Jaguar News: March 1, 2019

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March 01, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

March 1 – TODAY Mohan ski bus 4:00pm

March 2 – Boys Varsity basketball vs. Denny (@Chief Sealth) 8:00am

March 2 – Boys JV basketball vs. Denny (@Madison) 9:00am

March 2 – Girls JV basketball vs. Denny (@Chief Sealth upper) 9:30am

March 2 – C team basketball vs. Meany (@JAMS) 2:30pm

March 4 – Spring sports packets due

March 7 – Bingo night 6:30pm

March 8 – Packs for Kids food packing (JAMS cafeteria) 9:00am

March 14 – Choir concert (all choirs)

March 18 – Ticket orders due for JAMS Mariners Night (JAMS Advanced Choir will sing the National Anthem on April 2nd at T-Mobile Park (Safeco Field) – ordering information to come next week.)

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

Save these dates:
April 2 – Mariners Night
April 26 – Multicultural night **NEW DATE**
May 1 – STEAM Fair
June 27 – Last day of school **NEW DATE**

JAMS School calendar


**NEXT WEEK** JAMS FAMILY BINGO NIGHT is just around the corner! Pay it forward and lend a hand setting up or cleaning up. All volunteers will be able to play Bingo at the same time!!!

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 7, 6:30-8:00pm in the JAMS cafeteria for Bingo, trivia, snacks, and prizes. This is a family event. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  Tutors Needed!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pmTraining ProvidedAVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) tutors will support middle school students enrolled in the AVID elective course by providing direct instructional support to students with the assistance of an AVID elective course teacher. In addition, they will serve as role models to students and be able to provide support for students in regards to AVID strategies that tutors will be trained to use in the class while supporting students with organization, study skills and core academic course work. Tutors will work through mid-June 2019. AVID tutors are critically essential to student success in the AVID elective course by supporting postsecondary options upon high school graduation.

For additional information, please contact Nerissa Hallberg

**NEW**  Packs for Kids
The Packs for Kids program will be packing food bags next Friday, March 8 at 9:00 am in the JAMS cafeteria. All are welcome!

(Re)paint the jaguar!

Are you loving the jaguar intersection painting? Do you know how to paint within the lines? Seeking volunteer(s) to coordinate the annual repaint of the jaguar. You will fill out city permits, assemble painting supplies and manage the painting project on Environmental Stewardship Day, May 18! Support is available and expenses for supplies are covered. Please volunteer by March 8 to

Mohan ski updates

**NEW**  Because of the ski days that were canceled during the snow storms, the Mohan ski bus will be extended to March 1 and March 8. There is also a need for backup emergency drivers and chaperones. If you can volunteer, or have any questions, contact Jill at

Levies passed

Thank you for your support of the BEX V Levy! JAMS will receive $3.3M to help create some of our most needed outdoor improvements. We are currently awaiting information from the district as to when and how these improvements will take place. On the project list are improvements to the front entrance of the school, replacement of the playground with a covered basketball court for student use at lunchtime, amphitheater seating for concerts and summer movies, seating areas along the eastern artificial turf field and resurfacing of the staff parking lot. Keep checking the newsletter for future updates as they become available.

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. **NEXT MONDAY** 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.

Stay tuned! Spring sport tryout or practice days have not yet been announced.

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.

High School Information

Nathan Hale High School

Families not able to attend 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

Annual Ingraham Auction – Incoming families welcome!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
5:30 – 10 PM
North Seattle College
Grove Dining Room

Come join us at the dinner and auction!  It’s a great way to meet other parents, staff, and alumni as well as a fun time supporting Ingraham! To buy tickets or for more information, visit Buy tickets today (through March 5) and get early bird pricing of $65.00 per person, or sponsor an Ingraham High School staff member to attend for $45.00.

And join us in supporting Ingraham High School by donating an auction item! Here are some things we are looking for:

  • Tickets to Seattle sports teams, movies, shows or cultural events
  • Gift cards to Restaurants
  • Wine for the wine grab
  • Weekend at a Vacation Home
  • Your own special chef or baker services

For more information, visit the Ingraham auction online or contact Dick Lee at or 206-391-5555.

Roosevelt High School

Lincoln High School

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

Cleveland STEM High School

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

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Snow makeup days for 2018-2019 school year

In February, school closed for five days due to the series of snow storms. This year’s school calendar included two make-up days in June (June 21 and 24); the three additional make-up days will be added to the calendar following those days as outlined in the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the Seattle Education Association. The last day of school for students in grades preschool through 11 will be June 27.

The priority of the district is to provide high-quality instruction to all our students and ensure they are academically prepared. The decision to extend school until June 27 was made with this goal in mind and in consultation with the Seattle Education Association. While we recognize extending the school year may be challenging for some families, we also know that the amount of instructional time a student spends with their teacher is one of the most important factors in learning.

High school graduation dates will not change. In order to meet the state’s instructional time requirement, the last day of school for students in grade 12 will be June 20. Students will be expected to finish any outstanding coursework or exams required for graduation. High school principals will communicate further updates specific to their school over the coming weeks.

The revised school calendar can be viewed here.

**NEW**  Science Instructional Materials Open House (rescheduled due to weather)

We have rescheduled the second Science Instructional Materials Open House. Participants will have time to review the candidates being considered for adoption by the district, ask questions about the state standards and how science will look different for your child, and ask questions.

March 2, Rainier Beach High School (8815 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118)

  • 9:00-11:00 Elementary materials
  • 11:00-1:00 Middle school materials
  • 1:00-3:00 High school materials

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Remembrance for Thornton Creek teacher rescheduled

Former students and their families of 4th and 5th grade teacher Sandra Brettler, at Thornton Creek School are invited to a remembrance for Sandra on Sunday, March 10; 1-3PM at Thornton Creek School,  7712 40th Ave NE.  March 10 is the rescheduled date due to the cancellation of the previous date due to the February snow storm.

**NEW**  Lake City Bingo Karaoke March 2

Crazy fun, and serious fun-draiser!
$30 prizes for each regular Bingo game, 50% of the pot on two SPECIAL games.
In addition, PTAs can win $300-$600 in a drawing at the end!!!
Spread the word … WE’D LIKE OVER 60 in attendance!
PTAs with at least 5 in attendance qualify for a $300 drawing.

For more information, or to buy tickets go here (you can also buy tickets at the door):

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, March 30 **NEW DATE**
10am to 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center
(10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125)

**NEW** 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 /

Seattle Reads: The Best We Could Do Community Reading Group

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM
The Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

Join us for an informal get together to talk about The Best We Could Do and its themes.

Seattle Reads is a “one book, one city” program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.

Everyone is invited to participate in Seattle Reads by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion, and/or attending programs with the featured writer.

Raiders Hoops Camp during spring break

Nathan Hale High School boys basketball team is offering a camp during spring break for kids ages 6-12. This is a fun way for kids to improve their skills and to interact with local coaching staff, as well as high school student athletes.

The camps will take place at Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125) and will be run by the high school coaches with assistance from the players.

April 8 to 11
9:00am to 3:30pm
(Lunch is NOT provided)

Register online at or by sending a check or money order payable to Nathan Hale Boys Basketball to 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125.

For more information, contact Coach Dom Brooks at

**NEW** 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.

**NEW** Creative Art Network camps

To view upcoming SUMMER and SPRING BREAK camps go to (4 cans).

Classes now offered:

  • Comic Books
  • Sci Fi Art
  • Brick Animation
  • Clay Animation

Hope to see you there!

GeoGirls field camp program

Opportunity for girls in the 7th and 8th grades, living in Washington and Oregon:

The application process is open for the 2019 GeoGirls field camp program at Mount St. Helens. GeoGirls, high school mentors, and teacher mentors will spend five days conducting hands-on research and interacting with scientists, learning about volcanoes, natural hazards and modern scientific monitoring technologies. They will camp, hike to field sites, work on research projects and learn how to document and share their scientific findings by building a public webpage. The program will be held August 4–8, 2019, at Mount St. Helens, Washington.

Applications from girls, high school students and teacher mentors are due March 17, 2019. Selections will be announced May 3, 2019.

The program will include:
• 25 girls graduating from 7th and 8th grade from Washington and Oregon;
• 5 girls graduating from 10th-12th grades from Washington and Oregon;
• 4 female middle school science teachers from Washington and Oregon.

Find all the information you need on the Mount St Helens Institute webpage,…/for-p…/geogirls/geogirls.html

Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open for the 2019 Season

Baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL).

  • For kids 4-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program.
  • NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game.
  • For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to to start the registration process. For questions about registration, please email NESLL’s registrar at

Aileycamp 2019

Join us this summer for a free 6-week program where youth ages 11-14 experience a fun-filled day camp learning dance and important life skills.

When: June 26-August 2, 2019, 8:30-3:30p.m. M-F
Where: Beach Park Event Center in Des Moines, WA
Interested: Application form is here.  FAQ is here.

Call 206-518-5232 or email for more information.

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

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:

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:

Hot Java Cool Jazz

Join the Roosevelt Jazz Band on March 15 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.

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

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. 

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