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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
FOSB Website: 
Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
January 25, 2019
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


25 - WEP Day #3
29 -  Middle School Winter Concert, 7 pm
29 - School Tour (daytime)
30 - No School: Day Between Semesters


1 - WEP Day #4
5 - School Tour (evening)
7 - School Tour (daytime)
7 - FOSB Meeting
8 - WEP Day #5
15 - WEP Day #6
18 - 22  Mid-Winter Break 

Seen in the Hallways
WEP: Day 3 
Our elementary students finished their first set of classes today. While middle school students remain in the same program throughout all six WEP weeks, elementary students participate in two sessions, each lasting three weeks. Within each three-week long session, students have a chance to participate in two small group classes.These are just a few photos from WEP  activities today. 

These students learned to crochet during WEP and created a beautiful tree sweater! Stop by the playground to see their handiwork in person.

Our middle school Tour of Seattle participants were treated to an Amazon tour this morning. We couldn't resist sharing this birds eye view photo with you!.
Staff Introduction 

Hello Salmon Bay Families,

  My name is Rob Bright and I am the new Middle School Counselor. I'm coming to you from Washington Middle School in the Central District, where I have worked for the last four years, most recently as the Head Counselor. My introduction to Seattle Public Schools started at Whitman Middle School where I worked for a year as the Intervention/Prevention Specialist. Prior to that, I worked in the Edmonds School District at the middle and high school levels.

Before making the transition to working with adolescents, I worked as a carpenter for eight years. While in graduate school at Seattle University, I was fortunate to land a job with the Edmonds School District carpentry program which focused on teaching high school students how to build a house. Through that process and during my internship year at Alderwood Middle School, I learned that I love helping young people on their educational journey and I enjoy teaching about colleges, careers, the world of work and most of all, how to live a balanced and emotionally healthy life. I am excited to continue that work with Salmon Bay students and I am looking forward to becoming part of the larger school community.

In my free time I love running (especially on trails) and hanging out with my wife and two boys, Lucas (12) and Ben (10). I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know your students!

Rob Bright

Before & After School Programs

Winter Before & After School Classes
Many of our winter classes started this week. Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate. 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.

Our middle school Video Game Design Class needs another student! Please sign up now if your student is interested. This class meets after school on Mondays and is open to 6-8th grade students.   Registration is available on our website. 

Scroll through the tabs at the top to see all classes being offered. Each class page also details start / end dates as well as class fees. .

Music Notes

Mark Your Calendar!
Our Winter Music Concert will be held on January 29th at 7 pm in the auditorium. Everyone is invited to come, listen and celebrate the accomplishments of our student musicians. 

Student should arrive by 6:40 pm and dress in black and white concert attire. 

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. 

High School Tours

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 
February 12, 6 - 8:30 pm

January 31st, 7 - 8 pm

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. 
8th grade introduction morning on  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 - 15, 2019

Drop off & Pick Up Expectations

A quick reminder that we need your help to ensure that all our 670+ students arrive at school and depart safely each day. About a third of our students take the bus, about a third walk/ride bikes and about a third get dropped off and picked up by car. Most of this activity takes place within a 20-minute time frame to start and end the school day. We ask that you review and follow the drop off and pick up expectations below.

  • Please give yourself ample time to drop-off and pick-up as running late or being stressed shouldn't be a reason or cause for an injured child
  • Our Load Zone, for drop off and pick up, is on the east side of 18th Ave NW.
  • We treat 18th as a ONE-WAY street. Please enter from the NORTH.
  • Vehicles should pull to the curb and allow students to exit on the curb side.  It is not safe for students to dash across the street between cars.  
  • DO NOT leave cars unattended in the load zone Load Zone. 
  • PLEASE DO NOT PARK, DROP OFF, OR PICK UP in the Bus Zone on 19th Ave NW (west side).  This is for bus load and unload only. We have 10 buses that arrive and leave every day from here.  The Bus Zone begins at 65th and goes all the way to the upper field (West 67th St) - that's how much space it takes for 10 buses to pull in and out.
  • You can always park above the alley and walk your child into school.  When walking, please do not jaywalk...use the corner crossings to model safe crossing for our students.
Bulletin Submissions
We welcome submissions to our weekly Bulletin.
Email submissions to Jodi by  noon on Thursdays.

Salmon Bay School Tours

We are gearing up for the start of open enrollment.
Here's a list of upcoming tours at Salmon Bay. 

Tuesday, January 29th
Middle School - 9:15 am
Elementary - 10 am
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 tour guides. 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

From Admin 

Hello Salmon Bay Community,
We've had 3 wonderful and adventurous weeks of Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) thus far! As we move into next week's WEP, elementary students will begin their new round of programs and middle school will continue with theirs.  One of our Guest Artists, Isobel, is working with K-5 students on a special tile project that will permanently beautify the main entrance to the school building. Adjacent to the Volunteer Coordinator's office, there is a beautiful display of pictures accumulating of our students, staff, parents, and community members actively engaged in WEP classes - and of course having loads of fun!  
In two weeks, as stated in our last bulletin, we will be participating in the BLM at Schools Week of Action.  During this time, our overarching themes will be centered around four principles that support our work as a school and align with district equity initiatives: Diversity, Loving Engagement, Restorative Justice, Empathy.  Our thoughtful teachers are planning for developmentally appropriate, meaningful and connected learning for all our students.  We look forward to continuing to partner with you in the challenging and necessary work around important and complex issues that impact our community. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns and comments.
Annie, Darren & Neil 

Here's a preview of the tiles being created by students
to beautify our entrance. 
Middle School News

Your 8th Grade Yearbook Photos Is Requested

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. 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. 

Tiny People Building Tiny Homes
A group of Salmon Bay middle school students are building a tiny home!   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. This Sunday is anticipated to be the second to last build (trim and flooring are going in!).  Stay tuned for updates about our final build day and Tiny Open House celebration which we anticipate will be Feb 3rd from 10-3 (depending on how far we get this weekend and the weather!).

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.

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 February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Library. The meeting will follow a 6:30pm session with Salmon Bay Administration to talk about ways we can consider the vision of our community together. As always, childcare will be available. 

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

Save the Date for our Annual School Auction!
March 29th at 6:30 pm
Hangar 30 at Magnuson
Follow the fun at Instagram @SalmonBaySchoolAuction

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

Growing Up Resilient in Stressed Times
Join parent educator, Yvonne-Monique Aviva, to learn how to help you and your teen build a resiliency tool kit, how to differentiate between what is normal worry and true anxiety and what essential tools kids need to navigate stress and build the resiliency needed to rise to any challenge.  Thursday, January 31st at Ballard High School
General Announcement at 7 pm, Lecture at 7:30 pm
Sponsored by the Ballard High School PTSA
For more info contact Anne Siems

Community Disaster Preparedness 
The Salmon Bay Park Stewards present: Disaster Preparedness: The Basics. Hear from the Office of Emergency Management on the hazards that impact Seattle, how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit and how to organize with your neighbors. Free to all!   January 28, from 7-8 pm at the  Ballard Community Center.    Contact:

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. 

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.

BHS Performing Arts Annual Spaghetti Dinner 
Boogie on down to Ballard High School for the Ballard Performing Arts' 60th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 2nd from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Join us for a dynamite spaghetti dinner and groovy 70's tunes from Ballard Performing Arts. All 14 groups from the band, orchestra and choir programs will perform. Includes a full spaghetti dinner (homemade meat and veggie sauce options), a raffle and a bake sale. Tickets on sale now.

BHS Gymnastics Kids Camp
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?

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. 
Microsoft's 2019 Ninja Camp 
Accepting applications through February 1, 2019. This camp will prepare current 7 - 10th grade students with disabilities for future careers in tech by providing training in an inclusive and fun environment. Applicants, their families, teachers, and community partners are invited to join us for a Ninja Camp Question & Answer (Q&A) Conference Call on Thursday, January 24 at 4:00pm Pacific Time. Meet with the Ninja Camp Planning Team and ask your questions about the camp. To join the meeting, call 206-800-4384, 425-616-0754 or 866-679-9995 (toll-free) and enter the conference ID 13346208# when prompted. If accommodations are needed to join the call, requests can be sent to

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. 

Attention all Baseball, Softball, and Tee-Ball players!
Northwest Seattle Little League ("NWSLL") is open  for registration NWSLL's boundaries extend from Puget Sound to I-5 and from roughly 85th to 145th.  On-time registration runs through January 27th.  Scholarships are granted to families in need of assistance!  Click here to learn more and register online.  Questions? Email 

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.