Jaguar News: June 5, 2020


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June 05, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

June 8 – Sixth-grade locker collection and material return 1-5pm

June 8 – JAMS PTSA General Meeting and “State of the School” report from Principal Montgomery (Zoom) 7pm

June 9 – Seventh-grade locker collection and material return 1-5pm

June 10 – Eighth-grade locker collection and material return 1-5pm

June 19 – Last day of school

Looking ahead:
September 2 – First day of school

JAMS At Home Learning
JAMS PTSA webpage

JAMS PTSA meeting June 8

**NEXT WEEK** Please join us for the next JAMS PTSA General Meeting on June 8 at 7pm, via Zoom. (Please see the emailed newsletter or contact for the meeting link.)
The brief but important PTSA business will include:
  • 2020-2021 Budget presentation and vote
  • Election of 2020-2021 JAMS PTSA Executive Committee
After the PTSA business, we will hear a “State of the School” report from Principal Montgomery.

JAMS PTSA 2020-21 Executive committee nominees

**NEW** The following names are placed into nomination for the 2020-21 JAMS PTSA Executive Committee:

  • President: Maggie Sweeney
  • Vice President: Christina Ellis
  • Legislative Vice President: Joy Sebe
  • Treasurer: Beth Sharlin
  • Secretary: Tara Carey

The elections for these positions will be held at the JAMS PTSA General Meeting on June 8 at 7:00pm via Zoom.


Volunteers Needed

There are a few remaining opportunities to become involved in next year’s JAMS PTSA board, including:

  • Environmental Stewardship: coordinate outdoor projects on the JAMS grounds.
  • Fundraising Co-chair: assist to organize the Annual Give campaign in the fall.
  • Transportation and Traffic Safety: oversee traffic and transportation issues at school
No experience is necessary, and training/support will be provided by outgoing chairs and the executive board members. Positions can be shared, so grab a friend and volunteer!

Contact for more information about any of these positions.

School announcements

**NEW** Lockers and Personal Belongings

All personal items and materials left at school are now labeled and in bags. There are specific days and times scheduled for students to meet at the front of the school to retrieve their materials (see below).  Please note that students will not be able to enter the building.  For students that share lockers, school staff recommend coming at the same time, as they will be giving the entire locker contents to the first student who arrives.

  • Monday, June 8 (1-5pm): Sixth-grade Locker Collection and Material Return
  • Tuesday, June 9 (1-5pm): Seventh-grade Locker Collection and Material Return
  • Wednesday, June 10 (1-5pm): Eighth-grade Locker Collection and Material Return

JAMS is also asking that students use this same time to return any school materials. Sixth- and seventh-grade students should keep their instruments over the summer but eighth-grade students should return instruments to Jane Addams next week. All students returning to Seattle Public Schools in the fall should keep their computers, even if they are attending high school.

**NEW** Computers Available on Fridays at Nathan Hale and Olympic Hills Lunch Locations, 11-1pm

JAMS still has plenty of computers to distribute to students. The school is now distributing additional computers on Fridays at the Nathan Hale and Olympic Hills lunch locations. If you need a computer please complete this form Computer Pick Up Form or contact Principal Montgomery directly. The school can only provide a computer to students who sign up in advance.

**NEW** Eighth-Grade Send Off

Encourage your eighth-grader to check Schoology and join the planning meetings happening with Mr. Booker. We are planning on having an evening driving/walking event on the last day of school — details are coming! Yearbooks will arrive in late August, and school staff have reserved one for every eighth-grade student.

Lunch and Family Student Support

JAMS staff are continuing to support families with groceries through the support of JAMS PTSA and the Alliance for Education. Contact any teacher, counselor or administrator if your family is in need of support.


Jaguars Read!

**NEW** Hello. I hope that you and your family are staying safe, supporting each other, and reading lots of good books. The school year is almost over, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some things that have been happening in the virtual JAMS library and give you some information about book return and the next school year.

Although I love being in the actual library and spending time with your students in-person most of all, we have been having a great time on our library Schoology page. My library “office hours” are from 1-3pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. During this time, I lead 2-3 sessions using Microsoft Teams that have included discussions, book talks, book club meetings, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure read alouds, Kahoot! Trivia quizzes, First Chapter readings of new books, and online escape room challenges. These are totally optional sessions that students in grades 6-8 can join as they wish. Information is on our library Schoology page under “events” and is updated by Friday for the following week. Also on the page are resources for how to access public library e-books, audio books, and graphic novels online.

A huge THANK YOU! to the JAMS PTSA for helping to coordinate a combined effort with Windermere to get books into the hands of kids during the school closure. We were able to purchase almost $3000 of brand new, fabulous books from Third Place Books. In the first round, a survey link was sent out to all JAMS students via Schoology with 10 titles to choose from. Around 80 students responded. For the second round, I contacted Language Arts teachers for the names of specific students they felt would benefit from additional reading material. I contacted those students personally with a second survey and more titles. UPDATE: Third Place contacted me on Monday to inform me the books are in! I will be coordinating delivery to students’ homes before the end of the school year.

Many students and families have contacted me regarding book return, and I finally have an answer! During the week of June 8, students will be able to collect their personal locker items from JAMS. At the same time, bins will be placed outside the building for library book collection. Please feel free to come by from 1-5pm and drop off any library books you can find in your home. Any and all library overdues and fines will be cleared up at the end of the school year. Please don’t worry about those right now. (If you have a graduating senior with an old JAMS library fine, please let me know so that I can clear it ASAP.)

While the exact image of what this fall at JAMS will look like is still a bit hazy, we know that remote learning will play a big role. I am working on a plan with other middle school librarians that will enable students to check out and return actual, physical books on a regular basis in a safe and controlled manner. I’ll be working during the summer to process new books for the collection, and I am looking forward to meeting incoming 6th graders and reconnecting with 7th and 8th graders in the fall with library orientation meetings online.

Have a safe and wonderful summer,
Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian

Currently, I’m reading…
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins (dystopian YA)
Only Mostly Devastated, by Sophie Gonzales (YA LGBTQ+ romance)
A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight (Adult, suspense/legal mystery)

Follow our reading adventures on Instagram: @jaguarsread


Homemade face masks for JAMS

**NEW** Calling all of JAMS’s crafters, sewers, and creatives! We need your talents, now more than ever. We have families in our community that don’t have access or resources to procure masks and are in need of cloth masks.

While they don’t replace medical-grade personal protective equipment, cloth masks help keep the wearer’s germs from getting on other people, which is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you’re able to make and donate homemade masks this opportunity to help our community is for you. Starting Monday (June 1st) homemade masks can be dropped off in a box located at the main entrance (outside) of Jane Addams Middle School. We will be collecting these daily.

There is no standard design for a homemade facemask. Below are a few links on design guides and patterns:


Support for families in need

**NEW** The Amazon wish list to fill basic needs for JAMS families (and supplies for staff) has been updated. Please check it out and purchase items if you are able!


High school information

Nathan Hale High School

Sign up for Hale Mail

Friends of Nathan Hale High School Facebook group

Ingraham High School

Friends of Ingraham
Volunteer opportunities available! Contact

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

Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt PTSA Facebook group
Sign up for weekly eNews

Lincoln High School

Sign up for emails
Lincoln parents Facebook group

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** 2020-21 School year

Planning is underway for the first day of school, September 2. While it is still unclear what guidance and restrictions from public health agencies may be in place this fall, it will almost certainly impact the way we provide student learning and school operations will look very different for the 2020-21 school year. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff will be our highest priority and any plan will prioritize access of students furthest from educational justice.

The scenarios being explored are:

  1. Students in grades Pre-K-5 attend school in person full time; students in grades 6-12 have an A/B schedule where they receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.
  2. Students in all grades Pre-K-12 have an A/B schedule and receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.
  3. All students participate in 100% remote learning.

A final decision and fall 2020 plan will be shared before staff and students depart for the summer. More information can be found on the planning for re-entry page, which will be updated as details are confirmed.

The last day of the school year will be June 19, and The Summer of Learning will begin on July 6 and is open to all students.

You can learn more and register for The Summer of Learning at the links below:

Virtual town halls

Superintendent Juneau is hosting weekly Virtual Town Hall Meetings via Facebook Live on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. to answer your questions. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.


Community Events and Programs

**NEW** All JAMS students can read ebooks from the Seattle Public Library (even if they don’t have a library card)

Hello Jane Addams Middle School students and parents,

Looking for books to read during school and public library closures?  All JAMS students can access free Seattle Public Library ebooks, even if they have never signed up for a public library card or have lost their library card or PIN number!

All 6th-12th grade students in Seattle Public Schools automatically have an SPL/SPS digital Library Link card (whether or not they have a Seattle Public Library card) that can be used to access free ebooks plus any other online materials and resources on the website.  

(All students are enrolled in Library Link by the district unless their parents opt out.  There are no blocks on a Library Link e-card. Student information is confidential). 

In addition to teen or kids ebooks / get started with ebooks & the Libby app , there are also a lot of great free comics and graphic novels for students on Hoopla , with no limit on the number of people reading at the same time.

**SPS/SPL student Library Link barcodes are the student’s ID number preceded by 99 and several 0s. (A Library card number must be 13 digits long. Most student IDs are 7 digits, so most cards will have four zeroes. If an ID number is more or less than 7 digits long, it will have a different number of zeroes to make a 13 digit number.)


6-digit ID: 9900000123456
7-digit ID: 9900001234567
8-digit ID: 9900012345678

Student PINs will be their birth month and day, so if they are born on April 6 their password would be 0406.

JAMS students can (and hopefully do!) have a Library link digital card plus an SPL library card to access all the free ebooks and online resources plus print books and other physical materials when the libraries are open!  Enjoy your reading,

Nancy Garrett
Teen Services Librarian

The Seattle Public Library
Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125

**NEW** Food Lifeline distributing food at Northgate Mall

Food Lifeline has been distributing emergency food boxes weekly at several locations city-wide, including Northgate Mall. Check for updated information here.

Book Bingo 2020

The Seattle Public Library Book Bingo is here! You can find the bingo board, booklists, suggestions and how to play here.
**NEW** Virtual Activities

Check out these museum resources you can experience from your home:
Museum of Flight At-Home Family Activities
Seattle Art Museum Stay Home with SAM
Seattle Aquarium Experience the Aquarium Anywhere
Museum of Pop Culture MoPOP Don’t Stop
Frye Art Museum Frye From Home
Burke Museum Burke from Home
Smithsonian Museum
National Gallery of Art
National Parks Virtual visits
Kids With An Edge- Ages 4-18+
email:  |

We are offering highly interactive and effective online tutoring/classes designed to build confidence while enjoying the journey!  We offer small groups and 1:1 options.  
  • Early Learning Math and Reading for KG success (Ages 4-6)
  • Math from Elementary through Algebra and Calculus (Ages 7-18+)
  • Science
  • Computer coding
Currently offering NEW STUDENT SPECIALS!  Please contact us with code: NSSCV

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: 
Student grades:
Homework and class information:

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