2016 Direct Giving – Rising to Our Future

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 October 10th to November 18th.

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.

Let’s help our kids rise to their futures!

Minutes – 2016/17

DRAFT Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB) Board Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2016

Meeting begins: 7:10 PM

Meeting ends: 8:45 PM

Co-chairs present: Danielle Steele and Scott Koch

Secretary present: Jeannie Cziesla


Vote APPROVED for allocating spending of playground funds (from upper field funds) and leftover Playground Project, totaling $8,951.77.

Vote APPROVED for sending a letter to Mayor Murray about traffic hazards at 15th Ave NW and 70th and 67th Streets.

Welcome and Introductions – Danielle and Scott and attendees

Hi-Life Fundraiser

Go to Hi-Life on Wednesday, November 2nd – 8:30 AM until close and 25% of all food sales go to library funding. See menu at www.chowfoods.com.

Teacher Update

Dave Middleton – 3rd grade teacher

Great start to year. Project on plant growth and development. Just had field trip at Oxbow Farm – learned about pollination. Graphing growth of plants on time series graph.

Melanie – Recap of 6th grade and two 7th/8th grade team camps (Olympic and Cascade Teams). Slide show of all three groups. Sixth grade goes to Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. Olympic Team goes to Tall Timbers. Cascade Team went to Mt. St. Helens. Helps kids get to know each other, especially new 6th graders coming in to Salmon Bay from other schools.

Linda – Librarian

Very busy fall! Linda will be calling for volunteers soon. If you’re interested in volunteering in the library let Linda or Jodi Russell know. Linda is trying to get more middle school kids into the library. Several middle school Language Arts classes have come to the library this year. Linda is working on legislative advisory with media literacy with the State of Washington.

Admin Update – Neil and Darren

Good start to the school year. Several new hires. Playground repairs needed. Will be repaired by the District. Water fountain has been a great addition to the playground (funded by FOSB). Friday Sing’s new format going well – helping to build community and connection. Gettings bids for upgrades to the stage lighting, new screen, and electrical upgrades. Now ¾ art and ¼ drama/music for elementary. Halls are starting to reflect all the art going on in elementary and middle school.

Volunteer Coordinator – Jodi

Elementary costume parade on Monday, October 31. Middle school dance is coming up, probably early November. Book Fair Nov. 4-6th at UW Bookstore. If you have not filled out paperwork this year, please contact Jodi to get the required paperwork. Paperwork must be filled out each year. **Looking for someone to help with the elementary yearbook. Directory should be out by November before conferences. Will be available as PDF and paper copy. Just turned in Ballard Market receipts and will be getting a check for $1,000. Chinook Books are available in the Volunteer Coordinator office.

Building Leadership Team (BLT) Update – John

Working on the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), required by the District. Building on reading at grade level and math at grade level. Hoping to add CSIP goal around writing. CSIP due Nov. 15 to the District. Talk about adding a goal around school climate.

District survey regarding 2016-17 school year 20-minute additional time. Complete survey at www.seattleschools.org/news/school_schedules.

Committee Reports

After School Program: If you have any ideas for an upcoming program contact Monica or Jodi in the next couple of weeks.

Drama: Musical Shrek K-8 starting Tuesday 11/15 – Thursday 11/17.

Diversity Committee: Looking for additional people to help with the committee.

PIE: Nothing lined up for speakers yet – let Michelle know if you have any ideas. Looking for parents of younger kids to get involved.

Rock for FOSB: Final date and location to be determined.

Legislative: Next SPS board meeting is November 2

Direct Giving: Goal is to raise $75,000 by November 18. Several ways to donate: check, online, company matching, payment schedule. Drive by donation next Friday – need volunteers!

Auction: Need some volunteers to help Erica with various aspects of auction. Auction is April 1.

By-Laws: Dan Fiorito working on clarifying the by-laws (not changing them).

Finance: Budget 101 at next meeting.

VOTING (Quorum verified):

Motion to authorize unrestricting funds for upper field maintenance ($3,818.26) and move to a Playground Maintenance fund and to use leftover funds from Playground Project ($5,133.51). All funds available for playground maintenance. Motion Seconded. VOTE: APPROVED. Counted by Scott.

Motion to send letter as read at the meeting to Mayor Murray about traffic hazards at 15th Ave NW and 67th St. and 15th and 70th. Motion seconded. VOTE: APPROVED. Counted by Scott.

Meeting Adjourned 8:45 PM

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by,

Jeannie Cziesla

FOSB Secretary





October Meeting

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting – October 13, 2016

Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:10 Introduction Scott/Danielle Thanks to Veraci for extra effort at event.
7:10-7:15 Hi-Life Fundraiser Katie Hohman 25% of one day’s food sales toward library books.
7:15-7:35 Teacher Update Dave/Linda/Melanie  
7:35-7:45 Admin Update Neil/Darren  
7:45-7:55 Volunteer Coordinator Jodi  
7:55-8:00 Break —————-  
8:00-8:10 BLT John  
8:10-8:20 Committee Reports   Please read below. Committee leaders can give quick update answer questions.
8:20-8:30 Votes Scott/Danielle See below
8:30-8:35 Adjourn Scott/Danielle  

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Introduction – For those new to FOSB thanks for coming. FOSB arose after the formation of Salmon Bay K-8. The existing PTA (middle school) and PTO (elementary school) joined as one 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 during the break if you’re interested. Thanks to those who helped and/or participated in the Pizza on the Playground event. Special thanks to Erin and her sister and their employees for going above and beyond to supply the overwhelming number of families that came. Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come.

Committee Reports:

ASP (After School Programs) Contact: Monica Porter – monica571@gmail.com

Fall after school programs are off to a fantastic start, with several new offerings added to the line up such as Hip-Pop dance, Ukulele, and Robotics! Our mission is to offer programs that keep kids engaged and moving in fun and creative ways. We are excited to report that our fall sessions had over 144 registered participants. This year we will once again offer an early dismissal program for the five Wednesdays throughout the school year! Have an idea for a class? We would love to hear your thoughts!


Shrek The Musical is in production. Shows – Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm; Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm; Thursday, November 17th at 1:30pm (School Show).

Diversity Committee Contact: Danielle Baer – danielle.baer@gmail.com

For the past couple of years, the Diversity Committee has sponsored a multicultural potluck. We’d like to keep this going and grow it. Do you have fun and meaningful ideas on how to grow cultural awareness and celebrate diversity? Please join us at our brainstorming session this fall.

PIE (Parent Information Exchange) Contact: Michelle Pearson – mqpearson@gmail.com

We had our first meeting of the year yesterday. While we don’t have any events scheduled yet we are considering the following ideas:

Rock for FOSB Contact: Kim Kildea – kimlaton@msn.com

Rock for FOSB is tentatively scheduled for late January. Final date and lineup to should be locked up in November.

Legislative Contact: Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com, Ian Whyte – swellandsnow@gmail.com

  • With an 8-1 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the $100,000 per day fines against the Washington State Legislature over the Legislature’s inability to get public schools fully-funded will continue.
  • Growth boundaries are changing in our neighborhoods.
  • The district is asking for input on K-5 instructional materials.
  • 2017-18 School Schedule Changes (adding 20 minutes) (https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=14396503)
  • Next SPS board meeting is November 02

Direct Giving – Rising to Our Futures! Contact: Mary Ullirch – maryullrich68@gmail.com

The Direct Giving Campaign launched October 7th and runs through November 18th. Our goal is to raise $75,000. Look for your Direct Giving appeal in the mail starting next week. If you are able, please consider donating. Any amount will do! Donations are tax deductible and simple: Donations are accepted online, by mail or in person. Ask friends, families or employers to help.

Look in the bulletin for more information or online at the Direct Giving website: http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org/2016-direct-giving-rising-to-our-future/

Let’s help our kids rise to their futures!

Auction: Contact: Erica Topel – ericatopel@windermere.com

The auction is April 1st this year. The auction committee is looking for help. The idea is to break up the larger jobs into smaller, more manageable ones. Right now they are looking for help in the following areas: stuffing procurement envelopes and someone to organize donations.

By Laws:

Dan Fiorito, one of our Directors, has stepped up to help clarify our bylaws. He will be presenting a proposal at our December meeting to put up for a vote sometime in January. He is not changing our by laws, only clarifying them.


FOSB is at normal spending levels for this time of year. At the November FOSB meeting Finance will be having an annual detailed review of the budget “Budget 101” for anyone to attend. The current budget can be found at:




  • Authorize reallocating 2 existing and unused playground funds “Sports Field” upper field improvement leftover ($3,818.26) and more recent “Playground Project” for lower field ($5,133.51).  Total available to spend on playground is $8,951.77. These would be used for playground maintenance (replacing/repairing damaged playground equipment, plantings, painting).
  • Vote to endorse/sign letter to mayor Murray concerning traffic safety along 15th This was to be in conjunction with find-it-fix-it-community-walks (Saturday walk has been canceled):


Shrek Rehearsal Info

Here you should find all the info you need for cast, crew, and volunteers.

CHANGE!!! Tuesday, November 1st – is no longer an “All Called Day”
– The only students called are those playing Shrek, Donkey, Pinocchio, Pig 1-2-3, Ugly Duckling, Mama-Papa-Baby Bear, Wicked Witch, Big Bad Wolf, Gingy, Peter Pan

Cast/Crew List: This shows your child’s role in the cast or on crew and which weekly rehearsal days they are required to attend until tech.

Scene Lists:
Listed by Scene – which characters & songs are in each scene.
Listed by Actor – which scenes your actor is in.

TECH WEEKS: October 31st to November 10th
* Note many new pickup times! Change day to day.
This shows the schedule for TECH WEEKS in Calendar Form.

Calendar: For cast, crew, and volunteers (updated 10/19/2016)
This shows the schedule for TECH WEEKS – listed by child.
This lists your child’s personal schedule by actor.
(For crew schedule see calendar above).

Music: Please have students practice with the music at home, both with and without the lyrics. (Please note that we have assigned different characters to each line than in the recordings, and some of the lines have been changed slightly).
Click Here To View

Script: We do not have permission to share this electronically. Scripts will be handed out at your child’s next rehearsal.


– November 15th, 16th @ 7:00pm
– November 17th @1:30pm

Playground Pizza Night

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

When: Friday, September 30th (5:30p-7:30p)

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

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

School has started and we are already planning for a year of connecting and learning! Join us for our first FOSB event on Friday, September 30th – our Playground Pizza and Dessert Social. Leave the cooking to Veraci pizza and the desert to FOSB! Kids can play (or just hang out on the upper field) while you get to know your fellow Salmon Bay parents. Our first general meeting will be held Thursday, October 13th. Please come join us!

Here are some reasons to attend our 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 really want to hear from you. If you have questions about FOSB or would like more information please email us at fosbchair@gmail.com.


Scott and Danielle

Shrek The Musical


Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

With abundant opportunities for imaginative sets and costumes, and a host of over-the-top roles for an expandable cast, there’s a part for everyone in this dazzling adventure story.
To register click here.

Registration Deadline – September 21st

Info Night – September 19th at 6pm  in the Auditorium
– Learn more about the K-8 production process &  ask questions
– Children are welcome to come along but not expected, the meeting is usually about 30 minutes.
Rehearsals – September 26th to November 14th.
– Rehearsals will run Monday to Friday, 3:15 to 5:30.
– Your child will be assigned between  1 and 5 regular rehearsal days.
* You will  select the time commitment that fits your family.
– We aim to support students involvement in other activities.
* If you have a day when you cannot attend rehearsals let us know on your sign in form and we will do our best to accommodate.
– All students are expected to be available Monday – Friday, October 31st – November 14th.
For all the info on casting, and rehearsal schedule click here.
Shows – Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm; Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm; Thursday, November 17th at 1:30pm (School Show).

To register click here.



Play Writing Class

Grades: 4-6
Teacher: Tara Kaine
Wednesday and Friday from 3:15 – 5:00pm
May 25th – June 17th (No class on May 27th – Memorial Day)
Cost $105
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 23rd
Scholarship Deadline: Friday, May 20th
This year’s K-5 Play –  “Putting on Romeo and Juliet” was a huge hit! Do you want to help us write the 2017 K-5 Play? Join our writing collective and help us write another zany and fun filled play for next year. Learn to write a compelling scene, with a strong event, and intriguing character development while working with other writers to create a compelling play. The best part? See your work performed for the whole school on the Salmon Bay Stage in 2017!

Creative Drama and Acting Skills

Grades: K-2
Teacher: Laura Knote
Mondays from 3:15 – 5:00pm
April 25th – May 16th
Cost $75

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 20th.
Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, April 18th

Come travel on a fantastical adventure to unknown worlds with the fantastic Laura Knote. Learn fundamental acting skills and build your confidence as a performer, while you play together and c0-create an imaginary world. This is an incredible class for experienced actors and first time performers a like. All the students practice leadership skills and working as an ensemble.

To register please click here and fill out the form.

RSVP Here for FOSB’s Gatsby Gala and Auction


Mark your calendars for Salmon Bay’s annual auction on Saturday, April 2nd at North Seattle Community College. The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and the one evening we set aside to gather our entire community together to celebrate. RSVP Here.