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    THE JAGUAR NEWS EXTENDED VERSION 
    Friday, September 29, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    October 2 - After-school Vocal Jazz begins
    October 3 - Adult Dessert/Coffee Social and General PTSA meeting 6-6:45 PM
    October 3 - Curriculum Night 6:50-8:45 PM

    October 6 - 8th Grade Camp Colman Field Trip permission slips due
    October 9 - PTSA Board Meeting 7-8:30 PM JAMS library
    October 13 - State Inservice Day - No School
    October 23-27 Fall Spirit Week
    October 23-25 or 25-27 8th Graders Overnight at Camp Colman
    October 25 - College Gear Day as part of Discover U week
    October 26 - Outdoor Beautification Community Planning Session #1, JAMS Cafeteria 6:30-8:30 PM
    November 10 - Veterans Day - No School

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    PTSA GENERAL MEETING AND CURRICULUM NIGHT OCTOBER 3
    Curriculum PREFUNK for all parents and guardians. Join the PTSA board members,
    staff and administration in the cafeteria prior to Curriculum Night.

     JAMS PTSA will host adults for a Dessert and Coffee Bar for some end-of-day caffeine
    before you head for your student's classrooms. Catch up with other parents, browse
    through the PTSA information tables, sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the JAMS
    PTSA and enter a prize drawing by donating to the JAMS Annual Fund Drive (hint: bring
    your checkbooks.)

     There will be a short PTSA General Meeting to welcome families to JAMS. Don’t miss it! Catch up with each other, meet the Board, and vote on amendments to our standing
    rules.
    PREFUNK Oct 3rd 6-6:45 PM, followed by Curriculum Night 6:50-8:45 PM.

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    *** NEW! KICK-OFF THE JAMS ANNUAL DRIVE OCTOBER 3 ***
    All donations on October 3rd, either online or at Curriculum Night kickoff, will be
    entered into a drawing to win one of five great prizes.
    Drawing prizes are:
    4 ckets to Chihuly Garden and Glass
    $75 gi card to Anthony's Homeport x2
    $25 Meadow Brew Café gi card x2

    JAMS Annual Drive flyer and donation form will come home this Friday. Check your student’s backpack or go to JAMSPTSA.org to donate.

    Please share this fundraising opportunity with family and friends.
    Every donation makes a difference. Drawing will take place on 10/4.

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    *** NEW! OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE PLANNING MEETING 1 OCT. 26 ***
    POTLUCK: 6:30PM
    PLANNING: 7:15-8:30PM
    LOCATION: Jane Addams Middle School
    Bring a dish to share, come meet JAMS families and other community members as we plan for big changes to our outdoor spaces. This is your chance to meet your neighbors and be part of the design process from the very beginning. For more information, or to post and view the JAMS flyer, visit here.

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    VOLUNTEER NEEDS
    Our wonderful Librarian is looking for parent volunteers to help out in the library during lunch hours, below is the sign up for those interested! Thank You! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaeaf2aa3fc1-library

    Lunch time is a happening time at JAMS and staff is asking for a few extra adults to help with monitoring the halls, giving gentle reminders of lunchtime etiquette and an extra set of eyes to help make the lunch hour run smoothly. If you can help, they would greatly appreciate it. It can be a weekly commitment or monthly; whatever you can offer. Sign up below if you are able to help out. Thank You.
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaeaf2aa3fc1-lunchtime

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    TRAFFIC SAFETY UPDATE: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
    We still need lots of help. Some days the kids are crossing with skeleton crews, on others the kids have no crossing guards. Please consider taking a shift, or signing up to sub.  Sign Up Genius

    The Signup Genius shifts have specific dates, but you're signing up for a recurring weekly shift.  Email: JAMStrafficsafety@gmail.com with questions or to find out how to help with special events. 

    Drivers, we're asking for your help getting buses through in a more timely way - it'll help the kids, free up staff time, and allow crossing guards to focus on pedestrians:
    1) Please always leave the center of 34th Ave NE clear. Stay either in the pickup line next to the JAMS curb, or move fully into the exit line on the residential side of 34th.
    2) In the afternoons, please consider using only 35th or 110th for pickup. We share special-needs buses with Nathan Hale; they have to travel from Hale and then wait in the long backups on 115th. Thus both the Hale and JAMS special-needs students are having even-longer waits. Just by switching to 35th or 110th for afternoon pickup, you can help.
    Thank you for looking out for the kids!


    Traffic Flow Map is  HERE 

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    JAMS COMMUNITY POTLUCK AND LANDSCAPE PLANNING SESSION
    What: This past spring Jane Addams Middle School received a Department of Neighborhoods grant to fund a Landscape Conceptual Design Master plan for the Jane Addams property. Bring a potluck dish and come prepared to brainstorm changes to our outdoor spaces.
    Who: JAMS students, families, neighbors, community members and users of the JAMS athletic fields. We have hired local design firm Johnson+Southerland to help us.
    When: Thursday October 26th. 6:30-8:30PM
    Where: Jane Addams Middle School Cafeteria, 11051 34th AVE NE
    Why: We want all users of the JAMS property to have a say in how they want this space to look, feel and contribute to our community. Bring your creative thoughts and ideas as to how we can make the outdoor spaces at JAMS awesome!
    Save these dates: The Design Selection community meeting will be Thursday, 11/30/17, from 6:30-8:15 PM. The Final Design Reveal community meeting will be Thursday, 1/25/18 from 6:30-8:15 PM. All three will be held in the JAMS cafeteria.Questions? Email JAMSDREAMBIG@gmail.com

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    FALL SPORTS UPDATE
    Ultimate Games start Saturday, September 23 and run through November 18. Check the times and locations here.

    Sixth grade practices: Monday(6X, 6Y and 6Z teams) and Thursday (6X and 6Y only); 3:50-5:20 PM
    Seventh and eighth grade A/B/C Team practices: Tuesday and Thursday; 3:50-5:20 PM
    All teams are currently FULL for our fall season. There is Spring Ultimate as a club sport through Big Cat Ultimate.

    The SPS Varsity Girls Soccer games schedule is available here.

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    ARCHERY TEAM
    JAMS Archery Team will be meeting from Nov 1-March 17 this year with practice in the gym 5-7PM on Wednesdays. We are so fortunate that DeAnna Puls and Josh Raby will be able to coach again. Please email Susan if you are interested in joining. An informational night will be held in October (date/time TBD).

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    JAMS MATH CLUB
    Are you interested in doing more math and looking for a chance to connect with other students who are equally passionate? The JAMS Math Club is starting up again this year. Our focus will be on exploring new topics, working on challenging problems and exploring the hidden beauty of Mathematics. During the course of the year we will also offer opportunities to participate in various contests such as AMC8 and MathCounts.

    Location: Room 109
    Meeting Times: Tuesday 3:50-4:50PM
    This session will run from 10/10 - 12/12 on regular school days.

    Pickup Policy: There is no after school care or bus so parents will be responsible for pickup or kids will get home on their own. Parents will need to sign a permission slip letting kids self release. I will generally stay 10 minutes at the end of each session

    Fees: There will be a voluntary $50 donation requested once we have an ASB account that will be used to finance materials and contest entry fees.

    Spaces: For the first quarter, I'm going to cap at 15 students with a first come/first served registration policy.

    Registration: opens Friday 9/22. Please download and complete the registration form from the following link: http://bit.ly/2ycnTty and email it to benleis1@gmail.com.

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    ROCKETRY CLUB
    Rocketry Club registration is now open. This is a year-long after school program meeting once a week, 7th and 8th graders on Tuesdays and 6th graders on Thursdays, beginning Sept 26. Students will design, build and launch rocket as part of the Team
    
    America Rocketry Challenge, as well as learn the basics of rocket science and the engineering design process. Open to all, and scholarships are available. See Mr. Grevstad in room 221 or email kugrevstad@seattleschools.org for more information and signup forms.

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    LOVE TO SING? REGISTER FOR VOCAL JAZZ!
    Join the JAMS After-School Vocal Jazz Group. We meet on Mondays immediately after school from 4-5:30 pm. First session is October 2. (If there is sufficient enrollment, we may add Thursdays as well.) Class is taught by professional jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson, www.kelleyjohnson.comRegister at FOJAM.ORG.  Cost is $75 per student. Questions? Want to connect with students who loved participating last year? Contact Bonnie Rochman.

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    *** NEW! YMCA AFTER SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORMS ARE ON THEIR WAY! ***
    After school activities are scheduled to take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school between 3:45-5:30PM. Wednesday after school clubs will take place 2:45-5:00PM. All after school clubs are located at Jane Addams Middle School unless otherwise specified on the after school registration forms.

    After school activity recommendations are being collected from the JAMS community and student body. Students or families who want to recommend an after school activity should go to the main office to complete a club recommendation form.

    Due to space limitations, Wednesday activities will be reserved for the JAMS Scholars program. Club recommendations scheduled to take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday have a higher opportunity to be selected. Please revisit the JAMS website in a week for additional information.

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    CALENDARS
    We recently received a parent request for quick and easy ways to link to the JAMS calendar. Here is how to enter all of the important JAMS dates automatically:
    Method one: Go to the Seattle Public Schools JAMS calendar at
    http://addamsms.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11311&pageId=11327
    *Select “Yearly” from the drop down menu (you can choose any chunk of time, or export single events, too)
    *Export the calendar using the calendar icon with a green arrow
    *Choose your format and download
    *Add it to your calendar

    Be sure to do this twice, for 2017 and 2018. It will only import the JAMS dates already entered on the school calendar—it has all the breaks and big events, but more details will be added as time goes on and it won’t update automatically.
    Method two: to automatically receive roughly weekly updates, you can subscribe to the JAMS school calendar. Cut and paste the directional below into Ical or Google calendars wherever it requests the calendar addresses you wish to receive:
    webcal://p70-calendars.icloud.com/published/2/oO_cz6qJoGf94HOHZxlg-2dOUsd7EwS NCyB6wydOABZqYcfTxEgP5DePOHTgWH8rxAULkGiW8I_0KbNsfHrawK9U9-RvWoc8 Vse7FNm5TZ8

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    JOIN JAMS PTSA
    You are invited to join the Jane Addams PTSA. Have fun while p
    articipating in a community of families and teachers supporting the academic and social needs of our students. Register online at www.pt-avenue.com/join/ (there is a $1 processing fee to join online) or return the membership form to the office.  Membership is $15/member and scholarships are available. Email jamsptsamembership@gmail.com with any questions (or for a copy of the membership form).  For more information about getting involved, visit our website at: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org/school_involvement/ptsa.

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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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    *** NEW! HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE RESOURCES ***
    Local area high schools including Nathan Hale and Roosevelt, and the HCC school, Garfield, will be having open houses for 8th graders and their parents in January and February, 2018. Stay tuned here for details as they become available.

    INGRAHAM INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
    Tuesday, Feb 6th: Open House - 7 PM - Auditorium - for incoming students and parents
    Thursday, Feb 8th: Ingraham’s IB Information Night - 7 PM - Auditorium - for incoming students and parents.

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    COMMUNITY RESOURCES
    *** NEW! LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY MEETING ADDED ***
    A second “first meeting” will be held on October 12, 2017 at 6:30-8:00 at Hamilton so that JAMS, Eckstein and McDonald families tied up with PTSA or curriculum nights can attend.
    Lincoln High School will be (re)opening in the fall of 2019 to address growing enrollment in the north area of our city. Boundaries for Lincoln have not yet been finalized, but work is starting to “build an innovation high school.”
    We need YOU to help shape the Lincoln experience. Families, students, and community are invited to help design an amazing experience for ALL students. A school that cultivates a community of learners who are curious, connected, confident who are empowered to make measurable positive impacts in their lives, their community, the nation and the world.
    Planning is just beginning. Please join us on October 3 at 6:30 -8:00 or October 12 at 6:30-8:00 PM.
    Both meetings will be held at Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N 41st St. Please refer to Lincoln High School website for information about Lincoln. www.seattleschools.org/lincoln

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    *** NEW! HELP BUILD A NEW LAKE CITY COMMUNITY CENTER ***
    Our City Council representative for the Lake City area, Debora Juarez, is actively trying to get funding for a new Lake City Community Center. A new facility is long overdue.
    If you have a moment, consider writing a short email to the Seattle City Council and let them know that you think it is a great idea. Let's give them incentive to allocate the funds. It is easy to do. Just write your message and send it to the Council as a whole at council@seattle.gov.
    If you would like to send it to each council member separately, that is easy too. Go to this address https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council and there are links to each council member’s email address.

    Sample email:
    Dear Seattle City Council Members,
    I urge you to please allocate funds to build a new Lake City Community Center. The current cinder block building is outdated and unwelcoming. Help keep this community vibrant and proud with an appropriate urban gathering place.
    Yours Sincerely, <insert your name>

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    *** NEW! GIVE KIDS A SMILE FREE SERVICES EXTENDED ***
    Bartell Drugs is partnering with Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation to provide preventative care for over 100 children at the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry in North Seattle at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th Street.
    Call 206-543-5800 and ask for Give Kids a Smile.
    Any child is welcome, ages 1 through 18 years. Medicaid welcome. Special Needs clinic weekly. If enrolled in Medicaid, clinic can help arrange transportation and interpretation.
    *Services provided include exam, bitewing x-rays, teeth cleaning, and fluoride varnish application. Any additional services to be provided by patient’s insurance or direct pay.

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    *** NEW! ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 1 PERFORMANCE ***
    Join Jazz Band I for their first performance of the year at Roosevelt’s Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. The Band will play with one of today's most celebrated jazz artists, New York based drummer and Grammy nominee, Matt Wilson. Matt Wilson is recognized as a gifted drummer, composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist whose humor and positive energy are bound to make for a fantastic evening of Jazz.
    For tickets: http://www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/earshot-jazz-festival/

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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.