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Letter from your FOSB Co-chairs

You will find a welcome/welcome back letter from your FOSB Co-chairs here in the FOSB/families section of the Salmon Bay website, as well as dates of monthly FOSB meetings and other events.

Welcome back!

It has been great to have everyone back in the buidling! We have missed you over the summer.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to the new staff. 

Welcome Back!

A reminder about school start times:

Elementary School: 8:30- 2:35

Middle School: 8:15- 2:45

There is no supervision at school until 8:00, so please make sure that no student comes to school before 8 unless they are accompanied by an adult.  At 8:00 AM there is supervision on the playground.  Thank you and have a great first day!

See you soon...

School begins Wednesday Sept 5th.  Welcome, or welcome back, to Salmon Bay!

Principal's Note 8/28/12

Dear Salmon Bay K-8 Community:

The first day of school is just a week away and I am so excited to see students and staff here in the halls of Salmon Bay.

Crews have been busy this summer getting Salmon Bay ready for the start of school and teachers will be in classrooms this week preparing for students.

In the process of replacing the Salmon Bay roof, it was determined that structural repairs were necessary. We are repairing sections of the roof decking directly over the library. The repairs should be completed and the library readied for use by late September.

Only the library is affected and a plan is being developed to provide students and staff access to library services during the repair period. Construction workers will be on the roof and in the library during the repair period, but this will not impact teaching and learning. Student safety is always a top priority, as it will be during this construction. I am grateful that crews are making repairs to our roof to ensure longevity of our beautiful building.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Please make note of the following important dates and times:


Thursday, August 30th

-Elementary Orientations (see your students individual teacher letter you received in early August.)

-6th Grade Orientation: 5:30 p.m.

-7th/8th Orientation (pick one)

--Session 1 - 5:00 p.m.

--Session 2 - 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 5th

-First day for Students – Welcome back!!




August 30th-- Orientations and Volunteer day!!

Thurs Aug 30th is a big day at Salmon Bay.  There are elementary and middle school orientations throughout the day and evening which are always exciting.  It is so great to have students back in the building! In addition, ING Direct has chosen Salmon Bay for its Day of Giving.  If you would like to help them help us, come to school any time between 9-3 and bring a treat, lend a hand, grab a paintbrush, weed some weeds, or install some playground equipment! Welcome back, Salmon Bay!

Principal's Note 6/19/12


Dear Salmon Bay Staff, Parents and Students:


I am so excited to be writing this letter as the new principal of Salmon Bay School. Earlier this year, while searching the Seattle Public Schools website, I came across the job posting for the principal position at Salmon Bay. I was immediately intrigued by its designation as an alternative curriculum school, and went straight to the school’s webpage to satisfy my curiosity. After only minutes on the site and reading about project based learning, readers’ and writers’ workshop, first name protocol for students/staff, and practices such as looping and multi-age clustering, I was certain that the posting was meant for me to respond to.  It was almost too good to be true. Before I knew it, I had drafted a cover letter, updated my resume and sent in my application.


A few short months after submitting my paperwork, I found myself in Seattle interviewing with your site-based team. I remember the warm laughter coming from the classroom as I studied my questions, and, more importantly, I remember the sense of comfort and shared values in seeing that teachers, parents (and even a student) served as members of your team. As the interview proceeded, I felt your commitment and sense of pride, and hoped with all of my heart that you would invite me to become a part of your family.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as your principal. We are going to make a great team.


I’m looking forward to this next step in my life journey. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I started my career in education in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina where I taught 3rd through 5th grades. North Carolina has been kind to me over the years. I’ve worked in a variety of magnet and Title I schools as both a teacher and an administrator and was fortunate enough to earn two graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. As I type this letter, I am wrapping up my second principalship in North Carolina and second year at Hillsborough Elementary, a very dear to my heart, year-round school of choice in the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina.


My varied experiences in unique public school settings have prepared me to support our current achievements and to help forge a path toward our future goals. I promise to honor what you have all worked so hard to put in place and to be visible, approachable and democratic in my approach to decision making. Always a teacher at heart, I look forward to leading a school that inspires a love for learning. 


I am thrilled about the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated and talented staff and am proud to serve as the principal of a school community that shares so many of my personal and professional values. Thank you again for this incredible opportunity.


See you soon,



Principal's Note 6/18/12

Dear Salmon Bay Families:

I remember very clearly, like it was yesterday, sitting at my computer to write my introductory letter to you, thinking, “How do I reach out to families who haven’t even met me yet?” And now that I’m saying goodbye I wonder, “How do I say what I want to all the many people I have come to know and care for?”


I want to thank you. Thank you for all the support you have given our school, the countless times parents have stepped up to make the word “community” come alive. Thank you for sharing your amazing and wonderful children and students, and for sharing your own lives as families with me. As you know, both as a parent, and as a teacher, there is absolutely no greater blessing than to watch a child and student discover they can indeed do something they had no idea they could do—even something hard and challenging—and the smile of recognition is priceless when it comes into their eyes, “I can do this! In fact, I can do it really well.”


So thank you for all the joy you have brought to my life by trusting us with your students. I will miss you, but I will be showing up here and there, and will always want to hear how you are doing and what your students are up to next….


I will work closely, as much as is possible, with Jen Benkovitz, our new principal so that your 2012-2013 school year will be the best one yet. You can count on it.


Take care,




Sneak Peeks…


My apologies for missing a few weeks, I can’t keep track if I’m coming or going.


A long overdue thank you for all of you who came out to the aloha potluck to celebrate the various transitions that will be happening for students and staff.


8th grade camp is complete, thank you to staff, parents and students for making it so successful. I get weepy when I think of the growth of so many students from 6th to 8th grade. It was great meeting kids on the playground last Friday to see their tired faces but their pure joy of their accomplishments.


I had the opportunity to tour the Washington State Museum on 2nd floor, Meredith’s class. I had a delightful tour guide who taught us about long houses and the Oregon Trail.


Lunch with Michelle, an auction item, was redeemed last week. I had a lunch date with the Silva boys, Alexander (4th grade) and Sam (2nd grade). We enjoyed Sam’s Sushi and of course had a rich lunch discussion around safety, brotherly love and I tried not to take it personal when one brother said, “no offense, but do you think we could be done by 12:20, I need to be back in class.” And then the other brother at the end of lunch said “Wow, that didn’t seem like an hour…that was kinda fun…”


Finally, I would like to say good bye and thank you to the families and staff of Salmon Bay. I carry with me so many valuable lessons, traditions and friendships. Thank you for accepting me into your community and allowing me to grow and learn from each of you. My best to you and your families

Happy Summer!

Enjoy the break!

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