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THROW YOUR HAT IN THE RING! The John Hay Partners Board is seeking parents who are committed to advocating what is best for John Hay students, working with the John Hay staff to support the Continuous School Improvement Plan and taking an active role in making sure what's best is put into action. Learn more about the open positions and what the Partners do here

THERE'S STILL TIME TO BUY YOUR PERSONALIZED COMMEMORATIVE PAVER! We’ve decided to keep the pricing for the pavers at $250. We’ve sold 88 so far! Let’s reach our goal of 100! Order forms are online on the playground page or in front of Lynn Baker/Volunteer Coordinator’s office. Your permanent gift will truly help pave the way to a new playground for our students. For more information, and to download a form, please visit our Project Playground page.

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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Interested in serving on our hiring committee? In order to serve, you would need to attend a 1 hour training session at the district headquarters. Most of our interviewing occurs between the April-June or late August-early September time frames. If you are interested, please see the attached document with the sign up details as well as the dates of the trainings. The sooner you attend the training, the better. If you are planning to attend or if you have any questions, contact Assistant Principal Michael Berkenwald at

WHAT AN EVENT! Congratulations and THANK YOU to our fabulous Multi-Arts teachers, Ms. Warburton and Ms. Nelson, and everyone else who made this event possible. Check out our photo gallery!

HAY'S HEARTS We have a new Blog post from Principal Tami Beach about our Hay's Hearts project for today's National School Walkout. There's a picture gallery at the bottom of the post for those of you who couldn't come to the event.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT! John Hay Partners invite you to Savvy Parents Safe Kids: Tween Safety Workshop
Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30-8:00 pm in the John Hay Cafeteria. This workshop on tween safety is focused for parents of kids ages 8-12, but is open to all John Hay parents/guardians. Topics will include cell phones, staying home alone, body safety, neighborhood safety, risky peer situations and safety planning.
Free childcare will be available at John Hay during the event, but spaces are limited - please email by March 16 to reserve childcare.

This interactive workshop will contain adult content and is an adults-only event. Admission is free.

NEW BLOG POST! Please take a moment to read this letter from Principal Tami Beach regarding safe schools. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

HEADS UP! Our bell schedule will change beginning tomorrow, January 5th. To accommodate teacher planning time before school, our first bell will shift five minutes later to 7:55AM with the 2nd bell at 8:00AM. Please pass this information along to friends and family!

THE DITTY DRIVE IS BACK! Queen Anne Food Bank provides essential services to homeless members of our community by providing food and toiletries that are especially vital in the winter months. We are proud to assist in their efforts by hosting our own John Hay Ditty Bag Drive. See the list below for items needed. Just send them along to school with your kids anytime between Monday, January 8th and Friday, January 26th.

For more info, visit our BLOG.

ATTENTION PARENTS! Please complete your signups for the Winter session of After School Enrichment today or tomorrow. Several classes need more students (Printmaking, Outdoor Wilderness, Blue Highway Games, Debate, Coding) and some would just like more friends to join!! Please visit our announcement section of our After School Programs homepage for more information on openings in these fun activities:

LAST WEEK! We're getting so close to our goal. Can you help us get there? Please make a donation today...any amount, large or small, is appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support of John Hay Elementary!

GOT SPIRIT? Now's the time to show it off by ordering your John Hay Spirit Wear! Just make sure you return your form by November 29th. For more information, click here.

MEET MS. ROSEN, John Hay Elementary's amazing new School Counselor. We are so delighted she joined the Jaguar team this year. Learn more about her on our Blog.

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HOMEWORK CLUB IS BACK! Does your child need support completing their homework? Sign up for Homework Club after school at John Hay on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45pm. We are offering Tuesday sessions, Thursdays sessions, or BOTH! Information and enrollment forms can be found on the Enrichment table just inside the front doors. Space is limited so sign up now! Dates: Oct 3 thru Dec 7. Tuesday or Thursday session: $200.
Tuesday AND Thursdays sessions: $375. Grades K-5

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AND WE'RE OFF! We were so delighted to see all our Jaguars smiling in the Halls of Hay today. Don't forget to fill out and return the paperwork your child brought home in their red folder. Wondering how you'll keep track of everything going on? Let us help you Stay in the Loop!

It's going to be a GREAT year!

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SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS ARE UP! Can you believe it's less than a month until school begins? We know a lot of parents are itching to get ready, so the school supply lists are up! Email us if you have any questions or concerns.

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OUR NEW MURAL IS COMPLETE! Take a look at our fresh new face and hear more about the timeline for getting our kids a playground with NO MORE MUD! Visit our Project Playground page for all the deets.

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BELL TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'...Seattle Public Schools has received the necessary funds from the city to move the district to a two-tier bell time system. Come fall, we'll start at 7:55 AM and finish at 2:25 PM. On Wednesdays, there will be an early release time of 1:10 PM. Read more about this on the SPS site.

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MEET JANET SCHOOLER, John Hay Elementary's fabulous librarian. All of the kids at Hay love have all our students for the 30 YEARS she's been making our library the place to be. Read more on our BLOG...

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JAGUARS LEND A PAW! Our fabulous Student Council has organized a Ditty Bag Drive for Queen Anne Food Bank. We'll be collecting toiletries between March 13th and March 31st. For more information, please visit our Blog.

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MEET KATIE KAISER, one of our wonderful fifth grade teachers here at John Hay Elementary. Learn all about her on our Blog!

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A TEACHABLE MOMENT. There is a terrific new blog post from Principal Tami Beach on this teachable moment in history and what we can do as parents to make it count.

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MEET THOMAS ROSE, an amazing second grade teacher here at John Hay Elementary. Mr. Rose kindly agreed to be part of our Teacher Feature spot and answer our questions. And he even shared an insanely cute childhood photo! You can read all about him on our blog at:


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. For more information about this program, please contact us at


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.

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