John Hay News from Principal Hanson

John Hay News January 2011

Dear John Hay Family Member,

Welcome to the New Year!  Along with the wind, rain and snow that accompanies our Northwest winters comes a wonderful time of learning at school.  Our youngest learners have now found their stride; moving through school routines with confidence, enjoying the new friends that have been made, accepting the challenge that school brings, and even eating their lunches a little faster J.  Our older students, who already have a sense of how school works, are enjoying the routines and systems that make learning engaging and fun.  Longer term projects typically get underway at this time, teachers are able to delve deeply into more difficult topics, and friendships are in full swing.  The schoolhouse is a wonderful place to be during the blustery days of winter!

Winter also ushers in a time where all students will be assessed for progress.  Beginning on January 3, our students began taking the second round of computerized MAP testing.   Also during this time period, classroom teachers will be giving students  mid-year, classroom based reading, math and writing assessments; all designed to provide a variety of data points through which we can respond with informed instructional decisions.

And looking ahead to special events for enriching our parent community – please plan on attending our winter Parent Education Night!  On the evening of February 17, we will be inviting parents to school to get in on some lessons that will provide overviews of our literacy (reading and writing), math and science programs.  Teachers will be sharing with parents the nuts and bolts of our programs while offering advice and suggestions on the best ways to support students at home.  I hope you’ll be able to join us for a great time of learning together on behalf of our students!

Allow me to wish you and your children a New Year filled with blessings.  And, as always, should you need to talk with me or any member of my staff, please don’t hesitate to call.  We are happy to assist you in whatever way we can.

Kari Hanson, Principal

It is John Hay’s mission to…

Train our children to care for others

Engage learners through effective and innovative teaching

Actively involve and educate our families

Collaborate with others to improve effectiveness, and

Hold our students, teachers and families accountable as we

…develop caring learners who are actively growing and achieving.

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