PTA Association Meeting SUMMARY: April 12, 2017

Lafayette Elementary School PTA Association Meeting SUMMARY (April 12, 2017) RECOGNITIONS –  THANK YOU! Karla, Mary, Alberto and Dory for the yearbook The Spring Play Committee Pam and Gloria for the Sing-a-Long and Raffle GUEST SPEAKER Ms. Tong, our computer teacher, spoke about STEM@Lafayette The presentation spoke about where we are and where we want to be with our computer science curriculum Our current goal is to have a 1:2 device to student ratio. This goal will be met by the summer when additional iPads are ordered in July. 3D printer has been funded through a grant Lafayette has been selected to a be a part of SFUSD’s computer science pilot program Currently working on various types of engineering in 6 classrooms Working on tech integration in the classrooms vs the computer lab Would eventually like to transform the computer lab to a Makers Space Innovation Lab To see the presentation click here —>  4/12 PTA Presentation FINANCIAL REPORT Covered the period from March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017 Income received for this period was from the Annual Give Campaign, Spell-a-thon and yearbook sales. Expenses included the spring play,  the band for the Blue Ribbon ceremony, hospitality, teacher grants and field trips COMMITTEE UPDATES Membership 423 members Classes with the highest participation and winners of the bagel breakfast are: K: Iwaszewicz, 1st grade: Chue, 2nd grade: McClain, 3rd grade: Steinberg, 4th grade: Brook, 5th grade: Welsh Annual Give Campaign raised a total of $115,229.00 to date 44% participation Celebratory movie night will be held on 4/29 at 6:30pm Students are voting on which movie to watch Sing-A-Long Will...
Family Movie Night Reminder:  Saturday, April 29th (Arrive at 7pm)

Family Movie Night Reminder: Saturday, April 29th (Arrive at 7pm)

Thank You to everyone who donated to this year’s Annual Give Campaign (AGC). It was our most successful campaign to date in both amount raised and participation rate! In gratitude, Lafayette PTA’s AGC is hosting a Family Movie Night featuring the movie SING! With the nice April weather this weekend, we just couldn’t  help it.  We are moving the movie party outside.  We will have it in the yard, and it will start a bit later than 7 because of the sun. When:  Saturday, April 29th Time:  Arrive a little before 7PM, Movie starts at 7:00PMish (due to change of venue to outside viewing – we will start the movie when it is dark) Location:  Lafayette Elementary (Outside Yard) Admission:  FREE (popcorn will be served) A few very important details: Bring a low chair or blanket. Bring a chair, blanket, tarp or something to sit on. Bring a jacket, hat, scarf, sleeping bag, etc. – it still is San Francisco. This  is a Lafayette Family event.  NOT A DROP OFF — you must come with an adult or chaperone. Please arrive at 7 . . .we will start the movie as soon as it gets dark. No parking in the yard – that is where the party is. Please find a valid parking spot and walk to the event.  Be mindful of neighbors, driveways and double parking, as always. Its Free!  to Thank all of you Lafayette Families for everything you do! Thank You for supporting the...

Community Experiences: Time Still Left To Get Yours

Sign-up slots are still available for the Sing-a-long Community Experiences. These fun social events/learning opportunities for adults and/or children are hosted by Lafayette parents in an effort to raise money for the Lafayette PTA while socializing with other members of our school community.  All proceeds benefit our kids! Interested? It’s not too late to sign up to attend the Poker Night, sign the kids up for a Lands End hike, a healthy cooking class after school or a night with Peruvian sours & apps, just to mention a few. The Balboa District Progressive Dinner Saturday April 29 | Start at 6:30-10:30ish max # of spots 40 (SOLD OUT) | $50 per adult or $90 a couple Mingle, taste and sip. A unique experience to explore the neighborhood by foot. You’ll get to meet other Lafayette parents while tasting a different bite with a cocktail or beer at 4-5 host homes. (Adults only) Donated by: Karen & George Chow, Joanne & Mark Di Giorgio, Shannon Upstill, Zachary Rattay, Kristy & Jimmy Kuale, and Michael & Verndean Tortorelli Questions?  Contact Verndean Tortorelli @ vita2good2miss@yahoo.com Pizza/Postcard/Pie and Power  Sunday, May 21, 12-3pm max # of spots: 15 (14 Left) | $30.00 per (parent +1 child) or $350.00 (buy out event) Sponsored by 1st grade parents: Karen Chow, Dory Schrader, Star Moore, and Melissa Lewellyn Enjoy pizza and pie while you write provided ‘stamped’ blank postcards expressing whatever you like to your desired elected representative(s). Family-friendly (kids and adults welcome to write postcards). We will also provide colorful pens and crayons. Karen Chow & George Sun’s house on 34th Avenue (838 34th Avenue, SF) Donated: Karen Chow, Star...
Annual Give Campaign — We Met (Exceeded) Our Goal!

Annual Give Campaign — We Met (Exceeded) Our Goal!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year’s Annual Give Campaign (AGC) We have raised (to date) a total $115,000, which is $5,000 above our year goal of $110,000.  Just as noteworthy, we had the highest percent of community participation that we have ever reached! We couldn’t have met our goal without your help. Every donation counted and all donations were significant! We look forward to celebrating this tremendous achievement as a community in April at our Movie Night!! And remember, it’s never too late to donate and increase our participation rate 🙂...
Spring Raffle Starts Tomorrow (March 14th)

Spring Raffle Starts Tomorrow (March 14th)

The spring raffle starts on Tuesday, March 14 and the last day to turn in paper tickets is on Wednesday, April 12.  Winners will be announced at the Singing In the Rain Sing-a-long Movie Night on April 15th. See below for raffle details and to download a pdf flyer for the raffle. (New This Year)  Sell Your Raffle Tickets Online via Credit Card Sales If your child or children would like to sell raffle tickets online, please email pamjanusz@gmail.com to obtain access to Raffle River, our online raffle manager.  Be sure to include your child’s full name and classroom in the email.  If you are requesting online access for more than one child please provide an alternative email address we can use for the additional child as each account requires its own email address. Once you accept the invitation(s) that will be sent to your email address, you can: Set up your account and share the details of the raffle with your friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other media. Track and manage all online ticket sales from your online dashboard. View the leaderboard to see which student is selling the most tickets! ***Important Note***  Please only use Raffle River for your online ticket sales.  Do not report cash/check sales on Raffle River.  The Raffle Committee will upload your cash sales onto your account once we receive your sold printed tickets from the office. Full Details:  Download The Spring Raffle PDF Flyer Live Feed of Online Sales: Ticket Pricing: $5 each $20 for a pack of five (best deal) Raffle Prizes Include: Disneyland Passes Summer Camp packages American...
Lafayette “Singing In the Rain” Sing-a-Long Movie Night at the Balboa Theater

Lafayette “Singing In the Rain” Sing-a-Long Movie Night at the Balboa Theater

Events Details April 15, 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm Tickets are $10 per person (ticket price includes goody bag of props for the sing-a-long). Cash Bar for Concessions including popcorn and beer Spring Raffle winner will be announced at the event. Purchase Your Tickets Using PayPal Once your tickets have been purchased, your name will be added to the guest list. No printed or electronic ticket is needed to enter theater. Number of Tickets One Ticket $10.00 USDTwo Tickets $20.00 USDThree Tickets $30.00 USDFour Tickets $40.00 USDFive Tickets $50.00 USDSix Tickets $60.00 USD Family Name and Room # Questions/Comments?Email pamjanusz@gmail.com for questions or if you wish to volunteer at the event. Spring Raffle Tickets go on sale starting March 14th! Winners will be announced at the Singing In the Rain Sing-a-long Movie Night on April 15th.This year we will be offering ONLINE ticket sales as well as paper tickets.  Visit the spring raffle page on the PTA website for more info: http://lafayettedolphins.net/spring-raffle-starts-tomorrow-march-14th/ (New This Year)  Sell Your Raffle Tickets Online via Credit Card Sales If your child or children would like to sell raffle tickets online, please email pamjanusz@gmail.com to obtain access to Raffle River, our online raffle manager.  Be sure to include your child’s full name and classroom in the email.  If you are requesting online access for more than one child please provide an alternative email address we can use for the additional child as each account requires its own email address. Once you accept the invitation(s) that will be sent to your email address, you can: Set up your account and share the details of the raffle...
Annual Give Campaign Update:  $106,500 Raised (Almost At Our Goal)

Annual Give Campaign Update: $106,500 Raised (Almost At Our Goal)

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this year’s Annual Give Campaign (AGC). We have raised $106,500 and have just $3K left to reach our year goal of $110,000. Reaching our goal allows us to continue to support our children’s educational experience at Lafayette.  We can’t get there without your help. Every donation counts and is significant in this home stretch. Donate to the AGC by March 31st and we can all celebrate as a community with a Movie Night in...
Multicultural Week at Lafayette – Volunteers Needed (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3)

Multicultural Week at Lafayette – Volunteers Needed (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3)

DOWNLOAD FLYER (pdf) We’re looking forward to another great Multicultural Week at Lafayette this year (Jan. 30-Feb. 3). Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Cultural Heritage Dress Up Day Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Assembly during school Thursday, Feb. 2 – Performances and Potluck, 6-8 pm Friday, Feb. 3 – Around the World at Lafayette, 8:10-9:30 am If you are willing to help with Multicultural Week please sign up on one of the google docs listed below. We need volunteers to help with the potluck in the evening on Thursday and in the classrooms for Around the World at Lafayette on Friday morning. To help with the potluck use this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jRNezjRIobMag7yk_gPZXVOtjKyznVUMgCWcyJCWs8k/edit?usp=sharing To help with Around the World at Lafayette use this link:...

Spring PTA Membership Contest: Win a delicious Bagel Breakfast!

We are half-way through the school year and have reached 393 PTA members!  It is not too late to make a splash and join the PTA. As a big thank you to those classes with the highest number of PTA members per grade, the PTA will host a bagel breakfast later this spring (date TBD). A Big Thank You to everyone who has joined the PTA so far and good luck to all classes with the Breakfast Competition! PTA membership envelopes are available with your teacher or join the PTA online:...

After-School Enrichment Classes – Winter / Spring 2017

Our new after-school enrichment program is starting on Monday, January 9th.   Below is a summary of our classes. For detailed class descriptions and registration information please visit the after school enrichment page at: http://lafayettedolphins.net/parentinfo/after-school-enrichment Questions?  Email us @ lafayette.enrichment.classes@gmail.com Mandarin Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Mondays – Thursdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $650 Abacus Grade Level:  K – 4th Day/Time: Fridays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $180 + $10 Rhythm and Percussion – view flyer Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $240 Chess – view flyer Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Tuesdays at 2-3 pm Cost:  $204 Yoga – view flyer Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Mondays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $270 Art – view flyer Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Thursdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $350 (includes materials) Lafayette Chorus Grade Level:  3rd – 5th Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $255 Capoeira Track 1 Grade Level:  2nd – 5th Day/Time: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $240 Track 2 Grade Level:  K – 1st Day/Time: Fridays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $225 Legos, Pre-Engineering Using Legos Session 1 (Winter):  Jedi Engineering Using Lego, Jan 10-Mar. 21. $200 – (view flyer) Grade Level:  K – 2nd Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm Cost:  $200 Session 2 (Spring):  Intro to STEM with Lego, Apr. 4-May 16, $140 – (view flyer) Grade Level:  K – 2nd Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm Cost:  $140 Coding Grade Level:  3rd – 5th Day/Time: Fridays, 2-3:15 pm Cost:  Free Rhythm and Movement Grade Level:  K – 1st Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2-3 pm Cost:  $240 Cooking Grade Level:  K – 5th Day/Time: Thursdays, 2-3:30 pm Cost:  $260 Creative Folkloric Dance – view flyer Grade Level:  2nd – 5th Day/Time: Fridays, 2-3 pm Cost: ...

Mark Your Calendars: Volunteer to Help Home Bound Seniors (December 14th)

Join the PTA and the RDNC volunteers in providing home bound seniors living in the Outer Richmond with the gift of warmth this holiday season!  This festive and fun family evening will involve making cards, decorating bags, and making or wrapping up blankets to be delivered to home bound seniors in our neighborhood. Date:  Wednesday, December 14th Time:  6:30-8:00PM Location:  Lafayette School Cafeteria Parking is free in the school yard. Food/Drink will be provided to attendees. Returning This Year: Ugly Sweater and Festive Hat Contests (Great...

Auditions for Singin’ in the Rain Jr. (Nov 28 & 29)

It’s that time of year! Scripts are being read, music choreographed, and costumes and sets being discussed! The crew is very excited. Please see below for all signup and audition information for the school play.  All Grades Can Pre-Register at the Spirit Friday Table This Friday Morning (November 18th). Kindergarten & First Grade: Please sign up for a special chorus number the week of November 28th. All K-1st graders who sign up are automatically in a chorus. The signup sheet will be posted outside the auditorium or you can sign up online at http://lafayettedolphins.net/parentinfo/school-musical/. Auditions for Upper Grades Only (2-5) All 2nd-5th grade children are welcome to audition and everyone who auditions will be part of the play. You can pre-register here: http://lafayettedolphins.net/parentinfo/school-musical/ — or sign up at the audition. Location:  Lafayette Auditorium Monday, November 28th 4th graders @ 2pm 5th graders @ 2:45pm Tuesday, November 29th 2nd graders @ 2pm 3rd graders @ 2:45pm Come prepared to sing 1 minute of your favorite song. Please attend auditions with a parent or make arrangements with your aftercare program to return immediately after auditions. We will be seeing children in groups in the auditorium. We ask that parents please wait quietly in the hall until your child is done. Callbacks will be Monday, December 5th, and the student will be notified at the audition if they need to attend. Cast list will be posted Friday, December 9, near the auditorium at the end of the day. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Wimmer at amwimm@gmail.com. Thank you! —Barbara, Jennifer, and the School Play...

Kezar Fun Run This Saturday (Nov. 19)

This Saturday is the Fun Run at Kezar Stadium!! Pre-registration ended today. However, registration will continue on race day starting at 9:00am during warm ups. Come out with the family for a day of healthy exercise while supporting our school, students, and wonderful teachers. There will be a post-race picnic in the meadows outside of Kezar Stadium.   Race t-shirts for all families who registered by last week Thursday will be delivered to your child’s classroom this week.   Pledges for those children who are running in the pledge-per-laps run or walked race are due back to school on Monday, November 28th, after the Thanksgiving Break! Return pledges to: Front Office PTA folder or your child’s teacher’s PTA Envelope.   Each child will receive a certificate of completion after the race with the number of laps completed indicated on the certificate. Please encourage family and friends to be generous with their donations over Thanksgiving Break.  The three students with the highest amount raised in pledges will each get a turn being Principal for the Day.  Students raising over $50 in pledges will get a stainless steel water bottle.  Students who raise over $100 in pledges will be entered into a raffle to win 4 rounds of golf at the Presidio Golf Course. Thank you to all the families who have supported this fundraiser so far by registering for the race. We look forward to seeing lots of you at Kezar Stadium on Saturday.    We also welcome helpers!! Sign up to help out on race day here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MDu8C3mv94DqSXhtp8kcZ5uPwcqo-DdVAKjwzHw9fOc/edit?usp=sharing   Warmly, Fun Run Committee   http://facebook.com/LafayetteDolphinsPTA/...

Book Fair Is Coming (November 14-18)

The Book Fair is almost here! All Lafayette school children will visit the Book Fair once with their class, and it’s our goal that every child will leave with a new book. Parents, friends, and family are welcome to visit Book Fair, too! It runs from November 14th through the 18th. Volunteer In order for the Book Fair to be a fun event for everyone we need volunteers. Please sign up to volunteer for the Book Fair: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nc6Yu14asq6onIHbQAlfc_qyzpeT3IVbi6I9M8Q9pgs/edit?usp=sharing Raffle Your child has a chance to win a $20 Scholastic Dollar gift certificate to be used at the Book Fair! Have your child decorate the attached pirate coloring sheet and return it to their teacher by Tuesday, November 8th, to be entered. There will be one winner in every grade!   (Winners will be notified on Thursday, November 10th)   Online Store Check out our online store! Shop from November 5th through 18th, and your books will be shipped to school. Access the online store at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/lafayettebookfair If you have any questions, contact Lafayette.bookfair@gmail.com....

1st Annual Fun Run is on November 19th at Kezar Stadium

Register by November 4th to guarantee having your shirt by race day.  Drop by room 221 for the registration and pledge forms or download them below. Promote good health by running or walking around Kezar Stadium for a good cause. Join us for the 1st Annual Lafayette Elementary Fun Run! 100% of all proceeds raised will go toward supporting our outdoor education science, art & music programs, Field Trips and other fun educational activities at Lafayette Elementary. Download Forms: Registration Form (Download the PDF) Pledge Form (Download the Word Document) Frequently Asked Questions About the Fun Run: What are the race details? Participants can either run a # of laps for pledges in 15 or 30 minutes, or just run 1 mile around the track (4 laps). What does it cost to participate? $5 if running/walking a given # of laps with pledges per lap $20 if just running 1 mile (4 laps) with no pledges Can adults participate in the Fun Run? Do we get a t-shirt? Yes!! Parents can either support their young runner at no cost, or run the 1-mile race for $20 with no pledges. Adults get a t-shirt as well (while supplies last). What do I get for the registration fee? An official student-designed race t-shirt (while supplies last) An official race bag with enclosed goody bag Do younger siblings and adults walking with younger students need to pay? No, only race participants pay the registration fee. Parents and younger siblings can join their participating family member for the Family Run/Walk which happens during the K-1 time bracket. Only participants get a t-shirt but family members are...

Autumn Carnival Coming Soon!

Please come and join us Saturday, October 22nd for our Annual Autumn Carnival! VOLUNTEERS GREATLY NEEDED! Please sign up here: Autumn Carnival Volunteer Sign Up Sheet. We’d love it if you can help! You can also contact either Jennifer Wong: jenndotwong@gmail.com or Craig Bergman:bergie1119@yahoo.com directly. Pre-selling Tickets – We’ll be pre-selling tickets on Friday, Oct. 21st, in the school yard in the morning & afterschool. Come and look for our table! All PTA sponsored games/activities, the inflatables, & cakewalk require tickets. Minimum advanced ticket purchase is 4 tickets – $1. Best deal is 25 tickets for $5. Wristbands for unlimited rides on the inflatables will be on sale on Saturday for $5. CASH ONLY- to purchase tickets please. BRING CASH AND CANS: Donate canned food to the SF Food Bank for free game tickets! For every 1 can of food you donate, you’ll receive 2 free carnival tickets, Limit of 12 free tickets. Please check the expiration date on your...

Books Inc. Fundraiser Shopping Event- Thursday, October 6

The PTA has partnered with Books Inc. to hold a fundraising shopping event this Thursday, October 6, 2016. Mention “Lafayette” and 20% of all purchases will be donated to our school! Valid all day and on all items sold at Books Inc. · SPECIAL EVENT HOURS – hours extended until 8:00PM · HAPPY HOUR – Join us for wine and appetizers from 6:00pm-8:00pm · Student Art display of the Fun Run T-shirt design contest · Tell your family and friends! · Pre-orders are accepted, simply call Books Inc. (Orders must be picked up on Oct 6) · Complimentary gift wrap is offered. BOOKS INC. | LAUREL VILLAGE | 3515 CALIFORNIA STREET | 415-221-3666 A very big THANK YOU to our partner and donor: · Book’s Inc. for hosting the event · Cole Hardware for the wine...

Thank you Lafayette Parent Volunteers!

Thank you to all our wonderful parent volunteers! The PTA is so grateful to all of you for pitching in to make our HSB Parking Fundraiser a success this past weekend. We raised just over $7,300 to help support our children’s education here at Lafayette! We would like to say thank you to all our parent volunteers who have given more than 2 hours of your time to help the PTA, so far this year, by entering you into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Sports Basement. Please log in your volunteer hours under the community tab. There will the quarterly raffles held throughout the year to say Thank You. This quarter’s winner will be announced after the Halloween Celebration. Thank you for all you do to make Lafayette such an amazing...

Welcome Back Lafayette!

Dear Lafayette Families, As the newly elected PTA president, it is my pleasure to welcome you all back to Lafayette for the 2016-17 school year. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting our incoming families in the upcoming weeks. I have every confidence that this is going to be another outstanding year at Lafayette.   There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at Lafayette this year! Starting with several new additions to our teaching staff.  We wish our veteran teachers, Mrs. Alexandra Jeffrey and Ms. Debra Ferreir, all the best in their retirements and bid a fond farewell to Ms. Chelsea Roberts- 3rd Grade, Mr. Jimmy Simpson- Outdoor Education and our Special Education Team of Ms. Dawn Ehret and Ms. Rhoda Schwartz as they pursue new teaching endeavors. We are very grateful for the time each of them dedicated to Lafayette and our students.   We are thrilled to have both Mr. Robert Steinberg- Gr. 3 and Ms. Rachelle Hata- Gr. 4 returning to Lafayette again this year.  Join Mr. Caceres, the teachers and staff in welcoming the following new teachers to Lafayette:Ms. Celia Scully–Kindergarten for Ms. Darcie Chambers, Ms. Nita Arios who will be transitioning to the 2nd Grade, Ms. Trisha Hong- Gr. 3, Special Education: Ms. Gina Martinez DHH K-2 and Mr. Nick Manfred DHH Gr. 3-5, Resource Specialists: Ms. Jordan Paxhia and Ms. Nicole Sato and Outdoor Education Instructor: Ms. Ellie Marble. We really have a superior group of educators this year to teach and support our children!   Over the summer the dedicated members of the PTA Board were hard at work planning several fun and innovative community building events for our Lafayette families this year.  We are very excited to debut...