Jaguar News: Feb. 14, 2020

Jaguar News February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

February 15 – Basketball games
Boys JVC vs. Eckstein @ Eagle Staff 8:30am
Boys Varsity vs. Eckstein @ Hale 10:00am
Girls Varsity vs. Eckstein @ Hale 10:00am
Boys JV vs. Eckstein @ JAMS 11:30am
Girls JV vs. Eckstein @ JAMS 11:30am

February 17 to February 21 – NO SCHOOL (Mid-winter Break)

February 21 – **DEADLINE EXTENDED** Last day of Open Enrollment for School Choice

March 1 – Spring sports paperwork due

March 5 and 6 – Boys soccer tryouts (JAMS lower fields) 4:00-5:30pm

March 9 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

March 18 and 19 – Student-led Conferences will be held on March 18 (late afternoon/evening) and March 19 (morning) with NO SCHOOL on March 19

Looking ahead:
April TBD – Multicultural night
April 13 to 17 – NO SCHOOL (Spring break)
June 17 – 8th grade promotion
June 18 – Last day of school (unless more snow makeup days are needed)
September 2 – First day of school

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

New: Monday Morning Ritual and Student-Led Conferences

**NEW**  Earlier this month, Principal Montgomery shared two important changes at Jane Addams Middle School*:
  • Starting February 3, all Period 1 classes will be extended by 15 minutes so that all students can participate in what is being called the Monday Morning Ritual. Each Monday morning all classes will participate in a circle activity that is designed to build community, empathy, listening, and speaking skills. Lessons designed by Teaching Tolerance and the Origin’s group are being used. Check in with your student on Monday evenings to hear about their Monday experience.
  • Student Led Conferences will be held on the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, March 18 (4pm-8pm) and then again on Thursday, March 19 (8am-noon).  Each family will be scheduled for 90 minutes to visit with educators and have their students share their learning. You may sign up for a time using this link now:
    In the upcoming weeks, students will receive information about signups during their Period 1 classes. Please note that there is no school for Jane Addams students on March 19.
*This information was sent in a SchoolMessenger email on February 2. If you did not receive this message from Principal Montgomery, you may need to confirm the school has the correct email on file (contact the school office), check your email filter settings, or manage your SchoolMessenger communication preferences (instructions here).

Spring sports information

JAMS school-sponsored spring sports are Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Co-ed Track.

All students must have their paperwork completed and turned in by March 1 before they can participate in tryouts. Athletic packets include a doctor-signed sports physical. Physicals are valid for 2 years from the exam date.  Check with Megan ( in the main office to see if your student has a current physical on file at JAMS.  Nathan Hale has a Teen Health Clinic that can provide sports physicals for our students. For more information, call 206-302-1840.​

Hard copies of athletic packets are available in the JAMS office. All forms are also available here. If your student participated in a fall or winter sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the sport-specific safety form.

**NEW**  Boys Soccer tryouts will be Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6.
Volleyball tryout dates and track practice days are still TBD.

Cleat and shinguard donations needed

If you have any gently used cleats or shinguards, please consider donating them to JAMS for student athletes to use!  Drop off in the main office.

Spring Ultimate Registration and Information

**NEW**  Welcome to Spring Ultimate @ JAMS!

Spring Ultimate is a club sport at Jane Addams Middle School. The parent-run club serving JAMS is called Big Cat Ultimate Club, and we play in the DiscNW Middle School Spring Ultimate League. We are hoping to register at least 4 teams. You can find all the information below and learn more about Ultimate at JAMS via our website or e-mail us at with questions.

Here are instructions for registering your player, paying club fees, attending rostering days, ordering jerseys, clinics, and spring break camps:

Please register your player on this Google Form AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

Do not register with DiscNW yet – we will have you do that in a separate step later.

The club participation fee for spring Ultimate is $120 per player. This fee covers our DiscNW league fee, equipment, scholarships, and stipends. We offer full or partial scholarships, so we don’t want anyone not to participate for financial reasons! You can indicate your interest in a scholarship on the Google Form (above) when you register, or you can e-mail us at to make arrangements. The Spring Reign tournament in April will involve a separate fee (to be determined), and scholarships will again be available.

The club fee, including any scholarship arrangements, must be received before Monday, March 2, 2020, for your student to participate.

We will reimburse your fee in full if your player is not rostered on a team.

You can pay the club fee by (1) check or (2) PayPal.

  1. Mail a check for $120.00 made out to “Big Cat Ultimate Club” to the address below; please label the check with your player’s full name and grade. Also e-mail letting us know to expect that check:
    Big Cat Ultimate Club
    C/o Shelley Fаirweаther-Vegа
    3532 NЕ 98th St
    Seаttle, WA 98115

  2. Send $120.00 via PayPal and choose “Sending to a friend” to Please include “Spring 2020 club fee for [student name] [grade]” in the memo section.

We are doing a small jersey order for spring Ultimate! We need at least 10 shirts ordered, but the cost per shirt goes down the more are ordered. (Note that a jersey is not required to play; any firetruck-red T-shirt is sufficient to play on the field on a game day.)

Purchase link:

Orders are due by Monday, February 16, for delivery on March 2. Our jersey coordinator Shelby will deliver to coaches, and they will distribute. Minimum order is 10 shirts, and the price will go down if we exceed 10. The price is $26.20 per shirt at 10 shirts. We have scholarships available; please contact bigcatultimate (at) gmail (dot) com to make arrangements.

Please direct all jersey questions to Shelby at ehrenmeengs (at) gmail (dot) com or by text message to Shelby at 2O6-39O-l886.

This is a FREE clinic hosted by the Seattle Ultrasound (nationally ranked women’s team) at Montlake Playfield on the morning of February 23 open to girls in grades 3-8, anyone from absolute beginners to experienced players:

Spring break Ultimate camps are registering now:

Volleyball Open Gym

Students are invited to play some volleyball before the volleyball season officially starts, on February 26 from 3:00-4:30. Open to all! Contact Ms. Riber ( in the main office if your student will need the activity bus.

High school information

Nathan Hale High School

Ingraham High School

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

Lincoln High School

Center School

Cleveland High School
Questions? Contact Napsiyah Sallee, 9th Grade Counselor, or 206-252-7812
Nova High School
Click here to learn more about how to enroll at Nova and please call Karen at 206-252-3500 with questions.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW** NOTE: The Source Down from Feb. 14-18

The Source will undergo an upgrade over Mid-Winter break and will be down, with no access available from Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon. This will include Open Enrollment and grade information for families. 

Open Enrollment for School Choice Feb. 3 – 21, 2020

Please note, the Open Enrollment window was extended one week. The window closing date is now February 21.

Each student in Seattle Public Schools is assigned to a school based on where that student lives or the services they receive. You can view your student’s assigned school with the Assignment Lookup Tool.  Any student who wishes to attend a school OTHER than their assigned school may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 3. There is no need to participate in the School Choice Process if your student wishes to attend their assigned school.

If your student is currently attending an option school or another school that is not their attendance area school by choice, they can continue at this school until the highest grade offered without having to apply again. If your student is currently attending an option school but wishes to attend a neighborhood school in 2020-21, they will need to apply through the School Choice process.

Applying for Another School
If you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 3 – 21, will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker, which gives siblings priority in admissions.

More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

Read more about change of school process for special education students.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Fore! Free Golf Lessons

Are your kids interested in learning to play golf? The First Tee of Greater Seattle is offering free lessons at Jackson Park Golf Course. The lessons will be on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 March 18 to May 6. Golf is a great sport that your child will be able to play for the rest of their life. This is for Nathan Hale Senior Luke Fleming’s Hale Action Project and if you have questions you can contact him at You can also go to for more information.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. Experts in youth development, golf, and coaching came together to develop The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum. Through the curriculum, coaches seamlessly integrate golf and character building activities into each lesson. As a child progresses through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, the activities and life lessons become more involved, helping young people build character and become even more equipped to make good choices on and off the golf course.

**NEW** Girls on the Run
JAMS girls are invited to participate in a spring after-school activity for 6th grade students at Super Jock n Jill Running Store in Greenlake!

Super Jock n Jill is hosting a Girls on the Run team this spring on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm for 3rd-6th grade girls from March 2 to May 18. Girls on the Run is a local non profit that serves girls in 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade and teaches girls life skills such as empathy, positive body image, and intentional decision making. Participants also run/walk non-competitively to prepare for an end of season 5K!

Financial assistance is available for any family, no questions asked. Families self-select what they can pay for our program. If they are unable to pay anything, we can provide full scholarships! Running shoes & sports hijabs are also included for any girl in need.

Families register online and learn more HERE:

**NEW** Summer Camp and Activities Fair
Leap into Summer! Cedar Park PTA invites you to attend a Summer Camp and Activities Fair

Saturday, February 29, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cedar Park Elementary Cafeteria
3737 NE 135th St, Seattle

Stop by and learn about summer camps located all around the Greater Seattle area. Summer camp vendors will be onsite to provide information and answer questions.

Sports, STEM, Theater, Nature and more!
Ages PreK through High School
There will be something for everyone!
Open to the community, and free
Registration will be available at the event for many camps

**NEW** Just Cooking

Youth ages 13-19 can earn a $100 stipend while learning about food justice issues and developing foundational cooking skills in this new FREE program.

Just Cooking’s pilot program will start January 2020 and will run 4-week classes until June, 2020. Classes are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays at High Point Community Center, and Saturdays at South Park Community Center. Start dates for each 4-week program are on the first date of each month, January to June. Registrants must fully complete required paperwork before starting class.

Participants must be between 13 & 19 years old. Click here to sign up:

Questions? Please contact

**NEW** Family Science Days

February 15-16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sensory Friendly Hour: February 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Hotel
Seattle, WA

AAAS Family Science Days is a free public event that offers an array of hands-on family and child-friendly activities. It will be held during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle. Family Science Days features interactive booths appropriate for K-12 youths and their families, highlighting diverse areas of science, as well as a live stage show and the opportunity to talk with scientists.

Family Science Days demonstrates the AAAS commitment to promoting public engagement with science, a central part of its mission to advance science and serve society. It provides an opportunity for local science organizations to gather and connect with their communities and gives the scientists attending the meeting a chance to see public engagement in action. The event is advertised to families via local media, schools, community organizations and participating institutions.

More information and registration here.

**NEW** Ballard High Fiddlers and Orchestra Perform at Wintergrass Festival

The Ballard High School Fiddlers and Symphonic Orchestra will be featured in performances at the Wintergrass Festival at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue the weekend of Feb 22, a celebration of acoustic genres such as Gypsy jazz, Celtic, old-timey and many traditions in addition to Bluegrass.

On Saturday, Feb 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hyatt Cedar Room, the Ballard Fiddlers will perform in the MOX Showcase, which culminates in a square dance called by local dance calling legend, Charmaine Slaven.

On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Hyatt Grand Ballroom, the BHS Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Seattle Pacific University Orchestra and other teens from the region, will perform a the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra concert. They will join a star-studded international lineup of innovative main stage festival acts, including Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and Trio Brasileiro.

**NEW** Seattle Park District discussion at Lake City Community Center

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

Join us in discussing the Seattle Park District! Seattle Parks and Recreation is busy developing a financial plan to further our vision of supporting Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities, which includes building up community, sustaining parks, and bringing affordable and supportive recreation opportunities across our city.

Join us at one of our community meetings to learn more and provide feedback:

  • Delridge Community Center, March 2, 6-8pm
  • Lake City Community Center, March 5, 6-9 pm
  • Van Asselt Community Center, March 7, 10am-12pm

In 2014, Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District. With these funds, Seattle Parks and Recreation is able to:

  • maintain more parks more frequently, with enhanced maintenance where needed
  • provide low-cost recreation programs, free drop-in programs, and add to our scholarship fund
  • develop 14 new parks, and renovate play areas and fields
  • restore over a thousand acres of urban forest
  • make critical repairs to community centers and pools
  • make dozens of accessibility improvements to our restrooms, pathways, and facilities
  • and put on hundreds of community events across our city.

We have been investing these dollars back into parks and communities for the last six years, and it’s time to propose a plan for the next six years of investment.

More info and other ways to join the discussion:

**NEW** Best Of The Fest – Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2019: Animated Shorts

Come watch “Through the Rainbow,” prize-winning and audience favorite short animated films from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2019!

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
at the Central branch of the Seattle Public Library (Level 1 – Microsoft Auditorium)

The shorts are described here.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.
This program is presented in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

**NEW** Lake City Library Craft Extravaganza with LEGOS

Kids and their grownups are invited to enjoy creating crafts and playing with LEGOS during the Mid-Winter break!

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98125

**NEW** Link Connections: Proposals for bus and light rail integration in north King County driven by community guidance

As Sound Transit extends its light rail system to serve three new Link stations in 2021 (U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate), King County Metro is releasing initial proposals for updating bus service to integrate with the new stations. These concepts were created with the help of a community-based Mobility Board, and broader public feedback on service needs and priorities.
The details of the proposal and a survey to gather opinions on it are available in six languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and English), and can be viewed here:

What Parents Need to Know About the Digital Addiction Epidemic

Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. Sand Point Elementary Cafeteria (6208 60th Avenue NE)
Brought to you by the Sand Point Elementary PTA

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Attending Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dimitri Christakis graduated from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of over 200 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and “The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids” (September 2006; Rodale). In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career. His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice. Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on international news outlets as well as national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, educators and policy makers about the impact of early learning on brain development. This talk will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction, how they apply to today’s digital media, and what parents can do to raise healthy children in a digital world.

Questions? Contact

City-Wide Youth Sports – Upcoming Seasons

Spring Youth Sports – Registration starts February 4, 2020

  • Track and Field for Girls and Boys (Ages 5-17 as of Aug. 31, 2019)
    Fee: $50
    Young athletes in our Track and Field program will be coached and then get to compete with other kids their age in various athletic contests based on running, jumping, and throwing. For more information contact your local community center.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Please visit your local community center to pick up a scholarship application or click here for more information!

Summer Sports Camps
Our FREE sports camps offer a fun and positive experience for your child’s inner athlete. We will divide kids into groups based on age/ability level, and have a great time working on age-appropriate fundamentals that will incorporate fun competitions, games, races and scrimmages. Our camps are designed for kids ranging from the very beginner to the seasoned athlete. All kids can expect to improve their skill level! Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen and dress appropriately for the weather (layers). Space is limited in these camps so register early. E-13 and signed concussion form due at registration and must be sent to the Youth Athletics office.  Watch this page for future updates about camp schedules.   

TeenTix Pass Program

ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of our 75 partner organizations in Seattle (69) and Tacoma (6). Plus, we make sure teens know WHERE they can use their TeenTix pass once they get it – explore the Calendar for all the events available to you on a specific day, or in a specific genre – and our weekly E-Newsletter gives you a list of our top picks for the upcoming week. Since 2004, over 65,800 teens from all over the world have signed up for a TeenTix pass, purchasing more than 125,000 affordable tickets to arts and cultural events in our community! But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, through The New Guard and The Press Corps.

Homework Help at Lake City Library

Free homework help for students in grades K-12 is available at the Lake City Library (12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (206)-684-7518) every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Free snacks are provided from 5:30 to 6:30pm by the Hunger Intervention Program.

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center Late Night
Ages 13-19

Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens. This recreation-based program focuses on positive teen interactions and engagement where all teens are welcomed. The Late Night Program is aligned with and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Late Night and explore more of what we have to offer!

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-Midnight

Power of Kindness (POK) Video Contest

POK video contest open to all Seattle middle and high school students!

  • Create a short video—three minutes or less—showing the power of kindness (POK).
  • Post it to YouTube and email the link and your name, age, school and contact phone number to
  • Do this before May 1, 2020, and you’re entered to win a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
    Three subscriptions will be awarded based on the kindness that videos inspire in the friends, neighbors and business owners who, through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, have helped create
  • Winners will be announced June 7, 2020.

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. 
Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: 
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Homework and class information:

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