November 5, 2021

11- No School, Veterans Day
15 - 23: Fall Book Fair
17 - Photo Retake Day
18: FOSB Meeting
22-24: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
25 - 26: No School - Thanksgiving & Native
American Heritage Day
Dear Families,
It has been a great week well, minus the excess of candy! 😊

Most students have only brought 1 or 2 pieces per day, while others are bringing much more. Thank you for reinforcing limits on candy in school! We do not encourage candy at school, but we do know how much students love Halloween and having a piece at lunch time seems reasonable. Please help us reinforce our expectation of only 1 piece and only at lunch.

Some other great news is that FOSB has agreed to support our Racial Equity Team by providing a stipend for the work!

Our Racial Equity Team is made up of teaching staff and their work includes supporting teachers as they integrate culturally relevant material into curriculum. They provide our staff with professional development around racial equity and self-reflection.

Generally, culture is usually thought of as a black or brown thing, however everyone has culture. Culture is not the color of your skin. Here is an article of interest for you.

Parent teacher conferences will begin the week of November 23rd, no school for students that week!

Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to schedule your conference. We have provided a variety of choices for conferences. Some conferences may be scheduled the week before (15th – 19th) if you need an evening time slot. On Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th, conferences are hosted during the school day. We are also scheduling conferences on Saturday the 20th. Our goal is to meet with all families!

Please reach out with any question or concerns. Our Admin team is always ready to support you and your students!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Salmon Bay Admin Team
Seen at Salmon Bay
Fifth graders have been taking the lead as climate change activists at Salmon Bay by monitoring K-2 lunches in their garbage sorting process, and teaching classes about why we compost! Composting our food waste is one way to reduce carbon emissions from landfills by getting food waste out of our landfill. The photo above was taken during a presentation in Bre’s 1st grade classroom. Way to go 5th grade leaders!
On Thursday, students playing on the upper field during lunch recess spotted this rainbow. One student remarked, "We can't have rainbows without a little rain". So we decided this rainbow was our reward for making it through a wet and blustery week.
Salmon Bay Community:
I would like to provide clarification on a few issues:
  • we DO accept rapid (antigen) and PCR tests in most instances. 
  • Salmon Bay is NOT offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic
  • Currently, we are NOT offering flu clinics at any SPS site

There are several COVID-19 vaccine options for children ages 5 – 11. There is a Covid Vaccination Clinic this Saturday and Sunday at Shoreline Community College. View the event flyer here.

Please refer to the SPS COVID 19 COVID Vaccination Page for specific information about COVID-19 vaccines in your area, and how to schedule these appointments.

Helpful Tip: Schedule your student's vaccination appointment on a Friday if possible. If your student is not feeling well after their appointment, they'll have the weekend to rest and recover without missing school.
As a reminder, please keep your student home if they have any covid like symptoms. Please refer to the following documents for more information, If Students Are Sick and Covid Symptoms.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Nurse Suzanne
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. Three classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
Greetings Salmon Bay Families,
Our fourth annual Salmon Bay Community Giving program is here. For families new to our community, this program provides a way for our families to support each other during what can be a very challenging time of year. From November 29th - December 15th , we will be collecting gifts for those families at Salmon Bay who would like help this season. We’re sending this notice out so everyone who would like to participate – either as a recipient or a donor – has the details.

To Receive Support: Please click on the following link and fill out the Microsoft Form. Information will be sent to Jenny Brooks and Rob Bright, our school counselors - personal information will be kept confidential. Please complete this Form by Thursday, November 18th. 

To Provide Support: We will send out a SignUp Genius on November 29th with all wishes listed. Sign up, purchase what is noted, and return the unwrapped, labelled item (direct ship or drop off) no later than December 15th and we’ll handle the rest. Full details will be available on the SignUp Genius.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jenny Brooks (K-5) ( or
Rob Bright (6-8) (

Thank you all for coming together to support one another this season.
In Community,
Jenny B and Rob
Our Direct Giving Campaign has begun!
The Direct Giving Campaign is the fall fundraising event for Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB). FOSB works with Salmon Bay to close the gap between programming Seattle Public Schools funds and the support our students need. The Direct Giving Campaign helps FOSB pay for: elementary counseling, elementary reading support, middle school math support, FOSB committees, extra planning time for teachers, teacher grants, art and music programs, yearbooks and much more.
Our goal this year is to raise $65,000 by December 17th, 2021.

Look for your Direct Giving appeal in the mail. If you are able, please consider donating to the Direct Giving campaign. 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. 
Save The Date For Our Fall Book Fair
We will hold our Fall Book Fair in partnership with Secret Garden Books November 15th – 23rd. Families can shop online as well as in person at Secret Garden Books, located at 2214 NW Market Street in Ballard. We’ll be sharing book recommendations as well as online ordering instructions in the newsletter next week.

Families wishing to shop in person are encouraged to visit during our Salmon Bay in-store shopping day on Saturday, November 20th from 11 am – 5 pm. Secret Garden staff will be available to answer questions and help you and your student(s) find the perfect books.

All purchases made during the Book Fair support our school library! Book Fair purchases will be delivered to school and we will distribute them to families in December. 
Staff Shout Out
Congratulations to Erin Telford! She was selected as the 2021 SHAPE Washington Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year at the state SHAPE WA convention on October 9. This is Erin's 16th year of teaching and she has spent the entirety of her career as a middle school P.E. teacher.
We feel lucky to have Erin as part of our team at Salmon Bay!
Volunteer Opportunity:
K-2 Recess Support
We are seeking volunteers to provide additional supervision and support during afternoon recess for grades K - 2. Afternoon recess is organized into two 20-minute blocks. The first begins at 1:35 pm. The second recess starts at 1:55 pm. Volunteers should arrive at 1:30pm to check in at the office before heading out to the playground. Ideally, volunteers would stay for both recess shifts.

Interested individuals should email Jodi, Volunteer Coordinator. All volunteers will need to complete the SPS volunteer application process and background check. Individuals must also be vaccinated.
Middle School Basketball
Hello families, middle school basketball will begin in November, please complete this survey if your child is interested in playing. There are 2 teams, a girls and boys team. Students are allowed to play on the team they best identify with (but may not change once the choice has been made). Practices will be twice per week with a game on Saturdays. There will be COVID mitigation measures in place and that information is TBA.

Required paperwork: Please follow this link to the required paperwork. All athletes MUST have ALL paperwork completed before they can play. Paperwork can be turned in to Ms. Telford via hard copy or a digital file (sent to: works as well.

Boys Basketball Coach needed!!!
If you are interested in coaching boys basketball this year, we would love to have you! Basketball starts on 11/29. The job requires 2 practices per week and a Saturday game. Please email Erin Telford if you would like to join the program or just want more information.
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, which means you will need to set your clocks back an hour.
Used Marker Recycling
We are starting our used marker recycling program back up! Help us continue to recycle used markers by depositing dry markers in the collection bin located in the main lobby or Volunteer Coordinator's office.
Crayola will take all sizes and brands of plastic markers including highlighters and dry erase markers. We encourage all families to bring markers from home to be recycled too!
Nutty Squirrel Community Kit
Order the Community Kit 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
Community Announcements
Code Ninjas Seattle: After School Coding Program and Camps 
Salmon Bay Parents are opening a Code Ninjas in North Ballard in January 2022.  We offer fun and flexible coding education where kids learn to code while building their own video games, including popular favorites like Roblox® and Minecraft®.   They gain problem-solving, teamwork, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment.  Our program allows kids to learn year-round at their own pace. Drop-in at your convenience during the week or weekend hours or attend one of our camps!  
For more information and to Register: 
Follow us on Social: @codeninjasseattle  
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.
Calling All Volleyball Players!
If you are age 10-11 (or even 12) and you are interested in playing volleyball at the Ballard Community Center from 5-6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please email Nicolette at to share your interest and ask any questions. Sign up is ongoing through Seattle Parks and Rec. 
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!