Jaguar News 1/29/21

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Feb. 4 – Evento Para Familias Latinx @ 7pm Virtualmente
  • Spanish-Speaking Family Event @ 7pm on Teams
  • Feb. 8 – JAMS PTSA Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • Feb. 9 – JAMS Teams Live Event to support all families in the course registration process .
  • Feb. 10 – In Advisory, 6th and 7th Grade Student Assembly to learn about 2021-22 class options
  • Feb, 10 –  In Advisory, 8th Grade Student Assembly to learn about high school options
  • Feb. 15-19 – Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)

Learn about K-12 Bilingual Pathways, Feb. 4, 7-9pm

*New!* JAMS is hosting an event for families to learn about K-12 Bilingual Pathways (en español)!  Click here for information and meeting link.

*UPDATE* Clothing Support for Families in Need

*New!* Thank you, thank you, Jaguar families for answering the call to help support our school community! We have been getting more requests for specific clothing items, as well as for more shoes, and for some toiletries. If you see it on the JAMS Amazon Wish List, a student needs it! If you would like to contribute, please visit All clothes are pre-sized, so simply click “Add to Cart” and choose the option to send to JAMS directly.

If you are a family seeking support, please contact with “JAMS Clothing Request” in the subject heading, and arrangements will be made.

We are truly grateful for your generosity!

Looking for food, technology, health, or education resources?  

Information about all of the above and more are available on our new resources page at the JAMS PTSA website!  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact your PTSA at or the JAMS office at 206­-252-4500.

Supply Drive for Community Pantry @Eckstein Middle School, Feb. 6, 10-12

*New!* PTA Community Pantry Supply Drive
Feb 6, 10:00am-12:00pm

Eckstein Middle School west parking area, 30 Ave. NE and 75th St. NE

Please support the PTA Pantry by dropping donations off to ensure all families have a happy healthy winter. As more families have begun experiencing joblessness and financial strain during the pandemic we have seen needs rising at the pantry. This event is being hosted by Thornton Creek and Eckstein Middle School PTAs and donations will benefit families at many NE Seattle Schools.

We will have volunteers in masks and gloves ready to take donations passed from your car window or from your trunk for a no-contact option. We will have tables set up for no-contact walk up donations as well. 

All donations should be new, full size varieties, in original packaging, recognizable name brands and not homemade. If you can’t make it in person or feel more comfortable donating from home, please consider ordering from our online shopping lists (TargetAmazon) Cash donations can be made via TC PTA Paypal (indicate Pantry Donation). Please contact Liz Benko ( with any questions or special requests.

We will be collecting the following:Personal care supplies

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • PPE (individually wrapped masks, hand sanitizer)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss

Home care supplies

  • General purpose cleaners
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues

Winter wear (gently used items accepted)

  • Winter coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves

High School Open House Information 

Considering high school choices for your current JAMS 8th grader?  Look here for news about upcoming SPS high school open house sessions, posted as information becomes available. 

*New!* Please click here to see the SPS Registration for 2021-22 website for a list of school tours and registration information. 

Be sure to check individual high school websites for updated information.   Find a directory of SPS schools at this link.

*New!*  Nathan Hale High School Information for Prospective and Future Families

We wish we could welcome you to our school for an in person visit and we look forward to a time in the future when that will be possible. For a virtual introduction to NHHS,  please join us at .

Mr. Jackson, our Principal, will welcome you and share an overview of the school. Ms. Tudor, our Ninth Grade Coordinator, will share information about the assignment process and our NHHS Information Packet will be where you will find detailed information about our school and our school community.

If you have questions after your virtual visit, please contact us at We will be happy to answer your questions.

Middle College High School’s Virtual Open House will be on Jan 26th 4:30-5:30pm and Feb 2nd from 6-7pm. You only need to attend one of the nights–both sessions contain the same information. Sessions are Jan 26th and Feb 2nd. Email Kattie Jones at for meeting links and information.

MCHS is a small cohort-based community of learners. The program starts with 9th and 10th graders attending one of the small sites located on either the UW or SU campuses. Students receive honors level education while preparing to attend full-time, enhanced Running Start in 11th & 12th grade.

They offer:

  • Small class sizes approximately 1 teacher: 20 students
  • Deep exploration into content areas
  • Social justice/ethnic studies embedded into the program
  • On Campus Support in college classes
  • Running Start in 11/12th grade
  • Access to university amenities while on campus
  • All students should graduate with college credits and potentially an AA degree!

Nova High School virtual open house sessions:

Session 1: 

Principal Hours on Zoom:  Tuesday, January 26th, 5:00-6:00pm

Session 2: 

  • Open House: Friday, January 29, 5:00pm through Sunday, January 31st, 5:00pm
  • Family Q&A on Zoom: Saturday, January 31st, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Principal Hours on Zoom: Monday, February 1st, 5:00-6:00pm

Students Only Q&A’s:

  • 8th Grade Q&A on Zoom: Friday, January 29th, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Transfer Q&A on Zoom:  Monday, February 1st, 1:30-2:45pm


  • Fill out this Google Form
  • The meeting link and password will be sent to you

Call Nova at 206-252-3500 for more information. 

Community Resources

This section contains community resources we’ve learned about that we think might be useful to some of you and wanted to pass on. Please note that none of these are specifically endorsed or vetted by the JAMS PTSA.

*New!* The University of Washington is excited to announce our spring evening enrichment courses for middle school students.   

Online classes starting in late March include: > Introduction to Coding in Python
The registration deadline is March 15 and courses begin the week of March 22, 2021. For details visit us at: website

*New!* Welcome to the 2021 Doublecrosse Girls Lacrosse Season
Registration is open to ALL players, grades 2-8. Visit our Registration page for information and to sign up. Check the WSLAX league website for most current information on modifications to the 2021 season.

*New!* Spring Boys Lacrosse (lax) Registration is now open, we hope to start practicing mid-March with possible games in April thru the end of May! Props is recruiting all boys for recreational lacrosse, Grades 1-8. All new and returning players are welcome. No prior experience necessary. 

Lacrosse (lax) is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Seattle. Lax is a great team sport where we have tons of fun and get some great exercise. 

For more information, please visit the club page – 

If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website.
Marcos Dachary 


Registration is now open!  Click here for class information and registration.  Studio Coyote runs year round, following Seattle Public Schools’ schedule.  During the winter, spring, and fall you’ll find an abundance of 20-hour weekend sessions as well as weeklong sessions over breaks.  Summer is packed full of weekly, 20-hour courses and runs June – August.  


Mission InspirEd is offering three new FREE middle school classes! This is a unique and great opportunity for your child to extend his/her learning. There will be a hard cap for all classes – spots are limited. Learn more at

Calling all young writers!

YOUTH PROGRAMS AT HUGO HOUSE provide opportunities for young writers to explore, consume, and create their best writing under the guidance of experienced and professional writers and teachers. We believe that youth voices are worth amplifying, and our various programs offer opportunities for youth from all walks of life to craft their voices. Programs vary in price and level of commitment in order to meet the needs of all young writers, including providing free programming, scaled tuition, and scholarships for paid programs.  See the Hugo House website at for available programs.

Due to the current public health concerns around COVID-19, all Youth Programs have moved online. Program sessions will be held using a combination of Zoom and Google classrooms, in addition to other tools used by our innovative instructors and facilitators. 

For more information on youth programs at Hugo House, call 206-322-7030 or email

Youth programs are supporting in part by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Pemco, Fales Family Foundation, Boeing, ArtsFund, and Amazon. 

Wednesday, February 3
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

In this age of remote schooling and nonstop developments in educational technology, now more than ever, it is important for families to educate themselves on digital safety. Please join us on Wednesday, February 3 for Parent University: Digital Safety with Jo Langford for an overview of t/ween behavior in this digital age.

Jo Langford, M.A. is a dad, a Master’s-level therapist, author, and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents, in Seattle, Washington. For the last twenty years, Jo has worked in the intersection of adolescence, sexuality, technology and behavior. Jo speaks internationally using information, education and humor to help parents and professionals increase their knowledge and self-confidence as a proactive defense against the unfortunate consequences that sometimes accompany teen sexuality, behavior and development.

Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University or contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer for further questions.

Get Connected to the JAMS PTSA

Join the JAMS PTSA!

  • Get Connected – Learn more about what’s going on at the school
  • Speak Up – Have a voice in decision making and share your viewpoint
  • Tap into a Network – Meet other parents, teachers, staff and community members
  • Be a Role Model – By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

For more information and to register online visit:

Connect with us on Social Media

This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 

Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle

Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website:
JAMS PTSA’s website:

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