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    Upcoming Events

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    Jan 6

    Enrollment Begins for 2020-21

    Jan 10

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

    Jan 16

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

    Jan 20

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no school

    Jan 21

    PTSA Board | 6:00pm | Library

    Jan 28

    Hamilton Open House | 6-7:30pm

    Jan 29

    Day Between Semesters: no school

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

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    First Friday Parents' Coffee

    Friday, Jan. 10th

    8:30-9:45am | Hamilton Library

    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 right after drop off in the Hamilton Library. This month's special guests—the science department. See you there!

    Also, 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!!

    Washington State PTA Advocacy - Focus Day

    Do you want to ensure every student receives the social-emotional support they deserve? Do you want to do more to prevent gun violence? Do you care about closing special education funding gaps? During each year’s legislative session, Washington State PTA holds its annual Focus Day that brings people together at the state capitol to advocate for our legislative priorities. If you're interested in making a difference on behalf of our students, you have a few ways to do so:

    1) Join HIMS parent Joanna Grist in Olympia on January 20 and meet face-to-face with legislators (registration required):

    2) Print out a postcard at the following link, fill it in with an issue you care about, and put a stamp on it:

    3) Sign up for WSPTA action alerts so you can be informed and involved on a regular basis:

    Join the Hamilton PTSA

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

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    From Your Administrative Team

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    Hamilton Families,

    Happy New Year! We hope that you and your students had a wonderful break. We are excited to have everyone back at school for the last 3 weeks of the semester. Now is a great time to check in with your students about their grades and assist them in making a plan for any missing work they need to turn in or any retakes they need to complete prior to the end of the semester. As a reminder, students have advisory time 3 times per week to meet with teacher for extra help or to retake assessments. If you have any questions about policies for turning in assignments or retaking assessments please reach out to the individual teacher.

    It is already the season for us to start planning the master schedule for next year! We want to make sure that students have a voice in helping us determine the best electives to offer at Hamilton. Next week during advisory, 6th and 7th grade students will be receiving a survey about interest in electives. The results of this survey will be passed on to the Administrators and Master Scheduling team for consideration as we build a schedule for the 2020-20201 school year. At the bottom of the survey is also a space for family input. If you have comments or suggestions about potential electives, please feel free to share your ideas!

    Thank you, and go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg, Assistant Principal

    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.

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    FOMAHI Music News

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    Winter Concerts a Success!

    The choir, bands and orchestra groups all had very successful concerts. A big thanks to students, families and the directors for their dedication and support!

    The Eleventh Annual Music-a-thon is coming on Thursday, February 6th! 

    The Friends of Music at Hamilton International's (FOMAHI) Music-a-thon is an 11+ hour marathon of music provided by HIMS student musicians and ending with a Young Musician’s Concert in the evening. Our goal is to raise at least $40,000 to support music students at Hamilton. 

    Music-a-thon donations provide critical support for this year’s music program!

    Funds raised during the 2020 Music-a-thon will be used this year to purchase instruments & sheet music, subsidize trips for all students, provide financial assistance to students in need, provide additional musical instruction, and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. 

    Donation forms and envelopes will be going home with HIMS music students on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020.

    Band Trip Coordinator Needed - Wild Waves

    The Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Jazz Bands, and Treble Choir will be going to Wild Waves on June 13th. This is an all-day event. The morning is a juried performance with other NW bands and the afternoon is spent at Wild Waves, ending in an award ceremony.

    We need a trip coordinator to make the trip happen! All the steps are well documented and the past trip coordinator is available to provide information and tips on making this day go smoothly. Please consider volunteering to support these bands. Contact Jamila Reid or Christina Holden: or for more information or to volunteer for the job!

    Orchestra Trip Coordinators Needed

    Trip coordinators are needed for the following orchestra trips. There is a binder of information from previous trips in which to follow. Parental help is needed to make these trips possible!

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    'Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER' on January 13

    Jane Addams Middle School and JAMS PTSA invite you to a screening of 'Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER' on January 13, 2020, at 7 pm, at Jane Addams Middle School (11051 34th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)

    Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience" —a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER" shows many ways parents, counselors, and educators can help teens build crucial skills for navigating stress, anxiety, and depression.

    FREE! Please RSVP via this link ( so we get a count of participation and interest. This event is open to parents and students (although please note that the film is recommended for 6th grade and older). Contact with any questions.

    MLK Celebration at Microsoft Store starting Jan. 13

    In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students will have an opportunity to listen to Martin Luther King III speak about his life growing up as the child of Dr. King Jr. Students will also explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using life like oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own digital art creations inspired by MLK’s “I have a dream” speech.

    RSVP at You can also find other MLK events throughout the week at

    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:

    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.

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