Lawton Elementary School



Curriculum Night – September 23rd

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to learn about your child’s classroom and hear about volunteering needs. This is an adult only event with no childcare available.

Classrooms will offer two sessions in order to give families with multiple children an opportunity to visit each room. The session times are as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:30 – Session 1
  • 6:45 – 7:15 – Session 2

Please note, Mr. Matzner (Room 106) will not have a curriculum this Tuesday, September 23rd. It will be rescheduled once he has returned from his family emergency. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Don’t miss out on your Lawton Spirit Gear!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get your Lawton Spirit gear this fall. This year we have scarves for those cold fall and winter days that will be coming sooner than you think! The deadline is Friday, September 19th and the next order will not be until February.

Click here to download an order form and to see samples of items.

Before and After School Enrichment classes updates

If you haven’t registered your child for an enrichment class there is still time.  The deadline for the PTA sponsored programs is September 26th but the sooner you do it the better. Several of our classes are already full and others are getting close. Click here for the most recent class information.

Good news regarding the Creative Coding class. Because of the high interest, we were able to add second class on Friday. If you were interested and Wednesdays didn’t work for you, Friday is now an option.

Language Link is proud to be offering Spanish Language class again. Click here for more information.

Chess4Life is also back with Chess before school. Click here for more information.

Fall Book Fair – Lawton Library

The Fall Book Fair is quickly approaching. The book fair supplements the PTA grant for library book purchases, and allows our Librarian, Mrs. Gallegos, to buy new and interesting titles for students as well as materials that enrich the curriculum at Lawton. Please support the library by attending the book fair between September 22nd and 24th, and by volunteering. Help is needed for set-up, cashiering at the fair, and dismantling after the fair. To volunteer, please go to the Sign-up Genius page at Questions or frustrations? E-mail Mrs. Gallegos at

Chess Club back at Lawton!

Chess4Life is excited to be back at Lawton to offer Chess club to our students. Please click here to view information on how to register for this before school class.



Back to School Bash – Friday, September 12, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for the Back to School Bash on Friday, September 12 starting at 6:00! This annual event is a way for you to get to know other families in your child’s class, chat with staff, and catch up with friends. Dinner is $6.00 a plate per person for all you can eat pasta, salad, and a drink.

There will also be activities for your children such as:

  • LEGO table (lower playground)
  • Balloon twister (lower playground)
  • Airbrush tattoos (lower playground)
  • Paper airplane folding & throwing (upper play field)
  • Kickball game (upper play field)
  • Hula Hoops (upper play field)
  • Football (upper play field)
  • Jump Ropes (upper play field)

In addition, there will be a bake sale where all proceeds will go towards Islandwood Camp Scholarship funds.

Volunteers needed.  Sign up here:

Spanish Language Class

The Language Link is proud to be able to offer Spanish to Lawton students during the 2014-15 school year. Click here for more information about the class and registration.

2014-15 PTA Fall/Winter Before and After School Enrichment Classes

The  long awaited registration packet with the PTA  before and after school enrichment offerings is ready to go!  We are pleased to say that we have 19 different classes to choose from and 3 new ones.

Please click here to view the full offering of classes plus registration information.

A message from Principal Manza

Dear Lawton Families, Staff, and Community Members,

It is with great pride and excitement that I am writing this letter to you as the newly appointed Interim Principal at Lawton Elementary School.  The opportunity to learn and lead at Lawton was an offer that I welcomed.   My wife Merrill, our eighteen month old daughter Penelope and I cannot wait to become Lawton Dolphins!

I am starting my eleventh year in education, and my fundamental goal has not changed since the first day I stepped into the classroom as a teacher.  I want to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.  As teachers and building leaders we have a profound responsibility to educate children from a holistic approach including reading and writing, math and science, health and fitness, the arts, and social-emotional development.  I look forward to learning from the Lawton staff and leading the educators to continue improving student learning for all students in every classroom every day.  In addition, I anticipate working side by side with families and community members to provide the best elementary experience a student can have, enabling our students to leave Lawton highly prepared for middle school and beyond.

I grew up in a family of teachers, and I knew that I would eventually follow in the footsteps of my parents.  My father taught at the elementary and middle school grade levels for twenty years.  Furthermore, my mother just retired after thirty-nine years in education fulfilling the role of a teacher, administrator, and finally a professor.  This upbringing helped me understand at an early age how important an excellent education is for students, families, and a community.

At the family and community level, it is crucial to build rich and inclusive relationships. I am currently working with our PTA president Carrie Wheeler to ensure a smooth transition and set up time for me to meet the students and families of Lawton Elementary.  I look forward to my first opportunity to meet families at “Popsicles in the Park” on Monday, August 18th.   The communication between families, the community, and the building principal is critical, and I will be sure to provide open lines of communication that are positive and transparent.

At the classroom level, clear learning targets and objectives are crucial in establishing a framework for successful academic programs. Students need to know what they are learning and perhaps more importantly why they are learning specific content.  School leadership must establish clear learning targets and objectives by aligning them with the Common Core State Standards.  Moreover, effective intervention strategies need to be in place for students who are struggling and for students who need a greater challenge. This can be done by effective use of professional development days and consistent monitoring of teaching and learning.  I look forward to working with the staff to enrich instruction and learning.

I want to thank Dr. Gerrans for his leadership and dedication to Lawton Elementary.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Lawton Elementary School.  I am committed to developing positive and lasting relationships. I will work toward supporting an instructional program and school climate that continue to result in high academic achievement of all students.  I look forward to working with you and the children.



Dorian Manza

Lawton PTA welcomes Mr. Manza!

Many people have reached out to the PTA leadership regarding the change in leadership.  Dr. Gerrans has provided consistent leadership at Lawton for the past three years. He has worked hard to provide stability at Lawton after inconsistent leadership in the 3 years prior to his tenure. We have shared our thanks and gratitude for his dedication to our school.  We wish him the best at Salmon Bay and know he will bring stability and high expectations to his new school home through his leadership.While the timing of the transition is difficult, Lawton is a great school with a strong community. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Manza into our thriving and energetic school family. The Lawton staff is already working with Mr. Manza and he is enthusiastic and excited about being a part of the Lawton community.
Mr. Manza has reached out to the PTA board about creating opportunities to meet the broader Lawton community. Mr. Manza will be available to meet families this month at the popsicles in the park.  We have two scheduled in the next 2 weeks.  Typically these events are for new families and incoming kindergarteners, however, Mr. Manza asked that these events be opened up to the entire Lawton community.  Please join us on the Lawton playground to meet Mr. Manza, enjoys a few last moments of summer, and see old school friends.  The two popsicles in the park are scheduled:

  • Monday August 18th at Noon
  • Wednesday August 27th at 6:30pm
There will also be two opportunities in the first month of school to meet Mr. Manza and help him to get to know Lawton. The Back to School Bash for the whole family is scheduled for Friday September 12th. In addition, the PTA will host a fall PTA general membership meeting for parents and teachers on Thursday October 2nd. Both events will be in the evening. We hope many of you can join us on both occasions.
Welcome Mr. Manza to the Lawton family!  
Looking forward to another great year!  
Carrie Wheeler and Kathryn Ficarra
Lawton PTA Co-Presidents

Leadership change message from the Superintendent

Dear Lawton Elementary community,

Today I’m announcing a leadership change at Lawton. Your principal, Dr. Neil Gerrans, has been appointed to serve as the principal of Salmon Bay K-8. I know asking a principal to leave a building right before the school year is difficult for staff and families. However, I believe this decision is in the best interest of all of our students.

I am pleased we are able to announce that Dorian Manza will serve as your Interim Principal. Mr. Manza comes to Lawton Elementary from Whitman Middle School, where he served as Assistant Principal. He starts immediately and will be working with staff this month to make sure we are ready for our first day of school.

At Whitman, Mr. Manza led building-wide professional development in positive discipline and school safety and collaborated with the Building Leadership Team to develop annual school improvement plans. Before joining Whitman, he was the Dean of Students at Alderwood Middle School, where he started his career in education teaching history, health and fitness.

Mr. Manza has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and his Master’s in Education and principal certification from City University. He said he is eager to meet students and collaborate with both staff and families to ensure student success.

As is our practice with an interim appointment, Sarah Pritchett, Executive Director of Schools for the Central Region, will work with the Lawton community in deciding if the position will become a full appointment or if we will go through a formal interview process. That engagement process will take place this winter.

Thank you for the high expectations that you set for every student, and for all that you do. And please join me in welcoming Mr. Manza to Lawton!



Dr. Larry Nyland

Interim Superintendent

Seattle Public Schools

Supply List 2014

Click here for the supply list for the 2014 school year.

New Volunteer Requirements

See new volunteer criteria below.  As volunteers complete these new requirements, they must provide Annette with a copy via email/in-person that they have completed the online course and the hand book.


All volunteers must complete the online course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention: and sign off on the Volunteer Hand Book.  Because we are transitioning into this new online requirement phase, existing volunteers have until the end of the school year to view the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention video and complete the online course.  This requirement regarding the online course is new as of Feb. 1, 2014.  All volunteers are required to read and sign the Volunteer Handbook at the time they sign up to volunteer.  Reading and signing-off on the Volunteer Handbook is not a new requirement.

The volunteer is required to take the online course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention only once.   If an existing volunteer plans to continue as a  volunteer at SPS,  they will need to complete the online course by next school year. It will be helpful for the volunteer to complete the course sooner rather than later.  There is very helpful information in the video that protects them as a volunteer.

The volunteer will provide you with a copy via email/in-person that they completed the online course.  I hope this helps and please let me know if I can answer any additional questions.   Thanks!

Ronald I. McGlone
District Ombudsman
Office of the Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools
2445 3rd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98124
206.252.0529 phone
206.743.3000 fax

Direct Drive: Turn in those Pledge Cards – UPDATE

Enrich Our Community
Lawton Elementary School  Annual Appeal

Thank you to all of the families that returned pledge cards the first week.  We received 28 pledge cards, for a total of $20,140.  All levels of giving allow us to continue providing our current programs to your children.  Please take a moment this week to think about your pledge to the Lawton Community.  Remember, the many ways the Lawton PTA is able to partner with the school to provide student enrichment, resources, and evening events that build community and add to each student’s education.  Think of how excited your child is to learn about art and create with the Lawton Art Docent Program, to meet a published children’s author like Derek Munson (author of Enemy Pie), to experience the Angry Birds catapult on Field Day, and walk to school with their friends. All of these amazing opportunities are made possible through the PTA’s funding.  How much are these experiences worth to you and your child?  Our goal this year is $125,000 ($275.00 per child enrolled at Lawton) and funding this year’s budget is dependent on donations from this Direct Drive.  Our students depend on fundraising for programs that may otherwise not be funded.  Use tax ID 91-1005949 for employer matches.

Enrich Our Community – Lawton Elementary School Annual Appeal 2013-2014

Enrich Our Community
Lawton Elementary School  Annual Appeal

Hello Lawton Families,

Our direct drive officially begins this week!  We were excited to kick things off last Thursday at curriculum night with so many families in attendance.   Your show of support for Lawton is amazing.   All families received a letter and pledge card in their Lawton Rocks folders.  Please take a moment to review the letter and put the pledge card in a prominent location.

We were thrilled to get off to a great start with pledge cards already being returned.  Keep an eye on the front hall for updates towards our fundraising goal of $125,000.00 as well as grade level participation.

Please take a moment this week to think about your pledge to the Lawton Community. Remember, the many ways the Lawton PTA is able to enrich your child’s school day.  Think of how excited your children become talking about catching spiders at Discovery Park, making masks from around the world, meeting a published Children’s author, balloon tosses at field day, walking to school with their friends. All of these amazing opportunities are made possible through the PTA’s funding for the current school year.

The PTA spent $365.00 per student last year to provide enrichment for our students.   How much are these experiences worth to you and your child?  All levels of giving allow us to continue providing our current programs to your children.  Without your support these programs would not be possible.   Right now you have the chance to make all your donation dollars go directly to the PTA to support our students!

Donations can be made all at once or over four installments. You can also make your gift go further if your employer matches charitable contributions. The Lawton PTA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Please give generously!   Review your pledge card this week and make your commitment to enrich our community and our students.  Imagine a school year with financial certainty helping develop passionate lifelong learners! It’s possible with your generosity.

Thank you in advance for your important gift. Thank you for investing in your child’s education.


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