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    December 18

    Orchestra Winter Concert | 7:00pm | Eckstein Middle School

    December 20

    Band Winter Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Gym

    December 21

    One Hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm  

    December 22 - January 6

    Winter Break | First day back January 7th

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

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    ★ NEW Vote Yes for the Seattle Operations and Capital Levy Renewals

    On February 12th, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two levies for Seattle’s Public Schools. These Seattle Public School levies must be renewed every 3-6 years to fill the gap in educational funding from the State.

    The Operating levy provide critical funding for about 18% of the Seattle Public Schools budget. The Capital levy will be funding improvements to Lincoln as well as adding almost 2,000 new seats across the district and removing 76 aging portables. Hamilton International Middle School has benefited tremendously from these levies in the past.

    The two levies on the February 12th ballot are:

    1. The expiring three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)
    2. The expiring six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V)

    The Operations levy fills the gap between what the state funds and what our schools need to operate every day, including:

    • Staff, including teachers, nurses, counselors
    • Services, such as special education, bilingual services
    • Academics, such as textbooks, technology and classroom supplies.

    The Capital levy funds construction of school remodels, repairs and maintenance, helping Seattle Public Schools with

    • Safety and security measures in schools
    • Building new schools, adding capacity and classrooms to existing schools
    • Maintaining aging school buildings.
    • School and classroom technology

    The Hamilton PTSA Board urges everyone to vote YES on both levies on February 12th. Better yet, join Annie Tegen and volunteer to support the campaign, or to donate at www.schoolsfirstseattle.org. For a full list of what’s funded, including a project list by school, visit:  https://www.seattleschools.org/levies
    Still have questions? Check out the Q&A document here or contact Annie at egenannie@hotmail.com for more information.


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     Letter from the Principal

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    Dear Hamilton Families,

    We may only have two weeks left of school in 2018, but the month of December is packed with exciting events and activities.  Superintendent Denise Juneau visited Hamilton last Thursday as part of her international school tour day.  She visited multiple classrooms and took time to speak with students and staff.  We were honored to have the Superintendent stop by Hamilton!  Below are some highlights from her visit that she shared in her newsletter.

    Hamilton International Middle School:

    “Students Joaquin, Thiago, Yaabsra, Mahelet, and Marcela led the tour of their school and shared highlights of their experience in leadership roles in Hamilton's Black Student Union (BSU) and La Chispa Latino student club. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how they use their voices to encourage change; hosting cultural movie nights, history assemblies, and other educational and social events.”

    School Assembly:

    We will be holding our first school assembly next Tuesday, December 18, in the afternoon.  The assembly will be led by students, administration, and counselors.  The focus of the assembly is to encourage our students to help each other feel valued, welcomed, and respected for our differences, and who we are as individuals.  In an effort to help students further understand identity and the impact of unkind and hurtful words, we will show students the Teaching Tolerance video called Intersectionality 101.  The video helped guide student leaders in writing speeches on their personal experiences at Hamilton and how words can be both helpful and hurtful.  Student leaders hope that sharing the video and their personal stories will empower the Hamilton community-- to act in kindness, compassion, and respect. 

    Below is a link to the Teaching Tolerance video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dnj2IyYjE

    Music and Drama:

    • Our Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Choir kicked off the holiday concert series on Thursday, November 29 with a powerful performance. 
    • The Concert, Treble, and Vocal Jazz Choirs had a wonderful performance last Thursday, December 6, in front of a packed audience.
    • The Intro to Drama students will be performing at Sketch Fest this Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the HIMS commons.  
    • Next Tuesday, December 18, the Orchestra will be performing at Eckstein Middle School at 7 pm. 
    • The last concert of 2018 will be a performance by our Concert Bands on Thursday, December 20, at 7 pm in the HIMS commons. 

    Yearbook Reminder:
    This Friday, December 14, is the last day to order yearbooks!

    Have a wonderful week and Go Hawks!

    Sincerely,

    Dorian Manza
    Principal
    Hamilton International Middle School
     

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    ★ Last Chance Yearbook Order  Friday, Dec. 14

    We are in the final ordering period for the 2018-19 Hamilton Yearbook, so if your student will want a copy at the end of June, please order now!  The cost for your Hamilton yearbook is now $35 and cash or checks (made out to “Hamilton ASB”) can be turned in at the Hamilton front office – but please be sure to include your contact info and student’s name with the payment.  (Please note the office is not available to make change.)  We also have a payment option available on Schoolpay here:  https://www.schoolpay.com/link/HIMSYearbook18-19Full
     
    The last day to submit your order is Friday, December 14, 2018.  Please contact Lisa Melenyzer, Fiscal Specialist – lmmelenyzer@seattleschools.org or 206.252.5834 - with any questions or concerns.


    ★ NEW
    Toiletries Drive & Board Game Drive  

    The ASB Toiletries Drive and the CAT Board Game Drive for Family Works are underway! For the Toiletries Drive, the top three advisories that raise the most Toiletries, such as soap, toilet paper and toothbrushes, will win exciting prizes! For the Board Game Drive, you can turn in a board game or card game to the front office for a chance to win a raffle. Both drives end December 17th.


    ★ NEW  From the Counseling Office:

    Prevention Lessons

    Project Alert Lessons are being taught in our 7th grade Science classes in December & January. This is a district wide curriculum taught in 7th grade. You can find information & resources here on the SPS Prevention and Intervention page. 
     We are also fortunate to have Kelly Kerby, Hamilton’s onsite NeighborCare Therapist & Prevention Interventionist, as a guest speaker on the subject of drugs & alcohol in our 8th grade science classes.  These talks are in collaboration with 8th grade counselor and 8th grade science teachers. Ms. Kerby will be leading discussions with our students to assist them in making healthy life choices.

    Resources and Information:
    Healthy Youth Survey results for Seattle Public Schools
    Vaping and Youth Fact Sheet
    Pod Style Vapes (JUUL)
    Parent Map Article 

    More from the Counseling Office

    • In the month of October, all counselors went to advisories and/ or students classes and gave a counseling needs assessment to all our students.  This information helps drive our program and determines where we can provide support to our students, either in the classroom, small group or individually. The needs assessment has 4 different categories: Coping with Stress, Social Situations, Managing Emotions, Things that worried me. We also include a question to see if students have access to technology at home. This year, among all grade levels, the highest percentage was in “Coping with Stress”.  Questions that students answered were: stress in how to handle my homework, being too busy and for 8th graders organization and time management.
      All counselors started meeting with students according to the needs assessment and /or other referrals.
    • 7th grade started a New Student group for those new 7th graders to get to know the school and staff a little bit better/ school rules and make connections with other students in the group.  The group is led by Intern Savannah Minear. The group was held for 4 meetings and it was a success!  An additional 4 more weeks were scheduled, the group is learning new skills in how to maintain friendships, self-esteem, and team work.
    • We continue supporting our students who are grieving. We have a memory box in the counseling office for students who want to send some cards and thoughts to the families. Counselors are available one on one if students need more support and in January we will start inviting students to a small grieving group (s) depending on the needs.
    • 6th grade will start a study skills group. Seventh grader began a “Why Try?” small group for boys. Groups will run during periods in a rotating basis for about 8-10 weeks.
    • Late September, counselors and interns organized the Club Fair during lunches. This year we have quite a variety of clubs. They all are in session now, all clubs are ran by staff either before school, during HR/advisory or after school. If you need more information please contact the counseling office.
    • Table Talks: Table Talks are held in the Commons during all three lunches. The counseling interns man the tables and interact with the students. The designated tables provide a space for students to meet new people, participate in social activities, and a space to read. SPIRIT club participates in planning for Table Talks.
    • La Chispa Club will have their first movie night this coming Friday 12/7 in the library right after school. This even is only for students participating in La Chispa. 

    Please, feel free to contact your grade level counselor if you need any assistance.


    Volunteer 
    Opportunities

    Lunch Room Volunteer | Ongoing 
    Math Volunteers | Ongoing 

    Lunchroom Volunteers 

    Principal Manza would love some volunteer help in the lunchroom.  This isn't an enforcement role--it gives the curious of us of a chance to get to see middle schoolers enjoying each other in the middle of the day!  No need to stay for all (3) lunch periods, come when you can.  Click for details and to sign up:  Signup Genius

    Math Volunteers 

    Greetings parents and community members!

    Might you be able to tutor HIMS kids in math during the school day? We have a need for this during “Hawk Time” – our Advisory period on M, Th, F from 2:15-2:50. What this would look like is you would help 1-3 students at a time with their math homework, quiz corrections, or general catch-up in one of the flex spaces. Mr. Bundy and Ms. Barker would make sure you are supplied with great kids who need help and are ready to receive it. We would also make sure you are equipped with what you need to know to work effectively.

    If you could contribute to our community in this way it would be so amazing because you would be pitching in on pursuing important school-wide goals around Eliminating Opportunity Gaps…but more to the point, you would be helping students achieve success in math. Please contact Mr. Bundy at ssbundy@seattleschools.org if you are interested, and thanks! - Seth Bundy

    Volunteer Forms

    Please complete the “Online Volunteer Application.” One part of this application process is to complete (also online) the 17-minute “Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention” Training. Click for more information:  Seattle Schools Volunteer


    Lost and Found

    Hamilton has accumulated a large collection of coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, lunchboxes, thermoses, water bottles and various other items in lost and found.  Please note that reminders to claim these items will be announced to students during our morning announcements for the next three weeks, but if not claimed by December 14, 2018, items will be sent for donation on December 17, 2018, to a worthy organization. Please note that parents are also welcome to stop by and search through for any lost items.


    HIMS Talk Update 

    As part of our school wide effort to help students develop a global perspective, we offer monthly HIMS Talks. HIMS Talks is a monthly forum for students and local speakers to discuss topic related local and global challenges. Students can sign up for these 30 minute sessions with their advisory teacher. On Friday, students will have an opportunity to participate In the HIMS Talk: Immigration, Status and Asylum. Our guest speaker, Elaine Fordyce, will be addressing topics such as, “How do people fleeing danger arrive in the United States”, “What is legal status, and how do people obtain it?”, and “What does it mean to seek asylum, and what rights do asylum seekers have?”  We have a variety of guest speakers lined up, but would welcome any volunteers or suggestions for individuals who would be interested in joining us in our mission to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world.  Please contact Dana Radcliffe at dpradcliffe@seattleschools.org with any potential guest speaker recommendations. 


    ★ Updated High School Information for 8th Grade Families 

    It’s hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about high school transition for our 8th graders! It is a very exciting, and sometimes anxiety producing time for students and families.
    I will post information in the newsletter and in the bulletin announcements for students as it becomes available. I encourage you and your 8th grader to equip yourselves with information to help in the decision-making processes that lie ahead. Please check individual high school websites for more information and specific details.
    Some initial questions to ask:

    • Do I know what high school I am assigned to?
    • Does my high school have an open house night? 
    • If I want to apply for another SPS high school other than my assigned school, do I know the Open Enrollment process?

    Information Opportunities

    High School & Beyond Lessons in the 8th grade SS classes for students

    Jan 14,15 - High School Transition
    Jan 28, 29 – Naviance HSBP Lesson 

    Open Houses for Students and Families

     

  • High School Open House Dates Tours

    Lincoln High School
    Lynx

    January 15, 2019
    6:30 - 9:00 PM
    @Hamilton Intl MS


    No Tours Under Construction

    Roosevelt High School
    Roughriders

    January 31, 2019
    7:00 - 8:00 PM


    No tours announced

    Ballard High School
    Beavers

    February 7, 2019
    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents)
    Tuesday, Feb 5
    Wednesday, Feb 13
    8:00 – 10:00 AM

    Shadowing in February – see website for details


    Ingraham High School
    Rams

    February 6, 2019
    General Info Night
    7:00pm

    February 5, 2019
    IB Info Night
    7:00pm


    Day Time Tour
    February 7th
    9:00 - 11:00 AM
    (Students must be accompanied by an adult)

    Nathan Hale High School
    Raiders

    December 12, 2018
    6:00 - 8:30 PM

    February 12, 2019
    6:00 - 8:30 PM



    Garfield High School
    Bulldogs

    January 16, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Day Time Tour
    January 16th
    9:00 AM
    (Students must be accompanied by an adult)


    The Center School


    January 17, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    February 13, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM


     The Nova School January 24, 2019
    6:00 - 7:30 PM

    Dec 12:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required)
    Dec 18:  Parent/Guardian Tour  12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan 10: Parent/Guardian Tour   12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan 16:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required)
    Jan 22:  Parent/Guardian Tour  12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan. 29:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required) 
    For a complete list of all Seattle Public Schools High Schools and for individual school websites click here.
  • To find out your attendance area high school click here.
  • Open Enrollment:  February 4 - February 19, 2019   This is the annual two-week period where students may apply to attend a school other than their assigned school by attendance area. For information about how to apply to a high school that is not your assigned school click here.

    Please contact Kelli Colleran, 8th Grade counselor, at kjcolleran@seattleschools.org if you are unable to find answers to general high school related questions. 

    For information about specific high schools, please visit the high school website or contact the high school directly.


    Building Leadership Team (BLT) Meeting Summary: 10/18/18 

    The Hamilton BLT is a school governing body, made up of teachers, staff, two parent representatives, and Mr. Manza. Broadly, the group discusses and makes recommendations on the building’s strategic plan (the Continuous School Improvement Plan or CSIP), the school budget (and related budget tradeoffs), professional development and other emerging issues, as needed. The BLT meets the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am; sometimes more in the spring budget season. 

    • We welcomed new BLT member Sandy Adams (front office, admin secretary) who represents classified staff and ran unopposed for the position
    • We heard a presentation by teacher Seth Bundy and two Hamilton parents advocating for HIMS to adopt the “Away for the Day” cell phone policy. They:
      • Noted that other SPS buildings have implemented this policy
      • Cited research on cell phones interfering with learning and impulse control.
      • Asked to survey staff on if/how they are using cell phones in the classroom as an instructional tool. (BLT approved move.)
    • Related to the cell phone policy, we discussed challenge of “solving” for lack of technology available to students in the building (e.g. insufficient # of laptops) to avoid reliance on student cell phones for in-class technology. Discussion will continue, including with PTSA. Mr. Manza agreed to reach out to other principals who have implemented the away for the day policy.
      • We heard a supervision concern around the need to ensure students at second lunch are not sent back to class areas until 12:45; admin will look into it.
      • We debriefed results of a staff survey re: student advisory period (details on results to come in later BLT report).

       

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    Winter Sports

    Boys Basketball
    Tryouts - Dec. 4th - 6th 
    Girls Basketball
    Tryouts - Dec. 10th & 11th 


    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:        
    Webpage 
    Seattle Schools:            
    SPS Athletics Webpage 
    Schedules and Information

    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    ★ Updated Winter Orchestra Concert - at Eckstein Middle School

    The winter orchestra concert will be held Tuesday, December 18 at 7 pm at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St, Seattle, WA 98115) and NOT at Jane Addams like last year.  Students are expected to arrive by 6:15 with their instrument and in concert attire.  

    Concert attire:

    • Ladies: Black dress pants/slacks, black top with ¾ length sleeves (or longer), black socks and black dress shoes.
    • Gentlemen: Black slacks, Black long-sleeve button-down dress shirt with collar, black socks and black dress shoes.

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the concert. Please sign up to help run the concert, or to help with the bake sale.  You will still have time to see your student perform.

    • Concert help: Sign up here. The jobs are pretty easy, and don't require a lot of time.
    • Bake Sale:  Sign up here.  You can either help to sell goods (with a break to see your student perform), or bring a baked good.


    ★ Updated Winter Band Concert

    1. Need Parent Volunteers for Thursday, December 20th Band Concert!

    FOMAHI concert crew & band directors need parent helpers the night of the Dec 20th.  We need help with set-up, door ushering and organizing performers beforehand.  Please consider donating an hour of your time so students and the instructors can focus on the performance that night! 

    SIGN UP HERE

    Note: you can work the backstage shift when your student is not performing! 

    2. FIRST BAND CONCERT OF THE YEAR Thursday, Dec 20th in the Hamilton Gym

    The December Concert showcasing the Hamilton Bands will be Dec 20th at 7:00 pm in the Hamilton Gym.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be held in two sessions. Musicians should arrive 30 minutes prior to their session.  Visit the Bake Sale (with Banh Mi Sandwiches, coffee and treats) in the Commons before or after the performances.

    7:00-7:45 pm:  Intermediate & Junior Band Performances (musicians arrive 30 min prior)
    8:00-8:45 pm:  Beginning & Senior Band Performances (musicians arrive 30 min prior)

    3. Banh Mi Sandwiches and Bake Sale at the Band Concert - NEED BAKED GOODS AND VOLUNTEERS

    Please sign up to bring baked good or volunteer at the table when your student isn't performing. Sign up here.
    The Bake Sale Fundraising benefits our student performers and helps to keep the music program strong.   Come have Banh Mi for dinner or celebrate with a treat before or after performances (6:30 - 9:00pm) in the Hamilton Commons.


    Winter Junior Jazz Registration Now Open

    Session begins January 8th and continues through February 28th, with Jazz Night Concert on March 5th at 7pm in the HIMS Commons
     
    Junior Jazz is a fee-based, after school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation. Students are required to have at least one year of experience on their instrument. Exceptions may be made for students with previous instrumental music experience who are learning a new instrument. Qualified students in ALL grades are encouraged to participate.  Visit the FOMAHI Website for more information and to register, link here


    Pay Enrichment Fees with FOMAHI: Please!!!

    FOMAHI and the Hamilton music programs depend on your FOMAHI registration fees to bring you the resources and programs you have come to expect from this program.  We are behind in our budgeted funds expected from our enrichment fees. These fees help pay for the instruments, trips, and music that support our great program.  Please register and pay the $25 enrichment fee yearly.  

    Instructions:
    1. Go to FOMAHI website link here.
    2. Click "Register and Payments" icon on the upper left column.


    Orchestra Trip Coordinators Needed

    Trip coordinators are need for the following orchestra trips.  There is a binder of information from previous trips in which to follow.   

    • Senior/Chamber orchestra:  Asta Orchestra Festival in Bellingham/Western Washington University on 3/15/18.  This is a one day trip.  Please email Geoff Ogle at gdogle@seattleschools.org for information.
    • Intermediate orchestra:  EBMEA Festival at Whitman Middle School March 2018.  This is a one day trip.  Email Geoff Ogle at gdogle@seattleschools.org for information.


    Silverwood Trip Coordinator Needed

    Calling all parents/guardians of Senior Band, and Senior/Chamber Orchestra.  A trip coordinator is needed to help organize the Silverwood trip/festival this May (May 11 is date of trip). There is a step by step manual from last year's organizer so it will be pretty easy to follow.  Plus, your work will be rewarded by the screams of delight from the students, and the gratitude of the directors and parents.

    Please email FOMAHIhelp@gmail.com, or Christina Holden at tomchristinaholden@comcast.net


    Concert Attire Exchange

    Concert season is upon us, and it's time to gear up with concert attire that fits your growing student. Concert attire exchange bins are located in Mr. Harshman's band room for band and orchestra. Please donate your outgrown, clean black shirts, pants, and shoes (please either tie shoes together or put them in a bag) in the bin. Take gear in the bins that fit for your own use. 

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    ★ NEW What HOST programs do you want to see? - FAMILY INPUT SURVEY 

    This autumn quarter of Hawks Out of School Time has been a great experience, and we’ve had a wonderful time working with over 120 students so far. We’d like to make sure that our available after-school programs align with what you and your children would like to see offered, so if you could, please take this quick 2 minute feedback survey. Your response helps us to improve and expand our future programs, so we greatly appreciate you taking your time to do this!

    https://goo.gl/forms/5VawS02PgFiReHiS2


    HOST Class!! Math Academy

    Math Academy is back! This class is designed to get students up to grade level in math. Students will deepen their understanding of mathematical content by reviewing lessons covered in class and have 1-on-1 time with staff. Students will improve study & homework skills by utilizing helpful strategies and tools and have a supportive and focused environment to finish assignments!

    This class is NOT for students in advanced math classes.
     
    Stop by Room 104, or contact pkwells@seattleschools.org for more information.


    Program Director Contact Information

    For more information: 

    ​Hawks Out of School Time (HOST) program is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. 

    Porter Wells
    Program Director
    Hamilton Middle School Boys & Girls Club
    pwells@positiveplace.org
    Office 206-252-5831
    Room 104 (across from the main office)

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    Lincoln High School

    LHS is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 for incoming 9th and 10th graders. Many of Hamilton families are zoned for LHS.  

    Upcoming LHS Dates:  Incoming 9th Grader Info Night | January 15 |  Hamilton Commons*  *Location has been updated
    Dine Out for Lincoln (Fundraiser) | January 23 | Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant in Fremont 3601 Fremont Ave N - Seattle, WA 98103

    LHS Community Survey: 

    Students Survey
    Parent/Guardian Survey

    Other ways to stay Connected: 
    Like LHS on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSeattle/
    Follow LHS on Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner
    LHS Web profile:  Lincoln High School 

    Lincoln High School Music Boosters

    For those students who will be attending Lincoln High School in the years to come, there is a nascent music boosters club in formation to help create a stellar music program from the start. They are involved in helping fundraise for uniforms, music, instruments, plus much more. Equally important is the attempt to help fund a renovation of the Lincoln auditorium which is in sad technical and physical shape and is NOT slated for improvement due to lack of funding.  

    To help out or for more information, please contact Tracy Hillstrom at tracy.hillstrom@gmail.com.


    ★ NEW Middle School Tour Dates

    Hamilton School Tour | January 22 | 6:30-8:30pm 
    Robert Eagle Staff | January 10 | 7:00-8:30pm 

     

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    SkiBus

    Due to incredible early demand, SKIBUS IS NOW SOLD OUT FOR the 2019 SEASON. We apologize for any disappointment.

    To be put on a wait list, please contact office@skimohan.com with the following details:    

    • Student name   
    • Parent phone number and email
    • Ski or snowboarding       
    • Students ability level   
    • Do they require bus and lessons or just bus

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator (school parent volunteer) Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or theskihawks@gmail.com. 


    ★ NEW Ballard Performing Arts/Ballard High School Winter Concerts

    The musicians at Ballard High School are busy rehearsing for their free Winter Concert Series, featuring selections from Handel's Messiah for a Choral-Orchestral masterwork finale. 

    At their individual concerts, the Choir (Dec 18), Band (Dec 19) and Orchestra (Dec 20), will each present a selection of works that represent their programs for the first part of the concert. Each evening will culminate in a masterwork performance with a full symphonic orchestra and choir featuring selections from Handel’s Messiah. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will combine for this finale performance, featuring more than 200 students on stage.

    The Masterwork finale piece performed at each concert is especially spectacular, and with the holiday favorite Handel's Messiah, this year will likely be a standing room only crowd.

    Free seating is general admission (doors usually open shortly after 7 p.m.) but assigned seating can be reserved for a donation to the music program. Purchase tickets online at https://showtix4u.com; Look at upcoming events and search for “Ballard Choir Winter Concert”, etc. 


    Screening of Angst

    Angst is an independent documentary film about kids dealing with anxiety. In the film, they interview kids who struggle with anxiety and their families. They also talk about some possible root causes of anxiety, and how it affects the brain. The Whitman PTSA cordially invites our school community to a screening of “Angst”

    Location: Whitman Middle School’s auditorium
    Date: January 23rd
    Time: 7:00 PM (doors will open at 6:40 PM) Register for tickets here!

    Although the film is appropriate for ages 11+, we ask that only adults attend. The event is free, however, a ticket is required for entry. Please use the ticket registration link provided to secure your entry into the screening. The PTSA will be accepting donations at the event to offset the cost of the movie. We plan to have an informal discussion after the screening.

    Reserve your tickets for Angst a new documentary about anxiety. We want to start a conversation! #AngstMovie @IndieFlix Whitman Middle School
    https://www.facebook.com/events/302338833822392/

    Please visit https://angstmovie.com for more information and screening dates and locations. There are many upcoming dates in Seattle.


    ★ NEW Adolesco Youth Exchange

    Are you ready to spread your wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain?  We offer a unique, two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.
     
    Please join us for an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVP marie@adolesco.org, and see www.Adolesco.org for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. YOU can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living IN a new culture AND gain a great friend… for life!


    ★ NEW One on One Basketball Seattle Presents...

    One on One 8th Annual Holiday Hoops Camps

    Meadowbrook CC or Queen Anne CC
    December 26 - 28, 9AM-3PM, Boys and Girls Ages 6-12

    • learn to play the One on One way!  Don't get bored during break...GET BETTER!
    • gain confidence with your skill-set going into basketball season!

    Register today at seattle.1on1basketball.com


    Boy's Lacrosse 

    It's time to sign-up for boy’s lacrosse! Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Seattle. Lax is great at a young age. We work on hand eye coordination and we do lots of running (we start practice with a 400m) and strength building, we do push-ups every day.
    Sign-up is now open for 2019 Spring lax for 3rd grade up to 8th grade. We put the 3rd and 4th graders together on one team, then have another team of 5th and 6th boys. Finally we put 7th and 8th graders together too. FYI we do encourage older boys to start even in 7th or 8th grade too so if you have older brothers who are tired of soccer/baseball it's never too late to try something new!
    Practices start in February and are twice a week at Loyal Heights Playfield or Whitman Middle School. Games begin in March on Saturdays. Kindergarten – 2nd graders can register for Props Academy which starts in April. The Academy runs weekly clinics on Sundays to introduce kids to the game of lacrosse. For more information, please visit the club page - http://www.propslacrosse.org/
    If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website.
    Cheers!
    Marcos Dachary (coach and father of a 4th grader at Greenwood Elementary)
    madachary@hotmail.com


    ★ NEW Seattle Children’s Theatre and Kaiser Permanente presents the world premiere of Ghosted as part of a ‘Free Community Event’ highlighting Social Emotional Learning programs.

    What: Free day of performances and workshops on mental health and anti-bullying featuring a partnership between Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) and Kaiser Permanente presenting the world premiere of Ghosted by Trista Baldwin.  Developed by Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) in collaboration and consultation with a Teen Advisory Panel and Kaiser Permanente Health, Ghosted is designed to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, to build social-emotional resiliency for students in grades 9-12. This world premiere production will be presented along with performances of Above, Between, Below written by Seattle-based playwright Ramon Esquivel – which examines the issue of middle school bullying.
     
    Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre (Performances in our Eve Alvord Theatre).
     
    Tickets: Free to the Public:  http://www.sct.org/Shows/Events/Kaiser-Permanente-Community-Weekend

    Dates and Times: Saturday, February 23rd , 2019-  World premiere performance of  GHOSTED by Trista Baldwin at 12:30pm and a 5:00pm performance of Above  Between  Below  by Ramon Esquivel. Workshops focusing on mental health and anti-bullying will occur between performances.


    Entering a second year of outreach and partnership, Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) and Kaiser Permanente’s “Free Educational Theater Program” has visited nearly 22,000 students and 2,100 Teachers statewide. The Educational Theater Program consists of touring productions, in class residencies, workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers and students alike. All of our programming is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and build stronger communities. 

    This February 2019, SCT will offer a free community event and the opportunity to see our touring productions of Above Between Below, the Kaiser Permanente touring show for grades 5-8 and a world premiere of Ghosted along with post-show discussions. Both performances and workshops are available to the public free of charge at the Seattle Children's Theatre on Saturday, February 23rd! Between each performance, SCT will offer free workshops focused on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) based on the themes of both shows. This programming supports the (SEL) Health Education Standards and Benchmarks for Washington State Public Schools in areas of mental, emotional and social health.

    Please contact us if you’d like more information on this program or would like access to our creative or educational teams. Photos available upon request.

    Click here for the event flyer.

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