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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
March 15, 2019
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


20 - 22: After School Theater K-5 Play Performances
29 - School Auction, 6:30 pm 


1-5: Social Justice Week 
2: Art Walk & Multicultural Potluck 
4: Parent Workshop: Interrupting Privilege
8-12: No School/ Spring Break 
26: Family Fitness Night

Year End  Dates &  Changes

NEW! Promotion Date Changes

June 25 - 5th Grade Promotion, 7 pm
Salmon Bay School Auditorium 

June 26 - 8th Grade Promotion, 7 pm 
Ingraham High School Auditorium 

Spring Camp Dates
Kindergarten Day Camp: June 6
First Grade: May 30-31
Second Grade: May 16-17
Third Grade: May 6-8 
Fourth Grade: June 10-12
Fifth Grade: June 3-6
7th Grade: June 3-5
8th Grade:  June 4-7

More information about camp will be emailed to each grade in the future. 

Wondering why 6th grade is not listed? Our 6th grade students travel to Camp Orkila each fall. 

Seen in the Hallways
Annual Pi Day Celebration 
Thursday was all about Pi. And Pie. We had a great time at our annual Pi celebration! It was fun to see so many students playing games and the pie (all varieties!) was delicious. Thank you to the many volunteers who helped serve pie, set-up and clean-up. In addition to our traditional pie-in-the-face raffle, we added a pi recitation contest this year - c ongratulations to Teagan and Miles for reciting the most digits of pi!

After School Theater

K-5 Play Performances
Salmon Bay After School Theatre invites you to join us for two fantastic shows with our K-5 students! We are proud to present The Quest for the Magic Spoon, written by our 2018 3rd-5th grade playwrights, and The Abandoned Classroom. Our students have been hard at work creating science laboratories and castles, exploring a wild cast of characters (including a giant pickle, evil sheep, ghosts, parrots, and more), and bringing to life two fantastic stories centering around magic, adventure, and friendship. We hope you can join us!
March 21st and 22nd at 7:00pm 
March 25th at 1:35pm in the auditorium!
Spring Middle School Play Registration
Even as the K-5 play begins performing, our middle school play is about to begin! Join us as an actor or crew member for the next show - whether it's your first theatre experience or your last at Salmon Bay (or both), we'd love to have you. Auditions are March 21st and 22nd from 3:25-5:15pm. If you're interested, please register soon, or email Program Coordinator Biz Freebairn with questions or concerns at Registration here!

Salmon Bay Sports

After School Activity Bus
After school bus forms are in the main office - please sign up asap if after school transportation is needed.

Spring Sports After School Practice Schedule
Track: Monday and Tuesday  (ends at 4:45 pm)
Ultimate Frisbee: Monday and Thursday (ends at 5 pm)
Boys Soccer: Tuesday and Thursday (ends at 5 pm)
Girls Volleyball: Tuesday and Friday (ends at 5 pm)

Questions? Please contact your coach or Erin Telford, Athletic Director. 

Elementary Ultimate Frisbee
Practices are held on Fridays at the Salmon Bay Upper Field. Practice ends at 4:45 pm. 

Notes From the Library
Notes from the Library
  Wow, are we really half-way through March? This is one of my favorite months, as there are so many things happening around READING! (And of course, there's also Pi/Pie.) Here are a few things we're doing in the library to celebrate marvelous March:
  • I have to mention how proud I am of our Global Reading Challenge team! We're (as far as I know) the only school that sends teams of all 4th graders to the city semi-final round. Our fab 4th grade team  finished in 3rd place, behind two 4th/5th grade teams. They're the best in my book. And teachers Xena, Stacy, and Christina deserve a round of thanks, too! 
  • A huge thank you to Jodi for taking on the big job of the March Book Character Hunt. Next Wednesday, March 20th, one of MY very favorite characters celebrates their 50th birthday. My one hint: They love to eat a very unusual combination of food!
  • Salmon Bay 4th and 5th grade students just completed voting for the PNW Young Readers Choice Award (YRCA). The YRCA is the oldest "children's choice" award in North America. Students in four states and two provinces vote on their favorite fiction book of the year, with the winner announced in April. And other grades will get in on the voting excitement in a few weeks, when K-3 students vote on the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award!
All of that February snow put a crimp in our regular library class visit schedule. If you received an overdue notice for library books that you are certain were returned to school, please let me know. I'm happy to search the shelves for misplaced books.
Happy Reading!

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

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes from February's meeting are available at Check out our minutes to learn about current happenings in our classroom and updates on school day happenings from administration. 

School Funding Advocacy
Our school is facing large cuts to its budget because of poorly constructed funding at the state level. Please consider advocating for a fix in while the legislature forms its budget. For more background see this post  from Washington's Paramount Duty. 

Mail, call, and or email your legislators today. See a sample form letter, based on a letter written by Sam McKagan (Leschi Elementary PTA Legislative Chair), on the FOSB website here. Use this letter as inspiration to write your own letter!

Summer Camp Announcements

Salmon Bay Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp
Registration is now open for the Boys & Girls Club summer program. You can learn more about camp and  hereYou can also call 206 297 7764 for information about how to register!

2019 Project Biotech Registration is Open
If the thought of science brings to mind fun in the lab and interesting discussions about DNA, health and unique careers, then we have great news for you!  As in the past, our PROJECT BIOTECH summer camps provide extensive lab and computer activities as well as the opportunity to meet local scientists, experience Shoreline Community College facilities, and interact with our experienced Biotechnology Program staff.  There will be three camps this summer, each with a different theme.  We invite you to join us for one or more of them!
  • Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond. July 8-12 
  • Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Hantavirus in WA State. July 22-26
  • Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures and Careers. August 5-9  
The registration link and additional registration details can be found here. Each camp can accept only 24 students so early registration is encouraged.  Current 8th through 11th graders are eligible. 

Girls Who Code Summer Program
Girls Who Code's newest summer program is Girls Who Code Campus! Each Campus course, for girls 10 to 18, is two weeks long to fit with busy summer schedules. Each course explores new and exciting material, like Website Design and Development or Wearable Tech & Fashion Design. View the full Course Catalog here. Campus courses are hosted at schools like Forest Ridge School and Eastside Catholic. In Campus courses, girls will explore coding concepts, build fun and challenging projects, and join a national sisterhood of over 90,000 girls who code. Registration is open, reserve your spot now (and your second registration is half off!). Early bird pricing ends on 3/15. Full scholarships are available for families that qualify. Email with questions.
Hilltop Children's Center - Big Kids Summer
Join us for a joyful summer at Hilltop!  We are open from 8-6:15 daily all summer. Big Kids Summer combines many summer camp activities into one camp so you can minimize transitions for your child, and you don't have to drive all over the city to different camps all summer for your child to have a diversity of experiences! For children in K-4th grade. To register  click here  and fill out the application for enrollment selecting Big Kids Summer only.  Email  with any questions.

Glass Art Camp: April School Break & Summer Camps
Kids are fascinated by glass and seldom get to work with it! Join local glass artist/creativity guide Marcia Wiley ( in her charming Ballard studio and learn about the magic of glass. Make fused glass art pieces, go on neighborhood art walks, and meet Maggie the Magnolia. Tuition includes glass, kiln time, snacks. Sibling discount.  Ages 5-12.  9:30 - 3:30.   Before/after-care available (8:30-4:30).  
April Vacation Camp on April 8 - 12th and 15 - 19th. (register for one or more days)
Summer Camps beginning on June 17th. Register for individual days or, 4- or 5-day options.
See all available camps, find our more information and register at OR c all Marcia at 206 619 8613   

Summer Art Camps in North Seattle
The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors. 
  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220 
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88
To register, click here.   Questions? Send us an email

Kids With An Edge Classes
Now enrolling for  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. 

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

2019 School Auction
Auction Childcare
The Salmon Bay Boys & Girls Club is offering auction childcare from 6 pm  - 10:30 pm. A pizza and fruit dinner will be served! At just $30 per child, this might be the best childcare deal in town. You can find out more details and sign-up for childcare here

One Week left to Purchase Early Bird Tickets
Prices go up after March 22nd. Purchase your tickets  here. By purchasing your ticket early, you help us avoid late fees and other collection costs. You save money, we keep more money for our programs. That's win-win for us all!

Donate a Dessert
It's the speediest part of our annual auction-- the Dessert Dash is back again! We need 37 beautiful desserts to make the FUTURELAND Dessert Dash blast off. Please consider buying or baking a dessert. Sign-up  here. 

Donate Wine
There's a fun new game planned for this year's auction. And, to fuel it, we need 60 bottles of wine! Help us out by donating a bottle (or two or three) of wine worth $15 or more. Sign up   here

From Admin

Hello Salmon Bay Families,
This morning at exactly 11:00, tens of thousands of students from 112 countries and over 100 U.S. cities walked out of school to share their collective voice in support of the Environment. This youth movement began months ago when Greta Thunberg decided to camp outside the Swedish parliament to express her outrage to the lawmakers' passive stance and inaction in regards to climate change. 
Salmon Bay was well-represented this morning as 90+ middle school students left their classrooms to express their voice and assert their power. Thanks to student leaders Aderyn, Zella, Anna, Caroline, Maeve, Rosie, Luna and Ruby for organizing the effort and for providing a thoughtful and purposeful plan which included a detailed travel route, much signage and organized chants. For the most part, the entire group stayed together in proximity and mission and were back to school by 12:00. Many students returned to school tired and a bit hoarse, and hopefully felt more connected to their peers in both their local and global communities.
In partnership,
Darren, Annie and Neil

Social Justice Week
Social Justice Week:
April 1 - April 5!  
Mark your calendars! Social Justice Week is coming to Salmon Bay! April 1st-5th will be Social Justice week and will involve many activities during the day and in the evening. Please save these dates in your calendar:
Monday, April 1:  Have your student kick off the week wearing your social justice issue of choice on a shirt OR wear a solid colored shirt of any color to represent diversity. Wear your shirts all week!
Tuesday, April 2:  Art Walk & Multicultural Potluck 
Join us beginning at 5 pm for our annual Art Walk and community activities in the lobby. The Multicultural Potluck will take place from 6-8 pm.  Come share in our community's heritage! Enjoy food, crafts and entertainment from around the world! Salmon Bay Marimba Band, T raditional Punjabi Dancing and Martial Arts performers! Look at this flyer for more details!
Thursday, April 4: P arent Workshop - Interrupting Privilege, 6 - 8 pm
This workshop asks participants to reflect deeply on their own positions of privilege - and lack thereof - as well as how one group's privilege shores up another group's inequality. We connect data about structural inequities to the everyday realities of our own lives.     The workshop begins with some grounding information about racism and systems of privilege, including important terminology. Participants will engage in activities that allow them to consider their own positions in systems of inequality and privilege and begin imagining what interrupting these systems might entail. Taught by Ralina Joseph, founding director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) at the University of Washington. For more information, see our  flyer. To learn about Ralina, visit her website.   R SVP to Space is limited, and we filled up fast last time! Free childcare is available, please let us know # of children and ages in your RSVP email.
Friday, April 5 : Friday Sing w/ Mary Kay
Wear a shirt on the social justice issue you're passionate about or a solid colored shirt and sing along with your kid(s)!  Immediately following Friday Sing, savor a free warm cup of coffee and some treats and connect with your community of parents at our Coffee Meet and Greet in the cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am.
Help Needed : We also need more people to help with the final details of these events. We will be having a meeting March 20th 9:00-10:30 to go over details of what is needed. Please consider showing up and lending a hand.
Music Notes

Jazzcats Second Session Enrollment Open 
Enrollment is now open for the second session of the "JazzCats" Jazz Band, led by instrumental music teacher Mark Oesterle. This session will run from early March through June.  What a great opportunity for a young musician to get more time on their instrument playing in an ensemble setting, and to learn the art of improvisation and America's great art form: Jazz!
Jazzcats is open to 4th and 5th Grade Elementary Instrumental Musicians. Jazz  instruments include trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and trombones. Rhythm  section includes piano, drums, bass and guitar. We meet on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. There will be 12 classes during this session, which runs every Thursday from March 21st thru June 13th. The session will culminate in a concert with the Salmon Bay EIM students in June.  COST: $85 for returning member, $95 for new member.  To find out more or how to register, download our flyer here.

Student Performances
Salmon Bay elementary musicians have been busy sharing their talents at local community events. Students participated in the 5th grade Honors Concert last weekend. On March 7th, the Jazzcats Jazz Band played at the Jazz Pathways Concert, which also featured musicians from Jane Adams, Nathan Hale and Shoreline Community College. One highlight was the large group jam session, where Salmon Bay students had a chance to play solo! 

Elementary News

Elementary Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday
Come, cheer on our teams. 

  3rd Grade:   Saturday, March 16th @ 1:30pm 
  v s. Whittier -- Magnuson 4B (Grass Meadows)

4th Grade:   Saturday, March 16th @ 1:30pm 
vs. Thorton Creek - Magnuson 3C (Grass Meadows)

5th Grade:   Saturday, March 16th @ 10:30 
vs. Lightning Goats - Magnuson 4A (Grass Meadows)

The DiscNW Coordinator is still updating schedules. Please check the discnw website before you leave for your game Saturday to ensure you know the location and game time.

Middle School News

Summer Camp Scholarships
Every year the Assistance League of Seattle provides scholarships to students in grades 6 through 11 at attend camps. They will pay up to $500 for any student who is accepted. For an application, please have your student see Rob, our middle school counselor, in the library or send him an email. For more information, you can also check the Assistance League of Seattle's website.
Community Announcements

Salmon Bay Park Stewards Disaster Preparedness 2.0
Join the Salmon Bay Park Stewards to learn how to prepare your family's Disaster plan and what should be in your tool kit. Also learn how to coordinate planning efforts with your neighbors!
Monday, March 25 at  7:00pm
Ballard Community Center -6020 28th Ave NW

Middle School Writing Clinic
For Students Entering Grades 6-8 in Fall 2019
August 12, 13, and 14; 10am-3pm, 
6412 34th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Tuition: $800
The Moving Words clinic works with budding writers and students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other sensory/learning issues.  The Brainstorming Clinics focus on the first, most generative stage of the writing process. Students will learn how the brain finds ideas and practice various techniques to access them. These techniques can be applied to many types of writing, whether personal or academic, essays or stories.  The clinic engages students in unexpected ways to generate fresh ideas through a wide range of brainstorming techniques. 
Register here.  

Ultimate Frisbee Clinics
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; clinics are hosted around the Seattle area at a variety of playfields and welcome all abilities and genders. 

Sunday, March 24th at Franklin High School (turf).

10 am - 12:30 pm. Theme: "THROW IT TO A PLAYER WHO IS OPEN".  Register here.


GEMS: Girls Embrace Math & Science
Calling all girls in 3rd-5th Grade!! Join us for a fun day of competing in math and science!
Saturday, March 30 2019 from 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Microsoft Commons (Mixer)
15255 NE 40th Street, Redmond WA 98052
For more information & sign up:
This competition is run by Girls Rock in Science and Math, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging love for the STEM fields in young girls  

BHS Playmakers Present Little Shop of Horrors
The Ballard High School Playmakers are preparing to stage the fun, sci-fi, comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors. P erformances will be on March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117 . Shows start at 7:30 pm.  Reserved seating tickets for Little Shop of Horrors are available for purchase at . Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

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