Lawton Elementary School

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Announcements

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 www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0949AFAA22A7F85-lawton/5040462

 

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 lisablau@comcast.net 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!

 

Thanks!

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

6:30-7:45pm

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

AGENDA

  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 cahutchinson@seattleschools.org  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 development@ballardfoodbank.org / 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 http://smarterbalanced.www.seattleschools.org

The Spring Soiree RSVP Race is on!

Get your RSVP’s in today.  Return the card that you received with your invitation and/or visit the website at https://lawtonelementarypta.schoolauction.net/soiree/ to purchase your tickets.

  • One class from K-2 and one class from 3-5 with the most RSVP’s (either yes or no) will earn a pizza party for their class.
  • Leader board is posted in the front entryway of the school.
  • Check it out to see how your class is doing.
  • The classes with the most RSVP’s will be announced on May 1st.

 
Mark your calendar!

Spring Soiree
May 8th, 2015
Fremont Foundry
7 pm – 11 pm

See you there!

 

Save the Date for the Lawton Spring Soiree!

The Lawton Spring Soiree is Friday, May 8th at the Fremont Foundry!  This is an important fundraiser as we are fundraising for the balance of this year’s PTA budget that was not reached with the Fall Direct Drive. By meeting our goal this will allow us to fulfill financial obligations for the remainder of this school year, including but not limited to the following:

  • Academic Support in the form of Mrs. Dowd’s part time teaching position
  • Tutoring and playground supervision provided 5 days a week March through June
  • Spring artists in residence, such as Water Color with Mrs. McKinney happening right now for K-2nd grade students
  • Science Week
  • Teacher classroom stipends/discretionary funds
  • Field Day

Not only is this an important night for fundraising but it’s also a great way to meet and socialize with fellow Lawton parents and community members!

We are asking you to be a part of this great event and take some action in continuing your support. Here are the ways you can participate:

  • Attend the Spring Soiree – Formal Invitations are being sent home via kid mail (youngest child if you have more than one student at Lawton).
  • Sponsor a staff member to attend
  • Make a donation

To purchase tickets or donate click on the following link www.lawtonelementarypta.schoolauction.net/soiree

BE A PART OF THE ACTION and we hope to see you there!

We Need You!

The PTA nominating committee is currently seeking volunteers interested in participating on the PTA 2015-2016 Board.  A review of bylaws was completed  this year and an error was made.  The process is as follows:

1. A recommended vote for a nominating committee at the October or January PTA general membership meeting.

2. The nominating committee than seeks volunteers interested in open positions and reviews interested parties to make recommendations to the general membership.

3. And finally, recommend a slate to be put forward at the April PTA General Membership meeting.

However, since a vote was not taken for a nominating committee as recommended, the nominating committee will seek volunteers and make recommendations to the board for a slate.  If there are more than one interested parties in one position after initial recommendations from the nominating committee, all names will be listed on the slate for a vote at the general membership meeting in April.  In the future the recommended process will be followed and we apologize that we did not make ourselves aware of the intended process in time.  Please review the job descriptions below and if you are interested and open to consideration for any of the positions  please submit a letter of interest, including background information about yourself and why you are interested, to the chair of the nominating committee at vicepresidents@lawtonelementary.org by Friday, March 27th.

PTA Board Job Descriptions

Lawton PTA and School Needs Your Feedback

 
Please complete this short brief survey that will take only 10-15 minutes to complete. We are working collaboratively with the school on developing a PTA priorities list and a budget proposal for the 2015-2016 school year. We want to hear from all of you. Please complete the survey by Friday, March 27th.
 

S.T.E.A.M. Challenge #2

Lawton families, our S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Challenge #2 is underway! Our first challenge was the cardboard challenge and we had a successful number of students participate and we were ecstatic to see how they were able to think outside the box and be creative.

Our next challenge is the Bio Mimicry Challenge and should be exciting yet challenging for our students. Click here to see the handout that explains what Bio Mimicry is. In addition, we will need parent volunteers on:

Friday, March 20th 

8:35-9:20 – Help Set up for the Lawton STEAM Day (hanging posters, setting up projects, etc.)

4 Volunteers Needed (If you are able to volunteer e-mail Carrie Wheeler, feeleywheeler@comcast.net)

2:00-2:45pm Classroom Volunteers for Biomimicry Activity

1-2 volunteers per classroom (e-mail the room parent directly if you are able to volunteer)

Luring Incident Resolved

Please click here to read the attached memo from Principal Manza.

 

Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Hello Kindgergarten Families!

Mr. Manza has reached out to the PTA in his plan to host a meeting open to all kindergarten families that are able to come.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and problem solve kindergarten class size issues. Mr. Manza has continued to reach out to the PTA to keep us informed and allow us the opportunity to be part of the conversation.

The PTA strives to help when possible make ALL Lawton students be successful! Kindergarten class sizes are one issue that is a significant issue across many areas of the district.  Lawton is not alone in this but it doesn’t feel good for any of our teachers, our parents, or our kids. We understand the challenge this has been for our Lawton families in kindergarten. The meeting is planned for Friday Feb 20th 9-10am in the library.  It is a chance to hear concerns, but even more importantly to hear possible ideas/creative problem solving strategies as we plan for next year.   PTA Board representatives will be there, along with Mr. Manza, to participate in the meeting.

Mr. Manza realizes that the timing will not allow all to participate.  Unfortuantely there is not one perfect time that accommodates all families.  If you are unable to make the meeting he wanted to ask that you e-mail him directly prior to the 20th.  He will share those e-mailed concerns and ideas with the group.  A summary from the meeting will be provided to all kindergarten families the following week after the meeting.

Many thanks for being part of the Lawton community!

Carrie and Kathryn

Lawton PTA Co-Presidents

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