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    Dec 23

    Winter Break

    Jan 10

    First Friday Parents' Coffee | 8:45am | Library

    Jan 16

    Night of the Arts | 6:30-8:30pm

    Jan 21

    PTSA Board | 6:00pm | Library

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

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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.

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    2019 Holiday Tree at the Governor’s Mansion

    Dear Hamilton Students and Staff,

    I’m delighted to inform you that Richard Serpe’s class from your school was selected to create ornaments for the holiday tree at the Governor’s Mansion. This year’s theme is "State Symbols" and the artworks that your students made pay a festive tribute to Washington!

    Since 2013, the Governor’s Mansion has requested ornaments made by students from across Washington to decorate the mansion’s holiday tree. The mansion receives a high volume of visitors during the holiday season and they greatly enjoy involving K-12 students from our state in decorating the tree.

    Janet Hayakawa
    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
    Olympia, WA

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    High School Information for 8th Grade Families

    It’s that time of year…School Open House Season!

    With the District Open Enrollment window happening February 3-14, high schools are now scheduling their open houses for mid-January and early February. These are important chances for incoming students to learn more about the enrollment process, school culture, extracurriculars, and meet some of the teachers and staff they will work with in high school. These opportunities are informative if your student is planning on attending your neighborhood assigned school or if they are interested in enrolling in a different school than the one they are assigned.

    Here are some of the upcoming open houses for local high schools:

    • Lincoln High School – January 16 th at 7pm
    • Ballard High School – TBA, check their website for updates
    • Roosevelt High School – February 6 th at 7pm
    • Ingraham High School – January 14 th at 7pm
    • Ingraham High School International Baccalaureate Program – January 15 th at 7pm

    If you are interested in another high school, please check their school website for information on their open houses and tours.

    For incoming 6 th graders or those transferring to our school, Hamilton will be hosting an Open House on January 28 th at 6pm. Students and their families can tour the school and talk to staff about what their middle school experience might look like.

    Have a wonderful break and a Happy New Year,

    The HIMS Admin Team

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

    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

    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

    Wednesday YOGA class has been added!

    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”.

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    International School Monthly Book Club for 2020

    Join us next year for more meaningful books and discussions! Please RSVP here.

    Two discussions will start with a potluck for all ages and meet the Last Friday of the month at 5:30pm. The others are for adults the first Thursday of the month at 7pm.

    • 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 (No-No Boy downloadable audiobook is ALWAYS AVAILABLE at Seattle Public Library.)
    • Friday 3/27 at 5:30pm Family book club. Dash by Kirby Larson at McDonald International School Cafeteria
    • Save the dates: Thursday 4/2 at 7pm, Thursday 5/7 at 7pm, and Thursday 6/4 at 7pm Topics TBD

    Babysitter Training

    Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Phinney Center Blue Building

    Gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, confident babysitter. Learn about infant and child care, age appropriate toys, safety and injury prevention and how to handle emergencies. Find out what parents expect and practice hands-on skills. Includes in-depth coverage of First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, and how to be safe at home alone while sitting. Students receive a Child and Babysitting Safety handbook at the end of class. Instructor Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department, has taught CPR for 15 years.

    Register early! Class space is limited. Ages 11 and up.

    Location: Phinney Center Blue Building. 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

    Cost: $45 PNA member, $55 Public

    Register here:

    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:

    Celtic Soccer Club

    Spring Season Registration is now open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club!

    Seattle Celtic will be holding spring season tryouts in early January. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2013 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

    Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at . Need based scholarships are also available.

    Questions? Contact us at for further information.

    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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