January 7, 2022
Calendar

January
12: FOSB Bylaw Meeting, 7 pm
17: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20: FOSB Meeting
Good afternoon Salmon Bay Families,

I truly hope each and every one of you had an amazing winter break. I hope you got to rest, recharge, and have quality time with loved ones in some capacity. Although the start of break felt slow to come, I think for many of us it was just the right amount of time. I was ready to get back to the schoolhouse to see our staff and students.

I wanted to share with you a few things that we did this week. Our primary classes have been writing about all things they did over winter break. Teachers have posted some of their students’ great works outside of their classrooms. Students are very excited to be back at school, and the routines and expectations they learned before leaving were quickly picked right back up.

Thanks to SPS families we had a great turn out for the COVID testing this week. With that, please continue to remind your students that in order to be safe they need to keep a safe distance when they are at recess, in the hallways, eating lunch, and when socializing with one another. Although we do have spots to social distance students at lunch and other places, students need constant reminders, so anything you all can do to support our efforts as school is always very appreciated. It makes a huge difference. 

This month we will be celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) in the classrooms and around the school.

Students in grades 4th-8th who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), should be receiving their scores sometime in February. Parents if you have not gotten your student’s scores by the end of February, please contact Wendi Bernard or Suro Pierce.

In Partnership,
Suro, Barbara, and Darren
Seen at Salmon Bay
Return to School
It's been a busy week as we returned to school after our two week Winter Break. Thank you to everyone who participated in Covid testing, either at school or elsewhere.

Health & Safety Reminders
Covid Symptoms: Please continue to monitor your student(s) for any Covid symptoms. If your student(s) has symptoms, has been exposed to Covid, or tests positive, please reach out to our school nurse. Students should not return to school unless you have spoken with Nurse Suzanne.

Masks: Please be sure that your student’s mask fits well – covering both their nose and their mouth with no gaps. If they choose to wear a cloth mask, please be sure to change or wash their mask daily. 
With the rainy weather, we know that masks can get wet. Remind your student to change their mask if it becomes wet. It can be helpful to send an extra mask to school with your student or we have extra masks available in the main office.

The type of mask your student wears also makes a difference. We wanted to pass along the chart below that was recently shared with us.
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. Nine classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
FOSB Bylaw Special Meeting
Wednesday, January 12th at 7pm
FOSB is holding a special meeting to review the current bylaws, gain consensus on interpretation and determine if amendments may be needed in the future. Any and all FOSB community members who would like to participate in the discussion or simply listen are welcome to attend. Please see Zoom link details below. Feel free to contact the Co-chairs with questions at Fosbchair@gmail.com

Please join our Zoom meeting using this link:
Topic: FOSB ByLaws Review Meeting
Time: Jan 12, 2022, 7:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting at:

Meeting ID: 881 0241 8359
Passcode: 275770
Last Call for Lost & Found
All families are invited to visit our Lost and Found to claim lost items.

Lost and Found will be available next week Wednesday, January 12th – Friday, January 14th in the school lobby (enter from the doors on 65th).

Families may view lost and found:
Before school from 7:30 – 8:30 am each day.
After school viewing until 4 pm, with late hours on Thursday until 6 pm.

  • All individuals must wear a mask to enter the building.

  • We encourage parents to claim personal items on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • On Friday, any student needing a coat/jacket is welcome to “shop” at lost and found.

Lost and found items that remain unclaimed will be cleared out the week of January 17th and donated to local organizations. 
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
Middle School News
Hello 8th grade families:
As we gather speed into this new year, it’s time to start to thinking about high school registration. Open houses at several high schools will be happening in the next month or two. The first one I want to alert you about is happening for Middle College High School. The quick and dirty on MCHS is this: MCHS is a small cohort-based community of learners. Their program starts with 9th and 10th graders attending one of their small sites located on either the North Seattle College or SU campuses. Middle College students receive Honors level education while preparing to attend full-time, enhanced Running Start in 11th & 12th grade.

What they offer:
  • Small class sizes approximately 1 teacher: 20 students
  • Deep exploration into content areas
  • Social justice/ethnic studies embedded into the program
  • On Campus Support in college classes
  • Enhanced/ Supported Running Start in 11/12th grade
  • Access to university amenities while on campus
  • All students should graduate with college credits and potentially an AA/AS degree!

If you would like to know more and ask questions please attend their open house on Monday, January 10th, at 5pm through this link: Middle College Open House

If you have any questions regarding high school transition please email counselor Rob at rabright@seattleschools.org
Office Notes
Please note this schedule change: January 27 will be the make-up school day for November 12 as approved by the School Board. All students should plan to attend school on that day.

Drop Off/ Pick Up Zones: Please note that both 18th and 19th are considered drop off/pick up zones and parents/guardians should NOT park in this area and exit their vehicles. If you would like to walk your student to the school doors, please park away from these drop off/ pick-up zones.

Lice checks: We were recently surprised to hear that lice has continued to flourish even during the pandemic and student quarantines. Consider this a gentle reminder to check your student's head for any signs of lice.
Salmon Bay School Tours
Due to Covid, our school tours will be virtual this year. Please see dates and times below.

January 26th, 2022
Elementary School Virtual Tour from 6-7pm
Middle School Virtual Tour from 7-8pm

February 10th, 2022
Elementary School Virtual Tour from 6-7pm
Middle School Virtual from Tour 7-8pm

Please complete this form to sign up for one or more tours. We look forward to meeting new families for the 2022-2023 school year.

Open Enrollment for school choice runs February 1 - February 28th. Read more about school choice on the district website here.
Community Announcements
Family Connectors University
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU) class, a family-focused online course designed to help parents support their child’s learning and growth.  
 
In partnership with North Seattle College and SPS Family Partnerships Department, topics include:
·        Helping your child with learning
·        Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
·        Becoming a supportive partner at your school
·        Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
·        Supporting your child with reading and math
·        Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions
Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. Check out video here and course details here.

The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 11th at 6-7 pm. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded.
 
Course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers.
 
The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and some scholarships are available. Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information: amsailiai@seattleschools.org.
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 allisonrohlandart.com/classes
Spring Boys Lacrosse
Registration is now open! Props Lax is recruiting all boys for recreational lacrosse, Grades K-8. All new and returning players are welcome. No prior experience necessary, regardless of age. We have financial aid for the program which includes loaner equipment. Registration is open until practices begin in early February, games start in early March! 
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Seattle. Lax is great at a young age. We work on hand eye coordination and we do lots of running (we start practice with a 400m) and strength building. Practices start in February and are twice a week at Loyal Heights Playfield or Whitman Middle School. Games begin in March on Saturdays. 
For more information, please visit the club page - http://www.propslacrosse.org/ 
If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website. Marcos Dachary madachary@hotmail.com