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Sunday, October 13, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
THIS WEEK
Monday, October 14 - Thursday, October 17
5th Grade Camp @ Islandwood

Monday, October 14
PTA Board Meeting
5-6 p.m. @ Lawton

Tuesday, October 15
Lawton Flu Clinic
7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. @ Lawton
See details below

Friday, October 18
Internet Safety Assembly for 4th & 5th Graders
1 p.m. @ Lawton

Saturday, October 19
Community Meeting with our School Board Director Eden Mack
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ Magnolia Public Library
NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, October 22
Family Math Night
6-7 p.m. @ Lawton
 WHAT A SPLASH!!

40% TOTAL PARTICIPATION SO FAR...
 
Looks like Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Polik/Wyman, and Ms. Thompson's classrooms are making great waves to getting their EXTRA RECESS! 

We are entering our second week of the Dolphin Dreams Direct Drive and have already reached 56% of our financial goal! This is an incredible feat—thank you SO much to those who have participated early!

$463 per child directly funds this year's teacher and school requests--which makes up 77% of the entire PTA budget! Some of these asks include important resource positions like our school counselor, our academic interventionist, and our lunch/recess monitors. That’s roughly $40 per month to know that your children are receiving a fruitful, academic year.

Just a reminder...If you participated already online, you do not need to turn in your pledge card. If you turn in your pledge card, you do not need to donate online.
 
Click HERE to Donate Online
For more details on Lawton’s Direct Drive, read up on Direct Drive FAQs in our Dolphin Tales: Special Edition
CORPORATE MATCHES:
AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRIPLE YOUR DONATION!!
Those corporate matches are making a huge dent in this Direct Drive, and we are so grateful that families are going out of their way to check if their company matches fundraising contributions!!

In fact, there is a time sensitive opportunity to TRIPLE your donation thanks to a Lawton family and a generous organization!! If you are interested, please contact fundraising@lawtonelementary.org for the specifics --donations for this match must be made by check and arranged in advance. 

Not sure if your company matches fundraising contributions? Check the list in this special edition newsletter for a list of generous companies. Please note that Nordstrom also matches but was unintentionally left of the list. 
THIS WEEK'S RAFFLE WINNER IS...
Congratulations to Sandra Ahn for winning the Vertical World gift certificate! Enjoy making memories! 
NEXT WEEK'S RAFFLE PRIZE IS...
Thank you to Trader Joe’s for donating their fabulous autumn-themed gift basket! Will you be our next winner? Check next Sunday’s newsletter to find out! 
 FEATURED DOLPHIN: ERICA BARRY
Happy October, Lawton families! My name is Erica Barry, and I am the school counselor at Lawton. I am so excited to be back and working with your children again this year!  

My role as an elementary school counselor is to help students succeed by helping remove social and emotional barriers to learning. I will be teaching lessons in the classrooms, running small groups, and helping students navigate a variety of issues including friendship, social skills, impulse control, stress/anxiety, study skills, conflict resolution, and grief/loss. My goal is for all Lawton students to benefit from and have access to the counseling program.

Students have access to me in a variety of ways:

  • First, and primarily, students self-refer. I have a confidential notes box outside my office door where students can request to speak with me, and I work with them (and/or their teachers) to find a good time to meet. At times, students will opt to use their recess or lunch time to come in to talk. 
  • Teachers can also refer in person or via e-mail, if they sense a student is struggling or could use extra support. 
  • Finally, parents/ guardians can also refer students to me by sending me an e-mail and explaining the concern. 

I do my best to see students as quickly as I can when referrals are made, though sometimes emergent needs, along with my schedule, make it necessary to wait a day or two.

As we move out of “beginning of school” mode and into the fall, I will be doing classroom lessons in grades K-2 between now and Thanksgiving break (some of your Kindergarteners might already have told you about my visits!) 

I will be teaching students about Meta-moments (from the RULER curriculum) and Kelso’s Choices for conflict resolution).

I’ve also started a sign-up sheet to “have lunch with the counselor” so students who are struggling with their time in the lunchroom have an alternative place to be or can use that time to meet with me.

This year, I am at Lawton on Mondays, Thursdays, and alternate Wednesdays (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month). If you have questions or would like to set up a meeting about your child, you can email me at esbarry@seattleschools.org.

Thanks and happy fall!
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THANK YOU, MS. HAFZALLA AND MS. ULMER!
Thank you, everyone, for coming out for the latest Taco Tuesday at Nutty Squirrel Gelato. Thanks to Lawton teachers, Ms. Hafzalla (4th) and Ms. Ulmer (5th), for volunteering their time to be our Lawton Celebrity Scoopers!

The next Taco Tuesday is Tuesday, November 12th. 
SPS NEWS: LAWTON FLU CLINIC
Planning to get a flu shot? You're in luck! Lawton will be offering a flu clinic on Tuesday, October 15th from 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

From the Seattle Public Schools website:

Protect yourself, your child, and your community from the flu. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will provide the annual flu shot to students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members at all schools. Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted.

The form needs to be completely filled out. Families who have no insurance can write “No insurance” and the student can still get a flu shot. Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot through the SBHC.
WALKING SCHOOL BUS
If you're looking for a way to spend more time outdoors, consider walking to school. Lawton has a Walking School Bus program. Check the updated map to find out which days Lawton has a "driver" near you.
ADVOCACY: ETHNIC STUDIES IN SPS
In response to a resolution from the NAACP, Seattle Public Schools released a draft of new learning objectives that integrate ethnic studies into different subjects, including math, social studies, and art. Seattle Public Schools strongly believes that its curriculum must represent all people of the United States, especially those who have been historically marginalized. The ethnic studies framework is in development, and being tested at some K-12 schools.

For more information, visit the following link.
MEET WITH DIRECTOR EDEN MACK 
Lawton's School Board representative is District IV Director Eden Mack. If you don't have the chance to make it to an official SPS Board meeting but are interested in having your voice represented, consider visiting with Director Mack at her community meeting this Saturday, October 19th at the Magnolia Public Library from 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

For more information, please visit the following link
4th/5th GRADE INTERNET SAFETY ASSEMBLY
Last year, the PTA sponsored a Parent Education Night on Internet Safety with Ms. Stefanie Thomas. Ms. Thomas has worked in the area of Internet Crimes Against Children on the local and federal level. Her eye-opening parent presentation was such a hit that the school and PTA invited her to present to Lawton students last June. 

Ms. Thomas is back again this Friday, October 18th to discuss the importance of keeping safe on the Internet with our 4th and 5th grade students. Her presentation will be geared toward the elementary school level with information on cyberbullying, cell phone usage, texting, online gaming, social networking, and the importance of talking to parents if something online doesn't seem quite right. 

With such easy access to online videos, games, and social networking sites, Ms. Thomas explained to parents that it is important to have conversations early on with their children to keep them safe from online predators.

PTA members took notes on last year's presentation and distributed a condensed version of those safety tips through room parents. If you are new to Lawton and would like a copy of that information, please reply to this newsletter.
COMMUNITY NEWS/OPPORTUNITIES

Fall Festival Dance Workshop

Students in grades K-8 are invited to join the Ballard High School Dancers for an afternoon of dancing. All participants will learn choreography (taught by the BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance T-Shirt.  We'll have arts & crafts, face painting, and other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged! A small snack will be provided (gluten, dairy, and nut free). Join us on Sunday, October 27 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Ballard High School Gym. Click HERE to register or email us at bhsdanceteam@gmail.com for more information.

PNW PARENT EDUCATION EVENT
PNW Parent Education is a new non-profit organization with the goal of community-building for K-8 families by providing free, high quality educational events. The first event on Wednesday, October 23rd, is a two-hour event led by Lisa Krause, an adjunct professor of family science and parent coaching, called, "Overindulgence: Building Resiliency in the Face of the New Normal." For more information on this non-profit and to register for this free class, please visit their website
FREE VARIETY SHOW
Looking for a little variety in your weekend family adventures? Why not check out Evan, The Great Magician's variety show this Saturday, October 19th?! Evan generously donated his time and talent to raise money for the PTA last year. You can find out more about this FREE variety show here.

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES

Our PTA newsletter receives new subscribers weekly. If you are a new subscriber, or are looking for information from past weeks, please click on this link to find the 2019-2020 archived newsletters. Thanks!

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?


Monthly Menu: October Menu

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

Meal Assistance:  Free & Reduced Lunch Application
IF YOUR STUDENT WILL BE ABSENT...
Please email Attendance when reporting a student's absence
 lawton@seattleschools.org.

If you need to call school, the number is 206-252-2130.

2019-2020 LAWTON PTA BOARD MEMBERS

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
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