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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
November 30, 2018
In This Issue
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3 - Diversity Committee Meeting (9 am)
4- Rock fer FOSB Kickoff (7 pm at Zeeks)
5 - Salmon Bay Night at Chuck's Hop Shop
6 - FOSB Meeting (7 pm)
12 - Diversity Committee Speaker
21 - Lantern Festival (9 am, 6:30 pm)
21 - One Hour early dismissal
24 - 1/4 - No School/ Winter Break

Seen in the Hallways
Fall Book Fair
What a fabulous week of books! Thank you to everyone who supported our fall book fair through browsing, buying or volunteering. 
It was fun listening to students talk about favorite books they've read or new books they hope to read. If you ordered a book, we will deliver it to your student's classroom when it arrives. 

Science Rocks!
Students in 7th/8th grade science classes started a new Geology unit this week. They worked on un derstanding how fossils are created and can be used as evidence of Earth's past, what Earth's crust is composed of, and processes that form the layers of rock in the crust. Students also began getting a sense of how time is related to geologic processes.
In the photos below, Tina's and Monica's students are creating cross sections representing Earth's Crust during 1-, 3-, and 5-minute time intervals.

Salmon Bay Chess Club

Before School Chess Club Forming!
We are excited to announce that a before school chess club is forming at Salmon Bay!  Your student, in grades 1 - 8, is invited to participate. We welcome beginners as well as students with previous chess experience.The program is free, we simply ask that you sign the permission slip and return it to school with your student. 
Chess Club will start the first week after Thanksgiving break, November 26th and 27th!

Meeting Days/Times: 
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.

Holiday Giving

The Salmon Bay Holiday Giving program is now in full swing!  To give a gift to a family in our community, please click here, sign up for a wish and return the unwrapped, labelled item to the front office no later than 12/18.  Questions?  

Contact Julie Lowe 

After School Theater 

Middle School Playwriting Class
Salmon Bay After School Theatre is excited to start our next program - the Middle School Playwriting class! This year, in order to accommodate as many students as possible, we are offering two sessions. Please see the SignUp Genius for the specific dates. 
Over the course of the class, students will work collaboratively and independently in order to produce their own ten-minute play and/or series of monologues. 
The cost for this class is $155. Partial and full scholarships are available. Please contact Program Coordinator Biz Freebairn at for more information. Registration for the class here.

Middle School Sports

It's time for Panther Basketball! 
Basketball practices are scheduled to begin next week! All athletes should complete the basketball paperwork and have a current physical on file. 

Boys basketball practice is tentatively scheduled to start next Tuesday.  Students should listen for an announcement at school. Practices are tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays after school.
Girls basketball practice will be held Mondays and Thursdays, 3:35 to 5:20 beginning Thursday, December 6th (next week).

Tiny People Building Tiny Homes

A group of Salmon Bay middle school students are building a tiny home! 
They've organized the project, raised funds, developed a plan and now they are ready to build. They are inviting you to build with them!
The building process will take place at the Pacific Studios parking lot (5311 Shilshole Ave NW) on Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm. For more information or to volunteer, check out their signup page.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee is looking for more members who identify as POC or Family of Color.  It is important that everyone's voice is heard.  YOU are important!  Please consider joining us for our next meeting on Monday, December 3rd from 9 am-10:30 am (morning meeting) in the School Cafeteria. If you have questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact
The Diversity Committee serves to create an all-inclusive community by offering opportunities that encourage understanding and education around all diversity and identity-related issues.

Free Workshop
Do you ever ask yourself, "What can  I   do  to work for racial equity in predominantly white settings?" Explore this question in a FREE workshop led by knowledgeable speakers. In this interactive workshop, develop your racial equity literacy and explore how racial inequities show up at Salmon Bay and in your wider community.  Learn concrete strategies to promote racial justice, including finding the pressure points for system change in Seattle Public Schools.  Join us December 12 th
at 6:30-8:30pm.
  More info here. RSVP to . Free childcare available at COHO.

FOSB Events Next Week 

RockFerFOSB Kickoff Next Tuesday
Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.                 - Maria von Trapp  

I'm not really a musician, but it's fun to play one on stage!
-Jon Olver

The night of the RockFerFOSB kickoff has arrived! Come join your fellow Salmon Bay parent-musician types at  Zeek's on Phinney  next Tuesday 4 December at 7 P.M. as we begin collaborating to form bands and get on stage somewhere in Ballard this spring. We've posted a   signup sheet  on which you can share information that will help us find the band for you. Check it out, fill it out, and get ready to make some noi - er, music! 
For more information, see the  RockFerFOSB Facebook page , it's parent group  Jammin at Salmon , or email  RockFerFOSB at gmail .
Salmon Bay Night at Chuck's Hop Shop
Things are about to get ugly! Join us for a night of family games and friendly competition as we don our ugliest sweaters to support Salmon Bay. 

Chuck's Hop Shop is hosting a fundraiser for Salmon Bay from 5 - 8 pm, next  Wednesday, December 5th. Enter the Ugly Sweater Contest for a chance to win some Chuck's swag. Play a game of giant yhatzee or Connect 4!  Families are welcome!

Next FOSB Meeting - December 6th at 7 pm
All parents/guardians and staff members are welcome to attend. See the FOSB section below for additional details. 

From Admin

Hello Salmon Bay Family,
As my eldest child turned 18 this week, I have found myself in a contemplative state. I've been thinking and feeling a lot about these children that we are raising in a world that seems rather irrational as of late. This generation has only known their country at a time of war and are the first to be experiencing the unchecked access and constant stimulation of the technology that surrounds them. In my opinion, our society is as complicated as its' ever been. Ugh, comforting right?
Fear not, I have a plan moving forward and that plan is to choose hope. If you'd care to join me, the details of my 3-part plan are: care more, love more, do more. When we collectively teach our children to compassionately take care of themselves and their community both near and far, we are in turn making the world a kinder, safer and better place. Those are my thoughts of the day, thanks for being you and I appreciate your time being a captive audience ��

Final Weekend - Direct Giving Campaign

We are in the final day of the Direct Giving Campaign! If you've been meaning to donate, now is the time!

Families choose to support Salmon Bay in many ways and for many reasons. We are wrapping up our campaign by sharing what inspired two different families to make a donation this fall:

"We donated to the Give campaign because we believe all kids deserve the chance to discover their talents and passions through enrichment courses made possible by FOSB."

"My family contributes to Salmon Bay every year as a small way to show up for all the children at our school. We know that teachers and staff are stretched thin in terms of their time and resources and that there isn't enough funding for all the good work they want to do. And, by making a contribution, we feel connected to the community. It reminds us that our volunteer time is so important, whether it's in the classroom or helping with an afterhours event. Salmon Bay School couldn't operate without the support of families and community and I'm grateful to help build and support a community that values all our children." 

It's not too late! You can still  Donate online here or drop off a donation  in the school office.  If your employer matches your donation, they could double or triple your contribution!   Our Tax ID is 91-1622350.

Thank you for your participation and support of Salmon Bay School!

Elementary School News

Lantern Festival 
Mark your calendar for one of our favorite events of the year! December 21st during Friday Morning Sing, we will light the beautiful lanterns made by elementary students and celebrate in song with one another.  If you can help with set up on December 20th or help light, monitor and clean up lanterns on December 21st - please sign up here

Middle School News

Middle School Homeroom Adopt-A-Family
Watch for information from your student's homeroom teacher about this giving opportunity. The middle school is hoping to support five families. Donations are due December 14th.  

Chess Club
Did you know we are starting a Salmon Bay before school chess club. Find our more information here. Middle school chess club meets on Monday mornings at 8:15 am. 

WEP Information Required paperwork packets will be sent home with students next Tuesday and are due on Friday. Watch your email next week for WEP chaperone needs and sign-ups. 

WEP Fees: If you have not yet paid your WEP fee, please do so. Payment can be made via check, payable to FOSB, or online here. Scholarship requests can be emailed to Jodi Russell, Volunteer Coodinator.

Snoqualmie Season Passes: For instructions on purchasing a season pass click here.  

Ski Clothing Swap
If your student has outgrown their ski gear, consider donating it to another Salmon Bay family. We've placed a clothing rack in the Volunteer Coordinator's office. Stop by, drop your outgrown items off and look to see if anything will fit for the upcoming season.

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

FOSB Meeting Minutes
Minutes from November'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
Next FOSB meeting - December 6th
Our next FOSB meeting will be Thursday, December 6, from 7:00-8:30pm in the Salmon Bay Library, child care is available from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. Our agenda includes teacher and administration updates, notes from our volunteer coordinator, updates on our book fair and direct giving campaign, a vote on supporting the Schools First organization, AND an extended opportunity to apply to be a FOSB Director. Contact Ali or Aaron at for more information.

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 December meeting, where you can be elected to serve as a FOSB Director.  

Community Announcements

Winter Wonderland in the Park
Sunday, December 16 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm  
Hosted by the Salmon Bay Park Stewards
Fostered by Groundswell NW
Join us for a special evening at Salmon Bay Park, set to the sounds of Ballard High School's outstanding Vocal Jazz choir. While the songs of such talented singers should be more than enough to warm your heart and soul on a cold winter's night, the park will also be lit up with luminarios. Hot cider and hot chocolate will be served, and artists of all ages will be able to participate in a variety of winter-themed crafts. Rain or shine, we hope to see you there!   Please contact sbpstewards@gmail with any questions and follow @sbpstewards on  Facebook Instagram , and  Twitter  today!

Scout Troops Forming
You are invited to the Troop 12 Open House on Wednesday, December 5th from 7-8:30 pm. We are organizing Scouts BSA troops for young women and men, ages 11-18 years of age. Salmon Bay Cafeteria. For more information, email Mark or Shannon.

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.

Jazz Nutcracker
The Roosevelt Jazz Band performs Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm in Roosevelt's Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th Street.
Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults & $13.00 for students/seniors and can be purchased here.

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