January 7, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates

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
Thur.   Jan. 27      -  Make up Day. Day between Semesters.

Feb. 21 - Feb. 25  -  Mid Winter Break (no school)

PSTA General Meeting Jan. 10 (7-9pm)

PTSA General Meeting & Speaker/Presentation: The Anxiety Dance: A Parent’s Guide

January 10, 2022, 7:00pm-9:00pm – Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Meeting ID: 763 363 4221
Passcode: 9yPinC


The first 30 minutes will be a presentation on the upcoming levy by an SPS representative, followed by a 60 minute presentation and 30 minute Q&A.

The Anxiety Dance: A Parent’s Guide
Speaker: Chris McCurry, Ph.D.

A 60-minute presentation covering: 

  • The origins of child anxiety in biological factors (temperament, brain development) and early experiences, especially social experiences.
  • The ways a child’s fearful and anxious behaviors function to communicate distress and compel the parent to come to the child’s rescue.

  • Strategies for making this process, or parent-child “dance”, work better: effective communication, attention management, improved problem solving and coping.

A 30-minute Discussion and Question/Answer period follows

About the Speaker 

Chris McCurry, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist, formerly in private practice at Associates in Behavior and Child Development, Inc. in Seattle. He is the author of several books including Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance and The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety, both from New Harbinger Publications.

** We will have an American Sign Language interpreter at this meeting **

Covid Testing for SPS Students

Seattle Public Schools students who did not access a COVID-19 test on Monday can take a test at their school this week with a completed parent consent form. Student may also access a test at one of the district’s regional testing sites.

Regional testing sites are:

  • South Shore PreK-8, Monday through Friday, 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Meany Middle School, Wednesday through Friday, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Details can be found here.

Pre-Order 2021-2022 JAMS Yearbook

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

Community Resources and Events

New SJCC Volunteer Challenge

Join the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Mitzvah Corps for a new year of making a difference with our Volunteer Challenge. From January through April, we’ll offer a variety of in-person and at-home volunteer opportunities for the whole family across the Puget Sound! Each time you volunteer through Mitzvah Corps, submit a photo of your family in action. We’ll track participation and the family with the most volunteer activities will be featured on our website and in social media. The challenge kicks off on January 17, when we celebrate a double holiday: Tu B’Shevat (Jewish Earth Day) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two holidays that focus on giving back to our community and our planet.

How to Participate:

  • Register your family/team here
  • Sign up for in-person or choose at-home volunteer opportunities.
  • ·Take a photo of you or your family doing each volunteer activity
  • · Email your photos to us at
  • · The family with the most volunteer activities will be featured on the SJCC website and social media!

In-Person activities include: Dinner at our House for YouthCare, Rainier Valley Food Bank, Mary’s Place, Food Lifeline, Earth Corps, Washington Trails Association, Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail, BloodWorks NW, Friends of Lincoln Park, Lambert House, SJCC Kesher Garden, and many more! To register for any In-Person activity. Sign up here.

For at-home activities and more info on the Volunteer Challenge, click here

Questions? Email

Seattle Model United Nations (SeattleMUN) conference February 26th

On behalf of the SeattleMUN 2022 Secretariat, we are pleased to formally announce Seattle Pacific University as the venue for the conference! In addition, we are excited to announce that early registration will be open from January 3rd to the 24th, and regular registration will be from January 25th to February 21st!
Students wishing to attend remotely are still welcome to participate in our virtual committee, the International Atomic Energy Agency, as we strive to make our conference informative, enjoyable, and accessible to delegates from all around the world. We are dedicated to providing both partial and full financial aid to delegates who demonstrate need.
We invite you to visit our website at to learn more about SeattleMUN and stay up-to-date on all announcements. We look forward to talking with you soon!

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

The aforementioned websites contains information and content supplied by third parties. Information contained herein regarding any specific person, commercial product process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by JAMS PTSA.

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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