FOSB’s budget helps close the gap between programming the district funds and the programming we want our students to have. Like most public schools, Salmon Bay asks parents to contribute financially. This year, FOSB’s budget is $195,978
Our annual budget includes funding for:
- Mary K’s music program and Friday Sing
- One Volunteer Coordinator’s salary
- Additional counselor hours
- Teacher grants
- Art supplies
- Augmented art and music staff
- Library funds
- Parent education speakers
- Physical education equipment
FOSB organizes two major fundraisers each year:
- Direct Giving: In October, we will ask you to give generously to the school. Gifts made through this campaign are fully tax deductible and eligible for employer matching.
- Annual Auction: This year’s auction is April 2nd, 2016. This event is the one time our entire parent community gathers to celebrate our school, so mark your calendars now. Most auction donations also are eligible for employer matching.
We want you to know about these two initiatives now so you can include Salmon Bay in your family’s budget and charitable giving plans. We generate nearly 75 percent of our annual income through direct giving and the auction, and supplement them with smaller events and these ongoing fundraising activities:
- Ballard Market Receipts: Salmon Bay receives 1 percent of all purchases, which adds up fast. Turn in your receipts to the Volunteer Coordinators.
- Box Tops: Add them to the [box] in the Volunteer Coordinators’ office.
- Loyalty Programs: Friends of Salmon Bay is an eligible recipient for AmazonSmile, Target REDcard, Fred Meyer Community Rewards, and most other loyalty programs.
Enrichment and Camp Fees
One thing that makes Salmon Bay School special is the number of enriching, out-of-classroom experiences we provide students. The FOSB fundraising efforts described above support school-wide investments; student-specific enrichment and camp fees are funded separately by individual families.
- Late this month, Elementary parents will be asked to pay an enrichment fee that covers field trips, classroom projects, and camp.
- Middle school parents pay for camp in the fall and for their student’s selected Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) activity in the winter.
Enrichment and camp fees are separate from FOSB’s budget and are not considered charitable giving. With generous support of our fundraising efforts, however, FOSB provides scholarships to ensure camp and enrichment activities are part of every student’s experience, regardless of financial circumstances.
We hope this is a helpful heads up about finances at Salmon Bay. At the September 17th FOSB meeting, we will deliver a budget overview, but feel free to contact us with questions any time.
Here’s to a great school year!
Caitlin Racey and Michele Bacon
Treasurers, Friends of Salmon Bay