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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    September 7, 2017

    Upcoming Events

    9/13 (Wednesday)

    • First 75-minute Early Release Wednesday – students released at 2:30pm

    9/19 (Tuesday)

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

    9/23 (Saturday)

    • Hamilton Parents Back to School Party (6:30-9:30pm @ Phinney Neighborhood Association)

    9/28 (Thursday)

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

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

    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.

    Welcome to this school year's second edition of the Hamilton Weekly News! The Hamilton Weekly News (HWN) is produced by the Hamilton PTSA and and is where you can look for the latest Hamilton-related news, announcements and information. Each week, we'll bring you...
    • Upcoming Events
    • Principal's Letter
    • Hamilton Happenings
    • PTSA News
    • FOMAHI News (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)
    • HOST (Hawks Out of School Time) After School Activities News
    • Athletics News
    • and much, much more!

    To help you prepare for each week ahead, look for the Hamilton Weekly News online every Thursday, or better yet, sign up to receive a link to each new issue, emailed directly to you. Subscribe at


    PTSA News

    You made it!

    All the anticipation, nervousness and anxiety is (hopefully) over, because you made it! The first day is behind you and now you can focus on supporting your child as they embark on a new year and new grade. The Hamilton PTSA is here to help!

    The PTSA works to support ALL of Hamilton's parents, teachers and students (the P-T-S in PTSA). We do this by building community, and by advocating for and supporting the education of our entire Hamilton community.

    Who are "we"?
    Find out HERE.  Then go HERE and join us!

    When you create an account at, you can do any or all of the following: Opt in to receiving the Hamilton Weekly News announcement emails; Opt in to receiving our Volunteer Database emails; Get listed in the Hamilton Family Directory; and/or purchase a PTSA membership.

    Is membership required to do the other parts?
    Not at all; but Membership does have it's advantages, such as being a voting members on PTSA issues of advocacy, budget approval, and election of officers. We need your voice if we are truly going to represent all parents, teachers and students.

    Yours in service,

    Lisa Rivera Smith

    Hamilton PTSA Acting President

    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast!

    in order to:

    The HIMS PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication (see instructions below).

    The HIMS PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Volunteers are the heart of Hamilton. Sign up to be in the PTSA’s Volunteer Database, and we’ll email when opportunities arise. No pressure — only do what works for you!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.

    2. Click on the "Getting Started" button in the sidebar.

    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.

    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.

    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2017–18!

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

    Hamilton Parents Back to School Party

    Saturday, Sept 23rd from 6:30–9:30pm

    Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N.)

    Get a sitter and please join us for our annual *parents-only* Back to School Party! We'll celebrate the new school year with fellow parents and enjoy beverages and light appetizers. This is THE way to kick off the new school year and we hope to see you there!

    And many thanks to event sponsor Fremont Brewing for helping make this fun event possible! Fremont Brewing’s Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson are Hamilton parents, and we truly appreciate their support of our school community.

    Questions? Contact event organizers Tracey Crouch ( or Chappell Barber (

    Reflections Art Contest
    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 submimt more than one work and all entries must be the work of one student.

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

    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 who purchases tickets at will be seated in the Hamilton block of seats. Tickets are $22 each. We hope to see you there!

    Hamilton and SPS News

    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.

    6th Grade Parents Orientation & All-School Curriculum Night 

    Thursday, Sept 28
    6th Grade Parent Orientation, 6-6:30pm
    Curriculum Night, 6:30–8pm

    Come meet your students teachers, sit in their classroom chairs and squeeze through the hallways as you follow their daily route through Hamilton. What's not to love? You won't want to miss it! 

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

    Sixth grade parents – you're invited to come in a half hour early and get oriented by Principal Blish. Learn more about school policies and procedures.

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

    Seattle Public School 2017-18 School Year Calendar Dates

    Important dates in the Seattle Public Schools 2017-18 school year are here:

    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

    Get Connected with with FOMAHI!

    We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for—and  supports—the school’s music program. Throughout the year, we license sheet music, pay for instrument tuning and repairs, subsidize out-of-state trips to major competitions, and provide scholarships to students in need.

    NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s) today at .  Click "register" on the left column.

    After School Music: Junior Jazz and Men's Choir

    Details and sign up available soon at

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

    Registration Opens Soon

    HOST After-School Program registration opens online on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:00pm. Please see the HOST page on the Hamilton website for instructions on how to register.

    HOST classes begin on Monday, Oct. 2, and will end on Thursday, Dec. 7. HOST runs Monday - Thursday.

    Questions? Contact HOST Director, Liz Abbott (Chase) at​, or at (206) 252-5831. She can also be found in Room 104 (across from the main office).


    Ultimate Frisbee Registration Now Open

    Ultimate is a fast paced, open field sport that has become very popular at Hamilton. Each fall and spring, we field around five teams in DiscNW's mixed division (co-ed) leagues. Registration for the fall season has started and will run through Sept 12. If your student is interested in playing ultimate at Hamilton, you can find more information on our website:

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

    Middle School Athletic Forms

    Middle School Athletic forms can be found at

    Community News

    After School Japanese Program

    Through immersion and project-based learning, Sugamo Advance School is offering a Hamilton Middle School Japanese after school program that creates the most effective and enjoyable environment to develop language skills. Come in for a FREE TRIAL lesson, Sept. 11-14.  Classes will take place at Hamilton, in Room 211.

    See the flyer for more information.

    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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    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810

    Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814