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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    June 14, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    June 14th 

    • Band Concert | 7 pm | Hamilton Gym TONIGHT

    June 15th 

    • School Dance | 4-5pm | Hamilton Gym 

    June 19th 

    • Track Team End of Year Party | After School 
    • Final Board Meeting (old and new board -- all are welcome) | 6:30 pm | Hamilton Library

    June 21st  

    • 8th Grade Cruise | During the School Day

    June 22nd 

    • Last Day of School | 1-hour Early Dismissal (2:45pm)
    • 8th Grade Promotion | 1:15pm | Hamilton Commons 
    • 7th Grade Field Trip | MoPop
    • 6th Grade Field Trip | Family Fun Center

    Summer Dates to Remember 

    • Monday, August 27th | Incoming 6th Graders WEB Orientation | 8:30am -12:30pm
    • Wednesday, September 5th | First Day of School 2018/19

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



    PTSA News

    Spring Membership Meeting Recap

    The membership voted to approve next year's budget and voted in the slate presented by the nomination committee. We also had a great conversation with Future Principal Dorian Manza.

    2018/19 PTSA Board

    President - Camilla Layman
    *Vice President - Miki Takihana
    Treasurer - Jennifer Stephenson
    *Secretary - Catherine Beard
    VP of Communications - Terry Doyle
    Co-VP’s of Fundraising - Renee Berry & Amy Barrett
    VP of Events - OPEN 

    Legislative Liaison -  OPEN
    Mini Grants Chair -   OPEN
    *6th Grade Liaison -   Erin Bernau
    *7th Grade Liaison -   Nancy Rizk & Carol Magallanes
    *8th Grade Liaison -   Tracey Crouch
    *Member At Large -    Sandhya Subramanian
    *Membership Co-Chairs -  Molly Rothwell & Brandi Mattila

    *Newly Filled Positions

    The nominating committee also recognized the following volunteers who have stepped-up to help the school and the PTSA Board and recommended that they continue in their roles:

    Reflections Coordinator - Laura Marie Rivera
    Staff Appreciation Coordinator - Chappell Barber
    Staff Liaison -  Sarah Erb

    Join the PTSA!  Open Board Positions for 2018-19

    The PTSA Board has several open positions next year including support positions.

    Open Board Positions 

    Vice President of Events
    Legislative Liaison
    Mini-Grants Chair

    Key PTSA Roles and Support Positions

    Support positions would not require you to attend Board Meetings and would limit your commitment to the amount of time/energy that you have available.  Support positions will help to support the Board in actualizing the Board's goals.  

    Treasurer Support
    Events Support
    Legislative Support
    Reflections Art Contest Support

    For more information contact: 

    Follow the Hamilton PTSA on Facebook

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    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Tim Snyder

    Hello Hamilton Families,

    The end of the school year is near.  As I walk around the building there is still a lot of work happening in classrooms. Students are focused and finishing the year strong.  Ms. Maiye spearheaded a seventh-grade field trip that was directly related work students are doing in class.  Below is a summary of the field trip. 

    “Over the last two Mondays, our entire 7thgrade attended a field trip to the Wing Luke Museum and International District. We took a walking tour led by Wing Luke staff, who showed us all around the back alleys of Chinatown/Nihonmachi and told us stories of the immigrant families and communities who strived so hard to support each other in the face of violent racism, rejection, and exclusion. We got to see the Panama Hotel, where Japanese American families hid their belongings in the rushed days before they were forced onto trains at bayonet point, to be taken to prison camps during World War II. We had been reading all about these experiences of Seattle’s Chinese and Japanese communities in the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and it was impressive to see the book’s landmarks in real life. We also had the chance to explore the exhibits of the Wing Luke Museum, which reinforced our studies of the local histories of Asian Pacific Islander American communities in our Washington State History course. It was a fun and special day, connected in so many ways to what we’d been talking about in the classroom, but come to life in real, tangible, visceral ways that made that learning so much more meaningful.”

    Thank you for a great school year!


    Tim Snyder
    Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    ★NEW  School Dance! Friday, June 15th 

    ASB is putting on its final dance of the year. Our Movie Industry Dance will be on Friday, June 15! Come as your favorite movie character or your favorite actor/actress and party on! Tickets ($3) will be sold at lunch starting Wednesday, June 13, through Friday, June 15. The dance will be in the gym from 4 -5pm.

    Regarding Costumes:  Appropriate attire (covering all private parts) no masks, no weaponry (real or fake).

    ★NEW  8th Grade Promotion

    The end of the school year is almost here!  We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our 8th grade students and formally promoting them to High School.  This year’s ceremony will be on Friday, June 22nd at 1:15 in the Hamilton Gym.  We have a large 8th grade class so seating will be limited.  Families should arrive early.  After the ceremony, we will have a reception on the play top with refreshments generously provided by the PTSA.

    Last Call for Yearbooks!

    If your student is not on the list to receive a yearbook (lists are posted in the Commons), we still have a limited number of extra books to sell.  Your student can pick up a late yearbook order form in the office and turn it in at the front office with a payment (check or cash) of $35.  Scholarships are also available, please contact your student’s counselor if your family would like to request one.  Books will be distributed in the last week of school. 

    If you have questions about a previous order, please contact Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at 206.252.5834 or at

    From the School Nurse

    • If you have medication in the Nurse’s Office, please pick it up. If your child won’t need it for the end of the year field trip, you are welcome to pick it up anytime.  If not, you can pick it up on the last day of school or the following week from the Main Office. 
    • Please review HIMS Nurse Information regarding Health Plans and Medications at school for 2018-2019.  HIMS Nurse Information

    ★NEW Parking Changes around Hamilton 

    The City of Seattle will be implementing changes to the on street parking in the Wallingford area. The new Residential Parking Zones (RPZ) will effect parking around Hamilton next fall.  If you would like more information please see the following links.  

    Link to the RPZ website:

    Link to additional information and maps:

    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

    ★ NEW Hamilton Spring Sports Update

    Saturday was the culmination of a lot of hard yet fun work by the HIMS varsity soccer team.  It’s an honor to be in a city-wide championship game, and Saturday’s game was no different.  The Hamilton team took on a very strong JAMS team, and although our lads didn’t prevail in the end, tireless teamwork was on display throughout and, if you watched carefully, you may have seen a harbinger of things to come for the HIMS varsity soccer squad. 

    Similar to coaches Paris and Batty in track, and coach Kiet in volleyball, Coach Zach nurtured these boys’ talents throughout the season and guided them to the big game with aplomb, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him yet again for this labor of love, and his obvious passion for a game so popular it will essentially completely capture the world’s imagination in the exciting World Cup weeks ahead.    

    More generally, Hamilton athletes availed themselves similarly this spring, with our track and volleyball teams handily winning SPS middle school titles yet again, proving once more that the intersection of talented and motivated kids with strong and knowledgeable coaching has a home at Hamilton.

    Even in ultimate, which is technically not an SPS sport in the spring, our 8th grade co-ed A team won the league title and received the coveted league Spirit Award, with other team standout performances among our other four ultimate teams besides.

    So, congratulations to each of our spring HIMS athletes for their contributions to their team’s and school’s successes, and more generally kudos to all HIMS athletes this year for underscoring our HIMS penchant for excellence.

    ★ NEW 
    Hamilton Track Team 

    It’s time to celebrate the season. The track party will be on June 19 th after school. We
    will meet in Ms. Paris’ room and walk to the park from there. We will have food, fun and games! And PICTURES! See you all there! Ms. Paris”

    For more information
    Hamilton Athletics:
    Seattle Schools Schedules and Information:



    Music News

    ★ Updated Become a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2018-2019

    Are you tired of seeing this request posted ad nauseum, cut and pasted every week?  Well now is your chance, just volunteer and this post will magically disappear.

    Open Positions

    • Vice President for Concert Operations:  Helps coordinate concerts operations for band/choir/orchestra including delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs.  Attends monthly board meetings.  Not a lot of time commitment.

      We would love to tell you more. If interested, please contact Fiona Cohen at or

      ★ Tonight Band Concert June 14th Hamilton Gym

      1. Need Parent Volunteers for Thursday, June 14th "End of Year" Band Concert!

      FOMAHI concert crew & band directors need parent helpers the night of the June 14th.  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. FINAL BAND CONCERT - Thursday, June 14th in the Hamilton Gym

      The "End of the Year" Concert showcasing the Hamilton Bands will be June 14th at 7 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) in the Commons before or after the performances and celebrate an awesome year of music.

      7:00-7:45 pm:   Beginning & Intermediate Band Performances
      8:00-8:45 pm:  Junior & Senior Band Performances

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

      The Bake Sale fundraising benefits our student performers and helps to keep the music program strong.  Please sign up to bring baked goods or volunteer at the table when your student isn't performing.  

      Sign up here:

      ★ NEW Results are in - Music In The Parks Wild Waves a huge success! 

      On Saturday, June 9, the Treble Choir, Junior Band, Junior Orchestra and Junior Jazz groups rocked the Music in the Parks Festival! Congratulations to Junior Jazz which took 1st place in their division and 1st place over all middle school and junior high jazz bands with a superior rating, Treble Choir which took first in their division with an excellent rating, Junior Band which took 2nd place in their division with a superior rating, and Junior Orchestra which took 5th place in their division!!

      Chaperones and Field Trip Organizers 

      Thank you to all the trip organizers and chaperones on our many Hamilton Music trips this year.  We couldn't have our students participate and bring home trophies without you.  This is what makes our music program so strong.

      Concert Attire Collection

      Need new concert attire for your rapidly growing student, or have found out that their current concert attire no longer fits?  We are putting the donation bins back out in front of the band room.  Please donate your outgrown concert attire (black shoes/pants/shirts) in the bins for some other student to use, or take for yourself something that fits.  Chances are your concert attire for this end of the year concerts won't fit by next November's concerts, so please consider donating your attire after next week's concerts for students next year.  Please have the clothes clean, and bag or tie together the shoes.

      Scholarships Available for Music Trips 

      Remember, the mission of FOMAHI is to support all music students with helping fund music and instrument purchase and repair, provide additional instruction, and help fund trips, plus more.  Music groups are not a group without all members participating.  We have scholarships ready and available to all who need it to help with trip costs, and do not want any student missing out due to financial constraints after all their hard work and dedication.  If your student needs financial help for a trip, please let your director know and funds can be provided.  Again, this is FOMAHI's mission.




      Seattle Schools News

      ★ NEW  Information about Naviance 

      In the 2018-19 school year, students in grades 8-12 will have access to the district’s college and career planning tool, Naviance. Over the summer, we will be importing student data into the tool so counselors can support students in the fall. The district thoroughly vetted Naviance’s data security policies and practices. However, due to heightened data security concerns from the community, the board requested that an opt out process be made available to families. Families that have concerns about sharing student data with Naviance can choose to opt their student out. The opt out window opened June 4 and will remain open until June 22. Parents can opt out through The Source.

      Questions may be directed to Krista Rillo,

      Ballard High School PTSA   Attn: Future BHS Families 

      For those of you with students moving to Ballard High School in the fall, I'd like to welcome you in advance to BHS, and invite you to get to know the Ballard High School PTSA. For the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Ballard High School PTSA has several volunteer positions available, either for committee members or for smaller, well-defined and short-term volunteer opportunities. Whatever your experience, chances are we have an opportunity for you to contribute. As part of the Ballard High School PTSA, you can make a difference by helping to cultivate an excellent educational environment for all Ballard High School Students.

      All of the open positions help the Ballard High School PTSA to work with the great teachers and staff of Ballard High School to ensure that teachers, families, and students have access to the resources, tools, and support they need for the best education possible.  You can view the current listing of open positions and provide your contact information here:

      We are interested in volunteers willing to co-chair any of our currently filled positions as well. Just let us know your interest area and chances are we can find a good fit for you.

      Note, if you want to start getting updates from the BHS PTSA, please consider joining our Facebook group: Friends of Ballard High School

      Seattle Skills Center - Attn: 8th Graders 

      We are a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for college, careers, and life. We provide this training through our regular school year courses and our summer program. The Summer Skills Center Program provides free Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses to Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th - 12th grade. Summer Registration is now open (  Application Deadline Tomorrow, June 15th!

      Form more information:

      ★NEW Communications Survey for Staff and Families

      In February 2019, SPS will put forward two important levies to voters. These levies are critical to the health and operation of the district. We are already beginning to develop communication strategies -and our staff are some of our most important stakeholders. 

      To prepare for the levies AND improve our overall communication effectiveness, please ask staff to participate in this online survey The survey will take 5-7 minutes. The survey closes on June 22. The link has been provided to your school principal in the School Leader Communicator. A Spanish language version is also available

      We also ask that you make sure the survey is shared with families and partners. Possible opportunities include: adding the survey links to a school newsletter, the school Facebook page or putting a hardcopy in KidMail.

      The survey may be completed online or in a paper option (with translations). Those are attached for printing.

      Families have been directed to return translated or hard copies of surveys to the school. Please mail completed, paper-based surveys through interoffice mail to MS 32-170 by June 22.

      Survey results will be instrumental in guiding our levy communications. Past levies have supported critical education programs that are not fully funded by the state, such as:

      • Teachers and instructional assistants
      • Bilingual and Special Education services
      • Textbooks and classroom supplies
      • Safety, building security, transportation and other operations necessary to meeting student needs
      • Student activities such as athletics, music, drama and art that are outside of the regular school day

       If you have questions, concerns or ideas on how to better reach families please contact:



      Community News

      ★NEW Summer Food Program for Kids 

      If you have a school-aged student in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

      1st response after initial text as directed above:

      “Thanks for texting!  To find free summer meals near you, please text your city and state or zip code.”

      2nd response after I sent my zip code:

      “Your nearest summer meals site is: Southwest Boys and Girls Club, 9800 8th Ave SW (Suite 105) Seattle, WA 98106 PH:2066313221. Open: 06/25/2018-08/24/2018, M T W TH F, for breakfast 8:30AM - 9:00A, for lunch/supper 12:30PM - 1:00P. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

      Your nearest summer meals site is: King County Parks, 1321 SW 102nd St Seattle, WA 98146 PH:2066313221. Open: 07/02/2018-08/17/2018, M T W TH F, for lunch/supper 12:00PM - 1:00P. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

      Your nearest summer meals site is: White Center Heights Elementary, 10015 6th Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98146 PH:2066313221. Open: 07/09/2018-08/01/2018, M T W TH, for breakfast 9:00AM - 9:15A, for snack 10:45AM - 11:00A. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.”

      ★NEW State Board of Education Community Forum 

      The State Board of Education will be hosting a community forum in Seattle on 6-8 p.m. on June 20. The state board seeks feedback on its upcoming strategic planning process and its future policy work around college and career readiness for all students. Families and students are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served and guests will have a chance to meet and talk with Board of Education members and staff. The forum will be held at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center, 3710 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195-4090 RSVP by clicking here.

      Seattle Cascades Ultimate Clinics

      Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $30 for the clinic, or $40 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item).

      • All abilities are welcome 
      • We have cleats to share if needed 
      • Allergy sensitive snacks are provided 
      • Scholarship is given to all who need it. (even to $0)

          Miller Playfield (turf)
          Elementary School  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
          Middle School          12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

          Bobby Morris Playfield (turf)
          Elementary School  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
          Middle School          2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

      For more information or to register:

      Babysitter Training

      Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12:30pm to 4:30pm


      Gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, confident babysitter. Learn about infant and child care, age appropriate toys, safety and injury prevention and how to handle emergencies.  Find out what parents expect and practice hands-on skills. Includes in-depth coverage of First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, and how to be safe at home alone while sitting.

      Students receive a Child and Babysitting Safety handbook at the end of class.  Instructor Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department, has taught CPR for 15 years.

      Register early! Class space is limited.  Ages 11 and up.  Location: Phinney Center Blue Building. 

      Cost: $40 PNA member, $50 Public

      More information and registration here:

      Rams Summer Basketball Camp

      Ingraham High School is hosting a boys summer youth basketball camp this July. 

      Seattle Public Theater

      Seattle Public Theater is offering many wonderful opportunities in the Theatrical arts this summer! From one week camps like Creative DramaThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Woods, to production classes like the swashbuckling Zorro or the musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream there is an experience that will awaken your student's imagination, inspire creativity, and strengthen collaboration. For families in need, Seattle Public maintains a robust scholarship and tuition assistance program.  Check out our website for more information about camps for students ages 3-18.  Come create with us and see who you become. 

      Website link:   For financial aid or other questions email:


      One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

      Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!

      Ravenna, Magnuson, Queen Anne, Meadowbrook, Laurelhurst 

      •  Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
      •  Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Camps, Guard & Post Play Clinic
      •  Basketball Day Camps at Magnuson are now offered up to Age 13!

      Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below, 

      then click on CAMPS:





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      Hamilton International Middle School

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

      Hamilton PTSA

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