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    Dear Lafayette Community,

    This has been a beautiful fall with great weather and gorgeous leaves.  I have truly enjoyed our weather.  I hear the rain is on its way as we begin our winter in the Pacific Northwest.  Students are establishing great remote learning habits and are attending regularly and are engaging in the lessons.  The garden and counselor lessons are going well!  Many students are enthused for these continued learning opportunities.  I would like to thank our PTA for its continued efforts in supporting the programs at Lafayette for all students.

    This month is very busy!  We will be having an assembly to recognize our Veterans.  Mr. Payne is working with students for the celebration on Friday, November 13th.  I will send the link closer to the date.  Also, remember that Wednesday, November 11th there will be no remote learning in observance of Veteran’s Day.

    During the month of November, we hold student led conferences.  The dates for this are November 16th and 17th from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm and then on November 23rd and 24th from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.  Your child is expected to be there to present their work and goal set.  You should be hearing from your child’s teacher for your scheduled time.  These meetings will all be done on the Teams app.

    I hope you are all doing well.  Please reach out to me at if you have any questions or concerns.  Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your families.


    Cindy Chaput



    Mrs. Dimsey’s Leopard Look Out

    assist pricipal

    Hi Lafayette Leopards!  There are so many wonderful things happening here at Lafayette.  I am honored to be a part of such an amazing community of learners as your Assistant Principal.  Each day I look forward to seeing the excitement and engagement that is occurring in classrooms as I stop in to be on “Leopard Look Out.”  This is where I get to listen and learn along with the young scholars.  While I am on look out, I have spotted joyful moments where young scholars are asking questions, answering questions by using their schema (background knowledge), and deeply listening to each other.  Some of the most memorable moments this past month was when students celebrated their writing through sharing their stories, distribution days when students were able to check out books, Meet and Greets with Mrs. Dimsey, Pumpkins with the Principals, and having fun with Fall celebrations.  I could keep going!  I am thankful and proud that the Lafayette Community continues to support each other and grow together.  Everyone in our school and surrounding community deserves a BIG round of applause for the hard work, dedication and effort that goes into each day!  You are appreciated 😊


    On another note, we are looking for a vast range of volunteers to help support our school community this year in our remote learning environment.  If you are interested in volunteering, please refer to the Steps to Volunteering document.  This will guide you in the steps to take as an existing or new volunteer here at Lafayette.  Please note that due to remote learning, requirements have changed for both existing and new volunteers. In order to participate as a volunteer within the remote classroom setting working with students in any capacity, you will need to follow the volunteer process. With your support, we can accelerate student learning & create an equitable educational experience for our scholars! 

    Please reach out if you have any questions.  We are here to help!

    More information can be found through the district volunteer web-page at:


    Selina Jackson- Office Assistant

    Volunteer Liaison for Last Names (A-J)


    Phone: 206-252-9502


    Casie Dimsey- Assistant Principal

    Volunteer Liaison for Last Names (K-Z)


    Phone: 206-252-9540


    Greetings from your School Nurse  


    My name is Julie Masonsmith and it is my great pleasure and honor to be your school nurse.  I am new to Lafayette this year, but I have worked for Seattle Public Schools since 2015.  Time flies!  A little bit about me - I am a mom to 3 children – two in high school and one in college.  They all attended Seattle Public Schools.  I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, land of extreme weather.  In the winter, the snowbanks were sometimes taller than me!  I enjoy living in Seattle and love to explore nature.  My favorite memory from last summer was swimming in Lake Quinault.   

    I am here to support students and families to reach your best possible physical, social and emotional wellness.  I also strive to promote good community health. My work is guided by School Board Policy 0030, Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity.

    Times are tough during this pandemic.  I am here to help and would love to hear from you.  I can be reached at: 206-252-9507(phone)  and via email at  I work Monday – Friday. 

    If you have not already, I highly encourage you to get your flu shot taken care of soon.  If your child needs further immunizations, please attend to these as well.  Clinics are taking many precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We want to take care of the diseases that are preventable, so our hospitals/clinics do not become overwhelmed.  In addition, we want to prevent people from experiencing Covid-19 symptoms and symptoms of another illness simultaneously. 

    Wearing facial masks, social distancing, washing hands, cleaning & disinfecting – if we use all these strategies together, we will greatly reduce the spread of Covid-19. 




    Welcome to the new school year. I know this fall looks very different than years passed, but I want to acknowledge that we are all in this together  and we are all doing our best; deep breath my friends.  We will get through this, and in fact, we want to do better than get through it – we want to THRIVE through it. 

    This is my third year as the counselor at Lafayette.  I have three children that are also participating in distance learning.  I have a 14 year old that is in 9th, a 12 year old that is in 7th and a 10 year old in 4th grade.  Recently, my 4th grader hit a wall.  He was teary, not wanting to sit in front of his computer anymore and was having a hard time focusing.  He said he was so tired; he feels like everyone else has more energy and is happy to be “in class.”  Does this sound familiar?  We talked about how this is hard for everyone and that we need to be kind and patient with ourselves and we need to take breaks.  So, we picked a few of our favorite songs, played them somewhat loudlyand have been taking jam breaks between his on-line classes.  I am sharing all of this because it’s real.  I get it.   We are all doing the best we can, my 4th grader included, and we need to take breaks and do whatever it is that helps us reset and brings us joy.  What is that for you?  Please know that I am on this journey with you and I want to do everything I can to support you, your child and family.   

    In October, I began teaching classroom guidance lessons to each class.  Throughout the school year, I will meet with each class twice a month.  We will focus on how to be a successful learner, as well as kind, empathetic, and inclusive individuals and members of a community.  October is Disability Awareness month, so my lessons this month have been centered around recognizing strengths and weaknesses (we all have them!), having empathy for those that are experiencing challenges and being supportive and kind to others.  Please click here to learn more about Disability Awareness month 


    In November, I plan to start working on our Second Step Curriculum – the main focus being around recognizing and managing feelings.  In addition to teaching, I am also available to meet with students and families individually.  Below, I’ve included my email address, as well as a link to book a one-on-one appointment with me.     


    Lastly, I would like to recommend you and your child watch this BrainPOP video on distance learning together.  Having the right mindset, sticking to a schedule and setting up a conducive learning environment are all important pieces to consider as we all do our best to THRIVE. 


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor at Lafayette 


    Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday 

    Book an appointment


    Rain, Snow or Shine! K-3rd

    Curb Side Pick Up & 4th-5th

    Curb Side Check Out

    library 1We love to READ! Remember to mark your calendars for our monthly Curb Side Library Day on November 5th and December 3rd.  It was a great success to have almost 200 students pick up Library books in October.

     K to 3rd grade students can pick up their 3- prechecked Library books from the lunchroom doors and 4th/5th graders will continue to self-select books from the front entry door.  Return these books at the next Curb Side and trade for new books.  Also, we are still waiting for the return of 100’s of Library books from before the closure last March.  Please bring any overdue books the next time you visit school!


    Global Reading Challenge 2021

    library 2Global Reading encourages 4th and 5th grade students to read as a fun and recreational activity to engage in the sport of reading. This 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 between 2-7 selected competition books. In February, the students take part in a trivia competition quiz bowl, answering questions about the books.  Encourage your child to sign-up and participate in this year’s Challenge.  The GRC Books are available for check out at the Lafayette Curb Side Library and digital copies from the Public Library using your student ID number on Library Link.

    library 3Library Link is a collaboration between The Seattle Public Library (SPL) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS). The goal is to explore ways that SPL and SPS can work together to improve SPS student access to SPL's vast collection of information resources. All SPS K-12th grade students, teachers and staff can log in to access our online resources without signing up for a Library card. This includes eBooks through Libby, animated picture books and nonfiction through Bookflix, movies and graphic novels through Hoopla, research databases, and much more!

    Ms. Nakagawa, Lafayette Librarian


    Dear Lafayette Families,

    I have had so much fun seeing our students’ creativity shine through during my virtual art classes.  I appreciate the resilience the students have demonstrated.  In celebration of Veteran’s Day, there will be a virtual assembly Friday, November 13th.  It would be fantastic to feature student art and or letters they have written for Veteran’s Day.  If you would like for your child’s art to be featured during the assembly, please take a picture of the art and e-mail it to me at

    Also, I wanted to forward the following update about art kits: Art teachers have been told that students will receive art kits.  There is no set date for when this is happening.  In the mean-time, I will continue to create art lessons that use basic art mediums and medias.  Please always have on hand the following: markers/crayons/color pencils (sharpener), white paper, ruler, scissors, glue, pencils.  Some extra supplies that are nice to have are watercolor paints, construction paper, paint markers or watercolor pencils.  Paper should not have lines.  If you are in need of art supplies, please let me know via e-mail.  I will go into the school and put together an art kit for your student.


    Mrs. Bajaj

    Visual Arts Teacher/ Lafayette



     Lafayette Physical Education

     November Newsletter

    Hello Wonderful Lafayette Community,

    I want to recognize how hard the students are working to be helpful and supportive during remote learning.  They are using the mute and raise hand features in Teams to avoid interruptions and save time for more activity.  More students are keeping their camera on during PE which is important so I can assess their movement skills and ensure that they are participating safely in all activities.  Please continue to encourage them to participate in all PE activities and be active for at least 60 minutes every day.  Check their PE folder in SeeSaw for activity ideas and participate in the attached fitness calendar as a family!

    Here’s what to look forward to in November:

    Functional Fitness Challenges: This is a substitute for state required fitness measurements. I will post instructional videos to your PE folder for how to complete and record scores for the challenge.

    5 Components of Fitness: More learning on the 5 main components of fitness and how they relate to the functional fitness challenges.

    Basket Toss: A fun game to play at home that will develop throwing and accuracy skills.

    Thank you,

    Shawn Cudney


    Physical Education Specialist

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

    Lafayette Elementary School | SPS | Seattle, WA


    "Hello Lafayette Families!


    Even though it has been an unusual start to a school year, it has been great being back, seeing all the students again, and still being able to teach them all music! I very much appreciate the hard work, focus, and positivity that the students are displaying during this difficult time. 

    In Music, we have been discussing types and functions of different instruments and playing a variety of the instruments virtually, analyzing, and performing a variety of rhythmic excerpts, and, learning the importance of practice and adjustments with our singing voice.

    The students have been practicing and recording themselves sing parts of the song Thank You, Soldiers in preparation for our Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 13th at 9:00 am.

    I am hoping to compile the students voices together to create an audio virtual concert of the whole school singing the song so that we can listen to it during our assembly. The audio recording will match up with the artwork that Ms. Bajaj will be collecting for the assembly.


    If you do not want your child's voice to be a part of the compiled audio for the assembly, please email me at:

     *This assembly will not be recorded, posted on social media/Lafayette website, or distributed out in any way.

    Thank you for all your help and support!

    -Mr. Payne"


    Hi There! I’m Traci Hogrefe, our school’s Education Technologist.

     Technology at Lafayette

    Welcome to fall everyone!

    Here are some updates and tips on the technology software we are using at Lafayette.

    SPS uses Microsoft (MS) O365 and all our students have an account. This means:

    • Students have their own email through Outlook. It is their They cannot email anyone nor receive emails outside of the SPS organization.
    • Students have access to tools such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Sway, Teams, and many more.
    •  Within these tools and Microsoft Edge (Microsoft’s internet browser), students can use immersive reader and have the text read aloud to them. This works in Teams chat as well.
    • Microsoft Word and PowerPoint have the dictate tool which transcribes what the user dictates to the program.

      Teams features and parameters:

    • SPS uses MS Teams for live instruction, small groups, and generally meeting with students, colleagues, and families.
    • Teams has video, audio, and chat features.
    • Students do have the ability to chat directly with the teacher, other students, or form their own groups. At this time, Lafayette E.S. is discouraging the use of the Teams chat outside the school hours (8:30 AM – 3:00 PM) and does not want students form private groups or group messages with one another. Please help your child use another device and program for private conversations and meet-ups outside of school time. Good tools might be messenger kids, WhatsApp, and Zoom to name a few. These are suggestions that other parents have given me and are not endorsed by myself nor SPS/Lafayette.

    Please talk to your student about Digital Citizenship. Some good resources are:


    You can filter out your student’s activities (assignments) by folders. In activities, you can see a folder icon next to “To Do”, “In Progress”, “Done”, or “Calendar” to see students’ work categorized by subject. If you want to look at/work on a specific, check out the folder.


    This year, our PTA purchased RAZ kids for each classroom. Here is an overview. Your student’s teacher will be sending home username and passwords to access this soon.

    If you need in-person help with your device, go here.

    You can also call (206-252-0100) or email the Student Tech Helpline.


    11/11 No School - Veterans Day

    11/13 Veterans Day Assembly 9 am 

    11/18 Lunch with the Principal 12 pm

    11/23 - 11/25 Elementary School Conference Days No School for Students

    11/26 - 11/27 No School Thanksgiving Break

    12/21 - 01/01 No School Winter Break

    01/18 No School Martin Luther King Day

    01/28 No School