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    Jan 16

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

    Jan 20

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no school

    Jan 20

    WSPTA Focus Day | Olympia

    Jan 21

    PTSA Board | 6:00pm | Library

    Jan 28

    Hamilton Open House | 6-7:30pm

    Jan 28

    Special Education Advocacy | Olympia

    Jan 29

    Day Between Semesters: no school

    Feb 6

    Eleventh Annual Music-a-thon

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

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    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 and HPTSA Co-chair 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:

    Special Education Advocacy Day in Olympia

    *Our HPTSA Legislative Co-chair, Joanna Grist, will also be in Olympia on January 28th for this event. She would love for you to join her there!*

    This is the only Advocacy Day this year that will focus on students with disabilities. Open Doors for Multicultural Families is a Steering Committee member of the Investing in Student Potential Coalition, which is a coalition of non-profits that is advocating for legislative change for our students with disabilities.

    General Information about the Day
    What: Special Education Advocacy Day in Olympia
    Date: January 28th, 2020
    Time: 9:00 am- 3:00pm (not including travel time)

    Schedule for the Day
    9:00-9:30 am: "How to Speak to Legislators:Advocacy 101" Presentation
    9:30-10:00 am: Universal Design for Learning Presentation
    10:00 am - Noon: Meetings with Legislators
    Noon-1:00pm: Presentation on "Knowing Your Rights" by Team Child or American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or Rally on the State Capitol steps
    1:00-3:00pm: Meetings with Legislators


    Ride the Open Doors for Multicultural Families Bus to Olympia
    Many families need to drop-off and/or pick-up their children from school. Because we want as many people to attend as possible, we will return to the ODMF Kent Office by 2:30pm.
    Bus Departure Time and Location: 8:00am from ODMF Kent Office, 24437 Russell Rd. #110, Kent WA 98032
    Bus returns to ODMF Office: 2:30pm

    Advocacy Day Training
    The ODMF Advocacy Team is hosting an Advocacy Training to help you prepare for your meeting with Legislators. In this training, we will explain what to expect at Advocacy Day (with photos) and teach you how to share your story with Legislators in a powerful way. You will also have an opportunity to practice with each other.
    Date: January 25, 2020
    Time: 10am-noon
    Location: ODMF Kent Office, Conference Room A
    Breakfast and refreshments provided
    Stipends for Participation, Childcare and Transportation are provided.
    Email, text or call Joy if you can come:, Cell: 253.285.9343

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    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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    Greetings, HIMS Parents/Guardians/Families!

    As mentioned in previous newsletters, 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 affinity group clubs and AVID, as well as our most recent field trip to the Gates Foundation:

    Last Friday, 1/10, ~50+ students across 6-8 grade-levels and staff from La Chispa, BSU, Aloha Club, and AVID went on a field trip to the "We the Future: Young Leaders of Social Change" exhibit at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center. The one-hour tour was split into four different parts –

    • The "Co-Chair Welcome" exhibit, where we learned more about co-chairs, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Bill Gates, Sr,;
    • The "Our Work" interactive exhibit, which focused on the foundation’s mission to reduce inequities related to poverty, health, and education;
    • The "Global Challenges" exhibit, which highlighted global trends, how data drives the foundation’s work, and how global partners are working to help improve lives around the world;
    • And the feature "We the Future" exhibit, which highlighted young leaders of social change.

    Learn more about the feature exhibit and so much more, on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website ( Students were able to read about various young leaders around the world (i.e. Highlighting LGBTQ+, voting, immigrant, and civil and social justice rights, etc.), gather free posters, stickers, and other educational items to take home with them, students interacted with the foundation’s different mission projects (i.e. Vaccines, toilets that save water and make way for more sustainable living, a cooler that "saves lives," etc.), and shared with one another the topics and issues that are truly important to them. After some time for a self-guided tour around the exhibits, we all ended off the field trip with lunch at the Armory in Seattle Center.

    BIG THANKS to Ms. Colleran for sharing with us the information, Ms. Meleneyzer for taking care of the logistics, our adult chaperones (both staff and parents!), and, last, but not least, Ms. Goldsmith and Ms. Camero for facilitating the field trip and making it possible. We believe that these educational experiences are so important and these opportunities are greatly appreciated by all.

    Should you have any questions about any of our clubs and/or events, 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

    From the Counseling Office

    NEW Parent Institute Monthly Newsletter

    Available in English and Spanish.

    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.

    Around the District

    Special Education Resource Fair

    The Special Education Department will be hosting a Resource Fair for all families of students receiving special education services. Special Education directors and staff, representatives from other Seattle Public Schools departments, and community groups will be onsite during this open-house style event. This is a great opportunity for families to learn, gather resources, and ask general questions regarding their student’s services, district programs, or to better understand the work of different organizations in the community. Childcare will be provided.

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30–8:00pm
    Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
    1330 N 90th St Seattle, WA 98103

    For more details, contact

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    FOMAHI Music News

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    The Eleventh Annual Music-a-thon

    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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    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:

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