SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 01/04/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Sakai Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful break! The start of 2021 offers us much needed hope and promise. It also offers new possibilities and opportunities with an aim at students returning to campus in our Hybrid Learning Model. As we embark on this journey it may feel overwhelming. Over half our students are new to Sakai and have never been on campus. Those that have will be met with new processes and procedures to keep us safe. As a parent of two elementary kids, I know this transition is coming with lots of emotions, including anxiety. I want to assure you that our district has worked diligently to ensure health guidelines are being adhered to and students are provided with a safe learning environment.

To allow our students that are new to the school a chance to become acquainted with our campus before school reopens, we are hosting quick in-person orientations for fifth-grade students and new sixth-grade students. These will take place on January 19th and 20th. Look for more information in the upcoming days.

You have seen the Bainbridge Island Return to Learn Handbook for a while now. We also have a site specific Sakai Handbook for families and students. I highly encourage you to read through this and discuss with your student. I am pulling out one important portion of the Sakai Handbook to highlight today, the process for arrival and dismissal. Speaking frankly, arrival and dismissal can be overwhelming in the best of times. With new Covid specific procedures it is even more so. Take the time to read through this and understand them. Also, please give our whole community grace as we get them implemented. We will also have a video coming out shortly to reinforce this new process.

Hybrid Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 
Safety and efficiency are the two very important goals for student arrival and dismissal. A lot of time and care from school staff, district administration, and city officials have gone into creating processes and staffing to meet these goals. We need your help following these procedures.

Arrival
There are several different ways students can arrive at school. Students can walk, ride their bike, ride the bus, or be dropped by a car. Students will wait in one of our staging areas six feet apart until it is time to enter school. Once students begin entering we believe the screening protocol will take each student about 6-8 seconds.

AM Cohort
Student arrival times 7:40-8:10*
Students begin entering at 8:00
School begins at 8:05

PM Cohort
Student arrival times 12:15-12:45*
Students begin entering at 12:30
School begins at 12:40

To allow for all students to enter as quickly as possible, we have four Covid Monitors stationed during entering times. *Note that arrival times last five minutes later than the school start time. Of course, our shared goal is for all students to be on time and ready to learn at the school starting time. We will have all four of our Covid Monitors available for five minutes to help any late students enter quickly. If your child is coming later than five minutes (past 8:10 for AM cohort of 12:45 for PM cohort) please drop them off in front of the school and have them enter through the main doorway. This will be the only place a Covid Monitor will be stationed at that time.

Arrival by Bus
Students arriving at school by bus will need to be familiar with the bus guidelines explained in the Bainbridge Island Return to Learn Handbook. Please read them carefully with your student and watch the video.

Arrival by Bike or Walking
Students who are able to travel to and from school by biking or walking are encouraged to do so. Students should arrive in the window of time before school opens (7:40 to 8:05 for AM and 12:15-12:40 for PM) and line up in holding area #1, in front of the school. See the map below for reference. Staff members will be on hand to help.

Arrival by Car
If you are choosing to drive your student to school, you will be able to start dropping students off 25 minutes before in-person school starts. For the AM cohort, that means you can drop your student off at 7:40. For the PM cohort, that means you can drop your student off at 12:15. This provides a 25 minutes window for drop off. Do not drop off before this time as we will not have supervision available.

To maximize the drop-off window and reduce congestion, we have two different drop-off locations based on your student’s last name. Please adhere to your assigned location. All cars will enter through the north lot as buses will be entering in the south lot. Please see the map below. Also, a video will be coming soon.

Dismissal
Teachers will walk students out during dismissal. If your student rides a bus, they will walk the path to Woodward Middle School to meet their buses. Sakai staff will be along the path to help supervise students and Mr. Tebo will be on hand at Woodward. Students that walk or ride a bike will leave campus immediately. Students getting picked up by car will be at their holding area based on their last name. For instance, if your student’s last name begins with C, they will be in Pick-Up area #1. Likewise, if your student’s last name begins with T, They will be in Pick-Up area #2. Families choosing to pick up their student by car can begin lining up 20 minutes prior to school being out.

Pick-Up and Dismissal Map
Our shared goals are:
  1. Keep all kids safe
  2. Be efficient as possible
 Drop-off
 Pick-up
● Enter in North lot entrance
● Follow the course to your assigned area (1 or 2)
● Stay within the drop-off window
● Do not drop off students before arriving at drop off area
● Have students ready to go 
● Be alert to other students walking to school

● Enter in North lot entrance
● Follow the course to your assigned area (1 or 2)
● Stay within the pick-up window
● Pull all the way to where staff are instructing you
● Stay in your car
● Be alert to other students walking to school


Have a wonderful week Sakai!

Drew

MLK WALK
Martin Luther King Jr. Walk

Please join us and the Multicultural council of BISD to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the 2021 virtual walk. The event is free and registration is requested. For more information please visit the Multicultural Advisory Council page on the BISD website.

SAKAI SPIRIT
The following students were recently honored for outstanding spirit: 

                          Alden Hauge
                          Piper Hinkle
                          Oscar Jones
                          Mara Leedle
                           

These students received a certificate for a pizza lunch.  Thank you to That’s a Some Pizza and Westside Pizza for providing free pizza for our student incentive program.  The nominations are made in reference to Sakai’s Four R’s:  Responsible, Respectful, Reasonable, Reliable.

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Nondiscrimination statement: Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd.303.org.
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CALENDAR

JANUARY

JANUARY 6 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
JANUARY 8 - SPIRIT DAY - PAJAMA DAY
JANUARY 18 - MLK HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
JANUARY 19 AND 20 - ALL 5TH GRADE AND NEW 6TH GRADE STUDENTS IN-PERSON ORIENTATION
JANUARY 21 AND 22 - SCHOOL CONFERENCES - NO SCHOOL
JANUARY 25 - SECOND SEMESTER STARTS

MLK Holiday
January 18th 
No School

Winter Conferences
January

21st - 22nd 
No School