September 25, 2014

First Things First ...

** HOSTClasses Begin Monday, Sept. 29 **
It's not too late to register here

Upcoming Events ...
  • Monday, 9/29 HOST classes begin
  • Tuesday, 10/7 School picture day
  • Tuesday, 10/7PTSA General Membership Meeting & Principal Q&A, 7-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10/8 Hamilton (and International) Walk to School Day
  • Friday, 10/10Professional Development Day -- no class for students

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

Walk to School Safety and Hamilton International Walk to School Day

Following the incident in which a Hamilton student was hit by a car on the walk to school, there has been a lot of discussion about pedestrian safety needs around Hamilton and in the neighborhood as a whole. Planning committees are forming to plan a before-school event at Hamilton on October 8, as a part of the International Walk to School Month (IWalk), as well as to look at other walk safety issues around the school. (You can read more about IWalk here. )

Here is a link to a survey to collect contact lists for organizers and volunteers for an Oct 8 walk safety event at Hamilton, and a working group to decide how best to move forward on other pedestrian safety issues.

Please take the survey and contact us with your questions or comments. Christie Rodgers, Feet First volunteer; Elizabeth Esselman, Safe Kids Seattle Harborview MC; Lisa Melenyzer, Hamilton PTSA. Please also feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors.

Sixth Graders Needed for ASB

All Sixth Graders -- We need three 6th grade Senators for ASB this year! Want to apply to run? Packets can be picked up in room 313 and also the main office. They are due by Friday, Sept. 26. Any 6th grader can apply to run! Thank you from the Hamilton ASB.

Mental Health Services

Did you know that Hamilton has a Mental Health Therapist (MHT) on site? The Mental Health Therapist & Prevention Specialist provides:

  • Prevention based activities for mental health and substance abuse
  • Screening and early intervention for mental health and substance abuse
  • On-site mental, social, and emotional health care
  • Referral to treatment services
  • Drop-in interactions to support academic goals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Individual therapy, group therapy and family support
  • Coordination and collaboration with school staff, family members, and outside providers
  • Advocacy for emotional and behavioral concerns
  • Outreach activities
See this link for more information.


PTSA General Membership Meeting with Principal Watters

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30pm in the Hamilton Commons.

The PTSA General Membership Meeting is open to all HIMS families - regardless of PTSA membership! We'll gather in the Commons and begin by taking care of some PTSA business. Once the housekeeping is done, enjoy an informative Q&A session with Principal Watters.

Coming Soon -- Hamilton 2014 Fall Fund Drive

The PTSA is pleased to announce that the Hamilton Hawks 2014 Fall Fund Drive is launching at the beginning of October! Keep an eye on those backpacks and your email in-boxes for more information and details on how to donate.

Hamilton is a collaborative partnership of students, families, teachers, and administrators. Together it is our goal to provide an exceptional educational experience for our kids. We ask that you help us achieve this goal by donating to the 2014 Fall Fund Drive.

Your tax-deductible donation will help fund:

THE STUDENT: Enrichment and Scholarships (academic enrichment, reducing cost for HOST activities, WEB, after-school sports programs and equipment)

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)

Our budgeted fundraising goal for 2014-2015 is $82,000. We hope to meet that goal with participation from all families. In recent years, our average donation per family has been approximately $200. Every donation counts, no matter the amount! We are committed to using your donations in this academic year. Please consider making a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs and community that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.

More information coming soon! Questions or comments? Please contact the Acting VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad, at

PTA Survey

As a PTA member, your voice matters. Each fall, PTAs from across the state gather and vote on a legislative platform which guides our statewide and local advocacy. What do YOU think should be our priorities? Are you concerned that our schools are underfunded? Do you want to see more family engagement? Should school buildings be a top priority for PTA advocacy? ALL PTA members have a voice in setting PTA's priorities. Please take the survey here.

Reflections Student Art Contest

Students are invited to create artworks for the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is, "The World Would be a Better Place If..." Deadline for submission is Oct. 31. If you have any questions please contact

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteers Needed...

Picture Day Volunteers Needed
Three volunteers are needed for the morning (7:40 – 11:00) and three for the afternoon (11:30 – 3:00). Parents will receive free gift certificates for a photo package. Please contact Sheila de la Cruz if you can help at


Thank you to all the families who attended Music Night on Tuesday. It was a great success and we are excited about the year ahead. If you haven’t done so yet, please fill out and return the FOMAHI Registration Form, the Verification Form, and the Merchandise Order Form (Senior, Junior and Vocaljazz t-shirts will be required for performances). The deadline for all forms is THIS Friday, September 26th.

Don't miss out on music-related EMAILS, including important concert information and dates, trip opportunities, and workshops! Please take a moment to sign up here by Friday, Sept 26 to receive electronic communication from FOMAHI. This will be our primary communication method this year so PLEASE register your email to ensure you receive all communication

After-school Junior Jazz started on Tuesday, and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. This program develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation. Junior Jazz is open to students who have at least one-year experience playing their instrument. Students who play any instrument are welcome to participate in Junior Jazz. Registration forms can be found here. The HOST program will provide yellow bus transportation home after rehearsal. Students who want yellow bus transportation home from Junior Jazz must contact HOST to make those arrangements.

Vocal Jazz had a clinic on Saturday, September 20th with clinicians Evan Norberg and John Sanders. Students spent three productive hours learning the basics of scatting, improvising, and stylizing music as a group. The rhythm section learned about voicing chords and emphasizing beats two and four. Vocalists also got to spend time in sectionals to become more confident on their parts in the music. The students enjoyed their experience and are beginning to feel more comfortable with improvising. This will give us a head start for the performances and festivals later in the year.

The above information was submitted by FOMAHI.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

All HOST programs will kick off on Monday September 29th. HOST participants will be receiving HOST conformations during lunch on Thursday in the Hawk Lounge. All HOST participants will report to the cafeteria to meet their class, t ake attendance and receive snack. HOST students that are utilizing the HOST bus must have requested the HOST bus online or through the YMCA office. Requests for the HOST bus takes 5-10 business days to process. Please contact Liz Chase if you have any questions regarding HOST.

Registration opened online at 2:00pm on Monday, September 15. Families are encouraged to sign up soon, as some classes will fill up quickly! For additional information, contact Liz Chase in the YMCA Community Learning Center at or (206) 252-5831 or (206) 252-5831.

Athletics News

Ultimate FrisbeeUltimate Frisbee – Fall 2014 Registration is now Closed! Parents will be receiving notifications this week informing them if their children are on the Active Roster. All other registrants will be placed on the wait list. Wait listed students will not participate in Fall Ultimate, unless they are informed that they have been moved up to the Active Roster.

Completed Registration Due Date – Thursday Sept. 25 Registration Packets, including medical physical forms, must be completed and approved by the HIMS Office by Thursday, Sept 23, at 2:00pm.

Sports Registration Lists are Posted in The Commons: The registration lists are posted in the HIMS Commons (the cafeteria). If your child’s name is on this list, it means the office has received and processed their registration. If your child’s name is not on the list and you believe you have submitted a registration, please contact the HIMS Office. If your child’s name is highlighted in yellow, it means their registration is incomplete. Please contact the HIMS Office to find out what is missing. This list only reflects your sports registration status. It does not reflect the Active Roster.

Team placement practices will take place Thursday Sept 25 and Friday Sept 26,2:30-4:25pm. Please meet in the Hawks Nest at 2:30pm. (Placement Practices are only for those on the Active Roster. 6th Grade boys are asked NOT to attend the placement practices. They are already assigned to the 6th Grade team. The first practice for the 6th grade team will be Tuesday, Sept 30.) 6th Grade girls should attend the placement practices as some girls may be placed on the White (C Pool) team.

Team Practices - Team practices are either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri.; Parents will be informed of their child’s team placement and practice schedule via email.

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, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.

APP News

Noelle Clemons, the Hamilton parent representative on the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee, would love to hear from Hamilton APP parents about whatever you have to say about APP (now the Highly Capable Cohort or HCC). Please contact her at You can also sign up for the Hamilton APP Google group here.

The Advisory Committee will have its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 7, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Garfield High School Library. The Advisory Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm in different locations. These meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The group consists mainly of staff and parent representatives from each of the HCS (APP) schools. You can sign up for the district Google group here.

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Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton International Families,

According to NPR this morning fall officially starts this week. I’m not sure what that really means other than I gravitate more towards jeans and sweatshirts as opposed to shorts and t-shirts. I think it’s also time to bring out the fall sneakers – the summer white Converse will slowly be exchanged for grey. If your student is looking for HIMS wear as the weather changes, we have set up an online store where you can order what you want, customize it and have it shipped directly to you. Proceeds go to our ASB and will benefit our student activities and support our athletics teams.

This weekend (like most weekends) I filled a morning sipping coffee and reading the New York Times. One article about the brain development of adolescents caught my eye. Not only am I interested in adolescent brain development (I have the privilege of watching 987 adolescents brains develop daily) I was drawn to the recommendations for helping student navigate adolescence – if for no other reason they were so simple:

Be Warm. Warm parents react to children’s emotional needs so they can muster the bravery required to function away from parents, under their own initiative. Warm parents are affectionate. They show their children that they not only understand their emotional needs, but also will respond to them. They provide a safe haven and are involved in their child’s life.

Be Firm. Firm parents establish clear rules, even clearer expectations, and predictable consequences. Most importantly, they follow through with those consequences when expectations are not met… Firm parents are consistent and fair, explain their rules and decisions, and avoid harsh punishment that is out of scale with the wrongs committed.

Be Supportive. The best way to support children is by “scaffolding,” Dr. Steinberg writes. Scaffolding is just what it sounds like; the supports parents erect around our children should support them only as much as they require, and as they become better at managing themselves, those external controls should come down. ...

I’ve shared this same article with our staff this week also as a way for us to think about how we create a strong, welcoming collaborative culture in our classrooms and school community.

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters



Library Programs
Ballard Branch Library has free fun programs for teens in 6th – 12th grades. Sunday Sept 28th 3 – 4 pm, Teen Space Idea Meeting -- Got ideas for Teen Space? Come help plan Teen Space, a free monthly program for 6th – 12th grades at Ballard Branch Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW.

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 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 ¡HASTA PRONTO!

Fall Pre-Season Basketball Programs
Player Development Programs Ages 6-15 (6 progressive color levels). Locations: Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst CC Begins: Week of September 21st! Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January) Locations: Ravenna CC. Begins: Saturday November 15th. More information at

ZUMBA-THON at Ballard High
School Ballard High school's very own Gustavo Gutierrez will be leading a ZUMBA-THON onSaturday, September 27. The marathon Zumba class will be a fundraiser for the Ballard High School Theatre Department and will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Drop in rates, or get pledges per hour. Pick up more information from the main office at Ballard High School ( 206) 252-1000! Come and get your ZUMBA on with Gustavo. Have fun, support a great program, and get fit at the same time!

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