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    February 9, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    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

    PTSA Winter Membership Meeting Recap

    Thanks to all who joined us on January 26 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 join us at our February PTSA Board Meeting on Wed., Feb. 15 from 6:30–8 pm in the Hamilton Library. We will be discussing how and where we can use these additional funds. Please email PTSA president Lisa Rivera Smith to share your ideas:


    Hamilton News

    Show Your Appreciation: Valentine's Staff Luncheon

    Please help show your love for our Hamilton staff this Valentine’s Day. Sign up here to contribute to the decadent dessert buffet happening in the staff room next Tues., Feb. 14. Many thanks!

    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

    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

    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.

    Upcoming High School Open Houses


    • 8th Grade Choice Night Tonight!

    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)


    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.

    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:

    • 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:

    • TODAY (2/9): 8th Annual Music-a-thon fundraiser (all day)

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

    • Feb. 23: Vocal Jazz trip to Lionel Hampton (Overnight)

    Today (Feb 9)! All Day: Music-a-thon

    Our students will be participating in the Music-a-thon throughout the day, culminating in a concert this evening. All Music-a-thon packets are due by 4 p.m. TODAY! Funds raised today will help current year students. All students who return a signed form will be eligible for a prize drawing. (No pledges necessary.) The class with the best return rate wins a pizza party! Thank you for your support.

    Chaperones Needed 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!

    Critical Need: 2017–18 Treasurer to Join FOMAHI Board

    We need someone with a knack for math to get trained now to manage the FOMAHI books starting in the fall. Our current Treasurer would like to start the training process now to ensure a smooth transition. This is a great opportunity to make a HUGE difference in our music program! If interested, please contact or Christian at  

    Shop on Consider FOMAHI as Your Beneficiary

    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



    Correction★ Needed: Boys JV Soccer Coach

    Hamilton is looking for a Boys 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.

    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 Fri., 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. 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. 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. 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. 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→



    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:

    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.

    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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