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    October 2018

    Fall leaves and pumpkin

    Hi Lafayette Community:
    Thank you for coming out to curriculum night.  It was a huge success!  Hope you found the evening to be informative.  Students and teachers are busy getting ready for student-led conferences in November.  Please be sure to sign up for a time slot with your child’s teacher.  This is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s strengths and goals for the year.

    Arrival time is going well, and I thank parents for dropping your students off on time and letting them enter the building independently.  September was a great month for practicing arrival expectations and students are doing a great job getting to their classrooms safely.  Thanks for all your support in making this transition successful!

    We have our Walk-A-Thon coming up on October 26th.  Please contact Jenn Wheatly if you are able to volunteer.  This is such a great community event and the students love it!  A huge thank you to all those who are already helping with this.  We also have our Marathon Running club during recess that students can participate in.  Please encourage your child to join in on the fun while earning rewards for their efforts.

    In the month of October our self-manager program begins.  This program recognizes students when they consistently follow our three expectations at Lafayette:  Shows Respect, Makes Good Decisions and Solves Problems.  Students earn their badge and then are recognized throughout the school year.  Forms will be available next week.
    Hope you are enjoying the fall!  

    Cindy Chaput
    Principal @ Lafayette

    Ms. Kaplan's Corner

    It’s hard to believe that it’s already October!  Classes are in full swing learning core subjects and we are excited to dive into our STEAM Wednesdays (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) starting this month!  In the coming weeks, your child will be able to share with you what STEAM class they have begun and the exploration they are doing each Wednesday for a one-hour block of time.  By now, each class has created a Class Charter (from our school’s Social-Emotional learning program called RULER) describing in a few key words the way the class would like to feel at school and how they will achieve this.  If you haven’t had a chance to ask your student about this, be sure to do so!  I’m loving getting to know our Lafayette Leopard Learners and look forward to continuing to build relationships with our students and families.  Please feel free to introduce yourself if you see me before/after school or throughout the building—I look forward to getting to know you all!

    Laura Kaplan
    Assistant Principal
    Lafayette and Gatewood Elementary Schools
    Seattle Public Schools
    Lafayette: (206) 252-9540
    Gatewood: (206) 252-9400

    Fine Arts

    Image of fourth grade students silently drawing from a still lifeIn art we started still-life drawing.  Students are learning that artists such as Cezanne, use overlapping, foreground, middle ground and background to make their two-dimensional art appear to have depth.  A silence has swept over the art room as students have fully engaged their thinking skills in this activity.  

    Kindergarten and first grade students have discovered how to make their watercolor paints vivid by filling their brushes with paint.  Also, students have had a chance to use a variety of are materials including oil pastels and drawing pencils.  

    Nicole Bajaj


    At the beginning of the year, the first unit in Music was developing and fine-tuning musical skills in rhythm, vocal strengthening, movement and composing. In each of these sections, the students would work together to help create a better understanding of how music works on an individual level and as a whole class.

    • Rhythm- For every class I begin with a daily warmup. Right now, we have been working primarily on rhythmic identification and performance. At the beginning of class there is an entry task for the students to quietly practice when entering the classroom and settling in their assigned seats.

      Also, we have been working on rhythmic dictation. In this activity, the students work with a partner, sharing a white board, and listen to rhythmic patterns that I clap for them. With their partner, they must figure out the correct rhythmic notation that I am clapping.
    • Vocal Strengthening- In vocal activities, I am working on having the students develop a strong ear for vocal technique. Being able to listen for dynamic changes, pitch, and tone. We work on this through call and response, and echoing activities to learn new songs.
    • Movement- Along with learning new songs to sing or play on instruments, movement is also just as important. Not just learning the moves to the dance, but being able to listen to the music, and identify different changes to indicate when a new section begins.
    • Composing stations- The students were able to work together in several different composing stations in groups of 3 or 4. The stations included composing melodies, improvisation, creating movement maps, rhythmic patterns, and piano technique.

    In October, the students will be learning new songs, continuing composing stations, and beginning to learn new instruments.

    • New songs in preparation for the Veterans Day assembly
    • “This Land is your Land”
    • “The Five Military Songs”
    •  “Thank You, Soldiers”
    • Composing stations will become more focused to where students stay at one station and then perform what they have created for the class. I am also going to be adding an iPad station with excellent music applications.
    • New instruments:
    • 5th grade- piano                                
    • 4th grade- ukulele
    • 3rd grade- recorder
    • 2nd grade- pitched/non-pitched percussion

    Sam Payne

    Greetings from P.E.

    graphic image of student athletesThe first unit in PE this year was Adventure Challenge. Students worked together to solve difficult problems in pairs, groups, and class. Their social and communication skills were truly put to the test! Students practiced good communication and being encouraging when cooperating with their teammates.

    Some examples of the challenges included:

    • World Cup: In groups, students had to carry a ball as far and as high as possible as a team using only pool noodles.   
    • Gumball: In groups, students had to move the giant gumball from one end of the gym to the other by using their feet in a supine position.
    • Hula Carry: In pairs, students had to lift a hula hoop only using the jump ropes and carry it as far as possible.

    This coming October students will be working on their fitness! Twice a year, students will be tested in 4 of the components of fitness. These tests include:

    • The pacer test (cardiorespiratory endurance)
    • Sit & reach ( flexibility)
    • Pushups ( muscular strength)
    • Curl ups ( muscular endurance)

    3rd -5th graders will have their scores recorded. While the younger grades may practice some of the tests. I will not be recording their scores.

    Kristina Banner   

    Health Room

    Stethescope shaped in a heartSeattle Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools to bring flu shots to students. Lafayette will have a flu shot clinic for students on Thursday November 15th from 8:15-11:15am. Your co-pay is $0 when you complete the registration. If you would like your child to participate, please register them soon and before October 15th. Sign up online at Paper registration forms were sent home and are available in the office. Questions? Call 1-800-566-0596

    Alison Angell, MSN, RN
    Lafayette Elementary (Tuesdays, Wednesdays)
    Direct Phone: 206-252-9507

    Recess and Lunch Schedules

    K/1 Recess: 10:45-11:05 am
    Lunch: 11:05-11:30 am

    2/3 Recess: 11:10-11:30 am
    Lunch: 11:30-11:55 am

    4/5 Recess: 11:35-11:55 am
    Lunch: 11:55-12:20 pm