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    Hamilton Weekly News
    NOVEMBER 5, 2015


    It’s time for the PTSA Fall Fund Drive! See details below under PTSA Events.


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    Last day of ASB spirit week!

    Tomorrow is Tie-Dye Day followed by a dance in the Gym.  More info below

    Vocal jazz camp, Camp Burton, Vashon Island


    --Picture retake day

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


    Veterans Day, No School


    Last day of First Quarter


    PTSA Board meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Ski bus meeting, The Commons, 7 p.m.


    Jazz Night (Sr. and Jr. Jazz and Vocal Jazz), 7-9 p.m.



    I’m at a seminar in Oregon – see you next week!  Tipton Blish, Principal


    Changes to SPS Student Assignment Plan in the Works
    Last Friday, Seattle Public Schools released a proposal of changes to the Student Assignment Plan, which is a roadmap for how the district sorts SPS students into its 97 schools, and how students’ academic needs and families’ open enrollment applications weigh into that process.  The changes were to be voted on at last night's SPS Board Meeting, but on Tuesday the item was removed from the meeting agenda, and postponed to the Nov. 18 board meeting. According to a post on the SPS website, this was done "to allow for additional understanding and feedback from our many stakeholders."

    Read the proposed (red-lined) Student Assignment Plan here:

    Families are encouraged to email the school board with comments and concerns:



    Last day of ASB Spirit Week!

    Friday = Tie-Dye Day

    Fall Tie-Dye Dance is Friday, November 6 from 2:30-4 p.m. Tickets will be sold during school lunches and are $3.


    Private School Applications

    It’s the time of year for private school applications.  Forms will be distributed to all 8th graders in homeroom, or can be downloaded HERE


    SKI BUS!!

    SKI BUS REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Go to for information and registration for ski bus 2016.  Flyers are now available in the office.  Early registration ends December 15.

    Please come to our very informative student/parent meeting November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the HIMS Commons.  If your student is registered for ski bus, please make every effort to attend our meeting.

    You may email questions to coordinator Michelle Fasser at


    Reflections Art Contest Submission Results

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Reflections art contest this year. A big thanks to Mr. Serpe and Ms. McLaren for creating an assignment around the contest, this certainly helped boost our numbers.

    The Hamilton students submitted 68 entries in five different categories. We will announce the HIMS winners after the school-level judging is finished and we know which 14 pieces will be submitted to the Local Level on November 23rd. The entries that were not selected to move on will be returned to the students at school before the Thanksgiving Break.


    Documentary:  2e: Twice Exceptional

    At our upcoming November meeting, Monday November 9, 2015, 7:30PM, at the Lincoln High School library in Wallingford, we will be airing the new documentary film 2e: Twice Exceptional by Tom Ropelewski.

    2e: Twice Exceptional follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students in Los Angeles who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. They are geniuses, mavericks and dreamers – Malcolm Gladwell’s budding “outliers.”

    People are welcome to come at 7 if they want a few minutes to connect with others —the film will begin at 7:30 PM. It is about an hour long, which should give us time to share our ideas about it afterward.

    If you are planning to come please send me a email to that effect--that will help me know how many chairs to round up.

    Laurie Clark Klavins


    Call for Yearbook Pictures!

    Have fun pictures for the yearbook?  Please send 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





    We are at the midpoint of the Hamilton PTSA 2015 Fall Fund Drive, and we are approximately a third of the way towards our goal.  Thank you for your generous donations so far!  Are you wondering how the 2015-2016 PTSA budget is different from last year’s budget?  Here are some highlights of what’s new this year:   

    •                Increase in funding for New Teacher/Classroom Support and Professional Development, ensuring that our wonderful teachers have the resources they need

    •                Funding for the new Academic Intervention Specialist, helping to identify students who might need a little extra support   

    To provide funding for these important items and the rest of the PTSA budget, our fundraising goal for 2015-2016 is $95,000.  Please consider making a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs and community that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.   Every donation helps us towards the goal, and is appreciated, no matter the amount!   Donating is easy and just takes a minute:

    •         DONATIONS BY CHECK can be turned in to the Hamilton office by November 25.

    •         ONLINE DONATIONS can be made at

    •         RECURRING DONATIONS can also be made online, and are a great way to stretch your donation over smaller payments.

    •         PLEDGES for donations are welcome!  If you would like to make a donation at a later date, just let us know!

    THANK YOU for your support of our kids!  If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at



    Thursday, Nov. 5

    Leaders from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and educators from Washington school districts are hosting five tele-town halls in October and November to build awareness and understanding of Washington's K-12 learning standards and assessments.

    It's a great opportunity to learn more and ask. You can join any of the conversations live and ask questions at




    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

    Vocal Jazz students go to Camp Burton this Saturday!

    The Camp Burton trip is this Saturday! Information went out earlier this week. If you did not get the details, please contact Ms. Babbitt (

    Volunteers and bakers needed for Jazz Night (Thurs., Nov. 19)

    Want to raise money for a good cause at an event you already plan to attend? Follow the link below to donate your baked goods and/or your time to help make the FOMAHI Jazz Night Bake Sale a success. We need baked goods and people to help out with the sale between 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the HIMS Commons. Sign up now at: if you plan to help out. Hope to see you there! – Katie & Jill

    PE waivers are due by Dec. 1

    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.)

    The Orchestra is seeking one cello (loan or donation) – can you help?

    Do you have a ¾- or full-sized cello collecting dust at home? Would you consider loaning or donating your cello to Cadet Orchestra! We have a record-breaking 21-cello players in our Cadet Orchestra! After our initial scramble for extra cellos, we are now just ONE cello away from having each student having their own cello to use during daily class rehearsals. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our first concert on Dec. 3! For more info, contact: Mika Armaly, Orchestra Director (

    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.




    • Boys and Girls Basketball season begins in December

    • The first game of the season will be January 9, and the last game will be March 19.

    • Tryouts will be held during the week of December 7

    • Students must have the following on file in order to try out:

      • SPS Athletics Physical

      • Basketball Waiver

      • Concussion Waiver

      • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Waiver

    • Paperwork can be found on the HIMS website or in the main office.

    • All paperwork is due no later than Wednesday, December 2, 2015. For student safety reasons, absolutely NO exceptions can be made.


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

    Girls’ varsity soccer games

    11/7 12:30 p.m. vs. Eckstein AT INGRAHAM
    11/14 2 p.m. vs. Mercer AT RAINIER BEACH
    11/21 vs. Denny AT ROOSEVELT
    12/5 vs. McClure at TBD

    Girls’ JV soccer games

    11/7 9:10 a.m. vs. McClure AT GARFIELD
    11/14 9:15 a.m. vs. Blaine AT GARFIELD
    11/21 8 a.m. vs. Hazel Wolf AT ROOSEVELT


    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:



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

    Visit this site to check out available YMCA classes:




    Seattle Vikings Rugby Club Open House

    November 21, 10:30-12pm, Magnuson Park, Brig. Bldg., garden room.

    Looking for a great new sport? Try rugby! The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club, Seattle’s largest club, runs youth rugby programs for 8-19 year old boys. The spring season runs February-May and the club practices and plays in nearby Magnuson Park. Every position runs with the ball. Interested kids and players and parents should visit us at or find us on facebook E-mail us at with any questions. 




    The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band performs the Jazz Nutcracker on December 5th and 6th.  

    The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of the few bands in the United States to have the score for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s 1960’s take on Tchaikovksy’s Nutcracker. Ellington reworked Tchaikovsky's tunes into swinging versions; 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' becomes 'Sugar Rum Cherry' and 'Arabian Dance' is now 'Arabesque Cookie.’ Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets: or call 206-201-1650.




    Veterans Day Hoop Camp!!!

    Register for the Roosevelt Select Veterans Day Basketball Camp from 9:30am-3pm Nov. 11th at Calvary Christian Assembly Church. $65, space is limited:  For questions please contact Chase Young at




    Ballard Youth Basketball Boys Winter Season Tryouts!

    Registration Required online at:

    Contact: or 206-795-0687

    TRYOUTS: Sunday, November 8

    5th-6th Grades: 4-5pm, 7th-8th Grades: 5-6pm

    Ballard Boys and Girls Club

    SEASON: November 9 to January 21




    Ballard High Playmakers present Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

    Ballard High Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center

    1418 NW 65th St.

    October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31.  Curtain at 7:30 p.m.


    Advance tickets through Adults $15 / Students & Seniors $10




    Preventing Teen Drug Use

    Dr. Leslie Walker, chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s, will discuss teen health,

    Impact of drug use and what parents can do to prevent their teen from using drugs. Her talk

    will be followed by a panel discussion with other experts.

    Date: Wednesday Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Contact: For more information, see  RSVP to Lisa Chinn at 206-987-4954.




    Cancer Support Group

    Find family cancer support at Gilda’s Club.  For more information contact Kathleen Goodman at kathleengoodman@gildasclubseattle.org




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