Community Invited to Celebrate Roxhill Elementary Playground/Mural

Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites one and all to the grand opening ceremony for our Seattle Department of Neighborhoods-funded and community-built playground and a celebration of our new mural by artist Henry Luke on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Roxhill at E.C. Hughes. We’ll meet by the playground behind the school. Parents and school community members are invited to continue on to curriculum night.

On June 2, more than 75 people came together to put together and install the playground equipment. Then, over the course of the summer, more than 50 volunteers installed and laid the safety surface and wood chips, and Henry painted the community-designed mural. Both projects are public amenities because of how they’re funded — that’s right, we can all play on the playground now!

To make it all happen, Friends of Roxhill engaged in a public process to select the playground vendor and held an open call for artists for the mural. The projects had to each go through the Landmarks Preservation Board, with multiple meetings required to gain approval. The whole project required the work of hundreds of community volunteers to be successful—if anyone at any time had faltered, it would not have come together in the short time it did. If you worked on the project in any way, please come help cut the ribbon and celebrate! You helped make this happen!

If you can’t make the event but would like to support Friends of Roxhill in another way, Roxhill teacher, parent and FoRE member Shawna Patterson Lystra is running this November’s Seattle Marathon to raise money for the nonprofit. With a goal of $2,620 (like those 26.2 miles of the marathon), Ms. Lystra wants to raise money for field trips, materials and programs important for the Roxhill learning community. Check out her GoFundMe here:

Have questions about any of this? Contact Thank you for your support and generosity. See you on the playground!

Roxhill Art Contest!

Hello Roxhill Families and Supporters!

At this very moment I am staring at 6 prizes that will be awarded to our six Roxhill Art Contest winners, one from each grade! The contest theme was “What Roxhill Means to Me” and the Roxhill Stars totally rocked it.

Everyone who looked through the submissions was filled with incredible pride for Roxhill Elementary. The kids shared with us in their art work that Roxhill means Friendship, Safety, Love, Inclusion and Food.

As adults we often think of school as a means to an end or purely in academic terms, and this is valid, but the kids teach us that Roxhill has created a safe place that transcends the scholastic prototype. It is helping to create good humans that feel fed, included, noticed, important and cared for.

While there could only be 6 winners, all the submissions deserve praise. They will be presented in a slide show during a lunch hour for everyone to enjoy AND every single piece of art will be given to our mural artist*, so that they can use them for inspiration when designing the mural for our new school.

Super special thanks to Miss Michelle who made the contest happen!!! You are awesome!!! Another shout out to the 2nd grade, whose turn out for the contest blew out every other grade- woo hoo!

Till Next Time, Stars!

*The artist is still to be determined, but, just between you and I, we have received SEVERAL submissions from incredible local artists who are vying to paint our mural!



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 or our Volunteer Coordinator, Julian, at

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 or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Julian.

Until, next time, keep shining, Stars!