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Online bidding for John Hay auction opens Tuesday

March 24th, 2013 by Laura

The John Hay Elementary Auction kicks off this Tuesday when online bidding opens to the public. You can browse and bid on over 250 auction items from the comfort of your home. The team behind the auction is uploading items as we speak, and you can get a preview of what’ll be available on the online auction site.

Items include gift cards to local restaurants, camps and classes, sports and entertainment tickets, video games, toys, services, and more. Browsing the auction site, you’ll notice some familiar Queen Anne restaurants and shops – this auction is not only driven by the local bidders, but also by the donations from our local businesses. (Thank you, Queen Anne businesses!)

The online bidding begins on Tuesday, March 26th at 8am and runs through Thursday, April 4th, with bidding closing at 10 pm that day. Be sure to log on to the site to check out the items, place your bids and help out John Hay!

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Dine at the 5 Spot on Wednesday, help out John Hay’s arts program

March 19th, 2013 by Laura

Making dining-out plans for lunch, dinner, or breakfast on Wednesday? Want to help out one of our local schools? Like Wegetable Wednesday? One answer to all three: the 5 Spot.

All day Wednesday from 8:30am to 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of all proceeds to John Hay Elementary to help fund its arts program. So, if you’re looking to eat out but stay local, and help out John Hay’s arts program too, plan on the 5 Spot.

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Three John Hay Students Win Seattle City Light Calendar Contest

November 17th, 2012 by Laura

For its 2013 Shrinking Bigfoot calendar, Seattle City Light held an art contest for elementary students, with the winners’ artwork featured in the calendar – and three John Hay students were among the 13 winners. The students created artwork to illustrate ways to shrink one’s carbon footprint, with all proceeds of the calendar going to Project Share, an emergency fund that helps City Light customers who need one-time financial assistance with their electricity bills.

Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco congratulated the 13 calendar contest winners at a reception this past Wednesday:

According to Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco:

“Each of the winners demonstrated great talent in sharing tips that we all can use to shrink our carbon footprints. It’s impressive to see young people engaged in an effort to reduce climate change while helping support our Project Share program. These students are giving back twice to their community.”

Our local Queen Anne winners are Lola, Maren, and Josie, all 3rd graders at John Hay – click their drawings to enlarge:




Calendars are available for $10 and may be purchased online or at Seattle City Light’s service centers.

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After school robotics program coming to John Hay

June 8th, 2011 by Thea

John Hay will be following in the footsteps of another Queen Anne school and adding a new after school robotics program in the upcoming 2011-2012 year. The new offering will be part of the same popular program at Coe Elementary – Coebotics, which took students to a national competition back in May. From the John Hay Daily Bulletin:

Our school will  have two teams in the fall, a FLL team which will be ages 9-14 and a jrFLL which will be for ages 6-9.  If you think you might be interested in providing this opportunity for your student I would encourage you to attend an informational meeting tomorrow night at Coe Elementary. Please read below for more information on the meeting.  If you have any questions please contact Sara Mirabueno at 252-2100.

While there is little you need to do before school starts, there are some helpful things we have learned in the past two years, which if taken care of now, will allow you to hit the ground running in September and prepare for the competition season in WA State.

John Hay will be hosting an informal meeting for parents interested in signing their kids up for the new program at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 8, at Coe Elementary School, located at 2424 7th Ave W. At the meeting parents and teachers will get the chance to talk with CoeBotics Coach Willem Scholten about how the CoeBotics team is organized, what they have learned throughout the program, and pose any questions they may have. Scholten encourages those interested to pass this invitation along to other schools and organizations that may also be interested in starting up their own program.

The meeting will go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. If you plan on attending, please email Scholten at and let him know how many people will be coming so he has a rough idea of expected attendance. Check out more about the Coebotics team here.

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John Hay raises $2,900 for disaster relief in Japan

May 31st, 2011 by Thea

The weekend before last, on Saturday, May 21, John Hay students and parent volunteers put on a rummage sale and bake sale to raise money for disaster relief for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. That rummage sale turned out to be a huge success, raising a total of $400 from the bake sale portion and $2,500 from the rummage sale.

The school says all proceeds from the rummage/bake sale will go directly to people in need in Japan, while any left-over items not sold at the event will go toward helping needy families here in the Seattle area.

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Coffee chat with John Hay principal tonight

April 6th, 2011 by Thea

John Hay’s first-term principal Karen Hanson is hosting a coffee chat from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, April 6 at the Interbay Starbucks, located at 1613 West Dravus Street, in the back room.

Hanson became John Hay’s new principal after 5-year head Dan Warren was reassigned to the new Sand Point Elementary this academic year. Hanson, who had been a teacher at John Hay for 11 years prior to her appointment, holds regular coffee chats with the community and invites neighbors to bring thoughts, questions, and lively discussion to these meetings.

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Last chance to give to Zaw School Days fundraiser

March 30th, 2011 by Thea

Today is the last day of Zaw’s month-long School Days fundraiser, and it looks like the race for which school will win is pretty close.

Our last week of fundraising shows John Hay Elementary in the lead with a mere $5 donation with Queen Anne Elementary coming in a very close second. Coe comes in third with McClure and St. Anne’s tied for fourth place.

Want to help your school win the grand prize (an Ultimate Pizza Party auction item courtesy of Zaw), as well as help them raise more dough? Customers can tell Zaw which school they’d like to make a $5 donation to in their name on all orders over $20 for the rest of the day today.

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Seattle Schools transportation map now available

March 23rd, 2011 by Thea

Seattle Public Schools has just released its transportation map for Queen Anne elementary schools for the 2011-2012 school year.

From the SPS website:

In the new transportation plan, transportation eligibility for attendance area elementary and K-8 students will be based on transportation zones.

Students within the transportation zone and outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for District-provided transportation.

Students outside their immediate transportation zone, but within their extended intermediary boundary, can walk to an attendance area school for bus pick-up if they live within a safe walk zone (up to one mile). Otherwise, they walk up to a 1/2 mile to a regular neighborhood stop. This is a temporary option to extend transportation for two (2) years (2011-12 & 2012-13).

* Transportation Zones will include the entire attendance area of a school
* Transportation Zones will extend to areas within a 1.25 mile radius from the school and within the middle school service area
* Walk zones to schools will still apply.

Here are the maps for Queen Anne-area schools (all links are .pdfs).

Catharine Blaine K-8

Frantz Coe

John Hay


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John Hay chorus seeks singers for Earth Day event

March 21st, 2011 by Thea

The John Hay Chorus has been invited to perform at two Earth Day events, coming up on Saturday, April 16. However, because Earth Day is also the first day of spring break, many of the students in the chorus will be out of town and unable to perform. Therefore the chorus is looking for temporary singers, between 2nd and 5th grades, to fill in for the two events.

Anyone who loves to sing and wants to perform and represent John Hay to the community is welcome.  No fee will be charged – we just need singers!

Rehearsals for the Earth Day events will be held on Tuesday mornings, from 8:15- to 9:00 a.m. on March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 12. The two performances will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the chorus and how to get involved, contact Suzanne Grant at

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Successful Schools in Action needs debate volunteers

January 10th, 2011 by Gladys

Local education non-profit Successful Schools in Action is looking for debate judges and timers for its tournament on Saturday, February 5.

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The tournament takes place at Lawton Elementary on February 5 from from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.. No experience is necessary but you do need be at least 15 years old. All orientation materials will be sent by email, and a 30 minute training for volunteer judges and timers will begin at 8:30 a.m. on tournament day. Each judge evaluates two teams buy brand cialis of two kids in two rounds.

SSIA also needs volunteers to monitor sign-in, snack table, and make copies as needed.  Volunteers can receive high school service hours.

Debate Club is made up of 4th and 5th graders from Blaine, Lawton, Coe and John Hay elementary schools. More details here.

If you are interested in volunteering, email to volunteer.

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Dancing, singing at food galore at the opening day of the Queen Anne Farmers Market Thursday

May 21st, 2010 by Thea

Yesterday was opening day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, and there was no shortage of festivities, from surprise swing dancing…

…to performances by the Coe Elementary and John Hay Elementary children’s choirs.

(Photo courtesy of Jon Boyce).

Canlis chef Jason Franey demoed his cooking skills (with samples!), and the folks from Chocolopolis handed out sweet treats.

Many QAFM old timers returned to the market this year…

..including Seattle street food favorites Parfait and Maximus/Minimus.

The market also welcomed a number of newcomers, including the folks from Jello Mold Farm in the Skagit Valley, who were excited to take part in their first farmers market ever.

The Queen Anne Farmers Market will be held every Thursday, through October 7, 2010 from 3 to 7 p.m. on W Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N. Happy market season, Queen Anne!

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Karen Hanson appointed new John Hay principal

May 11th, 2010 by Thea

Back in January Seattle Public Schools changed up some of the principal positions around the city, reassigning 5-year John Hay principal Dan Warren to head up the new Sand Point Elementary for the 2010-2011 school year. Many in the community have been waiting to find out who will be coming in to take over Warren’s post, and just last week SPS Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson announced longtime Hay teacher and enrichment specialist Karen Hanson as the new school head.

In a letter addressed to the community on Friday, May 7, Goodloe-Johnson explained the decision making process and introduced Hanson, while wishing Warren well at his new post. Read the full letter below:

Dear John Hay Community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Karen Hanson as the new principal for John Hay Elementary School.

A team from John Hay participated in the selection process. The team developed a profile of the qualities desired in the next school leader, interviewed a series of candidates, and provided feedback on the strengths of each applicant relative to the needs of your school. The candidates were drawn from a highly qualified pool of individuals who participated in a rigorous interview process conducted by principals and administrators.  Led by Education Director, Pat Sander, the finalists that your school team recommended then participated in a Learning Walk at John Hay.  During this walk, they visited classrooms, interacted with students and wrote some reflections on what they observed. The Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer conducted final interviews and made the appointment.

We believe that Ms. Hanson’s background as an enrichment specialist, classroom teacher and head teacher at John Hay for the past 11 years qualifies her to be an excellent principal choice for your school, and will ensure continuity of John Hay’s current educational experience.  Her student-centered approach means that she works for the success of all students at every level; she demonstrates personal integrity and an ability to foster positive change.

Ms. Hanson’s recent experience includes two years as a head teacher, three years as a classroom teacher and six years as an enrichment specialist at John Hay, plus five years as a classroom teacher at Olympic View Elementary School.  She values relationships with staff, students, families and community, and is committed to ensuring academic success for all students.  Ms. Hanson’s professional preparation includes a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction, and principal certification from Seattle Pacific University.

We want to also take this opportunity to thank Dan Warren for his outstanding educational leadership. His dedication to providing the best possible education for every child has been a gift to John Hay. We wish him all the best in his appointment as principal of Sand Point Elementary School.


Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D.

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