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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
December 7, 2018
In This Issue
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12 - Diversity Committee Speaker
21 - Lantern Festival (9 am, 6:30 pm)
21 - One Hour early dismissal
24 - 1/4 - No School/ Winter Break

Seen in the Hallways
Third Grade Portraits
We are so impressed with the third-grade portraits on display outside Dave and Talia's classrooms. The vibrant colors and family messages are inspiring. To collect information for the portraits, Dave and Talia developed a family questionnaire that students took home and discussed with their families. Next, they took close-up photos of all students. Once printed, students traced their portrait in pencil and then traced again with a Sharpie. Students selected pastels and added color in different parts of their face, including their hair and upper body. Afterwards, students chose four of the most important or meaningful parts of their family questionnaire answers and wrote those on the border of their portrait frame

Salmon Bay Chess Club

Before School Chess Club Forming!
We welcome beginners as well as students with prior chess experience.The program is free, we simply ask that you sign the permission slip and return it to school with your student.

Meeting Days/Times: 
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

It's time for Panther Basketball! 
Basketball season is underway! All athletes should have completed basketball paperwork and a current physical on file. Contact Erin Telford, Athletic Director, with any questions. 

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. 
Girls basketball practice will be held Mondays and Thursdays, each week. Games on Saturdays starting in January. 

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 
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

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!

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

Holiday Giving

The Salmon Bay Holiday Giving program is now in full swing!  We have a few wishes yet to be fulfilled. If you would like to participate please click here. Please return gifts to the main office, unwrapped and labelled no later than 12/18.  Questions?  

Contact Julie Lowe 

Free Workshop

Free Workshop
Do you ever ask yourself, "What can I do to work for racial equity in predominantly white settings?" Explore this question in a FREE workshop led by knowledgeable speakers. In this interactive workshop, develop your racial equity literacy and explore how racial inequities show up at Salmon Bay and in your wider community.  Learn concrete strategies to promote racial justice, including finding the pressure points for system change in Seattle Public Schools.  Join us December 12th
at 6:30-8:30pm. RSVP to
Free childcare available at COHO.

From Admin

Dear Salmon Bay Community,
Welcome to December and the spirit of the season!  We have a lot going on in our community around giving and helping others, and it has been beautiful to continue to witness the generosity of our families.  Thank you so much for all you do to help all our students at Salmon Bay with your time, energy, donations, and various supports.  Because of you, our village continues to thrive. 
As you look around the halls this month, and before you are off on break, please take a minute to view the portraits outside of each K-5 classroom.  All students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade worked on a "Who Am I?" project to learn about themselves and where they come from, as well as share who they are to their classmates.  Teachers have worked hard to align this work as a K-5, so that all students at Salmon Bay feel known and valued. 
With gratitude,
The Admin Team (Annie, Darren, and Neil)

Final Weekend - Direct Giving Campaign

Thank you, Salmon Bay! Together, we reached our Direct Giving Campaign goal. 
Our school puzzle, in the main lobby, has all of it's pieces in place! We'll have a final Direct Giving total to share in the near future. For now, please know how much we appreciate your participation and support!

Elementary School News

Community Food Drive 
Mr. G is coordinating a canned food drive next week, December 10 - 14th, to benefit the Food Bank. Non-perishable items only please. Drop off your donations in Mr. G's gym!

Lantern Festival 
Mark your calendar for one of our favorite events of the year! December 21st during Friday Morning Sing, we will light the beautiful lanterns made by elementary students and celebrate in song with one another. 

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

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.

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"

Create Holiday Cheer
Secret Garden Books is running a Book Elves program to provide books to children in need in our community. Dozens of paper elf shoes hang in their windows, each with the name and age of a child or family in need. Customers buy books. Secret Garden wraps and delivers them before winter break. You will receive a 20 percent discount on any books you buy through the Book Elves program.   If you're passionate about giving back to the community, please consider visiting Secret Garden Books at 2214 NW Market Street in Ballard to participate in the program before Monday December 10th.

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.

Jazz Nutcracker
The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm in Roosevelt's Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th Street.
Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults & $13.00 for students/seniors and can be purchased here.

BHS Gymnastics Kids Camp
Camp 1 - Saturday, 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?