December 10, 2021

16: Lost & Found Family Hours
16: FOSB Meeting, 7 pm
17: One Hour Early Dismissal (2:25 pm)
17: Evening Lantern Festival, 6 pm
20 - 31: No School - Winter Break
Salmon Bay Families,
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday and break! It is hard to believe that we are approaching the 3rd week in December and the winter holidays are upon us!

We have had lots of things going on this month, preparation for the lantern festival is in full swing! The lanterns that I have seen are amazing and we cannot wait to share them with you all!

We have prepared the Salmon tank for the arrival of Salmon eggs in January, so excited to get back to some normality!

A piece of BIG news that I must mention again! Our amazing middle school girls’ soccer team brought home the trophy! Girls Rock!

Overall, the first two weeks of December has been a cognitively busy time!

Lastly, I want to thank all who have sent notes to the staff! I know each time I have received a note of appreciation I have been overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude for your kind thoughts and words!

Here is a quote for this week:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” Maya Angelou

In partnership,
Barbara, Suro and Darren
Seen at Salmon Bay
TA In Action
One of the nice things about being a K-8 school is finding opportunities for students to connect across grade levels. Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to become TAs (Teacher Assistants) for a semester. As a TA, 8th grade students help prepare materials, as well as mentor and support other students in academic, behavioral or social situations. We snapped this photo of a TA in action helping a small group of elementary students last week!
Lantern Festival Prep
Long time Salmon Bay guest teaching artist, Mary K, joined us this week to practice songs with elementary students for our upcoming Lantern Festival. Students met outside, under the big white tents, with their grade level peers. Elementary classes will also have an opportunity to meet with Mary K for a second practice session next week!
Proportional Relationship Project
Students in Yousef’s math classes are learning about proportional relationships, and all this week, they have been collecting data, graphing, and creating posters of how a metal ball rolls across a floor.
Students were assigned to groups and rolled a metal ball down a ramp and timed how long it took the ball to travel certain distances. The students did this 3 times and then calculated an average time. After collecting data, the students plotted their data onto a graph with the average time on the x-axis and the distance the ball rolled on the y-axis. After plotting their points, they discovered that the points formed a proportional relationship, and then discovered the constant of proportionality using their graph. Finally, the students created posters to communicate their findings to others. Their posters consisted of: A title, a written procedure with a diagram, their data table, their graph with the constant of proportionality labeled on it, and finally an analysis section that informs people what the constant of proportionality means in this context, and how the students can use this number to create an equation and predict how far the ball would roll across the floor undisturbed for any length of time.
Salmon Bay Community:
All families should have received a letter regarding Covid Protocols yesterday via email. You can also download a copy of the letter here. If you haven't had a chance to review the letter, please take a few moments to do so.

There is an upcoming vaccine clinic in the North End on Wednesday, December 15th at Olympic Hills Elementary in Northeast Seattle, from 4-6 pm.
Medical Provider: Seattle Visiting Nurses Assoc.
Vaccine Available: Pfizer Pediatric for 5-11 year olds. First doses only
Register online here.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance.

Thank you kindly,
Suzanne Jonas, MSN RN (she/her)
Salmon Bay School Nurse
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 
Covid-19 Information
Please visit this SPS website for detailed information regarding what to do if your student has symptoms or has close contact with someone who has Covid-19.

IF there is a case of Covid-19 within a Salmon Bay classroom, a communication will be sent out to classroom families. Six classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures
We ask that drivers only travel SOUTH on 18th Avenue during student drop-off and pick up. Limiting the street to southbound traffic helps our crossing guard manage congestion and ensures all students are leaving and entering cars from the curb side of the street.
Additionally, please drive slowly and watch for students on foot or riding bikes as you approach campus. 
Library News
Hi Families,
As a reminder, here are a few details regarding overdue books and lost books.
I will notify students/families of overdue book 1x a month. These will be paper notices distributed at school for students to take home. I will only send a notification if the book is more than a month overdue.

Lost Books:
If you have lost a library book, please let me know via email. I will mark the book as lost in the system. After this, the book will show up in “School Pay” on the “The Source”.
Here is a tutorial video on how to this process.

As always, reach out with questions/concerns.
Corinna Wright
206 252 1720
Current Volunteer Needs
We have several new volunteer opportunities. Please take a look and see if one fits your available time and interest.

Battery Operated Tea Lights Needed:
We need approximately 300 battery operated tea lights to place inside our elementary student lanterns. Although we can’t gather together as a large group this year, we will still be setting up lanterns for students to enjoy on December 17th. If you can donate a dozen (or two) battery operated tealights, please let Jodi know. Donations can be dropped off anytime before December 15th.

Lantern Set Up: I am seeking another individual to assist with setting up and placing tea lights inside student lanterns the morning of December 17th beginning at approximately 8:30 am. Email Jodi if interested.

Video Production Assistance: Our Auction Team is seeking a volunteer with video production abilities to assist with filming and editing a video for use at the auction. Project timeline is late January to early February. Email Auction Chair Shelby Reynolds if interested. 
Lost & Found Family Hours
All families are invited to visit our Lost and Found to claim lost items on:

Thursday, Dec16th: afterschool until 6 pm
Monday, Dec 20 thru Wed., Dec. 22, 9 am – 1 pm
Tues. Dec 28 thru Thurs. Dec 30th, 9 am – 1 pm
*If you need access outside of these dates/ times please call the main office

Lost and Found will be set up by the front doors/lobby area. Please wear a mask and remain socially distant while browsing.
We encourage all families to stop by and check for missing items. When we return to school in early January, Lost and Found will be cleared out and unclaimed items will be donated to a local shelter. 
Yearbook Cover Contest
You are invited to submit a cover for the elementary or middle school yearbook. We are seeking both front and back covers.
Cover expectations: 
  • Keep the content school appropriate. 
  • Keep your artwork related to Salmon Bay, our school, and our community. 
  • Covers are printed full color. You design should be in full color too.
  • Use a vertical or portrait page orientation.
  • Original artwork only (no Disney princesses or Avengers superheroes!) 
  • Front and back covers should be 8.5 X 11 inches.  
  • MS designs: please include the text “Salmon Bay Middle School 2021-2022”
  • Elementary Designs: Please include the text “Salmon Bay School 2021 – 2022
  • Only one entry per artist. 

Extended Deadline: Friday January 14, 2021. 
Original cover artwork should be dropped off in the main office or given to Jodi Russell, Volunteer Coordinator. Student name and grade should be written in pencil on the back or on a post-it.
Questions? Email Jodi
Direct Giving Update
There is just over a week left in our Direct Giving campaign! If you are planning to make a donation, now is the perfect time! So far we have raised just over $37,000. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed.

Remember, the money we raise will be spent THIS SCHOOL YEAR on elementary counseling, elementary reading support, middle school math support, FOSB committees, teacher grants, music and art programs, extra planning time for teachers and a yearbook for every student.

Donations are tax deductible.  
Donate online here:
Donate by mail:  Write a check payable to FOSB, then return your donation and form to FOSB,
Attn: Direct Giving Campaign, 1810 NW 65th ST, Seattle, WA 98117.
Ask your employer to help. Many employers match employees’ charitable donations.
Our Tax ID is 91-1622350. 
Contact Jerri Harden if you need help
processing your employer match. 

For more information about the Direct
Giving campaign, please visit our website.
Evening Lantern Festival
Join FOSB for our traditional Evening Lantern Festival
December 17th at 6 pm
Salmon Bay Park
Led by guest artist Mary K
  • Please bring a lantern
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain distance between groups
Winter Music Concert
Thursday, January 13th
Salmon Bay School Auditorium
6:30 pm check-in. Music beings at 7 pm

Featuring the Premier Band, Concert Band and Marimba Band each performing selections for your listening enjoyment.*Student musicians please check your email for additional performance info.

**Action Item: Please RSVP to Mark Oesterle via email no later than this Sunday evening, with how many family members/guests are expected to attend the concert so proper seating can be arranged.
Ultimate Frisbee Panther Sweatshirts
Genie, mother of Daisy (8th grade) and Nathan (SB alum) is coordinating an ultimate frisbee sweatshirt order. The design was created about 10 years ago by our former player/coach, Amanda Kostic. Any Salmon Bay student or family member can purchase a sweatshirt. All the sales are optional and final. It's a cotton/poly blend. Youth fits are a slightly heavier sweatshirt.
To order: Grab a tape measure. Refer to the size chart below.
Place your order at THIS LINK
The deadline to order this sweatshirt is Dec 15th. With the holidays, Genie is expecting receive the shipment around January 20th. Feel free to email her if you have any questions. Thank you!
Thank you Salmon Bay Community!
Our fourth annual Community Giving Program is underway. Thank you to everyone who signed up to donate items! Your generosity is appreciated!

Donated (unwrapped and labeled) items can be dropped off by December 15th, no later than noon to the Salmon Bay front office. Do not leave items at the door, please hand off directly to the front office team.

You can also contact Julie Lowe, Program Organizer, to arrange a porch pickup or porch delivery. Please DO NOT ship packages to the school - package deliveries are not secure outside school hours.

Program organizer: Julie Lowe, 206-601-4933
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB)
Please join us for our next meeting Thursday, December 16 at 7pm.

Join the meeting using this Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 832 5958 6809
Passcode: family

Download a copy of the meeting agenda here.
Community Kit Promotion Extended
Nutty Squirrel Gelato has decided to extend the community kit fundraiser until the end of 2021. Here is a link to the social media announcement! If you love gelato, this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself and your family.

For each Community Kit purchased, Nutty Squirrel will donate $5 to Salmon Bay (or another participating school of your choice). Fifteen different schools participate in the fundraiser. Whichever school has the most Community Kit purchases at the end of December will win a “Happy Hour” where every student will receive a free gelato!

Each Community Kit contains 2 pints of gelato, take-n-bake brownie tray, salted caramel sauce, squirrel stash sprinkles, honeyberry postcard and Nutty merch. Order in stores and online at
Community Announcements
Winter Break Engineering Camps with LEGO® 
This Winter Break, Join Bricks 4 Kidz for in-person LEGO day camps! Campers will build motorized contraptions using step-by-step instructions, invent creative constructions as they play, and learn a bit about STEM subjects along the way!

Our four-day camps are 3 hours per day. Held at the Queen Anne Community Center
Superhero Academy - December 20 - 23
Build Superheroes with motorized LEGO® bricks! Campers will explore all kinds of caped crusaders and their superpowers. Build a fantasy world and protect it from enemies with custom contraptions. Campers will take home a custom mini figure at the end of the week!
  • 9 am - Noon, ages 5-7, register here
  • 1 - 4 pm, ages 8 - 12, register here

Cruisin' the Jungle Camp - December 27 - 30th
Explore the jungle with motorized LEGO® bricks! Campers will hop in the Jungle Boat Cruiser and encounter all the surprises the wild jungle has to offer. We will navigate around the chomping crocodiles and make friends with chameleons, monkeys, and more!
  • 9 am - Noon, ages 5-7, register here
  • 1 - 4 pm, ages 8 - 12, register here
Ballard Basketball Winter Break Camps
Camps are designed to improve player skill, decision-making and mindset through drills and games. For beginners to advanced, we have serious fun!

Week #1 Dec 20-22, 9am-12pm 4th-6th graders and 12-3pm 6th-8th graders
Week #2 Dec 27-29, 9am-12pm 4th-6th graders and 12-3pm 6th-8th graders

Where: Ballard Boys and Girls Club
Bring: A snack, water bottle and a ball. Wear a mask. Health screening at entry. 
Cost: $135/camper (Financial aid available by emailing Sara at