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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
October 12th, 2018
In This Issue
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23: PIE Presentation: Jo Langford (7pm)
31: Elementary Costume Parade (12:50 pm)
31: Middle School Block Party (12:45 pm)


1: Photo Retake Day
1: Funding Equity Committee (7 pm)
3: Garden Work Party
7: WEP Info Night 
8: Movie: Screenagers (6 pm)
8: FOSB meeting
12: No School - Veterans Day
14: WEP Rental Night
15 - 16: K-8 Play Performances
19 - 21: Student Conferences/ No School
22 - 23: Thanksgiving Break 
26 - 30: Fall Book Fair 
27: Book Fair Parent Night at Secret Garden 

Seen in the Hallways
Our students benefit when family and community members visit Salmon Bay to share their passion, knowledge and talents. This week, we are highlighting two experiences in our second and third grade classrooms that were made possible by community volunteers. 

As we move forward into Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) discussions, we'd like to extend an invitation for community members to join us by sharing a skill, passion, hobby or interest. Consider teaching a small group class, partnering with a classroom teacher, helping with an auction art project or introduce us to a community organization or artist that might be a good partner for Salmon Bay. Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi, to help or share ideas.  

Second Grade Painting Project
Faye Baker, Salmon Bay parent and local artist, visited school  this week to lead second grade students in a painting project. Students had fun mixing colors and creating portraits. Once the paintings are finished, we hope to display them in the first floor hallway. Keep your eyes open for these bright and bold masterpieces!

Stick Bombs
This week, Andre Jefferson, cousin to one of our third grade students, visited Talia's class to demonstrate a 'stick bomb'. A stick bomb is a kinetic chain reaction that is weaved together with jumbo popsicle sticks, that creates tension, and when you take one of the sticks out, it releases potential energy and makes it pop up a few feet high.  

Andre, who is now 17, is from Indiana and was 10 years old when he broke the Guinness World Record for 'most craft sticks to produce an exploding chain reaction called a stick bomb' with 11,000 sticks!

Middle School Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Games This Weekend
6th Grade:   1:30 pm vs. Hamilton  at Ingraham HS
7th Grade:   10:30 am vs. Tops at Ingraham HS
8th Grade:  1:30 pm vs. Meany at Ingraham HS

Girls Soccer This Weekend
JV Girls: 9:30 am vs. Madison 2 at Garfield
Varsity: 9:30 am vs. Broadview 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
Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween Costume Guidelines
As we approach Halloween, we want to make sure our school is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. If your child chooses to dress up in a costume, please make sure the outfit is appropriate.
All costumes should adhere to school guidelines for modesty, messages and safety. In addition, please follow these guidelines.
  • Costumes need to be non-violent in nature - violence is inappropriate at school and other children can be frightened by blood and gore representations.
  • Weapons and toy weapons of any kind are not allowed.
  • Avoid costumes that are dressing as people from other cultures.
  • For safety reasons, please do not include masks as a part of costumes sent to school.
  • Make up, if used, should not be disguising the identity of the wearer e.g., whiskers and freckles, not face paint. 
Halloween celebrations
Elementary students are invited to participate in our Annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31st on the upper field. The parade will be held at approximately 12:50 pm, followed by individual classroom celebrations. 

Middle school students will celebrate with a block party on the 3rd floor during 6th and 7th periods (12:45 - 2:10 pm). ASB, our student government, will be finalizing snack requests and activities for the party early next week. 

Parents: we need your help! Please email Jodi if you can help chaperone on the afternoon of October 31st. A sign-up for snack donations will be emailed next week (once ASB finalizes party snack requests).

Support Salmon Bay

Salmon Bay Blankets 
Looking for a way to stay warm and dry on a wet Seattle sports day? We have just the item for you!

Our embroidered picnic blankets are perfect for staying warm on a chilly day. Purchase yours for $25 at the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Blankets are black with a red fleece lining. 

PCC Scrip Cards
If you shop at PCC, using one of our scrip cards is a great way to support Salmon Bay. We have new PCC scrip cards for sale. Each card has a $50 value and is already registered to Salmon Bay School. You simply purchase the card, use it when you shop and add more value when needed.  You get groceries and FOSB gets a donation! Stop by the Volunteer Coordinator office to purchase your PCC Scrip card. 

Chinook Books On Sale Now!
Purchase a Chinook Book and support our school! You have two option for purchase, the app or a paper book with 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!  To purchase a book: Stop by the Volunteer Coordinator's office or email Jodi to make arrangements for backpack delivery.  Each book is $25 and includes a 12 month mobile subscription. 

Last Call: Black Lives Matter Attire

Order a Black Lives Matter Shirt
Our Diversity Committee is once again sponsoring the sale of Black Lives Matter attire.   Order forms are available in the Volunteer Coordinator's office or at this link  You can also email the forms to Therese (contact info is printed on the order form).
To make payment: Please write a check to Therese Hill.  Payment can be dropped off in the collection envelope in the Volunteer Coordinator's office. We've extended the deadline! Orders are due on Monday, October 15th!

Scholarships are also available for these t-shirts. Please contact Jodi to request a shirt.

If we receive over 30 orders, our vendor will offer us a reduced price ($6). Any savings from reduced price shirts will be donated to the Diversity Committee. By ordering a shirt, you will not only be supporting a powerful movement, you'll be supporting the Diversity Committee's work at Salmon Bay!

Notes from the Library 

Hello from the Library!
The first few weeks of school are a busy time, and it's been wonderful to hear the excitement and enthusiasm that our students have when it comes to books. Every Salmon Bay student had an opportunity to visit the library at least once by the end of the third week of school. We noticed that the new YA or Young Adult section (created last spring) made it easier for our middle school students to find just-right books. All of this work has been made easier by the fact that I have an intern, Beth Inghram, who will be with us through mid-November! I want to give Beth an opportunity to introduce herself to the greater Salmon Bay community, and to share with parents some of the activities our elementary students have been engaged in during their class visits:

Hello! My name is Beth Inghram, and I'm a graduate student at SPU interning with Linda in the library. Until mid-November, I will be teaching, helping students and teachers find books, and doing all other things library. I've enjoyed sharing stories with kindergarteners and grades 1-3, talking with middle schoolers about what they are reading, and helping 4th and 5th graders discover resources in the library through activities. I'm happy to be here and looking forward to the next few weeks with your kids!

Salmon Bay School Directory
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

Parent Education 

Join Jo Langford, local therapist, sex educator, dad and author of "Spare me 'The Talk'!, on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Salmon Bay Auditorium. 

This important talk will feature:
  • An overview of t/ween digital behavior
  • A review of popular social networking sites 
  • Stats about "The Three Big Bads"
  • Five important points about online rules
Following the presentation, we'll chat and eat pie! Bring a pie to share or simply bring your questions  and appetite!

Screenagers Documentary - November 8th

We will be showing Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age on Thursday, November 8th at 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Parents and students are welcome to attend. 

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

Direct Giving Campaign

The Direct Giving Campaign launched this week! 
The Direct Giving Campaign runs from October 10th through November 30th. Our goal is to raise $50,000. 
The Direct Giving Campaign is FOSB's Fall fundraising event. It's a little bit different. Instead of asking you and yours to buy cookie dough, wrapping paper, or popcorn, we are direct and ask you to contribute to our organization.

FOSB works with Salmon Bay to close the gap between programming Seattle Public Schools funds and the programming we want our kids to have.  The Direct Giving Campaign helps FOSB pay for: whole child support, homework club, scholarship program, technology, playground equipment, teacher grants, art supplies, physical education equipment, the directory, and much more.

Look for your Direct Giving appeal in the mail. 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

Booster Seat Donations
We recently inventoried our booster seat collection and would love to add a few more for community use on field trips. If you have a booster seat that you are no longer using, please consider donating it to Salmon Bay. We ask that seats are in good, clean condition and that they are not expired.  To learn more about booster seat expiration dates, click here

Elementary Enrichment Fees Due
During the school year, your child will participate in field trips, artist-in-residence programs, and other special class projects.  Instead of asking for payment each time one of these activities takes place, we ask parents to pay one fee in the beginning of the school year. This fee is called the Enrichment Fee (or field trip fee).
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 October 31st. Scholarship funds are available.

Middle School News

Middle School Jazz Band Forming
Enrollment is now open for the first session of the "Panthers" Jazz Band, led by instrumental music teacher Mark Oesterle. Friday afternoons from 3:30 - 4: 30 pm. There will be 13 classes during this session, which runs every Friday from October 26th until February 15th. 
NOTE: NO JAZZ on 12/21 for early dismissal. Performance date of January 29th at Salmon Bay Winter Concert.
Students will learn jazz tunes, scales, rhythm, and harmony, with an emphasis on improvisation. All in a fun, relaxed environment. Enrollment is open to all middle school instrumental musicians. Jazz band instruments include trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, and trombones. Rhythm section includes piano, drums, bass and guitar. Violins are welcome too!
Cost is $85. Scholarships are available. Download a registration form here.

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. 

Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey
Salmon Bay 6th and 8th graders will be participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey during the week of October 15-19. The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students' answers are anonymous. Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letterfor more information about the Healthy Youth Survey. We have some examples of previous surveys in the main office if you'd like to peruse. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Assistant Principal Darren.

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

Funding Equity Committee 
Join us at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 1st in the Salmon Bay Library. We'll discuss options for sharing resources among schools in Seattle. 

FOSB Meeting Follow-up
It was great to have Summer Stinson at the monthly FOSB meeting last night, to give a brief update and intro to Washington's Paramount Duty, an all-volunteer organization that advocates for full funding for public education. For folks that are interested in finding out more or connecting to their action network, check out

Next FOSB meeting is November 8th
Please check FOSB's website for full meeting minutes. 

Our next FOSB Meeting will be held November 8th after a showing of the film Screenagers, a documentary about growing up in the digital age and solutions for parents and kids.   Please come for an informative and important meeting!  

Salmon Bay Musicians Unite!
Or, well, communicate, at least!  FOSB has created a new Facebook Group to provide a mechanism that anyone in the Salmon Bay K-8 community interested in creating live music can use to communicate with like-minded folks. It's called...wait for it...    Jammim at Salmon  (Bay k-8)
Click the link and start jammin'!

Garden Committee Thank You!
A HUGE, HUGE thank you to all those that helped at our garden work party this last Saturday! It was great to see people working so hard and caring for our school grounds as well as connecting and having a good time. Kudos to Lilla Woods, Graham Roberts, Kathi Vaughan (and her three kids), Ali Pollock, Jenny Brooks, Julia Gibson (and her son), Angie Gerrald, Kim Collier, Pete Taylor and Danielle Steele! (Apologies if we missed anyone who attended!)
Please consider joining us at our November work party, Saturday the 3rd, 9am-12pm. Interested in being part of the committee? Contact Danielle Steele.

Dine Out to Support Salmon Bay

Mark your calendar now! 
On November 7th, Dine Out at Hi-Life! Enjoy fantastic local food, visit with Salmon Bay families and support our school's playground equipment at the same time! 
The Hi-Life Restaurant in Ballard (5425 Russell Ave NW) is donating 25% of all proceeds from food sales on November 7th to Salmon  Bay. That includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner until 11pm. 

Community Announcements

Salmon Bay Park Stewards Work Party
Join in a community "work party" on October 13th at 10am, where we'll prune, rake and mulch to get the park ready for fall/winter. We can provide volunteer hours for middle school students! Refreshments and tools provided. Contact with questions. 

Discover Girls Lacrosse
All girls, grades 2-8, are ivited to participate in the 7th Annual QAQS Fall Girls Lacrosse Clinic
Sunday, October 14th from 9 am - 11 am  (Registration opens at 8:30 am) at Ballard High School. 
Cost is $5, payable at the clinic
Registration is limited to the first 60 players. 
RSVP/register/direct questions to: Carolyn Sherman, Club Director at  

Ultimate Frisbee Clinics
October 28th -  costumes encouraged!
1: 00 - 3: 30 pm at Loyal Heights Playfield. 
Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $35 for the clinic, or $50 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item). 
All abilities are welcome to join us.  Scholarships are available.  More information and registration here

GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science)
GEMS is a free, volunteer-run, after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th and 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography, bridge building, and neuroscience through hands-on activities with women scientists currently employed in these fields. In addition, GEMS offers several field trips a year to places like Google and PATH, and will be offering one-on-one mentorship opportunities for girls to get hands-on experience in academic research labs that interest them. Meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, November to May, and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle.The application for GEMS closes on October 14, 2018 and is available at our website.

BHS Theatrical Productions
The Ballard High School Playmakers will present   Big Love on  October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, 2018
Big Love covers the story of Lydia and 49 Greek brides who have fled to an Italian villa to avoid marrying their cousins. The grooms soon follow-ready to claim what they consider theirs. As the characters wait for their wedding day, they raise issues of gender politics, love, domestic violence, and migration. Written by Charles Mee and inspired by Aeschylus's Greek tragedy The Suppliants.
Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available here.  (search for "Ballard High School.") 

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