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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    September 29, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    9/29 (Thursday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting
      6:30–7:30pm at Mercer International Middle School (library)

    9/30 (Friday)

    • FOMAHI contracts due

    10/3 (Monday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting
      6:30–7:30pm at Viewlands Elementary School (library)

    10/6 (Thursday)

    • 6th Grade Parents Orientation 6–6:30pm

    • All-School Curriculum Night 6:30–8pm

    10/11 (Tuesday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting
      6:30–7:30pm at Denny International Middle School (library)

    10/12 (Wednesday) CORRECTED DATE!

    • Picture Day

    10/14 (Friday)

    • No school

    10/18 (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Fall Membership Meeting
      7–9 pm in the Hamilton Library

    10/26 (Wednesday)

    • Two hour early dismissal (1:15)

    10/27 (Thursday)

    • SPS Forum to Answer Questions About Lincoln High School
      6:30 pm in the Lincoln Library

    PTSA News

    NEWPTSA Fall Membership Meeting

    Tues., Oct. 18, 7–9 pm in the Hamilton Library

    Principal Blish and staff will join us to answer these and other questions:

    • Will Hamilton lose or gain teachers?

    • Why is your child sharing a locker?

    • Who do I contact about bus schedules and overcrowding?

    • Did you know that your child can earn high school credits?

    Bring your own questions, or email them beforehand to PTSA President Lisa Smith or Legislative Liaison Sam Bell

    NEWTake the Statewide PTA Issues Survey

    Help the Washington State PTA speak up for kids! Each fall, the association selects its legislative priorities, and hearing from you is a valuable step in the process. Your responses will assist voting delegates who attend the Legislative Assembly in setting the 2016–17 legislative platform. Click here to take the survey. Survey closes Thursday, October 6 at 12:15pm. Results will be posted by the following week.

    NEW2016 Legislative Assembly and Advocacy Training

    Oct. 21–22 at the Hotel Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA

    Each year local PTA/PTSAs have a chance to send representatives to cast their unit's vote at the Legislative Assembly. This vote sets the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years. Hamilton is allotted 9 voting delegates!

    If you are interested in representing Hamilton at the 2016 Legislative Assembly, let us know! You’d be a voting delegate. Advocacy Training will teach you all about how the PTSA makes changes in Olympia.Classes include “Year-Round Advocacy” and “Equity in Education”. Contact Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell at to sign up. Must be a registered PTSA member.

    WANTED: Reflections Art Contest Chair

    We're looking for a volunteer to organize this fall’s PTSA-sponsored Reflections Art Contest.  The state PTA offers a good deal of support for this program, and you will be providing our students a great opportunity to share their talents in photography, music, dance, visual arts, and more! If you're interested in this position—and we happily welcome co-chairs—please contact PTSA President, Lisa Rivera Smith at

    PTSA Events Committee Forming

    Are you the life of the party? No, not the funny guy or gal who yucks it up and dances til dawn. We mean the real life of the party—the one who has the vision, thinks of the details, and makes things happen. If that sounds like you, then please join us on the PTSA Events Committee.

    Hamilton events don’t plan themselves, and we want to start the year right by brainstorming ideas and looking ahead to what kinds of fun and learning we can bring to our school and community. We're talking social, parent education, and community service type events. Bring your ideas and your connections!

    For more information, please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at  Meeting dates and times will be scheduled based on committee members’ availability.

    Connecting to the HIMS Community is Easy and Fast!

    Visit in order to:

    The HIMS PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning* user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication.

    The HIMS PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Donations are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Volunteers are the heart of Hamilton. Sign up to be in the PTSA’s Volunteer Database, and we’ll let you know when opportunities arise. No pressure—you do what works for you!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student during the second week of school.)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.

    2. Click on the "Getting Started" button in the sidebar.

    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.

    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.

    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2016–17!

    Additional questions?  Want to request a free membership? Contact HIMS PTSA Membership  for assistance.

    Please Help Keep our Before and After School Traffic Flowing!

    Parents/guardians dropping off and picking up their students should travel west only on 41st St. (the south side of HIMS) so that students can safely get in or out of their car on the school side of the street. Otherwise traffic gridlock and unsafe conditions for our students and neighbors result. Please refer to the school rule for dropoff and pickup.

    Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International M.S. Families:Tip Blish

    Next week we look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night. This is one of our favorite and most important community get-togethers of the year. It’s an ambitious night in that our expected outcome is that you leave here with a sense of who your student’s teachers are, what is the essential learning for each course, as well as a feel for your student’s school day moving from classroom to classroom through our hallways. It will approximate a student day also in that you may find a friend in the hallway to check in with—which is what happens frequently during the school day here.

    We schedule Curriculum Night with a few things in mind, not least is to try not to conflict with other Curriculum Nights where siblings may attend. But, we’re not perfect. (In fact, that’s true in my own house because we’re having our event the same night as Whittier Elementary.) This is also after our teachers have been developing a solid sense of their students: they’ve had several chances to meet collaboratively, they have done some early assessments of where students are in their learning, and they are making adjustments. All that is to say, that they are ready to present general observations about their classes and about their curriculum, as well set up the expectations for how they will communicate to you and the best ways for you to communicate with them.

    Those of you who have been members of our community before this year will see a few new faces including Amanda Smith (who started this week teaching language arts and social studies to our 7th graders) and Lupe Duran (who is Hamilton’s House Administrator and responsible for our 6th graders).

    I very much hope you’ll join us Thursday, October 6.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish

    Hamilton and SPS News

    NEWUpdate on Hamilton Capacity Projections

    As communicated last year, Seattle Public Schools considers Hamilton’s “right sized capacity” (the number of students it was built to handle) to be 973. This year Hamilton has an unofficial count of 1205 students. Seattle Public Schools has updated its forecasts for 2017-2020 as follows:

    • For Fall 2017, with the opening of Robert Eagle Staff,
      the forecast increased from 896 to 1031.

    • For Fall 2018, the forecast increased from 958 to 1039.

    • For Fall 2019, the forecast increased from 991 to 1132.

    For questions on capacity, contact Associate Superintendent for Facilities Flip Herndon ( or Seattle Public Schools Director Rick (

    NEWSPS Forum to Answer Questions About Lincoln High School

    Thurs., Oct. 27 at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln Library

    Lincoln High School is slated to open in 2019. Seattle Public Schools Director Rick Burke is organizing a forum for parents looking for more information. Some questions that might be answered include:

    • Will Lincoln have the International Baccalaureate, Dual Language Immersion, or Highly Capable Cohort program?

    • Will Roosevelt and Ingraham students be grandfathered at their schools?

    • What's being done in the interim to reduce the current over crowding in High Schools?

    • What's the timeline for all of these decisions?

    • How will it be communicated to parents?

    • When will the Principal be selected?

    NEWSeattle Public Schools Response to City Council Bill

    Allowing Camping on Public Property

    The Seattle City Council has proposed Council Bill 118794 allowing encampments on public property including parks to help solve the city’s homelessness crisis. Seattle Public Schools wrote this letter to the City Council asking for clarification. To weigh in on this topic, please contact your city councilmember. Determine your councilmember using the city’s online tool.

    6th Grade Parents Orientation and All-School Curriculum Night

    Come hear about what’s in store for your students this school year! Both Orientation and Curriculum events are parents only.

    • Orientation: Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6–6:30pm

    • Curriculum Night: Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30–8:30

    2017-2018 Hamilton Enrollment Boundaries  & Community Meetings

    Join Seattle Public Schools at one of five community meetings this fall to learn more about the upcoming school boundary changes for the 2017-18 school year, including the changes to the boundaries for Hamilton. Click here for the 2017 Hamilton boundaries. Click here for a city-wide look at the boundary changes.

    Interpretation services will be available; see the schedule below for languages:

    • Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Mercer International Middle School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Amharic, Tigrigna.

    • Monday, Oct. 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m, Viewlands Elementary School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali.

    • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Denny International Middle School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese.

    Click for more info and for flyers including translations.

    Calling All Guest Speakers!

    Hamilton International Middle School is looking for community members to speak at 2016–17 HIMS Talks. HIMS Talks are student and community member led talks on topics that speakers are passionate about. The guiding principles behind HIMS Talks are that they have personal and global connections that can be tied to Hamilton middle school students. The basic tenets is to broaden perspectives, cultivate global awareness, and connect community. Talks should be 10 minutes long with a 10 minute Q&A period. They will take place during homeroom (1:00–1:30pm) monthly and are open to all students at all grade levels. If interested and to receive additional information, please send your contact info to Dana Radcliffe ( and Brandon Severance ( Thanks, gracias, and arigato!

    Seattle Public School 2016-17 School Year Calendar Dates

    Important dates in the Seattle Public Schools 2016-17 school year are here:

    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from

    Music & Art

    Fomahi News

    • Student Contracts due tomorrow (Friday)

    Music students received a “student contract” in class last week. Please review it with your student, sign and return it to their music instructor by tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 30.

    • Last call for Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir registration

    Both Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir are now in session, but it’s not too late to join in the after school fun! Men’s Choir meets on Mondays after school; Junior Jazz meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Go to for more information or to register.

    • Vocal Jazz students: order your uniform (tee)

    Vocal Jazz students are required to purchase a VJ tee shirt for concert dates. Please order your shirt now at:

    • Junior Jazz students: order your uniform (tee)

    Junior Jazz participants are required to purchase a VJ tee shirt for concert dates. Please order your shirt now at:

    • FOMAHI enrichment fees are now due

    Does your student take a band, orchestra, jazz, or choir class? Please register them this week at to ensure you receive important updates from your instructor. There is a $25 per student enrichment fee to help defer class costs.

    • Calling all volunteers (especially concert crew!)

    We have a variety of volunteer roles ranging from a couple hours to ongoing roles. We have a special need for those interested in helping us with concert equipment. Please go to to see how you can help!

    HOST After-School Programs

    HOST after school programs will be kicking off on Mon., Oct. 3rd.

    • Program Times: Mon.–Thurs. from 3:20 pm–5:00 pm

    • Program Dates: Mon., Oct. 3– Thurs., Dec. 8

    Students will be receiving class confirmation with program information during the week of September 26th. Please be on the look-out for your student’s confirmation!

    Registration: It’s not too late to register! To register and find answers to many of your questions, go to Can’t find the answer to your question? Email Liz Abbott at

    Join the Hamilton Chess Club!

    Join national Master Coach Josh Sinanan of the Orlov Chess Academy to play chess on Tuesday afternoons at Hamilton. Improve your problem-solving skills and your memory, learn to think and plan ahead, and make friends with others who are interested in chess. Learn chess tactics, solve chess puzzles, and play competitive and just-for-fun games. Workbooks and teaching materials are provided, so just come ready to learn and have fun! This will be a relaxed and fun learning environment. All players, beginners to advanced, are welcome.

    Register through HOST at:


    NEWUltimate Frisbee Practice Schedule

    Practices for ultimate frisbee are at the Greenlake field, on the eastern corner of the lake. Practice schedule is as follows:

    • 8th grade A Team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30

    • 8th  grade B team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    • 7th grade Yellow team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    • 7th grade Blue team practices Tues. and Thurs.  from 4:00–5:30

    • 6th grade Yellow team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30

    • 6th grade Blue team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    For more information, go to


    NEWThe Pitfalls of Overparenting

    Mon., Oct. 3, 7:30 pm

    Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 Eighth Avenue)

    Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own research into how children learn, renowned child psychologist Alison Gopnik shows that children are designed to be messy, unpredictable, and unique. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

    Seattle Audubon Society: Young Birders Program

    Young Birders brings together teens ages 13–18 with an interest in birds and conservation for a fun series of field trips, meetings, outreach activities, and scientific monitoring efforts. Experienced volunteers and naturalists help kids learn about Washington's birds and their place in the environment. Young Birders is a great way for teenagers to explore Northwest ecology, gain naturalist skills, and make a positive contribution to the natural world while building leadership skills and social networks.

    Find more detailed information about Young Birders here:

    Math for Love: 8 Weeks of Math Games and Puzzles for 4th–6th Graders

    Sun., Oct. 2–Nov. 19 at 3:05pm

    Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle)

    4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to play at Math for Love’s 8-week class: Mathematical Games and Puzzles. Play some of our favorite games and invent some of your own! Math for Love works with students, teachers, schools, and parents to transform the way math is taught.

    Sign up or learn more: Or contact Paul Gafni with questions:

    Get 20% OFF with the discount code NEIGHBORHOOD

    Free Homework Help for K–12 Students

    Got a tough homework assignment? The Seattle Public Library offers free, in-person educational assistance for children and teens at ten Library locations. Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    Drop-In Homework Help

    Volunteers mentor K-12 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and math skills, and preparing for college and careers. The goal of Homework Help is for students to form meaningful relationships with volunteers while having a welcoming space to do their homework.

    Homework Help for children and teens is offered at the following Library locations. Check branch calendar links below for up-to-date Homework Help times:

    Online Help

    Library patrons may also use the Ask a Librarian reference service to find information or get a question answered. The service is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can also access online resources from the Library's website for teens and children.

    Yoga for Tweens, Teens, and Parents

    Sundays, Oct. 9–30, 6:30–7:45 pm, $75 per participant

    Aditi Studio, 4206 Stone Way Ave N, Seattle

    HIMS parent Jenny Rhodes is offering a four week Introduction to Yoga series beginning Sunday October 9th. Jenny works with middle schoolers on lowering their stress levels through yoga, basic breath work, and guided meditation while helping build skills around stress reduction in and outside the classroom. This series is a great opportunity for parents and kids to do something relaxing and positive together!


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