Jaguar News: Nov. 15, 2019

Jaguar News November 15, 2019
November 15, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

November 16 – Ultimate Frisbee playoff games
Gold team vs. Madison @ Ingraham Stadium2 8:00am
Black team vs. Meany @ Ingraham S2 9:30am
Green team vs. Denny @ TBD 9:30am
Red team vs. Aki @ Ingraham N1 3:30pm
Red team vs. TBD @ Ingraham Stadium 5:00pm
Purple team vs. Hamilton @ Ingraham Stadium2 time TBD

November 16Girls Soccer games
Varsity vs. Whitman @ Memorial Stadium 8:00am
JV vs. Whitman @ Roosevelt 2:00pm

November 19 – Ultimate End-of-Season potluck (JAMS cafeteria) 6:00-8:00pm

November 28 and 29 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day)

November 30 – Families of Color and Special Education brunch (see details below) 10:30am

December 3, 5 & 6 – Boys basketball tryouts (JAMS gyms) 3:45-5:30pm

December 5, 6 & 7 – TAJA presents “Much Ado About Nothing” (JAMS auditorium)

December 9 & 10 – Girls basketball tryouts (JAMS gyms) 3:45-5:30pm

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

December 10 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 12 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 19 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 20 – One-hour early dismissal 2:45pm

December 23 to January 3 – NO SCHOOL (Winter break)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

JAMS PTSA Annual Give

**NEW**   The JAMS PTSA Annual Give campaign was a great success!  In the coming months, the Jaguar News will highlight some of the projects, events and purchases that are funded by the 2019-20 JAMS PTSA budget.

Want to help more, without spending a dime of your own money?  You can!
  • JAMS PTSA needs your corporate match!  Corporate matching is an easy way to double your contribution. If your employer offers it, please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Contact Beth Sharlin if you have questions or need help with corporate matching.
  • Box Tops For Education If you clip Box Tops, send or drop them off at the JAMS main office.  There is a red collection box on the bookshelf to the right of the staff mailboxes.
  • AmazonSmile  With AmazonSmile, Amazon contributes 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charity you designate (like JAMS PTSA). It’s fast, easy and doesn’t require you to change your existing account or set up a new one.  First, go to, log in with your Amazon credentials, and then search for and select “Jane Addams Middle School PTSA” as your designated charity. Finally, bookmark, and use it any time you place an Amazon order. That’s it!  Note that you must place your order through (NOT for your purchase to generate AmazonSmile funds for JAMS PTSA. 

Winter Sports Information

**NEW**  JAMS school-sponsored winter sports are Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball.

All students must have their athletic paperwork completed and turned in to Ms. Riber in the main office, before they can participate in tryouts, preferably by November 27. Athletic packets include a doctor-signed sports physical. Physicals are valid for 2 years from the exam date.  Check with Ms. Riber ( 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 sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the Basketball Safety Guidelines form

Girls basketball

  • Tryouts: December 9 and 10, after school (3:45-5:30) in the JAMS gym. Students are expected to attend both tryout days.
  • Practices: after school (3:45-5:30pm) in the JAMS gyms
    Varsity on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning on December 12
    JV on Mondays and Fridays, beginning on December 13
Boys basketball
  • Tryouts: December 3, 5, and 6, after school (3:45-5:30) in the JAMS gym. All students are expected to attend the tryouts on December 3 and 5. December 6 will be a callback day.
  • Practices: after school (3:45-5:30pm) in the JAMS gyms
    Varsity on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning on December 12
    JV on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning on December 13

Families of Color and Special Education brunch

**NEW**  Please join us for the first Families of Color and Special Education brunch on Saturday, November 30 at 10:30am. We will be discussing a range of topics including college prep, advocating for your child, and bullying. Please RSVP to or to get details on location. Kids of all ages welcome!

Private school application instructions

**NEW**  Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) receives a substantial amount of private high school recommendation and transcripts requests. We ask that parents/guardians follow the guidelines below so that we can process the forms in a timely manner.

To ensure our timely response, application requests must be turned in to us by December 13. We cannot guarantee that requests will be completed by January 16, if your request is submitted after December 13. It will be at the teacher’s discretion if they have time available.

School Records

  • Electronic Applications / Ravenna Solutions
    For private schools that use an online application system, please have the records request sent to:
  • Paper (offline) Applications
    For private schools that use paper applications please drop off a signed application form along with a private school addressed envelope with two (2) stamps to Main Office by December 19.  We will need a prepared envelope for each school if there are multiple schools.
What will be included in School Records:
  • Progress Report (1st Quarter – this year)
  • Middle School Academic History
  • Standardized testing
  • Attendance Report (this year)
  • Incident Report

Teacher Recommendations
Your requests for a teacher recommendation should be addressed to the teacher from whom you require a recommendation. Please provide a standard business sized envelope (addressed to the applicant school with adequate postage to cover at least two ounces.) This is required for each school to which you are applying.

It is also courteous to ask the teachers in advance (via e-mail) if they would be willing to fill out the forms, before dropping the forms off in their mailbox at the school.

Please submit requests early. The teachers and staff will process recommendations as time permits during their normal work schedule.

If you have any more questions, please contact the Registrar at:

Jaguars Read!


We are active readers here at JAMS! We’ve added a lot of new books to the JAMS library this month, and circulation continues to nearly hit 100 books a day. I have enjoyed talking books with several 8th and 6th grade classes and helping students to find the “just right” book that hooks them into a love of reading. Activities have included book talks, book trailers, book passes, creating TBR (To Be Read) lists, and small group conferring. It’s wonderful to get to know students and share my love of books with them!

On Wednesday evening, we hosted the annual ELL Family Night in the library. A light dinner was shared, and topics included introductions, counseling services, College Bound, the Source, and Schoology. Thank you to those families who attended- it was a pleasure to meet you!

THANK YOU! We have received several puzzle donations, and the students are happily assembling them at lunch time. It’s a great, collaborative activity. We’ve completed THREE so far, in less than a month!

Coming soon: Maker Mondays. Once a month, we’ll host a Maker Station in the library during lunch for students to create or build some type of project. Our first Maker Monday will be November 25 and students will make cards of gratitude. We’ll try out a few different stamping and paper crafting techniques. Should be lots of fun! If you have supplies or ideas for future projects you’d like to contribute, contact me at my email, below.

Thanks for reading!
Follow us on Instagram: jaguarsread

Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian

Currently, I’m reading…
Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs (Middle Grade)
The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett (YA)
Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman (adult novel)

(“Jaguars Read!” is a series from the JAMS librarian, Ms. Christiansen, providing news and information from the library.)

Big improvements coming our way!

JAMS site improvements (partially funded in the BEX V Levy) will be making headway this fall with a projected timeline for construction the summer of 2020! This means our staff parking lot, community stair project and several other high priority spaces will be made new again. The time is now to purchase your engravable tile for inclusion in the seat wall of the staircase. Visit to purchase a tile and learn more about potential site improvements. Questions? Email

Volunteer Corner

Keep the JAMS out of Traffic!!!

Traffic Volunteers needed daily to keep our kids safe and our traffic flow running smoothly. No need to sign up, simply feel free to come help any morning 8:30-8:55am or afternoon 3:20-3:45pm.  Stop by to sign in at the Main Office, don a fashionable fluorescent orange vest, and start wielding a traffic flag all in the name of traffic safety!  
What’s a Jaguar’s favorite thing to do after lunch? Spot clean! 

Lunch room volunteers needed daily for all three lunches.  No need to sign up, just come by any day you are free to help supervise and assist during one, two or all three lunch sessions.  Stop by the office to sign in and get a volunteer badge.

8th grade lunch – 10:50-11:30
6th grade lunch – 11:55-12:35
7th grade lunch –  1:00-1:40

High School Information

Hale High School

Hale Future Family Night December 10, 2019 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Nathan Hale Campus including PAC, Commons

For prospective families and students to find out more about Nathan Hale High School. There will be an opportunity to get a tour of the school, find out more about different clubs and organizations, and hear from our staff and administration about what makes Nathan Hale unique.  There will be a second event in February 2020 right before the school district’s Open Enrollment period.

Ingraham High School
School Open House Schedule and Day Time Tour Schedule for 2019-2020

Shadow Visits: December 3 thru February 13, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Reservations required.
Sign your Student up to shadow one of our current 9th Grade Student Guides thru the first 4 periods of the day (8:55am – 1:10pm).
Shadow Tour Dates: Dec 3, 5, 10, 12; Jan 7, 9, 14, 16 and Feb 4, 6, 11, 13. 
Please call (206)252-3889 Maria Medina to schedule a shadow visit for your student beginning Wed, Nov 13. Space is limited.

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
January 14  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone. Our Principal Mr. Floe and our Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham High School IB Information Night
January 15  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.
Please visit the Academics page at for additional IB program information.

Ingraham High School Day Time Tour
*****January 16  – 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM *****
Parents must accompany students on this tour. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes for the walking portion of the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
Note: All tours are for parents and students.
No Need to RSVP for the evening open house or IB Information Night.

GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

February 6, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Future and prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to join us from 7-8pm.

Lincoln High School

Lincoln will host an Information Night for prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year January 16 at 7p.m. 

Center School

The Center School is a small, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  All seniors take AP English.  Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus.  Our students excel in an award-winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

 We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

 Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Cener School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  The Center School builds partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Open houses will be held January 23 and February 13, 2020.

Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot (parking pass), or you can email or to request an Open House parking pass.  Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison.

Raisbeck Aviation HS

Attention 8th grade parents! Wondering if Aviation is a good fit for your student? Check out our upcoming information night!

We will go over:

  • The application process, what to expect, how and when to apply.
  • Meet students, staff, and parents of current students.
  • Learn about what RAHS’s curriculum and how to prepare student for college and career.
  • Lean about extra-curricular activities such as Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, Robotics, and Ultimate Frisbee to name just a few.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Raisbeck Aviation High School
9229 East Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98108

Seattle Public Schools Information

Student Vaccination Requirements

Washington state law requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations, or have a signed Certificate of Exemption in order to attend school.

Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.

Families of students whose records are not up to date or are missing information were notified the week of November 1 via email, postal mail, and a letter home from your child’s school. Instructions for what to do if you receive this letter are here.

Read the King County immunization schedule for children.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Lake City Emergency Communication Hub meeting

The Lake City Emergency Communication Hub will be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month—Wednesday Nov 20, 7-8:30 pm—in the downstairs meeting room at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave NE. Enter through the main entrance or use the ADA-accessible elevator off the parking lot.

The meeting will feature a tsunami/seiche presentation, a solar panel/lights show and tell, an update on WA State’s response plan, an update on collaborative efforts with Seattle Fire Dept., plus two Nathan Hale students working with the LC Hub, another opportunity to teach Emergency Preparedness and Weather Awareness to Literacy Source students, and likely other items of interest. There will also be a Lake City Stops the Bleed update. For the first time, the American College of Surgeons has a public access website— Lake City Stops the Bleed offers free training.

We need YOU to be prepared.

**NEW**  “Ten Tips for Advocating for your Child” presentation

Parents, please attend a presentation on Tues., Nov 19 at 7 pm at St. Bridget Church’s Fireside Room that focuses on special education and IEP’s (individualized education programs). 

Topics include:

  • a brief overview of special education law and important definitions you should know
  • the IEP process and evaluations
  • using data efficiently
  • facing challenging behaviors 
  • high school transition
  • conflict resolution
  • working with the IEP team
  • and more! 

There will be plenty of time for questions and parents with a range of experience levels are encouraged to attend!   Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also RSVP at

Please see the attached flyer for more details!  If you have any questions, you can contact

Free Showing of Screenagers: Next Chapter

Please join The Downtown School community on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm  for a screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter. The film examines what can be done to help teens build crucial skills in our digital age to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression. This screening is free and open to the public, so bring a friend and spread the word! We’ll be accepting donations to Teen Link at the door and holding a moderated discussion after the screening. Click this link to RSVP. Adults only, please. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sylvan Black Friday Offer

Include tutoring in your shopping list this year and save on success! For kids, there’s no sound that’s quite as sweet as the final school bell before the holiday break. And for you, there’s nothing like the sound of three little words to make your heart skip with joy: BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Include tutoring in your shopping list this year to see grades and confidence soar after the holidays. (Plus; you don’t have to wake up at 4am to save!) Call today to take advantage of our savings.

Sylvan Learning of Seattle 12317 15th Ave NE, Unit 108 206-838-5274

Seattle Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at through November 30 and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Ingraham High School drama presents: Peter and the Starcatcher

Nov 15, 16, 7 PM
Nov 17, 2 PM

Ingraham High School Little Theater
1819 N 135th St.
Seattle, WA 98133
United States

It is 1885 during the reign of Queen Victoria and two ships from the British Empire set sail on the high seas for the imaginary kingdom of Rundoon.

On one ship, The Neverland, three orphan boys encounter a smart and witty girl named Molly Aster, the daughter of an English lord and minister to the queen. Also on board is a trunk full of precious starstuff that Molly has promised to protect. One of the orphans, known only as Boy, is bitter and unpleasant. Once he meets Molly, his lonely and miserable world is turned upside down.

On the other ship, The Wasp, Mollys father, the famous starcatcher Lord Aster, guards a decoy trunk from pirates who are in search of treasure. The pirate captain, Black Stache, discovers the ruse and goes after The Neverland.

A violent storm ensues, and Molly and the orphans find themselves trying to save the valuable trunk from Black Stache, his men, and the both of the ships crews. The Neverland is torn asunder in the storm.

In the midst of all the upheaval, Boy meets Black Stache who gives him the name of Peter while trying to convince him to become a pirate. The trunk is almost in secure hands, when in order to save himself from drowning, Peter rides it through the waves to a nearby island.

And the adventures have only begun! What becomes of Molly, Peter, and the other lost boys? Why is everyone after the starstuff and what does it do? Does anyone or anything ever stop Black Stache and the pirates? Discover more than ever about these classic characters you thought you knew.

Meadowbrook Pond Luminaria Walk

Saturday December 7th (5:30 -8:00) wear lights!!
Prep – Thursday December 5th, Meadowbrook Community Center 6:30 – 9:00
Please volunteer at one or both events: COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS -Contact: NIKOLAJ 360 659-9343

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 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

Accessible Skating for ALL ages at Magnuson Community Center

Community Fun Skate, 2nd Sunday of each month, 2-5pm
Magnuson Community Center (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115)

We have skates in sizes J9-12

Come join us for our FREE series of Sunday Skates brought to you by PFM Roller Derby at Magnuson Community Center. All ages and abilities are welcome but children under the age of 18 must have parental permission (see below for details). This is a free event with donations welcome to support future fun skates. We will provide space, tunes, games, and the skates. You provide the smiles and laughter.

Kids 12-17 may be dropped off with a signed parental/guardian waiver, which we will keep on file for 2019. 11 and under must have a parent/guardian (18 and over) present at center, may watch. 

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.

Adolesco Youth Exchange for kids 9-18

We are a two-way exchange program that gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host a carefully matched exchange partner in turn. Adolesco Youth Exchange matches students with a student about their same age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. Families will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for their schedule), and for HOW LONG (anywhere up to 12 weeks) they want their student to go on an exchange and host a student as part of our flexible and affordable non-profit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between the ages of 9 and 18.

Apply: (Applications due November 15, 2019)

Meet astronauts, engineers and pilots!

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (MPA) at The Museum of Flight is named in honor of Washington native and payload commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Participants will be enrolled in an interactive online learning website and invited to participate in MPA-sponsored events, the first being a full-day event at The Museum of Flight in February.

This program is for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is FREE!

Learn more, and register (registration closes on December 2) here

Seattle JazzED

Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 1300 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.

Advance your musical improvisation and theory knowledge in this 10-week class with Steve Treseler. Whatever musical level you’re at, there’s a Fall Jazz Club for you. Grades 4-12 with 1-2 years of playing experience (and singers!). More info at

Play and perform in JazzED Big Bands under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Deb Schaafalongside dedicated students from the Seattle region. Advanced players looking for something different will want to try the New Works Ensemble with Wayne Horvitz. String players welcome in the JazzED Youth OrchestraTop bands travel to New York City in the spring! Opportunities for grades 5-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

Let your voice soar! As Nina Simone was known to do, we bring together a broad range of styles, but are always steeped in gospel and folk traditions. Directed by Shaina Shepherd, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

Have drumming experience? Be part of building a groove-based drumline on brand new Yamaha drums with director Tony Sodano (Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline). FUN is the operative word. We’ll be making the crowd move! Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info 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. 
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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