March 25, 2022
Dear Salmon Bay Families,

It has been a great week in anticipation of those fun Friday’s! Last Friday was great, I saw some amazing sock puppets for a moment I thought the Muppets had invaded Salmon Bay! The happiness and joy on student faces was worth a million bucks!

This week on Friday was Balloon Animal’s! Imagine 50 students in the cafeteria twisting balloons into animals! It was a loud and lots of fun! Thank you to the parent volunteers supporting this experience!

Spring has sprung for sure; teachers are planning field trips! The 5th graders will be going to release the Salmon, and there are some walking field trips coming up as well. Connect with your child’s teacher for volunteer opportunities in class this spring! And of course, Jodi Russel has the 411 on volunteer opportunities as well!

In Kitchen science students made Focaccia bread! Oh, my goodness was that delicious! They sent some down to the front office that was a nice perk for us!

The Character Hunt is still a buzz, students are always on the hunt for the new character and there is talk about a possible “Drop everything and Read day” coming up soon!

Lots of things happening around and about Salmon Bay and we look forward to seeing you around so check out those volunteer opportunities!

In partnership,
Ms. Dixon, Suro & Darren
Seen at Salmon Bay
Elementary Fun Friday: Balloon Animals
Many students in kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 5th grades had a chance to learn to make a balloon animal from guest artist, Holly (a.k.a. Skittles) this afternoon.
Next Friday, elementary students who did not participate today, will have a chance to work with a guest caricature artist.
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!
Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well, even if they test negative for COVID. Click here to read the SPS guidelines that we have followed since pre-COVID:

When you submit a rapid antigen home test, please be sure to include the following information:

  • Student Full Name
  • Birthdate
  • Date test was taken

Please review the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines of ‘What to do if a Person is Symptomatic’.

As detailed in the What to do if a Person is Symptomatic flowsheet, please wait for 24 hours to test for COVID 19 if your student only has ONE symptom. 

The flowsheet also details: return to school when symptoms have SIGNIFICANTLY improved

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

Thank you kindly,
Suzanne
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 your thoughts and ideas!
Finance & Budget Committee Meeting
The next Finance and Budget Committee meeting will be next Sunday, April 3rd from 7-8:30 PM.

The Whole Child grant for next year was passed at the March 17th FOSB meeting and approved by the school administration! Now that we have passed the Whole Child grant, we need to work on determining the rest of the 2022-23 FOSB budget, including funding activities and committees. The 2022-23 FOSB budget will be presented and voted on at the May FOSB membership meeting. If you are interested in learning about the budgeting process, please join us! We want to make sure everyone understands how this process works!

To join the Budget meeting, please use this link:
Meeting ID: 839 1132 1799
Passcode: budget
Lunch Menu: March 28 - April 1st
Salmon Update
Have you stopped by the salmon tank in the lobby lately? Salmon are eating well and getting so big! 5th graders will release them on April 20th at Carkeek’s Imprint Pond. We want to get them nice and fat, ready for surviving in the wild by then!
 
Zoe, 1st grader in Room 109, asked: Why do salmon scales look red when they move?
Great question, Zoe! Salmon scales are so interesting! First, their scales change colors (camouflage) to blend in with their surroundings, as a way to hide and protect themselves from predators. In the wild, they are a favorite (delicious!) prey for many animals so hiding helps them stay alive! Since our beige-colored school walls near the salmon tank are their “habitat” right now, they are quite light-colored right now. When we take them to their new home in the creek imprint pond at Carkeek next month, it takes them about one day to change to a much darker color, the color of the imprint pond of their new home! You might be seeing glimpses of the color red from their gills that are bright red (full of blood) when they open them to breathe. Another reason you might see a shimmer of colors including red, is because their scales are iridescent (like a soap bubble, that changes colors when you look at it from different angles) and reflective of light around them, which also helps them hide from predators. Thanks for your question!
 
Fifth graders are excited to be coming around to classrooms in the next two weeks to teach students in K-4th grades about salmon. You can ask them your questions or you can put them into my box in the office. Thanks!
 
Marian Wagner (she/her), 5th Grade Teacher 
Volunteer Opportunities
Please take a moment to review the following volunteer opportunities. If you have questions or can assist with a need, please reach out to Jodi Russell, Volunteer Coordinator.

Staff Snack Donations
As we near the final weeks before spring break, we'd like to provide snacks and treats for the Salmon Bay staff to show appreciation for all they've done (and continue to do) for our students! We plan to stock our staff lounge with grab and go snacks, beverages and treats (both sweet and savory). If you can help please sign up using this link.
Non-perishable snacks can be dropped off anytime. We hope to collect most snacks by next Wednesday, March 30th.

SED Committee Chair Needed
FOSB’s Special Education and Disability Committee (SED) is in need of a new Chair for the remainder of this year and next year. The committee supports and connects Salmon Bay families who have students with disabilities, or have concerns about learning challenges their student is experiencing. We have monthly meetings, with some devoted to chatting and connecting, others to sharing resources or information via live presentations or video screenings. We also try to help Salmon Bay teachers and staff in supporting our students by sharing information, resources and training opportunities. If you would like more information about joining this committee or taking over the Chair position, please email kristidv@gmail.com

Bike Everywhere Month Planning
We are hoping to celebrate Bike Everywhere/ Bike to School Month in May with some Salmon Bay community activities. Bike Everywhere Month is a time to support, encourage, and celebrate all things bicycling.

Heather Darval is our Bike to School committee chair and she is looking for some community members to assist with planning this spring. If you can help, let Jodi Russell know and she will connect you with Heather.

Middle School News
8th Grade Families: High School Registration
Just a reminder that 8th graders will be receiving registration information from their assigned school during spring break. Please check your email and have your student check their email for the necessary information. More specific registration information can be found on the high school’s website.

Middle School Summer Camp
Would you love to send your middle schooler to camp this summer but don’t have the funds? Well, please look into the Assistance League’s Summer Enrichment Scholarship. You can find all the information here. If you any questions don’t hesitate to contact Counselor Rob at rabright@seattleschools.org or (206) 252-1787

Attention 8th Grade Students: Lincoln & Ballard Choir Info Night March 30
Is your 8th grader in choir or interested in joining when entering high school? On March 30 directors of these programs will hold an online information night at 7pm to answer your questions about scheduling, sign ups and auditions for next year. High school choirs typically undertake overnight tours to places like New York and California and participate in concerts and school events. It is a great way to move into high school with a community!

Register for the event here by March 29 and you will receive a link to the meeting via email:
Questions?
Ballard: Courtney Rowley chrowley@seattleschools.org
Lincoln: Aimee Mell ajmell@seattleschools.org
Attention Middle School Students:
Spring Sports Team Meetings
Boys Soccer Meeting
Students interested in playing soccer should meet Coach Toby Caple on Wednesday, March 30th, afterschool from 2:10 – 2:30 in the West (middle school) gym.

Track Team Meeting
Students wishing to join the coed track team should meet Mr. G in the East gym during lunch next Wednesday, March 30th.

Volleyball Team Meeting
Individuals interested in playing volleyball should meet Coach Nicolette next Thursday, March 31st, from 11:40 to noon in the front lobby/school entrance.

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.
Auction Thank you, Match Your Donations & Party On!

A GIANT thank you to Julie Schneider who organized this year's auction parties! Thanks to Julie's efforts Salmon Bay will be partying all spring long, while raising money for the school.

Did you miss out on buying a ticket to an auction party? Want to find out what they're like? 

There are still spots available in the Salmon Bay Trivia Night Party coming up next Thursday, March 31 from 6-7 p.m. via zoom. $15 per zoom room (all ages, unlimited people in a zoom room). Get your family ready for April Fool’s Day with a trivia night! Join us on the eve of the funniest day of the year to enjoy the trivia-night stylings of Meg Massie Craig, a seasoned pub-trivia host. It's fun for the whole family and several raffle prizes will be given away! All ages, price per zoom room-- So join with your whole family and test your trivia wits against other Salmon Bay community members!

To purchase a ticket, please email Shelby Reynolds, Auction Chair, at shelby@ShineEventDesign.com to let her know you'd like to attend. You'll be given several ways to pay the ticket price and be on the list to attend!

Don't forget to have your employer match your auction donation!
Get your gift to Salmon Bay matched! If your company will match your donation you can support our school again. Please don't forget to turn in your matching to your employer. 

If you attended the last FOSB meeting, you know that next year's district allocated budget stretched our school. All of this year's auction proceeds help to create next year's budget. There's still time to donate and positively impact next year's programs! Visit FOSBauction.org and click the DONATE button. Any amount helps.

And, rewatch the auction at FOSBauction.org and follow along with continued auction fun (behind the scenes at this spring's parties, announcements about planning next year's events, a few fun pics of the Salmon Bay Squatch Watch, and more) on Instagram or Facebook @SalmonBaySchoolAuction
Community Announcements
Spring Break Basketball Camp
Students in 1st - 7th grade (All skill levels welcome)
April 11th - 15th from 9 am - Noon
Location: Webster Park, Seattle
Cost: $150
For more information and to sign up, please email t.a.seattletraining@gmail.com
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.