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    THE JAGUAR NEWS EXTENDED VERSION 
    Friday, October 27, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    October 30 - Fall Spirit Week -- Pajama Day
    October 31 - Halloween: Wear Your Costume
    October 31 - LAST DAY TO GIVE TO THE JAMS PTSA ANNUAL DRIVE
    November 1 - Circle of Life Day (Any Age)
    November 2 - Flannel Day
    November 2 - LGBT Families Dinner
    November 3 - Villain Day
    November 3 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PE WAIVER
    November 3 - ASB School Dance 4-5:30 PM JAMS cafeteria, $3 a ticket
    November 9 - First Quarter Ends
    November 10 - Veterans Day - No School

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    *** NEW! JAMS PTSA ANNUAL DRIVE – NOT THERE YET ***
    As of newsletter compilation Wednesday evening, we’re still more than $15,000 away from our $80,000 goal! We need EVERYONE’S help to hit our goal. Thank you JAMS families for your generous donations to date and for wonderful participation in our two-day challenge earlier this week.

    PLEASE – Donate Today at www.JAMSPTSA.org

    Do you want to give more, but need to spread out the cost?
    CONSIDER A MONTHLY RECURRING GIFT!
    Several JAMS families just like you have opted for donating a monthly gift. You can spread a $600 donation over a whole year by making a $50 monthly donation to JAMS. Simply go to JAMSPTSA.org, click Donate and select “Make this a monthly donation.”

    Every contribution is appreciated and goes to fund THIS year's budget. Dollars donated now are going to be spent on our kids now. PARTICIPATION is the KEY.

    Have you already done your part and want to do more?
    Reach out to relatives and friends. You’re probably not the only one who loves your JAMS student and wants to make a difference. You can pick up extra donation forms in the office, or pay with a credit card online at www.JAMSPTSA.org
    Thank you for supporting this incredible school and community.

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    *** NEW! 2018 SKI BUS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN ***
    Registration is open now with the Mohan Skiing and Boarding program here:
    https://www.skimohan.com/school-program/seattle-public-schools/jane-addams-middle- school
    The program will run for 6 consecutive Friday nights beginning January 12th, 2018 Transportation and lesson packages are available for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Lift tickets are not included, but participants will get a discount on season passes. For more information visit the Mohan website above or contact Sara Burke at seburke@seattleschools.org. A parent informational meeting will be held TBD.
    See the JAMS Snow Sports Page on the Jane Addams website for FAQ’s and more information.

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    *** NEW! YMCA AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS BEGIN OCTOBER 30 ***
    The YMCA team is so excited to meet your students and engage in some great activities at JAMS. Classes fill up quickly, so register at your earliest convenience. The first day of programming will be October 30.
    Registrations are now open online. You can follow the below links to register for the clubs or register in the main office. If you are having issues with registering, please let us know.
    Monday: https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/128154
    Tuesday: https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/128174
    Wednesday: https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/128189
    Thursday: https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/128195
    If you have any questions regarding the program, financial aid, and the registration process please contact Georgina Ramirez at gramirez@seattleymca.org.

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    *** NEW! FOJAM BAND-ME-DOWNS WANTED ***

    Dressing right for a performance helps set the tone and expectations for the event. It’s an important part of the musical experience, but it should never be something that any child or family needs to be stressed about. JAMS has a helpful resource: it’s the BAND-ME-DOWN closet.
    
    Friends of Jane Addams Music (FOJAM) is looking for two things to help with this.
    1. Donations of gently used clothing that meets concert attire requirements (see this page for more info). Have your child bring donations to the band room.
    2. A volunteer to help stock the band-me-down closet. We’re looking for a parent or guardian who who can help us keep our young performers looking sharp.
    
    Here’s what you’ll do:
    ● Learn what the performance dress code is (we’ve made this easy...it’s on the FOJAM website)
    ● Take an inventory of the current band-me-down stock
    ● Work with teachers and students to determine what sizes are most needed
    ● Solicit donations (this is where your creativity comes in handy: ask for donations
    in the Jaguar News, work with local high schools to get band-me-downs, post in
    local neighborhood blogs, or ... )
    ● Stock the closet
    If this sound like a good fit for you, please contact Amy Radill, and let her know that you’re interested in helping out.

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    DEADLINE NOVEMBER 3 FOR PE WAIVERS
    Students who are eligible to receive a PE Waiver have received the PE waiver form in their Advisory class. Families should fill out the form and return it to the Main Office by November 3 with the required documents. If you have any questions, please email the Registrar at: sbfitzwaterr@seattleschools.org.

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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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    FUTURE JAMS OUTDOOR DESIGN PLANNING MEETINGS
    Save these dates: The Design Selection community meeting (#2) will be Wednesday, 11/29/17 from 6:30-8:15 PM. The Final Design Reveal community meeting (#3) will be Thursday, 1/25/18 from 6:30-8:15 PM. All will be held in the JAMS cafeteria. Questions? Email JAMSDREAMBIG@gmail.com

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    LOVE TO SING? JOIN VOCAL JAZZ, THE NEWEST ASB CLUB!

    We meet on Mondays immediately after school from 3:50-5:20 pm.  (If there is sufficient enrollment, we may add Thursdays as well.) Class is taught by professional jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson, www.kelleyjohnson.com. For information or how to register contact Bonnie Rochman.

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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.

    ASB SEEKS PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR DANCE NOVEMBER 3
    JAMS ASB is looking for parent volunteers to help with the first all school dance of the year on Friday November 3rd from 4:00-5:30 PM. Cost $3.
    We would LOVE to have parents volunteer to help sell tickets ($3 each) the week of the dance (Oct 30-Nov 3) during lunches (11:30 – 1:00 PM) as well as day-of dance chaperoning activities including Concessions Stand Vendor and Hallway Monitors (3:45 – 5:30PM). We are planning to have the dance in the cafeteria and would love help cleaning up from 5:30 – 6:00 PM. If you can help in any way, please sign up using the signup genius link.

    ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
    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

    We still need lots of 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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    LGBT FAMILIES DINNER NOVEMBER 2
    

    The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 2nd from 6-8PM at Meany Middle School. Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend. This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 252-0982 or llove@seattleschools.org.

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    STUDENT LOST AND FOUND LOCATION
    The JAMS Student Lost and Found is now located outside Mr. Barnes’ office, room 224. Lunch boxes are in the cafeteria in the northwest corner by the sound system. Valuables are turned in to the main office. Please have your students check one of those three locations if they have misplaced any items.

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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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    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

    LEARN ABOUT GIRLS IN ENGINEERING, MATH, SCIENCE PROGRAM
    We would like to inform you of an opportunity for your students: the AWIS middle school STEM program called GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science). GEMS is a free, volunteer-run, after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th to 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography and neuroscience through hands-on activities, field trips and mentorship from women in science.
    GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30-8:30 PM November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore School in South Seattle.

    Registration is open until October 30, 2017 and applications are available at our website. Please contact seattlegems@gmail.com if you have any questions about the program.

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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.