Jaguar News: Oct. 18, 2019

Jaguar News October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

October 19 – Girls Soccer games
Varsity vs. Eckstein @ Eagle Staff 9:30am
JV vs. Eckstein @ Eagle Staff 2:00pm

October 19 – Ultimate Frisbee games
Red team vs. Mercer @ Franklin #2 9:30am
Black team vs. Whitman @ Ingraham N1 11:00am
Gold team vs. Whitman @ Ingraham N1 12:30pm
Purple team vs. Whitman @ Ingraham N1 2:00pm
Green team vs. Eagle Staff @ Ingraham N1 3:30pm

October 22 – 8th grade camp luggage drop-off (either 8:15-9:00am or 4:00-6:00pm)

October 23 to October 25 – 8th grade trip to Camp Orkila (drop off students at 7:15am on October 23)

October 25 – Dia de los Muertos (JAMS cafeteria) 6:00-8:00pm

October 28 – Picture retake day

October 28 to November 1 – Spirit week (details below)

November 1 – School dance 4:00-5:30pm

November 3 – Daylight Savings Time ends (turn your clocks back one hour)

November 3 – JAMS gear store closes

November 4 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

November 6 – Promised Land” film screening (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

November 7 – Senior Jazz benefit concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Please donate to the JAMS PTSA Annual Give


Less than 2 weeks to go and we’re only 30% to our goal!

Have you asked your friends and family to support JAMS PTSA? Grandparents? People who care about public school education? Please consider asking the people in your network to make a donation to JAMS PTSA. You can even copy and paste a message like this:

Learn more about JAMS PTSA’s Annual Give and support JAMS PTSA at A $25 donation pays for a child to go on a field trip and buys a book for the library. A gift to Jane Addams Middle School PTSA is tax deductible. The campaign ends on October 31st. Support JAMS PTSA by donating today.

As of October 16, the 3rd period class in the lead is Merrifield! Closely followed by Schaaf and Grevstad . Each family that participates in the fundraising and returns a donation form or gives online, no matter what the donation, raises their student’s advisory class participation totals for the GOLDEN JAGUAR and fun prizes. Act now! The clock is ticking!

JAMS students attend POCLS

**NEW**  JAMS students Jordan and Alejandro, and parents Joy and Friendly, attended the 2nd Washington State People of Color Legislative Summit (POCLS) on Saturday, October 12 at the University of Washington to speak about the needs of students of color with disabilities. They advocated for ethnic studies, ending the school to prison pipeline, and supporting more special education funding. Alex and Jordan served lunch and met the Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Chair of the House Education Committee.

This is one way how JAMS PTSA Equity and Inclusion engages families of color and special education. Is your family interested in learning more about how to be in community with families of color and special education? Please contact Friendly Vang-Johnson at

Jaguars Read!

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


I am thrilled to be the new librarian at JAMS and so lucky to have inherited such a beautiful space and collection of books.

A little about me:  I have been a middle school Language Arts teacher in Seattle Public Schools since 2001, teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Hamilton Middle School in Wallingford and Mercer Middle School on Beacon Hill. I love books! I am an avid reader of Young Adult literature. Talking to kids about books, matching reluctant readers to books, and staying up to date on the latest and greatest books are all passions of mine.

So far this year in the JAMS library, we have had:

  • 6th grade Library Orientation in stations
  • 6th grade Social Studies: Finding Just-Right Non-Fiction books
  • Read Alouds with Ms. Taylor’s class
  • Book talks and Trailers with 8th grade LA classes
  • Banned Books Week
  • Celebrate Latinx Authors for National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Science classes for research and typing on computers
  • MAP testing for selected students
  • ELL classes for using bilingual encyclopedias online

I love to have students visit the library! We are open in the morning at 8:35, during lunch, and after school until 4:15 (2:45 on Wednesdays).

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, you can contact me at

NEW! Follow the JAMS library on Instagram: jaguarsread

-Emily Christiansen

Currently, I’m reading…
Frankly in Love, by David Yoon

Día de los Muertos on October 25

**NEW**  LSU is continuing the tradition of honoring past loved ones with a Día de Los Muertos event October 25 from 6-8 in the JAMS Cafeteria.  All are welcome and encouraged to come!  It will be potluck style.  LSU will be selling sugar skull and traditional fruit cups as part of their bake sale fundraiser.  Proceeds will help fund field trips such as La Chispa Conference, a bilingual conference that empowers Latinx students by increasing their self-worth and self-image as academic students.

“Promised Land” film on November 6

**NEW** Save the date – “Promised Land” film screening

Wednesday November 6, in the JAMS Auditorium
Doors open at 6:30pm, film begins at 7:00 pm.

“Promised Land” is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, both in our regions shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still look at tribal sovereignty.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  Volunteers Needed to Help with Camp Gear Check-In
Tuesday October 22nd  – two shifts available 8-9:15am and 4-6pm

Our 8th graders are heading to Camp Orkila and we need help!  Volunteers will check off students from a list when they drop off their luggage so we can make sure everyone has brought their gear  to school.  Sign up here if you’re able to help!
TAJA tech support needed

JAMS Drama Department and Theatre At Jane Addams is looking for a volunteer for stage technical needs.  If you have stage experience, especially with light and sound systems, please consider donating your time.  Contact Ms. Handley ( to volunteer or learn more.
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

Basketball season is coming!

**NEW**  Basketball tryouts for boys and girls will be the first week of December. Exact tryout and practice dates have not been scheduled yet.

Paperwork needs to be turned in before students can participate in tryouts.

All athletic paperwork is available in the main office or online here.

Email Megan at with any questions or to check if your student’s physical on file is still valid.

Safe Routes to School

**NEW**  Safe Routes to School is a City of Seattle program that seeks to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school, and improve safety in areas around schools for kids who walk and bike.

The Seattle City Council decreased this year’s funding for the Safe Routes to School program. Contact the City Council at to let them know what you think about funding Safe Routes to School.

Join families from other area schools for a Safe Routes to Schools conversation, including a representative of SDOT on November 7, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Hazel Wolf Cafetorium (11532 12th Ave NE). Food will be provided and kid care is likely (stay tuned for more details in coming weeks).

Spirit Week, October 28 to November 1

The first spirit week of the school year will be the week of October 28, culminating in a dance on Friday, November 1.  Here are the spirit day themes:

  • Monday, October 28: Sleepover/PJ day – wear what you would wear to a sleepover
  • Tuesday, October 29: JAMS Day – show-off your Jaguar pride by wear JAMS Gear and/or school color (Red, Black, White/Gray)
    • Suggestion: 8th Grade Black, 7th grade Red, 6th grade White/Gray
  • Wednesday, October 30: Environment Day – It’s not enough to say you care about the environment. It’s time to do something about it.
    • Don’t use any plastic for the day, Pick up trash/recycle and throw it in the proper bin, Walk /take the bus to school.
  • Thursday, October 31: Costume Day – for obvious reasons
    • School rules apply
    • Prohibited: mask, face paint, weapon, offensive costumes
  • Friday, November 1: Rainbow Day – Dress like the rainbow with as many colors as possible or dress as a solid color from the rainbow

Halloween-themed school dance will be held in the JAMS cafeteria from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

  • Tickets are $2, sales October 21 to Nov 1
    • Before school in the ASB Room (roll-up window between the office and Profa. Dahlberg’s room)
    • During Lunch in the Cafeteria
  • Snacks will be sold at varying prices

Calling all Friends of Jane Addams music (FOJAM)!

Senior Jazz Band fundraiser

This is an exciting year for the Senior Jazz Band. Last year, we won the Junior Sweepstake title at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Outstanding Performance in Downbeat Magazine. AND we have been selected to attend the 2020 Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans as a FEATURED PERFORMER! The Jazz Education Network Conference attracts Jazz musicians, educators and students from all over the country so to be able to play here is an amazing performing and learning opportunity. Plus we’ll get to do this in the Birthplace of modern Jazz! More information about the Jazz Education Network can be found on Please help send us to New Orleans with our SEE’S CANDY FUNDRAISER!

See’s Candy is known for their American-deliciousness with no added preservatives. The truffle and chocolate boxes will have a seasonal gift wrapping, all ready for holiday gifting. Orders can be made with a Sr. Jazz Member or contacting We will also be taking orders at our Benefits Concert on Nov 7 at JAMS Auditorium. Come listen to what we will be performing at the JEN Conference! Guest performances by Advance Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Theatre At Jane Addams Club. You can also donate to our cause online through (please make sure to indicate “Donation for Sr Jazz NOLA”).

Remember to register your JAMS music student!

If you haven’t already, remember to head on over to to register your student for the school year.  This allows FOJAM to communicate directly with you with regard to events and information about our amazing JAMS Music students! 

Community Events and Programs

JAMS ski bus

Registration for the 2020 January and February Friday night ski and snowboard lesson and bus program is open through SKI MOHAN. Please check out the Ski Mohan page for JAMS at 

**SPOTS ARE LIMITED**  If the bus sells out, please contact the Mohan office via email ( or by phone (425-868-3820) to be put on a wait list.

Please note: This is a program of Mohan Skiing and Boarding; this is not a school-sponsored activity or field trip. JAMS ski bus is facilitated by parent volunteers. Parent chaperones are needed to run a smooth and successful program (there are adult perks for such responsibilities). If you’re interested in helping, send a note of interest to

Nathan Hale High School Presents: Hale Hollows!

Get into the Halloween spirit by coming to Nathan Hale’s annual Haunted House on October 24th, 25th, and 26th! Family hour runs from 5:45pm-6:45pm, and is full of fun and fright suitable for ages 5 and up.  Full scare runs from 6:45pm-9:30pm. Admission is $7 for the general public and $4 for ages 12 and under.  Enter through the South parking lot/gym entrance. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Upcoming Pow Wows

The public is welcome to attend these upcoming Pow Wows. They are lots of fun, beautiful, educational, and full of joy!

You are all welcome to attend with your families and friends.  If you’ve never attended a pow wow and you would like more information, you may want to check out this article:

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.

Roosevelt Jazz Band Performance

The award winning Roosevelt Jazz Band performs Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Performing with The Band is local jazz treasure and this years’ Earshot Artist in Residence, Jay Thomas, and the East West Alliance, including RHS Alumna Maya Hatch.

Tickets are available through Earshot Jazz.

Ballard High School Playmakers stage an electrifying performance of Radium Girls

October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26     7:30 p.m. curtain 

Watch Ballard High School’s fall play and your hair may literally stand on its ends. A hundred years ago, radium was a “miracle cure” used to fight cancer. It was quickly commercialized and used in products for consumers, including luminous watches that glowed in the dark. 

Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill. Worker Gracie Jordan decides to sue her employer, exposing radium’s impact on health and just how far a company will go to manipulate science.

The cast features 16 BHS students, and the play is directed by Chelsea DuVall.

Performance Details
The performances will be on October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Reserved seating tickets are available for purchase at Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

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.

Check out what Seattle Parks and Recreation has to offer this fall!

  • Diwali Festival: Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Join the Lake City Community Center and Library as we learn more about and enjoy this tradition. This FREE event will feature story time, crafts, games, music, and food. Location: Lake City CC **TONIGHT** October 18, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Fright Night: Join the Lake City neighborhood for a full evening of fun! Start in the mini park to get a map of local businesses participating in trick-or-treating from 5:15-6:15. After your bags are full, head over to the Community Center for an all ages party from 6:30-8:30p.m. hosted by the Lake City Lions Club. The FREE celebration will include food, crafts, games, and a Haunted House put on by the Lake CityVigilantes. Location: Lake City CC October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Magnuson’s Haunted Tour: Can you make it through our tour of the abandoned basement of building 47 in the former Sandpoint Naval Air Station gym? May not be suitable for children under the age of 10 without an adult. Location: Magnuson CC October 25, 7 p.m.-MIDNIGHT $6 Adults, $3 Youth under 12
  • Dia de Muertos: Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a celebration of loved ones who have passed. During this colorful tradition we will be making sugar skulls along with other crafts and games. FREE Location: Lake City CC November 1, 4-5:30 p.m.

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. 

Plant a Forest – Grow Community on November 2!

It’s time to see the forest for more than just the trees! Help us create a healthier, happier, and greener Seattle by coming out to our biggest planting event of the year – Green Seattle Day! On November 2 we will be planting the city’s future forest at 17 neighborhood parks.

All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Hundreds of volunteers will plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that will become the future forest of Seattle. We will provide all of the necessary tools and training for the day, along with light refreshments!

There several locations in North Seattle – go to to learn more and sign up.

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.

RSVP to for Info Meetings: 

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room 3, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Capitol Hill Public Library, Meeting Room, 425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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.

Bellevue College Jazz Band director Jim Sisko will demystify the college audition experience for you. Learn how to set yourself apart from the competition, prepare for recorded and live auditions, and select the school that’s right for you. Parents welcome! Grades 9-12, all instruments and voice. Sliding scale fee. More info and list of participating colleges and universities at

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. 
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