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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 12, 2017


    Upcoming Dates

    10/12 (Thursday) Tonight

    • Lincoln High School Community Planning Meeting  (6:30-8pm @ Hamilton Commons)

    10/13 (Friday)

    • No School - In-Service Day

    10/15 (Sunday)

    • All-School Sounders Game (4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field)

    10/16 (Monday)

    • Deadline for Reflections Art Contest

    10/17 (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8:00pm @Hamilton Library)


    10/17 (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8:00pm @Hamilton Library)


    • LGBT Families Dinner | Thursday, Nov. 2nd 6:00-8pm @ Meany Middle School

    • No School - Veteran's Day | Friday, Nov. 10

    • No School - Thanksgiving Break | Thursday/Friday, Nov. 23 - 24


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


    PTSA News

    New★ Fall PTSA Membership Meeting Recap

    Thanks to all who joined us last night for our first PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year! We had a good-sized crowd on hand to hear about the latest developments on the PTSA Board:

    • Updated Budget: The Membership voted to increase this year's PTSA Budget by an additional $50k, in order to support a number of important items:

      • Development of Hamilton’s International School identity/program philosophy

      • Class sets of books

      • Science kits

      • Writers In Schools program

      • and more …

    • Financial Review Report: Over the summer, our financial review committee reviewed the PTSA books and found room for improvement documented, procedures and internal controls for conducting online banking.

    • 2017 Fall Fund Drive Kick-off: Our Acting VPs of Fundraising, Renee Berry and Amy Barrett, announced the steps and goals of this year’s annual Fall Fund Drive. Our goal this year is $160,000. Look for a letter coming home soon with more information.

    We were also joined last night by several Hamilton administrators, counselors and department heads for our Hamilton Panel Discussion and Q&A.  Thanks again to our panelists: Principal Blish, Assistant Principals Tim Snyder and Bethany Sjoberg, Counselor Kelli Colleran, BLT representative Danielle Vermaak, and Department Heads Karen Wilson (Special Ed), Seth Bundy (Math), Jen Fox (Science), Monica Paris and Shannon Frizzell (LA/SS), and Christina Stratton (World Languages). Look for a report of the Q&A portion in an upcoming issue of the Hamilton Weekly News.

    We look forward to seeing everyone at our next Membership Meeting, on Jan. 3, 2018.

    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast!

    Visit in order to:

    If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication.

    Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    We’ll email when volunteer opportunities arise.

    Note: Online Directory password was sent home with your student (on green flyer). If you need the directory password please email and we can help.

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

    All-School Sounders Event

    Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field

    Last chance to buy tickets!   All families of all grade levels are invited to come cheer on the Seattle Sounder FC as they take on FC Dallas, on Sunday, Oct. 15.  Everyone who purchases tickets at will be seated in the Hamilton block of seats. Tickets are $22 each. We hope to see you there!

    Reflections Art Contest - Deadline Oct. 16th Updated

    Students are invited to create works for the 2017-18 Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is "Within Reach".

    Reflections is National PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art.  During its 40+ year history, millions of students have participated.  The first compete locally, with selected works advancing to the city, state and national competitions.  In the past few years, a number of Hamilton student works have advanced to the state and national levels.

    Reflections takes submissions in the fields of literature, visual arts, photography music composition, dance choreography and film production. Students may submit more than one work and all entries must be the work of one student.

    The deadline for all submissions will be Monday, Oct. 16. Please leave art work along with the student entry form in the box in the main office. The works will be displayed and winners will be chosen the following week.

    Entry specifications are available on the PTSA Reflections page.

    For more information on the Reflections Art Contest, contact Reflections Co-Coordinators, Laura Marie Rivera ( or Laura Baldwin (

    Represent Hamilton at the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly

    PTA leaders and members are invited and encouraged to attend the 39th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly on October 20-21 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Each year, local PTAs have a chance to send representatives to cast their PTA/PTSA’s vote at Legislative Assembly. This vote sets the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years.  You will also learn about advocacy at all levels, network with other PTA members, and add your PTA's voice to our platform for the coming year.

    This year, Hamilton is allowed 8 voting delegates! You won't want to miss it! Learn more at

    If you are interested in representing Hamilton at this year's event, email PTSA President, Lisa Rivera Smith, at Registrations fees and hotel costs are covered by the PTSA.


    Hamilton School News

    New★ Private School Application Process

    Private school application process for 2018-2019 school year has begun. Forms available online under forms. 8th graders will receive in Advisory by Friday, instructions available on the top of the bookshelf outside RM 105C.  Any questions, please email Ms. Peila at

    PE Waivers

    Is your child scheduled in PE or Yoga at Hamilton this year?  

    They do not need a PE waiver.  You can skip this information. If not, please continue reading.

    All other students MUST submit this form in a timely manner (see exceptions on the form).

    • Please read the information sheet carefully.

    • Place all completed forms in the box located in the main office on the front counter or the one outside RM 105C on top of the book shelf.

    • October 20th - a list of all students and waiver status will be posted in the commons. It is the student's responsibility to confirm all information is complete and accurate.

    • December 1st - final due date for waivers.  

    Students are welcome to come to RM105C for further explanation.  If you have any questions feel free to email Ms. Peila at

    New★ From the Counseling Department

    The counseling center is requesting donations of packaged snacks to have on hand for our students in need. Things like granola bars, single serving packaged goldfish or crackers, string cheeses, cup of noodles, etc. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the main office or in the counseling center.

    New★ FLASH Curriculum Available for Preview

    As part of our efforts to foster a school climate of respect for one’s self and others, and to meet Washington State requirements for annual HIV/AIDS education,  Seattle Public Schools uses the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum.  FLASH was developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County and is adopted by Seattle Schools. Parents and guardians are welcome to preview the materials in the main office.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Principal Bethany Sjoberg ( or 206-262-5810).

    New★ From the School Nurse - Ms. Fote

    Free Dental, Vision & Medical Care on October 26 – 29 at the Seattle Center:

    Teenology 101 for Parents: Surviving the Teen Years

    Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Location: Federal Way Community Center, 876 S 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003

    Free event with pre-registration required, as seats are limited.  

    Click here to register:

    New★New Arrivals at Hamilton Library!

     Dirt Road Home  Literature Circles
     Bad Island  Blogging
     The Hate You Give  

    Thank you to our faculty, students, and especially our school psychologist, Judy Ferguson, for the donation of the above books!

    If you would like to donate books, audiobooks, or videos to the library, drop off your items that are:

    • Middle-school friendly content—higher or lower reading level welcome

    • rating of 4 out of 5 stars and in “good” condition or better

    • Publication date of 10 years old or younger, unless the cover says it’s an award-winner or a bestseller

    Thank you!—“Ms. Mac”

    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from


    Music News

    New★ FOMAHI enrichment fees due

    Yes.  Enrichment fees.  As you've been diligently reading in all these weekly emails, FOMAHI is the music booster club that supports all the amazing music programs at HIMS.

    However, we need you to do so.  We ask all NEW and RETURNING music students in band, choir, jazz, and orchestra to register for FOMAHI at, and if you are able, pay your yearly $25 enrichment fee.  They are called enrichment fees for a reason, as they go directly back to your student in the form of instrument purchase and repair (where do you think all those instruments come from?), music, trips, and more.

    Please, go to and click on "register" in the left column, even if you registered your student last year.

    New★ FOMAHI Fundraising Coordinator Needed

    More fun!  FOMAHI board fundraising coordinator needed.  Help us support our great programs.  Please email  for details, which are surprisingly easy.  See FOMAHI newsletter for description.

    New★ 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).

    WANTED: Parents who can play violin, viola, cello or bass

    We are looking for skilled volunteers to come into beginning orchestra (second period) and intermediate orchestra (sixth period) and help students with basic technique. Please contact FOMAHI volunteer coordination chair Fiona Cohen at

    Contact FOMAHI:



    Hamilton Athletics

    Girls Soccer Schedules


    Junior Varsity

    Ultimate Frisbee Schedules

    8A Team

    7/8 A2 Team

    7/8 B2 Team

    6th - Yellow

    6th - Blue

    Questions about Ultimate Frisbee click here:   Or  contact head coach Mike Keran at  


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


    HOST After-School Programs

    HOST - Hawks Out of School Time  

    YMCA HOST runs from October 2nd – December 7th

    M, T, TH 4:00-5:30pm

    Wednesday 2:45-4:45pm

    If you have not registered yet, we still have space available in some of our classes! You can see what is available and register online at the Hamilton website.

    Hamilton YMCA HOST Contact Information

    Jonathan Delcid  - Hamilton YMCA HOST Co Director​ | Office 206-252-5831

    Liz Abbott (Chase)- Senior Director of Ed. and Leadership | ​Office 206-252-5831

    Room 104 (across from the main office)


    Seattle Schools News

    Lincoln High School Planning Meeting - Tonight

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm @ Hamilton Commons Principal Medsker will be conducting a second Visioning Meeting for the new Lincoln High School. This meeting will follow the same agenda as the Oct. 3rd meeting (Oct. 3rd meeting notes listed below).

    Notes from 10/3 Lincoln High School Planning Meeting

    Principal Medsker conducted a visioning meeting on 10/3 for the new Lincoln High School. Director Burke also attended and answered questions. A number of parents took the following notes:

    • The two options being discussed on enrollment would be opening with 9th and 10th OR opening with 9th, 10th and 11th. This would leave seniors to graduate from their current school. Principal Medsker and Director Burke both would like to start with 9th and 10th.

    • Boundaries are scheduled to be decided by January. You can see the proposed boundary options here:

    • HCC pathways for high school are expected to be determined by November. Curriculum for Lincoln was not discussed. Lead teachers will design courses and projects for Lincoln.  Students will be included in helping to design projects. Lead teacher hiring begins October 2017.

    • Lincoln will open with a complete set of teams. Whether the school fields both a Varsity and Junior Varsity team in its initial year depends on whether there is a Junior or Senior class in its first year. For example, Principal Medsker expects no Varsity football if it's just 9th and 10th grades and shared some stats on the number of concussions at West Seattle. Where the teams practice will be determined over the next year and a half.  Space is limited and Medsker suggested turning the field in back of Hamilton into a turf field for practices for both schools.

    • Principal Medsker has met with alumni groups. The mascot will still be the Lincoln Lynx. The school colors will be red and black.

    • The architects presented their plans. We will share a link if we receive one. The Eastern side of the facility, including the performance space, will only receive a light touch-up according to the architect. Our understanding is that there is no budget for putting the existing parking underground and adding a playfield on top.

    • There will be another visioning meeting on 10/12 6:30 pm at Hamilton.  The meeting will follow the same agenda as the 10/3 meeting.

    Principal Medsker is asking for your input on the vision for the school. Please complete the survey at Director Rick Burke can be reached at Principal Medsker can be reached at



    SKI BUS - Online signup is open!

    Ski season is right around the corner, so please consider signing up for the 2017–2018 Ski Bus.  Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips starting on January 12. Signups (at will start October 1 and the earlier people sign up the better, so we can commit to a specific number of busses.  Signups after November will be considered, depending on space.  We will have an information meeting on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Hamilton cafeteria.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Hamilton Ski Bus coordinator Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or

    New★ LGBT Families Dinner

    Thursday, November 2, 6:00pm @Meany Middle School

    The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Meany Middle School. Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends.

    All Seattle Public Schools students, families and staff are welcome to attend. This event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.

    Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 206-252-0982 or

    New★ INFORMATIONAL - Black College Fair | Oct. 29

    The 2017-2018 UNCF Black College Fair takes place 12:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. This event gives students and parents the opportunity to meet with recruiters and alumni groups from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Pacific Northwest colleges and universities; and local community educational organizations. Speaker panels will include HBCU alumni and S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) panels. The event is free for students.


    To register:




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