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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    DECEMBER 17, 2015

    Get your FALL FUND DRIVE donation in before the end of the year and get us over the finish line for benefitting ALL students at Hamilton!

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    12/17 - Thurs.

    Band Winter Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 – 9 PM

    12/18 - Fri.

    1-Hour Early Dismissal

    12/21 - 1/1

    ~ Winter Break, No School ~

    1/5 - Tues.

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

    Jane Addams Middle School Library

    11051 34th Ave. NE, Seattle

    1/13 - Wed.

    • 2-Hour Early Dismissal

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

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

    1/14 - Thurs.

    Night of the Arts, Commons, 7 – 9 PM



    I am writing this morning from Claire Elam’s Reading Improvement class. It’s impeccably quiet – which isn’t what we typically want to see…hear…in a classroom.

    However, in this case, half the class is reading a book of their choice, half is working on individually tailored reading exercises. Some of them are writing answers that demonstrate the ability to make inferences from an article or story; some are testing their own facility with vocabulary.

    Claire created this class last year to help all of our students with this more-critical-than-ever skill — one that goes well beyond what we expect students to learn in their English Language Arts class. Much of what happens in social studies, science, and math classes depends on reading.

    Beyond that, Hamilton International Middle School is nothing if not a reading school. There’s a reason that Ms. Mac, our librarian, bought a counter to keep our library from being dangerously crowded. That bears repeating — our library is packed with students at lunch.

    I often mention something I’ve read in this space — typically it has something to do with learning or grading or homework. But I have been sputtering along for the last month trying to read a novel (Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See). I’m lucky that its structure is short chapters alternating between its two protagonists on either side of WWII in France. It’s important to us all to be able to dive into other worlds, other times, other lives and ‘live’ there in sustained periods of time. I am eager for the time the upcoming break will offer me to consume big chunks of this world Doerr has (re)created.

    As I left Claire’s classroom, she handed gifts to her students – books she chose for each individual in her class. They were gifts and an exhortation to read for pleasure. Please encourage this for your students and yourself. Put aside the schoolwork, the work-work, and join me in joyful reading.

    Best wishes and Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal

    Note From Ms. Mac, Librarian

    Thank you for supporting your children’s reading and research, parents and guardians! Students with no overdue or lost or materials may check out more than the normal 5 items at a time to ensure they have plenty of books to read, audiobooks to listen to, and movies based on books to watch over Winter Break!

    Current Library Statistics as of 12/17/2015

    Total Circulations - 1,147 (this month), 4,678 (school year)

    Check outs - 615 (this month), 2,980 (school year)

    In-library use - 261 (this month), 1,100 (school year)

    Renewals - 271 (this month), 598 (school year)

    Total holds placed - 18 (this month), 198 (school year)



    We are in the FINAL DAYS of the Fall Fund Drive, our only PTSA fundraiser of the year.  Have you donated yet?  We have made great progress, but still need to raise about $15,000 to hit our goal.  Please take a moment to hand in that donation card or donate online.  We’ve all heard the saying, “Many hands make for light work”.  It’s true for fundraising, too.  Working together as a community, we can raise the funds that are vital to help enrich our students’ experience at Hamilton.

    The total amount we need to raise in order to fund the PTSA budget this year is $95,000.   Donations benefit ALL students at Hamilton:  academic enrichment in the classroom, support for teachers, supplies, and technology, and support for HOST and non-HOST activities outside the classroom.  No matter the size, EVERY donation helps us towards our goal and is much appreciated!  We are committed to a balanced budget and minimal carryover – your donations will be used THIS ACADEMIC YEAR!

    Donations by check can be turned in to the main office.  You may also donate online (either a one-time donation or monthly installments).  The website will remain active through the remainder of the school year, so you can donate any time.  If you’re looking ahead to tax season, keep in mind that Hamilton PTSA is a 501(c) (3) organization, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.  We will provide receipts for tax purposes by Jan. 31, 2016.

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

    Click here to donate online:


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

    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

    PTSA Winter Membership Meeting with Speaker Jennifer Kennett on “Parenting & the Teenage Brain”, Wednesday, Jan. 13

    Have you ever wondered just why teenagers seem so JenniferKennett.jpgalien?

    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

    HIMS Parents & Staff Night Out @ Fremont Brewing – Tuesday, Feb. 2


    Join us Tuesday, Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) for a night you won't forget! All HIMS Parents and Staff are invited to spend a relaxing evening at HIMS-family-owned Fremont Brewing, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Light appetizers will be provided; drinks are on you.

    PLEASE RSVP so the brewery can staff appropriately:

    ** The first 40 who RSVP get a $2 discount on their first drink, compliments of Fremont Brewing (you will receive your discount ticket when you arrive) **

    Questions? Email us at

    SAVE THE DATE:  PTA Focus Day in Olympia on Wednesday, Feb. 3

    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, Feb. 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.

    PTSA Reflections at Seattle Center Armory

    See Hamilton Reflections entries in the Online Gallery!

    In the left-hand column under Schools click “Hamilton”, then click “Next” in the top right to scroll through entries.

    All city-level entries will be on display on the 3rd floor at the Seattle Center Armory, from Dec. 5 through Jan. 3, with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 3, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM.

    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).


    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.

    From Guy Thomas, IB Diploma Program Coordinator, Ingraham HS

    The default high school assignment for HCC students is Garfield.  If an HCC student wants to attend Ingraham they need to make that request through the high school option process (school choice form) during open enrollment. HCC students, regardless of address, who request Ingraham are guaranteed a spot at Ingraham. Being full is not a problem – a significant portion of our population comes from outside of our area.

    Doing the accelerated IB program (IBx) is not required nor automatic.  It will be an opt-in program and we are still working out some of the details about how that happens.

    High School Tours


    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    6:30 PM – 7:00 PM - Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM - Welcome & Open House for 8th Grade Choices/Prospective Students for both students and parents


    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 - 7 PM Open House


    Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 28:

    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

    Thursday, Feb. 11:

    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)


    Dec. 1 - Feb. 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. 23.  (206) 252-3889, Maria Medina

    Wednesday, Feb. 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

    Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library

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

    Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and Wednesday, Feb. 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.

    Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers Needed, Wed. 1/20 & Tues. 1/26

    Parent volunteers are needed to help with 7th grade vision and hearing screenings on Wed., Jan. 20 and Tues., Jan. 26. These will be held all day, from 1st through 6th period in the Library, but volunteers can come for part of the time. No experience necessary! 4 volunteers minimum needed. Please email or call Nurse Anne Fote at or 206-252-5817. Thank you!

    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Meeting, Tues. 1/5

    The Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee is meeting just after break on Tuesday, Jan. 5.  The meeting will be held at Jane Addams Middle School from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  All are welcome.  If you would like your representative to bring up a question or concern at the meeting, please contact Noelle Clemons at  Notes relevant to Hamilton from past meetings can be found at:!forum/hims-app

    January 2e (Twice Exceptional) Meeting, Mon. 1/11

    2e meeting Monday, Jan. 11, 7 PM at the Lincoln library features Julie George, M.Ed, BCBA. Ms. George is a local therapist who works with children with high functioning autism on areas such as social skills, executive functioning, and emotion regulation. She also provides training to school districts on similar topics. She will be speaking about serving twice exceptional children with autism in schools, including common issues faced by such students and the ways that parents can best advocate for their children.  

    Library Volunteer Needed!

    Parents or community members with an interest in books, computers, and/or middle school are encouraged to complete the survey about possible duties and shifts. This survey is fewer than 10 questions and should take about 5 minutes:

    Hamilton Open House, Fri. 1/29

    Hamilton’s Open House (for prospective families) will be on Friday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, starting in the Commons.

    2016 HIMS Science Expo

    The HIMS Science Department is excited to announce the date of our 2016 Science Expo, Thursday, April 28.  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 Wednesday, Jan. 20 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.

    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 Monday, Dec. 21. Contact Brandon Severance, and check here for more information:

    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)

    TONIGHT, Dec. 17: Winter Band Concert (all bands)

    Concert begins 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.

    Concert Volunteers Needed for Winter Band Concert (Thurs., Nov. 17)

    We need volunteers TODAY and Friday to help with the Band concert! If you can help us set up today or help move instruments tomorrow, please contact Jordan Singer,, immediately. Thank you!

    TONIGHT – We need Bakers and VOLUNTEERS for Band Bake Sale!

    We need baked goods and people to help out with the sale between 6 – 9 PM Thurs., Nov. 19 in the HIMS Commons. Sign up now at

    Volunteer Opportunity: Sheet Music Librarian

    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 for more info.

    The After School Men’s Choir Seeks New Voices!

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

    Junior Jazz Session 2, Jan. 19 – Mar. 24: Registration Now Open

    The second session of Junior Jazz will meet 2:30 – 4:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 – Mar. 24. Registration is now open. Go to



    The first game of the season will be on Saturday, Jan. 9, with the last game on Saturday, March 19.


    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, Jan. 7 and registration will go live at 5:30 PM on Friday, Jan. 8.  Please follow this link for updates.

    HOST Winter session runs Jan. 19 - March 24, 2016

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


    USA International Homestay Needs Host Families!

    Learn about another culture and share your culture with a student.  Families are needed to host students from all around the world.  Host families receive a monthly stipend of $700 a month to cover cost of hosting.  Contact with questions:  USA International Homestay, 9614 NE 201st, Bothell WA 98011

    Tel:  425-483-5974, Email:, Web:  USHOMESTAY.COM

    Ballard Little League Softball & Baseball Registration Open

    Registration for the Ballard Little League 2016 seasons for Softball and Baseball is open. Register by Jan. 31 to avoid late fee. Boys and girls who live in Ballard or attend school in Ballard are eligible to play on a Ballard LL team. Enthusiastic volunteers to coach and/or umpire welcomed, no experience necessary.

    To Register visit For any other questions or additional information contact

    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 Dec. 3 - Jan. 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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