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    January 12, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    1/12 (Thursday)

    • Night of the Arts (6:00 – 8:00 pm, Stage, Commons, Hawk’s Nest, Library and the music and art rooms)

    1/13 (Friday)

    • Winter HOST registration open (6:30 pm)

    1/16 (Monday)

    • MLK Day (no school)

    1/18 (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting (6:30–8 pm in the library)

    1/21 (Saturday)

    • Junior Thespian Festival (9 am – 4 pm in the Commons/Stage)

    1/23 (Monday)

    • Winter HOST begins

    1/26 (Thursday)

    • PTSA Winter Membership Meeting (7–9 pm in the HIMS Commons)

    1/28 (Saturday)

    • Option school choice fair (10 am–2 pm at Cleveland STEM)

    1/31 (Tuesday)

    • Hamilton Open House (6:30–8:30 pm in the Commons)

    2/1 (Wednesday)

    • Day between semesters (no school

    2/6 (Monday)

    2/13 (Monday)

    • Open enrollment begins (apply by walk in, mail, or online)

    2/24 (Friday)

    • Open enrollment ends


    PTSA News

    New★ PTSA Winter Membership Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 26

    It’s that time of year again! Time to come on out, hear what’s been going on with the PTSA, decide how your fundraising dollars should be spent, and learn parenting tips from our respected speaker.meganreimann.jpg

    On tap this winter is Megan Reimann, coach and learning specialist at the Hallowell Todaro Center. She will speak on executive function development, the learning brain and executive functions, and will delve into the rationale behind the strategies, given the latest research we know about the brain and learning (particularly for individuals with learning differences, dyslexia, stress and anxiety, ADHD, etc.). Everyone will leave armed with specific strategies, tips, and tools for helping their growing middle schooler.

    Please join us Thurs., Jan. 26 in the Hamilton Commons from 7–9pm.  All are welcome to attend, PTSA member or not. Childcare is available; RSVP at


    Follow Up to PTSA Meeting with Mayor Murray

    At our November PTSA Board Meeting, we were joined by Mayor Ed Murray, who came to share information about his Education Summit and glean feedback from our community. At the meeting, Wallingford residents also questioned Mayor Murray about the proposed upzoning and how it would affect the neighborhood. Mayor Murray followed up by sending us a link with the most up-to-date drafts of the proposed zoning changes, which can be found at On that page, if you click on “Draft zoning changes,” you’ll find a pull down menu for neighborhoods across the City, including Wallingford.

    For more information on his Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and how you can give feedback, visit


    Assistant Principal’s Letter

    Hello Hamilton Families,

    Night of the Arts is coming Thurs., Jan. 12.  If you have not attended this event in the past, it is well worth it. Night of the Arts has a very festive and celebratory atmosphere. The energy that students, staff and families experience is awesome.  

    This event features student art work (library and room 108), jazz music while you peruse art work, drama performances, international arts performances, combined orchestra and choir performance, and a grand finale.

    The schedule for Night of the Arts is:

    • Jazz and art-walk: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm

    • Drama and music performances: 6:30 pm–7:30 pm.

    On an academic note, students in a language arts class are working on a literary analysis of the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. These students are working toward finding the unique outlining and organizational techniques that will help them write a thoughtful essay. Coming up, students will create identity boxes, write and acquire poetry aimed at showing what is important to the lives of students. Focusing on the things that students value is a meaningful way to start the new year and end the first semester.

    Speaking of the end of the semester, please check in with your student to make sure that they have turned in all of their assignments and completed all of their work before the end of the semester (Tues., Jan. 31). If you have questions about assignments, please contact your student’s teachers to clarify what needs to be accomplished before January 31.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder

    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton News

    New★ No Grandfathering of Rising 8th Graders & Unclear Impact to Hamilton of Massive Budget Cuts

    At the Jan. 11 meeting of the Seattle Public Schools, grandfathering of rising 8th graders was voted down. In part, the vote was a result of the large budget deficit expected for the next fiscal year. Based on the presentation by Superintendent Nyland, the schools expect the levies to be re-authorized by the Washington State Legislature. That still leaves a $44M hole in the budget. We will share more information as we better understand the impact to Hamilton.

    Here's the presentation by the Superintendent on the proposed cuts:

    The Washington State Legislature is currently debating how to resolve the overall funding crisis of education. You can learn more about the current state of negotiations in this Seattle Times Op-Ed:

    We encourage you to make your voice heard. The Hamilton PTSA has passed motions supporting Washington's Paramount Duty. More on this lobbying group can be found here:

    Or you can email them at

    We expect updated fall 2017 enrollment numbers for Hamilton later this month.

    New★ Mumps Update

    Dear School Community,

    As you may know, many cases of mumps are showing up in King County. Please watch your students closely for signs and symptoms, including: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and/or swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. If you notice these in your student, please contact their health care provider immediately. Fortunately, students who have been vaccinated are far less likely to get mumps, and if they do, are less likely to have a severe case. Please ensure that your student has been thoroughly vaccinated. Be advised: there is a possibility that if a case occurs in our school community, students who have not been fully vaccinated may need to be excluded from school for at least 25 days for their own and the community’s safety. Thank you for your attention. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    In health,

    Anne Fote

    Your school nurse



    New★ PTSA Staff Luncheon: Please Sign Up to Contribute

    Every month, the PTSA serves or helps fund a meal/treat for the entire Hamilton staff. The second of five pot-luck lunches  is coming up in a couple of weeks on Wed., Jan. 25.  It will be an Asian buffet to celebrate Chinese New Year with Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisines. The sign-up includes a variety of ways to contribute, and feel free to use your favorite take-out spot if cooking isn’t possible.  

    Sign up here!

    (Our next staff appreciation event will be a dessert spread on Valentine’s Day.)

    Thank you so much for your contributions!

    —Chappell Barber, Staff Appreciation Coordinator


    HIMS to host Junior Thespian Festival

    Sat., Jan. 21 from 9 am–4 pm at HIMS

    Hamilton International Middle School will be hosting this year’s Washington Junior Thespian Festival. This was a last minute opportunity we could not pass up! Advanced Drama students are invited to attend the event as workshop participants to see if they would be interested in competing in future years.

    You can find more information and directions for signing up on the Washington Thespian Society’s webpage Click on Junior Thespians and Events.

    We are looking forward to this fun event!

    —Julia Leonas and Tara Sullivan


    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

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


    SPS News

    New★ Open Enrollment Period Begins Feb. 13

    Open Enrollment is the annual two-week period during which students may first apply to attend a school or program different from their assigned pathway school for the next academic year. Applications may be made by walk in, mail, and online.

    Open enrollment dates are:

    • Mon., Feb. 6, 2017: School choice forms available online

    • Mon., Feb. 13, 2017: Open enrollment begins

    • Fri., Feb. 24, 2017: Open enrollment ends

    • Mon., Apr. 17, 2017: Assignment lookup tool available online

    • Wed., May 31, 2017: School choice for 2017–18 ends

    Click here for more information on open enrollment.

    Please note: Students interested in Ingraham’s IB program must apply and will be admitted on a space available basis.


    New★ Option School Choice Fair

    Sat., Jan. 28 from 10 am–2 pm at Cleveland STEM High School (5511 15th Ave. S)

    The Seattle Public Schools Admissions Office will host the second annual Option School Choice Fair. Representatives from all option schools and Advanced Learning, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Enrollment Planning, many other SPS departments will be present to answer your questions!

    This event will offer perspective on the SPS school choice process, unique offerings at each option school, new schools opening, school boundary changes, and other key information to help you choose the right school for your student.

    • Bring your documents to enroll your students

    • Discover alternative learning experience options

    • Learn about school boundary changes and new schools

    • Enjoy refreshments

    • Meet other families and students

    To attend an option school, a student must apply during Open Enrollment, Feb. 13–Feb. 24. School choice forms will be available beginning Feb. 6.

    SPS Option High Schools:


    Family Workshops on IEPs and Evaluations

    SPS is partnering with Open Doors for Multicultural Families for a workshop series for families and staff on IEPs and Evaluations. The second of the two workshops will take place on Jan. 18.

    Understanding School Evaluations  

    Wed., Jan, 18 from 6–8 pm

    Location: South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118

    Speaker: Rose Spidell, Ombudsperson from the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds

    Workshops include:

    • Free supervised children’s activities

    • Free food and refreshments

    • Free language support

    School Messenger Changes

    A change has been made to the Parent/Guardian contact data that is sent to School Messenger every evening. Previously only contacts who were checked as Parent/Guardian and who were specific contact types (mother, father, grandmother, etc.) were sent to School Messenger.

    Now all contacts checked as Parent/Guardian are being sent with the following requirements:

    • Same as Student’s Address is checked

    • Or Emergency is checked

    • Or Lives With is checked

    • Or Copy of Correspondence is checked

    Also, contacts marked as Parent/Guardian must have a phone number and/or e-mail address.


    Updated★ Upcoming High School Open Houses


    • Tour: Wed., Feb. 8 at 9 am in the Commons

    • Choice Night: Thurs., Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm in the Commons; presentation begins in the gym at 7 pm

    • Tour: Thurs., Feb. 16 at 9 am in the Commons

    Center School

    • Thurs., Jan. 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street, on the Seattle Center campus.


    Stay abreast of Garfield events on Facebook, Twitter, and the GHS PTSA homepage.

    • Tour: Thurs., Jan. 19 from 9:45–10:40 am n the Garfield Quincy Jones Auditorium

    • Parent Night: Thurs., Jan. 19 at 6 pm


    • Open House for incoming students: Thurs., Feb. 2 at 7 pm in the library

    • Day Time Tour: Weds., Feb. 8 from 9–10:45 am (tour begins in the school library; parents must accompany students)

    • IB Information Night: Weds., Feb. 8 at 7 pm in the library

    Nathan Hale

    Thurs., Feb. 2 6–8:30 pm

    • Information Tables and Tours: 6–7 pm in the Commons

    • Presentation & Questions: 7–8:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center


    • Open House: Thurs., Jan. 26 from 6–8 pm


    • Open House:  Thurs., Feb. 2 at 7 pm.

    Parents who are starting to think about the high school transition will find tips and ideas about how to prepare their student(s) at this website:


    Education Funding Crisis

    The Seattle Public Schools district is facing an estimated $74 million shortfall for school year 2017–18. This shortfall is 10% of the budget and will impact the entire district including central office supports (maintenance, programs, and services), teaching and learning, educators, school leaders, and support staff. The District anticipates being forced to lay off approximately 440 staff positions for next school year, and the process for those "Reductions In Force" will start in March/April of 2017. This crisis is the result of two legislative inactions:

    1. The state has failed to fully fund basic education, as mandated by the Washington State Supreme Court in the McCleary decision, based on the Paramount Duty clause in the state constitution. Click here to learn more about McCleary, the Paramount Duty clause in Washington’s constitution, and how Washington has underfunded public education for decades.

    2. The state has failed to reauthorize our district to use all of the voter-approved levy funds. For Seattle, these levies provide a much greater percentage of school funding than in many school districts. Unfortunately, the state legislature has not re-authorized the bill allowing levies and, since Seattle Public Schools must maintain a balanced budget, the district is planning for cuts.

    Please Call Your Elected Officials

    Every person in our community is encouraged to make calls and send emails to your elected officials asking them to take steps to extend the “Levy Cliff” through the end of 2018 and commit to full funding of staff compensation for the 2017–2018 school year. These steps are imperative so that districts across the state won’t be forced to lay off teachers this spring.

    Three action steps you can take immediately:

    1. Contact the three Seattle Public Schools Board Members in charge of government relations: Directors Betty Patu, Sue Peters, and Leslie Harris. Ask them to continue talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who has told the Hamilton PTSA that he is very interested in assisting financially to ensure continuity until the Legislature has re-approved the levies.

    2. Call or email Governor Inslee and ask him to fully fund public schools so they don’t lay off teachers this spring: 360-902-4111 and/or

    3. Email or call your legislators to act by March 2017 to extend the "levy cliff" and fully fund education. Look up your legislators here: Find their contact information here:

    Follow the Conversation with Washington's Paramount Duty

    Last year the Hamilton PTSA signed a petition by the advocacy group, Washington's Paramount Duty, to fully fund education in Washington State. You can join Washington's Paramount Duty Facebook group to join the discussion on how we can advocate for full funding for public schools:

    You can also sign up for email alerts here:

    Organize Parents for Focus Day (Mon., Jan. 16, Olympia WA

    Would you volunteer to organize in support of fully funding education? The Washington State PTSA wants you to help organize and attend Focus Day to rally with parents, teachers and community members:

    If you are willing to help, email legislative liaison Sam Bell


    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

    The 2016–17 meeting schedule for the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee is listed below. All meetings are on Tuesdays and run from 6:30 until 8 pm.

    Meeting Schedule

    • Feb. 7, Washington Middle School Library

    • March 7, Cascadia (Lincoln) Library

    • April 4, Garfield High School Library

    • May 2, Hamilton International Middle School Library

    • June 6, Madison Middle School Library

    Parent Representative Open Positions

    There are currently several vacant positions on the committee. Parents seeking to fill these positions must be the parent of a highly capable student who attends the school you wish to represent. The requirements of the parent reps are to attend the monthly meetings of the committee (listed above). Click here to read more. If you are interested in filling the open position for HIMS, please complete the nomination form and return it to the committee chair Jeanne Thompson.

    Click here to view the nomination form.


    Music & Art

    Fomahi News

    Upcoming events:

    • Jan. 12: Night of the Arts at Hamilton TONIGHT!

    • Jan. 27: Vocal Jazz will participate in the Bellevue College Jazz Fest

    • Feb. 3: Senior Jazz will participate in the Bellevue College Jazz Festival

    • Feb. 9: The 8th Annual Music-a-thon fundraiser

    Join us at 6:30 TONIGHT: Night of the Arts

    Doors open at 6 pm tonight for Night of the Arts at Hamilton. Come for an art walk with jazz music. Performances begin at 6:30 pm with drama, international arts, and music performances by students.

    Orchestra: Camp Burton Payments by Fri., Jan. 20

    Camp Burton registration packets were sent home with Junior and Senior Orchestra students recently. Trip payment is due online by Jan. 20. Packets are due to Ms. Armaly by January 20. Go to for more information or to make your payment.

    Solo and Ensemble Registration Deadline is Feb. 3

    The 2017 Solo and Ensemble will be held Sat., March 11 from 9–4 pm at HIMS. This annual event gives students a chance to practice and perform a piece in front of a friendly adjudicator who will provide feedback on all areas of their performance. Students may perform solo or as part of a group. Complete information including FAQ and registration information can be found at Registration deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.

    Get ready for our annual fundraiser: Music-A-Thon!

    The 8th Annual Music-A-Thon is coming on Thurs., Feb. 9! Our talented music students will be playing throughout the day, ending with a Young Musician’s Concert in the evening. Money raised during the event will help pay for instruments, sheet music, festival fees, teachers grants and workshops, and student scholarships for music trips. Students will be bringing home a pledge packet with more information soon. Students who turn in their Music-A-Thon Donation & Participation form with a parent or guardian signature by 4 pm Feb. 9 are eligible for a special FOMAHI prize drawing. (Donations are not required to enter the drawing.) The class with the highest percentage of participating students will win a class pizza party!

    Help FOMAHI When You Shop at

    AmazonSmile is a simple way to make a big difference to the Hamilton music program when you shop at! Just go to and enter FOMAHI in the search box. After that, simply start your shopping at Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to FOMAHI automatically. Thank you!

    Join the Board! Get Trained Now for 2017–18 Treasurer Role

    Hamilton Music Parents: Interested in being a treasurer in training? Our current board treasurer, Eileen Carroll, is looking for a music parent to succeed her as treasurer next fall.  It would be great to have her successor learn the position this year for an easier transition.  If you’re interested, please email Eileen at or Christian at  


    HOST After-School Programs

    2017 Winter HOST registration is almost here!

    Winter HOST offerings are now posted! Registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Our winter HOST session runs from Mon., Jan. 23–Thurs., March 30. Scholarships are available. Please contact the HIMS YMCA office for more details.

    Click here for winter HOST program offerings and class descriptions!

    Click here to register for winter HOST.

    Please contact the YMCA office for any and all HOST related questions!

    YMCA Director of Education & Leadership

    Liz Abbott (Chase)




    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 14,10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 12 pm at Madison (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein #2)

    • Feb. 4, 10:30 am at Madison (vs. Eckstein #2)

    • Feb. 11, 10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 11:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 11:30 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Boy’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 14,10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 11:30 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Denny)

    • Jan. 28, 12:00 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 10:00 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 11:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 8:30 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Girl’s Varsity Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 14,1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 1:00 pm at Chief Sealth (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 11:30 am at Denny (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 3:00 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 11:30 am at Ingraham (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 10:00 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 14,1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 11:30 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 3:00 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 11:30 am at Ingraham (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 10:00 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)


    Parenting Corner

    Thank you to HIMS School psychologist, Judith Ferguson, for providing us with periodic parenting resources! Look here for articles on topics pertinent to parents of middle school students.

    Middle School: The New High School for Moms

    Are you finding middle school stressful? You’re not alone! Research shows that parenting a middle schooler is more stressful than parenting an infant. This article discusses the rapid changes (social, emotional, and physical) that make middle schoolers confounding to parents, while giving practical advice and resources for maintaining a solid connection when kids need it most. Read more→

    Kids’ Allowance: You’re Doing Allowance Wrong

    We all know how important it is to teach our kids the money-management skills that will help them to grow into responsible, independent adults. This article discusses how an allowance can help us teach our kids about healthy saving, spending, and giving, whatever our family budget is. Read more→



    New★ Benefit Screening of Hidden Figures

    Mon., Jan. 16, 10 am–1:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11 (600 Pine St. #400)

    Join us at a private screening of Hidden Figures, the incredible new film based on the true, untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA and helped to put John Glenn into space.

    The audience will include young girls in Techbridge's STEM programs, as well as inspiring women leaders and mentors from a variety of Seattle-based STEM companies and organizations. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion and an opportunity to meet these emerging young scientists and engineers.

    This event will benefit Techbridge, a non-profit that provides STEM programs for underserved girls and their families in public schools

    Sign up to attend at:

    New★ Camp Sparkle

    Four, free, week-long day camps, 9:30 am–4:00 pm, for kids ages 6–12 (participants must have completed kindergarten) who have a loved one with cancer, who have cancer themselves, or who have lost someone to cancer.

    2017 camp locations and dates:

    • Seattle: June 26–30

    • Tacoma: July 10–14

    • Everett: July 24–28

    • Bellevue: August 7–11

    Click here to 4 camp flyer 2017.pdfview the Camp Sparkle flyer.


    New★ Moonjar Discounts for HIMS Families

    Seattle company, Moonjar, makes tools to help parents talk to kids about money and to help kids set financial habits that will last a lifetime. HIMS PTSA members can receive a 10% discount on all Moonjar products by using the coupon code HIMSPTSA when ordering on the Moonjar website.


    Rally to Fully Fund Public Schools

    Mon., Jan. 16 at 10 am on the Capitol steps in Olympia

    Join Washington's Paramount Duty, the NAACP, and the Washington Education Association to rally for full funding of public schools.

    On Jan. 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) Washington's Paramount Duty (WPD), NAACP, and WEA are co-sponsoring a rally to demand that our state fully fund public education now. Add your voice to thousands of others demanding full and equitable funding of public education! WPD envisions a future where every child has equitable access to an amply funded education. Fully and equitably funding public schools is a civil rights issue! For more information, contact Summer Stinson at


    2017 General & Special Education Conference: Brain-Based Science, Learning, & Achievement, Pre-K through 12th Grade

    March 8–10, 2017 at the Washington State Convention Center (705 Pike St.)

    Twenty-four, full-day courses will be offered on a variety of topics by some of the giants in educational research. Courses are designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, therapists, professional support staff, and administrators.  Parents are also encouraged to attend.

    Click here to read more.



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