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Kindergarten play dates:
Kindergarten play dates:
July 24: 10-12
August 9:  10-12
August 27: 4-6
2014-2015 Student Supplies
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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