Jaguar News: May 24, 2019

Jaguar News May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

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 (JAMS library) 7:00pm **ALL ARE WELCOME**

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

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

June 19 – Be The Change 8th grade presentations (in the morning) and All-School Track meet (in the afternoon)

Save these dates:
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

Be the Change — Your Help Needed!

**NEW** Each JAMS 8th grader is currently working on a Be The Change project. This project will culminate in students presenting ways to improve an issue in the world, on June 19. Right now, there are 98 groups of 8th-grade students who are working hard on figuring out the ins and outs of their chosen topics.

The 8th graders will be presenting their Be The Change project twice to 6th and 7th-grade advisories; however, we need more groups in order to have enough audiences for every 8th grader to present twice. In addition, we have some topics, along the lines of sexual assault and suicide, which may not be appropriate for 6th and 7th graders.

Can you help? We hope to fill several classrooms with adults so that students will be able to present to a mature audience. In doing so, we will be able to have enough rooms for all students to present twice, and students will not have to worry about adjusting their message for a younger audience.  Last year we had over 70 parents help out, and all of them were blown away by the students’ messaging. Upon their feedback, we will be trying to make sure that parents are also in the advisory rooms with 6th and 7th graders (so that it’s not always an adult-only situation).

If you have the time, we would love to be able to count on you, and any other member of your family/community to participate. On June 19, there will be an orientation at 9:00 am for all those volunteering in order to become familiar with the project and how to assess the students. Then volunteers will be assigned to classrooms and be able to watch a total of 6 groups present in two different sessions. We’re anticipating to have completed all presentations, and be able to return you to your day, by 11:45.

If you are able to give us your morning in support of the project, please let us know by filling out a short survey so that we know how to contact you and to make sure that you’re cleared as a volunteer:

Environmental Stewardship News

**NEW**  Environmental Stewardship Day
Environmental Stewardship Day 2019 was a success! A tremendous THANK YOU to the 45+ volunteers who came to paint, sort the cage contents for relocation, whack at bushes, weed gardens and planters and pick up 57 pounds of trash. Our community does great work! A special shout-out to our partners at Nathan Hale and Bethany CC NE.

Chipotle Fundraiser
Thank you to all those who made the effort to visit Chipotle last Saturday and help us raise $377.22 for the Jane Addams Community Stair Project.

Leave a permanent mark on JAMS
Would your graduate like their name, favorite staff person or school team immortalized on a tile in the Jane Addams Community Stair project? Your support is needed to help fund the construction of a staircase replacement for the Slippery Slope. Visit

Let’s Celebrate!
JAMSDREAMBIG was recently awarded a $20,840 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to fund creation of construction documents for the Campus Running Loop. Stay tuned for an upcoming community input meeting in June 2019. Visit for more info.

Family Engagement and Equity

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.   Anyone who is interested in being on a task force for this should contact Friendly at The incoming president, Maggie Sweeney, would also like to welcome you to contact her at

In addition, we will have a preliminary conversation at the transitional PTSA Board Meeting on June 10 in the JAMS library, 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

Ice Cream Social for Incoming 6th graders May 18

**NEW**  Do you know a family with an incoming JAMS 6th grader? Please spread the word about the ice cream social for new 6th graders on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is more information (as well as links for new families to sign up for the Jaguar News) here.

Achoo! Tissues and hand sanitizer needed

**NEW**  Cold and flu season may be over, but the sniffles and sneezes will return soon enough next school year!  The JAMS school nurse would like to be able to provide each classroom with at least one box of tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer in September.  If you are able to help, please send or drop off tissues and hand sanitizer to the JAMS main office.  Thanks for your support!

Get a jump on sports physicals

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 (

Music Information

Summer Music Opportunities

Summer 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

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

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Girls’ STEM Day

Women in Aviation International Girls’ STEM Day will be hosted on Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10am – 3:00pm, at Raisbeck Aviation High School, 9229 E. Marginal Way South, Tukwila WA (across from The Museum of Flight). Catered food, STEM workshops and a question panel of women leaders in STEM.

Event open to everyone grades 6-8. FREE!!!! NO COST TO ATTEND.

Link to register:

Organization info:

**NEW** UpDawg Ultimate Tournament

UpDawg is a one-day middle school tournament that the UW frisbee team is hosting on June 22!

This is an amazing opportunity for middle schoolers to come together and play frisbee, meet ultimate players from different schools and UW, and have fun!

Here is the sign-up link: 

**NEW** JAMS Ultimate Summer Camp

When: July 29 – Aug 2, 9am-3pm
Where: Mapleleaf Lower Fields
Who: Incoming 6th graders through graduating 8th graders
Cost: $317/week, $63.40/day. Financial Aid is available
More info and Registration:

This week not work for your player? Check out the 15 other sessions we are running this summer:

**NEW** Roosevelt Jazz Bands – End of Year Concerts

Three magnificent nights of Jazz mark the end of the 2018-2019 School Year.

  • Tuesday, June 11th – Vocal Jazz performs at 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12th – Jazz Bands 2, 3, and 4 perform at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 13th – The 2019 Essentially Ellington First Place Winner, Jazz Band 1, performs at 7:30 pm

Join us in the Roosevelt Performing Arts Theatre to celebrate the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. 

**NEW** The Roosevelt High School Marching Band – Neighborhood Parade

On Saturday, June 15, Roosevelt High School’s Marching Band will depart Roosevelt at approx. 1:00 pm. with Seattle Police escorting. Motorists can expect a rolling slowdown as the parade makes its way along streets in the Roosevelt district. We’d love to see you anywhere along the route!

Route Details are:

  • Starts at NE 68th Street and 12th Avenue NE;
  • West on 68th to Roosevelt Way NE;
  • South on Roosevelt to NE 64th Street;
  • East on 64th to 12th Avenue NE;
  • turn into the parking lot of Roosevelt Square ​to play in front of Bartell Drugs;
  • North on 12th to NE 69th Street;
  • East on 69th to 15th Avenue NE;
  • North on 15th to NE 70th Street;
  • East on 70th to 20th Avenue NE;
  • South on 20th to NE 68th Street;
  • West on 68th to 15th Avenue NE;
  • South on 15th to NE 66th Street;
  • West on 66th to 12th Avenue NE;
  • North on 12th into the Roosevelt High School parking lot.

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.

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 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.

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.

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…

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

Kids With An Edge
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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:
Homework and class information:

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