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    Dear Lafayette Community:

    We had an excellent September at Lafayette!  Our start went smoothly and programs are running wonderfully.  It is exciting to see the students engaging with each other and  the curriculum! Thanks to everyone who came to our “All School Clean-Up” on Friday, September 20th.  We got a lot done and the grounds are looking spectacular!  I hope that everyone found Curriculum Night to be informative.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding curriculum and expectations at Lafayette.  The newly update Family Handbook is now up on our website to access.  Additionally, if you had the opportunity to attend our Parent Night event on September 30th on Special Education/IEP, I hope that you found the information helpful and were able to network with other parents and staff.

    We have a busy month ahead of us.  Students are being assessed in reading and math.  This gives them feedback for goal setting for student-led conferences which will begin November 1st.  Please be sure to let your child’s teacher know if you will need a translator.  We also have one of our biggest PTA fundraisers!  October 10th will be our Walk-A-Thon.  Please contact the PTA if you would like to volunteer.   Here is a quick link to access information on the Walk-A-Thon: .  All students are excited to participate in it!

    The weather is changing fast.  Please be sure that your child has outside coats and boots for our Pacific Northwest weather.  We have recess outdoors even when it is raining.  Indoor recess is called only when there is extreme weather.  On October 17th we will be participating in the “Great Shake-Up.”  This is our state-wide earthquake drill where students drop, cover and hold.  We practice drills every month so that all students and staff are prepared should we have an emergency.   

    Looking forward to a great month at Lafayette!  Please see our calendar of events at  and reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 206-252-9505.


    Cindy Chaput

    Principal @ Lafayette


    Fall has officially arrived!  Classes are in full swing, students are hard at work 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 (or what STEAM learning they are doing within their own room for Kindergarten and 1st graders who will join our class rotation in the second and third trimesters).  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.  Ask your child about their class charter!  You might also ask them to identify where they are on the “Mood Meter” which is a tool that assists students in identifying feelings in one of four quadrants ranging from low to high pleasantness and low to high energy.  I’m loving getting to know our new and returning Lafayette Leopard Learners and look forward to continuing to build relationships with our students and families. 

    Laura Kaplan

    Assistant Principal


    Hi Lafayette Families!  Happy Fall!  I have been to all the classrooms to do my first introductory lesson, so your student(s) should be able to tell you my name, what I do at Lafayette and how they can let me know they would like to see me.  In my next set of lessons, we will be reading the book How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Mary Rechmeyer.  The main idea of the book is that we all have an imaginary bucket that hangs over our heads.  When our bucket is full, we feel good.  When our bucket is empty, we feel bad.  We can fill each other’s buckets, as well as our own bucket, when we do kind things for others and/or when others do kind things for us.  The concept of the imaginary bucket is powerful visual for all of us to stop and think how our actions affect others and what we can all do to help fill each other’s buckets. 

    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 the following dates: 

    • K-2 parents and guardians may join me on Monday, October 7 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.   

    • 3-5 parents and guardians may join me on Tuesday, October 8 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 October:   10/2, 10/16, 10/30. 


    Kenna Hart, School Counselor


    Thank you to the wonderful P.T.A. for the fabulous art supplies!  Your children will benefit from your generosity with a year of not only of the basic Visual Arts, but with supplies to create fabulous creative works.  We will work both two dimensional, three dimensional and with various materials.  Thank you again!

    Kindergarten and First grades have been creating animal sculptures using air dry clay.  Now they are adding paint!  Second grade is working on painting a self-portrait.  Third grade has traveled to the garden and drawn from nature.  They are now adding color pencil in the Art Studio.  Fourth grade is in the process of making nature assemblages on canvas.  Fifth grade is in the process of learning how to create a print from a drawing.  Art will be on display in the hallway and in the Art Studio on Curriculum Night.  Please stop by and see what we’ve been creating!

    Nicole Bajaj

    Visual Arts/ Lafayette


    Hello Lafayette families!

    I can’t believe we are already beginning our second month of school!

    For the end of September and into October we have worked on and will continue to work on several different things in music:

    K-1: The students are learning to identify, (name and note value), quarter notes and quarter rests, then being able to clap a four measure rhythmic pattern with a combination of the two notes. I will soon be adding half-note and half-rest to their rhythmic entry tasks. We are also working on pitch matching by use of a couple call and response songs. The students have to listen and hear how my voice sounds and sing it back in the same way. I have also been teaching them one of my favorite songs, Watu Wote, which is sung in languages Swahili and English. I talk to them about where this song comes from, what it means and how we can connect it to our school family here at Lafayette.

    2nd Grade: The students are learning to identify, (name and note value), quarter notes, quarter rests, half-notes, half-rests, and paired eighth notes. Also, being able to count and clap simultaneously. With 2nd grade I usually introduce two rhythmic entry tasks, so that the students can see how music can change depending on the combination of notes used. We are also working on learning Watu Wote as well in the 2nd grade.

    3rd Grade: The students are able to identify, (name and note value), quarter notes, quarter rests, half-notes, half-rests, whole-notes, whole rests and paired eighth notes. They are now being introduced to four sixteenth notes and the idea of time signatures and understanding the difference between 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4.  Also, being able to count and clap simultaneously. With 3rd grade I have two rhythmic entry tasks, so that the students can see how music can change depending on the combination of notes used. I also start with sol-fa melody singing this year to help them with singing and playing pitched instruments, such as recorder or xylophone.

    4-5: The students are able to identify, (name and note value), quarter notes, quarter rests, half-notes, half-rests, whole-notes, whole rests, paired eighth notes, dotted quarter notes, dotted half-notes and dotted whole notes. The students are able to identify different time signatures and understanding the difference between 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4. We are going to be moving into 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 soon, and introducing triplets.  Also, being able to count and clap simultaneously. With 4th and 5th grade I have two rhythmic entry tasks, so that the students can see how music can change depending on the combination of notes used. I also continue with sol-fa melody singing to help them with singing, playing the piano, or playing pitched percussion instruments, such as xylophones.

    K-5: We have also been working on how to listen and understand when to clap on the correct beat. The activity is called: “Lets all play our drum.” In his activity, the students begin by listening to me say the phrase, “lets all play our drum” and then clap when they hear the word drum. Once they get the main concept, I change my tempo or dynamic which they must listen carefully and match. This activity gets more challenging as we move up the levels, which teaches the students careful listening and patience. After the students have shown me that they can clap through the activity, I then move them to a variety of percussion instruments.

    If you have any questions, please email me at

    -Mr. Payne


    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:

    Vision and Hearing Screenings

    Vision and hearing screenings are typically done in the fall in K, 1, 2, 3, 5th grades. If your child does not pass the basic hearing or vision screening at school, a letter will be sent home, stating the need for further evaluation by their primary care provider or an eye care professional.

    Head Lice

    Fall is often the time that we start to see cases of lice at school. PLEASE be sure to check your student for any signs/symptoms of lice infestation and review this important information: 

             Signs & Symptoms – itching, tickling feeling of something moving in the hair, live lice and eggs (nits) attached to hair roots, sores or scratch marks on head caused by scratching.

             Transmission – direct head-to-head contact, or via personal articles (hats, combs, clothing, etc.). Lice cannot jump, hop or fly, and cannot live away from a human host.

             What to Do if Lice Present – Notify School Nurse/Front Office/Home Room Teacher (and parents of friends your child might have had close contact with) if you discover lice on your child. Be diligent and follow ALL instructions for getting rid of lice.

             Resources – There are drugstore over-the-counter products as well as "lice salons". Whichever route you choose, be sure to be vigilant and follow all instructions. Getting rid of lice often involves more than one treatment.  Click here for helpful information about lice from Seattle Children’s Hospital.

    Get Your Flu Shot!

    Protect yourself, your child, and your community! Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that is

    easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death. Seasonal flu is a leading cause of missed school and work. Vaccination is the best way to help prevent the flu. We are not hosting a flu clinic at Lafayette this year, however if you need help finding a flu shot, our school nurse can assist you. Ask your doctor or contact one of Seattle Public School School-Based Health Centers for more information.

    ACTION REQUIRED | FLASH PARENT NOTIFICATION | Notify Parents/Guardians of Mandatory Sexual Health (HIV) Education for Grades 5-12(All Principals and Assistant Principals)

    Per RCW 28A.230.070, all public school children must receive annual HIV/AIDS education starting no later than Grade 5.Seattle Public Schools uses the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum to meet this requirement. By law, parents/guardians must have the opportunity to preview the required curriculum.

    1. Display FLASH Curriculum at Curriculum Night: Each school is required to mention the FLASH preview in Curriculum Night publicity distributed to parents/guardians. Per state law, parents/guardians must be notified of FLASH instruction, have the opportunity to preview the curriculum at an evening or weekend event, and opt their child out of identified lessons.
    2. Save the date for FLASH training: Teachers are required to attend SPS training in the FLASH curriculum prior to delivery. This year’s training for new FLASH teachers will be held on December 5, 2019. Details and registration will be available in October.

    Lisa Davidson, Manager, Prevention and Intervention
    Email:; Phone: 252-0859


    OCTOBER 4th:  Coffee with the with the Principal 8AM  

     8th: Room Parent Orientation 6pm 
    0th: Walk-A-Thon 8am  
      1st Grade Field Trip to SCT Black Beauty

    11th: No School

    15th: Waste Sorting Assembly 11am  

        17th: The Great Washington Shake Out
    18th: Picture Retakes 8-12pm 
    ​ Kindergarten Field Trip to Remlinger Farms Oktoberfest 6pm

    25th: Walk-A-Thon Assembly
      Walk-A-Thon Movie Night 5pm

    NOVEMBER 5th: Skate Night K-2 7pm
         6th: Skate Night 3-5 7pm
         8th: Veteran's Day Assembly 1:15pm
       11th: Veteran's Day - No School