September 24, 2021

23: FOSB Meeting, 7 pm
27: School Photo Day
29: PIE (Parent Ed) Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm
29: Special Education Presentation: 10 Tips for
Advocating for your Child, 7 pm
30: Curriculum Night

8: No School (In-service Day)
21: FOSB Meeting, 7 pm
Dear Salmon Bay Families,
Wow, we are heading into the 5th week of school! Hard to believe, but time is rolling right along.

Your students seem to be adjusting very well to school with COVID mitigation measures in place. We had our first rainy day last week and we survived it! The one area that we could use your help with is social distancing. For many students, this is the first time they have seen classmates and friends in real time for quite a while and staying distant is hard. I saw a friend I had not seen in about 4 years and I really wanted to give her a big hug, but I stayed my distance. It was so hard! So, I do understand and would like to ask that you remind students as you drop them off to remember to social distance and do their best. Staff have been vigilant in modeling and reminding as well.

Drop off and pick up is going great. We have found our rhythm for entering and exiting the building, it is running smoothly.

We welcomed our Kindergarteners to Salmon Bay on the 9th and it is going fantastic. They have picked up routines and procedures extremely well. I walked through classes on Tuesday, and it was great to see the growth they have made in just 9 days! Amazing! I was also talking with a 1st grade teacher and she is so excited about having her students in the building. They have picked up routines and made amazing growth in writing this first month of school!

On Monday, I walked through 5th grade classrooms and some MS classrooms. In every class, students were focused engaged and enthusiastic about learning! School should be a joyous place for children, a place where it is safe to learn, engage in discussion, where mistakes happen and where we have opportunities to grow and become our best selves!

 In addition, students in Middle School will take part in Salmon Bay Fall Connections, a time to build community and get to know each other. Students will be going over to Salmon Bay Park to participate this year. They will join in activities that will require problem solving, and communication. What a great opportunity to strengthen friendships and make new friends. 

Next week is our Curriculum Night! We look forward to seeing you there! More information will be forth coming!

Quote for the week: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced!” James Baldwin

Ms. Dixon, Principal
Salmon Bay K-8
Scenes from Fall Connections
Middle School students had an opportunity to participate in Fall Connection Day activities this week. Students worked in small groups to problem-solve, communicate effectively and get to know one another.
New Staff Introductions
Hi! My name is Li-Fang Hsieh. I am part of the health and safety support staff at Salmon Bay. I grew up and earned my Bachelor’s in nursing in Taiwan. After I graduated, I worked as RN in an emergency room for 4 years and became a nursing education planner for 3 years in Taiwan. Later, I moved to Seattle and became a full-time mom for years. I have a 7-year-old creative and outgoing son, and a 5-year-old kind and artistic daughter. This year, both of my kids are going to school and I love that I can use my nursing skills and knowledge to help Salmon Bay students and staff return to school safely. In my free time, I enjoy spending time quilting and cooking for my family. 
2021 - 2022 Salmon Bay School Directory
Each year, we produce an All-School Directory to assist families in connecting with one another.
Participation in the directory is optional. Families choosing to participate can select what contact information (phone and/or email) they would like to share. All families and staff members will receive a copy of the final directory.

If your family is interested in participating in the 2021-2022 Family Directory, please click the following link to submit your information:

The deadline to submit contact information is September 30th.
Next Week on Monday, September 27th!
You can order photos before Picture Day at
Use code EVTQVMG97
Purchasing school photos is optional. All students will have individual portraits taken on September 27th.
Ballard Market Receipts
We are continuing to collect Ballard Market receipts to benefit Salmon Bay! If you shop at Ballard Market, please save your receipts and send them to school with your child. We bundle our receipts together and receive 1% of sales back as a donation to the school. That 1 % may not seem like a lot, but 1% of what we collectively spend on groceries adds up to significant funding for our school!
K-5 students will be coming to the library weekly to check out books. You can view the weekly library schedule here.

Check the chart below to see how many books your student can check out.
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. No classroom communications have been sent out to date. 
SPS Culinary Services Note - Allergies
Seattle Public Schools has a district-wide policy of not serving pork in schools. Other than pork, all other items can and may be served which includes fish, nuts, eggs, dairy etc... There is a dietary prescription process in place to ensure students with allergies can get meals free of their allergens. You can find the dietary prescription forms here: 
  • Look under the section titled Food Allergies and Special Diet Requests
  • Breakfast and lunch menus are also posted at the link above.
Please join us for Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 30th.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the content areas and instructional approaches of our school and your child's teacher(s). 

Elementary Curriculum Night will include two options, a 6 pm and 6:30 pm session. Please watch your email for additional information and Zoom links.

Middle School Curriculum Night will be held from 7:00 to 8:35 pm. We will start in Homeroom, then move through a 3-part rotation (ELA/Social Studies, Math, Science), and close with an optional session for Special Education and/or Specialists (PE, Art, Music, Theater, STEM). Please watch your email early next week for additional details and meeting links.
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.

More information about these clinics are on the SPS Health Services webpage. Once the COVID Vaccine is approve for 11 and younger, we will offer more vaccination clinics at schools.
Roots of Empathy
Did you have a baby this summer or know someone who did?

Each year, we search for 2 amazing families to join us for Roots of Empathy. We do Roots of Empathy with both of our 5th grade classrooms. 

Here is some additional information:
  • Commit to visit with one 5th grade classroom every three weeks, 9 times in total (usually on the same day and time)- virtually to start

  • Comfortable talking about all things babies (feeding, changing, safety, emotions, etc.)

  • Babies need to be 2 months old before their first visit, which is usually in early October

  • Must have childcare for other siblings during the visits

If you are interested or want more information, please connect with Jenny Brooks, Elem School Counselor
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.
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
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB)
At the FOSB Meeting last night, Jackie Thai was elected to be our middle school co-chair. We are very excited to have Jackie stepping into this volunteer role!
Meet Jackie Thai
Hello Salmon Bay community! My husband Hoa and I are currently in our 9th year as Salmon Bay parents and couldn't be more happy to be part of the SBS family! With our sons Atticus in 4th grade and Eames in 8th, his last here, it felt like a good time for me to step-up and serve alongside Shawna as middle school co-chair. There have been so many others who have served before me and I truly appreciate and understand that we need parent involvement and support to ensure that our many FOSB programs continue to run, thrive and evolve. 

I bring my enthusiasm, energy, true love for our school and the social justice mission that it has long valued to the table. In my professional experience I once ran a large, gala wine auction for 4 years in Washington's tourism industry, practiced real estate for 5 years locally, taught fitness classes at Ballard's Olympic Athletic Club for over a decade and have spent the past several years as a Recruiter and Talent Advisor in Seattle's tech industry. 

We live in the North Beach area and spend a lot of time in our RV on family camping trips. A Texas native, many of my local friendships have bloomed in this community due to SBS (despite that Seattle freeze we all hear about). We have met so many wonderful families and I am excited to meet others and work alongside many of you this year. 
Parent Information Exchange (PIE) Committee Meeting
FOSB's Parent Information Exchange (PIE) committee will be meeting online on Wednesday, Sept 29 at 6:30pm. We will be talking through ideas for the year. If you'd like to get involved with this committee, please reach out to Julie Schneider at for meeting link.
FOSB's Special Education and Disability (SED) Committee will be hosting viewings of conversations from Seth Perler's TEFOS (The Executive Function Online Summit), featuring leading experts in education, pediatric psychology, neuroscience, and parent coaching who offer information and strategies to support kids who struggle with Executive Functioning (which includes planning & organization, emotional regulation, homework, attention and more). Screenings will be every other week starting on October 6. Visit our screening event page for a list of speakers and dates. 
Lost and Found
The season of lost jackets is upon us! Students often 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 recess and lunch areas. 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
STEAM After School Enrichment Classes
Join BEAM Experiences for virtual STEAM enrichment classes. We specialize in social, creative, project-based activities, with an emphasis on fun and technology. Fall enrichment offerings include Video Game Design, Minecraft Group Challenge and Desert Team Survival. Click here to learn more about our programs OR visit our website
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:
Illumination Learning Studio Student Camps
As our kids return to the classroom this year, Illumination Learning Studio is offering a variety of school year enrichment programs including school year camps for grades K-5. School Year Camps run from 9:00-4:00pm, with options to extend Before and After camp. You can find more details and camp descriptions on our website: 
Upcoming camp themes include:
October 8th: Return to Hogwarts
November 22-24: Dance Music Video Camp