Jaguar News: Feb. 8, 2019

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February 08, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

February 8 – TODAY – 75-minute early release 2:30pm

February 8 – TODAY – Mohan Ski Bus 4:00pm *

February 9 – All basketball games CANCELED *

February 4 to February 15 – Open Enrollment for school choice

February 11 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm *

February 12 – JAMS Open house and tour CANCELED *

February 12 – PLEASE VOTE! Special election day *

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

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

March 1 – **NEW DATE** School Dance 4:00pm

March 4 – Spring sports packets due

March 7 – Bingo night 7:00pm

See special note below for information about possible weather-related changes to these events

JAMS School calendar

Special note about events and winter weather

**NEW** The event information in the Jaguar News is accurate, to the best of our knowledge, as of Thursday evening.  However, changing weather and traffic conditions could lead to last-minute changes or cancelations of scheduled events.  If you have any questions, or there is a conflict between the information in the Jaguar News and another source, please verify event information independently:

  • Mohan ski bus: Mohan is monitoring the situation and will make a decision about whether to cancel the ski bus early Friday morning.  Look for an email from the coordinator ( on Friday morning with updated information.  The ski bus website also suggests checking the Mohan website or calling (425-868-3820) for the latest operation updates. NOTE: The Mohan ski bus is not a school-sponsored event, so school staff will not have any information about updates or cancelations.
  • Basketball practice and games: The boys and girls JV basketball practices this afternoon and all of the basketball games scheduled for tomorrow, February 9, have been canceled.
  • JAMS PTSA meeting: The JAMS PTSA board meeting scheduled for Monday February 11 will be canceled if school is closed on Monday due to weather conditions.  Check for updates.
  • JAMS Open house and tour: The daytime open house and tour scheduled for Tuesday February 12 have been canceled.
  • School: Winter weather may cause changes to the school schedule.  Check the SPS website ( and JAMS website (, local TV and radio stations, Facebookor Twitter for up-to-date information. Would you rather get a text or email than a phone call, if school is closed or delayed?  You can manage your SPS communication preferences (instructions here).
  • High school information nights: There are several information nights for high schools next week.  Be sure to check the school’s website (listed below in the “High School Information” section) on the day of the event to determine if the event is canceled.
  • Special election: If you haven’t already done so, please try to drop your levy ballots in the mail/local drop box before the impending storm this weekend to make sure your voice is heard and your vote is counted!

Stay safe and warm, Jaguars!

VOTE on February ballot!

**DON’T WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE TO FILL OUT YOUR BALLOT – DO IT NOW!** 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 next Tuesday, 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

Elective information for current 6th and 7th grade families

**NEW**  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. Please spend some time with your student reviewing the options. The ONLINE registration process will happen 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, February 15th.

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

**NEW**  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

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

Vani and Shira
Jane Addams Journalism Staff

JAMS Geography Bee finalists

**NEW**  The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Most JAMS students competed in classroom level rounds in their social studies class, during the month of January.  The top finishers in the classroom rounds (the top 45 JAMS students) then proceeded to the qualifying round with Mr. Segall, 7th grade JAMS World History teacher & National Geographic Bee coordinator, on January 31.After 2 days of geography questions, 3 finalists were determined. One 8th grade student answered all three of the final questions, thus clinching the top school geography award. Congratulations to the finalists!

  • 1st place: Yoshi T.
  • 2nd place: Jacob G. F.
  • 3rd place: Atticus B.

Can you answer any of the three final questions (look for the answers further below in the Jaguar News)?

  1. Saginaw Bay, a popular summer tourist destination in the state of Michigan, is an inlet of which lake?
  2. February 2019 marks the start of the Alpine World Ski Championships.  This competition will be held in which country that is the most populous in Scandinavia?
  3. National Geographic Explorer Ricardo Moreno studies jaguars and human-jaguar conflict in places like Darien National Park, the largest national park in which Central American country?

Next, our qualifying JAMS Geo Champion took an online test on February 1 and we will wait to see if he qualified to compete in Olympia next month. The top 100 ranked students in each classroom level competition compete in their state competitions.  The State champions then travel to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship.

“LIKE” Movie screening

**NEW**  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 PM (doors open @ 6:30)
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.

About the film: 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?

Can’t make it on Feb 28, but still want to see “LIKE?”  Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA is also hosting a free screening of “LIKE” on Wednesday Feb 13 (register here).

Volunteer Corner

What’s a Jaguar’s favorite dance step?
The “Chew” step!
Friday, March 1, 3pm-6pm **NOTE NEW DATE**
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**  Fun 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

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“.

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.

Answers to Geography Bee finalist questions

Answers to Geography Bee final round questions above:

  1. Lake Huron
  2. Sweden
  3. Panama

Did you get them right?

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School

If schools are closed on February 12, the NHHS Future Family Night will not take place.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 **NEXT WEEK** 

  • 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 questionsJoin 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.

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

If schools are closed on February 12, the Ballard HS morning tour will not take place.

8th Grade Morning Tour (students & parents) Tuesday, February 12, 2019 **NEXT WEEK**

  • 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 detailsThe Center High School (The Center School)

**NEXT WEEK**  The Center School is having their final open house of the enrollment season on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  You will still have two days before the end of open enrollment on February 15th to submit your school choices to the District.  Come learn about The Center School – a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who want a small high school (about 250 students), 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.

The Center School is in the Armory building, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus, 3rd floor. Free parking is available with parking passes in the Memorial Stadium parking lot just north of the Museum of Pop Culture at 5th Ave. N/Harrison St.  Passes can be requested by emailing The Center School office at

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**  2019-20 School year calendar

The 2019-20 school year calendar was approved.  Selected dates are listed below (see the full calendar).

Sept. 4, 2019 First day of school for 1st – 12 grade students (no early release)
Oct. 11 State In-service Day (no school)
Nov. 11 Veterans Day (no school)
Nov. 28 – 29 Thanksgiving break (no school)
Dec. 23, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020 Winter break (no school)
Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
Jan. 28 Day between semesters (no school) *possible snow make-up day (1 of 3)
Feb. 17 – 21 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)
April 13 – 17 Spring break (no school)
May 25 Memorial Day (no school)
June 18, 2020 Last day of school *possible snow make-up days June 19 and 22

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 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 Date
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

**NEW**  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

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 THIS SUNDAYFebruary 10, 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.

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, Feb 9 **TOMORROW**
10am to 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center
(10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125)

Starting at 2pm, the NE Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs are teaching “Disaster Preparedness” skills.  Besides gaining invaluable knowledge, 100 families will build, and walk away with, their very own EMERGENCY TOILET!!  You could be one of them!

Girl Scout Troop 40622 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

Meadowbrook Track Registration

Registration for spring sports at Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers opened 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.

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:

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

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

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

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.

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:
Student grades:
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