Jaguar News: Feb. 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

February 15 – TODAY – Mohan Ski Bus 4:00pm

February 16 – Girls Varsity basketball vs. Meany (@Eagle Staff) 8:00am

February 16 – Girls JV basketball vs. Meany (@JAMS) 10:00am

February 16 – C team basketball vs. Meany (@Franklin) 11:00am

February 16 – Boys JV basketball vs. Meany (@JAMS) 11:30am

February 16 – Boys Varsity basketball vs. Meany (@Eagle Staff) 12:30pm

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

February 22 – LAST DAY of Open Enrollment for school choice (extended due to snow days)

February 26 – STEAM fair planning meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

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

March 4 – Spring sports packets due

March 7 – Bingo night 7:00pm

March 14 – Choir concert (all choirs)

March 21 – Band concert (all bands)

March 28 – Orchestra concert (all orchestras)

March 25 to March 29 – Spirit week

March 29 – School Dance 4:00pm **NOTE NEW NEW DATE**

JAMS School calendar

“LIKE” Movie screening

The JAMS PTSA is hosting a free screening of the film “LIKE”: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives. Please come!

Thursday, February 28
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
JAMS auditorium

After the movie, we will move to the cafeteria for a discussion led by JAMS counselors.

Although we welcome parents and students (the recommended age for “LIKE” is 11+), please note that JAMS students will view “LIKE” during the school day prior to this evening event.

LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what’s really happening?

Notes from the registrar

**NEW**  Semester 1 Grades – Going home via Advisory Class
Please check with your student! Advisory teachers have distributed Semester 1 grades this week.  If you have specific questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher and/or grade level counselor.**NEW**  Elective Registration – Next Year
Students can log-in to their Source Account and request their electives for next year.  Families are encouraged to do this at home, but there will also be time for students to complete the process at school, during Language Arts class.  We are extending the registration process until March 1 (see below for more information).

Elective information for current 6th and 7th grade families

Each spring students and their families request electives for the next school year. Your student should have received a class registration packet in Advisory class. The ONLINE registration process can happen at home or at school during Language Arts classes, but students should also return the Class Registration Form (the purple sheet on the top of the packet) to the Main Office by Friday, March 1. **NOTE NEW DATE**

Although every effort is made to meet each student’s choice of elective, that is not always possible, due to schedule limitations. Electives are programmed AFTER Language Arts, History, Math and Science requirements have been fulfilled.

Additional forms and information are located in the main office or on the JAMS website at: students will take the following required courses next year and will be placed in the appropriate academic track:

  • Language Arts
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • PE (1 semester) – (Students can only apply for a PE waiver if they are enrolled in 2 year-long electives)

Spring sports information

JAMS school-sponsored spring sports are Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Track Co-ed.

Athletic packets are due to Megan in the main office by March 4. All students must have their paperwork completed before they can participate in tryouts. Athletic packets include a doctor-signed sports physical. Physicals are valid for 2 years from the exam date.  Check with Megan ( in the main office to see if your student has a current physical on file at JAMS.  Nathan Hale has a Teen Health Clinic that can provide sports physicals for our students. For more information, call 206-302-1840.​

Hard copies of athletic packets are available in the JAMS office. All forms are also available here. If your student participated in a fall or winter sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the sport-specific safety form.

Spring sport practices days have not yet been determined.

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.

Desperately seeking….photos of JAMS 8th graders

Dear 8th parent/guardians,We wanted to remind you to send in a younger photo of your 8th grader to by February 15 (TODAY), so they are included in the When We Were Younger page in the yearbook.

Vani and Shira
Jane Addams Journalism Staff

Levies passed!

**NEW**  Thank you to everyone who voted in the February 12, 2019 special election.

Both the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy and Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy passed!

With the BEX V Capital Levy, JAMS will directly benefit in the future 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

Volunteer Corner

What’s a Jaguar’s favorite dance step?
The “Chew” step!
Friday, March 29, 3pm-6pm **DATE CHANGED AGAIN**
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 fact: The jaguar is the largest cat species in the Americas.  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.  Our next planning meeting is on Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm in the JAMS library.  Join the fun!  Contact Julie at to get involved.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

Save these dates!

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

  • March 7   Family Bingo night.  An evening of fun, games and prizes for the whole family!
  • March 29   Multicultural Night
  • May 1  STEAM Fair. An evening event with student and community presenters on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math topics.
  • June 18   8th grade promotion ceremony.

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School

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

Questions? Call the Main Office 206-252-3889
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.

Please help Lincoln’s Marching Band make a strong start!
Marching band is a big part of the high school music experience, and the cohesiveness of the band culture does more for the school than just entertain football crowds, it leads students, families, alumni, and community members in demonstrations of school spirit.

The students participating in Lincoln’s marching band will be sitting across the field from Roosevelt HS, Ballard HS and other well-established schools, and we want to help them to feel the kind of school pride that comes when you are talented and well-appointed.  While the students will bring the talent, and Lincoln’s staff can provide energy and drive, it’s typically been up to the generosity of our community to provide for band uniforms.  Therefore, we are making a direct appeal to all Lincoln music and performing arts supporters including entering families, friends, Lincoln alumni, local businesses and other generous organizations to donate to our fund so that we can purchase marching band uniforms in time for this Fall’s season.  We can “band together” to raise the school banner with Lincoln Lynx pride!

Learn more about this initiative and make a donation at our GoFundMe page!

Garfield High School

Ballard High School

The Center High School (The Center School)

Interested families may contact Roxanne at or 206-372-1464 with any questions they have about Center.

Nova High School

Middle College High School

MCHS is a service school option for students who want to earn credits for a high school diploma and prepare for higher education in a small, caring environment, which includes three unique schools, located in Northgate Mall, the Seattle U campus and UW campus. Each school offers core (i.e. Math, History, Language Arts, and Science) high school academic subjects that meet district requirements to graduate.  Our school day is from 8:45am-3:35pm; Wednesdays 8:45-2pm.

MCHS sites share a common mission to encourage the development of community, personal responsibility and active learning. Students attend daily classes in a small, personal environment where each student receives individual help and instruction from the friendly teaching and support staff. Each Middle College High School site envisions its graduates performing with college level proficiency in writing and mathematics.​ Middle College is best suited for students who are committed to their own success but have difficulty learning in larger environments, have anxiety and depression or simply need more one-on-one support from teaching staff.

Cleveland STEM High School

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

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Make-up days – yet to be determined!

We know you are wondering about make-up days. In addition to the scheduled make-up days, June 21 and 24, the state has issued some preliminary guidance about waivers but has made it clear that waiver requests will not be reviewed until after the threat of further weather closures has passed.

For more information, visit the SPS homepage at, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Open enrollment for school choiceIf you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 4 – 22 (Because of snow days the Open Enrollment deadline was extended), will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker which gives siblings priority in admissions.

Families are encouraged to apply during the Open Enrollment window. Applications received after Open Enrollment are date stamped and priority is based on the date in which the application is received. School Choice forms are available online, or at the John Stanford Center.

The results of Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will be available online in mid-April.

More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Summer enrichment at the University of Washington

Registration is open!  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!  For dates, time and registration information please visit us at:

**NEW**  Parent University on April 27th!

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 27th,  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:

**NEW**  Experience the Great Seattle Fire in Virtual Reality

In 1889, the Great Seattle Fire destroyed 64 acres of the growing frontier town. The Seattle Public Library has created a virtual reality (VR) experience to show you what it might have been like to fight the fire as a volunteer firefighter. Through careful analysis of historic documents and photographs, the environment you experience is a historically accurate representation of Seattle in 1889.

Monday, Feb. 11 – Friday, Mar. 1, 2019

Visit the level eight gallery of the SPL Central branch Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view displays of pieces from our collection related to the Great Seattle Fire, including images, reports and information about:

  • Seattle in 1889
  • The destruction caused by the fire
  • Personal stories of the fire
  • Rebuilding the city
  • Creating the Seattle fire department
  • Pioneer Square today

In addition, two VR stations are available for you to experience the fire as a volunteer firefighter. Using the VR headset, you are challenged to help put out the fire using the tools available in 1889. The VR experience immerses you in a realistic depiction of Seattle at the time of the fire, based on historic photographs and documents.

Community Prioritization for ‘Neighborhood Street Fund’

Now through February 22nd residents are able to prioritize transportation related projects through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) ‘Neighborhood Street Fund’ (NSF). Meadowbrook needs your help to ensure our proposed projects (proposals) rise to the top of this competitive prioritization process. Funds for these projects will range from between 100K and One million dollars compared to the smaller Your Voice, Your Choice projects which top out at $90K. Community Prioritization phase of Neighborhood Street Fund 2019-2021 cycle is now open! Tell us what street improvements your community needs most by scoring projects proposed by neighbors in your district now through February 22. The highest-scored projects will proceed to the voting phase in Spring.

How to score:

  • Online: prioritize projects and participate in an online dialogue with your neighbors without leaving your home!
  • In-person: attend a 90-minute Community Prioritization Meeting in your district. Meetings will include presentations by SDOT staff of each project proposed in your district. (Please note that presentations will begin promptly at the meeting start, so arrive on time! To request interpretation and or another accommodation, please contact us at: or (206) 733-9361 before the meeting date. Due the bad weather, the first round of meetings for District 5 have been canceled, but they may be rescheduled at another date. This is to be determined by DoN.

The Meadowbrook Sidewalk Committee has 6 priority projects within the boundaries of Meadowbrook that we need you to support as high priority (in order of priority):

  1. #203, Construct a curbed, asphalt walkway on the south side of Ne 115th between 35th and 40th Ave Ne;
  2. #205, Complete asphalt walkway on Ne 100th from near Ravenna to the entrance of Seattle Waldorf School;
  3. #016, Add school zone ticketing cameras on Ne 115th between 30th and 34 Aves Ne;
  4. #177, Install a sidewalk on the south side of Ne 95th between 30th and 32nd Aves Ne;
  5. #170, Construct an asphalt walkway on west side of 39th Ave Ne from crosswalk on Ne 108th to trail into Meadowbrook Pond area (benefits John Rogers Elementary); and
  6. #174, Install speed reduction treatments on Sand Point Way between 95th and 125th Ave Ne.

Visit to score online or check the meeting schedule!

Thank you for your participation in the NSF Program.

Neighborhood Street Fund-FAQ

Neighborhood Street Fund Program

**NEW**  Get tax help at a SPL branch

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with AARP and the United Way of King County to offer free tax help at Library branches throughout the city. Trained volunteers can answer your questions and help you prepare your tax return during drop-in hours or by appointment. Please bring your social security card, ID and tax documents for the year you need to file.

Trained volunteers are available to answer questions and help fill out your personal tax return at several library locations.

Simply gather your tax documents and bring them to the branch of your choice for free, drop-in tax help from trained volunteers.

Tax preparation help is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Appointments are not required unless noted in the Tax Help schedule. This service is not available for business tax returns.

The tax preparation service is available through a partnership between the Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the AARP.

Note: Some returns are too complex for tax help volunteers. United Way Tax Help locations serve anyone who earned less than $66,000 in 2018. For eligibility details, contact AARP at 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) or United Way at 800-621-4636.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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:
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