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April 09, 2021
Important Upcoming Dates
 
April 12-16 - Spring break 🌷
April 19 - New hybrid learning schedules begin for grades 6-12
April 19 - JAMS PTSA General Meeting and Training with API Chaya, 7p.m. via Zoom

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

😺 Have a Safe and Healthy Spring Break, Jaguars!  😺

*New!* This is a reminder that there will be no school April 12-16 for spring break. Meal distribution sites and tech resource centers will be closed during this time.

The Student TechLine will be available for tech support requests 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday through Friday during the break and can be reached at 206-252-0100 or laptops@seattleschools.org.

In-person instruction will resume for students in grades PreK-5th grade and will begin for grades 6-12 on April 19. Schools will continue to correspond to families over the next two weeks.

SPS strongly encourages everyone to avoid non-essential travel during spring break to keep our school communities safe and healthy. Current Washington Department of Health (DOH) guidelines recommends that people traveling out of state quarantine and get tested upon return.

If your student is in the in-person instructional model, they will not be able to switch to the 100% remote learning model if they are in quarantine. Please let your school know if your student will be absent from in-person learning. Continue to have your student engage in live, remote teaching and teacher-directed independent learning while quarantining.

If you travel, take these steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Meal Distribution Sites Closed April 12-16

*New!* Meal distribution sites will be closed April 12-16.  When students return from spring break, please note that district meal distribution site hours have changed to support in-person learning. All meal sites are now open 30 minutes earlier. Our 40 meal sites are now open from 10:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. Bus routes deliver meals on Wednesdays only. Wednesday bus routes, times, and stops remain the same. Grab and go breakfast and lunch is available for students learning in-person at each school site. Please check the meal distribution webpage for more information and locations

Helpful Videos For JAMS Families: 
Navigating JAMS During In-Person Learning 😺 

*New!* Here are a few fun videos the JAMS staff made this week with their volunteer actors! We will be sharing links with the students during a remote assembly on Friday afternoon. 
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPO6eQ-lI5CwCPugBcBpNvw/videos

Connecting With Carpools For In-Person/Hybrid Learning Option

*New!* As families have heard, SPS is not able to provide transportation to the majority of our students who choose the in-person/hybrid learning option.  In addition, JAMS and the JAMS PTSA are prohibited from coordinating and providing transportation due to liability issues.  However, we can point you in the right direction!  If you are interested in forming or joining a carpool for your JAMS student, parents are utilizing the JAMS Facebook group to coordinate rides to/from school.  You may also contact JAMS parent Trisha by email at tmatth@gmail.com by text at 206-779-3265 and she will help coordinate.  

And, if you carpool with people outside of your family, follow these guidelines to decrease your risk of contracting COVID: 

  • Driver and all passengers wear masks
  • Windows are open to increase ventilation
  • Sit as far apart as possible
  • Sanitize high-touch surfaces between trips
  • Keep carpool members consistent to decrease exposures

Stay well, Jaguars!

Important Message From the JAMS School Nurse

A big Jaguar welcome to our new JAMS nurse, Kelly Yukevich!  Below is a message that she would like to share with families in our JAMS community.
 
Medications
If you are planning on sending your child back to school and they have a life threatening medical condition such as Asthma, Life Threatening Allergies, Epilepsy, Diabetes, etc. please make sure you complete this Medication Authorization Form (see link below) with your child’s care provider and return it to me.  Remember that any medication provided at school, whether it is a cough drop, Tylenol or prescribed medication, needs to have a Medication Authorization form completed.  It is very important to have this completed prior to having your child come into the school, regardless if your child self-administers.  As many of our children have become more independent, if they self-administer their medication, please ensure that this box is checked on the form, so your child can carry the medication with them. 
 
Medication Authorization Form link
https://www.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/District/Departments/HealthServices/Medication/English-Authorization%20to%20Administer%20Medication%20at%20School.pdf
 
Immunizations                                                                                         
We want to protect every student from communicable diseases especially during COVID-19. If your child is lacking school-district required vaccines, you have been contacted or the district has tried to reach you. There are teen vaccines that are not required for school but are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. These are: Hepatitis A (2 doses), Meningococcal B (2 doses) , Meningococcal A(1 or 2 doses), HPV (2 or 3 doses). All of these are available through the School-based health centers or through https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/immunization/clinics.aspx
 
Our neighboring Hale High School has a School Based Health Clinic with immunizations available now for ages 4-18. They wish to help you get your students up to date now! Contact Linda Quimby directly at 206-302-1840 for questions or to set up a visit. This is free for ALL Seattle Public School students.
 
My job is to support your child’s health and learning especially during these challenging times. I can speak to you on the phone, or through online platforms. I can be reached: Nurse Office Phone:  (206) 252-4507 Fax: (206) 743-3198   Days available:  Monday – Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm. If you would like to talk with me outside these listed hours, please ask and I will try to accommodate.
 
Thank you and looking forward to seeing your children in the schools!  As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. 
 
Kelly Yukevich MSN, ARNP (she/her)
School Nurse Mon-Friday 8:30am-4pm
Jane Addams Middle School
11051 34th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
206-252-4507 phone 206-743-3198 direct fax
MS Teams number 206-705-8343
kwyukevich@seattleschools.org

Child Care Options at Seattle Public Schools

On March 29th, many SPS elementary and K-8 schools re-opened for pre-school students and for students with IEPs that require in-person instruction. On April 5th, all elementary and K-8 schools will re-open for K-5 students who choose to return to part-time in-person learning.

As students and staff re-enter buildings, current childcare providers will not be able to serve as many students and families may need to make new childcare arrangements. We know that childcare is a critical support for many families, both those remaining remote and those planning to return in-person.

To meet families’ needs, SPS, City of Seattle, and childcare providers have been working closely to develop solutions.

Please see the list below to learn the current status of childcare programs operating in schools this spring (April-June, 2021) and at which schools on-site childcare programs are not available this spring. We will update this website on daily basis as decisions are made on a school by school basis depending on the number of students returning and the number of classrooms needed.

Each childcare provider manages their own enrollment. Please contact them directly to learn if there are openings for childcare and to register your child.

If there is not a childcare program at your school and you are looking for full-day or half-day childcare, please visit the Child Care Resources website or call 1-800-446-1114. They maintain lists of all licensed childcare providers in Seattle and can help you identify options.

If your family needs help paying for childcare, please contact your current childcare provider or call the City’s Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) at 206-386-1050. DEEL staff can help match you with childcare opportunities at Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers and licensed childcare providers city-wide who accept subsidies for qualifying families.

Northeast Schools that will have on-site childcare:

  • Olympic View Elementary, Collaboration Station, school-age only
  • Sacajawea Elementary, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, school-age only. Contact, Jala Harper: jharper@positiveplace.org
  • Sand Point Elementary, YMCA of Greater Seattle, school-age only. Contact: registration@seattleymca.org
  • Wedgewood Elementary, ARC @ Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, school-age only. Limited capacity, prioritizing full-day enrollment. Contact: (206) 684-7534


Schools that will NOT have on-site childcare:

  • Cedar Park Elementary
  • John Roger Elementary
  • Olympic Hills Elementary
  • Thornton Creek Elementary


Schools where on-site childcare is not yet decided:

  • Bryant Elementary
  • Decatur Elementary
  • Hazel Wolf K-8
  • Laurelhurst Elementary
For updated information see the SPS Childcare website at this link: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=93749310

JAMS PTSA General Meeting​ and Training with API Chaya

Monday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.

*New!* The next JAMS PTSA General Meeting is on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM.  We hope to see you there! 

All JAMS parents and students are welcome to join the meeting and hear updates from the PTSA Board and JAMS staff, as well as enjoy the following free learning opportunity: 

Community 101
Come hear from API Chaya, a nationally recognized local nonprofit that specializes in community building and organizing for violence prevention and intervention. Learn how community building and organizing, at its core, involves being in relationship and creating trust with others. Consider how you and your family, as PTSA members, can contribute to community building and organizing at JAMS. 

Go Jaguars! 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058831314?pwd=ZFVGOWxDWkJaejd1TXRWQmNrekI4UT09

Meeting ID: 860 5883 1314
Passcode: 040769

JAMS 2020-2021 Yearbook Donations

The ASB Yearbook Club would like to provide every student at JAMS a 2020-2021 Yearbook. With this decision, families would not have to place orders, but would instead we will pre-order a yearbook for everyone.

This year, every yearbook costs $12 to print. We have funds to cover some of the printing costs and our other club expenses, but we need your help to buy over 1000 yearbooks. The current donation balance is $896 and our goal is to raise $6,000. Donations of any amount are appreciated.  Just to be clear, no payment is necessary nor do you have to take any action for your student to receive a yearbook.

The Jane Addams office staff have set up a 2020-2021 JAMS Yearbook Donation account that you can get to through The Source . Thank you to each of our school community families who are able to help us get to the goal!

Lincoln High School PTSA Seeks Volunteers for 2021-22

*New!* Hello Jane Addams Families!

The Lincoln High School PTSA Needs YOU!

If your child is headed to Lincoln in the Fall of 2021, consider serving on the Lincoln PTSA Board. Elected Board positions are President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each position can be held by an individual or a pair. 

There are also a number of general volunteer positions, such as Athletics, Performing Arts, DEI, General Volunteer Coordinators, School Events, and help with our Treasury and Fundraising Committees.

Join us for a PTSA Information and Q&A Session Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30pm to learn more about the Lincoln Board positions and other volunteer opportunities.  Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/95414847435?pwd=UjFlR2pBRnZvSjA0ZGplQk96dVE1QT09.

Or contact us soon at: NominatingCommittee@LincolnSeattlePTSA.org.  We look forward to meeting you!  You can also subscribe the Lincoln PTSA Newsletter.

Go Lynx!

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Support for Families in Need

You can now support JAMS families in need by donating to our Family Support Fund. The fund helps families via the school counselors with emergency food, bills, rent, clothes, and other needs. Donations can be made through our PayPal link.  Please select “Family Support” in the PayPal dropdown menu.

Here's the link to donate:  https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=T8Z79PQE5WXGE

And if you would like to help with the few items still needed from our clothing drive, please visit the JAMS Amazon Wish List at https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/7GIDUFRL0BWB/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl. They're pre-sized, so simply click "Add to Cart" and choose the option to send to JAMS directly. 

If you are a family seeking support, please contact jams@seattleschools.org or reach out to your child's counselor.

Thank you so much for everything you do!

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 info@jamsptsa.org 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!* Mission InspirEd FREE Spring Break Classes
Hurry! Spring classes for Mission InspirEd are coming to you! Mission InspirEd will be offering free classes for elementary and middle school students. Classes will start between April 19th through April 25th. They have qualified instructors, teaching topics ranging from Visual Arts to Machine Learning with Python! Sign up before April 12th for their weekly sessions. Learn more at missioninspired.org/classes.


*New!* Mindfulness and Yoga with Karbma Yoga
MINDFULNESS & YOGA FOR KIDS (Grade school) Mondays 4-5pm PST, April 19 – June 14, 2021,  $149, Via Zoom. An eight-week mindfulness & yoga series designed specifically for kids (ages  6- 11) to teach them life skills to cope with the stress and anxiety of growing up. They will learn how to relax their minds and strengthen their bodies by an introduction to the principles of Mindfulness and the eight limbs of yoga. Relaxation and postural techniques will be taught as well as meditative practices including connecting with the breath and learning how to access present moment awareness.

MINDFULNESS & YOGA FOR TWEENS & TEENS (Middle/high school) Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm PST, April 21 – June 9, 2021, $169, Via Zoom. An eight-week mindfulness & yoga series designed specifically for Tweens & Teens (ages 12 - 18) to teach them life skills to cope with the stress and anxiety of growing up. They will learn how to relax their minds and strengthen their bodies by an introduction to the principles of Mindfulness and the eight limbs of yoga. Relaxation and postural techniques will be taught as well as meditative practices including connecting with the breath and learning how to access present moment awareness.

MINDFUL YOGA FOR ADULTS (All levels, ongoing) Wednesdays 9 – 10:15am PST, drop-in, suggested donation $15, Via Zoom. A drop-in class for adults with an interactive start of sharing and brief meditation before delving in to weekly practices, based on your preferences.


*New!* COYOTE VIRTUAL SPRING + SPRING BREAK CLASSES
Register now!
Spring Weekend Classes // April 24/25 - June 12/13
Spring Break Classes // April 12 - 16
SPRING 2021 FLYER
REGISTER FOR CLASSES


Seattle Ultimate Clinics
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. Click here to learn more and to register


April 21 no-cost Parent U. event "Parenting to Embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" with Monique Marshall

Join Monique Marshall for the fifth installment of our virtual Parent University series, Parenting to Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. Monique is an educator who has been working with children, their families, and other educators in independent schools for thirty years. With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and a master’s degree from Bank Street Graduate School in New York City, Monique has been dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion work for as long as she can remember.

What does it mean to raise inclusive children? Our children live in a multicultural and non-binary world. Adult fears and lack of tools in our toolboxes often stop us from broaching the “taboo topics” of race, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and class with our young children. The best medicine for “unlearning” racism and other “isms” is to start young so that there is less “baggage” to unpack as we get older.

Come learn how to raise the next generation to be more culturally competent and confident than many adults are. Monique will invite us to think about how we were brought up and offer a healthy and more holistic approach to raising our children. This interactive workshop is designed to invite dialogue and offer a framework for equity and inclusion work at home and in school. 

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. All Parent University sessions are free to Bush parents/guardians and the greater Seattle and Methow parent/guardian communities. For questions, please contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer


UW Summer Youth Programs for Middle School Students:  Summer Registration is Open!
UW Summer Youth Programs is excited to announce a variety of remote enrichment courses for middle school students who want to keep learning over summer break.

  • 3D Design & CAD Modeling
  • Beyond the Doors of the Courthouse
  • Community Architecture Studio
  • Crazy About Photography
  • DIY Electronics!
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Intro to Coding in Python
  • NanoCamp!
  • Young Writers Workshop

Visit our website for registration information and course details!


Grow your child's creative skills and watch them bloom with SCT’s Spring Drama Classes & Camps. Don’t miss out on a chance to register for your favorite class titles - back virtually by popular demand!

Weekly Spring Classes are running Fridays, April 2-23 and Saturdays, April 3-24, including Story Drama, Musical Theatre, Improv, Playwrights For Change, and MORE!

Spring Break Camps are back and running April 12-16. These camps meet every day for a week and with 13 options to choose from, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your family. 

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:  jamsptsa.org/join.


Connect with us on Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JaneAddamsMiddleSchool/
This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 

Twitter
Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle

Websites
Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website: addamsms.seattleschools.org/
JAMS PTSA’s website: jamsptsa.org

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