February 12, 2015

First Things First ...
** NOSCHOOLFEB. 16 & 17 **
And save the date: HIMS Pi(e) Night will be held 3/10!


Upcoming Events ...

    • Mon. 2/16 Midwinter break -- NOSCHOOL!
    • Tue., 2/17 Midwinter break -- NOSCHOOL!
    • Mon. 2/23 Co-ed track begins
    • Tues. 2/24 Boys' soccer begins
    • Wed. 2/25 Girls' volleyball begins
    • Wed. 2/25 NW Cluster Band Festival (Concert band), Ballard HS
    • Thurs. 2/26 Hawk Pride Ceremony, 2:45-3:15 p.m.
    • Tues. 3/3 Parent Ed Night on substance abuse prevention, 5-8 p.m.
    • Thurs. 3/5 Jazz Night, 7-9 p.m., Hamilton Commons NEWDATE
    • Tues. 3/10 HIMS Pi(e) Night! Details to follow

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


A community survey for parents from Seattle Public Schools has been posted to the HIMS homepage. Please take a few minutes to provide valuable information to the search committee.


Are you interested in working with the Principal Search Committee this spring?
If so, this is your invitation to submit a letter indicating interest to the Hamilton PTSA. The PTSA Board has convened a small committee of Hamilton parents who will read the applications and choose applicants who represent the best cross-section of Hamilton programs, academic tracks, backgrounds and interests. The applicants who are chosen will be invited to join the Principal Search Committee.

Interview dates are TBD, but we anticipate that there will be one or more interview days to take place in the last two weekends in March at the John Stanford Center. Applicants should be available for both days on both weekends, since we don’t yet know what date(s) will be selected. The district will also likely provide training for selection committee members prior to the interviews.

If you are interested in joining the Principal Search Committee, please email your introduction letter tohims.ptsa.president@gmail.com, or turn it in at the Hamilton Office and ask the office staff to put it in the PTSA mailbox.

Letters of application are due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18. (NEW DATE due to the holiday.)

In your letter, please be sure to address or include:

  • Your relevant background and contact information
  • Your family association with Hamilton (including grade level, gender, and elementary school)


  • Specific interests or programs that you have experience with in the Hamilton community (i.e., any of the academic programs, music, Special Ed, ESL, athletics, PTSA, etc.)


  • Why you are interested in being on the Search Committee
And any other information that you think would make you a valuable asset for the Search Committee.

Please limit your letter to one page. We also ask that applicants have had a student at Hamilton within the period of 2013-2015, and that they will also have a student at Hamilton in 2015-2016.

For questions or clarification, please contact HIMS PTSA President Lisa Melenyzer at lmelenyzer@gmail.com.


We need committee members to review this fiscal year's financial business and to workshop create a budget for the 2015-16 year. The commitment for each of these committees would be approximately 2-4 hours. If you would be interested in working on either of these committees, please contact Barbara Vaughey, our PTSA Treasurer, at bvaughey@gmail.com.

There will also be other openings on the PTSAcommittee that we are in the process of determining. If you would like further information, please contact Erica Jorgensen, VP of Communications, at HamiltonNews15@gmail.com.


As we mentioned last week, the 2015 Legislative Session is underway.
In addition to education funding, the legislature is considering a number of education related bills.

One that the Seattle Council PTSA is tracking closely is the "Breakfast after the Bell" program. The bill would fund grants for high-needs schools allowing them to participate in the Federal Breakfast program.
In the House (HB 1295) and the Senate (SB 5437), the bill has a broad base of support and cleared a critical hurdle this week when it passed the House Education Committee. For more information, visit SchoolBreakfastWA.org.

Make your voice heard! Contact your elected officials to share your opinion on education funding and other priorities that kids need to be successful.

The Washington State Legislative Hotline will allow you to get messages to your representatives, senator, and the Governor’s office. 1.800.562.6000.

Check out the Washington State Legislature’s website to learn more: http://leg.wa.gov/

We will keep you posted as bills and budgets progress over the next few months.
If you have any questions, please contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison
metaralee925@gmail.com, or 206-851-4452.

We ♥ Our PTSA Members!

Thanks to all the great support from the Hamilton community, our PTSA has qualified for a Washington State PTA “Sapling Award.” Nice work Hamilton families! This award recognizes local PTAs that enroll at least 75% as many members as there are students in the school. With a total of 776 HIMS PTSA members so far this year, our school is looking good!

If you have any questions about PTSA membership, or if you never received your HIMS PTSA membership card, please contact Elizabeth Carson-Cheng, our Membership Chair, at eli_carson@yahoo.com.


Thank you for participating in the Hamilton PTSA 2014 Fall Fund Drive! Together with anticipated corporate matches, your donations have raised just over $90,000! This will enable us to meet our PTSA budget for the year, and will help support the programs and community that we all value here at Hamilton.

Every student, and the entire Hamilton community, will benefit from your generous donations. The PTSA is committed to using these funds in the 2014-2015 academic year, and in the event of a surplus, we will work with Principal Watters to ensure that any funds are re-allocated as necessary to achieve that purpose.

All tax receipt letters were sent in December and January. If you did not receive one, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net.

If you work for a company who offers corporate matching, please be sure and submit any necessary paperwork to your company to inform them of your donation and get the process started on the matching funds. We are working diligently to respond to all requests for confirmation as they come our way. Any questions about corporate matching can be directed to Deb Sundblad, VP of Fundraising, at dsundblad@comcast.net, or Barbara Vaughey, Treasurer, at bvaughey@gmail.com.


Please mark your calendars for another important event. On Tuesday, March 3, Lisa Davidson from SPS will join us here at Hamilton for an engaging and informative evening focusing on the role of adults in preventing adolescent substance use. This parent education night is for adults only, but childcare can be provided.

For more information contact Luke Sworts, Neighborcare Therapist: (206) 940-2582.

Lice alert!

We have several cases of head lice in our building at this time so parents please check your child’s hair and all household members. If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treatment will be necessary. Let me know if you would like me to check. For more information contact me or visit www.headlice.org.


Anne Fote RN, BSN

HIMSStudent/Family Directory, now with street addresses!

Bust out the postage stamps, because the updated 2013-2014 HIMSFamily Directory now comes with complete street addresses for your mailing pleasure!

For the security of everyone's personal information, the directory is located on the HIMS website, and can only be viewed by users who log onto the website. Find it on the PTSA page under "Quick Links" (or click HERE and then log on when prompted, just as you would to see classroom Fusion pages).

Please DO NOT forward this file to others. The directory contains contact information that is intended for personal use only, to facilitate communication between Hamilton families.

Class of 2019 High School Info Session and Tour information


This month our 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools are offering information nights in the coming weeks. Registration for high school classes will follow in April/May. The counseling department will be working with students to make sure they have the information needed prior to registration.


Please visit the HIMS website Counseling Center page for more information and resources.



Garfield High School

Tour for current 8th grade students and parents

TODAY, Thursday, February 12, 9-10:30 a.m.

Open House for 8th Grade Parents and Students

Tuesday, February 17, 7-8 p.m.

IBxInformation Night
February 12, 7 pm, Ingraham Library
This is an information night just parents of students who are in the Highly Capable Cohort and are interested in the Ingraham Highly Capable/IBx Program.

Questions? Contact the main office at (206) 252-3888. No need to RSVP for tours or open houses.

Music (FOMAHI)News

Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra

Feb. 25: NW Cluster Band Festival, (Concert Band), Ballard HS

Feb. 26-Mar 1: Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (Senior Jazz and Vocal Jazz), weekend trip, University of Idaho

Feb. 27-28: Camp Burton (Concert and Senior Orchestras),Vashon Island

March 5: NEW DATE!!! Winter Jazz Night, (all Jazz Ensembles), 7pm HIMS Commons


Music-a-thon News: Thanks to all donors and volunteers for making the Music-a-thon a huge success! We met our fundraising goal of $20k which allows us to fully fund all music programs for the remainder of this year. Kudos to the students who performed at the evening's talent show and special thanks to student MC's, Don Draper and Colm Scott, whose jokes and banter made for an entertaining evening.

We will be accepting late Music-a-thon packets, with one more drawing on February 23 for a final prize. All completed envelope/forms will be counted toward pizza or dessert parties for highest class participation. Please encourage your young musicians to turn them in!

Jazz Night has been MOVED!
Winter Jazz Night has been moved to Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Commons. Please update your calendar!


It’s not too late to sign up for HOST after-school classes! Just go to http://tinyurl.com/HIMSHOSTReg-2015 for information on how you can sign your student up for both Winter and Spring HOST classes, including the class that the Seattle Architecture Foundation is holding at HIMS.

For more information, contact Liz Chase at eachase@seattleschools.org.


Spring Ultimate Frisbee at HIMS

Registration for Spring Ultimate Frisbee is now available. Important dates to note are:

Friday, Feb. 20: Registration deadline
Week of March 2: Team placement practices
Week of March 9: Practices begin
March 14-May 16: Saturday games

Follow the link below to register and to find more information:

HIMSBasketball Season is in full swing!
Come out and cheer on our Hawks.

2015 HIMSBasketball Game Schedule
*Scheduling changes may occur; contact team coaches for most up-to-date schedule

The above information was submitted by the HIMS Athletics department. For more information on Athletics, 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.

The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to HIMS parents/guardians at the email address that they used to register for the Source. If you have questions, please contact HamiltonPTSA@live.com. We welcome your feedback! Please submit content for inclusion by Tuesdays at noon. For submission guidelines, click here.
Principal's Letter



This week's letter is brought to you by Assistant Principal Tim Snyder.

Dear Hamilton International I had the opportunity to go on two eighth grade field trips recently. One was to Olympia to visit the State Capitol and the other was to the International District. On both field trips I saw students using what they had learned in their classes to ask questions, have conversations and notice different aspects of our city and state.

Visiting the Capitol and meeting some of our legislators was a great way for students to see how our state government functions and understand some of the intricacies involved with the three branches of government. Senator Frockt, Senator Pederson, and Senator Kohl-Welles spent quite a bit of time with a group of students in a meeting room off of the Capitol rotunda. The Senators gave an overview of what their daily work entailed and then entertained questions from the students. The students were prepared with substantive questions about policies that the Legislature was working on or had recently passed. It was a nice opportunity for students to interact with their lawmakers.

The field trip to the International District was a fantastic way to connect in class learning to a practical experience in the city. The classes read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and did work around historical relevance of this text on how Seattle evolved as a city during this time period. Being able to stand on street corners that the characters stood on and visit a home where a historical family lived was an awesome experience and truly brought the history to life. The students were genuinely engaged with the tour and were excited to be out enjoying the city.

Being able to witness students applying their learning outside of the classroom is energizing. Making connections from a text that was read in class, the study of state and local government, and the organic questions that come from being out in the city, make learning real and fun.

Have a nice President’s Day break.


Go Hawks!

Tim Snyder

Assistant Principal



ART GLOBALLY featuring HIMS parent Rob Hutchison

Friday, Feb. 20,
5:30-9 p.m. at the
Seattle Asian Art Museum

Enjoy an evening of contemporary global art with artists and curators, live music, conversation, and refreshments.

"Crossing Over:Japanese Artists & Architects,"a discussion on artists and photographers whose work relates to architecture, will be led by Rob Hutchison, a Hamilton parent, architect, and NEA grant-winning artist who lived in Japan in 2010 on a Creative Artists’ fellowship. Click here for more info. For tickets: visitsam.org/tickets.

Queen Anne Quick Styx is recruiting for the 2015 session, March through early June, grades 6-8. Practices are Mon. and Wed. at Queen Anne bowl, 5 - 6:30 pm.

Registration is $270-$280, plus $25 US Lacrosse Membership fee. Equipment needed: Lacrosse stick, goggles, colored mouth guard. Registration information is available at

Mid-Winter Break 1-day Basketball Camp Feb. 17 9 am-3 pm
At Concordia Lutheran Church in Wedgwood. This camp will be open for youth boys and girls in 2nd-8th grade and will be lead by coach Chase Young through Hoopaholics. To register, please visit www.hoopaholics.com, and click on the CAMPS page and look for the 2/17 1-day camp at Concordia.

For any questions or group registrations, please contact Chase Young at chaseyoung206@yahoo.com.

Hoopaholics Basketball League Tryouts

Sunday, March 1
Girls Grades 3-6: 10:00-11:30am
Grade 7 to HS: 11:30-1:00pm
Boys Grades 3-6: 1:00-2:30pm
Grade 7 to HS: 2:30-4:00pm

Tuesday, March 3
Boys grades 3-6: 6:30-7:45pm
7th to HS: 7:45-9:00pm

Thursday, March 5
Girls grades 3 - 6: 6:30-7:45pm 7th to HS: 7:45-9:00pm

All tryouts held at Lakeside Middle School 13510 1st Ave NE

Registration Required on www.hoopaholics.com

Questions? Contact Dave at 206-795-0687 or dave.hoopaholics@hotmail.com

Ballard Youth Basketball

Spring Tryouts are coming up soon. Registration is now open at:

Spring season tryouts: March 8th
Ballard Boys and Girls Club
3rd through 5th grades: 2-3:30pm
6th through 8th grades: 3:30-5pm

Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH) 2015 Conference
The SEYHconferences offer girls in 6th through 8th grades a day of career exploration in math, science and technology. The SEYH2015 conference will take place on Sat., March 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seattle University. The cost of the workshop is $15 per girl. Scholarships are available (see registration form). Registration deadline is Feb. 20, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first!
Family immersion travel opportunity to Costa Rica
Help your children continue their Spanish journey to proficiency! Each summer, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) organizes language immersion travel to Costa Rica for elementary students of Spanish and their parents. The programs include practical application of Spanish along with a family stay, allowing parents to see their students' language skills in action. This is a great opportunity for graduating students to continue taking steps in Spanish! ISE is planning now for summer 2015 travel, and would like to include HIMS students. For more information, visit iisemn.org/FamilyImmersionor contact Anca van der Linden atanca@isemn.orgor612-436-8264.

North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open - Real Baseball. Real Fun.

Kids ages 4-19 can now register for the upcoming 2015 spring baseball season. North Seattle Baseball is the premier competitive baseball league in Seattle’s north end, adopting Pony rules for a game that includes lead offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Our practice and game fields are conveniently located in north and northeast Seattle. We also form tournament and all-star teams for kids who want to play further into the summer.

We're the only league in the area to offer indoor batting facilities, and there are no confusing boundaries, so families in all of north Seattle/Shoreline can play together. Find out why North Seattle Baseball provides the best baseball experience for your family! Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthSeattleBaseballAssociation
Email questions to
contactnsba@gmail.comor sign up today at:www.NorthSeattleBaseball.org

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