John Hay Elementary
TAKE ACTION! Did you know there is a budget deficit of $71M projected for next year and our teachers and programs are in jeopardy? Or that the district is revisiting the Bell Times issue and more changes are coming? Please visit our TAKE ACTION! page for more information on these issues and check the yellow box to the right of that page to find information on upcoming community meetings and contact information so you can make YOUR voice heard.
READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL!
Because of your commitment and generosity, we have SURPASSED OUR GOAL raising OVER $60,000 to directly support programs for OUR KIDS here at John Hay Elementary. And we couldn't have done it without YOU! Which classroom(s) won the balloon throw? Visit our Annual Fund page to read more: https://www.johnhaypartners.org/annual-fund.html
PLEASE JOIN US!
Students have been working hard for the past five weeks creating beautiful music to share with you! For more information, please visit our concert page at https://www.johnhaypartners.org/concerts.html.
Our principal, Tami Beach, has written a letter to all John Hay families regarding yesterday's election.
You can read it on the From the Principal's Desk blog at: https://www.johnhaypartners.org/blogs/
MEET GRETCHEN GRAY, our wonderful new Physical Education teacher. Gretchen agreed to answer a few fun questions for our blog's very first Teacher Feature.
ARE YOU IN? This week we are kicking off the John Hay WE’RE ALL IN! Annual Fund Campaign. The campaign is a three-week fundraising drive to raise $60,000 which will run from November 1 to November 18, 2016. Contributions to the John Hay Foundation directly support things like: extra teachers for student support and extension, reading specialists, tutors, classroom supplies, community events (Field Day, Science Fair, Monster Mash), continuing education for teachers, safety, library books, art supplies, tech equipment, special education, P.E. equipment, planning for the new playground, and so much more!
We encourage all our families to give to the best of your ability. All donations, large and small, are greatly appreciated! You should be receiving a donation form in your child's red folder this week. Please return the envelope, with or without a donation, by November 18th. Every classroom with ALL envelopes returned receives a bonus recess. To learn more or to make a donation, please visit our Annual Fund page.
CHECK THIS OUT!
There's an interesting new blog post by our very own Assistant Principal, Michael Berkenwald.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
You can help in 3 ways:
1. Fill out the survey below and vote for the district to move to a 2 tier option. This would give Hay a better start time.
2. If your child's ability to participate in after school activities is impacted by the late release, please include that information in the comments. Especially if you are currently pulling your child out of school early to participate in these programs.
3. There will be a community meeting to make our voices heard and we need you to attend. The meeting is on November 15th at 4:30 PM at Catherine Blaine K-8 in Magnolia. We need a really good turn out to show them this matters to us and our families.
The survey follows and it needs to be completed TODAY. Please email us if you have any questions.
Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association are partnering to increase students’ access to core content, improve instruction and accelerate student achievement.
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time. As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.
You may provide feedback in one of two ways:
1. Complete the online survey by clicking on this link.
2. Complete and turn in a paper-based survey at your child’s school
To review how your preferences would change your child’s schedule please visit: http://www.seattleschools.org/
Save the Date for John Hay's Winter Wonderland Auction
on February 11, 2017 at 5 PM, in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.
This is John Hay’s biggest fundraiser and raises critical funds for class size reduction, hiring math and reading tutors, offering an enriched arts and technology curriculum, and purchasing much needed supplies such as library materials, musical instruments, and more. Please visit our event page for more information.
John Hay Needs YOU! Ready to lend a hand, but not sure how to get started? There will be two training sessions for new volunteers in the next two weeks. You can attend either Friday, September 23rd or Friday, September 30th at 9:45 AM in the Main Hallway. There are so many ways you can help. Check out our volunteer page on this site. Opportunities are added weekly.
Weekend Food For Kids works with schools in Queen Anne and Magnolia to provide extra food for students on weekends when free and reduced price school meals are not available.
In partnership with Queen Anne Helpline, Ballard Food Bank, and Queen Anne Presbyterian Church participating students receive pre-packed bags of nonperishable food items containing the equivalent of seven meals and snacks.