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    THE JAGUAR NEWS 
    Friday, June 22, 2018

    HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!

    June 22 - JAGUAR DAYS 2018 11:20-2:45 Field Games, BBQ, Talent Show
    June 22 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - One Hour Early Dismissal
    June 28, July 12, Aug. 16: 9 AM-noon Summer Gardening at JAMS (see below)
    June 28 and all summer Thursdays ( NOT July 5 ): JAMS library open 11 AM - 3 PM
    July 29 - Jaguar Intersection painting and mulching 10 AM-2 PM

    ATTENDANCE ZONE
    Have a safe and happy summer break. Good luck to the eighth grade students who are
    moving on, and to those who will return for the next school year at JAMS, see you in
    September.

    VOLUNTEER ZONE
    *** HELP! MUSIC PARENTS DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR FOJAM BOARD ***
    We really need some of the 6th and 7th grade parents to step up and fill these spots so
    that the music program can run smoothly next year. Please don't hesitate, just DO IT!

    Volunteer Coordination Chair (FOJAM Board)
    The Volunteer Coordination Chair shall: (a) recruit volunteers for FOJAM music concerts
    and for FOJAM music-related events, as necessary including field trips and overnight
    trips; (b) along with the President, (c) serve as a FOJAM representative at
    District/APP/FOJAM meetings as necessary; (d) coordinate recruitment events and (e)
    perform duties incident to the office of Volunteer Coordination Chair and such other
    duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Board.

    Volunteer Coordinator Helpers
    We also need some people to volunteer to help the volunteer coordinator (simple!):
    Concert Coordinators for Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Sr. Jazz; also Bake Sale
    Coordinators for Orchestra and Choir. If you can help, email volunteers@fojam.org or
    info@fojam.org

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    *** NEW! JAGUAR INTERSECTION PAINTING THIS SUMMER! ***

    Join volunteers from the neighborhood, Bethany Community Church and JAMS to help
    paint our 28’ Jaguar mascot at the intersection of NE 113th St. and 34th Ave NE. We will
    paint on Sunday, July 29th from 10 AM - 2 PM. Contact jamsdreambig@gmail.com with
    questions.

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    *** NEW! JAMS GARDENING OPPORTUNITIES THIS SUMMER ***

    JAMS students and/or parents are invited to join three work parties this summer in the
    JAMS garden to stay connected with friends and their school. Work will occur from 9
    AM-Noon on Thursdays, June 28 , July 1 2 and August 16 . There will be a lot of
    watering, weeding, pruning, deadheading, clearing out, chipping, and some harvesting.
    Kids should bring water and wear sunscreen. Participants will be required to sign in and
    out as well as provide an emergency contact number. All tools will be provided.
    *NEW* We will also meet in conjunction with the intersection painting project on Sunday,
    July 29th to assist with invasive plant removal and mulching. Questions? Contact
    JAMSDREAMBIG@gmail.com

    SCHOOL NOTES
    *** NEW! MESSAGE FROM THE PTSA PRESIDENT ***
    As the school year comes to an end, the 8th graders get ready to start their next big
    adventure, and we prepare to welcome a new class of students into our school, I
    wanted to take a minute to reflect on what Jane Addams Middle School represents.
    JAMS is a community of parents, teachers and staff who come together every day to
    help, educate, and nurture an incredible group of students. The middle school years can
    be a challenge for the young people growing up, as well as the parents living with those
    young people, and it never ceases to amaze me how dedicated the JAMS team is to
    their students' success and helping both students and parents navigate tough years.
    This community has come together to support each other through some turbulent and
    scary times. I feel fortunate to be a part of such an inclusive population and am grateful
    my son has been able to witness the good in people in this environment.
    Thank you to each and every one of you...students, teachers, staff and parents alike
    who make JAMS what it is. Thank you also to the PTSA Board members and committee
    chairs who I have had the privilege and honor to serve with. Your dedication, hard work,
    commitment, and flexibility helped to make this year the best it could be for everyone at
    Jane Addams.
    Kathy Gerke
    JAMS PTSA President 2017-2018

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    *** NEW! THANKS TO JAMS FAMILIES ***
    A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the JAMS families for the wonderful, generous ways
    you've supported our school staff this past year. Your gifts of tasty food, positive
    messages, financial support, and volunteered time are continuous reminders of how a
    caring community makes a big difference in the world. Keep up the good work, and
    have a safe, playful summer. --Sheri Vahey

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    *** NEW! JAMSDREAMBIG.ORG IS LIVE! ***
    Please visit our new website and help us fundraise to build Phase 1 of the Landscape
    Master Plan. A limited number of tiles will be engraved with the names of donors who
    contribute $250 or more towards our project. Help us reach our $100,000 goal and
    begin construction in the fall of 2018!

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    *** NEW! JAMS LIBRARY TO OPEN ON SUMMER THURSDAYS ***
    Jane Addams Library will be open every Thursday this summer ( EXCEPT July 5 ) from
    11 AM to 3 PM. Especially with the Lake City branch closed over the summer, we
    wanted to have a space and books available for students to access summer reading.
    Current students and families, incoming fifth graders, outgoing eighth graders are all
    welcome. Younger siblings are welcome to come, too!
    Library hours will include:
    Books, including checkout to take home
    Computers and printer
    Wifi for using personal devices
    Board games
    Toys and board books for younger children to use while here .
    Check out some books, then visit the local Farmer’s Market (3-7 PM). Everyone wins!

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    *** NEW! TECH TIP FOR THE SUMMER ***
    This week the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that it will be adding “gaming
    disorder” to their International Classification of Diseases. WHO states : “Gaming
    disorder is defined….by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to
    gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other
    interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the
    occurrence of negative consequences.”
    Psychiatrist and Gaming Addiction Specialist, Dr. Clifford Sussman says “The more time
    one spends online, especially in one sitting, the more a process called down regulation
    causes a drop in the number of dopamine receptors in the reward processing area of
    the brain. This causes a decrease in our ability to feel pleasure, resulting in a need to
    seek more stimulation.”
    For our final TTT before summer break, talk to your kids about gaming addiction:
    ● Have everyone talk about their favorite video game or all other consuming
    internet activities. What makes them so appealing?
    ● When does each of us use the internet or play games with an intention? In what
    situations do each of us do those things to escape?
    ● How easy is it for you to set your own limits around using the internet and gaming
    and then stop when the time is up?
    ● And perhaps most importantly, what limits should be put on tech time over the
    summer?
    ● What activities that do NOT involve technology can you incorporate into your
    daily lives this summer? Trips to Wild Waves, the park, the zoo, the library?
    For more discussion ideas, you can peruse past Tech Talk Tuesdays .


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    ADVOCATE FOR BEX V LEVY FOR FUTURE JAMS STUDENTS
    As we roll into June, many of you (including your middle schoolers, particularly your 8th graders) are ready and eager for summer. For those students continuing at JAMS and those students who have yet to arrive, please consider advocating for the district to include funding construction of the Landscape Master Plan on the BEX V Levy. Send your comments to capitallevy@seattleschools.org Every comment is tallied and helps the board choose which projects get placed on the levy. If all the families of JAMS made a comment, this would have a huge impact!

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    VOCAL JAZZ AT JAMS 2018-2019
    Choir parents, did you hear the Swing Factor, the JAMS vocal jazz group, perform
    upbeat jazz classics at last week’s end-of-year choir concert? We are expanding our
    after-school group in the 2018-19 school year. Choir students and non-choir students
    welcome. If your child may be interested, please contact parent Bonnie Rochman.

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    ADVANCED LEARNING TESTING APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT. 24, 2018
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Speakers of Different Languages - for full translation please visit here. All Referrals for Advanced Learning testing are due by September 24, 2018 to determine eligibility for school year 2019-20.
    Eligibility criteria and instructions are available at www.seattleschools.org/advlearning.


    COMMUNITY EVENTS AND RESOURCES

    MEADOWBROOK POND FACILITY REHABILITATION PROJECT
    This summer Seattle Public Utilities will conduct routine maintenance to remove accumulated sediment from the Meadowbrook pond facility. This means the pond will be closed beginning early July 2018 for 3-4 months. For further information about the project please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/Projects/MeadowbrookPond/

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    LAKE CITY FUTURE FIRST CLEAN-UPS
    Monthly clean ups will continue throughout the summer and fall. Below are the dates and times. Lake City Future First determines cleanup sites based on need so they do move around to various Lake City locations. Please check enjoylakecity.org or the Lake City Future First Facebook page during the week of the clean up for location and
    details. You can also email me at zoezowie@msn.com for locations and questions.
    June 24th 1-2 PM
    July 22nd 1-2 PM
    August 19th 1-2 PM
    September 16th 1-2 PM
    October 21st 1-3 PM Culminating clean up at 3 locations!

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    LAKE CITY COMMUNITY CONVERSATION - Topic: Race and Equity (a presentation from Moral Choice)
    ○ Wednesday, June 29 from 6:30- 8 PM at Laurel Academy at 12700 35th Ave NE

    LAKE CITY FARMERS MARKET - opens June 7 - LCFF will have a performance on the 1st Thursday of each Market month in Albert Davis Park - Kicking off with a Taiko Drum demonstration on June 7

    FOURTH ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE MINI PARK CONCERT SERIES - Music Begins at 5:30 - Corner of NE 125th and Lake City Way. Every Wednesday from June 13th to August 15th. Schedule listed at https://enjoylakecity.org/arts-culture/

    *** NEW! CHANGE AT THE NEWSLETTER HELM ***
    It’s been a pleasure serving the JAMS PTSA in the capacity of Communications
    Co-Chair / Newsletter Editor and Facebook moderator for the past two years. I return
    Jaguar News to the capable hands of Julie Bradley, who taught me the ropes two years
    ago, and wish you all good luck this summer and in your future adventures, wherever
    your students take you. JAMS is truly a remarkable community of students, staff,
    teachers and parents.
    Courtenay Schurman
    JAMS PTSA Communications Co-Chair (Newsletter) 2016-2018

    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.