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Make Your Voice Heard

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.

Kindergarten Registration image

Today is the first day of Early Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year! For more information, along with Open House and Tour times, please visit:

Auction Donations with cake and wine
WE NEED YOU! Did you know that 80% of the donations we receive for the John Hay auction—our biggest fundraiser of the year—come from John Hay families? Every family has talents and resources they can contribute to make this important event a success! Find out how you can contribute by visiting our Auction pages at

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:

Banner with Singing Turkey


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

From the principal's desk


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:

Teacher Feature

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.


There's an interesting new blog post by our very own Assistant Principal, Michael Berkenwald.


Calling all John Hay families! Seattle Public Schools’ current plan is to add 20 minutes onto the end of our school day next year. This 20 minutes is added time mandated by the State of Washington for all elementary schools and is separate from teacher collaboration time. 

The proposed schedule will be so challenging for many of our families. It negatively impacts our students’ ability to participate in after school sports, teams, and other enrichment opportunities. 

Additionally, there is the added cost to our school. Field trips need to all end at 1:30 PM, so all late start schools, like ours, need to pay for chartered buses for any field trip going past this time. This, at the minimum, doubles to triples the cost of most field trips and adds even more cost as the distance from the school increases. Those costs are passed on to the families and is a real burden.

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:

We appreciate your time.

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.

Give to John Hay

Don’t forget to click the schools 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.

John Hay Partners