December 17, 2021

The JAMS PTSA hopes everyone has a restful, safe, and happy winter break. We look forward to reconnecting in 2022! 

Important Upcoming Dates
Fri.     Dec. 17      -  One hour early dismissal (Winter Break)

Dec. 20 - Jan. 2    -  Winter Break (no school)
Mon.   Jan. 10      -  JAMS PTSA General Meeting 7:00pm
Mon.   Jan. 17      -  Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
Wed.   Jan. 26      -  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Pre-Order 2021-2022 JAMS Yearbook

The deadline for purchasing a 2021-22 yearbook is this week, and we are about $5,000 short of our budget goal. Every purchase or donation gets us closer to a full yearbook with all of the pages we would like to include. Also, families have so far donated enough to provide 60 scholarship yearbooks. 

To order:
Have your student bring a completed JAMS 2021-2022 Yearbook Order Form with payment to school.
Or, order online through SchoolPay. Online sales will continue until winter break.
Details can be found on the school web site. Thanks!

Pre-Order JAMS Black Lives Matter Hoodies

ASB and Leadership class are selling Jane Addams Black Lives Matter hoodies. The leaders wanted to do this project because they wanted to acknowledge, and honor lost lives and support a local Black mother& daughter owned business. These hoodies are on sale for pre-order on SchoolPay: JAMS Black Lives Matter Hoodies

A note from our student leaders:

"We felt that important conversations about Black Lives Matter were missing, that students were not being included in those conversations, or that had not been mentioned in our community. So, we made something that would start the conversation with us and show our support to the movement.

We choose the Black Lives Matter hoodies because we wanted to let people know how many lives have been lost to police brutality and that racism is the reason behind it. We wanted something that gave power to the Black lives that were taken from us. It was not talked about much in our school community, or in some cases aren’t talked about at all."

Be a part of the JAMS Mural Project

Be a part of the JAMS Mural Project!

We have a local artist that will be painting a mural for JAMS on multiple panels (sheathing). We are looking for a volunteer contractor to install these panels in our cafeteria around spring of 2022. The SPS district has provided the guidelines relating to the business license and insurance requirements to work in the building. 

If you or know a community member that would be interested in being a part of this project and would meet the SPS district requirements, please reach out to

JAMS students are now eligible for a free unlimited ORCA card

The ORCA Opportunity Program has been expanded, so ALL SPS middle school students are eligible for a free, unlimited use ORCA card. Families of middle school students must apply for an ORCA card on the application website (select “continue as guest” if you don’t have a City of Seattle account). Starting the week of November 8, ORCA cards will be delivered to schools every Tuesday or Wednesday for all applications submitted by noon on Monday of the same week. If you previously applied for an ORCA card for your middle school student and were denied, please reapply using the same link. 

This program is for students who live in their school’s walk-zone (up to 1.5 miles from school) and students who live more than 2 miles from their school. Students who live 1.5-2.0 miles from school are already eligible for an ORCA card through SPS transportation.

More information can be found here.

Community Resources and Events

Lake City Covid 19 Vaccination Dec. 20th.

Monday, December 20, 10:00 – 4:00

Administered by the Seattle Fire Department

Free cookies and coffee!

No registration needed.

Drop by on December 20th at Kaffeeklatsch coffeehouse, 12513 Lake City Way NE

For more information, call

North Seattle Family Resource Center



Get involved from the comfort of your home!


Sliding Scale $20-$50

This winter break, get creative at home! Design your own felt Coyote, adorn it with clothes, add patterns, turn it into a different animal - whatever suits your fancy!

Once you finish, we invite you to lend your creation to us for our New Year art installation. Contact to schedule a drop-off time.

There are only 75 kits in total, so once they're gone, they are gone! Walk in and purchase or reserve online in advance at:

All proceeds go towards sustaining Coyote's creative programming and propelling youth to think outside the box.

Pickup window: 12-6pm

  • Thursday, December 16
  • Friday, December 17
  • Saturday, December 18
  • Sunday, December 19

Pick up at:

Coyote Central (2300 E Cherry St)

Coyote North (12325 Lake City Way NE)

You can also purchase Coyote swag on our online shop. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, and more!



Museum of Museums (MoM) is looking for YOUTH ARISTS (ages 6-16) for their upcoming exhibition "Cat Tower." The theme for the Emergence Room is Cats vs. Dogs. You can draw, paint, or collage anything under that theme - get wild, get imaginative, and get creative! All work must be 5x7 or 8x10 (drawing, painting, or 2-D digital art). There will be an opening reception in early February - details to come upon submission.

Ideas: raining cats and dogs, a cat using a megaphone to coordinate other cats, a dog in outer space, a dog taking a cat on a date, a dog asleep on a cat tower, a cat-dog hybrid - literally anything with a cat or a dog!

Submissions are due by Monday, January 17th. You can drop off your work at Coyote North or Coyote Central.

Contact: to schedule a North drop-off time.

Contact: to schedule a Central drop-off time.

* Museum of Museums is not liable for any damaged, lost, or stolen work. Museum of Museums reserves the right to exclude any entries - including late entries and any artworks outside of the announced theme.

Wunderkind Winter Break Mountain Bike Programs

Momentum Sports will be offering full-day mountain bike programs over winter break for more seasoned riders who are comfortable riding off paved surfaces and enjoy climbing, descending, jumping, dropping, and full-sending the incredible Pacific Northwest Terrain at our disposal.  All programs operate out of Wunderkind in Bryant and they’ll be heading to a special destination over winter break that few riders have been to before.  The program will run both Mondays and both Tuesdays during winter break (Dec. 20, 21, 27, and 28) from 9am – 4pm and the cost is $90 + tax ($99.23 after tax).  Premium, full suspension mountain bikes are available for rent for those interested or you can bring your own bike.  Email if you’re interested in registering.  Depending on interest and demand, a third day of riding may be added on both Wednesdays of winter break (Dec. 22nd & 29th).

**  For interested families, this program charges a fee and is not vetted by, nor endorsed by the JAMS PTSA. **

UW YOUTH & TEEN PROGRAMS (Registration closes Dec. 23)

The University of Washington Youth and Teen Programs is excited to offer a variety of remote courses for middle and high school students who seek afterschool enrichment opportunities.   Courses run over 10 weeks starting in January. Visit our website for registration information and course details:


Family Resource Center at Nathan Hale High School Reopening

The Family Resource Center on site at Nathan Hale High School during 2020 and winter/spring of 2021 has reopened.  The Family Works Family Resource Center will be open each Wednesday from 1:30 - 4pm at the NHHS South entry (student lot entry).
The Family Works Center has a family/community connector who helps families navigate support. All families have to do is come to the South entry between 1:30 – 4pm on Wednesdays. There are a surprising number of services available for families in need. Family Works will help connect our families with the services.

Family Works Details:
To meet the basic needs of Seattle Public School families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are reopening a satellite family resource center, located at the South side of Nathan Hale High School.

 FamilyWorks will be onsite at Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 1:30 to 4 PM. The FamilyWorks Family Resource Center is a warm and inviting place that offers programs and services designed to support families.

At the Center, families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with:

  • rental assistance applications
  • enrollment in public benefits
  • navigating a vast network of community resources
  • 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.

To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

Read Family Works December Newsletter here.

North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City

The North Seattle Family Resource Center in Lake City is available to offer help with the City of Seattle cash assistance program for low income families impacted by COVID. The fabulous, multi lingual staff at the North Seattle Family Resource Center will help families navigate the application process which is not (thankfully!) complicated. The application window closes November 15th, so if you have families who are in need of funds due to the impact of COVID, please give them the attached flyer and direct them to the NE Family Resource Center with the contact info below if they would like help with the application.
City of Seattle Cash Assistance program – applications are now open online. NSFRC will be offering assistance to anyone who needs help applying online and can provide interpretation. NSFRC application assistance 206-364-7930 or

Girls in Grades 2-8, Come Play With Doublecrosse Girls Lacrosse

Registration opens November 1st

The Doublecrosse Lacrosse Club is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to growing girls’ lacrosse in Northeast Seattle. We field teams for girls in grades 2 through 8 who live within the Roosevelt HS and Nathan Hale HS boundaries. We are a recreational program and welcome girls of all skill levels – no experience is required to be a part of Doublecrosse! We are committed to teaching fundamental skills, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Our goal is to support players in gaining confidence and determination to excel on the field and in all aspects of life. We hope our players will want to play in high school, so we help them prepare for the next level.

Registration opens November 1st, with practices starting in February.  Scholarships are available.  See our website at for information about teams, practice days and times, and registration instructions, and email with any questions.  


Back to School with The Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library is here for you! All 27 SPL locations are now open and our children and teen librarians would love to see your family. See for the schedule of the branch nearest you. In addition, here are a few library programs and services of interest to your community.

Free tutoring: The Library offers free online tutoring for children through grade 12 seven days a week. Your child can get one-on-one help with math, science, writing, history, SAT test prep, college applications and much more. Tutoring is offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Access it at You’ll just need a Library card and pin.

Library Link: You don’t need a Library card for digital Library resources such as or e-books – all Seattle Public Schools students get instant access through the Library Link program. Go to to connect. Library staff members can help you with any questions. Just call 206-386-4636 or go to


 Weekly King County COVID-19 update

You can read the COVID-19 weekly email alert summaries here

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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

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