BISD
SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
11/22/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,
On Thursday our Sakai School Improvement Plan was approved by the School Board. I am really proud of our plan as it was created in collaboration with Blakely, Odyssey, Ordway and Wilkes to ensure we have a cohesive implementation of our new math curriculum and how it aligns with all three District Improvement Goals. If you would like to read our plan, it’s here on our website. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Recently I have been contacted by both Sakai families and Sportsman Club neighbors regarding our afternoon pick-up. A few reminders for everyone to help make the process go as safely and efficiently as possible:

  • If you are waiting on Sportsman Club Road to get into the North parking lot, please pull over to the right.
  • Please do not block driveways.
  • Do not block the crosswalks, as students use them and this could be dangerous.
  • Do not cut around other families waiting. This pertains to both the 5th and 6th-grade lines.
  • Please try to keep the line moving as efficiently as possible. If your student needs extra time getting situated, please pull up and allow other cars to pass.
  • Students getting picked up by car should be in the car line. Please do not park and ask your student to meet you in the parking lot.

When my children were toddlers and had challenging moments my mother-in-law liked to remind us that this time will pass and, as parents, we might even miss it. Maybe waiting in school car lines falls into that same category? That could be a stretch, but I appreciate your help in this matter. 

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break, Sakai. We are grateful for you and your wonderful children.

Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

The holiday season is upon us and an appropriate time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.  This last week in COHO Time we discussed the importance of Gratitude.  Gratitude is a positive emotion focusing us on what is good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.  This is a positive practice at all times but particularly beneficial this time of year.  Research shows that gratitude is important and those who routinely practice an attitude of gratitude see life differently. They don’t see the glass as half empty or half full: they are just appreciative to have a glass with something in it. As we enter the holiday season, practicing gratitude will help us to stay grounded. Students at Sakai are encouraged to notice and write down what they are grateful for each day.
The previous week in COHO Time we learned about the different parts of the brain using the model of the hand brain and the concept of Flipping Your Lid.  Students reflected on their emotions and learned strategies to recognize their emotions using the acronym THINK. 
T - Take a breath.
H - Hold action-don’t be impulsive.
- Use your mind's eye to reflect on what happened and choose an appropriate action.
N - Name it to Tame it.  Recognize how you are feeling.
K - Know what to do now that they have done the above.
This week in COHO Time students had the opportunity to spend time together in their homeroom building relationships in various team building activities.  
I hope you and your families have a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.  Feel free to call me anytime if you have questions about COHO Time or if you would like to check in about your student.  I look forward to partnering with you to help your students have a successful school year.  

Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
206-780-6506
PTO NEWS
The PTO Sustainability Team is looking for a parent volunteer to co-chair the Sustainability Lead position at Sakai.  The primary goal of this position is to identify conservation and waste reduction opportunities at our school.  You'll be collaborating with other PTO Sustainability Leads across the district to share ideas and resources.  If you are interested or would like more information about this role contact Melanie Danelli at blakely.sustainability@bainbridgeptos.org

Thank you!
LUNCH VOLUNTEERS
Sakai Lunch:  Parent Volunteer Signup

Each day we could use two parent volunteers, thank you for considering signing up to help us out.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here: https://www.bisd303.org/Domain/1809

All volunteers must review the COVID-19  Safety Handbook, complete the COVID-19 quiz and verify their COVID vaccinations are completed.  Even if a volunteer is "active" they are still required to complete these new additions prior to volunteering.

Please wait to sign up until you have completed this process.

Volunteer Times:
Mondays: 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday through Friday: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

If you volunteer, simply arrive at our main entrance near the flagpole.  Our office staff will have you sign in and head down to our gym.


Thank you again for the gift of your time.

Regards,
Sakai Lunch Team
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
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Community Events

CALENDAR


NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 24, 25 & 26 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER
DECEMBER 1 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:20 AM
DECEMBER 17 - SPIRIT DAY - PAJAMA DAY
DECEMBER 17 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
DECEMBER 20 -  31 - WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL
JANUARY
JANUARY 3 - SCHOOL RESUMES 

November 24th, 25th & 26th


Thanksgiving Break


No School  

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