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How to Stay in the Loop

At John Hay Elementary School, we strive to inform our community about school events, school needs, volunteer support, community updates, new initiatives, and all the day by day happenings in the halls of this extraordinary school. Each year we make new efforts to ensure we are meeting the communication needs of every John Hay family. Here is a list of ways we communicate and how. If we have missed one, please email us at Our goal is to keep you as well-informed as we can. Set up your communication preferences.

Red Folders (aka: Kid Mail)

Once we return to in-person instruction, 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.


New this year! The SeeSaw app allows you to see school, teacher, and student communication without relying on emails. Download SeeSaw today!

School Messenger

The  School Messenger system is used by Seattle Public Schools to email, text, or call our families directly about events, announcements, and the like.  Download the School Messenger app, especially for additional languages.

Parent Town Halls

Monthly Parent Town Halls on the first Monday of each month, at 4 PM. Please use this link to enter your questions or comments for our meeting. Our first Town Hall is September 14th and a Spanish translator will be present. In addition, TEAMS has a caption translate feature for several languages if you can join, and turn on closed captioning in your home language. We will provide the conversation code at the meeting.

Lunch Chats

Join us for Lunch Chats with your John Hay Administration staff every Friday at noon. The first one is Friday, September 18th.

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.

PTO/Partners Website
John Hay Partners, our version of a traditional Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), strives to bring you community information for John Hay Elementary School. This website is a great resource for community events, ways to volunteer and current volunteering needs, our blog, before and after school activities, fundraising events and programs, meeting minutes, and so much more. This website is populated by community volunteers and is a work in progress as they are always trying to better serve our community needs. Be sure to check out the homepage News section as it is updated weekly! Read all the John Hay Partners News.

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. And you can subscribe to have all the dates added to your personal calendar.  

Jaguar Tracks

John Hay Elementary School sends a weekly bulletin, AKA  Jaguar Tracks, 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, links to PTO/Partners news, and district & legislative announcements are all common topics in our weekly newsletter. To be kind to the environment, the newsletter is sent digitally and posted on our website, yet if you would like a paper version our John Hay Office staff can accommodate. Send them an email at 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.

John Hay Elementary School Blog

The John Hay Elementary School Blog contains special reports about what is happening at John Hay including our community news, volunteering, event reports, teacher features, and the From the Principal’s Desk blog. Would love to see more around a certain topic? Let us know by emailing

Room Parent 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 emails from your classroom parent periodically starting by October. 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 our PTO/Partners Family Engagement Lead at Thank you!


This is the go-to place for frequent John Hay updates. On the John Hay Elementary School  Facebook Page @JohnHayElementary, the PTO/Partners share community news, reminders, events, fun facts, and information on upcoming meetings. Feel free to share our posts! This account is managed by John Hay PTO/Partners and its volunteers. And don’t forget to “like” the page, so you can stay in touch.


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


Not feeling Facebook? We’re on  Instagram @johnhayelementary. Like Facebook, this account is managed by the parent communications lead for the John Hay PTO/Partners. Follow us!

Any questions, comments or suggestions are most welcome and can be emailed to us at