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    Oct 4

    First Fridays Parent Coffee | 8:30-9:45am | Hamilton Library

    Oct 11

    State in Service Day – NO SCHOOL

    Oct 14

    Picture Day

    Oct 14–18

    DiscoverU College and Career Discovery Week

    Oct 15

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Library

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

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    The Hamilton PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HBGC/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). They can sign-up here: [PTSA Hamilton Weekly News Signup]

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    Purchase your Membership in the Hamilton PTSA!**

    The Hamilton 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.

    Get listed in the Online Hamilton Family Directory!

    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 "Start Here" 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 2018–19!

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

    Hamilton PTSA Board Members Needed

    Hamilton PTSA is seeking volunteers to join our board for the 2019-2020 school year. Want to help, but not sure what's involved, reach out and let's chat! Please contact Miki Takihana, Vice President of Hamilton PTSA at for more information. Open positions include:

    – Co-chair for Fundraising – Assistant Treasurer (corporate matching grants) – Assistant Treasurer (fundraising revenue) – VP for Events

    First Fridays Parent Coffee

    Wondering what's going on at school? Wanna chat with teachers, administrators or other parents in a casual setting? Like FREE COFFEE?

    Come to our first First Friday Parents' Coffee (10/4), right after drop off in the Hamilton Library. This month's special guests—Principal Manza and fellow administrators. See you there!

    Mark your calendars now for this recurring series: First Fridays Parent Coffees, featuring a rotating set of school guests. And free Top Pot Doughnuts & coffee (or tea) donated by the Klebeck family!!

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    ★ NEW Parent Volunteers Needed for Picture Day

    Picture Day is coming on Oct 14th, and Hamilton is looking for some parent volunteers to help usher and guide students. Aiming for at least 6 parents (or more), split in to groups of 2, to occupy the following shifts: 8:55a-11:15a, 11:50a-1:55p, 2:00p-3:45p. Volunteers will receive a complementary picture packet.

    If interested please contact Mr. Shoecraft at Your volunteer paperwork must be completed before you can volunteer. Mr. Shoecraft can also assist with any questions regarding volunteer paperwork completion.

    ★ NEW HIMS TALKS Looking for Guest Speakers

    Calling all guest speakers!

    Hamilton International Middle School is looking for speakers for the 2019-20 HIMS TALKS. HIMS TALKS are student and community member led talks on topics that speakers are passionate about. The guiding principles behind HIMS TALKS are that they can connect middle schoolers to topics that offer both personal and global perspectives. The basic tenets are to broaden perspectives, cultivate global awareness, and connect community. The talks should be 15 minutes long with a 10 minute Q&A period. They will take place during advisory (8:55am – 9:25am) each month and are open to all students at all grade levels.

    If interested and to receive additional information, please send your contact information to Dana Radcliffe ( We would love to have as many community members as possible come speak to Hamilton students about topics and experiences that they are passionate about this year for HIMS TALKS. Thanks, gracias, and arigato!

    A Note from the Office

    There are a few options on how to receive and manage your messages.

    Want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your communication preferences online.

    • Visit
    • Log in with the email on file at your child’s school
    • After you log in, select 'Preferences' in the menu and update how we connect best with you!

    Make sure we have your most up-to-date information. At the start of every school year, parents and guardians can update family contact information on the Student Verification Form via the Source.

    For more information, please go to this link:

    The School Office staff will occasionally be contacted by a parent that is not receiving messages sent by the school or the district offices through School Messenger. A couple of things could be going on. Double check that all of your information in the Source is correct. Also check to see that your messages have not gone directly to your spam folder.

    If none of those seem to be the problem, please feel free to contact the Main Office, 206-252-5810, so that we can troubleshoot your issue.

    ★ NEW Drop-off and Pick-up Directions

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    Now that school is well underway, I want to remind all of our community about some important safety considerations that we all need to be aware of.

    Bus Loading Zones: The east AND west sides of the building are for bus drop off and loading only.

    • On the east side, the buses go southbound down Densmore Avenue and exit to 40 th St.
    • On the west side, buses travel northbound on Woodlawn Avenue from 40 th Street in order to drop the students off.
    • To make sure our buses can arrive and depart on time, please avoid using either Densmore or Woodlawn between 40 th and 43 rd Streets.

    Student Drop Offs:

    • Students should be dropped off in front of the school and cars should travel from east to west.
    • There should be no student drop-offs on either Densmore or Woodlawn Avenues.
    • Recently, there have been many parents who drop their students off on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 41 st Street, frequently pulling directly around the corner onto Woodlawn and stopping in front of the fire hydrant. This backs up the traffic onto 41 st and blocks our buses from being able to approach the school.
    • If you have a student who is on crutches and needs to be picked up closer to the door, wait until after the buses have cleared to move into this area.


    • If you are parking in the neighborhood while visiting the school, please leave 5 feet on either side of driveways.
    • Make sure to be aware of the posted parking limits because some of those have changed in the last year.


    • Please drive slowly through the neighborhood as there are many students who are walking to and from school each day.
    • Be especially cautious driving through parked cars as students will often cross the street without looking, sometimes darting out between cars.

    Please help us keep the area around our school safe for all of our students and families.

    Go Hawks! Samantha Huckabee House Administrator – 8th Grade

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    The CharacterStrong Curriculum

    Hamilton Families,

    Part of our mission at Hamilton is to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world. We believe that this includes educating the whole child with regular time spent on social-emotional learning. One structure we use at Hamilton to provide social-emotional learning is our Advisory program. This year, students have Advisory every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the first 25 minutes of 1st period. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays students will have time to work on homework, get help from teachers, make up quizzes/tests, and participate in clubs. Advisory teachers will also check in with their students about organization and academic progress.

    Every Monday, we will be using the CharacterStrong curriculum. The CharacterStrong curriculum is built around "Eight Essential" character traits (patience, kindness, humility, respect, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty and commitment) and the social-emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. In addition, each week, students will be given a new challenge ("CharacterDare") that helps them to practice one of the eight character traits in their daily lives. The following week they are given an opportunity to reflect on their experience either with trying the challenge or by sharing what they think or believe about that week's CharacterDare. See below for an example.

    CharacterDare Example: See the Good

    Carefully observe those with whom you interact and identify something positive you can acknowledge. Give a genuine and thoughtful compliment based on your observations. Sometimes we can catch ourselves noticing the negatives around us without taking a pause to see the good, too. After taking the time to see good in someone else, take the time to share with that person what you noticed and the impact they have on others and yourself.

    We are excited to see how focusing this focus on character traits and social-emotional skills helps us develop and grow as individuals and as a school community! Please contact your student's advisory teacher, counselor, or administrator if you have any questions or concerns about how we are supporting their social-emotional learning this year at Hamilton.

    Go Hawks! Bethany Sjoberg Assistant Principal

    School News

    PE waiver packets will be available before school in the commons, Wednesday-Friday of this week.

    HIMS private school high school application request packets will also be available in the commons before school this week, starting Wednesday.

    Would your 8th grader like to be a TA this year? Great teachers need their help! Have them pick up a TA form, located on the shelf outside RM 105C. Once they have submitted the completed form, they will receive a Pass to report to Ms. Peila and make a choice from the list of teachers that have requested a TA at this time.

    If your student is taking the After-School Activities bus, for Hamilton Boys & Girls Club or after school sports, make sure to get a Transportation form from the Information area of the office and submit it to Ms. Porter in office 104 as soon as possible. If she isn't in her office, leave the form in the black mailbox to the right of the door.


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    Hello New & Returning Hamilton Families!

    The Hamilton Boys and Girls after school programs sign up is now live!

    NEW THIS YEAR – Field Trips! We're piloting this with the Minecraft Club for Fall session. Students in this club will be taking an after school field trip (leaving during Advisory or 6th period due to MoPOP's Fall hours) to see the Minecraft Exhibit on December 9th! The transportation and field trip fee is included in the class fee. Depending on the interest level and success of the field trip for this class, we're looking at adding field trips to our Art, D&D, and Magic the Gathering programs during the Winter and Spring sessions. So your feedback on the matter would be greatly appreciated!

    Registration Link :

    If you experience any issues with the online registration, submit a ticket through the Dash Platform system but ALSO let me know if possible. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way!


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    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, fund additional classroom instruction, and provide scholarships to students in need.

    NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s) today at $25 registration fee is requested, but not required. Click "register" on the left column.

    Register for Junior Jazz Band

    Registration for Fall Junior Jazz is now open.

    Junior Jazz is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz and improvisation, that is managed by FOMAHI. Students need to have at least one year of experience on their instrument. All grades are welcome.

    Fees: $100/session, financial assistance is available.

    Beginning September 10th, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 3:55pm to 5pm.

    Jr. Jazz 2 meets in the band room (124) and Jr. Jazz 1 meets in the choir room (111).

    Register at under "Jazz at Hamilton".

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    Fall Sports

    • Girls Soccer
    • Coed Frisbee

    For more information:

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    SkiBus! SkiBus! SkiBus!

    Registration is open now (at! The 2019-20 ski season is right around the corner (well, really it is months away), and please consider signing up for the 2019-20 Ski Bus. Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips to the Summit at Snoqualmie starting in early January. The earlier people sign up the better, so we can commit to a specific number of buses. Signups after November will be considered, depending on space. We will have an information meeting in early October for parents, including information about volunteering and scholarships.

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator (school parent volunteer) Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or

    ★ NEW Riveted Kids International Travel Camps

    Come to find out more about international travel camps for breaks or summer on October 5 or 9!

    "If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties...must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective." Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Riveted Kids wants to host teen trips to Oaxaca, Mexico; Vicos, Peru; and Merrueshi, Kenya over school breaks and the summer of 2020. Hamilton students immersed themselves fully in the Zapotec community last winter break and several Hamilton students attended our street photography camp this summer.

    Our Seattle-based counselors are Jay and Kymber Waltmunson. Jay teaches Spanish at the Lakeside School and brings a wealth of kid, Spanish, and education experience. He holds a PhD in Spanish Linguistics and was in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. Kymber is a master trip planner focusing on immersive, transformational travel and has planned off-the-grid trips for groups all over the world. Along with local guides, Riveted Kids has led five student groups abroad in the last year. We focus on respectful, sustainable travel practices that promote global citizenship and meaningful relationships with locals.

    Trip dates are not yet set in stone to allow for the interests and needs of families so come and tell us what works for you! Find out more about the destinations, activities, dates, pricing, and much more at two information sessions held October 5 at 10am and October 9 at 7pm. Contact to RSVP or for more information if you can't attend either session. The information sessions will be held at 1416 N. 49th St., Seattle.

    Seattle JazzED

    Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We're dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 1300 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.

    Ballard High School's 2019-2020 Theatrical Season

    Radium Girls | October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 201 Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019 Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

    Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at (search for "Ballard High School.") To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

    View the full press release at:

    If you'd like more details, please contact me at 206-465-9532,

    Woodland Soccer Club

    Woodland Soccer Club (recreational soccer) still has some space available for kids interested in playing soccer this fall at the following age groups:

    – Girls U12 (usually 6th graders)

    – Boys U13 & U14 (usually 7th and 8th graders)

    Information on registration is here, and we have scholarships available for those families who may need the assistance.

    Games start the weekend of September 7, but we can take new players beyond that point as well.

    Anyone interested should register ASAP and then follow-up with me directly to let me know you've registered:

    We'll be able to accommodate kids in order of registration.

    One on One Basketball Seattle

    Pre-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics

    – Ravenna CC, Meadowbrook CC, or Queen Anne CC
    – join our internationally renown progressive basketball skills program – prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

    Look up class days and times, and register at:


    SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops

    Is your young one a budding filmmaker? SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops are here!

    Scholarships available to students on free or reduced lunch. Learn about these programs and more at or email:

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