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October 11, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates

October 11 – **TONIGHT!** Curriculum Night and JAMS PTSA General Meeting (6-8:30pm)

October 12 – NO SCHOOL

October 13 – Girls’ Varsity soccer vs. McClure (@Memorial Stadium) 8am

October 13 – Ultimate B vs. Eagle Staff (@Ingraham S1) 9am

October 13 – Ultimate 6X vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham S2) 9am

October 13 – Ultimate C vs. McClure (@Ingraham N1) 12noon

October 13 – Ultimate A vs. Mercer (@Rainier Beach 1) 1:30pm

October 13 – Girls’ JV soccer vs. McClure (@Eagle Staff) 2pm

October 15 to 17 – 8th grade camp group 1

October 17 to 19 – 8th grade camp group 2

October 26 – LatinX night

October 29 to November 2 – Spirit Week

November 2 – School Dance

November 8 – Picture Retakes

JAMS School calendarOpens a New Window.

JAMS Annual Give Update


We are starting Week 2 of the Annual Give and JAMS Families are meeting the challenge.  Let’s keep it going!

Have you heard about the Golden Jaguar Advisory Class Challenge? It’s just a bit of fun to encourage JAMS students to participate.

JAMS Advisory classes will receive credit towards fun class prizes for any student who returns the Annual Give form with the Advisory Class Challenge area completed by October 31st.  Parent or guardian must sign, however donating volunteer hours or money is not required.

Donate online at www.jamsptsa.orgOpens a New Window. or print the Annual Give form hereOpens a New Window..
Join in on the Advisory Class fun! Every donation makes a difference.

Go Jaguars!

Go for a treasure hunt!

**NEW** Check your student’s backpack

It’s time to do some excavating in your student’s backpack!  With your student, dig deep into the layers and you may find some valuable things.  Look for:

  • School pictures — distributed this week in first period
  • Five-week progress reports and SBA scores handed out today in Advisory — if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s progress, contact his/her teachers (staff directory is hereOpens a New Window.)
  • Curriculum Night invitation — including a schedule prepared by your student
  • Annual Give donation form — even if you give online, you can return the paper form to ensure we have your student’s Advisory for the Golden Jaguar challenge.

Curriculum Night and JAMS PTSA meeting TONIGHT

**TONIGHT**  Parents and guardians, please join us on October 11 (6:00 to 8:30pm) for the JAMS PTSA General Meeting and JAMS Curriculum Night.

JAMS PTSA will host adults for a light meal, information session and a brief PTSA meeting at 6pm in the JAMS cafeteria before you head for your student’s classrooms. You will have a chance to hear from school leaders, catch up with other parents, browse through the information tables, sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the JAMS PTSA and learn about the JAMS Annual Give Campaign.

Curriculum Night will start at 6:50pm.  Starting in Advisory, you will follow your student’s schedule and visit all of his/her classrooms and teachers (10 minutes per class with 5 minute passing periods).

We hope to see you then!

Picture Retake Day November 8

**NEW**  Order packets and online ordering information for retake day will be available soon.

If you ordered pictures, but are unhappy with the photo, your student should return their entire picture packet to the photographer on Nov. 8th and the same package will be ordered with the new photo.


**NEW** Find out what’s happening with JAMS Music

Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM, A.K.A. the JAMS music booster club) does two things for the music program:

  • We raise money for the program
  • We help teachers with program and event coordination

One of the ways we do this is by creating an email list. We use this list to keep you up-to-date about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

We want to keep you informed!  Please register your child at https://www.fojam.org/register/Opens a New Window..  Once you have registered, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription to our email list.  Please confirm your subscription or we will not be able to add you to the list.

If you have any issues with the registration process please contact us at info@fojam.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.. We will make sure you get on the mailing list so that you can stay informed of all the general news about music at Jane Addams as well as information for your child’s specific music program(s).

**NEW** Volunteer at JAMS Music Recruitment Day

Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM) is seeking volunteers to chaperone the Music Recruitment Day on Tuesday, October 30th. JAMS is getting ready to welcome 5th grade students from local feeder schools to the music program’s Recruitment Day which will be held Tuesday Oct. 30 from morning bell (8:45 am) to 1pm. The students will watch performances by JAMS choir, orchestra and band ensembles, take a tour, meet older students and hopefully get inspired to join the music program!

We are seeking up to 15 chaperones to help this event run smoothly, with parents supervising students during the concert, at lunchtime, and during the tours. Please help us make this day a success! Please contact Ian Jorgensen at volunteers@fojam.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window. with any questions. To volunteer please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aa4a728a1f94-jamsOpens a New Window.

JAMS (doesn’t) Feel Pretty!


If you have walked around outside our school, you know that the play areas, grounds and parking lots on the JAMS campus are in desperate need of improvement.  This improvement project is one of many being considered for the upcoming Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V).Please help ensure our need is heard by the SPS School Board.  There are two ways you can help.

  1. Email the School Board: scott.pinkham@seattleschools.orgopens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.rick.burke@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.jill.geary@seattleschools.orgopens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.zachary.dewolf@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.leslie.harris@seattleschools.orgopens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.betty.patu@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.capitallevy2019@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.

    Suggested email content: “The $7.3 million re-modernization of JAMS in the BEX IV Levy did nothing to correct the outdoor needs of our 69-year-old 20-acre campus, despite prioritization of numerous projects by the School Design Advisory Team.  Please support the inclusion of Jane Addams Middle school outdoor site improvements on the BEX V Levy.  As the 4th largest middle school in Seattle and with a 28% poverty rate amongst our students, there is a great deal of inequity between what is being spent to re-modernize other schools in Seattle and what was spent to make this site serviceable for 900+ students on opening day.  With the rising costs of construction and the need for this school to remain open for many more years there is no better time to remedy this site.”

  2. Attend an upcoming School Board meeting and give testimony, wear JAMS gear, bring signs, encourage your student to speak for what they need. Upcoming dates are October 17, week of October 22 (actual date TBD), October 30 and November 14. Meetings are from 4:15 to 8:30. If you’d like to speak, reach out to Colleen at jamsdreambig.orgOpens a New Window. for information on how to register to give testimony or visit https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15655Opens a New Window. for details.

**NEW** Leave your (student’s) mark on JAMS

The JAMS Environmental Stewardship committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall NOW – if we wait for BEX V, this project might not get done until our students have graduated from high school! The Jane Addams Community Stair ProjectOpens a New Window. seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student, a great way to leave their mark at middle school! Visit jamsdreambig.orgOpens a New Window. to donate.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW** JAMS Ski Bus needs manager

The JAMS Ski BusOpens a New Window. is seeking a program coordinator.  To learn more about the position and to apply, contact Hannah at Hannah@skimohan.com opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window..

It’s a Bird!  It’s a Plane! It’s…
A JAMS School Dance Volunteer!

Share your Super Powers and don your Dancing Shoes!  Jane Addams is having its first dance of the year on November 2, 3:50-6pm and we need volunteers for set-up, concessions, coat check, and dance floor monitoring!  Sign up hereOpens a New Window. to Boogie Down.  For more information please contact Dan Noyes at danoyes@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window..

There is nothing stronger than the Heart of a Volunteer…
Except the Stomach of a Lunch Room Volunteer!

Lunch Time Volunteers Needed
Monday- Friday 11:20am-12Noon and 12:20pm-1pm
Looking for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid?   Sign up hereOpens a New Window. for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window.)

After-school class information

Love to Sing? Join After-School Vocal Jazz

We meet on Mondays immediately after school from 3:50-5:30 PM in the auditorium. Sessions will begin Monday, Oct. 8. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $13/class.) Class is taught by professional jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson, www.kelleyjohnson.comOpens a New Window.. For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window..

Save the date!

University Village RAM Takeover night is Tuesday, November 13th from 5-8pm.   Please come dine with your community, bring your friends and family! 10% of all proceeds from the event will be used to help fund the construction of the Jane Addams Community staircase on the location of the Slippery Slope.


With each member we strengthen our collective commitment to work for the safety, success and happiness of every student!

There are two ways to join: You can join online at https://www.pt-avenue.com/join/Opens a New Window., or you can complete this formOpens a New Window. (also included in the first day packet), attach a check, and return it to the JAMS office at 11051 34th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125, ATTN: PTSA Membership.

Scholarships are available. Questions? Send a message to jamsptsamembership@gmail.com opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window. or jbisson@comcast.net opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window..

Seattle Public Schools Information

New mobile app: Seattle Public Schools at your fingertipsThe new Seattle Public Schools smart phone app offers essential tools for families and staff!

Download it for free (search Seattle Public Schools) on the App Store or Google Play and customize the information your family needs.

Mobile App Key Features:

  • Customize to display one or more school calendars, staff directories, and news.
  • Easily access popular digital tools for families such as the Source, lunch menus, and more.
  • Change the default language to display the app in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
  • Connect your School Messenger notifications app to easily read or hear messages from your school community and the district.

Learn more on our website: https://www.seattleschools.org/…/what_s…/district_mobile_appOpens a New Window.

Superintendent Juneau Listening Tour

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau is embarking on a comprehensive Listening and Learning Tour to gather an understanding of the district’s strengths, challenges, and what is most important for her to consider as plans are developed for the district’s future. Ultimately, community discussions will become the foundation of a revised strategic plan that maps the district’s course for the coming years. A summary of the Listening and Learning Tour findings will be published in November 2018.

Monday, October 15, 7-8:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115).

**TONIGHT**  Centering the Voices of Ethnic Communities in North Seattle, Thursday, October 11, 6-8pm at Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) Dinner and childcare will be provided.

See the complete list of meetingsOpens a New Window. for details and updates.

Apply for the BEX and BTA Oversight Committee

Seattle Public Schools Capital Projects and Planning Department is seeking qualified individuals to apply for openings on the Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) Capital Programs Oversight Committee.

The BEX/BTA Capital Program Oversight Committee oversees the planning and implementation of the capital levies and makes recommendations concerning progress of the BEX and BTA capital programs.

The committee will also oversee the planning, prioritization and implementation of current and future BEX and BTA programs and make recommendations as to the identity, scope and priority of projects to be included in future BEX and BTA capital levies.

More information and the application link are hereOpens a New Window..  Applications are due by Wed., Oct. 24, 2018.

Community Events and Programs

Homework Help at the Lake City Community Center

The Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE) will have homework help volunteers available, Monday through Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (except school holidays). These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. Please note that while homework help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children who should not be left unsupervised.

Supporting Transgender Children and Youth in K – 12 Schools

Come join Inclusive Washington & TRANSform WA for a community forum in order to strategize and plan ways to create a welcoming and supportive environment for transgender and gender diverse children, youth, and their families within K -12 schools.

Southside Commons
3518 S. Edmunds St,
Seattle, WA 98118

Tuesday, October 16th
6 PM – 6:30 PM, Pizza Dinner
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Community Forum

Who are we:
Inclusive Washington is an emerging coalition of students, families, and allied community partners who are working to advance the safety and inclusion of all Washington State children and youth, particularly students who identify as transgender and gender diverse. We believe all students deserve to be safe, to be their true self, and to live free from discrimination.

What is the opportunity:
With the start of a new Superintendent and renewed leadership from the School Board, we have the opportunity to strengthen attention to and build out more safe pathways for transgender and gender diverse students in the broader context of LGBTQ equality and inclusion as well as anti-bullying and harassment work in K – 12 schools.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/vi1S39sueWXRx40M2Opens a New Window.

Transportation Survey

King County Metro, Seattle Public Schools, and Seattle Department of Transportation have launched a survey to learn more about transportation for youth. The survey is open to parents and students.

All survey participants may choose to be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift card to one of the following businesses: QFC, Safeway, Starbucks, Ezell’s Famous Chicken, and Pagliacci.

The survey will close on October 19, 2018.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YOUTHMOBILITYOpens a New Window.

Lake City Bingo-Karaoke Saturday October 13

Come one, Come all…party for a good cause.
Invite your friends, invite your family, invite your TEACHERS!
PTAs can win $300-$600!!!
Spread the word … We’d like over 60 in attendance!

Buy Tickets here:
https://www.rotaryclubofseattlene.org/lake-city-bingo-karaoke.htmlOpens a New Window.

Two $300 drawings for PTAs showing up with 5 members if our overall attendance is at least 60 people ….One drawing for $300 if total attendance is less than 60.

The Reluctant Radical Film Screening

On October 11, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Ken Ward turned off the flow of oil from the Alberta tar sands into Washington state. The Reluctant Radical explores the path that led Ken from acting within environmental organizations to taking direct action civil disobedience instead despite the personal costs. He hopes to awaken people to the climate crisis caused by fossil fuel use.

Please join us for a community screening of this film at 7 P.M. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th Street, Seattle. Ken Ward and Michael Foster–two of the five Valve Turners who shut off all tar sands oil to the United States that day–will be present to discuss their actions and answer audience questions after the film.

Admission is free, but there will be an opportunity to contribute to Climate Direct Action, which helps fund legal defense costs for the Valve Turners and other climate activists. Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein go on trial in October in Minnesota where they turned off a tar sands valve. Ken, Michael (who was released in July after six months in a North Dakota prison), and Leonard Higgins still face legal costs.

This event is sponsored by University Unitarian Church, Seattle Mennonite Church, and Seattle First Baptist Church. More information can be found at https://www.thereluctantradicalmovie.comOpens a New Window. and http://

Raisbeck Aviation High School Information Nights

Attention 8th grade parents!
Wondering if Raisbeck Aviation High SchoolOpens a New Window. 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 what RAHS’s curriculum and how to prepare student 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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 OR Thursday, December 6, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Both evenings will go over the same information.

JazzEdSeattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 900 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.

JazzEd Ensembles Placement – Sat, Nov 17 & Sun, Nov 18

Play and perform under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Darin Faul and many more, alongside dedicated students from Seattle and beyond. Although most ensembles are traditional jazz big bands, students on string instruments can sign up for the Creative Orchestra ProjectOpens a New Window..Ensembles rehearse weekly, January through May 2019, with multiple performances. Sliding scale tuition means every family can pay at the level that works for them. Grades 5-12, with one year of instrumental experience can register for Ensembles Placement (Nov 17 or Nov 18) and get more information at https://www.seattlejazzed.org/ensembles/Opens a New Window. or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble Placements – Saturday, Nov 17

Let your voice soar! As Nina Simone was known to do, we bring together a broad range of styles, but are always steeped in gospel and folk traditions. Performing numerous original songs by director Cora Jackson, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Ensemble rehearses Saturday afternoons, January through May 2019, with multiple performances. Sliding scale tuition means every family can pay at the level that works for them. Grades 7-12, boys and girls, can register for the Vocal Ensemble Placement and get more information at https://www.seattlejazzed.org/vocal-ensemble/Opens a New Window.or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) program

GEMSOpens a New Window. is a free, volunteer-run after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th to 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography, and neuroscience through hands-on activities, field trips, and mentorship from women in science.

GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle.

The application for GEMS closes on October 14, 2018 and is available at our website, seattleawis.org/awis-events/gems/Opens a New Window.. Please contact seattlegems@gmail.com opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window. if you have any questions about the program.

Arts Funding application

Apply now for Arts in Parks funding! The Arts in Parks program supports new and established community festivals, art happenings and music concerts that enliven Seattle parks. These arts and culture offerings celebrate diversity, build community connections and energize parks while connecting with underserved communities.

Application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 11 p.m. PST.

Details: http://parkways.seattle.gov/…/05/apply-now-arts-parks-fund…/Opens a New Window.

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. 

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 opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window. )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: http://addamsms.seattleschools.orgOpens a New Window.
Student grades: http://ps.seattleschools.orgOpens a New Window.
Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.orgOpens a New Window.

The JAMS PTSA newsletter, Jaguar News, is distributed weekly on Friday. All submissions are due Wednesday evening the week of distribution. Please send all submissions to newsletter@jamsptsa.org opens an email client applicationOpens a New Window..
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