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November 21, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


November 22 and 23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 26 – Ultimate end-of-season potluck (JAMS cafeteria) 5:30-7:30pm

November 27 – Budget and Levy presentation (JAMS cafeteria) 7:00-8:00pm

November 28 – Winter sports meeting (JAMS library) 7:00-8:00pm

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

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

JAMS School calendar

JAMS PTSA special meeting

**NEW**  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!

Quarter 1 Grades – Going home via Advisory Classes

**NEW**  Advisory Teachers will be handing out Quarter 1 Performance Reports to their students this week.  All students should have their Quarter 1 grades by Tuesday.

Please ask your student about their grades and what is happening in their classes.

If you have any questions about grades and are not sure who to contact, please call the Main Office at 206-252-4500.

Engraved tile:  a lasting gift 

**NEW**  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.  There will be a Winter Sports information meeting on November 28 at 7:00pm in the JAMS library.

Athletic packets are due to Megan in the main office by 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!

Lost and Found Overflowing!

There are many coats, lunch boxes, binders, books, and water bottles looking for their owners.  Please have your student stop by Room 224 or the Cafeteria to see if their missing belongings are hiding in the lost and found.  All items still in the lost and found by the end of the day TODAY will be donated.

Budget and Levy Presentation November 27

Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent JoLynn Berge will present on the future of Seattle’s budget and the upcoming February levy on Tuesday, November 27, 7-8pm, in the Jane Addams Cafeteria.  Please attend to learn more about these important topics.

Thank you for supporting JAMS PTSA

Want to support JAMS PTSA, without spending a dime of your own money?  You can!

  1. JAMS PTSA needs your corporate match!  Corporate matching is an easy way to double your contribution. If your employer offers it, please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Contact Heather Cerne if you have questions or need help with corporate matching.
  2. Box Tops For Education If you clip Box Tops, send or drop them off at the JAMS main office.  There is a red collection box on the bookshelf to the right of the staff mailboxes.
  3. Amazon Smile  With AmazonSmile, Amazon contributes 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charity you designate (like JAMS PTSA). It’s fast, easy and doesn’t require you to change your existing account or set up a new one.  First, go to smile.amazon.com, log in with your Amazon credentials, and then search for and select “Jane Addams Middle School PTSA” as your designated charity. Finally, bookmark smile.amazon.com, and use it any time you place an Amazon order. That’s it!  Note that you must place your order through smile.amazon.com (NOT amazon.com) for your purchase to generate AmazonSmile funds for JAMS PTSA.

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 questions

    Join 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


**NEW**  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)

Lincoln HS music booster meeting
November 28 from 7-9pm
John Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98115)

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).


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

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  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!


We are looking for volunteer tutors and are eager to leverage the skills of many of our families who want to give back!

Reading Tutors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30-11:22
We are looking for tutors who can commit at least once a week to help our emerging readers. Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org

AVID Tutors – Achievement Via Individual Determination
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:56-2:48 and 2:53-3:45
AVID is an elective class for students in need of extra support for college awareness, and the study/organization skills that allow for success in college. AVID students are highly motivated and highly skilled but need extra support in learning what we call a “hidden curriculum” for first generation college students in the US.
We are looking for tutors who can commit twice a week to run study sessions in our AVID classrooms.
Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org


What is a Jaguar’s favorite dessert?
Mice-Krispie treats!

Lunch Time Volunteers 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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


Teacher/Staff Appreciation
How do Jaguars show their appreciation for their teachers and staff?
They “paws” to give thanks!

Help spoil our amazing teachers and staff throughout the year and especially during Teacher Appreciation week.  Contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@centurylink.net for more information.


Don’t let the ROAR of the traffic JAM intimidate you.  Jaguars need your help keeping everyone safe on the streets.

Traffic and Transportation Safety is in need of volunteer crossing guards (EASY half-hour shifts before or after school to fit your schedule!) and other support. No experience necessary – just a desire to keep our students safe and traffic flowing smoothly.  Please consider how you may be able to help! Sign up for traffic shift(s) or email jamstrafficsafety@gmail.com for more information.

JAMS Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale: Sing With Us!

We have a new day (Tuesdays) and a new instructor (Erica Ewell, Nathan Hale’s new choir director). Erica will be teaching in the Nathan Hale choir room on Tuesdays immediately after school from 3:55-5:30 PM. Sessions will begin soon. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

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 Feedback Request for K-8 Science Curriculum AdoptionIn May 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The adoption committees — one for elementary and one for middle school — are 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 October 29 through November 30. The John Stanford Center Professional Library at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. View our map and directions webpage.

The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1995 and 2002 for middle 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. Additionally, we will host a panel discussion with the field test teachers on March 8, 2019.

In March, 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, please visit 2019 Science Adoption for Grades K-5 webpage and the 2019 Science Adoption for Grades 6-8 webpage.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**   Community Center activities and events

Check out the offerings of your local community center

  • Teen Life Center at Meadowbrook CC (206-551-7316 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
    Glenn Hubbard Young Men’s Group Provides a platform to learn, experience and grow providing young men confidential conversations on topics that are most relevant in their lives. W 4-6 p.m.
    After School Snack Bites Snacks to keep you going into your afterschool activities. Tu-Th 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Hip Hop Dance Learn the basics of Hip Hop and prepare for a competition in December. Tu 6-7:30 p.m.
    Sista Voices Young Ladies Group Provides a platform to learn, experience and grow providing young women confidential conversations on topics that are most relevant in their lives. W 4-6 p.m.
    Healthy Relationships (DV Advocacy) Training Learn about resources and how to become a Domestic Violence Peer advocate. Begins 10/2 Tu/Th 6-8 p.m.
    PCC Cooking Program Learn to cook, budget and be self- sufficient in the kitchen and participate in citywide competitions, in this partnership with PCC. Th 4-6 p.m.
    Studio Drop in Come and record your music and learn song formats. Come and record your music and learn song formats. In this program teen participants will learn basic levels of audio technology, basic levels of song writing, rhythm counting, audio, and engineering mixing and music editing. Th 3:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Ancient Gamers FREE Ages 13 and Older (Under 13 with an adult) Calling all table top gamers. Every other week you are invited to explore new and old table top games such as cards, dice, battle recreation, and board games. Novice and casual players are always welcome, and extra troops and equipment are available, as well as experienced players willing to teach the games.
    Location: Lake City CC (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
    1st/3rd Wed/month 5:30-9 p.m.
  • Game Night Drop in. FREE Ages 11-18 Compete against your friends in games of all kinds. Every week has games of basketball, ping pong, board games, and video games! Try out a new game or come back to defend your title.
    Magnuson CC (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 684-7026)
    1/9-3/27 W 6-9 p.m.
  • Drop-In Movie Night Ages 11-18 Rent a new movie from Redbox and snack on popcorn and goodies.
    Magnuson CC (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 684-7026)
    1/10-2/28 Th 6-8 p.m.
  • Ping Pong FREE We offer two ping pong tables for you to train, play, or just have fun! Try out our new outdoor table! One hour maximum. Paddles and balls can be checked out at no extra charge.
    Location: Lake City CC (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) W 4:30-8:30 p.m. F 4:30-8:30 p.m.
    Location: Northgate CC (10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) M/F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tu/Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. W 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sa 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Teen Late Nights FREE Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens ages 13-19. This recreation-based program is held on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m.-Midnight with a focus on positive teen interactions and engagement where all teens are welcomed. The Late Night Program is aligned and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Late Night and explore more of what we have to offer! Contact your local neighborhood specialist for more information 206-684-7523
    Bitter Lake Community Center, 206-684-7524 13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
    Meadowbrook Teen Life Center, 206-551-7316 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
  • Lake City Young Leaders FREE Ages 13-19 Young Leaders is a community-based activism group for teens. Youth participate in clean-up projects, help at the local food bank, and participate in committee meeting to plan the future of their neighborhood. Call or drop-in for more information.
    Lake City CC (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 256-5645)
    1/7-3/20 M/W 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Parkour Run, Jump, Climb! Ages 9-13 Parkour is a movement discipline focused on connecting jumping, vaulting, and climbing movements to create new pathways over, under, and around obstacles in the environment. It’s an accessible, non-competitive sport that turns the world into a playground. Classes are instruction focused, with plenty of games, obstacle courses, and free-play thrown in! Classes are a mix of indoor and outdoor activities; class happens rain or shine. *Insurance required for this class.
    Magnuson CC (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 684-7026)
    class #12217 1/9-2/13 W 4-5 p.m. $65
    class #12215 2/20-3/27 W 4-5 p.m. $65

Seattle Parks & Recreation Winter Youth Sports

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW

Youth Basketball for Girls and Boys (Ages 10-17 as of Aug. 31, 2018)
Fee: $85; $75 if you have a jersey from a previous season.

Your child will learn and solidify the fundamentals of basketball while participating in weekly organized practices and games. League games begin the first week of January and run through the month of March, with the opportunity for post-season play at the end of the regular season. Practices begin in late November and occur at the home community center.  Games (on Saturdays and Sundays) occur at various community centers throughout the city.

For more information contact your local community center.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Please visit your local community center to pick up a scholarship application or click here for more information!


**NEW**   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)


**NEW**   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

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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November 16, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


November 17 – Ultimate A vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham S1) 8:00am

November 17 – Ultimate 6 vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham N2) 9:30am

November 17 – Ultimate C vs. Denny (@Ingraham S2) 9:30am

November 17 – Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Hamilton (@Roosevelt) 9:30am

November 17 – Girls JV Soccer vs. Hamilton (@Garfield) 9:30am

November 17 – Ultimate B vs. Hamilton (@Ingraham N2) 3:30pm

November 22 and 23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 26 – Ultimate end-of-season potluck (JAMS cafeteria) 5:30-7:30pm

November 27 – Budget and Levy presentation (JAMS cafeteria) 7:00-8:00pm

November 28 – Winter sports meeting (JAMS library) 7:00-8:00pm

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

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

JAMS School calendar

Thank you for supporting JAMS PTSA

**NEW**   The JAMS PTSA Annual Give campaign was a great success!  We don’t have a final total yet (last contributions and matching will continue to trickle in), but we have exceeded our goal for individual donations!  Thank you so much for supporting our JAMS students.  In the coming months, the Jaguar News will highlight some of the projects, events and purchases that are funded by the 2018-19 JAMS PTSA budget.

Want to help more, without spending a dime of your own money?  You can!

  1. JAMS PTSA needs your corporate match!  Corporate matching is an easy way to double your contribution. If your employer offers it, please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Contact Heather Cerne if you have questions or need help with corporate matching.
  2. Box Tops For Education If you clip Box Tops, send or drop them off at the JAMS main office.  There is a red collection box on the bookshelf to the right of the staff mailboxes.
  3. Amazon Smile  With AmazonSmile, Amazon contributes 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charity you designate (like JAMS PTSA). It’s fast, easy and doesn’t require you to change your existing account or set up a new one.  First, go to smile.amazon.com, log in with your Amazon credentials, and then search for and select “Jane Addams Middle School PTSA” as your designated charity. Finally, bookmark smile.amazon.com, and use it any time you place an Amazon order. That’s it!  Note that you must place your order through smile.amazon.com (NOT amazon.com) for your purchase to generate AmazonSmile funds for JAMS PTSA.

Winter Sports Information

**NEW**  JAMS school-sponsored winter sports are Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball.  There will be a Winter Sports information meeting on November 28 at 7:00pm in the JAMS library.

Athletic packets are due to Megan in the main office by 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 – September 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

**NEW**   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!

Order a 2018-2019 JAMS yearbook

**NEW**   The JAMS yearbook is being built by a diligent team of student photographers, writers, and editors. Now is your chance to place an order for your copy! Guaranteed copies will be available for a limited time only.Yearbook order forms were distributed last Friday, during your student’s sixth period. Extra forms are in the main office. The Journalism kids are selling yearbook pre-orders during lunches until November 21.  You can also pre-order online through School Pay, which is on The Source, until November 25.

The cost of the yearbook is $25 from November 12th-25th. After November 25, the cost will go up to $30.

Lost and Found Overflowing!

**NEW**  There are many coats, lunch boxes, binder, books, and water bottles looking for their owners.  Please have your student stop by Room 224 or the Cafeteria to see if their missing belongings are hiding in the lost and found.  All items still in the lost and found will be donated at Thanksgiving break.

(TIP:  Write your student’s name and phone number with a permanent marker in any items of value!  For a flash drive, have your student make sure the drive has a file with their name saved on the drive.)

Budget and Levy Presentation November 27

Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent JoLynn Berge will present on the future of Seattle’s budget and the upcoming February levy on Tuesday, November 27, 7-8pm, in the Jane Addams Cafeteria.  Please attend to learn more about these important topics.

JAMS Safety Committee Seeks Input

**NEW**  Last week the JAMS Safety Committee met.  All members of the committee agreed that they would welcome and appreciate input from members of the JAMS Parent Group.  If any member of the JAMS community would like to be involved with Safety at JAMS please contact Ellen Patt (epatt@seattleschools.org).

Packs for Kids Gift Card Drive

Jane Addams Middle School has a population of 935 students, with 25% qualifying for federal free and reduced lunches, and 5% homeless students. For some of these students, the school-provided meals are their only reliable food source and weekends or school breaks are times of hunger.

The JAMS PTSA Packs for Kids program provides weekend food packs for food-insecure students.  Twelve times during the school year, volunteers pack backpacks with food that are then distributed to food-insecure students by school staff before each weekend or break.  The Packs for Kids program is generously supported by donations from the University District Food Bank and the Windermere Foundation.

In addition, grocery gift cards are distributed by school staff to our food-insecure students before each extended school break (Thanksgiving, winter break, mid-winter break and spring break), to provide needed nutrition while school is not in session.

JAMS PTSA is seeking donations of $25 grocery gift cards to supply this important need. (Gift cards to any grocery store are welcome, but Fred Meyer is especially convenient for JAMS families.)

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).

Attendance Matters!

**NEW**  If your JAMS student misses school or is late due to an excused absence, a parent/guardian needs to call or email the Jane Addams Attendance Office (206-­252-­4504 or janeaddams.attendance@seattleschools.org) on the morning of each missed day or late arrival.

If you know ahead of time that your child will have an excused absence lasting three days or more, please fill out the Pre-Planned Absence Form and give it to the Main Office before your child is absent.If your student needs to leave school for any reason, please fill out an Early Release Form  (even if they will be returning to school) and have them bring the form to the Main Office in the morning before school starts. They will be issued an early dismissal pass that your student will show to their teacher for release from class. You will still need to meet and sign out your student in the Main Office.  If they are returning to school the same day, your student will need to check in at the Main Office to receive a pass to give to their teacher.

RAM Takeover – Success!

**NEW** The JAMS Dream Big Takeover night at the RAM was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone that attended this great evening of community and fundraising for the JAMS Community Stair Project (http://www.jamsdreambig.org/phase-1/)!

High School Information

**NEW**   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.


**NEW**  Ingraham High School
2018-2019 School Tours and Open House InformationShadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesday 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, 14Ingraham 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


**NEW**   Lincoln High School

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

Lincoln HS music booster meeting
November 28 from 7-9pm
John Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98115)

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**   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.


**NEW**   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.


**NEW**   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 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.

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

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

Volunteer Corner

We are looking for the Volunteer Tutors and are eager to leverage the skills of many of our families who want to give back!

Reading Tutors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30-11:22
We are looking for tutors who can commit at least once a week to help our emerging readers. Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org

AVID Tutors – Achievement Via Individual Determination
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:56-2:48 and 2:53-3:45
AVID is an elective class for students in need of extra support for college awareness, and the study/organization skills that allow for success in college. AVID students are highly motivated and highly skilled but need extra support in learning what we call a “hidden curriculum” for first generation college students in the US.
We are looking for tutors who can commit twice a week to run study sessions in our AVID classrooms.
Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org


What is a Jaguar’s favorite dessert?
Mice-Krispie treats!

Lunch Time Volunteers 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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


Teacher/Staff Appreciation
How do Jaguars show their appreciation for their teachers and staff?
They “paws” to give thanks!

Help spoil our amazing teachers and staff throughout the year and especially during Teacher Appreciation week.  Contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@centurylink.net for more information.


Don’t let the ROAR of the traffic JAM intimidate you.  Jaguars need your help keeping everyone safe on the streets.

Traffic and Transportation Safety is in need of volunteer crossing guards (EASY half-hour shifts before or after school to fit your schedule!) and other support. No experience necessary – just a desire to keep our students safe and traffic flowing smoothly.  Please consider how you may be able to help! Sign up for traffic shift(s) or email jamstrafficsafety@gmail.com for more information.

JAMS Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale: Sing With Us!

We have a new day (Tuesdays) and a new instructor (Erica Ewell, Nathan Hale’s new choir director). Erica will be teaching in the Nathan Hale choir room on Tuesdays immediately after school from 3:55-5:30 PM. Sessions will begin soon. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com.

Leave your (student’s) mark on JAMS

The JAMSDREAMBIG 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 Project 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.org to donate.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**   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.


**NEW**   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 Feedback Request for K-8 Science Curriculum AdoptionIn May 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The adoption committees — one for elementary and one for middle school — are 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 October 29 through November 30. The John Stanford Center Professional Library at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. View our map and directions webpage.

The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1995 and 2002 for middle 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. Additionally, we will host a panel discussion with the field test teachers on March 8, 2019.

In March, 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, please visit 2019 Science Adoption for Grades K-5 webpage and the 2019 Science Adoption for Grades 6-8 webpage.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**   Seattle Parks & Recreation Winter Youth Sports

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW

Youth Basketball for Girls and Boys (Ages 10-17 as of Aug. 31, 2018)
Fee: $85; $75 if you have a jersey from a previous season.

Your child will learn and solidify the fundamentals of basketball while participating in weekly organized practices and games. League games begin the first week of January and run through the month of March, with the opportunity for post-season play at the end of the regular season. Practices begin in late November and occur at the home community center.  Games (on Saturdays and Sundays) occur at various community centers throughout the city.

For more information contact your local community center.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Please visit your local community center to pick up a scholarship application or click here for more information!


**NEW**   Piper’s Creek Salmon Celebration at Carkeek Park

Sunday, Nov 18th 11:00am – 2:00pm

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, all ages are invited to Carkeek Park for activities to welcome the salmon home. Celebrate with hot drinks, music, good food, and a kid-friendly scavenger hunt through the park. Volunteer Salmon Stewards will be on hand to answer questions. For more details call 206-233-2637 or email becca.reilly@seattle.gov


**NEW**   Alert Seattle: Emergency Alerts and Notifications

AlertSeattle is the official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle to communicate with city residents during emergencies. Sign up now to receive free alerts from the City via text message, email, voice message or social media.

  • To sign-up for AlertSeattle, click here
  • To update your existing AlertSeattle preferences, click here to access your account

Click here for answers to FAQ


**NEW**  Seattle Public Library Events
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

  •  Jonathan Franzen discusses ‘The End of the Earth: Essays’
    Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University (901 12th Ave)Join us to hear best-selling author Jonathan Franzen discuss his new essay collection.In ‘The End of the End of the Earth’, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes—both human and literary—that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we’ve come to expect from Franzen.Registration is not required. 206-386-4636
  • “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” Movie Screening
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    The Seattle Public Library (Central Library Branch, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104) 206-386-4636Directors: Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana
    Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Cinematography & Best Editing at 2018 Canadian Screen AwardsIn the oft-cited history of American music, there is a missing chapter that deserves our attention and respect: the influence of Native Americans. Despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States, indigenous musicians played an important role in helping to shape the soundtracks of our lives.Many early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots. And as the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution. Rumble tells the stories of these iconic Native musicians through playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, archives, and interviews with some of America’s greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them.

    Online registration is recommended.

  • ‘A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family’ Free Tuesday Movie
    Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    The Seattle Public Library (Central Library Branch, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104) 206-386-4636’A Weave of Time’ powerfully documents 50 years and four generations of change in one Navajo family. In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair travelled to the Navajo reservation in Pine Springs, Arizona with a 16mm hand wind motion picture camera. There Adair met and filmed the Burnside family, creating a visual record of Navajo life in the 1930’s. In an unprecedented composite, Adair’s previously unseen historical footage is juxtaposed with contemporary scenes and in-depth interviews with family members 50 years later. See the daily struggles for family stability, education and economic survival in contemporary America challenge the existence of traditional identity including the Navajo religion, language and arts.Stay after movie for a short discussion.This movie is in recognition of November being Native American Heritage Month. The Kanopy streaming service of 30,000+ films will be demonstrated; it’s a free online resource with your Library card and PIN number.

Aerospace program for middle schoolers at the Museum of Flight

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (MPA) at The Museum of Flight is named in honor of Washington native and payload commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It leverages Michael’s legacy to inspire underserved middle school (6th-8th) youth from throughout Washington State to participate in the Museum’s exciting educational programs while being mentored by professionals in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Participants will be enrolled in an interactive online learning website and invited to participate in MPA-sponsored events, the first being a full-day event at The Museum of Flight on February 2, 2019.

The entire program is provided at no cost to participants.

Requirements

  • Student must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of fall 2018
  • Internet access for online learning

Registration

  • Application deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Apply here
  • Acceptance based on capacity
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent shortly after

For more information, contact sharbour-vanhoy@museumofflight.org.


**NEW**   Meadowbrook Luminaria Walk

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


**NEW**   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.


**NEW**   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 09, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


November 10 – Ultimate C vs. Hazel Wolf (@Ingraham Stadium 2) 12:30pm

November 10 – Ultimate A vs. Denny (@Ingraham S2) 3:30pm (if win this game, then Ultimate A plays again at 5pm @Ingraham S1)

November 10 – Ultimate B vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham S2) 2pm (if win this game, then Ultimate B plays again at 3:30pm @Ingraham Stadium 2)

November 10 – Ultimate 6 vs. Madison (@Ingraham S2) 11am (if win this game, then Ultimate 6 plays again at 12:30pm @Ingraham N2)

November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 13 – RAM Takeover night (U Village) 5:00-9:00pm

November 16 – PE Waiver request form deadline

November 22 and 23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 27 – Budget and Levy presentation (JAMS cafeteria) 7:00-8:00pm

November 28 – Winter sports meeting (JAMS library) 7:00-8:00pm

JAMS School calendar

JAMS Annual Give Update

**NEW** JAMS ANNUAL GIVE 2018 RESULTS

The generous support of our JAMS community has resulted in $80,675 for our PTSA. Thank you to the over 300 families that participated in the Annual Give. Every dollar raised will be put to work ASAP to ensure our students get the best middle school experience possible.

If you were unable to donate during the Annual Give campaign, but are able at another time, the PTSA welcomes your support throughout the year. Also, keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities that benefit our school and students. There are many ways to give to JAMS.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Golden Jaguar Advisory Challenge.
Ms. Qualin’s class really knocked it out of the park – 19 of the 24 students participated in the Annual Give! We thank you all for your participation.

JAMS PTSA needs your Corporate Match!

Corporate matching is an easy way to double your contribution. Please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Heather Cerne can assist with corporate matching.

NOTE: Donor receipts will be sent out via email. If you don’t receive your receipt, please check your junk-mail folder. For those (few) donors who didn’t provide an email, your receipts will come in the mail.

Budget and Levy Presentation November 27

**NEW**  Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent JoLynn Berge will present on the future of Seattle’s budget and the upcoming February levy on Tuesday, November 27, 7-8pm, in the Jane Addams Cafeteria.  Please attend to learn more about these important topics.

Packs for Kids Gift Card Drive

Jane Addams Middle School has a population of 935 students, with 25% qualifying for federal free and reduced lunches, and 5% homeless students. For some of these students, the school-provided meals are their only reliable food source and weekends or school breaks are times of hunger.

The JAMS PTSA Packs for Kids program provides weekend food packs for food-insecure students.  Twelve times during the school year, volunteers pack backpacks with food that are then distributed to food-insecure students by school staff before each weekend or break.  The Packs for Kids program is generously supported by donations from the University District Food Bank and the Windermere Foundation.

In addition, grocery gift cards are distributed by school staff to our food-insecure students before each extended school break (Thanksgiving, winter break, mid-winter break and spring break), to provide needed nutrition while school is not in session.

JAMS PTSA is seeking donations of $25 grocery gift cards to supply this important need. (Gift cards to any grocery store are welcome, but Fred Meyer is especially convenient for JAMS families.)

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).

PE Waiver Request Forms due November 16

If your JAMS student will need a PE waiver for the 2018-19 school year, you must complete a PE waiver request form (available in the office or here) and return it, along with the required documentation, to the main office by November 16. Email requests will not be accepted.

All students are required to participate in at least 60 hours of directed athletic activity (equal to one semester of PE instruction) each school year unless participation is waived.  PE waivers may be requested for the following reasons:

  1. Physical Disability (Written verification from student’s doctor or health care professional must be attached to the request form.)
  2. Religious Belief (Written verification from student’s religious leader must be attached to the request form)
  3. Directed Athletics Only applicable if the student is taking 6 year-long classes (Documentation of the activity/team and written verification from student’s parent/guardian or coach must be attached to the request form.)

Requests will be considered ONLY when submitted with the required documentation.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW** Vision and hearing screening volunteers needed!

JAMS needs volunteers to help with vision and hearing screening for all 7th graders on Friday November 16. Volunteers will be helping to pull students from class and screen for hearing and vision. No experience is necessary and the school nurse will train volunteers in advance. It would be ideal if volunteers can be available at 8:30am and will hopefully be done by early afternoon.

Volunteers can contact the JAMS school nurse, Stephanie Van Cleave at savancleave@seattleschools.org.


We are looking for the Volunteer Tutors and are eager to leverage the skills of many of our families who want to give back!

Reading Tutors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30-11:22
We are looking for tutors who can commit at least once a week to help our emerging readers. Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org

AVID Tutors – Achievement Via Individual Determination
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:56-2:48 and 2:53-3:45
AVID is an elective class for students in need of extra support for college awareness, and the study/organization skills that allow for success in college. AVID students are highly motivated and highly skilled but need extra support in learning what we call a “hidden curriculum” for first generation college students in the US.
We are looking for tutors who can commit twice a week to run study sessions in our AVID classrooms.
Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org


What is a Jaguar’s favorite dessert?
Mice-Krispie treats!

Lunch Time Volunteers 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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


Teacher/Staff Appreciation
How do Jaguars show their appreciation for their teachers and staff?
They “paws” to give thanks!

Help spoil our amazing teachers and staff throughout the year and especially during Teacher Appreciation week.  Contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@centurylink.net for more information.


Don’t let the ROAR of the traffic JAM intimidate you.  Jaguars need your help keeping everyone safe on the streets.

Traffic and Transportation Safety is in need of volunteer crossing guards (EASY half-hour shifts before or after school to fit your schedule!) and other support. No experience necessary – just a desire to keep our students safe and traffic flowing smoothly.  Please consider how you may be able to help! Sign up for traffic shift(s) or email jamstrafficsafety@gmail.com for more information.

Save the date!

**SOON!**  University Village RAM Takeover night is Tuesday, November 13 from 5-9pm.   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.

JAMS Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale: Sing With Us!

We have a new day (Tuesdays) and a new instructor (Erica Ewell, Nathan Hale’s new choir director). Erica will be teaching in the Nathan Hale choir room on Tuesdays immediately after school from 3:55-5:30 PM. Sessions will begin soon. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com.

Leave your (student’s) mark on JAMS

The JAMSDREAMBIG 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 Project 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.org to donate.

WSPTA Top 5 Issues

At the recent Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Legislative Assembly, WSPTA Top 5 Issues for 2018-2020 were voted and approved upon in the following order:

  1. Social Emotional Learning . The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that integrate Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices in the education system:
    -Provide pre-service and in-service educator and administrator training;
    -Ensure staffing levels in schools are funded to meet student need and to support student learning and well-being;
    -Increase partnerships with after-school providers and community partners;
    -Ensure staffing levels meet the needs of students, including but not limited to: psychologists, counselors, family and community engagement coordinators, social workers, speech-language pathologists, behavior specialists and nurses;
    -Support adoption of the Washington State SEL framework
  2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that equitably assist districts to fund their capital needs for the 21st century to lower K-3 and Career and Technical Education (CTE) class sizes; and address capacity, growth, modernization, and safety by:
    -Changing school construction bonds from super-majority (60%) to simple majority vote;
    -Updating the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP);
    -Renewing the K-3 grant program with capital funding to support class size targets;
    -Documenting use of portables including but not limited to: age, quantity, condition, and purpose
  3. Prevent Gun Violence  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that reduce dangerous access to firearms by:
    -Prohibiting sales of semi-automatic rifles to < 21 and creating a 10-day waiting period;
    -Raising standards for semi-automatic rifle purchase to that for handguns;
    -Incentivizing safe storage of all firearms;
    -Ensuring continued eligibility for ownership of semi-automatic rifles;
    -Permitting and encouraging destruction of crime guns by the Washington State Patrol and other agencies;
    -Affirm the National PTA position statements on gun safety and violence prevention and the position statement on firearms;
    -Prohibiting the arming of school staff.
  4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that recruit and retain effective educators, develop a diverse workforce, and ensure equity and access to educator preparation through:
    -Funding of recruitment and conditional scholarship programs;
    -Expansion of Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)-approved conditional certificates and alternative routes to certification;
    -Phased-in expansion of Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants to all schools.
  5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that include non-regressive revenue sources for any new funds needed to achieve the following:
    -Close Special Education funding gaps;
    -Increase the Prototypical School Model to I-1351 levels;
    -Include a categorical allocation for high mobility students;
    -Expand High Poverty Learning Assistance Program (LAP) by lowering the threshold;
    -Allow school districts to choose between the two enrichment levy caps and increase the Local Efforts Assistance (LEA) ceiling.

If parents, students or others would like to get involved with the issues noted above, please reach out to Sanjay via JAMSPTSALEGVP@gmail.com.

High School Information

The Center High School (The Center School) Information Night

The Center School is having an open house on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 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.


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 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.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Community Feedback Request for K-8 Science Curriculum AdoptionIn May 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The adoption committees — one for elementary and one for middle school — are 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 October 29 through November 30. The John Stanford Center Professional Library at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. View our map and directions webpage.

The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1995 and 2002 for middle 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. Additionally, we will host a panel discussion with the field test teachers on March 8, 2019.

In March, 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, please visit 2019 Science Adoption for Grades K-5 webpage and the 2019 Science Adoption for Grades 6-8 webpage.

Community Events and Programs

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!


“Talking to Our Kids About Race” November 15

The Whittier Elementary PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to welcome Seattle-based author and activist Sharon H Chang for a community dialogue, “Talking To Our Kids About Race.” We cannot work together to dismantle racism if we are not grounded in who we are. Sharon’s presentation will delve into a discussion of deeper racial identity understanding for us and our children. We will develop shared language around privilege and oppression, build tools for having tough talks, and equip ourselves not only to have more transformative race conversations within our families, but also to act for change.

This is a free event for not only families of Whittier Elementary but for all parents and community members who would like to join us.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Whittier Elementary School (1320 Northwest 75th Street, Seattle, Washington 98117)


Wedgwood Meaningful Movie November 9

To Err is Human (80 min, Mike Eisenberg, 2018) A leading cause of death in the United States is its own healthcare system. Medical mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 preventable deaths each year. How can we protect ourselves, our families, and our communities, and make the medical world safe for all patients? This new documentary takes an in-depth look at the silent epidemic of patient harm and those working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Directed by the son of the late patient safety pioneer, Dr. John M. Eisenberg, the film tells the story of the Sheridan family’s compelling journey from victim to empowerment. It interweaves their experience with interviews of healthcare leaders on the frontline of efforts leading to better care. The film provides unique, up- to-date insight into the ongoing fight against preventable medical harm, highlighting effective solutions. It encourages us all to become informed consumers of healthcare and our own best advocates in a complex, flawed healthcare system.

View the trailer: https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/to-err-is-human/

Guest Speakers: Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson, founders of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety, will be joined by Ross H. Ehrmantraut, Clinical Director, Team Performance at UW Medicine in a post-film Q&A and discussion of efforts to improve patient safety in Seattle and Washington state.

Please join us for the film’s showing. 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.

Location:
Our Lady of the Lake Church, 8900 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Movie is shown in Jubilee Hall, entrance located on the southwest corner of NE 89th St. and 35th Ave NE. (Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

Join us for the fun! Events are FREE (donations gratefully accepted), and open to the public. Films will be followed by a facilitated community discussion. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. for light refreshments. Film begins at 7:00 P.M. Event ends at 9:30 P.M.


Aerospace program for middle schoolers at the Museum of Flight

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (MPA) at The Museum of Flight is named in honor of Washington native and payload commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It leverages Michael’s legacy to inspire underserved middle school (6th-8th) youth from throughout Washington State to participate in the Museum’s exciting educational programs while being mentored by professionals in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Participants will be enrolled in an interactive online learning website and invited to participate in MPA-sponsored events, the first being a full-day event at The Museum of Flight on February 2, 2019.

The entire program is provided at no cost to participants.

Requirements

  • Student must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of fall 2018
  • Internet access for online learning

Registration

  • Application deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Apply here
  • Acceptance based on capacity
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent shortly after

For more information, contact sharbour-vanhoy@museumofflight.org.


Visit a Museum!

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, West SeattleLearn about the history of the Duwamish Tribe, native residents of the Seattle area, and visit this traditional longhouse sitting proudly near the mouth of the Duwamish river.

Always FREE, the museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Just across the street from the Longhouse is Herring’s House Park, an unlikely park that tells the story of the salmon journey through plaques.

Frye Art Museum, First Hill. Frye Art Museum is a small museum with a wonderful founding collection of 19th and 20th century art and a peaceful, immaculate space. Increasingly, it also showcases innovative works of contemporary art that can be fun to explore with kids.

The Frye is FREE and open Tuesday–Sunday.

Free parking for the Frye is available in a lot directly across the street from the museum entrance.

Olympic Sculpture Park, downtown. Seattle Art Museum’s wonderful sculpture park — the signature piece is Anthony Calder’s giant The Eagle  — offers nine acres of outdoor sculptures with incredible views.

Olympic Sculpture Park is always FREE, and open dawn to dusk.

On a rainy day, duck inside the greenhouse at the corner of Elliott and Broad to see Neukom Vivarium, a 60-foot long “nurse log” exhibit.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Pioneer Square. The gold was in the Yukon, but thousands of hopeful prospectors got there in 1897 by way of Seattle. Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, this free museum tells this gripping story, via plenty of hands-on exhibits.

Klondike is always FREE and open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Pre-Season Tune-Ups (Ages 8-13) – invite teammates!
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC (Saturdays) – begins November 10th

  • Skill work and controlled scrimmages with top One on One Coaches
  • Shooting, finishing, footwork, defense, efficient ball-handling, passing

One on One Thanksgiving Camps and Holiday Hoops Camps
Meadowbrook CC or Queen Anne CC

  • learn to play the One on One way!  Don’t get bored during break…GET BETTER!

Register today at https://seattle.1on1basketball.com/


JazzEd

Seattle 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 Project.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/ 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/or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


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 02, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


November 2 – School Dance (after school)

November 3 – Ultimate C vs. STEM (@Ingraham N1) 10:30am

November 3 – Ultimate A vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham N2) 10:30am

November 3 – Ultimate A vs. Aki Kurose (@Ingraham N1) 12noon

November 3 – Ultimate B vs. Eckstein (@Ingraham N1) 3:00pm

November 3 – Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Washington (@Eagle Staff) 12:30pm

November 3 – Girls JV Soccer vs. Madison (@Rainier Beach) 2:00pm

November 3 – Ultimate 6 vs. Aki Kurose (@Ingraham N1) 3:30pm

November 3 – Ultimate B vs. Whitman (@Ingraham) 4:30pm

November 4 – Daylight Savings Time ends – turn your clocks back!

November 5 – JAMS PTSA Board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

November 6 – Election Day – REMEMBER TO VOTE!

November 8 – Picture Retakes

November 8 – SPS LGBTQ Families Dinner (Meany MS) 6:00-8:00pm

November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 13 – RAM Takeover night (U Village) 5:00-9:00pm

November 16 – PE Waiver request form deadline

November 22 and 23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 28 – Winter Sports Meeting (JAMS library) 7:00-8:00pm

JAMS School calendar

JAMS Annual Give Update

**NEW** JAMS ANNUAL GIVE 2018 – BIG THANK YOU TO JAMS FAMILIES!We are still processing your generous donations and will have a final tally of the amount raised by next week’s newsletter. So…if you woke up shocked that November has arrived and you forgot to make your donation — it’s not too late!!! Please send in your check or give online at JAMSPTSA.org.

 

JAMS PTSA needs your Corporate Match

It’s an easy way to double your contribution. Please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Heather Cerne can assist with corporate matching.

PE Waiver Request Forms available

**NEW**    If your JAMS student will need a PE waiver for the 2018-19 school year, you must complete a PE waiver request form (available in the office or here) and return it, along with the required documentation, to the main office by November 16. Email requests will not be accepted.

All students are required to participate in at least 60 hours of directed athletic activity (equal to one semester of PE instruction) each school year unless participation is waived.  PE waivers may be requested for the following reasons:

  1. Physical Disability (Written verification from student’s doctor or health care professional must be attached to the request form.)
  2. Religious Belief (Written verification from student’s religious leader must be attached to the request form)
  3. Directed Athletics Only applicable if the student is taking 6 year-long classes (Documentation of the activity/team and written verification from student’s parent/guardian or coach must be attached to the request form.)

Requests will be considered ONLY when submitted with the required documentation.

Packs for Kids Gift Card Drive

**NEW**   Jane Addams Middle School has a population of 935 students, with 25% qualifying for federal free and reduced lunches, and 5% homeless students. For some of these students, the school-provided meals are their only reliable food source and weekends or school breaks are times of hunger.

The JAMS PTSA Packs for Kids program provides weekend food packs for food-insecure students.  Twelve times during the school year, volunteers pack backpacks with food that are then distributed to food-insecure students by school staff before each weekend or break.  The Packs for Kids program is generously supported by donations from the University District Food Bank and the Windermere Foundation.

In addition, grocery gift cards are distributed by school staff to our food-insecure students before each extended school break (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Mid-winter Break and Spring Break), to provide needed nutrition while school is not in session.

JAMS PTSA is seeking donations of $25 grocery gift cards to supply this important need.

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).

Election Day is November 6 

Remember! Ballots for the November 6 general election must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 or dropped in a ballot box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Please vote! For more information, please visit the King County Elections website.

JAMS Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale: Sing With Us!

We have a new day (Tuesdays) and a new instructor (Erica Ewell, Nathan Hale’s new choir director). Erica will be teaching in the Nathan Hale choir room on Tuesdays immediately after school from 3:55-5:30 PM. Sessions will begin soon. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com.

Volunteer Corner

We are looking for the Volunteer Tutors and are eager to leverage the skills of many of our families who want to give back!

Reading Tutors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30-11:22
We are looking for tutors who can commit at least once a week to help our emerging readers. Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org

AVID Tutors – Achievement Via Individual Determination
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:56-2:48 and 2:53-3:45
AVID is an elective class for students in need of extra support for college awareness, and the study/organization skills that allow for success in college. AVID students are highly motivated and highly skilled but need extra support in learning what we call a “hidden curriculum” for first generation college students in the US.
We are looking for tutors who can commit twice a week to run study sessions in our AVID classrooms.
Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org


What is a Jaguar’s favorite dessert?
Mice-Krispie treats!

Lunch Time Volunteers 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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


Teacher/Staff Appreciation
How do Jaguars show their appreciation for their teachers and staff?
They “paws” to give thanks!

Help spoil our amazing teachers and staff throughout the year and especially during Teacher Appreciation week.  Contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@centurylink.net for more information.


Don’t let the ROAR of the traffic JAM intimidate you.  Jaguars need your help keeping everyone safe on the streets.

Traffic and Transportation Safety is in need of volunteer crossing guards (EASY half-hour shifts before or after school to fit your schedule!) and other support. No experience necessary – just a desire to keep our students safe and traffic flowing smoothly.  Please consider how you may be able to help! Sign up for traffic shift(s) or email jamstrafficsafety@gmail.com for more information.

Leave your (student’s) mark on JAMS

The JAMSDREAMBIG 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 Project 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.org to donate.

Picture Retake Day November 8

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.

WSPTA Top 5 Issues

**NEW**   At the recent Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Legislative Assembly, WSPTA Top 5 Issues for 2018-2020 were voted and approved upon in the following order:

  1. Social Emotional Learning . The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that integrate Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices in the education system:
    -Provide pre-service and in-service educator and administrator training;
    -Ensure staffing levels in schools are funded to meet student need and to support student learning and well-being;
    -Increase partnerships with after-school providers and community partners;
    -Ensure staffing levels meet the needs of students, including but not limited to: psychologists, counselors, family and community engagement coordinators, social workers, speech-language pathologists, behavior specialists and nurses;
    -Support adoption of the Washington State SEL framework
  2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that equitably assist districts to fund their capital needs for the 21st century to lower K-3 and Career and Technical Education (CTE) class sizes; and address capacity, growth, modernization, and safety by:
    -Changing school construction bonds from super-majority (60%) to simple majority vote;
    -Updating the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP);
    -Renewing the K-3 grant program with capital funding to support class size targets;
    -Documenting use of portables including but not limited to: age, quantity, condition, and purpose
  3. Prevent Gun Violence  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that reduce dangerous access to firearms by:
    -Prohibiting sales of semi-automatic rifles to < 21 and creating a 10-day waiting period;
    -Raising standards for semi-automatic rifle purchase to that for handguns;
    -Incentivizing safe storage of all firearms;
    -Ensuring continued eligibility for ownership of semi-automatic rifles;
    -Permitting and encouraging destruction of crime guns by the Washington State Patrol and other agencies;
    -Affirm the National PTA position statements on gun safety and violence prevention and the position statement on firearms;
    -Prohibiting the arming of school staff.
  4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that recruit and retain effective educators, develop a diverse workforce, and ensure equity and access to educator preparation through:
    -Funding of recruitment and conditional scholarship programs;
    -Expansion of Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)-approved conditional certificates and alternative routes to certification;
    -Phased-in expansion of Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants to all schools.
  5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps  The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that include non-regressive revenue sources for any new funds needed to achieve the following:
    -Close Special Education funding gaps;
    -Increase the Prototypical School Model to I-1351 levels;
    -Include a categorical allocation for high mobility students;
    -Expand High Poverty Learning Assistance Program (LAP) by lowering the threshold;
    -Allow school districts to choose between the two enrichment levy caps and increase the Local Efforts Assistance (LEA) ceiling.

If parents, students or others would like to get involved with the issues noted above, please reach out to Sanjay via JAMSPTSALEGVP@gmail.com.

Save the date!

University Village RAM Takeover night is Tuesday, November 13th from 5-9pm.   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.

High School Information

**NEW**   The Center High School (The Center School) Information Night

The Center School is having an open house on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 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.


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 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.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

Seattle Public Schools Information

LGBTQ Families Dinner

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 8th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends.  All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham at brham@seattleschools.org or 206-743-3564

Community Events and Programs

Diwali Festival November 3

Happy Diwali! Join Lake City Community Center and Library as we learn more about and enjoy this Hindu tradition. This free event will feature story time, crafts, games, music and food.

Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 256-5645)
5:00-7:30pm


Volunteer for Green Seattle Day on Nov. 3 and help plant the future forests of Seattle

Join us and the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, Nov. 3 for Green Seattle Day! Hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City, and all community members are welcome to participate.

Events begin at 9 a.m. at 15 park sites across Seattle. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up to participate in a Green Seattle Day location here: https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/.

Nearby Green Seattle Day events include Meadowbrook playfield and Magnuson park.


Wedgwood Meaningful Movie November 9

To Err is Human (80 min, Mike Eisenberg, 2018) A leading cause of death in the United States is its own healthcare system. Medical mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 preventable deaths each year. How can we protect ourselves, our families, and our communities, and make the medical world safe for all patients? This new documentary takes an in-depth look at the silent epidemic of patient harm and those working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Directed by the son of the late patient safety pioneer, Dr. John M. Eisenberg, the film tells the story of the Sheridan family’s compelling journey from victim to empowerment. It interweaves their experience with interviews of healthcare leaders on the frontline of efforts leading to better care. The film provides unique, up- to-date insight into the ongoing fight against preventable medical harm, highlighting effective solutions. It encourages us all to become informed consumers of healthcare and our own best advocates in a complex, flawed healthcare system.

View the trailer: https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/to-err-is-human/

Guest Speakers: Yanling Yu and Rex Johnson, founders of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety, will be joined by Ross H. Ehrmantraut, Clinical Director, Team Performance at UW Medicine in a post-film Q&A and discussion of efforts to improve patient safety in Seattle and Washington state.

Please join us for the film’s showing. 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.

Location:
Our Lady of the Lake Church, 8900 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Movie is shown in Jubilee Hall, entrance located on the southwest corner of NE 89th St. and 35th Ave NE. (Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

Join us for the fun! Events are FREE (donations gratefully accepted), and open to the public. Films will be followed by a facilitated community discussion. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. for light refreshments. Film begins at 7:00 P.M. Event ends at 9:30 P.M.


Aerospace program for middle schoolers at the Museum of Flight

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (MPA) at The Museum of Flight is named in honor of Washington native and payload commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It leverages Michael’s legacy to inspire underserved middle school (6th-8th) youth from throughout Washington State to participate in the Museum’s exciting educational programs while being mentored by professionals in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Participants will be enrolled in an interactive online learning website and invited to participate in MPA-sponsored events, the first being a full-day event at The Museum of Flight on February 2, 2019.

The entire program is provided at no cost to participants.

Requirements

  • Student must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of fall 2018
  • Internet access for online learning

Registration

  • Application deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Apply here
  • Acceptance based on capacity
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent shortly after

For more information, contact sharbour-vanhoy@museumofflight.org.


Visit a Museum!

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, West SeattleLearn about the history of the Duwamish Tribe, native residents of the Seattle area, and visit this traditional longhouse sitting proudly near the mouth of the Duwamish river.

Always FREE, the museum is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Just across the street from the Longhouse is Herring’s House Park, an unlikely park that tells the story of the salmon journey through plaques.

Frye Art Museum, First Hill. Frye Art Museum is a small museum with a wonderful founding collection of 19th and 20th century art and a peaceful, immaculate space. Increasingly, it also showcases innovative works of contemporary art that can be fun to explore with kids.

The Frye is FREE and open Tuesday–Sunday.

Free parking for the Frye is available in a lot directly across the street from the museum entrance.

Olympic Sculpture Park, downtown. Seattle Art Museum’s wonderful sculpture park — the signature piece is Anthony Calder’s giant The Eagle  — offers nine acres of outdoor sculptures with incredible views.

Olympic Sculpture Park is always FREE, and open dawn to dusk.

On a rainy day, duck inside the greenhouse at the corner of Elliott and Broad to see Neukom Vivarium, a 60-foot long “nurse log” exhibit.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Pioneer Square. The gold was in the Yukon, but thousands of hopeful prospectors got there in 1897 by way of Seattle. Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, this free museum tells this gripping story, via plenty of hands-on exhibits.

Klondike is always FREE and open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Pre-Season Tune-Ups (Ages 8-13) – invite teammates!
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC (Saturdays) – begins November 10th

  • Skill work and controlled scrimmages with top One on One Coaches
  • Shooting, finishing, footwork, defense, efficient ball-handling, passing

One on One Thanksgiving Camps and Holiday Hoops Camps
Meadowbrook CC or Queen Anne CC

  • learn to play the One on One way!  Don’t get bored during break…GET BETTER!

Register today at https://seattle.1on1basketball.com/


JazzEd

Seattle 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 Project.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/ 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/or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


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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October 26, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


October 26 – Latinx night (JAMS cafeteria) 6pm

October 27 – Girls’ Varsity soccer vs. Aki Kurose (@Eagle Staff) 8am

October 27 – Ultimate 6 vs. STEM (@Ingraham S1) 12noon

October 27 – Girls’ JV soccer vs. Blaine (@Eagle Staff) 2pm

October 27 – Ultimate C vs. Hazel Wolf (@Ingraham N2) 3pm

October 29 – Spirit Week – Pajama Day

October 30 – Spirit Week – Colors Day

October 31 – Spirit Week – Costume Day

November 1 – Spirit Week – Anime/Character Day

November 2 – Spirit Week – Decades Day

November 2 – School Dance

November 5 – JAMS PTSA Board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm

November 8 – Picture Retakes

November 8 – SPS LGBTQ Families Dinner (Meany MS) 6-8pm

November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 13 – RAM Takeover night (U Village) 5-9pm

November 22 and 23 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)

JAMS School calendar

JAMS Annual Give Update

**NEW** JAMS PTSA ANNUAL GIVE – NOT THERE YET

As of newsletter compilation Wednesday evening, we’re still more than $12,000 away from our $80,000 goal! We need EVERYONE’S help to hit our goal. Thank you JAMS families for your generous donations to date and for wonderful participation in our two-day challenge earlier this week.

PLEASE – Donate Today at www.JAMSPTSA.org

Do you want to give more, but need to spread out the cost?
CONSIDER A MONTHLY RECURRING GIFT!
Several JAMS families just like you have opted for donating a monthly gift. You can spread a $600 donation over a whole year by making a $50 monthly donation to JAMS. Simply go to JAMSPTSA.org, click Donate and select “Make this a monthly donation.”

Every contribution is appreciated and goes to fund THIS year’s budget. Dollars donated now are going to be spent on our kids now. PARTICIPATION is the KEY.

Have you already done your part and want to do more?
Reach out to relatives and friends. You’re probably not the only one who loves your JAMS student and wants to make a difference. You can pick up extra donation forms in the office, or pay with a credit card online at www.JAMSPTSA.org

Thank you for supporting this incredible school and community.

Spirit Week October 29 to November 2

**NEW**   JAMS students and staff are invited to share their spirit next week, with these themed spirit days:

  • Oct 29 – Pajama Day
  • Oct 30 – Colors Day (by grade level: red for 6th grade, white for 7th grade, and black for 8th grade)
  • Oct 31 – Costume Day (No Masks!)
  • Nov 1 –  Anime/Character Day
  • Nov 2 – Decades Day (60s for 6th grade, 70s for 7th Grade, 80s for 8th Grade)

Latinx Night October 26

**TONIGHT**

Latinx Student Union (LSU) is putting on its first (hopefully not last) school event!  We welcome all to join in our celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  This is a Latino celebration honoring our ancestors.  Next week we will start by introducing our all-school “ofrenda” to honor those who came before us and have made an impact in our lives.  Currently we have photos of our grandparents, family members, MLK, Rosa Parks, Mario Moreno, Cesar Chavez, and Jenny Rivera.  We invite the school to share photos of people they wish to honor with a small statement of their impact.

A celebration/fiesta will be on October 26 at 6PM in the cafeteria.  It will be a potluck-style event with a bake sale fundraiser for LSU.  We will also be watching “Coco” starting around 6:45ish.  If you are unable to attend and wish to support, contact Ms. Olivas or Ms. Mendoza.

JAMS Vocal Jazz

**NEW**  JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale: Sing With Us!

We have a new day (Tuesdays) and a new instructor (Erica Ewell, Nathan Hale’s new choir director). Erica will be teaching in the Nathan Hale choir room on Tuesdays immediately after school from 3:55-5:30 PM. Sessions will begin soon. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at bonnie.rochman@gmail.com.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  We are looking for the Volunteer Tutors and are eager to leverage the skills of many of our families who want to give back!

Reading Tutors
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:30-11:22
We are looking for tutors who can commit at least once a week to help our emerging readers. Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org

AVID Tutors – Achievement Via Individual Determination
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:56-2:48 and 2:53-3:45
AVID is an elective class for students in need of extra support for college awareness, and the study/organization skills that allow for success in college. AVID students are highly motivated and highly skilled but need extra support in learning what we call a “hidden curriculum” for first generation college students in the US.
We are looking for tutors who can commit twice a week to run study sessions in our AVID classrooms.
Tutors will be trained. Contact plmontgomery@seattleschools.org


All they wanna do is DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!!!
Why can’t you keep a Jaguar from dancing???
Because they want to JAM to the music!

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 here to Boogie Down.  For more information please contact Dan Noyes at danoyes@seattleschools.org.


What is a Jaguar’s favorite dessert?
Mice-Krispie treats!

Lunch Time Volunteers 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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)


**NEW**  Teacher/Staff Appreciation
How do Jaguars show their appreciation for their teachers and staff?
They “paws” to give thanks!

Help spoil our amazing teachers and staff throughout the year and especially during Teacher Appreciation week.  Contact Andrea Bergan at thebergans@centurylink.net for more information.


Don’t let the ROAR of the traffic JAM intimidate you.  Jaguars need your help keeping everyone safe on the streets.

Traffic and Transportation Safety is in need of volunteer crossing guards (EASY half-hour shifts before or after school to fit your schedule!) and other support. No experience necessary – just a desire to keep our students safe and traffic flowing smoothly.  Please consider how you may be able to help! Sign up for traffic shift(s) or email jamstrafficsafety@gmail.com for more information.

JAMS (doesn’t) Feel Pretty!

**ACTION ITEM** BEX V Levy

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 emailing the School Board (schoolboard@seattleschools.org and capitallevy2019@seattleschools.org)

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.”


Leave your (student’s) mark on JAMS

The JAMSDREAMBIG 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 Project 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.org to donate.

Picture Retake Day November 8

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.

FOJAM 

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/.  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. 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).


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 with any questions. To volunteer please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aa4a728a1f94-jams

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.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

Seattle Public Schools Information

LGBTQ Families Dinner

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 8th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends.  All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham at brham@seattleschools.org or 206-743-3564.

Community Events and Programs

Meadowbrook Pool “Spook the Pool” October 26SPOOK the POOL! This Friday (Oct 26) from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Regular admission for kids but adults/parents swim for FREE! We’ve got carnival games in and around the water plus a few other special surprises….(We focus on fun not fright)

10515 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 684-4989


Seattle Writes: Piloting The Category Five Hurricane: Getting Through Tough Times
(FREE Teen Poetry Writing Class)

Delridge Library Meeting room (206-733-9125, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle, WA 98106)
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m.

Teens are invited to join poet Ann Teplick in a poetry-writing workshop that explores the themes of self-care and resilience. In this poetry-writing workshop for teens, we will explore the themes of self-care and resilience. In a world where, in addition to our own personal challenges, we witness the struggles of those whom we love, and of those whom we haven’t had the good fortune to meet; in a world where overwhelm is often the wave that spins us to our outer limits—what brings us to solid ground?

In two workshops at the High Point and Delridge Branches, teens will read and be inspired to respond to the work of poets such as Li-Young Lee, Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Shihab Nye, Suheir Hammad, Rumi, Gretel Ehrlich, Ntozake Shange, David Wagoner, Francisco X. Alarcon, and more. The material for each workshop will be different. Please attend one or both! All participants are invited to read and celebrate their work on Sunday November 4th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Highpoint Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Do join us!

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. This workshop is intended for teens. Registration is not required for this writing class, but seating is limited. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the class. We’ll try our best to make room for all interested writers, but students may be turned away if the room is filled to capacity. Due to the fire code, we cannot exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop to each class.

Accommodation requests may be made with seven days advanced notice to LEAP or call (206) 615-1380 (v/tty).


Volunteer for Green Seattle Day on Nov. 3 and help plant the future forests of Seattle

Join us and the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, Nov. 3 for Green Seattle Day! Hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City, and all community members are welcome to participate.

Events begin at 9 a.m. at 15 park sites across Seattle. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up to participate in a Green Seattle Day location here: https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/.

Nearby Green Seattle Day events include Meadowbrook playfield and Magnuson park.


Nathan Hale Theater Presents: She Kills Monsters

Two sisters embark on a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing adventure as they discover that while they’re battling demons and all kinds of monsters, they’re also coming to know each other in ways they never imagined possible. A tale of loss, redemption, acceptance, and fighting literal dragons in the halls of your high school.

November 1& 2, 2018, 7:00 pm
November 3, 2018, 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Buy Tickets online at http://www.nathanhaletheatre.com $12 for adults, $7 for students/seniors Tickets may also be purchased at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors

NOTE: Not recommended for children under 13 (contains violence and language)


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 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 Project.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/ 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/or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


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


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.
If you know someone that would like to receive the Jaguar News, direct them to bit.ly/jamsnews or forward to a friend

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October 19, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates


October 20 – Ultimate C vs. Madison (@Ingraham S1) 7:30am

October 20 – Ultimate 6 vs. Pathfinder (@Ingraham S2) 7:30am

October 20 – Girls’ Varsity soccer vs. Whitman (@Eagle Staff) 11am

October 20 – Ultimate B vs. Broadview Thompson (@Ingraham S2) noon

October 20 – Girls’ JV soccer vs. Whitman (@Ingraham) 12:30pm

October 20 – Ultimate A vs. Washington (@Ingraham S1) 3pm

October 26 – Latinx night (JAMS cafeteria) 6pm

October 29 to November 2 – Spirit Week

November 2 – School Dance

November 5 – JAMS PTSA Board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm

November 8 – Picture Retakes

November 8 – SPS LGBTQ Families Dinner (Meany MS) 6-8pm

November 12 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 13 – RAM Takeover night (U Village) 5-8pm

JAMS School calendar

JAMS Annual Give Update

**NEW**

Less than 2 weeks to go and we’re only 45% to our goal!

Have you asked your friends and family to support JAMS PTSA? Grandparents? People who care about public school education? Please consider asking the people in your network to make a donation to JAMS PTSA. You can even copy and paste a message like this:

Learn more about JAMS PTSA’s Annual Give and support JAMS PTSA at JAMSPTSA.org. A $25 donation pays for a child to go on a field trip and buys a book for the library. A gift to Jane Addams Middle School PTSA is tax deductible. The campaign ends on October 31st. Support JAMS PTSA by donating today.

As of October 17 the advisory class in the lead is Ballinger with Schaefer, Qualin, and Keuss in a three-way tie for 2nd place. Each family that participates in the fundraising and returns a donation form, no matter what the donation, raises the student’s advisory class participation totals for the GOLDEN JAGUAR and fun prizes.

Act now! Time is ticking!

Latinx Night October 26

**NEW**

Latinx Student Union (LSU) is putting on its first (hopefully not last) school event!  We welcome all to join in our celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  This is a Latino celebration honoring our ancestors.  Next week we will start by introducing our all-school “ofrenda” to honor those who came before us and have made an impact in our lives.  Currently we have photos of our grandparents, family members, MLK, Rosa Parks, Mario Moreno, Cesar Chavez, and Jenny Rivera.  We invite the school to share photos of people they wish to honor with a small statement of their impact.

A celebration/fiesta will be on October 26 at 6PM in the cafeteria.  It will be a potluck-style event with a bake sale fundraiser for LSU.  We will also be watching “Coco” starting around 6:45ish.  If you are unable to attend and wish to support, contact Ms. Olivas or Ms. Mendoza.

Picture Retake Day November 8

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.

FOJAM 

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/.  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. 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).


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 with any questions. To volunteer please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aa4a728a1f94-jams

JAMS (doesn’t) Feel Pretty!

**ACTION ITEM** BEX V Levy

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.orgrick.burke@seattleschools.orgjill.geary@seattleschools.orgzachary.dewolf@seattleschools.orgleslie.harris@seattleschools.orgbetty.patu@seattleschools.orgcapitallevy2019@seattleschools.orgSuggested 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.org for information on how to register to give testimony or visit https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15655for details.

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 Project 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.org to donate.

Volunteer Corner

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 here to Boogie Down.  For more information please contact Dan Noyes at danoyes@seattleschools.org.


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 here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (cpbarnes@seattleschools.org)

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.

Join JAMS PTSA

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/, or you can complete this form (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 or jbisson@comcast.net.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW** LGBTQ Families Dinner

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 8th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends.  All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham at brham@seattleschools.org or 206-743-3564.


New mobile app: Seattle Public Schools at your fingertips

The 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_app


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 here.  Applications are due by Wed., Oct. 24, 2018.

Community Events and Programs

Coyote Central Comes to Lake City Community CenterStudents age 10 – 15 years old
Wednesday afternoons: October 24 – December 12 (no class November 21)

  • Acting and Improvisation Acting Work with a professional actor to build stage presence through guided imagery exercises, theatre games, improvisation, playwriting, comedy technique, scene work, music and visual art to finding various approaches to acting and performance art – just as actors do in their professional training. You’ll count on your imagination to develop characters of all sorts and pick up tools to make them honest. On the last day, you’ll perform works that you’ve created with your fellow actors that highlight your personal strengths and interests throughout the course. Beginning and experienced story tellers and actors are all welcome!TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 $235 (Scholarships Available!)Your instructor: Sampip Raval has performed in major theatres in Washington DC, NC, CT, and OR. He has held workshops with the Kennedy Center, Signature Theater Company, Sonnet Repertory Theater, and Emerging Artists Theater in NY. He wrote and directed Packing Up, which was presented at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & Lincoln Center Education. His short film The Faucet, screened at the Oxford. Film Festival and Toronto Short Film Festival. He has worked as a teaching artist with ASTEP in South Florida, New York, Kenya, and India.
  • Cook Taste International You will come to know many world cultures much better and you’ll do it through a favorite pastime: tasting and eating! You will cook, cook, cook and learn many skills and ways to create delicious foods with some amazing flavors from around the world. Then you might be surprised to find out how healthy foods can be so delicious. Through food you’ll see some big differences and lots of ways that cultures are very much alike.TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 $170 (Scholarships Available!)Your instructor: Ariel Bangs is a chef, writer, food educator, and the owner of Healthy Creations, a private chef company offering innovative meals from the freshest seasonal ingredients. She focuses on inspiring healthy eating that can “make the taste buds dance”. She graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle in 2007 but began cooking very young and remembers dearly the aromas of her mother’s healthy Italian soul food.

Register at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
(206)-256-5645)

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Coyote welcomes students regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, and gender identity.

www.coyotecentral.org


“Angst” screening at Sand Point Elementary October 23

Sand Point Elementary PTA is hosting a screening of the documentary “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” on October 23 at 6 p.m. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion. Tickets are free, but you must register online.

SPE PTA welcomes donations from attendees of gift cards (to a local grocery store such as QFC, Safeway, Met Market, Target, Fred Meyer) and/or cash to support Sand Point’s Family Support Program.

Click the link to learn more and register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-angst-raising-awareness-around-anxiety-tickets-50929093289


Volunteer for Green Seattle Day on Nov. 3 and help plant the future forests of Seattle

Join us and the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, Nov. 3 for Green Seattle Day! Hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City, and all community members are welcome to participate.

Events begin at 9 a.m. at 15 park sites across Seattle. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up to participate in a Green Seattle Day location here: https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/.

Nearby Green Seattle Day events include Meadowbrook playfield and Magnuson park.


Nathan Hale Theater Presents: She Kills Monsters

Two sisters embark on a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing adventure as they discover that while they’re battling demons and all kinds of monsters, they’re also coming to know each other in ways they never imagined possible. A tale of loss, redemption, acceptance, and fighting literal dragons in the halls of your high school.

November 1& 2, 2018, 7:00 pm
November 3, 2018, 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Buy Tickets online at http://www.nathanhaletheatre.com $12 for adults, $7 for students/seniors Tickets may also be purchased at the door: $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors

NOTE: Not recommended for children under 13 (contains violence and language)


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 TODAY October 19, 2018.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YOUTHMOBILITY


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 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 Project.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/ 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/or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


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…/


Clarinet and Saxophone Lessons

Clarinet and saxophone instruction available.  Please contact Jenny Ziefel at jennyziefel@gmail.com and check out https://jennyziefel.mymusicstaff.com/Home


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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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

**NEW**

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.

FOJAM 

**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!

**ACTION ITEM** BEX V Levy

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.

Join JAMS PTSA

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.

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

When:
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://
www.shutitdown.today


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. 

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 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..
If you know someone that would like to receive the Jaguar News, direct them to bit.ly/jamsnewsOpens a New Window. or forward to a friend