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...

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...
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...
Annual Give Campaign (AGC) Update

Annual Give Campaign (AGC) Update

The Annual Give 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 Teacher stipends for field trips, Technology program, Art in Action/Art in Residence Programs, School Play, Field Day, Autumn Carnival and Outdoor Science Education. To date, the AGC has raised over $87,000. As many families have expressed a desire to still donate, we have extended the end of the campaign until March 31, 2017. As an additional incentive this year (besides the best incentive- enrichment of your child’s education at Lafayette), the AGC is offering to host a movie party for all Lafayette families, if we can reach $110K or get 100% participation by March 31 (Download Movie Flyer). Movies, popcorn, friends, at the school – let’s do it!  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...

Association Meeting Summary: January 11, 2017

RECOGNITIONS Lisa McNey, Sharla Flock, C.J. Bergmen and Dave Martin for the Lafayette Cares Charity Event Amy Wimmer, Amy Winthrop, Amy Minasian, Rebekah Kurth and Maryanne Hunter for organizing the book fair which brought in $11,900.00. Michal for organizing the Spring school enrichment programs UPCOMING 2017 PTA EVENTS 1/16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL 1/18: Spelling Bee 1/20: Spirit Friday 1/27: Lunar New Year – NO SCHOOL 1/30 – 2/3: Multicultural Week 2/2: Multicultural Night 2/15: PTA Town Hall Meeting (No evening PTA meeting will be held in February) 2/20: President’s Day 2/27 – 3/3: Parent Teacher Conference Week 3/8: Presentation on bullying. Mechele Pruitt of Parent’s Place will be giving a one hour presentation on bullying at the PTA meeting which begins at 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. The presentation will begin at 7:30pm. FINANCIAL REPORT All incoming deposits during this time period were from the book fair, Fun Run and Annual Give Campaign Expenses were for teacher supplies/grants and Fun Run expenses PRINCIPAL’S REMARKS The School Site Council (SSC) will be meeting on Thursday 2/2 at 5:45pm to brainstorm about what direction we want the school to go in. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Multicultural week is coming up and help is needed to run “Passport Around the World” which will take place on Friday 2/3. Iwaszewicz is heading a committee dedicated to organizing Blue Ribbon celebrations which are currently scheduled for the 1st week in March. Have kids wear all blue Flying our Blue Ribbon flag for that week Incorporating the award into our spirit wear (requested by Washington D.C. and...
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...