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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    NOVEMBER 19, 2015

    DID YOU KNOW?: Hamilton's Annual Fall Fund Drive is the lifeblood of our school. Supporting everything from supplies in the classroom to safety flags on the streets, almost everything our students experience at Hamilton is touched by your donated dollars. Read below for just one of the many reasons you should give …


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    Jazz Night (Sr. and Jr. Jazz and Vocal Jazz), 7-9 pm, Hamilton Commons


    One hour early dismissal

    11/26 – 11/27

    Thanksgiving Holiday – No School


    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

    Fairmount Park Library

    3800 SW Findlay Ave. S., Seattle


    PTSA Board Meeting, Hamilton Library, 6:30 - 8 pm


    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    For someone whose parents allowed him to drop piano lessons after a year, it’s nearly always a learning experience for me to sit in our music classes. I was in Ms. Armaly’s orchestra class recently as she was listening to individual students play their cellos, while she assessed their tempo, their bow work, hand position…and other aspects of their playing. It’s one of the challenges teachers face with a room full of students – in this case 43. Ms. Armaly was assessing how one student at a time was progressing. What I’m paying attention to – because I know less about the hand positions than the students do – is a host of questions:

    • How do students respond to feedback?

    • What are the other students doing while their classmate is playing?

    • How is Ms. Armaly keeping track of how students are doing?

    • How is the class time being used?

    (By the way, the same is true of being in a Japanese classroom.)

    The answers to those questions in Ms. Armaly’s class are evidence of her skill as a teacher and the strength of the Hamilton International music program. It’s no simple task to give quick feedback to individual students that is on point and clear, while considering the other 42 students and what they are doing and learning. What I observed was each successive student incorporating the feedback that was directed at the ones who came before. At one point, Ms. Armaly asked a student: “OK, what do you think I’m going to say?” It was a question that tapped into whether a student was aware of her own performance and whether she had been paying attention before—it was ‘tempo’.

    This is the balance that all teachers face, moving between individual students and groups and whole classes of students.

    I invite you to talk to your student about this balance.

    In addition to the accomplished teaching and support staff at Hamilton, one reason Hamilton is such a great school is the support that we have from our families. We are all thankful to be part of this community and for its amazing support. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Tipton Blish





    ** A book in every binder, thanks to your Fall Fund Drive dollars! **

    This fall, the 7th graders are delving into The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And thanks to PTSA Fall Fund Drive dollars, none of them had to make a late-night trip to the bookstore, or wait for a library copy. Your donations have meant that every 7th grader has his or her own copy to enjoy.

    “It is wonderful that each student can have their own copy of this book to use,” said Claire Elam, 7th grade Language Arts teacher. “With our classes being only 50 minutes, it makes it much faster to have students be able to take their own copy out of their binder and get started reading. We are so grateful for the PTSA’s support and we agree with our student who wrote down today, ‘I really like the book!’”

    Your generosity makes for happy students and teachers, and every donation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount!

    Click here to donate online:


    Or mail your check (made out to Hamilton PTSA) to:

    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

    If you have any questions please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at


    New Bell Times Approved by School Board

    The School Board voted 6-1 last night, Nov. 18th, to adjust bell times for the 2016-2017 school year.  Hamilton and most other middle schools will start at 8:45 am (ending at 3:15pm), as will all district high schools. More details here:

    A final list of new bell times is in the last 2 pages of this report:


    ASB Food Drive

    Thanksgiving is the time to give to those in need. Please support our ASB city-wide Food Drive by bringing in canned goods to the main office. Last day to donate is Friday, November 20th.



    It's time to sign up for Ski Bus!  Early registration ends on December 15th.  For more information on Ski Bus transportation and lessons please visit for registration information.  If you have further questions  you can email Michelle Fasser (HIMS parent volunteer/contact) at

    Ski Bus operates for 6 weeks on Friday evenings beginning January 15, 2016.  Charter buses leave from HIMS after school on Friday afternoons and return around 10:30 p.m. the same evening.


    Lost & Found

    Lost & Found is located on the tables across from the Attendance Office. There are lots of coats, sweatshirts and lunch bags. In the main office we have 6 pairs of eyeglasses, 3 cell phones, one Kindle, one watch and 2 very nice pencil pouches – one that has a calculator. Please check for anything that you may be missing. Anything not claimed by Friday, Nov. 20 will be donated to charity.


    Burke Museum Field Trip Volunteers Needed

    10 adults are needed to accompany Kayla Graham’s two 6th grade social studies classes to the Burke Museum on Dec. 15th.  Meet at the Commons at 8:15 am, ride with the group on the Metro bus, and return by 1:30 pm. Class parents preferred, but not necessary. Contact


    Revised FERPA Pre-K – 8 Form

    Seattle Public Schools has revised our notification of rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow parents and guardians more choices on how and where you would like your child's personal information shared.

    The revised form is located here, please complete and return to the main office:

    More details are available on the Hamilton website:


    Library Volunteer Needed

    Parents or community members with an interest in books, computers, and/or middle school are encouraged to complete the survey, which will provide details about possible duties and shifts. This survey is 10 questions or fewer:

    Thank you! “Ms. Mac”, Librarian,


    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


    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

    Jazz Night TONIGHT! - Thurs., Nov. 19

    All of the Hamilton Jazz students will perform for Jazz Night. Event begins at 7 p.m. in the HIMS Commons area.

    Volunteers and bakers needed for Jazz Night TONIGHT

    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.

    The after school Men’s Choir seeks new voices!

    The Men’s Choir is open to all students interested in vocal instruction. The men meet on Mondays after school. Please note that this program is run through the YMCA, and is not affiliated with the school district or FOMAHI. There is a fee for the class. For more information, please contact Ms. Babbitt.

    Lincoln staff asks: No food in the auditorium

    Attention concert goers: Please note that food is STRICTLY PROHIBITED in the Lincoln auditorium. Failure to comply could have serious consequences for us – please help us keep the auditorium food-free. (NOTE: This includes items purchased during bake sales!)

    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.)

    Concert attire changes for 2015-16

    Music students are required to dress appropriately for concerts. Please note that this year’s formal concert attire has changed for some music students. Orchestra, Band, and Jazz students (EXCEPT for Vocal Jazz) should wear the following attire:

    ·         Ladies: Black dress pants/slacks, black top with ¾ length sleeves (or longer), black socks and black dress shoes

    ·         Gentlemen: Black slacks, Black long-sleeve button-down dress shirt with collar, black socks and black dress shoes

    ·         Vocal Jazz students: All Vocal Jazz students wear black pants, black shoes, black socks and a current year vocal jazz tee-shirt. (Tees may be ordered from

    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 (


    The end-of-season party for Team B is Monday, Nov. 23rd 2:30 - 4 pm.  The players will gather for some team spirit awards and food and then head to Wallingford playfield for a little scrimmage, weather permitting.

    Where:  Meet in the Hawks's nest.  Pick up at school if it is raining,  pick up at Wallingford playfield if the weather is nice.

    What to bring:   Your HIMS jersey to be turned in!  Your usual ultimate gear and anything else you sign up for.

    We need a few people to bring some food and one parent to volunteer their time and collect jerseys.  Please sign up here:



    • Tryouts held during the week of December 7 - Boys: Mon. and Wed. from 2:30-4:25 -  Girls: Tues. and Thurs. from 2:30-4:25

    • Season runs from January 9 to March 19

    • Varsity and Junior Varsity teams for girls and boys

    • Practice days are:

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

    • 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

    • Additional information and links to the required forms can be found at:



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

    Girls’ varsity soccer games
    11/21 vs. Denny AT ROOSEVELT
    12/5 vs. McClure at TBD

    Girls’ JV soccer games
    11/21 8 a.m. vs. Hazel Wolf AT ROOSEVELT



    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:


    Explaining the News to Our Kids

    From the Counseling Office: Kids get their news from many sources -- and they're not always correct. How to talk about the news -- and listen, too:

    For more information on how to talk to your kids about a recent tragedy please visit the National Association of School Psychologists or the American Psychological Association.


    North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open

    Register your ballplayer for the upcoming 2016 Spring Baseball Season with North Seattle Baseball for Spring PE credits. Games use Pony rules that include lead-offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Visit Facebook page at or sign up at


    Tween/Teen Yoga (10 - 14 year olds) at Yogalife Queen Anne

    Classes integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation techniques. Qualifies for P.E. credit. Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm. For more information visit or email


    Seattle Vikings Rugby Club Open House

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

    The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club runs youth rugby programs for 8-19 year old boys. Spring season is February-May, practices and games are in Magnuson Park. Check or

    E-mail with 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. 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


    Babysitting Certification Class

    Learn essential skills for working as a babysitter. Taught by a CPR instructor/parent, an ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) “Child and Babysitting Safety” certification card is issued upon completion of the training.

    CPR Seattle on Stone Way. Enroll at  Promo code “babysitting2015” applies 40% discount at checkout. Call 206-504-3280 or email for more information.


    Seattle Public Safety Survey

    Seattle University is running a survey on public safety: Results will be provided to the Police Department.


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    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810

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

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