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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    December 7, 2017



    Upcoming Dates

    Dec. 7th (Thursday)

    • Girls Basketball Tryout | 4:00pm 
    • HOST CLASSES - Last Day of Fall Classes

    Dec. 8th (Friday)

    • Boys Basketball Tryout | 4:00pm
    • SkiBus Student Meeting | During Advisory 

    Dec. 11th/12th (Monday/Tuesday)

    • 7th Graders - Hearing/Vision Screenings
    • PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30pm | Library

    Dec. 12th (Tuesday)

    • Tanzania Meeting | 7pm | Library 
    • Orchestra Concert | 7pm | Jane Adams Middle School 

    Dec. 14th (Thursday)

    • Band Concert | 7pm | Hamilton Gym

    Dec.  15th (Friday)

    • One Hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm

    Dec. 16th - Jan. 1st 

    • Winter Break - No School


    • First day back from Winter Break - Tuesday, Jan. 2nd 

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


    PTSA News

    Updated★ Hamilton Fall Fund Drive 

    Fall Fund Drive
    We are quickly approaching the end of our Fall Fund Drive. Thank you to the 32% of our Hamilton families that have donated so far. We are 70% to our goal of being able to fully fund the enrichment programs, professional development, and other PTSA sponsored services that will be needed THIS YEAR. If you haven’t donated yet, please consider donating today. It is fast, easy, and any amount helps get us closer to our goal.

     Donate Now

    This week we sent out a video about the Writers In the School (WITS) program that the PTSA funds. This is an important program that benefits our kids in developing their writing skills. Sarah Erb, 6 th grade Language Arts teacher, explained how WITS helps students find a different way of writing by bringing in professional writers to work with them. Student Satchel Bell talked about his experience of writing his poem and then presenting at Town Hall. This is just one of the many ways your donation enriches the educational experience at Hamilton. If you didn’t see the video, make sure you are signed up to receive
    the PTSA emails. 

    Reflections Art Exhibit 

    If you are at the Seattle Center between December 1st and January 7th, stop by the Armory Loft and see students' art work from all over the city. Hamilton students have seven pieces of art on display.

    Updated★ PTSA Meeting:  January 3rd

    Save the Date: Wednesday, January 3, for a Forum: Will Seattle Schools Be Fully Funded in 2018-19?

    You may have heard rumors of recent new funding for Washington state's school and restrictions by the state on the use of levies. At the same time, Seattle Public Schools forecasts a budget shortfall despite the increasing overcrowding at the schools and an inability to completely fund basic projects like refurbishing Lincoln High School remain underfunded. 

    Join us at 7:30pm on January 3rd in the Hamilton International Middle School library to hear from our local legislators on how Seattle will be impacted by recent and upcoming legislation.
    Panelists will include:
    We'll hear from each member of the panel as well as take questions from parents. To make sure we have time to address your questions, please send them in advance to the Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison, Sam Bell, at

     Parents are already asking questions such as:
    1. Will the fields at the Wallingford Playfield be upgraded to turf so that Hamilton Middle School, Lincoln High School, and local soccer clubs be able to use them? Are fields and athletics considered part of what the State needs to fund? If a local responsibility, who pays?
    2. At Lincoln High School, the current capital levies only allow for renovating the academic spaces. There is no or limited money to repair the auditorium, which is used by multiple schools. Are arts part of a basic education and is funding a State responsibility?
    3. Why are there restrictions placed on local levies, including the amount raised and how the funds are used? Why do levies require more than a majority vote? Will those restrictions be removed in the upcoming legislative session?
    4. When will the legislature define what constitutes a basic education?


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    We have less than two weeks before the December break. This is a great opportunity to check the
    source and see how your students are doing in their classes and take note of any work that needs to be completed or revised before the break. When we return to school after the New Year, the end of the semester will come very quickly. Taking care of the schoolwork now will help ensure the success of your student at the end of the semester. Teachers are always available to help students and families navigate the grade book and the classroom assignments. Please contact us if there are any questions.

    I was recently in three classes where the students were working on writing introductions and thinking about claim, evidence and strategy. All classes used a variety of writing samples that allowed students to see how claims are connected to evidence. The samples also varied in the strategy the author used to intrigue the reader. Students worked in groups and had conversations about the different writings. Toward the end of the class periods, students began to think about which strategy they would attempt in their introductions. Students were engaged in this activity and in each class all students were participating.

    Keep up the good work as move toward the New Year and the end of the semester.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder
    Assistant Principal




    Hamilton School News

    Hamilton YMCA  - Holiday Help Program

    We have identified approximately thirty families within our Hamilton community that could benefit from additional support this holiday season. It is our goal to provide each of our Hamilton families with a gift for their student and a gift card to a store in our area. If you would like to support these families, we ask that you consider giving a gift card from any of the following stores:

    • Safeway
    • QFC
    • Fred Meyer
    • Target (this is a great gift for a student!)
    • Amazon (this is a great gift for a student!)
    • H&M (this is a great gift for a student!)
    • Nike (this is a great gift for a student!)
    • Forever 21 (this is a great gift for a student!)

    We will distribute gifts and cards starting on Wednesday, Dec. 13th. Please drop your donation at the YMCA office (room 104 across from the main office) or at the main office.  If you would like to support the Holiday Help program, please submit your donation by Wed., Dec. 13th.

    If your family is in need of support this holiday season, please reach out to Liz Abbott (Chase) at

    The YMCA is more than happy to provide those who donate with a tax deduction letter, so please make sure you include your name with your donation.

    New★ Seattle Family Works Holiday Drive - Counseling Office

    6th grade students, Nina Kieserman and Mika Semke, are excited to announce the FIRST annual the Family Works Holiday Drive. These students are looking for generous Hamilton classmates to help support Family Works and the 35 families in need this holiday season. Family Works is a wonderful organization that supports families experiencing homeless or tough family transitions in the in the Seattle area. Tree ornaments include the family description, the items needed and some gift ideas- students can get one or all items on the ornament or they come up with their own gift ideas! Once gifts are wrapped, please bring them to the Counseling Office to be distributed to the families before Christmas break. Thank you Nina and Mika for starting this generous tradition! The Family Works Holiday Drive supports families all over the Seattle area.


    If you have questions about this please reach out Hamilton Counseling Intern, Honor Weihe, at

    Help Needed★ 
    7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screenings

    Hamilton Nurse Anne Fote is looking for some HIMS community members to do vision and hearing screenings for 7th graders on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12. Nurse Fote and nursing students will train volunteers on how to do the screenings, so no experience is necessary! Anne and the nursing students will be available to help the entire time. It will be a team effort and fun! Feel free to sign up for more than one shift. (Some shifts have been scheduled to overlap to ensure that there is adequate time to train new volunteers.) If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anne at

    Click here to sign up:

    Thank you for volunteering!

    Yearbook Photos Needed

    The Hamilton Yearbook Staff is requesting uploads of school-related photos (field trips, spirit wear/school pride, concerts, athletics, and etc.) for potential inclusion in the HIMS 2017-18 yearbook!

    Anyone - adult or student - can submit photos via new software from our yearbook publisher – of course all submissions will be reviewed by adult staff members before being added to the photo pool for review by students.  These photos will be considered for use in addition to photos taken by students on the yearbook staff.

    Go to and enter school code: HIMS.  The website will ask you to give contact information (so we can reach you if necessary and will ask you to provide details about the names of students or the event - please provide as much information as you can. You will be able to upload 10 photos at a time.  For questions about uploading photos or if you need an alternative workaround for uploading large numbers of photos, please contact Lisa Melenyzer at

    Contact Information Update:  PowerSchool

    Hello Hamilton Families,  Within the next couple of weeks you will receive an email from SPS inviting you to review and complete your families information as viewed by the district and child’s school via POWERSCHOOL (PS), which is the program that is used to house all demographic information.  This information is used to email your family, mail report cards, check to see who can pick up your child, emergency contacts, after school childcare, Doctors name and phone number etc.


    1. The "best" (parent/guardian’ email address associated to student on the SOURCE and in PS) parent will receive an email (if they have an email address in PS, inviting them to fill out the Online Data Verification Form via the Source.

    2. Only ONE parent PER student PER school year may fill out this form. Any other parent that goes to the Source and clicks on the Data Verification Form link will receive an error message.

    Parents of students with No Contact orders or Confidential status will not be able to fill out the form online. You will need to bring in any 
    Court issued paperwork along with current ID, which will be filed.  At this time you will be issued a “verification form” and change requests (be sure to sign) will be processed.

    3. Parents must have Source accounts with the same email address that is in PS (Demographics page, Student Contacts section) in order to fill out this form online. Please visit the office staff (email or fax requests will not be processed) if you need to change or check your email address. Be sure to have ID handy.

    4. After forms are filled out via the new online process, most of the information will automatically be put in PS. Other information (Home Address, No Contact Orders, Custody Status changes), you will need to report to office staff and request a “verification form” 


    5. Parents are able to update this once per school year, if other changes are necessary, please have your student or you may go (bring ID) to the front office and request a “verification form”, once this has been completed and original ink signed copy returned, information will be updated within two (2) business days.

    rom the Counseling Department 

    High School Transition 

    Seattle High Schools Information Nights - for more information please visit high school websites. 

    Ballard High School | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
    Cleveland High School | Jan. 19, Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am
    Center School | 
    Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm
    Garfield High School | Jan. 18 | 6pm-8pm
    Ingraham High School
     | Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm
    Ingraham IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7pm
    Nathan Hale | Dec. 6th and Feb. 13 | 6-8:30pm 
    Roosevelt High School | 
    Feb. 1 | 6:30pm

    Private/Independent High Schools Information Nights – for more information please visit high school websites.  For application support, remember to contact Hamilton registrar, Ms. Peila.

    Holy Names Academy | Jan. 4 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Bishop Blanchet | go to school website

    Raisbeck Aviation High School | Dec. 7 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
    9229 East Marginal Way SouthSeattle

    Hamilton Open House 

    Do you know someone who is considering Hamilton next year?  Invite them to visit during our Open House January 25, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

    Order Your Hamilton Spirit Wear!

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


    Hamilton Athletics

    Winter Sports - Basketball 

    Basketball Tryouts this week:  

    Girls tryouts:  Thur., Dec. 7th @ 4:00pm
    Boys tryouts:  Fri., Dec. 8th @ 4:00pm

    Students must have the following forms completed and submitted to HIMS by December 5th: 

    Athletic Physical form
    Basketball Release form
    Concussion form 

    Check with the main office to see if you have already completed and submitted any of these forms for this academic year.  If there is a form you still need to complete, you may find a copy of each in the front office, or on-line on the SPS website.  

    There are basketball team tryout sign-up sheets in the main office.  Please sign up if you want to be on one of the basketball teams and are good to go with the forms.  

    For more information about the Hamilton Athletics Department or upcoming sports click here:


    Music News

    Orchestra Concert 

    Dec. 12th | 7 pm  | Jane Adams Middle School

    The concert is located at Jane Adams Middle School auditorium, NOT at Lincoln High School.  Address of Jane Adams:  11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle.  Please allow extra time, students will need to arrive by 6:30.  Carpools are being arranged for those who need help with transportation, more information to come.  

    • We rely on volunteers to help the concerts run smoothly.  Please volunteer to help with concert operations here. 
    • Don't forget the bake sale, it wouldn't be a concert without Rice Krispy treats.  Plus we are selling Banh Mi sandwiches so don't bother with dinner.  We rely on this income to help fund programs, please either volunteer to bring a baked good or your time at this link for bake sale.

    Band Concert 

    Dec. 14th | 7 pm  | Hamilton Gym

    Band Concert is in the Hamilton Gym.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be held in two sessions. Musicians will arrive 30 minutes prior to your session.  More details as date approaches.  Attendees will enter through the Commons, then proceed to the Gym.  Bake sale will be held in the Commons.

    7:00-7:45 pm:   Beginner and Junior* Band Performances 
    8:00-8:45 pm:   Intermediate* and Senior Band Performances
    * please note the time change for both Junior and Intermediate Band Performances

    Parent Volunteers Needed: 

    1.  FOMAHI concert crew & band directors need parent helpers the night of the Dec 14th concert.  This is our first concert of the year AND in a new location.  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! 

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

    2.  Bakers/bake sale volunteers needed:  
    Want to raise money for a good cause at an event you already plan to attend?  Follow this bake sale link to donate your baked good or your time.  Reminder, come before or after your student's performance to enjoy a Banh Mi sandwich as well at the bake sale.

    Amazon Smile to Benefit FOMAHI

    Just in time for holiday shopping, FOMAHI now has a button on our website to shop at Amazon. Please bookmark the page and use the link when you make purchases at Amazon and a percentage of your purchase will go towards a donation to FOMAHI as part of the Amazon Smile program -

    Junior Jazz and Men's Choir

    Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir winter registration will open on December 4th. The session will begin on January 2nd.  Registration will be at

    Concert Attire Exchange

    Tired of buying black dress shoes your student outgrows before the year is out?  Concert attire (black shoes, black shirt, black pants/slacks) exchange now available.  Bins for each are in the hallway in front of the band room.  Donate your outgrown attire, take whatever available that fits.  When you donate, please make sure clothes are clean, and shoes are somehow paired (in a bag, or tied together).

    Contact FOMAHI:



    HOST After-School Program

    Winter HOST Registration 

    Online registration opens for Winter HOST classes on:  Jan. 8th @ 6:30pm 
    For more information view the HOST Webpage:  Click Here


    Seattle Schools News

    CareDox parent portal for health records coming second semester

    The “Parent Portal” for the new electronic health records (HER) system, CareDox, is slated to come online second semester. CareDox software is a robust health information platform that provides several key benefits for families, ranging from sending notifications for each student's medication inventory levels, screenings and health room visits. CareDox features a parent web portal that gives authorized users secure, anytime, anywhere access to student's school health information via the Internet. It also simplifies administrative work, allows for electronic signatures and freeing up nurse time. More information to families will be available closer to the Feb. 1, 2018rollout. More information: and



    SkiBus UPDATED★

    Hamilton’s SkiBus program is now completely full, thanks to everyone who signed up during October and November. 
    We will have a student meeting during homeroom on December 8 to discuss the fun and the rules, and hand out essential paperwork. If your student still wants to ride SkiBus, it is possible to come on a week-by-week basis depending on space available. Please contact the coordinator, Jan (parent volunteer), at or 206.297.7616 if you have any questions. 

    Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker

    The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington’s Jazz Nutcracker 
    December 2 and 3

    Swing into the holiday season with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s festive Jazz Nutcracker, a fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite. The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band is fortunate to have the rights to perform this arrangement. Join us for a Seattle tradition. 

    Buy Tickets online

    Saturday, December 2, 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 3, 2 PM at the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theater.

    Cost: $18 for adults, $13 for students and seniors.

    Spring Season registration is now open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club!

    Seattle Celtic will be holding Spring season tryouts the week of January 8. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment. 
    Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at Tryouts will take place the week of January 8-15 at Magnuson Park Field #5. Full schedule is posted here and prospective new players can register for tryouts here.
    Questions? Contact us at for further information.

    Writing Camps

    Storytelling and the Holidays Camp at Uplift Writing * Dec. 18th, 19th, and 20th

    Does your middle schooler love writing, storytelling, and DIY (do-it-yourself) crafts? Uplift Writing is now enrolling for our December break camp. Your child will listen to talented storytellers describing a funny or poignant holiday memories and then learn techniques to write and record their own holiday memory!  Your child also will make handcrafted gifts using beautiful paper, embossing tools, calligraphy, and other brightly-colored, sparkly, and/or fluffy materials! To register your child, please visit  - $ 75 per day, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The camp will be held at Uplift's convenient and cozy Bryant location.  

     5758 35th Ave. NE | Seattle, WA 98105 | | (206) 929-1311

    Ultimate Frisbee Clinics 

    Cascades Academy will be offering Ultimate Frisbee Clinics for Youth.  Upcoming Dates: 
    Cutting: Get Open or Get Your Teammate Open:  Dec. 20th 
    Throwing Forhand sucks and Catching Under Pressure:  Dec. 30th 

    For more information or to register click here:



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    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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