Jaguar News: March 8, 2019

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March 08, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

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

March 8 – TODAY Boys soccer tryouts (JAMS lower fields) 4:00pm

March 8 – TODAY Mohan ski bus 4:00pm

March 9 – Basketball games
Boys JV vs. Washington (@JAMS) 11:00am
Boys Varsity vs. Washington (@Ingraham) 12:30pm
Girls Varsity vs. Washington (@Ingraham) 12:30pm
C team vs. Denny (@JAMS) 2:00pm
Girls JV vs. Washington (@JAMS) 2:30pm

March 9 – Big Cat ultimate games (Due to scheduling issues, these may have changed. Please confirm independently.)
A team vs. South Shore (@Van Asselt #1) 8:15am
B team vs. Lions (@Magnuson 4A) 10:30am
6th team vs. Mad Dog (@South Park #1) 10:45am
C team vs. Hazel Wolf (@Magnuson 4B) 12noon

March 11 and 12 – Girls Volleyball tryouts (JAMS gym) 4:00pm

March 11 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

March 14 – Choir concert (all choirs)

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

Save these dates:
April 2 – Mariners Night
April 26 – Multicultural night
May 1 – STEAM Fair
May 18 – Environmental Stewardship day 10:00am-2:00pm **NEW**
June 21 – 8th grade promotion **NEW DATE**
June 27 – Last day of school

JAMS School calendar

JAMS PTSA meeting March 11

**NEW**  Please join us next Monday, March 11 at 7:00pm for a JAMS PTSA board meeting in the JAMS library.  The meeting will include:

  • Financial report – you’ll learn about the status of JAMS PTSA finances and current or future expenses.
  • Ongoing PTSA business
  • Principal’s report – a great source of information about what’s currently going on at school. If your JAMS student doesn’t share much about their day, you won’t want to miss this part of the meeting.
  • Chocolate!

Everyone is welcome!  If you want to attend this or any JAMS PTSA event, and need translation or other support services, email

Spring sports information

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


  • Tryouts: NONE
  • Practice days: Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:00-5:30pm at the Hale track (beginning March 12)

Boys soccer

  • Tryouts: March 7 and 8, 4:00-5:30pm on the JAMS lower fields
  • Practice days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm on the JAMS lower fields (beginning March 12)

Girls volleyball

  • Tryouts: March 11 and 12, 4:00-5:30pm in the JAMS gyms
  • Practice days: Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm in the JAMS gyms (beginning March 18)
  • URGENT! Volunteer volleyball coaches needed. Contact Megan ( for more information.

Game/meet schedules will be added to the JAMS calendar and posted here when they are available.

Volunteer Corner

**NEW**  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

JAMS PTSA funds school auditorium upgrades

**NEW** The funds raised by last fall’s JAMS PTSA Annual Fund are being spent during the current school year on student enrichment, events, community, and student health and safety.

One of the items in this year’s PTSA budget is much-needed upgrades to the JAMS auditorium. The funds will be applied toward painting, carpet, new curtains, and mounting the projector system to the ceiling.  These planned upgrades will improve the experience of students during assemblies, drama and music classes, and performances.  Audience members will appreciate the changes, too!

The painting work in the auditorium is planned for this summer, which will then allow the school to plan acoustical treatment next year to improve sound quality.

These auditorium upgrades would not be possible without the generosity of everyone that contributed to the JAMS PTSA Annual Fund. Thank you!

Mariners night (April 2) ticket sales end March 18

**NEW**   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 this 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 Monday, March 18.

Jane Addams Music 2019 Spring Fundraiser!

**NEW** FOJAM’s 2019 spring fundraiser began this week, and will run through Friday, March 29. This is Jane Addams music program’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are hoping to raise $30,500. Your student will be receiving participation and donation forms from their music teachers this week. These forms can be returned at the March concerts, to the school office or to your student’s music teachers. For more information check out our fundraising page.

(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

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

**NEW**  Class registration events
Headed to Lincoln next year? Families – talk to your student and check out our registration information available at

Future Freshmen (Class of 2023): Be watching for upcoming registration events happening near you:

  • March 19 @ Hamilton A-J 6:30-7:30pm, K-Z 7:30-8:30pm
  • March 21 @ McClure 6:30-8:30pm
  • March 26 @ John Marshall 6:30-8:30pm
  • April 2 @ Jane Addams 6:30-8:30pm
  • April 4 @ Robert Eagle Staff 6:30-8:30pm

Families are encouraged to attend the night designated for their school or the general registration night at John Marshall. The 9th grade registration worksheet is available on our website.

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**  Interview training

HR Training: Special Site Based Interview Team
Saturday, March 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
John Stanford Center, Auditorium

The HR Department is offering a site-based interview training on Sat., March 9. This special training will focus on preparing individuals to participate on an interview team for S.E.A. (Certificated, Paraprofessional, SAEOP) and PASS (Principal) represented positions in Seattle Public Schools.

Anyone interested in serving on an interview team for an upcoming hiring process is encouraged to attend. This training is open to all administrators, certificated and classified employees, as well as parents, secondary students and community representatives. Childcare is not provided.

To register, please contact Deb Brady,, 206-283-8443. To ensure space for everyone, preregistration is recommended.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** Stop the Bleed class March 13

Stop the Bleed workshops continue to empower the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control. Learn what to do to stop severe bleeding in an emergency. The more people that have this life saving skill, the better, so come one, come all.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

**NEW** 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.

**NEW** 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

**NEW**  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

**NEW**  Community Reuse and Recycle Event

Time: March 9, 2019 from 9am to 1pm
Location: Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, just north of the Wedgwood Post Office (8008 35th Ave NE)

Event Description: Drop off items at this free event for Northeast Seattle residents!


  • Styrofoam & Packing Peanuts (Clean & dry)
  • Household Batteries (Tape ends of all batteries. Leaking or broken batteries not accepted.)
  • CFL tubes and bulbs (No broken bulbs; limit 4ft)
  • Small Electronics
  • Small Appliances (non-Freon)
  • Clothing/linens
  • Furniture & household goods (good condition only)


  • Commercial loads
  • Broken furniture or household goods
  • Garbage
  • Yard waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Automotive waste
  • Construction waste
  • Car seats
  • Non-recyclable or reusable items

See more details here

**NEW**  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

**NEW**  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!

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 /

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

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:

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.

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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