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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    DECEMBER 3, 2015

    DID YOU HEAR? On November 23rd, every HIMS student was treated to an entertaining and evocative performance by Taproot Theater.

    DID YOU KNOW? Your Fall Fund Drive dollars paid for it! See below for details, pictures, and how you can help make more meaningful moments like this happen at HIMS!

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    Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 – 9 pm


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

    • Wednesday, Dec. 9 -  HOST Drama Show – “Sketchfest”


    • Choir Concert, Commons, 7 – 9 pm

    • End of Host!


    Band Winter Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 – 9 pm


    1-Hour Early Dismissal

    12/21 - 1/1

    Winter Break, No School



    There’s always a tension at this time of year that arises as a result of the busiest holiday season for many and the important daily routines of a school. One of the ways that research suggests teachers can create an environment and culture of learning is through routines. But seasons and holidays – and human beings – are not routine.

    In Hamilton classrooms we find teachers have created a culture of learning that takes care of all of the “business” of class through established procedures and process so that the richer and newer content can be what students are focused on. Students know, for example, where the agenda is going to be in Mr. Radcliffe’s class; they know where to turn in an assignment; they know what happens the minute before the end of class; they know when it’s time to sharpen a pencil.

    All of that business of school can be challenged at this time of year. This is when routines are disrupted at home; there are celebrations both real and forced; there are expectations put on all of us by traditions, by the media, by our peers; our nurse’s office gets much busier; sleep isn’t as sound as it should be.

    And yet, we want to celebrate the passing of the calendar year and the many end-of-year holidays with joy and fellowship.

    All that to say that school is happening. Projects are due, vocabulary must be acquired, and concerts are prepared for and performed.

    We are especially attentive to this rich mix at Hamilton, looking our for how that tension affects our students and our staff, acknowledging the celebrations our families are having and getting ready for, and keeping the focus on learning.

    One way to see all this greatly realized is to attend tonight’s first Hamilton orchestra concert of  the year. I know that you will be amazed at what our students are capable of doing and learning. The concert begins at 7 in the Lincoln Auditorium.

    Best wishes and go Hawks!  

    Tipton Blish, Principal


    STILL TIME TO GIVE: Fall Fund Drive extended

    As we’ve wound down to the end of the 2015 Fall Fund Drive – still short of our goal – we’ve decided to tack on a few more weeks in order to give everyone a chance to participate and get their donations in!  


    So that we can keep doing great things with your donations … like this ...

    Counselors’ Call Answered:

    Taproot Theater brought to HIMS with your Fall Fund Drive dollars!

    It started with a simple request.

    The Counseling Department would like to proceed with requesting PTSA’s financial support of bringing Taproot Theatre to Hamilton for two productions of ‘Relationship Status’ a play about social responsibility and the consequences of gossip & cyberbullying,” wrote Luke Sworts, Mental Health Therapist and Prevention Specialist at Hamilton.  “The incorporation of technology and social media into today’s society makes this play particularly relevant for Hamilton middle schoolers. We hope you will support us in providing this unique and engaging opportunity for our students.”

    The answer was of course, “Yes!” and the result was an engaged and entertained student body on November 23rd, when every Hamilton student was able to see this production about bullying, gossip, and personal responsibility in social situations.



    The Hamilton PTSA was proud to finance bringing this production to our school, but we could only do so because of the financial support of parents like YOU.

    THANK YOU to those who have already donated this fall!  To date, we’ve raised $70,000 towards our goal of $95,000 and every donation gets us closer to our goal!

    So why wait?! GIVE TODAY so that we can continue to provide a robust year of experiences (like the Taproot Theater production!) that our students and families have come to expect and appreciate.

    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

    PTSA Reflections Advancing Artists Announced

    THANK YOU to all the HIMS students who participated in the PTSA Reflections Program this year. The level of work coming out of our HIMS community was impressive! We should all be proud of the talented students among us. We have over four times as many entries as we could advance this year. Of our 69 submissions, we could only advance 15 pieces.

    Congratulations to the following students who will be moving on to city level judging in their art categories:

    MUSIC COMPOSITION - Kendra B. (Grade 6)

    DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY - Aiden E. (Grade 6), Lili C. (Grade 7)

    PHOTOGRAPHY - Beatrice G. (Grade 8), Carly N. (Grade 6)

    VISUAL ARTS - Annika L. (Grade 8), Ava K. (Grade 8), Carly N. (Grade 6), Jack B. (Grade 7), Johanna E. (Grade 6), Karel S. F. (Grade 7), Sophia B. (Grade 7), Simone K. (Grade 8)

    LITERATURE - Liana H. (Grade 6), Sofia F. (Grade 6)

    All entries that moved on to the city level will be on display on the 3rd floor at the Seattle Center Armory, from December 5th through January 3rd, with the Opening Celebration on Sunday, December 6, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM and an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 3, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

    So plan a visit and enjoy viewing the art from fellow students in your city!

    HIMS PTSA Membership has its BENEFITS!

    With over 500 members so far this year, HIMS PTSA is going strong. Thank you!

    We’re pleased to share that the WA State PTA has some great new benefits for members. Membership cards should have arrived via email. If you haven't received yours, please let us know at

    Haven't joined the HIMS PTSA yet? It’s not too late! Sign up at and you, too, can enjoy these benefits:

    Wild Waves Holiday with Lights

    • In December, Wild Waves Theme Park transforms into a nighttime wonderland! Purchase tickets here to save up to $6 off adult admission

    Pacific Northwest Ballet

    • Get a 10% discount off all performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™! Purchase tickets here


    • Get special pricing on MyForce a smartphone-based personal security system. Details here

    other member benefits, be sure to check the WA State PTA website!


    ASB Clothing Drive

    Please help us keep our Seattle friends warm this winter by donating new and gently used clothing items that will be donated to Solid Ground and Family Works. These donations will be collected in homerooms. Each homeroom will be in a grade level competition and the homeroom that collects the most items will be rewarded with a hot cocoa party.

    Items are due Monday, December 14th and the party will be on Thursday, December 17th.


    Ski bus early registration is still open and will be until December 15th.  Please sign up now as our planning committee will assess the number of students signed up at that time and we may have to close registration due to large numbers of students.

    If you are interested in season ski rentals you can check in with Alpine Hut (on 15th), Play It Again Sports (downtown near REI), or REI.  You can also arrange a season ski rental through the mountain but it does slow your student down a little to have to go to the rental shop every week.

    For registration and information go to  Looking forward to a great season!


    Taproot Theater’s performance of “Relationship Status” dealt with friendship, wanting to fit in, bullying, cyber bullying and in the end, integrity.  This was a cumulating event for the Counseling Office’s BCC (Building Climate Curriculum) lessons section for Anti-Bullying.  We encourage you to talk to your kids about bullying.  It might not be happening to them and they might not even have been a witness to it, but if it ever happens to them or others they will know what to do.

    Here are articles from ParentMap about keeping your kids safe in a digital world:

    Garfield and Ingraham High School Tours


    January 26 (Tuesday) and January 28 (Thursday):

    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM – meet in the Quincy Jones Auditorium (preferably) or the Gym (if necessary)

    9:45 AM - 10:30 AM – Building Tours

    February 11 (Thursday):

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM – presentation in the Commons followed by self-guided tours with ASB/Link Leader support (department heads and program staff)


    December 1 - February 25

    Shadow Visits begin on Tues., Weds. and Thurs. from 7:50 AM - 11:55 AM. Parents can call to register their student for a shadow visit beginning Nov. 23rd.  (206) 252-3889, Maria Medina

    February 3 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium

    Open House.  This is a general information night open to everyone - Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham

    February 10 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library

    IB Information Night for parents and students going into the IB Program

    February 3 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and February 10 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Day Time Tours.  Tour begins in the school Auditorium - parents must accompany students

    Questions? Call the Main Office (206) 252-3889, no need to RSVP.

    Peru Service Learning Trip

    Our service learning trip to Peru is quickly approaching and we still have room for a few travelers. There are currently 14 travelers from HIMS in addition to two teacher-leaders. Highlights of the trip: service learning at a Peruvian school, a day at Machu Picchu, tours of Lima and Cuzco, and more! The trip is during spring break and costs $3455 until December 21st. Contact Brandon Severance, and check here for more information:

    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

    Call for Yearbook Pictures!

    Have 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)

    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!).

    Concert attire changes for 2015-16

    Music students are required to dress appropriately for concerts. Please note 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:

    • 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 (


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

    Final Girls’ varsity soccer game
    12/5 vs. McClure at TBD

    Basketball Tryout Reminder

    ATTENTION:  All students planning to try out for basketball next week MUST sign up with Ms. Smith, our Athletic Director, during lunch in the lunchroom this week.  Please sign up with her as soon as possible.  Turn all paperwork in to the main office by Wed., December 2nd and plan to tryout the week of December 7th. If you have any questions, please check with Ms. DelaCruz or Ms. Smith.

    ATTENTION: BOYS Basketball Tryouts Rescheduled

    Boys basketball tryouts were scheduled to take place next Monday (12/7) and Wednesday (12/9) but have been rescheduled to next Wednesday and Friday, after school, from 2:30 - 4:30. Please see Ms. Smith if you have any questions.


    HOST Drama Production

    The Drama Club will perform their final piece on Tuesday, December 9th at 3:15 PM in the cafeteria. Please join us for this very funny comedy! This is also a great chance for future Drama Club participants to see what happens in drama class!

    HOST Program Dates

    HOST programs will wrap up on Thursday, December 10th. Winter HOST classes will be available to view online starting Thursday, January 7th and registration will go live at 5:30 PM on Friday, January 8th.

    HOST Winter session runs January 19th - March 24th, 2016

    HOST Spring session runs March 28th - June 9th, 2016 (Spring registration begins on Wednesday, March 9th at 5:30 PM)

    Hamilton Holiday Help Program

    The YMCA and the counseling office are organizing our annual Hamilton Holiday Assistance program for HIMS families in need. We have a number of families in need this year, so if you are interested in helping, please do so by dropping off a gift or gift card to the YMCA office by Tuesday, December 15th. For questions  contact the YMCA at (206) 252-5831 or email The YMCA is happy to provide (on request) a tax deductible letter for donations.

    If you are a Hamilton family that could use some additional support this holiday season, please contact Liz Chase at (206) 252-5831 or by email at

    Please be on the lookout for a HOST survey in the next newsletter. This survey will help inform us on how we can make HOST programming even better! You input matters!!


    Queen Anne Quick Styx Girls Youth Lacrosse Spring 2016 Registration Open

    Online registration for Girls Lacrosse is open at

    $50 early bird registration discount. More information in the Parent link on the website.

    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

    Parents Aiming Too High Can Harm Child's Academic Performance

    Article from the American Psychological Association:


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