Salmon Bay Scool Banner
We Empower Compassionate, Creative and Independent Thinkers

Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
FOSB Website: 
Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
December 14, 2018
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


21 - Lantern Festival (9 am, 6:30 pm)
21 - One Hour early dismissal
24 - 1/4 - No School/ Winter Break


10 - FOSB meeting
11 - WEP Day #1
18 - WEP Day #2
21 - No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
23 - 25 - MS Theater: As You Like It 
25 - WEP Day #3
29 -  Middle School Winter Concert
29 - School Tour (daytime)
30 - No School: Day Between Semesters

Seen in the Hallways

It's busy in the art room! This week middle school students were finishing their recycled objects project (see photo above) and elementary students were creating lanterns. See the photo below for a sneak peek of lanterns waiting for a turn in the kiln!

Elementary Student Food Drive
This week, Mr. G invited students to participate in a food drive. Look at our overflowing wagon full of donations! We'll deliver all of these items to the Ballard Food Bank next week. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Before & After School Programs

Girls on the Run
We are excited to announce that Girls on the Run (GOTR) is coming to Salmon Bay! GOTR is an after-school program that uses the power of running to give girls the tools to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts and activate their power! 3rd-5th grade girls come together twice a week to learn new skills, celebrate girl empowerment, and train to run a non-competitive 5K at the end of the ten week season. 

The girls will be coached by teachers Talia and Gabrielle, as well as Amy Paguirian, a Salmon Bay parent. Practices will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, from 3:30-5:00 pm beginning March 4th, with the 5K being held on Sunday, May 19th at Renton Memorial Stadium. Registration opens on January 4th at 9am and will be a lottery period until January 18th at 5pm. After January 18th, registration will be first-come, first-served, to fill any remaining spots up to a maximum of 15 girls. You can learn more here  Registration is $200 per girl; Scholarships are available. If you have any questions, feel free to email Talia.  It's sure to be a great season!

Before School Chess Club!
Monday 8:15-8:50 AM (Middle School students)
Tuesday 8:15-8:50 AM (1st to 5th grade)
Location: Salmon Bay School Cafeteria
Instructor: Jason Maranan, OTR/L
Jason is an Occupational Therapist at Salmon Bay and Whitman Middle School. He is also an Occupational Therapist at Bridges Transition @ Ballard Swedish Hospital.

Middle School Sports

Basketball Gear! 
Looking for some of our new Panther Basketball gear? Look no further! Place an order at this link 
until 11:59 pm on 12/25. 
Late orders will not be accepted. 
Boys basketball practice  will be held on Tuesdays & Fridays in December. After break, practice will be Tuesday/Thursday for the remainder of the season. Games on Saturdays beginning January 12th. 
Girls basketball practice will be held Mondays and Thursdays, each week. Games on Saturdays starting on January 12th. 

Volleyball Coach needed
We are in need of a girls volleyball coach this spring. Practices are held twice a week after school. Interested or have questions? Email Erin, SB's Athletic Director. 

High School Tours

Upcoming High School Open Houses
Please be sure to check individual school websites for additional details and potential date/time changes. 

Nathan Hale 
December 12th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
February 12, 6 - 8:30 pm

Lincoln HS -
Open house for 9th & 10th grade students
January 15th, 6:30 - 9 pm
*Held at Hamilton Intl MS

January 31st, 7 - 8 pm

February 5th, IB Info Night, 7 pm
February 6th, General Info Night, 7 pm
February 7th, 9 - 11 am

February 5, 8th grade morning tours
February 13, 8 - 10 am 
February 7th, 6:30 - 9 pm

December 18, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Parent/Student tour
January 10, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Parent/Student tour
January 22, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Parent/Student tour
January 24th, Open House, 6 - 7:30 pm
Nova - 8th grade introduction mornings
January 16th and January 29th
9:00 - 11:45 AM (Pre-registration Required).
1st hour: student led tour and "round table" discussion
2nd Hour: visiting 8th graders choose a class to observe
Final 30 min: all 8th graders de-brief with the Principal

Open Enrollment is Feb. 4 - 19, 2019
Click here for a copy of these tour dates. 

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

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes can be found at
Our next meeting will be January 10, 2010. As always, childcare will be available. 
FOSB committees make so many things happen at Salmon Bay, from our upcoming Countering Whiteness event, to attending to our garden and grounds, to building community through parent education and social events. We value family engagement in multiple ways. Come to a meeting, join a committee with a friend, or help in your child's classroom. Contact to get in touch with our co-chairs, Aaron and Ali. We want to hear from you!

Happy Holidays from the Auction Committee!
The Friends of Salmon Bay Auction is on March 29, 2019. As you go about your holiday-ing and may find yourself with a bit of "extra", consider dropping off any of the following items in the Volunteer Coordinator's office. Your auction committee will put your extra items to great use as we create Salmon Bay's 2019 event.
  • Receive a gift that you know someone else would love a bit more than you do? Don't re-gift it. Auction-add it!
  • Like-new decorative baskets
  • An extra bottle of wine
  • Clear cello wrap
  • Wide, satin ribbon
And, if you'd like to donate an item to this year's auction or would like information about becoming a sponsor, please email

FOSB Parent Resource Library
Looking for some reading material for over the break? Books are available to borrow at the parent library cart in the front lobby near the couches.  Titles include: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Becoming an Ally to the Gender Expansive Child by Anna Bianchi, and Playground Politics; Understanding the Emotional Life of Your School Age Child by by Stanley I. Greenspan.   If you have any books to donate, or would like to add titles to our wish list, please email:

PIE Class: Guiding Kids Through Their Early Teens
Parent Information Exchange (PIE), FOSB's parent education committee, is hosting a workshop series called "Guiding Kids Through Their Early Teens" with Fulfilling Parenthood's Jenni Pertuset, to be offered in 2019. Dates/times TBD. Topics include your child's and your gifts, and challenges including  anxiety, aggression, loneliness, conformity, and rebellion.   If you are interested or have questions please email Michelle Quigley Pearson at More about Jenni's approach at

Holiday Giving

Please deliver your Adopt-A-Family and Holiday Giving contributions on Monday, December 18th to the main office. It's helpful if you can mark your name and the item you are donating on the gift/bag. Gifts should be unwrapped. Questions?  

Contact Julie Lowe 

Levy Presentation

Levy Information Session next Tuesday
Adams Elementary School and Salmon Bay K-8 School will host an information session on the upcoming Seattle Public Schools levies on Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30 pm in the Adams Elementary School lunchroom.  

There are two upcoming levy votes. One levy is the Educational Program and Operations Levy, which funds day-to-day operations and helps bridge the funding gap between what the state funds and what Seattle students need. The other levy is for the renewal of the Building Excellence V Capital Levy, which funds construction projects for aging schools. The levies are not new taxes; they renew the current levies which end after 2019. If you are interested in hearing more about this, please plan to attend the meeting.

A representative from Seattle Public Schools will be there to answer questions, and childcare will be provided. We hope you can attend! 

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival 
Mark your calendar for one of our favorite events of the year! December 21st during Friday Morning Sing, we will light beautiful lanterns made by our elementary students and celebrate in song with one another. The Lantern Festival takes place from approximately 9 - 9:30 am. 

The evening Lantern Festival will be held at Salmon Bay Park (not at school) at 6:30 pm. It will be dark, so please dress for the weather and bring a lantern or flashlight. All families are welcome to join in this community sign-along led by Mary K. 

We need help to set up lanterns after school on Thursday, December 20th! If you can help with set up on December or help light, monitor and clean up lanterns on December 21st - please sign up here

School Spirit Week

Next week is Spirit Week at Salmon Bay!
Our middle school student government, or ASB, has planned a theme for each day. All students, K-8, are invited to participate (participation is optional). 

Please dress appropriately for a regular school day, with the following themes in mind:

Monday (12/17):  PJ Day
Tuesday (12/18):  Funky Socks Day
Wednesday (12/19): Matching Day (dress just like a friend or group of friends)
Thursday (12/20): Panther Pride or School Spirit
Friday (12/21): Winter Wonderland/ Festive Holiday

Middle School News

WEP Fees
 If you have not yet paid your WEP fee, please do so. Payment can be made via check, payable to FOSB, or online here. Scholarship requests can be emailed to Jodi Russell, Volunteer Coodinator.

Snoqualmie Season Passes: For instructions on purchasing a season pass click 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.

Direct Giving Campaign

Thank you, Salmon Bay! Together, we raised over $56,000.  We greatly appreciate your generosity and participation!   A special thank you to Mary Ullrich for leading our Direct Giving Campaign this year. 

If you missed the chance, our donation link is still available here

Notes From the Library

Notes from the Library:  
We've already begun processing the first batch of books from our recent Secret Garden book fair, and many of them will be available for student check-out BEFORE break begins. A huge, heart-felt thank you to Shelley Rousseau for managing a very successful event! And thanks also to our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi, and the parent volunteers who gave up some of their valuable time (during the holidays!) to help staff the book fair. We appreciate everyone who purchased books, as each book purchased helps build the Salmon Bay library  collection. In addition, we have also supported student learning in other SPS schools ( over 10 so far this year) through inter-library loans!  

Help celebrate winter by becoming an  Extreme Reader . Seattle Public Schools is encouraging students and their families to submit photos  (by January 15 th )  of themselves reading in wonderful, unusual, or "extreme" locations. You can submit a photo to your school librarian (that's me) for prizes.  ( Middle school students who participate will be eligible for "Beaver Reader"  headbands.)   Here are  some examples  of  what extreme reading might look like.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns you may  have. The easiest way to get in touch with  me, is via email 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful break!  

Student/ Class Requests

Tiny People Building Tiny Homes
A group of Salmon Bay middle school students are building a tiny home!  
They've organized the project, raised funds, developed a plan and now they are ready to build. They are inviting you to build with them!
The building process will take place at the Pacific Studios parking lot (5311 Shilshole Ave NW) on Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm. For more information or to volunteer, check out their signup page.

Ari's HR Piano Class looking Keyboards
In Ari's homeroom, people who are good at things teach classes to their peers who want to learn from them. Three piano students currently share one piano in the auditorium, but it would be helpful if they had multiple keyboards so they could practice in their homeroom near the other classes. We would love to borrow 2-3 keyboards for the remainder of the year. After the class is finished in June, the keyboards will be returned.
Contact Ari with questions. Thank you!

Community Announcements

Ballard High School Music Concerts
Choir Concert, December 18th
Band Concert, December 19th
Orchestra Concert, December 20th
All concerts held at Ballard High School, 7:30 pm. 
All concerts are free but seats can be reserved for a donation. Click here to purchase seats. look at upcoming events and search for "Ballard High School"

Winter Wonderland in the Park
Sunday, December 16 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm  
Hosted by the Salmon Bay Park Stewards
Fostered by Groundswell NW
Join us for a special evening at Salmon Bay Park, set to the sounds of Ballard High School's outstanding Vocal Jazz choir. While the songs of such talented singers should be more than enough to warm your heart and soul on a cold winter's night, the park will also be lit up with luminarias. Hot cider and hot chocolate will be served, and artists of all ages will be able to participate in a variety of winter-themed crafts. Rain or shine, we hope to see you there!  Please contact sbpstewards@gmail with any questions.

Cascade Ultimate Frisbee Winter Camp
December 26-27-28th from 12 pm - 3 pm.
Sign up for one, two or all three days! Open to elementary and middle school students.  Location varies depending on day. For more information or to register, click here.  

Families of Color Parent Group
We are looking at partnering with Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) to start a parent group here within the Salmon Bay community.    FOCS defines a family of color as having at least one person of color in your family.  This also includes multiracial/mixed, transracial adoptive/foster families, etc.   This group will be for families of color looking to connect with other Salmon Bay families of color on a regular basis to explore topics around race, identity and community.  In order to make this partne rship happen we need to know how many parents are interested.   Please send us an  email  if you are interested and would like additional information.

BHS Gymnastics Kids Camp
Camp 1Saturday, January 12th from 9 am - 12 pm.
Camp 2 - Saturday, February 2 from 1 pm - 4 pm
Join the Ballard High School gymnastics team to learn skills on the bars, beam, vault and floor! Camps will be held in the BHS gymnasium. Questions?

Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!
Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") is open  for registration NWSLL has served our local NW Seattle neighborhoods since 1959 and is chartered through Little League  Baseball offering a variety of divisions for  baseball and softball as well as numerous volunteer opportunities.   NWSLL's boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from roughly 85th to 145th.  On-time registration runs through January 27th, and we are offering a $10 discount for those who register before January 1st!  Our Kid-Pitch players (ages 8 and up) have Evaluation Weekend on February 9-10 to assist in creating balanced teams.  After February 10th registration for Kid-Pitch teams is based on availability.  For players age 8 and younger (who play Coach-Pitch or Tee-Ball), teams start up later, so we accept registrations through early to mid-March.  Scholarships are granted to families in need of assistanc!  Click here to learn more and register online.  Questions? Email 

Student Exchange Program 
Are you ready to spread your wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain?    We offer a unique, two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.   At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever's best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.
Please join us for an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVP , and see  for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. YOU can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living IN a new culture AND gain a great friend... for life!

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