October 15, 2021
Calendar

October
20: SED Committee: Executive Function Online
Summit, 7 pm
21: FOSB Meeting, 7 pm
29: Halloween Celebrations
Dear Salmon Bay Families,

Fall is my favorite time of the year, the leaves are falling, and the colors of fall are amazing! There is such a sense of calm and joy in that!

We have been finishing up with F&P for K-5 as well as administering SBA assessments for 4th – 8th graders. SBA has gone well with just a few technical glitches, but students have shown patience and perseverance in this process.

In visiting classrooms this week, I have been so proud and amazed at the work our students are producing. In the middle school hallways, I was amazed at the fingerprint writing that some students completed! Not only is it visually beautiful and amazing, but the writing is also intricate and thoughtful!

In the 3rd grade hallway students have written about their “Hopes and Dreams” and created some amazing art. Here are a few of the hopes and dreams of our amazing 3rd grade students!

Amir says “I hope to become a better reader. I will keep reading books at my level” “my dream is to work at the United nations” I will do some learning and research.

Ben says “My hope is to become a better reader. To do this I will read more books” “My dream is to make a game. To do this I will work hard at math to code my game”

Guinevere says, “My hope is that COVID 19 is over soon, to help that happen, I will wear my mask and stay 6 feet apart”. My dream is to be an Author-Illustrator. To achieve this goal, I will work hard in writing and art”.

Amazing resilient students! With all that we have on our plates it is so refreshing to see that our students still see that anything is possible and are working toward some amazing goals! It truly makes me optimistic and grateful for the positive outlook that our students have.

Quote for the week: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with Big Dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts”. Albert Einstein

In partnership,
Principal Dixon
Salmon Bay K-8
Transportation
We all learned this week that, due to driver shortages, Salmon Bay will be losing all yellow school bus service for the foreseeable future. Students who have door-to-door transportation in their IEPs, will still receive Special Education transportation. All other students will need to be dropped off and picked up by a family member, Metro or by some other arrangement. This goes into effect for Monday, October 18th

We understand that this news has a huge impact on many families and on our school. As a staff, we're brainstorming ideas to make it work as best we can. For drop off and pick up starting Monday, please use both the Red Zone (on 18th Ave NW) and the Bus Zone (on 19th Ave NW). Please continue to treat 18th Ave NW as a one-way street heading SOUTH and treat 19th Ave NW as a one-way street heading NORTH. We are considering extending the drop off and pick up time, but we need more time to develop that.

We also want to ask families to support each other in getting students to school. This could be expanding the Walking School Bus to get more students on that bus. This could be using an app such as: https://www.gokid.mobi/gokid-for-parents/ to help coordinate carpooling. Basically, some neighborhood-based system for offering and receiving rides. Maybe you have technical skills to devise something different or better? Maybe you have an idea not yet mentioned or considered? If you are interested in joining a solutions-focused think tank to get all Salmon Bay students to and from school, please email Darren: ddfrink@seattleschool.org
Seen at Salmon Bay
This week, we are sharing student created Health & Safety posters inspired by existing movie posters, book covers or album covers.
Students chose an image and then recreated that image with new content. 
Halloween
Many students will choose to celebrate Halloween by wearing a costume and participating in classroom parties/activities. We recognize that Halloween can be an exciting celebration for many students but also want to make sure that school remains a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. If your student plans to wear a costume, please review the following guidelines. Additional information regarding class celebrations will be sent to families next week.

Halloween Costume Guidelines
If your child chooses to dress up in a costume, please make sure the outfit is appropriate for the classroom environment. All costumes should adhere to school policies for dress code, messages and safety.
In addition, please follow these guidelines.
  • Costumes need to be non-violent in nature 
  • Weapons and toy weapons of any kind are not allowed.
  • Avoid costumes that are dressing as people from other cultures.
  • No costume masks. Per health and safety guidelines, students will continue to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose.
  • Make up, if used, should not be disguising the identity of the wearer e.g., whiskers and freckles, not face paint. 
Families:
There is new COVID guidance from the school district. The three highlights are:

  • PCR tests are required (we no longer accept rapid tests)

  • If you provide us with an alternate medical diagnosis, a PCR test is also required

  • If your student only has one symptom and it SIGNIFICANTLY improves in 24 hours, he/she/they can return without a negative COVID test (if your student has vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, your student needs to stay home for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication)


If your student has a suspected or known COVID exposure, or tests positive, PLEASE contact me at 206-252-1727 or email: smjonas@seattleschools.org
Thank you,
Suzanne Jonas, MSN RN
Salmon Bay School Nurse
Protect Your Family from the Flu
Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Visiting Nurse Association added four more flu clinics for north end families
 
  • Whitman Middle School on Saturday October 16, from 9 am to 3 pm

  • Nathan Hale High School on Sunday October 17, from 9 am to 3 pm

  • Eckstein Middle School on Saturday October 23, from 9 am to 3 pm

  • Catharine Blaine K-8 on Sunday October 24, from 9 am to 3 pm
 
Apple Health, Medicare and nearly all insurance is accepted. Sign up here for your appointment
Covid-19 Information
Please visit the SPS Contact Tracing 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. 
Photo Retake Day Has Been Postponed
We have not yet received student photo proofs from Lifetouch. Since you can't decide if you need a retake until you see your student's photo, we are going to postpone our photo retake day. Once we receive student photo proofs, we will reschedule retake day and share the new date. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
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: ejtelford@seattleschools.org) works as well.
Salmon Bay Building Procedures
Our building remains closed to parents and visitors. If you need to pick up or drop off a student, please help us out by doing the following:

  • When picking up a student, please call 5-10 minutes before arriving. We will call your student to the office, sign them out and have them meet you outside.

  • When calling the office, please tell us your student’s name and grade level.

  • When you approach the front doors of the building, locate the sandwich board, and push the doorbell (located in the upper left corner) once. A staff member will come out to meet you and offer assistance.

  • If you approach the front doors and notice one is ajar, please remain outside and push the doorbell for assistance. Our doors are old and sticky, and sometimes don’t latch completely. We are happy to help you, but parents need to remain outside the building unless specifically directed otherwise.

  • Make (and confirm) after school plans with your student before they arrive at school each day. Our office is very busy before and after school, limiting extra calls home during these peak times is a huge help.

We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to meet everyone’s needs and keep our community safe. 
Lost and Found
Lost & Found is overflowing! We have water bottles, hats, snack containers, sweatshirts, and jackets of all varieties. If your student is missing an item, please suggest they visit the Lost & Found located in the music hallway on the first floor. If your student isn't sure where Lost & Found is located, remind them that they can ask their teacher or any staff member for help. 
Please be sure your student’s sweatshirt, jacket, lunch box, water bottle, etc. is labeled with their name!

This is one simple thing you can do to help us reunite students with their lost items.
Playground Request
We need your help! Lately after school and on weekends, the playground at Salmon Bay has been left a mess. This is really frustrating to our students and staff. You can help us by:

  • Keep an eye out for anyone littering or making a mess on the playground.

  • If you see individuals making a mess or inappropriately using the playground, let us know.

  • Talk with your kids about keeping the playground clean during the school day, but also after school and on weekends.

  • Set a good example. Clean up after yourselves and help pick up other trash and recyclables when safely possible.

  • Spread the word. When you visit the playground with friends, remind them to help keep our playground a safe and clean space for all.
Request for Financial Support
We have limited funds through a few funding sources for families in our school community. If you need financial assistance during this time, please fill out this Microsoft Form. The information will be sent to Jenny Brooks and Rob Bright, our Salmon Bay School Counselors.  

Supporting Teens' Mental Health
Hello Salmon Bay families,
I hope that have found your stride for the beginning of this unprecedented school year. I know that my family has enjoyed being out of the house more than we were last year. It makes being at home together that much more enjoyable. I realize that most are still feeling anxious and uneasy with Covid still being prevalent. I wanted to pass on some resources to help support you, your family and your students. Child Mind Institute is a great resource for support. You can find their website here. They recently put out their annual Children’s Mental Health Report and it details the impacts of the pandemic on mental health. You can also download their tip sheet for caregivers to support their teens.

If you need some support please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jenny or me,

Rob Bright, MS counselor, rabright@seattleschools.org
Jenny Brooks, K-5 counselor, jwbrooks@seattleschools.org
Our library is always in need of book donations. If you have a high quality, high interest and age-appropriate chapter books, graphic novels and picture books please consider donating them to our library for student use. You can have your child bring them into the library or we can coordinate for delivery.

Also, I am working to make the library cozier and more living room like. I would love to have a few floor lamps and even a large floor rug. Do you have one to donate? Let me know!

Lastly, I intend on making an Amazon wish list for books and will share this link soon.

Always feel free to reach out.

Kindly,
Corinna Wright
Teacher-Librarian
206 252 1767
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB)
Please join YOUR Parent Teacher Powered! Organization Next Tuesday, October 21, at 7pm. 
This is our monthly general membership meeting and all are encouraged to attend! All adult school community are automatically members without any dues to pay or further ado. 

Agenda Highlights: 
  • Staff Spotlight:  5th Grade Teacher Ms. Megan McCarroll.  
  • Introduce new parent representatives
We will hear updates regarding: 
  • Our parent volunteer committees
  • Equity Fund
  • Direct Giving Campaign
We will vote to approve: 
  • Funds to support the work of the Salmon Bay Race and Equity Team (RET)

FOSB Meeting minutes from September can be viewed here.

You can join our October 21st FOSB meeting at THIS LINK
Meeting ID: 837 6931 2922
Passcode: family

Volunteer Opportunity: Parent Reps Needed
Friends of Salmon Bay is seeking grade specific Parent Representatives to further provide a voice to our parent community and act as a liaison between teachers and students in their grade and FOSB's many programs and initiatives. This is a great way for parents to get to know others in their class community as well as their teachers in order to advocate on their behalf, gather consensus, generate ideas and bring forth any issues or concerns.

We are still seeking Parent Representatives for Grade 2, 4, 5, 6 as well as 7th/8th Cascade and Olympic Team Reps. If you would like to learn more or are interested, please email FOSBchair@gmail.com
Parent Education Series
FOSB's Special Education and Disability (SED) Committee is hosting viewings from Seth Perler's TEFOS (The Executive Function Online Summit). Next up: 
 
Stuart Shanker: Self-Regulation, How to Reframe Ideas Effectively To Support Executive Function (learn more about Stuart )

*TUESDAY, Oct 20. 7-8:30pm (*date change)
Join using this Zoom Link

What You Will Learn:
  • How and why we need to re-frame our understanding of behaviors (from inattention and school/homework resistance to emotional or physical meltdowns) from being intentional acts to stress responses (often cognitive stress in school-related tasks)

  • Why developing self-regulation ("self-reg") and not self control is key to supporting children at home and at school (and why there's a difference)

  • The importance of relationships: how the "self-reg" of parents, teachers and caregivers is inextricably linked to children's own ability to "self-reg"
 
Visit our screening event page for a list of other speakers and dates. 
Nutty Squirrel Community Kit
We are excited to partner with Nutty Squirrel Gelato again this fall. 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 nuttysquirrel.com
Community Announcements
Loyal Heights Teen Program Re-Opening
Loyal Heights Teen Program is back. Due to Covid-19 there are new entry guideline 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 participant 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. All drop in activities have been canceled for the time being. Find out more about programs offered here.
COYOTE CENTRAL ANNOUNCES: IN PERSON CLASSES! 
If you are looking for something creative and hands on to do this Fall, get registered for Coyote's Fall session today! Now offering BOTH: In-person and online classes as well as Wednesday workshops!!! We have the same great programing: Sewing, Cooking, Robotics, Photography, Acting, Printmaking, Woodshop and MORE. The bonus? We provide all the tools and supplies you'll need! Coyote is for ALL students between the ages of 10-15. Classes start October 23/24 and runs for 7 weekends skipping Nov. 27/28! Remember, classes are always pay-what-works-for-you!
 
Here's what you need to know:
· Video Coyote: https://vimeo.com/610835219
· Link for more information and the opportunity to register: https://coyotecentral.org/register-for-classes
· $$$ wise: entirely PAY-WHAT-WORKS-FOR-YOU (The range of payment can be from 0 - full tuition).  
·  If you want to receive a follow up call to discuss further details add your name + number to this Interest Form: https://forms.gle/ACrrakpERUf3eBHz8
Weathering Uncertainty Well: Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post" Covid World
Kids are back in school but the pandemic is not yet over. Families are experiencing significant overwhelm and uncertainty as a result of the ongoing pandemic. 

PNW Parent Education (www.pnwparented.org) is offering a FREE online presentation titled “Weathering Uncertainty Well: Helping Kids Manage Life in a ‘Post’ Covid World” with Christy Keating, J.D., Certified Parent Coach on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Free registration via eventbrite: http://tinyurl.com/weatheringuncertainty

This relevant and engaging workshop will be designed to address transitional and situational stress and how parents and educators can best support their kids during this particularly challenging period. The workshop will include: 
• Potential sources of stress for youth during Covid;
• An examination of brain development and what is happening with our children’s brains when their emotions become overwhelming;
• How to recognize and monitor signs of stress, anxiety, and emotional difficulty during the transition
period(s) throughout the year;
• The “to-dos” and “not-to-dos” of engaging kids in difficult conversations around stress, anxiety, and transition (as well as other challenging parent-child discussions);
• Specific strategies for managing both parental and youth stress and anxiety during these times.

Christy Keating is the founder of The Heartful Parent Collective. She provides coaching and
consulting services to parents, teaches workshops for professionals and parents throughout the U.S., and runs an online membership for parents (The Heartful Parent Academy). Christy is a Certified Parent Coach®, a Certified Positive Discipline Instructor, a Certified Gottman Educator, and has completed the Professionals Intensive through Hand in Hand Parenting. Christy is also a
licensed attorney in the State of Washington.