Jaguar News: Sept. 13, 2019

Jaguar News September 13, 2019
September 13, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

September 13 – Day of Caring 9am-2pm

September 17 – “Much Ado About Nothing” auditions (JAMS auditorium) 4-7pm

September 17 – Parent meeting for 8th grade camp (JAMS Auditorium) 6pm (please note: corrected date)

September 18 – FOJAM Pizza Social (JAMS cafeteria) 7pm

September 19 – “Much Ado About Nothing” callbacks (JAMS auditorium) 4-7pm

September 20 – Rocketry Club application deadline

September 23 – Picture day

September 23 – Advanced Learning referral deadline

October 1 – JAMS flu clinic

October 5 – JAMS PTSA general meeting and Curriculum Breakfast 8-11am

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

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Please join JAMS PTSA!

**NEW**  With each member we strengthen our collective commitment to work for the safety, success and happiness of every student!

There are two ways to join: You can join online at, or you can complete this form (also included in the first day packet and in Spanish), attach a check, and return it to the JAMS office at 11051 34th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125, ATTN: PTSA Membership. 

Scholarships are available. Questions? Send a message to or

8th grade camp information

**NEW**  JAMS 8th graders will be going to Camp Orkila from October 23 to October 25.  Chaperones are still needed. There will be a parent informational meeting on Sept. 17, at 6pm in the JAMS auditorium.

Do your (future) self a favor…

**NEW**  The first days of school are over, and things are starting to settle down.  If you have a few minutes here are some things you can do, to make the rest of the school year go more smoothly (your future self will thank you for doing these things now!):

  • Order school pictures. Paper copies of the order form are also available in the main office. Picture Package Price List 
  • Order a yearbook!  Sign in to the Source, click “SchoolPay” and purchase “JAMS Yearbook Preorder.”
  • Add the JAMS calendar items to your family calendar.  You can subscribe to the school calendar (instructions here) or download/print the JAMS One-sheet.
  • Add school contacts to your phone:
    Main office 206-252-4500
    Attendance 206-252-4504 or (call or email the morning of an absence or tardy)
  • Complete the Data Verification Form to ensure the school and district have up-to-date emergency and medical information for you and your student. Sign in to the Source and click “Data Verification Form.”
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Register your music student at
  • Update your communication preferences. You can personalize how you receive messages from the school and district (instructions are on the Family Communications webpage)

After school activities

**NEW**  Theater at Jane Addams (TAJA) fall production

TAJA Fall audition information on “Much Ado About Nothing”

Auditions – Tuesday, September 17 from 4-7 pm in the JAMS auditorium.

Callbacks – Thursday, September 19 from 4-7pm in the JAMS auditorium.

**NEW**  JAMS Tennis Program

Play Tennis. Have Fun and Be Fit! Sign up today. IT’S FREE!

Sign up for a FUN, play-based after school tennis experience for players of all levels at your school. Taught by local area teaching pros and high school coaches.

JAMS Middle School Tennis Program (ages 11-14)
Sept 17 – Oct 23
Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm and Wednesdays 2:45 – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Meadowbrook Tennis Courts
To sign up, please contact either the Amy Yee Tennis Center at 206-684-4764 or any local Community Center. The REGISTRATION CODE for the JAMS tennis program is 21878. You may also register with this link:

For further information, please contact Jack Griffin at

Brought to you by the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Seattle Parks and Recreation

**NEW**  Dungeons & Dragons Club

Mondays 3:50-5:25 in room 223 beginning on September 16. No sign up required, just show up.

Rocketry Club

JAMS Rocketry Club is a year-long after school program, open to all Jane Addams students. Student rocketeers design, build and launch rockets as part of The American Rocketry Challenge, as well as learn the basics of rocket science and the engineering design process. We meet Tuesdays after school, Sept. 24 through May 19, 3:50 – 5:30.  Launches are held on weekends throughout the school year. Cost is $225 for the entire year, and need-based scholarships are available.

Due to the increasing popularity of the club, and to provide a quality experience for club members, attendance will be limited, and admittance will be application-based.  Information sheet and the application form can be downloaded or are also available in the main office. Contact Mr. Grevstad ( with questions.

Math Club

Are you interested in doing more math and looking for a chance to connect with other students who are equally passionate? The JAMS Math Club is starting registration for the fall. Our focus will be on exploring new topics, working on challenging problems and exploring the hidden beauty of Mathematics. During the course of the year we will also offer opportunities to participate in various contests such as MathCounts and AMC8.

Location: TBD
Meeting Times: Mondays 3:50-4:50
This session will run starting on October 7th on regular school days.

Pick-up Policy: Parents will be responsible for pick-up or kids will get home on their own. Parents will need to sign a permission slip letting kids self release. The club leader will generally stay 10 minutes at the end of each session.

Prerequisites: A good grasp of pre-algebra topics and the willingness to ask questions. Algebra and Geometry come up occasionally.

Fees: There will be a voluntary $50 donation requested that will be used to finance materials and contest entry fees.

Spaces: For this quarter, the club will be capped at 15 students with a first come/first served registration policy.

Registration: Registration will open Saturday September 7. After then please complete the online registration form Email Ben at if you have any questions.

Volunteering: The club needs other adults who want to help out. Email if you are interested.

Picture Day volunteers needed

**NEW**  Say CHEESE!
Monday September 23 is Picture Day! 

We need a handful of folks willing to help the photographers and students get their student pictures taken.  You’ll be getting kids lined up, doing simple check in and anything else the photographers might need done.  Anyone who volunteers will receive a complimentary package of photos as a thank you for their time.   Sign up here!   
Please Note:  To volunteer you must have your volunteer paperwork turned in and approved.  Click here to access volunteer paperwork

JAMS flu clinic October 1

**NEW DATE**  JAMS will be hosting a flu clinic on October 1!

Students must have a completed consent form to get the flu shot.  Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) are accepted. Families who have no insurance can write “No insurance” and students up to age 19 can get a flu shot through Vaccines for Children program for FREE. 

Consent forms and vaccine information sheets are available in Spanish and English. The form needs to be completely filled out. Forms can be picked up at the JAMS front office or the Teen Health Center.

Families with questions can email or call Nurse Van Cleave (, 206.252.4507, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm)

Please follow the JAMS traffic flow

**NEW**  Thank you so much for your help keeping our kids safe and traffic flowing!

If you are dropping your student off in the back of the school (31st Ave NE), please pull forward to the drop-off zone by the curb to avoid creating an unsafe backup for all our students. U-turns are not permitted. Please reference the Traffic Flow Map below to help keep all our children safe. If you have a high school student helping with drop-off, please share the procedures with them, as it helps ensure their safety as well.

Here are some recommendations to safely navigate around the school:

  • Travel CLOCKWISE around the school: North on 31st Ave NE and South on 34th Ave NE, exiting via NE 113th St.
  • Avoid the Bus Zone. When bus barrier signs & orange cones are in place, proceed around the block.
  • No U turns and no pulling into or backing out of driveways.
  • Drop-off and pick-up ONLY in designated zones.  Students exit and enter vehicles from the sidewalk. JAMS has 3 driver drop-off/pick-up zones: Please use the most efficient SOUTH AND WEST ZONES.
  • Many students walk to/from the immediate neighborhood and METRO stops. Give them the right of way!
  • Staff parking is ONLY for staff and special events. No drop-off or pick-up.
  • Keep crosswalks and street corners clear. Parking in crosswalks and on street corners limits sight ability of bus drivers and other drivers.

Help JAMS Ultimate

**NEW**  Calling all Ultimate Frisbee Families: Can You Help?

JAMS Ultimate welcomes girl players as well as a few more adults to step up for our Ultimate Frisbee program. This is a free school sport in the fall.  We are asking for some more coaching help to be able to serve all the students that signed up (over 120!).  We would welcome help from parents, community members, and HS students interested in Service Hours.  Please help us recruit!  Visit our website and please sign up here (or contact

Community Outreach

Is your family interested in supporting community and addressing issues of equity and inclusion and special education at JAMS? Want to get to know more families and neurodiverse children of color around the neighborhood and NE Seattle? If so, please contact Friendly Vang-Johnson, JAMS PTSA Community Outreach Chair to learn more about social gatherings, workshops, mobilizations, and other events that will be happening throughout the year. Friendly can be reached at: or 206-276-2284

Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM)

Calling All JAMS Music Families!

We invite you all to join us at our Annual Pizza Social to kick off the new year! There will be pizza and good music!  We will also have a dessert potluck. Please bring a dessert to share if you like. We will have some ensembles playing.  It is a good time to meet other music families!  

Join us September 18 from 7pm – 8:30 pm.

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

Seattle Public Schools Information

2019-20 Student Data Verification Form on The Source
The 2019-20 student data verification form will be available Sept. 4 through Sept. 30, 2019.

The student data verification form gives parents and guardians the opportunity to update emergency and medical information for their student. To fill out your student’s data verification form please sign into the Source after September 4 and click Data Verification Form. More detailed information and FAQs are here.

Advanced Learning Parent Referrals Due by September 23

This year’s window for parent referrals for K-8 students currently enrolled at Seattle Public Schools is May 15 through Sept. 23, 2019 to determine eligibility for school year 2020-21.

Referring a student online is easy and can even be done on your smart phone! Simply access your parent or guardian account on The Source.  Once you login to your parent or guardian Source account, click on the “Advanced Learning Parent Referral” button to start the referral process.

Need help? Contact the advanced learning team.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** 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.

**NEW**  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. Kids whose teachers and parents are meeting the three days before Thanksgiving (Nov 25-27) can learn how to make movies! Open to all students age 9-12. **NOTE: only some SPS schools will have no school for conferences during the days preceding Thanksgiving break**

  • 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 (Sept 21, Oct 6, Oct 20) for black teens to learn documentary filmmaking. Learn how to develop a story from a real world source.

**NEW**  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.

Join us for this one day workshop, 100% dedicated to girls who play music. You’ll be surrounded by kind and supportive girls who care about music. You will learn and be inspired by top female jazz educators. Grades 6-12, all instruments (including strings and voice). Service hours for grades 10-12. Sliding scale fee, including FREE option. More info at

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

**NEW**  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:

Babysitting certification course at Meadowbrook
To enroll visit
Ages 11-15

This class, taught by a CPR instructor/parent, is a fun, interactive workshop providing 11-15 year olds the essential skills they must know in order to obtain babysitting work. The course includes role play, video lessons, instructor led discussions, and hands-on skills training to give potential babysitters the confidence to responsibly care for the infants and children in their charge. An ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) certification card is issued upon completion of the training. This class includes a CPR review but does not include CPR certification. Location: Meadowbrook CC
9/28 Sa 9:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m. $45

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!

F/Sa 7 p.m.-Midnight

Accessible Skating for ALL ages at Magnuson Community Center

Community Fun Skate, every 2nd Sunday, 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. 

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

Mindfulness and Yoga Classes

A yoga & mindfulness series designed specifically for kids & tweens/teens to teach them life skills to cope with the stress and anxiety of growing up. They will learn how to relax their minds and strengthen their bodies by an introduction to the principles of Mindfulness and the eight limbs of yoga. Relaxation and postural techniques will be taught as well as meditative practices including connecting with the breath and learning to pay attention to what is.

Mindfulness & Yoga for kids (grade school age)
Mondays from 4-5pm, Sept 23 – Nov 18*, $149
*no class Nov 11, Veteran’s Day

Mindfulness & Yoga for tweens & teens (middle/high school age)
Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45pm, Sept 25 – Nov 20, $169

Local Mindfulness & Yoga Instructor, Karen “Karb” Bullard, has been offering classes to kids of all ages for the past 5 years. She introduces the 8 limbs of yoga and teaches mindfulness techniques to help kids’ learn to focus their attention, understand self-compassion and explore other tools to deal with the challenges of adolescence and beyond. She is also the PNW Regional Outreach Coordinator for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). All classes take place at the Seattle School of Aikido at the corner of 55th & 35th in the Bryant neighborhood.

To register, please email or call 206.465.5477. Minimum number of attendees required so please help spread the word. Payment due in full by first class. Can pay via check or PayPal.

GEMS Middle School STEM program

Check out GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), a middle school STEM program sponsored by the Seattle chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). The program is a free, volunteer-run, evening science enrichment program that explores STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography, civil engineering, and neuroscience through hands-on activities with guidance from women scientists currently employed in these fields. In addition, we organize several field trips a year, such as a programming workshop at Google and a beach walk exploration of tide pools with the Seattle Aquarium. We offer one-on-one mentorship opportunities for girls to get hands-on experience in fields that interest them. 

Our goal is to help middle school students who identify as girls learn about the range of opportunities that exist within science and technology, to encourage more girls to enter these fields, and allow them to build a sense of confidence that they can be successful in these fields as professional women. GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle.

If you are interested or know a student who is interested for the 2019-2020 year, please fill out this form and we will contact you when our application opens in September 2019.

For more information visit, or contact us 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
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