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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    June 22, 2017

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    6/22 (Thursday)

    • 8th Grade Cruise

    • 6th Grade Families End-of-Year Celebration (5–8:30 pm at Golden Gardens)

    6/23 (Friday)

    • 7th Grade Field Trip to Washington Hub

    • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (1:30–2:30 pm)

    • Last day to return all library and textbooks and classroom items or pay for lost items

    6/26 (Monday)

    • Last Day of School (one hour early dismissal)


    PTSA News

    NEW★ A Message from PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith

    Dear Hamilton Families and Friends,

How did this happen? School started right on time in September … new classes, new friends, new challenges, new fun ... then *blink* … how did we get to June so quickly?!  Another year has flown by and many of us were just getting the hang of things, but be that as it may, it’s time to say farewell ‘til next year.

    On behalf of your PTSA board, I want to thank you for helping us support our beloved middle school: the teachers, the staff, the students and the families of Hamilton. We are all on this 3-year cruise together, and it’d be hard to find a finer group to set sail with. As if raising children wasn’t enough, many of you also came through to volunteer your time, deliver a donation, or share a smile while passing through. Thank you!

    Our thanks also go out to our wonderful team of administrators, teachers, faculty, and staff.  They come to work every day doing jobs many of us know we could never do. And they do it with courage, confidence, and care.

    As your PTSA President these past two years, it has been an honor to be of service to you, and I look forward to continuing on the PTSA board next year (position TBD), along with our other returning board members, Tracey Crouch (7th Grade Liaison), Karla Stanley (Member at Large), Sam Bell (Legislative Liaison), Tama Leahy (Membership Co-Chair), Maria Gingerich (Mini Grants), and Chappell Barber (Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator). Still, we are sad to say good-bye to Claire Burnett (Secretary), Anu Jain (VP of Communications), Stephen Hodges (Co-Treasurer), Lucie Campbell (VP of Fundraising), Becky Anderson (6th Grade Liaison), Amanda Myerson (8th Grade Liaison), Kristen Dumo (Membership Co-Chair), Shannon Frizzle (Staff Liaison), Elizabeth Sorby (Mini Grants), and Monica Payson (Hamilton Weekly News Editor).

    Again, thank you to all who made this year memorable. Please enjoy your summer (which will surely fly by as well), and I look forward to seeing you all in September!

    Onwards and Upwards,

    Lisa Rivera Smith

    Hamilton PTSA President


    Get on Board for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board

    1. You want to see Hamilton be the best middle school it can be

    2. You have the time to attend once-a-month board meetings

    3. You're ready to be part of a dynamic, parent-powered team

    If you answered yes to the above points, WE WANT YOU to join us on the Hamilton PTSA Board!

    We are currently looking for a few key players for next school year’s board:

    • President: The buck stops here! Chair monthly board meetings, serve as spokesperson for PTSA board in the school community, and more! (Time commitment: 7–10 hrs/week.)

    • Vice President: Help steer the ship! Assist the president and (possibly) prep for future president duty. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week.)

    • VP of Communications: Help us bring information to the masses! Publish PTSA news via website, calendar, emails; oversee weekly newsletter production. (Time commitment: 2–5 hrs/week.)

    • VP of Fundraising: Organizes and oversees Annual Fall Fund Drive; coordinates fund drive communications. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week in the fall; occasional work the rest of school year.)

    • Co-Membership Chair: Help us sign 'em up; manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week in the fall; occasional work rest of school year.)

    • 8th Grade Liaison: Be a memory-maker; plan and organize 8th grade dance, represent the 8th grade on the PTSA board. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week in late spring.)

    As you can see, there are lots of ways to be involved! These positions - along with other ways to help out - are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them. For more information, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at

    6th Grade Families End-of-Year Celebration

    Thurs., June 22, 5–8:30 pm at Golden Gardens Park (Shelter #2)

    Please join other 6th grade families to celebrate the end of a lovely first year at HIMS! This is not a drop off event, so please make sure your child comes with an adult.

    Bring your own picnic dinner (or come already having eaten dinner) and a blanket to sit on, and PSTA will provide water, lemonade, and dessert! Feel free to drop in for part of the evening or stay to socialize as the sun sets! The event is rain or shine, so dress accordingly and please bring any activities or equipment your family might enjoy (volleyballs, beach balls, croquet gear, ladder ball).

    Look for the gold and blue balloons at Shelter #2! We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click here to view the map.

    Questions: (6th grade co-liaison Becky Anderson)


    7th Grade Field Trip Reminder

    The 7th grade field trip to the UW Hub is coming up on June 23. There will be games and a scavenger hunt, and lunch will be provided. Please make sure your student returns the permission form with a $20 check payable to HIMS ASB to the main office. There are extra field trip forms available in the main office.


    Seeking Financial Review Committee Members

    At least three individuals are also needed to serve on a committee to review and audit the PTSA’s financial records after the close of the 2016–2017 fiscal year (June 30). The state PTA provides a checklist for committee members to us, and does not expect that members will have an accounting background.

    The financial review is expected to take a total of about 3–4 hours and should be performed in July or August, to be scheduled at the convenience of the committee members. Please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith ( if you are interested in volunteering.


    HIMS News

    NEW★ Please Return all Library Materials by Friday

    Please make sure your student  returns all library items, including barcode-stickered class novels, to the library no later than Fri., June 23, 3:45 pm.. There are no overdue fines. When the library is closed, please give items to the main office to place in the librarian’s mailbox—never leave items outside of the library entrance.


    HIMS Summer Reading List 2017

    Outstanding recent titles for middle schoolers’ summer reading. Many of these titles are available through the SPL in a variety of formats. Click here to view the list:


    Pride Parade

    Sun., June 25, 11 am downtown

    HIMS students will be marching. During GSA meeting students will be working on banners for the parade. Look for us in the parade staging area on 4th Ave. near Seneca (find the big school bus).


    Last Chance for Lost and Found

    Please have your student check the lost and found on the table across from the Attendance Office. Small items including keys, jewelry, eye glasses, sun glasses, and ear buds are in the Main Office. There is also an informal lost and found in the gym foyer. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.


    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★ Garfield HS Orientation

    Wed., Aug. 30 from 9 am–3 pm in the GHS gym


    NEW★ Garfield Jazz Tryouts

    Mon., Aug. 14 and Tues., Aug. 15 at 11 am in the GHS band room

    Tryouts for the Garfield Jazz Ensemble take place in the band room at Garfield High School located. Students should enter through the Alder St (southeast) entrance.

    Please one of the dates above to audition. Just show up with your instrument and sign in. Drums, amps, and piano will be provided.

    Students will be required to:

    • Play one or two of the 12 major scales

    • Sight-read music in different styles

    You may also:

    • Prepare a piece of your choice to play (this is not mandatory)

    • Improvise (this is not mandatory)

    Drummers will be required to:

    • Play Swing and Latin styles at varied tempos

    • Sight-read

    If you are unable to attend the audition week, please contact Mr. Acox directly at


    Nathan Hale Summer Soccer Camps

    July 17–21 at Jane Addams Middle School (11051 34th Ave. NE)

    • K–5: 9 am–noon

    • Grades 6–8: 1–4 pm

    Camps staffed by Nathan Hale HS coaches and current players. Email with questions or to register. Registration fee is $75.


    Notes from Lincoln High School Planning Meeting

    Click here to read the notes from the June 5 Lincoln High School planning meeting.

    For followup information, please contact leaders for these breakout groups:


    Get Involved with Music and Arts at Lincoln

    It’s going to take a community to build support for an arts program at Lincoln High School. Click here to read more about how you can help build a stellar music and arts program at Lincoln.


    Ingraham High School Sports Info for Incoming, Registered Students

    Sports forms for 2017–2018 are now available at our website:  Forms can be turned in at the Main Office of Ingraham HS during regular school days (9 am –2:45 pm).

    Sports forms, physicians verification of a current sports physical dated thru the sports season, and fees are required each school year. New incoming students must attach a copy of their sports physical documents to their form. Private school and home schooled students must also include current grades with their packet in addition to SPS registration forms. All forms must be submitted at least two weeks before the season starts.


    • Fall Sports begin August 21 for co-ed cross country, co-ed golf, girls soccer, girls swim, and girls volleyball.

    • Fall football season begins August 16.  

    • Spring football is currently in session, and we are still accepting forms for this program.

    Contact Maria Medina, Athletics Department Secretary at with questions or to request forms.


    Updates for Robert Eagle Staff Families

    Don’t Miss Robert Eagle Staff News

    There’s a lot happening at our new school as we build our community. Click here to sign up for the Robert Eagle Staff Newsletter to stay abreast of upcoming events and news.


    Music News

    Thank you, Music Families!

    FOMAHI would like to thank all HIMS music families for another great year. Thank you to the many volunteers and for all the generous support throughout the year!


    Good luck, Ms. Armaly!

    FOMAHI would like to extend our best wishes and a great big THANK YOU to our amazing orchestra teacher, Ms. Mika Armaly, who will be leaving HIMS after this year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.


    Attention Returning Music Families

    Volunteers Needed for 2017–18 School Year

    Join the FOMAHI board today! there are still two board positions open:

    • Orchestra Co-President

    • Fundraising Chair

    We also  need to fill one non-board position as soon as possible:

    • Website Coordinator


    Parenting Corner

    Contextualizing Grades and School Performance

    Read more about understanding underperformance in school.

    Kids and Happiness: Being a “Good Enough” Parent

    Read more about why you shouldn’t worry so much about keeping your child happy. Please be advised that language used in this article might be offensive to some readers.



    Summer Youth ORCA Promo

    June 17–Sept. 4

    Read more about special summer rates and a free card for youth ORCA card holders.


    97th St. Pictures Summer Film Program

    July 10–14 or Aug. 7–11, 9:30–3:30 pm

    For kids interested in learning about film production, college application short films, expanding personal portfolios, film festival entries, and developing skills. Taught by USC and NYU film students. Kids must be entering or in high school.

    Click here to read more about the program.


    Seattle Parks and Rec Sports Camps for Boys and Girls

    Check out a variety of basketball skills camps, flag football camps, and ultimate frisbee camps. Offered at community centers throughout the summer.

    Click here to read about camps.


    Kids With An Edge Summer Tutoring

    Summer is a great time to:

    • Go back and fill in the gaps towards building a strong foundation

    • Keep practicing to prevent summer learning loss

    • Build new skills to get ahead or prepare for a test

    We offer early learning, math, reading, and high school counseling (AP vs. IB vs. IBX vs. Running Start, how do you decide?).

    We have experience working with children in HCC, Spectrum, general ed., and those with IEPs.  We completely customize our sessions to help each child build confidence and reach their full potential.

    Visit for summer learning opportunities.  Questions? Contact us at


    App Camp for Girls

    July 17–21 at General Assembly in the Seattle Tower

    App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls* can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry.

    Click here to read more about the program.

    Register your camper now:



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