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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
October 19th, 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

Monday Morning News
Students in Anna's kindergarten class have been reporting on their weekend each Monday. Where did they go? Who did they see? They begin with drawing a scene or two from the weekend and add labels above their illustrations. Next they pick a word or sentence to stretch out and write below which helps describe their news. After all the students have written their weekly edition, the class plays "Who's News?". Anna reads aloud each non-fiction writing and we try to guess who wrote which news without looking at the names. This game supports our growing classroom community as students begin to recall siblings names, drawing styles and favorite parks our peers visit on the weekends. Students love connecting with each other about their shared adventures and stories each week.

Stop by the bulletin board next week to read what exciting adventures took place this weekend!
Middle School Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Games This Weekend
6th Grade:  3 :00 pm vs. Eckstein  at Ingraham HS
7th Grade:  9 :00 am vs. Eagle Staff at Ingraham 
8th Grade:  9 :00 am vs. Eagle Staff  at Ingraham 

Girls Soccer This Weekend
JV Girls: 8:00 am vs. Eckstein at Ingraham HS
Varsity: No game (bye)
*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). 
We need your help! If you can donate snacks or chaperone or middle school party, click here to sign up!

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. 

Can you Help?

Volunteer Opportunities 
Here's a wish list of upcoming volunteer needs. Take a look and see if you can help out. 

Middle School Halloween Block Party: We need snack donations and chaperones. Click here to sign-up. 

Direct Giving Donation Station: On November 2nd, we'll have a "dollars for donuts" event in the lobby before school. If you can help collect donations and hand out donuts, let Jodi know. 

Conference Week 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

Graphic Designer Needed
Our Athletic Director is seeking a parent with graphic art skills to help update our middle school panther logo. We'll be printing some new spirit wear with the updated design! Email Jodi if you can help out. 

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. 

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.  
From the office 

Photo Retake Day
Picture retake day is on Thursday, November 1. If Remember to bring your original photo package back to school if you'd like a retake. If you were absent, this is your chance to have your photo taken!

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 
Our lost and found has grown significantly during this stretch of sunny afternoon weather. Please take a minute to look for any items that might belong to your student. Lost and Found is on the west side of the band hallway, first floor. 

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

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. 

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. 

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. 
Pizza and popcorn will be served. Please RSVP to Michelle Quigley Pearson at so we know how much to order

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

From Admin

Happy Friday Salmon Bay Families,

Today I wanted to spotlight a connection that our MS girls' soccer team has made with South Shore K-8.  I received this note from a member of the South Shore team

... wanted to let you know about what's going on in soccer right now. Last week, our girls played against Salmon Bay. We didn't have enough players show up, so Salmon Bay sent their captains over to play with us. Our girls had a lot of fun, and Ari (the Salmon Bay coach) said that he was impressed with the attitude of the South Shore girls. He mentioned that most of his players had been playing soccer for many years, and they were surprised by some of the soccer knowledge/strategies that they weren't using. They also noticed that not all of our girls had shin guards. He said that his players  had really enjoyed playing with us and they wanted to do something about what they had noticed.  

Yesterday, Ari and four of his players (the captains) came all the way down to join us for practice. He showed them some different drills, and his captains lead small groups in each drill. At the end, we scrimmaged together. They also brought about 15 pairs of really nice shin guards to donate to the school. 

 It was a really incredible practice, and I felt like it was wonderful for our girls to work with other girls and learn soccer.  I was also impressed with the leadership and attitude of the Salmon Bay players. They're going to try to come down again in a few weeks with some more players and continue some drills and scrimmaging together.  It was wonderful to watch these middle school girls work together and build each other up, and I'm really appreciate to Ari and the Salmon Bay team for reaching out. I wanted to make sure you knew about this!

We are grateful to all of you who support our athletics programs and appreciate the leadership opportunities and mentoring and chances for connections these programs bring.

Neil Gerrans
Salmon Bay Principal

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

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 $45. Click here to download a registration form.

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
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

Panther Press
Read the latest edition of our middle school newspaper! Just click here

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.  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. 

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

Funding Equity Committee 
The Salmon Bay Funding Equity Committee will meet  Thursday, November 1, from 7-8 in the SB library.  The committee will discuss proposals for supporting other schools, ideas about raising new funds to share, and opportunities to share information about school funding with our community. Please grab a friend and join us for an engaging and productive conversation.

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 7:30-8:30pm in the Salmon Bay Library, child care is available from 7:15-8:45pm. The meeting will start after Screenagers movie. 
Become A FOSB Director
Are you interested in getting more involved? 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. 

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'!
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

Salmon Bay Park Halloween Celebration
Join the Salmon Bay Park Stewards in a Halloween celebration. We'll have a costume parade, a pumpkin patch picture station and a Jack-O-Lantern contest. Bring your carved pumpkins from home to enter to win a prize! We'll also raffle off the pumpkins from the patch at the end of the event. See you at the park!
Saturday, October 27 3-5pm (Costume parade at 4). 
Rain date: Sunday October 28 3-5. 
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

Ballard High School Dance Team Kids Workshop
K-8 students are invited to attend the BHS Dance Team Kids Workshop on October 21st from 1:00 to 3:30pm at Ballard High School. Participants will spend the afternoon with the BHS Dance Team where they will learn a dance, play games, make crafts and more!
Each camper will receive a BHS Dance Team t-shirt and at the end of the workshop parents are invited to come and watch a full performance of what the kids have learned. The registration fee is $25.
To register click here:
To learn more email:
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 for new members begin in January 2019. Boys who are ages 6-9 years old are invited to sign up to audition and no previous music training is needed. For more than 40 years we have helped young people discover the joy of singing, self-discipline and teamwork. The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and Serious Fun! To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or

Need Math Help?
Check out Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle, located at 14th and Market Street in Ballard. Mathnasium helps students in grades 2 - 12 catch up, keep up and get ahead in math. Students take a math skills assessment and receive a custom learning plan to meet their individual needs. The unique curriculum and teaching methods are designed to strengthen math foundations and boost confidence by making math make sense. Ballard parents, Andrew & Julie Tempest, are the owners of Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle. Contact them to schedule an assessment and learn more about their Fall Promotion at: 206-588-0460 or  Visit the website to learn more. 

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