Jaguar News: Oct. 4, 2019

Jaguar News October 4, 2019
October 04, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

October 4 – **TODAY**  Camp Orkila (8th grade trip) paperwork due

October 5 – JAMS PTSA general meeting and Curriculum Breakfast 8:00-10:30am

October 5 – Ultimate Frisbee games
Red team vs. South Shore @ Franklin #1 8:00am
Black team vs. Eckstein @ Ingraham N2 9:30am
Black team vs. Eagle Staff @ Ingraham S1 11:00am
Gold team vs. Hazel Wolf @ Ingraham S2 11:00am
Gold team vs. Licton Springs @ Ingraham S2 12:30pm
Green team vs. Eckstein @ Ingraham N2 3:30pm
Purple team vs. Eagle Staff @ Ingraham N2 2:00pm

October 5 – Girls Soccer games
JV vs. Washington @ Ingraham 9:30am
Varsity vs. Washington @ Rainier Beach 12:30pm

October 10 – Curriculum Night 6:30-8:30pm

October 11 – NO SCHOOL (State in-service day)

October 17 – Campus Exercise Loop Schematic Design Completion 7pm

October 23 to October 25 – 8th grade trip to Camp Orkila

October 25 – Dia de los Muertos (JAMS cafeteria)

October 28 – Picture retake day

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Please donate to the JAMS PTSA Annual Give


The Annual Give and 3rd Period Class Challenge kicked off this week!  All JAMS families should have received an Annual Give flyer and envelope via their JAMS student.  If you haven’t seen one (click here), or ask your student (it’s probably hiding in their backpack!!).

All donations during our Annual Give Kick-off period, October 1 through October 5, either online, by returned donation form, or at the Curriculum Morning Breakfast, will be entered into a drawing to win one of five gift cards.

Drawing prizes are:

  • $50 gift card to City People’s
  • $50 gift card to Great Wolf Lodge
  • $50 gift card to Relay Restaurant Group
  • $100 gift card to Ananya Spa
  • $100 gift card to Kati Vegan Thai

Donations can be made online at or by sending in a check made payable to JAMS PTSA along with the paper form to the JAMS main office.

Don’t wait! Donate today!

Curriculum Events October 5 and October 10

Parents and guardians, please join us on Saturday, October 5 (8:00 to 10:30am) for the JAMS PTSA General Meeting and JAMS Curriculum Breakfast, OR on Thursday October 10 (6:30-8:30pm) for JAMS Curriculum Night.

On October 5, JAMS PTSA will host adults for breakfast, a brief PTSA meeting and welcome, beginning at 8am in the JAMS cafeteria, before you head to your student’s classrooms. You will have a chance to hear from school leaders, meet other parents, sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the JAMS PTSA and learn about the JAMS Annual Give Campaign.

On October 10, there will be the same opportunity to visit your student’s classes, following a short welcome session.

The curriculum information and format of these two events will be the same, so families should attend just one event.

Register your music student!

**NEW**  Reminder to all Music Families of JAMS!
If you have’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! 

Volunteer Corner

Orkila chaperones needed

The 8th grade trip to Camp Orkila still needs at least **SEVEN** more adult chaperones.  Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered! Contact Mr. Booker ( to volunteer or for more information.
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

Environmental Stewardship news


Campus Exercise Loop Schematic Design Completion Thursday, October 17, 7-8:30 PM.

Come see the exciting new changes ahead for our community. We will celebrate the completed final schematic design documents for the Jane Addams exercise loop. All community members are welcome to attend. Jane Addams Cafeteria, 11051 34th AVE NE, Seattle, WA.

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


Here’s your chance to eat for a good cause!  Everyone is welcome at the Halegating Food Truck Rodeo at the Nathan Hale vs. Cleveland Homecoming Football Game on Friday October 18.  The trucks will be parked in the student parking lot next to the tennis courts from 4 to 8 PM. A portion of each sale will benefit the Nathan Hale Horticulture and Urban Farm Program.  Come meet your neighbors, eat some delicious food, and support a fabulous program.

**NEW**  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:

**NEW**  Scouts BSA troop for Girls

Where do girls go if they want to go backpacking 50 miles, learn how to treat a broken leg, know how to survive overnight in the wilderness, train to safely shoot a shotgun, or earn the rank of Eagle?

Troop 681 is an all girl troop in Scouts BSA  (formerly Boy Scouts) and is currently looking for new members.  We are having an open house on Wednesday Oct 16 at Green Lake Elementary at 6:30 pm. Any girls in 6th grade and up are welcome to come check us out. 

Please visit our website  for more information, or to register. We are excited to “SCOUT YOU IN”.

**NEW**  Lacrosse Open Fall Clinics

Any boys or girls currently playing or interested in playing lacrosse, come check out and build your skills at our Open Fall Clinics.

Location:  Jane Addams upper grass fields

Dates: 9/29, 10/06, 10/13

Time: 11-noon

Run by Nathan Hale Girls lacrosse captains and coaches and Ingraham/Hale boys lacrosse captains.

Bring your friends and help grow the game!

Questions can be directed to and/or

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  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.

**NEW** 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)

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!

  • Harvest Festival: Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community and enjoy freshly pressed apple juice and $5 PONY RIDES! Location: Meadowbrook Parking Lot October 4, 5-7 p.m. (Pony Rides $5)
  • 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 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 October 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.

Catch some Hale Volleyball games this fall!

The Hale Volleyball team invites the Jane Addams volleyball community to the Nathan Hale games this season!

Here is the HOME schedule:

  • Thursday, Oct 10 Lincoln
  • Tuesday, Oct 22 Chief Sealth

C teams start at 4:30, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7pm

Find the full schedule and roster at Metro League:

GEMS Middle School STEM program

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle public school. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM topics by providing hands-on activities, mentoring, field trips, and information about a variety of fields.

Find more information about GEMS and a link to the application (due by October 14) here:

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.

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

Screenagers: The Next Chapter

Anxiety is on the rise. Today’s youth are more stressed and more depressed than ever before. But there is hope! “Screenagers: Next Chapter,” the second film in the groundbreaking documentary series will cover strategies and solutions to help your screen-obsessed teen survive and thrive in a digital world. Teens and tweens are welcome to attend; recommended for ages 10 and older. 

  • October 7, 2019 – Seattle premiere of “Screenagers: Next Chapter”
    Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St, Seattle, WA 98115)
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Screening begins at 7 p.m.
    Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door (as available)
  • October 16, 2019
    Assumption St Bridget School (6220 32nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
    Event will take place in parish Fellowship Hall, corner of 33rd and 62nd
    Event is FREE but you must get tickets

Seattle Wrestling Club

Seattle Wresting Club promotes amateur wrestling in Seattle area.  We provide practice facilities, coaching, and competition opportunities to area wrestlers. Our coaches are Bronze Certified through USA Wrestling, have considerable wrestling experience, and operate in a professional manner.

New or experienced elementary, middle or high school wrestlers are welcome to drop in during any scheduled practice. We practice at Nathan Hale High School (Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm, starting in October 2019) and compete in tournaments under the auspices of the Washington State Wrestling Association and The Western Washington Kid’s Wrestling League.

SIFF Filmmaking workshops

Is your young one a budding filmmaker? SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops are here!

Scholarships available to students on free or reduced lunch. Learn about these programs and more at or email

  • Thanksgiving Filmmaking Camp at LANGSTON. While teachers and parents are meeting the three days before Thanksgiving (Nov 25-27), kids will be learning how to make movies! Open to all students age 9-12. 

  • Crash Kids (age 9-12) and Crash Student (age 13-17) at the SIFF Film Center. Work with mentors and peers to make a film in 8-hours and see it on the big screen that day!

  • LANGSTON presents Crash Documentary. A three-session workshop (Sep 21, Oct 6, Oct 20) for black teens to learn documentary filmmaking. Learn how to develop a story from a real world source.

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

Kids With An Edge

Kids With An Edge is now enrolling for:

  • Strong FUNdamentals! Math Classes: Preschool to Algebra 1.  Highly interactive.  Supplement and complement the SPS Core Standards.   Teach children what methods to use and why- “Math is Not Magic”.  We address common stumbling blocks.  Goal is to build skills and confidence while enjoying the journey!
  • Early Learning Reading/Math Programs for Ages 4-7.  Highly interactive, effective and engaging format for KG Prep and beyond.  
  • Private Tutoring

See what our parents are saying:

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Pre-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
Ravenna CC, Meadowbrook CC, or Queen Anne CC

  • join our internationally renowned progressive basketball skills program
  • prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

Look up class days and times, and register 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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