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 - September 4, 2015

Doing Business Day is still set for September 8th

Doing Business Day is still scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th from 10 am – 6 pm. The potential for the strike to still take place on September 9th will not impact Doing Business Day. If you have already registered for a time on Sign Up Genius, please plan on coming at that time. If you have not, you can register by clicking here.

Doing Business Day was created by the Lawton PTA as a day to help parents get a jump start on filling out necessary forms and to help wit questions they may have. Each year families must double check all student information and fill out paperwork the school district requires. In addition to this, parents will have the opportunity to fill out PTA forms such as membership, before and after school enrichment classes , signing up for volunteer opportunities, committees, room parents, and much more.

Seattle School District has many new forms that are required and the whole process can be overwhelming. Our goal is to help you through this process by being there at Doing Business Day to answer questions and make sure you have done everything required for the start of a new school year.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact PTA Co-Presidents Kathryn Ficarra or Amanda Armes.

Announcements - September 2, 2015

Important Message from Principal Manza & Lawton PTA

Message from Principal Manza:

Hello Lawton Families,

We have some very exciting news to share! Along with our parent community, our staff has been advocating for smaller class sizes for the kindergarten and first grade cohorts. I recently received confirmation that we have been allotted an extra full time teacher to alleviate the capacity crowding for these grades. Therefore, our K-1 team is planning this week to complete new configurations for class placement. We are creating a K-1 classroom and we are fortunate to have our teacher leader, Brenda Hatley, stepping up to fill this role. In addition, we are in the process of hiring a new kindergarten teacher. As a result we are revisiting classroom placement lists which will postpone our ability to notify all student placements until our Doing Business Day, Tuesday September 8th.

Due to a policy change in an effort to protect student privacy we are no longer allowed to post class lists. If you are able to make it into Doing Business Day, you will receive your child’s placement at that time. If you are unable to make it, we will have office personnel to answer the phone on Doing Business Day to provide teacher assignments. Once again the Lawton Staff is very excited about welcoming another teacher to the staff and the kindergarten team. Looking forward to a great year!

Dorian Manza

Lawton Principal

 

PTA Update:

We know families are anxiously awaiting class placements. It is difficult to wait! But, the news that we will have an additional teacher for the kindergarten and first grade cohorts is AMAZING! Last year our kindergarten families advocated for smaller class sizes, our staff advocated for lower class sizes, and we are thrilled that at least we are moving in a positive direction to making the class sizes more conducive to learning, social emotional growth, and positive teacher-students relationships.

We hope parents will continue to advocate for educational funding at the state level to reduce class sizes for ALL students. So while it is difficult to wait for teacher assignments, this is overall good news. We look forward to seeing many of you at Doing Business Day on Tuesday!

CHANGES TO FERPA RELATED POLICIES: In case you missed this in the last newsletters:

Changes in the FERPA Form – READ CAREFULLY – The FERPA “opt out” form is an all or nothing option for student images and other directory information. It is a form that needs to be filled out every year. Click here to print the form for turning in at Doing Business Day or after school starts. If parents select “Option B – No release of information,” their student’s information will not be included in any of the following:

  • Yearbook (student’s photograph and name cannot be included in the yearbook)
  • Media Release (news media and/or Seattle Public Schools cannot photograph or interview student)
  • Photographs (student’s photograph cannot be posted on the school’s or district’s website)
  • Videos (no videos of student will be posted on the school’s or district’s website)
  • Social Media (no videos or photographs will be posted on the school’s or district’s social media channels)

 

Announcements - September 2, 2015

Slow Start Kindergarten

Lawton uses a slow start model of half of our kindergarten friends attending Wednesday, the other half attending on Thursday, and all kindergarten friends on Friday.

  • Wednesday, September 9th is the first day of school for Kindergarten students with a last name that starts with A through I only.
  • Thursday, September 10th, our Kindergarten students that have last names ending in J through Z will attend school.
  • All Kindergarten students will attend school on Friday, September 11th.
  • Line up for Kindergarten students will be in the covered play court are (look for signs on the walls or a staff member) with the line-up bell ringing at 8:35. Teachers will take the children down to the classrooms for the 8:40 start.

Parents are welcome to join the principal and PTA board members in the Library after first day drop off for coffee, cookies, and conversation from 8:40 – 9:10.

Both days (Sept. 9 & 10) are all day experiences for all students, 8:40-2:50.    If you have specific questions please contact the school office at 206-252-2130.

 

 

 

Announcements - August 30, 2015

2015-16 School Supply List

It’s never too early to start getting those school supplies especially when sales happen all summer at the stores. Click here for a copy of the list for each grade level.

Before you start shopping at your local store, consider shopping at Amazon with Amazon smile.  Next time you go to Amazon to order something, change your homepage to: http://smile.amazon.com and every time you purchase something, Lawton will earn money too.

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Announcements - August 27, 2015

Before and After School Enrichment Class Lists Now Available!

Thank you for your patience as we were finalizing details for our classes. Click here to be directed to full class listings.

If you’d like to fill out a registration form before Doing Business Day or if you can’t make it to Doing Business Day, you can download the forms here.

 

Update:

The previous registration form listed Advanced Coding class for 2nd- 5th grade but this class is for 3rd – 5th grade students only.

Announcements - August 26, 2015

Save the date! Sept 8th is “Doing Business” Day!

Preparation for another school year is just around the corner. Soon you’ll be checking the following off your list: new school clothes , school supplies, new haircut, new shoes, new backpack and lunchbox, and Doing Business Day. Wait! What is Doing Business Day you ask?

Doing Business Day is a day that the Lawton PTA dedicates to helping parents get a jump start on filling out necessary forms. Each year families must double check all student information and fill out paperwork the school district requires. In addition to this, parents will have the opportunity to fill out PTA forms such as membership, before and after school enrichment classes , signing up for volunteer opportunities, committees, room parents, and much more.

Seattle School District has many new forms that are required and the whole process can be overwhelming. Our goal is to help you through this process by being there at Doing Business Day to answer questions and make sure you have done everything required for the start of a new school year.

If your child needs to take medications while at school, required health care forms are required and your child cannot start school unless you have these forms  (link below). If you have any questions regarding the health forms, you can call Health Services at 206-252-0750.

Doing Business Day will run from 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. and you will need to sign up for a time slot on Sign Up Genius here.

Student Health Information Form

Medication to be taken at School Authorization Form

 

Announcements - August 18, 2015

Before and After School Enrichment

We know that the before and after school enrichment programs list is something that many Lawton families look forward to. If you go to the Before and After School Enrichment page (you can find the link above under “Programs and Curriculum”, you will find a list of offerings for each day.

We are still working on finalizing details with a few of our vendors so the online registration packet will hopefully be ready to publish next week.

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 - August 28, 2015

Last Popsicle Play Date on Sept 2nd!

Announcements - August 11, 2015

Farewell from Mrs. Dowd

Announcements - June 7, 2015

Field Day is this Friday, June 12th!

Announcements - June 7, 2015

Summer Enrichment still has space

Announcements - May 19, 2015

It’s not too late…Sign Up for a Event Now!

Announcements - May 15, 2015

Spring Soiree 2015 Update

Announcements - May 14, 2015

Move-A-Thon – Friday, May 29th…SAVE THE DATE!

Announcements - May 12, 2015

It’s Time to Fund Education!

Announcements - April 26, 2015

Final Days to RSVP for Lawton Spring Soiree!!

Announcements - April 21, 2015

Upcoming PTA General Meeting on April 30th

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