Jaguar News: March 15, 2019

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March 15, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

March 16 – Big Cat ultimate games
B team vs. Eckstein (@Magnuson 6B) 10:45am
A team vs. Washington (@Van Asselt #2) 12noon
6th team vs. WMS (@Montlake #1) 3:00pm
C team vs. Pacific Crest (@Magnuson 1A) 3:45pm

March 18 – Ticket orders due for JAMS Mariners Night

March 21 – Band concert (all bands)

March 28 – Orchestra concert (all orchestras)

March 25 to March 29 – Spirit week

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

March 29 – School Dance 4:00pm

April 2 – Lincoln HS course selection (@JAMS) 6:30-8:30pm

April 2 – JAMS Mariners Night

Save these dates:
April 26 – Multicultural night
May 1 – STEAM Fair
May 18 – Environmental Stewardship day 10:00am-2:00pm
May 18 – Chipotle fundraiser to benefit JAMS PTSA Community Stair Project 5:00-9:00pm
June 21 – 8th grade promotion
June 27 – Last day of school

JAMS School calendar


**NEW**  The Jane Addams PTSA needs YOU to volunteer on its executive board next year. If you have ever considered serving in the past, 2019-2020 is the year you should step up! We have already filled 12 positions on the board next year, including strong Volunteer and Communications teams, so you will be working with an effective group of people all working to support our kids. Our top priority is to fill our executive board positions listed below. Most of these jobs average only about 1-2 hours per week. If you are worried about not having experience, don’t worry: last year’s board members and our other team members will help get you up to speed. Remember also that each role will be adapted to fit your life, schedule, and strengths and not the other way around. Our deadline for the new board is early May, so please give some serious thought now. Ask questions and volunteer one of three ways:

Executive Board Positions
The executive board is elected by parents or guardians who are PTSA members. Members advocate for our students and represent the Washington State PTA to the school community. The board supports students by coordinating volunteering, developing a budget for school supports including academic resources, enrichment, scholarships, etc., and then fundraising so PTSA members can provide those supports. Board members usually meet once per month.

  • President (ca. 1-2 hours per week) – can function as “co-presidents” with VP
    Run meetings and elections, ensure diversity and that all voices are heard, recruit volunteers, manage money, and train your successor. Coordinate with JAMS administration and anyone else as applicable.
  • VP (ca. 1-2 hours per week)
    Take over for the president when they aren’t available, monthly reconcile financial accounts, weekly review the newsletter, reserve space for PTSA events, and fill in flexibly whenever a PTSA need arises.
  • Treasurer (ca. 1-2 hours per week) – can function as “co-treasurers” with assistant treasurer
    Learn the ropes and status of books and schedules from the previous treasurer; correctly handle bookkeeping and deposits/expenditures (always with board authorization), make tax and corporate filings, and summarize financials at meetings.
  • Secretary or Co-Secretaries (ca. 1 hour per week)
    Keep accurate records of current members and committee chairs, handle all official PTSA correspondence, permanently store all meeting minutes, and notify members of all meetings and their agendas. At each meeting, take attendance, ensure quorum is met, count votes, and take minutes.
  • Legislative VP or Co-VPs (work load varies from zero most weeks to 8 during Legislative Assembly)
    Serve as an advocate to the school community regarding education bills and represent the PTSA at district and state levels (work load varies); attend the WSPTA Legislative Assembly in October for JAMS PTSA (8 hours); update the PTSA on the Washington State PTA legislative platform (varies); and draw parents’ attention to important bills and remind parents to vote (but not how to vote, obviously) (varies).

Mariners night ticket orders due by March 18

Save the date! Seattle Mariners Night for JAMS is Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm. The whole community is invited. The JAMS Advanced Choir will be singing the National Anthem. More information here.

Forms were distributed last week in advisory, and are available from the above link. Please staple a check (payable to JAMS PTSA) to the completed form, and return to the JAMS office by NEXT MONDAY, March 18.

Save the date: Eat for Change

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

Spring sports up and running!

JAMS spring sports are Soccer (boys), Volleyball (girls) and Track (coed). Contact Megan ( with any questions about JAMS sports.

  • Track  practice days: Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:00-5:30pm at the Hale track
  • Boys soccer  practice days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm on the JAMS lower fields
  • Girls volleyball  practice days: Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm in the JAMS gyms (beginning March 18)
  • Game/meet schedules will be added to the JAMS calendar and posted herewhen they are available.

Big Cat Ultimate is a club (not school-sponsored) sport in the spring. Contact for more information.

  • A team and B team practice days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:50-5:20pm on the JAMS upper fields
  • C team and 6th grade team practice days: Mondays and Thursdays, 3:50-5:20pm on the JAMS upper fields
  • Game schedules and locations are posted here

(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

Volunteer Corner

What’s a Jaguar’s favorite dance step?
The “Chew” step!
Friday, March 29, 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 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

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.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Open Volleyball at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) will be hosting Youth Volleyball Open Gym on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, starting on April 2. Anyone (girls or boys, all experience levels) is welcome to come practice!

**NEW** HBCU Event

The Northwest African American Museum is delighted to invite students to our HBCU Sunday to be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019.  This free, fun-filled day is designed for middle and high school students and their families and will feature music, food, films, info tables, and much more.

Sunday, March 17
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle, WA 98144

**NEW**  Mattress sale at Hale HS to benefit music program

Support Nathan Hale Music!

What: Mattress Fundraiser
When: Sunday, March 24; 10am-5pm
Where: Nathan Hale High School Commons. A showroom will be set up!
Why: You or someone you know may be in the market for a new mattress this year. With prices up to ~30% below retail AND Nathan Hale Music raising funds per purchase, it’s a win-win!

FB page:
More information here

**NEW** North Seattle Titans Junior Football‏ 

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

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

**NEW** Magnuson Community Center Open House

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to an Open House for Magnuson Community Center on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Please join us at the community center, 7110 62nd Ave. NE to learn about and comment on improvements to the Magnuson Community Center. Residents and neighbors of Magnuson Park are especially encouraged to attend.

This project will build out the south wing of the community center to allow greater programming capacity. It will also make accessibility improvements to the parking, entry and lobby of the community center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and the design team from Buffalo Design will be present to talk about the designs and answer questions.

During the Open House the gym will be open for free play time and snacks will be provided.

The project is funded by Real Estate Excise Taxes, King County Youth and Amateur Sports Grant and Washington State Department of Commerce.

For more information, please visit If you have questions about the project, or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Oliver Bazinet at or 206-386-1959.

World Dance Party at Lake City Community Center

Our next World Dance Party is Friday March 22 6-9pm at the Lake City Community Center. It’s a potluck, please bring a delicious dish to share and be prepared to learn dances from all over the World!

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

LIKE movie screening

Did you miss the recent screening of “LIKE” at JAMS? You’re in luck!

How does social media affect your child’s brain development or social behavior?
The Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA is hosting a screening of the film LIKE: A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7 PM (doors @ 6:30)
Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Commons
1330 N 90th St, Seattle

Seating is limited – reserve your free ticket(s) today!

About LIKE:
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology/social media on the brain. The goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. Recommended age for the film: 11+, perfect for parents of kids of all ages! Film run-time: 49 minutes

DiscNW Spring Break camp

DiscNW is excited to announce our Spring Break Ultimate frisbee camp! Open to players, all experience levels, from any elementary or middle school.

When: April 8th through April 12th, register for the full week or for specific days.
Time: 9AM-3PM
Where: Genesee Playfield
For: Elementary and Middle School players
Cost: $317/week, $62/day  – Financial Aid Available.
Registration: DiscNW Spring Break Camp

Summer Camp information and registration here: DiscNW Youth Camps Home page

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

Watts Basketball Spring Break Camp

Give your kids the ultimate basketball experience this spring!  Join Seattle Basketball legends Donald and Slick Watts for a week filled with games, drills, skills that will transform your child for a lifetime!  Watts Basketball camps feature incredible mentors, fun with friends and the best skill development in the country!

Learn more and sign up about our Spring Break Camp HERE
Check out our full Summer Camp schedule HERE

* Sign up by March 22 and receive 10% off by using the code ‘SPRING10’ at checkout!
Joining with friends or teammates? We offer even greater savings for groups of 3 or more!

Scholarships available for those in need. Email for details
Don’t miss out! Sign up today and become a Game Changer For Life!

One on One basketball spring break camp

Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE)
(206) 684-7522

Don’t get bored during Spring Break…get better! Our camps combine individual skill work, skills competitions and team play to provide a fun and productive experience. Whether your child is just discovering basketball or if you have a seasoned ball-player on your hands, One on One camps will improve their individual skills and teamwork! Bring a bagged lunch please.
#17288 4/8-4/12 M-F 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

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 /

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.

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

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:

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. 

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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