Jaguar News: Sept. 20, 2019

Jaguar News September 20, 2019
September 20, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

September 20 – **TODAY** Rocketry Club application deadline

September 21 – Ultimate Frisbee games
Black team vs. Aki B @ Franklin High School Field #2 8:00am
Red vs. Aki A @ Franklin High School Field #2 11:00am
Purple team vs. Hazel Wolf 6th @ Ingraham High School Field #S2 (South 2) 2:00pm
Green team vs. South Shore 6th @ Franklin High School Field #2 2:00pm
Gold team vs. Pathfinder 7th @ Ingraham High School Field #S2 (South 2) 12:30pm

September 21 – Girls Soccer games
Varsity vs. McClure @ Garfield HS 8:00am

September 23 – **MONDAY** Picture day

September 23**MONDAY** Advanced Learning referral deadline

September 30 – Student Data Verification Form deadline

October 1 to October 31 – JAMS PTSA Annual Campaign

October 1 – JAMS flu clinic

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

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

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Curriculum Breakfast October 5

**NEW**  Parents and guardians, please join us on Saturday, October 5 (8:00 to 11:00am) for the JAMS PTSA General Meeting and JAMS Curriculum Breakfast.

JAMS PTSA will host adults for breakfast, an information session and brief PTSA meeting 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.

Beginning around 9am, you will follow your student’s schedule and visit all of his/her classrooms and teachers.

We hope to see you then!

Join JAMS PTSA and stay tuned for Annual Give

**NEW** Stay tuned to the Jaguar News for information about the JAMS PTSA Annual Give Campaign, coming during the month of October!  The JAMS PTSA provides support for classes, supplies, equipment and events at JAMS throughout the school year, and the Annual Give Campaign is your opportunity to pledge (time and/or money) to our school and students.

While you’re waiting for the Annual Give Campaign to start, you can join JAMS PTSA! 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 available in Español), attach a check, and return it to the JAMS office at 11051 34th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125, ATTN: PTSA Membership.  Scholarships are available. Questions? Send a message to or

After school activities

**NEW**  Fall Sports

Ultimate Frisbee

  • Practice Days (JAMS upper fields, unless communicated otherwise by team coach, 3:50-5:30pm):
    Blue Team: Tuesdays
    Green and Purple Teams: Mondays and Thursdays
    Gold Team: Mondays and Tuesdays
    Red and Black Teams: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Game information is posted here.
 Girls’ Soccer
  • Practices (JAMS athletic fields, 3:50-5:20pm):
    Varsity: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    JV: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Game schedules: Varsity (JV game schedule will be posted here when it’s available)

**NEW** Sign up for the Activity Bus

The Activity Bus is yellow bus transportation provided for students participating in after-school sports or activities at JAMS.  There is no cost, but students must be eligible for yellow bus service and have submitted the OST form, to be assigned to an activity bus route. Buses will leave JAMS at 5:40pm. Return completed forms to Megan ( in the main office.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  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!  
**NEW**  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
**NEW**  AVID tutors needed

JAMS is looking for paid OR volunteer AVID tutors to work approximately four hours per week (1:40-3:45pm every Tuesday and Thursday) for the 2019-20 school year.

AVID ( is a college prep class for kids who, in some cases, would be the first to go to college in their families. Each student prepares a question from a class they didn’t understand or are curious about, and the tutors lead and facilitate the students in a discussion. Tutors can be set up as unpaid volunteers or paid as hourly. Contact Ms. Edgerly ( for more information.

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.

**NEW** Day of Caring recap 

We are in awe of the accomplishments made at Jane Addams Middle School last Friday as part of United Way Day of Caring 2019! An amazing 97 Microsoft and 9 JAMS volunteers turned out to complete campus projects. This fun, dedicated and hardworking group contributed to a major cleanup in the JAMS garden, removed 10+ bags of trash from campus, filled the 40-yard compost dumpster to the brim with green material from the staircase, future mural wall and 31st AVE ditch. Thank you for your contributions to our school and the community!

JAMS Flu clinic October 1

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

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**  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  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**  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:

  • Tuesday, Sept 24 Rainier Beach
  • Thursday, Sept 26 Cleveland
  • Thursday, Oct 3 West Seattle
  • 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:

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  Ballard HS 2019-20 Theatrical Season

The Ballard High School Playmakers will present three dynamic theatrical productions this year.

Radium Girls | October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 2019
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, started dying, and ultimately fought back.

Musical Theater production:
Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2020
This comedy musical is based on the film which starred Olivia Newton-John. It’s 1980, and Venice Beach chalk-artist Sonny is frustrated by his mural of the Greek muses. A Greek muse named Kira dispatches to L.A., disguised as a human to encourage him in his art. Together they dream of opening a roller disco club named Xanadu. Xanadu is a love story with legwarmers and campy music.

Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2020
Set in the 1980s at a large home just north of Manhattan, the deputy mayor of New York has accidentally shot himself. As four couples gather for a 10th anniversary wedding party, the mayor’s lawyer must quickly concoct a story to avoid a scandal. Speculation quickly piles up, leading to laughable, ludicrous moments. Rumors is written by Neil Simon.

$15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at; (search for “Ballard High School.”) To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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. 
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