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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    DECEMBER 10, 2015

    HIMS World Language teachers say “Domo Arigato” and “Mil Gracias” to all who have donated to the FALL FUND DRIVE.  Read below to hear about the amazing opportunity YOUR donations gave them!

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    • 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


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

    Jane Addams Middle School Library

    11051 34th Ave. NE, Seattle


    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6 - 6:30 PM

    • Winter Membership Meeting, Library, 7 - 9 PM, Jennifer Kennett on “Parenting & the Teenage Brain”



    I ride my bike to school nearly every day. I’m a bit pathological about it – a couple of years ago I rode home in a snowstorm. The last few days have tested my will and my gear. My rational reason for riding my bike is it’s a way to sneak in a little physical exercise during busy weekdays. And occasionally I get smug about it—congratulating myself for not sitting in traffic, not putting miles on my car, and not burning fossil fuels. But really, it’s about me.

    At Hamilton, our students are far more altruistic and reflexively conservationist. This is most apparent in how we – really, how they – manage our resources. Paper! For an institution existing in the “digital age,” we use vast amounts of paper. And when we’re done with it, you will rarely see a piece in the trash. Even in their sometimes hurried journey through the school every day, students automatically know where the paper goes. The Commons, where students eat, is a place to see this behavior, where food waste goes flying into the compost, bottles in recycling, and plastic baggies in the landfill container.

    It’s one thing to observe this and another to have it measured. And our community’s resource management has been measured; our water use is down, our gas and electricity use is down, and the amount of stuff we are sending to the landfill is down — nearly by half over a two-year period.

    This is the work of everyone in the Hamilton community — especially the great support of Mike Tillman, our custodial engineer. And we are inspired by a group of students who make up the Hamilton Green Team. I don’t have the space to list all of the work they are busy with or the recognition and awards; here are a couple: auditing how people get to school; earning 2nd-Level Certification from Washington Green Schools; and helping us earn $1500 for our conservation progress.

    This is also the time of year where the full Hamilton community rallies to assist some less fortunate families in our community. You will see the announcement elsewhere in this newsletter, but I wanted to use this space to thank you for your support and generosity, and to Liz Chase and her Hamilton YMCA team for coordinating this work.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal


    More Fall Fund Drive Success Stories ... from San Diego!‏

    If you're still looking for great reasons to donate to the 2015 Fall Fund Drive, here’s news out of the World Languages Department!

    ¡MIL GRACIAS & DOMO ARIGATO! FROM SAN DIEGO: Your donations at work for teachers

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    Postcards and picture from HIMS World Languages teachers who attended the ACTFL conference in San Diego, Nov. 20-22 (L-R; Brandon Severance, Kayomi McDonald, Katherine Fox, Yayoi Brown and Christina Hevia)

    Dear PTSA Friends,

    Thank you for sending us to what was hands-down the best Professional Development I’ve done in my 5 years at HIMS! I got a ton of great ideas and inspiration for strategies and tools to use with our kids, to help them keep learning and staying excited about Spanish!

    With Gratitude,

    Brandon Severance

    And …

    Dear PTSA Members,

    Thank you so much for supporting us, the world language department, to attend the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference in San Diego last weekend.

    At this largest language teachers’ conference in the world, we were able to learn about new techniques and strategies, be trained on new technology, inspired by new ideas, as well as reaffirming the quality of current practices and think about ways to improve as a department.

    We are excited to bring back our learning to the HIMS community!

    Thank you again for your support,

    Yayoi Brown

    It’s messages like these that not only warm our hearts, but solidify the importance of every dollar we raise during the Fall Fund Drive. Your donations really do make THE difference at our school. THANK YOU FOR DONATING, and if you haven’t done so yet, PLEASE DO!

    To date, we’ve raised $80,000, and we’re inching closer to our goal of $95,000 with every donation we receive.

    PLEASE GIVE TODAY so that we can continue giving our teachers opportunities like this, which in turn give our students the education they deserve!

    Click here to donate online:


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

    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

    Any questions, please contact PTSA VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at

    PTSA Winter Membership Meeting with Speaker Jennifer Kennett on “Parenting & the Teenage Brain”

    Have you ever wondered just why teenagers seem so alien?

    The answer often lies in the brain! Let Mental Health Counselor Jennifer Kennett unravel this mystery for you at the PTSA Winter Membership Meeting. Come learn about how the teenage brain differs from an adult brain, and what you as a parent can do differently to communicate with a brain that is still under construction!

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 - 9 PM in the Hamilton Library

    *ALL* Hamilton parents and community members are invited to join us for this second PTSA Membership meeting of the school year. We’ll begin the program with 15-30 minutes of PTSA business, then move on to the night’s featured speaker.  Question and Answer time will follow her presentation.  We hope you’ll join us!

    For more information, contact us at

    SAVE THE DATE:  PTA Focus Day in Olympia on Wednesday February 3, 2016

    The State is in contempt of Court for under funding basic education, resulting in our large classes and overcrowded buildings. Legislators need to see and hear from our parents and teachers.  Plan to join PTA members from across the state in Olympia on Wednesday February 3, 2016 to join our collective voice in support of our legislative priorities:

    E-mail Sam Bell, PTSA Legislative Liaison, at if you plan to attend and/or want to help rally others.

    Community Service Projects for HIMS Families

    After the holidays, we’d like to do some “giving back” and plan one or more community service projects for students and their families to carry out together.  Ideally we’d plan one for each grade level.  For a start we’re looking for members of our school community who have connections that might lead to meaningful and appropriate projects or who would like to help to organize these events.  If you have any good contacts, brilliant ideas, and/or would like to help out, please call or write to Sherry Wilhelm, PTSA 6th Grade Liaison (, 206-784-5779).

    PTSA Member Benefits Update

    • Dec. 16 is WSPTA Day at Krispy Kreme! Show your membership card for a 20% discount

    • Great Wolf Lodge has extended its 20% discount through 2016

    • What do the Harlem Globetrotters, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Mickey Mouse all have in common? Discounts for WSPTA members! You can find information on these and many other discounts here

    PTSA Reflections at Seattle Center Armory

    All Reflections 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 an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 3, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.


    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.

    High School Enrollment for HCC Families

    Enrollment for Highly Capable Students Rising to Sixth or Ninth Grades

    Currently enrolled fifth- and eighth-grade Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) students are automatically assigned to their regional Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) middle school site for sixth grade or to Garfield for ninth grade and do not need to submit school choice forms.

    Enrollment for Accelerated IB Option at Ingraham High School

    Highly Capable eighth- or ninth-graders attending Hamilton, Washington, Jane Addams or Garfield may request an assignment to the Accelerated IB option at Ingraham by filling out a High School Choice Form during the open enrollment period. See the district's Enrollment webpage.

    Please contact 8th grade counselor Kelli Colleran,, with questions.

    High School Tours


    Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7 PM Open House


    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 for Open House and tours.


    Ski bus early registration is still open and will be until Tuesday, 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!

    2016 HIMS Science Expo

    The HIMS Science Department is excited to announce the date of our 2016 Science Expo, Thursday, April 28th.  Students will participate in a science investigation, engineering project, read a nonfiction science book, or research a STEM career.  Project guidelines will be announced by science teachers on January 20th and will be due mid-April.  Students eligible for the 2016 Middle School Science & Engineering Fair will be evaluated by grade level teams and announced by the end of May.  The 2016 Middle School Science & Engineering Fair date is estimated for early June.

    Notes from the Counseling Office

    Emotional Regulation - Whether we like it or not, we experience moments when our emotions get the best of us. Sometimes acting out of emotion isn’t helpful, especially for middle school students. During the month of December we will be teaching students ways they can effectively regulate their emotions by way of awareness, compassion, and empathy.

    Reducing Test Anxiety - While a little anxiety before a test can be good, excessive anxiety can hinder a student’s ability to perform at their best. Below are some tips to help reduce test anxiety.

    • Get adequate sleep leading up to the test, quiz or assessment

    • Practice visualizing the test experience; walking into the classroom, taking out your pen/pencil, reading directions, answering questions correctly, and imagine getting the grade that you want

    • Don’t forget to breathe. Before the test, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Do this at least 5-7 times. Research tells us that focused breathing can lower a student’s heart rate and stress levels

    Student Resilience - Middle school is the place for error, and kids learning the value of figuring out how to overcome failure without real consequences. The resiliency and problem solving skills far outweigh maintaining good grades at all costs:

    Additional articles can be found at

    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)

    Upcoming events

    • TONIGHT: Vocal Jazz & Choir Night. 7 PM in the HIMS Commons. Bahn Mi sandwiches and baked goods will be available for purchase!

    • Wed., Dec 16: Chamber Orchestra. Students will be performing for the residents of University House, 10:30 AM – Noon

    • Thurs., Dec 17: Winter Band Concert (all bands). 7 PM at Lincoln High School. Bahn Mi sandwiches and baked goods will be available. Please note all food must be consumed BEFORE entering the auditorium

    Help us Keep our Lincoln Space: Don't Bring Food in the Auditorium!

    Attention concert goers: Please note that food is STRICTLY PROHIBITED in the Lincoln auditorium. (This includes taking unwrapped food into the audience.) 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 Volunteers Needed for Winter Band Concert (Thurs., Nov 17)

    Our band concerts in the Lincoln HS auditorium are a pleasure to attend. A big part of a successful concert is the behind-the-scenes work by parent volunteers! Volunteers are needed for the Dec. 17th concert. There are three crews:

    • Wed., 12/16 - Instrument Moving Crew: Help us transport instruments from HIMS to Lincoln after school the day before concert

    • Thurs., 12/17 – Concert Crew: Help us out the day of/during the concert

    • Fri., 12/18 – Instrument Moving Crew: Help us get the instruments back to HIMS

    If you can lend a hand, please contact Jordan Singer, Thank you!

    Bakers/Bake Sale Volunteers Needed for Dec. 17 Band Concert

    We need baked goods and people to help out with the FOMAHI Winter Band Concert Bake Sale between 6 – 9 PM Thursday, Dec. 17 in the HIMS Commons. Sign up now at: and help make the sale a success!

    Volunteer Opportunity: Sheet Music Librarian

    HIMS has a healthy library of sheet music, but we need help to keep it running! Can you spare a couple of hours during the school day once a week (or 3-4 hours every two weeks)? This is a chance to make a BIG difference for our music students and teachers! The Music Library crew needs help. We're here to train and support you. Help keep the library functioning for years to come! Contact FOMAHI volunteer coordinator Fiona Cohen

    The After School Men’s Choir Seeks New Voices!

    The Men’s Choir is open to all students interested in vocal instruction. They 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.

    Have a Music Student? Sign up for FOMAHI and Subscribe to your Newsletter

    Don’t miss out on music classroom news! Register your student with FOMAHI and sign up for your class newsletter (My Account/Subscription Preferences):


    Basketball Tryouts Reminder

    This week, Girls Basketball tryouts are on Tuesday and Thursday. Boys Basketball tryouts are on Wednesday and Friday. Please go to the gym by 2:30 on these days. Practice lasts until 4:25.

    Because HOST is ending on Thursday, Dec. 10, there will be no activity bus on Friday, the final Boy’s Basketball tryout day. Kids will need to provide their own transportation or be picked up that day after tryouts. Also, there are no after-school activity buses next week for basketball practices.

    If your child is selected, practices for the Boy’s teams are Monday and Wednesday and the Girl’s teams are Tuesday and Thursday after school. Practices start next week.


    HOST Survey!

    Please take a minute to fill out a survey to help inform us on how we can make HOST programming even better!  Your input matters!!:

    HOST Program Dates

    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


    Garfield HS Holiday Concert

    Messiah Sing-Along - 7:30 PM, Friday, Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church.

    Northwest Seattle Little League (NWSLL) Registration

    NWSLL is chartered through Little League Baseball and offers a variety of divisions for both baseball and softball.  On-time registration runs from December 3-January 15.  Please visit to learn more and to register on-line.  Questions?  Please send email to

    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. Sign up at


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