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December 14, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


December 20 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 21 – One-hour early dismissal (2:45pm)

December 22 to January 6 – NO SCHOOL (winter break)

January 7 – Back to school

January 14 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

January 17 – High School Information Night and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

January 21 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 30 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters)

JAMS School calendar

JAMS and the school levies

**NEW**  At the PTSA board meeting on December 10, the JAMS PTSA board voted to endorse and support the renewal of the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy.

Wondering how these levies would affect our school? With the BEX V Capital Levy, JAMS would directly benefit by receiving the following:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Earthquake safety improvements
  • Field lights
  • Playground (removal of old equipment)
  • Safety and security improvements
  • Landscape site improvements
  • Technology equipment and services

You can watch and share this video to get a better understanding of how school funding works at Seattle Public Schools and the steps being taken to bridge the funding gap.  As an individual, you can show your SUPPORT by VOTING on the February 12, 2019 ballot.

Gift card drive for vulnerable JAMS students

**NEW INFORMATION**  JAMS PTSA is seeking donations of $25 grocery gift cards for our food-insecure students. Gift cards to any grocery store are welcome, but Fred Meyer is especially convenient for JAMS families. “Food only” gift cards are available at both Fred Meyer and Safeway.

If you are able, please drop off or mail gift cards to Jane Addams Middle School main office (Gift Card Drive, JAMS, 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125).

Basketball practices start next week

**NEW** There was a fantastic turnout for the basketball tryouts!

Basketball practice schedule:

  • Girls JV – Tuesdays and Fridays (note: NO PRACTICE on Friday, December 21)
  • Girls Varsity – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Boys JV – Mondays and Fridays (note: NO PRACTICE on Friday, December 21)
  • Boys Varsity – Mondays and Thursdays
  • C Team – Wednesdays

All practices are after school in the JAMS gym.

Math Club winter session

Are you interested in doing more math and looking for a chance to connect with other students who are equally passionate? The JAMS Math Club is starting registration for the winter. Our focus will be on exploring new topics, working on challenging problems and exploring the hidden beauty of Mathematics. During the course of the year we will also offer opportunities to participate in various contests such as MathCounts.Logistics:
Location: Rm 203
Meeting Times: Mondays 3:50-4:50
This session will run from January 7 – March 25 on regular school days.

Pickup Policy: Parents will be responsible for pickup or kids will get home on their own. Parents will need to sign a permission slip letting kids self release. I will generally stay 10 minutes at the end of each session

Prerequisites: A good grasp of pre-algebra topics and the willingness to ask questions. Algebra and Geometry come up occasionally.

Fees: There will be a voluntary $50 donation requested that will be used to finance materials and contest entry fees.

Spaces: For this quarter, I’m going to cap at 15 students with a first come/first served registration policy.

Registration: Registration will open Monday 12/10. After then please complete the new online registration form: http://bit.ly/2Uhry5n Email me: benleis1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Winter Concert Information

It is Jane Addams Music Winter Concert Season!

Please come listen, applaud and support the amazing JAMS music students at the choir concert on Thursday, December 20th.Concert begins at 7:00 pm (participating students are expected, dressed in concert attire, ready to perform at 6:30pm)

LOCATION: JAMS Auditorium

FOOD! Bring small change for our bake sale! We will also be selling drinks and banh mi sandwiches. See you then!

Volunteers Needed!

“Relish” the idea of “Ketchup-ing” more with your student?
Then “Mustard” up the strength to be a lunchroom volunteer!

Three’s a charm, at least when it comes to the number of lunches at JAMS!  More than ever, we need parents to help supervise during all three lunches.  Sign up here for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid. For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


JAMS PTSA seeks Nominating Committee members

The PTSA is looking for a few willing members to serve on our Nominating Committee.  The job is short, but the impact is great.  As a Nominating Committee member, you will be able to shape our PTSA board for 2019-20 school year. The membership will elect the Nominating Committee at the General Membership meeting on January 17. Please email Sherene at sherenechan@hotmail.com if you are interested in this job.


What is the tallest building in the world?
The library, because it has the most stories! 

The Jane Addams Library is a wonderful, busy place with excellent resources for students, staff, and parents to share. Volunteers are needed to assist with routine circulation desk tasks, help students locate materials, shelve books, and help with light cleaning. Volunteers who are available at lunchtime (roughly 11:30-1:00) are especially helpful. We especially need lunchtime volunteers who are available on Fridays. Please contact librarian Laurie Amster-Burton directly. leamsterburton@seattleschools.org  Thank you!

Save these dates!

Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:

  • January 17   High School Information Night in conjunction with the JAMS PTSA general membership meeting.  We will have parents, students, and staff from Seattle Public Schools high schools available to share their experiences and answer questions.  If you are the parent of an 8th grader, and looking for more information before Open Enrollment starts, you will want to attend this event
  • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!

Engraved tile:  a lasting gift 

Looking for a unique gift idea? The JAMSDREAMBIG committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall. The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student or family, a teacher, coach, team or any other JAMS group!  It’s a great way to leave a lasting mark at JAMS! Visit jamsdreambig.org to donate.

Ski Bus Registration Open

The 2018-2019 ski season is here and registration for the Friday night ski and snowboard program is open! Registration is through Ski Mohan and may be done online at https://www.skimohan.com/school-program/seattle-public-schools/jane-addams.We are in need of parent volunteers, so if you are interested or have any questions, please send a note of interest to Jill Lee, Jane Addams Ski Bus Coordinator @ skijaneaddams@gmail.com

Stay tuned for an informational meeting!

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for the following informational evening:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questions

    Join us in any way that works for you:
    *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Students are welcome!

  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.


Ingraham High School
2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. Dec 4, 6, 11, 13 Jan 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Feb 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham IB Information Night
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.

Ingraham Day Time Tour 
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023


Roosevelt High School

Information Night for Roosevelt High School
January 31, 2019 – 7:00 pm


Lincoln High School
Information Night for Lincoln High School
January 15, 2019
Hamilton Middle School (1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103)

If you have missed previous Lincoln HS meetings, you can still provide feedback through several surveys here.  Get connected with Lincoln and informed about future events via social media channels (details here).


Garfield High School
Wednesday, January 16 (9:00 – 10:30am)

School-day tour designed for prospective students (parents/guardians must attend). Students will meet in the Gym at 9 AM and will then tour the school during 1st period, tours will end around 10:30. No RSVP is necessary.


Ballard High School

Open House February 7, 2019 6:30-9:00pm

8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) Tuesday, Feb 5  and Wednesday, Feb 13, 8:00–10:00am

Shadowing in February – see website for details


The Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on January 17, 2019 and February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.


Nova High School

Open house January 24 (Thu) 6:00 – 7:30pm

There are tours and “intro mornings” on Tuesday and Wednesday in December and January. Call: 206 – 252- 3500 for info.

Nova High School is an innovator in non-traditional high school education within the Seattle Public Schools. We are a competency, inquiry, problem and project-based school that uses performance and portfolio assessment to gauge the level and depth of student work. As a social and racial justice school, we believe personalization in education is key to building trust and academic success in preparing all students for college and the workforce after high school.

We offer a wide variety of assistance and services to all students, including special education supports, 504 accommodations, LGBTQ student supports, and a democratic structure where students are involved in the decision-making at Nova – from our Hiring and Review Committee to our Budget Committee. Every student has a teacher advisor and is part of an advisory group with 20-25 other students so they receive personalized support throughout the school year.


Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage.

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Science Materials Review for Instructional Materials Adoption for Grades 9-12

In September 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in high school. The high school adoption committee is inviting the community to review all potential materials and provide feedback.

You can join this important review by coming to the John Stanford Center Professional Library where you will find all instructional materials on display from Dec. 10 through Dec. 28. The John Stanford Center Professional Library is at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. Building hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday by appointment. December 24 and 25 are holidays and the building is not open. View our map and directions webpage.

The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1996 and 2000 for high school. Over the last two decades, scientific knowledge has advanced, and instructional practices have changed. It is important for our students to receive current, relevant, and authentic science experiences. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive core science curriculum in all Seattle schools.

The finalist from this process will be brought into some classrooms for a field test in January and February. Teachers and students will provide input to the committees based on their experience with the materials.

During the field test period, we will extend an invitation for families, staff, and community to provide feedback on the final instructional materials candidates. The materials will be on display at locations around the district, and all are encouraged to review.

We will host an Instructional Materials Open House on February 2 and 9, where members of the adoption committees will share a presentation of the materials under final review.

In April, the adoption committees will present their final recommendation to the School Board, and in May the Board will vote on the implementation for 2019-20 school year.

For more updates and information, visit 2019 Science Adoption for grades 9-12 webpage.


**NEW**  Enrollment for 2019-20 School yearIf you have a child that will be five by August 31, it is time to get ready to enroll for kindergarten. Registration for the 2019-20 school year begins Mon., Jan. 7.

Students living in Seattle are guaranteed an assignment based on their address or at the school best able to serve their needs. Read more about location of student services and programs. Look up your neighborhood school on our Address Lookup Tool webpage.

Items you will need to register new students (exceptions are made for families in transition):

  • Parent or guardian photo ID
  • Child’s passport or birth certificate
  • Two (2) proofs of home address dated within past eight (8) weeks
  • Child’s immunization (shots) record

All new student registration is completed online. Visit our Enroll My Student webpage.

We are here to help. Visit us at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave. S between 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bilingual staff speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali. You can reach us by phone at 206-252-0760 and email: servicecenter@seattleschools.org.

Assistance is available for families living in transition; please call 206-252-0660.

Key Enrollment Dates

  • Online registration for new students for 2019-20 school year begins Jan. 7, 2019
  • Open Enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 4 – 15, 2019

Community Registration Outreach Events

  • Thurs., Jan. 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
    4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
    East side of MLK, near S Dakota St. behind Tyree Scott Apts.
  • Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    District Admission Fair at Mercer Middle School
    1600 Columbian Way
  • Tues., Jan. 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
    Hazel Wolf K-8 School
    11530 12TH Ave NE
  • Thurs., Jan. 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
    High Point Family Center
    6400 Sylvan Way SW

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Seattle Public Library winter break eventsThe Seattle Public Library will offer free programs ranging from holiday Photoshop classes to board game bonanzas, movies, crafts, chess and more! See below for the schedule of events from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 6.

TEENS (ages 12-18 or as noted)

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club – Interested in D & D? Play and learn with other teens at the Ballard Branch. This group is organized and led by Ballard teens. Snacks will be provided. First time attendees, please come at noon for character creation.

Teen Space – Hang out with your friends and other teens your age! Play board and video games, hang out, listen to music, use a computer and eat snacks until the food runs out.

Peter Manos – Local author Manos will discuss “A Girl Named Cricket,” about a teenage alien who is tricked into leaving her dying planet and forced to enroll in high school in California.

ALL AGES (or as noted)

Kids Café Afterschool Meals – Kids and teens eat for free! This program is co-sponsored by Food Lifeline, City of Seattle Human Services and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. For ages 1-18. No meals when the Library is closed on Dec. 24 and 25, or Jan. 1.

Game On! – Come to the Library for board games and open play on the Xbox 360 and Wii. Drop in for fun activities, dance to the Kinect, or drive yourself crazy on Mario Kart. For kids and teens.

Day of Reading and Fun – Join us for reading, coloring, and bookmark making.

Hot chocolate and tea provided, plus book giveaways! Feel free to bring cozy blankets and pillows. For all ages.

Play Chess – Drop by to learn and play chess! For all ages.

Reading Oasis – Drop in anytime for a low-key afternoon of reading while we transform the Library meeting room into a cozy escape full of tents and pillows. You’ll trade book recommendations with librarians, sip warm drinks, and go home with Library goodies and plenty to read for the rest of the break. For kids and teens.

Scarecrow Video Silver Screeners presents ‘The Women’s Balcony’ – A 2016 Israeli comedy-drama about a group of devoutly orthodox Jewish women attempting to unite their neighborhood and preserve their traditions when a charismatic rabbi enters their lives. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, and stars Evelin Hagoel, Yigal Naor and Orna Banai. Shown in Hebrew with English subtitles. For teens and adults.

Bow Wows And Books – Come read aloud to certified therapy dogs from Project Canine (younger and older siblings are welcome too). The Library will have books available, and you are welcome to bring your own books as well. For ages 5 to 13.

The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance. We help level the playing field for underserved populations by forming strong partnerships to offer aid with student success.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.


**NEW**  Adolesco Youth European Exchange ProgramIs your student ready to spread their wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain? Consider a unique, two-way exchange program that gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.

Adolesco Youth Exchange will match you with a student in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 and 12 weeks) your student wants to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of a flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.

Please join come to an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVPmarie@adolesco.org, and see www.Adolesco.org for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. Learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living in a new culture and gain a great friend… for life!

Info sign-up at www.adolesco.org/contact

Info Meetings listed at https://www.facebook.com/Adolesco.org/events


Visit a Museum through Museums for AllThrough Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card. Several local museums participate, including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Museum of History and Industry. Search here to find participating museums near you!


Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops

This winter break, join Seattle SuperSonics legend Slick Watts and UW standout Donald Watts for the Watts Holiday Hoops Camps at Villa Academy! These three-day-long, half-day camps are the perfect way to get your young player’s skills sharp for the upcoming season. Camps run December 26–28 and January 2–4 from 1pm–4pm daily.

Scholarships are available to those in need.

Come see why Watts is world renowned for our approach to training athletes to be game changers for life. Our programs have produced hundreds of high school players and dozens of NCAA scholarship athletes. Most importantly, our camps are fun!

Sign up today! Registration closes on December 23!

Questions? Contact our program coordinator Colin Davenport at
Colin@WattsBasketball.com


North Seattle Lacrosse for Boys Grades 3-8

Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2019 spring season. Space is currently available for players in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship.  For more information or to register, please visit http://www.northseattlelacrosse.org/


Doublecrosse Lacrosse

Calling all Northeast Seattle girls interested in Girls’ Lacrosse Grades 2-8
New and returning players welcome. No prior experience necessary!
Registration for spring 2019, starting November 15. Registration closes February 2nd.
Details and registration at: doublecrosse.com


Wedgwood Meaningful Movie: Consuming Kids

December 14, 2018
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
8008 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98115
(Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (67 min, Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp, 2008)

With virtually no government oversight or public outcry, the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry has used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids, targeted from birth with sales pitches for everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk food to iPods, cell phones, and the family car, now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual consumer spending. Consuming Kids traces the evolution and impact of this unprecedented phenomenon. Drawing on the insights of children’s health experts, media critics, and industry insiders, it blows the lid off the youth-marketing industry’s stealth tactics and explores the effects of consumerism on the imaginative lives of children.

It’s FREE and open to the public! Donations to defray the cost of screening rights gladly accepted. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7:00 P.M with a facilitated community discussion to follow.


Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 

JANE ADDAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPFUL INFORMATION
Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or janeaddams.attendance@seattleschools.org )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org
Student grades: http://ps.seattleschools.org
Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.org


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December 07, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


December 7 – Packs for Kids packing party (JAMS cafeteria) 9:00am

December 7 – Last day of Boys basketball tryouts 4:00-5:30pm

December 7 – “A Wrinkle in Time” TAJA play (JAMS auditorium) 7:00-9:00pm

December 10 and 11 – Girls basketball tryouts 4:00-5:30pm

December 10 – JAMS PTSA meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

December 11 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 12 – Nathan Hale future family night (@ Hale HS) 6:00-8:00pm

December 13 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 20 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 21 – One-hour early dismissal (2:45pm)

December 22 to January 6 – NO SCHOOL (winter break)

January 7 – Back to school

January 14 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

January 17 – High School Information Night and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

January 21 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 30 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters)

JAMS School calendar

JAMS PTSA meeting December 10

A special General Membership meeting is being called in conjunction with the December Board Meeting, December 10 at 7pm in the JAMS library.

  • Hear a brief presentation from Schools First Seattle, promoting the two upcoming levies in February.
  • Vote on two new budget line items; an advocacy line item at $500; a line item for unanticipated requests for $500.
  • Stay for the usual PTSA monthly reports, including the monthly financial report and a school update from a JAMS administrator.

Everyone is welcome — please join us at this special PTSA meeting!

‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Theatre at Jane Addams (TAJA) presents James Sie’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

Date/time: TODAY Friday, December 7 at 7:00pm
Location: Jane Addams Auditorium
Admission: $10 General Admission and $8 Student Admission
Tickets on sale at the door (no pre-sales)
Refreshments will be offered for sale in the lobby

The kids have been working hard all fall and would love for you to join them for an evening of fun and adventure. Don’t miss it!

Math Club winter session

**NEW**  Are you interested in doing more math and looking for a chance to connect with other students who are equally passionate? The JAMS Math Club is starting registration for the winter. Our focus will be on exploring new topics, working on challenging problems and exploring the hidden beauty of Mathematics. During the course of the year we will also offer opportunities to participate in various contests such as MathCounts.Logistics:
Location: Rm 203
Meeting Times: Mondays 3:50-4:50
This session will run from January 7 – March 25 on regular school days.

Pickup Policy: Parents will be responsible for pickup or kids will get home on their own. Parents will need to sign a permission slip letting kids self release. I will generally stay 10 minutes at the end of each session

Prerequisites: A good grasp of pre-algebra topics and the willingness to ask questions. Algebra and Geometry come up occasionally.

Fees: There will be a voluntary $50 donation requested that will be used to finance materials and contest entry fees.

Spaces: For this quarter, I’m going to cap at 15 students with a first come/first served registration policy.

Registration: Registration will open Monday 12/10. After then please complete the new online registration form: http://bit.ly/2Uhry5n Email me: benleis1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Winter Concert Information

**NEW**  It is Jane Addams Music Winter Concert Season!

Please come listen, applaud and support these amazing students!WHEN:  Each ensemble will be playing on a different evening:

  • Band – 6th Grade, Intermediate, Junior and Senior Band: Tuesday, December 11th
  • Orchestra – 6th Grade, Intermediate, Junior, Senior and Chamber: Thursday, December 13th
  • Choir : Thursday, December 20th

All concerts begin at 7:00 pm (participating students are expected, dressed in concert attire, ready to perform at 6:30pm)

LOCATION: JAMS Auditorium

FOOD! Bring small change for our bake sale! We will also be selling drinks and banh mi sandwiches. See you then!

Get informed about the upcoming levies

**NEW**  What’s on the February 12, 2019, ballot for Seattle Public Schools?Seattle Public Schools will ask voters to consider renewing two critical levies–one to fund day-to-day operations and one to fund construction to add capacity and rebuild aging schools.

1. Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy

  • Funding for critical day-to-day school operations, such as additional school staff beyond what the state allocates and instructional materials.
  • Helps bridge the funding gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. For instance, the state funds nine nurses per year, but the district employs 63.
  • Funding for Special Education to ensure our 7,000 students who need special education services have the supports they need. The district spends $140 million a year for special education, but the state only funds $68 million a year.
  • Helps close the opportunity gaps by continuing to provide programs to support our most vulnerable students.

2. Renewal of the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy

  • Replaces or modernizes eight aging schools: Rainier Beach High School, Mercer International Middle School, Alki Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Montlake Elementary, Northgate Elementary, John Rogers Elementary and Viewlands Elementary.
  • Adds classrooms, removes portables.
    • Addition at West Seattle Elementary
    • Adds 1,908 new seats across the district
    • Removes 76 portables throughout the district
    • Expands Original Van Asselt to serve as an interim site
  • Improves safety and security at EVERY school. Secure entrances and school sites, earthquake safety improvements, upgrade fire alarm systems.
  • Provides all schools equitable classroom technology and support for student learning. Improves district systems and infrastructure.
  • Plans for the future. Funding for the design phase of future projects, including Aki Kurose Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary, and to plan for future schools.

Why do schools need levies?

School districts are funded through state, local and federal dollars. But there’s currently a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need. So, every three years, the district asks voters to consider renewing the operations levy. In addition, school construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies.

Coat and shoe donations

BRRRR! As the weather gets colder and rainier, some JAMS students are coming to school cold and wet because they don’t have a coat.  Please help JAMS ensure all students have a coat that keeps them warm and dry through the Seattle winter by donating new or gently used coats.  A wide range of sizes are needed, from youth sizes through adult XL.

In addition, JAMS is accepting donations of new or gently used shoes.  JAMS receives shoes donated by Super Jock n Jill, but they are mostly average-sized (men’s size 8 and women’s size 7), so donations of larger- and smaller-than-average shoes are especially needed.

Donations of coats and shoes can be dropped off at the JAMS main office.

Volunteers Needed!

“Relish” the idea of “Ketchup-ing” more with your student?
Then “Mustard” up the strength to be a lunchroom volunteer!

Three’s a charm, at least when it comes to the number of lunches at JAMS!  More than ever, we are need parents to help supervise during all three lunches.  Sign up here for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid.   For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


JAMS PTSA seeks Nominating Committee members

The PTSA is looking for a few willing members to serve on our Nominating Committee.  The job is short, but the impact is great.  As a Nominating Committee member, you will be able to shape our PTSA board for 2019-20 school year. The membership will elect the Nominating Committee at the General Membership meeting on January 17. Please email Sherene at sherenechan@hotmail.com if you are interested in this job.


What is the tallest building in the world?
The library, because it has the most stories! 

The Jane Addams Library is a wonderful, busy place with excellent resources for students, staff, and parents to share. Volunteers are needed to assist with routine circulation desk tasks, help students locate materials, shelve books, and help with light cleaning. Volunteers who are available at lunchtime (roughly 11:30-1:00) are especially helpful. We especially need lunchtime volunteers who are available on Fridays. Please contact librarian Laurie Amster-Burton directly. leamsterburton@seattleschools.org  Thank you!

Save these dates!

Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:

  • January 17   High School Information Night in conjunction with the JAMS PTSA general membership meeting.  We will have parents, students, and staff from Seattle Public Schools high schools available to share their experiences and answer questions.  If you are the parent of an 8th grader, and looking for more information before Open Enrollment starts, you will want to attend this event
  • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE”, a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!

Engraved tile:  a lasting gift 

Looking for a unique gift idea? The JAMSDREAMBIG committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall. The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student or family, a teacher, coach, team or any other JAMS group!  It’s a great way to leave a lasting mark at JAMS! Visit jamsdreambig.org to donate.

Ski Bus Registration Open

The 2018-2019 ski season is here and registration for the Friday night ski and snowboard program is open! Registration is through Ski Mohan and may be done online at https://www.skimohan.com/school-program/seattle-public-schools/jane-addams.We are in need of parent volunteers, so if you are interested or have any questions, please send a note of interest to Jill Lee, Jane Addams Ski Bus Coordinator @ skijaneaddams@gmail.com

Stay tuned for an informational meeting in the next couple of weeks!

(PTSA) Membership has its privileges

Did you know? JAMS PTSA members can save money through member benefit providers. Member benefits are offered to all WSPTA members. Be sure to have your electronic member card, which you received by email when you joined JAMS PTSA, available and go to the benefits and discount codes page at www.wastatepta.org . Log in using the username and password found in the welcome email to which your membership card was attached. One recently announced benefit is discounts at Office Depot for WSPTA members and their family members. Just visit this link to print your own STORE DISCOUNT CARD https://community.officedepot.com/GPOHome?id=2050221. You can also get discounts to the Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker performances, Great Wolf Lodge, car rentals, and more! Contact Julie Bisson (jamsptsamembership@gmail.com or jbisson@comcast.net) with any questions or if you’d like a duplicate electronic member card via email.

Still need to join JAMS PTSA?  Go here.

Private school applications

If you anticipate requesting private high school recommendations and transcripts, please follow the guidelines below.

To ensure a timely response, application requests must be turned into JAMS by December 19. Requests submitted after December 19 are not guaranteed to be completed by January 15. It will be at the teacher’s discretion if they have time available.

School Records

  • Electronic Applications For private schools that use an online application system, please have the records request sent to: sbfitzwaterr@seattleschools.org
  • Paper (offline) Applications For private schools that use paper applications please drop off a signed application form along with a private-school-addressed envelope with two (2) stamps to JAMS Main Office by December 19. You will need to provide a prepared envelope for each school if there are multiple schools.

What will be included in School Records

  • Progress Report (1st Quarter – this year)
  • Middle School Academic History
  • Standardized testing
  • Attendance Report (this year)
  • Incident Report

Teacher Recommendations
Address requests for a teacher recommendation to the teacher from whom you require a recommendation. Please provide a standard business sized envelope (addressed to the applicant school with adequate postage to cover at least two ounces.) This is required for each school to which you are applying.

It is also courteous to ask the teachers in advance (via e-mail) if they would be willing to fill out the forms, before dropping the forms off in their mailbox at school.

Please submit requests early. The teachers and staff will process recommendations as time permits during their normal work schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact the JAMS registrar at sbfitzwaterr@seattleschools.org

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for one of the following informational evenings:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM   Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM   Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questionsJoin us in any way that works for you:
    *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – last tour leaves the Commons at 6:40, then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Students are welcome!
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.


Ingraham High School
2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. Dec 4, 6, 11, 13 Jan 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Feb 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham IB Information Night
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.

Ingraham Day Time Tour 
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023


Roosevelt High School

Information Night for Roosevelt High School
January 31, 2019 – 7:00 pm


Lincoln High School
Information Night for Lincoln High School
January 15, 2019
Hamilton Middle School (1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103)

If you have missed previous Lincoln HS meetings, you can still provide feedback through several surveys here.  Get connected with Lincoln and informed about future events via social media channels (details here).


Garfield High School
Wednesday, January 16 (9:00 – 10:30am)

School-day tour designed for prospective students (parents/guardians must attend). Students will meet in the Gym at 9 AM and will then tour the school during 1st period, tours will end around 10:30. No RSVP is necessary.


Ballard High School

Open House February 7, 2019 6:30-9:00pm

8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) Tuesday, Feb 5  and Wednesday, Feb 13, 8:00–10:00am

Shadowing in February – see website for details


The Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on January 17, 2019 and February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.


Nova High School

Open house January 24 (Thu) 6:00 – 7:30pm

There are tours and “intro mornings” on Tuesday and Wednesday in December and January. Call: 206 – 252- 3500 for info.

Nova High School is an innovator in non-traditional high school education within the Seattle Public Schools. We are a competency, inquiry, problem and project-based school that uses performance and portfolio assessment to gauge the level and depth of student work. As a social and racial justice school, we believe personalization in education is key to building trust and academic success in preparing all students for college and the workforce after high school.

We offer a wide variety of assistance and services to all students, including special education supports, 504 accommodations, LGBTQ student supports, and a democratic structure where students are involved in the decision-making at Nova – from our Hiring and Review Committee to our Budget Committee. Every student has a teacher advisor and is part of an advisory group with 20-25 other students so they received personalized support throughout the school year.


Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage.

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe

Seattle Public Schools Information

School District Levies Renewal February 2019

The School Board approved the district levy renewal package that will be voted on by Seattle voters on Feb. 12, 2019.

The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy renewal will fund construction, technology, and safety and security projects across the district. This levy funds the replacement and modernization of eight aging school buildings, adds classrooms and removes portables, improves safety and security at every school, and provides equitable classroom technology to support student learning.

The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy renewal will fund day-to-day school operations. This levy, if approved, will provide funding for school staff, textbooks, instructional materials, special education, and other critical day-to-day operations.

Information and regular updates about these vital education levies can be found at www.seattleschools.org/levies.

Please send any questions about the BEX V Levy renewal to capitallevy2019@seattleschools.org.

In January, the district will host informational meetings across the city. If your school is interested in a levy presentation or if you have questions about the EP&O Levy renewal, please contact staff at budget@seattleschools.org.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Visit a Museum through Museums for AllThrough Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card. Several local museums participate, including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Museum of History and Industry. Search here to find participating museums near you!


**NEW**  Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops

This winter break, join Seattle SuperSonics legend Slick Watts and UW standout Donald Watts for the Watts Holiday Hoops Camps at Villa Academy! These three-day-long, half-day camps are the perfect way to get your young player’s skills sharp for the upcoming season. Camps run December 26–28 and January 2–4 from 1pm–4pm daily.

Scholarships are available to those in need.

Come see why Watts is world renowned for our approach to training athletes to be game changers for life. Our programs have produced hundreds of high school players and dozens of NCAA scholarship athletes. Most importantly, our camps are fun!

Sign up today! Registration closes on December 23!

Questions? Contact our program coordinator Colin Davenport at
Colin@WattsBasketball.com


**NEW**  North Seattle Lacrosse for Boys Grades 3-8

Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2019 spring season. Space is currently available for players in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship.  For more information or to register, please visit http://www.northseattlelacrosse.org/


New Online System for Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a new online registration system.  If you had an account with the previous system, your account should have been migrated over to the new system.  Follow these steps to activate your new account:

To access your account, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the www.seattle.gov/parks and click on ‘Sign Up for Activities’
  2. Click on ‘Sign In’.
  3. Click on ‘Forgot Password’ and enter your email address to have your login information sent to you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local recreation facility.


Doublecrosse Lacrosse

Calling all Northeast Seattle girls interested in Girls’ Lacrosse Grades 2-8
New and returning players welcome. No prior experience necessary!
Registration for spring 2019, starting November 15. Registration closes February 2nd.
Details and registration at: doublecrosse.com


Free basketball program for youth with disabilities ages 8-21Lace up your sneakers and come join the Seattle Parks Minnow Sharks basketball team! Learn the fundamentals at practice, then compete in Special Olympics sanctioned tournaments! A completed Special Olympics Application For Participation is required at the start of the season to participate in tournaments.

Practice begins Wednesday, January 2. No experience necessary and all abilities welcome. No one-on-one supervision is provided, but caregivers are welcome to attend!

Wednesdays, January 2 – March 6, 4-5 p.m.
Montlake Community Center (1618 E Calhoun Street, Seattle, WA 98112)

Questions? Email coach Jill at jill.ellison@seattle.gov

To register, call (206) 684-4950. A Participant Information Form (in addition to Special Olympics paperwork) is required to participate and will be provided by coach.

This program is offered by the Specialized Programs unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. To view our full catalog of activities, please visit us at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/specialized-programs


Lucha Libre coming to Lake City

Lake City friends and family: Lucha Libre is coming to the Lake City Community Center!! Saturday, December 8th, family activities start at 5:30pm.

FREE!
It’s a potluck, bring your favorite dish

Lake City CC (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 256-5645)


Wedgwood Meaningful Movie: Consuming Kids

December 14, 2018
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
8008 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98115
(Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (67 min, Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp, 2008)

With virtually no government oversight or public outcry, the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry has used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids, targeted from birth with sales pitches for everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk food to iPods, cell phones, and the family car, now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual consumer spending. Consuming Kids traces the evolution and impact of this unprecedented phenomenon. Drawing on the insights of children’s health experts, media critics, and industry insiders, it blows the lid off the youth-marketing industry’s stealth tactics and explores the effects of consumerism on the imaginative lives of children.

It’s FREE and open to the public! Donations to defray the cost of screening rights gladly accepted. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7:00 P.M with a facilitated community discussion to follow.


Greenlake Pathway of Lights

The holidays are on the horizon, and we’re already getting into the spirit of the season as we prepare for the annual Pathway of Lights! This FREE family favorite holiday event is on Saturday, December 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Come stroll the glimmering Green Lake circuit, paths, and docks which will be lit with thousands of twinkling candles. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and live holiday music while you wander through the magic of the sparkling lights.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. (Sponsored by The Hearthstone at Green Lake)

Community members attending the Pathway of Lights are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation that benefits FamilyWorks, and attendees are also welcome to bring their own lights to add to the ambiance of the evening’s atmosphere.

Look out for the 2nd year with hot air balloons at Pathway of Lights! The Balloon Glow goes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and is weather dependent, so let’s hope for a clear night!

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and our title sponsor, Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149, and with our community partners including: PCC Community Markets, The Lunchbox, KIND, Lime, Aegis Living at Ravenna, The Hearthstone at Green Lake, and Associated Recreation Council.


Winter Solstice Market at Magnuson Park

Seattle’s only indoor Winter Solstice Night Market debuts December 7-8th over 100 local pop-ups showcasing handmade, vintage to delicious street food with music and libations.

Hours to the Public:

  • Friday, Dec. 7th 5-10pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 8th 12-8pm

It’s our own take on a holiday show with live music and entertainment over two nights indoors at Magnuson Park Hangar 30 to get you in the holiday season with our own holiday show highlighting the Winter Solstice. Come celebrate the holidays and shop for local gifts.

Suggested donation of $1 per person to help us keep this event happening monthly and anything over that goes to help our benefitting charity! So come on down, shop local and celebrate the great indoors!

Family-friendly and free admission with a suggested donation at the front gate of $1.

We’ll be featuring live performances and music for all ages to be announced on November 1st! Join us for local street food and craft beer garden benefitting a local charity!


Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker Performances

The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th Street | Seattle.

Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults & $13.00 for students and seniors and can be purchased here.
http://www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/jazz-nutcracker/

We hope you’ll join us as we swing into the holidays with the 2018-2019 Jazz Band under the direction of Seattle Public Schools educator Scott Brown.

Duke Ellington was a great American composer, pianist and leader of his jazz orchestra. Ellington started working with classical themes in the 1940s and, after hearing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, enlisted Billy Strayhorn to create a new arrangement; a composition that fuses Tchaikovsky’s original themes with the unique textures and styles of a jazz orchestra. Our Jazz Nutcracker is further enhanced with additional arrangements by Essentially Ellington transcriber, David Berger.  We hope The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker will become part of your annual holiday traditions.

See you at the show!


Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 

JANE ADDAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPFUL INFORMATION
Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or janeaddams.attendance@seattleschools.org )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org
Student grades: http://ps.seattleschools.org
Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.org


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November 30, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


December 1 – Girls Varsity soccer vs. Denny (@Garfield) 8:00am

December 1 – Girls JV soccer vs. Denny (@Garfield) 12:30pm

December 3 – Winter sports (basketball) paperwork deadline

December 4, 6 and 7 – Boys basketball tryouts 4:00-5:30pm

December 6 – Special Education resource fair (@Roosevelt HS) 6:30-8:30pm

December 6 and 7 – “A Wrinkle in Time” TAJA play (JAMS auditorium) 7:00-9:00pm

December 10 and 11 – Girls basketball tryouts 4:00-5:30pm

December 10 – JAMS PTSA meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

December 11 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 12 – Nathan Hale future family night (@ Hale HS) 6:00-8:00pm

December 13 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 20 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 21 – One-hour early dismissal (2:45pm)

December 22 to January 6 – NO SCHOOL (winter break)

JAMS School calendar

JAMS PTSA meeting December 10

A special General Membership meeting is being called in conjunction with the December Board Meeting, December 10 at 7pm in the JAMS library.

  • Hear a brief presentation from Schools First Seattle, promoting the two upcoming levies in February.
  • Vote on two new budget line items; an advocacy line item at $500; a line item for unanticipated requests for $500.
  • Stay for the usual PTSA monthly reports, including the monthly financial report and a school update from a JAMS administrator.

Everyone is welcome — please join us at this special PTSA meeting!

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ next week

**NEW**  Theatre at Jane Addams (TAJA) presents James Sie’s adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

Dates/times: Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7 at 7:00pm
Location: Jane Addams Auditorium
Admission: $10 General Admission and $8 Student Admission
Tickets on sale at the door (no pre-sales)
Refreshments will be offered for sale in the lobby

The kids have been working hard all fall and would love for you to join them for an evening of fun and adventure. Don’t miss it!

Chess success!

**NEW**  Congratulations to JAMS 6th grader Melina L.! She placed first in the Female Under 12 section at the recent North America Youth Chess Championship in Mexico. What an accomplishment!

In addition, JAMS alumna Minda C., placed first in the Female U16 section (at age 14), and was awarded WIM title (Woman International Title) in the same NAYCC tournament!

Go Jaguars!!

Private school applications

**NEW**  If you anticipate requesting private high school recommendations and transcripts, please follow the guidelines below.

To ensure a timely response, application requests must be turned into JAMS by December 19. Requests submitted after December 19 are not guaranteed to be completed by January 15. It will be at the teacher’s discretion if they have time available.

School Records

  • Electronic Applications For private schools that use an online application system, please have the records request sent to: sbfitzwaterr@seattleschools.org
  • Paper (offline) Applications For private schools that use paper applications please drop off a signed application form along with a private-school-addressed envelope with two (2) stamps to JAMS Main Office by December 19. You will need to provide a prepared envelope for each school if there are multiple schools.

What will be included in School Records

  • Progress Report (1st Quarter – this year)
  • Middle School Academic History
  • Standardized testing
  • Attendance Report (this year)
  • Incident Report

Teacher Recommendations
Address requests for a teacher recommendation to the teacher from whom you require a recommendation. Please provide a standard business sized envelope (addressed to the applicant school with adequate postage to cover at least two ounces.) This is required for each school to which you are applying.

It is also courteous to ask the teachers in advance (via e-mail) if they would be willing to fill out the forms, before dropping the forms off in their mailbox at school.

Please submit requests early. The teachers and staff will process recommendations as time permits during their normal work schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact the JAMS registrar at sbfitzwaterr@seattleschools.org

Coat and shoe donations needed

**NEW**  BRRRR! As the weather gets colder and rainier, some JAMS students are coming to school cold and wet because they don’t have a coat.  Please help JAMS ensure all students have a coat that keeps them warm and dry through the Seattle winter by donating new or gently used coats.  A wide range of sizes are needed, from youth sizes through adult XL.

In addition, JAMS is accepting donations of new or gently used shoes.  JAMS receives shoes donated by Super Jock n Jill, but they are mostly average-sized (men’s size 8 and women’s size 7), so donations of larger- and smaller-than-average shoes are especially needed.

Donations of coats and shoes can be dropped off at the JAMS main office.

STEAM Fair planning meeting December 4

**NEW**  The JAMS STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Fair will be on May 1, 2019.  If you are interested in being involved with organizing the STEAM Fair, please join us at the first planning meeting on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm at 3rd Place Books Ravenna (in the Cafe). There are lots of ways you can help, big or small!  If you cannot join us, but are interested in helping or have ideas you want to share about this year’s STEAM fair, please email Julie at bradleyjulieann@hotmail.com

Packs for Kids packing party December 7

**NEW**  The Packs for Kids program is having its next packing party next Friday, December 7 at 9:00am in the JAMS lunchroom.  We would love to have you join us for about an hour.   We pack food into bags for JAMS students to have over the weekend and during longer breaks from school.  Volunteers need to have completed the volunteer background check paperwork which can be found online and in the JAMS main office.

Volunteers Needed!

**NEW**
“Relish” the idea of “Ketchup-ing” more with your student?
Then “Mustard” up the strength to be a lunchroom volunteer!

Three’s a charm, at least when it comes to the number of lunches at JAMS!  More than ever, we are need parents to help supervise during all three lunches.  Sign up here for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid.   For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


**NEW**  JAMS PTSA seeks Nominating Committee members

The PTSA is looking for a few willing members to serve on our Nominating Committee.  The job is short, but the impact is great.  As a Nominating Committee member, you will be able to shape our PTSA board for 2019-20 school year. The membership will elect the Nominating Committee at the General Membership meeting on January 17. Please email Sherene at sherenechan@hotmail.com if you are interested in this job.


What is the tallest building in the world?
The library, because it has the most stories! 

The Jane Addams Library is a wonderful, busy place with excellent resources for students, staff, and parents to share. Volunteers are needed to assist with routine circulation desk tasks, help students locate materials, shelve books, and help with light cleaning. Volunteers who are available at lunchtime (roughly 11:30-1:00) are especially helpful. We especially need lunchtime volunteers who are available on Fridays. Please contact librarian Laurie Amster-Burton directly. leamsterburton@seattleschools.org  Thank you!

(PTSA) Membership has its privileges

**NEW**  Did you know? JAMS PTSA members can save money through member benefit providers. Member benefits are offered to all WSPTA members. Be sure to have your electronic member card, which you received by email when you joined JAMS PTSA, available and go to the benefits and discount codes page at www.wastatepta.org . Log in using the username and password found in the welcome email to which your membership card was attached. One recently announced benefit is discounts at Office Depot for WSPTA members and their family members. Just visit this link to print your own STORE DISCOUNT CARD https://community.officedepot.com/GPOHome?id=2050221. You can also get discounts to the Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker performances, Great Wolf Lodge, car rentals, and more! Contact Julie Bisson (jamsptsamembership@gmail.com or jbisson@comcast.net) with any questions or if you’d like a duplicate electronic member card via email.

Still need to join JAMS PTSA?  Go here.

Since Time Immemorial Training

**NEW**  Monday, December 3, 2018 at noon – 2pm
Beacon Hill Public Library (2821 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98144)

SCPTSA and SPS Huchoosedah Native Ed invite you to the first ever Since Time Immemorial and Cultural Appropriation training for PTA/Seattle School Parent Communities. Attend in person or via the Zoom meeting. Tickets available here. This is immediately following the SCPTSA general membership meeting.

Save these dates!

**NEW** Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:

  • January 17   High School Information Night in conjunction with the JAMS PTSA general membership meeting.  We will have parents, students, and staff from Seattle Public Schools high schools available to share their experiences and answer questions.  If you are the parent of an 8th grader, and looking for more information before Open Enrollment starts, you will want to attend this event
  • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE”, a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!

Engraved tile:  a lasting gift 

Looking for a unique gift idea? The JAMSDREAMBIG committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall. The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student or family, a teacher, coach, team or any other JAMS group!  It’s a great way to leave a lasting mark at JAMS! Visit jamsdreambig.org to donate.

Winter Sports Information

JAMS school-sponsored winter sports are Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball.

Athletic packets are due to Megan in the main office by NEXT MONDAY December 3. All students must have their paperwork completed before they can participate in tryouts. Athletic packets include a doctor-signed sports physical. Physicals are valid for 2 years from the exam date.  Check with Megan (meriber@seattleschools.org) in the main office to see if your student has a current physical on file at JAMS.  Nathan Hale has a Teen Health Clinic that can provide sports physicals for our students. For more information, call 206-302-1840.​

Hard copies of athletic packets are available in the JAMS office. All forms are also available here. If your student participated in a fall sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the Basketball Safety Guidelines form. 

Boys Basketball

  • Tryouts – December 4, 6 and 7, 4:00-5:30 in the JAMS gymnasium. Students are expected to participate in all days of tryouts.
  • Practice Days: To be determined

 Girls Basketball

  • Tryouts – December 10 and 11, 4:00-5:30 in the JAMS gymnasium. Students are expected to participate in both days of tryouts.
  • Practice Days: To be determined

Ski Bus Registration Open

The 2018-2019 ski season is here and registration for the Friday night ski and snowboard program is open! Registration is through Ski Mohan and may be done online at https://www.skimohan.com/school-program/seattle-public-schools/jane-addams.We are in need of parent volunteers, so if you are interested or have any questions, please send a note of interest to Jill Lee, Jane Addams Ski Bus Coordinator @ skijaneaddams@gmail.com

Stay tuned for an informational meeting in the next couple of weeks!

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for one of the following informational evenings:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM   Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM   Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questionsJoin us in any way that works for you:
    *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – last tour leaves the Commons at 6:40, then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Students are welcome!
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.


Ingraham High School
2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. Dec 4, 6, 11, 13 Jan 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Feb 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham IB Information Night
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.

Ingraham Day Time Tour 
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023


Roosevelt High School

Information Night for Roosevelt High School
January 31, 2019 – 7:00 pm


Lincoln High School
Information Night for Lincoln High School
January 15, 2019
Hamilton Middle School (1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103)

If you have missed previous Lincoln HS meetings, you can still provide feedback through several surveys here.  Get connected with Lincoln and informed about future events via social media channels (details here).


**NEW**  Garfield High School
Wednesday, January 16 (9:00 – 10:30am)

School-day tour designed for prospective students (parents/guardians must attend). Students will meet in the Gym at 9 AM and will then tour the school during 1st period, tours will end around 10:30. No RSVP is necessary.


The Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on January 17, 2019 and February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.


Nova High School

Nova High School is an innovator in non-traditional high school education within the Seattle Public Schools. We are a competency, inquiry, problem and project-based school that uses performance and portfolio assessment to gauge the level and depth of student work. As a social and racial justice school, we believe personalization in education is key to building trust and academic success in preparing all students for college and the workforce after high school.

We offer a wide variety of assistance and services to all students, including special education supports, 504 accommodations, LGBTQ student supports, and a democratic structure where students are involved in the decision-making at Nova – from our Hiring and Review Committee to our Budget Committee. Every student has a teacher advisor and is part of an advisory group with 20-25 other students so they received personalized support throughout the school year.


Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage.

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe


Raisbeck Aviation High School Information Nights

Attention 8th grade parents!
Wondering if Raisbeck Aviation High School is a good fit for your student?
Check out our upcoming information nights.

We will go over:

  • The application process, what to expect, how and when to apply.
  • Meet students, staff, and parents of current students.
  • Learn about RAHS’s curriculum and how to prepare students for college and career.
  • Lean about extra-curricular activities such as Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, Robotics, and Ultimate Frisbee to name just a few.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Raisbeck Aviation High School
9229 East Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98108

Seattle Public Schools Information

Special Education Resource Fair

Roosevelt High School
Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018
6:30–8 p.m.
Roosevelt High School Commons
1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Join us for a gathering of representatives from numerous Seattle Public Schools departments. Use this time to ask questions, collect information, and learn face-to-face from the people who help coordinate services to support your student.

Special Education directors and other staff will be onsite during this open-house style event as well, so bring your questions! Childcare will be provided.


School District Levies Renewal February 2019

The School Board approved the district levy renewal package that will be voted on by Seattle voters on Feb. 12, 2019.

The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy renewal will fund construction, technology, and safety and security projects across the district. This levy funds the replacement and modernization of eight aging school buildings, adds classrooms and removes portables, improves safety and security at every school, and provides equitable classroom technology to support student learning.

The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy renewal will fund day-to-day school operations. This levy, if approved, will provide funding for school staff, textbooks, instructional materials, special education, and other critical day-to-day operations.

Information and regular updates about these vital education levies can be found at www.seattleschools.org/levies.

Please send any questions about the BEX V Levy renewal to capitallevy2019@seattleschools.org.

In January, the district will host informational meetings across the city. If your school is interested in a levy presentation or if you have questions about the EP&O Levy renewal, please contact staff at budget@seattleschools.org.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Lake City Bingo Karaoke

Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast invites you to party for a good cause…our kids!

Lake City Bingo Karaoke on December 1, 6:30-8:30pm

$30 prizes for each regular Bingo game, 50% of the pot on two SPECIAL games.  In addition, PTAs with at least 5 members in attendance qualify for a $300 drawing!  Spread the word … WE’D LIKE OVER 60 in attendance!

Buy tickets here https://www.rotaryclubofseattlene.org/lake-city-bingo-karaoke.html


**NEW**  How you get around is changing

Beginning with WSDOT’s permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11 and continuing over the next five years, Seattle is entering a new era of tough traffic. As we make important public and private investments to help keep pace with our fast-growing city, our bad traffic is going to be even more difficult for everyone.  We need your help to get ready!

Please join the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Seattle Department of Transportation for an information session on the upcoming permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as WSDOT realigns SR99, the new SR99 tunnel that will open in early February, and the other upcoming challenges to our transportation system as we build a better city.

We hope you can join us at any of the following information sessions:

  • Wednesday December 5
    Northgate Community Center
    10510 5th Ave NE
    6:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday December 6
    Southside Commons
    3518 S Edmunds St
    6:30-7:30pm

For more information visit www.seattle.gov/traffic


**NEW**  New Online System for Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a new online registration system.  If you had an account with the previous system, your account should have been migrated over to the new system.  Follow these steps to activate your new account:

To access your account, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the www.seattle.gov/parks and click on ‘Sign Up for Activities’
  2. Click on ‘Sign In’.
  3. Click on ‘Forgot Password’ and enter your email address to have your login information sent to you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local recreation facility.


**NEW**  Doublecrosse Lacrosse

Calling all Northeast Seattle girls interested in Girls’ Lacrosse Grades 2-8
New and returning players welcome. No prior experience necessary!
Registration for spring 2019, starting November 15. Registration closes February 2nd.
Details and registration at: doublecrosse.com


**NEW**  Free basketball program for youth with disabilities ages 8-21Lace up your sneakers and come join the Seattle Parks Minnow Sharks basketball team! Learn the fundamentals at practice, then compete in Special Olympics sanctioned tournaments! A completed Special Olympics Application For Participation is required at the start of the season to participate in tournaments.

Practice begins Wednesday, January 2. No experience necessary and all abilities welcome. No one-on-one supervision is provided, but caregivers are welcome to attend!

Wednesdays, January 2 – March 6, 4-5 p.m.
Montlake Community Center (1618 E Calhoun Street, Seattle, WA 98112)

Questions? Email coach Jill at jill.ellison@seattle.gov

To register, call (206) 684-4950. A Participant Information Form (in addition to Special Olympics paperwork) is required to participate and will be provided by coach.

This program is offered by the Specialized Programs unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. To view our full catalog of activities, please visit us at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/specialized-programs


**NEW**  Community meeting about how to prevent package theftPlease join us for the December combined SPD African American Community Advisory Council (AACAC) & EastPAC meeting on Thursday, December 6th. The topic is “Preventing Package Theft”.

AACAC & EastPAC Community Meeting
Thursday, December 6th, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
1020 East Jefferson, 98122 (Chardin Hall – Seattle University)
Enter the campus on 11th & East Jefferson, park free in lot attached to building.

The SPD African American Community Advisory Council is partnering with the East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) in consideration of your holiday plans. All are invited and encouraged to attend, as the holidays are approaching, and many of us will be receiving packages. Our discussion next Thursday will focus on preventing package theft, and steps you can take to avoid this happening to you. We have invited some of SPD’s Community Outreach Staff, and as always the SPD East Precinct Command Staff and others from other Precincts & Units will be present. To celebrate the holidays, as well as our alliances, we will be serving cookies and punch. Please bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share.


**NEW**  Salsa Night at the Lake City Community Center!! **TONIGHT**

Join us for Salsa dancing with Sueños de Salsa instructor, Michael Cahn and DJ Yambu, from 7-11pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125), today, November 30. Introductory dance lessons from 7-8pm.

Everyone is welcome to participate- whether you want to watch or dance or sing… or all three!! They will present dance techniques and rhythms for everyone to have fun and enjoy learning as well.

** FREE **
** ALL AGES **
** EVERYONE WELCOME**


Lucha Libre coming to Lake City

Lake City friends and family: Lucha Libre is coming to the Lake City Community Center!! Saturday, December 8th, family activities start at 5:30pm.

FREE!
It’s a potluck, bring your favorite dish

Lake City CC (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 256-5645)


Wedgwood Meaningful Movie: Consuming Kids

December 14, 2018
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
8008 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98115
(Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (67 min, Adriana Barbaro and Jeremy Earp, 2008)

With virtually no government oversight or public outcry, the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry has used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids, targeted from birth with sales pitches for everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk food to iPods, cell phones, and the family car, now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual consumer spending. Consuming Kids traces the evolution and impact of this unprecedented phenomenon. Drawing on the insights of children’s health experts, media critics, and industry insiders, it blows the lid off the youth-marketing industry’s stealth tactics and explores the effects of consumerism on the imaginative lives of children.

It’s FREE and open to the public! Donations to defray the cost of screening rights gladly accepted. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7:00 P.M with a facilitated community discussion to follow.


Meadowbrook Luminaria Walk TOMORROW

Friends of Meadowbrook Pond and the Meadowbrook Advisory Council are joining together to host our Annual Luminaria Walk. Please come enjoy good company and hot cocoa, while walking around the beautifully lit pathway.

Location: Meadowbrook Pond (across 35th Ave NE from the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125)
December 1 Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free


Greenlake Pathway of Lights

The holidays are on the horizon, and we’re already getting into the spirit of the season as we prepare for the annual Pathway of Lights! This FREE family favorite holiday event is on Saturday, December 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Come stroll the glimmering Green Lake circuit, paths, and docks which will be lit with thousands of twinkling candles. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and live holiday music while you wander through the magic of the sparkling lights.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. (Sponsored by The Hearthstone at Green Lake)

Community members attending the Pathway of Lights are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation that benefits FamilyWorks, and attendees are also welcome to bring their own lights to add to the ambiance of the evening’s atmosphere.

Look out for the 2nd year with hot air balloons at Pathway of Lights! The Balloon Glow goes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and is weather dependent, so let’s hope for a clear night!

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and our title sponsor, Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149, and with our community partners including: PCC Community Markets, The Lunchbox, KIND, Lime, Aegis Living at Ravenna, The Hearthstone at Green Lake, and Associated Recreation Council.


Winter Solstice Market at Magnuson Park

Seattle’s only indoor Winter Solstice Night Market debuts December 7-8th over 100 local pop-ups showcasing handmade, vintage to delicious street food with music and libations.

Hours to the Public:

  • Friday, Dec. 7th 5-10pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 8th 12-8pm

It’s our own take on a holiday show with live music and entertainment over two nights indoors at Magnuson Park Hangar 30 to get you in the holiday season with our own holiday show highlighting the Winter Solstice. Come celebrate the holidays and shop for local gifts.

Suggested donation of $1 per person to help us keep this event happening monthly and anything over that goes to help our benefitting charity! So come on down, shop local and celebrate the great indoors!

Family-friendly and free admission with a suggested donation at the front gate of $1.

We’ll be featuring live performances and music for all ages to be announced on November 1st! Join us for local street food and craft beer garden benefitting a local charity!


Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker Performances

The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm in Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th Street | Seattle.

Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults & $13.00 for students and seniors and can be purchased here.
http://www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/jazz-nutcracker/

We hope you’ll join us as we swing into the holidays with the 2018-2019 Jazz Band under the direction of Seattle Public Schools educator Scott Brown.

Duke Ellington was a great American composer, pianist and leader of his jazz orchestra. Ellington started working with classical themes in the 1940s and, after hearing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, enlisted Billy Strayhorn to create a new arrangement; a composition that fuses Tchaikovsky’s original themes with the unique textures and styles of a jazz orchestra. Our Jazz Nutcracker is further enhanced with additional arrangements by Essentially Ellington transcriber, David Berger.  We hope The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker will become part of your annual holiday traditions.

See you at the show!


Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 

JANE ADDAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPFUL INFORMATION
Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or janeaddams.attendance@seattleschools.org )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org
Student grades: http://ps.seattleschools.org
Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.org


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