Jaguar News: Sept. 6, 2019

Jaguar News September 6, 2019
September 06, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

September 9 – Fall sports paperwork deadline

September 9 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm

September 10 – Ultimate Rostering (JAMS upper fields) 3:50-5:20pm

September 12 – Ultimate Rostering (JAMS upper fields) 3:50-5:20pm
(immediately followed by Ultimate parent meeting – more information)

September 13 – Day of Caring 9am-2pm

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

September 20 – Rocketry Club application deadline

September 23 – Picture day

September 23 – Advanced Learning Referral deadline

October 5 – JAMS PTSA general meeting and Curriculum Breakfast (more details to come!)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

JAMS PTSA board meeting September 9

**NEW**  Please join us for a PTSA board meeting on Monday, September 9 at 7pm in the JAMS library.
  • Hear from a JAMS administrator about what’s happening at JAMS lately
  • Learn about how JAMS PTSA funds are used to support students and staff throughout the school year
  • Meet JAMS parents and community members
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Email if you have questions or need any assistance to attend the meeting.

Parent to-do list

Welcome to another school year at JAMS! Your student may not have homework right away, but we parents already have some tasks:

Student clubs

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  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.

Pickup Policy: Parents will be responsible for pickup 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.

Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM)

**NEW**  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!

Fall sports information

Fall sports at JAMS are Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee and Girls Soccer. These will start up very quickly after the start of the school year. Tryout and practice dates will be posted on the school website and announced at school when they are determined.

All forms are available here. Paper copies of athletic packets are also available in the Main Office. All students need a doctor-signed sports physical as part of their athletic packet. Fall sports paperwork is **DUE MONDAY** September 9.

We do our best to keep Ultimate Frisbee a no-cut sport, but we need coaches and volunteers! Interested in helping out this fall? Contact

Environmental Stewardship

The JAMS Jaguar has a new coat (of paint that is!)  Thank you to the few but mighty volunteers who came out to help paint on August 24. You did great work and we appreciate you!  Would you like to help coordinate next year’s repainting?  The current project coordinator will be leaving JAMS in 2020 as her child graduates so we need someone to step into the role.  Email to learn more about this fun and rewarding project.

Day of Caring fast approaches!  Last September JAMS hosted 100+ volunteers from Microsoft at this event created by United Way.  Microsoft will be working with us again this September 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM.

We are looking for six volunteers to assist on the day of the event.  Their roles will be to act as the JAMS guide for each volunteer team. All the work is outdoors and some is more physical but everyone contributes what they can.

We have five project areas of focus needing team leads:
  1. Patty Lavelle, our garden master, needs 2 people to assist her in leading 30 volunteers.
  2. We are cleaning up the ditch along 31st between 110th and the drop-off spot (this will be extremely rewarding but physical).  1 lead needed.
  3. Clearing around staircase to lower fields. 1 lead needed.
  4. Mural wall (future endeavor) clearing along base and office planter tune-up. 1 lead needed.
  5. HALE 1 lead needed to work alongside Katherine Anderson on library courtyard.
Please contact Colleen at if you can assist.

Ultimate needs your help

Calling all 6th Grade Ultimate Frisbee Families: We Need Your Help!

JAMS Ultimate needs 6th grade girls to play as well as a few more adults to volunteer for our 6th grade Ultimate Frisbee program. This is a free school sport in the fall open to everyone. We need another coach and assistant coaches (assistants do not need prior experience!). This year’s 6th grade is BIG, and we need a lot more help to offer Ultimate to everyone who wants to play. Visit our website and please sign up here (or contact

Llamando a todas las familias del Sexto Grado, participantes del programa de Ultímate Frisbee: ¡Necesitamos su ayuda!

JAMS Ultimate necesita más niñas jugadoras del sexto grado y más adultos como voluntarios para nuestro programa de Disco volador (Ultimate Frisbee). Este es un deporte escolar del otoño, gratuito y abierto a todos. Necesitamos otro entrenador y entrenadores asistentes (¡los asistentes no necesitan experiencia previa!). Este año el sexto grado es MUY NUMEROSO y necesitamos mucha más ayuda para ofrecer este deporte a todos los que quieran jugar. Visite nuestro sitio web y regístrese aquí (o póngase en contacto con

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

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, sent out at the start of each school year, will be available in September online through the Source.  The student data verification form gives parents and guardians the opportunity to update emergency and medical information for their student.

The online form replaces the paper form sent home at the beginning of each school year and offers a secure and green alternative to the paper-based process.

Families are encouraged to complete this form to ensure Seattle Public Schools has current student information including emergency contact information.

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. Non-SPS and private school referrals will accepted starting Aug. 1  through Sept. 23, 2019.

Applications for students in grades 9-12 will be available in January.

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.

Read more about how to submit a referral on the Advanced Learning referral webpage. If you need technical tips for The Source, we have some on our Source Technical Tips webpage

Need help? Contact the advanced learning team.
Read more about Advanced Learning Services and Programs.

Flu Vaccine Clinics 2019

This year we are rolling out our biggest effort to prevent illness. School nurses have partnered with the Visiting Nurse Association to come to many of our schools this fall to vaccinate both students and staff. Students can get the vaccination regardless of insurance.

Parents may register their child for a flu vaccination by sending a completed consent form to school or by being present at school on the day of the clinic to sign the form in person.

For more information including flu clinic dates and the consent form, visit the Student Health Services webpage. All school dates are included on the flu vaccine clinic dates page. There will be a flu vaccine clinic at JAMS on October 23 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  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. 

**NEW**  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

**NEW**  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.

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

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
School website: 
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