June 2017 Meeting Agenda


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


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


May 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

May 11, 2017


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)


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.



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


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


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.


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!


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


  • 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.

Option School Class Sizes

Did you know class sizes are going up for only Options Schools like Salmon Bay? This decision is being made this week! Please get to the school board meeting Wednesday with a sign supporting sensible class sizes and email the Board.

Our K-5 have recently been assigned LARGER class room sizes in 2017/2018. Option schools are being enrolled at 26 students for Kindergarten – 3rd grade (and 28 for grades 4-5) while attendance area schools (e.g. Whittier, Adams, Loyal Heights, North Beach, Viewlands) are being enrolled at LOWER class sizes (K-22, 1st-24, 2nd/3rd-25, 4th/5th-27).

Higher class sizes can work for language immersion schools (because of attrition) and other special situations but the vast majority of option schools in Seattle will be hurt by this policy including Salmon Bay. This is strange because more and more parents are asking for option school placement, Salmon Bay has a “waitlist” at every grade in elementary.

What we’d like to see is a policy where option schools are enrolled the same as attendance area schools. And if option schools want a waiver for higher class sizes, that can be granted. This is the only equitable option for students and teachers.


ACTION OPPORTUNITY #1:  Come to School Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 5. Support those giving public testimony against the current class size arrangement. This will be the last chance to influence this decision before school assignments happen. The ability to sign up for testimony has passed but if you happened to have signed up for please contact Mardi Brekke-Hutchings (mardib@live.com) and/or Cathy Liermann (cathyrl@uw.edu) (parents from Thornton Creek) so we can coordinate testimonies. Bring a sign.

ACTION OPPORTUNITY #2:  Please email these district personnel today:

Michael Tolley mftolley@seattleschools.org

Stephen Nielsen sjnielsen@seattleschools.org

Sherri Kokx skkokx@seattleschools.org

Ashley Davies aedavies@seattleschools.org

Faauu Manu fmmanu@seattleschools.org

JoLynn Berge jdberge@seattleschools.org

superintendent@seattleschools.org and schoolboard@seattleschools.org


Charlie Mas sent me a response to a question with the following, it captures the situation very well:

“The funding of option schools is the same as attendance area schools. The difference is that attendance area schools have no choice in how a significant portion of their funding is spent while option schools are given more flexibility. Or so the District would have you think.

The District says that option schools can choose to spend the funds on lowering class size. In that case, they suggest, the class sizes will be the same as those at attendance area schools. The District says that they are giving option schools the opportunity to self-determine whether to have the smaller class sizes or to have slightly larger class sizes and reallocate the class size reduction funds to another purpose.

Of course, if the option schools are enrolled so that they have, for example, three third grade classes with 26 students in each, they can’t very well leave nine students in the hall to get their class size down to 23. And the additional funding isn’t enough to create four classes of 19 or 20. So I’m not really sure how the options schools could choose to have class sizes that match the attendance area school class sizes.
Perhaps the District officials could explain how this flexibility works if the option schools wanted to spend the money to match attendance area school class sizes.”



Scott Koch

FOSB Co-Chair


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

March 2017 Meeting Agenda

Friends of Salmon Bay Board Meeting

March 9, 2017


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


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


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.


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:




Direct Giving

Mary Ullrich  – maryullrich68@gmail.com

There will be a 2017 DGC planning meeting in March.


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.


  • 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.

Middle School Play: Robin Hood

Click Here to Register.

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

Registration Deadline:  
March 15th 

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

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

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.

Salmon Bay Auction 2017 Corsages and Cummerbunds

Bring out those corsages and matching cummerbunds, we’re revisiting prom. And, this time we’re going sans chaperones!

Join us for our annual auction ( & Throwback Prom)

  • 5:30 Silent Auction
  • 7:00 Potluck Dinner with Live Auction to Follow

RSVP by Mail or Online $25/Ticket Before March 17th $35/Ticket After


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:


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:


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.