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    Hamilton PTSA

    Oct 3

    School Board Candidate Forum | 7:30pm- | Ballard High

    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

    Oct 23

    PTSA General Membership 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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    PTSA Annual Fund Drive

    The 2019 PTSA Annual Fund Drive has begun!

    Expect an official letter in the mail later this month! This is your opportunity to really help the PTSA make a difference in our kids' middle school experience! Remember, it takes a village!

    Here are some of the things your donation will go towards:

    Our teachers in fostering academic excellence.

      ·   Grade-specific enrichment activities and field trips   ·   Teacher classroom grants and professional development   ·   Department-level materials and enrichment

    Our students with enrichment opportunities.

      ·   Our HOST program: scholarships and programming   ·   After school sports program: equipment and uniforms   ·   Academic planners for every student

    Our community in building and strengthening Hamilton.

      ·   All-school events   ·   Building Hamilton’s international cross-curriculum opportunities and identity   ·   Extra counseling and staffing

    This year's goal is $150K — And we can't do it without YOU. Suggested donation is $300, but participation looks different for every family.

    For more info: PTSA Fundraising page

    October 23rd General Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, October 23
    HIMS Library

    Pleae join us for our first General Membership meeting of the year. It's going to be a packed program, including presentations from the following HIMS staff committees:

    International School Focus Team
    Racial Equity Team
    The Instructional Council
    Character Strong Program Team

    Following the presentations we will conduct elections to fill vacant PTSA Board positions, including Treasurer.

    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 (Oct 4th, this Friday), 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!!

    Join the Hamilton PTSA

    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. 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.

    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
    • VP for Events

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    Hamilton’s 2019-2020 Spirit Wear is now available to order online. Visit the Hamilton website for the link or pick up a flyer in the main office. Ordering closes Sunday, Oct 13th.

    Order your Hawk Gear here

    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.

    A Special Note from the Counseling Center

    High school students have recently been involved in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and we want to encourage parents to review some of the resources below and discuss safety with your student as appropriate. Please feel free to contact our Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Kelly Kerby if needed. She is a Substance Use Counselor and experienced in this area: or 206.252.5844.

    More Info:

    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: 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.

    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 tenants 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!

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    From Your Administrative Team

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    ★ NEW Student Equity Team (SET) for Success

    Dear HIMS Families,

    HIMS’ Racial Equity Team (RET) is happy to inform you, that we are creating HIMS’ first “Student Equity Team (SET) for Success.” As a community and village for our children, we are continuously searching for ways to infuse equity into all aspects of our school, so we have created a safe platform for our students to talk about such important topics, which directly impact them the most.

    By forming “SET for Success,” we believe that this is a chance for our students to:

    • Incorporate their student voice into our HIMS community and beyond.
    • Collaborate with all staff to foster a safe and healthy climate.
    • Promote an inclusive culture that engages and draws on the assets of students, families, staff, and community members.
    • Encourage conversations about equity, racial equity, and social justice. 

    Students have had the opportunity to learn more about Equity and Racial Equity, in particular, in their Advisory classes, through interactions with HIMS staff and peers, and through past school assemblies. All HIMS students have learned important terms (i.e. Equity, race, racial equity, culture, community) and what being a “SET for Success” representative means to our Hamilton community. “SET for Success” representatives (main and alternate/s) are self-nominated and then teacher/staff selected.

    We will begin meeting at the end of this month of October, and we will continue to have one meeting a month (typically the fourth or last Tuesday of the month, during Advisory). With Admin./Staff support only, we will be working with our students on both student-created and student-led agendas. Please encourage your child to learn more about “SET for Success” in their Advisory class, and, should they be interested in being a representative, to let their Advisory teacher know. If you have any questions about our overall “SET for Success” program, please contact:

    Anne Crowthers, AP/6th Grade Administrator/RET Admin.:
    Tina Camero, 8th Grade Counselor/RET Chair/BSU Moderator:
    John McCartney, RET Representative/Journalism Teacher:

    HIMS RET looks forward to this transformative opportunity for our students, school, and community, as a whole.

    Sincerely, HIMS Racial Equity Team

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    Hamilton Boys & Girls Club After School Programs

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    Hello New & Returning Hamilton Families!

    The Hamilton Boys and Girls after school programs sign up is here:

    Registration Link and More Info


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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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    Seattle Troop 681

    Where do girls go if they want to go backpacking 50 miles, learn how to treat a broken leg, know how to survive overnight in the wilderness, train to safely shoot a shotgun, or earn the rank of Eagle?

    Troop 681 is an all girl troop in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) and is currently looking for new members. We are having an open house, Wednesday Oct 16th at Green Lake Elementary at 6:30pm. Any girl in 6th grade and up are welcome to come check us out. Please visit our website for more information, or to register. We are excited to SCOUT YOU IN.

    Congrats, BHS Marching Band!

    The Ballard High School Marching Band will perform a halftime show, paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, at the BHS homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 4 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff vs. Chief Sealth High School is at 5 p.m.

    The band won first place overall out of 19 bands in the Autumn Leaf Festival parade in Leavenworth, WA just last Saturday. They also took first place in their 4A division, for the largest high schools participating.

    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 Adolesco: Language Immersion & Cultural Exchange

    YOU ARE INVITED: We look forward to answering your questions about our life-changing program of language immersion and cultural exchange to FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, and SPAIN at our upcoming Info Meeting:

    Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
    1:00 PM-3:00 PM
    Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room 3
    1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Capitol Hill Public Library, Meeting Room
    425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

    Everyone welcome, RSVP and see <> for more information.</>

    Start your application at < pre-application=""> and get in touch with local mom Marie Meyer, the Adolesco Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845. Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, with matches announced in early January 2020.</>

    Riveted Kids International Travel Camps

    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.

    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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