Jaguar News 1/8/21

Important Upcoming Dates

 Happy New Year, Jaguars! 

All invited to the January JAMS PTSA Board Meeting

*New!* The next PTSA Board Meeting is on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to join the meeting and hear updates from the PTSA Board and JAMS staff.  We hope to see you there!

And…be on the lookout for information about our upcoming PTSA General Meeting!  The General Meeting will be held in February or March, details TBD.

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Meeting ID: 860 5883 1314
Passcode: 040769
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Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event–January 27, 6:30pm

*New!* The intense emotional burden of 2020 has definitely taken a toll on some of our community’s students, school staff, and families. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( and the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( with an early intervention and educational presentation titled, “Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event”. This FREE online event is on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at

This relevant and engaging presentation will help attendees identify early signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth, provide information about treatments, and we’ll have a young adult who will share their lived experience coping with depression and anxiety. The goal of this event is to begin a larger discussion about mental health so that young people dealing with mental health conditions realize they are not alone.   

Lastly, while watching the event, you can also order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “Jan 27th: PNW Parent Education Event – Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wed, January 20, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education. 

*UPDATE* Clothing Support for Families in Need

*New!* With winter upon us, we’ve added some items to the JAMS Amazon Wish List and marked them High Priority, especially shoes and some coats. If you would like to contribute, please visit the website 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 sincerely appreciate your contribution. Thank you!

Coming Soon: Jaguars Adoptees Club!

*New!* Are you adopted? Do you want to hang out with and learn from other adopted JAMS students? Consider joining the Jaguars Adoptees Club. Virtual, after-school meetings to be scheduled starting in January. At each meeting we will explore a theme or question related to being an adoptee, by engaging in group discussion and/or listening to a podcast or guest speaker.  Community sponsored, in-person, outdoor social events are also in the works, including bird-watching tours, bonfire and SMORES making, and various volunteer opportunities such as yard clean ups for our neighborhood elders or participating in a collection clothes drive for Treehouse. For more information, please email:

JAMS Spirit Wear Now Available!

*New!* Some of you have been asking about JAMS gear to show off your school spirit and it’s here!

Use this link to view the online store and order through Dark Horse Ink: Any questions about the gear or ordering should go to info@darkhorseink.comAll orders must be placed by January 24th.

If your family needs a scholarship, please respond to this email or reach out at and we’ll help get everyone decked out in JAMS gear.

Go Jaguars!

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

*New!* 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.

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

*New!* Lincoln’s New Student Information Night
 will be posted January 21st, 2021 on the LHS website We will cover the following topics: Academics, Athletics, Activities, HCC, Special Education, ELL, Dual Language Immersion, 9th grade transition. Due to COVID we will be pre-recording our presentation.

We are asking families to submit questions in advance so that we can best prepare our presentation to support your student’s transition to high school. If you have specific questions, please complete the following form by midnight on January 15th and we will work to address them in our presentation.

Please see our informational flyer and additional information is on our website.  We look forward to ‘meeting’ you and welcoming our new Lynx!

*New!* Nova High School virtual open house sessions:Session 1: 

  • Open House: Thursday, January 7, 5:00pm through Saturday, January 9th, 5:00pm
  • Family Q&A on Zoom: Saturday, January 9th, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Principal Hours on Zoom: Monday, January 11th, 5:00-6:00pm
  • 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!* Nathan Hale High School Theatre Workshops for 5th-8th Graders

Nathan Hale High School Theatre Department is offering a variety of workshops for 5th-8th graders.  See workshop offerings below!

Signing Up & Class Fees:  Each class will have a max of 15 students. If there is high enough demand for a class, we will be able to schedule another date. Single day classes (Acting, Improv, Stage Makeup, Auditioning) will cost $7 per student and multi-day classes (Tap & Writing) will cost $10.  Class Fees can be payed via SchoolPay:

To sign up, email to reserve their spot in the class and eventually receive the Zoom link.

Workshops offered:

All of these classes will take place from 4:00 to 4:40pm.

Intro to Acting – Run by Jamie Kushnick and Charlotte Sullivan, Monday, January 11th
The Intro to Acting class is a one day workshop that will cover stage presence, character choices, working with other actors, and more! 

Intro to Improv – Run by Jamie Kushnick and Charlotte Sullivan, Tuesday, January 12th
The improv class is a one day workshop that will focus on what makes improv fun! The workshop will cover the basics of improv, as well as applying improv to scripted pieces. 

Stage Makeup – Run by Charlotte Sullivan, Wednesday, January 13th
The stage makeup class will go over very basic stage makeup skills, putting emphasis on being seen on stage using different makeup skills. The workshop will be available to 7th and 8th graders. Products: Foundation, Setting Powder, Eyeliner, Blush. Optional Products: Primer, Mascara, Highlight, Eyeshadow, Lipstick, etc. If students are missing any of the products or don’t have any of them, they are still welcome to join the class and watch! 

Audition Workshop – Run by Jamie Kushnick, Thursday, January 14th
The audition workshop will cover choosing audition material, memorization methods, and actually auditioning. The class’s purpose is to get participants more comfortable and confident in their choices and performance!

Beginners Tap – Run by Shelby Grant and Charlotte Sullivan, Monday, January 18th through Wednesday, January 20th
The Beginners Tap class is a three day workshop covering very basic tap steps. Tap shoes and a tap board are not required, and absolutely no experience is necessary!

Intro to Writing & Story Creation – Run by Aria Haskins and Jamie Kushnick, Thursday, January 21st through Friday, January 22nd
This class is a two-day workshop that will cover everything from creating a story to having a full script with characters. The class will also cover world building, character creation, conflict, and more!

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:
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