John Hay Elementary School


Our Fall Annual Fund campaign ends today! A tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who has made a donation to support our wonderful school. As of Friday, November 20th, you've raised $61,000. If you haven't made a donation yet and are able to, please head on over to our Annual Fund page and do it today! Our students and teachers are counting on you.

And a warm Jaguar thank you to everyone who has taken the time to participate via our Joke of the Week! The classrooms with the highest level of participation will be announced the week of November 23rd! Current standings are listed on our Annual Fund page

AND THE WINNERS ARE... We've tallied the votes and sifted the names and the final winner of our Annual Fund participation drawings is Zara Jones!! Congratulations, Zara! The joke of the week was: Two tigers, two lions and Jojo the Jaguar were found playing on the playground... And the winning punchline is: It was a cat-astrophe.  An enormous thank you to everyone who has donated and/or participated. Be sure to visit our Annual Fund page and make a donation if you're able

And three cheers for last week's winner, Zoe Proudman!! Go Jaguars!!!

DID YOU MISS LAST WEEK'S EDITION? Our kiddo reporters have a nose for news and they're putting in over time to bring you the whole story with Jaguar News. We've had two editions so far and there will be so much more to come. Three cheers for the whole team who are working so hard on these terrific videos!Gather the kids and watch now! 

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!

GET TO KNOW YOUR PTO! The next meeting of the John Hay Partners PTO board will be Wednesday, December 16th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please visit our PTO page for more information about the board and for the special link to join the meeting. Hope to see you there!

ENROLLING  Kids Co. is working to create a well-rounded virtual club offering for families and kids. Read all about it on our After School Programs page. Registration opened Saturday, October 24th! For more information, visit their website. Looking for something else? 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. We're often adding new opportunities, so check it out!

A HUGE WELCOME to the newest co-chair of our Partners PTO board, Christa Winquist! We are so lucky to have someone so smart and creative join the team and serve this wonderful school. Thank you to everyone who cast a vote! We still have several positions for which we received no nominations, so if you're interested in serving on the board, please email us. For more information on the board and the open positions, visit the PTO/Partners section of this website.

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