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    THE JAGUAR NEWS EXTENDED VERSION 
    Friday, November 3, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    November 9 - First Quarter Ends
    November 10 - Veterans Day - No School

    November 13 - PTSA Board Meeting 7 PM JAMS library
    November 14 - Ski Bus Information Meeting 7 PM JAMS library
    November 14 - W. Seattle High School Theater: State of the District 5-8 PM
    November 21 - Report Cards received in Advisory
    November 23-26 - Thanksgiving Observance - No School
    November 29 - Outdoor Beautification Meeting 2 6:30-8:30 PM JAMS library

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    *** NEW! JAMS ANNUAL DRIVE 2017 - BIG THANK YOU TO JAMS FAMILIES! ***
    We are still processing your generous donations and will have a final tally of the amount raised by next week’s "Weekly". So...if you woke up shocked that November has arrived and you forgot to make your donation --- it's not too late!!! Please send in your check or give online at JAMSPTSA.org.
    We are pleased to announce the winners of the Golden Jaguar Advisory Challenge. Ms. Zanetti's class really knocked it out of the park – 24 of the 25 students participated in the Annual Drive! We thank you all for your participation.

    JAMS PTSA needs your Corporate Match
    It's an easy way to double your contribution. Please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Heather Cerne can assist with corporate matching.

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    *** NEW! MESSAGE FROM THE JAMS VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS ***
    Thank you to all that have offered up their time for all the various events/asks that have occurred already this year: unpacking books for start of school, library help, picture day assistance, lunchtime help, PTSA meetings, Colman chaperoning, first dance volunteers, traffic safety - the list is endless.
    JAMS is very grateful and we look forward to more helping hands in the coming months. Additional shout out to Cloud City Coffee and Javasti who both generously donated
    coffee on Curriculum Night and Outdoor Beautification Planning Potluck - if you happen to visit them, say a thank you from our JAMS community!
    Jennifer & Suzanne

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    *** NEW! 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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    *** NEW! FUTURE JAMS OUTDOOR DESIGN PLANNING MEETINGS ***
    Thanks to all those who attended the planning meeting last Thursday. 50 people from various parts of the community were in attendance.
    Save these dates: The Design Selection community meeting (#2) will be Wednesday, 11/29/17 from 6:30-8:15 PM. The design firm will have two or three designs to view, discuss, and select from. Please attend and bring a friend as Meeting Two counts as a match for funds.
    The Final Design Reveal community meeting (#3) 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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    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
    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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    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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    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 was 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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    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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    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:

    OPEN HOUSES
    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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    *** NEW! ENJOY NATHAN HALE’S JAZZ NIGHT NOVEMBER 7 ***
    Come enjoy and support Nathan Hale's Jazz Night, Thursday, November 9, 7 PM in the NH Performing Arts Center (PAC) featuring Nathan Hale Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz under the direction of Dan Rowe and Evan Norberg. Baked goods, banh mi
    sandwiches and beverages available, suggested donation. Live jazz and delicious treats, what could be better?

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    *** NEW! 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


    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.