Category Archives: FOSB

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

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 (https://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

https://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.

March 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

March 9, 2017

Agenda:

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

 

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introduction

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

Rock For FOSB

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

New Leadership

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

Budget Vote

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

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

Committee Reports

ASP (After School Programs)

Monica Porter-Bohanan – monica571@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

Auction

Erica Topel

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

Budget Committee

Michele Bacon – michele@michelebacon.com

Shelley Rousseau – rousseau.shelley@gmail.com

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

March 21

April 18

Diversity Committee

Danielle Baer – danielle.baer@gmail.com

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

PIE (Parent Information Exchange)

Michelle Pearson  – mqpearson@gmail.com

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

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

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

Rock for FOSB

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

Legislative

Scott Koch – scotini@yahoo.com

Ian Whyte – swellandsnow@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

Direct Giving

Mary Ullrich  – maryullrich68@gmail.com

There will be a 2017 DGC planning meeting in March.

Lobby

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

Votes

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

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 (https://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.