Lawton Elementary School



PTA Summer Enrichment Canceled

All PTA Summer enrichment programs are canceled.  If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Parks.

Volunteer Appreciation

This year the staff will honor volunteers individually from the teacher rather than the volunteer tea.  Many volunteers were not able to attend the tea and teachers wanted the opporuntity to express their thanks individually in their own unique way.  

The front lobby is decorated with signs to thank all of the amazing Lawton family volunteers.  We hope you have a chance to come and see the signs and flowers. We appreciate everything you do to make the school thrive, to help students succeed, and to make Lawton a family friendly, loving, and fun school environment.  

We could not do this without you!  Many many thanks!  The year is quickly coming to a close and we hope you enjoy your summer with your children.  We look forward to another amazing year next year!  Thank you so much!
With great appreciation,
The Lawton Staff

Field Day – Be a Kid Again and Volunteer!

Field Day is the Best Event of the Year and the kids look forward to it as much as the adults.  Volunteer to setup the stations to see what the kids will experience, play with the kids as you man a station, and help tear down the stations as you remember all the smiles on each child’s face.

The Field Day Schedule is :

9:00am - 11:15am - Setup/Prep Each Station

11:30am – 12:30pm – Rooms 109, 103, and 208 get to enjoy an extra hour at Field Day

12:40pm – 1:40pm – All classes will be out enjoying Field Day

1:40pm  – 2:40pm – All classes will be out enjoying Field Day

2:40pm – 3:10pm – Clean Up from the Fun!  If you are the last to man a station, please help with cleaning and pickup of that station.


School Board approves 2014-15 Academic Calendar

The Seattle School Board Wednesday night approved the District’s academic calendar, which includes elimination of the week-long mid-winter break for the 2014-15 academic year.

The mid-winter break will be reduced from a full Monday-Friday to four days over Presidents Day weekend – including the Monday, Feb. 16 for Presidents Day, which is already a holiday and a non-school day, and Tuesday, Feb. 17 following Presidents Day.

As a result of the shorter mid-winter break, the last day of school in 2014-15 will be earlier – Monday, June 15, 2015, assuming no snow make-up days. The yearly academic calendar is negotiated by teams from Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association.

The full calendar, with specific dates for staff, can be found at

Key dates for 2014-15, which were announced in February, include:

·         Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014: First day of school for students

·         Nov. 11: Veterans Day

·         Nov. 27-28:     Thanksgiving holiday

·         Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015: Winter break

·         Jan. 19, 2015: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

·         Feb. 16, 2015: President’s Day

·         Feb. 17, 2015: One day off, as part of shortened Mid-Winter break

·         April 13-17, 2015: Spring Break

·         May 25, 2015: Memorial Day

·         Monday, June 15, 2015: Last day of school for students

·         June 16, 17, 2015: Snow makeup days (if needed)

A reminder, the last day of school for students this year is Thursday, June 19.

Usborne Book Fair – May 27 – 29

Usborne Book Fair in the Lawton Elementary Library
Hours Open:  After School on May 27th & May 28th from 2:50pm – 4:15pm
After School on May 29th from 2:50 – 7:00pm during the Science Fair
You can preview the books available on the Usborne website:

Spring Author’s Day Volunteers Needed – June 6, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Learn what each child is inspired by, help each student share his/her story.  We need volunteers to facilitate groups of students in reading his/her published piece of writing while capturing feedback.  The time commitment for Young Author’s Day is 1:30 - 2:30pm. Orientation will occur 1:30 – 1:40pm in the Lawton Elementary School Library, parents will then head to the assigned group area waiting for students.  The event will officially start at 1:45pm.  Click HERE to sign up and contact Amy Tucci-Webert with any questions.

Volunteer Guidelines:
1.  Attend Orientation and pick-up group packet
2.  Head to group location, as students arrive, seat them in a semi-circle.
2.  Each student introduces themselves to the group stating name/grade.
3.  Each student shares all or part of their writing (some of the older students’ books are too long to read completely for that reason we recommend starting with the younger students first).
4.    Ask other students for feedback or comments after each student reads his/her writing.  Document the feedback/comments under the comments section of each sticker.
5.    Pass writing around group, if time, for a closer look at the artwork.
6.    Stick each label onto the students writing.

Science Fair Open House and Book Fair – May 29, 6-7:45pm

Families are invited to the science open house night. Student projects will be on display. Science projects are not judged in competition.  This is a “science expedition style” where participation and discussion is encouraged at the elementary level.  There will also be a book fair in the library.  It is a great night to share, discuss, and engage with students about science.
Volunteers Needed:
We need prep things completed this week.  If you are available at anytime next week for an hour or so to help make name badges, we would love to have your help.  We need people anytime (based on your own schedule) Wednesday the 21st through Friday the 23rd.  We are looking for people to help with set-up from 2:30-4:00pm and clean up 7:45-8:30pm on Thursday, May 29th. If you can volunteer please e-mail Carrie Wheeler,

Staff Appreciation Week – Thank you!

Staff Appreciation Week in the lounge was a success! Everyone was happy and it was terrific seeing our amazing Lawton Staff enjoying themselves.

We would like to thank Bryn Bunich, Malia Hardin, Elizabeth Hester, Cathy Simpson, Corrie Ebel, Christine Legere, Alice Shepard, Laura Van Horne, Helen Prescott, Rebecca Price, and Tracy Pozil for their generous contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Michelle Fescoe, Stacey Spencer and Courtney Fescoe.

Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs

PTA Summer Enrichment at Lawton

The Summer Enrichment program is designed to help children continue to exercise their minds and bodies during the time off from school. This summer we are pleased to announce that we have well rounded programs that include drama, hiking adventures, fitness and fun, rock band, rhythmic gymnastics, and math and literacy.

You will have the option of choosing which class you’d like your child to have in the mornings and in the afternoons.  Each week looks different so talk to your child and see what he/she is interested in doing!

If you are interested in enrolling your child/children in the Summer Enrichment program, return the registration form to the office as soon as possible. 


Bingo Night – May 1, 6-8pm

This year’s Lawton Bingo Night: Olympics Style celebrates the Olympics.  Wear an outfit representing your favorite Olympic sport or country.  Come enjoy a complimentary pizza dinner (donated generously by a Lawton family) and bring money for the PTA bake sale.  Please contact Christine McHugh for more information.

Catherine Blaine Education Night – April 29, 6pm

Parent Education Topic:

Readers Workshop in the 3-5 Classrooms

Presented by: Cynthia Satterlee

Educational Trainer from Teachers College of Columbia, New York 

Who Should Attend:

All 3rd-5th grade parents who would like to hear more about Readers Workshop

Cost: FREE

Have you heard about Readers Workshop and wondered how it is being used in our 3rd-5th grade classrooms?  Would you like to know how the use of Readers Workshop allows students to work at their own level and improve at their own pace?  Are you curious about how this approach to teaching helps to support the Common Core State Standards?

Please join us Tuesday, April 29th at 6:00pm in the Catharine Blaine Library for a Family Engagement Action Team Parent Education Night.  Please join us for what is sure to be an informative Readers Workshop presentation for 3rd-5th grade parents, taught by one of the teacher trainers from Teachers College of Columbia (New York).

So, if you have a child in grades 3-5 please plan to join us from

6:00-7:00pm, Tuesday, April 29th in the Catharine Blaine Library.

Thank you!

We are sorry that FEAT cannot provide childcare at this time.

This event is intended for adults only.

General PTA Meeting – April 24, 6:30pm

Thursday April 24 is the Lawton Elementary PTA General Meeting. This meeting is where you elect new officers and approve a budget for the 2014-15 school year. PTA Board openings for election are Co-President, Co-Vice President, Secretary, Cashier, and Communications (2).

We will also discuss the results of our recent survey regarding fundraising preferences and present a strategy for the coming school year. The 2014-15 budget will then be presented for membership approval. The board has proposed keeping funding at the same level as 2013-14 ($144,000) but is considering a new approach to achieving this goal.

The meeting will be from 6:30-7:30 in the Lawton Library. Childcare will be available for Lawton students and potty-trained, preschool-age siblings.

Anyone can attend the meeting and participate in the discussion but only PTA members can vote.


Anson Fatland and Carrie Wheeler

Lawton PTA Co-Presidents

Lawton Music Notes – Kindergarten classes May 16

Please join us for the Musical Presentation by the Kindergarten classes on Friday May 16th from 6:00-7:00pm.  Please have students arrive by 5:45pm and contact Kirsten Dumo (link to with any questions or to volunteer to help.

Breakfast with Kam Chancellor – May 2

Friday, May 2

7am – 8:45am

Ballard High School Gymnasium

Benefits the Ballard High School Football Team and the BHS Sports Medicine Program

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Seattle Public Schools Seeks Feedback on Proposed Elementary Math Instructional Materials

The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage.  In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.

The committee is excited to have three possible math programs as viable candidates:

  • enVision
  • Go Math!
  • Math in Focus

So how can you get involved and help?

You can provide direct feedback at one of our display locations. There will be forms prepared for you to fill out at each site, as well as forms online.  This is an opportunity to compare the programs and consider what type of program you think would be a good fit for your family and community, and most importantly, for your student.

From April 1 through April 25, please come to one of these schools during the school day:

  • Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, 252-1920
  • Bryant Elementary, 3311 NE 60th St., 252-5200
  • Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave NE, 252-4180
  • West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave SW, 252-9450
  • Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S Kenyon St., 252-7630

Or visit the Douglass-Truth Public Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, during open hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 206-684-4704

While the math committee prefers community members review the materials in person, we know that’s not always an option. You can review materials online starting April 1. Visit

Secondly, if you would like to consider how well the programs align to the standards by which the students will be learning, the committee invites you to consider the transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The state has adopted this new set of standards, which will replace Washington Performance Expectations in English/Language Arts and Mathematics beginning next year.  Your input is sought on how far you think these programs go to help your students, their teachers, and our community best meet the demands of these 21st century skills.

More information about the Common Core is available online at:

If you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email

Lawton PTA Board meet and greet: Saturday, April 5, 8:30am


The Lawton PTA Board Presidents are hosting a meet and greet for interested parties.  Those interested in PTA Board positions next year, we would love to meet you, answer questions, and discuss the job descriptions.  If you are interested in one of our open Lawton PTA Board positions please feel free to join us.  We are actively looking for interested parties in the recording secretary and co-president.  We also have open positions for co vice-president, Communications Co-Chair: website and Facebook, Communications Co-Chair: newsletter, and Cashier.  We have people who have expressed interest in the latter positions but they are still considered open and available.  
Uptown Espresso 
Magnolia Village
Saturday, April 5th 




PTA Budget Planning – Your input requested!

Dear Lawton Community,

Every Spring the PTA board begins the process of drafting a budget for the coming school year. This budget is discussed with school leadership then presented to the general membership at the April meeting; this year the meeting is on Thursday April 24th.

This past year the Lawton Elementary PTA had an annual budget of $143,750. Sources of funds were the Direct Drive ($125,000), the Spring Social ($25,000), and other passive fundraising activities ($4,850). Less expenses ($11,100) yields $143,750.

In planning for 2014-15 we have a few fundraising options and we would like to poll our membership about preferences:

·      Direct Drive ONLY; this may not raise the projected $145,000 for 2014-15 and could force us to make potentially significant cuts to the budget. ($125,000 is the most we’ve ever raised.)

·      Auction ONLY; while we had success in the past with auctions grossing up to $140,000+, we tend to capture an average of $0.75 for each dollar raised (~$110,000), again leaving us short of our projected budget of $145,000.  Auctions also require a committee of interested volunteers.

·      Hybrid Direct Drive/Auction; we could lower the Direct Drive goal and have a downsized auction in the Spring, hoping together both events would raise $145,000.

Over the past two years we have run Direct Drive campaigns, which have raised approximately 85% of our budget. We completed fundraising with the Spring Gala and other means. However, people have been voting with their feet and attendance at the Spring Gala has dropped nearly 50%. Several people have mentioned that they miss having an auction, miss socializing with their friends, and miss the chance to bid on items they might not otherwise have a chance to buy elsewhere. There are others who clearly prefer the Direct Drive to the auction and would prefer to only have a direct drive. The preference is so closely split, with 52% of respondents last school year reporting they prefer a Direct Drive, leaving 48% who don’t. It’s hard to get much closer than that.

With that, we are asking you how you would prefer to engage next year with the Lawton Elementary PTA in its fundraising approach. We are also gauging interest in helping plan and execute an auction, should we have one next year. This process would need to start this Spring, so time is of the essence!

Please take this brief survey and let us know your preference.  The survey will be open through Monday, March 31st.  And as always, thank you for your support of Lawton.


Anson Fatland and Carrie Wheeler, Lawton Elementary Co-Presidents

Kindergarten – Jumpstart, August 18 – 22

This summer, Lawton will again be offering Jumpstart for our incoming Kindergarten students. This year we will be offering Jump Start: August 18-22 in the mornings.

Last summer we were one of 33 schools participating with overwhelmingly positive results from parents and students.  Students felt more connected to their schools, parents and guardians were able to begin to form relationships with school personnel, and teachers were able to model school behaviors that inspired children to start school with joy and excitement.

If your student will be joining Lawton for Kindergarten, we hope you are able to join us for this week in August.

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