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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
September 15, 2017
In This Issue
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18: Diversity Committee Meeting at Grumpy D's
18: K8 Play Info Night
20: Photo Day
25: Curriculum Night
27-29: 6th Grade Camp at Orkila
29: FOSB Welcome: Pizza on the Playground

Seen in the Hallways

It's our first full week of school  and student work is starting to appear on the hallway bulletin boards! This photo was taken outside of Bre's first grade classroom. We love these kites depicting scenes from summer vacation. 

Our 7th & 8th grade students participated in a Fall Connection experience this week. These photos are from Cottage Lake Park, where students participated in group initiatives and a ropes course. 

Staff Introductions

We are excited to welcome some new faces to our community. We look forward to introducing these new staff members to you in the first few editions of our weekly newsletter. 

Kelly Dugar  is providing office support. When asked for an introduction, Kelly shared, I a northwest native, born in Edmonds. My family moved to Seattle when I was five. Growing up in Seattle was awesome!  My only sister and I both attended Franklin High School, as did my son.  After spending years in administrative support positions I went back to school and studied social and human services in college.  I later got the opportunity to put both skill sets to use joining SPS in January of 2016 as the counseling secretary at Chief Sealth High School.  While my husband and I now live in south King county, the trip to Salmon Bay is well worth it and am happy to be part of the team!

Trevor Johnson has been igniting the imaginations of young minds in the Seattle area since his arrival here 10 years ago. Having worked at Seward Park Clay Studio, the Frye Art Museum and Pratt Fine Arts, he is excited to join the community at Salmon Bay! Trevor teaches art for all grade levels at our school. When not in the classroom, he can be found creating his own artwork like watercolors, collages and pottery.

Picture Day

Mark your calendar for September 20th! 
Picture day forms were sent home this week. Orders can also be placed online at 

Our Picture Day ID is LS117086Q0

 If you are interested in volunteering to support photo day please email  Jodi.

After School Programs
We are excited to announce our fall before & after school program offerings!

New additions this week:
Chess Club (K-8)
Overtime Athletics (K-2) - Wed early release!
Robotics (5-8)
Plenty of space available:
Fall Play (K-8), Unicycle (2-5), Junior Coding (1-2), Hip Hop (2-5), Ukulele (K-8)
Almost full:
Creative Coding (3-6)
Art Survey (K-5)
Debate Club (4-5)
You can register by clicking here
After School Drama: K-8 Play
We are excited to announce the Afterschool Drama K-8 Play: "Horton Halfpott OR The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor"
Join after school drama for a funny, fast-paced mystery involving a stolen diamond, snooping stable boys, shipless pirates, a famous detective, the disappearance of a valuable wig, love, unbridled evil and pickle eclairs!  A dapted from the book of the same title by Tom Angleberger (author of the "Origami Yoda" series,) this hilarious play features plenty of mystery, adventure and fun roles for everyone! 

Want to learn more? Attend our Info Night on Monday, September 18th at 6pm in the Auditorium.

This play is open to students of all ages and experience who will work alongside dedicated theatre educators to develop skills both as theatre creators and excellent community members.  All students are cast in roles designed to provide them with appropriate challenge and a successful theatre experience. Rehearsals start September 25th! Register now!

For more details and to register, please click here.

Middle School Sports

Fall Sports!
Girls Soccer and Co-Ed Ultimate are available for students to participate in during the Fall Season. 
All forms are available on the bulletin board outside the West Gym or can be downloaded here:

Practices start next week:

Ultimate:  Tuesday (Loyal Heights) and Thursday (Salmon Bay) from 3:30-5

Soccer:  Monday (Salmon Bay) and Thursday (Loyal Heights) from 3:30- 4:55 pm
Games are played on Saturdays. 
First games are scheduled on:
Ultimate:  Sept. 30th  time is TBD
Soccer:  Sept. 23  time is TBD

Ultimate Frisbee Jersey/ Shorts Order
We will be purchasing jerseys and shorts through Five Ultimate this season. This is an option for players who would like a custom jersey. Salmon Bay provides jerseys for players who do not wish to purchase an individualized jersey. Even though the middle school teams will play again in the spring, we only place jerseys/shorts orders in the fall season. Order online here.

Deadline to order is Thursday, September 21st .   

Notes from the Lunchroom

Breakfast and Lunch is available everyday in our Salmon Bay Cafe!

Meal Cost
Elementary: Breakfast $2.00, Lunch $3.00
Middle School: Breakfast $2.25, Lunch $3.25

Visit to add funds to your child's account or keep track of what your child eats. We also accept cash or checks payable to  Nutrition Services.

Free / Reduced Lunch
Please note that Free/Reduced Lunch forms will not be sent home this year, but you can access the application at

Along with our nutritious hot entrees, we feature a salad bar every day with a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Menus can be found here.

Help Fund Teacher Projects

Two Salmon Bay teachers have projects currently posted on and they are hoping to receive full funding this fall.

If you are interested in potentially supporting a project, visit the links below to learn more or the website and search for Salmon Bay. 

Video Production Class Camera

Comfortable Student Seating

From Admin

Hello Salmon Bay Families,
What a great week of school! We welcomed our Kindergarteners with open arms and hearts and they certainly proved eager to learn. We are so happy to have such a fine batch of kids join our community. It was especially wonderful to see the 1st graders in Jenny Melnick's K/1 class take ownership of making certain that the Ks felt a sense of belonging and safety during the huge transition to a brand new environment and experience.
At the other end of our K-8 continuum, the 7th and 8th graders enjoyed two full days of Fall Connections. One day was onsite at Salmon Bay and focused on collaboration, engineering/design, creativity, self/group expression and play. On the other day, students traveled to Cottage Lakes Park for some adventure education. The day was spent navigating on the high ropes course, rotating through stations of group initiative-focused activities, and ending in cooperative groups charged with preparing and cooking their own dinner. It was amazing to see the groups coalesce throughout the course of the combined experiences.
If this week was an indication of the year ahead, it's going to be awesome!
In partnership,

Office Notes

Volunteer Paperwork
All volunteers are required to complete a new background check each school year. Packets are available in the Volunteer Coordinator's office or main office. You can also download a packet  here . This is the perfect time to complete your background check and be ready to support students on field trips or in the classroom! 

Our volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Russell, is generally in her office Tuesdays thru Friday. She can also be reached via  email or phone at 206-252-1730. Please feel free to share any questions, concerns or just stop by to say hello!

First Day Packet Reminder
Thank you to all of the families who completed first day forms and returned them to school. If you haven't had a chance to complete yours, please do so over the weekend and send them back next week. 

Family Handbook
We've been working to update our handbook. This is a great resource for school information and policies. You can download a copy here

Advanced Learning Referrals 
Referrals are now being accepted for Advanced Learning Eligilbity Testing.  Referrals will continue to be accepted until Sept. 22nd for enrolled SPS Students and Sept. 15th for Private School and Non-SPS enrolled students.

You can find information regarding Advanced Learning on the District Website here
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Morning Supervision 
We ask that students enter our campus beginning at 8:30 am and move to one of three supervised areas until the bell rings: playground/upper field, cafeteria or library. If you need to enter the building before 8:30 am, please have your student remain with you.  If you have questions, please speak with Caitlin Racey in the main office.    
Drop Off and Pick Up Locations
For student and family safety, do not drop off or pick up students on NW 65th Street or next to the bus zone on 19th Avenue.
Please drop off and pick up in the loading zone on the east side of the building (18th
Avenue). We ask that drivers do not drive north on 18th Avenue. Limiting the street to southbound traffic helps our crossing guard manage congestion and ensures all students are leaving and entering cars from the curb side of the street. Do not park in the loading zone or idle while waiting for your student. If you must enter the building for any reason, you must park elsewhere. 

Seattle Municipal Code prohibits parking a vehicle within five feet of a driveway or alley. Help us be a good neighbor by respecting driveways, bus zones, and other no parking areas around our school.

6th Grade Camp

Our 6th grade students will travel to Camp Orkila on September 27th - 29th (Wednesday thru Friday). Fall camp is a great opportunity to get to know each other and build connections for the year ahead. 


6th grade camps forms were due this week. Please be sure your students has completed all the required paperwork.  If you need an extra packet, click here.  


Chaperone Needs

Calling all dads! We are in need of more male chaperones for this camp trip. If you can help out, please email Joel.


There will be a chaperone meeting in Joel's room (207) on Monday, September 18th at 7 pm. 


School Events

Join us on September 25th in your child's classroom!
Curriculum night is an opportunity for parents/adults to learn about classroom curriculum and ask questions focusing on our academic program. 

Elementary curriculum night will be from 6 - 7 pm
Middle school curriculum night will be from 7 - 8:30 pm

Childcare is being offered by Salmon Bay Boys and Girls Club for elementary students and younger siblings (must be potty trained).For more details and to sign up, click here.

Comedy Improv for Parents!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from  7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the 
Salmon Bay School Auditorium.  In this fun and exciting interactive process, you will gain self-confidence, sharpen your communication skills, and learn the type of teamwork necessary to create something original and brilliant from scratch. We will discover the joy of spontaneous storytelling, conquer fears, improve your job skills, spark creativity, become a better listener, be a better problem solver, meet new people, and HAVE A BLAST! Questions? Email Michelle Quigley Pearson 

Sponsored by FOSB's PIE (Parent Information Exchange) Committee. PIE brings speakers to our community to discuss topics we want to hear about.

Counselor's Corner

Counseling Services
The school counselors have partnered with Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) therapists to provide weekly counseling services to our students here at school who have Apple Health/Medicaid insurance. We try to schedule counseling sessions around core classes, when possible. Please let Gail or Jenny know if you would like to access this resource. 

King County Safe Place
Salmon Bay is a Safe Place location. Safe Place is a program that helps runaway and homeless youth, ages 12-17, either by providing emergency shelter or reuniting them with family. In Seattle, local businesses and non-profit organizations have volunteered to be "Safe Places" where youth can get help. Trained staff at these locations can appropriately respond to youth in need. Youth can call the 24-hour hotline, 1-800-422-TEEN (8336), to connect with a Safe Place Coordinator. 
Safe Place gets kids off the streets by providing immediate access to community resource options. Safe Place intervenes during a crisis. Families can be complicated, and Safe Place provides a safe respite for youth and families in need of support. In King County, Safe Place is funded by the United Way of King County, and run by YouthCare and Friends of Youth. For more information, contact   If you have questions about Safe Place at Salmon Bay, please contact Gail Olson Laing, Middle School Counselor.

College Bound Scholarship
How does four years of free college tuition sound? The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in  7th and 8th grade and fulfill the College Bound pledge. College Bound scholarship students receive four years 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.
I s 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 (or 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.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Welcome Back Potluck last night. The food was delicious and your company was delightful!
Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


Pizza on the Playground

Friday Sept. 29th 

Featuring Veraci Pizza! Stay tuned for more details!


FOSB meeting

Thursday Oct. 12th from 7 pm - 8 pm


Scott Koch and Ali Pollock
FOSB Chairs
Diversity Committee 
Join us for our first meeting of the school year on September 18th at 9 am. We'll meet at Grumpy D's just after morning drop off.  
Chinook Books

On Sale Now!
Purchase a Chinook Book and support our school! 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!

Save Your Ballard Market Receipts
Did you know you can help Salmon Bay by simply saving your grocery receipts from the Ballard Market? We just received a check for over $1400! Drop your receipts off in the Volunteer Coordinator's Office the next time you are at school. 

Office Max Give Back Program
Do you shop at Office Max? Contribute 5% of your qualified purchase to Salmon Bay through their School Give Back Program. Direct funds to Salmon Bay School, ID # 70107368

Community Announcements

Ultimate Frisbee Clinic

Cascades Academy is gearing up for our fall season. We've scheduled our next clinic for  Sept 16th at the Georgetown Playfield, from 5-7 pm. More information and registration details here

Free Family Open House
Join Music Center of the Northwest for a back-to-school
Open House on  Saturday, September 16th. Events begin at 10 am with an early childhood music sing along. Visit our event page for details.  901 N 96th Street, Seattle
Questions?  Call: 206-526-8443 

Saturday Enrichment Classes at  UW Robinson Center
The University of Washington Robinson Center for Young Scholars offers Saturday Enrichment classes for students in grades K-8. There are no prerequisites for admission other than interest! Our classes offer deep, inquiry-based learning experiences outside the regular school curriculum. Students have the opportunity to pursue their interests while working with peers in classes taught by subject-matter experts on the UW Seattle campus. Fall session runs from 10/7 - 12/2. Online registration begins September 18th. Course descriptions are available online. All tuition and fees are waived for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

STEM program for girls at Center for Wooden Boats
  The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) and Frog Prints (FPE) are offering a Saturday program for girls for hand-on adventure and STEM learning called Girls' STEM Sail & Robot After-School Program . This program encourages girls, ages 10-14, to build confidence, curiosity, and a sense of adventure. Girls will learn and experience the physics of sailing, and use their knowledge to design, build, test, and operate an underwater robot.  Saturdays from Sept. 16 - Nov. 4, 9AM-4PM at Lake Union. $500. Scholarships are available, as both CWB and FPE support Pay-What-You-Can youth scholarships. Details and registration information can be found on the
CWB website.

Girls in Science at the Burke Museum
Middle School program is offered once a month on Saturdays from October - May. 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Grades 6-8. Free. Click here for more info. 

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