Jaguar News: Nov. 1, 2019

Jaguar News November 1, 2019
November 01, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

November 1 – **TODAY** School dance 4:00-5:30pm (can you volunteer to help?)

November 2 – Girls Soccer games
Varsity vs. Eagle Staff @ Eagle Staff 2:00pm
JV vs. Eagle Staff @ Garfield 3:30pm

November 2 – Ultimate Frisbee games
Black team vs. McClure @ Ingraham S2 9:30pm
Red team vs. Aki @ Ingraham N2 11:00am
Gold team vs. Denny @ Ingraham S2 11:00am
Purple team vs. Madison @ Ingraham N2 3:30pm
Green team vs. Pathfinder @ Ingraham N1 3:30pm

November 3 – Daylight Saving Time ends (turn clocks back one hour)

November 3 – JAMS gear store closes

November 4 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

November 5 – Election day **PLEASE VOTE**

November 6 – Promised Land” film screening (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

November 7 – Senior Jazz benefit concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 14 – LGBTQ dinner (Meany MS) 6:00-8:00pm

November 19 – Ultimate End-of-Season potluck (JAMS cafeteria) 5:00-7:00pm

November 28 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

JAMS PTSA Annual Give


We are still processing your generous donations and will have a final tally of the amount raised by next week’s Jaguar News. 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

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Golden Jaguar 3rd Period Class Challenge winners. We thank you all for your participation.

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. Beth Sharlin can assist with corporate matching:

JAMS PTSA board meeting November 4

**NEW**  Please attend the upcoming PTSA board meeting on Monday, November 4, at 7:00pm in the JAMS library.  It’s a great chance to hear about what’s going on at school, and how the PTSA is supporting the students and staff.

Send in your ballot by November 5

**NEW**  Please Vote! The Future of the Schools Depends on you. Ballots due on Tuesday, November 5.

Four of the seven Directors for Seattle Public Schools are up for election. These Directors will make important decisions around boundaries, building construction, curriculum, and support for option schools.  Each voter in Seattle votes in all four races. Be sure that your neighbors and you vote!

Learn more about the issues at play and candidates for Seattle School Board:

“Promised Land” film on November 6

“Promised Land” film screening

Wednesday November 6, in the JAMS Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm, film begins at 7:00 pm.

“Promised Land” is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, both in our region’s shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still look at tribal sovereignty.

Big improvements coming our way!

**NEW**  JAMS site improvements (partially funded in the BEX V Levy) will be making headway this fall with a projected timeline for construction the summer of 2020! This means our staff parking lot, community stair project and several other high priority spaces will be made new again. The time is now to purchase your engravable tile for inclusion in the seat wall of the staircase. Visit to purchase a tile and learn more about potential site improvements. Questions? Email

Orkila lost and found

**NEW**  There is a small pile of unclaimed items from the 8th grade trip to Camp Orkila, in the JAMS office. It includes coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, shoes, socks and sleeping bags.  Stop by to look for any missing items!

Orkila parent chaperones: did you accidentally take home a black jacket on Friday? The driver of bus #7 is missing his black parka with the “Journey Line” logo. Contact the JAMS office at 206-252-4500 if you can help find this missing jacket.

Senior Jazz Band fundraiser

This is an exciting year for the Senior Jazz Band. Last year, we won the Junior Sweepstake title at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Outstanding Performance in Downbeat Magazine. AND we have been selected to attend the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans as a FEATURED PERFORMER! The Jazz Education Network Conference attracts Jazz musicians, educators and students from all over the country so to be able to play here is an amazing performing and learning opportunity. Plus we’ll get to do this in the Birthplace of modern Jazz! More information about the Jazz Education Network can be found on Please help send us to New Orleans with our SEE’S CANDY FUNDRAISER!

See’s Candy is known for their American-deliciousness with no added preservatives. The truffle and chocolate boxes will have a seasonal gift wrapping, all ready for holiday gifting. Orders can be made with a Sr. Jazz Member or contacting We will also be taking orders at our Benefit Concert on Nov 7 at JAMS Auditorium. Come listen to what we will be performing at the JEN Conference! Guest performances by Advance Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Theatre At Jane Addams Club. You can also donate to our cause online through (please make sure to indicate “Donation for Sr Jazz NOLA”).

Jaguars Read!


Read Alouds
This week we hosted Ms. Handley’s 6th grade LA classes in the library for some spooky, ghost story readings and book check out. Titles included the popular “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” and Neil Gaiman’s “Graveyard Book.” They were a GREAT audience. (BTW, pictured below are some of my favorite YA horror books in time for Halloween, and I’m currently reading Stephen Chbosky’s new book “Imaginary Friend” which is fantastic and chilling!

I love reading stories out loud and it’s always a pleasure to have Ms. Taylor’s classes in on Friday for story time. This week we read “Last Stop on Market Street” (by Matt de la Pena) and “Chapter Two is Missing” (by Josh Lieb). Very fun!

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged, OH MY!
To date, almost 400 students have one or more books that are OVERDUE from the JAMS library. Yikes! We are happy that students are reading but want to make sure great books are available for all students. Please help by looking around the house (under beds is a popular hiding place) and asking your student if they have books to return. Students can return books before school, during lunch, and after school.

If a book goes 90 days overdue it become “LOST” and a fine for the value of the book is assessed. Fines can be settled by paying for the book (online) or by donating book(s) of the same, similar, or equal value to the library. Have your student stop by the library with any questions or contact me at my email below.

If you (or students) discover that a book is DAMAGED (maybe ripped, missing pages, or waterlogged)- no worries. Just bring the book back to the library, and I will work some magic to restore it.

We have lots of new and exciting books on their way to JAMS! November has many great new releases coming out soon.

Thanks for reading!
Follow us on Instagram: jaguarsread

Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian

Currently, I’m reading…
Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky

(“Jaguars Read” is a series from the JAMS librarian, Ms. Christiansen, providing news and information from the library!)

Volunteer Corner

**TODAY!! VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED**  “Cat-y Purry” and Mick “Jaguar” are hoping you’ve got that dancing “feline!”

Volunteers Needed for First Dance of the Year on Friday, November 1, 3pm-6pm
That’s right. It’s Dance Fever time at JAMS and we need volunteers to help our cool cats boogie down.  Help is needed from 3 to 6pm. We’ll start together with setup, and then move volunteers where needed for concessions, coat check, and dance monitoring. Please stick around for final cleanup as well.  You are required to have all your volunteer paperwork submitted and cleared to volunteer for this event.  Sign up here to help out 
For more information please contact Ms. Zanaida at
What did the Parent Jaguar say to the Jaguar Cub when they lost their coat?  
You gotta be “kitten” me!!!

Time Again for Monthly Lost and Found Clean Out!
JAMS Lost and Found is already overflowing with coats, lunch boxes, and other items.  Please note that at the end of each month ALL unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be DONATED!  Make sure you child looks for any missing item ASAP.  Clearly labeling your child’s items with their name will assist in misplaced things being returned.
Keep the JAMS out of Traffic!!!

Traffic Volunteers needed daily to keep our kids safe and our traffic flow running smoothly. No need to sign up, simply feel free to come help any morning 8:30-8:55am or afternoon 3:20-3:45pm.  Stop by to sign in at the Main Office, don a fashionable fluorescent orange vest, and start wielding a traffic flag all in the name of traffic safety!  
What’s a Jaguar’s favorite thing to do after lunch? Spot clean! 

Lunch room volunteers needed daily for all three lunches.  No need to sign up, just come by any day you are free to help supervise and assist during one, two or all three lunch sessions.  Stop by the office to sign in and get a volunteer badge.

8th grade lunch – 10:50-11:30
6th grade lunch – 11:55-12:35
7th grade lunch –  1:00-1:40

Current JAMS student clubs

Art Club
Enjoy drawing and painting or are interested in learning how? Then Art Club with Mr. Avriett is the thing for you. Come join other students in room 227 where we will relax, socialize, and create art every Monday from 3:55-5:25. Supplies will be provided and students will share their art ideas and teach each other drawing and painting techniques. Sign up sheets are in the main office.

ASB (Associated Student Body)
Ms. Olivas in room 220A
Meets on Monday from 4:00-5:30pm. ASB oversees school-wide events at school. They are tasked to approve all budget requests and host events for the entire student body. Elections are held at the end of the year for the upcoming school year. One does not have to win the election to be a part of ASB. Anyone who runs has earned a spot.

Math Club
On Mondays from 4:00-5:00 in room 203. Come and explore your passion for math!
Any questions? Contact Mr. Ben Leis:

In Mr. Grevstad’s room 221 on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30
Students will design, build, and launch rockets as part of the Team America Rocketry Challenge as well as learn the basics of rocket science and the engineering design process.
Sign up is in September- Rocketry is FULL for the 19-20 school year

Science Tutoring
Science tutoring will be held in the library every Thursday from 3:55-5:25. This is open to all students. The science teachers will rotate through the club weekly.

T.A.J.A. (Theater at Jane Addams)
TAJA puts on a Fall and Spring musical every year. You can act in the play or work backstage. If you want to act, you need to come to auditions in September or January. If you are interested in working backstage, talk with Ms. Handley at any time. TAJA meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00-6:00 in the auditorium. There will be additional time commitments for performances.
There is a $50.00 fee for the play and $75.00 fee for the musical. Scholarships are available.
Make sure you have arranged your transportation.

Latinx Student Union (LSU)
We meet every other Thursday after school in room 220A. LSU is a place where we are comfortable to be ourselves. It is a space to celebrate our culture, speak Spanish, as well as teach and learn about our heritage from each other. Some big accomplishments this year are hosting the Dia de Los Muertos event and attending the La CHISPA Conference.

Dungeons and Dragons
Meets on Mondays from 3:55-5:25 in room 223 with Mr. Merrifield. Join a group in adventuring, storytelling, and questing.

Winter Sports: Boys and Girls Basketball- beginning early December
Spring Sports: Volleyball, Boys Soccer, and Track- beginning early March
Any questions about sports at JAMS and how to become involved, contact Ms. Riber:

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a City of Seattle program that seeks to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school, and improve safety in areas around schools for kids who walk and bike.

The Seattle City Council decreased this year’s funding for the Safe Routes to School program. Contact the City Council at to let them know what you think about funding Safe Routes to School.

Join families from other area schools for a Safe Routes to Schools conversation, including a representative of SDOT on November 7, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Hazel Wolf Cafetorium (11532 12th Ave NE). Food will be provided and kid care is likely (stay tuned for more details in coming weeks).

High School Information

Hale High School

Hale Future Family Night December 10, 2019 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Nathan Hale Campus including PAC, Commons

For prospective families and students to find out more about Nathan Hale High School. There will be an opportunity to get a tour of the school, find out more about different clubs and organizations, and hear from our staff and administration about what makes Nathan Hale unique.  There will be a second event in February 2020 right before the school district’s Open Enrollment period.

Ingraham High School
School Open House Schedule and Day Time Tour Schedule for 2019-2020

Ingraham High School Open House for Private School Families
November 6 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library – this is a general information night open to parents and students new to the Seattle Public Schools. Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Shadow Visits: December 3 thru February 13, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Reservations required.
Sign your Student up to shadow one of our current 9th Grade Student Guides thru the first 4 periods of the day (8:55am – 1:10pm).
Shadow Tour Dates: Dec 3, 5, 10, 12; Jan 7, 9, 14, 16 and Feb 4, 6, 11, 13. 
Please call (206)252-3889 Maria Medina to schedule a shadow visit for your student beginning Wed, Nov 13. Space is limited.

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
January 14  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone. Our Principal Mr. Floe and our Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham High School IB Information Night
January 15  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.
Please visit the Academics page at for additional IB program information.

Ingraham High School Day Time Tour
*****January 16  – 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM *****
Parents must accompany students on this tour. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes for the walking portion of the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
Note: All tours are for parents and students.
No Need to RSVP for the evening open house or IB Information Night.

GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

February 6, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Future and prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to join us from 7-8pm.

Lincoln High School

Lincoln will host an Information Night for prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year January 16 at 7p.m. 

**NEW**  Center School

The Center School is having an Open House on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Check-in opens at 6:00 pm.  We request that you forward this letter to your 8th grade families. 

The Center School is a small, 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.  All seniors take AP English.  Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus.  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 Cener School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  The Center School builds partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

 We want your students and their families to know about The Center School and what it offers that sets it apart from other high schools.  Please contact us if you would like a student representative or two to speak to student groups at your school.  We can also arrange for a parent to speak to a parent group.  And we look forward to seeing you at our Open House in the Armory Loft, (up the stairs from the food court), on Thursday, November 14th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm, check-in opens at 6pm.  Additional open houses will be held January 23rd and February 13th 2020.

Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot (parking pass), or you can email or to request an Open House parking pass.  Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison.

Raisbeck Aviation HS

Attention 8th grade parents! Wondering if Aviation is a good fit for your student?

Check out our upcoming information nights.
What information 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 13, 2019
Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

Both evenings will go over the same information.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  LGBTQ Families Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Meany Middle School
301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Join us for the annual LGBTQ Families Dinner. Members of district leadership will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends. All Seattle Public Schools families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event!

This 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 in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

**NEW**  Student Vaccination Requirements

Washington state law requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations, or have a signed Certificate of Exemption in order to attend school.

Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.

Families of students whose records are not up to date or are missing information will be notified the week of November 1 via email, postal mail, and a letter home from your child’s school. Instructions for what to do if you receive this letter are here.

Read the King County immunization schedule for children.

Community Events and Programs

JAMS ski bus

Registration for the 2020 January and February Friday night ski and snowboard lesson and bus program is open through SKI MOHAN. Please check out the Ski Mohan page for JAMS at 

**THERE ARE ALMOST ENOUGH PEOPLE ON THE WAITLIST TO ADD A THIRD BUS**  Now is the time to join the waitlist if your student is interested in skiing this winter.  To be added to the waitlist, please contact the Mohan office via email ( or by phone (425-868-3820) to be put on a wait list.

Please note: This is a program of Mohan Skiing and Boarding; this is not a school-sponsored activity or field trip. JAMS ski bus is facilitated by parent volunteers. Parent chaperones are needed to run a smooth and successful program (there are perks for such responsibilities). If you’re interested in helping, send a note of interest to

**NEW**  Seattle Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at through November 30 and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Nathan Hale Theater presents “Much Ado About Nothing”

How now Nathan Hale community, this November, bring thyself to witness a curious story of enemies turned lovers, troublesome little brothers and weddings turned foul. Nathan Hale Theatre presents the Shakespearian comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”, bringing you a tale of love plagued by betrayal and trickery. Performances are Friday, November 7th through Saturday, November 9th at 7 p.m. If you’re more of an afternoon person, there’s a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 9th. Acquire your tickets anon at May you brighten our doorstep with your presence!

Ingraham High School drama presents: Peter and the Starcatcher

Nov. 7-9, 7 PM
Nov 15, 16, 7 PM
Nov 17, 2 PM

Ingraham High School Little Theater
1819 N 135th St.
Seattle, WA 98133
United States

It is 1885 during the reign of Queen Victoria and two ships from the British Empire set sail on the high seas for the imaginary kingdom of Rundoon.

On one ship, The Neverland, three orphan boys encounter a smart and witty girl named Molly Aster, the daughter of an English lord and minister to the queen. Also on board is a trunk full of precious starstuff that Molly has promised to protect. One of the orphans, known only as Boy, is bitter and unpleasant. Once he meets Molly, his lonely and miserable world is turned upside down.

On the other ship, The Wasp, Mollys father, the famous starcatcher Lord Aster, guards a decoy trunk from pirates who are in search of treasure. The pirate captain, Black Stache, discovers the ruse and goes after The Neverland.

A violent storm ensues, and Molly and the orphans find themselves trying to save the valuable trunk from Black Stache, his men, and the both of the ships crews. The Neverland is torn asunder in the storm.

In the midst of all the upheaval, Boy meets Black Stache who gives him the name of Peter while trying to convince him to become a pirate. The trunk is almost in secure hands, when in order to save himself from drowning, Peter rides it through the waves to a nearby island.

And the adventures have only begun! What becomes of Molly, Peter, and the other lost boys? Why is everyone after the starstuff and what does it do? Does anyone or anything ever stop Black Stache and the pirates? Discover more than ever about these classic characters you thought you knew.

Meadowbrook Pond Luminaria Walk

Saturday December 7th (5:30 -8:00) wear lights!!
Prep – Thursday December 5th, Meadowbrook Community Center 6:30 – 9:00
Please volunteer at one or both events: COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS -Contact: NIKOLAJ 360 659-9343

Ballard Music’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins October 29

Choir Concert: Tuesday, October 29
Orchestra Concert: Monday, November 4
Band and Jazz Concert: Wednesday, November 6

All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserved seating at (search for the name of the performance).

The Ballard High School Music Program opens the year with their Fall Concert Series, which includes three varied nights of music. The series opens with a presentation including all six choral ensembles entitled, Toward the Horizon: Choral Music from Dawn to Dusk.  Highlights
 will include works from composers Johannes Brahms and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

The Orchestra Concert will feature eclectic classics and begin with the anticipated debut performance of the Concert Orchestra. Composers include Georges Bizet, Matt Turner, Bedrich Smetana and Astor Piazzolla.

To round out the series, the band concert will feature three concert bands (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble). The theme this year will be Celebrating Women and Composers of Color and will include “A Movement for Rosa” celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. Also featured will be works by Naoya Wada and Catherine McMichael. New this year, local musician, Trevor Parrish, will direct the Jazz 2 band. Both Jazz 1 and 2 Bands will be performing some standard jazz tunes and are swingin’ hard!

For full details about this event see

Connected Kids: Overcoming the Screen-Time Battle
A talk by The Screentime Consultant Emily Cherkin

It’s every parent’s battle: monitoring and managing screen time. How do you set limits? How much is too much? How do you keep kids safe? ParentMap is hosting an event with the Screentime Consultant, Emily Cherkin, on November 6th to chat with parents and educators. Click the link for an event flyer, which includes a discount code for $10 off the advance ticket price.

Connected Kids: Overcoming the Screen-Time Battle
November 6th at 7:00pm
The Collective, Seattle

TeenTix Pass Program

ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of our 75 partner organizations in Seattle (69) and Tacoma (6). Plus, we make sure teens know WHERE they can use their TeenTix pass once they get it – explore the Calendar for all the events available to you on a specific day, or in a specific genre – and our weekly E-Newsletter gives you a list of our top picks for the upcoming week. Since 2004, over 65,800 teens from all over the world have signed up for a TeenTix pass, purchasing more than 125,000 affordable tickets to arts and cultural events in our community! But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, through The New Guard and The Press Corps.

Homework Help at Lake City Library

Free homework help for students in grades K-12 is available at the Lake City Library (12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (206)-684-7518) every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Free snacks are provided from 5:30 to 6:30pm by the Hunger Intervention Program.

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center Late Night
Ages 13-19

Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens . This recreation-based program focuses 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!

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-Midnight

Accessible Skating for ALL ages at Magnuson Community Center

Community Fun Skate, 2nd Sunday of each month, 2-5pm
Magnuson Community Center (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115)

We have skates in sizes J9-12

Come join us for our FREE series of Sunday Skates brought to you by PFM Roller Derby at Magnuson Community Center. All ages and abilities are welcome but children under the age of 18 must have parental permission (see below for details). This is a free event with donations welcome to support future fun skates. We will provide space, tunes, games, and the skates. You provide the smiles and laughter.

Kids 12-17 may be dropped off with a signed parental/guardian waiver, which we will keep on file for 2019. 11 and under must have a parent/guardian (18 and over) present at center, may watch. 

Plant a Forest – Grow Community on November 2!

It’s time to see the forest for more than just the trees! Help us create a healthier, happier, and greener Seattle by coming out to our biggest planting event of the year – Green Seattle Day! On November 2 we will be planting the city’s future forest at 17 neighborhood parks.

All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Hundreds of volunteers will plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. We will provide all of the necessary tools and training for the day, along with light refreshments!

There several locations in North Seattle – go to to learn more and sign up.

Power of Kindness (POK) Video Contest

POK video contest open to all Seattle middle and high school students!

  • Create a short video—three minutes or less—showing the power of kindness (POK).
  • Post it to YouTube and email the link and your name, age, school and contact phone number to
  • Do this before May 1, 2020, and you’re entered to win a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
    Three subscriptions will be awarded based on the kindness that videos inspire in the friends, neighbors and business owners who, through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, have helped create
  • Winners will be announced June 7, 2020.

Adolesco Youth Exchange for kids 9-18

We are a two-way exchange program that gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host a carefully matched exchange partner in turn. Adolesco Youth Exchange matches students with a student about their same age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. Families will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for their schedule), and for HOW LONG (anywhere up to 12 weeks) they want their student to go on an exchange and host a student as part of our flexible and affordable non-profit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between the ages of 9 and 18.

Apply: (Applications due November 15, 2019)

Meet astronauts, engineers and pilots!

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.

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 in February.

This program is for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is FREE!

Learn more, and register (registration closes on December 2) here

Seattle 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 1300 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.

Advance your musical improvisation and theory knowledge in this 10-week class with Steve Treseler. Whatever musical level you’re at, there’s a Fall Jazz Club for you. Grades 4-12 with 1-2 years of playing experience (and singers!). More info at

Play and perform in JazzED Big Bands under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Deb Schaafalongside dedicated students from the Seattle region. Advanced players looking for something different will want to try the New Works Ensemble with Wayne Horvitz. String players welcome in the JazzED Youth OrchestraTop bands travel to New York City in the spring! Opportunities for grades 5-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

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. Directed by Shaina Shepherd, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

Have drumming experience? Be part of building a groove-based drumline on brand new Yamaha drums with director Tony Sodano (Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline). FUN is the operative word. We’ll be making the crowd move! Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

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. 
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