Jaguar News: March 29, 2019

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March 29, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

March 29 – **TODAY**  School Dance 4:00pm

March 30 – Girls Volleyball games
JVC vs. STEM (@STEM) 8:00am
Varsity vs. Hamilton (@Eagle Staff) 11:00am
JV vs. Hamilton (@Eagle Staff) 12:30pm

March 30 – Boys Soccer games
Varsity vs. Washington (@Eagle Staff) 8:00am
JV vs. Washington (@JAMS) 8:00am
JVC vs. Blaine (@JAMS) 12:30pm

March 30 – Track meet (@Hale) 10:30am-1:30pm

March 30 – Big Cat ultimate games
A team vs. IYKYK (@Van Asselt#1) 10:30am
C team vs. Bulldogs (@Magnuson#6B) 12noon
B team vs. NWS (@Miller #2) 3:30am
6th grade team vs. Eckstein (@Magnuson#6B) 6:00pm

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

April 2 – JAMS Mariners Night

April 8 to April 12 – NO SCHOOL (spring break)

April 15 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

April 16 – STEAM fair planning meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

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
SPS sports schedules

We are looking for YOU!

**NEW**  What on earth even IS a Legislative VP?

The real question is: Who will be our PTSA Legislative VP next year?

And the answer is: YOU.

This is unique and important advocacy role for all students at JAMS. On one hand, this volunteer position means getting information about important legislation and school board issues to families and encouraging the community to vote (although not how to vote), and on the other you get to vote on behalf of JAMS families at the annual Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly in October. This is how the WSPTA prioritizes its legislative and lobbying agenda for the upcoming year. If you are interested in education policy, civil rights, equity, children’s rights, education funding, and the like, this is a job where you can make a real difference. This year’s WSPTA Top 5 Legislative Priorities—all proposed by Legislative VPs just like you—included:

Not every issue gets into law every year, but the WSPTA has a strong track record getting legislation adopted to support all kids—in part because legislators know the WSPTA represents 130,000 Washington parents and guardians. As Legislative VP, you too can write up a proposed legislative priority to consider on next year’s WSPTA agenda. Are you passionate about special education funding? Equity issues? Professional development? School lunches? Budgets? What else? Get involved with other Legislative VPs state-wide and make a difference.

Meanwhile, back on the home front, the Legislative VP also connects our JAMS PTSA with our district council, Seattle Council PTSA, and shares updates and Action Alerts with the JAMS community.

The workload involves monthly PTSA meetings (usually 90 minutes), occasional meetings at the Seattle Council PTSA, and maybe 1-2 hours a week during legislative sessions reading and writing advocacy e-mail, and getting items added to the PTSA newsletter. MOST WEEKS THE WORKLOAD IS ZERO. The one exception is WSPTA Legislative Assembly, which is two days (one weekend) in October. The PTSA covers your registration fee, and snacks and lunch are included!

We invite you to give some serious thought to serving as our 2019-2020 JAMS PTSA Legislative VP. This is a critical advocacy and liaison role.

The Legislative VP position was highlighted here, but there are other positions on the board too! Detailed information on all board positions is here:

And a list of other positions still unfilled is here:

Contact the Nominating Committee today to ask any questions and express interest in volunteering:

JAMS assembly April 16

**NEW**  Irene Butter, one of the few Holocaust survivors still living, will be sharing her story with the JAMS student body in a special assembly on Tuesday, April 16. Butter grew up in Europe during the rise of Nazism, spent time in concentration camps (at the same time as Anne Frank), and recovered in a displaced persons camp at the end of the war. Despite these traumatic experiences early in her life, Butter chose to be a survivor, not a victim, and has shown by example how to live a full and engaged life after surviving trauma. This assembly will be a wonderful opportunity for JAMS students and staff to learn about her experiences.

Butter will also be speaking about her life and book at a public event:

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, 4/16/2019 7:30 PM
  • Event: Irene Butter “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story”
  • Presented by: Town Hall Seattle, PNA
  • Ticket Price: $5
  • Venue: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Rm 7, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103
  • Limited special offer for JAMS community members who would like to attend this evening event: just identify yourself as a parent or family member of a child at Jane Addams Middle School and the $5 entry fee will be waived(limited to 20 fee waivers).

Hale HS information night April 17

**NEW** Nathan Hale High School Information NightNHHS will hold an informational evening on Wednesday, April 17, that will be similar in content to the weather-related canceled February 12 Future Family evening, with the addition of credit requirement and registration information. Please see the evening schedule below for tour and presentation times.  We will offer the April information evening to families who will be attending Nathan Hale in the fall of 2019. This event is scheduled during the period students fill out their course option sheets for ninth grade courses and will include information that will be helpful to families at that time.  There will also be a New Family Night on June 11.

Families will know their school assignments in early April. We invite and encourage students and families who are assigned to NHHS to attend the registration and information evening to get a head start on transition to high school.  Families who are on our wait list and families not assigned to NHHS but interested in information about Nathan Hale are also welcome to attend.

If you attended the December Future Family Night and would like to have credit requirement and registration information, plan to come to the 7PM Registration Information session in the PAC. This information was not included in the December Information Night.

If you did not attend the December evening, come at 6PM for a building tour and plan to attend both the Registration Information session at 7PM and the NHHS Information presentation at 7:30PM.

On our June 11 New Family Night, Distinct, Access, SEL, Focus and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will share information with students and families.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Tours and Information Tables in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM Presentations and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    • 7PM -7:30 PM Registration Information
      Credits, requirements & filling out Course Option Sheets
    • 7:30- 8:10 PM Nathan Hale High School Information
      Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; activities and events through the year, school communication and opportunities for students and families to make connections within the Nathan Hale Community
  • 8:10 – 8:30PM Questions and Answers

JAMS Big Cat Ultimate

**NEW** Come on out this spring and learn about Ultimate Frisbee!  The JAMS Big Cat Ultimate Frisbee team is hosting open practices after school on Mondays and Thursdays  (no experience necessary).

Ultimate Frisbee is a coed, non-contact sport.  Teams are comprise of 7 players that always consists of 3 girls and 4 boys.   We are especially encouraging girls to come check it out! 

Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.

Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.  Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds.

Spring ultimate frisbee is a co-ed, club sport (ie., not a school sponsored sport) for Jane Addams Middle School. The parent-run club that serves Jane Addams Middle School families is called Big Cat Ultimate Club.

Please contact Kathy Doe at or Roger Bakos, 6th grade coach, at or 206.499.011 if you need additional information.

Last call for lost items

**NEW** Is your JAMS student missing a coat, lunchbox, water bottle or book?  The missing item may be waiting patiently in the Lost & Found. There is a Lost & Found in the lunchroom, for items left behind after lunch, and another in room 224, for clothing and other items. Encourage your student to visit the Lost & Found locations to be reunited with their long-lost object. Any items remaining in the Lost & Found at spring break will be donated.

Early release instructions

If you know in advance that your JAMS student will need to leave school early for any reason, please write a note or fill out an Early Release Form **LINK CORRECTED**  (even if they will be returning to school) and have them bring the note/form to the main office in the morning before school starts. They will be issued an early dismissal pass to show their teacher for release from class at the designated time. Your student will be waiting for you in the main office when you come to sign them out.

If they are returning to school the same day, your student will need to check in at the main office to receive a pass to return to their class.

Get ready to be STEAMed!

**NEW**  The JAMS STEAM fair is coming up on May 1! Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Student exhibitors can sign up here or fill out a paper form and submit in the main office at school by April 20. Students in STEM/MESA classes do not need to sign up – they will get STEAM fair information from their teacher.
  • Plan to attend the fair! It will be a fun family event.
  • Parent or community presenters are welcome! Email
  • Volunteers needed for the day of the fair High school volunteers are welcome (we can sign for service learning hours).
  • Attend a planning meeting. The next STEAM fair planning meeting is April 16, 7pm, in the JAMS library. We would love to hear your ideas about how to make the STEAM fair a great event.

FOJAM on it!

**NEW** Summer Music OpportunitiesSummer is just around the corner and there are many great summer music camps in the area. Our wonderful JAMS Music Department has gathered some great information about local summer music opportunities.  A full list is available on the FOJAM website

FOJAM Spring Fundraising Drive Update 

The Spring music program fund drive is in full swing. So far we’re on our way to achieving our goal, but we’ve got a ways to go to REACH OUR FULL GOAL!

Your student received a participation and donation form from their music teacher.  These forms can be returned at the March concerts, to the school office or to your student’s music teacher.

The Spring Fundraiser ends on March 29. For more details or to make a donation, please visit the fundraiser page on the FOJAM website.

JAMS will host the summer music program this year

**NEW** The SPS Summer Music Program will be at JAMS this year!  All students entering 5-9 grade are encouraged to attend.

Summer Music
The Summer Music Program is a way for students to continue their music learning during the summer months. The program is designed for students entering grades 5-9 (fourth grade completed). Students must have completed at least one year of instrumental instruction. Teachers are certificated public school music teachers. All sheet music is provided by the program.

2019 Dates: 
Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 19, 2019 (no class on July 4)
All sessions run 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday

Jane Addams Middle School
11051 34th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125


  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Band
  • Beginning and Intermediate String Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Instruction in piano and guitar are not offered during Summer Music.


  • Technique classes, small ensembles, recess time with choice of activities, assemblies, plus last-day pizza party.
  • Evening Concert: Session concludes with an evening concert on Thursday, July 18, featuring all performing groups.


  • Tuition for the full 3 weeks is $280 (scholarships are available for eligible students)
  • Tuition for Partial Attendance: $80 one week July 1 to 5 for four days of instruction; $100 per week for a minimum of five consecutive days July 8 to 12 and July 15 to 19.


  • Pre-registration is required and full tuition must be received by July 1, 2019. No on-site registration.
  • A 50% minimum deposit is due with registration.
  • Operation of Summer Music sessions is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.
  • Summer Music Tax ID number: 91-6001541.
  • Submit the photo release form and fill out the bottom portion of the registration form, as well as the student health form and student medication form (one form per child). Detach and enclose a check or money order made payable to Seattle Public Schools. Print student’s name on lower left of the check.

Mail to:
Seattle Public Schools Summer Music Program, MS 32-302
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

Additional Information please contact:
Gail Sehlhorst

Save the date: Eat for Change

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.

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.

Seattle Public Schools Information

**NEW**  Seattle Skills Center

Applications for Seattle Skills Center’s free summer and school year courses are now available online on the Skills Center website.  The Seattle Skills Center prepares students for college, career, and life through advanced Career and Technical Education courses.

The Summer Skills Center is open to incoming 9th through 12th graders.  All courses are free. Summer courses run at a variety of locations from July 8 to August 2, 11:30am to 4:15pm, Monday through Friday.

Students can:

  • Earn 0.5 high school Career and Technical Education credit
  • Learn new skills that might lead to a more focused experience in high school, college, and career
  • Meet new friends

Transportation to the Summer Skills Center is not provided, however, if a student doesn’t have an Orca card, please let us know so we can help you obtain one.

**NEW**  Option High School Fair 2019

April 18, 2019 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Nova High School, 2410 E Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98122

Join Seattle Public Schools for our first annual option high school fair to learn about the programs, smaller classroom sizes, flexible schedules, and unique teaching methods tailored for students personality and learning styles to achieve success!

Seattle Option High Schools

For more information, contact the Admissions office at 206-252-0760.

**NEW**  Nutrition Services Webpage Seeks Additional Community Input for Improvement

Seattle Public Schools is looking to improve the district and school websites to make it easier for families, staff, and the community to find resources. All are invited to support the navigation of the Nutrition Services department webpage by completing a 10-15 minute online activity.

Join the Nutrition Services navigation exercise

Seattle Public Schools: Equity and Excellence
Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

Seattle Central College
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau invites you to a student-centered celebration of district progress and the official launch of the new ​5-year strategic plan. Evening celebrations will include recognition of schools, community partners, and individuals who have partnered with the district to support students in achieving their dreams.​

Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open to the auditorium at 5:50 p.m. and the 1-hour program will begin at 6 p.m. ​

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** JAMS families – don’t miss the Hale Musical

We invite you to come see Nathan Hale’s Spring Musical:   “Crazy for You”

Come cheer on many JAMS graduates on the high school stage at this fast paced dance extravaganza!

“Crazy For You, the classic tale of a boy, a girl, and a theater in need of a dream come true. In a world of showgirls and cowboys,  a city boy and a country girl reconcile their differences, fall in love, and save a theater the old-fashioned way. In which lays the foundation for career success, new relationships, and true love.”

  • Tickets go on sale:  4/6
  • Performance Dates:  5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/10, 5/11 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Matinee:  5/11 @ 2:00 p.m.

Information and Tickets Available at:

**NEW**  Wedgwood Meaningful Movie

April 12, 2019 – Trickle Down Town (113 min, Tomasz Biernacki, 2018)

Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE
(Bus route 65 conveniently serves this location.)

This powerful film by Seattle filmmaker Tomasz Biernacki examines homelessness in Seattle. He visits homeless camps, conducts in-depth interviews with our homeless neighbors and those helping them. He provides concrete, simple steps that people can take every day to be a part of the solution to homelessness.

Special Guests: Tomasz Biernacki

View the trailer:

Event is FREE (donations gratefully accepted), and open to the public. Film will be followed by a facilitated community discussion. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. for light refreshments. Film begins at 7:00 P.M. and ends at 9:30 P.M.

**NEW**  Roosevelt basketball summer camp

Roosevelt High School Boys Basketball Camp July 15-18, 9am-3pm: Join Us This Summer! We’d love to have your player on the RHS court this summer with Head Coach Ben Scheffler and the Roosevelt boys basketball teams. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and improve your play with our staff and current Varsity and JV players. All skill levels welcome from grades 4th-9th. Questions? Email: To register, click on link:

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.

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

Sunday Skate at Magnuson

Magnuson Community Center
7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
**NEXT WEEK** 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.

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 **NEXT WEEK** on April 2. Anyone (girls or boys, all experience levels) is welcome to come practice!

Magnuson Community Center Open House

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to an Open House for Magnuson Community Center **NEXT WEEK** 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.

Spring Clean 2019

It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s annual community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities.

Spring Clean, now in its 33rd year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to keep Seattle clean and vibrant. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, and removing invasive plants. Seattle Public Utilities supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, paint supplies, and waste disposal.

Ready to join? Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors, or go solo—there’s no minimum or maximum group size. Register online or call (206) 233-7187.

Spring Clean is a partnership between Seattle residents and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation. All Spring Clean projects must be conducted on public property.

Eckstein Band Rummage Sale

Our Annual Eckstein Band Rummage sale is set for Saturday, April 20 from 9AM to 3PM.

We need your donations to make this year’s sale a success!

Please set aside your gently used clothing, household items, books, music, furniture, sports equipment and more. Bring your donations to the Eckstein cafeteria on Friday, April 19 from 1:30 to 4PM.

Mark your calendars and come to this popular rummage sale event. There will be wonderful bargains, delicious baked goods for sale and lively jazz music from our student combos.

Monies raised from the Rummage Sale go directly to our Eckstein Music Programs and are used to support instrument repairs, scholarship funds and off-campus music performances. At Eckstein we work to make our outstanding music programs accessible to every student and family.

Thank you for supporting this important event!

If you have any questions please email: Kristen Yagle at

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 8 through April 12, 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

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.

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!

SPL Emerging Technologies 101 series
Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

Do you feel adrift in the sea of Emerging Technologies? Join us for the next in a series of Emerging Technology 101 presentations: Blockchain.

Remember Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency using a new technology called “blockchain.” What is blockchain? Why is it important? What are its real life applications?

Learn about this technology from Alex Ortiz, a software professional with a fascination for the computer sciences. He served as the Chief Blockchain Evangelist for the open-source blockchain identity project lifeID, where he spearheaded partnership development efforts, educated IT decision-makers on blockchain infrastructure for identity, and represented his team at standards bodies like the W3C.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

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

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:

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 /

Assistance League of Seattle scholarship program

This program offers scholarships to middle and high school students attending Seattle Schools of up to $500 to Seattle middle and high school students currently in grades 6-11 for summer enrichment programs, such as overnight camp, music, science, art and more. We have $25,000 to award to students this year. Click HERE for the application form with instructions. The Application Packet must be postmarked by March 31.

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.

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

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!

**NEW**  New Classes Added! The Summer Youth Program has added new classes to its lineup including, Materials Science campEngineering Things That GoCoding in PythonEngineering Sustainable LivingFashion, Mosaic Arts-3D and Bookmaking. Dates and details are online at:

Summer Art Camps in North Seattle

The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors.

  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88

To register, visit

Questions? email

Learn to play an instrument this summer at Seattle JazzED!

Summer Jazz Prep Camp at New South End Location (Rainier Prep School, 10211 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168), Thurs. June 27 – Wed. July 3: For rising 4-8th graders. This is a 1-week summer music camp where all students learn to play an instrument. FREE tuition option for any family, no questions asked. Families can register online at

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC

  • our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
  • prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym

  • Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
  • Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps

Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:

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 Preregister : Visit  or contact
Head Coach, Bill Taylor at, or (425) 672-3766
More information here

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