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    Dec 12

    Boys Basketball Tryouts | 4 – 5:45PM | Hawks Gym

    Dec 12

    HIMS Community Meet Up: 8th gr | 7-9pm | Super Bueno

    Dec 16

    Staff Appreciation Cookie Exchange | 10am

    Dec 17

    Band Concerts | 7pm | Hawks Gym

    Dec 23

    Winter Break

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

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    Holiday treats for HIMS staff: Monday, December 16

    Share your holiday spirit and baking creativity! We'll gather treats then let the HIMS staff assemble their own box to take home and enjoy. Is your family's favorite fudge, sugar cookies, gingersnaps, rugelach, shortbread, thumbprints, pound cake, rice krispie treats, baklava, dipped pretzels, brownies, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies or something else?

    Please help send our staff into winter break with extra cheer. Contributions can be dropped off in the office at the start of school or in the staff lounge by 10:00 AM on Monday, December 16th. Opportunities to provide drinks, volunteer, or loan a tiered dessert stand for the day are also below. Thank you!

    Sign up here:

    Thank you!

    HIMS Community Meet Up

    Please join fellow parents, family members, and caregivers alike for a fun evening at Super Bueno! Let's strengthen the HIMS community with some ADULT social time!

    SUPER BEUNO   |   3627 Stone Way N,7-9 pm


    Note: Super Bueno can provide a taco bar at $15 a head if our group is large enough.

    Please RSVP to

    Thank you for being awesome!!

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    Yearbooks are available to order again, until Dec 20th. This is your last chance to purchase a yearbook at the early bird price of $20. After Dec 20th the price will increase.

    Japanese After-School Program at HIMS

    Extend your Japanese dual language immersion student's learning with Sugamo, the Japanese after-school program at Hamilton. From January through March, classes will be on Wednesdays. If there are enough students interested, classes will be on Mondays also. For more information, please contact Sugiyama Sensei:

    Lost and Found

    Hamilton has accumulated a LARGE collection of coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, in our lost and found. Please note that reminders to claim these items will be announced up to December 20th, last day before Break. Unclaimed items will be distributed to a worthy organization during Winter Break.

    Parents are also welcome to stop by and search for any lost items.

    High School Information for 8th Grade Families

    Information on upcoming HS tours, open houses, info nights, and school shadowing.

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    From Your Administrative Team

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    Hamilton Families,

    Part of our mission at Hamilton is to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world. As an International School, we believe this includes helping students build a global perspective. This year we are organizing our efforts in developing global perspective around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals are themes that our staff is working to integrate into curriculum and projects throughout the year.

    Another way that we are incorporating these themes of global sustainability is through a monthly program we call HIMS Talks. HIMS Talks works with local community speakers and students in a school-wide forum to engage in discussions that broaden perspectives, cultivate global awareness, and connect community. This month, our HIMS Talks program is launching with a visit from Katie Remine, Living Northwest Conservation Coordinator from the Woodland Park Zoo. Katie will be presenting about efforts by the zoo to protect wildlife and contribute to sustainability both locally and internationally. Other topics this year will include Climate Action, Environmental Concerns, Equitable Employment, and many more! We are excited to see this program thrive and have students take ownership of it. Students can sign up to participate with their Advisory teacher and will attend the event during Advisory.

    If you have any questions about the HIMS Talks program and other international schools initiatives, please feel free to contact Dana Radcliffe ( Dana is our school’s representative on the International Schools Leadership Team, a group that is working to support our school in fulfilling elements of the International Schools model. Dana is also coordinating a number of other district and schoolwide events this year. One upcoming districtwide event is the Washington Global Issues Network Conference (WAGIN), the first international youth conference of its kind in the United States, at Ingraham high school on March 21-22nd (Fri/Sat). Dana is looking for students from Hamilton to share projects about global action and awareness with their peers from around the world at this conference. One important schoolwide event on the horizon is Sustainability Week, a week that showcases efforts towards sustainability, featuring work by students and community members. We will send more updates about Sustainability Week when preparations are underway.

    Go Hawks!
    Bethany Sjoberg
    Assistant Principal

    From the School Nurse

    Reminder: Please make sure that your child meets immunization requirements to avoid school exclusion on January 8, 2020. All students (ages 3-18) can get vaccinations at any pharmacy, health clinic or at any of the 28 school-based health centers. On December 27 and 30 (10:00 am to 3:00 pm) at Aki Kurose Middle School students can get free vaccinations without proof of insurance or citizenship thanks to Kaiser Permanente. For more information contact school nurse Anne Fote at or

    From the Counseling Office

    NEW Parent Institute Monthly Newsletter

    The new December issue is available in English and Spanish.

    Around the District

    Department of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) to Launch Student Leadership Council (SLC)

    The Seattle Public Schools Department of AAMA will launch its Student Leadership Council (SLC) in January 2020. The AAMA SLC will promote a network of student leaders who support each other at their schools and across our district while also providing guidance to district leadership on priority initiatives of the AAMA Department. The SLC will consist of African American males who are currently enrolled in a Seattle Public Schools K-8, middle, or high school.

    To learn more and apply:

    Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory Committee Applications Open

    The Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning Department is establishing a Highly Capable & Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA) committee. All interested staff, families, or community members are invited to apply. Please share the announcement and application widely.

    The HC/RESA will be tasked with supporting the development and implementation of recommended procedures and practices put forward by the Advanced Learning Task Force, which will present final recommendations to the Superintendent after their last meeting on December 10.

    The Advisory Committee will be asked to review, provide input, and give recommendations to the Superintendent on the structures and resources designed to meet the needs of students who require advanced support, develop new models for identification and services, and provide ongoing advising to the Advanced Learning Department.

    To learn more, please visit the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory webpage. You can apply on the HC/RESA application webpage.

    Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Applicants will be notified by email or by phone by January 17, 2020.

    If you have questions, please email Deenie Berry, Supervisor Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Program, at

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    Hamilton Boys & Girls Club After School Programs

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    Winter Registration

    Registration for the Winter session of Hamilton Boys & Girls Club is now open! Study Hall will begin the first day back from break, on January 6th, but our other after school clubs will begin on January 13th. To learn more about our programs or to register your students, check out our website. If you have any questions, or need help with registration, please contact us at

    Register here:

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    Register for Junior Jazz Band

    Registration for Winter 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 January 7th, 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”.

    Band Concert Tuesday, December 17

    Winter Band concert will be held in the Hamilton Gym. Due to space limitations, the concert will be split into two groups:

    • 7 pm, Intermediate and Junior Band: Students arrive at 6:30
    • 8 pm, Beginner and Senior Band: Students arrive at 7:30

    Volunteers are needed to help the concert run, as well as for the bake sale. You will still be able to see your student perform, so please help us out. Furthermore, there will be Banh Mi sandwiches for sale, so come hungry,

    Bake Sale Volunteers: Sign-up here:

    Concert Support Volunteer Sign-up here:

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    Carmina Burana at Ballard High School

    The Ballard High School music program is pulling out all the stops with their free Winter Concert Series, Dec. 17, 18, and 19—and each night's finale features selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by a full symphonic orchestra and choir.

    You won’t want to miss the biggest night of music of the year. Enjoy three nights of performances by the award-winning BHS Choir, Band, and Orchestra programs, and for the finale, nearly 200 students from Advanced Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and select winds and percussion from Wind Ensemble will combine on stage for Carmina Burana.

    All evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle.

    Free seating is general admission (doors usually open shortly after 7 p.m.), but assigned seating can be reserved for a donation to the music program. Purchase tickets online at; Look at upcoming events and search for “Ballard Choir Winter Concert”, etc.

    In addition to the three nightly concerts, a dress rehearsal is open to the public on Monday, Dec. 16, 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Senior centers or other groups who want to attend this daytime performance should contact Courtney Rowley at to let her know you’re coming.

    International School Monthly Book Club for 2019-20

    Join us next month for a "cultural conversation about gender, sex, power, autonomy, diversity, and consent, Bonnie Rough’s careful research and engaging storytelling illuminate a forward path for a groundbreaking generation of Americans who want clear examples and actionable steps for how to support children’s sexual development—and overall wellbeing—from birth onward at home, in schools, and across our evolving culture."

    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.

    • 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

    Winter Break Camps at Pacific Science Center

    Camp Dates: Dec. 23–Jan. 3

    Winter Break Camps at PacSci are filling up quickly! Don’t miss out. This winter break, your child can program a robot, design new city structures, engineer crazy contraptions, or create their very own startup. PacSci camps ignite curiosity in all kinds of ways – find the camp that fits your kid. Available for one or both weeks of winter break. Grades K-8.

    Register now at:

    One on One Basketball Holiday Camps

    Competitive Skills & Scrimmage Camp
    Ravenna CC (Monday, December 23rd)
    9AM-3PM / Grades 4-8 / Cost: $65

    Thanksgiving Break Hoops Camp
    Meadowbrook CC
    Monday-Wednesday (11/25-11/27)
    9AM-3PM / Ages 6-12 / Cost: $155

    Holiday Hoops Camps

    Week 1 – Queen Anne CC (12/23, 12/26, 12/27)
    9AM-3PM / Ages 6-12 / Cost: $155

    Week 2 – Ravenna CC (12/30, 1/2, 1/3)
    9AM-3PM / Ages 6-12 / Cost: $155

    Register at: <></>

    Ballard Basketball Clinics - Winter Break

    Ballard Basketball coaches Sara Wetstone and Taylor Mulberg run a fast-paced, fun program for 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.


    • For 5th-8th grade boys and girls- intermediate to advanced
    • At Ballard Boys and Girls Club
    • All camps 9am-3pm (Bring a lunch and snack)
    • $70/camper
    • Limit 30 campers/day

    Winter Break: Dec. 26, 27, Jan 2 & 3
    Mid-Winter Break: Feb 18-21
    Spring Break: April 13-17


    Ballard Basketball Coach Taylor Mulberg and his staff will run a skills training followed by a league game every Friday night. A great alternative to school basketball or to supplement it.


    • For 6th grade boys- all levels from all schools
    • Fridays, Jan. 10 through March 20 (Except Feb. 21) from 6:15-7:45pm
    • At Whitman Middle School
    • $220/player (includes reversible jersey)- Scholarships available.
    • Bring your own ball and water bottle.
    • Limit 35 players.

    For more information on these and other programs and to register, visit:
    ??'s: Contact Sara Wetstone at

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