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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
September 22, 2017
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar

25: Curriculum Night
27-29: 6th Grade Camp at Orkila
29: FOSB Welcome: Pizza on the Playground


3: Comedy Improv for Parents
12: FOSB Meeting
13: No School
17: K-2 Literacy Night
31: Elementary Halloween Parade
31: Middle School Block Party

Seen in the Hallways
Classrooms throughout the building are working to create class charters, build connection and identify goals for the upcoming year.  Brian's 5th grade classroom created this community dream catcher. Each student contributed a branch, some string/ yarn and attached their goal or hope for the school year. Additional items will be added in the coming weeks.

Our 4th grade students went sailing on the Aventuress this past week. The Adventuress is a floating classroom which allows students to  experience how community, nature, culture, and infrastructure all interact and shape each other. If you see a 4th grade student, be sure to ask them about their experience!
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. 

Karly Muller was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and came to the West side to finish grad school. She teaches Language Arts, and is also excited to be teaching Creative Writing as one of her exploratory classes. She loves teaching Language Arts and helping students become better readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. In her spare time, she really enjoys hiking, running, crafting, visiting vintage record stores, and singing. She's very much looking forward to this school year and becoming a part of the Salmon Bay community.

Tina Helmecke is  excited to be teaching 7th & 8th grade Science at Salmon Bay! She especially loves the culture and creativity of the students and teachers here. Tina taught in the central district for 2 years prior to coming to Salmon Bay and before that she taught in Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and sailing. Tina developed her love of science at an early age. Her father is a prospector and he took her on many adventures throughout the southwest. She is excited to be a part of the Salmon Bay community!

After School Programs

We are excited to offer a variety of before & after school program offerings this fall!

NEW: Mr. G is again offering his Kids on the Run before school on Friday mornings in October. There is no fee, but we are seeking volunteers to provide snacks. 

We need more participants to sign up in these classes:
Chess Club (grades K-8)
Overtime Athletics (grades K-2) - Wed early release!
Robotics (grades 5-8)
Junior Coding (grades 1-2)

Classes are starting soon - see the full line-up of programs and register by  clicking here
After School Drama: K-8 Play
LAST CHANCE to register for the Afterschool Drama K-8 Play: "Horton Halfpott OR The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor"
Rehearsals start Monday! 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. 

 click here to register now!

Middle School Sports

Fall Sports!
Girls Soccer and Co-Ed Ultimate are underway! Here is the schedule of games this weekend. 

Ultimate Frisbee Games
6th grade: 12:30 pm @ Ingraham HS, South 1
7th grade: 3:30 pm @ Ingraham HS, North 1
8th grade: 2:00 pm @ Ingraham HS, South 1

You can find more information about the fall season of Middle School Ultimate here.  You will also receive  an email blast in the next few days that contains pertinent information from the coaches.If you do not receive an email blast, please email Sam Olson . You can expect to receive an email blast weekly for the remainder of the season.

Girls Soccer 
Varsity: 11:00 am @ Nathan Hale vs. Pathfinder
No JV game this weekend. 

Help Fund Teacher Projects

Check out these Salmon Bay projects currently posted on If you are interested in supporting a project, visit the links below to learn more or the website and search for Salmon Bay. 

Video Production Class Camera

Student Seating
Funding deadline October 18th!

Cleat Exchange

Outgrown your old pair of cleats? Need a new pair for fall sports? Stop by the cleat exchange outside of the Volunteer Coordinator's.

Wanted: Morning Crossing Guard

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

From Admin
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. 
Parents should meet in their student's classroom.

Middle school curriculum night will be from 7 - 8:30 pm.
Parents will be given a copy of their student's schedule and suggested rotation for the evening. 

If you are utilizing childcare during Curriculum Night, please bring payment and meet Jodi in the cafeteria between 5:45 - 6:00 pm. Questions? Email Jodi.  or call her at 206-252-1730.

Office Notes
Email Issues
Our Volunteer Coordinator's email hasn't been working properly this week. It was fixed early this morning! If you tried to email Jodi earlier this week, she most likely did not receive your  question or request. She asks that you kindly resend it. Thank you. 

Smarter Balance Test Results
Last year's Smarter Balanced Test results can be picked up in the Main Office.  Grades participating last year include:  3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. 

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! 

Last Call for First Day Packets
Please complete your forms and return them to the main office if you have not already done so. 

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.

School Events

Pizza on the Playground
Leave the cooking to Veraci and the desert to FOSB! Kids can have fun on the playground while you get to know fellow Salmon Bay parents. 

4:00 - 7:00 pm
Pizza available for $3 a slice
All donations support Salmon Bay!

Auction Pizza Party Participants: Watch for an email from Jodi with specific details and instructions.

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.

FOSB News & Events

Direct Giving Volunteers
Planning is underway for FOSB's fall fundraising campaign. We'd love an extra set of hands stuffing envelopes or collecting donations on a Friday morning. It's a great way to support our school! 
Sign up to help here

Portalis Wine Tasting Auction Party
We have a few spots open at our October 4th wine tasting party (originally offered at the school auction last spring). Like wine? Join us at Portalis from 6:30pm - 8:30 pm. $30. Please email Jodi to reserve a space. First come, first served. 

Save the Date: Garden Work Party
We are planning a fall cleanup of our school grounds on November 4th. Watch the bulletin for more details. Questions? Email Danielle Steele.

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. .
Support Salmon Bay

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

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.

Community Announcements

Join Cub Scout Pack 321

 All boys grade grade 1-5 welcome!  Joining meeting Tuesday Sept 26, 2017 at Broadview Thompson ES! For more info cal John Hall at 206-551-7340 or email.

Africa Remix
A performance of contemporary and traditional African dance. September 23rd @ 7:30 pm &
September 24th @ 3 pm
At the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Tickets available here

Most Likely to Succeed Film Screening & Dicussion
Award winning film on the topic of school. 
September 25th at 7 pm. RSVP here 
Romp, 13500 Bel Red Road, Suite 7A, Bellevue

Ballard Library Programs for Teens
Friday Gaming takes place from 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Drop in and play on the Wii and Xbox with other teens. Snacks provided. October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st. Open to all students in grades 6-12.

Board Game Sunday
Teens, adults and children welcome. 1:00 - 4:00 pm on October 22nd, November 19th, & December 17th

Plan ahead: Minecraft Connected Camps on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm from November 1st - 29th. Registration opens on October 1st. 

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.  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, ages 10-14, for hand-on adventure and STEM learning called Girls' STEM Sail & Robot After-School Program . Saturdays from Sept. 16 - Nov. 4, 9 am - 4 pm at Lake Union. $500. Info and registration 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.