September 10, 2021
Important Upcoming Dates
Mon.  Sept. 13 - JAMS PTSA board meeting 7-8:30pm (online)
Tues. Sept. 14 -  6th grade family forum, 7-8pm (online)
Mon.  Sept. 20 - Picture Day
Tues. Sept. 21 - 7rh grade family forum, 7-8pm (online)
Wed.  Sept. 22 - 8th grade family forum, 7-8pm (online)
Thu.   Oct. 7    - Curriculum Night, 6-8pm (online)
Fri.     Oct. 8    - State In-service Day (no school)

JAMS PTSA Board Meeting, Sept. 13 at 7:00 PM

Hello JAMS community!  Everyone is welcome to attend the upcoming PTSA Board Meeting on Monday, September 13, at 7:00 PM via Zoom:
Please note that this is a board meeting and that the first General meeting will be October 11th. The agenda will be posted online prior to the meeting at

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 763 363 4221
Passcode: 9yPinC

Picture Day September 20

New Picture day is Monday, September 20. Parents have the ability to preorder photos by visiting through Monday, September 27. After this date, photos will be processed for printing. Photos will be shipped to the school for distribution.

Parents can order photos after the seven-day grace period by entering an online code, which is your student's school ID number. There is an additional cost to cover individualized printing, packaging, and shipping. Photos will be shipped directly to students' homes. 

For questions, please contact

2021-22 Return to School Health and Safety Information

Please visit the Seattle Public School webpage for a full list of Health and Safety Protocols that will be in place for the coming 2021-22 school year. This list will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

2021-2022 JAMS School Supply List 

All students will need the following supplies for the 21-22 school year:

  • Backpack
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Pencils/erasers
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Dividers
  • Binder: to hold planner and papers from classes
  • Composition books (lined and graph): 2 lined for LA & Social Studies, 2 graphed for Math & Science

Donations are welcome for the following items:
Facial tissues (Kleenex), 3 ring notebook papers, colored pencil sets and marker sets. Please no bleach wipes.

There is a JAMS Amazon Wish List you can purchase from to support our students. Please contact the main office 206-252-4500 for details.

Get Ready for Athletics at JAMS This Coming Year!

We're looking forward to having school sports at JAMS this coming year. 

Fall Season- Girls Soccer and Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee

Girls Soccer tryouts will be Tuesday 9/14 and Friday 9/17

Ultimate Frisbee tryouts for team placement will be Thursday 9/9 and Friday 9/10

Tryouts are after school from 4-5:30. Student should change right after school ends and head to the field to check in with coaches.

All athletic paperwork must be turned in to Ms. Megan in the main office BEFORE students can be on the field for tryouts. Forms are available in the main office or on the SPS athletics website.

Nathan Hale’s Teen Health Clinic can do free sports physicals for students. Call 206-302-1840 to register and make an appointment.

Free Tennis Aces Program at JAMS

Tennis Aces - Free Program for 12 Seattle Public Middle Schools

6 Weeks - 2 x a week for 1.5 hours a session (weekdays afterschool - days and times vary by site)

Mid-September through late October

Open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders 

Level:  Beginner to Intermediate Beginner

Where:  Tennis courts within walking distance of school site

Cost:  Free plus tennis racquets given to youth who need one

Covid Safety will be a priority with distancing and frequent sanitizing.  

Classes will be outdoors with masks required for anyone who is not vaccinated.

Tennis Aces Flyer
Jane Addams Middle School Registration Link

Community Resources

Roosevelt High School Softball Clinics! Learn from the Best!
Bring your player to sharpen their skills in hitting, fielding, pitching, and catching.

The Roosevelt HS softball team, 2021 Metro League Champs, is holding 2 softball clinics for all players 8 to 12 ages.
Date:               Saturday, October 9th
Time:               Session 1, 8am -12pm
                        Session 2, 1pm - 5pm
Location:         Lower Woodland Park, Field 5
Sign Up:
Cost:                $30 day of (cash or check, please)

All proceeds collected from the clinic will go to support the RHS softball team.

Players should bring their gear, and water bottles, and be dressed for the weather.
If you have any questions, please email Wendy at

Tools for Teens: Stress Management and Emotional Resilience 
An online Zoom course based in mindfulness and self-compassion to support stress reduction and increase well-being taught by Space Between  via the Center for Child & Family Well-Being (CCFW) at the University of Washington.

Tuesdays, September 14th – November 2nd, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm, Online via Zoom

 Seattle Public Library News

Seattle Public Library has significantly expanded its open hours beginning September 1 and is reopening three more neighborhood branches. Details can be found on this webpage.


 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.

Volunteer Corner

Interested in volunteering? 
Please visit for volunteering opportunities.
All in-person volunteers are required to wear mask and show proof of vaccination. All volunteers must update their paperwork due to the new COVID safety protocols

For more information on volunteering, please write to

Family Support

Call 2-1-1 for support finding local resources and organizations that will suit your needs.

If you need food:

  • Food Lifeline
    • Pick up food boxes: Tuesdays from 11-2pm (pickup location & time may change weekly) (206) 545-6600
  • North HelpLine Food Bank: 12736 33rd Ave. NE, Seattle 98125
    • Pick up food boxes: Wed 9am-2pm/Thurs 4:00-7:00pm/Sat 9am-2pm.
    • For questions, leave a message at (206) 367-3477

A detailed list of resources on SPS website can be found here.

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

2021/2022 JAMS PTSA Executive Board Introduction

Christina Ellis
Hello! I am Christina Ellis. I am mom to a JAMS alumnus, a 7th grader here at JAMS and a 4th grader at Sacajawea Elementary. I joined the board two years ago as Vice-President with a focus on helping to recruit a board that better represents the diverse community here at JAMS and I hope to see that reflected in our PTSA members this year as well. As we enter what will very likely be another challenging year in the midst of a pandemic, I would ask that we remember to show each other patience and compassion. We are all worried about how this year will turn out and how we can keep our kids safe. I look forward to coming together as a community to give our kids a great year despite the circumstances. Please join us at our PTSA meetings and email me with questions, suggestions or concerns.

Sheilah Nath
I am Sheilah Nath, mother of 3, including a new incoming 6th grader at Jane Addams Middle School. I have always enjoyed being hands on and part of raising up the community I live in and work in. When the opportunity to serve in the JAMS PTSA came, I was thrilled to join this team so we can collaborate and work to achieve our common goals including inclusivity, equity, excellence and everything in between.
Chequita Austin
I am Chequita Austin and I am a mother of 5 kids. Three of them will attend Jane Addams this year! They are in grades 6th,7th, and 8th. Jane Addams staff has always treated my students well, care about them, and have nurtured them on an individual level. I joined the PTSA because there was a need for representation for minority students. I look forward to learning, growing and bringing new ideas and knowledge to create change for the students at JAMS!   

Melanie Jorgenson
I am the mom of Jackson, a JAMS 7th grader.  I am a Registered Nurse, and now work as a consultant - mostly from home unless I'm traveling to see a client.  I am an active member of the SCPTSA (former Communications Chair) and was previously an active member and FEAT liaison in the PTA at Olympic View Elementary.  I am passionate about providing (and receiving) clear and effective communication, practicing antiracism, and building community which is why I decided to join the PTSA E-board this year.  I am looking forward to collaborating with our amazing board members this year to help build and sustain a PTSA that supports and represents all our families.
Kim Rakow Bernier
I have a rising 8th grade daughter at JAMS and a 5th grade son at Bryant Elementary. In the past two years, I've been active with the Bryant Elementary PTSA in forming and co-chairing the Equity Committee and on the Nominating Committee. I run my own consulting and coaching practice to support nonprofit leaders and organizations in aligning their purpose and people for impact. I am committed to creating inclusive and equitable spaces and look forward to working with the JAMS PTSA board to continue that work, to deepen my ties with the community, and to hear from YOU!

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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