SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
03/15/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

Well, it certainly feels like spring arrived, at least for a while, this weekend. I hope you and your family were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Thank you for all the thoughtful gifts for our wonderful classified staff that came in over the week. I also received some very kind words from families about how much a classified staff member at Sakai has meant to their child. We feel very fortunate to have such a caring group of dedicated professionals working here at Sakai.

As we begin to make staffing and programming decisions for the 2021-22 school year, we are gauging current 5th-grade student interest in a 6th-grade Beginning Band class. Guidance for Band in grades 7 through 12 recently changed allowing in-person Band instruction to occur with additional safety protocols, and we are cautiously hopeful that we will be able to extend that to Sakai. Families of 5th-grade students, if you are interested in band:
  1. Check out the Google Slide presentation: https://bit.ly/3liVHiu
  2. Read "Beginning Band at Sakai Fall 2021": https://bit.ly/3lnWga
    This document provides specific information about each instrument as well as guidance how to choose the right instrument for you.
  3. After reading through this information, checking out the videos, and discussing this wonderful opportunity together, please use the linked form below to register by the end of the day on Friday, April 2nd.
  4. Registration Link: https://forms.gle/6mgjCyuDpSXyBQct5

Families of current 6th-grade Band students, for now we need to continue to run Band remotely.  

Have a wonderful week, Sakai!

Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

I am so pleased to have students back in the building.  It is wonderful to see many of them making connections, the hallways are beginning to buzz with social interaction.  As a counselor, it is nice to see and hear.  Heading into Spring, we are busy discussing and planning for transitions to the next school year.

We have been busy in COHO Time since the mid winter break.  Students participated in a COHO Lesson about Cyberbullying.  We focus as a school on kindness and anti-bullying so it is important that we focus on and transfer the message of spreading kindness and being kind and respectful as well when online.  Students learned and discussed the particular ways cyberbullying can happen, and how they differ from in person bullying.  All bullying is defined as by being intentional, repetitive and hurtful toward another person.  Cyberbullying is unique in that it is persistent, hard to detect, anonymous, capable of spreading, easier to be hurtful and permanent. In class, students discussed how they can stand up for themselves and others when they witness cyberbullying and the importance of letting an adult at school or at home know what is going on. 

This past week in COHO Time we focused on Optimism.  The way we look at situations defines how we experience them.  Being optimistic, means you see life in a positive way and that you expect to succeed and feel good.  Research shows that thinking optimistically is good for your health and your ability to handle stress and that optimistic people have strong relationships with others.  Students learned the difference between optimistic, pessimistic and unrealistic thinking.  Students learned that they can choose how they react to things and can learn and practice to be optimistic. Students then participated in a fun Kahoot game - Choose Optimism.

Even though we are halfway through March, here is the Action for Happiness calendar for March. We have been celebrating March Mindfulness on the Broadcast this month.

Mindful March

Let's take the time to pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us. This month we're encouraging you to take some time to look within. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - like the way we eat, the things we notice or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future - so we get more out of the day-to-day. It can also help us identify what we're grateful for, which has been proven to help boost your happiness levels!

Remember, the school counselor is available to students via email, phone or a check in form available on the Counselor Corner.   Parents and teachers may also request a check in with their student. Feel free to call anytime if you have questions about Coho Time or if you would like to check in about your student.   

Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
206-780-6506
YEARBOOKS
Sakai PTO is purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook for every student this year.
To help offset the cost of the yearbooks a $10.00 donation is greatly appreciated.
Please make checks payable to Sakai PTO.
Order forms are being sent home with students.
Extra forms are available in the office.
DISTRICT NEWS
BISD Race, Equity & Identity Policy Community Survey

BISD is deeply committed to ensuring that children of every race, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, and ability, reach their full potential. We also have a particular responsibility to address racism. As a school district, that includes ensuring that we proactively eliminate any disparities in educational outcomes for students of all races.

We are committed to the values outlined in the Draft BISD Policy: Race, Equity & Identity. The purpose of this survey is to receive community input on what we may have missed or overlooked when drafting the policy.

We value your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out this survey with thoughtful, constructive comments.

The survey closes on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
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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@bisd303.org.
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CALENDAR
MARCH
MARCH 22 - WOODWARD INCOMING PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT WEBINAR FOR 6TH GRADE PARENTS 6:30 - 7:30 PM
MARCH 23 - INCOMING  PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT WEBINAR FOR 4TH GRADE PARENTS 5:00 - 6:00 PM
MARCH 22 - APRIL 1 - SALMON RELEASE
MARCH 26 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM

APRIL

APRIL 5 - 9 - SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Spring Break

April 5 - 9

No School