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    November 2018

    Hello Lafayette Community,

    It has been a busy October with our Walk-A-Thon and our visit from our athletes from the Seattle Women’s Soccer Team Reigns.  A special thank you to Jen Wheatley and all the volunteers for the successful Walk-A-Thon.  It was an amazing day for everyone!

    In November we have many things happening at Lafayette.  Most importantly are the student-led conferences.  This is a great opportunity for students to share their learning and set goals for the year to achieve.  A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. The role of the classroom teacher is a facilitator in the conference process. Students lead parents through a discussion of their work and established academic and social goals.  Also, this month, we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day with an assembly on Friday, November 9th at 8:15am led by Mr. Payne, our new music teacher.  It will be a wonderful celebration and I encourage family/community members who are currently serving or have served to join us!

    As I am observing in our classrooms, hallways, cafeteria and playground I have noticed how well our Lafayette Leopards show respect, make good decisions, and solve problems.  We recognize students showing these traits with Leopard tickets daily and they can also earn their self-manager badge.  It is our goal to have 100% of students earn their badge.  It is a positive program that recognizes students who are always meeting these expectations in all areas of the school and at home.  The program also reinforces our Leopard Learning expectations and helps students to set social goals.

    Remember that the school is closed for classes on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day and the week of the 19th-23rd for student-led conferences and Thanksgiving.  In closing I give thanks for being a part of this wonderful, committed community and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


    Cindy Chaput

    Principal @ Lafayette

    Ms. Kaplan's Corner

    Fall has arrived and our students are digging deep into learning across all subject areas in their classes.  We have fall parent-teacher conferences just around the corner and this is a great time to get a glimpse into the hard work your student(s) has been doing at Lafayette! 

    I am excited to share that Lafayette has enlisted a hard-working group of teachers to get PBIS trained (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) throughout the school year and we are very much looking forward to the learning they’ll bring back to our staff which will then filter down into our classes and across the school community.  We know that Lafayette is already a great place to learn and grow and we also know we can strive to be even greater!  We’ll be guiding our work based on data collected to get a continuous read on our overall climate and culture (our 3rd-5th graders are in the midst of taking the Seattle Public Schools Fall Climate Survey to give feedback via a computer platform).  We look forward to spreading our Lafayette Leopard positivity!



    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal

    Lafayette and Gatewood Elementary Schools

    Seattle Public Schools

    Lafayette: (206) 252-9540

    Gatewood: (206) 252-9400

                                                         Health Room

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    You recently completed a permission form for Healthy Schools flu shot clinic which is scheduled on November 15th at 8:15 am at your school. We had to change our vaccine vendor and are now using Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide this service. If you still want your child to receive the flu vaccine at school, find flu clinic information and new consent form at:  We are sorry for this inconvenience to you. We are hopeful that this effort will reduce absences this winter.


    Please return consent form to the school nurse in paper, or electronic format.


    Samara (Sami) Hoag MN RN NCSN

    Manager Health Services





    Alison Angell, MSN, RN

    Lafayette Elementary (Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

    Direct Phone: 206-252-9507

    Main Office: 206-252-9512


    Alki Elementary (Wednesdays, Thursdays)

    Direct Phone: 206-252-9057

    Main Office: 206-252-9050

                                              School Counselor

    Hello!  My name is Kenna Hart and I am your new school counselor.  I am thrilled to join the Lafayette staff and I look forward to getting to know all of the students and their families.  


    I earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from Berry College and a Masters in School Counseling from Georgia State University. I started my career in education as an elementary school teacher, and after completing my master’s program, I became a school counselor.  I really enjoy getting to know all of the students, building strong relationships with the whole school community, and helping to foster a culture of collaboration, team work and strong communication.


    On a personal note, my husband and I live in Seattle with our three children and our very sweet golden retriever.  I have a son that is in 7th grade, a daughter that is in 5th grade and a son that is 2nd grade.  I enjoying baking (cookies are my specialty), running, traveling and spending time with my family.

    I will be at school starting at 8:25 am on the following days: Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Wednesday.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance.  

    Kenna Hart

    School Counselor at Lafayette Elementary


    New From Visual Arts


    In the Visual Arts studio, students have been introduced to the Indian art currently on display at the Seattle Art Museum.  Following the format of art from the show, students second through fifth grade are creating storyboards of their personal narratives.


    Kindergarten through second grade have learned about the Indian festival of lights(Diwali) and have created paper lanterns.  Students are developing the skills of making meaning through art and creating artwork that is both detailed and has a focus on craftsmanship. 


    Students that have signed-up for printmaking on S.T.E.A.M. Wednesdays are creating beautiful prints for themselves, family and a few for the craft fair this November 30th.  Please stop by and support these young artists.  All proceeds will go back into the S.T.E.A.M. budget. 

    Mrs. Bajaj
    Fine Arts Teacher

    Greetings From P.E.

    This past month grades 3-5 have been finishing their fitness tests and learning the concepts of our health related fitness! While the K-2 have been exploring the fitness test and also how circuit training can help improve their fitness levels. This November, we will be starting a Speed Stacking unit for all grade levels! As on Thursday Nov. 8 we will be participating in STACK UP! All are welcome to join or volunteer
    😊 What is the STACK UP!? It’s the WSSA’s yearly attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record mark for, “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” These speed stacks are also available to be purchased if students would like a set for home. Finally, we had some guests visit us in the gym to talk to all students about staying active and eating healthy: From the Seattle Reign Beverly Yanez and Megan Oyster!!

    Mrs. Banner
    P.E. Teacher


     Lafayette Book Fair is Coming! Nov. 30th-Dec. 7th                The Book Fair is approaching, and we are hoping that you be able to shop and support the Library Fund Raiser.  Proceeds raised range from 40-60% of sales and will be used to purchase books for the Library & every class.  Every year we raise over $2500 to purchase books for the Library and each classroom.  


    Mon. 11/26 & Tue. 11/27

    Friday 11/30

    Mon. 12/3

    Tues. 12/4

    Wed. 12/5

    Thur. 12/6

    Friday 12/7

    Student Preview Days

    Closed Lunch Recess






    Closed After School

    Book Fair 5-6:30PM & Winter Crafts Fair 5-7:00 PM





    Take Down Fair 1:45-2:30

    3 Ways to Shop for Books!
    Visit the Book Fair in the library.                                                                                                                                                         
    2. Online at: /bf/lafayetteseattle starting on 11/19-12/9.                                                                     
    3. Clip the newspaper order form (add 10.1% tax).  The Library cannot accept Cash Orders before Nov. 30th.              
    A check payment is accepted anytime & payable to: Lafayette PTSA.

    If you are available to Volunteer-please email the Librarian by 11/14.   You will receive an email confirmation for the day & time.  Remember every year a volunteer must submit a NEW background form & provide identification. This process takes two weeks so please go online to: to begin. 

    Thank You!                                                     
    Linda Nakagawa


    Hello Lafayette Families,

    With our Veterans Day assembly just one week away, I wanted to extend an invitation to the families of 5th grade students. The 5th grade will  be hosting this assembly, and we would love for you to join us on this day to give thanks to those who have served our country. Also, if there are any veterans who want to join us to see our school come together as a community, sing two beautiful songs, and to enjoy a reading by select students from our 5th classes, we would love to have your support so that we can truly give a proper thank you to our veterans.

    The assembly is the morning of Friday, November 9th.

    If you have any questions, please email me at


    Mr. Payne


    Samuel Payne

    Samuel Payne, Music Teacher

    Lafayette/John Hay Elementary School