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    Hamilton PTSA

    Nov 11

    Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL

    Nov 12

    Basketball Sign-Ups Start

    Nov 13

    Substance Abuse Presentation | 7-9pm | Lincoln HS library

    Nov 14

    Substance Abuse Presentation | 6-7pm | Hamilton Library

    Nov 14

    Hamilton Staff Appreciation Lunch

    Nov 14

    LGBTQ Families Dinner | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Meany Middle School

    Nov 19

    HIMS PTSA Board | 6-8pm | Hamilton Library

    Nov 21

    Picture Retake Day

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

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    PTSA News

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    PTSA Annual Fund Drive

    Fundraising Update

    THE HAMILTON PTSA ANNUAL FUND DRIVE is halfway towards its goal! Thank you to the 20% of HIMS families who have participated thus far!
    We have just two short weeks left before the drive closes and we still need to raise $75,000 to reach our goal!


    With $300 per student, THIS ACADEMIC YEAR the Hamilton PTSA will support:

    • Academic Enrichment Field Trips
    • International Programming
    • After School Sports
    • Visual & International Arts in school
    • Couselling Outreach & Events
    • Library Materials Support
    • Staff Professional Development

    Please do not delay! Participate today!
    Donations at any giving level have a significant impact for our students in the current academic year.
    All donations are fully tax deductible.

    For more info: PTSA Fundraising page

    Join the Hamilton PTSA

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

    Hamilton PTSA Board Members Needed

    We have only a few spots left on the Hamilton PTSA board! Come join the fun! Contact Miki Takihana, Vice President of Hamilton PTSA at for more information. Open positions include:

    • Co-chair for Fundraising

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    Anti-Drug Talk for Hamilton Parents

    An informational parent night is scheduled for Thursday, November 14th in the Hamilton Library from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

    Kelly Kerby, Hamilton’s Prevention Intervention Specialist, will provide information to parents about teen drug use, focusing on current Hamilton drug trends, and how to talk to your kids and prevent substance abuse. We hope to see you there!

    Kelly Kerby is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional, she has worked in the Substance Use and Mental Health field for over 15 years. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment including the Harborview Addictions Program and Clinical Supervisor for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She just started her fourth year at Hamilton and is currently the Prevention/Intervention Specialist in the SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to) program at Hamilton.

    If you cannot make it to the Hamilton presentation, there is also this presentation on Wednesday:

    The Lincoln High School PTSA is inviting all middle and high school parents to our first annual Fall Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 13th from 7-9pm in the Lincoln library. In addition to a PTSA organizational update, we will be featuring a conversation with Dr. Caleb Banta-Green on preventing alcohol and drug use problems, by talking about how we can raise kids who are better able to handle stress and challenging situations. Given recent tragic overdoses in area high schools, he will also discuss overdose prevention, medication safety, and effective addiction treatment.

    Staff Appreciation Lunch — Parent Volunteers Needed

    Throughout the year and with your contributions, the HIMS PTSA hosts staff appreciation lunches. The kick-off feast is an Italian-themed lunch that will be on Thursday, November 14th.

    Parents, please check out this sign-up sheet and indicate what you’d like to contribute.

    Thank you in advance.

    Go Hawks!

    School News

    Winter Basketball sign-ups start on Tuesday! Sports paperwork is available in the Main Office.

    Private School application request for student records for the 2020-2021 school year, are due no later than December 3rd. Please pick up a HIMS Records request packet from the top of the shelf outside of RM 105C. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Peila.

    PE Waiver paperwork is due no later than December 1st! Please check the roster in the commons for additional information. Forms are available in the front office or on the shelf outside of Rm 105C.

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    From Your Administrative Team

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    Greetings, HIMS Parents/Guardians/Families!

    My name is Anne Crowthers, and I look forward to continuing to serve as one of Hamilton’s assistant principals and the 6th Grade Administrator this 2019-2020 school year. This will be my 13th year (and counting) in education, my 6th year in administration, and my second year at Hamilton International Middle School. I am excited to work together with our Administrative Team, as well as each and every one of you, to make this year another fruitful one. It has been a pleasure to meet many of you along the way, whether it be at an ice cream social, curriculum night, "PTSA First Friday Coffee," PTSA general meeting, school events, and/or anytime in between. I truly believe in the power of home and school partnerships, so I look forward to our ongoing collaboration and communication, particularly via the PTSA Newsletter.

    Moving forward, I will be highlighting one of the following topics each month, as the designated Administrator – overall 6th Grade news, Language Arts & Social Studies updates, the inner workings of our HIMS Racial Equity Team (RET) and, by extension, our Student Equity Team (SET), and this year’s newest club, the ALOHA CLUB (teaching and learning about Asian & Pacific Island history, food, music, and dance).

    This month, I would like to highlight our Student Equity Team:

    As mentioned in last month’s PTSA Newsletter, RET created HIMS’ first "Student Equity Team (SET) for Success," for the purpose of increasing student voice, equity, and improve climate at HIMS. October marked the first "cycle" of SET days, where certain Tuesdays remain dedicated to specific SET activities. Please see the monthly cycle breakdown below –

    • First Tuesday of the Month: Administration and Staff propose topics that need student voice/perspective.
    • Second Tuesday of the Month: SET representatives discuss and take notes on the Administration and Staff-proposed topic(s) in their Advisory classes. Students can propose topics to add to the SET for Success meeting, as well.
    • Third Tuesday of the Month: Student Leaders of Equity (SLE) review the advisory notes from the Second Tuesday and build the SET for Success Meeting agenda, which takes place on the fourth/last Tuesday of the month.
    • Fourth/Last Tuesday of the Month: SET representatives meet for the student-led (by SLE) SET for Success meeting.

    We had our first SET for Success meeting on 10/29, during Advisory. This month’s agenda was driven by the students/representatives in each Advisory class’ "Climate Concerns," which included the following: Bullying Actions & Insults, Disrespecting Property & Personal Space, Bathroom Behaviors, and Making New Friends (in the midst of new schedule changes).

    Approximately 20 students across all three grade-levels attended the meeting, participated in a quick icebreaker, learned about initial SET meeting norms, got into cross-grade-level groups, and participated in a "gallery walk" of solutions for the above student-generated "Climate Concerns." Student-generated solutions for each "concern" include (respectively) – more tools and resources in reporting unwanted behaviors and bullying actions, more class discussions around student-to-student interactions, telling an adult if there are issues with property and personal space in a timely manner, putting up signs and posters to remind students about what they can do if they see unwanted bathroom (and/or general school) behaviors, buddying up students who are sitting alone during lunch, and possibly removing back tables so that students have more opportunities to sit together.

    We will be discussing these solutions as a community and are proud of the effort and work that our students are putting into our SET for Success meetings now and in the future. Should you have any questions about our SET for Success program, please do not hesitate to contact me, Anne Crowthers, at

    Thank you for your continued partnership, collaboration, and support for our school community!

    Kind regards,
    Anne Crowthers, Ed.D., she/her
    Assistant Principal, 6th Grade Administrator

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    Music News

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    Volunteers for Jazz Nights Needed

    We really need your help to make the Jazz concerts a success. There are 3 Jazz nights a year at HIMS. These performances can't happen without your help! We still need someone to take the lead on the bake sale for those nights and someone else to do the programs. Job descriptions and dates for the performances are below. Please consider signing up to help! The teachers, students, and FOMAHI board will be very grateful! Email if you are interested in either job. Thank you so much for your help!

    Jazz Night Dates:

    Winter Jazz Night: November 21st 7-9pm
    Spring Jazz Night: March 5th 7-9pm
    Swing Jazz Night: May 28th 7-9pm

    Programs: A computer-oriented task! In the weeks prior to the concert, you work with Band Directors to get a list of performers and program pieces. Enter this information into the program template. Drop off programs at copier (in U District) and deliver to the school on the evening of the performance.

    Bake Sale Lead: Organize the bake sale and get volunteers to help bake and sell treats. This person oversees the process and gets helpers for bake sale tasks including: ordering and picking up coffee and Bahn Mi sandwiches, sending out sign up genius for bakers and helpers, setting up tables. A lot of parents are willing to help with the various tasks, so this person does the organizing but can delegate. There is a detailed instruction sheet to go with this job.

    FOMAHi Board Member Needed!

    We have a great team in place, but we're still looking for Co-president for Orchestra. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Supports and collaborates with the Director, identifying specific needs of the program.
    • Attends monthly FOMAHI meetings.
    • Time commitment variable, but averaging 3-4 hours per month.

    Email or Christina Holden at if interested.

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    Athletics News

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    Basketball Coach for Varsity Boys

    Hamilton Hawks are coming off a great season, in which they qualified for the SPS play-offs for the first time in many years. Interest is high and many boys are expected to try out during the week of December 9-12. Unfortunately, the varsity coach for the boys basketball team won’t be able to join us for the upcoming 2019/2020 season.

    So, we’re looking for a passionate and knowledgeable basketball aficionado to coach either our varsity or JV basketball teams for boys, given that the current JV coach is happy to stay as a JV coach or step up into the V role, depending.

    If interested, candidate should:

    • Must be available two afternoons a week for practices, beginning second week of December and going through second week of March. Currently those days are Mondays (4 – 5:45) and Wednesdays (2:45 – 4:30) but we have flexibility.
    • Is available Saturdays for games beginning Jan. 11, with game times anywhere from 8:00 am to 2 pm and at various locations around town.
    • Has requisite specific knowledge and love of the game to guide 13 and 14 year-olds.
    • Can complete requisite paper work through SPS and, if necessary, undergo required First Aid/CPR training.

    Any interested party please contact David Evans, AD, at at your earliest convenience. Thanks.

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    Community News

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    Join our International School Book Club for 2019-20

    Seattle Public School's International School communities are invited to join monthly discussions as a way to connect through the power of the book and start networking. Please RSVP here.

    Most book club dates will be the First Thursday of the month for adults starting at 7pm.

    Two discussions will start with a potluck for all ages and meet the Last Friday of the month at 5:30pm.

    • Thursday 11/7 at 7pm -- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo at John Stanford International School Library
    • Thursday 12/5 at 7pm -- Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J Rough at Hamilton International School Library
    • Friday 1/31 at 5:30pm -- Family book club. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba at McDonald International School Cafeteria
    • Thursday 2/6 at 7pm -- No No Boy by John Okada at John Stanford International School Room 320
    • Save the dates: Friday 3/27 at 5:30pm, Thursday 4/2 at 7pm, Thursday 5/7 at 7pm, and Thursday 6/4 at 7pm Topics TBD

    Hamilton International School's library has more than 20 copies of our next book (So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo) ready to check out now!

    The Center School Open House

    Dear Seattle Middle School Community,

    The Center School is having an Open House on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus. Check-in opens at 6:00 pm. Additional open houses will be held January 23rd and February 13th 2020.

    The Center School is a small, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood. While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student. All seniors take AP English. Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics. Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art. We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography. The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus. Our students excel in an award-winning Model UN program. The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools! More info at

    Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot with a parking pass; email or to request an Open House parking pass. Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison. Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.

    Mathnasium Fall Promotion for Hamilton Families

    Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle provides math support and enrichment for students in grades 2 – 12. As students increase comprehension and build math skills, their confidence grows and their attitude toward math improves. Through November 30th, Hamilton students will receive a free math skills assessment and $50 off registration fees when they join Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle in Ballard. Contact us to schedule an assessment for your child at: 206-588-0460 or Learn more at

    Free Showing of Screenagers: The Next Chapter

    Please join The Downtown School community on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 – 9:00pm for a screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter. The film examines what can be done to help teens build crucial skills in our digital age to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression. This screening is free and open to the public, so bring a friend and spread the word! We'll be accepting donations to Teen Link at the door and holding a moderated discussion after the screening. Click this link to RSVP. Adults only, please. We look forward to seeing you there.

    LGBTQ Families Dinner, Nov. 14

    The annual LGBTQ Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Please share this information with your families.

    If you have questions, or to reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

    Ballard Basketball Clinics

    Ballard Basketball Coach Taylor Mulberg and his staff run a fast-paced, fun program for intermediate to advanced players wanting to improve all aspects of their game. From ball handling, shooting, passing, 1 v 1 to 5 v 5, players will get maximum reps in a positive, safe environment.

    At Ballard Boys and Girls Club
    All camps 9am-3pm (Bring a lunch and snack)
    $70/camper - Scholarships available
    Limit 30 campers/day

    6th-8th grade boys and girls clinic dates:
    Monday, Nov. 11- Veteran's Day
    Thursday, Dec. 26
    Friday, Dec 27
    Thursday, Jan. 2
    Friday, Jan. 3

    Register for 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days!

    Register here:

    If you have any questions, please contact Sara Wetstone at or 206-354-5166.

    Hamilton PTSA


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    The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to those who have opted in to receive the newsletter at PTSA Hamilton Weekly News Signup. If you have comments, corrections or additions to the Hamilton Weekly News, please contact the editor at We welcome your feedback! Please submit content for inclusion by Wednesday afternoon. Click here for full submission guidelines.

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