December 17, 2021

17: Evening Lantern Festival, 6 pm
20 - 31: No School - Winter Break

5: SED Committee meeting, 7 pm
13: Middle School Music Concert, 7 pm
17: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20: FOSB Meeting
Hello Salmon Bay Families,

The week was chock-full of merriment and connection: Lantern Festival, classroom celebrations, White Elephants, pajamas, community giving, much laughter and many smiling eyes!

Bring on the Light
The Winter Solstice is coming! This is when the earth’s axis tilts away from the sun, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year. So, after that, the days grow longer and the nights become shorter. Huzzah!! Winter Solstice is also a reminder of our connection to the natural world. As humans our wellness depends on the natural world just like it depends on us for its’ wellness. This is a good time to reaffirm our commitment as thoughtful partners in this symbiotic relationship.

Safety Drills
At Salmon Bay, we perform safety drills each month. To teach and practice what students and adults need to do in case of a natural or human-made emergency, we rotate through the following each school year: fire drill (school evacuation/reverse evacuation), earthquake drill, shelter-in-place drill, lockdown drill.

During these drills, we teach and coach students to take and practice them seriously, to be quiet so they can hear necessary directions, and to follow all directions to keep themselves and others safe. At a K-8 school, the conversations that we have with our classes around why we perform these safety drills vary greatly across the developmental continuum. Meaning, the conversations about lockdown drills in a K/1 classroom are more generalized to nonspecific threats in the community, and conversations in 7/8 classrooms are more specific to actual school threats that happen in our country. Unfortunately, although extremely important, these drills and conversations can be intense for students, and can bring up big emotions and questions.

Already this school year, we’ve had all 4 safety drills. During the first round, we announce the drills and explicitly explain what to do. For future rounds, we won’t always announce them as we need to expect adults and students to know what to do. During all safety drills, administration and other key staff members actively move about the campus ensuring the building is secure, that all directions are followed so that our school campus is safe. If you haven’t already, please connect with your student on what they should do during a fire drill, an earthquake drill, a shelter-in-place drill, and a lockdown drill.

A Brand New Year
As 2021 transitions into 2022, we are awarded with the potential for change, both at the individual and community level. We can always care more. We can always do more. We can always be better. All it takes is intention, commitment, and action. We appreciate that you are all a part of this place in space named Salmon Bay. Please have a joyous, restorative, and safe break from school, and we look forward to seeing all students upon our return. Here’s to 2022 and to making it what we want for ourselves and for our children!

In community,
Darren, Barbara and Suro
Seen at Salmon Bay
Lantern Festival
We have a tradition of holding an elementary Lantern Festival each year on the Friday before winter break. This year the Lantern Festival was modified to meet covid protocols, but we were still able to light and view all the lanterns in the auditorium. This afternoon, elementary students participated in a virtual Lantern Festival led by Mary K, guest teaching artist and longtime friend of Salmon Bay. Your family is also invited to our evening Lantern Festival tonight. See below for details.
Evening Lantern Festival - TONIGHT
Join FOSB for our traditional Evening Lantern Festival on December 17th at 6 pm
Salmon Bay Park
Led by guest artist Mary K. Hosted by FOSB.
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain distance between groups
  • Please bring a lantern or flashlight
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. Seven classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
Theater Production Request
For the Theater Production’s Winter show, we are looking for the following items. We would need to borrow them for a couple of weeks in January. Please let me know if you have any of the below.

  • Large wooden traditional desk
  • Walking canes
  • Old fashioned dentist or doctor chair or something that could pass for it
  • Wood or metal table for doctor tools
  • Brown paint
  • Brown spray paint
  • One grommet

Thanks for your help!
Rachel Street
Salmon Bay School K-8
Lost & Found Family Hours
All families are invited to visit our Lost and Found to claim lost items on:

Monday, Dec 20 - Tuesday, Dec. 21, 9 am – 1 pm
Monday, Dec 27 - Tuesday Dec 28th, 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
Last Day of the Direct Giving Campaign!
Today is the official last day of our campaign. We have raised $64,000 toward our $65,000 goal. Thank you to everyone for their generous contributions! If you have been meaning to donate and just haven’t gotten around to it, you can still make a donation.

Funds raised 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.
The SED Committee welcomes IEP/504 parents and caregivers.
Come check out what we are working on to help support special ed families. We would like to hear your ideas!
Topic: SED Committee meeting
Time: Jan 5, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join using this Zoom Meeting link
Meeting ID: 865 9395 9449
Passcode: 998435
Middle School 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.
Last Call for Community Kits
Nutty Squirrel Gelato has decided to extend the community kit fundraiser until the end of 2021. 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
Creative Coding Winter Classes
Coding's live teachers will inspire your child in a supportive environment, welcoming for all genders. We make learning coding fun, by letting your child write their own, unique computer game, based on their own ideas. We've found that supporting true creativity through coding gives kids a sense of joy, freedom, and power they can't really get "In Real Life". This creates a hunger to learn more. Using positive reinforcement and proven, project-based learning, we make sure your child succeeds, at their own pace. Then, the social aspects really come into play. Kids love sharing their creations, and cheering each other on their way to learning more. Nothing feels more like victory than the adoration of your peers. Give the gift of coding, and "Level up" your child's future, today. For more info, visit
After School Art Classes
Seattle-based fine artist, Allison Rohland, is offering 6-week after school art classes. Classes are capped at 4 students for individualized instruction to help cultivate your child’s unique skills and creativity! All classes are held in Allison's studio--just a few blocks from the school! To learn more or sign up for the 2022 winter session, visit
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