Jaguar News 10/16/20

Important Upcoming Dates

Mon. Oct. 12-Nov. 16 – JAMS Online Annual Give 
Sun. Nov. 1 – Daylight Savings Time Ends, set clocks back one hour
Wed. Nov. 11 – Veterans’ Day Holiday (No School)
Thu. Nov. 26 – Fri Nov. 27– Thanksgiving/Native American Heritage Holiday (No School)
Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021 – Winter Break (No School)
SPS Technology Supports For Families
JAMS school webpage
JAMS PTSA webpage
**New!**The Annual Give kicked off this week!  This year our budget is focused on supporting our community with remote learning and general Covid-19 relief as needed for both the staff and student families.   
Funds raised in the JAMS PTSA Annual Give go to fund so many valuable things for our school including the following: 
– Library  
-Classroom support for EVERY teacher 
– After School Enrichment  
– Student & Family Support 
– Academic Enrichment & Athletics 

Donations can be made at or by sending in a check to: Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, made payable to JAMS PTSA.  Go Jaguars! 
SPS Flu Clinics Available Through October
**New!**October Flu Clinics:

Parents may register all family members for a flu shot online via the registration link provided on the Health Services webpage. Please pick an appointment time and date when you register. Bring your insurance card to the clinic.

Daily October 19 – October 30
North Seattle College – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, October 19
Catharine Blaine K-8 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Whitman Middle School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20
Eckstein Middle School 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nathan Hale High School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21
Madison Middle School – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Genesee Park (City Park) – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22
Rainier Beach High School – 9 a.m. – 5p.m.
Chief Sealth International High School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23
South Shore K-8 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Middle School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 26
Cleveland STEM High School – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chief Sealth High School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27
Washington Middle School – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
South Shore K-8 – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 28
Chief Sealth International High School – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Madison Middle School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 29
South Shore K-8 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cleveland STEM High School – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30
Rainier Beach High School – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Genesee Park (City Park) – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

To sign up for a flu shot at a flu clinics visit the Health Services webpage.

Flu Shots at School-Based Health Centers:

School-based health centers located in our schools also offer flu shots to those students who are enrolled. Students who have no insurance and who are under 18 years old can get the flu shot at any school-based health centers.

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are available at many Seattle public middle and high schools. For a list of schools with school-based health centers, visit the King County School Health website.
Breakfast and Lunch Available For ALL Students at SPS Meal Sites!
All students can pick up breakfast and or lunch Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m at a variety of meal sites across the district. Meals are also being delivered via 8 bus routes. Find one of the 40 forty meal sites or a convenient meal bus route on the SPS Student Meal Website. The closest meal sites to Jane Addams Middle School are at Olympic Hills, Cedar Park and Nathan Hale High School.

Click here to see the October menu!

Reheatable meals prepared by FareStart can be picked up at each site. Weekend food provided by the Backpack Brigade and Food for Schools is available for all families on Fridays. Because of social distancing health guidance, families and students may not stay at school to eat.
Enrichment Activities at JAMS
Enrichment activities are starting! See your child’s counselor’s Schoology page for more information and Teams links, and click here to view the latest Enrichment offerings.  
How FOJAM supports JAMS Music
Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM, aka the JAMS music booster club) does two things for the music program:
– We raise money for the music program at JAMS
– We help teachers with program and event coordination
This year we are looking for ways we support our current online music program, to that end we have purchased licenses to enable our music program directors to use “Upbeat Music App” in our classrooms.  

We will have information shortly regarding registration with FOJAM, registration will ensure that you receive notices from FOJAM regarding special events and information about music at JAMS.  

For more information about FOJAM and the Upbeat Music App check out our website and keep an eye out in the PTA newsletter and emails from your music program teachers once we have registration open for this school year.

If you have any questions about FOJAM please contact us at
Inclusion Bingo from the Seattle Special Education PTSA!
**New!**Did you know that October is Disability History Month? The Seattle Special Education PTSA (SSEPTSA) has put together an Inclusion Bingo to help build awareness! This is a fun activity for both kids and adults. There will be prize drawings, so turn in your Bingo sheet by November 7.  Check out their website to access the bingo card!
Anti-Racism Work Engagement Series from SCPTSA
Seattle Council PTSA is proud to announce our efforts to engage with our communities as we continue to push our district to become an anti-racist school system.

Policy 0040 was born IN community and continues to evolve with the input from those directly affected by the harm caused by racism in our schools, whether in physical buildings or in the virtual classroom.

Events proudly hosted by our team of dedicated volunteers. For safety reasons, please email to obtain a zoom link for the session you wish to join.

October 12th – 6:30 to 8pm Somali Community conversation: Anti Racism and policy 0040 – HOST: HODAN FARAH

October 15th – 6:30 to 8pm Black Community conversation: Anti Racism and policy 0040 – HOST: SEBRENA BURR

October 19th – 6:60-8PM Native American Community conversation: Anti Racism work and policy 0040 – HOST: MANUELA SLYE

October 21st – 6:30 to 8PM Indigenous Mexican Community conversation: Anti Racism work and Policy 0040 – HOST: FLORA YBARRA

October 26th – 6:30 to 8PM The intersectionality of race and disability: A conversation with families of color receiving special education services. Interpretation will be provided for non-English speaking families – HOST: MANUELA SLYE

November 3rd – Educators of color town hall: Anti racism work and Policy 0040 – HOST: EDNA IGLESIAS

TBA – Students of color town hall: Anti Racism work and Policy 0040 – HOST: TBA

For safety reasons, please email to obtain a zoom link for the session you wish to join.
Clothing Support for Families in Need
We are currently asking to help fill clothing needs for our school community. Please visit the JAMS Amazon Wish List and purchase items if you are able
Please choose the option to send to JAMS directly.

If someone in your network has access to a company or warehouse that might be able to help with clothing support, please contact and a staff member will look forward to connecting with you. 

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!
Teen Health Center at Nathan Hale High School!
Did you know that Nathan Hale High School has a teen health center, convenient for your student’s medical care? It provides students with health care and mental health counseling, regardless of a student’s insurance or ability to pay. For students who need care or advice, we are always here to help with virtual options and in-person care.  

The Nathan Hale Teen Health Center is sponsored and staffed by Kaiser Permanente in  partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County. Seattle’s school-based health centers are funded in part by the voters of Seattle through the Families & Education Levy. 
Students can get great care at the Teen Health Center.

For more information during the school year, contact the center at 206-302-1840.
Here’s a link to a tour of the center. And here’s a link to more info and the parent consent form.…/HALE2020-Health-Center-Info…
Seattle Parks Hubs Offer Online Learning Support
Seattle is opening seven locations across the city offering a reliable place to access online schooling to middle and high school students. NE Seattle sites are at Meadowbrook and Magnuson. Sites will be open from 8:30-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Students must bring their own devices for online learning, but services are available to students at sites include free Wi-fi, breakfast and lunch, in-person support for connectivity and basic academic support, recreational, enrichment and mentoring programs. See the website for more more locations, enrollment documents and registration emails.
Why did the Jaguar volunteer? Because he “spotted” the need!
Classes may be virtual, but our need for volunteers isn’t!  While we are still identifying exact opportunities for our parents and community to volunteer, you can get a jump start by completing the online Seattle School District Volunteer Application below.

PLEASE NOTE!  If you are a returning volunteer there is no need to complete a new application if you applied online after August 15, 2018 and were approved by your school. Before your volunteer application expires, you will receive an email with instructions on how to renew your volunteer application. 

Volunteer Application Process – Seattle Public Schools
SPS serves 53,000 vulnerable children and youth – we are committed to carefully screening volunteer candidates to ensure student safety as required by law, SPS policies, and the Washington Schools Risk Insurance Pool.
Join the PTSA Community Outreach Team at JAMS!
Interested in building greater community, equitable education, ending the
school to pipeline prison, and promoting neurodiversity and antiracism at
JAMS? Reach out to Friendly Vang-Johnson, JAMS PTSA Community Outreach
Chair at, or 206.276.2284. Let’s make that vision
a reality for our kids and the next generation of Jaguars!

Library on the Lawn Every Wednesday!
Need books?  Check out Library on the Lawn, Wednesdays 11:00-1:00
During this time, while the school building is closed, we’re offering curbside pick-up and on-the-fly book check out in front of Jane Addams. 

Students can visit the library catalog online, log in, place up to 20 books on hold, and pick them up at our “Library on the Lawn” every Wednesday, from 11:00-1:00.  Students can also swing by and browse a couple of book carts to check-out something new.  

Students can also access the library catalog and check out e-books to read on their computers or other devices. Libby and Hoopla are fantastic resources provided by the Seattle Public Library- they have thousands of e-books and graphic novels online.  Visit our Library Schoology page!  (SUPPORT A: Library)  You’ll find links to resources, book trailers, information about book clubs and First Chapter Fridays, as well as other upcoming events.  

Find your next book… online!
JAMS Destiny Catalog
Seattle Public Library e-books 

I hope that everyone is hanging in there during these often frustrating times.  We’re all in it together! Stay safe and hope to see you soon.  In the meantime, keep reading!  
-Emily Christiansen, Librarian
Follow my reading and library adventures on Instagram @jaguarsread
Get Connected! 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:
Community Resources
**New!**  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.
Parents, looking for free classes taught by High School Students? 
Hello Everyone, my name is Kaiser Williams (Junior at Bellevue HS), and co-founder of CW Academy, a platform where elementary/middle school children can explore STEM & career topics through free online courses taught by high school students. We wanted students to find a passion in popular subjects while they were stuck at home during the covid-19 pandemic. Courses we have taught include python 1 & 2,  java 1, dance, and so far, we’ve taught over 200 students in a little over 2 months. We wanted to continue our courses during our school year, and to inform parents about new course offerings at CW Academy, we have created a newsletter! Go to for more info!

CW Academy is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization
Contact us at
Hugo House Youth Writing Programs

Fall Youth Workshops

This fall, we increased the number of youth classes being offered for students in 5th–12th grade. In recognition of the financial difficulties that many families are facing, all classes are priced on a sliding scale—pay-what-you-can.
Pen pals needed!
Consider being a pen pal with a resident in one of Merrill Garden’s many senior living communities in the Seattle area. Being in Enhanced Resident Protection Protocol is very difficult on the residents. Your students could play an amazing role to help boost their emotional health. Intergenerational programs have long been something the residents enjoy – and while it’s not currently safe to bring children and young adults into their communities at the moment, now is the time to foster those pen pal and homework connections. Sign up to make a connection today!
Coyote Central Weekend Classes start October 24
Do you want to build something of your own? Are you itching to explore a new creative skill? Coyote has the classes for you! Every class is PAY WHAT YOU CAN, and you’ll get in-depth engagement with professional teaching artists of all different mediums. Open to all 10-15 year olds! Weekend classes start Oct 24th & 25th. We’re also offering small in-person options by application. To learn more, visit
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