Lawton Elementary School



Science Fair – Thursday, June 9th 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

A mini version and a hard copy of the registration form should have been sent home Friday, May 13th  or Monday, May 16th with students. Both the science fair packet and the registration form can be downloaded if you did not receive one via kid mail. In an attempt to save paper we are not sending home hard copies of the full science fair packet.

Registration forms are due Friday, May 20th!

Guidelines for each grade:

Kindergarten Students – Whole Class Projects with OPTIONAL individual projects if students/families choose (registrations only required for individual projects as the teacher completes the whole class project registration)

1st Grade Students – Encouraged Individual Projects with family support but NOT REQUIRED

2nd Grade Students – Individual Projects

3rd Grade Students – Individual Projects

4th and 5th Grade Students – STEAM Career/Job Projects (click here for the 4th & 5th grade packet)

We will be looking for parent volunteers to help during science enrichment (Science On Wheels) Friday, June 3rd, and for the open house science fair event the afternoon of Thursday, June 9th.  Save the dates to volunteer if you are interested/available! If you have any questions please contact Carrie Wheeler,


Art Docent Thank You Party! Come Join Us!


The docent logoArt Docent program had another wonderful year of creative curriculum and truly beautiful artwork! All current docents and anyone interested in joining our team for next year are cordially invited to a casual wine and cheese “thank you” gathering on Monday June 20 from 7pm to 8pm at the home of outgoing Chair Tracy Pozil. Please join us! To RSVP and for more information, email Joely Johnson Mork or Tracy Pozil.

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Summer Camp Openings at Lawton Boys & Girls

If you are still looking for summer activities for your child, look no further! Lawton Boys and Girls Club offers a whole summer of fun! Click here to view the whole list of summer weekly offerings.

Last PTA General Meeting – April 28th

Please join us for the last PTA General Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 6:oo p.m. in the Lawton Library. The PTA Board will be presenting the proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year as well as presenting the slate of nominees for next year’s PTA board.

Decisions should be made by the greater whole and not a small minority so please consider joining us as your voice as a PTA member is important. Childcare will be available.

View Agenda here.

Lawton Community – We Hear You!!

Thank you for taking our 2015-2016 PTA Survey.  We had amazing responses from so many of you and we are grateful for your kind feedback. We also received some concerns/questions from you, which we would like to address.

Staying Informed About Classroom Activity:

Based on the PTA survey, we will continue to keep you informed about what your child is learning.  Specific areas you mentioned are the math curriculum, classroom activities, RULER, music, technology, and P.E. The teachers do a wonderful job sending out emails to parents and we are grateful for your continued desire to stay on top of your child’s education.


Safety is very important to the Lawton staff.  Lawton Elementary has a safety committee that meets monthly, and we have communicated all of your safety-related responses to them with the goal of supporting their efforts to enhance the safety of our school community.


Based on the current survey responses, many of you are interested in seeing the PTA budget more clearly and regularly. We will be presenting the 2016-2017 preliminary budget (which is put together by the budget committee, feedback from the school survey and staff input) at April’s General PTA Meeting on Thursday, April 28th beginning at 6:00pm (click here for meeting Agenda). At this meeting, the budget will be voted on.  We will send out the approved, final budget to all members of the PTA. If you have any questions on the budget anytime during the year, please send an email to for an up-to-date budget.  We are more than happy to share it with you!

Communication Channels:

Based on feedback from the survey, the PTA is currently revamping its website ( to make it a substantive channel of communication.  The new website will be the authoritative source for ways to get involved at Lawton, PTA committee sign-up forms, upcoming events, online enrichment registration, and more.  We will also have a new page on the site specifically geared toward incoming kindergarten families and other families who are new to Lawton. Be on the lookout for updated site – we are really excited about this endeavor!

New Ideas:

You all brought up some really fantastic ideas, and we are eager to introduce them next year. Some of these ideas included parent social nights, school talent show, community service opportunities, new family orientation, and a kindergarten liaison program.  These are all fantastic ideas just waiting for the help of our parent volunteers.  Please be on the lookout for new opportunities/committees to implement these ideas on our updated website this fall!



Lawton PTA Board

Lawton Playground Project Update

Dear Lawton Community,

The Lawton Playground Committee is still in need of your help. We are planning to submit a proposal to the Large Neighborhood Match Fund, which is due on May 2nd.

This grant request would cover whatever we haven’t raised to complete the Phase 1 Playground Vision. For this grant, we need to include a Community Match Pledge Form. The More Community Involvement, the Stronger the Proposal!

We need volunteer pledges from the Lawton Community!! Please consider pledging to donate some time to help realize our vision. All volunteer hours count as matching funds! If you can help, please send the following information to Kristeen Penrod

  • Name and Contact info (Address, Phone, Email)
  • Type of support (e.g., outreach, participate in Community Work Days to install playground equipment, plant nature trail)
  • Number of hours you’re willing to donate

Every bit helps us get to the goal of a new and improved playground for our school and community. Thank you for your consideration.


Enjoy a burger at Red Robin and raise money for Lawton! That’s right, have a burger at Red Robin and money will be donated to Lawton. This program usually donates 1% to the school of your choice but 5% will be donated now through April 24th.

For more information on how you can register and support Lawton by enjoying a burger, click here.

Family Input Requested by Seattle Schools: Bell Times Implementation

The Seattle School Board recently adopted a new bell time schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

As the district moves forward to a successful transition to the newly adopted bell times, it is focusing on a number of topics including:

  • Nutrition services (breakfast and lunch),
  • Before and after school programs, and
  • Athletics

As part of this work, we are is seeking your input on these three (3) areas and how a bell time change could potentially affect your child(ren)’s participation.

Please consider taking an online survey available for families, staff and members of the school community by April 13, 2016.

If you would like to participate in this survey, please click on one of the following language choices.




Spring Art Auction is this Friday, April 1st

Though tickets sales closed on Friday, you can still help us meet our goal to build the Lawton students and community a new playground.  Our current playground has provided thousands of children with the opportunity to climb, slide, jump, spin, hang, and much more but it truly is on it’s last leg. Our playground is outdated, broken, and simply unsafe for all children and they deserve better than that.

We understand that not every family can come to the auction event but please consider making a donation in support of the playground project! Our kids need a new play structure badly. Every dollar supports the effort so please consider making a donation of any amount that you’re able. Any amount helps and we truly hope you will consider making a tax deductible donation.

Thank you for your consideration!

Lawton PTA Board and students


Playground Update

We’re getting close to being able to select our actual Playground! We will be circulating a Survey of a few different options in the coming weeks, but we will also have the playground committee at Serendipity from 4-6p on Saturday March 19th with the plans for you to see and vote on. Feel free to drop by and vote for your favorite design!

Morning Volunteers Needed

We are looking for parent volunteers who would be interested in supervising the library on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:20 – 8:35. We like to give the students an alternative to standing outside waiting for the bell to ring.

Currently Mrs. Gallegos has the library open on Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but is not here the other days. Ideally we would like to have at least 2 adults for each of those days. If you are interested, please contact Principal Manza at


WEAR RED Thursday February 18th


Walk-in to WEAR RED Thursday February 18th

Walk-in to support “Fully Funding Education”! Lawton is hoping for a big turn out of parents, community members, and students! Wear red and meet on the playground at 8:15. This is a critical message to our state! Our students, all of Washington’s students, need our educational system to be fully funded! Wear red, join us at 8:15-8:40 for the walk-in!! Support Fully Funding Education! Lawton is hoping for a big turn-out of parents and other community members!

Last chance to register 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”


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

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.

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