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    Friday, September 1, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    September 5 - New 7th-8th Graders Orientation 1-2 PM September 5 - 6th Grade Orientation 2-5 PM
    September 6 - School 2017-2018 Begins
    October 3 - General PTSA meeting and potluck 6-6:45 PM October 3 - Curriculum Night 6:50-8:45 PM

    CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2017-2018:

    December 18, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018 Winter break (no school) Feb. 19 – 23, 2018 Mid-winter break (no school)
    Ap. 9 -13, 2018 Spring break (no school)
    June 22, 2018 Last day of school

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    2017-18 Bell Schedule

    Start and End Time: 8:55 AM - 3:45 PM Early Release Wednesdays (EXCEPT 9/6): 8:55 AM - 2:30 PM
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    6TH GRADE STUDENT ORIENTATION
    Tuesday, Sept. 5 2-5 PM 6th Graders - students only!

    If you are an incoming 7th or 8th grader NEW to Jane Addams Middle School, you are welcome to follow your student class schedule on a self-guided tour on Tuesday, September 5, from 1-2PM. The office staff will be available to answer questions.

    Keep on checking our school website at addamsms.seattleschools.org on a regular basis for updates. There you can find staff contact information as well as calendars, school policies, school supply list, and other important information.

    We look forward to meeting you all.

    Sincerely,
    Paula Montgomery
    Principal, Jane Addams Middle School
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    WELCOME TO THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR!

    We are looking forward to an exciting school year. There are several changes this year – new bell times, early release Wednesdays, a new PTSA Board and some new activities throughout the year. We hope you will join us for all of them, the first being the PTSA Board Meeting on September 11 and on October 3, our Annual Potluck and first General Membership meeting will precede Curriculum Night Programming. Visit the JAMS website for more: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org/school_involvement/ptsa.

    You are invited to join the Jane Addams PTSA. Have fun while:
    · Participating in a community of families and teachers supporting the academic and social needs of our students.

    • ·  Learning what's happening at the school.

    • ·  Having a voice in the decision making.

      There are two ways you can join:

     

    1. Online. Visit www.pt-avenue.com/join/ (there is a $1 processing fee to join online).
    2. Return the membership form you received in the mail with your student's schedule to the JAMS office. Membership is $15/member and scholarships are available using the PTSA membership form. Email jamsptsamembership@gmail.com with any questions (or for a copy of the form).

    We’re looking forward to a fantastic year. Please contact us with any questions.

    Kathy Gerke
    JAMS PTSA President jamsptsapresident@gmail.com

    Julie Bisson
    Membership Chair jamsptsamembership@gmail.com

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    JOIN US FOR THE SEPTEMBER PTSA BOARD MEETING

    Kick off your renewed commitment to school engagement by attending the September 11 PTSA meeting at 7PM in the JAMS library.

    See what's happened at Jane Addams while you were gone, and learn where you can contribute. See you there!

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    CURRICULUM NIGHT OCTOBER 3

    JAMS PTSA welcomes you to an all school POTLUCK prior to CURRICULUM NIGHT. POTLUCK/JAMS PTSA Information Sharing 6 - 6:45 PM
    CURRICULUM NIGHT 6:50 - 8:45 PM

    More information will follow in coming weeks.

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    STARTING A DRAMA BOOSTER CLUB AT JAMS

    Do you have a student at Jane Addams MS who is dramatic, creative, a problem solver, someone who wants to work behind the scenes, or a student who is curious about being a part of a theater production? If yes, then please contact us to help create a robust JAMS Drama Booster Club.

    Several JAMS parents are volunteering to start up a JAMS Drama Booster. We need your involvement as we begin this process. If you have experience with fundraising or submitting paperwork for a Booster Club please contact Steph_strickland@yahoo.com or llswol@hotmail.com to join our team of volunteers. To find out more about us, attend the September 11 PTSA meeting.

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    SEEKING TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY CO-CHAIR

    JAMS PTSA needs one Traffic and Transportation Safety Co-Chair to help Maria Renninger for the 2017-18 school year. This is a great PTSA board position and includes interaction with grateful students and fabulous parents. The system is already well established, so it will be easy to take it over.

    JAMS PTSA is also looking for someone to fill these additional non-board volunteer positions:

    STEAM Fair Committee Chair
    Staff Appreciation Committee Chair

    Please contact: jamsptsapresident@gmail.com to learn more about these positions.

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    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    Crossing Guard Volunteers

    We need more parents to help students cross safely to school. The JAMS traffic safety crew is a fun and friendly group, and you'll get lots of smiles and "thank yous" from the kids. New and 6th grade parents: Traffic safety crew is a great way to get to know JAMS and the staff! Commitment can be as little as 1/2 hour per week. We start the first day of school, and we take new crew members throughout the year.

    For a map of clockwise traffic flow around JAMS campus, visit the link HERE. Contact JAMStrafficsafety@gmail.com with questions or to find out how to help with

    special events. To sign up for a time slot (or several) please visit Sign Up Genius

    Classroom Set-up Helpers
    Love to organize, unpack or simply lend a hand?

    JAMS Teachers and Staff are excited about the new construction that occurred over the summer, but need your help unpacking and setting up their classrooms. If you have a spare hour or two, please consider lending a hand by signing up here. Thank you.

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    ADVANCED LEARNING TESTING APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT. 22

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Speakers of Different Languages - for full translation please visit hereAll Referrals for Advanced Learning testing are due by September 22, 2017 to determine eligibility for school year 2018-2019.

    If you think your student would benefit from Advanced Learning services, you may want to consider referring your child for Advanced Learning opportunities. Eligibility criteria and instructions are now available at www.seattleschools.org/advlearning.

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    ATHLETICS

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Fall sports season is quickly approaching. In order to participate, please complete an athletic packet and have it on file in the main

    office. Hard copies are available in the main office starting August 28th. However, you may also use the attached link to get the forms from the district’s web page.

    http://www.seattleschools.org/departments/athletics/Forms/

    Ultimate Frisbee

    We need volunteers! Currently, we are planning for three teams: A team, B team, and a 6th grade team. Last year we had enough adults for five teams. With a projected number of over 100 students, we will need more support in order to assure a safe learning environment and avoid cutting students from teams. Experience is not necessary! We have three great knowledgeable coaches that will help support you and the students in gaining the skills. If you are interested, please contact Chad Barnes at 206-252-4468 or cpbarnes@seattleschools.org.

    Dates - Try-outs 9/12 and 9/14

    Practices - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:50-5:30

    Games - Saturdays from September 23 - November 18 (including playoffs)

    Transportation - Due to the OST (After-School Bus) not starting until the beginning of October, students and parents/guardians must arrange their own transportation during September try-outs and practices. OST bus forms will be out soon.

    In addition to the district Athletic Packet, please fill out this Google Doc to support quick information for Fall Ultimate: https://goo.gl/forms/WLoYSDj3gRX6nrW73

    Girls Soccer

    We will have two teams*, Varsity and JV (*subject to change based on district funding of JV teams). Athletic packets are due by September 13 and try-outs will be September 14 and 15. Practices will be two days a week (for both teams) from 4-5:30 PM.

    Transportation - Due to the OST (After-School Bus) bus not starting until the beginning of October, students and parents/guardians must arrange their own transportation during September try-outs and practices.

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    YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

    Thank you for registering in September! Enjoy!

    The University Family YMCA will once again have after school programming for

    Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in October 2017 and ending in June,

    2018. Scheduling options will be posted during the month of September.

    University Family YMCA Phone: 206-524-1400 Fax: 206-524-8613

    University Family YMCA 5003 12th Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98105 

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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.