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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
April 19, 2019
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26: K-8 Family Fitness Night (5 - 7 pm)


1: Elementary Science Fair
1: Dine Out for Family Bay at BBQ Smith
4: Garden Work Party 
6 - 10: Staff Appreciation 
9: FOSB Meeting 
15 - 17: Middle School After School Theater Play
18: Rock For FOSB
21: Incoming Kindergarten Welcome Night
22: 6th Grade Biography Night 
23: Nigh School Information Night
23: Incoming 6th Grade Welcome Night
27: No School - Memorial Day

Seen in the Hallways
Middle School Poetry Night 

A robust round of applause for these brave middle school poets who took to the stage Thursday evening to share their original poems. Some works were humorous, others deeply moving,  but were enthusiastically appreciated by the audience. A big thank you to our emcee Maeve, who gave the event a graceful, easygoing flair. Great poems...with oranges and a chocolate cake finale, you can't ask for much more than that! 

Elementary students: you have a chance to share your favorite poems, including original works, on June 18th for a special year-end Poetry Celebration. 

5th Grade Salmon Release

The fifth graders escorted our salmon fry to the imprint pond at Carkeek this week. The fry will stay in the imprint pond with fry from other schools for several weeks before being released into the creek. They will travel from Venoma Creek, to Piper's Creek, to the estuary at Carkeek and then to Puget Sound and the ocean. 

Free Family Fitness Night

2nd Annual Family Fitness Night
Date/Time:  Friday, April 26 from 5-7pm.
Who should come:  EVERYONE (k-8) along with family and friends, etc.
Activities:  Rowing with Erg Ed, Frisbee with Strive and Uplift (formerly Ren Fitness), Parkour with Kong Academy, Yoga with a Salmon Bay parent, and CrossFit with a Salmon Bay parent... try any of all of these fun activities!
Please join us at this fun and FREE family event!

Before & After School Programs

Register Now for Spring Session! 
We have brought back some favorite classes this session as well as adding some new opportunities. Be sure to click here to see all of our fabulous program offerings.

New this session:
  • Video Game Design for Grades 3-5
  • Dodgeball for Grades 3-5
  • Cooking for Grades 6-8
  • Yoga for Athletes, Grades 6-8 
Middle School Students - we have programs for you:
  • Yoga for Middle School Athletes
  • Cooking Around the World
  • Video Game Design 
  • Magic the Gathering 
  • Ukulele
Once you sign-up, click here to be directed to our payment page. We ask that class fees be paid prior to the first day of your spring class. You can also drop off a check, payable to FOSB, in the red mailbox outside the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Questions? Email Jodi

Bike to School Month

May is Bike to School Month
May is almost here and that means Bike to School Month! We are looking forward to seeing the bike racks, streets, and sidewalks full of Salmon Bay cyclists of all ages. Look for calendars to track your minutes biking and walking next week. Turn in your calendars at the end of May for chances to win prizes. 

Every Friday morning in May and on National Bike to School Day, May 9, we'll be by the bike racks below the playground with treats for every student who bikes, walks, or buses. You'll also have the chance to enter our Bike Month raffle for bike-related prizes. 
We are looking for volunteers to help run the greeting table on Friday mornings. If you're interested please sign up here.   If you would like to help in other ways like bringing/providing snacks, contact Bike Committee Chair Heather Darval at

2019 School Auction

Auction Item Pick Up
If you purchased an item but have not yet picked it up, stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's office or email Jodi

Sign-Up for Parties! 
It's not too late to join some of the fabulous auction parties offered this year. This is a great way to socialize with friends and meet new parents too, all while supporting Salmon Bay School. We have fun parties and opportunities for students too.  
Click here to see all of our fabulous parties. 

Summer Camp Announcements

Salmon Bay Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp
Registration is now open for the Boys & Girls Club summer program.  We're the best price in town ($240 per week INCLUDING field trips!), and we go on field trips all around the Greater Seattle Area three to four times a week! Field trips include Seattle Storm Game, Museum of Flight, Spin Alley, Living Computer Museum, Jetty Island, Biringer Farms (berry picking), and Mariner's Game! On-site activities going with weekly themes such as Science, Food, and Creativity!  You can learn more about camp  here You can also call 206 297 7764 for information and  to register!

2019 Project Biotech Registration is Open
If the thought of science brings to mind fun in the lab and interesting discussions about DNA, health and unique careers, then we have great news for you!  As in the past, our PROJECT BIOTECH summer camps provide extensive lab and computer activities as well as the opportunity to meet local scientists, experience Shoreline Community College facilities, and interact with our experienced Biotechnology Program staff.  There will be three camps this summer, each with a different theme.  We invite you to join us for one or more of them!
  • Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond. July 8-12 
  • Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Hantavirus in WA State. July 22-26
  • Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures and Careers. August 5-9  
The registration link and additional registration details can be found here. Each camp can accept only 24 students so early registration is encouraged.  Current 8th through 11th graders are eligible. 

Girls Who Code Summer Program
Girls Who Code's newest summer program is Girls Who Code Campus! Each Campus course, for girls 10 to 18, is two weeks long to fit with busy summer schedules. Each course explores new and exciting material, like Website Design and Development or Wearable Tech & Fashion Design. View the full Course Catalog here. Campus courses are hosted at schools like Forest Ridge School and Eastside Catholic. In Campus courses, girls will explore coding concepts, build fun and challenging projects, and join a national sisterhood of over 90,000 girls who code. Registration is open, reserve your spot now (and your second registration is half off!). Early bird pricing ends on 3/15. Full scholarships are available for families that qualify. Email with questions.
Hilltop Children's Center - Big Kids Summer
Join us for a joyful summer at Hilltop!  We are open from 8-6:15 daily all summer. Big Kids Summer combines many summer camp activities into one camp so you can minimize transitions for your child, and you don't have to drive all over the city to different camps all summer for your child to have a diversity of experiences! For children in K-4th grade. To register  click here  and fill out the application for enrollment selecting Big Kids Summer only.  Email  with any questions.

Glass Art Camp: April School Break & Summer Camps
Kids are fascinated by glass and seldom get to work with it! Join local glass artist/creativity guide Marcia Wiley ( in her charming Ballard studio and learn about the magic of glass. Make fused glass art pieces, go on neighborhood art walks, and meet Maggie the Magnolia. Tuition includes glass, kiln time, snacks. Sibling discount.  Ages 5-12.  9:30 - 3:30.   Before/after-care available (8:30-4:30).  
Summer Camps beginning on June 17th. Register for individual days or, 4- or 5-day options.
See all available camps, find our more information and register at OR c all Marcia at 206 619 8613   

Summer Art Camps in North Seattle
The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors. 
  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220 
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88
To register, click here.   Questions? Send us an email

Kids With An Edge Classes
Now enrolling for  Summer Math Camps: 
Prepare for the fall and start the year off with confidence.  Math camps for 6th grade through Algebra 1.  Small and highly interactive classes.
Spring and Fall Reading/Math Classes for Preschoolers through Algebra 1.   Prep/Support for Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school or high school!  Class size limited to 2-4 students only!  Sign up now! or email with questions. 

Lost & Found

Lost and Found is Over Flowing 

We need your help to reunite lost items with their owners. Is your child missing a jacket? shirt? lunch box? water bottle? Please stop by the lost and found in the band hallway on the first floor. 
Admin Corner

Admin and Staffing Updates
This year we, as a school, experienced cuts resulting in fewer allocated staff. Working with the Building Leadership Team and the staff, we have made difficult adjustments to our program. This coming year, we anticipate:
  • 2 Kindergarten classrooms and 2 First grade classrooms with 26 students in each. We are not planning to have a split K/1 classroom next year which reduced class sizes as we prioritized funding to keep support for our reading and math specialists in place supporting the slightly larger classes.
  • Jon Olver is retiring at the end of the year, and given the staffing cuts, we do not currently plan to replace this position.
  • Kate Hanigan has accepted a role at Lincoln High School for the coming year, and we will be interviewing candidates for our Distinct SPED Classroom this coming week.
  • Currently at this time, we are planning for a half-time librarian and 2 administrators for our school; however, we are hopeful and optimistic that the budget situation may improve with legislative action in the coming weeks.
Every year we have hiring teams and opportunities for parents to serve on them. Please let Neil know if you are willing to serve on an interview team and have been trained. The required interview training is offered once a month - usually at the John Stanford Center:

At the Friends of Salmon Bay meeting May 9th, we will be giving an update to our Vision Process that the BLT has been working on as well as discussing and voting on FOSB's budget for the upcoming year.   Next year marks our 20th year in the building and we are working on a 20/20 celebration and vision launch for the start of next year as we reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

We are blessed as a school to have such a supportive community. Thank you!

Elementary News

Elementary Science Fair
The Elementary Science Fair is coming up in a little less than two weeks on the night of Wednesday, May 1st. Everyone is welcome to attend! Fifth graders will have lots of experiments to show off, but it is always fun to have a diverse range of ages and projects at the fair. Your student is encouraged to design an experiment, fill out this registration form, conduct the experiment at home and then, share the results at the Science Fair.

Spring Camp Dates
Kindergarten Camp: June 6
First Grade: May 30-31
Second Grade: May 16-17
Third Grade: May 6-8 
Fourth Grade: June 10-12
Fifth Grade: June 3-6

Enrichment Fee/ Field Trip Fee:   If you have not yet paid the enrichment fee for this school year, please make payment or request a scholarship now. Our elementary enrichment fee is $100 per student. You can pay this fee by dropping off a check (payable to FOSB) in the volunteer coordinator's office or by following this link  to an online payment option. We ask that all enrichment fees be paid by April 30. Scholarship funds are available.

Camp Fees:  We are currently collecting fees for your student's camp experience. Grade level camp fees are listed below. Camp fees can be paid by dropping off a check (payable to FOSB) in the volunteer coordinator's office or by following this link to an online payment option. We ask that all camp fees be paid before your student attends camp. Scholarship funds are available.

Summer Program for Students
Summer Staircase, SPS's free summer program for incoming 1st-5th graders, is now taking applications for Summer 2019.  The program runs Monday-Friday, July 1st-July 26th, 8:30am-1:00pm.  Students will receive breakfast, lunch, and transportation free of charge.  All students are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students who are below grade level as determined by classroom based assessments, MAP, and/or SBA. More info here.
Registration form here.  
Please return registration forms to your child's teacher or to Jenny Brooks, School Counselor.  
Application deadline is Friday, April 26th.

Middle School News

Free Community College
Seattle high-school graduates will get 2 free years of community college. Clickhere for a resource on how this program will work. 

Props Needed for Play Production
The May production of "12 Angry Jurors" needs 12 identical chairs for our set.   Do you have 12 we might use? They can be folding/stacking but should look substantial and not flimsy. Something a jury might use, right?
Also could use a standing water-cooler that actually dispenses water.   Please let us know if you have these items we might borrow for a month. Email Glyde.
Thanks so much,
Glyde & the cast/crew of "12 Angry Jurors".

8th Grade Families:
Please save the date: May 23rd
High School Information Night will be on this May 23rd. It will start with food at 6pm and information starting at 6:30 in the auditorium. We will have a panel of high school students to answer questions about the realities of freshman year and beyond.  Also, Gail, previous Salmon Bay and current Ballard High counselor, will be here to talk about ways to support your freshman and the realities of high school credits.
High School Registration
On Monday April 22nd, high school counselors from various high schools will be at Salmon Bay to register the 8th graders for their freshman year.  Information should be going out to families during spring break detailing registration events.  Ballard High will be having registration evenings on April 16 and 18 at the high school.
Any questions feel free to email MS Counselor Rob Bright at

FOSB is our school parent teacher organization. All parents and guardians are automatically members. 

FOSB Community Meeting : You don't want to miss our annual community FOSB meeting, Thursday May 9, 2019! All parents, caregivers, and staff and teachers are FOSB members, automatically and all are welcome at all FOSB meetings. Every year at the May meeting, we ask the community to come out to vote on our annual budget and to elect Officers and Directors for next year. At this meeting, you'll also learn about upcoming vision work and community-building events for 2020. As always, we have free childcare provided by Coho. 
FOSB Finance Committee Meeting : Tuesday April 30, 2019 Please join our Finance Committee to review budget plans for next year. We will prepare a budget to be presented for approval by membership at the May meeting. 
FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes from FOSB meetings are available at Check out our minutes to learn about current happenings in our classroom and updates on school day happenings from administration.
FOSB Officers for 2019-2020
Middle School Co-Chair: Scott Koch
Elementary Co-Chair: Open
Secretary: Tracy Wilson
Middle School Treasurer: Shelley Rousseau
Elementary Treasurer: Jen S Phiefer
At large FOSB Treasurer/Finance Committee: Open
FOSB Directors
  • Danielle Steele (6th grader)
  • Elijah Driscol (2nd grader)
  • Ian Whyte (6th grader):
  • Jodi Russell (6th grader)
  • Laura Feola (2nd and 5th graders)
  • Margaret Bagshaw (7th grader)
  • Nicole Gomez (3rd grader)
  • Ali Pollock (7th grader)

Rock for FOSB - Save the Date!

Community Announcements

Family-friendly, Fun Events at UW this spring quarter:
Saturday, April 20, 6-9. Pm, Desi Demakha, UW Meany Theatre. Annual cultural dance and music celebration put on by a coalition of our Indian and Pakistani Student Associations. Tickets available at door, cash-only.
Thursday and Friday, April 25-26, 9 am to 1pm, Engineering Discovery Days, various locations near UW Engineering departments and buildings. For complete information click here

Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
Cascades Academy is a 2.5-hour clinic taught by a rotating cast of elite players from Seattle Cascades men's & women's teams, Seattle Riot, Seattle Underground, and UW's Sundodgers. Available to students grades 3rd-8th; clinics are hosted around the Seattle area at a variety of playfields and welcome all abilities and genders.  Please join us at our next clinic: Sunday, April 21st
Lower Woodland #7 (turf) from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
Register here

Free Football Skills Camp 
April 28th, Sunday, from 3-5 pm. Check in is at 2:30 pm. 
This free camp is hosted at Ingraham High School.  Each participant gets a free Titans tee shirt. Basic football skills and drills. More info here.  To sign up just RSVP name, age and grade to me @

Production of Freaky Friday
Eckstein Middle School Presents. . . Freaky Friday.  This all-student cast is performing a wacky musical production two nights only.  Performances are Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th   at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10 at the door starting at 6:30pm.  For in-coming 6th graders, this is a great way to check out their new school!  

Middle School Girls Volleyball Opportunity
Are you interested in joining a middle school girls volleyball league for 6th -8th  grade girls at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club? If so, please email T.J. Parry at with your name, players name, grade, and email as we gather numbers to estimate the interest level.  He will add you to the list and let you know when registration will be open.  Minimum of 24 girls, maximum of 40-44. See more details below:
  • Players will be put on a team based on buddy/coach requests, school, and grade. 
  • Team practices on Monday or Wednesday 7-8pm. Matches on Fridays at 5pm or 6pm. 
  • Anticipated Start Date: April 15
  • End Date: June 7
  • 7-8 practices per team
  • 7-8 matches per team
  • Cost: TBD but between $80-90 per player +BGC Membership required ($50)
Cascadia College/UW Bothell Career Day!
Saturday, April 27th from 11am-4pm. Join us for Career Day: Telling Our Stories, Changing the Narrative. This all-day community event is a rich exploration of academic and career possibilities. Though this experience is tailored to girls* and women of all ages in school, college and beyond, people of all ages and genders are welcome to attend. Shuttles, snacks and lunch will be provided. Please let us know your transportation needs in your registration form. Parents and allies of all ages and genders are welcome to attend this FREE event! More info here.    Salmon Pay parent, Christine Meier is planning to attend and happy to carpool additional students. Call her at 206-854-4952

Middle School Writing Clinic
For Students Entering Grades 6-8 in Fall 2019
August 12, 13, and 14; 10am-3pm, 
6412 34th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Tuition: $800
The Moving Words clinic works with budding writers and students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other sensory/learning issues.  The Brainstorming Clinics focus on the first, most generative stage of the writing process. Students will learn how the brain finds ideas and practice various techniques to access them. 
Register here.  

Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale
The Eckstein Band annual rummage sale is coming soon- April 20th!  This fundraiser helps fund our Jazz/Band programs, which serve hundreds of kids in the school every year.  Donations of re-sellable items will be accepted on April 19th. Please join us for the  sale on April 20th. More detailed information can be found here. 

Need Math Help For Your Student?
Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle is offering a free math skills assessment designed to identify students' strengths and areas of opportunity. The assessment results are used to create a custom learning plan for each student, either for support or enrichment. Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle is owned by Ballard parents Andrew and Julie Tempest. Contact them to schedule an assessment for your student at 206-588-0460 or by e-mail  Learn more at

Summer rental in sunshine-filled Craftsman
Do you have family or friends who are planning a visit to Seattle this summer and are looking for a place to rent? Or do you know anyone planning a remodel who might need a place to call home for the summer? If so, feel free to get in touch! We will be traveling for the summer and are hoping to rent out our beautiful craftsman home for the months of July and August (available July 1 - Aug 31). Our two bedroom home is perfect for a family with two children. It comfortably sleeps 4, with space for 2 more in a pull-out couch/bed in the study. We're two blocks from the  Hiram Chittenden Locks and and a 10 minute walk to central  Ballard. We're seeking a renter for the full two month period (if possible). If you have any questions or would like more information and pictures, please contact Jessica Cohen at . 

Bulletin Submissions
We welcome submissions to our weekly Bulletin.
Email submissions to Jodi by  noon on Thursdays.