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Happy Holidays from the PTSA! This will be our last newsletter for 2022. We are looking forward to a spring semester jam-packed with learning, fun, and community connections. See you in 2023!
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Upcoming Events

December 15-16
Holiday-Themed Spirit Week!

Friday, December 16
Last day to order yearbooks

Friday, December 16
1 Hour Early Dismissal

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You Can Still Support Hamilton PTSA!

The PTSA Fall Fund Drive has officially ended, but we are still accepting donations. We have not yet met our goal for this year! Any donation amount would be appreciated. If most remaining families gave $50 we would be in great shape. Heartfelt thanks to those who have already donated!

Another great way to contribute is through Amazon Smile when you purchase holiday gifts. This is a super-simple way to earn money for the school without having to do a thing! Sign in to just as you would with your regular Amazon account, and select Hamilton Middle School PTSA Seattle Council. 


Staff Secret Snowflake Party: COOKIES NEEDED

Reminder! Please drop off all cookies for the Staff Holiday Party in the office by the end of the day on Thursday, December 15. Haven’t signed up yet? We will gladly accept more contributions, especially vegan and gluten free! Thank you!
Sign up here:


Next FOMAHI Meeting
The FOMAHI board generally meets on the third Tuesday during the school year. The next meeting is January 17th at 7pm in the Hamilton Library. This will be our second in-person this year. 
Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI) is a non-profit parent booster group that supports our students inside and outside the music room. If you have any questions about Hamilton’s music programs and our activities, you can email us at Register on FOMAHI’s website to get news about concerts, field trips and events: 


Holiday-Themed Spirit Week: Two More Days of Fun

This week we had pajama day, candy can day, and dress as your favorite teacher day .... two more days to bring on the holiday cheer!
  • Thursday (12/15): Ugly Sweater Day (Wear an ugly sweater)​
  • Friday (12/16): Festive Day (Dress like your favorite Holiday or wear festive clothes)

ASB’s Winter Wonderland Door Decorating Contest 

What a success! Thanks to all the effort by our advisories, the Hamilton hallways are rich with school spirit and creativity! The judges selected a top three entrants who will receive a special treat during Thursday advisory. We are grateful to all of our teachers and students who joined in on this fun event. Innovative holiday decorations included (but definitely not limited to): student faces; a working faux fireplace; skiers; Bad Bunny and the World Cup; and Hamilton’s spring musical Legally Blonde.

Winners were: Math teacher Angela Lopez, Art teacher Zoe Manzo, and Spanish teachers Katherine Fox and Christina Stratton. Honorable mentions: Language Arts teacher Kathleen Goldfarb, Science teacher Chalese Stevens, Math teacher Anthony Evans, and Drama Teacher Andrea Algiers.

Last Day to Order Yearbooks is December 16th 

This is your final opportunity to order a yearbook and be guaranteed of receiving one.  We have to submit our print order to the publisher on Friday, December 16.  We generally order a few extra which we will sell in June at $35/book, but these are very limited quantities and your student may find that we are sold out if you wait to purchase one until June. Order here:
You can also have your student bring cash or check in an envelope to the Main Office.   

If you would like to request a scholarship book for your student, please contact HIMS Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at, your student’s counselor, or our front office at 206.252.5810. Please contact HIMS Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at with any questions or concerns about orders. 

Winter Food Drive Update

Hamilton’s ASB sends a warm thank you to all of our community – we delivered two carloads of food items to the Ballard Food Bank that weighed in at 780 pounds, with an approximate valuation of almost $4,000.  Special thanks to the students who worked extremely hard to bring this together: Lou S, Violet J, Ariel K, Sam R and Calla S.

If your family would like to make a cash donation to Ballard Food Bank to close out the year, you can do so here. They are also happy to accept food donations at these satellite locations:  Magnolia Mailbox, Fremont Starbucks, Town & Country (Ballard) Market, Swedish Ballard, and the Canal Station North Condominiums. 

More information about the services available at Ballard Food Bank or at our local and amazing Familyworks Food Banks in Greenwood and Wallingford can be found in these links.

Hamilton Spirit Gear Orders Ready for Pick Up 

You can pick up items or send your student (or a friend) to pick up items at the school.  The school office will be open 8:30am-4:15 pm on Wednesday and Thursday of this week and from 8:30am-3 pm on Friday, 12/16.  If you need to make alternate arrangements for picking up items or need to speak to someone, please call the school at 206-252-5834.

Students Can Get Digital Books through School Library

Looking for reading material over winter break? Students have free access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-graphic novels using Libby (instruction video here) or Hoopla (instruction video here).

Try signing in with them: 990000 followed by your 7-digit student ID # and PIN: your 4-digit birthdate (not including the year).

Art Supplies Needed! 

The advanced art classes need 60 scrap pieces of 2x4s and 60 wire hangers for a sculpture project. We're hoping to have supplies by the week back from break. Please email Zoe Manzo:

Upcoming High School Tours

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Jazz ensembles are back. This January, we're inviting student musicians back for our winter ensembles. Do you know any young people excited about after school music enrichment opportunities? Ensembles include Big Band, Gospel Choir, and Drum Line:

Ballard Basketball Winter Break Camps

At Ballard Boys and Girls Club, Sara Wetstone, Owner/Coach of Ballard Basketball, and her staff will lead drills and games to improve your skills, decision-making and mindset. Partial scholarships available by emailing Sara: More info and to register:

UW Winter After School Programs

3D Design & CAD Modeling (7th -8 th grades) Evening Zoom Class Starts in January!
Master the fundamentals of CAD for 3D printing, architecture and engineering. Explore careers connected to 3D design. Online class runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 3- March 9, 6-7:30PM

Seattle Ultimate

Upcoming Ultimate clinics for students in 3rd-12th grade. All experience levels welcome. Coaches will be Tempest and Cascades players - learn from the pro's! 
December Camp, MTW Dec. 19-20-21  9am-1pm Montlake (turf) $75/day 
Info & Registration

North Central Little League

Registration is open for baseball, softball, and Tee-ball with North Central Little League (NCLL). NCLL serves kids ages 5-16 and all levels of experience, who want to play ball. Playing ball is a great way to make friends, build resilience, get outside, and have a lot of fun doing it.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Register early—spaces fill
  • Teams are formed in February; practices start in March.
  • Player development opportunities for new and experienced players
NCLL is also recruiting volunteers to be coaches, managers, and umpires. We offer training and a supportive community with a shared goal of creating a great space for kids to play ball. We’re an all-volunteer org and welcome rookies and veterans alike to the NCLL team. Learn more:

Seattle Warrior Lacrosse

Seattle Warriors Spring Lacrosse Registration Open! Seattle Warrior Lacrosse serves K-8 students in the Lincoln and Roosevelt HS reference areas. We are focused on skill development, promoting sportsmanship, learning how to compete, and having fun! No experience required. Visit for more details and to get signed up! For questions please contact Keep an eye out for some new player clinics in the coming months. And tell your friends! Practices start February 2023.
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