John Hay Elementary School

What's New at John Hay


Today Principal Nicole Silver and Assistant Principal Angela Clement hosted Hay's first ever virtual full-school assembly. It was amazing to see all of our wonderful teachers and staff welcoming back all the Jaguars and outlining the goals for the year. A fun highlight was hearing music teacher, Ms. Burton's catchy new school song, Hey, Hey, John Hay, accompanied by Mr. Rose, Ms. Atwood, and friends. Last, but not least, 

THANK YOU to all of our dedicated teachers and staff for your hard work this week! 

WE NEED YOU! The John Hay PTO/Partners would like to provide a way for the community to make donations to aide our John Hay families in need. The donation you provide will be earmarked for families in need during this crisis and be kept completely separate from general John Hay fundraising. Funds raised will go directly to families in need in the form of gift cards or essential items. To make a donation today, please visit our Families in Need page. Thank you!

BORED KIDS? Sadly, no formal After School Enrichment is being offered for the Fall term. In the meantime, we have listed links on our After School Programs page of past class providers to allow families to directly connect and participate in those opportunities until the enrichment program can return. Some begin this week, so be sure to check it out today!

LET'S CONNECT! Missing those playground chats while waiting for the school bell? We've starting a virtual community for parents/guardians of Hay students on Facebook. This will be a great place for asking questions, sharing your successes/challenges, meeting other families, and hearing grade specific news. Find your group and join today! Any problems? DM the page administrators and we'll help you out.

GET INVOLVED! It may be an unusual year, but that only means we need your help more than ever. Nominations are now open for PTO Partners Board positions for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn all about the Board here. Election information and the nominations for are available on the Board Elections page. And don't forget to attend our meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:00 PM. Link will be on the Board page soon.

THEY'RE HERE! Delayed by COVID-19, last year's yearbooks have finally arrived! Visit our Yearbook page for updates on distribution. Unfortunately, we are now SOLD OUT of the extra copies. Questions? Contact Lynn Baker. (Please note, this is last school year's yearbook. The one for 2020-2021 is not yet on sale.)

...AND IN THE KNOW! Communication is more important than ever. We've updated our How to Stay in the Loop page which details all of the ways you can be sure you're informed. Updates include Parent Town Halls, Lunch Chats, and private grade level Facebook groups for families to connect.

INTRODUCING Principal Nicole Silver! In case you missed it over the summer, you can visit the main Hay website to read her letter to our Jaguar families. And please join us in giving her a warm welcome to the Hay family! It's going to be a GREAT year.

THANK YOU for your interest in helping out! The SPS volunteer compliance office is in the process of creating remote volunteer opportunities, such as potential Zoom tutoring, etc. In the meantime, please make sure your volunteer paperwork is in order. If you have not filled out the online forms or want to check your status, please go to the Volunteer at SPS page. And please check our Volunteer page for future updates! Thanks again!

IT'S TIME! Each school year the John Hay Staff and John Hay PTO request that every family donate $50 for school supplies. If this presents a hardship for your family, please donate what you are able. This school year teachers are purchasing additional supplies to provide student with individual materials (as sharing is not an option). Please visit our Back to School page for more information and/or to make your donation. Thank you, Jaguars!

UPDATE! Due to COVID-19 guidelines for September 2020, Kids Co. is not currently enrolling new students. Instead all families wishing to enroll in the program will be placed on the fall 2020 waitlist. Families wishing to be added to the waitlist must complete our Waitlist Form or go to our website and submit the completed form to

ART BUYERS! If you purchased artwork from the auction last year, please contact Lynn Baker to schedule pick up. This year's Auction is scheduled for March 13, 2021. We still don't know exactly what form it will be taking, so check back for news in the coming months.


SHOPPING ONLINE? Make this link your home page for and ask your family and friends to use this link,, so all their eligible shopping will benefit John Hay Elementary School. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. AmazonSmile is now available to use on mobile!! Update your app today!

STATE RECOGNITION FOR HAY! On June 6, 2019, in Olympia, John Hay will be honored for high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS (School Quality and Student Success) measures. We are just one of seven schools in our district to be recognized in all three areas! Principal Beach, as well as Superintendent Juneau, will be traveling to Olympia to receive the award. Congratulations on a job well done! We could not be more proud! You can find more information on this award here.

John Hay Partners