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    Dear Lafayette Community, 

    The school is very busy during the month of February.  Students are engaged in lessons centered around the Principles of Black Lives Matter.  Teachers at each grade level are teaching lessons that are grade level appropriate about the Black Lives Matter movement which began in Seattle Schools four years ago. Please contact your child’s teacher to learn more about the lessons and activities they will be participating in.

    February is also the month were we start to plan for 2020/2021 school year.  I am currently meeting with staff, PTA and the community to develop the budget, staffing and refine our continuous school improvement plan.  Please email me or schedule a time to meet with me if you have any ideas or thoughts for our planning for next year. 

    Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped with kindergarten tours.  We had many incoming families come in and learn about Lafayette.  Also, as we transition new families into Lafayette, I know many are touring middle schools.  Please remember to check your student in and out with Selina in the office.  It is an exciting time as we plan for our student’s future!  We will host another kindergarten tour in May.  Please check our school calendar for updates.

    Finally, I would like to invite all parents and community members to our Coffee With The Principal next week to celebrate our great volunteers at Lafayette.  “We Love Our Volunteers” and appreciate all that you do for our school.  Please stop by for a donut and coffee as we celebrate you!  We will be in the cafeteria from 7:55am-8:30am on Thursday, February 13th.   Looking forward to seeing you!




    February has arrived, marking Black History Month officially and Black Lives Matter at School week (Feb. 3-7th).  While we constantly strive to ensure welcoming, student-affirming learning environments, we are also excited to bring attention during this time to our work together to celebrate each other and our unique gifts, background, cultures, and diversity.  Identity safety, the opportunity for students to see themselves and their culture and history in school is fundamental to a welcoming learning environment.  Our teachers, the Seattle Education Association, its Ethnic Studies group, and community partners have been working together to prepare for Black Lives Matter at School Week.  During the week, educators will continue to support and bring awareness to the need to eliminate opportunity gaps and accelerate learning for all students—specifically for African American students and other students of color.  We look forward to our continued work in this area and welcome your support in this effort.


    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal





    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    We are changing our focus from basketball related skills, to skills involving net sports.  There is a variety of different activities that we can do in PE to practice the necessary skills, learn the rules, and utilize having nets up in the gym.  We will have to be very careful during our warm ups to make sure we don’t touch the nets.  I will be watching closely to make sure the students are using all equipment in a respectful and safe manner. Racquets and nets can be dangerous and break easily if everyone isn’t being extra careful.

    Here’s what to look forward to in February:

    Psychomotor- Striking a ball or birdie with a racquet.  Serving and volleying in a variety of net sports.

    Cognitive- Keeping score and following the rules in a variety of net sports. 

    Social/emotional- Making fair and honest judgement calls during play.

    Progressive Plank: 25 Seconds

    Yoga: Fish Pose

    Family Challenge: Play an active game together at least once a week.


    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney



    Hello Lafayette families!

    In music for the month of February we will be continuing to build on musical ear training. Added to our rhythmic entry tasks, students will be able to write number systems for each rhythm and then be able to speak the numbers and clap the rhythm simultaneously. We will also be continuing to practice Solfa singing, which is singing variations of Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do', and using hand symbols to help indicate the tone. We will begin using this technique to help warm up our voices before continuing with our lesson.

    The students will also be learning proper playing techniques on a variety of different instruments. 

    Finally, we will begin preparing our songs for the students final concert. (Time and Dates will be announced later)


    If you have any questions please contact me at

    Thank you for all your support!

    Mr. Payne



    Dear families of Instrumental Music students:

    With the Mid-Winter Break fast approaching, students need to be continuing to build on music reading and tone producing skills.  Students who practice  are poised for increased progress; others will need some review to regain previous skills.  In any case, reestablishing a consistent practice habit is critical to building on previous learning.

    The advanced groups (second year students) are learning how to play more challenging, group pieces, and learning how to function as members of a musical group.   We are all working together to prepare an Instrumental Music concert on June 4, 2020.  Please mark your calendars for this event.

    Because learning to play an instrument requires the coordination of mind and body, only regular, consistent repetition will give the needed skills.  Please make sure your children have both the time and space to practice at home, a minimum of 4 days a week and at least 20 minutes at a time.  This may require some careful examination of the calendar and their schedule, but it is absolutely necessary that they practice in order to build the skills for successful musical performance.

    The students benefit from recognition, especially statements like “ I recognize that tune.  Sounds good”: or “I can tell you are really making your best effort.”  I hope you are observing many opportunities for comments like these.


    Tim Burk

    Elementary Instrumental Music at Lafayette




    Happy February and Black Lives  in our Schools week.  I am looking forward to teaching introducing the children to accomplished African Americans through a Visual Arts approach.  Our lanterns, prints and skyscapes will come down from the walls and a newly student created paper quilt celebrating people and their accomplishments will go up!  These are collaborative art projects.  

    The art room has been busy with drawing, clay and weaving this January.  All of these art medias will continue into the new month, with further exploration. 

    Nicole Bajaj

    Fine Arts




    Hello! My name is Alison Angell, and I am the nurse at Lafayette Elementary. I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday. Please stop by, call, or email me if you have any health concerns for your child. Health Office: 206-252-9507; Email:

    Cold and flu season is here. Please keep sick students’ home, encourage frequent hand-washing, cover coughs, and get your flu shots to protect our school community. Please keep your student home for at least 24 hours after a fever or vomiting. Fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

    Flu Symptoms

    Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (tiredness)
    • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

    Cold vs Flu? Find out more



    In January, we wrapped up our school-wide Kindness Challenge. Ten classes earned popcorn parties for completing 100 Acts of Kindness:   Ms. Adams, Mr. Schroeder, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Ferguson, Ms. Wieland, Ms. Whipple, Ms. Thurston, Ms. Jones, Ms. Weinmann, and Ms. Benson.  Twenty-two 3rd and 4th graders complete their Kindness Calendars.  Below are two pictures from our pizza celebration.  Many K-2 students completed their Kindness Bingo sheets; they received a kindness bookmark.   Congratulations to all!

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                                                      hart 2

    In February, we are focusing on Bully Prevention.  We are going to be working through the Second Step Bullying program in each grade, as well as reading books that support the topic and lead to meaningful discussions; what bullying is, what we do about it and how to have bystander power. 

    If you have any questions, or if I can support your child or family in any way, please reach out!  I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Wednesday (2/12 and 2/26).


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor

    Dear Lafayette families,


    The SPS Health Services team has been in touch with the King County Department of Health regarding the Corona (Wuhan) virus and would like to share information. While determining the risk of a newly emerging virus is complicated, they have shared that you should not be concerned about possible infection unless you have recently traveled from Wuhan, China. For more details, please see the King County Department of Health FAQ If you have traveled to Wuhan, China and are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please do contact your healthcare provider.

    There are still high levels of the regular influenza (the flu) in the community, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot from your healthcare provider or school-based health center.

    The flu can be a dangerous illness for people who are very young, very old, or who have weakened immune systems.

    If your child has symptoms of the flu, including fever over 100 degrees, headache and body aches, and fatigue, please keep your child home from school. Please remind your child about the importance of hand-washing with soap and covering their mouth when coughing.

     For more information:




    February: 11th PTA Meeting

    13th Coffee w/Principal 8 am

    17th - 21st No School Mid-Winter Break

    25th PBIS Assembly 8 am

    28th Kindergarten 100th Day Celebration 8 am