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How to Stay in the Loop

One role of the John Hay Partners is to inform our community around community events, school needs, volunteer support, community updates and of course fundraising. At John Hay Elementary School, we try to meet the communications needs of every family. Here is a list of ways we communicate and how. If we have missed one or a need for your family, please let us know. Our goal is to keep you as well-informed as we can. For details on Seattle Public Schools, communications and policies please visit their website.

Red Folders (aka: Kid Mail) - At the start of the school year, your child will be given a red folder that is to go to and from school each day in their backpack. Your child's classroom teacher will use this folder to send home permission slips, homework, event announcement, classroom newsletters, and much more. It is vital that you check this folder daily.


The School Messenger system is used by SPS to email, text, or call our families directly about events, announcements, and the like. 


School Website (

The John Hay Elementary School website is a great resource for school policy, district news, the school calendar, staff, and more. This site is maintained by staff at the school, as well as volunteers. Please contact them directly if you have questions around bell times, policy, procedures and general school questions.


John Hay Elementary School Partners Website (                                                                        

John Hay Partners strives to bring you community information for John Hay Elementary School. Our site is a great resource for community events, ways to volunteer and current volunteering needs, our blog, before and after school activities, meeting minutes, and so much more. Our website is populated by community volunteers and is a work in progress as we are always trying to better serve our community needs. 


School Calendar 

John Hay Elementary school’s calendar is located on the Seattle School District's John Hay website. The calendar is updated by the Seattle Public Schools, John Hay Elementary School Staff, and community volunteers. You can follow the calendar by clicking on little phone icon shown here: 


 Then follow the instructions. If you need any help, please contact

John Hay Elementary School Blog

The John Hay Elementary School Blog contains information about what is happening at John Hay including our  community news, volunteering, event reports, teacher features, and the From the Principal's Desk blog. Take a moment to check out what is currently there as well as read it weekly. Would love to see more around a certain topic? Let us know.


Jaguar Tracks

John Hay Elementary School sends a weekly bulletin via the school messenger. This email newsletter is our all-school communication sent every Friday. It includes John Hay Elementary school information that is relevant to the entire school community. Important dates, social events, enrichment information, community celebrations, school-wide volunteer needs, fundraising activities, and district & legislative announcements are all common topics in our weekly newsletter. To be kind to the environment the newsletter is sent digitally, yet if you would like a paper version our John Hay Office staff can accommodate. Send them an email and they can add one to your child’s red folder.

We try to cover all the important need to know facts, yet if you have feedback, community news, or an article you would like to be added it must be sent to the John Hay Office Staff by Noon on Thursday. 

Room Parent and Teacher Emails
We are lucky to have a wonderful team of dedicated parents who work hard to get the word out about all things happening at Hay.  You should be receiving a weekly email from your classroom parent. You may also be receiving emails from your child's teacher alerting you to upcoming assignments or the weekly homework. If you are not receiving any communications, please contact your child's teacher to be sure we have the best email by which to contact you. If you would like to be a room parent in the coming year, please email Marie Ong. Thank you!


This is the go-to place for daily John Hay updates. On the John Hay Elementary School Facebook Page, the Partners share community news, reminders, events, and information on upcoming meetings. Feel free to share our posts ! This account is managed by the parent communications lead for the John Hay Partners. Like us on Facebook.

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Connect with us on Twitter! Share you event pics with hashtag #GoJaguarsGo. This account is managed by the parent communications lead for the John Hay Partners.  Follow us on Twitter

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