Happy New Year! Happy New Playground…

Hello Roxhill Families and Enthusiasts!

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a wonderful start for you and yours. Over here at Friends of Roxhill Elementary we are amovin’ and agroovin’ to get a playground for our new E.C. Hughes location.

If you haven’t heard, our grant from the city was approved! This means we are all systems GO, here are some of the exciting developments:

  1. Our Word-Wizard, Jenny Rose, has completed the first draft of the RFP. The RFP is basically Roxhill’s playground wish list developed by the students themselves. It will go out to Playground Equipment Contractors so that they can send us their proposals, then we get to pick which one we want. This decision process will include students, families, neighbors and community members- yes, that means YOU.
  2. Mural Project Coordinator Lead, Tisbury, has already met with some artists who are interested in turning that eyesore wall at the E.C. Hughes corner of Holden and 32nd into a work of art. A Call to Artists has been written and will be going out on full blast soon to open up the opportunity to all artists! Once again, the Roxhill community and community at large will be encouraged to be a part of the decision process regarding which artist proposal they would most like to see come into fruition.

So, you can see why we are excited! And so BUSY! Help is needed in many different ways and we would love to have you be a part of this process. If you would like to help, please contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com or our Volunteer Coordinator, Julian, at cahampton@seattleschools.org.

Other exciting developments…

Come join us at Roxhill Elementary on February 12th at 6PM to hear Roxhill’s very own Mr. Popelka (1st grade) talk about his trip to Holland last year as a Fullbright Scholar Award recipient! There he learned about bridging the achievement gap between students. This event will be Open to the Public, so come, and invite your dentist and grocery bagger too!

January 19th is the Roxhill Family Dinner at Seola Gardens. A lovely Roxhill tradition that brings families together and raises funds for another Roxhill tradition, the 5th grade trip to Islandwood. THIS EVENT IS STILL LOOKING FOR ROXHILL FAMILY SUPPORT! Please contact Susanna if you’d like to contribute.

Oh, there’s also a possible Jog-A-Thon, Student Art Contest and more… like I said, all kinds of exciting stuff!


Welcome Back Stars! Time to Rise and Shine!

Hello Roxhill Stars! We have finished our first month back to school- anyone feeling like they’ve hit their groove yet? My 1st grader hasn’t been sent to school in his pajamas once, so I’m feeling like a rock star. I asked him how the first month of school has been, he said “Good!” Judging by the smiles on the kids’ faces at pick-up time, I’m guessing his feeling is shared.

This is the inaugural year for Friends of Roxhill, which is very exciting. We are a non-profit whose goal is to support Roxhill Elementary in whatever way it needs and it is for anyone who wants to jump in and help (yes, that means YOU!)! In the following year we have some exciting things planned: popcorn and bake sales, supporting cultural events, providing Parent Nites Out (woo hoo!), Dine Out Nites and much much more!

Let me share some really exciting news with you on behalf of the Friends of Roxhill… our grant to build our new playground at the E.C. Hughes building was completed and submitted!!! (If you see Jenny Rose around the school give her a pat on the back, she worked really hard on it!). That means we’re waiting for approval, and if that comes thru, we will get to start making the dream a reality (work time!) and turn that concrete into a great place for our kids to play next year and on into the future!

Want to be a part of all the excitement? Here’s how:




Don’t worry, if you can’t make the meeting, you can catch up on the notes on the Roxhill website. And if you want to lend a hand (we need all sorts of skills!), please email friendsofroxhill@gmail.com or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Julian.

Until, next time, keep shining, Stars!