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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
May 3, 2019
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4: Garden Work Party 
6 - 10: Staff Appreciation 
9: FOSB Meeting 
9-10: Middle School After School Theater Productions
14: Incoming 6th Grade Welcome Night
18: Rock For FOSB
21: Incoming Kindergarten Welcome Night
22: 6th Grade Biography Night 
23: Nigh School Information Night
27: No School - Memorial Day
28: Elementary Music Concert
29 - 31: MS Theater: 12 Angry Jurors

Seen in the Hallways
Elementary Science Fair
On May 1st, our curious 5th grade students shared their science projects at our Annual Science Night. Questions were asked. Research was shared. And a few photos were taken too...

Bike Month
We've kicked off our annual Bike to School Month! Calendars were sent home with elementary riders to track their biking minutes this month. Middle school students can pick up a calendar from the lobby bulletin board. See our bulletin note in the right column for more information. We hope to see full bike racks and happy students each week!

Before & After School Programs

Last call for Spring Session! 
Click here to see all of our fabulous program offerings. 

Payments Due for After School Classes
If you have not yet paid your after school class fees, please do so now. Click here to be directed to our payment page. You can also drop off a check, payable to FOSB, in the red mailbox outside the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Questions? Email Jodi

After School K-2 Creative Drama Class
Hello After School Drama Families!  
Salmon Bay After School Theatre is happy to announce registration for this year's K-2 Creative Drama Class! In Creative Drama, students will use theatre exercises and imaginary play to creatively and collaboratively solve problems. Banding together as an ensemble, each student will use their voice, body, and imagination to overcome dramatic challenges and create characters inhabiting the story and world the class creates. Tuition for the class will be $155.00, and scholarships will be available. We will have a cap on enrollment in order to ensure that there is a safe and positive student/teacher ratio, so registration will close after 12 slots have filled. 

You can register here
This class will be taught by Karissa Elliott and will run for seven sessions on the following days: 
Wednesday, May 1st 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 8th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 15th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 22nd 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 29th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 5th 2:10-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 12th 2:10-3:30pm

There will be a sharing on the last day of class (June 12th). This will be the last 45 minutes of class, and will be a chance for parents/family to observe/participate in part of the creative drama experience. I'd like to emphasize that this is a sharing of a typical class session, not a performance or showcase.
Once registration is complete, we will be contacting parents/guardians in order to organize volunteers to provide snack on a weekly basis, since each class will start with a snack. 
While it is not strictly mandatory for students to attend every class, and we are aware that sickness and unexpected conflicts can happen, we ask that if your student would miss more than one or two classes, you leave the slot open for another student. If you have further questions about the class content, scholarship information, or any other concerns, please let me know.
Biz Freebairn she/her/hers 
Salmon Bay After School Theatre
Program Coordinator

2019 School Auction
Order your Luna School Year Calendar Now
Xena's class has created a calendar depicting Luna the lizard in all her seasonal activities.  You will be charmed and amazed by Luna's adventures!  She rides her bus to the first day of school, she goes to the beach, plays electric guitar, and goes on an arctic exploration!  Calendars will be ordered and delivered after the auction.  $20 each. Sign-up here.

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!

Happy Squirrel Music and Arts Camp 
June 28, July1,2,3,5
9:00 am -4:00pm
Ballard Oddfellows Lodge 
Last day (7/5)at Golden Gardens for kite making 
$80 a day 
Sibling discount  And Discount for 5 days
Online link to register and pay here. :
More information: 

Whistles and Bells  - Creative Arts Day Camp
We facilitate playful investigation of art and drama in an environment centered in kindness.  Campers experience art creation and collaborative dramatic performance.  Ages 9 - 15.  All levels of experience are welcome!
Morning and/or Afternoon camps are available or join for both!.  
9:00 am  - 12:00 pm M-F       Magic and Mystery! Work with a variety of mediums to create expressive characters, craft narratives and have a blast with puppet based story-telling.  ($250.00) 
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm M-F         Salish Sea and Friends!Learn to use a variety of materials and tools to craft large and small creatures from the sea.  Engage your creativity while learning about our amazing local co-system.  ($250.00)
Sign up using our online registration.

Sounders FC Summer Camps
Summer is a great time for development and our camps are a great way for each individual soccer player to improve and prepare for their next middle school season or for their first high school season.
We offer regular half and full-day camps as well as our advanced technical camps meant for the more serious athlete. Our camps are held all throughout Greater Seattle from June 24th-August 30th. More information can be found on our Sounders FC website in the "Camps" tab.

Glass Art Summer Camp (Ballard)
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.   Ages 5-12.   9:30 - 3:30
Before/after-care available (8:30-4:30). 
Tuition includes glass, kiln time, snacks. Sibling discount.
SUMMER CAMPS (individual days or, 4 or 5 day options). Weekly camps available beginning July 1st through August 19th.  Call Marcia at  206 619 8613  or register here

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. 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).  
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.

Garden Work Party Tomorrow

Garden Work Party on Saturday, May 4th
Pleaes take a couple of hours out of your Saturday to join us for a fun, invigorating, mulch spreading garden work party! Your fearless garden committee leaders will be on hand from 9am to 2pm and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our front beds are crying for some nutrients and love. Come ready to move and spread mulch. We will have tools and wheelbarrows available as well as drinks and snacks. RSVP here and please indicate the time frame you are able to join us. It helps immensely with planning. 

Thank you!
Your FOSB Garden Committee

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week  May 6 - 10
During Staff Appreciation Week, we celebrate all members of our staff with special treats and tokens of appreciation. We have a great line up of daily activities that you can sign-up to support:

Monday, May 6: Coffee/Tea/Juice Delivery
Tuesday, May 7: Lunch (Provided by Parents)
Wednesday, May 8: Catered appetizers (Provided by FOSB)
Thursday, May 9: Afternoon Room Service 
Friday, May 10: Potted Plants as a lasting token of appreciation

This is one of our favorite weeks because of all the joy it brings our staff, but we can't do it without you. Feel like baking a treat? We need some! Know a tasty salad recipe? Sounds great!  Have time to stop at a store to pick something up? Perfect!

You can sign-up to volunteer or donate here

Do you drop your student off at school on Monday morning? We especially need more coffee runners on Monday - please sign up if you can help out!
From Admin

Budget News
Great news on the budget front for Salmon Bay!  With the passage of the state budget, we received restoration of $435,000 of staffing!  This includes the restoration of our librarian position to full-time, a 2nd assistant principal, 1 additional teaching staff position and 0.5 FTE flexible staffing (e.g., can be used for counselor, nurse, teacher, etc.)  

With that news we have adopted a restoration plan and are planning to hire a MS Math support specialist, and planning to return to our current configuration of our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes with 5 classrooms.

Lots to be grateful for! 

Neil, Darren and Annie
Salmon Bay Admin Team
Elementary News

Spring Camp Dates
Kindergarten 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

Enrichment Fee/ Field Trip Fee:   If you have not yet paid the enrichment fee for this school year, please make payment or request a scholarship now. Our elementary enrichment fee is $100 per student. You can pay this fee by dropping off a check (payable to FOSB) in the volunteer coordinator's office or by following this link  to an online payment option. We ask that all enrichment fees be paid by April 30. Scholarship funds are available.

Camp Fees:  We are currently collecting fees for your student's camp experience. Grade level camp fees are listed below. Camp fees can be paid by dropping off a check (payable to FOSB) in the volunteer coordinator's office or by following this link to an online payment option. We ask that all camp fees be paid before your student attends camp. Scholarship funds are available.

Summer Program for Students
Summer Staircase, SPS's free summer program for incoming 1st-5th graders, is now taking applications for Summer 2019.  The program runs Monday-Friday, July 1st-July 26th, 8:30am-1:00pm.  Students will receive breakfast, lunch, and transportation free of charge.  All students are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students who are below grade level as determined by classroom based assessments, MAP, and/or SBA. More info here.
Registration form here.  
Please return registration forms to your child's teacher or to Jenny Brooks, School Counselor.  
Application deadline is Friday, April 26th.

Middle School News

8th Grade Families:
Please save the date: May 23rd
High School Information Night will be on this May 23rd. It will start with food at 6pm and information starting at 6:30 in the auditorium. We will have a panel of high school students to answer questions about the realities of freshman year and beyond.  Also, Gail, previous Salmon Bay and current Ballard High counselor, will be here to talk about ways to support your freshman and the realities of high school credits.

8th Grade Families:  
Are you aware that incoming Freshmen can take classes at the Seattle School District Skills Center and earn high school credit during the summer?  What a great way to get a jump on high school credits in a low stress environment. For more information please check out the Skills Center page here. 

Are You Attending Ingraham HS next fall?
Have you finished your on-line registration yet?
Please take some time NOW to go on-line via the SOURCE and register for your classes for the Fall 2019.
We would still like the paper copy of your registration with the signatures but most important is the on-line
Registration. Here are two links to videos that can walk you through the process. See you in the Fall!
    1. Instructional video: How to Complete your Registration Option Sheet
    2. Instructional video: How to Complete your Online Registration
Audition dates for Roosevelt Jazz 
2019-2020 School Year. For Audition dates click here  
Sun June 9, 10am:  Incoming 9th graders, saxophones
Sun June 9, 12pm:  Incoming 9th graders, brass
Mon June 10, 4pm:  ALL rhythm section players (piano, vibes, guitar, bass, drums)
Thur June 6, 4:15pm:   ALL vocalists

Bike to School Month

May is Bike to School Month
May is almost here and that means Bike to School Month! We are looking forward to seeing the bike racks, streets, and sidewalks full of Salmon Bay cyclists of all ages. Look for calendars to track your minutes biking and walking next week. Turn in your calendars at the end of May for chances to win prizes. 

Every Friday morning in May and on National Bike to School Day, May 8, we'll be by the bike racks below the playground with treats for every student who bikes, walks, or buses. You'll also have the chance to enter our Bike Month raffle for bike-related prizes. 
Help Needed: can you pick up donuts before school on a Friday? Greet students as they arrive at school? We could use your help! Please sign up here.   If you would like to help in other ways like bringing/providing snacks, contact Bike Committee Chair Heather Darval at

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

FOSB May Community Meeting : You don't want to miss our annual community FOSB meeting, Thursday May 9, 2019, 7pm in the Salmon Bay Library! 

All parents, caregivers, and staff and teachers are FOSB members, automatically and all are welcome at all FOSB meetings. Every year at the May meeting, we ask the community to come out to vote on our annual budget and to elect Officers and Directors for next year. We need at least 20 parents who are not FOSB Directors or Officers to attend the meeting for this vote.  At this meeting, you'll also learn about how Salmon Bay staff and parents are working together on a shared vision for our school's future, as well as some exciting community-building events being planned for 2020.  As always, we have free childcare provided by Coho. 

FOSB Finance Committee Meeting : Tuesday April 30, 2019, 7pm in Room 214. Please join our Finance Committee to review budget plans for next year. We will prepare a budget to be presented for approval by membership at the May meeting. 
FOSB Meeting Minutes:   Minutes from FOSB meetings are available at Check out our minutes to learn about current happenings in our classroom and updates on school day happenings from administration.

FOSB Officers for 2019-2020
Middle School Co-Chair: Scott Koch
Elementary Co-Chair: Open
Secretary: Tracy Wilson
Middle School Treasurer: Shelley Rousseau
Elementary Treasurer: Jen S Phiefer
At large FOSB Treasurer/Finance Committee: Open
FOSB Directors
  • Danielle Steele (6th grader)
  • Elijah Driscol (2nd grader)
  • Ian Whyte (6th grader):
  • Jodi Russell (6th grader)
  • Laura Feola (2nd and 5th graders)
  • Margaret Bagshaw (7th grader)
  • Nicole Gomez (3rd grader)
  • Ali Pollock (7th grader)

Rock for FOSB - May 18th
Join us for a night of live music! Bands feature Salmon Bay parents and teachers! We also need volunteers to collect donations at the door. If you can volunteer for a one hour shift please sign up here

Lost & Found

Lost and Found is Over Flowing 

We need your help to reunite lost items with their owners. Is your child missing a jacket? shirt? lunch box? water bottle? Please stop by the lost and found in the band hallway on the first floor. 
Community Announcements

Nathan Hale High School presents "Crazy For You"
Hale H.S. Performing Arts Center; 10750 30th Ave NE 
"Crazy For You," tells the story of a dream of hope that inspires people in a small town to lift each other up with music, dancing, and love. Cowboys, jazz, mistaken identity, and facial hair are all important elements in this fun and family-friendly story.
Performances run May 2nd - 4th & May 10th - 11th 7 PM, and a matinee performance on May 11th at 2pm.  Discounted online Tickets for regular performances are now available for purchase here  Tickets may also be available at the door for $15 for adults ($10 for students/seniors)

Loyal Heights Teen Program May Calendar
Click here to see a May calendar of events for your teen.

Salmon Bay Park Stewards- Block Watch
Join the Salmon Bay Park Stewards and Mary Amberg from Seattle Police Department to discuss ways to safeguard your home and property from burglary and theft. Learn how to start a block watch and discuss the latest crime statistics for our area (Salmon Bay Park neighborhood). Everyone welcome as the information pertains to all Seattle neighborhoods.
Monday, May 6 at 7 pm.
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. 
Register here.