Jaguar News goes back to school: Sept. 2 edition

Jaguar News Back-to-School Edition!
September 02, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

September 4 – First day of school for 2019-20 school year

September 9 – Fall sports paperwork deadline

September 9 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm

September 13 – Day of Caring 9am-2pm

September 23 – Picture day

September 23 – Advanced Learning Referral deadline

October 5 – JAMS PTSA general meeting and Curriculum Breakfast (more details to come!)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

First day of school September 4

**NEW**  The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is September 4. JAMS doors are unlocked at 8:25am for breakfast and students must stay in the cafeteria until 8:35am. After 8:35am, students have access to classrooms. All students should be in their 1st period class, ready to learn, by 8:55am.

Student schedules were (snail)mailed last week.  If you didn’t receive your student’s schedule, don’t worry!  There will be lists of students’ first period classes posted in the halls on the first day and first period teachers will have copies of each of their students’ schedules. Keep in mind that student schedules are not finalized until the first day of school. Students can request elective changes starting on Monday, September 9, by filling out the form available in the Main Office.

Lockers will be assigned, and lunch PINs will be available, on the first day of school.

There will be a special bell schedule during the first week of school, to allow extra “Jaguar Time” for announcements, distributing paperwork, grade-level meetings and other tasks.

Parent to-do list

**NEW**  Welcome to another school year at JAMS! Your student may not have homework right away, but we parents already have some tasks:

  • Fill out sports forms (due September 9 for fall sports)
  • Get school supplies (the Main Office has school supplies for families that need assistance)
  • Keep your eyes peeled (and ask your student) for the “first day” packet, which will include information, forms and important dates. If you need replacement forms, you may find them here.
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Fill out a free and reduced price meal application
  • Print out or download the JAMS PTSA One-Sheet, chock full of information for the coming year
  • Join JAMS PTSA (forms in English or Español — an online membership form will be available soon, too!)
  • Study the traffic flow map (note temporary changes due to construction, described below)
  • Get connected with the JAMS community — find JAMS on social media

Avoid traffic JAMS!

**NEW**   Due to construction near JAMS, NE 110th St. is closed between 34th Ave. NE and 35th Ave. NE. Until the construction is complete, buses will need to line up on 34th Ave. NE between NE 115th St. and NE 113th St. (the usual drop-off and pick-up zone). Therefore, 34th Ave. NE will be closed to all non-bus school traffic during drop-off and pick-up until construction on NE 110th St. is complete (SDOT estimates September 13).

Please let your students ride their yellow bus, walk, ride bikes, or if you must drive, please drop off and pick up your child on 35th Ave., Meadowbrook Community Center or another location a few blocks from campus.

**PLEASE HELP**  The school is asking for traffic volunteers during the first few weeks to help kids arrive safely at school. Simply show up to school and stop by Main Office to check in with Ms. Patt. Morning volunteers should check in by 8:30 and afternoon folks should check in by 3:30.

Fall sports information

**NEW**  Fall sports at JAMS are Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee and Girls Soccer. These will start up very quickly after the start of the school year. Tryout and practice dates will be posted on the school website and announced at school when they are determined.

All forms are available here. Paper copies of athletic packets are also available in the Main Office. All students need a doctor-signed sports physical as part of their athletic packet. Fall sports paperwork is due on Monday, September 9.

We do our best to keep Ultimate Frisbee a no-cut sport, but we need coaches and volunteers! Interested in helping out this fall? Contact

Environmental Stewardship

The JAMS Jaguar has a new coat (of paint that is!)  Thank you to the few but mighty volunteers who came out to help paint on August 24. You did great work and we appreciate you!  Would you like to help coordinate next year’s repainting?  The current project coordinator will be leaving JAMS in 2020 as her child graduates so we need someone to step into the role.  Email to learn more about this fun and rewarding project.

**NEW** Day of Caring fast approaches!  Last September JAMS hosted 100+ volunteers from Microsoft at this event created by United Way.  Microsoft will be working with us again this September 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM.

We are looking for six volunteers to assist on the day of the event.  Their roles will be to act as the JAMS guide for each volunteer team. All the work is outdoors and some is more physical but everyone contributes what they can.

We have five project areas of focus needing team leads:
  1. Patty Lavelle, our garden master, needs 2 people to assist her in leading 30 volunteers.
  2. We are cleaning up the ditch along 31st between 110th and the drop-off spot (this will be extremely rewarding but physical).  1 lead needed.
  3. Clearing around staircase to lower fields. 1 lead needed.
  4. Mural wall (future endeavor) clearing along base and office planter tune-up. 1 lead needed.
  5. HALE 1 lead needed to work alongside Katherine Anderson on library courtyard.
Please contact Colleen at if you can assist.

Ultimate needs your help

**NEW**  Calling all 6th Grade Ultimate Frisbee Families: We Need Your Help!

JAMS Ultimate needs 6th grade girls to play as well as a few more adults to volunteer for our 6th grade Ultimate Frisbee program. This is a free school sport in the fall open to everyone. We need another coach and assistant coaches (assistants do not need prior experience!). This year’s 6th grade is BIG, and we need a lot more help to offer Ultimate to everyone who wants to play. Visit our website and please sign up here (or contact

**NUEVO**  Llamando a todas las familias del Sexto Grado, participantes del programa de Ultímate Frisbee: ¡Necesitamos su ayuda!

JAMS Ultimate necesita más niñas jugadoras del sexto grado y más adultos como voluntarios para nuestro programa de Disco volador (Ultimate Frisbee). Este es un deporte escolar del otoño, gratuito y abierto a todos. Necesitamos otro entrenador y entrenadores asistentes (¡los asistentes no necesitan experiencia previa!). Este año el sexto grado es MUY NUMEROSO y necesitamos mucha más ayuda para ofrecer este deporte a todos los que quieran jugar. Visite nuestro sitio web y regístrese aquí (o póngase en contacto con

Community Outreach

Is your family interested in supporting community and addressing issues of equity and inclusion and special education at JAMS? Want to get to know more families and neurodiverse children of color around the neighborhood and NE Seattle? If so, please contact Friendly Vang-Johnson, JAMS PTSA Community Outreach Chair to learn more about social gatherings, workshops, mobilizations, and other events that will be happening throughout the year. Friendly can be reached at: or 206-276-2284

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  2019-20 Student Data Verification Form on The Source
The 2019-20 student data verification form will be available Sept. 4 through Sept. 30, 2019.

The student data verification form, sent out at the start of each school year, will be available in September online through the Source.  The student data verification form gives parents and guardians the opportunity to update emergency and medical information for their student.

The online form replaces the paper form sent home at the beginning of each school year and offers a secure and green alternative to the paper-based process.

Families are encouraged to complete this form to ensure Seattle Public Schools has current student information including emergency contact information.

To fill out your student’s data verification form please sign into the Source after September 4 and click Data Verification Form. More detailed information and FAQs are here.

Advanced Learning Parent Referrals Due by September 23

This year’s window for parent referrals for K-8 students currently enrolled at Seattle Public Schools is May 15 through Sept. 23, 2019 to determine eligibility for school year 2020-21. Non-SPS and private school referrals will accepted starting Aug. 1  through Sept. 23, 2019.

Applications for students in grades 9-12 will be available in January.

Referring a student online is easy and can even be done on your smart phone! Simply access your parent or guardian account on The Source

Once you login to your parent or guardian Source account, click on the “Advanced Learning Parent Referral” button to start the referral process.

Read more about how to submit a referral on the Advanced Learning referral webpage. If you need technical tips for The Source, we have some on our Source Technical Tips webpage

Need help? Contact the advanced learning team.
Read more about Advanced Learning Services and Programs.

**NEW**  Flu Vaccine Clinics 2019

This year we are rolling out our biggest effort to prevent illness. School nurses have partnered with the Visiting Nurse Association to come to many of our schools this fall to vaccinate both students and staff. Students can get the vaccination regardless of insurance.

Flu shots protect our most vulnerable students from getting ill and can help keep our students and staff healthy and in school. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year. The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu.

Parents may register their child for a flu vaccination by sending a completed consent form to school or by being present at school on the day of the clinic to sign the form in person.

For more information including flu clinic dates and the consent form, visit the Student Health Services webpage. All school dates are included on the flu vaccine clinic dates page. There will be a flu vaccine clinic at JAMS on October 23 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

2019-20 School Year Dates

Students are released 75 minutes early every Wednesday, except for the first day of school. This is to support improved teacher collaboration and student academic performance.
  • Wed., Sept. 4, 2019 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students (regular school hours apply, no early release)
  • Fri., Oct. 11 State In-service Day (no school)
  • Mon., Nov. 11 Veterans Day (no school)
  • Nov. 28 – 29 Thanksgiving break (no school) Nov. 28 Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 Native American Heritage Day
  • Fri., Dec. 20 1-hour early dismissal (winter break)
  • Dec. 23, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020 Winter break (no school)
  • Mon., Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
  • Wed., Jan. 29 Day between semesters (no school) *possible snow make-up day (1 of 3)
  • Feb. 17 – 21 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)
  • April 13 – 17 Spring break (no school)
  • Mon., May 25 Memorial Day (no school)
  • Thurs., June 18, 2020 Last day of school (1-hour early dismissal) *possible snow make-up days June 19 and 22

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Babysitting certification course at Meadowbrook
To enroll visit
Ages 11-15

This class, taught by a CPR instructor/parent, is a fun, interactive workshop providing 11-15 year olds the essential skills they must know in order to obtain babysitting work. The course includes role play, video lessons, instructor led discussions, and hands-on skills training to give potential babysitters the confidence to responsibly care for the infants and children in their charge. An ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) certification card is issued upon completion of the training. This class includes a CPR review but does not include CPR certification. Location: Meadowbrook CC
9/28 Sa 9:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. $45

**NEW**  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 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!

F/Sa 7 p.m.-Midnight

GEMS Middle School STEM program

Check out GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), a middle school STEM program sponsored by the Seattle chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). The program is a free, volunteer-run, evening science enrichment program that explores STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography, civil engineering, and neuroscience through hands-on activities with guidance from women scientists currently employed in these fields. In addition, we organize several field trips a year, such as a programming workshop at Google and a beach walk exploration of tide pools with the Seattle Aquarium. We offer one-on-one mentorship opportunities for girls to get hands-on experience in fields that interest them. 

Our goal is to help middle school students who identify as girls learn about the range of opportunities that exist within science and technology, to encourage more girls to enter these fields, and allow them to build a sense of confidence that they can be successful in these fields as professional women. GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle.

If you are interested or know a student who is interested for the 2019-2020 year, please fill out this form and we will contact you when our application opens in September 2019.

For more information visit, or contact us 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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