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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
FOSB Website: www.FriendsOfSalmonBay.org 
Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
December 1, 2017
In This Issue
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4: Diversity Committee Meeting, 9:15 am
5: FOSB Mini Grant Committee Meeting, 7 pm
7: Salmon Bay Song Sing-along, 6:30 pm
7: FOSB Meeting, 7:15 pm
15: Lantern Festival at Friday Sing, 9 am 
15: Evening Lantern Festival, Salmon Bay Park, 6:30 pm
18 - 29: No School - Winter Break

Seen in the Hallways

The Race to Save the World
This week students in the middle school elective, Activism and Awareness, had the opportunity to listen to and engage with, Michael Foster, one of the climate activists who briefly turned off the TransCanada's Keystone 1 pipeline in North Dakota. The class was filmed for an upcoming documentary tentatively titled, "The Race to Save the World." Students found Michael Foster's presentation inspiring and were thrilled to be a part of the critical conversation regarding climate science and activism. Mr. Foster and his crew were equally as impressed with the students of Salmon Bay and their level of insight. After his presentation, Mr. Foster sent a source list that includes videos, articles, and links to local organizations. 

Sister Schools Supply Drive
Over the past couple weeks, middle school students participated in a supply drive for students in Uganda. This morning, students helped to organize donated items and load them onto the Sister Schools truck. Thank you to everyone who donated items!
Middle School Sports

Basketball Practices Begin NEXT WEEK!
Boys will begin practice on Dec. 6th from 2:30-4:15.  

Girls will begin practice on Dec 7th from 3:45-5:30.
Regular practice schedule:
Girls: Tuesday/Thursdays  from 3:45-5:30
Boys: Mondays, 3:45-5:30 and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:15.
For more information, contact Erin Telford, Salmon Bay School Athletic Director.

YOU are the Champions!
Please join us in congratulating our K-8 Girls Soccer Champions! What an amazing season! It takes a great deal of dedication, teamwork and skill to maintain an undefeated season. We couldn't be prouder of you - well done! 

Winter After School Programs
Winter After School Classes
Registration is open for our winter quarter programs!
Hip Hop, Coding, Art Survey, Chess, Debate and Ukulele are all back for the next session. 

New! We are offering Trendy Crafts and Friday Sports Spectacular. 

See all of the class offerings and register here

Middle School Playwriting - Grades 6-8
Last year's play, "Robin Hood" was a huge hit! Did you know that it was written last year by a group of  Salmon Bay students? In this class, you will learn to write a compelling scene, with a strong event and intriguing character development, while collaborating with other writers to create a play.   Fee: $155.  
Min. enrollment: 8, Max: 12
Class meets on Mondays & Wednesdays until 5:15 pm.
Class starts next week! Sign up here.              

Metropolis Dance Fall Show
Metropolis Dance will hold it's Fall Quarter Show on December 8, 6:30 pm, at the Queen Anne Community Center Gym. Salmon Bay dancers will be performing the routines that have learned this fall. Everyone is invited to attend and admission is free!

Community Announcements

Seattle Festival Orchestra Holiday Concert
See Music Director, Mark Oesterle, perform on December 2nd at 7 pm & December 3rd at 3 pm. Green Lake Methodist Church, 6415 1st Ave NE.
$18 adults,  $14 seniors/minors or $50 family of 5 special. Get $10 tickets with this code: 54TN4 at Brown Paper TicketsListen to some great music and have your photo taken with Santa Claus. 
Ballard High School Winter Concerts
The musicians at Ballard High School are hard at work rehearsing for their Winter Concert Series. The Orchestra (Dec 6) , Band (Dec 7), and Choir (Dec 11) concerts  will culminate in a show-stopping performance of Haydn's Masterwork, Te Deum. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra will combine for this finale performance, featuring 210 students on stage. 
See this flyer for details.
All performances are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Nutcracker Performances
The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the  RHS Performing Arts Theatre   This fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite is sure to get you swinging into the holiday season.  For ticketing information, click here.  

Closing the Achievement Gap
Cultivating the Genius of Black Children, a series of workshops designed to help families close the achievement gap. Thursdays: Jan. 23, March 22 & April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Attend one or all workshops. Free dinner and free childcare.  Register here. 

Ballard HS Gymnastic Kid Camps
Due to popular demand, the Ballard High School Gymnastics team is hosting 2 more Kids Camps for grades K - 5th  at the Ballard High School gym. Tickets are $45 per date, per camper (additional campers from the same family are $40 per date). No gymnastics experience is needed! Register here
  • Camp 1: Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 9am to 12pm
  • Camp 2: Saturday, Jan. 27th from 1pm to 4pm

Mentor Led Support Group for Girls
Circles of Power, a girls group talking circle, is a mentor led support  group created to usher girls through the ages of 11-15 by providing  support, connection, and a safe space to explore who  they are becoming as young women. Group are led by Karina Brossman. Girls meet  every other Sunday  from 2-3:30 pm, January through June. Cost is $300 total. Families are asked to commit by December 15th, a minimum of 5 girls needed to run the group.  See this flyer for more details. I nformational meeting on Saturday December 9th, 11-12:30.  Please email for more details.  

RHS Mini-Hooper Holiday Camp
Girls and boys in grades 1-5 are invited to a holiday basketball camp sponsored by the Roosevelt Girls Basketball Team. December 18th and 19th, 9 am - 1 pm.
$75 1 day/child or $100/ 2 days per child. Register here. 

Teen Art Program
Push/Pull, an artist collective/shop in Downtown Ballard has started a teen art program! Ages 13-18 are invited to participate. Full more information, please click here. The comics and Illustration classes are taught by David Lasky who is one of the city's best comics artists!


 Join the FOSB Mini Grant Committee 
We recently announced that we will be granting up to $15,000 in mini-grants to support students and families at Salmon Bay! Grant proposals have been turned in and now it's time to evaluate the projects. We are seeking volunteers who would like to assist with this process and help form a funding recommendation. The committee will meet on Tuesday, December 5, 7 pm at school. Interested individuals should email our  FOSB Treasurers,   Shelley Rousseau or  Jen Snorsky Phiefer

Diversity Committee Meeting 
Join us at the next  Diversity Committee Meeting 
Monday, December 4th at 9:15-11:15 am at The Dane (8000 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117)
 The Diversity Committee serves to create an all-inclusive community by offering opportunities that encourage understanding and education around all diversity and identity-related issues. 

Salmon Bay Lantern Song Sing-Along
December 7th from 6:30 - 7:15 pm. in the library.
Interested in learning the songs we'll be singing during the Lantern Festival? Join us for a fun, family friendly sing-along before the next FOSB meeting. Feel free to bring an instrument too!  Questions? Email Danielle Steele
To download Lantern Festival song lyrics, click here

Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB) December meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th, from  7:15 pm -9:00 pm in the library. 
* Note: Enter building on east side (18th Ave).

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th, from  
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm in the library. 
*Note: Enter building on east side (18th Ave).
We're pleased to host Rep. Noel Frame from the 36th district from 7:15-7:45 in the Library. Want to know about what's happening in Olympia with public education? Come ask. Our regular business meeting will be from 7:45-8:30. We'll be hearing from staff and voting on mini grants.
6:30-7:15 Sing-Along
7:17-7:45 Rep. Frame
7:45-8:30 Meeting
If you need childcare, please sign up on our webpage ASAP.
Scott and Ali
FOSB Co-Chairs

Thank you for supporting our Fall Book Fair
Sales were fast and furious during the final hours of the fall Book Fair today. Thank you to everyone who purchased items and who volunteered in support of this event. It was a great week. Happy reading!

Office Notes
Holiday Help
Jenny Brooks, Elementary Counselor, is coordinating support for families during this holiday season. To request assistance, please email or call Jenny at 206-252-1738.   If you would like to donate gift cards (Fred Meyer) or other items to support our school community,  please contact Jodi or stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's office. 

No Parking Reminder
We ask that you do not park in our bus zone on 19th Avenue. This area is used by school buses in the morning and is not a safe drop-off location for students.

Action Required - Student Verification Forms
Seattle Public Schools has announced the online version of the student data verification form for the 2017-18 school year. This process replaces the paper data verification form sent home at the beginning of each school year. 

To complete the form, please log into the Source  and click on "Data Verification Form."  Note: The system allows for only one data verification form to be submitted per student. If another legal guardian has initiated filling out the data verification form, you will receive an error indicating that the form is associated with another account.

If you have multiple students at the district, you will fill out a data verification form for each student. We ask that all families complete these forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our main office. 

Middle School News

The Panther Press & Radio News
Homework has been accepted in society for so long, it's hard to say when it started.  But now, in the 21st century, people have been wondering; should we abolish homework? It has been debated...  click here for the latest edition of The Panther Press. 

The latest Radio News Game Show can be found here

Ski Clothing Swap
If your student has outgrown their ski gear, consider donating it to another Salmon Bay family. We've placed a clothing rack in the Volunteer Coordinator's office. Stop by, drop your outgrown items off and look to see if anything will fit for the upcoming season.

Attention 8th Grade Families - High School Tours
It's time to start planning for high school tours. Check this document for tour details. Please contact Gail, middle school counselor, with any questions. 

Information Nights  - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 & Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:00 to 7:00PM Information Tables and Tours
7:00 to 8:30PM Presentation & Questions

Ballard High School
Student tours, February 6th and 14th from 8 to 9:30 AM. 
8th Grade Parent Night  - Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Ballard High School Gym.  
Students may sign up for shadow visits of IHS students now. Contact Maria Medina (206-252-3889). Slots for shadowing fill up quickly. 

Open House - Tuesday, February 6th, 7:00 PM 
International Baccalaureate (IB) Info Night - Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 PM in the Ingraham Library. 
Ingraham High School Tour - Thursday, February 8th at 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM, in the auditorium. Parents must accompany students on tour.

Raisbeck Aviation High School
Informational Nights - Thursday, December 7 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Please see the the Raisbeck Aviation High School website for more information

Garfield High School
Tuesday 1/16 and Tuesday 1/23: 10:00-11:30 am - School-day tours designed for students (parents/guardians may attend.) 
Thursday 1/18:
6:00-8:00 pm - Evening info session and self-directed tours designed for parents and guardians (students may attend.) 

Lantern Festival / Friday Sing

Lantern Festival
Our annual school Lantern Festival will take place during Friday Sing on December 15th. Elementary students are already working on their classroom lantern projects! 

An evening Lantern Festival, led by guest teaching artist Mary K, will also be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 15th.

Volunteers are are needed to help set up for the lantern festival after school on Thursday, December 14th and to light/monitor lanterns on Friday, December 15th. If you can help, please sign up here. 

From the Friday Sing Committee
Thanks to everyone who answered our Friday Sing survey. It's obvious that many consider Friday Sing a significant community event - and we agree!  We received feedback that Friday Sing provides an important sense of community, as the one place elementary students gather together on a regular basis.
We have been working to identify a consistent leader and feel that Sandy Buchner is a good fit. Sandy led Friday Sing during November. She already knows some families in our community, looks forward to meeting more, and is open to having new people involved on Fridays. We are working to share favorite songs with her and are excited to learn the music she'll be sharing with us.
We understand that Friday Sing is a work in progress and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve this experience for our students. We are currently thinking through the best ways for students to learn songs outside of our Friday morning gathering (including working with Mark Oesterle!).We continue to welcome your feedback and participation!

Come to our Salmon Bay Lantern Song Sing-a-Long next Thursday at 6:30 pm in the library. Practice the lantern songs so you'll be ready for December 15th! 

Donation Drive Invitation
Legion of Hope Donation Drive
Talia's Third Grade Class is gathering supplies to help feed, clothe and aide the homeless of Seattle.
You are invited to join them by gathering the following items:
  • Jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • New Socks
  • Individual toiletries (including travel size items)
Donations can be dropped off in the boxes outside of Talia's classroom (room 113).  
For more information about the Legion of Hope, click here

Chinook Books for Sale

Last Chance!
Have you purchased a book yet? We'd love to sell our remaining book before Thanksgiving. Stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's Office to purchase your copy. 

Each book is $25 and includes a 12 month mobile subscription.