Dear John Hay Families,
I hope you had a wonderful summer and you are recharged and ready to start a new school year! I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education. I look forward to working with you and your children.
All signs point to another exciting and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for the return of the students. Our hard-working Office Manager has ordered needed materials and updating student information as it comes in. Our energetic and amazing custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility and working with all the changes to classrooms and outdoor spaces! Our much-appreciated PTO, The Partners, is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and lend support in a million different ways. We are indeed a joyful and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting a high-level learning.
Our Playground is on its way! A huge thank you goes out to Laura Malkasian-Huggins! She has given countless volunteer hours and untold buckets of sweat and tears to get this new playground here! The construction started six weeks later than expected, so we will be using a smaller portion of the playground for, at least, one month as we watch the exciting changes as they happen!
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2018-2019 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is extremely difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.
Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. John Hay staff are eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new school, grade, peer group and teacher. No classroom placements will be changed.
Each year brings changes and our staff is welcoming many new additions! The current staff roster is below. I have bolded the names of those new to Hay. Please join me in welcoming them to the John Hay community!
Ms. Cook - Access
Mr. McCullough – Focus
(He was our Math Specialist last year)
Ms. Nakamura - Resource
Mr. Williams - Access
Ms. Canning – OT (Ms. Kerry Rezmer’s married name)
Ms. Mostofi - SLP
Special Education IA’s
Ms. Cao – ELL
Ms. Danielle – Student Success IA
Ms. Gray – PE
Ms. Kaiser, N – Tech
Ms. Laura – ELL IA
Ms. Mulu – ELL IA
Ms. Nelson-Knecht- K Music
Ms. Robinson – Early Literacy
Ms. Rudell – Reading Specialist
Ms. Schooler- Library
Mr. Tookey – Math Specialist
Ms. Warburton – Visual Art
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The childcare location has been converted into two classrooms. Room 113 is assigned to Mr. McCullough and Room 114, Mr. Tookey.
Student Pick-up & Drop-off
Hay Way will continue to run as it has in the past. Cars should line up moving East to drop-off or pick-up a student. The driver should wait until the car enters the East bus lane to open the doors closest to the sidewalk.
Playground Pick-up and Drop-off will have some changes as the playground project continues. We will start the year with the most restricted space, so please be patient as everyone gets oriented as to where they should be. The center gate will be the only one unlocked and it will only be unlocked from 7:25 to 7:55 and 2:20-2:50. We will have extra staff wearing yellow jackets on the playground to help.
Hay is People Powered! Community and family involvement is key to our school’s success. We invite everyone to find a volunteer opportunity that will work for them. Lynn Baker, our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator can help connect you to something that is just right for you. Some positions that need to be filled asap are Classroom Parents, Playground Helper (before or after school), and Lunchroom Volunteers. Your child’s teacher will also have information about volunteering in the classroom or on fieldtrips. Click here for more information.
Important Dates for Fall 2018
Tue, Aug 28
Kindergarten Meet-up @ Little Howe
Thu, Aug 30th
Class Lists will be posted behind the school at 4 p.m. This hour will also be a community feedback opportunity for our new play structure. Class lists will also be emailed to families no later than 5 p.m.
Tue, Sept 4th
New Family Tours 2-3pm
Special Education Meet & Greet 3-4 pm
Sept 4th, 5th, & 6th
Kindergarten Family Connection Conferences will be held by appointment. Teachers will email families on Thursday, August 30th with instructions on how to sign up.
Wed, the 5th
First Day of School!!! For 1st graders – 5th graders.
Mon, the 10th
1st day of School for Kindergarteners
Wed, the 19th
5:00 Community Gathering and 5:30 Partners Board Meeting- The 30 min before Partners PTO meetings, we are hosting informal Community Gatherings. Some will just be a time to eat snacks and talk about how things are going and some will have topics of interest, (as well as snacks!) This first one will be to get to know one another and reconnect at the beginning of the new school year. Everyone is welcome to this gathering as well as the PTO meeting to follow.
Tue, the 25th
PEN Event (Parent Education Night) This will be held at our school and will be a rich resource and information night about Autism. There will be more information to come, but please mark it on your calendar and plan to attend!
Enrichment classes begin
Principal Coffee Chat @ 7:45-8:15 AM All are welcome! Students can go to the playground to meet their friends and we can stay to chat about all the great things going on at school!
Back to School Night (Time TBA)
5:00 Community Gathering – Topic- Special Education @ Hay
5:30 PTO Partners Meeting
Monster Mash Dance Party (Time TBA)
Wednesdays will be a short day, just like last year. Students will be released at 1:10.
Please watch our website as we will put information on there to help us all stay informed! hayes.seattleschools.org.
Thank you for your commitment to ensuring that John Hay remains a celebrated and successful school! I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again! It remains an honor and a privilege to serve as your principal. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children!
John Hay Elementary Principal