Jaguar News 10/23/20

Important Upcoming Dates

Mon. Oct. 12-Nov. 16 – JAMS Online Annual Give 
Tues. Oct. 27-Fri. Oct. 27 – JAMS Spirit Week (see below for Spirit Days!)
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

We are starting Week 3 of the Annual Give and JAMS Families are meeting the challenge.  Let’s keep it going and help spread the word! 

Learn more about JAMS PTSA’s Annual Give and support JAMS PTSA at A $25 donation can buy a book for the library, or a winter break grocery card for a JAMS family in need or support our teacher grant program. A gift to Jane Addams Middle School PTSA is tax deductible. The campaign ends on November 16th. Support JAMS PTSA by donating today! 

Donate online 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 and thank you! 

**New!**  By now, you should have received your ballot for the November 3rd general election. You can mail it back (no postage necessary), or drop it in one of the many convenient drop boxes located all across the city. Don’t forget to sign the envelope before you return it! If you have not received your ballot, email, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683). You can also still register to vote online or by mail until October 26th.

Spirit Week at JAMS: October 27-30
**New!** Spirit week Is for everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves and to have something to look forward to!

We know for most of you, online school has been tough. When leadership plans spirit days you don’t have to do them, they’re optional, although we’ll really like it if you did. This school years first spirit week will be from Oct 27-30th.

For this spirit week, we decided not to have a spirit day for Monday because there are a bunch of teachers and students that *want* to dress up for that day but it’s easy for them to forget and were trying to be more inclusive.

Tuesday 10/27 is Pet Day, when you can show your pet on camera or have it in the
background and if you don’t have a pet you can have a stuffed animal.

Wednesday 10/28 is Costume Day, so you can show off your Halloween costume to ALL your classes. If you feel comfortable, you can take a picture of you wearing your costume and put it as your Schoology picture or turn on your camera.

Thursday 10/29 is Sibling Day, when you and a couple of friends can dress similar and as for your picture, you can mention who you’re matching with or have a photo ready to share.

Friday 10/30 is PJ/sleepover Day, when you can have a pajamas on and have a blanket, pillow etc.

Additional SPS Flu Clinics Available 
**New!** From Oct. 19 to Oct. 30 the Student Health Services Department of Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide additional “drive-through” flu shot clinics for the public
•The flu shot clinics are open to any adult, and to children who are four years old and up.
• All insurance is accepted, but uninsured children and adults can also get a free flu shot.
• Pre-enrolling for an appointment on the SVNA website is required.

Drive-through clinics can also accommodate those who walk up or ride a bike.
For more information and to access a link to sign up for a flu shot, visit

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.

**New!!** Wednesdays in October are Taste Washington Day! To kick off Farm to School Month, students will get to try new recipes with fresh, locally grown ingredients. This month a smoked salmon chowder bowl recipe will be offered at school meal sites.

October 28: Adams, Arbor Heights, BF Day, Cedar Park, Bailey Gatzert, Highland Park, Madison, Robert Eagle Staff, Roxhill, Viewlands

Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants
**New!!** City of Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants, City of Seattle website
The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is $7,940,000 of funding for direct cash assistance to Seattle’s most vulnerable low-income immigrant residents and their households. This program prioritizes applicants who were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”) and state unemployment insurance based on their immigration status.  Click on the link above to find out more and to apply.
Seattle Public Library Launches Free 1:1 Live Tutoring Service
**New!!** The Seattle Public Library has just launched! has over 3,000 highly vetted expert tutors, who can help youth with schoolwork, tutoring and academic coaching on a variety of subjects in a safe and secure online classroom. 1-1 help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more.
We know from our yearly Homework Help surveys that relationships are our most powerful tool and the work you do every day is so effective in building trust and reaching families. We really need your help in sharing this service.
Service is available 7 days a week, 2-10 p.m. in Spanish/English and 4-7 p.m. in Vietnamese
Students can use their microphone to communicate with tutors, we hope this will be easier for English language learners
Teens and adults can use this service to get help with filling out job applications and writing cover letters and resumes
Here is a short video about the service:
Families may need support connecting with in learning how to navigate The Source to find student ID numbers
Help to turn their Student ID numbers into Library Link numbers,
Understand the benefits of and help folks log in using their library card/pin or Library Link number/pin.

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.  

Inclusion Bingo from the Seattle Special Education PTSA!
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 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 process below.

**New!!** Volunteer Paperwork

Seattle Public Schools requires all volunteers have information from the current school year on file. In this time of Remote Learning the volunteer process has gone almost totally on-line. Follow this link to the SPS website to fill out the on-line forms and watch the required video. The forms need to be updated every year however, the video needs to be viewed only once.

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
  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.
Parent University Virtual Events

The Bush School is excited to announce a modified format for Parent University, our annual parent education event typically held each spring. This year, instead of a full day conference on the Bush campus, Parent University will be offered quarterly as a virtual parent education series. Each event will feature a relevant topic about raising our children, including citizenship, how to raise anti-racist children, mindfulness, and digital safety in the era of remote schooling. All sessions are free to both Bush parents/guardians and the greater Seattle parent community. Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there will be no cost associated with your ticket.  
Join us for “Parenting and Civic Responsibility: What It Takes To Raise The Next Generation Of Civic Catalysts” with Eric Liu

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. for the first virtual Parent University session featuring Eric Liu, author of Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy, and the CEO of Citizen University. Eric will host an empowering discussion and Q&A focused on the ways we can raise our children to embrace the spirit of citizenship, restore faith in democracy, and celebrate our differences and the values we share as American citizens. 

Questions? Need help registering? Contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer
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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