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    October 19, 2018

    Important Upcoming Dates

    October 20 - Ultimate C vs. Madison (@Ingraham S1) 7:30am

    October 20 - Ultimate 6 vs. Pathfinder (@Ingraham S2) 7:30am

    October 20 - Girls' Varsity soccer vs. Whitman (@Eagle Staff) 11am

    October 20 - Ultimate B vs. Broadview Thompson (@Ingraham S2) noon

    October 20 - Girls' JV soccer vs. Whitman (@Ingraham) 12:30pm

    October 20 - Ultimate A vs. Washington (@Ingraham S1) 3pm

    October 26 - Latinx night (JAMS cafeteria) 6pm

    October 29 to November 2 - Spirit Week

    November 2 - School Dance

    November 5 - JAMS PTSA Board meeting (JAMS library) 7pm

    November 8 - Picture Retakes

    November 8 - SPS LGBTQ Families Dinner (Meany MS) 6-8pm

    November 12 - NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

    November 13 - RAM Takeover night (U Village) 5-8pm

    JAMS School calendar

    JAMS Annual Give Update


    Less than 2 weeks to go and we’re only 45% to our goal!

    Have you asked your friends and family to support JAMS PTSA? Grandparents? People who care about public school education? Please consider asking the people in your network to make a donation to JAMS PTSA. You can even copy and paste a message like this:

    Learn more about JAMS PTSA's Annual Give and support JAMS PTSA at A $25 donation pays for a child to go on a field trip and buys a book for the library. A gift to Jane Addams Middle School PTSA is tax deductible. The campaign ends on October 31st. Support JAMS PTSA by donating today.

    As of October 17 the advisory class in the lead is Ballinger with Schaefer, Qualin, and Keuss in a three-way tie for 2nd place. Each family that participates in the fundraising and returns a donation form, no matter what the donation, raises the student’s advisory class participation totals for the GOLDEN JAGUAR and fun prizes.

    Act now! Time is ticking!

    Latinx Night October 26


    Latinx Student Union (LSU) is putting on its first (hopefully not last) school event!  We welcome all to join in our celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  This is a Latino celebration honoring our ancestors.  Next week we will start by introducing our all-school “ofrenda” to honor those who came before us and have made an impact in our lives.  Currently we have photos of our grandparents, family members, MLK, Rosa Parks, Mario Moreno, Cesar Chavez, and Jenny Rivera.  We invite the school to share photos of people they wish to honor with a small statement of their impact.  
    A celebration/fiesta will be on October 26 at 6PM in the cafeteria.  It will be a potluck-style event with a bake sale fundraiser for LSU.  We will also be watching “Coco” starting around 6:45ish.  If you are unable to attend and wish to support, contact Ms. Olivas or Ms. Mendoza.

    Picture Retake Day November 8

    Order packets and online ordering information for retake day will be available soon.

    If you ordered pictures, but are unhappy with the photo, your student should return their entire picture packet to the photographer on Nov. 8th and the same package will be ordered with the new photo.


    Find out what's happening with JAMS Music

    Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM, A.K.A. the JAMS music booster club) does two things for the music program:
    • We raise money for the program
    • We help teachers with program and event coordination
    One of the ways we do this is by creating an email list. We use this list to keep you up-to-date about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

    We want to keep you informed!  Please register your child at  Once you have registered, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription to our email list.  Please confirm your subscription or we will not be able to add you to the list.

    If you have any issues with the registration process please contact us at We will make sure you get on the mailing list so that you can stay informed of all the general news about music at Jane Addams as well as information for your child’s specific music program(s).

    Volunteer at JAMS Music Recruitment Day

    Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM) is seeking volunteers to chaperone the Music Recruitment Day on Tuesday, October 30th. JAMS is getting ready to welcome 5th grade students from local feeder schools to the music program's Recruitment Day which will be held Tuesday Oct. 30 from morning bell (8:45 am) to 1pm. The students will watch performances by JAMS choir, orchestra and band ensembles, take a tour, meet older students and hopefully get inspired to join the music program! 

    We are seeking up to 15 chaperones to help this event run smoothly, with parents supervising students during the concert, at lunchtime, and during the tours. Please help us make this day a success! Please contact Ian Jorgensen at with any questions. To volunteer please sign up here:

    JAMS (doesn't) Feel Pretty!

    **ACTION ITEM** BEX V Levy

    If you have walked around outside our school, you know that the play areas, grounds and parking lots on the JAMS campus are in desperate need of improvement.  This improvement project is one of many being considered for the upcoming Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V). 

    Please help ensure our need is heard by the SPS School Board.  There are two ways you can help.

    1. Email the School Board:

      Suggested email content: "The $7.3 million re-modernization of JAMS in the BEX IV Levy did nothing to correct the outdoor needs of our 69-year-old 20-acre campus, despite prioritization of numerous projects by the School Design Advisory Team.  Please support the inclusion of Jane Addams Middle school outdoor site improvements on the BEX V Levy.  As the 4th largest middle school in Seattle and with a 28% poverty rate amongst our students, there is a great deal of inequity between what is being spent to re-modernize other schools in Seattle and what was spent to make this site serviceable for 900+ students on opening day.  With the rising costs of construction and the need for this school to remain open for many more years there is no better time to remedy this site."
    2. Attend an upcoming School Board meeting and give testimony, wear JAMS gear, bring signs, encourage your student to speak for what they need. Upcoming dates are October 17, week of October 22 (actual date TBD), October 30 and November 14. Meetings are from 4:15 to 8:30. If you’d like to speak, reach out to Colleen at for information on how to register to give testimony or visit details.

    Leave your (student's) mark on JAMS

    The JAMS Environmental Stewardship committee is spearheading a campaign to replace the "slippery slope" in front of the school with a stairway and a seat wall NOW - if we wait for BEX V, this project might not get done until our students have graduated from high school! The Jane Addams Community Stair Project seat wall will include commemorative tiles.  Purchase an engraved tile for your student, a great way to leave their mark at middle school! Visit to donate.

    Volunteer Corner

    It's a Bird!  It's a Plane! It's...
    A JAMS School Dance Volunteer!

    Share your Super Powers and don your Dancing Shoes!  Jane Addams is having its first dance of the year on November 2, 3:50-6pm and we need volunteers for set-up, concessions, coat check, and dance floor monitoring!  Sign up here to Boogie Down.  For more information please contact Dan Noyes at

    There is nothing stronger than the Heart of a Volunteer...
    Except the Stomach of a Lunch Room Volunteer!

    Lunch Time Volunteers Needed
    Monday- Friday 11:20am-12Noon and 12:20pm-1pm
    Looking for an easy, fun, and social way to get involved, meet the staff and if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of your kid?   Sign up here for any day or lunch you are available to help.  For more information contact Chad Barnes (

    Save the date!

    University Village RAM Takeover night is Tuesday, November 13th from 5-8pm.   Please come dine with your community, bring your friends and family! 10% of all proceeds from the event will be used to help fund the construction of the Jane Addams Community staircase on the location of the Slippery Slope.

    Join JAMS PTSA

    With each member we strengthen our collective commitment to work for the safety, success and happiness of every student!

    There are two ways to join: You can join online at, or you can complete this form (also included in the first day packet), attach a check, and return it to the JAMS office at 11051 34th Avenue NE, Seattle 98125, ATTN: PTSA Membership. 

    Scholarships are available. Questions? Send a message to or