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THE JOHN HAY DAY CARNIVAL IS COMING! Save May 10th on your calendar for this fun-filled, family event. This will also serve as the Grand Opening for our new playground! Get ready for plenty of games, food, treats, prizes, and fun! The event will start right after school at 2:30pm and run until 5:30pm. More info to come. We need LOTS of volunteers to make this event a success. Please consider giving an hour or two of your time day-of the event, or help with small tasks leading up to the big day. Click this link to sign up! Thank you!

SPRING CLASSES! It's time to start thinking about Spring 2019 After School Enrichment! New classes: Speak Easy, Yoga for older students, Lacrosse, Watercolors, Math Enrichment for older kids, and Coding classes from a new provider! Registration is open and you can sign up here. Classes will begin the week of April 22nd. Comments/questions to

WHAT A NIGHT! Thank you to all our Hay families, staff, teachers, and students who participated in our 2nd Annual Multi-Cultural Night! A packed house enjoyed learning about the more than THIRTY nationalities represented by our wonderful families here at Hay. Please visit our blog for more facts and photos! And this post to read a letter about the event from Assistant Principal Berkenwald! Can't wait until next year!

THANK YOU! Our Viva Las Vegas Auction was a HUGE success!!! Thank you to all our Jaguar friends, families, teachers, and staff for another successful event! You donated auction items, made desserts, dropped off bottles of wine, put together baskets, crafted works of art, set up chairs and tables, bought tickets, placed bids, and raised your paddles...all for OUR kids! We couldn't be more grateful to you. And an ENORMOUS THANK YOU to our event chairs, Shelley Akins and Lynn Baker, and their team for all their extra time and hard work! Congratulations to you all! Can't wait for next year!!

JOHN HAY ROCKS! Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart provides essential services to our homeless community by providing food and toiletries that are especially vital in the winter months. We are so proud to assist in their efforts by hosting our own annual John Hay Ditty Bag Drive. We are delighted to report that this year you collected 4,008 toiletry items that were donated to this superb organization. Enough to fill over a dozen file boxes! Thank you so much for your help in serving our community! And to our wonderful Student Council for their hard work organizing this important event! Stop by our blog for a few photos of the kids hard at work!

THANK YOU! We had a strong finish of the Annual Fund on November 2nd. The Fund brought in $83K! Thank you all for the amazing participation! With so much support, we will see the programs we value continuing each year. Three classes reached 100% participation! Big congratulations to Ms. Anderson's, Ms. Bockel's, and Ms. Hansen's classes! They will all be getting an extra recess and the fun experience of duct taping Mr. Berkenwald! For more information on our Annual Fund, or to make a donation, visit our Annual Fund page.

WELCOME BACK! Please check out our latest blog post from Principal Beach. There is a ton of information in this post about the new playground, drop off and pick up, upcoming events, new teachers, and more, so don't miss it!


SHOPPING ONLINE? Don’t forget to click the school's Amazon Associates link ( if you are shopping on Amazon all year round! The bulk of the programs support comes from you during this time of year with a simple click of the link.

YOU DID IT!! We have the results from our Spring Fundraiser for the playground. We raised an amazing additional $40,675!!! You, the generous parents and families of our John Hay students made this happen. We thank you! These funds will make for an amazing playground for our kids and community. Construction should be starting very soon. For all of your questions, head on over to our webpage to see the plans and read about all the details!

WE'RE BANANAS FOR HANNAH! Meet Hannah Hansen, one of John Hay Elementary's sensational 3rd grade teachers. You may have seen her at one of our school events, dressed as an avocado, and surrounded by an adoring gaggle of kiddos. She definitely has a BIG fan base at John Hay! Now's your chance to get to know her a bit better. Check out our Blog post!

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