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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    January 25, 2018



    Upcoming Dates 

    Jan. 25th (Thursday)

    • Hawk Pride Ceremony | 4-4:20pm | Library 
    • Hamilton Open House  | 6:30-8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    Jan. 29th (Monday)

    • Lincoln Planning Meeting | 6:30 - 8pm | Hamilton Commons

    Jan. 31st (Wednesday)

    • Day between semesters | No School
    • City of Seattle Community Meeting | 5-8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    Feb. 8th (Thursday)

    • Music-a-thon | All Day | Young Musicians Concert | 7-9pm | Commons

    Feb. 9th (Friday)

    • Puerto Rico Fundraiser "Hamilton" | 6-8:30pm | Commons/Stage

    Feb. 13th (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30-8:30pm | Main Office Conference Room

    Feb. 14th (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Dessert Bar for Staff | 11:40 - 1:20pm | Staff Lounge

    Feb. 19th - 23rd 

    • Midwinter Break | No School

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


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

     Dear Hamilton Families,


    Part of our mission at Hamilton is to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world.  This month alone, we have had several opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of government structures and civic engagement through field trips and after-school programming.  


    • Our 8th grade social studies classes had the opportunity to take a field trip to Olympia to gain a greater understanding of our State government.  The field trip includes a tour of the State Capitol building, observation of the House and Senate, a visit to the Washington Supreme court, and a chance to meet our State Representatives. 


    • In our after-school program, a group of YMCA participants from Hamilton, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Google, had the opportunity to test out Google’s new iCivics platform.  Students had the opportunity to test the platform, share opinions, and discuss the importance of civics and the role that it has played in their lives. 

    In addition to this great Civics learning, all of our students and staff have been working hard to wrap up the first semester.  This is one final reminder to check in with your student to make sure that they have completed any missing assignment or assessments.  Please reach out to teachers for any clarification or concerns.


    We look forward to the second half of the school year and continued learning and growth.  Go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg

    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton School News

    Hamilton Open House

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

    New★ From the Counseling Department

    Reports and diagnosis of anxiety are on the rise – in our school community and in our country. The results of our Hamilton student needs assessment this fall showed 14% of 8th graders; 12 % of 7th graders and 13% of 6th graders self-reporting concerns about anxiety. The counseling department and Hamilton staff are working to implement supports for all students. Increasing awareness is the first step. We have implemented “Mindful Mondays” this year as a part of our weekly advisory schedule. Next month we will be hosting 2 screenings of the documentary ANGST for our community….


    Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.


    Mark your calendars for March 2nd (evening) and/or March 3rd (matinee)!


    Learn More:


    Article in Parent Map this week related to anxiety:


    Talking to your Child or Teen about anxiety:


    Local Parent workshop related to anxiety:

    Seattle Psychology: Parenting your Anxious Child

    • Is your child overly anxious?
    • Does anxiety stop your child from enjoying and doing things that others do every day?
    • Does your child seek excessive reassurance and yet the benefit of that reassurance is fleeting?
    • Do you feel frustrated and ineffective because nothing is changing?

    Drs. Lynette Pullmann and Michelle Proulx, from Seattle Psychology, PLLC, are offering a 3-part workshop for parents of children with anxiety. This series will provide:

    • Information for understanding childhood anxiety
    • Helpful strategies for parenting an anxious child

    How to coach your child to overcome anxiety The workshops are designed to teach parents the basics on how to help children most effectively cope with situations that trigger anxiety. With effective parenting, coaching, and tools, children can learn to manage and overcome their worries independently, and to no longer avoid the things that previously worried them. The workshop series will also provide information on when and where to turn for additional help.

    • Dates: Feb 25, March 4 & 11 Time: 2-4pm Location: Seattle Psychology, Wallingford
    • Total cost for the three-part series is $300.00. $100 non-refundable registration deposit due by February 11. $200 balance due at first session.

    For more information please contact Dr. Pullmann at 206-569-5368 or
     Seattle Psychology, PLLC 1307 N 45th St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98103 (in Wallingford)

    APPS to assist:

    Breath2Relax ; Headspace ; MindShift; Pacifica ; Stop Breathe & Think


      New★ Library: NEW ARRIVALS!

      Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to check these out!

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      From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 

      Children invited to 'Give Kids a Smile' event to receive free preventive dental care Feb. 20th 

      For more information:  
      Wendy Dore   206-713-4720 
      Ric Brewer, 206.933.9416

      The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Bartell Drugs invite children ages 6 mos. through 18 years old to receive FREE preventive dental care during a special Give Kids a Smile Day, Tuesday, February 20, from 1-5pm.  The first 50 children to make appointments will receive the care, and a wait list will be established.  

      Participating children will receive, at no cost to the family, a full exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application.

      Give Kids a Smile is part of Children’s Dental Health Month during which the Center focuses on encouraging families to be sure their children receive regular dental check-ups and practice good oral hygiene.  Dental disease is a leading cause of childhood health issues, and can result in poor nutrition, reduced ability for a child to concentrate and more missed school days.

      Details:  Give Kids a Smile

      Date:  February 20, 2018
      Time:  1-5pm
      Appointments Required:  Call 206-543-5800, ask for a Give Kids a Smile appointment
      Eligible:  Any child, through age 18 years old
      Location:  University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., Seattle.
      Other:  Interpretation available in 120 languages, Medicaid-eligible children may be able to arrange free transportation.

      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

      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 

      Seattle Schools Sports Schedules and Information

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


      Music News

      New★ Music-a-thon is here. 

      Hamilton is proud to announce our 8th Annual Music-a-thon!


      What is the Music-a-thon?  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year for band, orchestra, jazz and choral programs at HIMS!  Our goal is to raise over $35,000 to support music students at Hamilton.


      Please check your students’ backpacks! Music-a-thon donation forms and envelopes are coming home with your student on Thursday, January 25! Email if your student needs another pledge form. Click here to donate now!


      Music-a-thon donations provide critical support for this year’s music program! Funds raised during the 2018 Music-a-thon will be used to this year to:

      • purchase instruments & sheet music;
      • subsidize trips for all students and provide financial assistance to students in need;
      • provide additional musical instruction; and
      • cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. 

      Music-a-thon donations will fund instrument & sheet music purchases; provide financial assistance to students for festival trips and lessons; and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops – all for the students involved in our award-winning music programs this school year.  All donations are tax deductible.


      How does Music-a-thon work? Music students request donations from friends and family and then join to make music for more than 11 straight hours--from 8:45am until 8pm--on Thursday, February 8. It is a day filled with music performed by our students and culminating in a special Young Musicians Concert that evening at 7pm in the Commons. All are invited to come and listen to our talented musicians play and perform their favorite songs and piece, so mark your calendars!  We depend on the Music-a-thon to fund our award-winning music program at Hamilton.


      We need YOU! As a part of our incredible music community – students, parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends – donate to support the 2018 Music-a-thon.  Students are not required to get donations, but we hope most will!  To participate, donors can pay with CASH, CHECKS (payable to FOMAHI, 1610 N. 41st, Seattle, WA 98103) or CREDIT CARD online. Click HERE TO DONATE to the Music-a-thon (you must login to donate).

      Students who turn in their Music-a-thon Donation & Participation Form (no donations required) with their parent’s or guardian’s signature by 4:00 pmThursday, February 8 are eligible for a special FOMAHI prize drawing.  


      This year’s prize drawing items are:

      • $25 Amazon Gift Card (4)
      • $10 Gift Card to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (4)
      • $10 Gift Card to QFC (4)

      But wait, there’s more!! The class with the highest percentage of participating students will win a class pizza party.   


      2018 Music-a-thon Schedule -- Thursday, February 8

      8:45 am - 3:40 pm       Music Classrooms - Regular music classes play during classroom periods

      3:40 pm - 4:55 pm       Junior Jazz rehearsal

      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm       Music room Combos and small groups perform; Hamilton Musical rehearsal

      7:00 pm - ~ 8:00 pm   Young Musicians Concert and FOMAHI Prize Drawing in Hamilton Commons. All acts involving music are welcome!


      Questions?  Click here for more detailed information or contact:

      Naria Santa Lucia, FOMAHI Fundraising Chair,

      Angela Babbitt, Choir Director, 

      Paul Harshman, Band Director,

      Geoff Ogle, Orchestra Chair,  

      THANK YOU in advance for your generous support!

      Important information for donors:  FOMAHI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations to the Music-a-thon are tax-deductible.  Since no goods or services will be exchanged, the full amount of the donation is tax-deductible. Please provide a complete mailing address and current email address to receive a tax acknowledgement letter.




      HOST After-School Program

      New★ HOST Classes started this week! 

      Winter HOST runs Monday January 22nd, 2018  - Thursday March 29th, 2018

      MondayTuesdayThursday, from 4:00 - 5:30pm

      Wednesday from 2:45 - 4:45pm.

      Please take a look at the Class offerings and the Registration steps on the Hamilton Website:






      Seattle Schools News

      Registration for the 2018-19 School Year

      Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun! 
      Open Enrollment period for School Choice is Feb. 5-16.

      For more information click here:

      New★Lincoln High School Community Design Meeting

      Lincoln High School will be (re)opening in the fall of 2019 to address growing enrollment in our city.  Boundaries for Lincoln have not yet been finalized, but we have already begun working to build an innovation high school.
      Families, students, and community are invited to help design an amazing experience for ALL students.  A school that cultivates a community of curious, connected, confident learners who are empowered to make positive measurable impacts in their lives, their community, the nation and the world. 
      This second meeting will focus on the vision for the  overall learner experience, and provide an opportunity for input into possible course offerings at Lincoln.  
      Please join us on January 29, 2018 at 6:30 -8:00 p.m.
      Hamilton International Middle School 
      1610 N 41st St.
      Lincoln Planning Meeting Agenda:
      Update on boundary /assignment (not the focus)
      Planning to date
      Learner experience/course offering input.   
      For more information and updates, please see the Lincoln High School page.

      District Launching Texting for Family Notifications

      In February, Seattle Public Schools is launching text messaging to help families stay up to date. Our goal is to provide accurate, timely, important information for our community across a variety of platforms. Text messaging will be used in addition to our current communication methods, such as email and voice messages.

        For more information click here:

        Updated★ Seattle High School Information Nights

        For more information or additional dates please visit the High School Websites. 

        Ballard High School  Parent Night | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
        Tours | Feb. 6 and Feb. 14 | 8-9:30am 
        Tours & Open House Info

        Cleveland STEM High School | Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am
        Tours & Open House Info
        Center School | Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm 
        Tours & Open House Info
        Garfield High School
        Tours & Open House Info
        Ingraham High School  
        Open House | Feb. 6 7pm-9pm 
        IB Info Night | Feb. 8 7:00pm
        Tours & Open House Info
        Nathan Hale High School | Feb. 13 | 6pm-8:30pm
        Tours & Open House Info
        Roosevelt High School | Feb. 1 | 6:30pm-8:30pm 
        Tours & Open House Info


        Updated★ Source Information Needs Updated

        Semester 2 
        classes will display on The Source beginning 1/31/18.  



        Source accounts parents and guardians set up prior to August of this year with a username that does NOT match the email address on PowerSchool > Demographics > Student Contact will be DISABLED Saturday, February 3, 2018


        Some parents may still be using these old Source accounts.  When they log in, they will see this alert:

        This message has been posted since August, but many parents and guardians have not taken action.  These parents and guardians can log in, but DO NOT have access to:

        • Data Verification Forms
        • SchoolPay

        Please encourage parents and guardians at your school to provide the same email address for each SPS student in their family to ensure continued Source access.  HIMS parents, you or your child will need to go to the front office and request a “verification form” , complete, sign and submit original ink signed form.  Changes will be updated within two (2) business days.  We do not update based on email or phone call.


        If you update parent or guardian email addresses, the change will take 2 hours to sync with the Source.  After waiting 2 hours, the parent or guardian will need to clear the cache on their browser, close their browser, reopen and set up their Source account with the new email address. 


        If parents/guardians use a smart phone to view the Source, please remind them to use a supported browser such as Chrome or Firefox and the Source URL:  Please tell them Not to install the PowerSchool APP  as it does not support SPS customizations.





        If your skier will be missing a week of SkiBus please be sure to contact Jan. 

        If you have any questions please contact the coordinator, Jan (Parent Volunteer), at or 206-297-7616. 


        New★ Seattle Council PTSA Meeting

        K-12 Education Funding & The Effects On Seattle Public Schools
        Tuesday, Feb. 6 | Ballard High School

        Join an in-depth panel discussion on the new Basic Ed funding bills, school funding shortfalls, levy restrictions, capacity issues, boundaries, Lincoln High School and other issues facing our schools and city. 

        Forum Panelists

        • JoLynn Berge, Seattle Public Schools Asst. Superintendent Business and Finance: "SPS Budget Implications"
        • Eden Mack, Seattle Public Schools Director District 4, 
        • Scott Pinkham, Seattle Public Schools Director District 1
        • Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember District 6
        • Heidi Bennett, Seattle Council PTSA & WA State PTA  

        Region 6 Leg. Chair, "Update on McCleary and the Basic Ed Bills"

        To request childcare email:

        Sponsored by Seattle Council PTSA. All are welcome to attend.

        When: Tuesday,2/6/18, 7-9pm

        Where: Ballard High School Auditorium, 1418 NW 65th St, Seattle.


        New★Rainier Scholars 

        Rainier Scholars Family Information

        To apply, parents must attend one of the information meetings. Upcoming informational meetings are Jan. 18, 25 and 27.

        You also can get more information at

        New★Kids with an Edge Tutoring

        Kids with an Edge Tutoring Center & Preschool offer highly interactive and effective one-on-one tutoring in reading and math beginning at the preschool level, straight through middle school.   Tutoring is aimed at building a strong foundation and sense of confidence. Visit to learn more.


        Show your support for the Performing Arts at Ingraham High School by attending the Student Showcase, our major fundraiser of the year. Funds raised at this event make up 75% of the IPAB annual budget.

        When: Saturday, February 10, 2017 at 7:00pm
        Where: Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA

        • Student performances—drama, instrumental and vocal music!

        • Light hors d'oeuvres

        • Beer and wine available for purchase

        • Raise the Paddle, 50/50 Raffle and Dessert Dash

        Who: Must be 21+ to attend. This is a great opportunity for parents of incoming freshman to check out the growing performing arts program and community at Ingraham.

        Tickets: $25 in advance, available at . $30 day of the event at the door.



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        Hamilton International Middle School

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

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