Lafayette New Family Orientation

Lafayette New Family Orientation

Welcome incoming families to Lafayette! On behalf of Lafayette Elementary School and the New Family Committee, you are cordially invited to an informational orientation being held on Friday August 17th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am by Principal Jake Hodgson, PTA President Chris Smith, Kindergarten Teachers, and Staff. A free luncheon, provided by our PTA, will follow from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm in our cafeteria. At the orientation, get valuable information that will ease you and your student(s) into the first day of school at Lafayette Elementary. Classroom assignments will be mailed out prior to orientation and/or will be posted at the school. We encourage you to bring your student to meet their teacher & see their classroom. If you have not already received the evite for the event and you would like to attend, please send email to lafayettevolunteers@gmail.com, as we would like to ensure there is plenty of food for you. Please note that the luncheon is optional. Feel free to park in the school yard for this event. Enter from 36th Ave. We are excited to see and guide you through this exciting...
Lafayette New Families Summer Playdate #2 – Sunday, July 22nd

Lafayette New Families Summer Playdate #2 – Sunday, July 22nd

We’d like to invite new incoming families of Lafayette Elementary to come out and play for our 2nd Summer New Families Playdate. Also invited are members of our current school community. The playdate will be held in Sutro Heights Park on 846 Point Lobos Ave.  Find our table on the lawn near the base of the fort.  At around 11:00, we will lead a short hike to the entrance of Lands’ End, as well as some fun icebreaker activities. You’ll meet other incoming families (K-5th), have an opportunity to meet PTA committee members, gather info on Afterschool enrichment and School events, and play together. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your...
Family Code Night  – Thursday, May 17th

Family Code Night – Thursday, May 17th

Come to Family Code Night! A fun, FREE evening event at the school for K-5 kids and their family to explore computer science and coding together No coding experience needed! Join us for a fun hands-on experience to learn more about computer science education in San Francisco! Date:  Thursday, May 17th Time:  5:00pm – 6:30pm Location:  Auditorium Let us know you are coming by emailing us...
Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) Outdoor Family Movie Night Celebration

Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) Outdoor Family Movie Night Celebration

Thank You to everyone who donated to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign (AGC).  It has been our most successful campaign to date! In gratitude, Lafayette PTA’s AGC is hosting an Outdoor Family Movie Night featuring the movie Coco! Everyone is welcome to attend. Join us on Saturday, April 28th in the School Yard. Gates will open at 7:30PM The movie will start when it gets dark. Admission & popcorn are FREE! Bring a low chair, tarp or sleeping blanket. Don’t forget a blanket, it gets chilly at night. Please note: this is not a drop off event; children must be accompanied by an adult. Thank You for supporting the AGC!...
Peter Pan Sing-a-Long – Sunday, April 15th (Doors open @ 12:00pm)

Peter Pan Sing-a-Long – Sunday, April 15th (Doors open @ 12:00pm)

If your kids are excited for the Spring Musical, they’ll love the “Peter Pan” Sing-A-Long at the Balboa Theater on Sunday, April 15th. Here are the details: MOVIE: Peter Pan WHEN: Sunday, April 15th. Doors open @ 12:00pm WHERE: Balboa Theatre – 3630 Balboa St, San Francisco TICKETS: ON SALE NOW via Eventbrite! $12 per person. (Purchase Tickets Now) GOODY BAGS: We’ll have fun props for the kids to wave around as they sing to their favorite Peter Pan...
Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) Update – We Are Almost There!

Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) Update – We Are Almost There!

The Annual Giving Committee is doing another push to drive additional donations for the school year. This will help to secure some of the important programs the PTA funds including but not limited to Technology Consultant Position ( Ms. Tong), Librarian Assistant, Education Outside Science Teacher, online technology programs, Assemblies, Opera, Art in Action/Art in Residence Programs, Community Events: Dim Sum Saturday, Halloween, Multicultural Week, Spring School Play, Field Day & Autumn Carnival.   To date, the AGC has raised just over $101,000. As many families have expressed a desire to still donate, we have extended the end of the campaign to March 31, 2018.     As an additional incentive, (besides the best incentive- enrichment of your child’s education at Lafayette), the AGC is offering to host a movie party again this year for all Lafayette families, if we can reach $125K or get 100% participation by March 31. Movies, popcorn, friends, at the school – what could be better! If you have not yet participated, please consider contributing any level of donation to the AGC.   Please support our school and donate to the AGC today. We can make this happen! To Donate: Send your donation form (*) to your child’s teacher or drop your Blue AGC Envelope in the PTA office. Donate securely online at:  https://lafayettegives.com/donate * Donation forms can be found: Online at https://lafayettegives.com/downloads In the PTA Office Room 221 On the PTA table in front of the School Office Questions? Contact the AGC Chairs...
Request for Yearbook Photos & Other Reminders (Yearbook Pre-Order, Ads & Cover Art Contest)

Request for Yearbook Photos & Other Reminders (Yearbook Pre-Order, Ads & Cover Art Contest)

Have you taken pictures of your children at school events this year? We would love to see them! Here is what our yearbook layout is going to look like this year: Each Lafayette classroom will have two full-color pages in the yearbook. The layout will consist of the Fall Class Picture with student names and approximately 8 more pictures to fill in the 2-page layout. An additional number of candid pictures will be spread throughout the yearbook. Pictures should be approximately 300 dpi in size – jpeg preferred. When uploading please add the room number, teacher name and or the name of the event featured in the pictures. If your class has not taken any group pictures this year please email us, and we can set up a time to take pictures.  It’s really important to us that all children make it into the yearbook. Upload Your Pictures: Go to www.hjeshare.com and enter school code: DOLPHINS (all capital letters). Pictures are due by Wednesday, March 7th Types of pictures needed:           Group shots with all students Group shots of all girls or boys Mixed group shots in classroom or on field trips Pictures with interesting backgrounds & bright colors are a plus Happy children learning, playing games and being friends Other Reminders Yearbook Pre-Orders Your Ad in the Yearbook (Due – Wednesday, March 7th) Cover Art Contest (Due – Wednesday, March 7th) YEARBOOK ORDERS:  Yearbook order forms were sent home the week of 2/5.  Did you not receive your form? Not a problem! Order forms can be downloaded right here.  Please return your yearbook order forms to your child’s teacher. They will place the yearbook orders in their...
Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) – Final Post of the Year Update

Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) – Final Post of the Year Update

The end of the year is only a couple of weeks away. This is your last chance to make your donation to the PTA and receive a tax deduction for the full amount for 2017. Thanks to your donations, we are moving closer to reaching our financial goals for the Annual Giving Campaign but we still have some catching up to go in order meet our community goal of 100% participation. Remember any level of donation counts for participation! To Donate: Send your donation form (*) to your child’s teacher or drop your Blue AGC Envelope in the PTA office. Donate securely online at:  https://lafayettegives.com/donate * Donation forms can be found: Online at https://lafayettegives.com/downloads In the PTA Office Room 221 On the PTA table in front of the School Office Questions? Contact the AGC Chairs...
Lafayette’s Annual Spell-a-thon kicks off December 4th!

Lafayette’s Annual Spell-a-thon kicks off December 4th!

Lafayette’s Annual Spell-a-thon kicks off December 4th and the test will take place the week of January 8-12th. This is a fun and educational fundraiser. It is a great way for students to learn new words, while supporting our Lafayette community and preparing for the school-wide Spelling Bee on January 17th. Your child will learn to spell 20 words (Kindergarten) or 25 words (Grades 1-5), while your family and friends reward his/her effort with a tax-deductible donation to Lafayette Elementary PTA. Donations raised will be used to fund teacher stipends for Field Trips & Classroom Supplies.   Please help your child:  Learn the spelling words on the Word List. Obtain sponsors (download pledge form here). Our minimum goal is at least 3 sponsors or $25 per student. Each test has 5 BONUS WORDS this year! These more challenging words are worth double the pledged amount per word. Collect the pledge money from their sponsors. Pledge forms are due back to school on January 8th. Place donations in an envelope along with the completed pledge form and return to your child’s teacher by January 29th. Please make checks payable to “Lafayette PTA”. We have some terrific incentive prizes this year… TOP PRIZE: The top two fundraisers will each win a Fire 7 HP Tablet. Students raising at least $100 in pledges will be entered into a drawing for 8 students to have a Meet & Greet Experience with Mayor Ed Lee and a private tour of City Hall!! Students spelling all grade list words plus bonus words correctly will be included in drawings to win: Harry Potter Books Set [1-4] Magic Tree House Books Set [1-4 & 5-10] Scrabble or Scrabble Jr Game Bananagrams or My First Bananagram Game.  Classrooms with 100% participation win...
Annual Giving Campaign – End of Year Donation

Annual Giving Campaign – End of Year Donation

There is still time to donate to the Annual Giving Campaign to qualify for a 2017  tax year deduction!  We welcome all donations to round out the end of our campaign this year. We’ve made strides and are 50% of the way to reaching our end of year goal. We need your help to get there! A sincere Thank You to all families who have already contributed this year. We could not sponsor any of the stellar PTA community events or school extra-curricular programs without your contributions. We are so lucky to have you within our supportive school community. Thank you to each and every family for all you do to support...
Annual Giving Campaign Update – Still Time for 2017 Tax Year Donation

Annual Giving Campaign Update – Still Time for 2017 Tax Year Donation

Dear Lafayette Families, With the end of the calendar year only 8 weeks away, there is still time to make a contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign and have your donation count towards the 2017 tax year.     To date, the Annual Giving Campaign has raised over $53,000 and all of your contributions are directly supporting our technology program, education outside science teacher, field trips/teacher stipends and the many enrichment programs that make Lafayette such an amazing school.   We’re off to a great start and thank all families who have already contributed. We still have a ways to go to reach our year-end goal of $125,000.  We hope you will consider supporting the AGC campaign and all children at Lafayette. Your generous contributions allow the PTA to fund all the programs that make our school so terrific.     Every donation is significant, every donation makes a difference and is appreciated.  You can donate online at https://www.lafayettegives.com/. Paper forms are available in the PTA Office-Room 221 in English, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.     If you have any questions, please contact your AGC Co-Chairs Halima Thorsen and Pam Janusz at lafayettegives@gmail.com.   Warmly, Annual Giving Campaign Committee DONATE...
Join us for Dim Sum and two Chinese dance performances on Saturday, November 18th from 10AM-12 noon!

Join us for Dim Sum and two Chinese dance performances on Saturday, November 18th from 10AM-12 noon!

The Annual Giving Campaign Committee is sponsoring this new community event to bring our school community together while celebrating Chinese Culture. Dim Sum will be served in the cafeteria starting at 10AM and again after the dance performances.  Dance performances will be held in the auditorium at 10:30AM (China Dance School & Theatre) & 11:00AM (Xian Yun Academy of the Arts CA). There is no cost to attend this event, we look forward to seeing you! PLEASE NOTE:  Food will not be allowed in the auditorium. 竭誠邀請參加本校於11月18日(星期六)舉辦之點心及两場精彩之中國舞蹈表演活動。 此最新之社區活動是由年度奉献委員会(Annual Giving Campaign Committee)主辦。目的是藉中國 文化使本校學生家庭凝聚一起。活動是免費入場,是日由早上10時開始至中午12時。 點心分別在早上10時,及舞蹈表演後在學校食堂供應。表演節目在禮堂舉行,早上 10時30分由中國舞蹈學校及劇院表演,及11時由加州神韻藝術專科學校担任演出。...
Double your donation with a matching gift!

Double your donation with a matching gift!

Do you work for one of these companies?  If so, you can potentially double your donation for even more impact! If you are an employee at a medium to large sized company, it is very likely that your company has a matching gift program. When you donate to the PTA at Lafayette Elementary, a matching employer will then donate part or an equal amount!  Please contact your company to find out if they participate or see our full list of companies that are matching donations. Liz McArthur is our PTA Matching Funds Coordinator. She can help you facilitate the paperwork with your company to make the process simple. You can reach her by email @ agcmatching@gmail.com. See the full list of companies that are matching...
Lafayette Fun Run & 5K – Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lafayette Fun Run & 5K – Sunday, September 17, 2017

Come join us for a fun, timed 5k Run/Walk on September 17, 2017, and support a nationally-recognized San Francisco public elementary school! Our fast, flat course runs through Golden Gate Park down John F Kennedy Dr. and all proceeds benefit Lafayette Elementary School. Cheer on our students as they participate in a pledge run/walk-a-thon. This upcoming school year, we are specifically raising money to support our school’s high caliber of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) academic excellence by paying for our technology teacher, outdoor science teacher, and online technology programs. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to fund these critical teacher positions and our online technology programs. It is our mission as a PTA to empower each child at our school to reach their academic potential and to make the educational tools they need to succeed accessible to them regardless of socioeconomic status. Elites, Weekend Warriors, Families, Strollers, and Wheelchairs are all welcome! (Dogs, however, will have to stay home for this event.) JFK is closed to cars on Sundays, so please come join us for the race and hang out afterward for a picnic, bike ride, and just general community mingling. Register & Learn More >> PRIZES: We will have prizes for the top Male and Female 5k competitor as well as the top 2 fundraisers. REGISTRATION Child Registration (Individual): $15.00 Early Registration (Individual): $25.00 WHEN:  Sunday, September 17, 2017 (On site registration opens at 7:30am.  Race starts at 8:30am.) WHERE:  Peacock Meadow – Golden Gate Park (235 John F Kennedy Dr) Use the register button below to learn more about: Volunteer Opportunities How to...

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...

PTA Association Meeting Summary: March 8, 2017

PTA Association Meeting SUMMARY:  March 8, 2017 RECOGNITIONS –  THANK YOU! Kate for Spell-a-thon MaryAnne and Tamara for Multicultural Week Craig, Tamara and Pam for their work on the Nominating Committee Barbara, Amy and the entire school musical team Karla and Mary for their work on the yearbook Liz, Matt, and Gwendolyn for making the Annual Give Campaign such a huge success GUEST SPEAKER Mechele Pruitt with Parents Place (www.parentsplaceonline.org) gave a presentation on bullying The presentation covered various types of bullying, how to support children who are involved in a bullying situation and ways to work with your school to address the issue FINANCIAL REPORT Covered the period from January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017 Income received for this period was from the Annual Give Campaign, Spell-a-thon and yearbook sales. Expenses included the librarian grant and the Education Outside program COMMITTEE UPDATES Membership 411 members Spring contest ends March 22 Current leaders: K: Iwaszewicz, 1st grade: Chue, 2nd grade: McClain, 3rd grade: Steinberg, 4th grade: Brook, 5th grade: Welsh Annual Give Campaign raised a total of $106,500 to date We are at 97% of our $110,000.00 goal Spell-a-thon raised a total of $10,600.00 Spring Musical Wednesday, March 22 at 9am and 6:30pm Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm Friday, March 24 at 9am and 6:30pm Performances will be held on the following days Sing-A-Long Will take place at Balboa Theater on April 15th Ticket cost is $10 each Doors open at 6:30pm Raffle winners will be announced during the pre-show We are still in need of community experiences. If you would like to contribute please contact Verndean Tortorelli...
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...