Lawton Elementary School

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Announcements

General PTA Meeting – April 24, 6:30pm

Thursday April 24 is the Lawton Elementary PTA General Meeting. This meeting is where you elect new officers and approve a budget for the 2014-15 school year. PTA Board openings for election are Co-President, Co-Vice President, Secretary, Cashier, and Communications (2).

We will also discuss the results of our recent survey regarding fundraising preferences and present a strategy for the coming school year. The 2014-15 budget will then be presented for membership approval. The board has proposed keeping funding at the same level as 2013-14 ($144,000) but is considering a new approach to achieving this goal.

The meeting will be from 6:30-7:30 in the Lawton Library. Childcare will be available for Lawton students and potty-trained, preschool-age siblings.

Anyone can attend the meeting and participate in the discussion but only PTA members can vote.

Thanks,

Anson Fatland and Carrie Wheeler

Lawton PTA Co-Presidents

Lawton Music Notes – Kindergarten classes May 16

Please join us for the Musical Presentation by the Kindergarten classes on Friday May 16th from 6:00-7:00pm.  Please have students arrive by 5:45pm and contact Kirsten Dumo (link to kdumo@me.com) with any questions or to volunteer to help.

Breakfast with Kam Chancellor – May 2

Friday, May 2

7am – 8:45am

Ballard High School Gymnasium

Benefits the Ballard High School Football Team and the BHS Sports Medicine Program

Click here for the flyer

Seattle Public Schools Seeks Feedback on Proposed Elementary Math Instructional Materials

The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage.  In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.

The committee is excited to have three possible math programs as viable candidates:

  • enVision
  • Go Math!
  • Math in Focus

So how can you get involved and help?

You can provide direct feedback at one of our display locations. There will be forms prepared for you to fill out at each site, as well as forms online.  This is an opportunity to compare the programs and consider what type of program you think would be a good fit for your family and community, and most importantly, for your student.

From April 1 through April 25, please come to one of these schools during the school day:

  • Catherine Blaine K-8, 2550 34th Ave W, 252-1920
  • Bryant Elementary, 3311 NE 60th St., 252-5200
  • Northgate Elementary, 11725 1st Ave NE, 252-4180
  • West Seattle Elementary, 6760 34th Ave SW, 252-9450
  • Wing Luke Elementary, 3701 S Kenyon St., 252-7630

Or visit the Douglass-Truth Public Library, 2300 E Yesler Way, during open hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 206-684-4704

While the math committee prefers community members review the materials in person, we know that’s not always an option. You can review materials online starting April 1. Visit http://bit.ly/MathAdoption2014

Secondly, if you would like to consider how well the programs align to the standards by which the students will be learning, the committee invites you to consider the transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The state has adopted this new set of standards, which will replace Washington Performance Expectations in English/Language Arts and Mathematics beginning next year.  Your input is sought on how far you think these programs go to help your students, their teachers, and our community best meet the demands of these 21st century skills.

More information about the Common Core is available online at:

If you have any specific questions about how these programs were selected for the final round, please don’t hesitate to email mathadoption@seattleschools.org.

Lawton PTA Board meet and greet: Saturday, April 5, 8:30am

 

The Lawton PTA Board Presidents are hosting a meet and greet for interested parties.  Those interested in PTA Board positions next year, we would love to meet you, answer questions, and discuss the job descriptions.  If you are interested in one of our open Lawton PTA Board positions please feel free to join us.  We are actively looking for interested parties in the recording secretary and co-president.  We also have open positions for co vice-president, Communications Co-Chair: website and Facebook, Communications Co-Chair: newsletter, and Cashier.  We have people who have expressed interest in the latter positions but they are still considered open and available.  
 
Uptown Espresso 
Magnolia Village
Saturday, April 5th 
8:30am

 

 

 

PTA Budget Planning – Your input requested!

Dear Lawton Community,

Every Spring the PTA board begins the process of drafting a budget for the coming school year. This budget is discussed with school leadership then presented to the general membership at the April meeting; this year the meeting is on Thursday April 24th.

This past year the Lawton Elementary PTA had an annual budget of $143,750. Sources of funds were the Direct Drive ($125,000), the Spring Social ($25,000), and other passive fundraising activities ($4,850). Less expenses ($11,100) yields $143,750.

In planning for 2014-15 we have a few fundraising options and we would like to poll our membership about preferences:

·      Direct Drive ONLY; this may not raise the projected $145,000 for 2014-15 and could force us to make potentially significant cuts to the budget. ($125,000 is the most we’ve ever raised.)

·      Auction ONLY; while we had success in the past with auctions grossing up to $140,000+, we tend to capture an average of $0.75 for each dollar raised (~$110,000), again leaving us short of our projected budget of $145,000.  Auctions also require a committee of interested volunteers.

·      Hybrid Direct Drive/Auction; we could lower the Direct Drive goal and have a downsized auction in the Spring, hoping together both events would raise $145,000.

Over the past two years we have run Direct Drive campaigns, which have raised approximately 85% of our budget. We completed fundraising with the Spring Gala and other means. However, people have been voting with their feet and attendance at the Spring Gala has dropped nearly 50%. Several people have mentioned that they miss having an auction, miss socializing with their friends, and miss the chance to bid on items they might not otherwise have a chance to buy elsewhere. There are others who clearly prefer the Direct Drive to the auction and would prefer to only have a direct drive. The preference is so closely split, with 52% of respondents last school year reporting they prefer a Direct Drive, leaving 48% who don’t. It’s hard to get much closer than that.

With that, we are asking you how you would prefer to engage next year with the Lawton Elementary PTA in its fundraising approach. We are also gauging interest in helping plan and execute an auction, should we have one next year. This process would need to start this Spring, so time is of the essence!

Please take this brief survey and let us know your preference.  The survey will be open through Monday, March 31st.  And as always, thank you for your support of Lawton.

Cheers,

Anson Fatland and Carrie Wheeler, Lawton Elementary Co-Presidents

Kindergarten – Jumpstart, August 18 – 22

This summer, Lawton will again be offering Jumpstart for our incoming Kindergarten students. This year we will be offering Jump Start: August 18-22 in the mornings.

Last summer we were one of 33 schools participating with overwhelmingly positive results from parents and students.  Students felt more connected to their schools, parents and guardians were able to begin to form relationships with school personnel, and teachers were able to model school behaviors that inspired children to start school with joy and excitement.

If your student will be joining Lawton for Kindergarten, we hope you are able to join us for this week in August.

Click here for flyer page 1

Click here for flyer page 2

The PTA Board Needs You!

The PTA Board is seeking several volunteers to fill key positions for the 2014-2016 school years.  Open positions include: Co-President, Vice President, Cashier, Communications – Newsletter, Communications – Website/Facebook and Recording Secretary.  Please click HERE to view job descriptions.  The PTA Board meets once per month and time commitment varies throughout the year.  Board members are elected at the last general PTA meeting of the year for two-year terms.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Kelly Esterberg.

Lawton Gala Tickets – Don’t Miss Out!!

Hello Lawton Families!

It is time to get your tickets for the Lawton Gala!  Click HERE for flyer.

We are excited to celebrate the year with the community and we hope everyone can join us at the Gala this year on March 22nd at the Daybreak Star in Discovery Park. It will be a fun night of socializing DISCO style, eating and drinking, and of course opportunities to buy raffle tickets for gift baskets, beautiful pictures of your child, classroom art, parking spots, and some new and exciting additions (shhhhhh but rumor is there might be an opportunity to be PE teacher or the librarian for the day).  What kid does not want to take over for Mrs. Parks and Mrs. Kohler!

You can purchase your tickets and drink tickets ($5 each) online.  Drink tickets will also be available at the door.

Purchase your tickets at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/594360

Watercolor class – start date change to March 26

The after school watercolor class will start March 26th versus March 19th and will end on May 7th. Please contact Carol McKinney with any questions.

Seattle Public Schools Seeks Feedback on Proposed Elementary Math Instructional Materials

The Seattle Public Schools elementary math adoption committee work has reached a critical stage.  In looking to partner with parents and community to find the best possible math program for Seattle Public School students for the 2014-15 school year and beyond, the committee invites you to provide your thoughts and opinions.

Click HERE for more details.

 

Lawton Gala Tickets – Buy NOW!!!

Hello Lawton Families!

It is time to get your tickets for the Lawton Gala!  Click HERE for flyer.

We are excited to celebrate the year with the community and we hope everyone can join us at the Gala this year on March 22nd at the Daybreak Star in Discovery Park. It will be a fun night of socializing DISCO style, eating and drinking, and of course opportunities to buy raffle tickets for gift baskets, beautiful pictures of your child, classroom art, parking spots, and some new and exciting additions (shhhhhh but rumor is there might be an opportunity to be PE teacher or the librarian for the day).  What kid does not want to take over for Mrs. Parks and Mrs. Kohler!

You can purchase your tickets and drink tickets ($5 each) online.  Drink tickets will also be available at the door.

Purchase your tickets at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/594360

Mindfulness in K-12 Education, Brody LaRock, AP at John Hay

Where:  Coe Auditorium

Date/Time:  March 18, 6:30 – 8pm

- What is mindfulness, what mindfulness is not.  Current research in neuroscience, clinical interventions, k-12 education.

 

Dyslexia: the Movie – March 27

Dyslexia: the Movie is an engaging documentary that weaves vintage classroom footage, celebrity interviews and the comedic touch of dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V into an engrossingly entertaining film on a serious subject.

It’s a great event for families encountering all types of reading/writing/learning challenges.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coe Elementary Lunchroom

  • Opening Remarks 6:15
  • Film Begins 6:30
  • Panel 8:00

The screening of the documentary will be followed by a panel of distinguished experts who will speak about local resources for parents and students, the latest research in the field of intervention, and ways for parents to advocate for their children. The panel will answer questions.

Click HERE for flyer

Lawton Gala Tickets – March 22nd

Hello Lawton Families!

It is time to get your tickets for the Lawton Gala!  Click HERE for flyer.

We are excited to celebrate the year with the community and we hope everyone can join us at the Gala this year on March 22nd at the Daybreak Star in Discovery Park. It will be a fun night of socializing DISCO style, eating and drinking, and of course opportunities to buy raffle tickets for gift baskets, beautiful pictures of your child, classroom art, parking spots, and some new and exciting additions (shhhhhh but rumor is there might be an opportunity to be PE teacher or the librarian for the day).  What kid does not want to take over for Mrs. Parks and Mrs. Kohler!

You can purchase your tickets and drink tickets ($5 each) online.  Drink tickets will also be available at the door.

Purchase your tickets at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/594360

Workshop dates announced for Large Projects Fund applicants

Neighborhood Matching Fund supports neighborhood groups for community-building projects

 SEATTLE – The Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting six workshops for those interested in applying to the Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund provides awards of up to $100,000 in matching funds to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the six workshops offered is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The mandatory workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in the fund are invited to attend. Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Thursday, February 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave North

Tuesday, February 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way Southwest

Thursday, March 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue South

Tuesday, March 25th, 6 – 8 p.m.

Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave Northeast

Tuesday, April 8, 6 – 8 p.m.  

NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South

Thursday, April 10, 6 – 8.p.m.

Miller community Center, 330 19th Ave East

 

To learn more visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/largeproject.htm. For additional information or to request an interpreter (one week prior to preferred workshop), applicants can call 206.233.0093 or emailNMFund@seattle.gov. The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 5, 2014.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Urinetown – The Musical: Ballard High School

A hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, controlled by a single malevolent company that charges admission for a most basic human need. But amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough. Come see the result for yourself!

Performances will launch at the Opening Night Gala on Thursday March 6th, with the option of enjoying a pre-performance auction and dinner; and will run five more nights until March 15th. Order your tickets now at showtix4u.com.

Thank you!!

Paula Cerni Conde

VP Publicity, Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club

The PTA Board Needs You!

The PTA Board is seeking several volunteers to fill key positions for the 2014-2016 school years.  Open positions include: Co-President, Vice President, Cashier, Communications – Newsletter, Communications – Website/Facebook and Recording Secretary.  Please click HERE to view job descriptions.  The PTA Board meets once per month and time commitment varies throughout the year.  Board members are elected at the last general PTA meeting of the year for two-year terms.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Kelly Esterberg.

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