December 3, 2021

7: Auction Committee Meeting, 7 pm
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
Good afternoon Salmon Bay Families,
As we wrap up the month of November, I can’t help but think about all the things that we are thankful for this year in our personal lives as well as our professional lives. As we head into December, let’s continue to carry over the things we are thankful for. For me, December is the month of gratitude and giving. I think it is important to practice the attributes of gratitude and giving, whether at school or in the community. I think as educators and parents, we have a responsibility to teach our students what it means to be grateful and what it means to share and give to others. 

I hope this this coming winter break you and your families spend time and take care of one another. Once again, in a Covid year there are many things to be grateful for and to share with your family and friends.  We are happy to be a part of this wonderful community.  

In partnership,
Suro, Barbara, and Darren
Seen at Salmon Bay
8-Bit Self-Portraits
Students practiced a traditional self-portrait in their sketchbooks and then created a more simplified “8-Bit” version of themselves from there. Created using small canvas and acrylic paint, students had the chance to practice carefully mixing their colors combined with precise brushwork to execute the look of a vintage videogame persona.
Soccer Champs!
Congratulations to our Middle School Girls Soccer Team for winning the K-8 Championship. Your hard work and determination were evident in your first place league finish this season. You should be proud! We are certainly proud of you!
Our fourth annual Salmon Bay Community Giving Program is underway!
This program provides a way for our families to support each other during what can be a very challenging time of year. From now until December 15th, we will be collecting gifts for Salmon Bay families who would like help this season. We asked the grown-ups to list a need and a want for each member of their family.  All gifts need to be received by December 15th at noon so they can be delivered to families. 

Click here to view the Wish List and sign-up to donate a gift.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, your labeled, unwrapped gifts - with receipt if possible - can be delivered one of three ways:
  • To the Salmon Bay front office by Wednesday December 15th, 12:00 noon. Do not leave items at the door, please hand off directly to the front office team.

  • Porch pick up – Julie is happy to pick things up prior to December 15th - text her to arrange. Phone number listed below.

  • Porch drop or delivery. You can also drop things securely at Julie’s home or have them shipped to her prior to December 15th. Please DO NOT ship to the school - package deliveries are not secure outside school hours. Text/email Julie to arrange. 
Program organizer: Julie Lowe, 206-601-4933
Salmon Bay Community:

This year I am conducting vision and hearing screens for all grade levels except 4th, 6th, and 8th grade. This is a state requirement. If you do not get a referral from me, then your student passed. If you would like me to screen your 4th, 6th, or 8th grade student individually, please let me know. If you need vision referral resources, please let me know.

Please contact me if your family has been in contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID or has COVID. I will determine whether this contact is considered ‘close contact’. This is imperative for me to determine what protocols need to be implemented to keep our community safe.  

Due to the nature of COVID and our updated policies and procedures, students are curious about their peers returning to school. Please know that your school nurse and/or the COVID Central Team will not send students or staff back to the classroom setting until it is safe to do so. Please help your students practice empathy and kindness in welcoming students back into the classroom when they have been out sick for ANY reason. 

Please reach out to me directly if you have any questions or concerns, or if I can be of further assistance. 

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. Five classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
Library News
Hi Families,
As we get back into school routines, I wanted to let you know 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

New Library Books
Here's the first small 'purchase' of books from Secret Garden for our school library. More new books will be arriving soon! Thank you to everyone who supported our school library by participating in our fall book fair.
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 elemenrary 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 the morning of 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 2-3 individuals 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.

Thrift Store Delivery: We have a load of items no longer needed by classroom teachers. We are seeking a volunteer who can pick up these items and deliver them to a thrift store/ Goodwill. 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. See Auction News below for more details. Email Auction Chair Shelby Reynolds if interested. 
Auction News
Join this year's Auction Committee via zoom on Tuesday, December 7 from 7-8:30 p.m.  The Auction Committee is responsible for planning the FOSB annual auction-- from ideation to implementation. Pop into the zoom room to say hello and learn more about producing this year's auction. No experience necessary. All welcome.
Meeting ID: 853 9880 1996, Passcode: PLAN

Volunteer Needed! Our auction committee is searching for someone with video production abilities (hobbyist and weekend film enthusiasts welcome). The ideal volunteer is someone with tech abilities who can film and edit a 5-7 minute video and can complete the work in late January to early February. The role will work closely with our auction chair, who will lead the storyboarding and content prep portion of the project. The final video will have a major impact on our community and be an important feature in our school auction. If interested, or to learn more, please contact Auction Chair Shelby Reynolds at
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.
  • 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. 

Deadline Friday December 17, 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 are TWO WEEKS LEFT in our campaign and so far we have raised $32,000. Our goal is $65,000 so we are about halfway there! Please consider donating. 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 friends and family to help. Send the donation link to others you think would be willing to donate in exchange for never being asked
to buy cookie dough, wrapping paper, or popcorn.
Ask your employer to help. Many employers match employees’ charitable donations. If your employer matches your donation, they could double, triple, or quadruple your contribution!
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 respond to Mark Oesterle via email with how many family members/guests are expected to attend the concert so proper seating can be arranged.

Per SPS and DOH guidelines, masks are required, and all audience members will need to check in on arrival and provide proof of vaccination for the Covid virus. All performers should be masked during the concert, and bell covers are required for all wind instruments. Families may sit in clusters, so please respond to the action item above as soon as possible in order for seating to be arranged. 
Middle School Sports: Basketball Update
Girls Basketball
Calling all girls interested in playing basketball! We’d love to have some more athletes join our team. At our first practice we had just five 8th graders, one 7th grader and five 6th graders. Encourage your daughter and some friends to give basketball a try!

Did you know that "Activities outside the classroom -- especially community engagement and sports -- may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new (2015) study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development." (study source here)
Since many students lost opportunities to volunteer in community during Covid, our play fields may be next best option.

If you have questions or would like to chat about the basketball program and/or covid protocols, please feel free to reach out at any time.
Otto Loggers
Girls Basketball Coach

Boys Basketball Update
We had a large number of boys attend our first practice. If you are interested in helping coach or know of someone that would make a great assistant coach, please reach out to Erin Telford, Salmon Bay Athletic Director. We would love to have additional coaching support for our players.

All families who plan to play basketball will receive an email from Erin on Monday with more details. If you do not receive a basketball email on Monday, please reach out. We want to be sure our basketball roster is up to date and that everyone is receiving email communications.

Deadline for the boys getting their paperwork turned in will be next Friday, December 10. This means, if your student does not have complete paperwork turned in by Friday, they will not be able to play. If you have a delay for any reason (physicals can be hard to get) in getting the paperwork to Erin, communicate that to her ASAP. Erin will not be accepting paperwork beyond next Friday without communication.

Basketball Practice Schedule
Boys Team Practice: Mondays from 3:30-5/5:10 and Wednesdays from 2:20-4:00

Girls team practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5/5:10
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB)
FOSB would like to welcome the following parents who were elected in November as directors for this school year, 2021-2022.
  • Cheryl Jenrow
  • John Ford
  • Shelby Reynolds
  • Tracy Wilson
  • Erin Dury
  • Dominic Thomas

They join our FOSB Officers:
Co-chairs: Shawna Sullivan & Jackie Thai 
Co-secretaries: Melissa Carthum & Kim Flin
Co-treasurers: Brian LeBlanc & Samsy Martin-Gray

And existing Directors:
  • Andrea Althauser
  • Melissa Amrhein
  • Phoenix Johnson
  • Julie Schneider
  • Jessica Timins Greenberg
  • Patrick Vail

Our new directors bring a wealth of personal and professional experience as well as understanding for the processes and systems of our school and district.  We are very grateful for all the parent volunteers that keep FOSB moving. 

All adults associated with a Salmon Bay student are automatically members of our PTO. All are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in setting agendas, building budgets, and voting. 

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
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
Teen Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Lecture
Chicken or the Egg: Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in teens
Saturday, December 4th from 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Bridges APG @ the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, Room 31 Brick Building below blue building)
Speaker: Kelly Kerby, MA, LMHC, SUDP
FREE and Open to the Public
To view the event flyer, click here.
Toy and Candy Donation Drive
Ballard scouts troop Navigators #309 is partnering with Ballard VFW to host a toy and candy donation drive to benefit Birthday Dreams, a local nonprofit that hosts birthday parties for children experiencing homelessness. We are collecting new or very gently used toys and candy. Donations are being accepted until December 5. A wish list can be found here: Items can be dropped off at the Ballard VFW (2812 NW Market St) on Thursdays or Saturdays between noon and 4pm, or email to arrange alternative drop-off. Please help us bring joy to kids in need!