March 18, 2022
Hello Salmon Bay Families,

First off I wanted to thank the parents and staff for teaching the students the importance of non-judgment. As we all know, this Monday staff and students had the option to come to school with or without a mask. Although many staff and students still wore a mask, everyone has shown respect and tolerance for others choices. This has made for another great week of fun and learning here at Salmon Bay. 
 
One of the most exciting things happening today is the start of the three consecutive Fun Friday’s for the elementary students. Today teachers have fun and engaging activities for their classes. Next Friday we will have a guest artist come in to teach students how to do balloon animals, and the Friday after that we will have a guest artist come and teach students how to make caricatures. 
 
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. The days are getting longer and the weather is getting nicer. Please go out and enjoy with your family and friends. 

In partnership,
Suro, Barbara, and Darren. 
Seen at Salmon Bay
Middle School Activism Class
Students in the Activism exploratory class, taught by Rachel Street, are seeking ways to recognize and promote kindness within the Salmon Bay Community. Recently the class started a Kindness Campaign using "Salmon Bay Gratitude Grams" (pictured above). Individuals can award a Gratitude Gram to a student or staff member they would like to recognize.

In addition, Activism Class students put together a scavenger hunt (photos above) and kindness activity for some kindergarten and first grade students this week. Participating classes loved the activities and especially enjoy seeing their new middle school friends around school. Having older students connect with younger students is one great thing about being a K-8 community!
Drawing Celtic Knots
Megan's 5th grade class learned to draw celtic knots on Thursday. Teacher Megan shared, "Form drawing improves fine motor skills, and the class worked very hard to form even lines, weave them, and shade them to look three-dimensional. They were so focused, and I'm excited to try a similar activity soon."
Last Call for Ballard Market Receipts
We've just learned that Ballard Market will be ending their 1% receipt donation program at the end of this month. We'd like to do one last collection of Ballard Market receipts by March 22, so our volunteer(s) can sort and tally the receipts in time to make a final submission.

Please send your Ballard Market receipts to school on or before March 22nd. Following the 22nd, we will no longer be collecting receipts.

We'd like to express our appreciation to Town & Country Markets for their generous past support and we look forward to partnering together in new ways moving forward!
Thank you, Salmon Bay community, for buying books off the Amazon wish list. The students are thrilled with the new books that have come in. We are grateful. I continue to update this list, and this will be a continual need. 
Kindly, Corinna

Book Wish List
If you are able and interested, please consider purchasing books from the "Student Wish List" for the Salmon Bay library. The students often suggest book titles and together we are building a list of books we would love to add to Salmon Bay's library collection. 

Books can be purchased directly from Amazon or from a local bookshop. If you purchase from a local store, please update the wish list or let Corinna know and she will make the appropriate updates.

Thank you and let me know if you have questions. Books can be sent directly to Salmon Bay.
 
Kindly,
Corinna Wright
Teacher-Librarian
We are seeking a Recess & Lunch Supervisor.
This is a part-time 19.5 hour per week position. The Recess & Lunch Supervisor works with other school staff to provide assistance to students during lunch/recess and supervise students to ensure a positive and safe environment.

The hourly pay is approximately 17.60 per hour. Interested individuals can email Assistant Principal, Suro Pierce at supierce@seattleschools.org
This is a great position for a community member seeking part-time employment during school hours!
Parking can be a challenge, especially during student drop-off and pick-up. Please do not block driveways, even when idling or if you remain in your vehicle. We have been contacted by several neighbors and want to maintain positive and respectful relationships with all community members.
Principal Attribute Survey
All parents and guardians should have received an email from James Mercer, Director of School, detailing the Principal hiring process and sharing a link to the Principal Attribute Survey. We also wanted to share this additional message from Mr. Mercer:
 
“Barabara Dixon is currently serving as acting principal. As we look to the future, we need to name a permanent principal for Salmon Bay. Principal Dixon is interested in assuming this role on a permanent basis, and I want to give the staff and community an opportunity to express their thoughts on the leadership needs at Salmon Bay.”

Please consider sharing your thoughts and feedback by completing this survey! The survey results will be communicated to the superintendent and will be used to determine the next steps we will take to identify the permanent principal.
You can find the survey by clicking here.
Middle School Spring Sports
Track Update
Coed Track will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in April. Additional information will be shared closer to the start of the season.

Volleyball Opportunity
UW Volleyball Camp dates are now posted at keegancookvolleyball.com. Sign up begins Tuesday, March 22nd. 

Register for Spring Sports Now
To be ready for the season start, you can visit this link to download and complete all of the required paperwork. Paper copies are also available from Erin Telford (Ms. T), middle school PE teacher/ Athletic Director.

If your student has already completed sport paperwork this year, the only one necessary is the sport-specific registration form. If you haven’t done sport paperwork before, it is in your best interest to start the process of completing the Physical Participation Form (Sports Physical), as you need to set up an appointment at a clinic or with your doctor.
Girls' Volleyball Coach Needed
We are in need of an assistant coach for Middle School Volleyball beginning in April. Coaches are asked to attend two practices a week plus a game on Saturdays. The season runs from April to late May or early June. Please contact Nicolette with questions or interest.

Boys’ Soccer Coach Needed
We are still searching for a boys' soccer coach. We've had a few inquiries but have not confirmed a hear coach yet. Practices would be twice/week (1.5-1.75 hours per practice) with a game on Saturdays. The season would run from April to late May or early June. Our previous coach has moved out of state, so we are needing to recruit a new coach! Please share this information with others and let Erin Telford know if you are interested!!! We need someone ASAP!
Salmon Bay Parent Social
FOSB is hosting a social hour at Lagunitas in Ballard at 7pm next Thursday 3/24. Come and meet other parents and build community at Salmon Bay. Contact Melissa Amrhein melissa.amrhein@gmail.com for questions.
 
March FOSB Meeting Recap
At last night's FOSB meeting, we voted to approve the school's ask of $85,794 to supplement staff and teacher positions and budgets at Salmon Bay. This was the amount requested from our Building Leadership Team (BLT) to supplement identified needs that were not provided by the district. In addition, $19,000 was raised at the auction fund-a-need for teacher/classroom supplies.

Final adjustments are currently being made to the school budget by BLT, so please keep an eye on the bulletin & your email for additional announcements from Principal Dixon.
 
Many thanks to the parent volunteers of FOSB and BLT, teachers, staff and administration who contributed to the budgeting discussions in the last weeks. 
FOSB Equity Fund Call for Proposals
Last year, FOSB voted to approve $15,000 to fund parent driven racial equity work in Salmon Bay. This was in response to a call from BIPOC students and parents for increased partnership around addressing structural racism they had experienced in the school (as is present in all schools and systems). FOSB has worked with Principal Dixon to develop a process by which BIPOC parents and guardians are empowered to direct the spending of this money in the form of a parent review committee and proposal process. Partnership with Principal Dixon and this committee will help ensure implementation and serve to inform work ongoing.  

If you are a BIPOC parent who would like to be included in the parent review committee please email either FOSBchair@gmail.com or Principal Dixon, bbdixon@seattleschools.org.

If you have a proposal to submit please email it to: SBEquityFund@gmail.com

Proposals do not need to be overly formal however it would be helpful to include: 
  • Description of the project, speaker, training, etc.
  • Estimated cost, or other resources that may be needed
  • Any relevant contact information

For each proposal, the parent review committee in partnership with Principal Dixon will consider: 
  • the intention of the Equity Fund
  • logistics of implementation
  • impact of project idea including who's voice is centered
  • needs of the school and community

We are excited to hear from as many of you who have ideas and thoughts to share!
Lunch Menu March 21 - 25th
Community Announcements
Red-Tailed Hawks Aviation Day Camp
Rising 6th - 12th grade students are invited to Aviation Day Camp, July 22-23rd, 2022. Friday Zoom session focuses on aviation history, STEM careers and allows you to engage with aerospace professionals. On Saturday, camp is held at Boeing Field where you get a chance to fly and engage in Earth and space sciences. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign-up by sending an email with student name, rising grade, shirt size and parent contact information to flywa.bpa@gmail.com
Volunteers Needed for Community Event
We are in need of volunteers for our Spring Egg Hunt. If you are interested call Loyal Heights Community Center at (206)684-4052 or email Ron Brown at ronald.brown@seattle.gov to sign up.
Seattle Tempest Ultimate Frisbee Fundraiser
Seattle Tempest is hosting a fundraiser in partnership with local schools. You can watch some exciting high-level ultimate frisbee while supporting Salmon Bay at the same time!

Seattle Tempest vs. Los Angeles Astra
March 27th, 11:30 am, at Memorial Stadium

Use Discount code SALMONBAY22. when purchasing tickets here.
Salmon Bay will receive 50% of the purchased ticket price.
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 spring session, visit allisonrohlandart.com/classes.