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February 01, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

February 1 – TODAY – Mohan Ski Bus 4:00pm

February 2 – Girls Varsity basketball vs. Hamilton (@Ingraham) 1:00pm

February 2 – Boys Varsity basketball vs. Hamilton (@Ingraham) 1:30pm

February 2 – Girls JV basketball vs. Hamilton (@JAMS) 10:00am

February 2 – Boys JV basketball vs. Hamilton (@JAMS) 10:00am

February 2 – C team basketball vs. Hamilton (@Eagle Staff) 8:00am

February 4 to February 15 – Open Enrollment for school choice

February 6 – JAMS Open house and tour (for families and students) 6:30-8:00pm

February 12 – JAMS Open house and tour (for adults only) 9:00-10:30am

February 12 – Special election day – PLEASE VOTE!

February 18 to February 22 – NO SCHOOL (midwinter break)

February 28 – Parent education event -“LIKE” movie (JAMS Auditorium) 7:00pm

Save these dates (more information below):
March 7 – Bingo Night
May 1 – STEAM fair

JAMS School calendar

VOTE on February ballot!

Please show your SUPPORT by VOTING in the February 12, 2019 special election. Fill out your ballot and mail (no postage required) or drop it off at a ballot box on or before February 12.  You can track your ballot here.


The JAMS PTSA board voted to endorse and support the renewal of the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy.

With the BEX V Capital Levy, JAMS would directly benefit by receiving the following:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Earthquake safety improvements
  • Field lights
  • Playground (removal of old equipment)
  • Safety and security improvements
  • Landscape site improvements
  • Technology equipment and services

Source and Schoology Information

**NEW**  What is the Source & Schoology?  And why should parents create accounts?

Seattle Public Schools uses two different platforms to help communicate with families. 

  • The Source is Seattle Public Schools’ online communication tool that allows parents, guardians and students access to schedules, attendance, assessment scores and more! Secondary student grades are also on the Source. Students use their school assigned username and password to access the Source.
  • Schoology is where teachers post information about class assignments and what is happening in the classroom

To set up Source & Schoology accounts, follow the instructions here:


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.


STEAM Fair planning meeting February 6

**NEW** The JAMS STEAM fair (on May 1, 2019) will be an awesome family event with student presentations, community exhibits and demonstrations on a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics topics.


We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a huge success.  Opportunities include:

  • Presenting! If your career or hobby involves a STEAM topic that you could demonstrate at our fair, please consider participating as a presenter.  It is important for our students to see a diverse group of adults enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering, art and math!
  • Organizing! An event this big requires lots of planning and preparation.  You could help with communications, coordinating student presenters, food planning, contacting community presenters, and more…
  • Helping on the night of the STEAM fair! We will need help setting up, talking to student presenters, serving food, welcoming presenters, and cleaning up.
  • (Please note that most of these volunteer opportunities can be done outside of school hours – so are a great way to help at JAMS that doesn’t conflict with your daytime commitments!)

Interested in getting involved, in a big or small way?  Please come to the next STEAM fair planning meeting on Wednesday February 6 at 7:30pm in the cafe at Third Place Books Ravenna (6504 20th Ave NE). If you’re interested in helping, but cannot attend the meeting, please email Julie at


Resources available for JAMS families

**NEW**  The federal government shutdown may be over, but the financial hardship may not be!  If your family (or a JAMS family you know) is struggling due to the recent government shutdown — or for ANY reason — there is help available.  JAMS families may contact the counselor for their student’s grade level to receive confidential help for their students:


Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  Fun fact!  The jaguar hunts mostly on the ground, but it sometimes climbs a tree and pounces on its prey from above.  Come learn more cool things at this year’s S.T.E.A.M. Fair!


In an atmosphere of fun, students flex their science, technology, engineering, arts and math talents with hands-on activities and experiments and showcase their work during the Fair.  We have a couple of planning meetings in the winter and spring before the event held in May.  Join the fun.  Contact Julie at to get involved.**NEW** What’s a Jaguar’s favorite dance step?
The “Chew” step!

Friday, February 8th 3pm-6pm
That’s right it’s Dance Fever time again at JAMS and we need volunteers to help our cool cats boogie down.  Help  is needed from 3-6pm. We’ll start together with setup, and then move volunteers where needed for concessions, coat check, and dance monitoring. Please stick around for final cleanup as well. Sign up here to help out
 For more information please contact Dan Noyes at

**NEW** Why was the Jaguar late for school?  Because he “paws-ed” too long at the crosswalk!

Traffic Safety volunteers are needed for ALL shifts on ALL days.  Icy roads and heavy traffic are wielding some dangerous situations for our students both before and after school.   Please sign up for a shift, ANY shift, for the safety of our kids and the sanity of our Traffic Committee!! Sign up here!/showSignUp/5080e45a4ac2eaafb6-201819
For information contact


Advocate for Washington students on February 11

Washington state’s 1.1 million students need YOU to be their voice on Focus Day, February 11, 2019.

Join us in Olympia for a day full of advocacy to share our legislative priorities focusing on the health, safety, well-being and education of children.

This is a great opportunity to come with your students, tour the capital, and meet your legislators. To learn more about the day, check out “Show Up to Speak Up“.


Vocal Jazz

JAMS Vocal Jazz is now at Nathan Hale – Sing with Us!


JAMS Vocal Jazz meets on Tuesdays from 3:55-5:25 pm at Nathan Hale. Classes are taught by Nathan Hale’s fantastic new choir director, Erica Ewell. (Fee depends on number of kids who sign up but is typically $10-$15/class.) No experience necessary! For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Rochman at


JAMS Open House and Tours

If you have a student that may attend JAMS next year, make a note of these upcoming open house and tour dates:

Evening Open House and Tour – Families and Students**NEXT WEEK**
Wednesday, February 6th – 6:30-8:00pm – We will gather in the JAMS Auditorium for a brief welcome and then families and students will have a chance to visit classrooms, meet teachers, look at curriculum, and learn more about our programs and classes. No RSVP needed.

If you have any questions, please call the main office at 206-252-4500.

Morning Open House and Tour – Adults Only
Tuesday, February 12th 2018 – 9:00am – 10:30am – We will gather in the JAMS Cafeteria for a presentation from Principal Montgomery and then a question and answer period. JAMS student leaders will then take parents/guardians on a tour of the school. Please RSVP for this event at 206-252-4500.


Save these dates!

Please make a note of these future JAMS PTSA events that you won’t want to miss:


  • February 28   Parent Education evening event and group discussion.  We will show the movie “LIKE,” a documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. JAMS counselors will lead a discussion after the film.
  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!
  • May 1  STEAM Fair. An evening event with student and community presenters on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics.

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for the following informational evening:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM  Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 6:00PM – 8:00 PM  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questions

    Join us in any way that works for you:
    *Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
    *Students are welcome!

  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM  Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings                                

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Starting December 10th, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.

Ingraham High School

2018-2019 School Tours and Open House Information

Shadow Visits: Shadow visits will begin Dec 4th and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until February 14, 2019. Students will have an opportunity to shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM – 1:10 PM). You can call Ms. Medina to make a reservation starting Nov 26th -206-252-3889. February 5, 7, 12, 14

Ingraham Open House for incoming students **NEXT WEEK**
February 6th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone – Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham. 

Ingraham IB Information Night **NEXT WEEK**
February 5th – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program. 

Ingraham Day Time Tour **NEXT WEEK**
February 7th – 9:00 AM – 11:00AM
Tour begins in the school Auditorium – parents must accompany students on the tour.

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889 
All tours are for parents and students
No need to RSVP for open tour or the night open houses.
You need to register for a shadow visit. 
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2023

Roosevelt High School

Lincoln High School

Dine Out for Lincoln Music at Tutta Bella 
When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Where: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria, 4411 Stone Way N in Wallingford

Come and enjoy food, wine and music at one of Wallingford’s favorite hangouts. A portion of the price of every meal served on 2/26 will benefit Lincoln Music.

Garfield High School

Ballard High School

8th Grade/Prospective Student Evening Open House (students & parents) Thursday, February 7, 2019 **NEXT WEEK**

  • 6:30-7:00 pm Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Welcome & Program in Main Gym: Principal, BHS Band, PTSA, Students
  • 7:30-9:00 pm Open House: Speak with teachers, school counselors & staff. Explore the school building

8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) **NEXT WEEK** Thursday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • 8:00-8:45 am Program in the Auditorium: Principal, Activities Coordinator, Counselors, Students
  • 8:45-9:30 am School Tour
  • 9:30 am – Q & A

Shadowing in February – see website for details

The Center High School (The Center School) Information Nights

The Center School will be having an open house on February 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

 Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  We love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Nova High School

Cleveland STEM High School

The STEM program at Cleveland High School offers students an integrated, project-based learning environment with a strong emphasis in technology usage. 

STEM students apply their knowledge and skills in ways that have personal significance and work together with community partners to address real life, societal and world problems.

Prospective students and families can learn more about Cleveland STEM by attending one of our Open House events starting in January. Here are this year’s dates and times:

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. **TOMORROW**
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. **NEXT WEEK**

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 school year:
February 4, 2019: Open Enrollment begins
February 15, 2019: Open Enrollment ends (On-time applications)
*Future key dates for the 2019-20 Open Enrollment period are pending.

For any questions, please contact 9th grade counselor Claire Abe


Seattle Public Schools Information

Science Curriculum Adoption Materials Review

We are currently in a science curriculum adoption process for grades K-12. This process will provide new instructional materials and support for all our classrooms teaching science for the 2019-20 school year.

Science Instructional Materials Open House
We are hosting two science instructional materials open houses where you can:

  • Review the instructional materials being considered for adoption
  • Review information about the new standards and how science will look different for your student
  • Ask staff questions about the materials

Open House Dates
Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
February 2, 2019

  • Elementary School Materials: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • High School Materials: 1 – 3 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
February 9, 2019

  • Elementary School Materials: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • High School Materials: 1 – 3 p.m.

K-8 and High School Science Instructional Materials Display
Instructional materials will be on display in the locations listed below from January 15 – February 28, 2019. We encourage our community to engage in this process by coming to one of these locations and sharing their input.

K-8 instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the buildings at the following locations during regular school hours:

  • John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S
  • South Shore K-8, 4800 S Henderson St.
  • Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee St.
  • Salmon Bay K-8, 1810 NW 65th St.
  • Hazel Wolf K-8, 11530 12th Ave NE

High school instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the schools below during regular school hours:

  • Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St.
  • Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
  • Ingraham High School, 1810 N 135th St.

Read more about the K-12 Science Adoption process.


Community Events and Programs

**TONIGHT**  Family Craft Night

Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

Join us this Friday between 5:30-8pm to make paper lanterns for the Lunar New Year. We will have all of the supplies that you will need. Please register in advance so that we are sure to have plenty of supplies. You can register by calling 206-684-7522.

**NEW**  Girl Scout Troop 40622 is seeking new middle-school-age members!

Want to be a Girl Scout and have fun making things and having adventures?
Troop 40622 meets every other Monday night at 6:30pm and is led by two former Girl Scouts who know how to have fun and learn at same time.  Contact Anna Shea at

**NEW**  Meadowbrook Track Registration

Registration for Spring Sports at Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers opens on February 5th. Meadowbrook Community Center has a robust Track & Field program for ages 5-17 that practices at the Nathan Hale H.S. Track & Field. Call Meadowbrook Community Center for details @ 206-684-7522.

**NEW**  HiCap Seattle — New HC/2e Parent Group

In addition to the Seattle Public Schools Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee there is now a new advocacy group – HiCap Seattle.

HiCap Seattle is a parent group forming in Seattle to build city-wide community among HC/2e families, perform outreach to underserved communities, create safe spaces to share information about HC/2e parenting and education (whether in public, private, or homeschool), and advocate for best practices in equitable identification and service delivery in SPS. Contact or join here:

**NEW**  Wedgwood Meaningful Movie: The True Cost

Our Lady of the Lake Church
8900 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
(Films are shown in Jubilee Hall on the Northeast corner of 35th Ave NE and NE 89th St.)
(Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

February 8, 2019 The True Cost (92 min, Andrew Morgan, 2015)

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

View the trailer:

Please join us for the film’s showing on February 8. It’s FREE and open to the public! Donations to defray the cost of screening rights gladly accepted. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7:00 P.M with a facilitated community discussion to follow.

**NEW**  Help decide how to spend $2 million on park and street improvements in Seattle

Submit ideas from January 28 through February 22

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again engaging community members to democratically decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. This is the third year of Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC): Parks & Streets.

From January 28 to February 22, community members can submit an idea online at or in-person at any Seattle Public Library branch. Projects could include park benches, trail improvements, flashing beacons, and curb ramps to name a few. The only criteria are the ideas be physical improvements for Seattle’s parks or streets, benefit the public, and cost $90,000 or less.

Learn more about what types of projects are eligible: Idea Collection Examples.

Once ideas are submitted, volunteers will be recruited to turn the ideas into 8 – 10 proposals per council district. Then this July, everyone will have the opportunity to vote for the top projects within their district.

You can learn more about the YVYC process and how to get involved on our webpage, and for questions, email

**NEW**  Hot Java Cool Jazz

Join the Roosevelt Jazz Band on March 15th at the Paramount Theatre to celebrate the sounds of Washington’s top performing young jazz musicians at Starbucks 24th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit our school’s music program. Buy tickets online or from our local Starbucks store, Starbucks at Roosevelt Square. This is one of the most awe inspiring high school events of the year. #HotJavaCoolJazz2019

**NEW**  Women Fly

Women Fly Middle School day invites students to participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of aviation and STEM careers. Students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in aviation (women, communities of color, and those who identify as queer or gender non-binary) are encouraged to attend.

In order to expose middle school participants to the breadth of possibilities for them in the STEM field, workshop leaders will provide general overviews of STEM careers and hands-on activities will introduce participants to concepts such as physics, aerodynamics, and materials science.

The Women Fly Resource Fair will feature local organizations and clubs, professional organizations, and clubs who will discuss potential opportunities with participants.

Registration opens February 1.
Attendance is limited to students, schools, and organizations on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact

School and Student registration opens February 1.

Middle School Day: Thursday, March 21, 2019

**NEW**  Magnuson Community Center new weekend hours

Great news! Magnuson Community Center is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

To see the Center’s full operating hours, visit:

**NEW**  Improv Night at UHeights

University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
Every first Saturday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm

Join us, every first Saturday for a new night of comedy in the U District.

Every month you will be treated to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR rotating comedy groups, all vying for your attention and your laughter.  Bring your dinner, or enjoy some tasty snacks and drinks from our bar. Shows are all-ages, though there may be instances of mature language.

Free Parking // Buses: 45, 70, 71, 73, 74, 373, 541, 542, 556

Ticketing Policy: Most events at UHeights are Pay-What-You-Can. This model allows our events to be accessible to the entire community! We have no minimum or maximum amount suggested, we simply ask you to pay what you can.

**NEW**  Sunday Skate at Magnuson

Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3 PM – 6 PM

Come join us for our FREE series of Sunday Skates brought to you by Magnuson Community Center and PFM Roller Derby. All ages and abilities are welcome but children under the age of 18 must have parental permission. This is a free event with donations welcome. We will provide the space, tunes, and skates. You provide the smiles and laughter.

**NEW**  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

Ingraham Baseball Clinic

Ingraham RAM Baseball and Softball: Pre-Season Youth Baseball Clinic
Saturday February 2, 2019
8:30 AM – 12 PM
$50 per player
Ingraham High School Ballfields

Join Ingraham’s baseball and softball coaches and players and get prepared TO PLAY BALL!!

  • Hitting
  • Base-running
  • Infield & Outfield

Youth baseball and softball players between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to a pre-season clinic that will focus on skills typically evaluated at Little League and Pony League baseball and softball try-outs. Small-group instruction guaranteed!

Registration form and instructions here.

Remembrance for former Thornton Creek teacher

Former students from Thornton Creek school who knew or were students in Sandra Brettler’s class are invited to a remembrance for Sandra on Feb 10th, from 1-3pm at Thornton Creek school.  Pie will be a part of the remembrance, former students will fondly remember pi day and should feel free to bring a store bought pie to share.  Please join us as we gather to remember an extraordinary, well-lived life and the many ways Sandra impacted students over the years.

**NEW** One on One Basketball Seattle

One on One Basketball (Mid-Winter Break Camp)
Meadowbrook CC 
Tuesday-Friday, February 19-22, Boys and Girls Ages 6-12
– Don’t stay home during break, join our experienced coaches and gain confidence in your individual skills and court knowledge, and finish the season strong!

Register today at or by calling the host community center.

Annual Hands On Skills Fair

A new wave is sweeping the country. People are recognizing the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for their own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community. Let’s relearn the skills our grandparents knew! In partnership with Meadowbrook Community Center, Sustainable NE Seattle is organizing the ninth annual “Hands-On Skills Fair.” Folks from our neighborhood have stepped up to share skills such as food preservation and preparation, seed saving, soap making, basic plumbing and electrical, tool repair, carpentry, pruning, gardening, simple bike maintenance, and making lotions, just to name a few.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125)

Promoting Participation Physical Activity Fair

When: Sat, March 23, 2019, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
Where: Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St)
What : A FREE event that provides an opportunity for the community to come together and support the inclusive physical activity engagement of students and families from Seattle Public Schools. Representatives from various community organizations will be present and activity stations will be universal for participation of all abilities. Students can sign up for spring/summer camps and enjoy a couple hours of FUN participation in physical activity.
Each participant will get a “passport book” upon check in. The book contains an area to collect a stamp from every activity or booth they visit. Collecting a qualifying number of stamps earns a ticket into the raffle drawing.
Who: ALL students and families of Seattle Public Schools. All grade levels. This is a fully inclusive event for students with and without disabilities.
Why: Physical Activity, Participation, and Inclusiveness play a critical role in student and families’ physical and emotional health. Promoting Participation provides opportunities for students, families, and community organizations to come together to be active and provide access to inclusive physical activity resources. Activity stations will include modifications to accommodate all abilities and provide opportunities for success.

Register here.

Free admission to the Volunteer Park Conservatory though Feb. 28 

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) are pleased to announce that the Volunteer Park Conservatory will waive all admission fees though the end of February, 2019.

Free admission to the Conservatory during this time period is made possible by a generous donation from the Bennett-Shear family – a gift from the children to celebrate their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Son Emmett Shear said, “We grew up walking to the Conservatory during my whole childhood, and I know my parents want everyone to be able to enjoy this beauty and peace. In their honor, I’m excited to be able to invite people to come for free to the Conservatory again.” (The Conservatory had been a free experience until 2013)

SPR and FOC encourage everyone, especially those who have never visited before, as well as school groups planning field trips, to take advantage of this opportunity to discover the Conservatory at no cost.

To schedule a tour, please email

The Conservatory’s regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays).

Regular admission will be reinstated on March 1, 2019. Adults $4; Youth $2; Kids under age 12 are always free.

Many thanks to the Bennett-Shear Family for making the Conservatory accessible to all during this holiday season.

Questions? Please contact Khue Tran, FOC Executive Administrator, at

When school is out, Watts is in session! 

Join Watts Basketball for one of our upcoming camps, clinics or join a weekly skills class and give your child an incredible experience that will grow their confidence, improve their skills, let them make new friends and above all, have fun!
Featuring Supersonics legend Slick Watts, UW legend Donald Watts and a team of highly renowned coaches, Watts Basketball provides skill development, games and competitions, prizes, t-shirts, autographs, pictures and lasting memories! 
See our winter camps and clinics schedule below:

February 18th-22nd Mid Winter Break Camps
9am-12pm: K-4th grade @ Villa Academy
1pm-4pm: 5th-8th grade @ Villa Academy
9am-3pm: 3rd-8th grade @ Watts Sodo Gym

For more information or to register for a camp, clinic or weekly skills class visit, email or call (206) 467-1383

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: 
Student grades:
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