Lawton Elementary School




Lawton Community,

Thank you to the 260 participants and all of the volunteers who supported this year’s Direct Drive! The PTA is truly grateful for your support of enrichment programs at Lawton. While we did not ultimately reach our fundraising goal of $145,000, the Direct Drive saw an inspiring 80% participation rate, which raised $110,000! These funds will be dispersed immediately toward programs and events like the upcoming STEAM Challenge, the Kindergarten Cookie Social, the Family Fun Dance, and Math and Mingle Night.

In order to continue the incredible programs we have here at Lawton with no interruption for our kids, we will consider accessing some of the PTA reserve funds for programs not covered by the direct drive. Please let us know if you have any questions.

In addition, thanks to the Participation Challenge generously coordinated and managed by Mrs. Parks, the following classes have earned extra rollerblading time by achieving the highest participation rate in each of the following class bands:

Kindergarten – 1st grade: Mr. Conner’s class with 90% participation!

2nd – 3rd grade: Mrs. Misner’s class and Mrs. Wong’s class, both with 100% participation!

4th – 5th grade: Mrs. Ulmer’s class with 88% participation!

Once again, a sincere thank you to the entire Lawton community for your support and effort to bring enrichment programs to Lawton students. If you have any feedback about how to improve next year’s Direct Drive, please reach out to our PTA Fundraising Chair, Terry Richardson.


The Lawton Fall Food Drive starts on Monday, November 2nd and runs until Friday, November 13th.  The food drive supports Seattle Public School families in need as well as families right here at Lawton.  Please send in breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner items your own kids enjoy and would eat.  For specific lists of food please click here.

Expired food cannot be accepted so please check your dates.  Students will be collecting food as a class and we challenge each class to collect the most food.  A mystery prize will be awarded to the two classes (one in K-2 and one in 3-5) that bring in the most food.

Please put your food donations in the bin in your child’s classroom so that it is counted towards their collection.

A Very BIG Thank You!

Earlier this week, we had a bag that held our PTA deposits accidently fall into a trash bin. While a terrible mistake, we were fortunate enough to have one of the waste management crews recover not only the bag, but the checks that were scattered as well. They located the checks and contacted the office. Often times we don’t think much of the crews that do jobs we rarely see, however when someone goes the extra mile they should be appreciated.
So a very BIG thank you Micah, the amazing employee of King County Waste Management! You are our hero!



The Playground Project Committee is looking for volunteers to join the committee that is working towards building a better, more interactive, and joyous playground for our children. A portion of our fundraising comes from matching volunteer hours and the success of this project comes from you! Please consider joining.

Any questions, please contact Kathryn Ficarra at

Join Us this Thursday, October 22 at 6:30!

The PTA is pleased to present the first General PTA Membership meeting this Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. During our first of three general PTA meetings this year, our focus will be on the role of the PTA, the Art Docent program, the Direct Drive, an update on the Playground, and ” RULER” from Principal Manza.

In addition, we will have Eden Mack of Seattle Council of Student, Teacher and Parent Associations and Lawton parent as a guest speaker.    Come learn about our many programs supported by the PTA that are designed to enrich our children’s school experience! Learn how you can make a difference for your child and offer your talents to help.  Everyone is invited! Please mark your calendars today!

To view the evening’s agenda, please click here.

Childcare will be available for children who are 4 years old and up. Must be potty trained.


Direct Drive Update

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Direct Drive: We are 39% Funded!

Thank you to the 111 families who have participated to this year’s Direct Drive! We are half way through the Direct Drive and 39% of our of way to our goal of $145,000. The PTA needs your help to make sure THIS YEAR’S activities are funded. This means that we are 39% of the way toward full funding of enrichment programs such as World Cultures, Field Day, Author Visits, Assemblies, Science Week, and much more. If you have not contributed, we need your help! Please make your contribution today to help ensure that all of the Lawton children benefit from enriching educational experiences at Lawton. This short video shows an overview all the enrichment programs that are supported by the Direct Drive.

As further background, the PTA has discontinued  entertainment book sales, holiday tree sales, art square and wrapping paper sales that we have historically provided to raise funds. As a result, this Direct Drive is the single event and opportunity to fund enrichment programs at Lawton Elementary. You can easily make a gift online or turn in your pledge card to the office today! A sincere “thank you!” to the 111 families who have already shown their support in the Lawton school experience.

Did you hear about the participation challenge? 

This is huge… just ask your child if he or she wants extra time for rollerblading with Mrs. Parks in PE.  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 and Mrs. Parks will honor classroom ties! To date, our classroom participation leaders are:


  • Conner: Room 101 at 50% participation!
  • Hatley: Room 107 at 50% participation!


  • Misner: Room: 205 at 92% participation!

There’s no time like the present to do your part to reach our goal of 100% participation from all our families.


Lawton Family and Student Calendar

Each family should have received a copy of the Lawton Family and Student calendars. They were either sent home with the youngest sibling or passed out on Curriculum Night. If you did not receive one or need another copy, you can download them below.

In addition, we also want to make it clear that though we try to set dates for the school year early and hold to them, there are times where changes are made. If this does happen, we will inform you through the newsletters, website, and room parent emails.

Click here for a Family Calendar – this has school evening events, vacation dates, special school events, etc.

Click here for a Student Calendar – this has spirit days listed for the students

Spirit Wear Update

We wanted to let everyone know the spirit wear will be arriving later than anticipated. Due to the strike, we extended the deadline for families therefore the order wasn’t submitted in September. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Why the Direct Drive Matters to Your Children

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To date, 19% of families have donated to this year’s Direct Drive, and we are 20% to our goal of $145,000. All contributions, regardless of size, make great things possible at Lawton, including the upcoming Fall Festival with Dance Dude, Music Education and Science Week. Thank you for your support thus far in making Lawton an amazing place to teach and learn. Let’s keep pushing for our goal together as a community.

Check out this short video to see many more of the enrichment programs your donation supports!

Every gift matters.

One of the best parts of Lawton is PE. I like PE a lot I like it because I get to be active and have fun with my friends. Rollerblading is my favorite,  because I get to zoom around the gym. – Lawton 5th grader

My kids are now more knowledgeable about Japan and Peru that I am! World Cultures has made them curious about the world – a mindset that we value tremendously. – Ben Richardson, Lawton Parent

“In a time where the state and district does not adequately fund education, We are thankful that our children (1st and 3rd grader) have enriching opportunities like art docent, field trips, outdoor education, and World Cultures. We know this is all due to the efforts of the Lawton PTA and parent community!” – Robert Lee, Lawton Parent

To show that the Lawton enrichment programs matter to you, please turn in your Direct Drive pledge card or make a gift online today!


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.

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!

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.

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.

Back to School Bash – See you there!

With the late start to the school year, our annual Back to School Bash had to be temporarily postponed. We are happy to let you know that the Back to School Bash is back on! Please join the Lawton PTA and Staff for an evening of food, conversation, and getting to know new people. This has been an uncommon start of a new school year for many and what our community needs is just some good old fashioned fun and food. Hope to see you there!

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:00
  • Where: Lawton Playground and Play court ‘
  • Menu: Dante’s 100% Beef Franks and Sausages (different flavors available)
  • Prices: Cash and Credit/Debit cards accepted
    • Sausages – $6 (gluten free buns available)
    • Hotdogs – $4 (gluten free buns available)
    • Drinks – $2
    • Chips – $1
  • Bake Sale: Cash Only for baked goods provided by our baking committee. All proceeds from the bake sale will help benefit 5th Grade Island Wood Camp.

PICTURE DAY! It’s here this week!

Picture Day will be both Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th. Your child’s homeroom teacher should have sent home a memo regarding which day your child’s class will have pictures done. If you did not receive anything, feel free to contact the teacher by email, phone, or in person or call the school main office at 206-252-2130.

Make Up/Re-Take Day will be on Tuesday, November 17th.

We Need You!


We’ve had two PTA board positions open up for this school as we have lost two valuable community members to Texas.  We are sad that we will be losing current Recording Secretary Shannon Sommer but happy for her family’s new adventures. Luckily former Co-Vice President elect Lindsey Kendall and family moved there this last summer and will surely help Shannon and her family adjust to life in Texas.

We will be electing a new PTA Co-Vice President and Recording Secretary this Fall. If you are interested in either position please contact  Jen Wenrick or Kathryn Ficarra.  Click on the following links to learn more about joining the Lawton PTA  and the  responsibilities of the Co-Vice President or the Recording Secretary. Experience volunteering for at least one year at Lawton is strongly recommended.


The Playground Project Committee is looking for two volunteers 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!
  2. Project Coordinator: This role is for the person who is great at keeping meeting invites/following up on deadlines and managing the team. You would essentially act as the “glue” for the committee, managing the weekly meetings, taking notes and ensuring all members have what they need to move forward.

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


Before and After School Enrichment & Spirit Wear Update

Thank you to all who came out on Doing Business Day to take care of the beginning of the year paperwork that can sometimes be overwhelming to do on your own at home.

Before and After School Enrichment:

On Doing Business Day you had the opportunity to sign up for enrichment classes as well as purchase spirit wear. We have received many emails regarding the lottery drawing for enrichment classes and we would like to clarify for you what the status is. Originally we blocked out 4 school days for families to turn in forms and these would be the forms that would qualify to be in the drawings. We still plan to do this but since we have only had one day (Sept 8) for families to turn in forms, we will resume the process for 3 more days as soon as we are back in school.  All forms turned in after the first 3 days of school will be registered on a first come first served basis.

You can download the enrichment registration form here in order to have it ready to turn in once school resumes. For a full listing of classes with descriptions, you can download one here or click here to be directed to the enrichment page.

If you have any questions about the classes, please contact the PTA enrichment coordinators at

Spirit Wear:

This year we have two new color options as well as a new design. The classic design is an option on all four color options (navy, ash gray, lime, and white). The new design is only available on the new garment colors (lime and white).  The new deadline for ordering spirit wear will be on September 25th.

For an order form, click here.

Click here to see new design options.

Click here to see classic design options.

If you have any questions, please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator.

Let’s Build Community Through Play!

Lawton Community,

With negotiations still up in the air between Seattle School District & the Seattle Education Association, we would like to help build community as parents and families through informal gatherings/play dates at the following locations beginning Monday, September 14th – Thursday, September 17th.

We are creating these opportunities to bring Lawton families together to build relationships with one another, welcome new families into our school community, and to give the kids a chance to see each other until things are resolved. 

With many differing opinions regarding the contract negotiations, we ask that these visits remain impartial and positive for all families to feel nurtured and supported. We hope you can make one or all of these great opportunities! 

  • Monday, September 14th – 5-7pm, Ella Bailey Park
  • Tuesday, September 15th – 11am -1 pm, Discovery Park Playground
  • Wednesday, September 16th – 6-8pm, Magnolia Park (the one next to the community center)
  • Thursday, September 17th – 10-12pm, Ella Bailey Park


Please NOTE:
These play dates will be cancelled if Seattle School District & Seattle Education Association come to a resolution & school begins before any of these dates or it is raining during the time we are suppose to meet. 


The Lawton PTA 

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