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    THE JAGUAR NEWS EXTENDED VERSION 
    Thursday, November 9, 2017

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    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 14-15 - Vision and Hearing Screening JAMS
    November 17 - Cookie Class Party for those advisories with >50% participation
    November 21 - Report Cards received in Advisory
    November 23-26 - Thanksgiving Observance - No School
    November 27 - Special Ed Collaborative Meeting 6:30 PM Room 102
    November 29 - Outdoor Beautification Meeting 2 6:30-8:30 PM JAMS library

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    *** NEW! JAMS ANNUAL DRIVE 2017 RESULTS ***
    JAMS Annual Drive 2017
    The generous support of our JAMS community has resulted in $77,177 for our PTSA. Thank you to the over 300 families that participated in the Annual Drive. Every dollar raised will be put to work ASAP to assure our students get the best middle school experience possible.

    If you were unable to donate during the Annual Give campaign, but are able at another time, the PTSA welcomes your support throughout the year. Also, keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities that benefit our school and students. There are many ways to give to JAMS.

    JAMS PTSA needs your Corporate Match
    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.

    NOTE: Donor receipts were sent out by email on Saturday. If you haven’t received your receipt, please check your junk-mail folder. For those (few) donors that didn’t provide an email, your receipts are in the mail.

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    *** NEW! JAMS SPECIAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE***

    Is your child in a special education program at JAMS? Join the JAMS Special Education Collaborative--a new group of parents, teachers and staff with their hearts in special education and working to build a supportive community.
    Come connect with other sped parents at JAMS, share resources, information and articles, and learn more about special education at JAMS and at SPS. The group is just starting so you can help shape the direction of our purpose.
    Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 27 at 6:30PM in Room 102.
    For more information, contact Monica Liang-Aguirre

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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
    *** NEW!!! *** Parent volunteers needed for 7th grade Vision and Hearing Screening on Nov 14th and 15th. Nurse Alison Angell would greatly appreciate any helping hands. Thank you in advance!
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaeaf2aa3fc1-jams5

    We continue to need 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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    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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     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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    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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    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, Roosevelt, Garfield, and Ingraham 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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    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

    *** NEW! JAZZ ED TRYOUTS NOV 18 & 19***
    Play in band or orchestra? Sing in choir? Audition for JazzED!

    Jazz Big Band Ensembles—Auditions Saturday, Nov 18 & Sunday, Nov 19
    Kids come from all over Seattle to play, perform and work with acclaimed teachers like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Wayne Horvitz Mark Taylor and others. Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Top 2 bands travel to New York City! Grades 5-12.

    Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble—Audition Saturday, November 18
    Explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by singing and performing jazz through a gospel lense. (It's not just for girls; boys welcome!) Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Grades 8-12.

    Creative Orchestra Project—Audition Sunday, November 19
    Open to all instruments, not just jazz instruments. No improvisation or jazz experience required. Explore new compositions with wildly popular director Wayne Horvitz. Rehearse January-May, 2018. Grades 6-12.

    $25 audition fee, enter code WAIVER to waive the fee, no questions asked. Secure your audition spot: https://www.seattlejazzed.org/getting-started/

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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.