Sunday, September 8, 2019

Monday, September 9
First Day of School for Kindergartners!
7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10
Taco Tuesday
3-7 p.m. @ Nutty Squirrel

Wednesday, September 11
First Early Release Day of the year
7:55 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Friday, September 13
Back to School Bash
5-7:30 p.m. @ Lawton
Monday, September 23
Last Day for Advanced Learning Referrals

Tuesday, September 24
Curriculum Night
5:30-6:30 p.m. @ Lawton

Thursday/Friday, September 26/27
School Picture Days
Welcome, Kindergartners and Kindergarten families, to Lawton Elementary School! Your children will graduate high school as the class of 2032. Can you believe it?!

On behalf of the PTA, we'd like to welcome you to the Lawton Dolphin community and hope you have a wonderful year!

*Please save the date for the Kindergarten Social on Wednesday, October 3rd, starting at 6 p.m.
I am excited to be back at Lawton this year. I love the elementary years when it's so easy to engage students’ innate curiosity to make them dedicated learners. I'm passionate about offering school experiences that include academic rigor, exposure to the arts and movement, and those that support their social emotional development. My husband and I have three children—23, 17 and 15. I’m spending a lot of time looking at college applications and water polo games these days. I love to read and hike and I still cheer for my Minnesota Gophers.
I am excited to be back at Lawton this year. I’ve been working for Seattle Public Schools for the past 20 years and have been an educator for 38. I started right out of high school as an Instructional Assistant for special education and Title I students in my hometown in eastern Oregon. It was that experience, in addition to having my own children, that made me realize I wanted to be an educator. My husband and I have raised six children who are now giving us the cutest grandkids you’ve ever seen! I love reading, poetry, quilting, swimming, the great outdoors, and spending time with my family.
Welcome to Lawton! My name is Annette Godon. It has been my pleasure to work in the Lawton office for the past eight years. I have enjoyed watching your children experience “the big school” for the first time and grow year after year into confident learners with a strong sense of community and self-worth. I’ve lived in Magnolia for 19 years and enjoy running into students and families in the neighborhood. My husband, Demian and I have two children in college and a cat named Buddy who thinks he’s a dog. I love to dance and play tennis. Next time you are in the building please drop by for a visit!

My name is Kristina Cerise and I’m excited to be back at Lawton for my second year. Coffee, books, and hiking trails make me happy. I have a 7th grade son, 5th grade daughter, and am married to the kindest man on the planet. I visit the Ballard library more often than the grocery store, check flight prices to London when I have a craving for paprika crisps, and get a genuine thrill out of a well-designed spreadsheet.

If your child is sick and will be absent...
If your child has has a change in after school plans...
If it is an important matter that needs to be addressed before the end of the day...

EMAIL the front office

Want a great way to celebrate the start of the new school year while also supporting our Lawton PTA programming? This Tuesday, September 10th is our first Taco Tuesday of the school year. 

Lawton's Celebrity Scooper is Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Thompson!

Nutty Squirrel Gelato has agreed to fundraise for Lawton again this year. This neighborhood gem will be serving up two scoops of gelato in a taco-shaped waffle cone every second Tuesday for the entire school year! 15% percent of sales between 3-7:00 p.m. are donated back to Lawton's PTA.
Please support our school by indulging in some delicious gelato!

Ms. Thompson will be scooping from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Volunteer Sign-Up
Thank you to the many 1st grade families who volunteered to help for this week's annual Back to School Bash. We still have quite a few activity slots to fill, so we are opening up the volunteer sign-up to all grade levels. If you have middle school or high school children who would like to volunteer, they are also welcome to do so. Thank you in advance for making this event such a success!
The PTA relies on volunteer committees to run the many sponsored academic and social events throughout the year. If you are looking to be more active at school, please stop by the Volunteer Table at the Back to School Bash to sign up for open committee positions. 
Already a member of the PTA?
It's time to renew your membership.

Brand new to Lawton?
Sign up for the PTA today.

We are aiming for 100% participation from families. Your dues help fund the administrative expenses we have for our all-volunteer PTA. Joining the PTA supports all of our PTA activities, strengthens parent and teacher involvement at Lawton, and allows you to vote on important issues to decide how you want PTA funds allocated to support Lawton Elementary programs and resources.

Please stop by to join or to renew your membership! If this is your first time purchasing a membership, you'll need to create an account on the PTA website, click on the Store tab, and purchase your membership. 
The lottery registration will be...
from September 16th at 9:00 am – September 20th at 9:00 pm
  • Classes will start the week of October 7, 2019 and run through February 7, 2020
  • Each family will need to return to (or create) their account at to register for classes. 
  • Add your child to the waitlist of the classes they are interested in taking.  This will enter them into the lottery. **Please note – do not add your child to the waitlist for more than one class on any given day. Adding them to multiple classes on a day will result in child being removed from the lottery process.
  • You will be notified by email from 6crickets no later than September 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm as to which classes your child can enroll in. Each class will generate a separate email notification; please allow until 8:00 pm to receive emails.
  • Complete payment for classes “won” in the lottery will be due by September 25, 2019 at midnight. If you do not pay the balance by this deadline your child’s spot will be released. See below for financial assistance information.
  • Second-Chance registration will be open from September 27, 2019 at 9:00 am – October 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm (for classes not filled through the lottery process). Second-Chance registration is conducted as first-come, first-served. Payment must be made at the time of registration.
Families needing financial support should contact

The PTA offers a limited amount of scholarships and can offer financial assistance to families requesting full tuition for one class only. Families wishing to take more than one class on financial assistance will have to make arrangements directly with course instructors.
Please direct all questions to

We do our best to ensure all students who want to take a class will be able to do so.
Mondays are for Mindful Monkeys: Kids Yoga
Hi Lawton parents! My name is Joely Johnson, and I am a certified kids yoga instructor with years of experience (I'm also a Lawton mom of a fourth grader). I wanted to let you know that I'll be offering a fun after school enrichment class -- Kids Yoga: Mindful Monkeys -- on Mondays at Lawton this year! The Mindful Monkeys yoga class is open to grades K-5 and is for kids of all abilities. 

Yoga for kids is very different than adult yoga -- we play lots of games, use plenty of fun props (stuffies, puppets, rubber bands, scarves, and even jelly beans), and sneak in healthy doses of mindfulness development and social-emotional learning. Every class ends with a little time for relaxation as well, so kids can grow their ability to calm themselves and enjoy stillness. 

I am a certified yoga instructor and yoga therapist, and I have been teaching private and group classes for 20 years. In 2010, I earned a special certification to teach children through Karma Kids Yoga. I truly love introducing young people to all that yoga has to offer, and I hope you will consider signing your child up for Mindful Monkeys this fall! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My website is:
Zumba Kids - let's Dance!
Zumba Kids with Venessa Mackie is a place where kids can be active and JAM out to music from around the world and the latest hits. We use kid friendly routines, break down the dance steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration into the class structure. Zumba Kids help develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children's lives by making fitness fun. Come and Join the Dance Party! 
Lawton is so lucky to receive the bike fleet first this year! Grades 3-5 will be participating in the biking unit beginning Thursday, September 19th and ending Friday, October 4th. 

If your child owns a helmet, please label the helmet with their full name and room number, and send it with them to school. Helmets and hairnets will be provided for students who do not bring helmets. Students may NOT bring their own bikes for this unit. 

Parent volunteers are greatly needed during this unit, so please contact Ms. Volk to help! If She will be happy to coordinate with you based on availability and your child(ren)/s PE schedule.

Seattle Public Schools has a new five-year strategic plan, called “Seattle Excellence.”

In the words of Denise Juneau, our SPS superintendent, the plan “is unapologetically focused on students of color, those furthest away from educational justice. This doesn’t mean great work won’t continue for all students. What it does mean is that educators will be mindful and intentional about creating the right learning conditions for students that we are underserving, beginning with African American boys and young males.”

This year, our schools will be focused on the following three goals: 3rd grade reading, building a culturally responsive workforce, and creating safe, welcoming learning environments for our students and their families.

As your Advocacy Representative on our PTA board, it’s my job to communicate what these broader goals mean for our wonderful Lawton community. In the meantime, if you have any questions about issues happening at the district level, please don’t hesitate to ask. And you can always seek out the latest district news at:

Amy Lakhani
Lawton PTA Advocacy
Did you know that the Every Kid Outdoor Program provides 4th grade students with free entrance to public lands? See the following details from our friends at the Seattle Area National Park Sites:

If you are a fourth grader (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) you get unlimited, free access for you and your family to any federal lands or waters through August 31, 2020.

In the Seattle area, the Interagency Fourth Grade Pass covers the $30 entrance fee at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, the $5 trailhead parking fee at Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests, the $3 parking fee at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, the $10 youth admission fee to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, and more!

To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students can visit, participate in a short educational activity, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple use between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 and may be exchanged for a plastic keepsake pass at participating federal lands.

The Every Kid Outdoors Program was established by Congress in 2019. It replaces the Every Kid in a Park Program which was launched in 2015. It is an interagency collaboration between the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service.

More info here:

**Article by Christina Hirsch and pulled directly from Seattle Parks and Rec website.

During the school year, the first Friday of the month is designated as a School Spirit Day. When you get the chance to look over your Lawton Elementary Family Calendar from your First Day Packets, you'll see the first School Spirit Day is Friday, October 4th. Students and teachers are encouraged to wear anything tie-dyed. 

If your child likes to participate in school spirit events, take a look at the calendar now so you're not caught off-guard when your child asks where their rainbow socks are. We will list every School Spirit Day in the calendar section of the newsletter in case you need reminders. 
Thanks to our amazing Baking Committee and to all the Lawton families who donated food for Teacher Work Week. We love our volunteers!
Dolphin Tales is a weekly newsletter published by the Lawton Elementary PTA intended to keep parents and staff informed of upcoming events and activities. Teachers, parents, and community members interested in submitting an article for publication must send copy-ready materials to by 9:00 p.m. Thursday for publication in Sunday's newsletter. 

Teachers and families, we love highlighting staff members, hearing about creative classroom projects, and featuring positive Lawton PTA event experiences. Please don't hesitate to contact us if there is something you'd like to share!


Monthly MenuSeptember 2019

PayPAMS:  Online School Lunch Payments
Breakfast: $2, Lunch: $3, Milk: $.50

Meal Assistance:  Free & Reduced Lunch Application


Cynthia Dold  Co-President
Valerie Cooper Co-President
Pricilla Wenneman Co-Vice President
Mikelle Nuwer Co-Vice President
Cheryl Brenner Newsletter Communication 
Gina Craig Website/Facebook Communication 
Jennifer Thompson Treasurer
Deanna Tavernier Cashier
Kathleen Kapla Recording Secretary
Kimberley Mertz Member At Large
Dan Dickenson Co-Fundraising Chair
Lada Vishtak Co-Fundraising Chair
Amy Lakhani Advocacy Chair
Kristen Noel Staff Liaison
Lawton PTA Facebook
Lawton PTA Website
Lawton SPS Website
This is a weekly newsletter published by the Lawton Elementary School PTA to keep parents and staff informed of upcoming events and activities. The deadline for newsletter submissions is 9:00PM Thursday of each week for the next week's publication. Add "Lawton Newsletter" in the subject line of email submissions to:
Our mailing address is:
Lawton Elementary School
Lawton PTA
4000 27th Ave W
Seattle, WA. 98199

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