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    Welcome Back!  I hope that everyone had a restful break with family and friends.  There are many exciting things happening at Lafayette in the 2020 New Year.  One that I am very excited to share is that our school community will be going to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit at the Seattle Center.  In visiting recently, all students will have a guided tour with many intriguing opportunities to interact throughout the museum and then be able to watch glass being blown.  The field trip will reinforce what students are learning not only in art, but science and the garden as well.  I think they will really enjoy this experience.  This aligns with what we do during our STEAM time and students are able to see how topics are integrated together. 

    Throughout the beginning of the new year, students will be engaged in many new challenges academically.  With the new envision math and CCC literacy programs, students are diving deep into their learning and making new connections across the curriculum.  Feel free to contact your child’s teacher to volunteer in the classroom and remember to reinforce reading skills by having your child read every night.  By reading every night, students build fluency and comprehension.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 206-252-9505 or  Additionally, my door is always open.



    Welcome to the year 2020, Lafayette Families!  I am so excited to jump into the new year as students continue to dive into learning and push their brains to meet challenges in school and beyond.  As we progress further into the school year, students will continue to be challenged in all areas and this sometimes brings on feelings of frustration.  As you support your child in their growth, it may be helpful to understand and point out that those challenges and new learning are exactly what helps our brains to “grow” (create and strengthen neural pathways between neurons in the brain).  It is common for students (and adults) to express that certain tasks are too hard or that they are just “not good” at things.  Instead of saying “I can’t do this,” I encourage you to try adding the ever-powerful “yet” onto the end of that phrase to encourage a positive growth mindset.  Best wishes!

    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal


    Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break.  The start of a new year marks new beginnings.  It is a time to set goals and renew commitments to ourselves and our loved ones.  I hope the start of this new year brings about a lot of positive energy and intentions for all of you. 

    Last month, our school participated in a school wide Kindness Challenge.  I was so proud of all the positive interactions I saw between students and between students and staff.  Everyone seemed really energized by the idea of spreading kindness.  It may seem simple, but that gentle reminder helped us all to focus on being kind to everyone, not just our friends, and it helped us to think proactively of ways we can spread kindness.

    This month, we are shifting our focus to Bullying Prevention.  This does not mean we are leaving kindness behind!  As we learn about bullying - what it is, how to stop it and how to have bystander power, kindness more than ever is something we need to think about, practice and help spread.

    Lastly, I want to invite you to our Social Emotional Learning night with Ruler and Second Step on Wednesday, January 8th.  There will be a pizza dinner starting at 5:30 pm. and the program will begin at 6. 

    If you have any questions, or if I can support your child or family in any way, please reach out!  My email address is    I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Wednesday.


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor

    Traci Hogrefe

    English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher, Interventionist, & Education Technologist

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    English Language Learners

    Does your child speak another language at home? If so and you are interested in having your child’s English Language assessed, please contact me via email:

    You can find more information on Seattle Public Schools’ website.

    Do you need an interpreter or school documents translated? Please contact me, I’m here to help.

    ELPA21/WIDA testing window, which is scheduled for February 3 through March 27

    From the ELL Department:

    Our Vision & Mission: Creating partnerships and pathways to ensure student success. The EL Department works collaboratively with all stakeholders to educate, prepare, and support our diverse student population, their families, and communities to thrive in our global society.

    Suggested Reading:

    “We Dare Say Love: Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys” By Na'ilah Suad Nasir (Editor), Jarvis R. Givens (Editor), Christopher P. Chatmon (Editor), James A. Banks (Series Editor), Tyrone C. Howard (Afterword), Pedro A. Noguera (Afterword)

    "We Dare Say Love" takes up the critically important issue of what it means to educate Black male students in a large urban district. It chronicles the development and implementation of the African American Male Achievement Initiative in Oakland Unified School District, following a small group of Black male educators who changed district policy and practice to create a learning experience for Black boys rooted in love. The book takes readers inside the classrooms and inside the heads and hearts of program founders, leaders, and instructors to understand their pedagogy of care. It also elucidates the rituals, beliefs, and practices that created a classroom environment that held high expectations for the engagement and achievement of Black boys and provided a space for Black male students to blossom.” The Superintendent, the cabinet, and Central Office staff are currently reading “We Dare Say Love” as part of our racial justice journey.

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    Reading Intervention

    Tier 2 instruction outside of the classroom has now begun for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders reading below grade level. We have tutors and a certificated teacher intensely working with students in small groups outside the classroom 2-3x a week. Teacher and tutors are using SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) and The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) to offer extra support to boost students’ reading level. Ask your student’s classroom teacher for more information if you are interested.

    In December, we received new SIPPS material for our intervention groups.

    Education Technology

    The Education Tech leader (ET) is a building leadership position that seeks to improve teaching and learning through education technology and digital learning. ETs work with the Digital Learning Specialist on creative ways technology can empower student learners. ET professional development is anchored in the SPS Foundational Beliefs.

    All students and staff have access to Office 365. There are great tools on there useful both at school and at home.

    Here are Three Microsoft Accessibility Tools:

    1. Immersive Reader reads aloud text, including PDFs
    2. Dictation recognizes speech for those not able to type
    3. Translator performs instant text or speech translations


    Hello Lafayette families!

    It is great to be back at Lafayette after a long break!

    In music for the month of January we will be continuing to work on musical ear training. New notes and rhythms will be added to our entry tasks, and we will also be diving into Sol-fa singing, to help strengthen vocal skills and techniques by using variations of Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do', and using hand symbols to help indicate the correct tone. 

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

    K-2: A variety of percussion and string instruments

    3rd: Will be continuing the recorder

    4-5: Drum styles and techniques and some keyboard

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up at the end of this month, along with our school assembly to show our honor and respect. The assembly will include our 4th and 5th graders leading us through couple of songs, along with some readings by our Leopard Leaders.

    We will be starting Musical practice when S.T.E.A.M. starts back up on Wednesday, 01/15/2020. 

    Finally, we will also begin preparing our songs for the students final concert. 

    If you have any questions please contact me at

    Thank you for all your support!

    Mr. Payne


    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    Welcome back from winter break!  I hope you found time to be active with your families.  I was dog sitting for friends so long walks and washing dogs kept me moving and active.

    Here’s what to look forward to in January:

    Psychomotor- Dribbling, passing, and shooting basketballs.

    Cognitive- Basketball Rules and Safety. 

    Social/emotional- Including others.

    Progressive Plank: 20 Seconds

    Yoga: Cobra and Upward Dog

    Family Challenge: Do Push-ups or Plank together three times a week.

    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney


    Instrumental Music Dear families of Instrumental Music students:

    With the Winter Break behind us, we are entering a time of steady work, building on music reading and tone producing skills.  Students who practiced over the break 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 you calendars for this event.  I am also in the planning stages for an additional performance opportunity for our advanced students.  I will be sending a letter home when dates are finalized.

    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

    library 1Grade 4 & 5 Global Reading Challenge Quiz Bowl-Monday, February 3rd

    Our three GRC teams have been busy reading and preparing themselves for the School Quiz Bowl.  The teams will assemble in the Lunchroom at 8:15 am on February 3rd, when the students take part in a trivia competition.  The winning team will represent Lafayette and advance to the City Semi-Final Competition on March 17th at the Downtown Public Library. 


    library 2Thank you for Supporting our Winter Book Fair!

    A big thank you to the Lafayette community and  Book Fair volunteers for helping the Library raise $3400.  We purchased over $900 from the Book Fair to provide more books to every classroom, Hiawatha and the library.   

    The top selling books were the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney, Dog Man by Dav Pilkey and Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts by Mike Lowery.


    library 3Grade K/1st/2nd Tales from Around the World

    Students are checking out a variety of long-ago tales from around the world.  Visit the School or Public Library and find more books to share together such as the Paul Bunyan the giant lumberjack, fables by Aesop or mythical characters with magical powers as leprechauns. 

    Linda Nakagawa



    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 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



    14th Madison Middle School Tour 9:30-11am

    15th STEAM Begins

    16th Madison Middle School Tour 6:30-8pm

    17th Kindergarten Tour 8am

    20th No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    21st Assembly - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    22nd 2nd Grade Field Trip to MOHAI

    24th PTA - Family Dance 7pm

    29th No School