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Message from the Principal

January in snow flakes

Happy New Year Lafayette Community,

I hope that you all had a chance to spend lots of time with your children over break. I had the opportunity to see my four grandchildren and WOW it was busy. We have lots happening at Lafayette so check out the PTA Newsletter. Thanks for all that joined us for the community sing-along, it was lots of fun and is always a great way to kick-off our break.

I had the opportunity to reflect on this year over the break, and we have come a long way since the pandemic. Mostly I want to recognize the student growth and successes since the pandemic. I am always pleasantly surprised by the quality of student work at Lafayette, their willingness to work with partners and their classes, and their inquisitive conversations that they have. They are truly a joy to work with.

This month we will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. with an assembly and Black Lives Matter with many classrooms doing projects. Please feel free to connect with your child’s teacher if you would like to contribute. We really appreciate it!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 206-252-9505 or


Cindy Chaput, Principal


Message from the Assistant Principal

Assist Principal - school of tiny humans

Welcome Back!  😊 

As we move into the New Year (2023), I wanted to reflect on the great things that our Lafayette community has accomplished (these are some highlights- if I listed all the great things that I have seen this school year, the list would be pages long): 

  • Building relationships in new ways together as a Lafayette community 
  • Navigating and adapting to changes with flexibility and understanding 
  • Learning and growing as a community of learners 
  • Inspiring each other and working together to make a difference 

I look forward to the amazing successes and progress that will continue to advance our collaboration together, while magnifying our strengths as a community here at Lafayette.   

I would love to hear from you and how we can continue to build meaningful connections in 2023!   

Smiles and I look forward to our new adventures together in the New Year 😊 

In partnership and gratitude, 

Casie Dimsey 
Assistant Principal 
504 Coordinator 


Music Update from Mr. Payne

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Hello Lafayette community!

In music, we have been working on a variety of musical ideas, rhythmic and melodic practice, and instrument playing. Recently, we have been traveling the world to different countries to learn about the culture and the music from the area. We have had a great time learning about the different styles of music and variety of new instruments. Stepping into the month of January, we are transitioning into a new area of music. We are learning and discussing musical terms that affect the speed of a piece of music, building on our rhythmic and melodic practices with new symbols, while diving into the messages and ideas by Martin Luther King Jr. and how we can connect his ideas to music. 

If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you for all your help and support!

Samuel Payne
K-5 Music Specialist
Monday-Friday: Book an appointment 

Fine Arts with a graphic of an artist palatte

Dear Lafayette Families,

Happy 2023! While I write this, it is still 2022 and I’m thinking about all the fun projects we have in store when we come back from winter break. I am so proud of my youngest students for all that they have learned in Visual Arts. The still life drawings of all my students, are so much fun to look at as I see new skills learned at each level. When we get back to school, students will continue to build skills and will take in some new experiences. I will be rolling out clay projects for the rest of the year. My goal is to have all students have one finished clay project glazed and fired by June. I also plan on creating more Abstract art with students, and diving a little more into the elements of art. 


Mrs. Bajaj


Counselor’s Corner

Counselor's Corner

Welcome Back and Happy New Year Lafayette Families!  I hope that you had a wonderful winter break and are ready to jump back into learning!

During the month of December, Lafayette had its 4th annual school-wide Kindness Challenge.  I really enjoyed (once again) talking to the students about how kindness spreads…and spreads…and spreads. The Life Vest Inside – Kindness Boomerang – “One Day”

Life Vest Inside Kindness Boomerang is a great video that illustrates this idea! All students that turn in a calendar by Friday, January 6th will receive a small price. 

During the month of January, we will be learning about Growth Mindset.  Growth Mindset is the belief that:

  • You can learn and get better at things.
  • Mistakes are okay and are part of the learning process.
  • It’s important to keep trying and not give up.

Having a Growth Mindset is an important skill for ALL of us to practice. Many of us can get stuck in a fixed mindset, which is the belief that your intelligence and/or talent is set – you can either do it or you can’t – you are either good at it or you are not.  Some of us also must really work on having positive self-talk, as opposed to negative self-talk.  I encourage all of you right now to grab a sticky note and write yourself an encouraging note and put it somewhere in your house you will see it often; just see if it makes a difference! In my kids’ bathroom, I have a framed message that reads, “Always remember, you belong here, you matter, you are enough, you are loved, you can do anything, you are respected, you are valued, I believe in you.”

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 trying out a new schedule! I am at Lafayette on Mondays, Tuesdays, and half-days on Wednesdays.


Kenna Hart, School Counselor

School Nurse

Greetings Lafayette families!

As always, we appreciate all that you do to keep our community in good health. It is an honor and a joy to work with the students, families, and staff at Lafayette. Many wishes for a fun, healthy, safe January.

Recently, there have been many RSV and flu cases in Seattle Public Schools. We might also see more COVID cases and or hospitalizations this winter as people gather indoors and new COVID variants spread. These diseases can make young children, older adults, and other vulnerable people very sick, and overload hospitals and clinics. For information on symptoms of RSV, what can be done to protect yourself and others, and vaccines, you can go to this blog post from King County Public Health.

I have had a few questions from parents recently about medication at school. We require a completed medication authorization form to administer medications, including over the counter medication. Cough drops often contain medication and they are a choking hazard so please do not send these to school.  Details about medications at school can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website. Let me know if your student needs medication at school. I am happy to help 😊.  

Take good care everyone! 

Julie Masonsmith, RN, BSN, School Nurse at Lafayette

Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays, and every other Wednesday


Library News

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Global Reading Challenge is a reading program for 4th and 5th graders  and began on November 1st when the new titles were announced by the Seattle Public Library. The library has a GRC cart of books available for participants to check out as needed.

Visit the Seattle Public Library to learn more about the Global Reading Challenge

Students are asked to read at least 2 of the 8 books to join a team, and prepare for the Quiz Bowl on Friday, February 10th from 8:15-9:15 in the cafeteria. The Team with the most points will advance to the District Semi-Finals against other Teams from 10:00–Noon on Friday, March 17th.

WCCPBA introducing the 2022-23 nominees

The K-2nd graders are participating in the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA) by listening to a variety of books and voting for their favorite. Using these books students will explore and learn about a variety of topics and genres. View a video presenting this year’s WCCPBA nominees.

Ms. Nakagawa


Important Dates

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Welcome Back!
  • Tuesday, January 10th – EPR Available online
  • Friday, January 13th – Kindergarten Tour 8am
  • Monday, January 16th – MLK Jr. Day, – No School
  • Friday, January 20th – MLK Assembly 1:30pm – PTA Sponsored Family Dance 6 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 10th – GRC Quiz Bowl 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day
  • February 20th-24th – Mid-Winter Break – No School