John Hay Elementary School

CAST YOUR VOTE! The ballot is now live for our fall PTO Board election. We have five wonderful candidates, so be sure to cast vote and learn a little about them all. VOTE HERE! The ballot will be available until Tuesday, September 21st and the results will be announced in Jaguar Tracks on Friday, September 24th. We still have a few positions for which we didn't receive any nominations. If you're interested in serving on the PTO Board, you can learn more on our PTO page. Thanks, Jaguars!

CALLING ROOM PARENTS! John Hay and our wonderful teachers are looking for Room Parent Volunteers! This is a great way to stay connected with the school and help out. Most teachers use the room parents as a way to communicate to other parents. Learn more about this terrific program on our Room Parent page. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your PTO at

SPIRIT WEAR IS BACK! The PTO is excited to announce that we have started our spirit wear store again. We are going through an online vendor so ordering and shipping is easy and comes directly to you. There are over 150 different styles for you to choose from: sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and more! Each week/month there will also be promotions and deals for our families! Currently everything is 30% off, this lasts until the 15th of September.  Please take a look and start wearing your Jaguar Pride!! Please follow the link provided. 


If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher. Thanks!

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Hanne E. Koppelman and Allyson Clemans-Young, the new Co-Chairs of your PTO! We are so lucky to have these two wonderful individuals volunteer their time and talents to lead our Parent-Teacher Organization. This upcoming year will be one of new challenges and changes, so please join us in wishing our team all the best! Better yet, you can join them! We have so much to do to support the staff and students of our fabulous John Hay Elementary and we have a role for YOU!! Drop us a note at

John Hay Elementary School has the BEST teachers and staff in the world! We are sooooo grateful to you ALL for working tirelessly to ensure our children are not only brilliantly educated, but happy, healthy, and confident.

We wish we could celebrate you in person, but we hope the giant virtual hug (in the form the video emailed to Teachers and Staff and the gifts and messages of appreciation) from your community will suffice until we can safely meet again in person. Sending you all so much love and gratitude!

(Special thanks to Allyson Young for the beautiful work on the video and for organizing this awesome effort and to all the families who contributed to making this Staff Appreciation Week special!)

MEET JENNA WARBURTON, John Hay's fabulous visual arts teacher. A true creative talent with warm words of encouragement for everyone, Ms. W. is one of our most popular teachers, having taught music, art, and co-directing our annual school musical. And she's also a former John Hay parent! Read all about her on our BLOG!

SHOW YOU CARE! The John Hay Partners PTO has created 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!


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 so you can use it for all your shopping!

LET'S CONNECT! Missing those playground chats while waiting for the school bell? We've started a virtual community for parents/guardians of Hay students on Facebook. This is 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.

...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.

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