John Hay Elementary School

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By: John Hay Partners | January 23, 2019

The Ditty Bag Drive is back! Queen Anne Food Bank provides essential services to our homeless 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 14th and Friday, February 1st. 

There will be a bin in each classroom to collect donations. 

Items needed: 
Travel Size Deodorant
Travel size toothpaste
Travel size shampoo/conditioner
Travel size lotion
Travel size sewing kits
Toothbrush holders
Band Aids
Nail Clipper
Pocket Size tissue
Regular size bar of soap
Nail Clippers

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By: John Hay Partners | September 03, 2018

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!

Student Placement

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.


New Staff

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. Anderson

Ms. Brown

Ms. Hansen-Steele

Ms. Zimmerman

1st Grade

Ms. Chinaka

Ms. Beaury

Ms. Bockel

Ms. Droker

2nd Grade

Ms. Crosser

Mr. Rose

Ms. Williamson

3rd Grade

Ms. Aminian

Ms. Carlson

Ms. Hansen

Ms. Jimenez

4th Grade

Ms. Kirkness

Ms. Shannon

Ms. Trettle

5th Grade

Ms. Goff

Ms. Kaiser

Ms. Powers

Special Education

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. Angie

Ms. Anna

Ms. Danielle

Ms. George

Mr. Jim

Mr. Justin

Ms. Michelle

Mr. Nathan

Ms. Patty

Mr. Russel


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

TBD-Music 1st-5th


Facilities Update

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.


Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Oct 1

Enrichment classes begin

Oct 5

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!

Oct 11

Back to School Night (Time TBA)

Oct 17

5:00 Community Gathering – Topic- Special Education @ Hay

5:30 PTO Partners Meeting

Oct 26

Monster Mash Dance Party (Time TBA)

Oct 31

Jaguar Jog


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!


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!


In partnership,

Tami Beach

John Hay Elementary Principal


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By: John Hay Partners | April 03, 2018

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. Thank you for being part of our Teacher Feature, Ms. Hansen!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota aka "South Dakota's Rising Star." However, I also spent a lot of time with my grandparents in Alexandria, Minnesota. 

Why did you choose to become a teacher?
For two reasons: The first being that I love people--the good, the bad, and the ugly. My Second reason is being a teacher runs in my blood. My Grandpa...

Category: Teacher Feature 


By: John Hay Partners | March 14, 2018

John Hay Families,

We participated in the “Walkout” today and it was truly a meaningful, beautiful event. The March 14th Walkout was organized as a nationwide protest against gun violence in schools. As a parent and an educator, I felt very strongly that we should participate as a school, but I was not sure how to do so in a meaningful way that our students could benefit from. I asked a parent, Laura Story-Johnson, to help brainstorm ideas with me and she came up with what I thought was the perfect idea.

Each student and adult was given a paper heart and the prompt, “What I want for every student in the United States.” Teachers then decided how to facilitate the discussion in class so that the students could thoughtfully draw or write their o...

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By: John Hay Partners | March 08, 2018

Families of John Hay,

The tragic loss of lives in the latest school shooting has, once again, shown how much work still needs to be done to keep our schools safe. John Hay staff and families are committed to doing all we can to prevent additional tragedies in our schools.

The school board approved a resolution calling for lawmakers to increase student safety. There are events around the country that allow a show of support for safe schools and reasonable gun laws. One of these events is scheduled for March 14th. National organizers are calling for 17 minutes of action to commemorate the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.

Our school has chosen to install a school-wide art project on our playground fence that will be a reminder of the importanc...

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