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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
April 26, 2019
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1: Elementary Science Fair
4: Garden Work Party 
6 - 10: Staff Appreciation 
9: FOSB Meeting 
14: Incoming 6th Grade Welcome Night
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
27: No School - Memorial Day

For a copy of our May & June School Event Calendar click here

Seen in the Hallways
Hallway Floors

Thank you to everyone for your flexibility while our work crews install our new hallway flooring. Students have been excited to see the progress made so far and have been guessing what colors and pattern will appear in the hallway.  Take a look - the easy hallway now has the first set of color tiles! We can't wait until it is complete!
Mood Meter Artwork

Many of our classes use the Mood Meter as part of their social emotional lessons. We love these student created mood meters in the hallway outside of Anna's kindergarten classroom. 

Growing Towards Equity

Our front lobby bulletin board has been transformed into a spring garden full of reminders and actions we can all take as we work to create social justice and equity for all. Each leaf or flower petal represents one student's pledge of action or Social Justice Week reflection. 

The Heart of Rainbow Peace
The next time you visit our auditorium, take a look at this beautiful heart created by Jenny's K/1 classroom. Created as an auction project, this heart was purchased and donated to the school for all to enjoy! 
Before & After School Programs

Last call for Spring Session! 
Click here to see all of our fabulous program offerings. 

Payments Due for After School Classes
If you have not yet paid your after school class fees, please do so now. Click here to be directed to our payment page. You can also drop off a check, payable to FOSB, in the red mailbox outside the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Questions? Email Jodi

After School K-2 Creative Drama Class
Hello After School Drama Families!  
Salmon Bay After School Theatre is happy to announce registration for this year's K-2 Creative Drama Class! In Creative Drama, students will use theatre exercises and imaginary play to creatively and collaboratively solve problems. Banding together as an ensemble, each student will use their voice, body, and imagination to overcome dramatic challenges and create characters inhabiting the story and world the class creates. Tuition for the class will be $155.00, and scholarships will be available. We will have a cap on enrollment in order to ensure that there is a safe and positive student/teacher ratio, so registration will close after 12 slots have filled. 

You can register here
This class will be taught by Karissa Elliott and will run for seven sessions on the following days: 
Wednesday, May 1st 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 8th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 15th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 22nd 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 29th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 5th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 12th 2:10-3:30pm
Class will typically take place in room 214 (the greenroom for those of you who have done plays with us before!). If there is a location change, parents will be notified via email. 
There will be a sharing on the last day of class (June 12th). This will be the last 45 minutes of class, and will be a chance for parents/family to observe/participate in part of the creative drama experience. I'd like to emphasize that this is a sharing of a typical class session, not a performance or showcase.
Once registration is complete, we will be contacting parents/guardians in order to organize volunteers to provide snack on a weekly basis, since each class will start with a snack. 
While it is not strictly mandatory for students to attend every class, and we are aware that sickness and unexpected conflicts can happen, we ask that if your student would miss more than one or two classes, you leave the slot open for another student. If you have further questions about the class content, scholarship information, or any other concerns, please let me know.
Biz Freebairn she/her/hers 
Salmon Bay After School Theatre
Program Coordinator

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

Order your Luna School Year Calendar Now
Xena's class has created a calendar depicting Luna the lizard in all her seasonal activities.  You will be charmed and amazed by Luna's adventures!  She rides her bus to the first day of school, she goes to the beach, plays electric guitar, and goes on an arctic exploration!  Calendars will be ordered and delivered after the auction.  $20 each. Sign-up here
Sign-Up for Parties! 
It's not too late to join some of the fabulous auction parties offered this year. Check out these upcoming parties:

Mindfulness & Pottery Class
Please join Salmon Bay parents Faye Baker and Jeannie Cziesla this Saturday morning for a class integrating mindfulness practices and creative pottery projects! Jeannie will lead you through mindfulness exercises to help you get grounded in your creativity, while Faye leads you in the creation of two pottery pieces to take home with you to enrich your home environment. Come back on Friday, 5/10 for a glazing party, complete with Prosecco and snacks!
Sing up here
Beer and Magic the Gathering
This Sunday, join 5th grade Teacher Brian and Salmon Bay parent Derek Trlica at Lagunitas Brewing for a beer and a game or two of Magic! You will participate in a booster draft and build a deck to play with and take home. Brian will facilitate the fun, and Derek will treat to the first round of beer. First-timers, old-hatters, and everyone in between are welcome! (Adults only) Sign up here

Auction parties are a  great way to socialize with friends and meet new parents too, all while supporting Salmon Bay School.   Click here to see all of our fabulous parties. 

Notes from the Library

It's almost May, so it's time to share some of my favorite resources and tools for making the transition to summer reading as seamless as possible:
  • The AudioBook Sync free Young Adult book offer is back! Anyone over 13 can download two YA books per week, throughout the summer. Go to the website to see the list and conditions. You have unlimited time to read the books, but you must download them during the week they're being featured! It's a great deal, with some excellent titles being offered. The current week has the latest Kwame Alexander title as one of the options!
  • Do you know about Libby? It's a free app that allows you to access eBooks and eAudiobooks from the public library. You do need to have a public library card to use Libby. (If you are a patron of multiple public libraries, you can set up a Libby account for each one.) Libby is also available through the district's Online Resources web page.
On a different topic, if you or your student are experiencing difficulties accessing Schoology from home, please try this suggestion from district tech support:
At HOME, student's visit: click the Student Family Portals link at the top of the screen, then select the Student Portal button.  From that screen they should log in with their SPS username followed by  
EXAMPLE:    This will give your student access to SPS resources. 
NOTE:   If your student uses this method, they will be logging onto Office 365.  If you share a computer with your student, please make sure you use different browsers.  For example, if you use Chrome, have your student useFirefox .   
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me:

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!

Happy Squirrel Music and Arts Camp 
June 28, July1,2,3,5
9:00 am -4:00pm
Ballard Oddfellows Lodge 
Last day (7/5)at Golden Gardens for kite making 
$80 a day 
Sibling discount  And Discount for 5 days
Online link to register and pay here. :
More information: 

Sounders FC Summer Camps
Summer is a great time for development and our camps are a great way for each individual soccer player to improve and prepare for their next middle school season or for their first high school season.
We offer regular half and full-day camps as well as our advanced technical camps meant for the more serious athlete. Our camps are held all throughout Greater Seattle from June 24th-August 30th. More information can be found on our Sounders FC website in the "Camps" tab.

2019 Project Biotech Registration is Open
 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. 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. 

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

Tonight: 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!

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

Middle School Community Awards
Both Olympic and Cascade teams took time during Homeroom this week to celebrate students who consistently contribute positivity to our school community. Their teachers wanted to recognize students who are kind, helpful, gracious, and set positive examples not only in our classrooms, but in our hallways and shared spaces as well. They bring so much light and joy to our community, so their teachers wanted to make sure they were recognized and appreciated! Congratulations and thank you to the following students who were recognized: Roman, Louis, Kat, Emmie, Dylan, Chloe, Luca and Hazel!

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.

Are You Attending Ingraham HS next fall?
Have you finished your on-line registration yet?
Please take some time NOW to go on-line via the SOURCE and register for your classes for the Fall 2019.
We would still like the paper copy of your registration with the signatures but most important is the on-line
Registration. Here are two links to videos that can walk you through the process. See you in the Fall!
    1. Instructional video: How to Complete your Registration Option Sheet
    2. Instructional video: How to Complete your Online Registration
Audition dates for Roosevelt Jazz 
2019-2020 School Year. For Audition dates click here  
Sun June 9, 10am:  Incoming 9th graders, saxophones
Sun June 9, 12pm:  Incoming 9th graders, brass
Mon June 10, 4pm:  ALL rhythm section players (piano, vibes, guitar, bass, drums)
Thur June 6, 4:15pm:   ALL vocalists

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 8, 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. 
Help Needed: can you pick up donuts before school on a Friday? Greet students as they arrive at school? We could use your help! Please sign up here.   If you would like to help in other ways like bringing/providing snacks, contact Bike Committee Chair Heather Darval at

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

FOSB May Community Meeting : You don't want to miss our annual community FOSB meeting, Thursday May 9, 2019, 7pm in the Salmon Bay Library! 

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. We need at least 20 parents who are not FOSB Directors or Officers to attend the meeting for this vote.  At this meeting, you'll also learn about how Salmon Bay staff and parents are working together on a shared vision for our school's future, as well as some exciting community-building events being planned for 2020.  As always, we have free childcare provided by Coho. 

FOSB Finance Committee Meeting : Tuesday April 30, 2019, 7pm in Room 214. 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)
GARDEN WORK PARTY coming up MAY 4th!
Pleaes take a couple of hours out of your Saturday to join us for a fun, invigorating, mulch spreading garden work party! Your fearless garden committee leaders will be on hand from 9am to 2pm. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our front beds are crying for some nutrients and love. Come ready to move and spread mulch. We will have tools and wheelbarrows available as well as drinks and snacks. RSVP here and please indicate the time frame you are able to join us. It helps immensely with planning. 
Thank you!
Your FOSB Garden Committee

Rock for FOSB - May 18th
Join us for a night of live music! Bands feature Salmon Bay parents and teachers! We also need volunteers to collect donations at the door. If you can volunteer for a one hour shift please sign up here

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. 
Community Announcements

Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness
The Salmon Bay Park Stewards host a speaker from the Office of Emergency Management to discuss how to coordinate your disaster preparation efforts with your neighbors. 
Monday, April 29 at  7:00pm
Ballard Community Center 6020 28th Ave NW

After School Class Invitation from Adams Elementary
Adams Elementary School (6110 28th Ave NW) runs a before and after school program (BSAP) which is currently hosting two classes for which they have not filled up and are opening to other students to join. The classes start this week and run for 8 weeks. Amanda Allen from Salmon Bay has kids attending both of the classes below so, if you're interested in carpooling, please let her know (206-619-1695).

Creative Coding  - Thursdays 3:30-5:00 - 4/25 - 6/13
Make the games you want to play! Our standard class for grades 3-5 is open to all experience levels. Students will bring their own ideas for the games and animations they wish to create, and our teachers will guide them towards their goals. A variety of challenges will supplement each coder's own projects, which they'll get to show in a presentation at the end of the class! Beginners will spend the first few lessons learning the basics of coding and how to use Scratch before diving into their own projects. Our classic Creative Coding experience is desi gned to be repeated as many times as desired, as each student continues to hone their skills through the individual assistance of our awesome instructors!
Cooking Class - Rainy Day Dinner Club 
Fridays from 3:25-5:10 - 4/26 - 6/14
We use the perspective of food, cooking, and nutrition to learn about geography, math skills, science, and culture, while helping kids develop a lifelong love of fresh ingredients. Each class students will leave with a nutritious, oven-ready entrée for the whole family to share. Our interdisciplinary and hands-on cooking classes are fun, delicious, and healthy and are a wonderful way to develop enthusiasm for the kitchen classroom. Each session our menu changes but you can check out our current menu here!    Each entrée will serve 4 to 6 and
will be packaged in oven ready cookware with baking instructions. This way your family can discuss what we learned in class while enjoying the dinner we created!
You can get to the website they use to host their sign up to find these two classes and sign up. If you have any trouble signing up, please contact Robyn Bradbury (206-450-2013), the Adams BSAP coordinator.

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!  

Nathan Hale High School presents "Crazy For You"
Hale H.S. Performing Arts Center; 10750 30th Ave NE 
"Crazy For You," tells the story of a dream of hope that inspires people in a small town to lift each other up with music, dancing, and love. Cowboys, jazz, mistaken identity, and facial hair are all important elements in this fun and family-friendly story.
Performances run May 2nd - 4th & May 10th - 11th 7 PM, and a matinee performance on May 11th at 2pm.  Discounted online Tickets for regular performances are now available for purchase here  Tickets may also be available at the door for $15 for adults ($10 for students/seniors)

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.