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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
October 20, 2017
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar

24: FOSB Finance/Budget
25: Family Fitness Night
26: Kids and Race 
31: Elementary Halloween Parade
31: Middle School Block Party

1: School Picture Retake Day
8: Middle School WEP Information Night 
9: FOSB Meeting/ Director Elections
10: No School - Veterans Day
14-16: After School Drama Performances
16: WEP Ski Rental Night
20 - 22: No School - Conferences
23 - 24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Seen in the Hallways

As the school year began, our Salmon Bay middle schoolers took on the job of creating acronyms that defined our behavioral, academic and social goals here at school.  Each homeroom was tasked with submitting one acronym for voting consideration. In some homerooms the entire group created one acronym, while in other homerooms small groups created a variety of options and the group then voted to identify their official homeroom submission. Last week, all middle school kids got a chance to view all the acronym options and then cast an individual vote for the acronym they thought could best guide our community this year.  ....and the winner was:  P.R.I.D.E. from Tina's homeroom!  

After School Programs

Fall program offerings are underway. This is a friendly reminder to pay your course fee(s) if you have not already done so.
Payment links are found on the registration pages. Checks, made payable to FOSB, can be dropped off in the Volunteer Coordinator's office. 

NEW:  Morning CrossFit with Mr. G
Join Mr. G for a fun workout before school on Monday and Tuesday mornings during November and December. You'll workout in a circuit like setting rope skipping, using medicine balls, pushing/ pulling different equipment, running and most importantly, using your own body weight to get a workout.
Grades 2-5,  8 am - 8:40 am in  Mr. G's gym 
10 sessions on  November 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28 & 
December 4, 5, 11 and 12th 

More details and registration here.
Middle School Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Game Schedule

No Ultimate games this weekend

Girls Soccer Game Schedule
Oct 21 12:30 pm at Memorial Stadium
Oct 28  2:00 pm at Chief Sealth

Oct 21  9:30 am at Rainier Beach
Oct 28  9:30 am at Memorial Stadium

Attention all Middle School Girls interested in playing Basketball for the 2017/18 season! 

The basketball season is right around the corner. There are forms that every player must complete and turn in to be eligible to play. Form packets can be found in a folder on the wall next to room 127, please take one and return or place in my box in the office. 

Try-outs will be held in December-stay tuned for more info. If you have questions, please contact Syd Bridges or find Syd  in room 127. 

Funding Request for Teacher Projects

Video Production Class Camera
Our new video production class is an exciting exploratory option. Students will not only learn skills in photography but theywill explore how to tell a coherent story. They will learn to communicate with an audience and also with each other, as they work collaboratively within a team. The opportunities for students to grow individually, collectively and creatively are endless. However, their experience depends on having the right equipment. 
You can support the project and find more details here

Counselor's Corner

Discover U Career Week
This month's theme for the middle school's advisory is "Career Development." Students are having discussions about what interests them and will participate in citywide Discover U activities, October 23-27 in their homerooms. We want to put student interests at the center and help connect their aspirations with the many pathways to get there. You can help by pointing out the careers you see when you're going from place to place with your student. For more information, click here.

College Bound Scholarship
How does four years of free college tuition sound? Bound scholarship students receive 4-yrs of free tuition, plus fees and a small book allowance at any of the 67 participating Washington state college they earn admission to.
College Bound students promise to:
  • Graduate with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Be good members of their community and not be convicted of a felony.
  • Apply to an eligible college and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) their senior year.
Is your middle school student eligible?
If they are in 7th or 8th grade and your family meets the income requirements that would qualify them for federal free/reduced lunch program or your family receives basic food or TANF benefits they would qualify. However, if your child is not signed up for the free lunch program, they aren't on the College Bound scholarship list. In this case, you would need to apply directly for the scholarship (Gail can do this for you). Please email Gail  if you have any questions about eligibility or are not currently on the free/reduced lunch but want to sign up for the scholarship.

Chinook Books for Sale

Chinook Books On Sale!
We still have 40 Chinook Books available for sale. Have you purchased a book yet? 

Each book is $25 and includes a 12 month mobile subscription. Books can be purchased at the Volunteer Coordinator office. You save money at local shops and FOSB gets money to spend on Salmon Bay students. Everyone wins!

Ballard High School Request 
Help Ballard High School Win $100K
For Improved Library Technology   
Did you know that the Ballard High School Library is one of 15 finalists for the Farmers Insurance Thank A Teacher Dream Big grant of $100,000?  Five grants will be awarded after public voting closes later this month.  Anyone in the community (over age 18) can vote online. You can also vote every day.

Ballard's grant proposal is for The John Stanford Learning Commons at Ballard High School. The library is a vision for a social, cultural, and technological center where students, faculty and other users can gather and work collaboratively with digital and print media under one roof. If BHS receives this grant, it could impact services for many Salmon Bay graduates and community members!
The wining grant is determined by online voting. To win, we ask that you vote every day for the entire month! Voting is easy - just follow these steps:
Visit the website, here.   Click VOTE NOW
Look for "Vote for a $100,00 Proposal" Click Vote.
Look for TuesD Chamber, BHS Librarian. click VOTE
Enter your email address and confirm age (18 years). Click submit.  Check the email account you entered and be sure to click the link to confirm your vote.

Wanted: Morning Crossing Guard

Salmon Bay is in need of a morning crossing guard. This is a paid, part-time position. See details below.

Direct Giving Campaign
The Direct Giving Campaign needs Many Hands!

The Direct Giving Campaign runs from October 9th through November 17th. Our goal is to raise $75,000.  So far we have raised $4,000, lets keep up the good work!

FOSB works with Salmon Bay to close the gap between the 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, scholarships, technology, playground equipment, teacher grants, art supplies, physical education equipment, the directory,  and much more. 

Look for your Direct Giving appeal in the mail or donate online. Our Tax ID is 91-1622350

You can also drop off your donation in the front office any day or or during one of our Drive By Donation days - Friday 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, or 11/17. There will be opportunities to win prizes!  

Volunteer Needs

Elementary Reading Support
Looking for a great way to support Salmon Bay? We need parent volunteers to work one on one supporting students in reading.

If you are available to commit to a regular period of time during the school day, for a minimum of 6 weeks, please contact our Reading Specialist, Jaxie Binder. Please email days and times you are available and any experience you may have as a tutor (but no experience is necessary to volunteer!). At this point, we are gathering a list of interested volunteers and will contact you as needs are identified. 
Picture Retakes
Looking for 2 volunteers for picture retake day.  Please let Britta Bowman know if you are available.  November 1st, 9-12pm.

Volunteers Wanted!
It's time for student Vision and hearing Screenings.
Would you be able to help the school Nurse shuttle students back and forth from their classrooms during these screenings?
Dates: Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Times: Tuesday 9am to 11am; Wednesday 9am to 11am & 1-2pm
Contact Nurse Darci at

Middle School News

Yearbook Cover Contest

Our 2017-18 middle school yearbook cover design contest has officially begun! The d eadline will be Tuesday, Oct 31 (that's Halloween).  All middle-school voting will be the following week.  School appropriate images only!
  • Themes: Panther Pride and/or Seattle landmarks
  • Submit designs for front AND back covers.
  • This is our first year for FULL COLOR covers! Go for it!
  • Original images only - digital and/or hand-drawn.
  • Please submit anonymously - leave your name off the artwork until AFTER we vote.
Please hand in to Glyde in Room 306 on or before the deadline.

Student Orca Cards 
Orca cards are available for students who meet federal guidelines for free or reduced lunch. Please stop by the main office to pick up an application. 

Costume Guidelines

It's October! The leaves are turning, pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps and the hallways are beginning to fill with conversations about Halloween costumes. When planning with your student, please keep these guidelines in mind for school costumes.

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 Parade
You are invited to join elementary students for the annual Halloween Parade at 2 pm on the upper field/track (weather permitting). Classroom teachers will share specific plans regarding classroom celebrations. 

Middle School Block Party
Our student government (ASB) has planned a thord floor block party to celebrate Halloween. Students will enjoy a variety of activities along with snacks, beverage ad candy. Sign up to chaperone or donate snacks here

Donated items can be dropped off at the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. 
Friday Sing Update
Friday Sing Update
A quick update: So far this year, our vision has been to have several guest artists for the Fall quarter. On the 27th, Mary K McNeill will return for a Halloween Sing along with another artist, Sandy Buchner. Sandy, who teaches our afterschool ukulele program, will then lead us on November 2nd and 17th.  Mary K will return in December to help get us ready for our lantern festival, December 17 th .
School Events

Family Fitness Night: October 25, 2017 from 5pm-7pm
The Family Fitness Night will be a wonderful event where you will be able to participate in and learn about some of the wonderful things we have to offer our students in physical education!  There will be yoga, rowing (Erg Ed), cross-fit, golf (First-Tee), ultimate Frisbee (Ren Fitness), and some really fun stations set up by Mr. G and Ms. T. Come on down and get you heart rate up at Family Fitness Night!!! 
Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative 
Thursday Oct. 26th  6:30 pm - 8 pm, School Auditorium
Please pre-register for the event ASAP as there is limited space/childcare spots to Jessica at  
Race still matters in America today. How can we raise children who go beyond the superficial notion of colorblindness to see and challenge the ways that privilege still shapes our lives? How can parents prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them?
Please join us for this lecture presented by Jasen Frelot from Kids and Race. The presentation is for adults, and childcare is available (donations for childcare are welcome.)
Sponsored by the Salmon Bay School Diversity Committee and the PIE (Parent Information Exchange) Committee
SPS LGBT Family Dinner
The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 2nd from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends.  All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 252-0982 or
Diversity Committee
Join us at the next Diversity Committee Meeting 
Monday November 6th 9-11 at the Dane 8000 15th Ave NW
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. 

FOSB News & Events

FOSB is our school parent teacher organization.

FOSB Notes
  • The November meeting is where we add new FOSB Directors. Being a Director is easy, fun, and a great way to connect with the school. We ask that you try to make as many meetings as possible and volunteer on committees/ other events when time permits. Take a moment and think about what makes Salmon Bay special. A lot of those special things depend on a vibrant and involved community. Consider joining FOSB and helping create and continue those events and traditions. 
  • Do you have ideas about after school programs? We're looking for someone to join our after school programming team. If you're interested in learning about building the brochure and booking classes for our after school programs please email Monica. 
  • We've had some questions about offering childcare for FOSB meetings. Starting in November, we'll open a signup 2 weeks prior to the meeting. If enough people sign up (minimum of 5 children) a week before the meeting, we will schedule Coho to provide childcare at that meeting.
  • We are seeking a new coordinator to plan our Rock for FOSB event. Like music? Like supporting Salmon Bay? This could be the perfect volunteer job for you! Email  Jodi  if you are interested in learning more about this fun event
New Salmon Bay Swag!
We have been hard at work with our local vendor to offer some new items and some customizable items for Salmon Bay families and friends to order.  In addition to a new shirt design we are now able to order travel/picnic blankets with the Salmon Bay logo.  These would be perfect for taking along to the beach or for keeping your backside warm while sitting on cold bleachers cheering for your student's amazing athletic team.  Go Panthers!  All items will be available in time for the holidays.  Refer to this link for the Order Form. 

Join us at the next  Diversity Committee Meeting 
Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5-7 pm at the Royal Drummer Cafe.  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. Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm.

Garden Work Party
Join us on November 4th, 
9am - 2pm
It's less than a month away! Our big, fun, get-to-know-others Salmon Bay Garden work party!
H elp us put our garden beds to sleep for the winter! We will concentrate on the west side and front of the school. If we have time and people power, we will tackle the east side as well. We have some tools, but bring your own if you have a favorite (and make sure it's clearly marked). Families are welcome! A great way to help our school and get to know your community. Please spread the word. Many hands make light work!
Questions? Contact Danielle Steele

Salmon Bay 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.

2017 Ad Prices
$100 for full page ad
$75 for half page
$50 for quarter page ad
$25 for business card

Community Announcements
The Northwest Boychoir
The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for boys who love to sing on Saturday, November 4 or at a time convenient for you.
Classes for new members begin in January 2018. Boys who are currently in 1st - 4th grade are invited to sign up to audition and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend music training and Serious Fun! For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has trained young singers to be fully skilled musicians and perform in professional settings with confidence. 
Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. 
To schedule an audition appointment or for more information:
206-524-3234 or

3rd Annual Seattle Public Safety Meeting 
Please visit to take part in Seattle University's 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. 
The survey is available now through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
 Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey today.

Groundswell NW Work Party
Help fill in and expand the planting of low ground covers begun last spring. Thanks to Seattle Public Utility's efforts, those plants survived the hot and dry summer. New plantings will complement those and have a good chance to get established over the fall, winter and spring. Bring water, work gloves and any favorite weeding and planting tools. We'll provide some gloves and tools, safety vests and light refreshments. Saturday October 21st; 9-11am -  Meet in the west end of The Canal parking lot, south of NW 54th at 34th Ave NW.

Seattle Festival Orchestra

Salmon Bay Music Director, Mark Oesterle, will be playing clarinet during performances on Saturday, October 21st, at 3 pm, New Hope Presbyterian Church and Sunday, October 22nd at 3 pm, Plymouth Congregational Church.  More information and tickets here.

Youth Ultimate Clinic
Seattle Cascades is offering a Youth Ultimate Clinic October 29th.  Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate men's team. They combine forces with the elite women's teams to coach clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Scholarships are available, they have cleats to loan, and allergy sensitive snacks. More information here: Seattle Cascades Youth Clinic

STEM for Middle School Girls
GEMS is a free, volunteer-run after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th to 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography and neuroscience through hands-on activities, field trips and mentorship from women in science. GEM meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm over November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore School in South Seattle. Registration is open until October 30, 2017.More info and applications are on the website.  and the applications as well as more information on the program are available at our website. Please email any questions. 

Ballard Girls Basketball - Now Playing...
Registration is now open for the Ballard Girls Basketball Fall Clinics on Friday, Nov 10 from 9am-3pm! Girls 3rd through 6th grade (beginner to advanced), this clinic is a fun way to improve your ball handling, shooting, passing and defense. Lots of games and inspiration provided! 
Registration is also now open for Ballard Girls Basketball Open Gyms on Wednesdays from 10/11 through 11/29. 6-7:30pm at Whitman Middle School for girls 3rd through 5th grade (beginner to advanced). These open gyms will be run by our coaching staff who will set up teams, call fouls, make substitutions and give brief coaching tips. Space is limited. Register here.
  Questions? Email Sara Wetstone

Roosevelt HS Jazz Performance
Join Jazz Band I for their first performance of the year at Roosevelt's Performing Arts Theatre on 
Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m. The Band will play with one of today's most celebrated jazz artists, New York based drummer and Grammy nominee, Matt Wilson.  Matt Wilson is recognized as a gifted drummer, composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist whose humor and positive energy are bound to make for a fantastic evening of Jazz. Tickets here
BHS Playmakers
Ballard High School's Performing Arts is kicking off the 2017-2018 season with a Splash: The Ballard Playmakers theatrical group will perform Mary Zimmerman's Tony Award winning   Metamorphoses - last show is tonight! This is an exciting and dramatic season opener: riding the current trend of experiential theater, the play, based on Greek transformation myths, takes place entirely in a pool that is being custom-built by Ballard's tech crew. Tickets here

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