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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    September 28, 2017

    Upcoming Events

    9/28 (Thursday) TONIGHT

    • 6th Grade Parent Orientation (6-6:30pm @ Hamilton Gym)

    • All-School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00pm @ Hamilton)

    10/2 (Monday)

    • HOST Classes begin

    • Special PTSA Board Meeting (7-8:30pm @ Hamilton Library)

    10/3 (Tuesday)

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

    10/11 (Wednesday)

    • Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Italian Feast

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

    10/12 (Thursday)

    • Picture Day

    10/13 (Friday)

    • No School - In-Service Day

    10/15 (Sunday)

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

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


    PTSA News

    PTSA Fall Membership Meeting (All Are Invited) - NEW★

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

    Got questions about Hamilton? Looking for answers about athletics, HOST, counseling, and how to help your student navigate middle school overall? Then please join us at our first PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year. All are welcome, PTSA member or not! The meeting will include a panel discussion and Q&A with:

    • 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 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

    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 - Volunteers Needed - NEW★

    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!!

    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)

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

    Picture Day – Purchase and Volunteer Info

    Hamilton Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. Order forms will go home with your student, but online ordering is also available at

    Want free pictures? Picture Day volunteers will receive a complimentary Package C. Two shifts are available - 8:55am -12:15pm and 12:40pm - 3:55pm. Three volunteers needed per shift.

    To volunteer, email PTSA Member-at-Large Karla Stanley at

    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 Acting  President, Lisa Rivera Smith, at Registrations fees and hotel costs are covered by the PTSA.


    Hamilton News

    6th Grade Parent Orientation & All-School Curriculum Night

    Thursday, Sept. 28th  - TONIGHT

    6th Grade Parent Orientation, 6:00-6:30pm

    Curriculum Night, 6:30–8:05pm

    Come meet your student’s teachers, sit in their classroom chairs and squeeze through the hallways as you follow their daily route through Hamilton.




    6th Grade Parent Orientation



    Arrival - 7th & 8th Grade Families


    1st Period

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    2nd Period

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    3rd Period

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    4th Period

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    5th Period

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    6th Period

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    Here is a Hamilton school map to help you find your way.

    Questions? Contact the Hamilton Main Office at (206) 252-5812

    PE Waivers - NEW★

    On  Friday October 6th, PE WAIVER packets will be distributed during Advisory, form will be posted online the same day. If your child is currently scheduled in PE or Yoga for the school year, they DO NOT need to complete this task.  All other students MUST submit this form in a timely manner (see exceptions on the form).  Please read the information sheet carefully.  In the commons a list of all students and the status of PE waiver will be posted starting October 20th. It is the student’s responsibility to check this list and make sure all information is accurate. If you have any questions feel free to email Ms. Peila at  Students are welcome to come to RM 105C for further explanation.  Place all forms/letters in the box located in the main office on the front counter or in the one outside of RM 105C on top of the bookshelf.


    Student opportunity to travel to Costa Rica

    Parents of 8th graders taking Spanish: Because last year was such a success and amazing experience for all, Hamilton Spanish teachers are offering 8th grade students the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica during spring break (April 2018). Students will work with sea turtles, stay two nights with host families (in groups), visit a school, go ziplining, interact with locals, hike at a volcano and much more! The trip is conducted entirely in Spanish. It is capped at 28 students, and last year it filled up immediately. Fundraising is available.

    There is a parent and student information night for interested families in room 215 on Monday, October 2 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

    For more information, visit the trip website:

    From the Counseling Department

    New this year, Advisory (formally known as Homeroom) has an updated structure to ensure all students receive support with study skills and social emotional learning.

    Mindful Monday’s – Students may participate in a mindfulness activity; check-in/check-out (How are you doing?  What are your goals for the week?  What are you looking forward to?  What do you need help with?); time for binder clean-up; grade checks or building community activities.

    BCC Tuesday – Using the new and improved Second Step curriculum, the exclusive online program guides an Advisory through lessons that focus on skills designed to help students in and out of school.  Lessons are divided into four units:  Mindsets and Goals; Values and Friendships; Thoughts, Emotions and Decisions and Serious Peer Conflicts.

    Hawk Time (Wed.-Fri.) – Students will have time to meet with teachers for help, have a quiet space for homework, projects or reading, attend a school club meeting, or participate in building community activities.

    School counselors will be meeting with new students in the next couple of weeks to learn more about them and provide additional support if needed.   Counselors will also start visiting Advisory classes to (re)introduce themselves to students, review the counselor role in supporting students and gathering information from a quick student needs assessment.  The assessment will guide our work in providing support or services needed by our students.
    Counselor Contact Information:
    Lilia Goldsmith
, 6th Grade Counselor - or 

206-252-5843 Kelli Colleran
, 7th Grade Counselor -

 or 206-252-5830 Tina Camero
, 8th Grade Counselor -

 or 206-252-5828

    ParentMap Events is promoting two events listed below.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to

    ·   Angst – Movie Screening in Seattle

    ·   Childhood Anxiety and ADHD:  A whole family approach

    High School Transition

    Holy Names Academy invites middle school girls to their Fall Open House on Sunday, October 22nd from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  There will tours plus information on curriculum/student life, admissions process and student presentations and performances.  For more information go to

    Drop-off and Pick-up Directions - Don't get caught causing a traffic jam!

    For the safety and benefit of all our parents and guardians, dropping off and picking up their students, please TRAVEL WEST ONLY on North 41st St. (the south side of Hamilton). Otherwise traffic gridlock, unsafe conditions and angry drivers results. Please refer to the Hamilton Traffic Flow Map as well as the school rules for dropoff and pickup.

    Order Your Hamilton 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  

    Men's Choir

    Men’s Choir begins on Monday, October 2nd from 3:55-5pm. Please sign up on if your child would like to participate in this choir.

    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


    HOST After-School Programs (Hawks Out of School Time)

    HOST Classes begin Monday, October 2nd!  

    YMCA HOST Classes begin this week. HOST will run 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.

    We are very excited for our Fall Session of HOST, we have some great classes going on!



    Ultimate Frisbee Schedules NEW★

    Ultimate Frisbee schedules are now available:

    8A Team

    7/8 A2 Team

    7/8 B2 Team

    6th - Yellow

    6th - Blue

    Questions about Ultimate Frisbee? Please contact head coach Mike Keran at

    Middle School Athletic Forms

    Middle School Athletic forms can be found at


    Seattle Schools News

    Lincoln High School Community Meeting - Oct. 3 NEW★

    Oct. 3, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Hamilton International Middle School

    Lincoln High School will be (re)opening in the fall of 2019 to address growing enrollment in our city. Boundaries for Lincoln have not yet been finalized, but work is underway to "build an innovation high school."

    Families, students, and community are invited to help design an amazing experience for ALL students. A school that cultivates a community of learners who are curious, connected, confident; who are empowered to make measurable positive impacts in their lives, their community, the nation, and the world. Planning is just beginning.

    For more information about Lincoln High School and the most up to date details about meetings, please visit

    Control how you receive district communication

    Seattle Public Schools uses SchoolMessenger to enable families to customize how they receive communications from their school(s) and the district. Families are able to opt-out of non-emergency calls by updating their account preferences. Visit the Communications Preferences page of the SPS website to learn how to customize your preferences.




    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

    Fort Lawton School Coalition

    As your child has experienced, the Seattle Schools are overcrowded. Last year, Hamilton was over 20% above capacity. This year, even with the opening of Robert Eagle Staff, Hamilton is again above capacity. The capacity crunch is also acute in the Magnolia and Queen Anne neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the school system is running out of space and buildings for new schools in North Seattle.

    Fort Lawton School Coalition is a grassroots group of parents, advocating for the Seattle Public Schools to accept free land as a part of the Fort Lawton re-development in Magnolia. This new school is being proposed to complement the new homes also being proposed.

    Learn more at Fort Lawton School If you support creating a school at Fort Lawton, the Fort Lawton School Coalition encourages you to email with your support. If you wish to speak at a school board meeting, or have other ways that you would like to be involved, please contact

    Washington State PTA - Parent Survey NEW★

    Survey of Parents on their State-wide Legislative Priorities for Education

    Every Fall, the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) prioritizes their legislative issues. The Seattle PTSA Council wants your input on 4 new resolutions and 7 short-term issues. Please complete this survey by 10/9.

    Here's the 2017 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voter’s Guide.

    Here's the WSPTA Legislative Platform, including current Resolutions.

    Next year,  a new platform will determined.  If there’s an issue important to you, please  contact Hillary Shaw,,  the Seattle Council PTA Legislative State chair. New platform submissions are due May1, 2018.

    Seattle Council PTSA is co-sponsoring a forum for Seattle School Board candidates, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm at the Centralia Cultural Center. More information can be found on Facebook.

    Middle School Girls in Science Program

    One Saturday per month, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Grades 6–8


    Burke Museum, UW Campus

    The Middle School Girls in Science program provides a collaborative and supportive environment for girls in grades 6–8 to explore a variety of STEM fields such as oceanography, neuroscience, paleobotany and spectroscopy. Participants meet one Saturday each month to learn from female scientists at the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. Together, they do activities like examine fossilized plants, learn to measure light, discover how the brain works, and more. Girls in Science strives to serve students who are unfamiliar with science and curious to explore!

    Applications are due by September 30, 2017

    Learn more information about the Middle School Girls in Science program and apply here.

    Boy Scout Troop 167 - Join the adventure

    Boys 6th-8th grade join up, meet new friends, learn leadership skills, go camping, and engage the community. Meetings are in the U-District on Monday nights, from 7-830PM during the school year. Contact Scout Leader Neal Freeland at


    Safe Place for All Students

    King County Safe Place operates a 24hr hotline for at-risk and homeless youth to call and be connected with the resources they need. One of their primary goals for the coming school year is to increase youth awareness of the program, regardless of their current housing stability; to do this

    To learn more about the King County Safe Place, click here to download their informational flyer.



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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103

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

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