Lawton Elementary School



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)

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!

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

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 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!


Summer Enrichment at Lawton!

The Lawton PTA is happy to be offering the Summer Enrichment program for two weeks this summer. The program is designed to help children continue staying active during the time off from school. We are pleased to be offering a variety of well-rounded enrichment opportunities.

If you are interested in enrolling your child/children in the Summer Enrichment program, return the registration form to the school office as soon as possible.

Click here for classes offered and registration form.

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

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 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,

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

Superintendent Nyland has made it official!

Dear Lawton Elementary community,

The Lawton community and PTA would like to congratulate Mr. Manza on his permanent appointment as our principal. We look forward to a fresh start and consistency in our leadership. Looking forward to a brighter future for our students! Below you can read the message sent out by Superintendent Nyland.


“Dear Lawton Elementary community,

Today I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dorian Manza as the principal for Lawton. He has been serving as interim principal since August.

Mr. Manza comes to Lawton Elementary from Whitman Middle School, where he served as assistant principal. Before joining Whitman, he was the Dean of Students at Alderwood Middle School, where he started his career in education teaching history and health and fitness. Since his appointment last summer, Mr. Manza has demonstrated his commitment to Lawton by developing strong relationships with staff and families, sharing his vision for Lawton.

Sarah Pritchett, executive director of the central region, oversaw the community input process to gather feedback on Mr. Manza’s performance as interim principal. This included surveys of staff and families as well as strong mid-year evaluation.
Mr. Manza has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, and a master’s in Education and principal certification from City University.

I know that you will join me in congratulating Mr. Manza on his appointment as principal. Thank you for your dedication to your students and your school community.


Larry Nyland
Seattle Public Schools”


Information from our school nurse on measles

With the recent confirmation of measles in in Washington, I wanted to provide some information to the Lawton community so that you can be informed of what it is and what to look for. For more information, you can visit the King County Public Health website here.


Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that can lead to serious complications. These complications in ear infections, diarrhea pneumonia, encephalitis and even death. Before the introduction of measles vaccine in 1963 there were more than 500,000 measles cases a year and 500 deaths a year in the United States. Measles is mainly related to international travel by persons who are not fully protected by vaccination with measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. A single case of measles is considered a public health emergency

Measles begins with cold-like symptoms. The symptoms include a cough; runny nose; red, itchy, watery eyes, and a high fever (as high as 103-105degrees F). Two to four days after the symptoms begin; a raised, red rash will appear on the head and spread downward to become a full-body rash, usually lasting 5-6 days. People with measles appear quite ill.

Mode of transportation

Person to person by air droplets that can linger in the air for around 1 hour.

Incubation and infectious periods

Incubation is 10 days (7-18 days) from exposure to upper respiratory symptoms, and 14 days for appearance of rash.

Infectious from one day before upper respiratory symptoms to 4 days after appearance of rash.

Update on PTA Enrichment classes

The following classes are full:

  • Circus Arts/Tumbling
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Creative Coding for Kids (Wednesday and Friday Session 2)
  • Tennis (2nd & 3rd session)
  • Run Like the Wind
  • Watercolor
  • Art Adventures
  • Clay Art (Session 3)
  • Unicycle
  • Jr. Urban Forest Stewards

Other classes are filling up quickly and all forms turned in until January 23rd will be on a first come first served basis. Please return all forms to the school office.

Registration for the 3rd session of Hip Hop and the 3rd and 4th session of Tennis are also happening through January 23rd. This will be the last registration window for this year’s before and after school enrichment so if your child is interested, please make sure to turn in your forms by January 23rd.

Download the registration form here.

Information from our school nurse

Our school nurse, Mary Minor, has information to share with our families regarding free dental care, flu prevention and vaccinations. All information shared is to provide families with the information to make choices as they feel works for their family.

Click here for immunization information.

Click here for flu prevention information.

Click here for University of Washington free dental care.


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