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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    Produced by the Hamilton PTSA

    OCTOBER 15, 2015


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    FRIDAY, 10/16

    Peru trip information meeting

    Mr. Severance, Room 219, 6-8 p.m.
    More info below


    8 a.m. girls’ JV soccer vs. Whitman at Garfield
    11 a.m. Girls’ varsity soccer vs. Whitman at Ingraham


    Staff luncheon, 11-12:30 p.m.
    Volunteers needed! See below.


    Progress reports distributed to homerooms


    Sr. Jazz: Edmonds Jazz Symposium


    Wed. 10/28
    2-hour early dismissal!



    Hawk Pride Ceremony, Library, 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

    Fri. 10/30

    Reflections art contest deadline
    Details below


    Sat. 10/31
    Girls’ JV soccer, 8 a.m. vs. Madison AT GARFIELD
    Girls’ varsity soccer, 9:30 a.m. vs. Washington, AT INGRAHAM



    Big Band Rehearsal, Room 124, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


    Vocal jazz camp, Vashon Island



    Picture retake day



    FOMAHI Board Meeting, Library, 7 -9 p.m.



    Veterans Day, No School





    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    Like you when I think of Hamilton – or my own kids’ schools – or the work of our own administration here, I think of the work of our teachers. It is in their hands that our students’ learning rests. Their lessons, their assignments, their assessments, their classrooms, their relationships with our students—that is where the core what students are learning to do and discovering. Indeed our work as administrators is to create the space, the systems, and their own learning opportunities so that they can focus on the central work of what we do in a school.

    But all around them are others at work in the school—making and delivering food, tracking attendance, processing athletics forms, creating class schedules, walking the hallways, and mopping the lunchroom and vacuuming classrooms. These are our support staff and while they are not in classrooms, you will find that they too think about our students as their work. Cleaning a classroom, serving breakfast, or greeting a parent delivering an assignment left at home, can seem disconnected from teaching and learning, but the people who do that work at Hamilton think about kids and make decisions in their work with what would best serve our students’ learning. This feature of the work of those who work around what goes in classes was invisible to me as a teacher, and it’s privilege to now see it regularly in my current work.

    When you see Mike, Nancy, Sheila, Gail, or any member of Hamilton’s support staff, you should know that they are thinking about the connection of their work to our students.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish










    Check your student’s backpack for a letter about the PTSA’s 2015 Fall Fund Drive, which launches this week and goes through November 25, 2015.   Our goal this year is $95,000, and your donations support so many programs that are integral to every student’s experience here at Hamilton.  We are committed to using your donations in this academic year.  Donating is easy – you can make a one-time or recurring donation online at,  or drop off a check in the office.  If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact Deb Sundblad at   Thank you for your support!




    Office 365 is here! The district has an enterprise agreement with Microsoft, staff and students now have access to download up to five copies of Microsoft Office on their personal devices.

    Students in grades 6-12 and all staff can download up to five copies of Office 365 Pro Plus on their personal devices (computers, tablets or phones) for either Windows or Apple operating systems. Office ProPlus is for home use only and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.

    To download Office 365 ProPlus: Go to

    Log in using your SPS user name ( and password




    Students interested in this trip should attend the meeting Friday, 10/16, in room 219 from 6-8 p.m. If you’re unable to attend, please let Mr. Severance know and he will share all of the needed info.


    Please RSVP to



    HIMS Spirit Wear is open for business!
    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more—delivered straight to your home?
    Order your spirit wear from at




    Last night’s general membership meeting

    Last night's PTSA General Membership Meeting and HIMS Panel Discussion and Q&A was a valuable learning experience for all, so BIG THANKS to our panel and all who attended! Our next PTSA Board Meeting is Nov. 18, and our next General Membership Meeting will be in February. 





    Calling all families to help us make our first Staff Appreciation Luncheon of the year a huge success!  The luncheon will be Wednesday, 10/21 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (during all three lunches). We’ll be hosting a fabulous harvest soup, salad, and bread buffet for our wonderful teachers and staff.


    Donations can be brought to the staff lounge no later than 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  Our setup team needs time to reheat dishes before lunch starts at 11.  Please label your food items for those with allergies; any heating instructions would also be helpful.  Your serving dishes will be washed and waiting for you to pick up in the staff lounge by 1:30 p.m. that day.

    Don't like to cook? We also need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up.  Each shift is 90 minutes or less. Go to this link to sign up now.

    Questions? Email Michelle Fasser at  

    Thank you so much for your support.  Our teachers and staff appreciate these luncheons as much as we appreciate what they do for our kids.




    If you'd like to help represent Hamilton at the PTSA Legislative Assembly happening on Oct. 24, please let us know! You'd be a voting delegate and get to learn all about how the PTSA makes changes in Olympia, with Advocacy training. Email us at for more information. Deadline for singing up is Oct. 20, do don't delay!





    The International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group is a group of concerned parents, educators, community members, and principals of the international schools in the district. By working together, we have a stronger voice and support system for each others’ international schools and the SPS Immersion Director.


    We’re meeting Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dearborn Park International Elementary School cafeteria (2820 S. Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108). Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.



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    (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)

    2015-16 enrichment fees are now due

    Do you have a student in band, orchestra, jazz or choir during the school day? Your student’s enrichment fee is now due. These fees provide vital support to Hamilton International’s award-winning music programs. Please visit the Friends of Hamilton International (FOMAHI) website ( today to complete your registration, pay program enrichment fees, order FOMAHI merchandise, and make donations to help music thrive at Hamilton.


    Order your FOMAHI and Music Class Merchandise By 10/23!

    We have an assortment of FOMAHI hoodies, tee shirts, and tote bags for sale. Vocal Jazz and Junior Jazz tee shirts are also for sale through FOMAHI. Please place your order by Friday, 10/23! (If you don’t order by 10/23, we cannot guarantee your student will have their performance tee in time for the first show.) Merchandise will be delivered to students during music class.


    See our directors play Star Wars music!

    Two of our music directors, Ms. Armaly (orchestra) and Ms. Babbitt (choir/band) will be performing with the Washington Wind Symphony at 2 p.m. Sunday, 10/25 at the Kirkland Performance Center. The program will feature John Williams’ score from the popular Star Wars Trilogy. Tickets are $16/adults, $6/youth. For more information:


    PE waiver reminder

    The school district requires all students to get 60 hours of physical activity (one semester of PE) per school year. If you have a student who has chosen to take multiple arts/language classes in lieu of PE, you MUST fill out a waiver and have it approved by December 1. PE waivers are also available for religious and medical reasons. (NOTE: PE waivers are not handled by FOMAHI. However, our music students may be impacted by the rule.)


    Vocal Jazz students: Return your Camp Burton packets!

    The Camp Burton packet went home with Vocal Jazz students this week. This includes several important forms your student MUST fill out and return. Your Camp Burton payment may be made online this year. Go to for more information.


    Vocal Jazz needs a trip coordinator for Lionel Hampton

    The Vocal Jazz students will be going to the annual Lionel Hampton event in February. While that might seem a long way away, we need a coordinator to begin working on the details as soon as possible. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Babbitt at





    Students have a couple more weeks to enter the Reflections art contest. This year’s theme is “Let your imagination fly.”

    Reflections is a national PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art and 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.
    Turn in entries and a completed entry form in the HIMS Main Office into the box labeled “REFLECTIONS.”

    Please as someone at the front desk if you are having trouble locating the box.

    For more information, see the Reflections Web page:



    Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursday for Varsity and JV players and are from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Girls’ varsity soccer games

    10/17 11 a.m. vs. Whitman, AT INGRAHAM HS

    10/31 9:30 a.m. vs. Washington, at INGRAHAM HS

    Girls’ JV soccer games
    10/17 8 a.m. vs. Whitman AT GARFIELD
    10/31 8 a.m. vs. Madison AT GARFIELD
    11/7 9:10 a.m. vs. McClure AT GARFIELD

    Practices are from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and are held on the Wallingford Playfield next to school.  C Blue Team, B Team, and C Yellow Team practice on Mondays and Wednesdays; A Team and C Team practice Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Team site:



    YMCA HOST Programs:

     If you have questions regarding your student’s schedule or transportation, please contact Liz Chase in the YMCA office.


    It’s not too late to sign your student up for HOST! Follow the link to check out available YMCA classes:







    Bishop Blanchet HS Invites 8th Graders to Visit! Upcoming events include:

    Fri, Oct 23, 7-9.30pm:  Middle School Dance at BBHS

    Thurs, Oct 29, 5.30-8 p.m.: Open house

    Today through December:  All-day school visits

    Learn more: Visit the BBHS Admissions Page at





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