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    THE JAGUAR NEWS EXTENDED VERSION 
    Thursday, November 17, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    NOVEMBER
    Nov. 20 - PTSA Board meeting 7 PM Library (Rescheduled from Nov. 13)
    Nov. 21 - Report Cards received in Advisory
    Nov. 23-26 - Thanksgiving Observance - No School
    Nov. 27 - Special Ed Collaborative Meeting 6:30 PM Room 102
    Nov. 29 - Outdoor Beautification Meeting 2 6:30-8:30 PM JAMS library

    DECEMBER
    Dec. 4 - Focus Day Survey deadline
    Dec. 4 - Basketball Paperwork due
    Dec. 5 - Choir Concert 7-9 PM Auditorium
    Dec. 5, 7, 8 Boys Basketball tryouts
    Dec. 6 - Band Concert 7-9 PM Auditorium
    Dec. 7 - Orchestra Concert 7-9 PM Auditorium
    Dec. 11, 12 Girls Basketball tryouts
    Dec. 15 - Deadline for Holiday Gift Cards

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    *** NEW! FUTURE JAMS OUTDOOR DESIGN MEETINGS ***
    Join us Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 6:30-8:15PM in the JAMS cafeteria for the design review meeting. Our design firm will have images to view and you can assist in the selection of features you think are important improvements. Included are ideas for improved entrances, wayfinding and some fun new features for gathering and play.
    This project is funded by a Department of Neighborhoods matching fund grant. Your attendance at this meeting counts as match
    The Final Design Reveal community meeting (#3) will be Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6:30-8:15 PM. Questions? Email JAMSDREAMBIG@gmail.com

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    *** NEW! SEEKING FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR FOR LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION ***
    towards fulfilling our grant requirements.
    Please plan to attend with your JAMS student, family and friends. Spread the word.
    The JAMS Outdoor Landscape Design Committee is seeking a fundraising coordinator from the community to help guide fundraising for construction. If you or someone you know has fundraising experience, please ask if they would be interested in helping. This is currently a volunteer position, but the committee is not opposed to creating a paid position with future funding. Please contact Colleen Weinstein if you have questions or to volunteer! Email JAMSDREAMBIG@gmail.com.

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    *** NEW! JAMS HOLIDAY GIFT CARD DRIVE SPONSORED BY JAMS PTSA ***
    Looking for a way to make a difference this holiday season? Help students in our JAMS community by donating Fred Meyer/Kroger gift cards in $25 increments. All donated cards will be distributed by counselors to students in need of food, hygiene products, clothing, shoes, and other basic necessities. Many of the gift cards will be dispersed in advance of our holiday break but others will be used as needs arise, or for other school breaks throughout the year. Please bring gift cards to the school office through Dec. 15th.
    Warmly,
    Kathy Gerke
    JAMS PTSA President
    jamsptsapresident@gmail.com

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    *** NEW! CONGRATS TO JAMS FOR $500 WIN ***
    Congratulations to JAMS for receiving $500 from the Lake City Community Center for having the most school staff / parent participants (8) at Saturday evening’s Karaoke / Bingo night. Way to show school support!

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    ***NEW! FOCUS DAY SURVEY ***
    In past years, WSPTA has organized a one-day advocacy event in Olympia in January or February, for a day of issue education and of talking to legislators about our priorities. But we know that Focus Day does not fit the needs of EVERY advocate; WSPTA is a statewide association, and not all of our members who want to advocate for our platform CAN make it to Olympia. Our advocacy also cannot and should not be limited to a single day. For the 2018 legislative session, our goal is to engage as many members in our advocacy as possible, and we value your thoughts.
    
    Please take this Focus Day survey by Dec. 4. When you input the region, choose “6” and the council is “275”. We want to hear as many voices as possible!

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    *** NEW! ATTENDANCE ZONE ***
    Remember to let the JAMS know when you have Pre-Planned Absences.
    The form is available on the JAMS website and in the office. If you are uncertain about attendance policies, please visit the website linked above for more information.
    Any questions please call (206) 252-4505.

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    VOLUNTEER CORNER
    Watch this spot for all sorts of great opportunities to help kids, staff, teachers, and community at JAMS. They range from 30 minutes one-time, to weekly, to co-chairing a project. Whatever you can spare is a big help. Contact jrknickel@comcast.net if you have questions or would like to know what you can do to help.

    ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
    We continue to need help with Traffic Safety. Visit the  Sign Up Genius or email JAMStrafficsafety@gmail.com with questions or to find out how to help with special events. 

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    *** NEW! WINTER MUSIC CONCERT DATES AND VOLUNTEER LINKS ***
    Winter concerts are quickly approaching and your help is greatly appreciated for ensuring a successful start to the holiday season. Please use the links below to sign up to volunteer.
    Students love the bake sale treats and parents appreciate the Banh Mi Sandwiches. This year we'll also have t-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags (whatever extras we have from the online sale). Would you consider helping out?

    CHOIR Tuesday, Dec. 5th 7-9 PM
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaaab2aa3f85-jams1

    BAND Wednesday, Dec. 6th
    Beginning, Intermediate, Junior, Senior
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaaab2aa3f85-jams2

    ORCHESTRA Thursday, Dec. 7th
    6th grade, Intermediate, Junior, Senior and Chamber Orchestra
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4eaaab2aa3f85-jams3

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    *** NEW! LEGISLATIVE LIAISONS ***

    The PTSA would like families to learn about our JAMS Building Leadership Team (BLT). The purpose of the JAMS BLT is to support our school’s mission. The BLT consists of the following members: our Principal, one school administrator, 7 staff members, and two parent representatives. The BLT is tasked with approving the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), planning professional development, to determine the bell schedule, and budget decisions.
    The CSIP is our building’s and District’s plan of action for the school year which includes student achievement goals and how the staff will collaborate to meet these goals. One of the current goals of the JAMS CSIP is, “To improve the classroom environment at Jane Addams Middle School.” This goal was based on information gathered from a student survey given last year. A recent survey was also open to students on Schoology from Oct. 3 – 9 to get a sense of where we are at with classroom environment thus far. This survey will be repeated again in the winter and the spring.
    Just recently, the Seattle Children’s Theatre came to perform for JAMS students. The performances were individualized for each grade level and focused on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying. Sixth grade students learned to identify and name different types of harassment, intimidation and bullying and learned about the harmful effects of these behaviors. Seventh graders explored strategies for responding to harassment, intimidation and bullying. Eighth graders worked on understanding the consequences of these behaviors.
    Your current BLT Parent Representatives are Ben Leis and Stephanie Nash. Please let us know if you have questions.

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    JAMS SPECIAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
    Is your child in a special education program at JAMS? Join the JAMS Special Education Collaborative--a new group of parents, teachers and staff with their hearts in special education and working to build a supportive community.
    Come connect with other sped parents at JAMS, share resources, information and articles, and learn more about special education at JAMS and at SPS. The group is just starting so you can help shape the direction of our purpose.
    Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30PM in Room 102.
    For more information, contact Monica Liang-Aguirre.

    BASKETBALL SEASON INFORMATION
    Basketball season is coming! Packets are available in the main office and are due by December 4th. Paperwork is also available on the SPS Athletics website (http://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=14975953).
    Tryouts for boys will be December 5th, 7th, and 8th and girls will be on December 11th and 12th. Students are expected to attend all days of tryouts.
    Practice days for boys will be Monday/Thursday and girls will be Tuesday/Friday. If you have questions or want to set up a sports physical at the Nathan Hale Teen Health Clinic, see Ms. Megan in the main office.

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    SEATTLE PUBLIC SAFETY SURVEY 
    Dear Parents, please visit publicsafetysurvey.org to take part in Seattle University’s 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.
    The survey is available now through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey today.

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    HIGH SCHOOL RESOURCES:

    Important dates for Enrollment and Open Enrollment
    Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 Open enrollment begins
    Friday Feb. 16, 2018 Open Enrollment ends

    CENTER SCHOOL
    Open House
    Jan. 18, Thursday, 6-8 PM
    Feb. 8, Thursday, 6-8 PM
    https://centerhs.seattleschools.org

    GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
    Daytime tours for prospective students and families
    Evening Information Night - Please call 206-252-2270

    INGRAHAM INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
    Shadow Visits will begin January 2 and will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays until Feb. 15. Shadow a current 9th grader for the first 4 periods of the day (8:55 AM - 1:10 PM)

    Open House Tuesday, Feb 6: - 7 PM - Auditorium - for incoming students and parents
    IB Information Night Thursday, Feb 8: - 7 PM - Ingraham Library - for incoming students and parents.
    Day Tour Feb. 8 9-11 AM - Auditorium. Guardian must accompany students on tour.

    NATHAN HALE HIGH SCHOOL
    Informational Evenings
    Wednesday, Dec.6 6-8:30 PM
    Tuesday, Feb. 13 6-8:30 PM
    6-7 PM Information Tables and Tours in Commons
    7-8:30 PM Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
    Note: the last tour to leave the Commons before the 7 PM presentation will be at
    6:40 PM both evenings.

    NOVA HIGH SCHOOL
    8th Grade Orientation and Introduction December - Date / Time TBD
    Parent Tour
    Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12:30-1:30 PM December - Date / Time TBD
    Student Shadowing Opportunities - contact school to set up
    https://novahs.seattleschools.org/home/

    ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
    Information Night Feb. 1 at 6:30 PM

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    ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND NUTCRACKER
    The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 3 at 2 PM in the RHS Performing Arts Theatre. This fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite is sure to get you swinging into the holiday season. For ticketing information visit: http://www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/jazz-nutcracker

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    COMMUNITY RESOURCES
    *** NEW! DOUBLECROSSE GIRLS’ LACROSSE ***
    Calling all NE Seattle girls grades 2-8 interested in Girls’ Lacrosse.
    All new and returning players welcome.
    No prior experience necessary - you’ll learn everything you need to know. Registration for Spring 2018 starts Nov. 15.
    Season begins the week of Feb. 26.
    Details and registration at: doublecrosse.com Questions? Email info@doublecrosse.com

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    JAZZ ED TRYOUTS NOV 18 & 19
    Play in band or orchestra? Sing in choir? Audition for JazzED!

    Jazz Big Band Ensembles—Auditions Saturday, Nov 18 & Sunday, Nov 19
    Kids come from all over Seattle to play, perform and work with acclaimed teachers like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Wayne Horvitz Mark Taylor and others. Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Top 2 bands travel to New York City! Grades 5-12.

    Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble—Audition Saturday, November 18
    Explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by singing and performing jazz through a gospel lense. (It's not just for girls; boys welcome!) Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Grades 8-12.

    Creative Orchestra Project—Audition Sunday, November 19
    Open to all instruments, not just jazz instruments. No improvisation or jazz experience required. Explore new compositions with wildly popular director Wayne Horvitz. Rehearse January-May, 2018. Grades 6-12.

    $25 audition fee, enter code WAIVER to waive the fee, no questions asked. Secure your audition spot: https://www.seattlejazzed.org/getting-started/

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    HOMEWORK HELPERS AT SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY BRANCHES

    Homework Help volunteers assist students in grades K-12 weekday afternoons at certain Seattle Public Library branches in the north region, with the exception of school holidays.

    ● Northgate Branch 4-7:30PM Mon.-Thur. As of September 11 (snacks served)
    ● Lake City Branch 4:30-7:30PM Mon.-Thur. As of September 11 (snacks served)
    ● Broadview Branch Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 PM (middle and high school students only) with a focus on math and science at Bitter Lake Community Center. Please see
    http://www.spl.org/homework for the most updated schedule.

    If you have questions, please contact Josie Watanabe.
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    JANE ADDAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPFUL INFORMATION

    Main Office: 206-252-4500 (8:25 AM-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM) Attendance: 206-252-4504 (or janeaddams.attendance@seattleschools.org ) Transportation: 206-252-0900

    Student grades: http://ps.seattleschools.org
    Homework and class information: http://lms.seattleschools.org

    Please send submissions to newsletter@jamsptsa.org by noon Wednesday for distribution Friday mornings.