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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    November 30, 2017



    Upcoming Dates

    Nov. 30th (Thursday)

    • Choir Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    Dec. 1st  (Friday)

    • PE Waivers Due

    Dec. 2nd (Saturday)

    • Girls Soccer - Varsity - Playoffs  

    Dec. 5th (Tuesday)

    • Girls Basketball Tryout | 4:00pm 

    Dec. 6th (Wednesday)

    • Boys Basketball Tryout | 2:45pm 
    • SKETCHFEST 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    Dec. 7th (Thursday)

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

    Dec. 8th (Friday)

    • Boys Basketball Tryout | 4:00pm 

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

    • 7th Graders - Hearing/Vision Screenings

    Dec. 12th (Tuesday)

    • 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 The Fall Fund Drive has 9 more days and we still have a long ways to go to meet our goal of $160,000.  Without the support of parents like you, we won’t be able to fund the programs that enrich the middle school experience for all our students.  Some of these programs include teacher mini grants which help to purchase class sets of books for all grades, science kits for hands-on experiments, and new books and magazines for the library that are used for research.  The PTSA provides uniforms for our sports teams and helps with the costs of field trips for all grades.  There isn’t much going on at Hamilton that the PTSA isn’t involved with.  If you haven’t donated yet, please consider giving today!  Donating is fast, it’s easy, and it’s proven to make a big difference in all our kids’ futures!

     Donate Now

    New★ 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.

    New★ 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

    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.


    Letter from the Principal

    Dear Hamilton International M.S. Families,

    The three weeks between the Thanksgiving break and Winter Break are usually a tight little piece of time in which some serious learning happens. Many of our teachers build in a three-week unit—introducing it this week, diving into the learning, researching, problem-solving, this week and next, and wrapping up the final week with an assessment, project, product, presentation. 

    We’re about 13 weeks into the school year and we expect students to have a solid foundation of the key skills and routines in each of their classes. Teachers build on this foundation. This week, I was in a 6th-grade social studies class where students were introduced to a Chinese technology project in which they’ll have to do some research, summarize a piece of technology’s importance and impact, and create a visual to present to their classmates by the end of this three-week period. It’s sophisticated academic work, touching on important skills – research, understanding historical context, developing an argument, and creating a compelling way to convey their learning. 

    This is always a great time of year, for me and the rest of the administrative team, to be in classrooms. Teachers know their students well by now – both personally and academically – and we get to see that knowledge put to work in knowing when to push students, add supports, stand back and let them figure it out. 

    Yesterday was a day when our bus drivers were on strike and I appreciate very much your ability to manage the disruption that it inevitably caused for many of you. It is not my place to get in the way of the negotiations between the drivers’ union and First Student, their employer. However, we are grateful for the key role our drivers play in our work here – not only safely getting our students to and from school, but for being the first and last person they see from school and setting the tone for a student’s day. 

    Lastly, this morning we had a number of what we refer to as pamphleteers when the buses arrived and at the car drop-off area. The pamphlets espouse, under the cover of a comic book, a particular religious and social point of view. They stay on the public sidewalk and are beyond our ability to prevent the message or counter it very well.  We maintained a staff presence during the time they were out front.  We try to convey to students that they need not take anything that someone whom they don’t know. The expression of some of the points of view – for example, that homosexuality is a sin or having non-Christian religious beliefs is a sin – can be upsetting and feel like direct personal attacks. We wouldn’t and don’t tolerate this in school.   

    Take care and Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal



    Hamilton School News

    PE Waivers - Due Tomorrow! Dec. 1st 

    480 families out of 639 that need PE WAIVERS have turned in the “Family Plan” form, 175 are missing! The deadline for the "Family Plan" is tomorrow at 4:00pm.  Letters due within the first two (2) weeks of the start of the activity.  To download the form:  Click here

    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

    Private School Application Process - Deadline Dec. 1st

    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 

    Drama | SKETCHFEST 2017

    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!!

    Updated★ 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

    7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screenings: Help Needed

    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!

    NEW★ 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.

    NEW★ Hamilton Library

    Special thanks to parent library volunteers, Leslie and Heidi, for processing books into the collection this week and to the students, parents, and staff who donated these books to our collection!  

    New in the Library: 

    The Boy Who Challenged Hitler Book
    The Emerald Atlas 
    Secrets of the Dragon
    The Royal Ranger 

    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

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

    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

    NEW★ Winter Sports - Basketball 

    Basketball season is almost here. Signups are in the office.  

    Girls tryouts: Tues., Dec. 5th @ 4:00pm | Thur., Dec. 7th @ 4:00pm
    Boys tryouts:  Wed., Dec. 6th @ 2:45pm | 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.  This needs to be done by TODAY, Nov. 30.

    Fall Sports 

    NEW!  Girls Soccer Varsity Playoffs  Dec. 2nd 

    Semi Finals:  vs. Madison | 8:00am @ Memorial Stadium 
    *winner plays in the championship game
    Championship Game: 3:30pm @ Memorial Stadium

    Ultimate Frisbee

    Congratulations to the Division Champions 
    6th Grade:  Hamilton 6 Yellow Team

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

    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.

    Thank you very much to all those new and returning music students who have registered and paid your fees.  Your dues means continued support to our wonderful music program, and is benefiting your student in ways I’m sure you are unaware, such as blah, blah, blah, we’ve told you ad nauseum about the instrument repair and purchase, trips, etc.

    For those of you who have procrastinated despite all the please, please register your NEW and RETURNING student and if able, pay the $25 enrichment fee, at


    Choir Concert 

    Nov. 30th | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons

    We have our first choir concert coming up next week on Thursday, November 30, and we need your assistance to make it a success! At each concert, we have a bake sale, but we need volunteers to make it happen, specifically with staffing the sales table and bringing in baked goods. You don’t need to be a professional baker to help out with baked goods - rice krispie treats will work!  

    And speaking of the bake sale, we will also have Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches for sale for $7 each. No need to choke down dinner before you head on over - come hungry!!

    To volunteer to bring baked goods and/or staff the bake sale table, go to the Sign Up Genius page to sign up:

    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 here.

    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.

    Again, volunteers will be needed.  Look for emails from the teachers in the upcoming weeks for your way to help 

    7:00-7:45 pm:   Beginner and Intermediate Band Performances
    8:00-8:45 pm:   Junior and Senior Band Performances

    Audio recorder needed:  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.  Email Fiona Cohen at

    Volunteer Needed: 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 -

    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

    NEW★ Winter HOST Registration 

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

    Fall HOST Classes 

    Last day for the current session of HOST Classes will be Dec. 7th.  

    New★ 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 HIMS 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


    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 - Waitlist  UPDATED★

    We have had great early sign ups for SkiBus, and SkiMohan is collecting names for a waitlist (We need about 15 more kids for another 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

    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:

    NEW★ 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: 

    Pivoting, Faking and Breaking the Mark:  Dec. 2nd 
    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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