2017 Direct Giving – Many Hands

FOSB works with Salmon Bay, through the Direct Giving Campaign, to close the gap between programming Seattle Public Schools funds and the programming we want our kids to have. Our goal this year is $75,000 and 100% participation. You can help us reach our goal today! The campaign runs from early October to mid November.


Almost all of the money the Direct Giving Campaign raises supports these initiatives:

  • Whole-Child Support: our kids have access to a full complement of counselors, a full-time art teacher, special education teachers, and a curriculum that addresses social/emotional growth.
  • Homework Club Support: we help pay teachers to staff this after school program.
  • Robust Scholarship Program for Enrichment: ALL of our kids get to attend field trips & camp
  • Technology: FOSB approved new computers last year.
  • Playground Equipment: everything is up to date and in good working condition.
  • Teacher Grants: our teachers receive stipends to buy classroom supplies.
  • Art Supplies: our art room is fully stocked to support all the art classes.
  • Physical Education: our PE teachers have the equipment they need.
  • Directory: this is a valuable resource for everyone

Direct Giving donations are tax deductible and simple:

  • Donate Online
  • By Mail: download this donation form, write a check payable FOSB, and mail to: FOSB, Direct Giving Campaign, 1810 NW 65th ST, Seattle, WA 98117.
  • Donate Through Credit Card Payments: download this donation form, indicate how much per month you’d like to donate and for how many months, fill in credit card info, and mail to: FOSB, Direct Giving Campaign, 1810 NW 65th ST, Seattle, WA 98117.
  • In Person: drop your donation in the Direct Giving Campaign box in the school office or during one of our Drive By Donation days – Friday 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, or 11/18.
  • Direct Giving is for everyone in our community: download our donation form and email or snail mail your friends and family and ask them to donate. Or provide them with this link so they can donate online.

Don’t forget to ask for employer matching and double your donation! Our Tax ID is 91-1622350. Contact Jodi Russell (jrrussell@seattleschools.org) if you need help processing your employer match.

 

December Meeting

Join FOSB for our December meeting. We’ll be checking in with our various committees and voting on exciting projects submitted to the Mini Grant committee. As always you’ll have an opportunity to hear from various staff member about what’s happening at school.

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 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!

FOSB Meeting Childcare

DETAILS:

If you would like to send your children to Coho during the next FOSB meeting please sign up and indicate how many children. If we get 5 or more children we'll schedule Coho. Expect confirmation a day or two before the meeting.

Thanks

Scott

All spots have been filled.

December 7, 2017

Task/ItemStart Time End TimeAvailable SpotsItem Details
Coho Childcare 6:45 pm 8:30 pm#1: Tracy W.1

November FOSB Meeting

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.

FOSB has some unspent funds from years past so we’re reconstituting “mini grants” for small and medium size projects at the school. Mini grants are a great way for teachers to upgrade equipment, get training, and or incubate and develop new programs at the school. Come hear about the process and help promote this fun program.

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 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!

FOSB Meeting Childcare

DETAILS:

If you would like to send your children to Coho during the next FOSB meeting please sign up and indicate how many children. If we get 5 or more children we'll schedule Coho. Expect confirmation a day or two before the meeting.

Thanks

Scott

All spots have been filled.

December 7, 2017

Task/ItemStart Time End TimeAvailable SpotsItem Details
Coho Childcare 6:45 pm 8:30 pm#1: Tracy W.1

Minutes – 2017/18

FOSB Meeting Date: 10/12/2017

Meeting begins: 7:05pm

Meeting ends:  8:10pm

Co-chairs present: Scott Koch and Alessandra Pollock

Secretary present:  Maria Anguiano

Treasurers present: Jennifer Pheifer, Shelley Rousseau

Other Directors: Margaret Bradshaw, Mary Ulrich, Jodi Russell, Kristina Cerise, Tracy Wilson, Renee Palermo

FOSB Members Present (see attached sign-in sheet)

Meeting Detail:

Introduction/Welcome:

Scott provided a quick recap of the following:

  • Thank you to Veraci for this years’ “Pizza on the Playground” event.
  • Voting for new directors will take place in November
  • Currently working on a childcare system for FOSB events in coordination with COHO. Two weeks prior to an event/meeting, a sign-up will be distributed to parents with a suggested donation of $5/child.
  • During this evening’s meeting, attendees participated in creating hands for the “Direct Giving Campaign” art on the main school entrance wall.

Teacher Spotlight:

Brea and Talia updated their current class curriculum including a new literacy approach adopted from the Center for Collaborative Classroom and a balls and ramps science unit.

Administration’s Report (Darren Frink):

The school is focusing on safety during the month of October. He also provided some insight into what “alternative education” meant to him with examples of the most recent 4th grade trip and collaborative learning in groups. Darren also mentioned this year’s middle school transition has been challenging and asked parents to be more aware of their child’s needs. Finally, 8th grade Teacher Assistants (TAs) were being incorporated into K-2 classrooms, with 2 TAs per semester with the goal to build better relationships and serve younger kids with additional help.

Volunteer Coordinator (Jodi Russell):

  • Camp fees have risen for the Spring due to increased overall cost.
  • Elementary students pay an enrichment fee of $100 each year and covers the cost of field trips, artists in residence, and other activities selected by the classroom teacher.
  • Middle school students take part in a Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) that offers a choice of activities that generally occur during the school day on six consecutive Fridays in the winter (e.g. skiing/snowboarding, Tour of Seattle, jewelry making, rowing, theater arts). WEP fees for middle school students vary depending on the program selected.
  • Last year, elementary students partook in WEP and will continue again this year. This allows students to explore something different that interests them. Elementary students will have 3-week session.
  • Halloween parade will be at 2 pm.
  • Directory is currently in process with an expected November release
  • Jodi will be out of the office for 2 weeks beginning week of October 16.

Video Production Exploratory (Kevin Junker):

Seeking funding for 1-2 photo/video equipment systems for his classroom with a cost range of $1800 – $2200 per system. Using video production with students allows them to focus on a different area and/or form of gravitating to reading/writing. Assists with linear thinking such as story-telling. Develops social skills through collaborative effort and increased communication skills, allowing for different forms of engagement.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Auction (Shelby Reynolds):

This year’s theme is “Bon Voyage: A Travel Around the World.” Most major roles have been filled but we are seeking participants who have not participated before. We are also using a more digital platform to plan, communicate and market. Procurement letters will be mailed soon. This will be a fun and engaging event.

Direct Giving Campaign (Mary Ulrich):

Mary introduced the direct giving campaign, which runs the first week of October through Thanksgiving. Our goal is $75,000 and the theme is “Many Hands.” Online Giving link can be shared with family and friends.


Finance (Jennifer Pheifer and Shelley Rousseau):

A rough estimate is provided today since the Finance committee last met in February. Finance and budget meetings should be scheduled more often to provide better accountability. Thus far, we have been averaging $50 – $60 thousand in rollover funding per year with $15 thousand in reserve. The question arose as to why budget goals were not reversed to avoid detrimental budget cuts as we did recently with the Seattle Public School system. The committee states we have a fiduciary responsibility for this money to be spent quickly and more efficiently, including the request made by Kevin Junker for photo equipment so teachers do not have to outsource and resort to crowd-funding options.

After School Program:

We’re still looking for someone interested in helping with after-school coordination. This is a very flexible, work-from home position creating online sign-up sheets and various other tasks that can be accomplished remotely. Ideally, such a person might take over in the future and keep our ASP strong.

  • This year’s drama will be November 14, 15 & 16

Garden (Danielle Steele):

We’re planning a fall clean-up of the westside of the school on November 4th, 9 am – 2 pm, which will include moving mulch and weeding.

Diversity:

“Kids & Race: Changing the Narrative” event October 26th, 6:30 – 8 pm in the School Auditorium.

Rock FOSB:

Will be taking a break until additional capacity is sought out or volunteers sign-up to coordinate.

Friday Sing:

We need your feedback so please answer an upcoming survey.

Meeting Respectfully Submitted by Maria Anguiano

 


FOSB Meeting Date: 9/14/2017

Meeting begins: 7:05pm

Meeting ends:  7:30pm

Co-chairs present: Scott Koch and Alessandra Pollock

Secretary present: 

Treasurers present:  

Other Directors: Amy Paguirigan, Audra Gallegos, Margaret Bradshaw, Mary Ulrich, Jodi Russell, Kristina Cerise, Tracy Wilson, Renee Palermo

FOSB Members Present (see attached sign-in sheet)

VOTING SUMMARY: (Quorum verified (see above))

Item Outcome
Secretary, Erika Whitehead Approved

 

Meeting Detail:

Principal Presentation (Neil)

Neil showed pictures of Jumpstart for Kindergarteners and the 7th and 8th grade team days at Cottage Lake.  

Neil showed a visual that explained Salmon Bay funding and explained the value of flexible funding for supporting school staffing and resources.

Volunteer Coordinator (Jodi Russell)

Newsletter update

Dates for Diversity Committee, Drama Committee info night, Comedy Night for parents

Connect with Jodi for opportunities:

  • Pizza on the Playground
  • Dinner for staff on 9/25
  • Data Entry

Jodi is dedicated to finding the right place for each family to plug in.

Direct Giving Campaign (Mary Ulrich)

Mary introduced the direct giving campaign, which runs the first week of October through Thanksgiving. Our goal is $75,000 and the theme is “Many Hands.” We are having donation Fridays there will be some swag and it is a lot of fun. We need people to help on Fridays, with a wall decoration.

Committee Reports
Scott covered the other committees that Jodi didn’t touch on.

Meeting Respectfully Submitted by Alessandra Pollock

Pizza on the Playground

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Come join the Salmon Bay community for Veraci pizza at the playground.

When: Friday, September 29th (4:00p-7:00p)

Where: Salmon Bay Playground

What: Pizza will be $3.00 a slice (suggested donation) and FOSB will provide water and dessert

Why: To have fun and build our community

BYOCC Bring Your Own Camp Chair

Please drop by for some pie and get to know the parents and children of Salmon Bay a little more.

Welcome to the New Year

Welcome to the New School Year

We hope you enjoyed your summer and are excited for the new school year. There are a number of activities coming up to make connections with our community. Please come join us!

  • Wednesday August 30th 7:00-8:00pm a beginning of the year check-in at the Waterwheel (7034 15th Ave NW). Maybe you have questions or you’re just thirsty, come join parents and few teachers for beverage at an informal gathering. Note, the Waterwheel does not allow minors.
  • Thursday August 31th 5:00-7:00p middle school orientation.
    • 6th grade welcome and orientation is 6-7pm. Check-in begins in the Cafeteria at 5:30 with your student’s homeroom teacher. 
    • 7th/8th grade orientation is at either 5pm OR 7pm (pick the time that works best for you family). 
  • Thursday Sept. 14th 6:00-7:30 FOSB Potluck and meeting. Come meet parents and share food. We’ll have a quick meeting from 7:00-7:30 to discuss and plan coming events.
  • Friday Sept. 29th Pizza on the playground night with Veraci pizza. More details to come.

If you’re new to Salmon Bay here are some reasons to attend our FOSB meetings:

  • Find out from teachers and administration what’s happening at Salmon Bay.
  • Learn how you can help create the best experience for you child.
  • Get to know parents who have been at Salmon Bay and benefit from their experience.
  • Contribute your opinion, your voice counts!

Coming up this fall:

  • Direct Giving Campaign
  • Middle School Camps
  • Halloween Parade
  • Middle School Dance
  • UW Book Fair

We’re still looking for a FOSB secretary! If you’re interested please let us know.

We really want to hear from you. If you have questions about FOSB or would like more information please email us at fosbchair@gmail.com.

Thanks

Scott and Ali

June 2017 Meeting Agenda

DRAFT

Friends of Salmon Bay General Meeting

June 1, 2017

Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:10 Budget Vote Shelley  
7:10-7:15 Leadership Election Scott/Danielle  
7:15-7:20 Vote Meeting Minutes Jeannie  
7:20-7:30 Admin Update Neil  
7:30-7:40 Teacher Spotlight Jodi  
7:40-7:50 Volunteer Coordinator Jodi  
7:50-8:00 Committee Reports Committee Leads Please read below. 
8:00-8:05 Wrap Up    
       
       

 

Slate for 2017-18:

Elementary Co-chair: Scott Koch           

Middle School Co-chair: Alessandra Pollock                

Elementary Treasurer: Jen Snorsky Phiefer

Middles School Treasurer: Shelley Rousseau

Secretary: TBD

Directors:

Amy Paguirigan                                  Renee Palermo

Ian Whyte                                            Jackie Solorzano

Chris Whitehead                                  Jen Phieffer

Tracy Wilson                                      Danielle Steele

Jodi Russell                                         Audra Gallegos

Margaret Bagshaw                              Kristina Cerise

Dan Fiorito                                          Katie White

Jon Lisbin

 

Committee Reports

TBD

May 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

May 11, 2017

Agenda:

Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:10 Introduction Scott/Danielle  
7:10-7:15 Vote Meeting Minutes Jeannie March minutes
7:15-7:25 Admin Update Neil/Darren  
7:25-7:35 Leadership Election Scott/Danielle  
7:35-7:40 Volunteer Coordinator Scott  
7:40-7:55 2017/18 Budget discussion Shelley  
7:55-8:05 Discussion on how to better us board members Scott/Danielle  
8:05-8:15 Committee Reports   Please read below.
8:15-8:20 Vote    
8:20-8:25 Wrap up    

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 1, 2017 (This is right after 6th grade Welcome night. Come early and welcome our new middle school families to Salmon Bay)

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.

Minutes

http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org/minutes-201617/

FOSB Leadership Election

We still need people to fill our middle school co-chair, elementary treasurer and secretary positions!!

Slate for 2017-18:

Elementary Co-chair: Scott Koch                   

Middle school Treasurer: Shelley Rousseau

Directors:

Amy Paguirigan                                  Renee Palermo

Ian Whyte                                            Jackie Solorzano

Chris Whitehead                                  Jen Phieffer

Tracy Wilson                                      Danielle Steele

Jodi Russell                                         Audra Gallegos

Margaret Bagshaw                              Kristina Cerise

Dan Fiorito                                          Katie White

Committee Reports

ASP (After School Programs)

Monica Porter-Bohanan – monica571@gmail.com

Auction

We already have the beginnings of a well-rounded auction committee. We are having a planning meeting before the end of the school year to set ourselves up for next year. If you are interested in coming, please contact Danielle.

Bike/Walk

Anny Gateley

Bike to school month is under way. Please volunteer to help on Friday mornings.

Budget Committee

Michele Bacon – michele@michelebacon.com

Shelley Rousseau – rousseau.shelley@gmail.com

See above, Shelley will present budget for vote.

Diversity Committee

Danielle Baer – danielle.baer@gmail.com

The Diversity Committee will be meeting Friday, May 12th at 8:45 at Grumpy D’s to talk about plans for the 2017-2018 school year.  The meeting is open to new Salmon Bay community members interested in helping to plan the multicultural potluck and other diversity education and engagement opportunities.

Direct Giving

Mary Ullrich

May need volunteers for next year’s Direct Giving Campaign.

PIE (Parent Information Exchange)

Michelle Pearson  – mqpearson@gmail.com

PIE would like input from FOSB on possible topics or speakers for an event in early October. Needing fresh ideas.

Rock for FOSB

Looking for a new leader for Rock for FOSB!

Legislative

Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com

Ian Whyte – swellandsnow@gmail.com

Two tier busing looks like it will happen. 8:00am and 9:00am.

State budget negotiations still ongoing. No clear path forward. Half way through 30-day special session. Opportunities to advocate are ongoing. Dandelion Dash lobby day happened 5-10-17; links to various organizations supporting McCleary funding: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dandelion-dash-demonstration-tickets-34221719083

Vote

  • Keep the Maestroweb site “on” year round.  The additional cost is $374+tax ($698 vs $1068) .  This would allow FOSB to use the Maestroweb for donations year round and could also be used to collect balances post auction for parties.  In the future the auction committee may consider selling silent items and parties online before the auction.  This would reduce the auction night accounting burden and may increase amount obtained for items. The cost for running online auctions is $500.

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
– CHANGED DATES: May 24th – June 9th
– 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!