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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
December 21, 2018
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


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


8  - Funding Equity Committee Meeting, 7 pm
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, 7 pm
29 - School Tour (daytime)
30 - No School: Day Between Semesters

Seen in the Hallways

Lantern Festival
The lanterns were lovely and the singing was beautiful. What a perfect way to start our Friday and send students off on Winter Break! 

You are invited to our Evening Lantern Walk tonight!   6:30 pm, Salmon Bay Park. Mary K will lead songs. Please bring your own lantern or flashlight. 

Egypt Projects
On Wednesday, 6 th  graders presented their Egypt Research projects to fellow 6 th  graders and both 3 rd  grade classes in a class museum. For six weeks students researched, wrote about, and then prepared a visual about an Egyptian topic of their choice. Many students chose to include an "interactive" piece, where others could answer true or false questions about a topic in a coding game, build a pyramid, or dress a pharaoh (among many others)!  Here are just a few of the projects students shared: Egyptian make-up, pyramid building and medicinal plants/herbs.

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. 

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!

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 
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

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. 


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

From Admin
Salmon Bay Families,
We want to wish everyone a great break - whether you are travelling, chilling with family, taking on a project or hanging out with friends.  We hope the time away from school is one of renewal and connection.  
We are humbled to be entrusted with your children and to support them on their individual journeys.
Stay warm and bring back a little bit of snow for us in Seattle if you get up to the mountains to enjoy the winter wonderland.
On behalf of the staff - thank you for your partnership with us,
Volunteer Coordinator Note

My heartfelt thanks
At a time of year when it is natural to think of the ways in which we are fortunate, I count this community and the continual support it offers to students and staff at the top of my list. Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped feed staff, chaperone students, and volunteer in our classrooms. Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, talent and financial resources. Your generosity touches the lives of many and you are greatly appreciated. 

If I can be of assistance as we move into the New Year, or at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me. 



WEP Volunteer Help
We have many opportunities for volunteers to support our WEP program. If you'd like to help, I promise to find you a job!

Email Jodi to volunteer for Elementary WEP.

We need drivers to pick up our middle school Tour of Seattle group on January 11th at the AGC Marina on Lake Union, 2:45 pm and drive them back to school. Email Jodi with your car capacity if you can help. 

To support our ski/snowboarding program at school in the morning or evening, sign-up here.
To volunteer up at the mountain, sign-up here

All volunteers need to complete the SPS volunteer application and background check. Click here to learn more about the process and to begin your online application.

Middle School News

8th Grade Yearbook Photos

8th graders have the privilege of taking and sending in their OWN photo for the school yearbook. The yearbook staff will be accepting these 8th grade photos during the month of January ONLY.  If you are an 8th grader and would like to have a photo OTHER than the one on your school id, please email a .jpg file to It MAY be a baby photo but we will ALSO include a more current photo to go with. You may include a quote of your choice, up to 20 words, school appropriate and with proper citation. Both the personal photo and the quote are optional. If you are going to have a professional photo taken, winter break is a great time to do that.

The ASB MLK, Jr. Assembly Committee is looking for three acts to go into the assembly. We are looking for musical or spoken word pieces performed by students, preferably original. The assembly is Tues Jan22. The auditions are during lunch Wed Jan 9 in Glyde's Room. We are looking for pieces that are inspirational and empowering and 4 mins long. Sign-up sheet is outside Room 306. All are welcome to join in our celebration.

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.

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.

Geo Bee

Salmon Bay Geo Bee!

Thank you to our 5th - 8th grade Geo Bee classroom representatives:
5th graders: Henry and Aiden,
6th graders: Nick (runner up), Harry, Waverley and Hazel
7th graders: Mason, Nathan, Luna, Jackie
8th graders: Peyton, Daniel, Jack R, Dylan and Wilson
In the end, Wilson Bailey answered the most questions correctly and was crowned Salmon Bay champion. Congratulations, Wilson! He will represent Salmon Bay at the state competition later this schoolyear.  Thank you to all the contestants for making it a great competition this year.

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. 

The Funding Equity Committee will meet at 7pm on January 8th in the Salmon Bay Library. 

Thank you to all the families and students who contributed to our Direct Giving campaign and Holiday Adopt a Family programs and to so many of  you who volunteer to help make events and school activities happen. FOSB wishes everyone a wonderful winter break and looks forward to continuing to support the Salmon Bay community in 2019. 

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

Community Announcements

Health Care Coverage
Health care coverage through the  Washington Apple Health program  is available to those that qualify at no
cost. If you would like to see if you or your dependents qualify for coverage, you may apply online at, or by contacting the Health Benefit Exchange Customer Support Center at 1-855-923-4633. Interested individuals should act quickly.

If you or your dependents qualify for no-cost Washington Apple Health, you will have a choice of available managed care plans depending on the county in which you live. There are no premiums, co-pays or deductibles. 
If you have employer-based health insurance coverage, you may qualify for help with your monthly premiums. Call 1-800-562-3022, extension 15473, or visit the  Premium Payment page on Health Care Authority's website for more information. The site includes general information and an application form.    

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.  

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!