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

2016 Direct Giving – We Did It!

We are officially passed our goal of $75,000! Donations are still trickling in but we'll land just over our goal. Extra big thanks to Mary and the Direct Giving team! 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

December 2016 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting December 1, 2016 (off site at Danielle's house) Agenda:
Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:05 Introduction Scott/Danielle
7:05-7:15 By-Law Updates  Dan
7:15-7:20 Volunteer Coordinator Jodi
7:20-7:25 Committee Updates
7:25-7:30 Wrap up/Votes
7:30-9:00 Auction Kick-off
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 12th, 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. By-Law Updates Dan Fiorito has several suggestions for cleaning up the wording in our by-laws to make them clearer and easier to understand. BLT Mostly finishing up CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plans) http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_543/File/District/Departments/Schools/CSIP/2015_17/salmonbay.pdf 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! Diversity Committee Danielle Baer - danielle.baer@gmail.com 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. Although we don't have a very racially/ethnically diverse school, we can help ensure our kids are learning about and understanding the importance of bias and institutional racism in a way that is age-appropriate. Our teachers and school administration try to integrate these ideas in the classroom, but we can also explore more ways to bring this conversation to the parent community. If you have ideas please share them as a part of Diversity Committee and PIE. 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)
Jeff Fielder is one of Seattle’s most sought after guitar players. He’s played with Flight to Mars, Star Anna, Sera Cahoone, Amy Ray (from the Indigo Girls) and many, many more. Over the last couple of years, he’s teamed up with Mark Lanegan for some U.S. and European touring. Jeff is also a world class visual artist. Based in Seattle, Washington, Stereo Embers make music that while fresh and new is also immediately familiar, accessible, and determined. Stereo Embers features the talents of singer/ songwriter Robb Benson, lead guitarist Tim Dijulio, bass guitarist Ben Brunn, and drummer Cassady Laton. Seattle's The Tripwires are sitting on a goldmine- four time tested, plucky vets of the Seattle "Big Beat" situation. Way back in 2006; John Ramberg, voice and guitar for The Model Rockets and The Minus 5 managed to corral the incomparable Sangster brothers for a blistering new rock'n'roll combination. Jim Sangster holds down the thunderbroom (and How!) in the legendary Young Fresh Fellows, and also served mightily behind the regular guitar with The Picketts. Brother Johnny, ear popping lead guitarist, formerly with European fist pumpers The Sharing Patrol among many others, moved back stateside in the late nineties and began an illustrious career as a recordist. Friend and fellow groover Mark Pickerel, he of The Screaming Trees, came along on traps, much to their delight. Two fine albums followed, "Makes You Look Around" released in 2007 on the Paisley Pop label, and 2010's "House To House" on Spark and Shine. The band has graced many a beer soaked northwest stage, never failing to share their special brand of "get high" with the delighted throngs. 2012 brought a new wrinkle into the band's workshirts. After parting amicably with the impeccable Pickerel, the combo lucked into a new skinsman; none other than the great Dan Peters of Seattle fuzz royalty Mudhoney. Still having a blast and sounding ship shape as ever, The Tripwires are ready to roll you. Legislative Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com Ian Whyte - swellandsnow@gmail.com 2017 Legislative Focus Day Monday, January 16, 2017 As noted in an email from the District today, if the Legislature does not renew Seattle’s capacity to use voter approved levy dollars the District will have a major shortfall in funding and institute major layoffs. This is a bigger part of the McCleary decision and the state figuring out how to adequately fund public schools. Education Related Election results:
  • Ds pick up one net State Senate seat and one net State House of Reps seat; Rs retain majority in state Senate, Dems retain majority in State House of Reps. Ds retain Governor position.
  • Chris Reykdal (D) has prevailed over Erin Jones (D) for Superintendent of Public Instruction, replacing retiring Randy Dorn (D)
  • McCleary decision, pro-public education funding, anti-public funding for charter schools Supreme Court Justices were retained.
  • Opportunity for Olympia Initiative on college funding via income tax on wealthy qualified for ballot, and survived legal appeals, but ultimately failed by 3% of the vote in City of Olympia.
  • Pres-Elect Trump nominates pro-vouchers, pro-charter Betsy DeVos for federal Sect. of Ed.
  Direct Giving Mary Ullrich - maryullrich68@gmail.com Amount Raised as of 11/28 - $73,557.00! We are officially passed the amount we made last year! Congratulations to the Direct Giving team! Thanks for all the hard work. For more information check out the Direct Giving website: http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org/2016-direct-giving-rising-to-our-future/ 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 We’re still working with Neil and Finance Committee on a FOSB contribution to improve stage area of auditorium. This will include a rear projection screen to replace the bed-sheet currently used (during Friday sing).

K-5 Play: It Came From the Pet Shop

Directed by Amy Jurkiewicz and Samantha Hecker Click Here to Register Info Night: December 5th @ 6pm in the Auditorium Registration Deadline: December 14th Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Jan 18th -  March 3rd - Rehearsals include a very informal and fun audition process. - During rehearsals we are happy to work around conflicts (i.e. if you                         can't ever be at rehearsals on Fridays.) During TECH, you will be                             expected to skip other conflicts  - see below. Tech Weeks: Monday to Friday, March 6th - March 15th - You are expected to be available everyday - although you will                                      probably not be called everyday - It is expected you will skip other                            commitments for the play during this time. Shows:  - Thursday, March 16th @ 7pm - Friday, March 17th @ 1:30pm (School Show) - Saturday, March 18th @ 2pm ABOUT THE PLAY: This incredibly funny, wacky, sci-fi comedy was written by our very own 4th - 6th grade writing class last spring. If you believe in unicorns, or zombies, or adorable zombie unicorns, or that children can change the world. This story is for you. An epic adventure, there are a plethora of interesting and hilarious characters, some are pets and some are people, and some are ... well we don't know what they are. For those older students looking for a challenge, there are some really great complex villain with a heart of gold characters, and there will be a plethora of physical comedy. If you are just starting out, and you are dying to be an alligator on stage for your very first show... we can probably find a way to make that happen! Sign up now for this scary fun adventure, your in for the ride of your life! Click Here to Register

Robin Hood: Middle School Play Adaptation Class

Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Meetings: 3:15 - 5:00pm Before Winter Break (Mondays & Fridays) Dec 5th, 9th, 12th, & 16th After Winter Break (Mondays) Jan 23rd, 30th, Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Tuition:$150 MAX Registration 15 / MIN Registration 9 Click Here to Sign Up Robin Hood is - Adventure. Excitement. Danger. Comedy.  Robin Hood is our After-School Middle School show this year.We want you to write the script! We want you to decide which version of Robin Hood we will tell this year. Will it be lighthearted and funny? Will it be dark and dramatic? Will it be set in the past or the future? Will there be fights? Will there be music? These are all questions we can’t answer without you. Sign up for the “Robin Hood: Middle School Play Adaptation Class” and help us write the play you want to see! We will watch some of our favorite Robin Hood movies and plays, read our favorite Robin Hood books and write our very own Salmon Bay Version. Join our merry band! We can’t do it without you! Click Here to Sign Up  

November Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting November 3, 2016 Agenda:
Time Item Leader Notes
7:00-7:15 Introduction Scott/Danielle
7:15-8:00 Mayor Murray Mayor Murray
8:00-8:10 Break ----------------
8:10-8:20 Teacher Update Talia
8:20-8:30 Budget 101
8:30-8:35 Volunteer Coordinator
8:35-8:55 Admin Update  See budget handout
8:55-9:05 Committee Reports Please read below. Committee leaders can give quick update answer questions.
9:05-915 Votes See below.
  Next Meeting: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 – This meeting will be a short meeting at a location TBA. After the meeting we’ll be having our Auction Kick-off party. Please join us to get involved with a super fun event. Free childcare is available, please contact us at (fosbchair@gmai.com) to add your child to the list. 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. Mayor Murray Come meet the Mayor! It our great pleasure to host Mayor Ed Murray. The Mayor is interested in meeting with groups in the north end, and Salmon Bay was recommended to him by the city Department of Education and Early Learning. His office reached out to FOSB and asked if he could come speak with parents. He’s looking to have a good dialogue about education and other important issues. Committee Reports ASP (After School Programs) Monica Porter-Bohanan - 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, and 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!  Email: monica571@gmail.com Diversity Committee Danielle Baer - danielle.baer@gmail.com 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. PIE (Parent Information Exchange) Michelle Pearson - mqpearson@gmail.com No events scheduled yet. Here are a few ideas that came out of the first committee meeting:
  • com -- Get your S*** Together on What Matters Most -- A Kick in the Pants for things we all put off: Wills, life insurance, living wills.
  • Diversity talk - How to continue family conversations about diversity
  • Rites of Passage: Ways to validate and celebrate your child's growth into a young adult.
  • Movies:
Combine with planting event in spring + Swansons or Sky Nursery Rock for FOSB Kim Laton - kimlaton@msn.com Rock for FOSB is tentatively scheduled for late January. Final date and lineup will be posted when available. Legislative Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com Ian Whyte - swellandsnow@gmail.com Washington State PTA priority issues for 2017 legislative session, chosen at WSPTA assembly in Olympia last Saturday: 1.     Social Emotional Learning (SEL) 2.     Amply fund public schools 3.     Close opportunity gaps 4.     Standards & Support for Para-educators 5.     Breakfast after the bell Vote November 8th (or before)! Parents please consider the issue of state funding for public schools in your deliberation for all issues and contests on your ballot. Post-election Events: Focus Lobby Day, on MLK day, Monday, Jan 16, 2017 at the Capitol in Olympia. Buses likely will be available from Seattle. For more information about any legislative issue, feel free to contact the Legislative Committee, either in-person at a meeting or around school, or through email (fosblegcom@gmail.com). Direct Giving Mary Ullrich - maryullrich68@gmail.com Amount Raised as of 10/28 - $25,000 The Direct Giving Campaign launched October 7th, and we are Rising to Our Futures! The Direct Giving Campaign runs from October 7th through November 18th. Our goal is to raise $75,000 by November 18th. FOSB works with Salmon Bay to close the gap between programming Seattle Public Schools funds and the programming we want our kids to have.  The Direct Giving Campaign helps FOSB pay for: whole child support, homework club, scholarship program, technology, playground equipment, teacher grants, art supplies, physical education equipment, the directory, and much more. Look for your Direct Giving appeal in the mail starting next week. If you are able, please consider donating to the Direct Giving campaign. Any amount will do! Donations are tax deductible and simple:
  • Donate online: https://secure.maestroweb.com/default.aspx?OrgID=1125
  • Donate by mail. Write a check payable to FOSB. Then, return your donation form and Rising to Our Futures insert found in the Direct Giving appeal letter to: FOSB, Attn: Direct Giving Campaign, 1810 NW 65th ST, Seattle, WA 98117.
  • Donate by credit card payments. Fill out your credit card info on the donation form and indicate how much per month you’d like to donate and for how many months. Then, return your donation form and Rising to Our Futures insert found in the Direct Giving appeal letter to: FOSB, Attn: Direct Giving Campaign, 1810 NW 65th ST, Seattle, WA 98117.
  • Donate in person. Drop off your donation in the front office any day or or during one of our Drive By Donation days - Friday 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, or 11/18.
  • Ask your friends and family to help. Send the donation link (https://secure.maestroweb.com/default.aspx?OrgID=1125) to others you think would be willing to donate in exchange for never being asked to buy cookie dough, wrapping paper, or popcorn.
  • Ask your employer to help. Many employers match employees’ charitable donations. If your employer matches your donation, they could double, triple, or quadruple your contribution! Our Tax ID is 91-1622350.
  For more information check out the Direct Giving website: http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org/2016-direct-giving-rising-to-our-future/ Let’s help our kids rise to their futures! With gratitude, Mary Ullrich Direct Giving Chair 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 We’d like to put the funds we allocated for Mary K this year to work. Below are two ideas that we think reflect the artistic nature of the funding and provide good opportunities for kids to learn and grow.
  • Authorize spending of $5,000 from Mary K funds to support Friday Sing artists in residence. Allow for hiring of artists to join and lead Friday Sing activities.
  • Authorize spending of $15,000 from Mary K funds to support K-5 WEP programming. Neil will expand on the programming but it will coincide with middle school WEP Fridays and include art and music activities.

Minutes – 2016/17

DRAFT Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB) Board Meeting Minutes December 1, 2016   Meeting begins: 7:20 PM (at Danielle Steele’s house) Meeting ends: 8:15 PM   Co-chairs present: Danielle Steele and Scott Koch Secretary present: Jeannie Cziesla     Welcome and Introductions – Danielle and Scott   Dan Fiorito – Bylaws Summary To make changes to by-laws we need a 2/3 by the current directors. Dan talked about how we want to move forward with any changes to the by-laws. We have two election cycles, so we have two membership meetings each year, and then an annual meeting in May, as well as 6 board meetings. Dan will meet with Danielle and Scott to review by-laws. If anybody else wants to join the discussion on by-laws contact Dan Fiorito. Changes being considered include naming the meetings and the indicating when those meetings take place, as well as naming the executive committees.  The goal is to make the by-laws understandable to anyone. Dan would like to take some time at the retreat to discuss the by-laws. Retreat will be end of January or early February – date to be released soon.   Jodi - Volunteer Coordinator Update Directory is out – electronic and paper copy. Jodi is working with families who are in need in our community around the holidays. Jodi will post the requests in the bulletin. Big volunteer opportunities coming up with WEP – drivers, chaperones, other assistance needed. Volunteer needs will posted in the bulletin.   Middle School dance coming on Dec. 16th. Faye Baker will help set up lantern festival starting on Thursday, Dec. 15. The lantern festival is the morning of Friday, Dec. 16, and the evening lantern festival is on the same day at Salmon Bay Park at 6:30 PM. ASB is interested in having a self-defense program. They might submit a proposal to request some money from FOSB. Scott - Committee Updates Rock for FOSB has been scheduled for 1/29/17 at the Tractor Tavern. Given the latest education budget information that was released today, it is important to attend Focus Day in Olympia on 1/16/17.   Scott is talking to Neil about getting an amount regarding stage improvements. We will likely vote on the stage funding at the next meeting.     Meeting Adjourned 8:15 PM   Minutes Respectfully Submitted by,   Jeannie Cziesla FOSB Secretary    
DRAFT Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB) Board Meeting Minutes November 3, 2016 Meeting begins: 7:10 PM Meeting ends: 9:00 PM Co-chairs present: Danielle Steele and Scott Koch Secretary present: Jeannie Cziesla VOTING SUMMARY: (Quorum verified by Jeannie - 14 Directors present out of 20) Motion APPROVED to allocate previous funding for Mary Kay ($25,000) for two purposes: Use $5,000 for Friday Sing and $15,000 to support a K-5 WEP program. Welcome and Introductions – Danielle and Scott Teacher Update Talia, 3rd grade teacher, and Amy, 1st grade teacher, highlighted their classes science programs. Volunteer Coordinator – Jodi Book Fair this weekend at University of Washington.  The directory will go to the printer next week.  Photos from classrooms and school events are needed for the yearbook. See Friday’s bulletin for upcoming events. Mayor Murray visit to FOSB Meeting speaking about Seattle’s education investment. Q&A followed mayor’s short presentation. Budget 101 – Michelle and Shelley Presentation of Fiscal Year 2017 budget (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). Total income is $232,069, which includes rollover cash on hand of $63,934. Expenses total $232,069 and include FOSB Administration, Committees, Program Support, All School Support, Academic Support Grants, and Reserves. Principal Update K-8 WEP:  Talking about the idea of having K-5 activities at the school. Broken into K-2 grade groups and 3-5 grade groups. Six week unit just like Middle School WEP. Teachers working with parents to lead a unit. Also supplement teacher/parent units with artists in residence. Aiming for class sizes of 15 or less. This year funding for elementary WEP would be funded by the school. VOTE: Motion to allocate previous funding for Mary Kay ($25,200) for two purposes: Use $5,000 for Friday Sing  and $15,000 to support a K-5 WEP program. Motion seconded. Unanimous APPROVAL. Vote counted by Danielle. Committee Reports Summary of committee reports in agenda. Direct Giving: We’re at $42,000 and have two weeks to go. Diversity Committee: Multicultural Potluck on February 16. We need help with leading the auction. Contact Danielle or Scott or Jodi if you are interested. Meeting Adjourned 9:00 PM Minutes Respectfully Submitted by, Jeannie Cziesla FOSB Secretary November Agenda
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 VOTING SUMMARY: 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! Drama 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. Finance 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: http://www.friendsofsalmonbay.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FOSB-budget-2016-17-FINAL.pdf Votes  
  • 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):
http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/find-it-fix-it-community-walks