October 9, 2014

First Things First ...

**Professional Development Day, Friday, Oct. 10**
No class for students

Upcoming Events ...
  • Friday, 10/10 Professional Development Day -- no class for students
  • Wednesday, 10/29 Two Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 10/29 Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Friday, 10/31Deadline 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

The Hamilton Hawks 2014 Fall Fund Drive is officially under way! A letter and donation card have been sent home with your student.The PTSA’sbudgeted fundraising goal for 2014-2015 is $82,000.Please consider making a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs andcommunity that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.This academic year, your tax-deductible donation will help to fund:
THE STUDENT:Enrichment and Scholarships (academic enrichment, reducing cost for HOST activities, WEB, after-school sports programs andequipment)
THE CLASSROOM:Academic Excellence and Teacher Support (technology purchases and support, classroom supplies, professional development)
THE COMMUNITY:Building and Sustaining Hamilton (grade level social events, Family Support Fund, school directory and newsletters)
In recent years, our average donation per family has been approximately $200.Every donation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount!Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office by October 31.You may also donate online (either a one-time donation or in monthly
Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School!If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VPof Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net.

PE Waiver Clarification

Only activities during the Months of Sept – June are eligible towards PE Waiver compliance.If your child is currently participating in an activity,please submit a letter and only include the total number of hours that have been completed between the dates September 3rd to end of currentactivity.

Submit signed letter from coach or instructor (must be the original) prior to October 17th for those activities that have already begun tobe counted towards total number of hours of participation.
The letter requirements for all HOST and SPS sponsored activities will be taken care of by the Coach/Instructor for the team as a whole.

Calling All 6th Grade Families

Each year, the PTA sponsors grade-level family events. This is an opportunity for students to get together outside of school hours and allowsfamilies to meet each other. For our 6th Grade, we want to get this scheduled in November, while the school year is still young.
In order to plan a successful event (success = something fun that a lot of families attend), we need your input! Please take a moment to completethis quick survey. It will only take a couple of minutes, but will be very helpful increating something that works for most of our 6th Grade families.

Summary of items from the PTSA Meeting

Standing rules were reaffirmed by the organization

Deb Sundblad was elected to serve as the Vice-President for fundraising and spoke about the Annual Fund Drive

Cindy Watters spoke and answered parent questions. We thank her for being available for the Q&A.

Walk to School Recap

Thanks to all the students and parents who participated in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday! Weappreciated the efforts of our parents volunteers and of Feet First volunteer Christie Rodgers and Safe Kids Seattle organizer Elizabeth Esselman.(For more information on pedestrian safety and promoting walkable communities, see www.safekids.org and www.feetfirst.org.)

Thanks also toHamilton parent Jen Hurley, who has been working with Seattle DOT to discuss potential safety improvements on North 40th Street and WallingfordAvenue North.

Now Collecting Entries 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 October31st deadline is approaching.
Students are invited to submit works of visual art, literature, photography, music composition, dance choreography and film production, inspired bythe theme “The world would be a better place if.…”Works will be judged by arts professionals and a select number will be chosen to go on to thecitywide 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 largebox in the main office. Entry forms and contest rules are available in the office or may be found here. Questions? Contact Lauren@laurenmarshall.com.

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.


Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI) provides funding for many elements of the music program that the school district does not. Thisincludes sheet music, instrument maintenance and even instructor fees for certain programs! We also underwrite many trip expenses to ensure everystudent can join in the fun. With that in mind, if you haven't already done so, please help us keep music alive in your child’s life by sending in yourannual enrichment fee.To date, we have received payment from approximately 70 percent of our families and for that we say THANK YOU!

If you haven't had a chance yet, here’s how:

Double check your enrollment formto determine your total feesfor the year.

  • If you have already registered online, you do not have to fill it out completely. Just provide your child’s name and fill in his/her activities.

  • If you have NOT registered online, please fill out the parent/guardian sections as well.
NOTE: If you do not wish to print out the form, please write your child’s name, activities and total enclosed on a sheet of paper and enclose it withyour payment.

Please return your form with a check (please make it payable to “FOMAHI”) or cash to your child’s music instructor.

NOTE: t-shirt requests are needed ASAP as we are sending our order to the printer on FRIDAY.

Thank you again for keeping the music alive in your child’s life and our school. We look forward to another fantastic year of performances!

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,

Settled. As I walked into school this morning I noticed that this is the first week I finally feel settled and it feels great! Our schedules are settledand we’re no longer making small (or large) changes to the pattern of a student or teacher’s day. Our students are settled; they know theirteachers and where classrooms are located. 6th grade students are settled – middle school is old hat and lockers are last month’s worry.Our staffis settled; we’ve moved past the getting to know you and are now digging into great work. We’ve found the rhythm of this school year and it feelsgreat!

As much as I love the feeling of settling into the school year, I know it’s also so important to stay focused on what’s coming ahead. Last week ourstudents received their first official progress report to take home. Progress reports mark the midway point of a quarter and tell us the end of themarking period is just around the bend. It’s both an indicator (how is your student doing at this moment in time) and a reminder that we are movingquickly to the end of the quarter.

If, after reviewing your student’s progress report and talking with your student about what they are learning in their classes you still have questionsplease don’t hesitate to contact our teachers. We always want to be transparent in our work and partners with you in this process. If you continueto have questions or need more information, our grade level administrators and counselors are here to support you and your student. Don’t hesitateto reach out to them:

6th Grade – Tip Blish (Administrator) & Lilia Goldsmith (Counselor)

7th Grade – Christy Smith (Administrator) & Kelli Colleran (Counselor)

8th Grade – Tim Snyder (Administrator) & Neil Yeda (Counselor)

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters



26th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival presents Garfield Jazz at the Triple Door
Monday, October 20 at 7pm Garfield Jazz Ensemble 1 gives its first performance of the school year in a return engagement to The Triple Door. Seats still available but are going fast - don't wait! Tickets may be purchased from the Triple Door online, http://www.thetripledoor.net/ by phone, or in person at the club's box office.

Ballard High School Performing Arts
Tickets are available for BHS's fall comedy, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940! Playing October 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 @ 7:30 PM. $15 adults, $10 staff, students and senior citizens, www.Showtix4U.com. Don't miss out!

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.

Guitar and Uke Lessons
Tim Sherman, the guitar instructor at Metropolitan Music and Kennelly Keys Music Northgate, has openings for Hamilton students in guitar and ukulele at both music store locations. Contact Ken at
206-547-1772 or timshermanguitar@msn.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

Woodland Soccer Club
The Lemondrops Girls U12 team is looking for new players this fall season. This team is for players who turn 12 between August 1, 2014 and July 31st, 2015. The team practices on Wednesdays 6-7pm at Lower Woodland and games are on Sundays. UK Elite coaches give skill drill enrichment at half of our team practices. The late fee will be waived, the registration fee will be pro-rated, and there are scholarships available. Please contact head.registar@woodlandsoccer.org for more information.

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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