Jaguar News: Feb, 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

February 22 – LAST DAY of Open Enrollment for school choice

February 26 – Big Cat ultimate tryouts (JAMS upper field) 3:50pm

February 26 – STEAM fair planning meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

February 28 – Big Cat ultimate tryouts (JAMS upper field) 3:50pm

February 28 – “LIKE” movie (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

March 4 – Spring sports packets due

March 7 – Bingo night 6:30pm

March 14 – Choir concert (all choirs)

March 21 – Band concert (all bands)

March 28 – Orchestra concert (all orchestras)

March 25 to March 29 – Spirit week

March 29 – School Dance 4:00pm

JAMS School calendar

“LIKE” Movie screening

The JAMS PTSA is hosting a free screening of the film “LIKE”: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives. Please join us!

Thursday, February 28 **NEXT WEEK**
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
JAMS auditorium

After the movie, we will move to the cafeteria for a discussion led by JAMS counselors.

We welcome parents AND students to this evening event!  The recommended age for “LIKE” is 11+. JAMS students will NOT view “LIKE” during the school day, as previously planned, due to scheduling difficulties (thanks to the snow days!).

LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening?

Bingo Night March 7

**NEW**  Don’t miss the annual JAMS Bingo Night!

On Bingo Night you will:

  • Learn bingo terminology like “dauber,” “blackout” and “postage stamp”;
  • Thrill as the winning number is called out;
  • Yell out the answers to fascinating trivia questions;
  • Triumphantly claim your prize in front of friends and family!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:00pm in the JAMS cafeteria for Bingo, trivia, snacks, and prizes. This is a family event. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

(Re)paint the jaguar!

**NEW**  Are you loving the jaguar intersection painting? Do you know how to paint within the lines? Seeking volunteer(s) to coordinate the annual repaint of the jaguar. You will fill out city permits, assemble painting supplies and manage the painting project on Environmental Stewardship Day, May 18! Support is available and expenses for supplies are covered. Please volunteer by March 8 to

Levies passed

**NEW**  Thank you for your support of the BEX V Levy! JAMS will receive $3.3M to help create some of our most needed outdoor improvements. We are currently awaiting information from the district as to when and how these improvements will take place. On the project list are improvements to the front entrance of the school, replacement of the playground with a covered basketball court for student use at lunchtime, amphitheater seating for concerts and summer movies, seating areas along the eastern artificial turf field and resurfacing of the staff parking lot. Keep checking the newsletter for future updates as they become available.

Spring sports information

JAMS school-sponsored spring sports are Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Track Co-ed.

Athletic packets are due to Megan in the main office by March 4. 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 ( 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 or winter sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the sport-specific safety form.

Stay tuned! Spring sport tryout or practice days have not yet been announced.

Big Cat spring ultimate

**NEW**  Spring ultimate frisbee is a co-ed, club (not school-sponsored) sport for Jane Addams Middle School. The parent-run club that serves JAMS families is called Big Cat Ultimate Club.

There will be 3 or 4 teams, depending on how many students register. The 2019 spring ultimate season runs from February 25 through May 19.

Big Cat Ultimate plays in the DiscNW Middle School Spring League and every player will need to sign up for Big Cat Ultimate AND register with DiscNW.  Your student must be registered with Big Cat Ultimate AND with DiscNW and all online waivers must be signed and the medical authorization form turned in before your student will be permitted on the field.

  • Register for Big Cat Ultimate: Registration Form
  • Register your student with DiscNW:
    1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “Register Now” button
    2. Select “Register a Family Member (free)”
    3. Select A Family household member (you will need to set up a DiscNW account or login to DiscNW – upper right hand corner)
    4. Add your JAMS student
    5. Select the team your student played on in the fall.  We will have tryouts the week of Feb 25th.  These are not necessarily the final teams.   If your student didn’t play in the fall select “JAMS 6th Grade” if they are a 6th Grader, and if they are a 7th or 8th Grader select “JAMS C Team”
    6. Next select the corresponding division with the team
  • Complete the medical authorization form and bring to the first day of tryouts:
  • Your student should attend tryouts on February 26 and February 28.  See info below under Tryouts.

Tryouts for spring ultimate will be held on Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 28 from 3:50PM – 5:20 PM.  Tryouts will take place on the Jane Addams upper grass fields behind the school.

The purpose of the assessments is to help coaches determine who is interested in playing spring ultimate and place them on an appropriate team based on skill and grade level. Since space is limited, unfortunately not everyone interested may be able to play.

We have room for approximately 17-20 players on four teams, so about 80 total.  We will email team assignments by Friday March 1.

Cost to play will be $115 per participant. The fee covers the DiscNW league fee, equipment, and coaching stipends.  Payment must be received by March 6 for your student to participate.  No fee is due if your student is not placed on a team after tryouts.

Scholarships may be available. Please contact Kathy Doe at for questions on financial aid. We don’t want money standing in the way of a student playing ultimate.

This club would not function without volunteers  – please let Kathy ( know if you can help out.

Contact Kathy at with any questions.

Elective information for current 6th and 7th grade families

Each spring students and their families request electives for the next school year. Your student should have received a class registration packet in Advisory class. Please complete the ONLINE registration at home (log-in to Source Account).  There will also be time to register at school during Language Arts classes.  All students should also return the Class Registration Form (the purple sheet on the top of the packet) to the Main Office by Friday, March 1. **NOTE NEW DATE**

Although every effort is made to meet each student’s choice of elective, that is not always possible, due to schedule limitations. Electives are programmed AFTER Language Arts, History, Math and Science requirements have been fulfilled.

Additional forms and information are located in the main office or on the JAMS website at: students will take the following required courses next year and will be placed in the appropriate academic track:

  • Language Arts
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • PE (1 semester) – (Students can only apply for a PE waiver if they are enrolled in 2 year-long electives)

Engraved tile: a lasting gift

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

Volunteer Corner

What’s a Jaguar’s favorite dance step?
The “Chew” step!
Friday, March 29, 3pm-6pm
That’s right. It’s Dance Fever time again at JAMS and we need volunteers to help our cool cats boogie down.  Help is needed from 3-6pm. 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. Sign up here to help out
For more information please contact Dan Noyes at fact: The jaguar is the largest cat species in the Americas.  Come learn more cool things at this year’s S.T.E.A.M. Fair!In an atmosphere of fun, students flex their science, technology, engineering, arts and math talents with hands-on activities and experiments and showcase their work during the Fair.  Our next planning meeting is on Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm in the JAMS library.  Join the fun!  Contact Julie at to get involved.

Why was the Jaguar late for school?  Because he “paws-ed” too long at the crosswalk!

Traffic Safety volunteers are needed for ALL shifts on ALL days.  Icy roads and heavy traffic are wielding some dangerous situations for our students both before and after school.   Please sign up for a shift, ANY shift, for the safety of our kids and the sanity of our Traffic Committee!! Sign up here!/showSignUp/5080e45a4ac2eaafb6-201819
For information contact

Save these dates!

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

  • March 29   Multicultural Night
  • May 1  STEAM Fair. An evening event with student and community presenters on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics.
  • June 18   8th grade promotion ceremony.

High School Information

Today is the last day of Open Enrollment for school choice.  If your student wishes to attend a school other than their assigned school, you must submit a school choice form during the Open Enrollment period.  Forms and instructions are here.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Open enrollment for school choice

If you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 4 – 22 (Because of snow days the Open Enrollment deadline was extended), will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker which gives siblings priority in admissions.

Families are encouraged to apply during the Open Enrollment window. Applications received after Open Enrollment are date stamped and priority is based on the date in which the application is received. School Choice forms are available online, or at the John Stanford Center.

The results of Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will be available online in mid-April.

More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

Community Events and Programs

**LAST DAY** Community Prioritization for ‘Neighborhood Street Fund’

Until February 22, residents are able to prioritize transportation related projects through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) ‘Neighborhood Street Fund’ (NSF). Meadowbrook needs your help to ensure our proposed projects (proposals) rise to the top of this competitive prioritization process. Funds for these projects will range from between 100K and One million dollars compared to the smaller Your Voice, Your Choice projects which top out at $90K. Community Prioritization phase of Neighborhood Street Fund 2019-2021 cycle is now open! Tell us what street improvements your community needs most by scoring projects proposed by neighbors in your district now through February 22. The highest-scored projects will proceed to the voting phase in Spring.

How to score:

  • Online: prioritize projects and participate in an online dialogue with your neighbors without leaving your home!
  • In-person: attend a 90-minute Community Prioritization Meeting in your district. Meetings will include presentations by SDOT staff of each project proposed in your district. (Please note that presentations will begin promptly at the meeting start, so arrive on time! To request interpretation and or another accommodation, please contact us at: or (206) 733-9361 before the meeting date. Due the bad weather, the first round of meetings for District 5 have been canceled, but they may be rescheduled at another date. This is to be determined by DoN.

The Meadowbrook Sidewalk Committee has 6 priority projects within the boundaries of Meadowbrook that we need you to support as high priority (in order of priority):

  1. #203, Construct a curbed, asphalt walkway on the south side of Ne 115th between 35th and 40th Ave Ne;
  2. #205, Complete asphalt walkway on Ne 100th from near Ravenna to the entrance of Seattle Waldorf School;
  3. #016, Add school zone ticketing cameras on Ne 115th between 30th and 34 Aves Ne;
  4. #177, Install a sidewalk on the south side of Ne 95th between 30th and 32nd Aves Ne;
  5. #170, Construct an asphalt walkway on west side of 39th Ave Ne from crosswalk on Ne 108th to trail into Meadowbrook Pond area (benefits John Rogers Elementary); and
  6. #174, Install speed reduction treatments on Sand Point Way between 95th and 125th Ave Ne.

Visit to score online or check the meeting schedule!

Thank you for your participation in the NSF Program.

Neighborhood Street Fund-FAQ

Neighborhood Street Fund Program

**NEW**  Wedgwood future park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the Wedgwood community to participate in the design of a new park located at 8605 35th Ave. NE. Please join us on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thornton Creek Elementary School, 7712 40th Ave. NE. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input that will inform the overall design for the park.

After working closely with the community to identify possible new park locations, SPR purchased the .33-acre site in 2014 to provide the neighborhood access to more open space in this urban area.

A second meeting will be held on April 3 to show design options that reflect what we heard from the community. This will also be an opportunity for community members to provide additional input on park design options.

**NEW**  Spring community center registration opens soon

Spring/Summer 2019 Program Brochures have arrived at Meadowbrook Community Center! Look for community center classes – there’s something for everyone!

Spring registration opens March 5, 2019; plan your program enrollment now.

Annual Hands On Skills Fair

A new wave is sweeping the country. People are recognizing the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for their own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community. Let’s relearn the skills our grandparents knew! In partnership with Meadowbrook Community Center, Sustainable NE Seattle is organizing the ninth annual “Hands-On Skills Fair.” Folks from our neighborhood have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation and preparation, seed saving, soap making, basic plumbing and electrical, tool repair, carpentry, pruning, gardening, simple bike maintenance, and making lotions, just to name a few.

Saturday, March 30 **NEW DATE**
10am to 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center
(10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125)

**NEW**  Seattle Reads: The Best We Could Do Community Reading Group

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM
The Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

Join us for an informal get together to talk about The Best We Could Do and its themes.

Seattle Reads is a “one book, one city” program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.

Everyone is invited to participate in Seattle Reads by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion, and/or attending programs with the featured writer.

**NEW**  Raiders Hoops Camp during spring break

Nathan Hale High School boys basketball team is offering a camp during spring break for kids ages 6-12. This is a fun way for kids to improve their skills and to interact with local coaching staff, as well as high school student athletes.

The camps will take place at Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125) and will be run by the high school coaches with assistance from the players.

April 8 to 11
9:00am to 3:30pm
(Lunch is NOT provided)

Register online at or by sending a check or money order payable to Nathan Hale Boys Basketball to 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125.

For more information, contact Coach Dom Brooks at

**NEW**  GeoGirls field camp program

Opportunity for girls in the 7th and 8th grades, living in Washington and Oregon:

The application process is open for the 2019 GeoGirls field camp program at Mount St. Helens. GeoGirls, high school mentors, and teacher mentors will spend five days conducting hands-on research and interacting with scientists, learning about volcanoes, natural hazards and modern scientific monitoring technologies. They will camp, hike to field sites, work on research projects and learn how to document and share their scientific findings by building a public webpage. The program will be held August 4–8, 2019, at Mount St. Helens, Washington.

Applications from girls, high school students and teacher mentors are due March 17, 2019. Selections will be announced May 3, 2019.

The program will include:
• 25 girls graduating from 7th and 8th grade from Washington and Oregon;
• 5 girls graduating from 10th-12th grades from Washington and Oregon;
• 4 female middle school science teachers from Washington and Oregon.

Find all the information you need on the Mount St Helens Institute webpage,…/for-p…/geogirls/geogirls.html

**NEW**  Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open for the 2019 Season

Baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL).

  • For kids 4-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program.
  • NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.
  • For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to to start the registration process. For questions about registration, please email NESLL’s registrar at

**NEW**  Aileycamp 2019

Join us this summer for a free 6-week program where youth ages 11-14 experience a fun-filled day camp learning dance and important life skills.

When: June 26-August 2, 2019, 8:30-3:30p.m. M-F
Where: Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines, WA
Interested: Application form is here.  FAQ is here.

Call 206-518-5232 or email for more information.

**NEW**  DiscNW JAMS Ultimate camp

DiscNW offers an ultimate summer camp, just for JAMS students. Registration is now open, please feel free to spread the word as your spring season gets rolling!

When: July 29-Aug 2, 9AM-3PM
Where: Mapleleaf
Who: JAMS Players, entering and exiting players in the 2019-2020 school year
Cost: $317/Week, 63.40/Day. Financial Aid Available.

Player too old for JAMS camp? Attend our *newly added* North End HS camp for players attending Ingraham, Ballard, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, Blanchet, Shorewood, Shorecrest, and more!


Summer enrichment at the University of Washington

Registration is open!  UW’s Summer Youth Program for middle school students is now open for enrollment.  Parents and students can choose from a wide variety of half day classes in coding, engineering design, visual arts, creative writing, debate and much more!  For dates, time and registration information please visit us at:

Parent University on April 27

Parent University is a half-day event featuring insights from experts in the field of childhood and adolescent development.  This year’s keynote speaker is NYT best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims who will talk about her book, How to Raise an Adult. The closing speaker will be Dr. John Medina, author of the Brain Rules series. In between there will be a choice of sessions covering a range of parenting topics: friendships, sexuality & consent, learning differences, race in America, managing anxiety, experiencing grief, kids & technology and a Gottman-trained therapist who will talk about parental well-being.

This community event offers learning for parents and guardians of K-12 students. Childcare is available for kindergarten- 5th grade children only. Space is limited, so reserve your childcare spot during registration.

Saturday, April 27,  8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Event held at The Bush School, 3400 E Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Cost: $30. Attendance includes a light breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Register today:

Experience the Great Seattle Fire in Virtual Reality

In 1889, the Great Seattle Fire destroyed 64 acres of the growing frontier town. The Seattle Public Library has created a virtual reality (VR) experience to show you what it might have been like to fight the fire as a volunteer firefighter. Through careful analysis of historic documents and photographs, the environment you experience is a historically accurate representation of Seattle in 1889.

Monday, Feb. 11 – Friday, Mar. 1, 2019

Visit the level eight gallery of the SPL Central branch Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view displays of pieces from our collection related to the Great Seattle Fire, including images, reports and information about:

  • Seattle in 1889
  • The destruction caused by the fire
  • Personal stories of the fire
  • Rebuilding the city
  • Creating the Seattle fire department
  • Pioneer Square today

In addition, two VR stations are available for you to experience the fire as a volunteer firefighter. Using the VR headset, you are challenged to help put out the fire using the tools available in 1889. The VR experience immerses you in a realistic depiction of Seattle at the time of the fire, based on historic photographs and documents.

Get tax help at a SPL branch

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with AARP and the United Way of King County to offer free tax help at Library branches throughout the city. Trained volunteers can answer your questions and help you prepare your tax return during drop-in hours or by appointment. Please bring your social security card, ID and tax documents for the year you need to file.

Trained volunteers are available to answer questions and help fill out your personal tax return at several library locations.

Simply gather your tax documents and bring them to the branch of your choice for free, drop-in tax help from trained volunteers.

Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Appointments are not required unless noted in the Tax Help schedule. This service is not available for business tax returns.

The tax preparation service is available through a partnership between the Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the AARP.

Note: Some returns are too complex for tax help volunteers. United Way Tax Help locations serve anyone who earned less than $66,000 in 2018. For eligibility details, contact AARP at 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) or United Way at 800-621-4636.

Hot Java Cool Jazz

Join the Roosevelt Jazz Band on March 15th at the Paramount Theatre to celebrate the sounds of Washington’s top performing young jazz musicians at Starbucks 24th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit our school’s music program. Buy tickets online or from our local Starbucks store, Starbucks at Roosevelt Square. This is one of the most awe inspiring high school events of the year. #HotJavaCoolJazz2019

Improv Night at UHeights

University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
Every first Saturday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm

Join us, every first Saturday for a new night of comedy in the U District.

Every month you will be treated to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR rotating comedy groups, all vying for your attention and your laughter.  Bring your dinner, or enjoy some tasty snacks and drinks from our bar. Shows are all-ages, though there may be instances of mature language.

Free Parking // Buses: 45, 70, 71, 73, 74, 373, 541, 542, 556

Ticketing Policy: Most events at UHeights are Pay-What-You-Can. This model allows our events to be accessible to the entire community! We have no minimum or maximum amount suggested, we simply ask you to pay what you can.

Sunday Skate at Magnuson

Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3 PM – 6 PM

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

Seattle Neighbor Day May 4

Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating Seattle’s 25th Annual Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 4. Yes, it is a bit later this year. We decided to move it into Spring in hopes of taking advantage of nicer weather while also giving people more time to plan!

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood and community a great place to live. We encourage all Seattle residents to celebrate this day by indulging in random acts of kindness. Residents, businesses, or community groups are all invited to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.

We will make it as easy as possible for you to participate! Stay tuned for a list of ideas and resources that can help you plan your Neighbor Day event or activity.

In the meantime, save the date and start thinking about how you want to celebrate.

If you have any questions or want to bounce ideas off someone, contact Neighbor Day coordinator Sam Read at

For more information on Neighbor Day, please visit our website 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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