break, and I wish you a terrific upcoming school year.


Dr. Christine Ybarra
Assistant Principal
Lafayette Elementary School

Lafayette Elementary’s 4th Grade Fall Camp Experience for 2014-2015

Dear Parents of Incoming Lafayette 4th graders:


If you are interested in being a chaperone, or have already indicated that you are interested in being a chaperone, for this next year’s camp experience, please read the information below.


*Review the attached forms, Overnight Field Trip Fingerprinting Application orm and the Criminal History form.  Please make sure you fill them out completely.


*Visit the links listed on the Overnight Field Trip fingerprinting Application form ( that will allow you to complete some of the steps on line necessary for volunteering for overnight camp. 


*Contact the Lafayette office mid-August to get your paperwork in before school begins.


*Be sure you understand whether you need to be fingerprinted or not.  It takes approximately three weeks to process fingerprints and receive the results.


We’re very excited about, and hear wonderful reports about, our new camp facility, Cedar Springs. In the past, camp has been an educational and fun experience for both the students and parents.  The overall cost for chaperones this year is much less than last’s year cost even with the cost to be fingerprinted,   Let us know if you have any questions.




Sheila McBeth

Lynn Schwab

Dianne Wieland

Information About New Math Adoption
The Seattle School Board has announced the district's new math adoption, Math in Focus, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.  For more information on Math in Focus, please click here.  For more information on the School Board's decison, please click here.
School Start and End Times for 2014-2015
Dear Lafayette Staff and Families:

Seattle Public Schools has finalized bell times – our start and end times – for the 2014-15 school year. Starting in the fall, our school will start at 9:30 am and students will be dismissed at 3:40 pm. This is slightly different than our current school year.

For those students riding the bus, the arrival time at school will be 9:15 am and the departure time after school will start at 3:50 pm.

These bell times are a result of changes to transportation for the 2014-15 school year, which the School Board approved on Feb. 5. We know changing bell times is not ideal; however the District at one point had 27 different start times for schools and now has three standard start times. Creating streamlined start and end times will allow the District to save about $2.7 million in transportation costs.

The full list of bell times for all schools next year is posted online at Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Robert Gallagher

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