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     Dear Lafayette Community,

    Wow!  We have had terrific October weather and the students and volunteers are enjoying being out there for Running Club and recess!  A special thank you to all the volunteers and coordinators for the Walk-A-Ton this year.  We lucked out and had great weather for this event as well.  Thank to our community for their pledges and supporting the Lafayette PTA.

    November is the time of the year for Student-Led conferences.  Each child has been assessed in reading and math and they are ready to share their individual goals with you.  They will be telling you their reading levels and should be able to tell you what that means and what they are working on to increase their reading skills.  Students should also be able to articulate their math abilities and report out how they see themselves as a Leopard Learner.  Conferences are a time for goal setting for each student.  Students should be doing the majority of sharing as the teacher’s role is to facilitate the conference.  I absolutely loved hearing from my children during this special time.  Please remember to bring your child with you to conferences.

    We have lots going on this time of year, so be sure to check our school calendar!   Some of the highlights include our Math Night on November 12th and Student-Led conferences.   I look forward to seeing you in the building!

    Partners In Education-


    Cindy Chaput

    Principal @ Lafayette


    Assist. Principal It’s November and our students are digging deep into learning across all subject areas in their classes.  We have student-led family 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!  Have you heard about the Mood Meter?  Using the RULER program, all students at Lafayette learn how to Recognize their feelings on a four-quadrant chart called the Mood Meter which plots feelings of pleasantness and energy.  As they grow their skills, they’ll learn and talk about ways to Understand their emotion, Label it, Express it, and Regulate it using strategies to help them move into the “green” or “blue” zone of the Mood Meter.  Ask your child to tell you about it!  While reading at home with your child, you can practice using the Mood Meter by asking them at key moments of stories how the characters are feeling in the book and where those feelings would be on the Mood Meter.  I hope you enjoy using this helpful tool with your student(s)!

    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal

    Lafayette and Gatewood Elementary Schools

    Seattle Public Schools

    Lafayette: (206) 252-9540

    Gatewood: (206) 252-9400

    Lafayette Hours:

    * Mondays AM * Tuesdays AM * Wednesdays full days on 10/2, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/11 * Thursdays PM *  Fridays PM *

    Gatewood Hours:

    * Mondays PM * Tuesdays PM * Wednesdays full days on 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4, 12/18 * Thursdays AM *  Fridays AM *


    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    We just finished up state required fitness assessments last month.  The four assessments we complete in PE are the sit and reach, push ups to a cadence, curl ups (crunches) to a cadence, and pacer.  The areas of fitness these assessments help us to measure are flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardio-respiratory endurance.  Find out more at

    Here’s what to look forward to in November:

    Psychomotor- Locomotor Movement patterns (skipping, galloping, running). Throwing and Catching.  Large and small group games.

    Cognitive- Safety and Routines Review. 

    Social/emotional- Problem Solving and Sharing.

    Progressive Plank: 10 Seconds

    Yoga Pose: Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

    Family Challenge: Walk a mile or more together.

    As a reminder please have all students come to PE with the proper attire and shoes, because it is unsafe for them to participate otherwise.

    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney


    Kindergarten and first grade students have been practicing their scissor skills and creating paper flowers.  They are also learning to create landscapes that fill the entire paper.  Students first-fifth grades, are being introduced to print making using one or two different methods depending on their grade level.  First, students are learning how to create a mono print using Crayola markers and water.  Secondly, students are learning how to create a print using a stamp they are creating and rolling out ink with a brayer.  Fifth grade is completing their Fall Assessment, which is a Still Life drawing, artist statement and self-reflection.  Fourth grade and third grade have made their first clay creations, all the pieces made it through the bisque fire! 

    Nicole Bajaj

    Fine Arts

    2020 Global Reading Challenge begins November 1st Library 1

    Global Reading encourages 4th and 5th grade students to read as a fun and recreational activity to engage in the sport of reading. This citywide battle of the books program is a collaborative effort between The Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Schools. Students form teams of 7 and read  2-10 books. In February, the students take part in a trivia competition quiz bowl, answering questions about the books, to determine the Lafayette team that will advance to the City Competition in March.  Encourage your child to submit a registration form to participate in this year’s Challenge.

    Scholastic Book Fair –Proceeds raised range from 40-60% of sales and will be used to purchase books for the Library & every class.

    Library 2Plans are set for a fun evening on December 6th-join us at 5:00 PM for the Winter Arts & Crafts Fair & Book Fair.  Start creating your crafty items now and then reserve a lunch table to display and sell your creative works.

    The Book Fair will continue the following week for more opportunities to shop and support the Library Fund Raiser.  There are multiple ways families can shop for books:                         

    Library 3Visit the Book Fair in the Library during lunch recess or after school. Go cash-free! Set up a student e-Wallet. Available from Nov 30 - Dec 13. Order Online starting November 30th-December 13th. Clip & Send the Newspaper Flyer Order Form

    Click the link for more Book Fair Details:

    Linda Nakagawa



    Hello Lafayette Families,

    With our Veterans Day assembly just around the corner, the students have been working on a couple songs for it. For the assembly, there will be three songs, and short readings from our Leopard Leaders on what Veterans Day means to them. Our first song to start off the assembly will be our Lafayette Anthem that the whole school will be singing together. The next two are The Five Military Medley sung by our 3rd Graders, and Thank You, Soldiers which will be sung by our 2nd Graders. Also, if there are any veterans who want to join us to see our school come together as a community, to hear our songs and to enjoy a reading from our Leopard Leaders, we would love to have your support so that we can truly give a proper thank you to our veterans.

    The assembly is Friday, November 8th at 1:15 pm.

    Along with our Veterans Day preparation,

    4th and 5th Grade: Have begun working on learning how to write and create their own songs. We have started off by writing lyrics and analyzing other songs to capture an idea of what it takes to create your own song with your own words.

    K-3rd Grade: Have been working on rhythmic and melodic identification and value along with applying this to playing on drums together within a drum circle.

    3rd Grade: Have been preparing for the performance of The Five Military Medley for our Veterans Day assembly.

    2nd Grade: Have been focusing on how to match rhythmic notation to words and phrases that they come up with on there own, along with practicing Thank you Soldiers.

    If you have any questions, please email me at


    Samuel Payne, Music Teacher

    Lafayette Elementary School

    ell & math

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

    English Language Learners

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    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 for the upcoming conferences or to meet with your child’s teacher or SPS care team? Please contact me, I’m here to help.

    Reading Intervention

     Open book

    Tier 2 instruction outside of the classroom has now begun for students reading below grade level. We have tutors and have a certificated teacher intensely working with students in small groups outside the classroom 2-3x a week. Teacher and tutors will be 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.

    Education Technology


    This school year, Seattle Public Schools has adopted a reporting system through PowerTeacher Pro. This is new for teachers, administrators, and families. The reporting will be aligned with the standards and reflects what students are learning in their classrooms.

    Clever is a portal that both staff and students use to access all their apps and cloud services, including Typing Club, Schoology, and Office 365.

    Students are expected to learn and know their username and passwords to access their accounts and use the available applications through Seattle Public Schools. Their teachers are working the students to help them learn how to do this. Please be aware that K-1 may take a while to get there.

    STEAM classes are well on their way!

    Traci Hogrefe

    ELL & Math Int. 


    I hope everyone is feeling more settled into the school year and routines are falling into place.  I always feel like the end of October marks a turning point in my own family’s adjustment to the “new” school year.  Hopefully, the same is true for your family! 

    Midway through last month, I started our Second Step Lessons in all the classrooms.  Primary grades are working on listening with their whole bodies, being respectful learners, focusing their attention and learning to use self talk.  Intermediate grades are focusing on having empathy and respect for others, listening with attention and being assertive.  I spend a lot of time talking to the kids about how as people, we are all always striving to practice these important life skills – kids and adults alike! 

    A new event that I am excited to start this year for parents and guardians is called Cookies with the Counselor.  The goal for Cookies with the Counselor is for parents and guardians to be able to talk and meet others with kids of similar ages, as well as a chance for you to ask questions related to parenting and supporting your child at school.  If you plan to attend, please send me an email:  

    I’ll be eating my lunch during this time.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch or just join me for conversation and cookies!  The first round of Cookies with the Counselor will take place on dates TBD. 

    • K-2 parents and guardians may join me on Monday, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.   

    • 3-5 parents and guardians may join me on Tuesday, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.   

    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.  I will be at school on the following Wednesdays in November:   11/13 and 11/27. 


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor 

    health 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:


    Being fully immunized is important to keep all our students and staff safe and healthy. Some immunizations are required for continued attendance at school. Students may be excluded if their immunizations are not up to date.

    If you received a letter from Seattle Public School’s Health Services letting you know that your student’s immunization status was ‘conditional,’ meaning your student is missing required vaccinations to attend school, please help us update your records. You can provide the missing immunization information directly to your school nurse.

    Seattle Public Schools uses the Washington state Immunization Information System (WAIIS) to track a student’s compliance.  You may register with WAIIS to have access to your child’s immunization information at: