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    November 16, 2017



    Upcoming Dates

    Thursday, Nov. 16th

    • Jazz Night | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons - Tonight

    Friday, Nov. 17th

    • Yearbook Order Forms Due  - Last Chance to Preorder! 

    Saturday, Nov. 18th

    • Ultimate Frisbee Championship Games | Ingraham HS Stadium

    Thursday/Friday, Nov. 23-24th

    • No School - Thanksgiving Break 

    Thursday, Nov. 30th

    • Picture Retake Day 
    • Choir Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    Friday, Dec. 1st 

    • PE Waivers Due

    Saturday, Dec. 2nd

    • Girls Soccer - Varsity - Playoffs  

    Wednesday, Dec. 6th

    • SKETCHFEST 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    Thursday, Dec. 7th

    • HOST CLASSES - Last Day of Fall Classes

    Monday/Tuesday, Dec. 11th/12th 

    • 7th Graders - Hearing/Vision Screenings

    Tuesday, Dec. 12th

    • Orchestra Concert | 7pm | Jane Adams Middle School 

    Thursday, Dec. 14th

    • Band Concert | 7pm | Hamilton Gym

    Friday, Dec.  15th

    • One Hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm

    Dec. 16th - Jan. 1st 

    • Winter Break 


    • 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


    Parent & Staff Night Out w/PTSA Special Meeting/Elections New★

    Thanks to everyone who attended last night. It was a great turnout and we successfully voted in the following positions:

    President - Camilla Layman
    Vice President of Communications - Terry Doyle
    Co-Vice Presidents of Fundraising - Amy Barrett and Renee Berry
    Vice President, Programs and Events - Xochil Squalia

    And a big thanks to Lisa Rivera Smith for her years of service as board President!  


    Hamilton Fall Fund Drive - Updated★

    Fall Fund Drive

    A So far, we've raised $82,171. A huge THANK YOU to the 22% of our families who've donated already. If you haven't yet, please consider donating at any level today. Your participation is VITAL to our success!

     Donate Now

    One area the PTSA funds is professional development for our dedicated teachers. This year, because of your donations, our great math teachers went to the 57 th  annual Northwest Mathematics Conference in October. They met with teachers from all over Washington and Oregon to talk about math education and to improve their practice. With your help, we can help other teachers hone their craft this year and continue to provide our students a great education.

    Mini-Grants Committee - Volunteers Needed  

    The Hamilton PTSA Mini-grants committee is looking for members. The committee needs 4-8 members to help review mini-grant proposals from the faculty and staff and decide on funding. HIMS faculty and staff can apply for mini-grants to fund the extra supplies, tools, events or activities to support HIMS' amazing staff and the excellent work they do with kids. The deadline for faculty and staff to submit proposals is December 15th. The committee chair will handle communications and organizing the proposals and schedule 1-2 meetings likely in January for the committee will review the proposals and decide which to fund and at what level. Please send questions or interest in participating to Maria Gingerich 6th grade parent and the PTSA Mini-Grants Chair at 

    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast! 

    Visit in order to:

    Have additional questions?  Want to request a membership scholarship? Contact our PTSA Membership Co-Chairs at for assistance.



    Hamilton School News

    Hamilton Yearbook Orders - Last Chance to preorder

    Did you forget to order your student a yearbook this year?  It is not too late!  Ms. Melenyzer will be accepting yearbook order forms until Nov. 17th.  This will be your last chance to pre-order your year book.  Yearbooks will again go on sale in late spring but will be limited to what is available.  If you would like to guarantee a yearbook you must order now.  

    If the purchase of a yearbook creates a hardship on your family please contact either your school counselor or Lisa Melenyzer at


    GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) - New

    GSA Meetings have begun.  The GSA will meet weekly on Wednesdays during advisory period in room 313, Ms. Lau's Room. Any questions ask Ms. Lau or drop an email to


    PE Waivers 

    November is here,  92 families out of 639 that need PE WAIVERS have turned in the “Family Plan” form. There are 30 days left to do this 1st part of the task. Letters due within the first two (2) weeks of the start of the activity.  If the minimum work of completing and turning in the “FAMILY PLAN” form is not submitted by the firm deadline of December 1st, schedules will need to be adjusted to include PE or YOGA for the 2nd Semester. Updated info is posted in the commons (every Monday before Lunch), have your student check the status of PE WAIVER. Any questions see Ms. Peila in RM 105C

    Drama | SKETCHFEST 2017 - New

    Don’t miss SKETCHFEST 2017, on Wed., December 6, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm in HIMS Commons; a revue of student written original skits performed by all Drama Classes. An evening of merriment and hilarity guaranteed for all!!

    Hamilton is in search of photos for the yearbook! 

    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

    Private School Application Process 

    Private school application process for 2018-2019 school year has begun. Forms available online: Forms, instructions available on the top of the bookshelf outside RM 105C.  Any questions, please email Ms. Peila at 

    Help with Hamilton Vision & Hearing Screenings - New★

    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!

    rom the Counseling Department  Updated★

    Recommended Reading 

    Parent Map: Why Are Teens Live Streaming Suicide? The link between self-harm and internet usage

    If you have concerns about your student’s safety or well-being, please utilize the resources in this article and/or reach out to your grade level counselor for support.

    High School Transition 

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

    Nathan Hale | Dec. 6th and Feb. 13 | 6-8:30pm 
    Center School | 
    Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm
    Ingraham High School
     | Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm
    Ingraham IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7pm
    Roosevelt High School | Feb. 2 | 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

    Academic Advantage Program| Dec. 2 | 9:00am-11:30am
    Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center | 1 South Grady WayRenton

    Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (PNOMS) offers students interested in a medical or dental vocation the guidance they need to follow their dreams.  For more information go to

    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

    Fall Sports 

    The Fall Sports season is coming to a close. Come out and cheer on your School!  Below you will find playoff schedules and final games! Click here for updated schedules and playoff brackets.

    Girls Soccer Varsity
    Dec. 2nd  TBD   Middle School Playoffs

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Playoff Brackets: 
    Hamilton 8 A (1) 
    Championship Game: vs. Aki Krose A  |  Nov. 18th @ 9:30m at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 7/8 A2 (1) 
    Championship Game: vs. JAMS A2 |  Nov. 18th @ 3:30pm at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 6 Blue (5) 

    Playoff Game for 3rd Place: vs. Eaglestaff Red | Nov. 18th @ 8:00am at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 6 Yellow (5) 
    Championship Game: vs. Denny 6th | Nov. 18th @ 12:30pm at Ingraham HS

    Congrats to the 2017 Spirit Winners 
    6th Grade:  Hamilton 6 Blue
    A2 Division:  Hamilton 7/8

    Winter Sports 

    Watch for information about Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball coming soon, tryouts are typically early December.  All children must have a sports physical on file in the office to try out for a Middle School Sports Team.   For more information about the Hamilton Athletics Department or upcoming sports click here:


    Music News

    FOMAHI enrichment fees due:  HELP! 

    PLEASE register at FOMAHI and pay dues, we are behind expectations

    FOMAHI plays an extremely big role in your student's musical education and experience at Hamilton.  Behind the scenes, FOMAHI helps pays for instruments and instrument repair, music programs and teachers, sheet music, trips, and much more.  This volunteer run organization depends heavily on the gracious support of families in the form of enrichment fees, without which we are unable to provide the support that has been present in the past.  We are currently behind in our expected contributions and our budget (and therefore our support of the music program and your student) heavily depends on this funding.  
    Please, if you have not done so yet, register your NEW and RETURNING student and if able, pay the $25 enrichment fee at

    Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events:  please contact Fiona Cohen at

    Audio Recorder needed for Band Concert Dec 14:

    This is really super easy. Show up and run the audio recorder (it provides the teachers with audio recordings they use to play back in class). You'll be there anyway, right? You don't need to have a background in recording (although it wouldn't hurt). We'll give you the recorder and tell you what to do.  

    Camp Burton Coordinator for Senior Orchestra:

    Second parent needed to help coordinate the Senior Orchestra Camp Burton weekend March 2nd and 3rd.  This is a very fun and educational event that needs help with details.  Not a lot of work, but great reward.

    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 -

    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:



    Seattle Schools News

    Where will my student be assigned for high school? Updated

    In the 2019-20 school year, Seattle Public Schools will reopen Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school in Northwest Seattle. Reopening Lincoln will require redrawing the attendance area high school boundaries. 

    At the same time, the district is reviewing the Student Assignment Plan, including access to high school advanced learning opportunities. 

    Questions may be directed to the following for specific topic:

    Student Assignment Plan, Boundaries:
    Advanced Learning:

    Additional Information: 

    Community Survey
    High School Boundaries Community Survey

    High School Boundary Changes

    Task Force Recommendations

    Student Assignment Plan (SAP)

    FAQ on Lincoln HS

    Follow the Discussion on the Hamilton or Lincoln HS Facebook Groups:

    Hamilton International Parents Group

    Lincoln High School Parents Group

    Changes to Advanced Learning NEW

    Dear Families, 

    Last month we surveyed families of students currently in grades 5-12 about improving access to Advanced Learning opportunities in high school; thank you to the many families who provided feedback. In response to three open-ended questions, the top 20 ideas from each school community were analyzed and grouped thematically by an outside evaluator. We also held home language focus groups in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Somali.

    We heard overwhelmingly that families want increased and equal access to advanced courses offered closer to home. We also heard questions and concerns about timing and grandfathering options. To view top-rated themes for each question, examples of specific participant’s thoughts and differences between types of schools, please view the Advanced Learning Engagement Presentation on the Community Engagement page.

    Multiple solutions and ways to address community feedback were explored. A preferred recommendation was shared with the School Board’s Operations Committee on Nov. 2.  The preferred recommendation is to develop regional Highly Capable (HC) pathways for students entering 9th grade beginning in 2019-20. Students in a high school HC pathway in 2018-19 will be grandfathered in their current pathway school. The suggested regional pathways are based on students’ attendance area high school.




    Ballard and Ingraham


    Franklin and Rainer Beach


    Garfield and Lincoln(opening 2019)


    Roosevelt and Nathan Hale

    West Seattle

    West Seattle and Chief Sealth


    Next Steps: The School Board will determine any changes to the high school HC pathways. The preferred recommendation, as part of the Student Assignment Plan (SAP) update, will be introduced to the School Board on Nov. 15 and staff anticipate the Board will act on Dec. 6. Adjustments to the draft high school boundaries will be made to accommodate the final advanced learning service model decision. Once HC pathway schools are confirmed by the School Board, district and school staff will work with university partners, students, and families to discuss advanced learning services, including course offerings, at each identified school.

    Background, updates, and frequently asked questions can be found on the SPS homepage news feed.

    If you have questions about the recommended changes to High School Advanced Learning services and HC pathways, please email Comments may also be sent directly to the School Board at


    Nathan Hale High School Information Nights

    Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for one of the following informational evenings:


    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    6:00PM – 7:00PM Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)

    7:00PM – 8:30PM Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center

    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; schools communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale community.


    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    6:00PM – 7:00PM Information Tables and Tours in Commons (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)

    7:00PM – 8:30PM Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center

    Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; schools communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale community.


    Please note: The last tour to leave the Commons before the 7:00 presentation will be at 6:40 on both evenings.


    We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process. 


    Families who are not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.

    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

    District Furniture Fair | Please provide feedback

    You, your staff, and families are invited to attend the district’s Furniture Fair. This is an opportunity to provide feedback to the Capital teams about the safety, durability, comfort and functionality of furniture that will be in new classrooms.For more information, please see the Fair Invite


    • Nov. 16, 7-9:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 17, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 20, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 21, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Nov. 22, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 27, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 28, 7 a.m.-7 pm
    • Nov. 29, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Where: Lincoln High Gym-This is an active construction site. Please enter the gym from Woodland Avenue (see map on invitation).

    Who: Staff and families. We would love to hear from students!

    Contact: Sherri Kokx, School Operations,




    SkiBus - Please get your name on the waitlist - UPDATED★

    We have had great early sign ups for SkiBus, and SkiMohan is collecting names for a waitlist (hoping to get enough interest for a 4th bus). If you did not sign up and are still interested, please email your student’s name and grade, and that you want to be on the waitlist to If possible, we will let you know how close we are to getting to bringing everyone on board. We will have a student meeting in December to discuss the fun and the rules. 
     Please contact the coordinator (Jan) at or  206.297.7616 if you have any questions. 

    Sign up here:

    Writing Camps

    Thanksgiving Kids Camp at Uplift Writing *  Nov. 20th, 21st, and 22nd 


    Does your middle schooler love to write and be creative? Uplift Writing in Bryant has a few spots left in our 3-day writing and crafts camp.  Register your child for one, two, or all three days!  Day 1 - Your child will write a poem and make poetry book art. Day 2 - Your child will design and write content for their own blog page using WordPress.  Day 3 - Your child will write about what inspires them and make an inspiration journal. 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.

    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

    Play in band or orchestra? Sing in choir? Audition for JazzED! 

    Jazz Big Band Ensembles—Auditions Saturday, Nov 18 & Sunday, Nov. 19
    Kids come from all over Seattle to play, perform and work with acclaimed teachers like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Wayne Horvitz Mark Taylor and others. Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Top 2 bands travel to New York City! Grades 5-12. 

    Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble—Audition Saturday, November 18
    Explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by singing and performing jazz through a gospel lense. (It's not just for girls; boys welcome!) Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Grades 8-12.

    Creative Orchestra Project—Audition Sunday, November 19 
    Open to all instruments, not just jazz instruments. No improvisation or jazz experience required. Explore new compositions with wildly popular director Wayne Horvitz. Rehearse January-May, 2018. Grades 6-12.

    $25 audition fee, enter code WAIVER to waive the fee, no questions asked. 
    Secure your audition spot:

    Ultimate Frisbee Clinics 

    Cascades Academy will be offering Ultimate Frisbee Clinics for Youth this Fall. Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate men's team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Generous scholarship is available (even $0), we have cleats to loan, and allergy sensitive snacks. For more information or to register click here:

    Public Safety Survey 

    Dear Parents, please visit to take part in Seattle University’s 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. 

    The survey is available now through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey today.



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

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