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    Dear Lafayette Community:

    May is always a busy month at Lafayette!  We are very busy doing class lists for next year in addition to staffing for the next school year while we try and close this year.  Just a heads up that we will be having our Summer Project this year and the school will be closed from Monday, June 21st-the middle to end of August.  We are having many things taken care of during this time.  You may see people dressed in full hazmat outfits-don’t be alarmed!  They are exchanging piping. 

    We have many events taking place so please see our calendar!

    Have a great weekend and Mother’s Day!  Please contact me at or 206-252-9505 if you have any questions.

    Partner In Education,



    The Leopard Lookout

    by Mrs. Dimsey 

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    Hello there Lafayette Leopards! 


    The past few weeks have been full of sunshine, growth, and opportunities.  The beautiful moments that have inspired me most have come from our young scholars both remotely and within the hybrid model.  The laughter, stories, conversations, and proud moments in the classroom have been impactful. The ability for our community of learners to flourish in their own ways has been remarkable. Even more outstanding is the support from our entire community at Lafayette.  We grow together and when we lift each other up building on our strengths, we give each other new knowledge while focusing on solutions.  My goal this month is to continue to nurture relationships with our young scholars and families.  If you ever would like to chat with me, my “door” is always open.  


    Smiles and thank YOU for all that you do! 😊


    Hello Lafayette Families!   

    Happy Mother’s Day!  Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Happy Mental Health Month!  With so much going on in our world, let’s remember to celebrate and enjoy life!  

    We have all experienced a lot of loss, grief, change and transitions over the last year.  Sometimes it can all feel like too much.  I encourage you to take time to celebrate life’s joys – whether it’s a walk on a sunny afternoon, enjoying a warm cup of tea in the crisp morning, hearing someone you love laugh, or celebrating all of the mamas in your life that lift you up and support you – take the time to notice these joyful events and practice gratitude.   

    If you are looking for a way to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, check out the fabulous library that Jennifer Barringer put together.  You may also click here for a list of activities in Seattle. 

    In the spirit of celebrating Mother’s Day, I am going to end on a personal note.  Here is a picture of my beautiful children from many years ago (they are now 15, 13 and 10).  Happy Mother’s Day to all! 

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


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor at Lafayette 


    Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday 

    Book an appointment 


    Greetings Lafayette families! 

    Thank you for your partnership in keeping our Lafayette community safe.  Attestation, facial coverings, hand-washing, social distancing, limiting your time in crowded spaces, testing, vaccination – all these interventions together greatly reduce transmission. 

     Here is some new health and safety information from Seattle Public Schools: 

    When to Keep your Child Home from School

    Please keep your student home if they have experienced any one of the symptoms of COVID-19 within the past day that are not caused by another condition. Symptoms of COVID-19 include runny nose or congestion, fever (100.4°F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Your student should stay home if they had close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days, OR had a positive COVID-19 test for the active virus in the past 10 or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test due to possible exposure or symptoms, OR if they have been told by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection.

    If your student has only one short-term symptom (fatigue, headache, muscle pain or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, OR diarrhea) AND the symptom begins and resolves in less than 24 hours, AND has not had known COVID-19 exposure (close contact), then your student can return to school the next day and no COVID-19 test is required.

    If your student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, AND has not had close contact with someone with COVID-19, AND received a negative test result or alternative diagnosis by a health care provider, they can return to school with a copy of their negative test result or note from health care provider after 24 hours after fever has resolved (without fever-reducing medications) AND symptoms have improved OR if alternative diagnosis, after following provider directions.

    If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, they should remain home and away from others for at least 10 days from when symptoms began. They can return to school after 10 days, AND 24 hours after fever has been resolved (without fever-reducing medication), AND symptoms have improved. If your child never develops symptoms, they should stay at home and away from others for at least 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.

    For testing locations go to

    For vaccination information and appointments go to

    Take good care everyone! 

    Nurse Julie



    Dear Lafayette Families,

    Thank you to all of my students who have adjusted to the new schedule and come to Art class every week!  Thank you also for the notes and cards for Teacher’s Appreciation week, these have made me so happy.  I look forward to the art we will be making, be sure your child has unlined paper available for art each week.  This time of year it is important to check the status of the art supplies; dried out markers, broken crayons and paper supply.


    Mrs. Bajaj


    Hello Lafayette!

    It has been quite an interesting transition to this new hybrid schedule, but the students have been doing such an incredible job stepping up to this new challenge, and always pushing to do their absolute best! In music, we have been continuing to expand our knowledge of understanding the theory of music by analyzing, understanding, and performing a variety of different rhythms and melodies. We have also been enjoying and virtually experiencing the beauty of the orchestra by watching, listening, and learning from the amazing musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. We have so far learned about the string, brass, and percussion family and how each instrument sounds and works within the orchestra. It has been an amazing experience, with excellent discussions, listening to great pieces of music, and expanding our knowledge of sound, instruments, and the idea of what makes music. 

    If you have any questions, please email me at

    Thank you for all your help and support!

    -Mr. Payne


    Lafayette Physical Education


    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    I am back from my parental leave and so happy to be teaching classes again. There is now one PE link where class will take place for the rest of the school year. That link can be found here:,%22Oid%22:%222d3ea6e5-75a6-40ec-8471-88d90184932a%22%7D

    The big event coming up for PE at Lafayette this year is National Field Day! There will be an opening ceremony on May 6th at

    Here you can also find a multitude of resources for staying physically active at home. We will be practicing some of these activities during our next few weeks of PE. Our field day events will take place on the week of June 7th- 11th. You can download a score card and participate in as many activities as you would like. Activity cards and other resources can be found at

    The last thing I would like to mention is a reminder to get up and stretch. These last two weeks of teaching class again has made me realize that I do not stretch enough on my own time and how much better I feel when I do. This is just a little tip from someone who has been hunched over following my daughter around the house all day every day.

    I hope you are all doing well and finding at least 60 minutes a day for physical activity.                                     

    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney


    Physical Education Specialist

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

    Lafayette Elementary School | SPS | Seattle, WA


    May 7th: Last Day to Purchase a Year Book

    May 8th - 21st: Scholastic Book Fair 

    May 9th: Mother's Day

    May 13th: Library Curbside Book Exchange 3:30 pm-6 pm

    May 31st: Memorial Day - No School 

    June 3rd: Library Curbside Book Drop Off 3:30 pm-6 pm

    June 18th: Last Day of School - 1 hour early dismissal 

    June 20th: Father's Day