Lawton Elementary School



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.

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Last Popsicle Play Date on Sept 2nd!

Starting kindergarten or any grade at a new school can be overwhelming. The Lawton PTA is pleased to let you know that we are hosting our 2nd Popsicle Play Date for all incoming new students to meet other students and families. This is a great and low key way to meet other families who will be joining the Lawton family. Join us for this last play date before the school year begins!

Wednesday, September 2 – 6:00 p.m.

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.

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


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.

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.

Farewell from Mrs. Dowd

Below is a letter from Susan Dowd. We will miss her but wish her and her family the best on their new adventure.

Lawton Community,

I wanted to let you all know that I have accepted a job at Lakewood School District in a job-share Kindergarten position.  Lakewood is about an hour north of Seattle close to where I grew up.  This change brings mixed emotions as I have thoroughly enjoyed my 8 years at Lawton and my 10 years with Seattle Schools. Lawton is such a wonderful community of staff, students, and families and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.  As hard as it will be to say good-bye to Lawton, I am excited for my new position in Lakewood and the new experiences and opportunities that the move will bring to my family.



Susan Dowd

Field Day is this Friday, June 12th!

One of the most anticipated days for students is just days away! This PTA sponsored event is one of the many highlights that students experience in their time at Lawton. However, this is also an event that truly takes our community to pitch and help out. If you haven’t already signed up to volunteer for one or more stations, we’d love to have you there and so would your child. It’s a day of fun for all and you’ll want to experience the joy it brings your child.


To sign up, you can go to


Summer Enrichment still has space

The Lawton PTA Summer Enrichment still has spots available.

Click here for remaining classes offered and registration form.

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

A variety of student, adult, and family events were available for sign up at the Spring Soiree. If you weren’t able to attend or you just missed signing up, you still have a chance to do it! Listed below are all the events that still have openings. Contact Lisa Blau at to sign up.  Thank you.


Student Events:

1. Lunch with Mr. Manza in March 2016

  • $50
  • 5 spots available

2. Lunch with Mr. Manza in April 2016

  • $50
  • 2 spots available

3. Lunch with Mr. Manza in May 2016

  • $50
  • 5 spots available


4. Wing Luke Museum & Dim Sum in Chinatown Ms Wong & Ms Cail.

  • Students will be dropped off at Lawton Elementary and taken to Chinatown.  They will tour the Wing Luke Museum and enjoy a Dim Sum Lunch.  They will then be transported back to Lawton.
  • Open to Lawton Students currently in Grades 2nd – 5th.
  • Date: TBD (September or October 2015)
  • $50
  • 1 spot left

Adult Events:

1. Ms. Parks, Ms. Wheeler and Ms. Misner bring you “P.E. Adventures” on July 11th.

  • 1 pm – 4 pm
  • For Adults only.
  • Sign up in Teams of Four for an afternoon of fun, fitness & adventure.
  • Enjoy P.E. activities that the children do at school, followed by a scavenger hunt and prizes.
  • $25/person (sign up on your own or as a group of 4 for a team)
  • 12 spots (3 teams) available

2. Flip Flops & Lemon Drops Ladies Pool Party on July 19th.

  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • $40
  • 1 spot left

3. Backyard Keg Party on June 13th

  • Come join the Esterberg’s & Habel’s for beer and BBQ.  Hot dogs & hamburgers and various fixings and salads will be served.  If you want something else to grill, please feel free to bring it along.
  • Starting at 6 pm and no one leaves until the keg is empty!
  • Adults only please.
  • $25
  • 7 spots available

4. Back to School Party for Mom’s on September 9th.

  • 9:30 am – 12 pm
  • Drop the kids off at school and come join parents Erica Jamir, Jen Wenrick & Lisa Blau for drinks and a light brunch.
  • $40
  • 16 spots available

5. Ladies Tanning Party

  • Come join Corrie Ebel for wine, cheese, and tanning.
  • Mutually agreeable date & location.
  • Adult Ladies only.
  • $75
  • 5 spots available

6. Lawton Poker Night for Players on October 24th.

  • 6 pm/Poker starts at 7 pm
  • Adults only.
  • This ticket is for players only.  Cash Prizes, Food, Drink & Fun.
  • $125
  • 19 spots available


7. Lawton Poker Night for Players “Dates” on October 24th.

  • 6 pm/Poker starts at 7 pm
  • Adults only.
  • This ticket is for player’s “Dates” only.  Food, Drink & Fun.
  • $50
  • 8 spots available


Family Events:

1. VIP Parking at 5th Grade Promotion on June 9th.

  • $25/spot
  • 10 spots available




Spring Soiree 2015 Update

Soiree UPDATE2

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

Mark your calendars for the Lawton Move-A-Thon on Friday, May 29th.

Get your student excited to move-it, move-it at the annual Move-A-Thon! This year’s celebration of getting out and moving will serve as a fundraiser for our new playground.

For families new to the school or for those who have not been able to come for the fun, the kids move as much as they can, walking, jogging, and having fun around the course while being supported by the whole school community. This year students will get pledges from family, friends, and neighbors and then they’ll bring their body to move it! More information about volunteer sign-ups, business sponsorships, and pledge instructions will be provided after spring break. 

Mark your calendar now because this is a wonderful event to volunteer at, see our students in action and meet may new people!

It’s Time to Fund Education!

Hello Lawton Community!


We wanted to reach out to you to inform you that as a PTA we support our Lawton staff in their efforts to make a stand for funding public education. Year after year the effects of underfunding are felt throughout our state and our district. The impacts can be big or small but no matter, the impact does not help provide our children with the individualized, high quality, creative, and enriching education that they deserve.

At Lawton this year the impact was BIG for our kindergarten students. Our kindergarten classes ranged from 27-28 students this year in each class. As Mrs. Fatland simply says, “28 kids in my kindergarten class this year was TOO many”. In addition our 4th grade classes were highly impacted as well with 27 and 28 students, which still is too many to truly work to impact each individual child in a thoughtful highly engaging manner.

Why are class sizes so important? The staff at Lawton are invested in making sure EVERY child gets exactly what they need when they need it! To do this they need a reasonable class size! Our Lawton teachers and support staff, along with all the educators in Seattle Public Schools are participating in the walk-out Tuesday, May 19th, to stand up for our children and their rights. One day out of the classroom fighting to make all of their days in the classroom the best they can be!

As a PTA we support our Lawton staff in their efforts for our students. They believe our children deserve more! We believe our teachers deserve to be valued and funds to support their best efforts need to be provided! We invite you to join the march and rally with your children. It is time to let Washington know, it is time to fully fund education!



Carrie Wheeler and Kathryn Ficarra Lawton PTA Co-Presidents

Final Days to RSVP for Lawton Spring Soiree!!

Enjoy a fun night out with your Lawton family and support all the programs we are able to bring to our students at our great school! Check out the online catalog here to see all the amazing items up for bid.

Not only will be have a Live Auction, we will also have a Silent auction, Parties to sign up for, Class Art Projects, and Teacher experiences. Join your fellow Lawton community members on Friday, May 8th at the Fremont Foundry from 7 pm – 11 pm.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The top K-2 class and 3-5 class with most RSVPs (whether it’s a yes,no or maybe) will earn a Pizza Party for their class. The class with most RSVP’s will be announced on May 1st! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming PTA General Meeting on April 30th

Our final PTA General PTA meeting will be on Thursday, April 30th starting at 6:30. We will be presenting the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year as well as voting for new board positions. We would love to see as many PTA members there as possible as the PTA is made up of all members. Below is the agenda for the evening.


Lawton PTA General Membership Meeting

April 30, 2015


Important Notes:

  • Childcare provided 6:25-7:45 (children must be potty trained)
  • Childcare provided in the Commons
  • Meeting held in the library
  • No RSVP necessary


  1. Welcome – Co-President (2 minutes)
  2. Lawton Soiree Information – Co-Vice Presidents (3 minutes)
  3.  2015-2016 PTA Board Nominations – Jen and Erica (Nominating Committee reps) (15 minutes)
  4.  2015-2106 PTA Board Vote – Co-President (5 minutes)
  5.  Overview of the 2015 Community Survey – Co-President (10 minutes)
  6.  School Vision and Priorities for 2015-2016 School Year – Principal Manza (10 minutes)
  7.  School Requests – Co-President and Principal Manza (5 minutes)
  8.  2015-2106 Proposed Budget – Co-Presidents (20 minutes)
  9.  General Announcements and Closure – Co-President  (5 minutes)

Ballard Backpack Program is back!

Hello, my name is Constance Hutchinson, the School Counselor here at Lawton. I am happy to be here and be a part of this wonderful school.

I am happy to announce that Ballard Food Bank’s “BACKPACK PROGRAM” is back and is open to all our students. We work together to provide weekend meals for students in need throughout the school year providing 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners & snacks.

  • Please know that food is distributed discreetly to students on Thursdays for the weekend.
  • Menus rotate to provide different meal options, including vegetarian and other dietary requests.

For any questions and/or to sign up, please complete the form here and return it to me, Constance Hutchinson or the school office. My email is  and direct line is 206-252-2140. You can find me at Lawton on Mondays/Thursdays and alternate Wednesdays. My office is on the far right in the library.

For further information about food offered or additional support offered by the food bank, please contact:

Ballard Food Bank: Erin MacDonald, Development Associate / 206-789-7800

Kindergarten Jump Start in August

If you have an incoming Kindergartener to Lawton, you may consider signing up for Jump Start. This is a great way for the staff to get to know your children in order to help with proper class placement and it will help your child get familiar with the school and routines before the first day of kindergarten. You can click here for more information.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

Currently our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers are preparing our students for the upcoming SBAC state test.  Grades 3 – 5 are getting the chance to take the practice test in the labs and on lap tops so they can familiarize themselves with the testing tools and format.

If you  have any questions about the SBAC, you can find information on

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