Jaguar News: Dec. 21, 2018

December 21, 2018

Important Upcoming Dates

December 21 – One-hour early dismissal (2:45pm)

December 22 to January 6 – NO SCHOOL (winter break)

January 7 – Back to school

January 14 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

January 17 – High School Information Night and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

January 21 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 30 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters)

JAMS School calendar

Best wishes for winter break!

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!  We hope you all enjoy Winter Break and are able to spend time together with your family and friends.  We will see you in 2019!

Kathy Gerke (PTSA President) and Paula Montgomery (JAMS principal)

JAMS and the school levies

The JAMS PTSA board voted to endorse and support the renewal of the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy.

With the BEX V Capital Levy, JAMS would directly benefit by receiving the following:

    • Ceiling fans
    • Earthquake safety improvements
    • Field lights
    • Playground (removal of old equipment)
    • Safety and security improvements
    • Landscape site improvements
  • Technology equipment and services

You can watch and share this video to get a better understanding of how school funding works at Seattle Public Schools and the steps being taken to bridge the funding gap.

**NEW**  There will be a Levies Information Meeting at 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at John Rogers Elementary School (4030 NE 109th Street). The meeting will include a short presentation, starting at 7:10 p.m. about what’s on the EP&O and the BEXV Capital Levy. People will also have time to ask questions about the ballot propositions, the process, and what’s included for each school in the district’s levy request.

As an individual, you can show your SUPPORT by VOTING on the February 12, 2019 ballot.

Gift card drive for vulnerable JAMS students

JAMS PTSA is seeking donations of $25 grocery gift cards for our food-insecure students. Gift cards to any grocery store are welcome, but Fred Meyer is especially convenient for JAMS families. “Food only” gift cards are available at both Fred Meyer and Safeway.

If you are able, please drop off or mail gift cards to Jane Addams Middle School main office (Gift Card Drive, JAMS, 11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125).

Calling All JAMS Music Parents and Guardians!

**NEW**  Is your student participating in Band, Jazz Band, Choir or Orchestra this year?  We want to be able to communicate important news!

Please register with Friends of Jane Addams Music

Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM, A.K.A. the JAMS music booster club) does two things for the music program:

    • We raise money for the program
  • We help teachers with program and event coordination
    • One of the ways we do this is by creating an email list. We use this list to keep you up-to-date about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

We want to keep you informed! Please register your child at Once you have registered, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription to our email list. Please confirm your subscription.

If you have any issues with the registration process please contact us at We will make sure you get on the mailing list so that you can stay informed of all the general news about music at Jane Addams as well as information for your child’s specific music program(s).

Volunteers Needed!

“Relish” the idea of “Ketchup-ing” more with your student?
Then “Mustard” up the strength to be a lunchroom volunteer!

Three’s a charm, at least when it comes to the number of lunches at JAMS!  More than ever, we need parents to help supervise during all three lunches.  Sign up here for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid. For more information contact Chad Barnes (

JAMS PTSA seeks Nominating Committee members

The PTSA is looking for a few willing members to serve on our Nominating Committee.  The job is short, but the impact is great.  As a Nominating Committee member, you will be able to shape our PTSA board for 2019-20 school year. The membership will elect the Nominating Committee at the General Membership meeting on January 17. Please email Sherene at if you are interested in this job.

What is the tallest building in the world?
The library, because it has the most stories! 

The Jane Addams Library is a wonderful, busy place with excellent resources for students, staff, and parents to share. Volunteers are needed to assist with routine circulation desk tasks, help students locate materials, shelve books, and help with light cleaning. Volunteers who are available at lunchtime (roughly 11:30-1:00) are especially helpful. We especially need lunchtime volunteers who are available on Fridays. Please contact librarian Laurie Amster-Burton directly.  Thank you!

Save these dates!

Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:

    • January 17   High School Information Night in conjunction with the JAMS PTSA general membership meeting.  We will have parents, students, and staff from Seattle Public Schools high schools available to share their experiences and answer questions.  If you are the parent of an 8th grader, and looking for more information before Open Enrollment starts, you will want to attend this event
    • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!

Engraved tile:  a lasting gift 

Looking for a unique gift idea? The JAMSDREAMBIG committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall. The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student or family, a teacher, coach, team or any other JAMS group!  It’s a great way to leave a lasting mark at JAMS! Visit to donate.

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for the following informational evening:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
    • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questions

      Join us in any way that works for you:
      *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
      *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
      *Students are welcome!

  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.

Ingraham High School

2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. Dec 4, 6, 11, 13 Jan 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 Feb 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham IB Information Night
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.

Ingraham Day Time Tour 
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023

Roosevelt High School

Information Night for Roosevelt High School
January 31, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Lincoln High School

Information Night for Lincoln High School
January 15, 2019
Hamilton Middle School (1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103)

If you have missed previous Lincoln HS meetings, you can still provide feedback through several surveys here.  Get connected with Lincoln and informed about future events via social media channels (details here).

**NEW**  Lincoln PTSA Charter Meeting & Parent Social
Future Lincoln High School parents and supporters are invited join us at our inaugural Lincoln PTSA event!

The Lincoln PTSA Charter Meeting & Parent Social will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30-9pm at Stone Way Cafe (3510 Stone Way N.) just seven blocks from Lincoln High School.

At this event, we will launch our Charter Membership Drive, where YOU will have the opportunity to be one of the founding members of our Lincoln PTSA!  ** Plus, all who sign up for Charter Membership that night will receive a “Lincoln PTSA Charter Member” vinyl sticker to affix anywhere you want people to know how awesome you are, AND donors will have the chance to grab a spot on an early-bird tour of Lincoln High School ** So please bring your checkbook!

We’ll also present drafts of our Standing Rules and budget, and elect officers to our Lincoln PTSA Board (Only those who sign up for membership can vote, so sign up!)

And we’ll top the night off with a Parent Social, to meet and greet your fellow Lincoln parents and supporters (food and drinks will be available for purchase).

Questions? Please contact Lincoln PTSA Steering Committee Chair, Lisa Rivera Smith, at

We look forward to seeing you on January 9th at Stone Way Cafe!

Garfield High School

Wednesday, January 16 (9:00 – 10:30am)

School-day tour designed for prospective students (parents/guardians must attend). Students will meet in the Gym at 9 AM and will then tour the school during 1st period, tours will end around 10:30. No RSVP is necessary.

Ballard High School

Open House February 7, 2019 6:30-9:00pm

8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) Tuesday, Feb 5  and Wednesday, Feb 13, 8:00–10:00am

Shadowing in February – see website for details

The Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on January 17, 2019 and February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Nova High School

Open house January 24 (Thu) 6:00 – 7:30pm

There are tours and “intro mornings” on Tuesday and Wednesday in December and January. Call: 206 – 252- 3500 for info.

Nova High School is an innovator in non-traditional high school education within the Seattle Public Schools. We are a competency, inquiry, problem and project-based school that uses performance and portfolio assessment to gauge the level and depth of student work. As a social and racial justice school, we believe personalization in education is key to building trust and academic success in preparing all students for college and the workforce after high school.

We offer a wide variety of assistance and services to all students, including special education supports, 504 accommodations, LGBTQ student supports, and a democratic structure where students are involved in the decision-making at Nova – from our Hiring and Review Committee to our Budget Committee. Every student has a teacher advisor and is part of an advisory group with 20-25 other students so they receive personalized support throughout the school year.

Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage.

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Option School Admissions Fair

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM
Mercer Middle School
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, Washington 98108

The Seattle Public Schools Option School Admissions Fair offers students and families information about option schools and other student support services. Attend this event to explore service programs and early learning, alternative and option K-8, elementary, middle, and high schools.

**NEW**  Levies Information Meetings in January

Please join Superintendent Denise Juneau and other district leaders to learn more about the upcoming Seattle Public Schools February 2019 levies at three Levy Informational Meetings in January 2019.

All meetings are from 7-8 p.m.

Each meeting will include a short presentation, starting at 7:10 p.m. about what’s on the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), and the Building Excellence V (BEXV) Capital Levy. People will also have time to ask questions about the ballot propositions, the process, and what’s included for each school in the district’s levy request.

    • Tuesday, Jan. 8 – John Rogers Elementary School Cafeteria, 4030 NE 109th Street
    • Thursday, Jan. 10 – Montlake Elementary School Gymnasium, 2409 22nd Ave. E.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Rainier Beach High School Cafeteria, 8815 Seward Pk. Ave. S.

Language interpretation will be provided at each meeting. If you need ASL interpretation, please contact 

Wondering why the district is asking voters to consider local education levies? Watch our budget video here

The EP&O and BEXV levies replace existing levies and are not a new tax to Seattle property owners. All funds stay in Seattle to support our students and schools and pay for safety and security upgrades at every school, critical day-to-day operations, educator salaries, technology supports, and will fund eight major school construction projects across the district. These projects will increase the number of classrooms, reduce portables, and balance class size.

Learn more about our Building for Learning levies here:

See this meeting notice on the district website.

Comments and questions are welcome via email or mail:

  • Mail: Levies 2019, Seattle Public Schools, MS 22-336, PO Box 34165, Seattle, 98124

Science Materials Review for Instructional Materials Adoption for Grades 9-12

In September 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in high school. The high school adoption committee is inviting the community to review all potential materials and provide feedback.

You can join this important review by coming to the John Stanford Center Professional Library where you will find all instructional materials on display from Dec. 10 through Dec. 28. The John Stanford Center Professional Library is at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. Building hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday by appointment. December 24 and 25 are holidays and the building is not open. View our map and directions webpage.

The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1996 and 2000 for high school. Over the last two decades, scientific knowledge has advanced, and instructional practices have changed. It is important for our students to receive current, relevant, and authentic science experiences. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive core science curriculum in all Seattle schools.

The finalist from this process will be brought into some classrooms for a field test in January and February. Teachers and students will provide input to the committees based on their experience with the materials.

During the field test period, we will extend an invitation for families, staff, and community to provide feedback on the final instructional materials candidates. The materials will be on display at locations around the district, and all are encouraged to review.

We will host an Instructional Materials Open House on February 2 and 9, where members of the adoption committees will share a presentation of the materials under final review.

In April, the adoption committees will present their final recommendation to the School Board, and in May the Board will vote on the implementation for 2019-20 school year.

For more updates and information, visit 2019 Science Adoption for grades 9-12 webpage.

Enrollment for 2019-20 School year

If you have a child that will be five by August 31, it is time to get ready to enroll for kindergarten. Registration for the 2019-20 school year begins Monday, January 7, 2019.

Students living in Seattle are guaranteed an assignment based on their address or at the school best able to serve their needs. Read more about location of student services and programs. Look up your neighborhood school on our Address Lookup Tool webpage.

Items you will need to register new students (exceptions are made for families in transition):

    • Parent or guardian photo ID
    • Child’s passport or birth certificate
    • Two (2) proofs of home address dated within past eight (8) weeks
  • Child’s immunization (shots) record

All new student registration is completed online. Visit our Enroll My Student webpage.

We are here to help. Visit us at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave. S between 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bilingual staff speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali. You can reach us by phone at 206-252-0760 and email:

Assistance is available for families living in transition; please call 206-252-0660.

Key Enrollment Dates

    • Online registration for new students for 2019-20 school year begins Jan. 7, 2019
  • Open Enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 4 – 15, 2019

Community Registration Outreach Events

    • Thurs., Jan. 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
      Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
      4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
      East side of MLK, near S Dakota St. behind Tyree Scott Apts.
    • Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      District Admission Fair at Mercer Middle School
      1600 Columbian Way
    • Tues., Jan. 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
      Hazel Wolf K-8 School
      11530 12TH Ave NE
  • Thurs., Jan. 31, 5 – 7 p.m.
    High Point Family Center
    6400 Sylvan Way SW

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Lake City Library reopens January 2

The improved Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., will reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, after being closed for renovations to make the library a more enjoyable space to read, study and collaborate.

Community celebration 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
Please join us to celebrate the dynamic new space!

    • 1 p.m. – Remarks
      Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner
      Councilmember Debora Juarez
      Jonna Ward, CEO, The Seattle Public Library Foundation

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Activities and refreshments

Patron holds
Please talk with a staff member if you picked up your holds at another branch during the closure and need help to restore your holds pickup location to the Lake City Branch.

Speak with a staff member at any Library location, call the Library’s Quick Information Center at 206-386-4636 or Ask Us.

**NEW**  Free admission to the Volunteer Park Conservatory Dec. 24 though Feb. 28

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) are pleased to announce that the Volunteer Park Conservatory will waive all admission fees Dec. 24, 2018 though the end of February, 2019.

Free admission to the Conservatory during this time period is made possible by a generous donation from the Bennett-Shear family – a gift from the children to celebrate their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Son Emmett Shear said, “We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace. In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” (The Conservatory had been a free experience until 2013)

SPR and FOC encourage everyone, especially those who have never visited before, as well as school groups planning field trips, to take advantage of this opportunity to discover the Conservatory at no cost.

The Conservatory’s Poinsettia and Holiday Train Display will be up and running through January 1, 2019, and the FOC offers free docent tours by appointment Tuesdays through Sundays (except the first Saturday of the month). To schedule a tour, please email

The Conservatory’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays except for the upcoming holidays). The Conservatory will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Regular admission will be reinstated on March 1, 2019. Adults $4; Youth $2; Kids under age 12 are always free.

Many thanks to the Bennett-Shear Family for making the Conservatory accessible to all during this holiday season.

Questions? Please contact Khue Tran, FOC Executive Administrator, at

**NEW**  Final Free Week at the Burke Museum

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – Sunday, December 30, 2018
10 AM – 5 PM daily

Celebrate the final days of the current Burke Museum before we close our doors on December 30, 2018 to move collections and prepare exhibits for the New Burke Museum (opening fall 2019). Enjoy free admission and gallery activities for all ages.

Scheduled activities:

    • 11 am – 1 pm Dec 26-29 (no Dec 30): Meet paleontologists and get a closer look at fossils being prepared in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress paleontology labs
    • 11:30 am daily*: Storytelling of How Mouse Moved the Mountain. Dec 29 & 30 only: activities led by special guest artist/storyteller, Ty Juvinel (Tulalip)
  • 2 pm daily: “Tiny Talks” with Burke staff and volunteers about their latest research and recent (re)discoveries of stories revealed in the process of moving into the New Burke

Ongoing activities (10 am – 5 pm daily):

    • Take part in culture, fossil and biology-themed crafts and hands-on activities for all ages
    • Enjoy the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress exhibit along with the Burke’s long-term Life and Times of Washington State and Pacific Voices exhibits
    • Add your own artistic contribution to a large-scale geologic timeline drawing created by artist Jed Dunkerley in the Burke Room
  • Mark the occasion in the Burke Boiserie Photobooth and share your favorite memories in a special yearbook

*Additional storytelling times may be added daily as staffing allows

**NEW**  Watch a movie over winter break with SPL

Discover movies and TV shows to borrow, download or stream with your library card!

Use your Library card to stream or download free feature films, documentaries or popular TV series to your computer or mobile device. Our collection also includes thousands of DVDs that you can check out for two weeks and watch at home.

Find more information here.

**NEW**  Board Game and Puzzle Swap at Ballard Library

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library
5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107

Clean out your game closet, get something new to play or put together this Winter, and mingle with other gamers in the neighborhood!

What to bring:
Kid, family, or adult board games, card games, or puzzles that you no longer want and a snack to share (optional). Games and puzzles should be in good shape, and all pieces should be included. You can exchange up to five games / puzzles. Feel free to bring extra, however. Anything not claimed in the exchange will live at the new Ballard Tool Library and be available for check out!

How does it work?
6:30 – 6:45: Arrive with your games and puzzles and check in. You’ll receive a token for each game or puzzle you bring (up to five). Take a look at what’s available, get to know other neighborhood gamers, and enjoy snacks.

6: 45 – 7: 30: Beginning at 6:45, we’ll randomly pull tokens. If you have a token that matches, select a game from what’s available. All games and puzzles not chosen will be donated to the new Ballard Tool Library and available for check out.

**NEW**  Free Admission to National Parks

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2019:

    • January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • April 20: First day of National Park Week
    • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
    • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

See this link for more info:

Seattle Public Library winter break events

The Seattle Public Library will offer free programs ranging from holiday Photoshop classes to board game bonanzas, movies, crafts, chess and more! See below for the schedule of events from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 6.

TEENS (ages 12-18 or as noted)

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club – Interested in D & D? Play and learn with other teens at the Ballard Branch. This group is organized and led by Ballard teens. Snacks will be provided. First time attendees, please come at noon for character creation.

Teen Space – Hang out with your friends and other teens your age! Play board and video games, hang out, listen to music, use a computer and eat snacks until the food runs out.

Peter Manos – Local author Manos will discuss “A Girl Named Cricket,” about a teenage alien who is tricked into leaving her dying planet and forced to enroll in high school in California.

ALL AGES (or as noted)

Kids Café Afterschool Meals – Kids and teens eat for free! This program is co-sponsored by Food Lifeline, City of Seattle Human Services and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. For ages 1-18. No meals when the Library is closed on Dec. 24 and 25, or Jan. 1.

Game On! – Come to the Library for board games and open play on the Xbox 360 and Wii. Drop in for fun activities, dance to the Kinect, or drive yourself crazy on Mario Kart. For kids and teens.

Day of Reading and Fun – Join us for reading, coloring, and bookmark making.

Hot chocolate and tea provided, plus book giveaways! Feel free to bring cozy blankets and pillows. For all ages.

Play Chess – Drop by to learn and play chess! For all ages.

Reading Oasis – Drop in anytime for a low-key afternoon of reading while we transform the Library meeting room into a cozy escape full of tents and pillows. You’ll trade book recommendations with librarians, sip warm drinks, and go home with Library goodies and plenty to read for the rest of the break. For kids and teens.

Scarecrow Video Silver Screeners presents ‘The Women’s Balcony’ – A 2016 Israeli comedy-drama about a group of devoutly orthodox Jewish women attempting to unite their neighborhood and preserve their traditions when a charismatic rabbi enters their lives. Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, and stars Evelin Hagoel, Yigal Naor and Orna Banai. Shown in Hebrew with English subtitles. For teens and adults.

Bow Wows And Books – Come read aloud to certified therapy dogs from Project Canine (younger and older siblings are welcome too). The Library will have books available, and you are welcome to bring your own books as well. For ages 5 to 13.

The Library supports children and youth by giving them opportunities to excel and learn through our educational resources, classes and staff assistance. We help level the playing field for underserved populations by forming strong partnerships to offer aid with student success.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact:

**NEW**  Second Annual Horrible Art Gala

Friday January 25, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm
Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125)

The Premiere Pop-Up Art Gallery showcasing art that acts as a commentary on specific themes. Horrible Art Gala gives artists that have not been prominently featured in “high-art” galleries an output and an audience in one flourishing festive night. We do not consider our artist’s showcase “low-art,” but encourage our attendees to discuss, and mock the concept. Because what’s the real difference? That’s right…Nothing.

This year we will be operating as a fundraiser, teaming up with City of Seattle; all donations will be split, 50% going toward Education Scholarships and 50% going towards Crab Claw Creative Media Funds (This goes towards the production of films, the purchasing of gear, etc).

**NEW**  Nathan Hale Raiders Holiday Hoop Camp

December 26-29, 2018 and January 2-5, 2019
9:00am to 3:30pm (lunch not provided)
Ages 6-12
Registration fee $199 (in advance) or $230 (at the door)
Nathan Hale HS (10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125)

Register by sending a check or money order payable to Nathan Hale Mens Basketball. For more information, contact coach Dom Brooks at

Adolesco Youth European Exchange Program

Is your student ready to spread their wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain? Consider a unique, two-way exchange program that gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.

Adolesco Youth Exchange will match you with a student in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 and 12 weeks) your student wants to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of a flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.

Please join come to an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102)., and see for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. Learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living in a new culture and gain a great friend… for life!

Info sign-up at

Info Meetings listed at

Visit a Museum through Museums for All

Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 300 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card. Several local museums participate, including the Museum of Pop Culture and the Museum of History and Industry. Search here to find participating museums near you!

Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops

This winter break, join Seattle SuperSonics legend Slick Watts and UW standout Donald Watts for the Watts Holiday Hoops Camps at Villa Academy! These three-day-long, half-day camps are the perfect way to get your young player’s skills sharp for the upcoming season. Camps run December 26–28 and January 2–4 from 1pm–4pm daily.

Scholarships are available to those in need.

Come see why Watts is world renowned for our approach to training athletes to be game changers for life. Our programs have produced hundreds of high school players and dozens of NCAA scholarship athletes. Most importantly, our camps are fun!

Sign up today! Registration closes on December 23!

Questions? Contact our program coordinator Colin Davenport at

North Seattle Lacrosse for Boys Grades 3-8

Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2019 spring season. Space is currently available for players in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship.  For more information or to register, please visit

Doublecrosse Lacrosse

Calling all Northeast Seattle girls interested in Girls’ Lacrosse Grades 2-8
New and returning players welcome. No prior experience necessary!
Registration for spring 2019, starting November 15. Registration closes February 2nd.
Details and registration at:

Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 

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