Jaguar News: May 17, 2019

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May 17, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

May 18 – Environmental Stewardship day 10:00am-2:00pm Sign up! **TOMORROW**

May 18 – Girls Volleyball games
JV vs. Whitman (@Whitman) 8:00am
Varsity vs. Whitman (@Whitman) 9:30am
JVC vs. McClure (@Eagle Staff) 11:00am

May 18 – Boys Soccer games
**New time and location**: JV vs. Madison (@Franklin HS) 1:30pm
JVC vs. Eagle Staff (@JAMS) 9:00am
Varsity vs. Madison (@Eagle Staff) 12:30pm

May 18 – Big Cat Ultimate playoff games
(check for up-to-date information)
B team vs. Lions (@Lower Woodland 2B) 10:00am (if win, play another game)
C team vs. Islander (@Magnuson 6B) 1:30pm
6th grade team vs. Washington (@Magnuson 7A) 1:15pm
A team vs. Mercer (@Magnuson 7B) 8:00am

May 18 – Chipotle fundraiser to benefit JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project 5:00-9:00pm **TOMORROW**

May 27 – Memorial Day **NO SCHOOL**

May 30 – Incoming 6th grade Ice Cream Social 6:30-8:00pm

June 6 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

June 10 – JAMS PTSA board meeting 7:00pm

June 11 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

June 17 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

Save these dates:
June 19 – Be The Change (8th grade presentations) and All-School Track meet
June 21 – 8th grade promotion (evening)
June 25 & 26 (half of class each day) – 7th grade field trip to Wing Luke Museum
June 26 – 8th grade field trip to Lynnwood Skate and Bowl
June 27 – Last day of school

JAMS School calendar
SPS sports schedules

Environmental Stewardship Day May 18

**TOMORROW**  The 3rd Annual Environmental Stewardship Day is Saturday, May 18, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Please join us to complete several outdoor projects at JAMS and Nathan Hale. As in years past, we will be joined by volunteers from Nathan Hale HS and Bethany Community Church NE. Sign up to do some spring cleaning around the JAMS campus and spend time with other community members!

Refreshments and lunch will be provided to help fuel our efforts. If you register through the link above you will be automatically entered in our prize drawing! Questions can be directed to Colleen at

Eat for Change

**TOMORROW*  Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project. Come in to the Chipotle at 12725 Lake City Way NE in Seattle on May 18 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds of your order will be donated to the JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project.

Family Engagement and Equity

**NEW**  A message from JAMS PTSA President Kathy Gerke:

Inclusiveness has long been a priority for the JAMS PTSA, but we have struggled to reach many of our families.  The Seattle Council PTSA recently adopted a resolution focused on family engagement and equity and, with the help of our new Community Outreach Chair, Friendly Vang-Johnson, the JAMS PTSA will be working on developing a similar resolution.  On behalf of the incoming president, Maggie Sweeney, we welcome anyone who is interested in being on a task force for this important initiative to contact her at

In addition, we will have a preliminary conversation at the transitional PTSA Board Meeting on June 10, to include both the outgoing as well as the incoming boards.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend that board meeting. If you would like translation or accessibility services at that meeting or any PTSA event, email

Congratulations, Mr. Bilides!

**NEW** Congratulations to JAMS’ head counselor and 8th grade counselor, Mr. Bilides!  He was recently recognized as Seattle Public Schools 2019 Counselor of the Year.  JAMS is lucky to have you, Mr. Bilides!

Outstanding Educator and Golden Acorn award recipients

**NEW**  Join us in celebrating the 2019 Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) PTSA award recipients!

The Outstanding Educator award (given to an educator who has contributed his or her time and talents to providing outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth beyond the normal scope of their jobs) was awarded to William Segall and Kaylee Heu.

The Golden Acorn award (given to a volunteer who has contributed to our children and community in an exceptional way) was awarded to Patty Lavelle, Rebecca Reidand Nina Petrie.

Get a jump on sports physicals

**NEW**  Parents:  Did you know your student can get a sports physical at the Nathan Hale Teen Clinic?  Located inside Nathan Hale High School, the clinic does sports physicals, administers vaccines and evaluates illness. It’s free and convenient, on school days.  After school appointments are available now for sports physicals.  Call Nathan Hale Teen Clinic at 206-302-1840 to schedule an appointment or get more information.

Homework help after school at JAMS

Every Tuesday and Thursday, the JAMS library will be open after school until 5:20pm with Nathan Hale tutors available to work with students. Library space, computers, printer, and supplies available. Students can come in to get help with homework or work on projects. Questions? Contact librarian Laurie Amster-Burton (

Engraved tile: a lasting gift

Looking for a graduation 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.

Music Information

Join FOJAM board

The FOJAM Board is a great way to support the JAMS music program and teachers. We are currently looking to fill the President and the Volunteer Coordinator Board positions for the 2019-20 school year. If you are interested, please email for more information and consider coming to one of our upcoming Board meetings on May 21 and June 18.

Summer Music OpportunitiesSummer is just around the corner and there are many great summer music camps in the area. Our wonderful JAMS Music Department has gathered some great information about local summer music opportunities.  A full list is available on the FOJAM website

JAMS will be hosting the SPS Summer Music Program!

The SPS Summer Music Program will be at JAMS this year!  All students entering 5-9 grade are encouraged to attend.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) now accepting applications for 2019-20

Please complete the online application form and submit by July 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email or by phone by August 31, 2019. Meetings occur on the third Monday of the month at 4:30 – 6 p.m. For new committee members, the first meeting is September 16, 2019 at the District Office. Please note that living or working within Seattle Public School boundaries, or having a student in SPS is not a requirement for participation in the ITAC.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, please download and submit the application form as directed by July 31, 2019.

ITAC Overview
Most funding for information technology (IT), whether for the classroom education technology (EdTech), for enterprise applications and data systems, or for infrastructure, comes from capital levies that need engagement and input. The purpose of (ITAC) will be to serve as an advisory committee in planning for future funding as well as to provide expertise and community input on an ongoing basis.

ITAC will receive periodic briefings and be asked to comment, to make recommendations, and/or to give input. The committee will be asked to advise on the strategic alignment, planning, prioritization and implementation of current and future information and education technology projects. Key projects for possible consideration by the committee include (but are not limited to):

  • Identification, scope, and priority of projects for future levies
  • Best practices for use of technology in the classroom
  • Adaptive technology and accessibility for our differently-abled students and community
  • Student data privacy/security
  • Online and blended learning models
  • Cloud and technology-based curriculum
  • Best practices for enterprise IT systems

District Advanced Learning Referral Window for Grades K through 8 is open May 15-Sept. 23, 2019

Referrals for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, for the 2020-21 school Advanced Learning Programs and services can be submitted from May 15th through September 23rd, 5:00p.m. Referral forms for students currently enrolled with Seattle Public Schools is completed online via the Source. Read more about it HERE. Have questions? Contact the District at 206-252-0130 or complete the online contact form at

SPS budget update

The Legislative session in Olympia ended on Sunday, April 28. Due to the Legislature’s actions, beginning in 2020, Seattle will be able to collect $3,000 per student from local, voter-approved funds. This will restore 12.2 million dollars directly to classrooms in the 2019-20 school year, with an estimated total increase in revenue of 16 million dollars and 28 million additional dollars to the district beginning with the 2020-21 school year. We want to thank the Seattle Legislative Delegation for their leadership on restoring this much needed local levy authority.

This restored revenue, along with increased flexibility to use capital funds for maintenance costs, will help us address some of the 40-million-dollar budget shortfall for school year 2019-20 and support restoration of the most critical supports for our students – our school-based staff.

Next year’s school-based cuts including librarians, counselors, and assistant principals, made due to the 2019-20 budget shortfall, will be restored. Other budget reductions, including those to the central office, will move forward.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Seattle Youth Commission now accepting applications

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member commission of kids ages 13-19 that addresses issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission work with elected officials, city staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes through policy, organizing, and events. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 17, at 5:00 p.m.

Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2019 and ending June 2021.  The commissioners meet biweekly on Wednesdays at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 21.

Apply Now
To apply, complete and submit this online application by June 17 at 5 p.m. Interviews for applicants will be held on July 9 and 11 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Seattle Youth Commission Projects
In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. Here is a sampling of the projects the SYC has worked on in the past:

  • Researched marketing and recruitment strategies to increase enrollment in Seattle Public Schools’ Career Technical Education Skills Center to recommend to the Office of Economic Development.
  • Collaborated with the Mayor’s Chief of Police Search Committee to facilitate a youth forum on selecting the new Chief of Police.
  • Advised the Department of Education and Early Learning on top priorities to consider for the Families and Education Levy.

For questions, contact or call 206-684-0359.

**NEW** North Seattle Titans free skills camp June 2

Free Skills camp, Sunday, 6/2/19, 3-5 p.m. (check in is at 2:30 pm.)
It is a free camp that we host at Ingraham High School.  Each participant gets a free Titans T-shirt. We do basic football skills and drills. It gives families exposure to our program and our brand of football!

To sign up just RSVP name, age and grade to

Free summer swim lessons at beaches

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will offer free daytime youth swim lessons from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at all nine lifeguarded summer beaches. Lessons are intended for youth 6-16 years of age. Session 1 runs July 2 through July 13; Session 2 runs July 16 through July 27; Session 3 runs July 30 to August 10, and Session 4 runs August 13 to August 24.

SPR will also offer free evening swim lessons from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Madrona, Mount Baker, Seward, and Pritchard beaches on either Mondays (June 25 to August 20) or Thursdays (June 28 to August 23).

Registration for daytime and evening lessons will begin June 1; call 206-684-4078 or email and specify the location and sessions, and include student’s name and age, as well a contact name and phone.

For a list of SPR’s nine lifeguarded beaches as well as more information, please visit

Community Fun Skate at Magnuson CC

Come roller skate! Every second Sunday through August, from 2 to 5 PM, PFM is hosting a free and open-to-all skating session at Magnuson Community Center (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115). This includes free skates and a donation-supported bake sale.

Entire families are encouraged to attend, but children 12 and over may be dropped off with a signed parental waiver available at the event.

Contact PFM for more information email .

Clear Sky Program for Native Youth

Clear Sky Program for Native youth ages 7 to 19:

  • Tuesday/Thursdays, 6:00p.m.-8:30p.m.
  • Location: Robert Eagle Staff MS 1330 N 90th St, Seattle.
  • Contact info: (206)
  • Come for leadership trainings/workshops, special events, tutoring/homework help and more.

Mindfulness and Yoga for Teens and Tweens

A yoga & mindfulness series designed specifically for teens & tweens to teach them life skills to cope with the stress and anxiety of growing up. They will learn how to relax their minds and strengthen their bodies by an introduction to the principles of Mindfulness and the eight limbs of yoga. Relaxation and postural techniques will be taught as well as meditative practices including connecting with the breath and learning to pay attention to what is.

TWEENS & TEENS (6th – 10th grade) Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm, May 15 – June 19, $108

Seattle School of Aikido: 3422 NE 55th Street
Karen “Karb” Bullard
RYT E-200, RYT 500
Certified Mindfulness Instructor

To register, email or phone 206.465.5477

Information for incoming Roosevelt football players

Welcome to another great year of Roosevelt Football, go Rough Riders! We look forward to a very competitive, exciting and fun football campaign in 2019. All paperwork is now on-line on the Roosevelt website, please take the time and effort to download and fill out the needed paperwork and pay for all fees. Please return all completed paperwork to Mrs. Downing in the main office at Roosevelt High School beginning May 1. All current 8th graders (incoming 9th graders) will need to pay for all fees with a check made out to Roosevelt High school and hand it in to the main office at Roosevelt. There are few up coming dates that are very important for all incoming and returning Roosevelt Football players.

  • May 23 (4:30-6:00pm; 6:15-7:00pm for family BBQ):
  • May 28 and 29: 9th Graders IMPACT TESTING
  • May 30 and 31: All retuning players + incoming freshmen, current 8th graders
  • June 3: Spring Practice Begins!!!

You can find all of the information you need at the following address: or Roosevelt Football website:

Thank you from Coach Sherlock and I look forward to the up-coming season. Team First, Always Compete and NO EXCUSES!! WHO RIDES!

Got room…?

…for one more smile?
…for one more giggle?
…for one more hug?
…for one more tear?
…to make the difference for one child in your school?

Every year in our community, hundreds of kids enter the foster care system. The critical shortage of foster care homes in our school district means that abused and neglected children are rarely able to stay in their original school when they enter foster care.  As a result, children who must enter foster care lose not only their families, but also friends, teachers, tutors, counselors, administrators, bus drivers, food service workers and custodians.

For many of these kids, school is the only secure piece of their lives. You could be the best solution!

We are searching for a few families from your school to become licensed foster parents. Just in case a child in your school needs a home. You don’t have to be a superhero, or even save the world, but just maybe you could find the room to make the difference in the life of one child.

Attend orientation now! Get licensed and be ready to help when a student in our community needs a foster family. For information, please call 1-888-KIDS414 (1-888-543-7414).

Roughrider Girls Summer Hoop Camp

July 8 to 11

Mini-Hooper Camp: 1st-6th grades, 9:00 –Noon

Advanced Hoop Camp: 7th-9th grades, 1-4pm

Take your game to the next level with Roosevelt High School’s coaches and players. Participants will learn and practice skills to help them shoot more effectively, handle the ball under pressure, make good decisions on offense and defense, and gain more understanding of position specific skills. We will put all the skill development into play during daily scrimmages.

Private Pilot Ground School

This unique course provides the opportunity for rising 9th-12th grade Washington students to explore the world of aviation while creating a base of aeronautical knowledge that pilots need to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot exam.


REGISTRATION: To start the registration process, please fill out our Request for Enrollment form.

COST: The only cost associated with Ground School is a $35 registration fee.

DATES:Monday, July 1 – Monday, July 22*
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
*No school Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5 in celebration of Independence Day holiday. A final exam will be administered on the last day, July 22. Students must be in attendance the entire day.

Roosevelt basketball summer camp

Roosevelt High School Boys Basketball Camp July 15-18, 9am-3pm: Join Us This Summer! We’d love to have your player on the RHS court this summer with Head Coach Ben Scheffler and the Roosevelt boys basketball teams. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and improve your play with our staff and current Varsity and JV players. All skill levels welcome from grades 4th-9th. Questions? Email: To register, click on link:

Raider Soccer Summer Camp

Raider boys and girls soccer camp for elementary and middle schoolers

July 8-12, 2019
Register now before spots fill up!

Elementary school hours: 9am -12pm.
Middle School hours: 1–4 pm.
Location: Jane Addams Middle School.
$100.00 per Player
Price includes 5 days of camp, T-shirt, soccer ball and coaching by Nathan Hale Soccer Team & Coach(es).

Contact  for link to registration and any additional questions.

DiscNW JAMS Ultimate camp

DiscNW offers an ultimate summer camp, just for JAMS students. Registration is now open, please feel free to spread the word as your spring season gets rolling!

When: July 29-Aug 2, 9AM-3PM
Where: Mapleleaf
Who: JAMS Players, entering and exiting players in the 2019-2020 school year
Cost: $317/Week, 63.40/Day. Financial Aid Available.

Player too old for JAMS camp? Attend our *newly added* North End HS camp for players attending Ingraham, Ballard, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, Blanchet, Shorewood, Shorecrest, and more!


Summer enrichment at the University of Washington

UW’s Summer Youth Program for middle school students is now open for enrollment.  Parents and students can choose from a wide variety of half day classes in coding, engineering design, visual arts, creative writing, debate and much more!

The Summer Youth Program has added new classes to its lineup including, Materials Science campEngineering Things That GoCoding in PythonEngineering Sustainable LivingFashion, Mosaic Arts-3D and Bookmaking. Dates and details are online at:

Summer Art Camps in North Seattle

The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors.

  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88

To register, visit

Questions? email

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC

  • our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
  • prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym

  • Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
  • Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps

Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:

Kickstart your summer. Learn to play an instrument!

June 27 – July 3, 2019
At the Summer Jazz Prep Camp you will pick your instrument, begin reading music and learn to play songs in a beginning band. At the end of camp you’ll be invited to keep learning in the after-school Jazz Prep Ensembles, which start Fall 2019.

Every student gets:

  • a free JazzED t-shirt
  • a free instrument to use at camp
  • Thursday, June 27 – Wednesday, July 3

Morning session: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (suggested grades 4-5)
Afternoon session: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (suggested grades 6-8)
We suggest choosing the session associated with your student’s grade as of Fall 2019 but we can be flexible based on your needs.

Camp is at Rainier Prep, 10211 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168 (map).

Pick from Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, or Upright Bass.

Every student will get a t-shirt and the use of a musical instrument while at camp. We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you.

On the last page of the registration form (the ‘check-out’ page) you can enter one of the sliding scale tuition codes listed below in the coupon box. Once you apply the code it should automatically update your tuition balance. Then you can select a payment plan option if you want to break payments up.

$400, do not enter any code on the check-out page
$275, enter code TWOSEVENTYFIVE
$150, enter code ONEFIFTY
$50, enter code FIFTY
$0 – FREE (full tuition waiver) enter code WAIVER
If you’d like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we’ll send you a custom tuition code.

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we’ll get right back to you! You can also call our office at 206-324-5299 to speak with a staff member. Hablamos Español.

Open to students entering 4th through 8th grade in the fall. No music experience required. Students who have already participated in this camp for two years may not register again to allow room for new students.

Click here to register online. Enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system With An Edge
email:  |

Use this summer to fill in the gaps, prevent the summer slide or to take a look ahead and start in the fall with confidence!

Our classes are very effective and highly interactive.  Quietly sitting and doing worksheets can be done at home.  In our sessions, we keep students actively engaged and make sure they have the correct thought processes and approach.  Our classes are designed to build confidence while enjoying the journey!

Our classes/camps are run in small groups of 2-4 children with plenty of 1:1 attention.  We also offer private tutoring.

We offer:

  • Computer Camps – Python and Web Design  – uniquely systematic to build a truly strong foundation, industry professional
  • Math Camps  –    6th grade to Algebra 1
  • Strong FUNdamentals Math Classes –    Preschool to Algebra 1
  • Reading/Math classes-    for Preschoolers to First Grade, great for KG Prep
  • Private Tutoring
  • If you don’t see what you are looking for, just send us a request! –

North Seattle Titans Junior Football‏ 

North Seattle Titans Junior Football is a Seattle youth tackle football program dedicated to teaching the fundamentals in a structured and positive environment. This Seattle youth football program is for children between the ages of 7-14. Players are assigned to a team by their age and weight. North Seattle Titans Jr. Football will prepare players to be champions for life and young persons of strong moral character. Top-quality equipment is provided to insure safety of the athletes, and our youth football program serves the families and neighborhoods of Seattle, Snohomish County, and King County.

Dates: Practices begin August 5@ Ingraham High School, and will be held Monday through Friday, through the end of August; then 3 times a week after Labor Day weekend.
To Preregister : Visit  or contact
Head Coach, Bill Taylor at, or (425) 672-3766
More information here

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:
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