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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
February 1, 2019
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4 - FOSB Minigrant Committee meeting, 7 pm
5 - School Tour (evening)
7 - School Tour (daytime)
7 - FOSB Special School Visioning Meeting, 6:30 pm
7 - FOSB Monthly Meeting, 7:30 pm
8 - WEP Day #5
15 - WEP Day #6
18 - 22  Mid-Winter Break 

Seen in the Hallways
Middle School End of Semester Performances
We started this week (and ended our first semester), with middle school play and music performances! A big shout out to all students who participated in jazz band, marimba, junior and senior band. Congratulations on great performances this past Tuesday!

Elementary Students were treated to a matinee performance of As You Like It on Monday. We were impressed with the entire cast and crew of this fun and entertaining production. Kudos on your great performance and your evening performances the week before! 

Winter Enrichment Program (WEP)
Our elementary students started a new set of WEP classes today. In addition, Insect Safari was back to visit with students (1/2 of our students saw Insect Safari two weeks ago). All elementary students have now had a chance to learn a bit more about arthropods from Don Ehlen, pictured here with a leaf bug that visited students earlier today. 

We wanted to share one more photo, taken this morning, from one of our Middle School WEP Indoor Recreation groups.   Students visited Stone Gardens, where they had a chance to challenge themselves on the climbing wall. In addition to climbing, students also have a chance to try curling, ice skating and visit SANCA for two classes. 

Student Sports Gear

Interested in ordering some Salmon Bay gear? We have another store currently open, just click here.  Orders will be accepted until February 10th. After that, the online store will be closed. Questions? Contact Erin Telford, MS PE teacher & Athletic Director. 
Salmon Bay School Tours

We are gearing up for the start of open enrollment.
Here's a list of upcoming tours at Salmon Bay. No RSVP is needed. 
Tuesday, February 5th
Middle School - 7 pm
Elementary - 6 pm
Thursday, February 7th
Middle School - 9:15 am
Elementary - 10 am

Help! We Still need Volunteer Tour Guides
We are also seeking parents to volunteer as daytime tour guides on February 7th. All information and training is provided. If you can help escort a small group of parents around the building during a daytime tour, please email Jodi

Before & After School Programs

Winter Before & After School Classes
Classes are underway! 
If you have not yet paid your class fees, please do so now.  Class payments can be made on the FOSB website  here   or via check, payable to FOSB and dropped off in the Volunteer Coordinator's office.  Scholarships are available.

Middle School Sports

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. 

Diversity Committee

Black Lives Matter at School Parent Coffee 
Come join the Diversity Committee in the cafeteria 2/8 after Friday Sing for some coffee and baked goods to celebrate the completion of Black Lives Matter at School week.

Multicultural Potluck Planning 
You are invited to come share some of your culture with the Salmon Bay community.  We are planning our multicultural potluck for April and need performers from within our community.  Past years acts have included the Salmon Bay Marimbas, Martial Arts, Spoken word about race and identity, and Filipino and Irish Dancing.  Please email us your idea!  We look forward to hearing from you.

High School Tours

Open Enrollment is Feb. 4 - 15, 2019

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

The Center School  -  February 13th,  6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Center School in the Armory building, 
305 Harrison St. on the Seattle Center campus, 3rd floor. 
Free parking with parking passes in the Memorial Stadium parking lot just north of the Museum of Pop Culture at 5th Ave. N/Harrison St.  Place parking pass on your dashboard.  Parking Pass Feb 13th

Nathan Hale -  Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6 - 7 pm       Information Tables and Tours in Commons
6 pm - 8 pm  Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning - SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2)
and Medically Fragile classrooms will be open and teachers will be available to share information and answer questions
Join us in any way that works for you:
  • Take a tour of the whole school - tours start at 6PM in the Commons - last tour leaves the Commons at 6:40, then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
  • Or - head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
7 pm - 8:30pm   Presentation & Questions
Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

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

Ballard - Please note new tour dates!
8th-Grade Morning Tours (students & parents) will be held Thurs, Feb 7 and Tues, Feb 12, 2019
  • 8:00-8:45 a.m. | Program in the Auditorium: Principal, Activities Coordinator, Counselors, Students
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. | School Tour
  • 9:30 a.m. - Q & A
8th Grade/Prospective Student Evening Open House (students & parents) Thurs, Feb 7, 2019
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. | Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. | Welcome & Program in Main Gym: Principal, BHS Band, PTSA, Students
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m. | Open House | Speak with teachers, school counselors & staff

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

2019 School Auction

Salmon Bay's annual auction is our community's biggest party of the year! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at our new venue-- Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. This year's theme is Futureland. Theme-centered attire is encouraged (or come as you are!). To get the party started, the auction team is busy gathering donations and welcomes items for both our live and silent auctions. 

Please consider donating by filling out our online procurement form and drop it off at the school office or email it to If you'd like to host a party for fellow parents (or a group of students!), please complete our Auction Party & Experiences Form.
If you (or your company) is interested in sponsorship, we have opportunities at all levels for putting your name, logo and message in front of our 300+ attendees. We're currently looking for an opening game sponsor, a  welcome sponsor, and a headline paddle sponsor. For more information, please send an email to

Follow @SalmonBaySchoolAuction on Instagram and Facebook to get party ready and see the behind the scenes prep for this year's Futureland Auction.

From Admin 

Dear Salmon Bay Families, 

February is here!  We have reached the half-way point.  The salmon eggs have hatched.  The new semester has begun.  Rob Bright, our new Middle School Counselor started this week, so please stop by and welcome him.
This coming week during the first half of the Friends of Salmon Bay meeting,  (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.) members of the Building Leadership Team will be facilitating a school vision and values activity for families to participate in.  This activity has recently been done by staff and generated lots of feedback and conversation about our school values and priorities. We hope you can join us for this as we work to reflect on and refine our school mission and focus.   
Thank you,

Middle School News

Tiny People Building Tiny Homes
Assuming the weather cooperates, the Tiny Builders of the Salmon Bay Tiny Home will be finishing up their painting this Sunday. If you'd like to stop by to see the home our middle school builders built, we hope (again, assuming dry enough weather to let the paint dry!) to hold a Tiny Open House from 1-3pm on this Sunday, February the 3rd.  The house is located in the parking lot of Pacific Studio, at 5311 Shilshole Ave NW (pull in the driveway and turn left toward the buildings and you'll know when you see us).  Swing by and see all their hard work!

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

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes can be found at

Minigrant Committee Meeting
Monday, February 4, 7pm in room 205: FOSB Minigrant Committee will review the 2019 Minigrant requests to prepare for a slate of grants at the FOSB meeting. Join us to learn more about what teachers are doing and need in their classrooms and beyond. 
FOSB Special Meeting: Salmon Bay Visioning Session
February 7th,   6:30pm to 7:30pm, in the Cafetorium  
Please join Salmon Bay Administration and Staff in a Vision session. In small groups, we'll do an exercise to prioritize values for our school. Staff have conducted the exercise and the results of these sessions will inform budget and planning for future years. 

7:30pm to 8:30pm: FOSB Business Meeting This month's meeting will include a vote on Minigrants and information about the 2019-20 Salmon Bay Budget process and ways to get involved. 

Legislative Committee
Public schools thrive when the public is involved. Please consider lending your voice to these two significant school-related events coming in February:
February 11, 2019 - Join the FOSB Legislative Committee and other Salmon Bay families at our State's capitol to advocate for public education in person to our legislators. This is a great opportunity to see democracy in action.
For more details about carpooling from Salmon Bay and schedules for meetings email For general information see the  WSPTA page

February 12, 2019 - Vote to renew two critical Seattle Public Schools levies. The Educational Programs and Operations Levy and Building Excellence Capital Levy fill the gaps between what the state funds and what our schools need to operate every day.
In this era, these "gaps" have widened to include underfunding in such areas as staff (teachers, nurses, counselors), services (special education, bilingual), and academics (textbooks, technology and classroom supplies), as well as new buildings, security improvements, and classroom technology.
FOSB has endorsed these levies and donated to the Schools First organization. For more information and to become involved click here

Community Announcements

Free Large Piece of Wood
We have a big piece of old pressure-treated lumber, 6ft long, 18" wide, 3/4 solid wood - would make a great seat for a couple of swings, a garden bench, a wall for a garden bed. It is serious, old-school lumber. It is yours for the taking. Take it away! Would love to see this piece go to a good home and not into the dumpster. Thanks, Glyde & Hilario. 

Roosevelt Jazz Band 
Join the Roosevelt Jazz Band on March 15th at the Paramount Theatre to celebrate the sounds of Washington's top performing young jazz musicians at Starbucks 24th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit our school's music program. Buy tickets  online or from our local Starbucks store, Starbucks at Roosevelt Square. 

Feb 5th Restaurant Fundraiser
Do you like sush? Do you like to support a good cause? Join the BHS Japanese club and Journey to Japan 2019 students at Modern Japanese Cuisine, 6108 Phinney Ave N on Tuesday, February 5th. Identify yourself as a supporter of "Journey to Japan" and 20% of your bill will be donated to support this student trip.

Ballard Film Festival
A new round of short films from the Ballard Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School will premier at the Ballard Film Festival Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. 
The public is invited to this celebration of the award-winning program's newest films, from comedies to dramas to music videos. Films that premier here frequently go on to win national awards. (Check them out at Digital Filmmaking Program's vimeo site. )  Tickets are available at the door--$10 for adults and $5 for students.
Free Concert at Ballard High School
The Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band will wrap up their West Coast tour with a free concert at Ballard High School on Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. The Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band is a group of 20 hand-selected jazz musicians from different Marine Corps bands from throughout the country. Starting their 2019 tour in Los Angeles, they have been traveling up the West Coast holding master classes and performing for the public. Ballard High School will be one of their last stops. Ballard High's Jazz Band 1 will perform a couple of opening tunes, followed by a full hour of Marine Corps jazz. This event is free and open to the public. This performance is held at Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117.

Pottery & Mindfulness Class
Join ceramic artist Faye Baker and mindfulness educator Jeannie Cziesla for this 6-week class at FayeZart Studio. Create intentional art that reinforces your core values and reminds you of your dreams for the year. Wednesdays starting 3/20 - 5/1 (no class on 4/10). 9:30 am - 11:45 am. $300 Early bird registration before 2/20. 
To register, send an email  or  text 206-351-5101

Mid Winter Break Monster arts camp
Feb 19th,  8:00-5:00 in Ballard (1706 NW Market)
Elementary ages.  Highlights: Monster stories,  art and music, Design and sew beastie buddies/doll, a monster hat & gloves. $90 per student. Sibling discount offered.
We provide community service hours to teens
Email us for more Info and the registration link
Cascades Academy Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
Cascades  Academy is a  2.5-hour  clinic taught by a rotating cast of elite players from Seattle Cascades men's & women's teams, Seattle Riot, Seattle Underground, and UW's Sundodgers. Available to students grades 3rd-8th, all abilities and genders welcome.   Saturday, February 9th at Montlake Playfield (turf),  1 - 3:30 pm. Register here. 

Kids With An Edge Classes
Now enrolling for  Spring & Summer Computer Classes/Camps:  Python and Web Design.  Solid foundation in real world programming skills.  Highly interactive and very systematic.  
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. 

Student Exchange Program 
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 , andsee  for more info. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Need Math Help For Your Student?
Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle is located at 14th and Market Street in Ballard and helps students in grades 2 - 12 catch up, keep up and get ahead in math. Students take a math skills assessment and receive a custom learning plan to support their individual needs. The unique curriculum and teaching methods are designed to strengthen math foundations and boost confidence. Ballard parents, Andrew & Julie Tempest, are the owners of Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle. To schedule an assessment, call 206-588-0460 or email
Visit the website to learn more.