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 ScullyKindergarten for Ms. Darcie Chambers, Ms. Nita Arios who will be transitioning to the 2nd Grade, Ms. Trisha Hong- Gr. 3Special EducationMs. Gina Martinez DHH K-2 and Mr. Nick Manfred DHH Gr. 3-5Resource Specialists: Ms. Jordan Paxhia and Ms. Nicole Sato and Outdoor Education InstructorMs. 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 these new traditions.  Look out for our first ever Sing-a-Long at the Balboa Theater and a Fun Run at Kezar Stadium! The PTA continues to be focused on providing the best educational experience for all our children.  On behalf of the PTA Executive Board and all the Program Chairs, we wish everyone a wonderful year ahead and thank you in advance for your support.  Should you have any questions for the PTA, please do not hesitate to contact us at:


We strongly encourage you to bookmark our school website for up to date information on school events and programs:  You can also like our PTA Facebook page for PTA specific news, events and district updates: See you all next week!


Best regards,

Halima Ahmadu Thorsen

Lafayette PTA President 2016-17