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News and Events

Letter from Transportation
Dear Lafayette Families:

Attached is a letter from our Transportation Department related to the confusion and frustration recent changes in our transportation policies and last year’s boundary changes have caused during this new school year.


Letter in English             Letter in Spanish             Letter in Somali

Sincerely,

Robert Gallagher
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 (http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=229437) 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.

 

Thanks,

 

Sheila McBeth

sdmcbeth@seattleschools.org


Lynn Schwab

ljschwab@seattleschools.org


Dianne Wieland

diwieland@seattleschools.org

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 seattleschools.org. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Robert Gallagher's Signature
Robert Gallagher
Principal

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