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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    August 31, 2017

    Upcoming Events

    9/6 (Wednesday)

    • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - NEW School Hours: 8:55 a.m. - 3:45 p.m
      On the first day of school, there will be banners set up and displayed in the Commons by alphabetical order.  The banner will confirm each student's first period class.  During first period, they will be given their schedules, lockers and planners. Schedules will be available on the Source, Tuesday, Sept. 5, the day before school starts.

    • First Day Coffee (9-10am on the back playtop)

    9/13 (Wednesday)

    • First 75-minute Early Release Wednesday – students released at 2:30pm

    9/19 (Tuesday)

    • Hamilton PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8pm @ Hamilton Library)

    9/23 (Saturday)

    • Hamilton Parents Back to School Party (6:30-9:30pm @ Phinney Neighborhood Association)

    9/28 (Thursday)

    • All-School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00pm @ Hamilton)

    10/13 (Friday)

    • No School - In-Service Day

    10/15 (Sunday)

    • All-School Sounders Game (4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field)

    Please check the calendar on the Hamilton Calendar for a complete listing of events.

    Welcome to this school year's first edition of the Hamilton Weekly News! The Hamilton Weekly News (HWN) is produced by the Hamilton PTSA and and is where you can look for the latest Hamilton-related news, announcements and information. Each week, we'll bring you...
    • Upcoming Events
    • Principal's Letter
    • Hamilton Happenings
    • PTSA News
    • FOMAHI News (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)
    • HOST (Hawks Out of School Time) After School Activities News
    • Athletics News
    • and much, much more!

    To help you prepare for each week ahead, look for the Hamilton Weekly News online every Thursday, or better yet, sign up to receive a link to each new issue, emailed directly to you. Subscribe at

    Now wash off the sun screen, sharpen your pencils and get ready to start another exciting year at Hamilton International Middle School!


    PTSA News

    Welcome Hamilton Families, Staff and Community Members

    A new year begins in just 6 short days, and on behalf our your Hamilton PTSA board, I want to welcome you and let you know that we look forward to working alongside you this school year, to make the Hamilton experience a great one for all our students!

    Part of our mission as a PTSA is to help build community and friendships. We do this by hosting events throughout the school year and these are the key volunteers who will make that happen:

    Not only are the above parents awesome event planners, but they've also committed to representing all families on the PTSA board. Please reach out to them if you have anything you’d like to share with us throughout the school year. They look forward to hearing from you!

    And we want to make sure you hear from us!  The first step to making that happen is by registering at When you create an account there, you can get connected to all the information we send out, including Hamilton Weekly News announcement emails, our Volunteer Database emails, and our event announcements. Go. Sign up. Thank me later.

    With that, I wish you all wonderful last days of summer, and our board looks forward to meeting you at our First Day Coffee and our Hamilton Parents’ Back to School Party (more info below).

    Yours in service,

    Lisa Rivera Smith

    Hamilton PTSA President

    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast!

    in order to:

    The HIMS PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication (see instructions below).

    The HIMS PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Volunteers are the heart of Hamilton. Sign up to be in the PTSA’s Volunteer Database, and we’ll email when opportunities arise. No pressure — only do what works for you!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.

    2. Click on the "Getting Started" button in the sidebar.

    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.

    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.

    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2017–18!

    Have additional questions?  Want to request a membership scholarship? Contact our PTSA Membership Co-Chairs at for assistance.

    Start the Year Off With Service: Back to School Volunteers Needed!

    Heart of HamiltonWhen all of our students arrive at Hamilton on September 6, 7 and 8, our administration team could use some help from families — especially veteran Hamilton families — to ease that transition and help make the first week of the school year go smoothly.

    Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

    • Traffic Direction (on 41st, Woodlawn and Densmore)

    • Welcoming students at the doors

    • Helping students find classrooms, open lockers and navigate the hallways

    Traffic Direction is sought for Thursday and Friday as well.

    Sign up at
    . Thank you!

    Let's Do CoffeeFirst Day Coffee

    Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 9:00–10:00am

    Hamilton Playtop (back of school)

    After seeing your student off, please join us out back for a cup of coffee, breakfast treats, and a chance to mingle with other parents. We'll also hear from Principal Blish and PTSA Board members will be on hand to answer questions.

    Hamilton Parents Back to School Party

    Saturday, Sept 23rd from 6:30–9:30pm

    Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N.)

    Please join us for our annual *parents-only* Back to School Party! We'll celebrate the new school year with fellow parents and enjoy beverages and light appetizers. Hope to see you there!

    Many thanks to event sponsor Fremont Brewing for helping make this fun event possible! Fremont Brewing’s Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson are Hamilton parents, and we truly appreciate their support of our school community.

    Reflections Art Contest
    Students are invited to create works for the 2017-18 Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is "Within Reach."

    Reflections is National PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art.  During its 40+ year history, millions of students have participated.  The first compete locally, with selected works advancing to the city, state and national competitions.  In the past few years, a number of Hamilton student works have advanced to the state and national levels.

    Reflections takes submissions in the fields of literature, visual arts, photography music composition, dance choreography and film production. Students may submimt more than one work and all entries must be the work of one student.

    For more information on the Reflections Art Contest, contact Reflections Co-Coordinators, Laura Marie Rivera ( or Laura Baldwin (

    All-School Sounders Event

    Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field

    All families of all grade levels are invited to come cheer on the Seattle Sounder FC as they take on FC Dallas, on Sunday, Oct. 15.  Everyone who who purchases tickets at will be seated in the Hamilton block of seats. Tickets are $22 each. We hope to see you there!

    Hamilton and SPS News

    Drop-off and Pick-up Directions - Don't get caught causing a traffic jam!

    For the safety and benefit of all our parents and guardians, dropping off and picking up their students, please TRAVEL WEST ONLY on North 41st St. (the south side of Hamilton). Otherwise traffic gridlock, unsafe conditions, and angry drivers results. Please refer to the Hamilton Traffic Flow Map.

    Seattle Public School 2017-18 School Year Calendar Dates

    Important dates in the Seattle Public Schools 2017-18 school year are here:

    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from

    Music News

    Get Connected with with FOMAHI!

    We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for—and  supports—the school’s music program. Throughout the year, we license sheet music, pay for instrument tuning and repairs, subsidize out-of-state trips to major competitions, and provide scholarships to students in need. Please register your music student(s) today at

    HOST After-School Programs

    Stay tuned ...

    HOST program registration will be available in mid-September and HOST classes will start in early October.


    Ultimate Frisbee Registration Now Open

    Ultimate is a fast paced, open field sport that has become very popular at Hamilton. Each fall and spring, we field around five teams in DiscNW's mixed division (co-ed) leagues. Registration for the fall season has started and will run through Sept 12. If your student is interested in playing ultimate at Hamilton, you can find more information on our website:

    Any questions? Please contact head coach Mike Keran at

    Community News

    Safe Place for All Students

    King County Safe Place operates a 24hr hotline for at-risk and homeless youth to call and be connected with the resources they need. One of their primary goals for the coming school year is to increase youth awareness of the program, regardless of their current housing stability; to do this

    To learn more about the King County Safe Place, click here to download their informational flyer.


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