Jaguar News, Oct. 25, 2019

Jaguar News October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

October 25 – **TODAY** 8th graders return from Camp Orkila

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

October 26 – Ultimate Frisbee games
Red team vs. WMS @ Ingraham N2 9:30am
Gold team vs. Eagle Staff @ Ingraham S2 11:00am
Black team vs. Hamilton @ Ingraham N1 12:30pm
Purple team vs. Salmon Bay @ Ingraham N2 2:00pm
Green team vs. Hamilton @ Ingraham N2 3:30pm

October 26 – Girls Soccer games
Varsity vs. Eagle Staff @ Memorial Stadium 2:00pm
JV vs. Eagle Staff @ Eagle Staff 2:00pm

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 Saving Time ends (turn 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


As of newsletter compilation Wednesday evening, we’re still more than $10,000 away from our $95,000 fundraising goal! We need EVERYONE’S help to hit our goal. Thank you JAMS families for your generous donations to date and for wonderful participation in our two-day challenge earlier this week.

PLEASE – Donate Today at

Do you want to give more, but need to spread out the cost?
Several JAMS families just like you have opted for donating a monthly gift. You can spread a $600 donation over a whole year by making a $50 monthly donation to JAMS. Simply go to, click Donate and select “Make this a monthly donation.”

Every contribution is appreciated and goes to fund THIS year’s budget. Dollars donated now are going to be spent on our kids now. PARTICIPATION is the KEY.

Have you already done your part and want to do more?
Reach out to relatives and friends. You’re probably not the only one who loves your JAMS student and wants to make a difference. You can pick up extra donation forms in the office, or pay with a credit card online at
Thank you for supporting this incredible school and community.

Picture retake day is October 28

**NEW**  To view photos from the Original Picture Day, please click on this link ( and enter your student’s ID # for the Online Code.  If you don’t know your Online Code, please email Yuen Lui ( and they will look it up for you.

Photo packages from the Original Picture Day have not all been delivered yet, and are NOT needed to have a retake photo. If you wish to have a retake photo, you will not be required to turn in your original photo package. Yuen Lui will print a new package using your Retake Day photo free of charge.

Picture retakes will be during lunch in the cafeteria on October 28.

Spirit Week, October 28 to November 1

The first spirit week of the school year will be **NEXT WEEK**, 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

Día de los Muertos on October 25

**TONIGHT** 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.

Jaguars Read!

**NEW**  Rainy days this week meant a full library at lunch time! There were lively games of Apples to Apples and Uno, extensive cities built of Legos, quiet games of chess, actors rehearsing for the school play, and of course lots of 8th grade excitement about camp. Somehow, there were even students reading amidst it all.

New at the JAMS library: puzzles! We are diligently working on our first puzzle of the year: “Majestic Encounters.” It’s a 750-piece circular puzzle, and so far, the 7th graders have made the most gains. If you have a gently used puzzle (with all pieces intact) that you would like to donate to the JAMS library, you can drop it off in the main office for us. We would love to tackle it!

Last week on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:17, JAMS participated in the Great Washington Shake-Out, a state-wide emergency preparedness drill for earthquakes. In the library, Ms. Pope’s class did an excellent job of following directions for drop, cover, and hold on! And we all survived.

Additionally, I had the pleasure of co-teaching Mr. Siehl’s beginner ELL class in the library. We explored Britannica and Britannica Spanish online resources to do some research on wild animals for an upcoming report. Students were also able to print articles in both English and Spanish to begin work on paraphrasing and drafting. I was super impressed with this class, and they were fun to work with!

A few families have asked about suggestions for a typing program for students to hone their word processing skills. Typing Club is a great program, free, and offered to SPS students when they log into their student portal on It may be located under Resources or Tools. (If it’s not there, use the search box to find it and add it to the page.)

You can also access it here:

Thanks for reading!

Follow us on Instagram: jaguarsread

Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian

Currently, I’m reading…
Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosk

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

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  “Cat-y Purry” and Mick “Jaguar” are hoping you’ve got that dancing “feline!”

Volunteers Needed for First Dance of the Year on Friday, November 1, 3pm-6pm
That’s right. It’s Dance Fever time at JAMS and we need volunteers to help our cool cats boogie down.  Help is needed from 3 to 6pm. We’ll start together with setup, and then move volunteers where needed for concessions, coat check, and dance monitoring. Please stick around for final cleanup as well.  You are required to have all your volunteer paperwork submitted and cleared to volunteer for this event.  Sign up here to help out 
For more information please contact Ms. Zanaida at
**NEW**  What did the Parent Jaguar say to the Jaguar Cub when they lost their coat?  
You gotta be “kitten” me!!!

Time Again for Monthly Lost and Found Clean Out!
JAMS Lost and Found is already overflowing with coats, lunch boxes, and other items.  Please note that at the end of each month ALL unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be DONATED!  Make sure you child looks for any missing item ASAP.  Clearly labeling your child’s items with their name will assist in misplaced things being returned.
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

“Promised Land” film on November 6

“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.

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 Benefit 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”).

Basketball season is coming!

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

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).

High School Information

**NEW**  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.

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

Ingraham High School Open House for Private School Families
November 6 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library – this is a general information night open to parents and students new to the Seattle Public Schools. Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

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!

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  Lincoln High School

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

**NEW**  Raisbeck Aviation HS

Attention 8th grade parents! Wondering if Aviation is a good fit for your student?

Check out our upcoming information nights.
What information 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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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

Both evenings will go over the same information.

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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 

**THERE ARE ALMOST ENOUGH PEOPLE ON THE WAITLIST TO ADD A THIRD BUS**  Now is the time to join the waitlist if your student is interested in skiing this winter.  To be added to the waitlist, 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

**NEW**  Nathan Hale Theater presents Much Ado About Nothing

How now Nathan Hale community, this November, bring thyself to witness a curious story of enemies turned lovers, troublesome little brothers and weddings turned foul. Nathan Hale Theatre presents the Shakespearian comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”, bringing you a tale of love plagued by betrayal and trickery. Performances are Friday, November 7th through Saturday, November 9th at 7 p.m. If you’re more of an afternoon person, there’s a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 9th. Acquire your tickets anon at Tickets will go live on Monday, October 21st. May you brighten our doorstep with your presence!

**NEW** Ingraham High School drama presents: Peter and the Starcatcher

Nov. 7-9, 7 PM
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.

**NEW**  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

**NEW**  Pumpkinseed Concert – Roosevelt Choir and Band 

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm in the Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre. 
A night of singing and music! Free admission but donations graciously accepted plus a bake sale. Come join us to hear the talented RHS performers! 

**NEW**  Ballard Music’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins October 29

Choir Concert: Tuesday, October 29
Orchestra Concert: Monday, November 4
Band and Jazz Concert: Wednesday, November 6

All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserved seating at (search for the name of the performance).

The Ballard High School Music Program opens the year with their Fall Concert Series, which includes three varied nights of music. The series opens with a presentation including all six choral ensembles entitled, Toward the Horizon: Choral Music from Dawn to Dusk.  Highlights
 will include works from composers Johannes Brahms and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

The Orchestra Concert will feature eclectic classics and begin with the anticipated debut performance of the Concert Orchestra. Composers include Georges Bizet, Matt Turner, Bedrich Smetana and Astor Piazzolla.

To round out the series, the band concert will feature three concert bands (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble). The theme this year will be Celebrating Women and Composers of Color and will include “A Movement for Rosa” celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. Also featured will be works by Naoya Wada and Catherine McMichael. New this year, local musician, Trevor Parrish, will direct the Jazz 2 band. Both Jazz 1 and 2 Bands will be performing some standard jazz tunes and are swingin’ hard!

For full details about this event see

**NEW**  Cascades Ultimate Clinic

The Seattle Cascades are hosting a youth skill clinic at Roosevelt HS on October 27th. We will offer a variety of drills suitable for different levels of play, so all experience levels are encouraged to attend.

Beginners focus on solidifying skills, fundamental strategies, and spirited play. Experienced players have opportunities to engage in intermediate and advanced ultimate tactics, in addition to refining skills, practicing SOTG, and making friends!  Most sessions include a strength & agility component and all clinics include plenty of scrimmaging.

Registration is open to elementary school, and middle school students. All genders welcome, including players who compete in the girls division, boys division, and mixed division.

Coaches will be Seattle Cascades players from our WOMEN’S and OPEN rosters.

What: Cascades Academy – Youth Ultimate Clinic
When: Sunday,  October 27th, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (check in from 9:00am)
Where: Roosevelt High School, 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Pricing: $35 per person OR $50 per person – includes jersey, shorts, or disc
Registration includes one Cascades game ticket! Register here.

Financial aid available, no questions asked, Contact Monica <>

**NEW**  Connected Kids: Overcoming the Screen-Time Battle
A talk by The Screentime Consultant Emily Cherkin

It’s every parent’s battle: monitoring and managing screen time. How do you set limits? How much is too much? How do you keep kids safe? ParentMap is hosting an event with the Screentime Consultant, Emily Cherkin, on November 6th to chat with parents and educators. Click the link for an event flyer, which includes a discount code for $10 off the advance ticket price.

Connected Kids: Overcoming the Screen-Time Battle
November 6th at 7:00pm
The Collective, Seattle

Nathan Hale High School Presents: Hale Hollows!

Get into the Halloween spirit by coming to Nathan Hale’s annual Haunted House on October 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.

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!

  • 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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