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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
FOSB Website: 
Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
January 18, 2019
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


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


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 2 
One exciting aspect of WEP is the community partnerships that are developed. This year, Coyote Central is hosting middle school students participating in sewing, cooking, photography and glass flame working (see the photo below). We are also working with Coyote Central instructors as part of our elementary program. 

Another new collaboration for middle school WEP this year is curling! Our Indoor Recreation students enjoyed spending some time on the ice today and trying their hand at this new sport. Even Assistant Principal Darren got in on the action - check out the photo below!

And it was 'thumbs up" on the mountain today, where almost 200 of our students are participating in skiing and snowboarding. 

Before & After School Programs

Winter Before & After School Classes
Next week, many fun after school classes start! Some classes are filled, but a few have not yet met their minimum number of participants.We are hoping to run all of our classes and encourage families to sign-up! 

These classes still need additional sign-ups to run:
  • Sports Spectacular (Weds, GrK-2) need 1
  • Video Game Design (Mon, grades 6-8) need 3
  • Trendy Crafts (Weds, GrK-5) need 3
  • Drawing Club (Thurs, Gr 3-8) need 4
  • Family Yoga (Fri morning before SING! Gr K-5).      For child-only or adult + child.
  • Basketball (Friday, grades 3-5) need 1
Note that our Spanish class (Monday, Gr K-5) filled the first day of registration but 3 spots have just opened up!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Diversity Committee

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

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. 
January 22, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Parent/Student tour
January 24th, Open House, 6 - 7:30 pm
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

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

From Admin 

This week we invite all in our community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by getting involved, helping out, and deepening their understanding.   Today we had a morning assembly for elementary students at our Friday Sing time - it was great to have student voice this morning from students in Xena's class who shared some of the stories behind inspirational black artists, activists and leaders that were featured in their Lantern's, designed for our December Lantern Festival.  Tuesday afternoon we will have a middle school assembly.

In two weeks, we are going to be kicking off Black History Month with a Black Lives Matter at School week.   During this month we are wanting to learn with our community about ways we can distribute power and address problem areas in our systems as they relate to equity for all citizens.   We are currently planning lessons and activities for all students.  We hope through these lessons and discussions each participant can
  • Examine important issues that face our society
  • Understand inequities based on race in our country and in our institutions such as jails and schools
  • Find ways they can help or act to be part of a solution to problems
  • Build empathy for humankind
The national Black Lives Matter At School movement is led by a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education that encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join their annual week of action during the first week of February each year.  Find out more about the movement and how to participate and view student art and words from last year's week of action at:   
Neil, Darren and Annie

Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.   MLK Jr.

This year Black Lives Matter at Schools week is February 4 - 8.  The goals of the week include exploring critical issues that face our society and the lives in the African American community.  To kick off this week at Salmon Bay, we are inviting staff, students and community members to wear BLM shirts.  Many students and staff already have shirts with a variety of supportive messages. Here is a link to the national Black Lives Matter at Schools shirt order form

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 - 8:15 am
Elementary - 10 am
Tuesday, February 5th
Middle School - 6 pm
Elementary - 6 pm
Tuesday, February 7th
Middle School - 8:15 am
Elementary - 10 am

Tour Guides Needed
We are also seeking parents to volunteer as tour guides. Information and training will be provided! If you can help, please email Jodi

Middle School News

8th Grade Yearbook Photos Needed

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. 

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


Remembrance for Sandra Brettler
Former students from Thornton Creek school who knew or were students in Sandra Brettler's class are invited to a remembrance for Sandra on Feb 10th, from 1-3pm at Thornton Creek school.  Pie will be a part of the remembrance, former students will fondly remember P day and should feel free to bring a store bought pie to share.  Please join us as we gather to remember an extraordinary, well lived life and the many ways Sandra impacted students over the years.  If you have pictures you would like to share for the slide show, please send them to by Jan 31.

Community Announcements

Growing Up Resilient in Stressed Times
Youth today are faced with pressures in and beyond the classroom, that they are struggling to cope with. In addition to the worry of grades, sports, friendships and how to navigate socially - in person and online, kids are faced with a world where politics, violence and global climate change are reported as daily concerns. 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:

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?

Babysitter Training
Saturday, February 2, 12:30pm to 4:30pm, 
Phinney Center Blue Building
Gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, confident babysitter. Learn about infant and child care, age appropriate toys, safety and injury prevention and how to handle emergencies.  Find out what parents expect and practice hands-on skills. Includes in-depth coverage of First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, and how to be safe at home alone while sitting. Students receive a Child & Babysitting Safety handbook at the end of class.  Instructor Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department, has taught CPR for 15 years.
Register early! Class space is limited.  Ages 11 and up.  
Cost: $40 PNA member, $50 Public
More information and registration 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.  Taught by software professional.  Small classes.
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.  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 assistance!  Click here to learn more and register online.  Questions? Email 

Student Exchange Program 
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.