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Main Office: 252-1720 - Attendance: 252-1728
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Volunteer Coordinator: Jodi Russell 252-1730
October 5th, 2018
In This Issue
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6: Garden Work Party (9 am)
11: FOSB Meeting (7 pm)
12: No School - Professional Development Day
23: PIE Presentation: Jo Langford (7pm)
31: Elementary Costume Parade
31: Middle School Block Party


1: Photo Retake Day
3: Garden Work Party
7: WEP Info Night
8: Movie: Screenagers / FOSB meeting
12: No School - Veterans Day

Seen in the Hallways
Farm Field Trip
Our third grade students visited Oxbow Farm today. During their visit, they had a chance to pick vegetables right from the ground and eat them! Students had fun tasting carrots, peppers, kale, herbs, radishes, flowers and other garden produce.

Before and After School Activities
We currently have 215 students registered in a wide variety of before and after school classes (not including middle school sports). It's exciting to see students trying different activities and learning new skills. We snapped a couple photos of our earliest class on Monday mornings and our last class to finish on Friday afternoons. 

Mr. G's before school unicycle class began this past Monday at 7:45 am. We are impressed with the commitment and determination of these early risers!

We love seeing our K-8 after school actors greet one another during rehearsal warm-up. Hearing your music drift through the hallways as you practice is the perfect way to end our day. We are cheering you on and looking forward to watching your performances in November!
Middle School Sports

Ultimate Frisbee Games This Weekend
6th Grade:  9:00 am vs. Madison (Franklin HS)
7th Grade:  10:30 am vs. Eckstein (Ingraham HS)
8th Grade:  1:30 pm vs. Madison (Franklin HS)

Girls Soccer This Weekend
JV Girls: 12:30 pm vs. Jane Addams at Ingraham 
Varsity: 2:00 pm vs. Southshore at Rainier Beach
*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 selecting the snack options and activities for the party at their meeting 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!

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. 

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. Orders are due next Friday, October 12th.

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!

Flu Shots

Flu Shots offered at Salmon Bay
CareDox and Health Services are teaming up to bring flu shots (and hopefully other future vaccinations) to students in schools. Parents/guardians can fill out and sign consent forms for their student to receive a flu shot on November 14th.

We have sent information home along with the required form to complete and return, if you'd like your child to participate. Parents can also complete an online registration here

Garden Work Party
Join us for our fall Work Party Tomorrow!

We need help getting our school grounds cleaned up tomorrow!
All are welcome!

Saturday, October 6th 
Meet at the front of the school. 

Families welcome! Limited hand tools available and only adult sized gloves, so feel free to bring your own. Wheelbarrows, large shovels, bags, rakes will be provided. 

Elementary School News

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.
Camp Fees
In May or June, each of our elementary classes will also participate in a camp experience. Fees related to that camp experience will be collected in the spring. If you would like to pay the camp fee (which varies by grade) in advance, you are welcome to do so. Camp fee reminders will be sent to families approximately 2 months before their class camp experience. 

Grade level camp fees are listed below:
Kindergarten:   $25
First Grade:  $100      
Second Grade:  $100   
Third Grade:  $200        
Fourth Grade: $225      
Fifth Grade:   $300      
If you have any questions about enrichment fees, camp fees or scholarships, please contact me at 206-252-1730 or email me

Thank you,
Jodi Russell
Volunteer Coordinator

Middle School News

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. 

Next FOSB Meeting:  Thursday, October 11, 7-8:30pm Salmon Bay Library, child care available from 6:45-8:45pm
Please come for an informative and important meeting! Minutes from September's meeting are available at
Meeting agenda:
  • We will have updates from Salmon Bay administration, staff members Bre (kindergarten teacher) and Dave (3rd grade teacher), as well as Jodi Russell, our Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Summer Stinson, board member and co-founder of Washington's Paramount Duty, will speak about the state of public school funding, pending legislation, and actions parents can take to nudge our representatives to amply fund education. Washington's Paramount Duty is a non-partisan, grassroots group of parents and allies working to compel the state to amply fund basic education and swiftly fulfill its paramount duty.
  • Minigrant vote! The minigrant requests are in and FOSB membership will review and vote on the slate of proposed grants to Salmon Bay staff.
  • Salmon Bay School/Community Priority Fund update and discussion: Addressing school funding shortfall with allocated FOSB budget. 
Mark Your calendars now for our first parent education event of the year:

Tuesday, October 23, 7pm, Salmon Bay Auditorium. 

Join guest speaker Jo Langford and middle school (and other) parents to learn how to balance your child's digital lives with boundaries, etiquette and good judgment. Includes the risks (and benefits) of online life, a breakdown of the most popular social networking sites, and Q&A. 

SPS Ethnic Communities Town Hall 
On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Superintendent and Seattle Council PTSA are hosting a Town Hall meeting for our families of color in the north end. The session will be 6:00 -8:00 pm at the Lake City Community Center.
If families have questions/ feedback, please
feel free to email us
Dinner, childcare, and interpreters will be provided.

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. 

UW Robinson Saturday Enrichment Classes
Fall 2018 Session: October 6 - December 1
The UW Robinson Center offers classes for students in grades K-8 to explore topics outside the regular school curriculum. There are no prerequisites for admission other than interest, no grades or tests. Free tuition for families receiving free/reduced lunch. All classes are taught by subject experts on the UW Seattle campus. For the Fall 2018 session, we have several new and exciting courses, and a number of our most popular courses are back! New courses include: Family Mancala Club (Grades K-1), Ecological Philosophy (2-3), and Robotics (4-5, 6-8). Returning favorites include: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (4-5), Hands-on Economics (6-8), Mock Trial (6-8), and Outbreak Investigation (4-5). For the complete list of courses and course descriptions, visit our web page 

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

Lil' Beavs Cheerleading Camp 
hosted by Ballard High School on  October 7, 2018
K-6 students are invited to attend the Lil' Beavs Cheerleading Camp on Sunday, October 7, from 9:30 to noon at Ballard High School.  Participants will spend the morning with the BHS Varsity Cheerleading Squad where they will learn cheers, jumps, and a dance!  Each camper will receive a t-shirt, bow, set of poms, temporary tattoo, picture with the squad and admission to the Varsity Football game on 10/12 at Memorial Stadium against Cleveland.  Participants are invited to perform with the Ballard Cheerleaders during pre-game and kick-off.  Game is currently scheduled for kick-off at 7:45 PM.  The registration fee is $40.  To register, please click here. 
More information is available on our website 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.