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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    Produced by the Hamilton PTSA

    September 17, 2015


    Newsletters are emailed every Thursday morning.

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    (PTSA=Parent Teacher Student Association)

    Daily Schedule/Bell times:

    Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814

    School website:

    The SPS 2014-15 Academic Calendar (note some changes may be forthcoming to accommodate days missed due to the labor dispute): 




    Please note: Some events and dates are subject to change due to adjustments in the school calendar that have not yet been finalized.

    Thurs. 9/17
    First day of school! Welcome back!


    Sat. 9/19

    Annual Parent Fall Kick-Off Party | Volunteers needed!

    6:30-9:30 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center

    6532 Phinney Ave N. (more info below)

    Wed. 9/23

    2-hour early dismissal


    Thurs. 10/1

    Curriculum night (all grades)
    Info below


    Fri. 10/9*
    No school (teacher work day)

    This will be a school day – one of the make-up days.


    Wed. Oct. 14

    PTSA General Meeting


    Wed. 10/28*
    2-hour early dismissal

    Fri. 10/30

    Reflections art contest deadline (more info below)


    *Events and dates may be subject to change due to schedule adjustments that will be made following the strike.



    Dear Hamilton International Students and Families,

    School’s in session!! It is a great pleasure to write those words and more so to welcome students into the building this morning.

    It’s mid-morning on Thursday and classrooms and hallways are abuzz with students talking about themselves, solving logic problems (already!!), working on their locker-opening skills, figuring out the layout of the building (it’s not easy), and being middle school students.

    Hamilton is truly a special place with deep family support, a highly collaborative and collegial staff, and smart, funny, quirky, precocious, shy, thoughtful, spirited, kind, curious…I could go on…students.

    Everybody is ready for school and it shows around the halls this morning.

    I love poets who play with words, pull them apart, dig into their evolution. I’ve been thinking much lately about “welcome” or bienvenido, bienvenue—to separate its pieces: well come. Students, today, were well come, they came to school well, just as they are. So to say welcome seems after the fact. They already came well, and I’m thrilled they’re here.

    First Day Packet Forms: We're trying to make the process of completing forms easier on our community AND the environment by eliminating most of the paper that surrounds the start of school. This year, our First Day Packet is *DIGITAL* and includes an Interactive PDF Packet and links to SPS District policy documents and information for you to read and review. You will also find this information posted on our website,  If you prefer, hard copy packets are available for pick up at Hamilton or by contacting Administrative Secretary Sandy Adams,, 252-5810.  

    A note about the online forms: we recommend downloading and saving the interactive PDF packet to your hard drive and viewing it there, particularly to complete the interactive forms using Adobe Reader. 

    Our digital packet does not include the signature card on blue cardstock, which will come home with your student; or the student verification form, which will be sent home within two weeks of the start of school. Please fill out, sign, and return the signature card.

    Thank you and welcome.

    Go Hawks! 

    Tipton Blish




    Last week’s letter included an incorrect email address. If you need to contact registrar Elizabeth Peila, her email is



    1) UPDATE:

    Thanks to all the parents, students, and volunteers who helped support HIMS teachers and staff—and each other—during the strike.  We have a strong school community! It was heartwarming to see kids and adults alike bringing coffee, breakfast, and lunch to our teachers, and helping each other out with childcare, carpooling, etc.

    On Sunday, the members of the Seattle Education Association will be voting on the tentative agreement that they and the district reached. (This meeting could not be held until Sunday because the union requires 72 hours’ notice for meetings requiring a general vote.)

    You can obtain further information on the
    Seattle Education Association site, or Seattle Schools’ site.

    Hamilton teachers on strike

    Hamilton staff and community supporters picketing last week


    2) Important Message re: PTSA communications  

    The Hamilton PTSA welcomes you! We’re glad to have the kids back in school and are looking forward to a great school year.

    We want to be sure we can contact you if needed. While the school has been sending these initial newsletters on our behalf, this is only a temporary situation. To make sure you continue to receive the Hamilton Weekly News and any other PTSA alerts, please sign up directly for our email newsletter list now.

    To do this, visit the HIMS PTSA’s new online sign-up system at After creating a family account, simply check the box indicating you want to receive the Hamilton Weekly News. (NOTE: You’ll also have options to be included in our volunteer database and to purchase your HIMS PTSA membership. Please do! In addition, an online school directory feature will be accessible to families shortly after school starts.)

    If you have any questions, please check the school website (here and here) or contact hims.ptsa.membership@gmail



    Friday, 9/18, 7:15-8:00 a.m.

    Principal Blish and the school community would love to have the help of some Hamilton parents during the first few days of school, to ensure that the school year gets off to a smooth start! We are looking for some volunteers to help with TRAFFIC DIRECTION, WELCOMING STUDENTS, HELPING STUDENTS find their way to their classes, open lockers, etc., and with DATA ENTRY. Sign up to help at, or by emailing us at


    We’re saving trees! Please fill out your school forms online as soon as you can. There’s an

    Interactive PDF Packet, our PTSA packet, the HOST FERPA form, and ALL the SPS District policy, documents, and information that your family needs to read and review to successfully start school. Please see the Hamilton website for more information -


    Students’ schedules have been posted to The Source. If you need to create a Source account, here are instructions

    If your child’s schedule requires changes, you can contact registrar Elizabeth Peila. Her email is


    This Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    At the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N.). Come celebrate the new school year with your fellow parents while enjoying a beverage, appetizers, and music.

    **This is a parent-only event**

    Volunteers are needed! Contact Shannon Frizzell ( if you’re available to help set up (5 p.m.) or clean up after the event.

    Also, please make sure to look in your student’s first week of school packet for the Hamilton PTSA membership form and sign up to join the Hamilton PTSA. Our ability to support the school and our students is so much stronger when all our families are involved!

    For information on these or other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Hamilton PTSA at


    Staff information is available online:


    The Counseling Team is very excited about this upcoming school year. 

    Your Counseling Team:

    Mr. Neil Yeda—6th grade Counselor
    206 252-5828

    Mrs. Lilia Elena Goldsmith—7th grade Counselor

    206 252-5843 

    Mrs. Kelli Colleran—8th grade Counselor
    206 252-5830


    Mr. Luke Sworts—Neighborcare Counselor
    206 940-2582


    We’re fortunate to have two Counseling Interns who will be at HIMS part-time throughout the school year.

    Mrs. Breanne Skorud—City University, Counseling Intern

    Mr. John Taylor—Seattle University, Counseling Intern

    All of our offices can be found in the Counseling Center located on the first floor in the West Hallway. Middle school counselors provide academic support, promote social emotional learning, and introduce and develop career & college guidance to HIMS students.  We look forward to working with you and your student.



    Library open to student walk-ins 7:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.!

    ·         Students may check out (up to 5 items at a time) starting on the first day of school—no library card required.

    ·         A pass from teacher is required only during a student’s class/homeroom.

    ·         The library offers 14,000+ books, DVDs, audiobooks (including Playaways and e-audiobooks), and e-books.

    ·         32 desktop computers plus a black-and-white printer are available on first-come, first-served basis.

    ·         Students may place holds and make purchase requests by logging into the library catalog with their school username and password.

    ·         For first-time computer log-in help, students should ask their teacher or see the librarian.

    ·         Please remind your Hawk(s), that library resources, including computers and wi-fi, are for school-related purposes only, and that silence or whisper is the norm in libraries.


    10) TRAFFIC
    Hamilton traffic flow:

    We kindly request that parents/guardians dropping off and picking up their students travel west ONLY on 41st St. (the south side of HIMS) so that students can safely get in or out of their car on the school side of the street. Otherwise we have traffic gridlock and it creates unsafe conditions for our students and neighbors. See the map here.


    Have some news or event info you’d like listed? Please email newsletter editor Erica Jorgensen or text your info to 206 898-8535.



    1) MUSIC: FOMAHI  (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)

    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

    Greetings music families!

    We have a terrific group of parents serving on the FOMAHI board this year who will be working hard on behalf of our students, music directors, and broader school community.  Our board includes the following members:

    ·         Co-President, Band Representative: Karen Williams

    ·         Co-President, Choir Representative: Christa Woodward

    ·         Co-President, Orchestra Representative: Kimberly Andrews

    ·         Vice President, Concert Operations: Luke Hillman

    ·         Secretary: Elise Kim

    ·         Treasurer: Eileen Carroll             

    ·         Communications: Jacqui Kramer

    ·         Fundraising: Trina Torgelson      

    ·         Volunteer Coordination: Fiona Cohen   


    Though our board positions are filled for the 2015-16 school year, we still have several important FOMAHI coordinator roles for which we are actively recruiting parent volunteers. Please contact to learn more! These roles include:

    ·         Merchandise Coordination

    ·         Ensemble Parent Reps

    ·         Trip Coordinators

    ·         Concert Programs

    ·         Audio Video Recorders

    ·         Back Sale Coordinators (Orchestra, Choir/Vocal Jazz, and Elementary Outreach)

    ·         Script Program (gift cards, etc.)

    ·         FOMAHI website manager (We’ll train you!) 



    The FOMAHI site is up and running:  The new FOMAHI website is up and running at . Please take a moment to read through the information online and register your music student(s) in FOMAHI. This will ensure you receive all of our communications about concerts and other music-related activities. Also, please have your student review the materials in the “For Students” section.
    NOTE: Students will receive an assignment sheet asking them to read through the website when school is back in session. Your student will receive their first classroom points when they return the signed sheet to their music director. Watch their backpacks for more info.


    Questions? You may contact us at Thank you!


    Students are invited to create artwork for the PTA Reflections Art Contest. The theme for 2015-2016 is "Let Your Imagination Fly."

    Reflections takes submissions in the areas of literature, visual arts, photography, music composition, dance choreography, and film production. Students may submit more than one work, and all entries must be the original work of one student. The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2015. For more details, see If you have any questions, please contact Janee Kreinheder at or Laura Baldwin at




    1) Sports physicals
    All students wishing to participate in a sport must have a current physical form signed by a doctor on file in the main office. Forms are good for 2 years.
    Girls’ soccer and co-ed ultimate frisbee start in September.
    (Find the form on the HIMS website under
    Student Activities/Athletics.)

    2) Hamilton Fall Ultimate Frisbee

    All players interested in playing Ultimate for the fall season need to:

    1. Complete and return the SPS Registration Packet to the front office.

    2. Register online for Ultimate.


    Please visit our website for the full information and further details on how to register:



    Due to the delay of the start of school, HOST classes will NOW be staring on Monday, October 5. HOST offerings will be available online to view on Wednesday, September 23, and HOST registration will start on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.


    We know that some HIMS families may have been depending on HOST for childcare that week, so the Hamilton YMCA will be offering students the opportunity to stay after school Monday-Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m. the week of September 28. This will be free to Hamilton families. It is unlikely that after school transportation will be operational at this time, so please make alternate transportation arrangements for your student.


    If you are interested in having your student participate in the Pre-HOST programming, please contact Liz Chase via email at Please include your student’s name, grade, phone number, and the days your child will be attending.


    If you have questions please contact Liz Chase at or





    Seattle Public Library
    Your Next 5 books - Get personalized book recommendations from a librarian


    Safe Place – Every location of The Seattle Public Library is a safe place where teens can receive immediate help.


    And some teen events:

    Northeast Branch - Chess Club from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17 & 24.


    Ballard Branch - All Ages Board Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23.




    Architecture returns to Hamilton International Middle School this year!

    Building a Community Class | offered by the Seattle Architecture Foundation, Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:30pm


    Everything is designed from the chairs we sit on to the classrooms we learn in!  Students get an introduction to architectural model making and make their own model to represent their design vision for a local neighborhood site.


    For more information on registering contact Liz Chase, YMCA After-School Community Learning Center,




    6th grade families, Woodland Soccer Club is actively looking to fill openings on U12 Girls and Boys teams for this fall's recreational soccer season. We have the greatest need on the girls’ teams, but we also have spots available on boys’ teams. Never played soccer before? Want to learn? Haven't played in a while and want to get back into it? Then this is for you! We have scholarships available for those who are interested.  Games are played on Sundays and last through mid-November (or into December if a team decides to play the city tournament). We can add players at any time through the month of September, although games will be underway as of 9/13. More information is on our website at If you have any questions, contact the registrars at (for girls’ teams) and (for boys’ teams).



    4) Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

    On Thursday, October 29, the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band has the honor to play with the Seattle Symphony as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Tickets & info:



    5) Middle School Union
    Is your child interested in taking part in improving their middle school—and the school district as a whole? Would they like to become better leaders and have a little more power and responsibility in the Seattle Public schools district? Let them know about a new program called the Middle School Union! It will allow them to collaborate with other middle school students from all over Seattle and to represent their school and the student voice. Our goal is to work together to change our middle schools for the better. Contact us at for more information. Thank you!



    6) After-school Spanish lessons

    ¡Hola! Spanish lessons are offered at Vámanos Spanish Center

    Tuesdays & Thursdays for 6th-8th graders. (A 10 minute walk from HIMS.)

    For more info:



    7) One on One Basketball Seattle

    Fall Player Development Program (PDP) Classes for ages 6-15

    One on One's premier skills training program.
    NOW is the time to work on your individual skills with One on One before basketball season!

    Locations:  Ravenna CC (Tue/Thur) and Queen Anne CC (Mon/Wed)

    Begins: week of September 21!


    Visit our website to find out which color level to register for!



    8) Language immersion travel
    Intercultural Student Experiences offers travel opportunities for students of all ages. See for more information.






    HIMS does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News Section


    Hamilton International Middle School
    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810