BISD
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,
I hope you had a relaxing weekend! Between the return of Seahawk football and the cloudy skies, this weekend sure felt like autumn has come to stay. 
As much as I enjoy fall and its inclement weather, this year it’s giving me a little bit of stress due to our lack of space at school. In a normal year, we would utilize our covered area and half of our gym for rainy day recess. However, we now need to use our entire gym and covered area for lunch to accommodate 6-feet of distance for students. This means that our usual rainy day recess options are filled with lunch being set up, students eating or tables being disinfected during recess times. Keeping students in their classrooms for recess is another usual option, but creates a student supervision concern this year as teachers need to have their lunch break and cannot eat without a mask on in the presence of students.
As we see rain clouds in our immediate forecast we need to prepare to have students outside. Families, it’s very important to send your student to school with a rain-resistant or waterproof coat with their name on it. Additionally, students will need boots that keep their feet dry. While our nurse’s office has some spare clothes for emergencies, we do not have enough extra attire for students that get wet from recess.  If you need clothing assistance we can help. Please reach out to our counselor, Beth Hebert, or myself.
I know that we all understand the weather is part of the deal of living in the Northwest. However, as the caretaker of your children during their school day you probably can understand why this year the rain increases my stress. We will continue to look at creative and safe options to solve this issue.
Thank you for your partnership. Have a wonderful week, Sakai!
Drew
PARENT NIGHT
Please join us for back to school Parent Night.

Fifth grade Parent Night is Tuesday, September 21st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Sixth grade Parent Night is Thursday, September 23rd from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

A zoom link meeting invitation will be sent to families by your homeroom teacher.
SCHOOL PHOTOS
Our photographers are scheduled to take school photos the morning of Thursday, September 23rd.

Order envelopes will be sent home with students.  Place online orders here.  The password is SAKA9.

Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, November 18th.
LUNCH VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for some volunteers to help supervise lunchtimes as well as set up and break down.

If you are interested in volunteering during lunchtime as a lunchroom supervisor, you will need to be cleared through the volunteer website and follow the instructions on the site. If you have already been cleared to volunteer but have not provided verification of your COVID-19 vaccination, please send an electronic copy to volunteer@bisd303.org. 
PTO NEWS
Dear Families and Friends of Sakai Intermediate School,
I would like to introduce the 2021-2022 Sakai PTO and let our community know that we are fully committed to providing support, resilience, and fun as we begin this exciting new school year. 
 
As your PTO we understand that after an unprecedented school year last year, students, teachers, staff, and parents are all trying to adjust once again to not-quite-normal-yet. We have so much hope for this new school year, and we will do our best as a PTO to offer our support to the school community along the way. Additionally, we look forward to getting to know one another as we figure out exactly what this year will look like, including Sakai volunteer opportunities that we would very much appreciate your help in filling!  

Sakai PTO Board Officers this year are:
Brandi Cypher, Co-President – sakai.president@bainbridgeptos.org
Elias Gordon, Co-President - sakai.co-president@bainbridgeptos.org
Kelly Cancialosi, Secretary - sakai.secretary@bainbridgeptos.org
Kristen Mills, Treasurer – sakai.treasurer@bainbridgeptos.org
The first PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Friday, September 24 at 9:15 a.m. The link to join will be emailed to families. You can expect PTO meetings to typically land on the last Friday of the month however please do keep an eye out for details and changes in the Sakai newsletter!
We look forward to serving our school community and to having you join us!

- Brandi, Elias, Kelly, and Kristen
DISTRICT NEWS
The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 17, 2021 for all new BISD students in grades 1st-12th as well as current incoming 1st grade students who were not tested last spring.
  • Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again.
  • Students new to the BISD with a current HC designation may not need to be rescreened and will instead be discussed as a part of our Multidisciplinary Team process.
  • Continuing BISD students will have the opportunity to be nominated and screened as a part of the typical Highly Capable assessment period in spring of 2022.
  • Kindergarten nominations will open in early 2022.

BISD's Highly Capable Program serves students who perform at advanced academic levels. Students who are identified as highly capable become part of our district-wide program which provides learning opportunities throughout the student's academic career.

Students who are nominated and have parent/guardian permission will have a cognitive assessment administered by a trained BISD staff member. A BISD team will review the student’s cumulative file, recent testing results, and other standardized academic assessments. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services by the end of October 2022.

Those nominating students must complete 1) a referral form and 2) a rating scale. Both forms are available from the BISD district main office located at 8489 Madison Avenue or on the Highly Capable webpage https://www.bisd303.org/Page/10084. The referral form and parent rating scale need to be completed and turned in to the student’s school office by 2:30 PM on September 17, 2021.

Questions? Please review our BISD Highly Capable FAQs webpage https://www.bisd303.org/Page/10088 or contact Amii Pratt, Executive Director, Elementary Teaching & Learning (K-12 Highly Capable Program Director) apratt@bisd303.org.
RAISING RESILIENCE
"DIGITAL PARENTING IN THE AGE OF COVID"

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 14th, Noon - 1 pm

WHERE: Via Zoom

HOW: Learn more and GET TICKETS

WHAT: N
ationally acclaimed author/speaker, Diana Graber (RAISING HUMANS IN A DIGITAL WORLD) will address screen time, social media, and digital citizenship. She is also the co-founder of CyberWise and CYBERCIVICS and her presentation comes with eight mini Cyber Civics lessons that we will share with you following the event. 
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
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Community Events

CALENDAR


SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 21 - 5TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 6:30-8 PM
SEPTEMBER 23 - 6TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 7-8 PM 
SEPTEMBER 23 - SCHOOL PHOTOS 9 - 11 AM
SEPTEMBER 24 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
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@bisd303.org.
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