October 23, 2014

First Things First ...

** Staff Appreciation Luncheon, October 29**
Volunteers needed both to provide food items and to help assemble lunches - see below

**Two Hour Early Dismissal, Wednesday, October 29**

Upcoming Events ...
  • Wednesday, 10/29Two Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 10/29Staff Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers Needed -- See below please
  • Thursday, 10/30 Parent Coffee Hour, Commons, 7:45-9:00am
  • Friday, 10/31 Deadline for submission for Reflections art contest

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

There is only one more week to donate to our 2014 Fall Fund Drive, ouronlyPTSA fundraiser of the year! Have you donated yet? We are onlyhalf wayto our fundraising goal. We still have a long way to go, but we can get there if every family participates.THANK YOU for all of your generous donations so far.And if you’ve been looking at that pledge card on your kitchen counter, now is the time to turn it in!Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide how much to donate:



  • We need to raise$82,000to fund the PTSA budget for this year
  • Remember all of that fundraising in elementary school? Your donations arejust as importantin middle school, and are vital to our students’ experience at Hamilton
  • 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
  • The PTSA is committed to a balanced budget and minimal carryover – your donations will be usedTHIS ACADEMIC YEAR!


Regardless of the amount, EVERY donation helps move us closer towards our goal!Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office byOctober 31. If you would like to make a pledge now for a donation to be made later, just let us know. You may also donateonline(either a one-time donation or in monthly installments), athttps://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gohawks


for your support of our kids! If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad atdsundblad@comcast.net.

Science Expo at HIMS

The HIMS Science Department announced the Science Expo in science classes last week. Students will be required to complete a Science Expo Project as part of their second semester grade.Students have the option to participate in a science investigation, engineering design, read a non-fiction science book, or research a STEM career. All students have access to theScience Expo Fusion Pagewhich has all supporting documents.


Projects will be showcased in their science class in spring and/or during theHIMS Science Expo Night on May 14th, 2015. The HIMS Science Expo night will be an optional opportunity for students to share and display their projects. All students and families are welcome to attend. Students who complete a science investigation may be eligible to showcase their project at the district science fair onJune 4, 2015.


Do you have a STEM career? We would love your help! One project option is researching and conducting an informational interview or job shadow for a STEM career. If you would be willing to have a student contact you and take the time for an interview or job shadow please send an email to your child’s science teacher with your job title and contact information. We will connect students with possible STEM professionals for their project.


We look forward to working with your children this year in supporting their projects.

October 31 Deadline Approaching for Reflections Students Art Contest

The first artwork has been submitted to the 2014-15 PTA Reflections Art Contest, but it wants company. So remind your kids that the October 31st deadline is approaching.

Students are invited to submit works of visual art, literature, photography, music composition, dance choreography and film production, inspired by the theme “The world would be a better place if.…”Artists with ADA recognized disabilities may choose to submit in either the “Special Artists” category or the applicable genre category.Works will be judged by arts professionals and a select number will be chosen to go on to the citywide contest, where they will be displayed at Seattle Center House, and have a chance to advance to state and national competitions.

Submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form (which needs to be signed by a parent or guardian) and may be placed in the large box in the main office.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...

It's time to sign upfor our second Staff Appreciation Luncheon of the year.We will host our fabulousstaff on October 29, 2014 (early release day!) a delicious brown bag lunch for them to enjoy during their staff meeting.Each staff member hasturned in an order form for their perfect sandwich.

We will need lots of volunteers on hand Wednesday morning to help make sandwiches and packthe bags!Can't be there? No problem,help us out with the ingredients needed to make these wonderful lunches.Please note that all sandwich-making donations will need to be brought to the staff lounge BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH at the end of the school day. Desserts and drinks willneed to arrive to school by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Thank you so much for your support in showing our staff how much we appreciate them.Questions?Email Michelle Fasser at michelle@fasser.net.


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/
Renowned Jazz Musicianto Work With Hamilton Students!Ron Carter, one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history, will beconducting a clinic at Hamilton withSr. Jazz, Jr. Jazz, and Vocal Jazz onWednesday, Nov. 12th from 7-9pm. This a remarkable opportunityforour jazz students and not to be missed!

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

Host activities are underway. 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.

High School/Private School Application Process for the 2015-2016 School Year

The High School/Private School application process has started for many Private Educational Institutions in Seattle. Please note that in order foryour request to be completed, you need to submit the following items together, to Ms. Peila in Rm 105C.

All application requests are due NO LATER than December 1st 2014 (even though the application school may accept them through the start ofJanuary) to insure timely mailing prior to HIMS holiday break.

* Application form completed for each school with signature from parent/guardian

* One (1) 12” x 9 “ self-addressed manila envelope with four (4) stamps affixed on it PER request.Please use YOUR address as the return addressdue to the fact that many are mailed right before the Holiday break.If the envelope is returned to you, do not open it (the receiving school will notaccept an opened envelope) and hand deliver to the school in question.

* The teacher recommendation form must be distributed to the teacher separately, no later than November 15th, please include a self-addressedenvelope; items 2 and 4 are mailed separately.

Information included in the packet will be:
  • Current progress report
  • Last two (2) years of report cards, if available
  • Historical Grades and Cumulative Info reports
  • MSP and MAP scores from the last year, if available
  • Incident report – if applicable
  • Attendance record

The receiving school will request final grades if necessary. A follow up is done in May/June for all accepted applicants. Comprehensive list ofapplicants and schools they were completed for, are kept for three (3) years.

SPECIAL NOTE: Lakeside has a two (2) piece process, you MUST go online and submit the electronic information (Ms. Peila is HIMS contact person)form AS WELL as submit a request form following steps 1-4 listed above.

If you have any questions, email Ms. Peila at elpeila@seattleschools.org

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Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton International Families,

I want to take a moment and thank our PTSA for their tremendous work on behalf of our students. Currently our PTSA is in the midst of their annual Fall Fund Drive but PTSA does so much more than raise funds for Hamilton.


Our PTSA advocates. PTSA advocates for safe routes to school, for positive legislation that improves schools for all students, for supports for students in need. Our PTSA volunteers in our library, in our classrooms, at events – the Hamilton PTSA is a hard working, thoughtful and positive presence on our campus. Our PTSA cares. The Hamilton PTSA cares about all students. The PTSA Board works to make the broadest and most powerful impact with both their human and financial resources.


As the principal, I couldn’t ask for a better partnership in this work. I am grateful that our PTSA serves our school, acts as a thought partner to me and cares about each and every student at Hamilton International Middle School. I invite you to join me in supporting their efforts in however it works for your family. As a school community, we are grateful.


In addition to the PTSA Fund drive, Halloween is also upon us. HIMS students are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 31. In order for us to allow students to celebrate while at the same time stay focused on learning, please use the following guidelines to ensure your student comes to school appropriately attired.



  • All costume preparations are to be completed at home (No dressing or applying of make-up or colored hairspray once students arrive at school).
  • No masks are to be worn during the school day.
  • No costumes that depict violence or violent characters.
  • Costumes that promote the use of illegal substances or activities, are derogatory or disrespectful are not allowed.
  • No big props (Swords, weapons, balloons, etc.).
  • Teachers may take away any accessory that is used improperly or is considered inappropriate for school; students can claim the items in the main office at the end of the school day.


All HIMS guidelines and expectations for appropriate dress will be enforced. Please help and guide students to making good choices for each day. Students wearing inappropriate costumes will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothes.

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters




SEATTLE SPECIAL ED PTSA is a Seattle School District PTSA whose purpose is to serve and advocate for all students with disabilities and their families. Meetings of the SpEd PTSA 2014/2015 are held monthly at JSCEE, 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA - Second Floor, Room 2700, 7:00-9:00pm. Sept 22, Oct 27, Dec 1, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, April 27, May 17. Check out our website for more important information.

FREE Dental, Vision and Medical Clinic
on Thursday October 23 – Sunday October 26 happening at Key Area in the Seattle Center. All are Welcome and no IDis required. For more information go to http://seattlecenter.org/patients/

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)

School Success Night Greenwood Library
OnWednesday, October 29th, from6:00 to 8:00 PM, there will be a Greenwood Family Forum school success night for neighborhood parents and educators. From6-6:30, we have time for snacks and mingling, then from6:30-8:00, Teen Services Librarian, Jennifer Bisson, and 826 Seattle Director of Programming, Alicia Craven, will present on free programs at the library and 826 including resources for students doing research projects, and the chance for parents to sign students up for the free weekend writing workshops offered by 826 Seattle in the winter.Questions? Email Alicia atalicia@826seattle.org.

Soccer Opportunity

Kajumolo FC is recruiting players who live for soccer for our Girls U14 team. Players born after August 1, 2000 can play this season but we are also looking for players born in 2001 or later to develop a team for Spring and next Fall. Younger players can have the opportunity to play up.
Join us for an open training session at the following locations: Mondays 6:30 -8 at Dahl Field North Wednesdays 5:30 -7 at Wilson Pacific Field through October; new location in November For more information please contact: Team Manager Tara Lowe, aralowe9@msn.com

Plant-for-the-Planet Academy

Sat. Oct. 25th, 9am - 5:30pm Magnuson Park 1-day workshop for students who become Ambassadors for Climate Justice, part of an international initiative to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide and end the climate crisis in our lifetime. FREE. Signup online. Learn more at climatechangeforfamilies.com.

STEM Opportunity
To promote interests of youth in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), CIE (Chinese Institute of Engineers Seattle) is holding its annual Math Competition and Science Fun Program on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at Interlake High School, Bellevue. All students from 3rd to 8th grades are welcome and this is a fun and free event. Please find the CIE organization, event details, and registration at http://www.cie-sea.org.

Parent Map Fall Lecture
Series October 27 - Teen Extremes: Regulating Moods in an Age of Anxiety, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., & Laura Kastner, Ph.D. In the course of everyday life, we often face situations that make us angry, sad, scared and frustrated. For young people, these emotions can often be hard to handle, and life can feel out of control. This lecture will provide parents and professionals working with young people guidance and practices to help tweens/teens manage these intense feelings and handle anything life sends their way. Town Hall, Seattle – Use Discount Code: CALM14 for 15% Off

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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