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    March 9, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    3/9 (Thursday)

    • Boys soccer tryouts

    • Spring Choir Concert (7 pm in the HIMS Commons)

    3/10 (Friday)

    • Volleyball forms due

    3/11 (Saturday)

    • Solo & Ensemble (all day at HIMS)

    • Immigrant Rights Presentation (9 am–12 pm at BF Day Elementary)

    3/13 (Monday)

    • Spirit Week: PJ Day

    • World Languages Information Night (6:30–7:30 pm at JSCEE)
    • Identifying and Nurturing 2e Strengths (7 pm in the Lincoln library)

    3/14 (Tuesday)

    • Spirit Week: Twin Day

    • Vollyball tryouts begin

    • Pi(e) Night (6:30–8:30 pm)

    • FOMAHI Board meeting (7–9 pm in the the library)

    3/15 (Wednesday)

    • Spirit Week: Any Hawk Day

    • Ingraham’s Helping Hand for Rising 9th Graders (7 pm in the Ingraham library)

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

    3/16 (Thursday)

    • Spirit Week: Throw Back Thursday

    • Orchestra Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    • Track season starts

    3/17 (Friday)

    • Spirit Week: St. Patrick’s Day (wear green)

    • St. Patrick’s Day Dance (3:30–4:30 in the HIMS gym)

    • HOST offerings available to view (5 pm)

    3/21 (Tuesday)

    • Robert Eagle Staff Community Meeting (6 pm in the John Marshall Bldg.)

    • HOST registration open (6:30 pm)

    • PTSA Spring Membership Meeting (7-9 pm in the Commons)

    3/22 (Wednesday)

    • Two-hour early dismissal (1:15 pm)

    • Parent Ed Night (6:30–8 pm in the library)

    3/23 (Thursday)

    • Band Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    4/4 (Tuesday)

    • Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Mtg. (6:30–8 pm in the Garfield HS library)

    4/5 (Wednesday)

    • The Outsiders (7 pm in the HIMS Commons)

    4/10–4/14 (Monday–Friday)

    • Spring break (no school)


    PTSA News

    UPDATE★ PTSA Spring Membership Meeting to discuss and vote on possible funding of staff for next school year [rescheduling Superintendent Nyland visit]

    Tues., March 21 from 7-9pm in the Commons

    Dr. Nyland asked to reschedule his visit with the Hamilton PTSA for a question and answer session with parents and will now not be part of our Spring Membership meeting. Once we have rescheduled his visit, we will publicize.

    That being said, we still have very important business to cover at the Spring Meeting, and encourage all Hamilton parents and stakeholders to attend.
    At hand is a request from Principal Blish and the Hamilton Building Leadership Team (BLT), who are busy working on the 2017-18 Hamilton budget. They are asking if the Hamilton PTSA could commit, this month, to partially funding key staff positions for next school year (2017-18). This funding need has arisen from both the opening of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (less student at Hamilton equals less funding from the district), and the Seattle School’s work to close a budget deficit of $74 million.
    The positions needing additional support are:
    To have a nurse at Hamilton an extra day per week: $21k Counselor for an extra day per week: $23k Our psychologist for an extra day per week: $22k Continued support for a tech helper 2 days per week: $12k
    The PTSA Board will meet beforehand, on Wednesday, March 15 (open to the public), to receive an update on the school's latest funding outlook from Principal Blish, gauge if and how the PTSA can contribute, and decide what specific needs we will present to the Membership at the Spring meeting. A decision to fund these positions can not be made without a vote of the Membership, which will be taken up at the March 21 Membership Meeting.

    Community input and comments are welcome. Please send your questions or comments to PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith, at


    HIMS Annual Pi(e) Night is fast approaching!

    Tues., March 14 from 6:30–8:30 pm

    Bring your favorite pie to share for our delicious Pie Buffet and stay for the famous Pie Baking Contest, Pi Recitation Contest, and the multiple rounds of the thrilling Pie Eating Contest.

    • Pie Buffet: Bring your favorite pre-sliced pie to share (dessert pie, pizza pie, homemade, or store bought).

    • Pie Baking Contest: Any member of the HIMS community (student, staff, family member, etc.) can enter a pie in the contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best fruit pie, best cream pie, best crust, most original, and best presentation.

    • Pie Eating Contest: Interested students will have a chance to submit their name during their lunch periods during the week of March 6–10. Final participants will be posted on Mon., March 13th.

    • Pi Recitation Contest: Students will get to demonstrate reciting the many, many digits of Pi in front of members of the HIMS Math Teaching Team. How many do you know? Prizes will be awarded!

    We need volunteers to make Pi(e) Night Happen so please sign up to make this night a success!  Please sign up to volunteer for this HIMS tradition.

    Please direct questions to Tracey Crouch ( and Amanda Myerson (

    HIMS PTSA 2016 Fall Fund Drive Tax Receipts On Their Way

    In January the PTSA mailed tax receipts for all check donations received during the 2016 calendar year.  If you donated online via Network for Good you received a tax receipt at the time of donation. (The subject line on that email would have been "Thank you for your contribution to Hamilton International School PTSA.")

    If you have not received yours, or if you have any questions, get in touch with Lucie Campbell, HIMS PTSA Fundraising Chair at

    Including anticipated corporate matches and recurring monthly donations, we are currently at $132,000. What an incredible response from our HIMS community!

    Thank you for your support!


    Parent Ed Night: Anxiety and the Adolescent Brain

    Wed., March 22, 6:30–8 pm in the HIMS Library

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    Join us for this parent education night, sponsored by the Hamilton Counseling Department and the Hamilton PTSA.

    Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, increasing numbers of young people are experiencing longer–term anxiety that can affect daily activities such as school work and relationships. Sharing insights with us will be SPS Behavioral Health Specialist, David Lewis. This informative discussion will include prevention strategies, as well as coping strategies, to help you help your student navigate the challenging world of adolescent anxiety.

    This is a parents only event: no children please. For more information, contact Hamilton Counselor Kelli Colleran at

    This article about adolescents and anxiety can provide some helpful context and ideas prior to the presentation.


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ Advanced Drama Presents, The Outsiders

    Wed., April 5 at 7 pm in the HIMS Commons

    For the 50th anniversary of the S.E. Hinton novel, “The Outsiders,” Hamilton Advanced Drama presents the play version of The Outsiders by Christopher Sergel. The run time is approximately 1 hour, 45 min., including a 15 min. intermission. We are looking for 3–4 parent volunteers to help run concessions before the show and during intermission. Proceeds from concessions will support HIMS Drama and local programs for combating teen substance abuse. If interested, please email Julia Leonas, Drama Teacher, at

    Thank you for your support!

    Advanced Drama Students at HIMS


    NEW★ Welcome New 7th Grade Counselor, Tina Camero

    Tina Camero joins the Hamilton International staff as the new 7th grade counselor.  Tina was a school counselor at Cleveland and Nathan Hale High Schools in the Seattle school district.  Prior to moving to Seattle, she was a school counselor in Brooklyn, New York in a bilingual middle school and a small academy high school. Tina is excited about the change in age group and the opportunity to guide and support middle school students on their pathway to high school and beyond.


    NEW★ Next Week is Spirit Week

    Mon., Mar. 13 – Fri., Mar. 17

    Next week the ASB has scheduled a spirit week:

    • Monday is PJ day

    • Tuesday is Twin day

    • Wednesday is Any Hawk day

    • Thursday is Throw Back Thursday

    • Friday is St. Patrick’s Day (wear green)


    NEW★ St. Patrick’s Day Dance

    Fri., March 17, 3:30–4:30 in the HIMS gym

    Dance tickets will go on sale on Wednesday and will be available Thursday and Friday as well. Tickets are $2.


    NEW★ Hamilton Forecasted to Have 946 Students in 2017–2018

    In the latest budget book, Hamilton is forecasted to have 946 students next fall. The school capacity is 985. We don't have numbers yet for the following years. Goodbye, portables!


    NEW★ Food Drive: Bring Your Contributions

    Mon., Mar 13–Tues., Mar. 21

    Be part of a service learning project in our neighborhood by bringing non-perishable food for University Food Bank this week until Tues., Mar. 21. There are working families who don’t know where their next meal is coming from and depend on University Food Bank to help them feed their families. A box will be available in homeroom classes for your donations.

    Drivers: Please Slow Down at Dropoff and Pickup!

    Please remember that our school neighborhood is a busy place at pickup and dropoff. We have a lot of foot and car traffic that make this a challenging and potentially unsafe environment for our students and neighbors. Help keep everyone safe by driving slowly (even less than the 20 mph school zone speed limit is recommended) and watching for traffic from all directions. The left turn from 41st onto Woodlawn is an area of particular concern. Thanks for your help in keeping our school safe for everyone!


    Immigrant Rights Presentation

    Sat., Mar. 11, from 9 am–12 pm at BF Day Elementary (3921 Linden Ave. N)

    Are you concerned about how the Trump administration’s enforcement of laws about undocumented immigrants, and possible changes to those laws, will affect your family and friends?

    Our school, in partnership with others in north Seattle, is organizing a “Know Your Rights” meeting on Sat., Mar. 11. Join fellow parents to get the latest updates from immigration law experts, and learn how to be prepared.

    The meeting will be conducted in Spanish with English translators available. On-site childcare will be available.


    • Current laws for obtaining “green card” and citizen status

    • Enforcement procedures (detainment, deportation)

    • What is changing or is likely to change?

    • School policies to protect family information

    • Knowing Your Rights

    • Creating a Family Safety Plan

    Volunteers needed: if you would like to help with this event, please contact


    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★ Ingraham’s Helping Hand for Rising 9th Graders

    Wed., Mar. 15, 7 pm in the Ingraham library (1819 N 135th St.)

    Parents and guardians of rising ninth-graders: Are you considering Ingraham High School? Please come to Ingraham’s Helping Hand, a Friends of Ingraham general meeting March 15, and meet your future community. Hear from ninth-grade faculty how Ingraham commits to success for all ninth-grade students, an effort that has made the pages of US News. Refreshments will be served.

    Click here to read the flyer.


    NEW★ Identifying & Nurturing Your 2e Child’s Strengths

    Mon., Mar. 13 at 7 pm in the Lincoln HS library

    At our next 2e meeting, Kristi Helgeson—parent of two 2e students, life coach, former Dyslexic Advantage board member, CEO of Dyslexiaville and Co-Producer of The Super d! Show—will give a talk entitled “Flipside Strengths: Identifying & Nurturing Your 2e Child's Strengths.” At this meeting, we will focus on the positive and how to leverage students’ learning differences to celebrate their strengths. Ms. Helgeson will discuss her personal and professional efforts to highlight the great advantages of students who learn differently. This will be a time to share ideas about how we can nurture and celebrate our students at school and at home.

    Laurie Clark Klavins and Kathleen Allen

    2e Seattle Parent Support Group leaders,


    NEW★ World Languages in Seattle Public Schools Information Night

    Mon., Mar. 13, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm (JSCEE 3rd Ave. S., Rm. 2700

    The theme of National World Languages Week (March 5-11, 2017) is Find the Missing Piece: Learn a Language.

    Join us for this information session for families, students, community members, and educators about World Language offerings in Seattle,World Language Credit Testing, Seal of Biliteracy, Dual Language Immersion, and more. Download the Flyer in English (More languages coming soon.)

    Please contact Michele Aoki ( if you have questions.


    Help Select books for the New Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Library!

    Students moving to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in the Fall have a unique opportunity to help choose books that will become a part of our library’s collection. If you have recommendations for books, or topics of interest, please take a moment to use the form below submit your suggestions.

    Eagle Staff Middle School Library Survey (

    For questions or comments, please contact your librarian, Rebecca Wynkoop, or on Twitter @EagleStaffLib.


    Middle School Math Instructional Materials Committee

    Applications due Mar. 10

    Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process for evaluating instructional materials for grade 6–8 mathematics. An adoption committee will be formed, and its work will begin in late March 2017 with an anticipated goal of new textual materials in use in the 2018–19 school year. The goal is for the adoption committee to include staff and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the instructional materials provided for review.

    Committee members should bring an open mind, a passion about student learning in mathematics, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the adoption process. Applications to be on the adoption committee are due March 10, 2017. To learn more about the grade 6–8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee, or obtain an application for committee membership, please visit the adoption web page.


    Help Needed to Extend the Seattle Levies
    and Fill $30M of the Current Budget Shortfall

    The Senate has not scheduled a vote on HB 1059, otherwise known as the “levy cliff” bill. This interactive map shows how much each school district stands to lose in the 2017–2018 school year if the levy cliff is not extended. This includes over $30 million in Seattle, $12 million in Highline, $19 million in Kent, and $9 million in Renton.

    One State Senator needs to change their position in order to pass this bill. Senators in Redmond, Kirkland, Puyallup, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Covington are swing votes. They are unlikely to listen to voters in Seattle; however, if constituents from their own districts reach out to them, it might actually make a difference. Please ask your relatives and friends from swing areas to call:

    • Puyallup: Senator Hans Zeiger, Chair of the Early Learning and K–12 Education Committee, 360.786.7648. Puyallup is facing a $25 million shortfall.

    • Auburn, Kent, Covington and Renton: Senator Joe Fain, Education Committee, 360.786.7692. Auburn is facing an $11 million shortfall.

    • Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts: Senator Dino Rossi, 360.786.7672 or These districts are facing over a $4 million and $ .5 million shortfall, respectively.

    • Federal Way School & Auburn School Districts: Senator Mark Miloscia, 360.786.7658 or These districts are facing about a $8 million and $11 million shortfall, respectively.

    The message is short, "Please extend the levies immediately so schools don’t have to cut back on education this fall.”


    Impact of House and Senate Budgets on Seattle Schools

    Seattle Public Schools helped the Hamilton PTSA project a per pupil budget by year for each of the expected scenarios. None of these budgets fully fund education as demanded by the McLeary lawsuit. It’s not clear if any of the proposed budgets move us out of the bottom quartile of states in per pupil spending.

    As expected, the Senate Republican budget is an 8% cut to the 2018–2019 budget. Their budget proposal has a provision to increase funding per district to $12,500 if total funding is below that threshold. This provision does not apply to Seattle. Additionally, property taxes would go up for Seattle, and their proposal doesn’t allow the City to increase taxes to fill the budget gap.

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    The total number of students is based on 2016–2017 enrollments of 52,578. These budgets do not include Federal or City of Seattle funding or capital levies. The total 2015–2016 operational budget per pupil was roughly $14,000.


    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 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. Please note: the March 7 meeting will be focused on formally founding the Friends of Robert Eagle Staff MS PTSA. Students are welcome, and families will have the opportunity to view a “virtual tour” of the school.

    • What will the mascot and colors be for Robert Eagle Staff Middle School? Students get to decide! Please write or draw your ideas. Think about the spirit and vision for a great middle school, something that will inspire the community for years to come. Look for the suggestion box in your main office or email your suggestions to A panel of students will help to make the final decision. Would you like to be on that panel? Then email Principal Campbell at!

    Questions? Contact


    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:

    • 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 News

    Upcoming Events

    • Mar. 9: Spring Choir Concert (7 pm at HIMS) TONIGHT

    • Mar. 11: Solo & Ensemble (all day at HIMS)

    • Mar. 14: FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the HIMS library)

    • Mar. 16: Orchestra Concert  (7 pm at Lincoln)

    • Mar. 23: Band Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)


    Choir Concert TONIGHT

    7 pm in the HIMS Commons

    All school choirs, including the after-school Men’s Choir program, will perform beginning at 7 pm tonight in the Hamilton school commons.


    Urgent: We Need Volunteers for Solo & Ensemble

    Sat., Mar. 11, 8 am–5 pm

    We still need several more volunteers to help us make Saturday’s all-district Solo & Ensemble event a success! Please see the sign-up sheet for available 2-hour shifts:


    Orchestra Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 16, 7 pm at Lincoln HS

    Our next orchestra concert is at 7 pm Mar. 23 at Lincoln HS. We will have a bake sale and bahn mi for sale. Come early and get dinner! (Please, no eating in the auditorium.)


    Volunteers Needed for Orchestra Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 16 at Lincoln HS

    • Adult backstage helpers

    • Help moving some larger instruments in the afternoon after school (about 30 minutes)

    • Bake sale volunteers to bring items and/or sell at the table.

    To volunteer for backstage:

    To volunteer for the bake sale:

    Band Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 23, 7 pm at Lincoln HS

    Our next band concert is at 7 pm Mar. 23 at Lincoln HS. We will have a bake sale and bahn mi for sale. Come early and get dinner! (Please, no eating in the auditorium.)


    Volunteers Needed for Band Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 23 at Lincoln

    • Adult backstage helpers

    • Help moving some larger instruments in the afternoon after school (about 30 minutes)

    Please sign up at:


    FOMAHI Board Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 14, 7 pm in the HIMS Library

    The next FOMAHI Board Meeting is at 7 p. Tues., March 14 in the HIMS Library. These meetings are open to the public. Come hear more about what’s going on in music. We’re also actively recruiting for the 2017–18 board. Come join us and learn more!



    Spring HOST Runs April 3–June 8

    • Spring HOST class offerings will be available to view Fri., March 17 at 5:00 pm

    • Spring HOST registration begins on Tues., March 21 at 6:30 pm



    JV Basketball Schedule

    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

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

    Boy’s JV Basketball Schedule

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

    Girl’s Varsity Basketball Schedule

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

    Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

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


    NEW★ Track Sign Up

    Sign up for this year’s track season outside Ms. Paris’s room (#233). The track season will start March 16.


    NEW★ Volleyball Tryouts

    Beginning Tues., Mar. 14 at 3:45

    Forms and current physical are due to Ms. de la Cruz by Fri., March 10. On Mon., March 13, Ms. Duran will assign students a number that they must have when they show up for tryouts. Tryouts will begin on Tues., March 14. Tryouts/practices will be held on Tues. and Thurs. from 3:45–5:30. Fridays’ practice will be for the developmental team from 3:45–5:30. Students should see Ms. Durán if they have any questions.


    NEW★ Boys Soccer Tryouts

    Tryouts TODAY

    Students should meet Mr. Evans at the Hawks’ Nest by 3:25. From there, they will walk to the park together. There will be no tryout/practice on March 14. Tryouts/practice will resume on March 16. Parents, please pick up your child from Lower Woodland Park after practice. Practices will be held on Tues. and Thurs. from 3:30–5:30. Students should see Ms. Durán if they have any questions.


    Parenting Corner

    NEW★ How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk

    “I’m bad at math!” Do you feel baffled about how to respond when your child speaks this way? Here are some helpful hints about how to address underlying feelings and create a supportive environment.



    NEW★ The Truth About Drugs

    Thurs., Mar. 23 from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Ocean Cafeteria at Seattle Children’s Hospital (4800 Sandpoint Way, Seattle)

    Join Dr. Yolanda Evans and Lisa Chinn, LMHC, CDP to learn about current drug trends and the impact of drug use on teen health. What can teens and parents do as alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs become more available?

    RSVP to Dr. Lisa Chinn, 206-987-4954.

    Click here to read the flyer.


    NEW★ Preteen Classes Offered by Seattle Children’s

    Seattle Children’s hospital offers classes for preteen boys and girls at its Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Federal Way locations. Classes include:

    • Better Babysitters

    • For Girls

    • For Boys

    Read the flyer for more information.


    NEW★ 2017 Storm into College Event and Pre-Game College Fair

    Fri, May 26 at KeyArena (305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109)


    • Check in:  3:45 – 4 pm

    • Speaker panel with Storm executives in arena bowl:  4 – 4:30 pm

    • Pre-game college fair: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

    • Break: 5:30 – 7 PM (Attendees must exit the building at 5:30 pm and can re-enter for the game as early as 6 pm. The break is a good opportunity to eat dinner nearby—Dick’s or the Armory are great options— and enjoy the weather and sites at Seattle Center. Event tickets will be scanned upon re-entry.)

    • Seattle Storm vs. New York Liberty tipoff:  7 pm

    • Post-game:  Q&A with Storm players


    • Value seating (baseline):  $10 per ticket (AVID student early bird rate; must pay deposit by March 31 to receive $10/ticket rate)

    • Select seating (upper sideline): $15 per ticket

    • Premium seating (low midcourt): $25 per ticket

    Read details and sign up at:


    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

    Mar. 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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