November 19, 2021

15 - 23: Fall Book Fair
22-24: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
25 - 26: No School - Thanksgiving & Native
American Heritage Day

1 -Photo Retake Day
1 - SED Committee, 7 pm
16 - FOSB Meeting, 7 pm
Hello Salmon Bay Families,

This week was a flurry of activity and learning! As a reminder, we have NO SCHOOL all next week, November 22 to November 26. We will host Parent/Teacher Conferences for students in Kindergarten to 4th grade and Student-Led Conferences for students in 4th to 8th grade on Monday and Tuesday and then we'll all have some time off for Thanksgiving Break.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are a chance for families to meet with classroom teachers to better understand their student's learning across the content areas, to ask questions, and to generally connect with classroom teachers. Student-Led Conferences are a great opportunity for students to reflect on their learning, to gather artifacts that show their understanding and diligence, and to present that to their family. It's also a chance for families to ask questions, show support and encouragement to their student, and connect with HR teachers.

Giving Thanks
Thanksgiving is a great time for reflection; a time to think and feel about what and who matters most. It's also a time that many choose to acknowledge and voice their love and care for others. Lastly, it's a time for connection, both as a family and community. As an integral part of the Salmon Bay community (and family), we wanted to offer our thanks for your participation and support. It is greatly appreciated.

In the last 9 days, SPS has facilitated ~5,000 vaccinations for students (ages 5-11) at a variety of pop-up clinics across the city. This weekend, SPS has the potential to vaccinate another 3,200 students!
Providers from the Seattle Visiting Nurses Association will host a vaccination clinic at Whitman Middle School specifically for students at schools in the NW region this Sunday, November 21st, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. If interested, you can registrar here:

Hope the week ahead is a great one for you and your family, and that you all stay healthy and happy. We look forward to seeing all students upon our return.

Darren, Barbara and Suro
Seen at Salmon Bay
Writing Celebration
Students in Dave's third grade class held a writing celebration today. Written work was set out on each student's desk. Classmates then moved around the room, reading one another's stories, and leaving a post-it note with a compliment when they had finished reading. At the end of the celebration, each student collected their story along with all the compliments they received! 
Odes to Geography
Fifth grade students recently wrote Odes to geographic features. We love the creativity displayed in their work and the imagery these odes invoke!
Are you traveling during the week of parent/teacher conferences? If so, click the link below to review the current CDC guidelines:

Testing: If you are NOT fully vaccinated, it is recommended you get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated – it is recommended you Self-quarantine and get tested after travel:
  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative at 3-5 days.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Covid Vaccine
There are limited appointments available at the following clinics as of Friday morning, Nov. 19th:

Eckstein Middle School Regional Vaccine Clinic Saturday, Nov 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Open to all SPS students, ages 5-11
Vaccine: Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine for ages 5-11
Medical Provider: Seattle Visiting Nurses Association
Number of online slots – 450                  
Number of walk-in slots - 50 (5 each for schools that did not have school-day clinics)

Whitman Middle School Regional Vaccine Clinic Sunday, Nov 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Open to all SPS students, ages 5-11
Vaccine: Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine for ages 5-11
Medical Provider: Seattle Visiting Nurses Association
Number of online slots – 450                
Number of walk-in slots - 50 (3 each for schools that did not have school-day clinics)

Please keep your student(s) home if he/she/they are exhibiting ANY COVID-like symptoms (see attached), have been exposed to anyone with COVID, or is a known close contact of someone with COVID.

Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or if I can provide any assistance.

Suzanne Jonas, MSN RN
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. 
Photo Retake Day has been rescheduled,
Photo Retakes will be taken in the front lobby, Wednesday, December 1st.  To keep all students safe, the front doors will be propped open creating fresh air flow, an air filter will be in position, and a few spatially distanced students will await their photo opportunity at a time. We will start with the younger students and finish with the elders. Students will be given the choice whether to wear a mask for the photo or not, so be sure to have that conversation with them prior to tomorrow.

Photos may be ordered at using the code EVTBSDQFQ

If your student missed photo day earlier this year, they’ll need to have their photo taken. If your student(s) are having their photo retaken please have them bring their original photo package.
Yearbook Cover Contest
Get creative over break! If your student is looking for something to do over break, encourage them to design a cover for the yearbook! There is a contest for both the elementary and middle school yearbooks.
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.  
  • 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. 
Support our Direct Giving campaign!
So far we have raised $15,785 toward our $65,000 goal. Thank you to everyone who has 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. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, any amount will do! Donations are tax deductible.  

Donate by mail:  Write a check payable to FOSB, then return your donations 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 go to our website.
Our Fall Book Fair Is Happening Now!
Our Fall Book Fair will run November 23rd! You are invited to shop online or in person at Secret Garden Books (be sure to tell them you are supporting Salmon Bay!).

To help with book selection, we are sharing this PDF of book recommendations. In addition, Secret Garden staff will be available to answer questions and make recommendations at our in-store shopping day this Saturday, November 20th from 11 am – 5 pm. Secret Garden Books is located at 2214 NW Market Street in Ballard.

Every purchase made during the book fair benefits the Salmon Bay Library! We receive a percentage of sales back as a commission (10 – 20% based upon total sales) so that Corinna, our librarian, can purchase new materials for our school library.
When shopping online, here are a few things to remember:
  • If you don’t have an account, you may be asked to create one. Please enter “SALMONBAY” into the coupon box at checkout. This ensures your purchase supports Salmon Bay.

  • Orders will be delivered to Salmon Bay School. Please choose the "store pick up" option when ordering online to avoid being charged for shipping. Once orders arrive at Salmon Bay, we’ll distribute them to families during student drop off or pick up. Additional details will be emailed to families once orders arrive.

  • Secret Garden has additional book recommendations available on their website.

Please feel free to tell friends and family members about our book fair! 
Student Climate Survey
Upon returning to school after the conference week break, Salmon Bay will be conducting the Student Climate Survey in 3rd through 8th grades to share their feedback and reflections. 

This survey is administered to gather student perception data in order to gain a deeper understanding of each students’ experiences of climate, connection and support. Once the surveys are completed, we’ll be able to review a summary of results and share with the Salmon Bay community.
Questions about the survey can be directed our Principal
Middle School Sports: Basketball Update
Hello basketball families,
Just a last reminder to get all your paperwork together to start the season! Some families already have their paperwork complete, which is great!!! If you are unsure, please email Erin Telford to check. Reminder that the paperwork can be turned in digitally to Erin or hard copy to the office. Please go to this link if you have any unfinished paperwork: Athletics Paperwork

COVID protocols: 
Per the district protocols for the basketball season: ALL players must do ONE of the following – show proof of complete vaccination OR complete the COVID testing consent to be tested 2 times per week (Tuesday and Friday).

Practices (teams are gendered at this point in the district, your student can play on the team that they are most comfortable with based on their gender identity. However, once a choice has been made, students must stay on the team they chose):

Boys team practices will begin on Wednesday, December 1st. Moving forward they will be held Mondays from 3:30-5/5:10 and Wednesdays from 2:20-4:00

Girls team practices will begin on Tuesday, November 30th. Moving forward they will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5/5:10
Special Education Disability (SED) Committee Meeting
You are invited to join the next SED Committee meeting on December 1st at 7 pm. We'll be planning future events.

Join using this zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 817 0110 0540
Passcode: 710623
Nutty Squirrel Community Kit
Order the Community Kit, available through November 30th, and a $5 donation will be made to Salmon Bay School (or another participating school of your choice). Each 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
We are sure students will remind you but just in case, there's no school next week.
We wish you a fun, relaxing and restful break!
Community Announcements
Loyal Heights Community Center is Now Open
Loyal Heights Community Center & Teen Program is back. Due to Covid-19 there are new entry guidelines that have been put in place to keep participants safe. To enter the building and participate in programs at Loyal Heights Community Center, all participants must be fully vaccinated or have proof of valid negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. The building will be locked and only participants who are registered for programs will be allowed to enter. You have to register in advance to participate in all programs. Families and teens must have an active account in Active Net to register for these programs. You can set up your account and register online at All drop in activities have been canceled for the time being.
 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays from 9 - 5 pm, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Seattle Ultimate Clinic
With special guest - Kevin Pettit-Scantling (KPS!), Madison Radicals, AUDL
Garfield High School Football Field
Saturday, Nov 27th, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Info and Registration Here
Price: $50 per person
- Includes a disc or neckie.
- Option to sign up with friends or teammates.
- Scholarships available: short application here.

We're excited to welcome to town, Kevin Pettit-Scantling, captain of the Madison Radicals, the American Ultimate Disc League’s (AUDL) winningest team! The Radicals are consistently one of the top defensive teams in our league and we are thrilled to have KPS here to share his defensive excellence. *See below for an additional 1.5 hour special defensive skills clinic, same day/place, 3:30-5:00. Free to High School players who are attending the 1-3:30 clinic. Please note your intention to attend the Elite event in your registration for the 1-3:30 clinic

Upcoming Clinics:
  •  Elite Defender Skills Clinic by Kevin Pettit-Scantling, Nov 27th, 3:30-5:00, Garfield High School
  • Winter Camp, Dec 20-22nd, 9:30-1:00, Montlake Playfield
University of Washington | Afterschool Online Enrichment Opportunities
The University of Washington Youth and Teen Programs is excited to offer a variety of remote courses for middle and high school students who seek afterschool enrichment opportunities.  Courses run over 10 weeks starting in January. Visit our website for registration information and course details.
Nathan Hale High School Theatre Workshops
NHHS is offering online theatre workshops for 5th through 8th grade students as a fundraiser.
Workshops Offered:
  • Intro to Acting - Run by Ian Graybill and Jamie Kushnick. The Intro to Acting class is a one day workshop that will cover stage presence, character choices, working with other actors, and more! 

  • Intro to Improv - Run by Jamie Kushnick and Charlotte Sullivan. The improv class is a one day workshop that will focus on what makes improv fun! The workshop will cover the basics of improv, as well as applying improv to scripted pieces. 

  • Tech Theatre - Run by Rose Barnes and Nina McKinstry. The Intro to Tech Theater workshop will cover what it means to have a technical theatre job and what tech theater jobs can be. These include marketing, lighting, sound, set design, props, makeup, costume, and being a stagehand. The basics of each role will be explained as well as paired with personal stories from the workshop leaders.

  • Tap - Run by Charlotte Sullivan and Shelby Grant. The Beginners Tap class is a two-day workshop covering very basic tap steps, culminating in learning a combo on the last day. Tap shoes and a tap board are not required, and absolutely no experience is necessary.

Monday, November 29th - Acting Workshop
Tuesday, November 30th - Improv Workshop
Wednesday, December 1st - Tech Theatre Workshop
Thursday, December 2nd through Friday, December 3rd - Tap Workshop
(All of these classes will take place on Zoom at 4:30)
Signing Up & Class Fees
Each class will have a max of 15 students. Single day classes (Acting, Improv, Tech
Theatre) will cost $7 per student and multi-day classes (Tap) will cost $10.
To sign up, people can email to reserve their spot in the class by sending the student’s name, the class (or classes) they will be attending, and proof of payment
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!