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We Empower Compassionate, Creative and Independent Thinkers

Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
November 2, 2018
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar


3: Garden Work Party ( 9 am - 12 pm)
7: Dine Out for Salmon Bay @ Hi-Life
7: WEP Info Night  (7 pm)
8: Movie: Screenagers (6 pm)
8: FOSB meeting (7:40 pm)
12: No School - Veterans Day
14: WEP Rental Night  (5 pm)
15 - 16: K-8 Play Performances
19 - 21: Student Conferences/ No School
22 - 23: Thanksgiving Break 
26 - 30: Fall Book Fair in the Library
27: Book Fair Parent Night at Secret Garden 

Seen in the Hallways
Halloween Celebrations

Students and staff had a great time celebrating Halloween this past Wednesday. We loved seeing our community in costume! The rain held off so we could enjoy our elementary parade outside. Middle school students enjoyed a "block party" on the third floor and impressed our chaperones with their positive and polite behavior. 

A huge thank you to ASB, Glyde, Tina and the many parents who donated treats, assisted with costumes and chaperoned student activities. Halloween would have been much scarier without you!
Middle School Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Games This Weekend
6th Grade Team:  4:30 pm vs Pathfinder 
7th Grade Team:  9:00 am vs. Washington 
8th Grade Team:  1:30 pm vs. Whitman and
    3:00 pm vs. Hamilton 

Girls Soccer This Weekend
JV Girls: 11:00 am vs. Blaine at Ingraham HS
Varsity: 8:00 am vs. Blaine at Eagle Staff
*All players should arrive 30 minutes early. 

Get Ready for Basketball Season!
The basketball season for Salmon Bay will begin in Mid-Late November!  If you are a basketball parent, please make sure you have ALL of the following forms taken care of prior to season start.  Some of the forms will not need to be filled out if your child is playing Fall sports:
Physical - Once every 2 years
Registration - Once per year
Transportation - Once per year
Sport-Specific Consent - Every Season
Garden Work Party Tomorow

Do you like raking? Can you push a wheelbarrow? Shovel compost? Then we need your help! 

Please join us our  Garden Work Party
 Tomorrow, November 3rd,
9am - 2pm

We have lots to do and all volunteers big and small are welcome to attend. Rakes, shovels and other tools for adults will be provided. If children are coming and you have small tools, please bring them!   We will be there with gloves on, rain or shine (or clouds!)

On Saturday, we will once again be concentrating on the front of school. There will be lots of leaves to rake out of the beds and then some nice rich compost to spread. We need lots of hands to get the work done and finished before it gets too rainy. Ask a fellow Salmon Bay family to join us. Helping out builds community, gives families a sense of connection with the school and is super satisfying!  **Note the time change 9am-2pm. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Conference Dinner for Staff: We'd love to provide our staff with a soup and salad dinner on November 19th. There is no school that day, but our teachers will be busy meeting with parents for conferences all day and into the evening hours. If you can help provide an item for dinner, please sign-up  here

Boys Basketball Coach Needed
The middle school basketball season begins in mid-late November! We need a coach to work with our students. If you'd like to hear more details or have an interest, please contact Erin, our Athletic Director. 

Support Salmon Bay

Chinook Books
We still have 37 Chinook Books available for sale.  If you haven't purchased your copy yet, stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Each book is $25 and includes a 12 month mobile subscription. 

To purchase an app:  Tap this link from your phone to activate a FREE 7-day trial. If you like it, you can purchase a $15 app subscription and  50% of the proceeds will benefit FOSB and Salmon Bay! 

Counselor's Corner

A therapist from Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) will be coming to Salmon Bay on Mondays to meet with students during the school day.  If your student has Apple Health coverage and you are interested in this service, please connect with Jenny Brooks, School Counselor.  

Twin Bed Needed
A Salmon Bay family is in need of a twin bed. If you can help, please contact Jenny Brooks, School Counselor. 

From the office 

LGBTQ  Family Dinner
The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 8th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends.  All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend!   Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham at or 206-743-3564.

Lost and Found 
Items will be sorted on November 16th! Anything without a name will be donated to a local shelter.
Stop by and check for your lost items!

Dine Out to Support Salmon Bay

Black Lives Matter Yard Signs
A parent has generously donated a dozen   "Black Lives Matter"  signs from Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ).  
  They are 18 x 24 inches. We only have a coupel lawn stakes left but lawn stakes can easily be purchased at hardware stores or on Amazon. 

If you'd like a yard sign for your home, please stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's office to pick one up. 

Salmon Bay School Directory
Last Call for Salmon Bay Directory Ads
If you own (or know of) a business that wants to advertise in our school directory, please contact  Jodi. Ad revenue is used to offset FOSB's printing costs and to draw attention to local businesses with Salmon Bay connections.

2018 Ad Prices

$100 for full page ad
$75 for half page
$50 for quarter page ad
$25 for business card

Fall Back This Weekend

PIE Presentation: Screenagers

Join us November 8th, 
6 pm in the auditorium for a showing of

Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age 

Admission is free and open to the public. Parents and students are welcome to attend. 
Pizza and popcorn will be served. Please RSVP to Michelle Quigley Pearson

Film length is 1 hour 10 minutes. Following the film, we'll have a short discussion. The November FOSB meeting will be held after the film. Questions or to RSVP, contact Michelle

Admin Reflections & Notes of Thanks

This week began for me with some deep reflection and sorrow surrounding the Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh.  When I was in graduate school we lived for several years on Squirrel Hill and were blessed by the community and the friendships that we formed there.   I know that members of our community connect to these tragedies based on their lens of experiences.  I especially want to extend our deepest solidarity to the many Jewish families in our community that are effected at a level of identity.
Ultimately community is what connects us together and to places, and at Salmon Bay we want to be a healthy and connected community that supports students and families in need, that stretches thinking and elevates discourse, and that exposes students to a wide range of ideas and ways of thinking in order to fulfill our mission:  We Empower Compassionate, Creative and Independent Thinkers.
As we seek to support our students, we are missing a key piece on our staff - our Middle School Counselor.   We have hired a MS counselor - Rob Bright.  Because we are in the middle of the year, we do not yet have a firm timeline for when he will start with us.  Potentially this will be once a candidate is found for his current role or potentially at the Semester Break.  In the meantime we are working to fill the vacancy with a consistent person to be able to provide extra support.  While we look forward to Rob joining our community, we are grateful to Jenny Brooks who has stepped up to provide supports beyond her elementary role and to Melanie Shelton who started the first months of school for us subbing in the  role.
Our Halloween Block Party at Middle School was a smashing success!  A big thanks to all who supported and a shout out to kids who were decent and kind and had fun without making fun of others.  The best celebration we've had in recent years - in no small part due to how kids treated the adults and each other.  The elementary parade was dry and festive with lots of staff marauding about as Muppets working to make that rainbow connection with others (see picture).
We are looking forward to Parent Conferences coming soon and the chance they bring for two-way conversations about individuals. 
To Community and Engagement (don't forget to vote),

Beautiful rainbows  over our playground this morning!

Direct Giving Campaign

The Direct Giving Campaign runs from October 10th through November 30th. Our goal is to raise $50,000. 

We are tracking our campaign progress on a school puzzle displayed in the lobby. Each piece placed in the puzzle represents $1000 that has been raised towards our goal. So far, we have raised over $35,000!
f you have not yet made a donation, this is the perfect time to do so!

How to Donate
If you are able, please consider donating to the Direct Giving campaign. Any amount will do! Donations are tax deductible and simple. 

Donate online here You can also return your donation by mail or drop it off in the school office.

Ask your employer to help!  Many employers match employees' charitable donations. If your employer matches your donation, they could double or triple your contribution! Our Tax ID is 91-1622350.
Ask your friends and family to help. Send them this link:
Thank you for your participation and support of Salmon Bay School!

With gratitude,
Mary Ullrich,  Direct Giving Chair

Elementary School News

NW Region Elementary "JazzCats" Jazz Band
Enrollment is now open for the first session of the "Jazz Cats" 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!
"The Jazz Cats" Jazz Band is open to all 4th and 5th Grade Elementary Instrumental Musicians. Jazz
instruments include trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and trombones. Rhythm
section includes piano, drums, bass and guitar. Practices are held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. There will be 13 classes during this session, which runs every Thursday from November 8th until March 7th. NO JAZZ on December 20th before Winter Break. Performance date of March 7th at Nathan Hale HS. Cost is $85  -$95. Click here to download a registration form.

Middle School News

WEP Is Coming! 
Middle School students will attend an assembly and receive information about our Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) on Tuesday. Choices range from photography and cooking to hiking and skiing. We'll host an Information Night for families on Wednesday, November 7th at 7 pm. 

We are asking students to return forms by Friday, November 9th, to allow time to sort students into classes and confirm program placement with all families. An email will be sent home next Tuesday with registration forms. Students will receive a paper registration to bring home.

Middle School Math Tutoring
Jon Olver, middle school math teacher, will begin offering math support before school next week. Before school math help is available to middle school students from 8 - 8:30 am in room 308 (Hien's room) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

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

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes from October's meeting are available at Check out our minutes to learn about current happenings in our classroom, updates on school day happenings from administration, and a recap of statewide school funding issues and ways to get involved from Washington's Paramount Duty.
Next FOSB meeting
Our next FOSB meeting will be Thursday, November 8, from 7:40-8:30pm in the Salmon Bay Library, child care is available from 7:15-8:45pm. The meeting will start after Screenagers movie. Our agenda includes teacher and administration updates, notes from our volunteer coordinator and our annual November FOSB Director election. 

What is a FOSB Director and how can I join in? 
Are you interested in getting more involved and supporting good work in our community? FOSB is looking for family members interested in serving as FOSB Directors. Directors attend FOSB meetings and provide guidance and leadership for the school community by elevating family and parent voice and helping support our committees that get so many jobs done. Please come and learn more at the November meeting, where you can be elected to serve as a FOSB Director.

"Hey - I've got an idea...Let's put on a show to raise some money for the school!!!"
Nineteen years ago, a group of music-loving Salmon Bay parents got together, and - in the best tradition of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland - decided it would be fun to put on a show. Thus was born RockFerFOSB, a mostly-annual Fun Night Out (and fund raiser for Friends of Salmon Bay). Might you be interested in finding others with whom to make live music onstage? Come join us at Zeek's on Phinney, Tuesday 4 December at 7 P.M. to find out how. In the meantime, watch the RockFerFOSB Facebook page, it's parent (pun-intended) group Jammin at Salmon , or if Facebook's got you down, email RockFerFOSB at gmail.
November Garden Work Party 
Please consider joining us at our November work party, Saturday the 3rd, 9am-12pm. Interested in being part of the committee? Contact Danielle Steele.

Community Announcements

Families of Color Parent Group
We are looking at partnering with Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) to start a parent group here within the Salmon Bay community.  This group is for families of color looking to connect with other Salmon Bay families of color on a regular basis to explore topics around race, identity and community.  In order to make this partnership happen we need to know how many parents are interested.  Please send us an  email if you are interested and would like additional information.

Northwest Boychoir 
The Northwest Boychoir is holding tryouts for boys who love to sing on Saturday, November 3 or at a time convenient for you. Classes begin in January 2019. Boys ages 6-9 years old are invited to audition. No previous music training is needed. 206-524-3234 or

Ballard High School Fall Concert Series
The Ballard High School Music Program invites you to their fall concerts.  All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserve seating here Search for the name of the performance.
  • Jazz Band Concert - Wednesday, November 7
  • Band Concert - Thursday, November 8
Storytelling & Media Camp
November 19 - 21, 2018. SIFF and the Seattle Children's Museum are thrilled to present their first Thanksgiving Camp for children ages 6-10. Bring a story to life on the stage and film! More information and registration here. Aftercare is available until 5:30 pm. 

LGBTQ Community Dinner
November 16, 2018, 6 - 8 pm, Loyal Heights Community Center. Join us for an early Thanksgiving dinner for our LGBTQ community and their allies. There will be an open microphone and guests will have the opportunity to express aloud what they are most thankful for. 

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