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    January 26, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    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)

    2/9 (Thursday)

    • Music-a-thon (all day on the stage and in the Commons and conference room)

    • Young Musician’s Concert (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    2/13 (Monday)

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

    2/24 (Friday)

    • Open enrollment ends


    PTSA News

    PTSA Winter Membership Meeting: Thurs., Jan. 26


    Does your child struggle with impulse control, organization or emotional control? You’re not alone! Come find out how you can help your child with these and other executive functions.

    All Hamilton parents and community members are invited to join us for this second PTSA Membership meeting of the school year! At the meeting, we’ll be joined by Megan Reimann, coach and learning specialist at the Hallowell Todaro Center. Megan will speak on executive function development, the learning brain and executive functions, and will delve into the rationale behind E.F. strategies, 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.

    Before the speaker, the PTSA will conduct some important business items, such as:

    • Budget and Fall Fund Drive Update

    • Approving Expenditures w/Membership Vote

    • Updating Standing Rules w/Membership vote

    (Only registered PTSA Members will be able to vote. Register online at

    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 for childcare:


    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:


    Hamilton News

    New★ Hamilton 7th Graders Qualify for First Lego League Western WA State Championship

    Team Robohawks.jpg

    Seven HIMS 7th graders qualified for the First Lego League (FLL) Western WA State Championship. Congratulations team Robohawks!

    Following the 2016 FLL Animal Allies® Project theme, the Robohawks worked to come up with a solution to protect gray wolves in Washington from being killed. They also designed, built, and programed a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to compete autonomously on a table-top playing field. The team then competed their robot and presented their solutions at two rounds of regional and semifinal of competitions. The team had a ton of fun while practicing the FLL’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.

    Come cheer on the Robohawks on Sat., Feb. 4 at the Kent Showare and learn more about what Lego Robotics is about.


    Reminder to Keep Sick Kids Home

    It’s flu season! Students need to stay home when sick with fevers and aches and pains both to slow the spread of illness to other students and to recover faster.

    Read more about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control.

    Also read these guidelines about when to stay at home.When To Stay Home.pdf

    Thank You!!!

    Anne Fote

    Your school nurse



    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



    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.


    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★ High School and Education Funding Panel Discussion

    Thurs., Feb. 2 from 7–9 pm at the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Auditorium
    Sponsored by the Ballard High School PTSA

    Want to know more about Ed Funding, the SPS District budget shortfall, and the McCleary decision? Curious about the new 24-credit graduation requirements, the longer day, Lincoln HS/boundaries, and Career & Technical Education requirements? Have other questions?

    Attend our panel discussion and ask your questions. Find out how to advocate and navigate the upcoming high school years.

    Panel Participants:

    • Rick Burke, School Board Director, SPS

    • JoLynn Berge, Asst. Superintendent for Business & Finance, SPS

    • Dan Gallagher, Director of Career and College Readiness, SPS

    • Eden Mack, Legislative Chair, Seattle Council PTA

    • Jerry Bender, Director of Government Relations, Association of WA School Principals

    • Keven Wynkoop, Principal, Ballard High School


    Heidi Bennett, Past Legislative VP Seattle Council PTA, Past WA State PTA Regional Legislative Chair

    You can also post questions in advance at Friends of Ballard HS Facebook page, or email


    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.


    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:


    Updated★ Upcoming High School Open Houses


    • 8th Grade Tours

    Wed., Feb. 8

    8 am–8:45 am (meet in the auditorium)

    8:45 am–9:30 am (meet in the auditorium)

    9:30 am (Q&A)

    • 8th Grade Choice Night

    Thurs., Feb. 9

    6:30 pm (tables to visit in Commons)

    7 pm (presentation begins in gym)

    • 8th Grade Tours

    Thurs., Feb. 16

    8 am–8:45 am (meet in the auditorium)

    8:45 am–9:30 am (meet in the auditorium)

    9:30 am (Q&A)

    Center School

    Open House Thurs, Feb. 9 from 6  to 7:30 pm in the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street, on the Seattle Center campus.

    The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated high school available to students from any neighborhood. While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student. Our excellent science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science. Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art. We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film making and photography. The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program. Our students excel in an award-winning Model UN program. The Center School is truly a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

    We are a perfect choice for students who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor. The Center School provides a high school experience out of the mainstream as well as providing the structure and support needed for success.  Because all Center students are on our college prep track, they are surrounded by other students who take school seriously and desire to learn. And our small size, (300), contributes to a strong sense of community and acceptance of differences.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here!


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

    • New Tour Added: Thurs., Feb. 16 from 9:45–10:40 am in the Quincy Jones Auditorium.


    • 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 from 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

    Topics: Courses offered, structure of 9th and 10th grades, school culture and philosophy, school communication, and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale community. Spanish language tour and presentation will be available.


    • 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:


    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:

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

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

    • Tues., Feb. 7: FOMAHI Monthly board meeting in the library.
    • Thurs., Feb. 9: The 8th Annual Music-a-thon fundraiser.

    Calling all performers! Don’t miss out! Sign up NOW for Solo & Ensemble

    This is it! Tuesday is the last day to sign up for our annual Solo & Ensemble event. Hamilton will once again be hosting this district-wide event, which attracts students from schools throughout the city. We want a strong Hamilton student showing this year, so please join us! Sign up today to perform for our adjudicators as a soloist or in a small ensemble (you and a couple of friends). This is a terrific way to get professional feedback on your performance skills. To learn more and to sign up, go to:

    Music-a-thon packets went home this week. Be sure to check backpacks!

    Pledge packets for our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser went home with students this week. Please check your student’s backpack if you didn’t receive it. Packets are due back by 4 pm Thurs., Feb. 9.

    • Every student who returns a signed form will be eligible for a prize (no donation necessary). Be sure your student’s name is on the form!

    • The music class that returns the most signed forms wins a pizza party!

    Music-a-thon is an 11+ hour marathon of music provided by Hamilton students. It ends with a Young Musician’s Concert in the evening. Music-a-thon donations help us fund instrument and sheet music; provide financial assistance to students for festival trips and lessons; and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. All proceeds are for the students involved in our award-winning music program this school year. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 to support this year’s music students. For more info, go to

    Get involved: We need a treasurer for the 2017–18 School Year

    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.  Interested?  If so, please email Eileen at or Christian at  

    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!


    HOST After-School Programs

    Volunteer Needed for Hawks Lego Robotics Team

    The Robohawks would love to see Hamilton have its own school team and is willing to mentor a rookie team at HIMS. In order to make this happen,  Hamilton Lego Robotics needs a volunteer! Volunteers with interest/experience in STEM would be ideal, but no experience is required as training is available through Washington First. If you are interested please contact:

    Liz Abbott (Chase)

    Office: 206-252-5831

    Cell: 541-728-3424



    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • 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. 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. 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. 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.

    New★ Draw Out Your Middle Schooler

    “How was your day?” Ever wonder if there’s a way to get more than “fine” from your middle schooler? This article from Edutopia lists 15 alternative questions to draw out your child. (Thank you 6th grade counselor, Kelli Colleran for this submission.) Read more→

    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★ Youth Baseball Clinic

    Sat., Feb. 4 from 9 to 12 pm at Ingraham High School gym and fields.

    Youth baseball players between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to a preseason baseball clinic that will focus on baseball skills typically evaluated at Little League and Pony baseball try-outs. Small group instruction guaranteed! Cost is $40 per player. Click here to view the flyer.


    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 view the Camp Sparkle flyer.


    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.


    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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