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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

3-5 Play Writing

– Taught by Tara Kaine & Duncan Frost
–  Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3:15 – 5:00pm
– CHANGED DATES: May 24th – June 9th
– Tuition $150
– Click Here To Register
– Registration Deadline May 17th

This year’s K-5 Play, “It Came From the Petshop” was a huge hit! Did you know that it was written last year by a group of fourth and fifth grade Salmon Bay students? Would you like to help us write the 2018 K-5 play? If so, join our writing collective and help us write another zany and fun-filled play for next year. In this class, you will learn to write a compelling scene, with a strong event and intriguing character development, while collaborating with other writers to create a play. The best part is that you will see your work performed for the Salmon Bay community in March 2018!

K-2 Creative Drama

For Kindergarten – Second Grade
– Taught by Amy Jurkiewicz
(Director of this year’s K-5 play)
– Wednesdays 3:15 – 4:30pm
– April 19th – June 7th
– Tuition $150
Click Here To Register 
– Registration Deadline, April 17th
A little art, a little movement, and a lot of drama! In this class, we will use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to play characters, travel to distant lands, and solve mysteries. Each week we will discover a clue that leads us to a recurring or brand new character and their specific problem or task. In an environment of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, the students will determine the trajectory and outcome of our stories as we journey as far as our imaginations will reach!

Play Writing Class (Gr 3 -5)

Play Writing Class for Grades 3, 4, & 5.
– Writing the K-5 play, to be performed March 2018

Start Date: Wednesday, May 24
End Date: Wednesday, June 14
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Tuition: $150

We are thrilled to run another Play Writing Class. If you are interested in helping to write the script for the 2018 K-5 play, this is the class for you. We will of course do lots of writing, but we will also play games to get in character, created new worlds, mine our imagination for brand new and brilliant ideas, and just generally have a great time. 

To register email: Sbafterschooldrama@gmail.com

Middle School Play: Robin Hood

Click Here to Register.

Info Night:
Monday, February 27th
at 6:00pm in the Auditorium

Registration Deadline:  
March 15th 

Rehearsals:
March 20th – May 5th 
3:15 – 5:00pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

Tech:
May 8th – 17th 
Monday – Friday
(Your child may not be called every day, but should make sure to be available).

Shows: 
May 18th at 7pm
May 19th at 1:30pm
May 19th at 7pm

Tuition: $150 per student (Cast & Crew)

This play is adapted by the Salmon Bay middle school playwriting class. It is funny and poignant and comes directly from the students. There are a wide variety of roles that promise, adventure, humor, romance, trickery, and drama. Come join us on Salmon Bay’s original adaptation of this classic adventure story!
Click Here to Register.

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 (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.

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: https://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).