Option School Class Sizes

Did you know class sizes are going up for only Options Schools like Salmon Bay? This decision is being made this week! Please get to the school board meeting Wednesday with a sign supporting sensible class sizes and email the Board.

Our K-5 have recently been assigned LARGER class room sizes in 2017/2018. Option schools are being enrolled at 26 students for Kindergarten – 3rd grade (and 28 for grades 4-5) while attendance area schools (e.g. Whittier, Adams, Loyal Heights, North Beach, Viewlands) are being enrolled at LOWER class sizes (K-22, 1st-24, 2nd/3rd-25, 4th/5th-27).

Higher class sizes can work for language immersion schools (because of attrition) and other special situations but the vast majority of option schools in Seattle will be hurt by this policy including Salmon Bay. This is strange because more and more parents are asking for option school placement, Salmon Bay has a “waitlist” at every grade in elementary.

What we’d like to see is a policy where option schools are enrolled the same as attendance area schools. And if option schools want a waiver for higher class sizes, that can be granted. This is the only equitable option for students and teachers.

PLEASE GET INVOLVED! 

ACTION OPPORTUNITY #1:  Come to School Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 5. Support those giving public testimony against the current class size arrangement. This will be the last chance to influence this decision before school assignments happen. The ability to sign up for testimony has passed but if you happened to have signed up for please contact Mardi Brekke-Hutchings (mardib@live.com) and/or Cathy Liermann (cathyrl@uw.edu) (parents from Thornton Creek) so we can coordinate testimonies. Bring a sign.

ACTION OPPORTUNITY #2:  Please email these district personnel today:

Michael Tolley mftolley@seattleschools.org

Stephen Nielsen sjnielsen@seattleschools.org

Sherri Kokx skkokx@seattleschools.org

Ashley Davies aedavies@seattleschools.org

Faauu Manu fmmanu@seattleschools.org

JoLynn Berge jdberge@seattleschools.org

superintendent@seattleschools.org and schoolboard@seattleschools.org

 

Charlie Mas sent me a response to a question with the following, it captures the situation very well:

“The funding of option schools is the same as attendance area schools. The difference is that attendance area schools have no choice in how a significant portion of their funding is spent while option schools are given more flexibility. Or so the District would have you think.

The District says that option schools can choose to spend the funds on lowering class size. In that case, they suggest, the class sizes will be the same as those at attendance area schools. The District says that they are giving option schools the opportunity to self-determine whether to have the smaller class sizes or to have slightly larger class sizes and reallocate the class size reduction funds to another purpose.

Of course, if the option schools are enrolled so that they have, for example, three third grade classes with 26 students in each, they can’t very well leave nine students in the hall to get their class size down to 23. And the additional funding isn’t enough to create four classes of 19 or 20. So I’m not really sure how the options schools could choose to have class sizes that match the attendance area school class sizes.
Perhaps the District officials could explain how this flexibility works if the option schools wanted to spend the money to match attendance area school class sizes.”

 

Thanks

Scott Koch

FOSB Co-Chair

fosbchair@gmail.com

3-5 Play Writing

– Taught by Tara Kaine & Duncan Frost
–  Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3:15 – 5:00pm
– May 24th – June 14th
– Tuition $150
– Click Here To Register
– Registration Deadline May 17th

This year’s K-5 Play, “It Came From the Petshop” was a huge hit! Did you know that it was written last year by a group of fourth and fifth grade Salmon Bay students? Would you like to help us write the 2018 K-5 play? If so, join our writing collective and help us write another zany and fun-filled play for next year. In this class, you will learn to write a compelling scene, with a strong event and intriguing character development, while collaborating with other writers to create a play. The best part is that you will see your work performed for the Salmon Bay community in March 2018!

K-2 Creative Drama

For Kindergarten – Second Grade
– Taught by Amy Jurkiewicz
(Director of this year’s K-5 play)
– Wednesdays 3:15 – 4:30pm
– April 19th – June 7th
– Tuition $150
Click Here To Register 
– Registration Deadline, April 17th
A little art, a little movement, and a lot of drama! In this class, we will use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to play characters, travel to distant lands, and solve mysteries. Each week we will discover a clue that leads us to a recurring or brand new character and their specific problem or task. In an environment of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, the students will determine the trajectory and outcome of our stories as we journey as far as our imaginations will reach!

Play Writing Class (Gr 3 -5)

Play Writing Class for Grades 3, 4, & 5.
– Writing the K-5 play, to be performed March 2018

Start Date: Wednesday, May 24
End Date: Wednesday, June 14
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tuition: $150

We are thrilled to run another Play Writing Class. If you are interested in helping to write the script for the 2018 K-5 play, this is the class for you. We will of course do lots of writing, but we will also play games to get in character, created new worlds, mine our imagination for brand new and brilliant ideas, and just generally have a great time. 

To register email: Sbafterschooldrama@gmail.com

March 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

March 9, 2017

Agenda:

Time Item Leader Notes
7:30-7:40 Introduction Danielle  
7:40-7:50 Teacher Update Brian/Megan  
7:50-8:05 Admin Update Neil/Darren  
8:05-8:15 Budget Vote Part 1 Michele  
8:15-8:25 Volunteer Coordinator Jodi  
8:25-8:30 BLT John  
8:30-8:40 Committee Reports    
8:40-8:55 Votes    
8:55-9:00 Wrap up    

 

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introduction

For those new to FOSB thanks for coming. FOSB arose from the formation of Salmon Bay K-8. The existing PTA (middle school) and PTO (elementary school) joined as a PTO. Our bylaws, budget, and minutes are on the website (http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org). FOSB is here to support the school and community.  If you’d like to get more involved please consider being a Board member. Come see a co-chair after the meeting if you’re interested.

Rock For FOSB

Special thanks to Kim Laton for another very successful Rock for FOSB. There was a great crowd and we had a lot fun at the Tractor this year. We raised over $2,000 for Salmon Bay in the process. Thanks again Kim for all of your hard work!

New Leadership

We will be having several positions opening up next year and we need to fill them. Please consider taking on one of these roles to help our community continue to grow. We will need a middle school co-chair to join Scott.

Budget Vote

Whole Child Support Fund (Budget Part 1) $115,000

This is a grant FOSB provides to the school to supplement its budget. The school budget gets finalized at the end of March so our contribution must be voted on and approved now. It’s primarily used to increase staffing. The exact staffing often changes depending on what the District provides and current needs at Salmon Bay. School administrators can provide more detail.

Committee Reports

ASP (After School Programs)

Monica Porter-Bohanan – monica571@gmail.com

We hope parents check out the spring after school line up, with some fantastic new classes that include a few great options for middle school! There are plenty of our students that participate in sports at Salmon Bay and throughout the community. What better way to ensure they are building a strong body than to sign them up for Yoga for Athletes (gr 6-8).
Also for our older students, Beam experiences is bringing Robotics (gr 5-8) to our schedule using LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 technology. All kinds of awesome robots can be built in this class!

Don’t forget to check out the two dance options this spring! Metropolis Dance has been a fantastic addition this year and they will be offering both a Hip Hop class and a Break Dance class to help your student burn off some energy after school!

Of course we have our returning favorites Creative Coding, Ukulele, and Art Survey plus we can keep your little ones occupied a bit longer on early dismissal days (Mar 22nd and May 10th)!

Sign up link: http://tinyurl.com/ASPSpring17

It is amazing how fast this year is going, and these spring sessions will take us right up until the last few weeks of school! If you have any ideas for future classes, we would love to hear about them. Just email us at: monica571@gmail.com

Auction

Erica Topel

Things are coming together but there’s still an enormous amount of work to do. Please contribute what you can and bring in your old prom photo!

Budget Committee

Michele Bacon – michele@michelebacon.com

Shelley Rousseau – rousseau.shelley@gmail.com

Committee has preliminary committee budgets for next year. Please see vote above on the Whole Child fund. This grant is factored into the school budget and must be voted on at the March meeting. Other portions of the budget will be voted on in April.

March 21

April 18

Diversity Committee

Danielle Baer – danielle.baer@gmail.com

Next year, diversity committee plans to have a bigger multicultural event and hopefully work closer with some of the school staff on that, and hold one to two educational event/conversations around diversity and equity issues with the parent/school community.

PIE (Parent Information Exchange)

Michelle Pearson  – mqpearson@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone (60+people) — dads, moms, couples, grandparents, and caregivers — who came to our Mindfulness Workshops presented by FOSB PIE committee in February.

Next event: Undoing Racism is Monday 3/20 7:00p Salmon Bay School.

Then a presentation about Rites of Passage for teens this spring.

Rock for FOSB

Kim had done a fantastic job for the last 2 years and is ready to handoff to a new organizer. Have a cool idea for Rock for FOSB? Come make it happen. Kim can help get you going. Please contact Scott or Danielle if you’re interested.

Legislative

Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com

Ian Whyte – swellandsnow@gmail.com

Looks like we’re heading over the cliff is some fashion. Large school districts start their budgeting early and are affected more heavily by the lack of a levy solution. The Senate failed to pass (SHB 1059) out of committee on March 1st so SPS will be factoring in the loss of levy dollars. This will likely mean class sizes going up for K-3 among other things. Some links for more info:

http://crosscut.com/2017/02/teacher-face-as-inslee-urges-legislators-to-act/

http://wasa-oly.org/WASA/images/WASA/4.0%20Government%20Relations/4.4.1%20This%20Week%20In%20Olympia%20-%20TWIO/Download_Files/TWIO%202017/Week_7_2-24-17.pdf

http://www.heraldnet.com/news/more-taxes-needed-for-schools-but-thats-where-agreement-ends/

Direct Giving

Mary Ullrich  – maryullrich68@gmail.com

There will be a 2017 DGC planning meeting in March.

Lobby

We’ve had a group of volunteers working on updating and improving the lobby and library using funds raised at our auction last year. These volunteers have done a great job and are ready to hand off the project to a new person or group. Ideally, the next person/persons to take over would have some sort of tie to the design industry so as to have the resources at hand that are needed.

Votes

  • Additional Funding PIE $400
    • We still have $50 left in our 2017 budget. Here are additional needs we are requesting from FOSB:
    • Childcare for diversity talk: $75
    • Childcare for rites of passage talk: $75
    • Snacks, tea, name tags for 2 mindfulness events: $50
    • Pagliacci Pizza before rites of passage event: $250
      10 pizzas expecting 50 people
  • Diversity Committee $300
    • Additional funds for diversity committee event on March 20.
  • Additional Funding Auction
    • North Seattle CC venue rental has gone up by $1000.

Middle School Play: Robin Hood

Click Here to Register.

Info Night:
Monday, February 27th
at 6:00pm in the Auditorium

Registration Deadline:  
March 15th 

Rehearsals:
March 20th – May 5th 
3:15 – 5:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

Tech:
May 8th – 17th 
Monday – Friday
(Your child may not be called every day, but should make sure to be available).

Shows: 
May 18th at 7pm
May 19th at 1:30pm
May 19th at 7pm

Tuition: $150 per student (Cast & Crew)

This play is adapted by the Salmon Bay middle school playwriting class. It is funny and poignant and comes directly from the students. There are a wide variety of roles that promise, adventure, humor, romance, trickery, and drama. Come join us on Salmon Bay’s original adaptation of this classic adventure story!
Click Here to Register.

Salmon Bay Auction 2017 Corsages and Cummerbunds

Bring out those corsages and matching cummerbunds, we’re revisiting prom. And, this time we’re going sans chaperones!

RSVP HERE
Join us for our annual auction ( & Throwback Prom)

  • 5:30 Silent Auction
  • 7:00 Potluck Dinner with Live Auction to Follow

RSVP by Mail or Online $25/Ticket Before March 17th $35/Ticket After

VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Focus Day 2017

Education Funding Crisis

The Seattle Public Schools system is facing a budget crisis with a looming levy cliff. The state has given school districts all across Washington a double whammy this year. They have failed to fully fund basic education as originally promised by the start of 2018 (i.e. the 2017-18 school year) AND, through further legislative inaction, the amount that local districts can collect from local “operations” levies is being reduced by the start of 2018. As a result, the Seattle school district is facing an estimated $74 million shortfall for school year 2017-18.

If you disagree with these cuts, you can contact your representative and or email the governor. However, the legislators who have blocked additional funding live outside of Seattle and are part of the majority coalition in the Senate. If you want to make your voice heard, you can find their contact information here. If you have family or friends in those districts please have them contact their representative in support of public school funding.

2017 Focus Day Activities

Join other Salmon Bay families and teachers at PTA Focus Day in Olympia (Monday, January 16, 2017) to show support for public education and the whole child. In addition to getting the chance to meet directly with your state representatives and network with other PTA advocates, there will be a rally on the Capitol steps at 10:30 a.m., co-hosted by WSPTA and many of our education funding allies including the Washington Education Association, NAACP, Washington’s Paramount Duty and others. The Focus Day Agenda can be found here.

NOTE: There’s no need to sign up for anything, just head down and join us. Parking is difficult and you may want to bring a lunch.

Thanks to Erin for setting up a google doc for carpooling. Please sign up if you intend to drive and can fit extra folks in your car:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wNKnFkqBU8qXv6G32i3ncFYyQSx-nUyxsHNPEbhzc4I/edit?usp=sharing

As of Monday (1/9) Seattle Council PTSA has room on a charter bus for Focus Day. Several Salmon Bay families will be using the bus:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4faca722a1fb6-ride/

36th District Meetings:

    11:30am – (Senate Hearing Room 2) 36th District meeting with Senator Reuven Carlyle
    1:15pm-1:35pm (Waiting for Room Confirmation) 36th District meeting with Representative Noel Frame
    2:00pm-2:20pm (Legislative Building, Room 429A) 36th District meeting with Representative Gael Tarleton

PTA Agenda

8:00am (Columbia Room) – Registration opens. Be sure to register by January 9 to receive your free WSPTA Top 5 t-shirt

9:00am (Columbia Room) – Overview of the day, build signs.

10:30am – Join the rally on the capitol steps

11:15am – Advocacy at the local level and WSPTA legislative discussions, with lunch (register by 1/9 to reserve and pay for your lunch)

12:00pm (Rotunda) – Listen to Governor Inslee, SPI Reykdal, & WSPTA President Barbara Martin

12:45pm (Columbia Room) – Discussions on how to communicate with legislators in Olympia and in your home district

1:30pm – Meet with your legislators, if you did not in the morning

3:30pm – Adjourn

Contact Scott Koch at fosblegcom@gmail.com for more information about Focus Day and carpooling opportunities.

MLK Day Rally & March

For families not attending Focus Day for Salmon Bay, please join us to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and continue the work at the MLK Day Celebration. We will identify a meet-up point for Salmon Bay families to attend the march together. The rally begins at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of Garfield High, and we will meet to march together following the rally. Check next week’s bulletin for an exact meeting location. Please contact Erin or Danielle with questions.

January 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

January 12, 2017

 

Agenda:

 

Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:05 Introduction Scott/Danielle
7:05-7:15 Teacher Update
7:15-7:23 Admin Update Neil/Darren
7:20-7:25 Volunteer Coordinator Jodi
7:25-7:30 BLT John
7:30-7:45 Committee Reports Please read below.
7:45-7:55 Votes 2 items, see below.
7:55-8:00 Wrap up

 

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Introduction

For those new to FOSB thanks for coming. FOSB arose from the formation of Salmon Bay K-8. The existing PTA (middle school) and PTO (elementary school) joined as a PTO. Our bylaws, budget, and minutes are on the website (http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org). FOSB is here to support the school and community.  If you’d like to get more involved please consider being a Board member. Come see a co-chair after the meeting if you’re interested.

Annual Retreat

We’re seeking input on an annual retreat. We’re thinking about holding it in February and focusing on how to get more involvement from the community. Some of the long held programs and traditions at Salmon Bay are at risk of being lost because of lack of support from the community.

BLT

CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plans) is complete:

http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/District/Departments/Schools/CSIP/2015_17/salmonbay.pdf

Work Party

Thursday Jan. 26th we’re scheduling a work party to empty one of the shipping containers on the playground. We need 5-6 people to help empty and move some water containers.

Committee Reports

ASP (After School Programs)

Monica Porter-Bohanan – monica571@gmail.com

Winter ASP will start planning soon. Our mission is to offer programs that keep kids engaged and moving in fun and creative ways. Have an idea for a class? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Budget Committee

Michele Bacon – michele@michelebacon.com

Shelley Rousseau – rousseau.shelley@gmail.com

 

Budget committee meetings are planned for the following Tuesdays:

February 21

February 28

March 7

March 14

April 18

 

Diversity Committee

Danielle Baer – danielle.baer@gmail.com

Jan. 16th – for Salmon Bay families not attending legislative advocacy day but looking for an opportunity to engage in activism, we will have a meet-up spot at the MLK Jr. March starting at Garfield High School to march together. Please contact Erin or Danielle with questions.

Multicultural Potluck on February 16th. Please join the committee in coming meetings to help shape and grow the event. This is a great way to grow cultural awareness and celebrate diversity at our school.

Date TBD – the Diversity and PIE Committees are jointly organizing a conversation on race and equity for sometime in early March.  The evening event will be led by two trainers from Families of Color Seattle. In this workshop participants focus on how families can talk about racial identity and racism with their children. We will explore systemic racism and parents’s own understanding of their racial identity, power, privilege and oppression.

PIE (Parent Information Exchange)

Michelle Pearson  – mqpearson@gmail.com

Here are a few ideas with tentative dates:

  • Families of Color Seattle anti-racism workshop (Danielle Baer coordinating) possibly January.
  • Mindfulness for Parents workshop with Jeannie Cziezla and Andrea, possibly February.
  • Youth Wilderness Rites of Passage workshop (Anne Siems coordinating) possibly March.
  • Movies:
  • Self-Defense/Bystander training — Maria Gutierrez is working on this training which will probably end up running through ASB

 

Rock for FOSB

Kim Laton – kimlaton@msn.com

Rock for FOSB will be Sunday, 1/29/17 @ the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. Doors will be at 5pm, show starts at 6pm.

 

Band Line up is as follows:

  • Jeff Fielder (opener)
  • Stereo Embers (middle slot and played 2015)
  • The Tripwires (headlining and played 2015)

Last year’s “Rock for FOSB” sold out. Purchase your ticket now at this link. Invite your friends! At $15 for an evening of live music, it’s a steal.

Legislative

Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com

Ian Whyte – swellandsnow@gmail.com

2017 Legislative Focus Day
Monday, January 16, 2017

Seattle Public Schools are facing a budget crisis with a looming levy cliff. The State has given school districts all across Washington a double whammy this year. They have failed to fully fund basic education as originally promised by the start of 2018 (i.e. the 2017-18 school year) AND, through further legislative inaction, the amount that local districts can collect from local “operations” levies is being reduced by the start of 2018. As a result, the Seattle School District is facing an estimated $74 million shortfall for school year 2017-18.

If you disagree with cuts, you can contact your representative or email the Governor. However, the legislators who have blocked additional funding live outside of Seattle and are part of the Majority Coalition in the Senate. If you want to make your voice heard, you can find their contact information here.

Join other Salmon Bay families and teachers at PTA Focus Day in Olympia (Monday January 16, 2017) to show support for public education and the whole child.  Besides the chance to meet directly with your state representatives and network with other PTA advocates, there will be a rally on the steps at 10:30 that is co-hosted by WSPTA many of our education funding allies including the Washington Education Association, NAACP, Washington’s Paramount Duty and others.

Agenda found here: http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html

Contact Scott Koch at fosblegcom@gmail.com for more information and carpooling opportunities.

Direct Giving

Mary Ullrich  – maryullrich68@gmail.com

 

Amount Raised was over 75K!

Congratulations to the Direct Giving team! Thanks for all the hard work.

Lobby

 

We’ve had a group of volunteers working on updating and improving the lobby and library using funds raised at our auction last year. These volunteers have done a great job and are ready to hand off the project to a new person or group. Ideally, the next person/persons to take over would have some sort of tie to the design industry so as to have the resources at hand that are needed.

Votes

  • Stage Improvements $7,000

The project to improve stage area of auditorium will cost roughly $10,000. FOSB has the money and this is a great way to improve Friday sing, stage production, and other community events in the space. This will include a rear projection screen to replace the bed-sheet currently used (during Friday sing). We propose FOSB contribute $7,000 to towards this project. Neil will cover the additional costs.

  • ASB Self Defense Class $400.

Public Education Funding Crisis

From Danial Clark (Cascadia PTA)

Education Funding Crisis
Seattle Public Schools are facing a budget crisis with a looming levy cliff. The State has given school districts all across Washington a double whammy this year. They have failed to fully fund basic education as originally promised by the start of 2018 (i.e. the 2017-18 school year) AND they have legislative that the amount that local districts can collect from local “operations” levies is being reduced by the start of 2018. As a result, the Seattle School District is facing an estimated $74 million shortfall for school year 2017-18.

Every person in our community is encouraged to make calls and send emails to your elected officials asking them to take steps to extend the “Levy Cliff” through the end of 2018 and commit to full funding of staff compensation for the 2017-2018 school year. It is imperative they fully fund public schools so Districts across the state won’t lay off teachers this spring.

Three action steps you can take immediately:

1. Call Governor Inslee right now at (360) 902-4111 and ask him to fully fund public schools so they don’t lay off teachers this spring.

2. Email the Governor by clicking here: https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/

3. Email or call your legislators. Look up you legislators by clicking here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/, and find your legislators contact information by clicking here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members/Senate

Key talking points for every call and email:

• Act by March 2017 to extend the “Levy Cliff” through the end of 2018

• Commit to full funding of staff compensation for the 2017-18 school year

• Fully fund public schools so they don’t lay off teachers and cut programs this spring
Resources with additional information about the budget crisis:

• SPS District Budget Deficit webpage, with additional details regarding the budget deficit, budget development timeline, and actions you can take: http://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=16682292

• Washington Paramount Duty: http://paramountduty.org/

• 2017 Levy Cliff Impact analysis: http://www.k12.wa.us/SAFS/default.asp

• Washington State Board of Education: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/legislative.php#.WEiGh4WcGM8

• Learn more about PTA advocacy at: http://scptsa.org/advocacy/

Community Budget Gap MeetingsBetween Dec. 5, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017 the District will continue to solicit feedback on budget priorities from staff, families, and community partners. The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting three regional meetings for families to provide feedback on budget priorities:

• Tuesday, December 13, Ballard High School, 6:30 -8 p.m.; 1418 NW 65th St Seattle, WA 98117

• Thursday, December 15, South Shore PreK-8 School, 6:30-8 p.m.; 4800 S Henderson St Seattle, WA 98118

• Tuesday, January 3, Franklin High School, 6:30-8 p.m.; 3013 S Mt Baker Blvd Seattle, WA 98144
Focus Day, January 16, Olympia WA

Please consider attending Focus Day to rally with parents, teachers and community members
http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html