Lawton Elementary School



Family Fun Dance Coming, Feb. 5th – 6 -8 pm

If you haven’t already marked your calendars, it’s not too late. Join other Lawton families for a night of good old fashioned fun through dancing and socializing.

Family Fun Dance 2016



PTA General Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 21, 2016

Please join us for the January PTA General Membership meeting. This is a wonderful way to stay informed about what is going on in your child’s school, how your PTA dollars are being spent to enrich your child’s Lawton experience, and much more! The agenda for the January 21st meeting is below. There will be a vote regarding a budget request from the playground committee and the PTA board’s recommendation on how to make up Direct Drive shortfall.

FREE Childcare available from 6:00 -8:00. Social time from 6:00 – 6:30 and the meeting will start at 6:30 in the library.

Hope to see you there!


General Membership Meeting

January 21, 2016


  1. Welcome – Kathryn
  2. Principal Welcome – Dorian
  3. Nominating Committee Election + Open Board Positions– Lisa + Deanne
  4. Budget overview-Mid Year Checkpoint- Kamila + Katie
  5. Spring Art Auction Overview – Terry
  6. Playground Overview – Playground Committee- Anthony + Kim
  7. Closing–Amanda

Sandwiches for Hope – Donations Needed

Sandwiches For Hope is a project that was started by a mom, years ago, when her children attended Lawton. The project was resumed five years ago with Ms. Kelly’s fourth grade class. Every week, the class would make 150-200 sandwiches that were delivered to the St. Francis House to feed some of Seattle’s homeless population.

This tradition continued in our fourth grade classes since then and is led by volunteer parents each year. In the past, families helped fund this project by donating time and sandwich making supplies. The project has grown and now all the fourth grade classes make sandwiches weekly and a project leader from each class purchase all the supplies to make things easier. We are currently making 200 sandwiches a week which equates to approximately $0.62 a sandwich. Along the way, Windermere Real Estate Foundation, started donating money to this project by request from Barbara Jones, the founder of Sandwiches For Hope. Their generous donation of $6,000.oo has fueled this project for the past few years but funds have run out and we need your help. You do not need to be a fourth grade family to donate!   If we keep funds in this account, children of the lower grades will be able to participate in this amazing humanitarian project when they reach the fourth grade. Please help us keep Sandwiches For Hope alive!

We have approximately18 weeks left of sandwich making at $125.00 per week. That means we need $2250 in our fund to cover the rest of the year! All checks are made out to the Lawton PTA and are tax deductible. Please consider donating to this special project to keep the spirit of helping others alive at Lawton Elementary!

Here’s how families can help:

  • $10 gives 16 homeless individuals a meal
  • $25 gives 40 homeless individuals a meal
  • $50 gives 80 homeless individuals a meal
  • $75 gives 120 homeless individuals a meal
  • $125 covers our sandwiches for one whole week and gives 200 homeless individuals a meal!

Donations can be left in the office of given to one of us. Thank you for your support!

If you have questions, please contact one of the following parent leaders:

Julie Hunsucker –

Rebecca Jansson –
Rebecca MacLeod

Register now for PTA sponsored Spring Before and After School Enrichment!

Register your child now for the PTA sponsored Spring Before and After School Enrichment programs.

Timeline for Lottery Drawing:

  • January 19-22: All forms turned in during this time will be registered for classes. However, if any of the classes have more interest than spots available, the class will go to lottery drawing.
  • January 25th – Enrichment class confirmation and balance due will be sent home with your child via kid mail.

Post Lottery Timeline:

  • January 25 – 29: Forms turned in during this time period will be registered on a first come first served basis for classes that are not full.
  • February 1st – Enrichment class confirmation and balance due will be sent home with your child via kid mail.

To see the full list of class offerings you can either click here for a PDF copy or go to the Before and After School Enrichment page listed Programs & Curriculum.

For a registration form, you can download one here. If you do not have access to a printer, hard copies will be available in the front lobby or office.

Please make all checks payable to “Lawton PTA”


School Tours Coming Up

Thank you for your interest in Lawton Elementary School. Unfortunately, we will not have childcare available during the tours and we do not accommodate private tours. This year will be hosting two tours on the following dates:

  • Evening Open House Tour, Tuesday Feb 23 – 6:00 pm start – will include an introduction by our Principal, PTA Representatives,  Q & A Session with the Kindergarten teachers and a look at one of kindergarten classrooms.
  • Morning Tour- Friday, Feb 26th 9:00 am start – will include an introduction by our Principal, PTA Representatives,  Q & A Session and a tour of the school so you can see the kids during a typical day.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 206-252-2130 or the School Tours Chair, Vanessa Gregory.

You’re Invited…

Seattle Schools  would like to extend the opportunity for parents to join representatives from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a special education parent focus group.  The event will be held at Stevens Elementary, January 27th, at 6:00 PM.  We have capacity for the first 30 respondents to participate.

Click here for more information.

Ballard High School One Day Gymnastics Camp

If your child has an interest or is possibly to try out gymnastics, then the Ballard High School one day Gymnastics Camp may be what you are looking for! Check out the flyer here for more information.



McClure Informational Open House

Calling on all incoming 6th grade families (currently 5th grade) to save January 28th on your calendar now. From 6:30 – 8:00 McClure Middle School will be holding it’s annual Open House for families as an informational night to get to know your neighborhood middle school.

For more information, you can click here.

Lawton Community Outreach

Fall Food Drive:

Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the fall food drive!! We collected over 85 bags of groceries this year!!! The donated food was given to our families in need at Lawton. Through your generous support we were also able to provide our Lawton families in need with grocery gift cards too! In addition, this year we partnered up with Broadview-Thomas K-8 school to donate to their school food bank that serves over 30 of their homeless families!

The winners of the mystery prize for bringing in the most food for their grade band are: Ms. Adler’s 1st grade class and Ms. Ulmer’s 4th/5th grade class! Great job!!


If you are interested in helping to buy holiday gifts for some of our Lawton families in need this holiday season please visit our Sign Up Genius to find out what items are needed. Grocery gift cards are also very helpful for struggling families and can be donated by dropping them off to the office staff anytime. Donated gift cards and gifts will need to be turned into the Lawton Office by no later than Monday, December 14th. If you have any questions please feel free to email Jamie Hoskinson, Outreach Chair at


Thank you!


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

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

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!

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