regular 2015 Legislative Session ended on April 26, without agreement
on a final budget. Therefore, legislators returned to Olympia on April
29th to start a 30-day Special Session called by Governor Inslee.
Republicans and Democrats must find
compromise on the 2015-17 operating budget, which will include McCleary
education funding. Lawmakers are also discussing plans to reform local
property-tax levies used for education, another requirement of the
The Seattle Times has an article on the
budget differences for the House (majority Democrats), and the Senate
As no real progress has been made to date,
there is still time to let your elected officials know what matters to
you in education funding.
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/
Contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison
firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-851-4452 (cell)
Driving safety reminder
There's been some spectacularly inattentive driving seen in the blocks surrounding Hamilton during drop-off recently.
Some incidents seen just in the past few
weeks include: a driver failing to stop for multiple students waiting at
a crosswalk; cars at traffic circles not yielding to the car that had
the right of way; and cars traveling at unsafe speeds on the streets
for the safety of our school community, please drive slowly and safely.
And thank you to the drivers who DO pay attention. Your
conscientiousness is appreciated.
Music (FOMAHI) News
May 8: Bellevue High School Jazz Festival (Sr. and Jr. Jazz, Chamber Orchestra)
May 12: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7 p.m. HIMS Library
May 18: Combined Elementary Outreach Concert with Lincoln Elementary (Cadet Orchestra), 7pm, Lincoln Auditorium
May 21: NEW TIME: 6:30pm, Band End of the Year Concert, Lincoln Auditorium
May 23: Folklife Festival, 10am-1pm, Seattle Center (Sr. Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Chamber Orchestra along with JAMS Chamber Orchestra)
May 28: Choir End of the Year Concert, 7 p.m., HIMS Commons
May 29-31: Music in the Parks: Silverwood (Sr. and Chamber Orchestras, Symphonic Band), Coeur d'Alene, ID
June 2: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7pm, HIMS Library
June 4: Orchestra End of Year Concert, 7pm, Lincoln Auditorium
June 5: Swing Dance, 7pm, HIMS Commons, all jazz ensembles
June 6: Music In the Parks Festival, (Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Jr. Jazz), Wild Waves, Federal Way
Please Note: The Band End of Year Concert on May 21st has a NEW START time of 6:30 p.m.
ALSO: FOMAHI open positions for next year include: Co-Presidents (2 positions available), Fundraising Chair and Volunteer Coordination Chair. See below for more info...
Hello Music Parents,
What an amazing year of music we’ve had to
date! It has been a pleasure to watch every student grow enraptured with
the beauty and joy of music. Not a day goes by that I think how lucky
my son is to attend a school that not only allows the arts, it embraces
it. Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI) plays a major
role in every aspect of the music program, from funding core elements to
finding volunteers to help wrangle the students during concerts and
trips. And it all starts with the FOMAHI Board.
One of the great pleasures of my life this
past year has been serving as Co-President of the FOMAHI board. I joined
because I believe in the music program, and wanted to do whatever small
thing I could to help it thrive. What I didn’t expect was how it would
bring me closer to my child. When I leave once a month to go to the
board meetings, he beams with pride. He cannot wait to hear what’s going
on the next morning in every aspect of the program. And when he
introduces me to his friends, he proudly proclaims, “She’s works for
While that may not impress his friends –
most just say, “What’s that?” – it makes me beam with pride. Not because
I “work for FOMAHI…” but because I did something good for our children.
Bonus: I have met some wonderful people who I look forward to keeping
touch with for years to come, including my fabulous co-president, Mimi
Chiu, treasurer/superwoman Jenny Peters, our intrepid communications
chair, Angele Hunskor, who kept you in the loop all year, and volunteer
coordinator extraordinaire Shannon Romer, all of whom will be leaving
our school after this year. Thank you for a fantastic year and your
Those are some big shoes to fill, but we
must find someone to step into them. So I’m appealing to all of you
today to do something for our children. Consider taking a role on the
board or a committee for the 2015-16 school year. No role is too small.
Master baker? Help us with bake sales at our concerts. Know everyone in
school? We could use your help with volunteers. Bursting with ideas
about how raise money? Have we got a role for you. And yes, we do need
co-presidents. You will have the support and assistance of current board
members who are returning, plus some who won’t be officially on the
board, but available for questions and guidance.
Together, we can ensure that music stays
alive in our school for years to come. It’s a wonderful journey – I hope
you’ll join us as we embark on it again next year. Thank you.
For more information, contact Jacqui Kramer (email@example.com).
International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group Meeting, 5/19
The next meeting for the International
School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group is Tuesday May 19th at 6:30 pm
at the John Stanford Center for Education Excellence (2445 3rd Ave S,
Seattle, WA 98134) We will meet in the lobby of the building before
heading to a reserved room. If you are running late, please email
Jennifer Monahan deMella at firstname.lastname@example.org
The International School/Language
Immersion Advocacy Group is a group of concerned parents and principals
of the International schools in the District. By working together, we
have a stronger voice and support system for each others’ International
Schools and the SPS Immersion Director. As our schools have common
interests and face common challenges, our best efforts would be to join
forces and work with the district to focus on the unique issues we will
each face as our children develop through elementary into middle and
high school. Please email Jennifer if you are interested in joining the
HIMS Drama classes are performing! Come to see HIMS Drama students perform on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in the HIMS commons, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Two classes are performing: The Advanced
Drama class is performing the classic Mesopotamian legend, “The Epic of
Gilgamesh” and the Improv Drama class will perform original comedy
skits. Don’t miss the fun!
Highly Capable Services Meeting
The final meeting of the 2014-15 year will be:
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Garfield High School Library
400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
7th grade field trip to UW 5/15: Chaperones needed!
The 7th graders are heading to UW to attend a
history lecture and tour the Computer Science and Engineering building.
This field trip will happen on Friday, May 15th. We will leave school
at 9:30 and return around 1:30.
We need chaperones in order to make this
trip possible, if you are interested in chaperoning, please contact
Claire Elam (contact information below). You must have all volunteer
paperwork completed (See the "volunteer" section of the HIMS website).
Social Studies Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
Classroom: #314 | 206-252-5841 | email@example.com
HOST AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
PTSA General Membership Meeting and "Meet the Principal" Social, 5/20
Please join us for the next Hamilton PTSA General Membership Meeting and Principal Social on May 20 at 7 p.m.
in the Commons. We will have a short meeting to elect officers for the
2015-16 PTSA Board, and we will vote on a motion to make a one-time
allocation of funds to replace some of the furniture items in the Hawk's
Nest. We'll then adjourn to for some delicious treats and social time
so you can chat with Principal Cindy Watters about her Singapore move
and meet incoming Principal Tip Blish and learn a little more about his
thoughts on Hamilton's future. This will be a relaxed and social
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information about officer elections or about making nominations from the floor.
5/9, vs. South Shore, 8 a.m., Garfield
5/16, vs. Denny, 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium
5/30, vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. at Franklin
5/9, vs. Denny, 11:00 a.m. at Ingraham Stadium
5/16, vs. Eckstein, 11 a.m., Ingraham Stadium
5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 12:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach
5/9, 12-3 p.m., qualifying meet (preliminaries), Nathan Hale
5/16 12-3:30 p.m., finals/Metro Festival, SWAC
5/9, vs. Denny, 11 a.m. at Jane Addams
5/16, vs. Eckstein, 2 p.m. at Jane Addams
5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 2 p.m., at Washington
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.
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