Lawton Elementary School

Seattle, WA

Lawton Elementary photoLawton is a public elementary school located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood. We're focused on academic achievement and cultural enrichment. We've served this community for over 100 years, and proudly continue to offer an excellent K-5 learning experience in a healthy and caring environment. - Learn More about Lawton

Announcements - October 8, 2015



The Playground Project Committee is looking for a volunteer to assist this coming school year:  Time commitment varies, however meetings are typically held the Tuesday of each week at 7:00 pm in Magnolia Village.

  1. Grant Writer: You do not have to be an experienced grant writer! Two grants have already been written, we need someone to take the “meat” of the information, and tweak it to be relevant for new grants we go after. This is an extremely important role, we can’t get to the finish line without this role!

A portion of our fundraising comes from matching volunteer hours, not only are these two roles critical to the success of this project, they are worth important volunteer hours!

Any questions, please contact Kathryn Ficarra at

Announcements - October 5, 2015

Ballard Food Bank provides Needed Weekend Meals to Lawton Students

Lawton Families,

The Ballard Food Bank/Lawton Back Pack Program is dedicated to providing needed weekend meals for students at Lawton. Each Friday, students served by the program are sent home with paper grocery bags full of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare meals for the weekend. If you would like your child to participate, please return the blue, double-sided form sent home last week to our counselor, Constance Hutchinson, or Laura Thomas in the main office and complete the form. For further information, additional forms, or questions, please contact Constance Hutchinson:, 206-252-2140.

Announcements - October 3, 2015

Direct Drive Update

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We are off to a great start to this year’s Direct Drive. We are 6% to our goal of $145,000! We are making progress, but the Lawton PTA still needs your help to enrich every child’s educational experience with programs and activities that wouldn’t otherwise be available. All contributions, regardless of size, make great things possible at Lawton. We need everyone to help us reach our goal of 100% participation by the end of October.

Classroom Participation Challenge: We are happy to announce a generous classroom participation challenge from Mrs. Parks: The 2 classrooms (one K-2 and one 3-5) with the highest level of participation will get extra rollerblading time in PE in January. The physical fitness of our students is a priority, and our PE program is a cornerstone of the Lawton experience. The rollerblading program is always one of our students favorites. Participation simply means returning your pledge card marked with what your family is able to do at this time.

Direct Drive Fast Facts: Did you know that almost 10% of the annual Direct Drive funds come from matching donations from employers like Microsoft and Boeing? To make your gift go further, please remember to ask if your employer matches charitable contributions. Please consider the value of Lawton’s enrichment programs to your child’s school experience and give what you can by turning in your pledge card or make a gift online today!

Announcements, Fundraising - September 28, 2015

Direct Drive – Send In Your Pledge Cards!

Dear Lawton Family,

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year. The Lawton staff and PTA are excited to embark upon another year of working together to create engaging and enriching experiences for all of our students. We have planned several programs to enhance your child’s educational experiences beyond the traditional curriculum; this includes Art Education, Field Day, Science Enrichment, Outdoor Education, and Academic support with certified support teachers. Based on responses from our annual survey last spring we will again hold the Direct Drive to raise the money needed for these programs…and the Direct Drive starts now!

For more detailed information of all the programs the PTA helps support for our school, click here.

To donate online, just click here.

To print a pledge card, click here.

Announcements - September 27, 2015

Curriculum Night – October 13th

We would like to invite you to our annual Curriculum Night on October 13th, starting at 6pm. We understand that many families have children in different grades at Lawton so we have decided to have our teachers schedule two presentations. This is in an effort to be as accommodating as possible. We do want to highlight the fact that Curriculum Night is a parent event. The staff at Lawton looks forward to seeing you there!

  • 6:00 – 6:30 – Session 1
  • 6:45 – 7:15 – Session 2
  • Note: Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Swartzman, and Mrs. Ulmer’s classes (5th Grade and 4/5 Split Classes) will have Curriculum Night on TUESDAY October 20th 6-7pm. This will enable all the teachers to be there, meet you, and speak to what your kids will be learning this year.

Announcements - August 11, 2015

Lawton PTA Co-Vice President Needed for 2015/2016

We are sad to learn that Co-Vice President elect Lindsey Kendall and family will be moving this summer, but excited for the opportunity and new adventures heading their way. We will be electing a new PTA Co-Vice President this Fall, if you are interested in the position please contact  Jen Wenrick or Kathryn Ficarra.  Click on the following links to learn more about joining the Lawton PTA  and the Co-Vice President responsibilities. Experience volunteering for at least one year at Lawton strongly recommended.

Announcements - September 26, 2015

Back to School Bash – See you there!

Announcements - September 22, 2015

PICTURE DAY! It’s here this week!

Announcements - September 17, 2015

We Need You!

Announcements - September 16, 2015

Before and After School Enrichment & Spirit Wear Update

Announcements - September 13, 2015

Let’s Build Community Through Play!

Announcements - September 8, 2015

Important Updates…Please Read

Announcements - September 2, 2015

Important Message from Principal Manza & Lawton PTA

Announcements - August 30, 2015

2015-16 School Supply List

Announcements - February 10, 2014

New Volunteer Requirements

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