Jaguar News 11/13/20

Important Upcoming Dates

Mon. Nov. 16 – Last day to contribute to the JAMS Annual Give!
Tues. Nov 24 – JAMS Curriculum Night 6:30-8:40PM (see JAMS website for info)
Thurs. Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving, no school
Fri. Nov 27 – Native American Heritage Day, no school
Fri. Dec. 18 – 1-hour early dismissal
Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021 – Winter Break, no school
SPS Technology Supports For Families
JAMS school webpage
JAMS PTSA webpage
As of newsletter compilation Thursday evening, we are still more than $9,000 away from our $50,000 goal. PLEASE – Donate Today at to help us hit our goal!  

Corporate Matching is an easy way to double your contribution.  Please submit your donation to your employer. Beth Sharlin can assist with corporate matching.  Email her for more information at

Thank you, JAMS families for supporting this incredible school and community to date and for the wonderful participation in our two-day matching challenge earlier this week.

Go Jaguars! 
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:

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.  

TAJA Seeking 7th & 8th Grade Students for 2020-21 Board Positions

Theatre At Jane Addams (TAJA) is holding our next election for our 2020/2021 Incoming Board.  We are looking for 7th and 8th grade students to fill in the following positions:
Member-At-Large – Cast
Member-At-Large – Tech

– You must be a current 7th or 8th Grader who has participated in at least one TAJA event last year or a theatre program outside school.
– For Member-At-Large – Cast and Member-At-Large – Tech positions, your participation must be in the area you are applying for.
– You must not be on disciplinary or academic probation.
– You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and not have been on probation for the most recently completed term prior to the term of election.
Each Board will serve a term of 2 years, as Incoming Board the first year and as Outgoing Board the second year. Board members are usually involved in planning club fundraisers, helping plan each production and helping select plays and musical for the following year.
If you are interested in submitting your name, or if you would like to nominate someone you know will be a great Board member, please let Ms. Irene Handley know by next Friday Nov 20th by email at!
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

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.
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 **New!!**We are currently asking to help fill clothing needs for our school community, especially those marked High Priority. Please visit the JAMS Amazon Wish List and purchase items if you are able 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!

SPS Technology Resource Centers
**New!!** You can get in-person, walk-in support at one of eight temporary Technology Resource Centers. Get help with your devices, software, internet connection and more. Closest locations are at Nathan Hale HS and John Marshall Alternative High. Several of the Resource Centers, including the one at Nathan Hale, have extended their hours to help families and teachers from 11am to 6pm, with 1:30-2:30pm closed for lunch. Check the district’s website for a complete list of sites and hours.

The district is currently experiencing a high volume of requests for their phone and email technology support (206-252-0100 or While you wait for a response, refer to the district website for “how to” videos and FAQs to help get your student on-line. Translated web pages are available in each of the district’s top six languages: AmharicChineseSomaliSpanishTagalog, and Vietnamese

Calling all JAMS Music FAMILIES! 
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 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!).

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 memual 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.

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.

Seattle Public Library Launches Free 1:1 Live Tutoring Service
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.

Family Works Services Available at Nathan Hale High School
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

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:


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.

UW Young Writers Workshop:

The University of Washington is excited to announce new school-year enrichment programming.  Starting in January we will be offering a “Young Writers Workshop” class.  The registration deadline is December 28 and courses begin January 5, 2021.  Classes run twice weekly in the evenings over 10 weeks.  For details visit us at: website

Write letters to Seattle Children’s Hospital patients:
WA Helpers is a student-run non-profit that offers students virtual volunteering opportunities. They are organizing a drive to write uplifting letters for children who are currently staying at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Students can write letters and attach images/drawings/etc. Convert your documents to pdf if you can, and email them to WA Helpers, who will compile, print and deliver them to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Review the hospital’s card guidelines which should apply for virtual letters. too!
If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more about other services WA Helpers offers, visit

King County’s Lock It Up Program to Promote the Safe Storage of Firearms:
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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