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    Dear Lafayette Community,

    We are so thankful for having the privilege of serving this community of brilliant young learners, supportive hardworking families and a dedicated gifted staff.  Over the past weeks, our young scholars participated in Student-Led conferences and we are so impressed with our student’s ability to articulate where they are currently in reading and math while setting goals for the spring.  Students continue to grow both academically and social emotionally with a team effort of support and care between home and school.  I hope you enjoyed attending the conference(s) and feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to discuss their progress towards their goals.  Our door is also always open!

    November and December are months when we reflect on the past year and our accomplishments and areas of growth.  It is a time for reflection and future planning.  We wish you all a very safe and warm holiday season and hope that you are able to spend lots of time with family and friends whether it be virtual or in person.

    As Winter Break approaches, please remember that breaks are wonderful times that we treasure with family and also can be challenging for many students who thrive on routine.  Be sure to keep reading over break with your student consistently to build life-long habits whether they are stories told, stories online, reading materials that are available in the environment around you or books in hand.  Warmest wishes to you and your family for a lovely winter break!

    We look forward to continuing our work in 2021!  Have a restful holiday!  

    In Partnership,

    Lafayette Admin Team 😊

    Our Mission: Lafayette Elementary is committed to the equitable education and the social growth of all.

    Our Vision: The Lafayette Community is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for learners to be their best selves.





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    We welcome ALL races & ethnicities, ALL religions, ALL countries of origin, ALL gender identities, ALL orientations, ALL abilities, ALL languages. EVERYONE. We stand with you. You are SAFE here.


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    Thank you for joining us and picking up books at the October and November Curb Side Library Day and following safety rules.  Regardless of light rain or the early darkness of Daylight Savings last month, 181 Students in Grades K-3rd picked up their book sets. I would like to reach out to the 51 families that have not picked up books set during either month. I wonder if there is an option to have a friend pick up or have volunteers deliver books as needed. We are running out of books in the Library to create sets for January and February.  Please remember to bring back your old books to the next Curb Side in January so we can continue to have book sets available.  The 4/5th Graders checked 125 books last month.  Many of those were selected from the Global Reading Competition Books for this year!  Come back in January to continue getting ready for the Quiz Bowl!


    Lafayette community & English Language Learner Families,

    English Language Learners (ELL):

    My Tuesday and Thursday office hours (1:15-2:15) have been converted to writing support for fourth grade ELL students. Students and families can always book a time to meet with me through making an appointment HERE.

    First and fourth grade peer social groups began in December and run Tuesday and Thursdays until our winter break. We would like to continue this after winter break after reviewing these next weeks. These groups will be comprised of English learners and their peers. We are looking for adult volunteers to facilitate these groups soon. HERE are the steps for volunteering at Lafayette E.S.

    Linguistica is a language interpretation service available to the entire Seattle Public Schools’ community, regardless if you are in the ELL program. You can always request an interpreter when meeting with your student’s teacher or specialist.

    Remember, bilingualism gives growing minds a huge advantage! Keep speaking your home language at home and promote books in that language as well.


    Headsprout is an online learn-how-read program under the Learning A-Z umbrella. We already have some students engaged in this application. It is research-proven and student approved. For this to be effective, students need to complete an episode a day, every school day.

    Reading A-Z is another program under the Learning A-Z umbrella that ALL students at Lafayette have access to. Books at their level are accessible, as well as books in a few different languages including French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Ask your classroom teacher for your student’s username and password if you have not accessed this great resource yet.

    Seattle Public Library: Students have access to online library resources such as eBooks and videos with their current ID number using Library Link.

    Global Story Books  Wide variety of illustrated books for beginning readers. Includes indigenous tales. If you click on the “Speech and Hearing” tab the books can be read aloud. 

    Unite for Literacy  Selection of non-fiction books with photos in many languages! Go to website, click “Narration” and a drop-down menu will list the languages. 

    TumbleBooks are accessible on clever. They are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you. The language drop-down menu allows you to view the site in French and Spanish, instead of English.

    Linda Nakagawa is our school librarian and has curbside library book pickup when Covid cases are not as high.


    Remember that Seattle Public Schools uses Microsoft products, including Office365. Here are some translation tools:

    Traci Hogrefe 


    ELL Teacher, Interventionist, & Education Technologist 
    Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (8:00 am - 3:30 pm) 

    Book an appointment  


    Hello Lafayette Families!  I have spent the last few weeks focusing on GRATITUDE in my classroom guidance lessons.  Practicing gratitude not only helps you feel happier, but sharing with others why you are grateful for them, also helps others feel happier.If you are interested in hearing more about the connection between practicing gratitude and joy, please click here to listen to a short clip from Brene Brown.  Lastly, here are a few ideas we talked about on ways to practice gratitude:  keep a gratitude journal, share at dinner or before bed what you are grateful for, make a gratitude Jar; ask you student to tell you about the book we listened to,  My Gratitude Jar by Kristin Wiens.  

    While talkingwith the classes about gratitude, happiness and spreading kindness, MANY of the kids brought up last year’s KINDNESS CHALLENGE.  I know it will look a little different this year, but I’d like to announce our second annual December Kindness Challenge is happening!  What’s a kindness challenge you ask?  The kindness challenge is all about spreading kindness, plain and simple.  How should your family start?  How about make a goal about how/when/where you are going to spread kindness as a family?  

    December Kindness Calendars are also part of the fun.  The calendars can be found by clicking here You may use whichever calendar works best for your student or family(one is filled out and one is blank).  I will also send the calendars to the students through Seesaw.  Have fun spreading kindness!  


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor at Lafayette


    Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday

    Book an appointment



    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    I’m continuing to see steady participation during remote learning.  Disruptions to the learning are very rare.  This is one of the benefits to remote learning.  The downside of this is, it is easier for students to be off task without a teacher noticing.  Please remind your students to close other applications, chats, and activities during there PE time.  Please also remind them that they are expected to be up and moving during PE, so try to clear enough space for them to be active and let them know they can remove their headphones during certain activities if needed.

    Here’s what to look forward to in December:

    Functional Fitness Challenges: A series of at home challenges designed to monitor fitness progress.  This is a substitute for state required fitness measurements.

    Avengers themed Tabata: A Tabata is a form of high-intensity physical training in which very short periods of extremely demanding activity are alternated with shorter periods of rest, typically over a period of four minutes.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga: An online yoga resource designed for children.


    Thanks for sticking with remote learning,

    Shawn Cudney


    Physical Education Specialist

    Monday- Friday (8:00 am - 3:30 pm)| Book an appointment

    Lafayette Elementary School | SPS | Seattle, WA


    Dear Lafayette Families,

    Art has been such a pleasure this past month.  Students have blossomed in their creativity!  During this virtual learning time, my connection to students and their work is through Seesaw.  I am seeing some amazing art posted on Seesaw, however, some children are struggling with this task.  Please check your child’s Seesaw account and make sure they have turned their art in.  If they have made a different piece of art other than the assignment, share that as well.  I want to know that all the students are expressing their creative selves. 


    Mrs. Bajaj

    Visual Arts Teacher


    Hello Lafayette families,

    My wish for all of you is that you are finding ways to find joy, gratitude, and value, big and small, in this last month of 2020.  I find all of these things by getting out into nature. I am inspired by the Scandinavian concept called Friluftsliv and the idea that there is no bad weather, just bad clothing!  My spouse, our teenagers and I have been bundling up and getting outside. 

    We are in the midst of a spike in Covid-19 cases.  The King County Public Health website is a great resource for current guidance, testing locations and updates.  Here is the link:  Because of this, your child may be going through a range of feelings.  The Center for Disease Control has the following recommendations for ways that you can support your child:

    • Talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
    • Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope with stress.
    • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
    • Try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
    • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
    • Spending time with your child in meaningful activities, reading together, exercising, playing board games.

    Mask up, wash hands frequently, social distance and follow current Covid-19 guidance. Take good care. 

    Nurse Julie

    Voicemail: 206-252-9507, Email:


    Hello Lafayette Community!

    I hope everyone is doing well during this time and staying safe and healthy! 

    In music, we have just begun a new unit that I call music from around the world. Each week as a class, we travel to different countries to learn a little bit about the location, the culture and of course, the music! So far, we have been traveling around Asia to countries like India and the Philippines. We will continue our expedition to a couple more countries before making our way to a new continent. The students are also continuing to work on rhythmic dictation and symbol identification/understanding. We will soon be building up on the rhythms and transitioning them into more melodic excerpts and working on sol-fa singing and hand symbols. 

    Thank you for all your help and support!

    -Mr. Payne


    December 8-21: PTA Scholastic Book Fair

    December 18: 1 hour Early Dismissal

    December 21- January 1: Winter Break - No School

    January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

    January 28: Day Between Semesters - No School