June 17, 2022
This is a revised edition of today’s newsletter, we recognize there was non inclusive language in the pervious version. We have made the correction, and we apologize for this error.

We wish everyone a safe and fun summer. Go Jaguars. 

Important Upcoming Dates

TODAY! June 17      - Last Day of School (1-hour early dismissal)

Wed. September 7   - First Day of School 2022-2023

A Message from JAMS PTSA President

Dear JAMS community, 

This year has been a long and difficult one for many. I want to congratulate you all on making it to the finish line. Completing your first full-time school year, after a year and a half of hybrid learning, changing mask protocols and social distancing guidelines is no small feat! I hope you have a restful summer and I look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.

I also want to give a very special shout out to our amazing 2022 graduates, you have much to be proud of and we wish you all the best in this next phase of your journey.

In partnership, 

Christina Ellis  
JAMS PTSA President

2021-22 JAMS PTSA Golden Apple/Acorn Award Recipients

The Outstanding Educator (Golden Apple) Award recognizes a member of the staff who has made exceptional contributions at JAMS to enhance the educational outcomes of our students.

The Golden Acorn Award recognizes exemplary and outstanding volunteerism and service to our PTA, school, and community.

At the last JAMS PTSA meeting of the year on June 13, we honored our 2021-22 PTSA Award Recipients.  We recognized these individuals who gave so generously of themselves, their time, and their love to our Jaguars in this school years.

      We are honored to celebrate and recognize our 2022 Golden Apple Award recipients Alexander Stern and Emily Schaefer! We thank you for your many contributions, educating our students with subject knowledge, compassion, mentorship and support. Your impact is felt in the classroom and beyond. Your positive influence lives with our students and our families forever. Congratulations and thank you!

Alexander Stern
We have been fortunate to have Alexander Stern with our JAMS family for the past 2 years. According to administration and students Alexander Stern truly regularly sets themselves apart everyday. They create inclusive, positive, and encouraging learning atmosphere. Alexander uses confidence building strategies coupled with compassion and understanding, prioritizing true learning and subject matter understanding. Alexander makes every effort to connect with each student and their families as well as the broader community to help inform their course materials as well as interpersonal relationships. Alexander Stern goes above and beyond to make sure students learn the material but also feel confident and proud about their education and additionally who they are as individuals. They prioritize learning, effort, and improvement in the classroom. Alexander empowers their students and for that we are grateful!

Emily Schaefer
The JAMS community has had the honor of having Emily Schaefer for nearly a decade! Ms. Schafer has been so inspiring and supportive to the students, staff and families alike. She strives to connect and integrate all students and ensure they can truly enjoy making music. Ms. Schaefer strives to build community in her classroom, love and connection for music. Ms. Schaefer is approachable, fun, kind and truly demonstrates her passion for music and making connections. Our Music programs would not be the same without her and her many contributions. Thank you for all you do! 

Our 2021-2022 Golden Acorn Award Recipients are Trisha Matthieu and Steve Freeman.

Trisha Matthieu 
Trisha has been a fantastic volunteer for the last three years. She has served in various volunteer positions during her time at JAMS, with her last two primarily on the PTSA board. She was nominated and chosen because of her dedication and willingness to volunteer wherever needed. She has been a great asset to our board and will be missed. Congratulations Trisha!

Steve Freeman
Steve has been a steadfast JAMS volunteer for the last eight years. He has made sure that all of our concerts and theatre productions have gone off without a hitch. He has mentored countless students on all of the behind the scenes aspects of running a show, including set building, lighting design and managing our light and sound board. Steve is vital to the success of these programs and his contributions are greatly appreciated. Congratulations Steve!

JAMS PTSA - Join Us in 2022-2023

Jane Addams Middle School PTSA nominating committee ( is looking to fill various open board and committee positions for the upcoming 2022/2023 school year. We strongly encourage consideration by all our current JAMS and incoming families alike.

The JAMS PTSA board is committed to reflecting the diversity represented in our school community. (See our diversity statement here)  We value the representation of our BIPOC, English language learners, and LGBTQIA+ community members.  As a PTSA we are committed to inclusivity and making accommodations, so that it is easier for families to make this commitment. As such, we offer remote participation options, interpreters, translated materials, and onsite childcare. We will also consider structuring positions as co-chairs.

Please see the complete list of 2022-2023 open positions and the description of each job by clicking here.

Please contact Sheilah Nath ( for more information.

FOJAM Board Members Needed!!

We are looking for new FOJAM board members for the 2022-23 school year! Being on the FOJAM board is NOT a huge time commitment and it provides a fun opportunity to support music at Jane Addams and make a huge difference for our community and aspiring musicians.

The FOJAM Board meets roughly once a month, to identify opportunities to support equitable musical education at JAMS, create plans and put plans into action.

The board is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Chair, Fundraising Chair, and a Volunteer Coordinator.

More information about each role can be found on our website at:

If you are interested in one of these roles, or even taking on any FOJAM volunteer role please send us an email at

Start times for 2022-23 school year update

Elementary, K-8, and middle schools will not change their start and end times in September. 

All high schools will start at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

Please click here for more details.

Return of SPS Student Devices

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) student devices will need to be returned to your school before the end of the school year. If the SPS device and accessories are not returned, you will be charged a fine.

More information can be found here: 

Community Resources and Events

Summer Meals

Here are some options for summer meals for kids. Please note that not all
Seattle sites have been posted yet as the summer meal program doesn't begin
until 6/27, so you may need to check back.

- US Food and Nutrition Program:
- United Way Free Summer Meals:
or text FOOD to 304-304
- Hunger Intervention Program's Summer Eats:

New Roosevelt Girls Soccer Camp

Who: Incoming 4th - 9th Graders
When: August 15, 16, 17, 18 (9:30am-12:30pm)

Please click here for more details.

Nathan Hale Boys / BX Ultimate 

Calling all BX ultimate players entering Nathan Hale in the fall!   Our season begins with Captain's Practice during the week of 8/15 and Coached Practice and tryouts beginning 8/22.  Monday thru Thursday 4-6pm at John Rogers Elementary Playfield until the school year begins.  

Learn more about Nathan Hale BX Ultimate by going to and choose Boys Ultimate.

Sign your student up for ultimate and other sports at Nathan Hale through Final Forms:
Final Forms paperwork must be completed at least 24 hours before the 8/22/2022 start of the season.

Order Roosevelt High School Rider Gear

We're offering rising freshmen and their families an opportunity to buy some Rider Gear now, so they're all set heading into their first year of high school. We're so excited to see the new Riders in the Fall! 

Proceeds of the sale of the sweatshirts (we are selling white or green hoodies with "Go Riders" written on the front) will benefit the non-profit Booster Club, which benefits all athletics at RHS.

Thank you so much for getting them ready, JAMS!

Lincoln Women's Lacrosse

Are you attending Lincoln High School next year? Are you interested in joining Lincoln women’s lacrosse? The team is planning to start next year in the spring and would compete against other high schools in the area. Anyone who wants to try lacrosse is encouraged to join and no experience is needed.

If you’re interested or want more information, please fill out the form at by June 22.

COYOTE Summer Registration is OPEN

  • Coyote North Summer Calendar is live and ready for registrations! We have some exciting new Cooking, Poetry, Acting, Painting, Photography, Woodworking, and Metalworking classes, so check them out! All classes (as always) are pay-what-works-for-you. 

The summer calendar is here, and you can register online here:

  • Coyote North Summer Kick-off Party will be on June 16th from 5:30-7:30pm! It is free and open to everyone, so we hope to see you there!

The flyer is attached and you can register (for a FREE RAFFLE TICKET) here:

Kids With An Edge- Ages 4-18

Now Online! We offer highly interactive and effective tutoring/classes designed to build confidence while enjoying the journey.  We offer small group and 1:1 options.  

  • Early Learning Math and Reading for KG success (Ages 4-6)
  • Math 
  • ELA- writing/reading/spelling/vocabulary 
  • Book Creation-  fun way to hone writing skills while creating a beautiful keepsake.  Online and hard copies of book will be available to share with friends and family!


Wise Summer Online Camps

Cooking, Science, English (online with activity box delivered to camper's home!)

  • Kids learn how to cook in their own kitchen!  You'll see the benefit the first time they offer to cook you dinner!
  • An activity box that keeps your child engaged for 5 straight days for 3 hours a day!!
  • Don't fight traffic to get your child an educational, engaged enrichment activity!
  • Our trained staff will engage children in fun activities to get them to meet other students!

Online Mini Chefs (Entering Grades 3-5, July 18-22nd, 9-noon)
Let’s get mixing! In this camp you’ll learn to cook some basic dishes and have a ton of fun in the process! You won’t leave hungry! 

Online Fantastic Foodies (Entering grades 3-5, July 18-22nd, 12:30-3:30)
It’s time to go on a culinary expedition! Learn about different foods, tastes, and why we like them! You will learn some basic cooking skills on this exciting culinary adventure!

Online Creative Writing (Entering grades 6-8, July 25-29th, 12:30-3:30)
Creative Writing Campers will have the opportunity to practice fun strategies to enhance their writing skills. This camp will focus on using your writing skills to your fullest potential, but it’s also a chance to have fun with language in writing! Join us to hone your practice in your choice of writing genre: fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, or poetry; and work towards a goal of potential publication!

Online SAT Prep (Entering grades 9-11, August 1-5th, 12:30-3:30)
Who knew standardized tests could be fun?! In this camp we will conquer the toughest high school challenge: the SAT! Ready to dominate that essay portion? This camp will give you the tips, tricks and experience you need to enter that essay with confidence! You will even have the opportunity to have a practice essay scored by an experienced English teacher! 

Online Crime Scene Sleuths (Entering grades 7-10, July 11-15th, 9-noon)
Ever wondered how crime scene investigators use their science skills to solve mysteries? Come learn about some of their best crime solving tricks including how they collect and analyze fingerprints, carpet fibers, and DNA, and much, much more. Then, use your new found skills to crack a case of your own!

Online Public Health Protectors (Entering grades 7-10, July 25-29th, 9-noon)
Ever been curious why masks are important or how vaccines work or how culture and environment impact health? Public Health Protectors explores the many factors that impact both personal and public health. We dive into real-life situations including COVID-19, cancer, and access to healthcare. And even investigate how to protect the public from the zombie apocalypse. 

For details about this summer's offerings, please go to

Register directly at:

Seattle Artist League Youth and Teen Camps (ages 9-17)

Join us for camps (June 26 - Aug 19) with Wheel Throwing, Clay Sculpting, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, and more!


Summer Enrichment Classes at UW Youth and Teen Programs

Registration for summer enrichment classes closes soon.  The elementary and middle school classes below are still open for enrollment.
  • Actor’s Workshop (In Person - 6th – 8th grades)
  • Intro to Drag and Drop Coding with Skylark (Online - 4th – 5th grades)
  • Inside the Courthouse (In Person – 6th – 8th grades)
  • Community Architecture Studio (In Person – 6th – 8th grades)
  • Nanocamp (In Person, 6th – 8th grades)
  • Scenes from Musical Theatre (In Person – 6th – 8th grades)

 Visit for course details and registration information. 

Summer J Camp Registration is Coming!

Summer J Camp at the Stroum JCC is excited to be opening registration for our 2022 season next week!

Build your own experience with Summer J Camp! With more than 60 camps to choose from, Summer J Camp is 10 weeks of fun. Running from June 21 - Aug. 26 with options for kids in pre-K through 10th grades (and job opportunities for anyone older). Bus transportation is available, along with our extended care program and swim lessons. Sign up by March 11 to get our Early Bird Discount and save 10%. Registration open Feb. 2. Click here to learn more!

Nathan Hale Football dates for incoming freshman!

Hello future Nathan Hale football players!

I am extremely excited for you all to start your journey as a high school student-athlete this coming summer! High school athletics are all about community, commitment, pride, and above all else, creating memories with your close friends while competing in the sport you love.

We have some important dates coming up for the football program soon!

  • Friday starting at 3:45PM after school. 
  • June 8th from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, the new parent & student night at Nathan hale. You can enjoy dinner, get info about sports & clubs, and buy high school spirit wear.
  • June 11th is a team fundraising event during the UW graduation commencement ceremony. Any Nathan Hale community can attend to help support the football program!

If any future players or parents have questions about signing up for football this year please do not hesitate to reach out to Coach Taylor Cassell at (206) 602 – 0119.

Lincoln Volleyball Camp

Lincoln volleyball is hosting a volleyball summer camp for any students going into grades 3-8 next school year, no experience required. 

The camp is Wednesday July 27 – Friday July 29. Half day and full day options are available. To find out more information visit the Lincoln volleyball website here, visit the Lincoln volleyball Instagram @lincolnhs_volleyball, 
or email Coach Ware at

We hope to see you there. Go Lynx!

Roosevelt High School Boys Water Polo

The Roosevelt HS Boys Water Polo is a Fall Club sport to provide students with competitive and recreational opportunities to play water polo. The Riders consistently rank among the best in Washington. 

The water polo season starts the end of August/ beginning of September and runs through November. Experienced and novice athletes alike are encouraged to join the program. Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, wrestling and swimming skills all transfer very well to this high action sport.  It is like soccer, but played in the water wearing awesome caps. We have a great team culture and fantastic coaches. 

Please contact Chantelle Dykstra to get on our mailing list. 

Family Resource Center at Nathan Hale HS: 
Wednesdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

There are no appointments – families just come.

At the FamilyWorks Family Resource Center, families will be connected to staff who can assist with: 

  • Rental assistance applications   
  • Enrollment in public benefits       
  • Clothing & shoes 
  • Free diapers, books, and toys         
  • Weekly groceries at its food bank, available through its Wallingford location: 1501 N. 45th Street, Seattle.
  • Connecting families within their community by offering multilingual playgroups, parent support networks, and other enrichment activities for families.  

Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Somali. The resource center will remain open on site through COVID SPS building closures if that happens.


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Looking For More Resources?  

A list of available resources can be found on the Jane Addams Middle School website.

Information about resources for food, education, support and more are available on our new resources page at the JAMS PTSA website!  Don't see what you're looking for?  Contact your PTSA at or the JAMS office at 206­-252-4500

Get Connected to the JAMS PTSA

Join the JAMS PTSA!

  • Get Connected – Learn more about what's going on at the school
  • Speak Up – Have a voice in decision making and share your viewpoint
  • Tap into a Network – Meet other parents, teachers, staff and community members
  • Be a Role Model – By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

For more information and to register online visit:

Connect with us on Social Media

This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 

Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle

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