Lawton Elementary School



Lawton Community Playground Pizza Party Meeting

Join us on January 22nd at 6pm at Lawton Elementary in the Commons.  Enjoy pizza while seeing the playground designs of Lawton students and watch a video of Mrs. Fatland’s kindergarten students being interviewed by Mr. Terry’s students.  Vote for your favorite playground design elements of the three prepared designs.

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 session)
  • Run Like the Wind
  • Watercolor
  • Art Adventures
  • Clay Art (Session 3)
  • Unicycle

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.

McClure Middle School Open House – January 29, 2015

Many families will be making the transition from elementary school to middle school soon and to help with that transition, McClure Middle School will be hosting an Open House.

The Open House is divided in to two portions – 1) an informational presentation including student leadership panel and then 2) a self-guided tour which includes classroom visits and McClure Departmental leaders stationed throughout the school with handouts and available to answer questions.

January 29, 2015 will be the only opportunity for families to come tour the school. McClure does not do daytime or personal tours.  If families are not able to attend this event, all of the handouts and brochures will be uploaded to the school website.

Incoming sixth graders and their families are also invited to all McClure events the spring (including a spring barbecue) and they will attend a very effective, fun, anxiety-reducing  orientation at the end of August.

For full detailed information about the open house, you can open the McClure Open House 2015 Brochure.


Shannon Conner

Principal, McClure Middle School

(206) 252-1900

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!

Math in Focus Parent Night

Don’t miss the next Math in Focus Parent Night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at two Seattle elementary schools.

Stevens Elementary in Capitol Hill and Olympic View Elementary in Maple Leaf will host the hour-long sessions, open to all parents, relatives and friends who support district students at home. Spanish and possibly Somali or Amharic translators will be present, but child care will not be provided.

A trainer representing the Math in Focus publisher will provide insight on the “bar modeling” concept – a basic component of the Singapore-based Math in Focus texts, adopted by Seattle Public Schools in June 2014. The trainer also will review tips for helping students with homework and will walk parents through the concrete-pictorial-abstract progression concept within the texts.

Your Feedback Is Needed…Please Take Survey.

Hello Lawton Families!

Now that we are already almost half way through this school year, it is time to start collecting feedback regarding the interim principal appointment.  Dorian Manza, our principal, was given the interim appointment in August of 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.  The superintendent will determine if his position will convert to principal.  Sarah Pritchett, the Central Region Exectutive Director, is seeking feedback from the Lawton community through a survey.  Her message is below. It is important to provide feedback so your voice can be heard in this process.  The staff have been given the same opportunity.


In addition, We hope many of you are also able to join us for pizza and playground dreams at the next Community Playground meeting at Lawton on January 22nd.  It is at Lawton in the Commons at 6pm.  Sarah Pritchett will also be there to answer any questions you may have at the beginning of the meeting between 6:00 and 6:30 before we launch into building a playground of our dreams!

Happy New Year!



Carrie and Kathryn
Lawton PTA Co-Presidents


This is a message from Sarah Pritchett, Executive Director of Schools for the Central Region of Seattle Public Schools with an important request for the families of Lawton Elementary School. 

Currently Mr. Manza is designated as Interim Principal of Lawton Elementary School.  Final decisions on conversions of interim status will be made by the Superintendent in early February.  Conversion of an Interim Principal to Principal includes staff and family input that will be shared with the Superintendent.  It is now time to collect family input.  The link to the family survey is below.  Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the Lawton PTSA general membership meeting on January 22nd. You only need to complete one version, electronic or paper, of the parent survey.  Please complete your electronic survey prior to January 21st.   If you have any questions, please call 206-252-0103.  Thank you and Happy New Year!


The online survey link is:


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

Upcoming Kindergarten and New Family Tours

Upcoming tours will be on the following dates:

January 23rd and February 6th starting at 9:00 am.

January 28th evening open house from 6:30 – 7:30

No need to register. Childcare will not be provided but children are welcome.

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.

Top Ten Reasons to Pledge Your Support

Thank you to the many Lawton Families who have made their impact on the Lawton Direct Drive. We cannot make Lawton the terrific school that it is without your help. The programs we support could not happen without PTA funds.

You have 3 days left to make it happen!


10. Art Materials for the Art Docent Program
9.    Professional Visual Artists for World Cultures Studies
8.    Arboretum, Tilth Garden, Discovery Park and State Capitol Field Trips
7.    Kindergarten Small Group Instruction Blocks
6.    1st – 5th Grade Small Group Tutoring
5.    Non Fiction Resource Materials for the Library
4.    New Instruments and Repair of Instruments for the Robust Music Program
3.    New P.E. equipment such as flower sticks, diablos and maintenance/repair of P.E. equipment such as    rollerblades, archery, tumbling mats, etc. for one of the top P.E. programs in the district!
2.    Story Works, Raz Kids, Reflex Math, Time For Kids, Licenses and Subscriptions


3 days left, help us reach our goal. Send in that pledge card today!

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