Lawton Elementary School



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.

Mid-Winter Break Kids Boot Camp

If you are looking for a great activity for your child during our Mid -Winter break on Feb. 16 & 17, this might be what you are looking for! CrossFit Interbay will be offering a two day boot camp for kids. This has been a highly popular class in the summer and during the Thanksgiving break. Click here for more information.

GEMS – Girls Embrace Math & Science

A math competition for just girls! This competition is run by Girls Rock in Science & Math, an organization run by students to encourage young girls that they too can rock in the STEM fields! For more information click here.

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.

Absences and Tardies Policy Reminder

Please inform the office (call 252-2139 or email and your child’s teacher regarding absences and/or tardies.

Excused Absence

  • Some unplanned absences are excused:  a child’s personal illness or injury, or the illness, injury, or death of a family member prevents your child from attending school. Other planned absences that will be excused include doctor and dentist appointments and religious holidays.

Unexcused Absence

  • All other absences are considered unexcused, including student or parent oversleeping, student missing the bus, transportation problems, student needed for baby-sitting, etc.  If the school determines that absences are excessive or interfering with student learning, a parent conference will be scheduled with the Principal.
  • The Compulsory School Attendance requires that the District file petitions with the Superior Court of King County for all students who have seven (7) or more unexcused absences in a month or ten (10) or more unexcused absences in a school year.  The juvenile court will then monitor your children’s attendance in school.  If your child’s attendance does not improve, there can be penalties for both you and your child.

When Late: 

  • The first bell rings at 8:35 at which time the students will be admitted into the classroom.  Students who arrive after 8:40 must check in with the office to receive a pass to class, and students will be asked the reason why they are late.  Excused tardies are as follows:  medical appointments and late buses. Unexcused late will be marked for any other reason. Note: Students arriving late disrupt the class and take the teacher’s attention away from the lesson.  If the school determines that the student has excessive tardies, a parent conference will be scheduled with the Principal.

After School Policy: 

  • School is out at 2:50.  It is expected that parents will be at the undercover area on the playground by 2:50 to pick-up their students unless the student rides the bus or the office has been notified of the parent’s late arrival due to unexpected circumstances.  It is important to call 252-2130 no later than 2:50 to notify the office if you are running late.  If a parent is not at the pick-up point students will be brought to the office and the office staff will attempt to contact the parents or emergency contacts for a student pick-up.  Since there is no adult supervision on the playground after school, students are expected to go directly home unless accompanied by an adult.  Students taking the bus will wait in the Commons area until their bus arrives under the supervision of the bus duty person.  Please be on time to pick-up your student as the office is a very busy place and the office staff have many duties to accomplish before they close the office at 3:30.

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.


Photos Needed for Yearbook

Though it seems like we would not be thinking about the school year book yet, we actually are. Not only does this process take the whole school year, it also takes a village and this is where we need your help. If you have volunteered in the classroom, gone on a field trip, or even attended a classroom celebration this, we would appreciate it if you could share those photos so we have many choices for the yearbook. Phone photos are not preferred as the quality does not transfer well into the yearbook software but if that is all you have, we will take it just in case.

You can send all photos that you think would be great for the yearbook to

Thank you!

Register now for PTA sponsored Before and After School Enrichment!

Register your child now for the last sessions of all PTA sponsored Before and After School Enrichment programs. This will be the final registration window for all sign ups so don’t miss out. Registration will be happening from January 6 – January 23, 2015. In order to allow all students equal access to classes, the first three days of registration (Jan. 6 – 9) will be based on a lottery. Many classes fill up quickly due to limited space or popularity. All forms turned in after January 9th will be registered on a first come first served basis.

Classes that were full the last session are:

  • Creative Coding for Kids
  • Circus Arts
  • Unicycle
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Run Like the Wind
  • Watercolor
  • Clay Art

For the full list of class and registration information, please click here.

Chess Club back at Lawton!

The next session of Chess Club is starting Friday, January 9, 2015. For registration information please click here.


A shout-it-from-the-rooftops THANK YOU! to all those who contributed to Lawton’s Holiday Outreach Program! You brightened the holiday season for 11 Lawton families in need. Because of your incredible generosity, the families received much appreciated gifts including “wish list” toys, warm clothing, household essentials, grocery gift cards and so much more!

Many people stepped forward to generously offer their support. Over 50 donors within our own school community extended helping hands to their fellow Lawton Dolphins. Invaluable contributions were also made by caring neighbors: Seattle Country Day School’s Kindergarteners and first graders, their families and teachers; Brian Shook, the owner of Five Corners Hardware, and the store’s customers; and the Magnolia Rotary Club.

We are gratsnow-written-thank-youeful to all those who joined this community effort. You help make our school a better place!

Warm wishes for a wonderful 2015

With heartfelt appreciation,

Your Community Outreach Team

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Are you and your family prepared if a disaster hit your neighborhood? Chances are you are not. Download the Disaster Preparedness Handbook here.

School Board President delays vote on permanent Superintendent

“School Board President Sharon Peaslee is moving to delay a vote on selecting a permanent superintendent for one week in order to allow the public to weigh in on the item.

Originally, “Action to select a permanent superintendent” had been listed for the regular December 3 meeting. Approval of the item would have authorized the Board President to negotiate a contract with current Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland for the permanent position of Superintendent. The item will, instead, be introduced at this week’s board meeting, with action slated for a special meeting of the board on December 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Interested parties can provide input via the School Board email address, More information is available via the posted agenda for the December 3 board meeting.”

Your PTA Thanks You For Your Support!




THANK YOU to the 216 families and friends who returned Direct Drive Pledge Cards during the Enrich our Community campaign.

This year we had 64% of our families’ pledge their support for the Lawton PTA and Lawton Elementary. We raised $11,775.00 in company matches!

Thank you to our matching companies… Adobe, Apple, Boeing, Citrix, The Gates Foundation, Home Depot, JLL, The Metropolitan Companies, Microsoft, Milliman, Inc., OAC Services, Inc., Real Networks, Salesforce, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo.

With a total of $116,326 we worked together toward our common goal of providing enriching, dynamic and engaging programs for all our children. To date we have raised 80% of our school year budget.

To maintain fiscal responsibility we will freeze some line items until we raise the rest of our budget.

Join us at the Spring Soirée on April 24, 2015 to eliminate our budget short fall.

Thank you for your generous support.

We are moving towards the financial security to fully fund all our programs and enrichment for this school year!



Your Lawton PTA

Family thank you Final 2014

Direct Drive Update

The Lawton PTA would like to thank all the families and friends for their generous donations to the Direct Drive during this last month. As of October 31st we have raised $114,216, 79% of our total budget for the school year. We will send out the official total in next Monday’s newsletter. If you were not able to turn in your pledge card this past week, we would appreciate it very much if you turned it in this week.

Is my child too sick to come to school?

Our school nurse, Mary Minor, has provided the following document that has guidelines to help you decide whether your child is too sick to come to school.

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