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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
March 22, 2019
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


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
5th Grade Making History
On Thursday, volunteer guest, Christine, taught Nicolette's class card weaving to compliment their Making History unit on weaving. 

Brian's 5th grade class has been working with local artist / Salmon Bay parent, Faye Baker, to create a Making History inspired class auction project. S tudents carved images into pottery shard tiles, which were  then burnished (polished), wrapped in banana peels, seaweed, and corn husk and  fired in a primitive way to create unique markings. Come to the auction to see this one-of-a-kind piece in person!

K-5 After School Theater Production
We were so impressed with our talented actors and playwrights this week! Congratulations on wonderful performances in The Quest for the Magic Spoon and The Abandoned Classroom. You should all be proud! 

After School Theater

K-5 Play Performances
We have just one more performance of The Quest for the Magic Spoon, written by our 2018 3rd-5th grade playwrights, and The Abandoned Classroom. If you missed your chance Thursday and Friday evening, come to our matinee performance on  March 26th 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!

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

FOSB April Meeting Cancelled
We are cancelling the April FOSB Meeting in order to avoid conflicting with Social Justice Week activities, including the April 4th workshop on priviledge taught by Ralina Joseph, who is the founding director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) at the University of Washington.  

FOSB Officers and Directors for next year
FOSB will post a slate of Officers and DIrectors for next school year by April 5th in this bulletin, on the FOSB website, as well as the Salmon Bay Community Facebook group. Please reach out to Ali Pollock ( or Aaron Olson ( if you are interested in learning more about serving on FOSB's Board of Directors. We are looking for community leaders and supporters to help guide our PTO organization into the future. 

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes from March'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.  We're the best price in town ($240 per week INCLUDING field trips!), and we go on field trips all around the Greater Seattle Area three to four times a week! Field trips include Seattle Storm Game, Museum of Flight, Spin Alley, Living Computer Museum, Jetty Island, Biringer Farms (berry picking), and Mariner's Game! On-site activities going with weekly themes such as Science, Food, and Creativity!  You can learn more about camp  here You can also call 206 297 7764 for information and  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
Just Hours Left! Buy your 
$25 Tickets Now!
Prices go up tomorrow. 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!

Beer Brewing
Join Joel and the Salmon Bay Brewers at Gallagher's in Edmonds at 6pm next Thursday, March 28th to bottle beer for the Salmon Bay auction. The process takes about two hours - come for all or part of the evening. Interested? Email Scott Koch for more information and to join a carpool.

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. 

Sign-Up for Parties
We've just added a new auction party - Magic the Gathering for Adults with Teacher Brian Williamson. Join Brian at Lagunitas Brewing Company for a Sunday afternoon of Magic. April 28th from 3-6 pm. Click here for details or to sign-up. 

Click here to see all of our fabulous parties. Sign-up and join other Salmon Bay parents for some fun!

From Admin
Hello Salmon Bay Families,
We sure hope to see you all at the "Futureland" auction next Friday, March 29th from 6:30 to 9:00. If past experience is any indication, you owe it to yourself to attend and will be left with a deep sense of regret if you don't. Now that may be a bit extreme, but it sure would be fun to see you!
We are looking forward to Social Justice Week the following week from April 1 to April 5. Salmon Bay staff has partnered with the Diversity Committee to develop a thoughtful plan to promote caring and inclusion both in the classroom and in the school. The theme of the week is "Uplifting Underrepresented Perspectives."   For a schedule of Social Justice Week Activities click here
As we think about the dominant narratives around us that influence and reflect our belief systems, this week serves as an opportunity to listen and learn about other's perspectives and experiences that bring us closer to the work of Social Justice. We welcome you to also have these important conversations with your children at home in a way that works for your family. 

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 these events. Are you willing to cut out construction paper shapes next week? Can you help hang up a display on Monday, April 1st at 2 pm? Can you assist during the art walk on Tuesday, April 2nd? 
Email Jodi to volunteer and learn for more details. 
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.

Legislative Committee

Please consider attending this Town Hall Meeting on Sunday to discuss School Funding. 
From SEA Unity newsletter: Seattle voters approved more funds for our schools than the law currently allows. Legislators should follow their lead and lift the levy lid so we access those funds and keep our schools moving forward!   We expect proposed budgets from the House and Senate, soon. Key funding priorities in addition to the levy are for special education funding, funding for counselors, nurses and family engagement, and a capital gains tax to make our tax system more progressive.

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!
Elementary News

Elementary Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday
Come, cheer on our teams. 
For a field map of Ultimate game locations, click here.
3rd Grade:   Saturday  @ 10:30am vs. U Coop 
at Magnuson 2C (Grass Meadows) 
4th Grade:   Saturday  @ 1:45 vs. Green Lake Dragons at Magnuson 2C (Grass Meadows) 
5th Grade:   Saturday  @ 9:00am vs. U Coop 
at Magnuson 2C  (Grass Meadows)  
Middle School News

Ski & Snowboard Rental Return 

This is a friendly reminder that all rental equipment must be returned to either Alpental or Summit Central by April 15th! If you kept your gear after WEP, it is your responsibility to return your own rented equipment or arrange plans with another family. 

Magnetic Poetry Sets Wanted
Our middle school is collecting magnetic poetry sets for their poetry unit. If you have one to donate, please drop it off in the main office for Nancy Gruber. 
Before & After School Programs

Registration is Open for Spring Session! 
We have brought back some favorite classes this session as well as adding some new opportunities. Be sure to click here to see all of our fabulous program offerings.

New this session:
  • Video Game Design for Grades 3-5
  • Dodgeball for Grades 3-5
  • Cooking for Grades 6-8
  • Yoga for Athletes, Grades 6-8 
Middle School Students - we have programs for you:
  • Yoga for Middle School Athletes
  • Cooking Around the World
  • Video Game Design 
  • Magic the Gathering 
  • Ukulele
Once you sign-up, click here to be directed to our payment page. We ask that class fees be paid prior to the first day of your spring class. You can also drop off a check, payable to FOSB, in the red mailbox outside the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Questions? Email Jodi

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.

Annual Eckstein Band Rummage Sale
The Eckstein Band annual rummage sale is coming soon- April 20th!  This fundraiser helps fund our Jazz/Band programs, which serve hundreds of kids in the school every year.  Donations of re-sellable items will be accepted on April 19th. Please join us for the  sale on April 20th. More detailed information can be found here.