Jaguar News: April 19, 2019

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April 19, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

April 20 – Track meet (@Chief Sealth HS) 10:30am-1:30pm

April 20 – Girls Volleyball games
JV vs. Eagle Staff (@Eagle Staff) 8:00am
Varsity vs. Eagle Staff (@Eagle Staff) 9:30am
JVC vs. McClure (@Whitman) 2:00pm

April 20 – Boys Soccer games
Varsity vs. McClure (@Memorial Stadium) 8:00am
JV vs. McClure (@JAMS) 8:00am
JVC vs. Blaine (@JAMS) 9:30am

April 20 – Big Cat ultimate games
A team vs. Hamilton (@Lower Woodland #2A) 1:30pm
C team vs. McClure (@South Park #2) 2:00pm
6th grade team vs. IYKYK-6 (@Franklin High School #2) 4:30pm
B team vs. Salmon Bay (@Van Asselt #2) 4:30pm

April 23 – STEAM fair planning meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

April 24 – Family Education (Topic: Suicide Prevention Training) by Crisis Connections (JAMS library) 7:00pm

April 26 – Multicultural Night 6:00-8:00pm

May 1 – STEAM fair 6:30-8:00pm

May 13 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

May 16 – Family Education (Topic: Sexuality, Relationships and Consent) & JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

Save these dates:
May 18 – Environmental Stewardship day 10:00am-2:00pm
May 18 – Chipotle fundraiser to benefit JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project 5:00-9:00pm
June 21 – 8th grade promotion
June 27 – Last day of school

JAMS School calendar
SPS sports schedules

There is a place for you on JAMS PTSA board

**NEW**  Dear JAMS Community,

We have a nearly complete slate of volunteers ready to serve on the PTSA next year. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up so far! We are pleased to have a strong board ready to support our kids. That said, we have three key positions left we MUST fill—if you’ve been holding back waiting to see if others will volunteer, now is the time to take the leap yourself. You’ll be glad you did!

Transportation Co-Chair (one filled, at least one more needed—serve with a friend and make it three!) * Recruit and coordinate traffic/safety volunteers, and coordinate with JAMS and Nathan Hale for traffic safety and special events. (The second co-chair position has been filled to handle equipment, so you won’t be alone!) The time commitment depends on how many volunteers you can recruit to help. This is a crucial role for the safety of our kids—please step up today.

Fundraising Chair(s) * JAMS’s Annual Fund needs a coordinator to assist the treasurer and assistant treasurer meeting our funding goals for next year based on our community’s priorities. This position will require some time during the actual fundraising period but has low to no time demands otherwise.

Legislative VP * Serve as liaison to Seattle Council PTSA and the Washington State PTA, keep our community up to date on education legislation and issues through the newsletter, and advocate for education resolutions and policy at the state level as you have time or interest. This position involves one full weekend in October and otherwise just occasional PTSA and SCPTSA meetings.

Our deadline is early May, so please ask questions or volunteer today by e-mailing Anna, Samrita, and Erik on the Nominations Committee:

Family education events April 24 and May 16

**NEW**  Family Education EventsTopic: Suicide Prevention Training for Families
Date: April 24
Times: 7pm-8pm
Location: Jane Addams Middle School Library

Topic: Review of Healthy Youth Survey Information and How to Talk to Your Student About Sexuality, Healthy Relationships and Consent
Date: May 16
Time: 7-8pm (after PTSA General Meeting)
Location: Jane Addams Middle School Library
Presenter: Lisa Davidson, Health Education Manager, Lisa Love, Health Education Manager, and Daniel Adjei, Prevention Intervention Specialist


Environmental Stewardship Day May 18

**NEW**  The 3rd Annual Environmental Stewardship Day is Saturday, May 18th from 10AM-2PM.

Please join us to complete several outdoor projects at JAMS and Nathan Hale. As in years past we will be joined by volunteers from Nathan Hale high school and Bethany Community Church NE.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided to help fuel our efforts. If you register through the link below you will be automatically entered in our prize drawing! Questions can be directed to Colleen at

Multicultural Night April 26


Celebrate JAMS Diversity! Bring a dish to share or just come and enjoy some cultural flavors of JAMS. All students, families and friends of the community are welcome! Join us at 6:00pm in the JAMS cafeteria.

Celebre la diversidad de JAMS!  Traiga un plato para compartir o simplemente venga y disfrute de algunos sabores culturales de JAMS. TODOS los estudiantes, familias y amigos de la comunidad son bienvenidos!

Dabaalda JAMS kala duwanaanta Keen saxan la wadaaga dhaqaakaga iyo cunta kliya la imaawo dhaqankaga ku raaxeyso qaar dhaqanka dhadhanka cuntoyiinka kala nucanu ah oo aya keynaya Qurska kala duduwiin of JAMS Ardaya Quska iyo Saxibada oo dhana iyo bulshada waya Imaana ku so dhosokaan

Get ready to be STEAMed!

The JAMS STEAM fair is coming up on May 1! Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Student exhibitors can sign up here or fill out a paper form and submit in the main office at school by April 20. Students in STEM/MESA classes do not need to sign up – they will get STEAM fair information from their teacher.
  • Plan to attend the fair! It will be a fun family event.
  • Parent or community presenters are welcome! Email
  • Volunteers needed for the day of the fair High school volunteers are welcome (we can sign for service learning hours).
  • Attend a planning meeting. The next STEAM fair planning meeting is April 23, 7pm, in the JAMS library. We would love to hear your ideas about how to make the STEAM fair a great event.

Save the date: Eat for Change

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project. Come in to the Chipotle at 12725 Lake City Way NE in Seattle on May 18 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds of your order will be donated to the JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project.

JAMS Big Cat Ultimate

Come on out this spring and learn about Ultimate Frisbee!  The JAMS Big Cat Ultimate Frisbee team is hosting open practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays  (no experience necessary).

Ultimate Frisbee is a coed, non-contact sport.  Teams are comprise of 7 players that always consists of 3 girls and 4 boys.   We are especially encouraging girls to come check it out! 

Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.

Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.  Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds.

Spring ultimate frisbee is a co-ed, club sport (ie., not a school sponsored sport) for Jane Addams Middle School. The parent-run club that serves Jane Addams Middle School families is called Big Cat Ultimate Club.

Please contact Kathy Doe at or Roger Bakos, 6th grade coach, at or 206.499.011 if you need additional information.

Engraved tile: a lasting gift

Looking for a unique gift idea? The JAMSDREAMBIG committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the “slippery slope” in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall. The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student or family, a teacher, coach, team or any other JAMS group!  It’s a great way to leave a lasting mark at JAMS! Visit to donate.

Fill your summer with the sound of music!

Summer Music OpportunitiesSummer is just around the corner and there are many great summer music camps in the area. Our wonderful JAMS Music Department has gathered some great information about local summer music opportunities.  A full list is available on the FOJAM website

JAMS will be hosting the SPS Summer Music Program!

The SPS Summer Music Program will be at JAMS this year!  All students entering 5-9 grade are encouraged to attend.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Seattle Skills Center

Applications for Seattle Skills Center’s free summer and school year courses are now available online on the Skills Center website.  The Seattle Skills Center prepares students for college, career, and life through advanced Career and Technical Education courses.

The Summer Skills Center is open to incoming 9th through 12th graders.  All courses are free. Summer courses run at a variety of locations from July 8 to August 2, 11:30am to 4:15pm, Monday through Friday.

Students can:

  • Earn 0.5 high school Career and Technical Education credit
  • Learn new skills that might lead to a more focused experience in high school, college, and career
  • Meet new friends

Transportation to the Summer Skills Center is not provided, however, if a student doesn’t have an Orca card, please let us know so we can help you obtain one.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  UW Aquatic Science Open House

When: May 4th, 2019 from 1-4 pm
Locations: Fishery Sciences Building (FSH), 1122 Boat Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Ocean Sciences Building (OSB), 1492 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost: FREE!

Come join us for a free and family-friendly afternoon of hands-on learning at Our Watery World, the second annual aquatic science open house at the UW to celebrate science and research that relates to water. We will have tours of the UW Fish Collection, the Research Vessel Rachel Carson, and real working science labs at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and School of Oceanography. We will also have hands-on activities led by current UW students, staff, postdocs and faculty across the College of the Environment and by organizations from the greater Seattle area, which will give you an opportunity to get your hands wet and learn about the aquatic science happening right here in Seattle — covering everything from freshwater to oceans, microscopic microbes to whales, and everything in between!

**NEW**  John Rogers rebuild meeting

Join us for the first meeting about the John Rogers rebuild project on Monday, April 22 at 6:30 PM in the John Rogers school cafeteria.  This meeting will discuss the timeline of the project.   Richard Best, Director of Capital Projects for Seattle Public Schools will be leading this meeting.  All John Rogers families and local neighbors are invited to attend.

**NEW**  Kickstart your summer. Learn to play an instrument!

June 27 – July 3, 2019
At the Summer Jazz Prep Camp you will pick your instrument, begin reading music and learn to play songs in a beginning band. At the end of camp you’ll be invited to keep learning in the after-school Jazz Prep Ensembles, which start Fall 2019.

Every student gets:

  • a free JazzED t-shirt
  • a free instrument to use at camp
  • Thursday, June 27 – Wednesday, July 3

Morning session: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (suggested grades 4-5)
Afternoon session: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (suggested grades 6-8)
We suggest choosing the session associated with your student’s grade as of Fall 2019 but we can be flexible based on your needs.

Camp is at Rainier Prep, 10211 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168 (map).

Pick from Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, or Upright Bass.

Every student will get a t-shirt and the use of a musical instrument while at camp. We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you.

On the last page of the registration form (the ‘check-out’ page) you can enter one of the sliding scale tuition codes listed below in the coupon box. Once you apply the code it should automatically update your tuition balance. Then you can select a payment plan option if you want to break payments up.

$400, do not enter any code on the check-out page
$275, enter code TWOSEVENTYFIVE
$150, enter code ONEFIFTY
$50, enter code FIFTY
$0 – FREE (full tuition waiver) enter code WAIVER
If you’d like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we’ll send you a custom tuition code.

Have questions about how this works? Contact us and we’ll get right back to you! You can also call our office at 206-324-5299 to speak with a staff member. Hablamos Español.

Open to students entering 4th through 8th grade in the fall. No music experience required. Students who have already participated in this camp for two years may not register again to allow room for new students.

Click here to register online. Enter your chosen sliding scale tuition code (listed above) on the final check-out page. You should receive a confirmation email from our registration system

JAMS families – don’t miss the Hale Musical

We invite you to come see Nathan Hale’s Spring Musical:   “Crazy for You”

Come cheer on many JAMS graduates on the high school stage at this fast paced dance extravaganza!

“Crazy For You, the classic tale of a boy, a girl, and a theater in need of a dream come true. In a world of showgirls and cowboys,  a city boy and a country girl reconcile their differences, fall in love, and save a theater the old-fashioned way. In which lays the foundation for career success, new relationships, and true love.”

  • Tickets go on sale:  4/6
  • Performance Dates:  5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/10, 5/11 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Matinee:  5/11 @ 2:00 p.m.

Information and Tickets Available at:

Open Volleyball at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) is hosting Youth Volleyball Open Gym on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm. Anyone (girls or boys, all experience levels) is welcome to come practice!

Eckstein Band Rummage Sale

Our Annual Eckstein Band Rummage sale is set for Saturday, April 20 from 9AM to 3PM.

We need your donations to make this year’s sale a success!

Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sports equipment and more. Bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria on Friday, April 19 from 1:30 to 4PM.

Mark your calendars and come to this popular rummage sale event. There will be wonderful bargains, delicious baked goods for sale and lively jazz music from our student combos.

Monies raised from the Rummage Sale go directly to our Eckstein Music Programs and are used to support instrument repairs, scholarship funds and off-campus music performances. At Eckstein we work to make our outstanding music programs accessible to every student and family.

Thank you for supporting this important event!

If you have any questions please email: Kristen Yagle at

Seattle Neighbor Day May 4

Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating Seattle’s 25th Annual Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 4. Yes, it is a bit later this year. We decided to move it into Spring in hopes of taking advantage of nicer weather while also giving people more time to plan!

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood and community a great place to live. We encourage all Seattle residents to celebrate this day by indulging in random acts of kindness. Residents, businesses, or community groups are all invited to participate however they like. The main goal is simply to reach out and connect with your neighbors through generosity.

We will make it as easy as possible for you to participate! Stay tuned for a list of ideas and resources that can help you plan your Neighbor Day event or activity.

In the meantime, save the date and start thinking about how you want to celebrate.

If you have any questions or want to bounce ideas off someone, contact Neighbor Day coordinator Sam Read at

For more information on Neighbor Day, please visit our website at

Parent University on April 27

Parent University is a half-day event featuring insights from experts in the field of childhood and adolescent development.  This year’s keynote speaker is NYT best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims who will talk about her book, How to Raise an Adult. The closing speaker will be Dr. John Medina, author of the Brain Rules series. In between there will be a choice of sessions covering a range of parenting topics: friendships, sexuality & consent, learning differences, race in America, managing anxiety, experiencing grief, kids & technology and a Gottman-trained therapist who will talk about parental well-being.

This community event offers learning for parents and guardians of K-12 students. Childcare is available for kindergarten- 5th grade children only. Space is limited, so reserve your childcare spot during registration.

Saturday, April 27,  8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Event held at The Bush School, 3400 E Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98112
Cost: $30. Attendance includes a light breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Register today:

Adolesco Youth Exchange Applications due May 15

We offer a two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture and to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At Adolesco Youth Exchange we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly when (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for how long (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.

Please RSVP and join us at one of the following information meetings:

  • Sat., April 20, 2019 • 2 – 4 PM: Northeast Library, Meeting Room (6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115);
  • Sun., April 21, 2019 • 1 – 3 PM: Lake Hills Library, Meeting Room (15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007);
  • Sat., April 27, 2019 • 2 – 4 PM: Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room #4 (1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004);
  • Sun., April 28, 2019 • 1-3 PM: Capitol Hill Branch, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102).

You can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living in a new culture and gain a great friend for life!

Start your application at and contact Marie for more information.  Marie Meyer 303-913-4845 /

Private Pilot Ground School

This unique course provides the opportunity for rising 9th-12th grade Washington students to explore the world of aviation while creating a base of aeronautical knowledge that pilots need to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot exam.


REGISTRATION: To start the registration process, please fill out our Request for Enrollment form.

COST: The only cost associated with Ground School is a $35 registration fee.

DATES:Monday, July 1 – Monday, July 22*
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
*No school Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5 in celebration of Independence Day holiday. A final exam will be administered on the last day, July 22. Students must be in attendance the entire day.

Roosevelt basketball summer camp

Roosevelt High School Boys Basketball Camp July 15-18, 9am-3pm: Join Us This Summer! We’d love to have your player on the RHS court this summer with Head Coach Ben Scheffler and the Roosevelt boys basketball teams. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and improve your play with our staff and current Varsity and JV players. All skill levels welcome from grades 4th-9th. Questions? Email: To register, click on link:

Raider Soccer Summer Camp

Raider boys and girls soccer camp for elementary and middle schoolers

July 8-12, 2019
Register now before spots fill up!

Elementary school hours: 9am -12pm.
Middle School hours: 1–4 pm.
Location: Jane Addams Middle School.
$100.00 per Player
Price includes 5 days of camp, T-shirt, soccer ball and coaching by Nathan Hale Soccer Team & Coach(es).

Contact  for link to registration and any additional questions.

DiscNW JAMS Ultimate camp

DiscNW offers an ultimate summer camp, just for JAMS students. Registration is now open, please feel free to spread the word as your spring season gets rolling!

When: July 29-Aug 2, 9AM-3PM
Where: Mapleleaf
Who: JAMS Players, entering and exiting players in the 2019-2020 school year
Cost: $317/Week, 63.40/Day. Financial Aid Available.

Player too old for JAMS camp? Attend our *newly added* North End HS camp for players attending Ingraham, Ballard, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, Blanchet, Shorewood, Shorecrest, and more!


Summer enrichment at the University of Washington

UW’s Summer Youth Program for middle school students is now open for enrollment.  Parents and students can choose from a wide variety of half day classes in coding, engineering design, visual arts, creative writing, debate and much more!

**NEW**  New Classes Added! The Summer Youth Program has added new classes to its lineup including, Materials Science campEngineering Things That GoCoding in PythonEngineering Sustainable LivingFashion, Mosaic Arts-3D and Bookmaking. Dates and details are online at:

Summer Art Camps in North Seattle

The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors.

  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88

To register, visit

Questions? email

Learn to play an instrument this summer at Seattle JazzED!

Summer Jazz Prep Camp at New South End Location (Rainier Prep School, 10211 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168), Thurs. June 27 – Wed. July 3: For rising 4-8th graders. This is a 1-week summer music camp where all students learn to play an instrument. FREE tuition option for any family, no questions asked. Families can register online at

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC

  • our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
  • prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym

  • Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
  • Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps

Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:

North Seattle Titans Junior Football‏ 

North Seattle Titans Junior Football is a Seattle youth tackle football program dedicated to teaching the fundamentals in a structured and positive environment. This Seattle youth football program is for children between the ages of 7-14. Players are assigned to a team by their age and weight. North Seattle Titans Jr. Football will prepare players to be champions for life and young persons of strong moral character. Top-quality equipment is provided to insure safety of the athletes, and our youth football program serves the families and neighborhoods of Seattle, Snohomish County, and King County.

Dates: Practices begin August 5@ Ingraham High School, and will be held Monday through Friday, through the end of August; then 3 times a week after Labor Day weekend.
To Preregister : Visit  or contact
Head Coach, Bill Taylor at, or (425) 672-3766
More information here

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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