May 07, 2021
Important Upcoming Dates
May 3-7 - JAMS Teacher Appreciation Week! 
May 10 - 
PTSA Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
May 31 - Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL

June 14 - PTSA General Meeting, 7pm, Zoom
June 18 - Last Day of School

Last Day of Teacher Appreciation Week is Today!

Calling all thankful Jaguars!  😺

Students and parents are encouraged to send special notes (emailed or hand-written) to show thanks and appreciation to JAMS teachers and staff!  There's still time to shower them with your appreciation! (Not just teachers, but all JAMS staff: the front office, janitors, teachers aides and librarians!) 

If you'd like to say thanks with an electronic greeting card, there are some free selections here:

Show them you care! It's more important than ever in this pandemic year.

Links to COVID Information and Daily Health Screening

Here are a few ways to find information about COVID's spread in our communities.  You can do your part to help stop the spread of COVID:  wear a well-fitting mask, wash hands, stay distanced, and get vaccinated if you're eligible!  

Click HERE for the King County Vaccine Locator. Vaccines are now available for anyone aged 16 and up! 

Click HERE to find King County's COVID Dashboards.

The Seattle Public School district's Business Intelligence and Health Services teams partnered to design a public-facing dashboard showing confirmed COVID-19 cases at Seattle Public Schools. Refreshed weekly on Mondays, this dashboard disaggregates (dividing data into parts) cases by region, week, and role to provide an understanding of the pandemic across the district.'s the link to the SPS generic Daily Health Screening.  


Volunteers are needed at both drop off and pick up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (11:30-12:10 and 3:30-4:00) beginning Monday the 19th through the remainder of the year.  Ideally volunteers would be able to commit to a day and shift.  

Volunteers are required to wear a mask and stay socially distanced from students. They will not be allowed into the building. 

Volunteers need check in at the front of the school with Chad Barnes and will be stationed at 34th Ave and 110th to support students crossing the street safely and helping with traffic flow. Two additional volunteers will be stationed at the north end of 34th to support traffic flow.

To volunteer, all required paperwork must be complete and approved through the SPS Volunteer Portal.  You can check your status here:  

If you need to update your Volunteer application please find it here:

To volunteer or ask questions contact Chad Barnes at cpbarnes@seattleschool

Update for Clothing Support for Families in Need

Thank you so much to everyone who's been able to make a purchase in support of our JAMS community!  A few High Priority items have been added to our Amazon Wish List: Clothes are pre-sized. Simply click "Add to Cart" and choose the option to send to JAMS directly.

We are truly grateful for all that you do!

JAMS Math Team News

*New!* Congratulations to the JAMS Math Team for their great accomplishment at the Math Is Cool 6-8th Grades Masters Contest on Wednesday April 28, 2021!
After the Math Is Cool Championships Contest, our school was invited to participate in the Math Is Cool Masters Contest. Unlike the Championships, the Masters Contest is statewide, so all the students from the whole Washington state in the same division competed with each other. There were 4 divisions and our school was in the highest division.
Among the 12 top middle schools in Washington who participated in the contest, our 6th grade team (Avery P, Brian Y, Daniel L, Grace S, Jolie A, William Q, Zachery P, and Ziyue Y) received the 2nd place team award! Our 7th grade team (Andrew S, Owen X, Phillip Z, and Wilbert Z) placed 5th. Grace received 3rd individual award in 6th grade and Owen received 8th individual award in geometry. Other students also did well.

Go Jaguars!


JAMS Senior Jazz Band Featured in Hot Java Cool Jazz!

Seattle Theater Group in partnership with Starbucks invited different youth jazz ensembles from the Seattle area to submit a video for their 2021 VIRTUAL Hot Java Cool Jazz event.  While we were not able to gather for a night of truly amazing jazz music at The Paramount this Spring, you can view the videos from all of the ensembles via the following link:

Congratulations to JAMS Senior Jazz Ensemble!

FOJAM needs YOU!

We are looking for new board members for FOJAM, the parent-led group supporting the JAMS music program. It’s fun and a critical resource for the music program. Most of the parents on the FOJAM board are “aging out” with their 8th graders, and it has left us with a critical need.  This is a great opportunity to help FOJAM support the JAMS Music program! Please reach out to us at if you are interested!

Looking for food, technology, health, or education resources?  

Information about all of the above 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

Community Resources and Events

This section contains community resources and events we've learned about that we think might be useful to some of you and wanted to pass on. Please note that none of these are specifically endorsed or vetted by the JAMS PTSA.

*New!* Ballard High School’s virtual musical Spring Awakening rocks with teen rebellion and questioning
The nature of all teenagers is to question their parents. Back in 1890’s Germany, things were no different. Spring Awakening follows three teenagers in a small village who experience the dawn of their own sexuality. They inevitably awaken to both joy and pain, with little direction from the adults around them. The original play from 1891 was so scandalous for addressing sex violence and suicide that it was not staged until 1906. This contemporary production was first staged on Broadway in 2006, with a rock soundtrack by Duncan Sheik. 
The cast features 21 BHS students and the play is directed by Shawn M. Riley.
Performance Details
The performances will be live-streamed on May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, and begin at 7:30 pm.
***Parental advisory due to subject matter***
Tickets are $25. Order at and you will be sent a link to watch it on the evening you select.
Make it Dinner and a Show
Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now (with 24-hour notice):

*New!* Parent University: Reflection on the Year and a Look Ahead with The Bush School's Health Advisory Panel

Tuesday, May 11
5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Click here to register for this event. 
Join Bush Head of School Percy L. Abram, School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinos-Santos, and The Bush School’s Health Advisory Panel on Tuesday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. for the final installment of Parent University. In this hour-long session, you will learn more about how the Health Advisory Panel advised The Bush School during this past year and the health-based decisions that drove reopening.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from local health professionals on what they believe the next twelve months will look like for our region, our schools, and our children regarding the pandemic. Panelists will also discuss ways to prepare for the mental health effects of the pandemic while also celebrating the small victories in health and education this year. 
Due to online platform capacity, advanced registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University and check out the recordings of past events.  For questions, please contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer.
Confirmed panelists: 

  • Percy L. Abram, Ph.D., Head of School at The Bush School
  • Derel Finch, M.D., Pulmonary/Critical Care Health Expert *Tentative panelist
  • Mamie Marcuss, Director of Programs for Challenge Seattle
  • Paul Pottinger, M.D., D.T.M.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Director of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center
  • Happy Salinas-Santos, A.R.N.P., School Wellness Coordinator at The Bush School
  • Cassie Sauer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Washington State Hospital Association
  • David Townes, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M.& H., Professor in Department of Emergency Medicine, Adjunct Professor in Department of Global Health, and Associate Director of Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at University of Washington
  • Veronika Zantop, M.D. Psychiatrist at Swedish

*New!* Troop 681 is an all girl troop in Scouts BSA  (formerly Boy Scouts) and is currently looking for new members.  We are having Zoom open houses, Monday May 10, at 7:30 pm, Wednesday May 12 at Noon,  and Sunday May 16th at 7:30 pm. Any girl in 6th grade and up (and their parents) are welcome to come check us out. Where do girls go if they want to go backpacking 50 miles, learn how to treat a broken leg, make life-long friends, know how to survive overnight in the wilderness, train to safely shoot a shotgun, or earn the rank of Eagle Scout?
Zoom Link:
If you have any immediate questions at all, feel free to contact us at
Or fill out our Contact Us form ( if interested in the troop!
 Please visit our website  for more information on our Troop
Seattle Ultimate
Taught by a rotating cast of Seattle Tempest WOMEN'S & Seattle Cascades OPEN rosters. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to represent gender and racial diversity in our staff, and we're being mindful of potential changes our youth may have (from physical fitness to emotional) while creating a fun and healthy day that will level up everyone's skills. 

Available to students grades 3rd-12th; clinics are hosted around the Seattle area at a variety of playfields and welcome all abilities and genders. Scholarships are available via a short online form.

Cleats and snacks: We have a box of cleats to loan at our clinics (feel free to donate!). Snacks offered may include CLIF Bars (nuts!), Haribo Gummy Bears, oranges, and bananas. 

Sunday, May 16th, Montlake Playfield, 9:00am-11:30am
Saturday, May 22nd, Jefferson Playfield, 11:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, May 22nd, Jefferson Playfield, 1:45pm-4:00pm
Day Camp A (June 28 - July 2) at Lower Woodland (nearing capacity)
Day Camp B (July 5-9) at Jefferson Playfield
Day Camp C (July 19-23) at Jefferson Playfield
Overnight Camp #1 (August 2 - 6) on Whidbey Island
Overnight Camp #2 (August 18 - 22) on Whidbey Island
Day Camp D (August 30 - Sept 3) at Lower Woodland
COVID-19 financial relief —by and for immigrants.
As immigrants, we’ve made Washington our home. If you’re an immigrant experiencing hard times because of COVID-19, and you aren’t eligible for federal financial relief or unemployment insurance, this fund is for you.

Apply for the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund and receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment.

Applications are open! Apply by May 15th!
Apply Now

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.

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Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
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