To the families of incoming kindergarten students at John Hay Elementary,
We look forward to welcoming your children into our school community for the 2010-2011 school year. This upcoming school year we find ourselves in a unique situation, given some of the changes that have resulted from the adoption of the “New Student Assignment Plan” http://www.seattleschools.org/area/newassign/index.xm. Many families with older siblings currently attending John Hay Elementary are faced with the possibility of their incoming kindergarten student having to attend a different school if they live outside of the new school attendance area. Families did have the opportunity to apply during open enrollment (March 1st – 31st), to attend their preferred school, but acceptance is based on available space as well as established tie breaker criteria.
We know that many families are anxious to hear from us, and wanted to let you know that enrollment services is in the process of consolidating all data submitted through the open enrollment process and should start letting families know if there is space available for their child at their older sibling’s school. In addition, we would like to conduct our own, informal survey, so we can start engaging in discussions on our options for making space available for all families of John Hay. There are no guarantees, but we do want to let you know that we sympathize with your situation, and will be partnering with you to find solutions.
If you have an incoming sibling of a current John Hay student and live outside of the John Hay boundary area, please email Michelle Rothman (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can collect your contact information. She is a fellow John Hay parent impacted, and is helping to coordinate planning between parents and the school. She will keep you updated on our progress, and can be your resource for any questions you may have.
Thank you for your patience as we try to work through a solution.