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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    January 4, 2018



    Upcoming Dates

    Jan. 8th (Monday)

    • HOST Registration Begins | 6:30pm

    Jan. 9th (Tuesday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting 

    Jan. 11th (Thursday)

    • Night of the Arts | 6-8pm | Hamilton 

    Jan. 12th (Friday)

    • Ski Bus Starts 

    Jan. 15th (Monday)

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day | No School

    Jan. 16th (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    Jan. 17th (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Luncheon | Chinese New Year

    Jan. 20th (Saturday)

    • Jr. Thespian Festival | 8am - 4pm | Hamilton 
    • Admissions Fair for Option Schools  | 10 - 2pm | Mercer Intl. Middle School 

    Jan. 22nd (Monday)

    • First Day of Winter HOST Classes

    Jan. 25th (Thursday)

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

    Jan. 29th (Monday)

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

    Jan. 31st (Wednesday)

    • Day between semesters | No School

    Feb. 19th - 23rd 

    • Midwinter Break | No School

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


    PTSA News

    Updated★ Fall Fund Drive Results 

    Fall Fund Drive

    The Fall Fund Drive has come to an end!  THANK YOU to all the families who donated!  Without your support, we could not continue to provide the programs that enrich our students and staff at Hamilton.  We raised $141,000 with 45.2% of families participating.  We increased the percentage of families participating as well as our total dollar amount from last year.  What an amazing result! Even with this success, we did fall 11% short of our overall goal. The PTSA board will be working with the school administration and staff in the next few months to prioritize the funding of programs based on the drive numbers.

    We would like to thank all of the folks that pitched in - stuffing envelopes, writing emails, talking with other parents about the importance of the PTSA and all the other small details that went into making this drive successful.  A special thank you to Jennifer Stephenson, PTSA Treasurer who put in countless hours tallying the donations and following up on matching programs and Terry Doyle, PTSA VP of Communications who helped tremendously with messaging, communications, and so much more.  It was a team effort and everyone’s help was much appreciated.  

    Lastly, if you would still like to donate to help close the gap, the link is below.

     Donate Now

    Renee Berry and Amy Barrett
    VP of Fund Raising


    Reflections Art Contest

    Two HIMS students are Finalists in the competition and have work heading for the state level: Maxwell Rivera for Photography and Sebastian Santa Lucia for Music Composition. 

    Honorable mentions: Mia Saunders, Adrienne Stern, and Sadie Donaldson in the Visual Arts category and Kendra Black in Literature.

    There is a reception at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center this Sunday, January 7th from 2-3pm. All are welcome.



    Letter from the Principal

    Dear Hamilton International Community,

    I welcome being back from the holiday break. We all welcome the chance to spend time with our families and friends, but we love to see this community whole – students streaming off of of the busses, populating the neighborhood sidwalks, and postively running up the stairs into the school (we’ll see how long that lasts). It’s good to have all this energy as we enter the final weeks of the first semester. Some of your students will be asked to show what they’re able to do and what they’ve learned this semester, and I recommend you ask them specific questions about their learning, about their assignments, and how they would assess where they are at this point in the school year. 

    Mike Keran was a pillar of the Hamilton community – it’s a cliché, to be sure, but he was one of the people who held us up and it may take us a while to regain the solidity that he provided us. Mike ran Hamilton’s Ulitmate Frisbee programs over the last two years—he mastered the consdierable bureaucracy, and the logistics of field scheduling, practices, games etc. But really he embodied and propogated the spirit on the fields, a spirit that we wish for and work for—empathy of others, resilience, camraderie, embracing and celebrating diversity. Mike died Sunday. We hope we can live up to what he brought to our community.

    His family has suggested DiscNW, All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (empowering girls, particularly young women of color through ultimate), and a campaign to support the recovery of a Franklin H.S. ulimtate player struck by a car on his way home from a game.


    Tipton Blish ~ 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. 

    Student Verification Form on The Source

    Parents and guardians, have you completed your family's student data verification form yet? The 2017-18 school year form is online through the Fri., Jan. 5. 

    New★ From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 



    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

    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

    Contact FOMAHI:



    HOST After-School Program

    New★ Winter HOST Registration 

    Online registration opens for Winter HOST classes on:  Jan. 8th @ 6:30pm 

    HOST class offerings will be available to view on the Hamilton HOST page starting Friday, January 5
    th, 2018 starting at 6:30pm.

    HOST programs begin on Monday, January 22nd, 2018.

    Please follow the link to the Hamilton HOST page for more information regarding HOST classes and registration.


    If you have any questions please reach out to the YMCA office.


    Hamilton HOST Coordinator - Jonathan Delcid  

    Director of Education and Leadership - Liz Abbott (Chase)

    YMCA Office – 206.252.5831


    Seattle Schools News

    New★ Registration for 2018-19 Begins Jan. 8

    Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is just around the corner! Registration for the next school year begins Mon., Jan. 8.

    New★ Source 

    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 an alert, but many 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. 


    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.


    Thanks, Tracy

    Seattle High School Information Nights

    For more information please visit high school websites. 

    Ballard High School 
    | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
    Tours & Open House Info Cleveland High School | Jan. 19, Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am Tours & Open House Info Center School | Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm  Tours & Open House Info Garfield High School | Jan. 16 10am-11:30am | Jan. 18 6pm-8pm Tours & Open House Info Ingraham High School | 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 Option School Choice Fair | Jan 20th | 10am-2pm Tours & Open House Info



    New★ SkiBus 

    The first week of Ski Bus is less than 2 weeks away!  Please make sure your skier turns in the "daily procedure" form before the first Friday, January 12th.  

    If you have any questions please contact the coordinator, Jan (parent volunteer), at or 206-297.7616.



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

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