Welcome to Friends of Salmon Bay!
Friends of Salmon Bay, or FOSB, is our school’s version of a Parent/Teacher Organization. When you join our community, you are automatically a FOSB member. There’s no application, no dues, and you have an opportunity to share your voice on every issue that we discuss. Your participation in our activities, meetings and events makes us stronger and we invite you to join us! Our first meeting will be September 24th,2015 and will include a family potluck.
What does FOSB do?
FOSB raises funds to fill programmatic gaps and works collaboratively with parents, staff and administration to develop a budget that benefits all students, and helps us achieve our collective goals.
FOSB recruits volunteers to assist in the classroom, support our enrichment programs, and fulfill the many needs of our community so that we continue to be a thriving school in which children grow and learn.
FOSB works to ensure the collective parent voice is heard at school and within the district and provides feedback to our staff and administration about issues that impact our students.
FOSB creates and strengthens community connections, provides opportunities for parent education and helps build relationships between families and staff.
How can you get involved?
We rely heavily on volunteers throughout the year to help with after school programs, drama productions, legislative work, parent education events, work parties, and field trips. Here’s a sampling of things that need your support:
Middle School Camps
Middle School Dance
UW Book Fair
Direct Giving Campaign
Winter Enrichment Program (WEP)
Annual Auction (April 2nd)
If you have a particular interest or passion, we have a place for you to share your time and talents. Please contact our volunteer coordinators for more information.
Jodi Russell, Elementary
Kristina Cerise, Middle School
Please join us!
FOSB typically meets once a month, generally on the second Thursday of the month. Watch the Bulletin (sent each Friday) for more information.
Friends of Salmon Bay (FOSB) consists of the adult community of Salmon Bay K-8 School. Our purpose is to support and supplement the educational environment established and overseen by the educators, staff members and administrators who teach and interact with these children. Our specific purposes including: raising and distributing funds to enrich and enhance the learning environment; educating adults on matters of interest; encouraging the growth of community; supporting educators and administrators to the benefit of students; contribute to the collective efforts to improve the education system; fostering strong connections to communities we’re part of; and effectively, efficiently administering FOSB.
FOSB was created in 2008 through the merger of two pre-existing parent groups, one focusing on K-5 families, and one focusing on 6-8 families. The merger was intended to allow the parent community to act with a unified voice, to promote greater efficiency of operations, and to better serve the greater school community. The merger was also meant to capture the best benefits of the two entities and the families they served. In the case of the elementary families, this included continuing to foster a close relationship between parents/guardians and elementary educators, and supporting the educators’ desire to provide the supplementary art, music, physical education and core-subject instruction that enrich and deepen the elementary education experience. At the middle school level, this included working to support and foster the greater independence children need both socially and educationally as they enter the transitional middle school years, and to support the desire of the middle school educators to supplement these students’ classroom-based learning with service learning, winter enrichment and environmental education. Historically, when all sources of funds are taken into account, including both funds donated to the entities and those parents or guardians paid directly for activities and events, the two parent bodies raised (or oversaw) and spent approximately the same amount per student per year. The merged entity expects to continue this ratio into the future.