September 17, 2021

22 - 24: Fall Connection Days (Middle School)
23: FOSB Meeting
27: School Photo Day
30: Curriculum Night
Good Afternoon Salmon Bay Community!
Here we are, midway through September, having accomplished two and half weeks of school. I truly cannot believe this is yet another unprecedented school year with similar, but different, challenges then last year. As this is my second year at Salmon Bay, I have gotten a bit more familiar with the staff and community. I can honestly say, I am proud to be in partnership with this extraordinary group of people!

As we all relearn school in a different way, it is clear to me how excited students are to be here. I can tell while walking through the hallways, supervising lunch, and recess how much fun students are having. Yes, this is not what we had hoped for when we ended last year and started summer break, but we are doing it! And although we are all a bit exhausted, we love that students are back. We love that staff and families are connecting, and we love that staff are building connection with one another. Even with all the of challenges COVID is bringing us this year, it’s all worth it to have students and staff back!

For many of us, weekends are time to rejuvenate from the long week. Spend this weekend taking care of yourself. As we know, if we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot take care of others. I hear it’s supposed to rain, so stay dry and enjoy your family time. Come back Monday well rested and ready to learn, play, and have fun.

In partnership,
Seen in the Hallways
The warm weather earlier this week brought students outside to observe nature around Salmon Bay. Kim's 2nd grade class drew images in their nature notebooks and recorded questions for further exploration.
Students in Xena's 4th grade class explored place value this week. Students were given an unspecified number of items and were asked to count them. During the process of counting, students explored how items could be grouped together and why that grouping can be helpful.
New Staff Introductions
Hello, I am Daniel Murphy and I am a student teacher in Carol's 2nd Grade classroom. I chose to become a teacher because of great experiences as a parent volunteer at my daughter's school over the years. My biggest passion in teaching is history, the older the better. I'm very happy to be here at Salmon Bay and look forward to contributing to this community.  
Last Call for T-shirts & Sweatshirts
SBK8 and Middle School Panther Apparel can be purchased in our online store through September 18th. Items ordered will be shipped directly to your home. Late orders will not be accepted, so order soon if you are interested. Order online here.
New date: Our school Photo Day has been rescheduled to Monday, September 27th.
You can order photos before Picture Day at
Use code EVTQVMG97
Paper photo order forms are available in the main office. Purchasing school photos is optional. All students will have individual portraits taken on September 27th.
Free Meals at School
This year SPS is providing free breakfast and lunch to all students. Please note, milk is available for both breakfast and lunch but students must get a meal to receive a milk. School menus can be found here.

Weekend Food Bag Program
Salmon Bay also participates in the Weekend Food Bag Program through a partnership with the Ballard Food Bank. To request a weekend food bag, please complete this form and return it to the office or your student's school counselor.
When to Keep Your SPS Student Home
At Seattle Public Schools, we are committed to keeping our school communities safe. You can help us by keeping your student home when they have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, or new symptoms that are not caused by another condition.
Start of School Forms
Start of school forms are online this year and can be found here. Haven't turned in your required forms yet? Here's your quick to do list:
1 - All families should complete a FERPA form

2 - All families should update their student's Data Verification Form on the Source before Sept. 30th. 

3 - All students should complete the Technology/ Laptop Device Agreement Form. You can download a copy of the form here.

4 - Does your student need medication during the day? If so, complete the Authorization to Administer Medication Form asap.

New to The Source? The Source provides access to important student record information such as attendance, assessment scores, library information and more! To set up an account, parents and guardians use the email address that is currently on record at their student's school. Read more about The Source including how to set up your account.
Middle School: Fall Connection Day
Forms & Fees
Connection Day forms were due today. If your student has not yet completed the required waivers, please turn them into the office on Monday. Click here to download the SPS permission form and YMCA waiver. There is a $10 student fee which can be paid via Schoolpay, directions here. Scholarship requests can be emailed to Jodi.
School Volunteer Opportunities
Take a look at the descriptions below to see if one of these volunteer opportunities might be a fit for you. You can sign-up to help one day per week or for multiple days. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Jodi Russell, Volunteer Coordinator, regarding next steps.

Morning Playground Setup: One volunteer needed each weekday morning at approximately 8:30 am to set-up playground and upper field recess zones with equipment (cones, playground balls, etc.) each day.

Recess and Lunch Support – 3rd thru 5th Grade: One volunteer is needed to assist with recess supervision, followed by 5th grade lunch supervision (outside) each weekday from 10:50 – 11:40 am. Individuals need to complete all SPS Volunteer requirements and be vaccinated.

Recess and Lunch Support – K thru 2nd Grade: 
One volunteer is needed to assist with K-2nd grade recess supervision, followed by 2nd grade lunch supervision (outside) each weekday from 11:20 am – 12:10 pm. Individuals need to complete all SPS Volunteer requirements and be vaccinated. 

Middle School Lunch Support: One volunteer is needed to provide supervision and support to middle school students (outside) during lunch. Middle School lunch is from 12:10 – 12:40 pm each weekday. Individuals need to complete all SPS Volunteer requirements and be vaccinated.
SPS Fall Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide flu shot clinics for the public from September 18 – October 21, 2021. Six of these regional clinics will also offer COVID-19 vaccines for all students, staff and families who are twelve and up.

Getting the flu shot in the next few weeks is optimal for getting through the winter flu season.
Flu shot clinics are held just inside the school and staff follow COVID protocols. Pre-enrolling for an appointment on the SVNA website is required however people who walk up may use their cell phone and a QR code to enroll. Flu shot clinics are open to any child (age 4 and above) and adult. Most insurance is accepted. If you do not have insurance, all students can get a free flu shot at any School-Based Health Center.

These are regional clinics open to all in the SPS community. You do not have to be a student or staff of a particular school to make an appointment. Visit to find a date and location that is convenient for you and your family and register for a flu or a COVID-19 vaccine.
Middle School News:
2021 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey
Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey on October 22nd. The survey will be given to 6th grade students in their science classes and to 8th graders in their math classes.
The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.
Our school will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted in 2019. This year, schools and districts are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracking, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey.
Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey. Any further questions can be directed to Rob Bright or (206)252-1787.
Middle School Athletics
All students who are participating in middle school athletics should now have completed paperwork on file. If you haven't signed up yet, please complete ALL forms found here.

Practice Schedule - Ultimate Frisbee
Tuesdays until 5 pm @ Loyal Heights Playfield
Thursdays until 5 pm @ Salmon Bay
Questions? Email Sam Olson

Practice Schedule - Girls Soccer
Mondays @ Salmon Bay Playfield from 3:40-5 pm
Thursdays @ Loyal Heights from 3:40-5 pm
Questions? Email Jai Paguirigan
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB)
Friends of Salmon Bay is YOUR Parent & Teacher powered Organization! Together we bridge the relationship between our community and our school to ensure a quality education and nurturing environment for every child of Salmon Bay.

Join us next Thursday 9/23, at 7pm for the first meeting of the year. We will introduce members of FOSB, share information about committees where you can get involved and vote in our new middle school chair, Jackie Thai. This is a way to get to know who represents you and discover ways you can be involved! Every adult community member is already a member of FOSB with voting rights! Look for the full agenda to be published soon on our Facebook Page at:

September FOSB Meeting
September 23rd at 7 pm. You can join the meeting via this Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 852 5885 7228
Passcode: 216702
Special Education Parent Presentation: Ten Tips for Advocating for your Child
The FOSB SED Committee welcomes Special Ed parents and caregivers to an event on 
September 29th at 7:00 pm 
Special Education Ten Tips for Advocating for your Child
Presented by Rachel Nemhauser | Community and Family Support Program Manager from the ARC of King County

This presentation plus a Q and A will cover the basics. This is great if you are new to the IEP process or for those who wish to gain some more tips for advocating for their child.
Topics covered:
* Understanding the Legal Basics IEP/504 and the IDEA overview
* Modifications vs. Accommodations
* IEP vs. 504 Plans
* Evaluations and the IEP Process
* Data, goal writing and PLPs (Present Levels of Performance)
* Inclusion and placement decisions
* Challenging behaviors
* Recovery Services
* Options for conflict resolutions
* Working with the IEP team
Join the Zoom Meeting at this link:
Meeting ID: 859 4669 8674
Passcode: 420193
Lost and Found
The season of lost jackets is upon us! Students often take off and misplace their coats as the day warms up or they return inside (after recess) for lunch. If your student misplaces a coat or other items, please suggest they first retrace their steps and look in the areas they spent time in that day. Jackets can sometimes linger in the corners of the gym or cafeteria. Second, have them visit the Lost & Found located in the band/music hallway on the first floor. Thank you!
Community Announcements
Northwest Boychoir is now scheduling virtual tryouts for boys who like to sing!
Boys ages 6-8 years old are invited to audition and no previous music training is needed. Classes for new members begin in October and are currently held online through Zoom. For more than 45 years, the Northwest Boychoir has helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork. The Choir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun! Watch our audition video! More Info: | 206-524-3234
Virtual After School Classes with Creative Coding
Creative Coding online uses your child’s own creativity to make learning coding fun, as they write their own, unique computer game. Your child’s own ideas are more interesting and motivating to them than any “class assignment”. Our caring, supportive teachers use positive reinforcement and proven, project-based
learning to help your child succeed at their own pace. Social interaction between kids is half the fun, as they share and play each other’s games in a supportive, welcoming environment.
More details and registration here:
Parenting in a Pandemic
Virtual 8-Week Parenting Workshop Series starting Thursday, September 23, 2021
4:30-6pm PST / 7:30-9pm EST

You are invited to join our supportive online community of parents who are choosing courage over fear. 
Full Circle Leadership Center (FCLC) offers an 8-week parenting workshop series facilitated by parent educator & author, Mary Dalton, MA and her son, Chris Fontana, MA. Our workshops include a variety of topics such as building self-discipline, sibling fighting, sharing responsibility, routines, and more. Our participants are committed to supporting each other and learning solutions to everyday challenges in raising our children.

Parenting Topics Include:
  • Understanding Children’s Mistaken Goals & Misbehavior
  • Building on the Positive & Eliminating Criticism
  • The Family Meeting
  • Building Self-Discipline: Homework & School Issues
  • Actions, not Words! Getting out of Nagging, Power Struggles & Conflicts
  • Taking Time for Training
  • Moving Beyond Punishment & Reward: Natural & Logical Consequences & The Power of Encouragement
  • Bullying, Sibling fighting & Whining
  • Sharing responsibility: Chores
  • Routines: The morning rush & bedtime
  • How to Manage Screen Time & Technology Peacefully
Not sure if this is the right fit for you and your family? Join us for a session anytime—1st  and 2nd sessions are free!
Registration Information
Dates:   Thursdays 9/23/21- 11/18/21 (no class 10/7/21)
Time:    4:30-6:00pm PST / 7:30-9:00pm EST
Who:     Parents / Guardians of children ages 0-18
Cost:      $450.00
$0 or reduced fee available based on a sliding scale.
FCLC welcomes all families in our parenting programs regardless of financial situation.
If you need financial support, please contact Anne Dalton to determine the appropriate fee for you and your family. Then you will receive a coupon code via email to register.
Family Connectors University
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) families are invited to join North Seattle College’s Family Connectors University (FCU) class, a family-focused online course designed to help parents support their child’s learning and growth.  
In partnership with North Seattle College and SPS Family Partnerships Department, topics include:
·        Helping your child with learning
·        Social Emotional Learning ideas for home
·        Becoming a supportive partner at your school
·        Helping your child with ‘big emotions’
·        Supporting your child with reading and math
·        Talking to kids about race, racism, and antiracist actions
Take this course in real-time or attend offline at a time that works for you. Check out video here and course details here.

The class takes place online via Zoom for 10 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 28th at 6-7 pm. Parents can participate synchronously or asynchronously, as sessions will be recorded.
Course is facilitated by NSC Parent Education Instructor Lea Evans, Principal Janine Roy, SPS Family Partnerships Coordinator Asosa Sailiai, and special guest speakers.
The cost for the 2-unit class is $39.42 and some scholarships are available. Email Asosa Sailiai to enroll or find out more information: