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    February 2, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    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)

    2/15 (Wednesday)

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

    2/20 (Monday)

    • President’s Day (no school)

    2/21–2/24 (Tuesday–Friday)

    • Midwinter Break (no school)

    2/24 (Friday)

    • Open enrollment ends


    PTSA News

    New★ PTSA Winter Membership Meeting Recap

    Thanks to all who joined us last week at our PTSA Winter Membership Meeting. At the meeting, we shared that generous donations by Hamilton families (as well as corporations that generously provided matching funds) put this year’s Fall Fund Drive over the top. We exceeded our budgeted expectation by a significant margin—about $30,000! So, with that wonderful news, a motion was made to enable the PTSA board to add those funds to this year’s budget, helping us further our support of our students, teachers, and community. Along with Principal Blish, we have already begun to explore how we can use that money. We welcome your input in that process! Please email us to share your ideas or to be involved in the process. Send your emails to PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at


    Hamilton News

    New★ Stand Up with Support for All Kids—THIS FRIDAY (2/3)!


    In light of the recent atmosphere of fear and uncertainty for our immigrant families, several Hamilton families are organizing a group to show support for them and all our fellow families and students this Friday morning before school. They welcome all who would like to come out and show support!

    To show your support, please come Friday morning with signs of welcome and support in as many languages as possible, as well as to offer information about immigrant rights. Signs should be welcoming and inclusive, while avoiding explicit political language. For more information, visit this event page created for all schools participating:

    Hamilton 7th Graders Qualify for First Lego League Western WA State ChampionshipTeam 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.

    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★ Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

    Community Meetings and PTSA Survey

    Planning for the new middle school is underway! Family and student input and support are encouraged and appreciated as we work to set up the new PTSA and establish programs such as sports and music.

    Future Eagle Staff families: please complete the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA survey and join us at brief meetings immediately after the community meetings so we can ensure we're ready for the new school year. 

    • Community meetings hosted by Planning Principal Marni Campbell are scheduled for Feb. 16, March 7, March 21, April 6, and April 25 (all at 6 pm at the John Marshall building, 520 NE Ravenna). Short PTSA meetings will immediately follow the community meetings at about 7:30 pm.

    Questions? Contact


    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 education 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.


    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 filmmaking 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 Garfield Quincy Jones Auditorium



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

    • 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 TONIGHT!

    • 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., Feb. 2 at 7 pm. TONIGHT!

    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 vieHCS AC Nomination Form_2016_17.pdfw the nomination form.


    Music & Art

    Fomahi News

    Upcoming events:


    • 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.

    • Fri., Feb. 17: All Northwest Conference (Chamber Orchestra)

    • Sat., Feb. 18: NW NAfME Choral Performances

    ORCHESTRA students: Sign up NOW for Solo & Ensemble

    This is it! Fri.,  Feb. 3 is the absolute 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. Lots of slots are still available. This is an excellent opportunity to get personalized feedback on your performance skills. 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.

    The Music-a-thon pledge drive is on!

    Pledge packets for our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser went home with students this week. funds raised this year will help current year Please check their backpacks if you didn’t receive them. Packets are due back by 4 p.m. Thursday, February 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

    CALLING ALL CHAPERONES for the 2017 Silverwood Trip!

    Senior Band, Senior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra will participate in the Music in the Parks competition May 12–14, 2017. This trip combines a student music competition and playing at the Silverwood theme park in Idaho. Needless to say, it’s a blast! If you have a student with food allergies, please join us to ensure student safety. Please contact me if you’d like to join us or have questions! We need eight more chaperones for this trip, ASAP!

    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



    New★ Needed: Girl’s JV Soccer Coach

    Hamilton is looking for a Girls’ JV Coach. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving a stipend, please contact Ms. Durán immediately at 206-252-5852. The soccer season runs March through May.


    New★ Ultimate Frisbee Registration Open Now!

    Hamilton has a strong ultimate program. Last fall, all six HIMS teams made the semi finals in their divisions. The 6th grade division saw Hamilton Blue playing Hamilton Yellow in the finals! Spring league registration has started and will run through Frid., Feb 17. Go to for information and registration.

    We hope to field six teams again this fall, but coaches are always in short supply. If you're interested in coaching, or have any questions about the program, please contact us by email at


    JV Basketball Schedule

    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    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★ Adolescent Sleep Challenges

    Thurs., Feb. 7 from 7–8:30 in Demaray Hall on the SPU campus

    Please join us for a talk by Maida Chen, MD on adolescent sleep challenges (and opportunities) across the developmental spectrum. The event is free and open to the public. There is free parking available on campus. Click here to view the flyer.


    New★ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Fri., Feb. 10 at 7 pm and Sat., Feb. 11 at 2pm and 7pm in the Lincoln auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave.)

    Come enjoy a sweet adventure with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed by Green Lake Elementary School students. Tickets at the door. Suggested donation $10 per person. You've got your Golden Ticket! Don't miss out on a world of pure imagination! For more information visit:


    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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