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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 5, 2017

    10/09 (Monday)

    • Indigenous Peoples Day Observance (School in Session)

    10/10 (Tuesday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting (7-9:00pm @ Hamilton Library)

    10/11 (Wednesday)

    • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Italian Feast

    • PTSA General Membership Meeting (7-9:00pm @ Hamilton Library)

    10/12 (Thursday)

    • Picture Day

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

    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)

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

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    PTSA News

    Hamilton Panel Discussion and Q&A at Fall PTSA Membership Meeting (All Are Invited) - UPDATED★

    Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7–9 pm in the Hamilton Library

    Don't miss your chance to get the answers you've been looking for! We're currently accepting pre-submitted questions to ask our Hamilton panel at our upcoming Fall Membership Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 11 in the Hamilton Library.

    Wondering about student use of the Wallingford Park playfields during lunch?

    Have questions about the future of the Orchestra program?

    Have an idea for a new HOST class?

    Still not sure what exactly makes Hamilton an "International" school?

    Send in your questions to, then join us at our first PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year. All are welcome, PTSA member or not! The panel discussion and Q&A will include:

    • Principal Tipton Blish, and Assistant Principals Tim Snyder and Bethany Sjoberg

    • Counselors Lilia Goldsmith and Kelly Colleran

    • Liz (Chase) Abbot from HOST/YMCA

    • Danielle Vermaak, representing the Building Leadership Team (BLT)

    • Department Heads:

      • Jen Fox – Science

      • Richard Serpe – Art

      • Seth Bundy - Math

      • Monica Paris & Shannon Frizzell - LA/SS

      • Christina Stratton - World Languages

    We’ll take questions from the floor, but if you want to be sure your question is addressed, please submit it to by noon, prior to the meeting.

    Before the panel discussion, the PTSA will conduct some brief business items, such as:

    • Approving revisions to the Hamilton PTSA Standing Rules*

    • Electing several PTSA Board Officers*

    • Budget and Financial Review Committee Reports

    * Only PTSA Members can vote on these items. Become a member at

    Snacks and beverages will be provided. We look forward  to seeing you there!

    All-School Sounders Event

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

    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!

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Volunteers Needed

    Wednesday, Oct. 11th

    Every year, the Hamilton PTSA and parents host a series of staff lunches to let our staff know how much we appreciate their hard work.  This year, there will be five lunches plus a dessert bar on Valentine's Day.  Our first lunch is right around the corner.  Please help us kick off these fun events with a fantastic Italian feast on Wednesday, October 11th. The signup has lots of ways to help-- shopping, cooking, and volunteering, so check it out!  Food can be dropped off in the front office at start of school or in the staff lounge by 10:00 AM on October 11th.  Thank you!!

    Reflections Art Contest - Deadline Oct. 16

    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. 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.


    Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you at Curriculum Night last week. I know that when I am attending curriculum night for my daughters, I’m looking to understand who their teachers are, what the tone that teacher conveys in the classroom, and some sense of the school year. Many of you that night and a few days later on the Ultimate sidelines told me that is what you took from Hamilton last week. One thing I don’t think about as a parent is that we as a staff of educators take away something important in these interactions – even as they seem so one-directional. In some cases, teachers asked you to turn in something concrete. But beyond that we get to see visually that ever-important third length of our triangle, you. (It’s not a quiz – students and educators are the other two).

    If you were not able to join us, I invite you to be in touch with teachers even if there’s nothing specific on your mind.

    Here’s another way you’re invited to be part of what happens at Hamilton:

    One of the most important skills students need to take with them from school is to be able to carry on a genuine discourse with others. When broken down into its parts, it’s a complex skill that involves talking, of course, but also, listening and thinking—all more or less at the same time (not quite at the same time: talking gets in the way of listening; listening can and should get in the way of thinking; and the best thinking happens while not talking or listening).

    There are many opportunities for students to talk, think, and listen in class. (I am sitting in a Spanish class while groups of 3-5 students are working together.) In a classroom discussion the conversation can move quickly and seemingly productively when it’s driven by the extroverts in the room. Those are the students who are confident in their spoken language and in their thinking and often quickly respond to a teacher’s prompting question. There are others in the room – those of us who need a few seconds to think about the question. There are those who need some more support on the topic.

    These are important distinctions that we, in Hamilton classrooms, you at home, and most importantly students need to know – know broadly and know about themselves.

    All students need to know how to express themselves orally. When introverts stay out of the conversation they are losing the opportunity to practice and improve. When extroverts jump in and take over a conversation, they are losing the opportunity to listen and to think before they speak, ask follow-up questions, paraphrase someone else’s ideas. I invite you to talk at home about how your student is participating in classroom discussions.

    If you’d like to read more about classroom discussions, here’s an article that has helped me think about it recently.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal


    Hamilton School News

    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).

    • October 6th - Forms will be distributed during Advisory Class or available online the same day.  Hamilton Forms

    • 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 library. 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

    Picture Day - Thursday, Oct. 12th

    Hamilton Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. Order forms were sent home with students earlier this week, but online ordering is also available. Click Here.

    NEW this week at Hamilton Library! New★

    Book: Avatar the last airbender Book 12 Habits for a Healthy Life
    Book: Across the Nightingale Floor  Book Title: Some of my best friends are books
     Book Title: The Giver  



    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

    Don't miss out on FOMAHI

    The coveted FOMAHI newsletter will soon be sent out, so if you have a music student, don't miss out on the important news and information contained therein.  We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for and supports the school’s outstanding music program, not to mention regales you with monthly newsletter.

    1.  So please, all NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s)   today at  Click "register" on the left column.  $25 enrichment fee highly recommended but not necessary.

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

    3.  Need to contact FOMAHI?  Email

    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


    Hamilton Athletics

    Girls Soccer Schedules  NEW★


    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:


    YMCA/HOST After-School Programs

    Host classes began this week  

    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.

    HOST Webpage

    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

    Notes from 10/3 Lincoln High School Planning Meeting -  NEW★

    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!  UPDATED★

    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 (Sign up at opened this week 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



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    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103

    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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