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         March

    March is Video ON Month

    Greetings Lafayette Community,

    I never imagined I would experience the heartbreak I have seen on the news over this past year of families Face-timing for their last goodbye.  My 90-year-old father-in-law received his anxiously awaited Covid shot in Eugene (after all educators, I might add) and three days later he fell in his home.  At the hospital he tested positive for Covid.  He was too weak to talk or swallow and had only an IV for sustenance.  His decline was incredibly rapid. But an amazing comeback occurred with two drugs:  Remdesivir and Dexamethasone!”   We knew it was a turning point for the better when he called and said, “Get me out of this place!”

    Covid is still real and horrible but the trend-lines, vaccinations and the treatments are encouraging.

    In-person school is anticipated to begin March 11th for families of preschool children and those children in Special Education Intensive Pathways (AKA Focus) that have chosen that option.  In alignment with OSPI's recommendation to "prioritize face-to-face service for students that are most impacted by the loss of in-person services.”

    If families choose for their children to return, this is their anticipated schedule:

    Special Education Schedule

    PreK-12 special education students enrolled in an Intensive Pathway who are choosing in-person instruction will receive in-person instruction for the full day four days a week (M/T/Th/F). Wednesdays will be reserved for remote instruction, which will consist of synchronous and asynchronous activities.

    In-person school day start, and end times will remain the same as remote learning so that Special Education students can access their general education classes.

    General Education student’s return is actively being pursued in negotiations.  The website says: 

    • Continue to bargain with Seattle Education Association to bring back students in K-1 grades in a hybrid model.
    • Begin bargaining the return of students in grades 2-5 in a phased approach at a later date. Students receiving English Learner, McKinney Vento, and Foster Care services will be prioritized first during the phased return for grades 2-5.

    Here is the place to find the latest FAQs and negotiation updates. 

    https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/faq/return_to_in-person

    If you have specific questions after reading this web-page, please email:  publicaffairs@seattleschools.org

    Do not lose hope, school as we knew it will be resurrected better than ever, in time. 

    One of the important jobs of school administrators is to support teacher excellence and powerful learning in the classrooms each day.  I have so enjoyed visiting classroom and talking with teachers.  My discovery is that Lafayette has an incredible learning culture where grade level teams strive to conquer the virtual world and engage students in learning.  There is a BIG challenge we have noted together and that is some students rarely or never turn on their video.  This is analogous to coming to class and putting your head down, or worst yet going to the bathroom and not returning!  Parents, would you help us and talk with your children about turning their Video ON?  Do they know how to do this?  Do they not like to see themselves?  I feel that way some days.  I would suggest even an arm or the top of one’s head would be a start for the reluctant students.  I proclaim March is Video ON Month – please help us so learning is not lost.

    The school calendar for 2021-22 has been approved and can be viewed on Lafayette’s website and the SPS website.

    Let me know if I can help you in anyway as you navigate these rough waters.  As your child’s first and most important teacher, make taking care of yourself your priority.  Our counselor is available at kmhart@seattleschools.org and my email is below.

     

    Shalom,

    Susan

    Susan Gustafson Follmer

    Acting Principal

    Lafayette Elementary School

    Seattle Public Schools

    Lafayette Office: (206) 252-9500

    Personal Cell: (206) 715-0550

    sgfollmer@seattleschools.org

     

    The best way forward is TOGETHER.

    What I do matters.

    What you do matters.

    What we do matters.


    counselor

    Hello Lafayette Families!   

    School counselors provide a variety of different supports to the school community. I work with student and parents individually, I consult with teachers and staff, and I also teach SEL lessons to all the classes. You may be asking, what is SEL? As defined by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)

     

    “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”  

     

    As a former teacher, I absolutely LOVE this part of my job; it brings me so much joy. also feel that having a shared language around SEL is extremely important to student’s individual development and the development of our entire school community; this is also true for families.  

    If you would like to learn more about how to support your child’s social emotional learning at home, here are a few resources that may be helpful: 

     As always, please reach out if your child or family needs support. 

    Warmly, 

    Kenna Hart, School Counselor at Lafayette 

    She/her/hers 

    Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday 

    Book an appointment 


       art

    Dear Lafayette Families,

    Welcome back from mid-winter break.  It has been fun to see the kids this week and to get back to making art.  We have been focusing on the work of Black artists during BLM in schools and coming-up, Black History Month.  This week I have featured work by the Gees Bend Quilters, I hope this beautiful work inspires the students to make some creative masterpieces.  It has been wonderful to see the art supplies in the hands of the students.  I hear that the watercolor sets are on their way!  Happy art making.

    Best,

    Mrs. Bajaj


       music

    Hello Lafayette Community!

    In music we have been collaborating with Ms. Bajaj and her art class by traveling around the world to learn about different cultures, and about the music and art from that area. Our next location will be traveling to is Australia!

    Along with the world unit, the students have been learning about the structure of music when it comes to writing and creating rhythm and melodies. I am also planning to have each grade level work on a specific song to hopefully be able to have a final virtual concert at the end of the year. 

    If you have any questions, please email me at sapayne@seattleschools.org

    Thank you for all your help and support!

    -Mr. Payne


       nurse

    Warm greetings Lafayette families 😊,

         I wish for you all to have good health and some outdoor fun as the days become longer and (hopefully) warmer.  I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you who are continuing to protect the health of our community.  Please see the information below from the King County Public Health website, a great resource for accurate, updated information.

         Also, I am gathering information from families to prepare for in-person school.  If your child is going to need medication at school, please contact me at jmmasonsmith@seattleschools.org or 206-252-9507 and we can go over what it needed. 

    Take good care everyone!

    Nurse Julie


          Maslows

    Here at Lafayette we have supplies called Maslow's Closet. These hygiene, food, and clothing supplies are available to all Lafayette families. If you or your family are in need, please return this form with your choices and we will get them to you as soon as possible. This information is confidential.

    https://tinyurl.com/4ah3vjtw


         date

    March 1-5: Read-A-Thon Fundraiser - PTA

    March 10: K-2 Lunch with the Principals 12:15 pm 

    March 11: PTA General Meeting 7:00 pm

    March 18: Student Material's Distribution 3:30 pm

    March 24: Grades 3-5 Lunch with the Principals 12:15 pm

    March 24: Student Picture Day at Hiawatha Park 10:00 am -5:00 pm