Jaguar News: March 22, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

March 23 – Girls Volleyball games
Varsity vs. Meany (@Whitman) 9:30am

March 23 – Boys Soccer games
Varsity vs. Mercer (@Rainier Beach) 1:00pm

March 23 – Big Cat ultimate games
A team vs. Hamilton (@Magnuson 6B) 10:30am
B team vs. Mercer (@Van Asselt #2) 10:30am
C team vs. Orca (@Genesee #L1) 1:30pm
6th grade team vs. Mercer (@Van Asselt #2) 1:30pm

March 28 – Orchestra concert (all orchestras)

March 25 to March 29 – Spirit week (see more info below)

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

March 29 – School Dance 4:00pm

April 2 – Lincoln HS course selection (@JAMS) 6:30-8:30pm

April 2 – JAMS Mariners Night

April 8 to April 12 – NO SCHOOL (spring break)

April 15 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

Save these dates:
April 26 – Multicultural night
May 1 – STEAM Fair
May 18 – Environmental Stewardship day 10:00am-2:00pm
May 18 – Chipotle fundraiser to benefit JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project 5:00-9:00pm
June 21 – 8th grade promotion
June 27 – Last day of school

JAMS School calendar

Join the Breakfast Club JAMS PTSA board!

**NEW**  Take this quiz to see which position in the Breakfast Club JAMS PTSA board is the best fit for you.

1. How would your friends describe you?

  • A. Outgoing
  • B. Friendly
  • C. Meticulous
  • D. Intense
  • E. Compelling

2. What is your idea of a fun afternoon?

  • A. Going out with friends
  • B. Whatever everyone else is doing
  • C. Getting yourself organized
  • D. Watching a movie
  • E. Getting everyone outside together

3.  What is your fatal flaw?

  • A. You care what others think
  • B. You have trouble thinking for yourself
  • C. You are too detail-oriented
  • D. You can be invisible
  • E. You can be too enthusiastic

If your answers are mostly

  • A:  You are the Princess President. People look up to you, you have no problem delegating and like getting attention.
  • B:  You are the Athlete Vice President. You are used to being told what to do, but are learning to think independently and assert yourself.
  • C: You are the Brain Treasurer. You are responsible and people trust you to get things done.
  • D: You are the Quiet One Secretary. You are observant and willing to do your work behind the scenes.
  • E: You are the Rebel Legislative VP. You are active in the community and don’t mind going to an occasional meeting on the weekend.
  • Mix of A, B, C, D or E: You can fill any role. People will see you as they want to see you.

Don’t wait! Find out more about your rightful position now (email, talk to a current board member, or sign up here:!

Spirit Days

**NEW** Get your JAMS spirit pumping! Here are the Spirit Days for next week, March 25 to 29:

  • Monday: Inside Out day (wearing clothes inside out)
  • Tuesday: Fantasy/SciFi day
  • Wednesday: JAMS gear/Color day (each grade has a color)
  • Thursday: Superhero day
  • Friday: Movie character day

Does your student have to leave early?

**NEW**   If you know in advance that your JAMS student will need to leave school early for any reason, please write a note or fill out an Early Release Form (even if they will be returning to school) and have them bring the note/form to the main office in the morning before school starts. They will be issued an early dismissal pass to show their teacher for release from class at the designated time. Your student will be waiting for you in the main office when you come to sign them out.

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 return to their class.

Volunteer Corner

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

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 .**NEW**  Want to hear about volunteer needs? 

We sent an email with a variety of volunteer opportunities earlier this week to anyone who indicated interest when signing up for the Jaguar News. If you did not receive the email, but would like to receive future emails, please email or sign up again at, making sure to check that you are interested in “Volunteer Opportunities.”

Save the date: Eat for Change

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project. Come in to the Chipotle at 12725 Lake City Way NE in Seattle on May 18 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds of your order will be donated to the JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project.

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.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Seattle Public Schools: Equity and Excellence
Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m.Seattle Central College
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau invites you to a student-centered celebration of district progress and the official launch of the new ​5-year strategic plan. Evening celebrations will include recognition of schools, community partners, and individuals who have partnered with the district to support students in achieving their dreams.​Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open to the auditorium at 5:50 p.m. and the 1-hour program will begin at 6 p.m. ​

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Eckstein Band Rummage Sale

Our Annual Eckstein Band Rummage sale is set for Saturday, April 20 from 9AM to 3PM.

We need your donations to make this year’s sale a success!

Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sports equipment and more. Bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria on Friday, April 19 from 1:30 to 4PM.

Mark your calendars and come to this popular rummage sale event. There will be wonderful bargains, delicious baked goods for sale and lively jazz music from our student combos.

Monies raised from the Rummage Sale go directly to our Eckstein Music Programs and are used to support instrument repairs, scholarship funds and off-campus music performances. At Eckstein we work to make our outstanding music programs accessible to every student and family.

Thank you for supporting this important event!

If you have any questions please email: Kristen Yagle at

**NEW** One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC

  • our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
  • prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym

  • Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
  • Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps

Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:

**NEW** SPL Events

SPL Closed March 27
All Seattle Public Library locations & the book drops at Central Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 27 for a staff in-service day.

Bach in the Subways
Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, 1 – 5 p.m.
Central Library

A Musical Celebration of Bach’s 334th birthday! Johann Sebastian Bach turns 334 years old this March! To celebrate his work and to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers, musicians around the world are sharing his music by performing in subways, public spaces, and concerts open to all. Please join Bach in the Subways Seattle for a delightful afternoon of performances of this great master’s works.

Emerging Technologies 101 series
Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

Do you feel adrift in the sea of Emerging Technologies? Join us for the next in a series of Emerging Technology 101 presentations: Blockchain.

Remember Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency using a new technology called “blockchain.” What is blockchain? Why is it important? What are its real life applications?

Learn about this technology from Alex Ortiz, a software professional with a fascination for the computer sciences. He served as the Chief Blockchain Evangelist for the open-source blockchain identity project lifeID, where he spearheaded partnership development efforts, educated IT decision-makers on blockchain infrastructure for identity, and represented his team at standards bodies like the W3C.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

**NEW** Spring Clean 2019

It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s annual community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities.

Spring Clean, now in its 33rd year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to keep Seattle clean and vibrant. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, and removing invasive plants. Seattle Public Utilities supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, paint supplies, and waste disposal.

Ready to join? Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors, or go solo—there’s no minimum or maximum group size. Register online or call (206) 233-7187.

Spring Clean is a partnership between Seattle residents and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation. All Spring Clean projects must be conducted on public property.

**NEW**  Roosevelt High School Engineering Summer Enrichment
July 8 – August 2, 11:30-4:15p.m.

Intended for incoming 9th graders. This High School level course includes industry standard CAD-CAM software. This summer program will allow incoming RHS freshman to bypass the prerequisite introduction course and start freshman year with advanced specialty engineering courses such as Aeronautical Engineering, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Robotics, or Architecture. There is no cost. To enroll, fill out the Summer Application Form specifying Intro to Engineering as the preferred course at: Contact Karl Ruff for any questions at Enrollment is limited. For students bound for Nathan Hale, it is the only opportunity to take engineering, as it is not offered there.

**NEW**  Assistance League of Seattle Scholarship Program

This program offers scholarships to middle and high school students attending Seattle Schools of up to $500 to Seattle middle and high school students currently in grades 6-11 for summer enrichment programs, such as overnight camp, music, science, art and more. We have $25,000 to award to students this year. Click HERE for the application form with instructions. The Application Packet must be postmarked by March 31.

**NEW**  Learn to play an instrument this summer at Seattle JazzED!

Summer Jazz Prep Camp at New South End Location (Rainier Prep School, 10211 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168), Thurs. June 27 – Wed. July 3: For rising 4-8th graders. This is a 1-week summer music camp where all students learn to play an instrument. FREE tuition option for any family, no questions asked. Families can register online at

**NEW**  Summer Art Camps in North Seattle

The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors.

  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88

To register, visit

Questions? email

Mattress sale at Hale HS to benefit music program

Support Nathan Hale Music!

What: Mattress Fundraiser
When: Sunday, March 24; 10am-5pm
Where: Nathan Hale High School Commons. A showroom will be set up!
Why: You or someone you know may be in the market for a new mattress this year. With prices up to ~30% below retail AND Nathan Hale Music raising funds per purchase, it’s a win-win!

FB page:
More information here

Open Volleyball at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) will be hosting Youth Volleyball Open Gym on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, starting on April 2. Anyone (girls or boys, all experience levels) is welcome to come practice!

Magnuson Community Center Open House

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to an Open House for Magnuson Community Center on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us at the community center, 7110 62nd Ave. NE to learn about and comment on improvements to the Magnuson Community Center. Residents and neighbors of Magnuson Park are especially encouraged to attend.

This project will build out the south wing of the community center to allow greater programming capacity. It will also make accessibility improvements to the parking, entry and lobby of the community center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and the design team from Buffalo Design will be present to talk about the designs and answer questions.

During the Open House the gym will be open for free play time and snacks will be provided.

The project is funded by Real Estate Excise Taxes, King County Youth and Amateur Sports Grant and Washington State Department of Commerce.

For more information, please visit If you have questions about the project, or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Oliver Bazinet at or 206-386-1959.

World Dance Party at Lake City Community Center

Our next World Dance Party is Friday March 22 6-9pm at the Lake City Community Center. It’s a potluck, please bring a delicious dish to share and be prepared to learn dances from all over the World!

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM **TODAY**
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

DiscNW Spring Break camp

DiscNW is excited to announce our Spring Break Ultimate frisbee camp! Open to players, all experience levels, from any elementary or middle school.

When: April 8 through April 12, register for the full week or for specific days.
Time: 9AM-3PM
Where: Genesee Playfield
For: Elementary and Middle School players
Cost: $317/week, $62/day  – Financial Aid Available.
Registration: DiscNW Spring Break Camp

Summer Camp information and registration here: DiscNW Youth Camps Home page

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

Watts Basketball Spring Break Camp

Give your kids the ultimate basketball experience this spring!  Join Seattle Basketball legends Donald and Slick Watts for a week filled with games, drills, skills that will transform your child for a lifetime!  Watts Basketball camps feature incredible mentors, fun with friends and the best skill development in the country!

Learn more and sign up about our Spring Break Camp HERE
Check out our full Summer Camp schedule HERE

* Sign up by March 22 and receive 10% off by using the code ‘SPRING10’ at checkout!
Joining with friends or teammates? We offer even greater savings for groups of 3 or more!

Scholarships available for those in need. Email for details
Don’t miss out! Sign up today and become a Game Changer For Life!

One on One basketball spring break camp

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE)
(206) 684-7522

Don’t get bored during Spring Break…get better! Our camps combine individual skill work, skills competitions and team play to provide a fun and productive experience. Whether your child is just discovering basketball or if you have a seasoned ball-player on your hands, One on One camps will improve their individual skills and teamwork! Bring a bagged lunch please.
#17288 4/8-4/12 M-F 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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
10am to 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center
(10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125)

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

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:

Adolesco Youth Exchange Applications due May 15

We offer a two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture and to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At Adolesco Youth Exchange we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly when (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for how long (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.

Please RSVP and join us at one of the following information meetings:

  • Sat., April 20, 2019 • 2 – 4 PM: Northeast Library, Meeting Room (6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115);
  • Sun., April 21, 2019 • 1 – 3 PM: Lake Hills Library, Meeting Room (15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007);
  • Sat., April 27, 2019 • 2 – 4 PM: Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room #4 (1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004);
  • Sun., April 28, 2019 • 1-3 PM: Capitol Hill Branch, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102).

You can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living in a new culture and gain a great friend for life!

Start your application at and contact Marie for more information.  Marie Meyer 303-913-4845 /

Raider Soccer Summer Camp

Raider boys and girls soccer camp for elementary and middle schoolers

July 8-12, 2019
Register now before spots fill up!

Elementary school hours: 9am -12pm.
Middle School hours: 1–4 pm.
Location: Jane Addams Middle School.
$100.00 per Player
Price includes 5 days of camp, T-shirt, soccer ball and coaching by Nathan Hale Soccer Team & Coach(es).

Contact  for link to registration and any additional questions.

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:

North Seattle Titans Junior Football‏ 

North Seattle Titans Junior Football is a Seattle youth tackle football program dedicated to teaching the fundamentals in a structured and positive environment. This Seattle youth football program is for children between the ages of 7-14. Players are assigned to a team by their age and weight. North Seattle Titans Jr. Football will prepare players to be champions for life and young persons of strong moral character. Top-quality equipment is provided to insure safety of the athletes, and our youth football program serves the families and neighborhoods of Seattle, Snohomish County, and King County.

Dates: Practices begin August 5@ Ingraham High School, and will be held Monday through Friday, through the end of August; then 3 times a week after Labor Day weekend.
To Pre Register : Visit  or contact
Head Coach, Bill Taylor at, or (425) 672-3766
More information here

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

Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website:
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