Jaguar News 10/30/20

Important Upcoming Dates

Mon. Oct. 12-Nov. 16 – JAMS Online Annual Give 
Sun. Nov. 1 – Daylight Savings Time Ends, set clocks back one hour
Tues. Nov. 3 – ELECTION DAY!
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
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TIME TO VOTE!

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 elections@kingcounty.gov, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683). You can track your ballot at the King County Elections website.

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THE JAMS ANNUAL GIVE!! DONATE NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 16
**New!** ANNUAL GIVE UPDATE
We are at the half-way point for the Annual Give and we’ve raised almost 30% of our $50,000 goal. Your donation of both time and money are crucial to help each child at our school achieve their personal best. Please give at www.jamsptsa.org/donate.  Thank you! 

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Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1: 
Remember  to Turn Clocks Back One Hour

**New!** Daylight Saving Time is almost here, which means you need to set your clock back one hour before going to bed on October 31st, and you “gain” an hour of sleep!



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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.

November menu coming soon!

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.

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King County’s Lock It Up Program to Promote the Safe Storage of Firearms
**New!!** We all share a role in the safety of our children and community. Public Health — Seattle & King County is addressing the gun violence public health emergency by working with firearm owners and communities affected by gun violence to understand how and when firearms are used unsafely, raise public awareness of firearm safety practices, and develop and evaluate upstream evidence-based prevention programs.
Explore resources on the King County website to learn how you can play a role in preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in our communities.
King County Lock It Up Safety Program

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Calling all JAMS Music FAMILIES! 
**New!!**Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM) is a family-led nonprofit organization that focuses on fundraising and supporting the music program at JAMS. The JAMS music program is outstanding – our ensembles win state and national awards! These accomplishments don’t happen by accident, but are the direct result of support from the JAMS administration, staff, and just as importantly, from the families of our musicians. 

Please register your student with FOJAM at http://www.fojam.org/registration by November 15th.  We create a new email list for families each year that we use to inform you of upcoming events and crucial volunteer needs. 

We also ask for a donation (100% tax-deductible) to support our music programs. JAMS music programs could not run without this funding, which supports:*Purchasing and maintaining instruments
*Ordering sheet music
*Small group instruction with some of Seattle’s best professional musicians

*NEW for online learning – the Upbeat Music App

Scholarships are available for those who need it.

Every student that is registered with FOJAM by November 15th will receive a JAMS Music T-shirt delivered to their home or to school (new design for 2020-21!).

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Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants
 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.
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Seattle Public Library Launches Free 1:1 Live Tutoring Service
The Seattle Public Library has just launched Tutor.com! Tutor.com 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: https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/student-success/virtual-tutoring
 
Families may need support connecting with Tutor.com:Support in learning how to navigate The Source to find student ID numbers
Help to turn their Student ID numbers into Library Link numbers, www.spl.org/LibraryLink
Understand the benefits of Tutor.com and help folks log in using their library card/pin or Library Link number/pin. www.spl.org/VirtualTutoring

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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.  

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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!

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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 president@scptsa.org 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 president@scptsa.org to obtain a zoom link for the session you wish to join.

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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 https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/7GIDUFRL0BWB/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
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 jams@seattleschools.org and a staff member will look forward to connecting with you. 

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

We sincerely appreciate your contribution. Thank you!
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Family Works Services Available at Nathan Hale High School
**New!!** To meet the basic needs of Seattle Public School families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are opening a satellite family resource center, located at the South side of Nathan Hale High School.

FamilyWorks will be onsite at Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 12:45 to 3 PM. The FamilyWorks Family Resource Center is a warm and inviting place that offers programs and services designed to support families. At the Center, families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with rental assistance applications, enrollment in public benefits, and will help families navigate a vast network of community resources. FamilyWorks offers a free diaper program, free clothing, books and toys for children of all ages, and weekly groceries at its food bank, available through its Wallingford location: 1501 N. 45th Street, Seattle. FamilyWorks also helps families to connect within their community by offering multilingual playgroups, parent support networks, and other enrichment activities for families. Services will be offered in English, Spanish, and Somali.

To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

Tech Support:
Monday and Wednesday ONLY. 11:00-6:00 (closed for lunch from 1:30-2:30). First come, first served.

For more tech support, see here, call 206-252-0100, or email laptops@seattleschools.org.

Meal Distribution:
Monday-Friday, 11:15-1:15.

For more information on meals for students, see here.

Teen Health Clinic:
Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00. By appointment only.

See here or call 206-302-1840 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

FamilyWorks Resource Center:
Wednesdays 12:45-3:00. Next to food distribution site.

Family support services in Somali, Spanish, and English.

See map for where to access these services:


 Seattle Parks Offers Free Learning Space for Middle and High School Students at Meadowbrook Community Center
**New!!** The Seattle Parks Department has opened seven locations across the city offering a reliable place to access online schooling to middle and high school students. This is a free program that provides a quiet, safe space to complete their virtual schooling, a healthy meal, access to caring and supportive adults, and opportunity to take part in enrichment activities.

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.
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TIME TO VOTE!

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 elections@kingcounty.gov, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683). You can track your ballot at the King County Elections website.

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THE JAMS ANNUAL GIVE!! DONATE NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 16
**New!** ANNUAL GIVE UPDATE
We are at the half-way point for the Annual Give and we’ve raised almost 30% of our $50,000 goal. Your donation of both time and money are crucial to help each child at our school achieve their personal best. Please give at www.jamsptsa.org/donate.  Thank you! 

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Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1: 
Remember  to Turn Clocks Back One Hour

**New!** Daylight Saving Time is almost here, which means you need to set your clock back one hour before going to bed on October 31st, and you “gain” an hour of sleep!



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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.

November menu coming soon!

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.

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King County’s Lock It Up Program to Promote the Safe Storage of Firearms
**New!!** We all share a role in the safety of our children and community. Public Health — Seattle & King County is addressing the gun violence public health emergency by working with firearm owners and communities affected by gun violence to understand how and when firearms are used unsafely, raise public awareness of firearm safety practices, and develop and evaluate upstream evidence-based prevention programs.
Explore resources on the King County website to learn how you can play a role in preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in our communities.
King County Lock It Up Safety Program

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Calling all JAMS Music FAMILIES! 
**New!!**Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM) is a family-led nonprofit organization that focuses on fundraising and supporting the music program at JAMS. The JAMS music program is outstanding – our ensembles win state and national awards! These accomplishments don’t happen by accident, but are the direct result of support from the JAMS administration, staff, and just as importantly, from the families of our musicians. 

Please register your student with FOJAM at http://www.fojam.org/registration by November 15th.  We create a new email list for families each year that we use to inform you of upcoming events and crucial volunteer needs. 

We also ask for a donation (100% tax-deductible) to support our music programs. JAMS music programs could not run without this funding, which supports:*Purchasing and maintaining instruments
*Ordering sheet music
*Small group instruction with some of Seattle’s best professional musicians

*NEW for online learning – the Upbeat Music App

Scholarships are available for those who need it.

Every student that is registered with FOJAM by November 15th will receive a JAMS Music T-shirt delivered to their home or to school (new design for 2020-21!).

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Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants
 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.
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Seattle Public Library Launches Free 1:1 Live Tutoring Service
The Seattle Public Library has just launched Tutor.com! Tutor.com 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: https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/student-success/virtual-tutoring
 
Families may need support connecting with Tutor.com:Support in learning how to navigate The Source to find student ID numbers
Help to turn their Student ID numbers into Library Link numbers, www.spl.org/LibraryLink
Understand the benefits of Tutor.com and help folks log in using their library card/pin or Library Link number/pin. www.spl.org/VirtualTutoring

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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.  

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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!

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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 president@scptsa.org 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 president@scptsa.org to obtain a zoom link for the session you wish to join.

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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 https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/7GIDUFRL0BWB/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
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 jams@seattleschools.org and a staff member will look forward to connecting with you. 

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

We sincerely appreciate your contribution. Thank you!
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Family Works Services Available at Nathan Hale High School
**New!!** To meet the basic needs of Seattle Public School families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are opening a satellite family resource center, located at the South side of Nathan Hale High School.

FamilyWorks will be onsite at Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 12:45 to 3 PM. The FamilyWorks Family Resource Center is a warm and inviting place that offers programs and services designed to support families. At the Center, families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with rental assistance applications, enrollment in public benefits, and will help families navigate a vast network of community resources. FamilyWorks offers a free diaper program, free clothing, books and toys for children of all ages, and weekly groceries at its food bank, available through its Wallingford location: 1501 N. 45th Street, Seattle. FamilyWorks also helps families to connect within their community by offering multilingual playgroups, parent support networks, and other enrichment activities for families. Services will be offered in English, Spanish, and Somali.

To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

Tech Support:
Monday and Wednesday ONLY. 11:00-6:00 (closed for lunch from 1:30-2:30). First come, first served.

For more tech support, see here, call 206-252-0100, or email laptops@seattleschools.org.

Meal Distribution:
Monday-Friday, 11:15-1:15.

For more information on meals for students, see here.

Teen Health Clinic:
Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00. By appointment only.

See here or call 206-302-1840 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

FamilyWorks Resource Center:
Wednesdays 12:45-3:00. Next to food distribution site.

Family support services in Somali, Spanish, and English.

See map for where to access these services:


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 Seattle Parks Offers Free Learning Space for Middle and High School Students at Meadowbrook Community Center
**New!!** The Seattle Parks Department has opened seven locations across the city offering a reliable place to access online schooling to middle and high school students. This is a free program that provides a quiet, safe space to complete their virtual schooling, a healthy meal, access to caring and supportive adults, and opportunity to take part in enrichment activities.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 JAMSPTSAEquity@gmail.com, or 206.276.2284. Let’s make that vision
a reality for our kids and the next generation of Jaguars!

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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

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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:  jamsptsa.org/join.
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Connect with us on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JaneAddamsMiddleSchool/
This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 
Twitter
Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle
Websites
Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website: addamsms.seattleschools.org/
JAMS PTSA’s website: jamsptsa.org

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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.
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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

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Thanks for reading the Jaguar News!
You are reading the Jaguar News, the weekly newsletter of the JAMS PTSA.  If your student has left JAMS, and you no longer wish to receive the Jaguar News, you may unsubscribe at any time.  If you need help with unsubscribing, have feedback about the newsletter or website, or have any questions about JAMS PTSA communications, please email us at info@jamsptsa.org.

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. https://youtu.be/bT_ZvbDP-B4. And here’s a link to more info and the parent consent form. https://jamsptsa.org/…/HALE2020-Health-Center-Info…
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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.
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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 JAMSPTSAEquity@gmail.com, or 206.276.2284. Let’s make that vision
a reality for our kids and the next generation of Jaguars!

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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
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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:  jamsptsa.org/join.
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Connect with us on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JaneAddamsMiddleSchool/
This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 
Twitter
Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle
Websites
Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website: addamsms.seattleschools.org/
JAMS PTSA’s website: jamsptsa.org
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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.
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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
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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 www.cwacademybellevue.com for more info!

CW Academy is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization
Contact us at cwacademybellevue@gmail.com
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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.
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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!
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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 www.coyotecentral.org/register-for-classes
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