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Bon Voyage!

All aboard as we set sail on March 24th for our annual auction.
 
North Seattle College’s Wellness Center
9600 College Way North 
 
5 p.m. doors open | 5:30 p.m. silent auction | 7:00 p.m. potluck dinner with live auction to follow

 

Adventure awaits at this year’s auction!

Our annual auction is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate and support the education of our children. As the largest fundraiser of the year, the auction supports our school and every single student. Come to support our outstanding teachers and staff, connect with other parents and adults in our community, and celebrate Salmon Bay School. 

Not sure what to bring or what to wear? Want to support the last minute moments of auction planning? Or, want to learn more about the activities you can expect at this year’s auction? Learn more about the auction by clicking here.

Know what you’re bringing to the potluck? Sign up and make your dish known here.

 

February Meeting

We have some great events planned in February and March. Please join us for a presentation prior to the next meeting on technology in SPS. The following week we’ll begin a 4 movie series on public education. Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 8, 7-8p in the library.


Salmon Bay School Auditorium
 
Technology Overview (6:00p-7:00):
 
Feb. 8 – District manager of information security, April Mardock, will present on technology access, internet usage, privacy policies, and more. 
 
Movie Series (700p-9:00p): 
 
Feb. 13 – Backpack Full Of Cash (http://www.backpackfullofcash.com)
 
Feb. 28 – Education, Inc. (http://edincmovie.com)
 
Mar. 7 – Rise Above The Mark (https://riseabovethemark.com)
 
 

 

FOSB Meeting Childcare

January Meeting

As we enjoy winter break, FOSB (Friends of Salmon Bay) would like to extend a giant thank you to this fabulous community. Thank you so much for volunteering with the events like the Lantern Festival and in classrooms, chaperoning field trips and camp, organizing grants for teachers and after school programs, planning our auction, and so much more. With collaboration between students, parents and caregivers, teachers, administration, and the community, we are nurturing and empowering our children every day. Thank you for each brilliant act and thought that comes together to create a kind, respectful, and safe school! Wishing everyone a peaceful, happy, and abundant vacation.

Join us at the next meeting, January 11th (7-8p in the library). We’ll be hearing about WEP and the auction. If you have questions or ideas let us know!

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.

FOSB Meeting Childcare

December Meeting

Join FOSB for our December meeting. We have lots of things going on:

* Learn the lantern festival songs with Danielle Steele this Thursday, December 7th from 6:30 – 7:15pm in the library.

* Come ask Rep. Noel Frame from the 36th district questions about what’s happening in Olympia. Rep. Frame will be joining us right after the singalong, 7:15 – 7:45 in the library.

* Finally, after Rep. Frame, join us four our regular December FOSB meeting 7:45-8:30p. We’ll be hearing from teachers, getting our regular updates, and voting on mini grants.

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

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

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.

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.

 

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