August 20, 2021
Welcome back to School!
The JAMS PTSA would like to welcome you back to another (or first!) year together. We put out a weekly newsletter all year long filled with information about the school and how you can stay connected. Please read below for a message from our Board President, Christina Ellis, and our other volunteer board officers. We look forward to a great year with you!
Important Upcoming Dates

September 1 - First day of school 

September 6 - Labor Day (no school)

October 8 - State In-service Day (no school)

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.

Jane Addams Middle School Welcome Back Events

Mark your calendars

Outdoor 6th Grade Orientation

August 30, from 1pm-3pm. This event will be led by 8th grade leaders and is for students only!

Online Family Forums
6th grade, September 14, 7-8pm

7th Grade, September 21, 7-8pm

8th Grade, September 22, 7-8pm

Remote Curriculum Night
October 7, 6-8pm. You will have the opportunity to meet your child's teacher, hear about learning to date and how best to support your student.

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
  • Small Binder or folders with pockets (to hold papers from classes)
  • 2 Composition books (lined and graph)

We will have supplies in the main office on the 1st day of school for any student who needs them. All students will receive a planner and a computer during the first week of school.

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

Programs will start the week of September 6th. Tryout and practice days are still being finalized, and will be posted to the JAMS website as soon as we have them.

Before students participate, ALL sports paperwork must be turned into Ms. Megan in the main office. Hard copies of athletic packets will be available in the main office once school starts.

You can also access all forms on the SPS website:

Students will need a doctor-signed physical as a part of the athletic packet, so make sure to make an appointment/request a copy of that ASAP if you don’t already have one.

For more information about JAMS Athletics, contact Megan Riber, JAMS Athletic Coordinator.

*JAMS is still looking for coaches for girls soccer this fall*
Anyone who is interested can apply via this link or contact Megan Riber for questions.

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

Volunteer Corner

We are looking for volunteers to help repaint the Jaguar at JAMS on Sunday 8/29 from 9am-12pm. Volunteers will be required to wear masks. Thank you!

Interested in serving on the JAMS PTSA board and committees? 
Currently we have several openings. For more information on volunteering, please write to or visit

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?  

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

Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website:
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