October 30, 2014

First Things First ...

**Parent Coffee Hour, Oct. 30, 7:45am**

**Deadline Reflections Art Contest, Nov. 3**

Upcoming Events ...
  • Thursday, 10/30 Parent Coffee Hour, Commons, 7:45-9:00am
  • Sunday, 11/2Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • Monday, 11/3 Deadline for submission for Reflections art contest
  • Friday, 11/7Pajama Day Dance, Gym 2:30-4:15

Please check the calendar on the HIMS website for a complete listing of events.

Daily Schedule/Bell times
Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814
Hamilton Happenings

We are in thefinal daysof the Fall Fund Drive, our only PTSA fundraiser of the year. Have you donated yet? Thanks to all of your generous donations so far, we are inching closer to our goal – we only need to raise an additional $15,000!Working together as a community, we can raise the funds that are vital to help enrich our students’ experience at Hamilton.Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office byOctober 31. You may also donate online (either a one-time donation or in monthly installments), athttps://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gohawks

·The total amount we need to raise in order to fund the PTSA budget this year is$82,000.

·Donations benefitALLstudents at Hamilton: academic enrichment in the classroom, support for teachers, supplies, and technology, and support for HOST and non-HOST activities outside the classroom.

·NEW to the budget this year: more funding for Academic Enrichment; funding for Student Activities Support (non-HOST activities); and support for the new WEB (“Where Everyone Belongs”) Program

·In past years, the average donation has been approximately $200. However,EVERYdonation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount!

·We are committed to a balanced budget and minimal carryover – your donations will be used during the 2014-2015 academic year.

THANK YOUfor 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 atdsundblad@comcast.net

Hamilton Speaker Series starts with some Math to Make You Laugh!

Do you love math?Then this event is for you!

Do you hate math?Then this event is really for you!
The Hamilton PTA invites students and their families to join us onTuesday, November 18, from7-8:30 pmin the Hamilton Commons for a night of fun!Matt Parker, possibly the world's only "stand up mathematician" will be sharing his two passions: mathematics and stand-up comedy!Matt not only holds the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer, but also performs a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Matt Parker's book,Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and Morewill be available for purchase.Our thanks to Phinney Books for coordinating book sales.For more information about Matt Parker, check out his website,standupmaths.comand mark your calendars forNovember 18- it promises to be exponentially entertaining!.

Reflections Deadline extended to Monday November 3rd

This is the week for students to finish up and submit their artworks for the Reflections contest.Thesubmission deadline has been extended toMonday November 3, so that kids don’t have to deal with bringing in their artworks and Halloween costumes on the same day.


Submission forms, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, are available in the main office. Completed submissions, with signed entry forms, may be placed in the large box in the corner of the main office anytime up to the end of the day onNovember 3.Judging will take place in November. Those pieces moving on to the city level will be announced byDecember 1.


Entry forms and contest rules are available in the office or may be found here. Contact Lauren@laurenmarshall.com with questions or get more information on the HIMS PTSA webpage.

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteers Needed...

Ski Bus Coordinator
Currently Hamilton does NOT have a Ski Bus coordinator for the 2014/2015 season.IfHamilton is unable to secure a coordinator there is a likely chance that Ski Bus will not happen at Hamilton this year.If you are interested in taking a lead position with the Ski Bus, please contact Liz Chase atlizachase@gmail.com. Deadline for a Ski Bus coordinator will be November 5that 3:00pm.

Health Screening Assistants– Monday, Nov. 10 & Wednesday, Nov. 12
Help HIMS Nurse, Anne Fote, with Vision & Hearing screening, from 8:15am to 2 pm (you will have a lunch break between 11:30 and 12:00 or 12:30). Volunteers may work half shifts or any block of time that works with their schedule. Ms. Fote will train you in the screening procedure the day you volunteer.To schedule a time, please contact Ms. Fote at206-252-5817oratamfote@seattleschools.org.

Volunteers must complete the Volunteer Requirements and return all forms to Hamilton’s front office. If you have questions about this process, please email Hamilton Volunteer Coordinator, Trina Torgelsonatkltorgelson@seattleschools.org.


Enrolled in both music AND a world language (or 2nd year-long elective class)?Then your student must complete aPE Waiverand place it in the marked box on the front counter of the HIMS Main Office byDecember 1, 2014. A new PE waiver form must be filled out each year. Please see the Hamilton website for access to the form:http://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org/
Upcoming Music Events:
11/1-2Vocal Jazz to Camp Burton (Vashon Island)
11/12 FOMAHI Board meeting,7-8 pm, Library
11/12 Jazz clinic with Ron Carter,7-9pm,all jazz ensembles
11/22 Mill Creek Jazz Symposium, Sr. Jazz
11/20 Fall Jazz Night,7-9pm, Commons

The concert season is right around the corner - does your student musician have the right concert attire?

GUYS: WHITE pressed winged tuxedo shirt; BLACK bow tie (Beginning, Cadet, and Concert Orchestras/Bands; Choir); BLUE bowtie and cummerbund (SymphonyOrchestra, Symphonic Band, Senior Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz); BLACK dress pants (no jeans); BLACK dress shoes; BLACK socks.
GIRLS: BLACK dress shirt - ¾ length sleeve or longer; BLACK dress pants – twill slacks or chinos that fit away from the leg (no jersey materials or leggings)
NOTE: BLACK socks or nylons REQUIRED with dress pants; BLACK flat dress shoes.

Please see the FOMAHI page on the website for more information.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

PE Waiver Information

If your child is participating in an athletic HOST class, please note that the YMCA will be writing and submitting a letter directly to the school registrar. This letter will include the HOST class that they are in and the number of hours they have received. Copies of your students letter will be available upon request. Please contact the HOST office via email if you have any questions about the HOST PE Waiver process.


Winter/Spring HOST Enrollment

HOST Winter/Spring Enrollment will begin on January 9that 2:30pm. Please be on the look-out for more information on the Hamilton website.


HOST Session Dates for 2015

HOSTWinterprograms will run from Jan. 20th– April 2nd

HOSTSpringprograms will run from April 6th– June 11th

Questions? Please feel free to call or email the YMCA office if you have any questions or concerns. eachase@seattleschools.org or 206.252.5831.


Girls Soccer and Ultimate are underway.

The above information was submitted by the HIMS Athletics department. For more information on Athletics or specific sports, please see the Athletics page of the HIMS website, or contact HIMS House Administrator, Christy Smith at clsmith2@seattleschools.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.


November's meeting of the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee isTuesday, November 4at Lincoln library from6:30-8:30pm. As your parent representative on the committee, I'd like to hear from you about any issues you have with APP/HCC here at Hamilton, or questions you would like addressed. Please contact me atnzooks@yahoo.comso I can get it on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public and you are welcome to attend. Also, if you haven't already done so, sign up for our Hamilton Google group for information specific to our community athttp://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hims-app

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Principal's Letter



This week's letter is from assisant principal Tim Snyder

Dear Hamilton Families,

Ifeel fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Hamilton International Middle School. From the first time I walked into the building I was welcomed to this enthusiastic community of learners and educators.
As I reflect on my first two months there are some powerful things I have observed. I am impressed with the kindness the students express to each other and to the school faculty. They have a genuine interest in learning and as I visit classrooms, the students are free to ask creative and thoughtful questions that truly reflect their interest in making the most of their education.
I have also witnessed the dedication and skill of the staff. Core values are a significant part of being an educator. The reason this is important is because it frames how we work with students, families and staff. At Hamilton, there is a common thread of values. The belief that all students can grow and excel is the thread that I have seen in every classroom.
Every day I see students and teachers working together to build the skills and competencies of the students. I see students being offered options for assessments to show what they know and can do. This gives everyone more opportunity to showcase their learning and teachers to better understand their students. I appreciate this hard work and I am amazed at how well this works at Hamilton. I am honored to be a part of this partnership.
Go Hawks!
Tim Snyder
Assistant Principal


Lake City Teen NightNovember 14th 7-10pmAll 6th- 12th Grade Students are invited to join us for a FREE dinner and Movie Night! We will have games, music, snacks, and a safe place to spend the evening with friends. Located at George: Center for Community 2212NE 125th. Contact us with questions:206-915-3371ornorthseattleyouth@gmail.com


Veterans Day Basketball Camp @ Roosevelt High School,Tuesday, November 11th, 2014,9am-Noon.Boys and Girls Grades 2nd - 8th.Coach Chase Young and his staff will be leading the camp.Register atwww.hoopaholics.com

Ballard High School Performing ArtsFall Orchestra Concert istonight,Thursday October 30, at7:00 PM - 9:00 PMat Ballard High school.The Chamber Orchestra will be performing in a side-by-side with local professional Orchestra, NW Philharmonia, directed by Julia Tai. Gloria Ferry-Brennan will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. Join us for an afternoon of world-class music onSunday, November 23, @2:30 PM,St. Stephen's Episcopal Church!For more info visithttp://www.ballardperformingarts.org/

Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race invite you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation. Dinner and activities are complimentary.

WHO? All SPS students, staff and families are welcome at this event!WHEN AND WHERE? Thursday, November 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pmat NOVA/SBOC- World School (the old Meany Middle School) in the LunchroomWHAT CAN I EXPECT? Dinner will be provided. Craft tables will be available for younger attendees. Members of the School Board and other District staff will welcome you.

WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO R.S.V.P?This will be a well-attended event, so reserve a space for you and your family today! Please reply by November 12th. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Lisa Love at 252-0982 orLLove@seattleschools.org(let us know how many people are in your party).


Ballard Youth Basketball

We are excited to announce ourWinter Season tryoutscoming upNovember 16that Ballard Boys and Girls Club. This is for Boys 4th-8th Grades with practices once per week and 3 tournaments through the season as a nice compliment to school team programs.Registration is required on our website,www.ballardyouthbasketball.com


8th Grade Boys Winter Basketball Team looking for more players.
Come join the fun and join our player roster!Recruiting players for 8th gradewinter basketball team. Sign-up through Parks & Rec (Ravenna Community Center), December practices/January games. All skill sets are welcome. We have our coaches confirmed, we just need to finalize our player roster. If interested, please contact Theresa Lindauer attheresalindauer@live.com.

JazzED Music
Calling all motivated student-musicians! Seattle JazzEDhas moved to Madison Valley and we’re still accepting students!Big Band Ensembles rehearse weekly from October through May and cater to all skill levels. Students in grades 4-12 work with professional musicians and educators, perform and have fun! Ensemble placement by audition. No previous music experience required for the Introductory Ensemble. Scholarships and payment plans available. Easy registration and info atwww.seattlejazzed.orgor call 206-324-JAZZ (5299)

Vámonos Spanish Center

Interested in an after school immersion Spanish program for your middle schooler? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish yourself? Then come to Vámonos Spanish Center, now open in Wallingford, and take classes with Srta. Amanda (a.k.a Maestra R.)! We also offer one-on-one tutoring, guided foreign travel, and immersion summer camps! For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.vamonosspanish.com ¡HASTA PRONTO!

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