BISD
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The first day of school is only a week and half away and it seems the weather is doing its part to put us in the fall mood. Below you will find some important information on class placement, Flex time, specialist rotation and arrival procedures.

For more Sakai specific information, please read over our Sakai Specific Return to Learn Handbook.

Class Placement
Skyward Family Access will be turned on Wednesday, August 25 at 4 p.m. so that you will be able to see the classroom placement for your child.

We consider this placement information final. Due to the many accommodations we have taken into account for all students, and the parent/teacher information we gathered regarding a student's social/emotional and academic needs, there is little opportunity to make further adjustments to class assignments. If you have questions regarding your child's class placement please call Beth Hebert - Counselor,  Drew Crandall - Principal, or Travis Tebo - Associate Principal.

Class supply lists are available on teacher sites.

Flex Time
I am so proud of our staff and students for their creativity and resilience over the past few school years. However, as we enter the third school year in a row affected by COVID, there clearly has been disrupted instructional time, and as a result, learning. To prioritize addressing this, we have scheduled a 40 minute instructional block for each teaching team called “Flex”. The goal is to carve out daily time for teachers to flexibly and intentionally address the wide range of student learning needs beyond what they already do in their core instructional blocks. During this time students may be served by supporting services, such as our Title program, receive small group or individual instruction, work on enrichment or extension assignments, or even silently read. Because of the intention of this differentiated learning block, Flex will look different from student to student, and will change for each student throughout the year.

Specialist Rotation
At Sakai, we are lucky to have an enriching specialist program aimed at providing students an engaging way to connect to school and foster skills outside of their core academics. Our amazing specialist teachers are:
Ben de Guzman-Physical Education (PE)
Maggie Hitchcock-Art
Katie Gibbs-Music
Paul Meehan-Band
Chris Thomas-Band

This year, all students will be provided opportunities to meet with our Music, Art and PE specialists for the full duration of both semesters, even if your child is also in Band. Classes will be on a three day rotating schedule that can be provided to you by your homeroom teacher.

For students enrolled in Band, your student will be receiving instruction several times a week during their Flex time. If you have had a child go through Sakai before, you’ll know this is a different model. The reasons for this are threefold. First, while we are so fortunate to have such highly qualified Band instructors, we do have some scheduling restraints due to Mr. Meehan and Mr. Thomas instructional responsibilities at Woodward and BHS. Having Band outside of the specialist rotations allowed us to offer the program to all students that requested it, as we weren’t limited by the full day specialist schedule. Second, it allows students in Band to also have PE all year and additional music instruction from Mrs. Gibbs. In the past we have lost Band students because they felt they had to choose between PE and Band, which is no longer the case. Third, this schedule allows us to be flexible to the changing guidance from our Health Department regarding Band instruction, while meeting the needs of beginning band students. For instance, we can cluster instruction based on instrumentation, which is critical for students new to playing. Families of Band students, please look for upcoming communication from Mr. Meehan or Mr. Thomas  on schedules.

Arrival
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. To ensure a smooth student drop-off/pick-up, we need your help by following these procedures. We will also need your patience and grace as we get these implemented.

There are several different ways students can arrive at school. Students can walk, ride their bikes, ride the bus, or be dropped off by private vehicles.  If you are choosing to drive your student to school, please see the map below. All cars should enter through the North parking lot as buses will be in the South parking lot.

Upon arriving, students will wait in one of our staging areas six feet apart until it is time to enter school.

Student can begin arriving at 8:30
Students can go to breakfast at 8:30
Classrooms will open at 8:40
School starts at 8:55

Our shared goal is for all students to be on time and ready to learn at the school starting time. However, please do not drop your child off before 8:30 as there won’t be supervision outside.
In partnership,

Drew
STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS
We are excited to announce that all Sakai students will have take-home Chromebooks starting this year. 
Incoming 5th graders will receive new Chromebooks on the first day of school.  This Chromebook will be theirs until they enter 9th grade.  Please discuss with your students proper care for their Chromebook.  Students are responsible for their Chromebooks 24/7 and should bring them to school, fully charged, everyday and take them home every afternoon.  They should always be transported using the assigned bag.  I encourage everyone to review the BISD Take Home Device Information.

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase insurance to cover accidental damage to their Chromebook.  Information on insurance and the enrollment form are available at Chromebook Insurance Program. The annual fee easily pays for itself. If you are in need of a scholarship to cover the cost, please contact Mr. Tebo or Ms. Hebert.

We are so excited to start a new school year and have students together again.
Mark Gurtler
Building Technology Support
PTO NEWS
Sakai Bay Hay Shirts For Sale!
The Sakai PTO will have the new Sakai Bay Hay shirts available for purchase in front of the Sakai main entrance on August 31st, from 10-12pm.
Short sleeve t-shirts and hoodie sweatshirts! We will send home an order form in the first few weeks of school as well.
STUDENT MEALS
Even though all students can receive meals at no cost this year, families who think they may qualify for free and reduced price meals should complete an application for the new school year.  It may allow you access certain district benefits and possibly federal benefits.
Electronic applications can now be completed and submitted through Skyward Family Access.
ATTESTATION FORM - GUARDIANS PLEASE COMPLETE
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that schools do not conduct daily symptom screening for K-12 students due to the ineffectiveness of on-site screening. Instead, the CDC encourages guardians to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening prior to sending the student to school.

GUARDIANS:
Please complete this form attesting that you will monitor your child(ren) daily for symptoms of illness (including taking their temperature) and not send them to school when ill.  
In addition, you agree to contact your child's school nurse if your child is a close contact to a COVID-positive individual or if your child tests positive for COVID-19. 

PLEASE NOTE: School health rooms are very diligent and will send students home if they are exhibiting signs of illness. 
Attestation Form
SCHOOL YEAR FAQ'S
We know there are many questions surrounding the 2021-22 school year.

BISD has developed a running list of FAQs that include the reasoning behind holding in-person learning, how mealtime will be handled and what happens if your child is asked to quarantine.

If you have additional general questions regarding COVID-19 practices in our schools — ones you think the answers would be beneficial for the greater community to hear — please submit them via this form and we will do our best to include them on the list of FAQs. For specific questions regarding your student, please contact the school directly. 

FAMILY HANDBOOK
Hot off the press!

Here is the 2021-22 BISD Family Handbook with key information about BISD.  This is a handy guide and a good place to start when you have questions involving the district's policies and practices. 
RETURN TO LEARN HANDBOOK
In preparation for bringing students to school, BISD has created a Return to Learn Handbook with a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep schools as safe as possible.  
The handbook was developed using the guidance outlined in the Washington State Department of Health's K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year, dated August 11, 2021. BISD believes in following the science related to COVID safety protocols. We are confident in the recommendations from our Washington State and Kitsap County Health Departments, and we have incorporated their mandates and recommendations into our district's reopening plan.
Spanish translated document: Regresar para aprender el manual.
RAISING RESILIENCE
CONNECTIONS CAFE (by Raising Resilience) is a FREE virtual Cafe to help our parenting community come together (while keeping their distance) to process and implement the shift in our daily lives during the pandemic.
Sessions happen monthly and topics and guest speakers vary.
Up next: Executive Functioning Skills for elementary through high school on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30 PM.
Set your family up for a positive, productive school year with this empowering back to school session.
Register (for free) at https://www.raisingresilience.org/connectionscafe to receive the zoom link.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.

Community Events

CALENDAR


AUGUST
AUGUST 25 - CLASS PLACEMENT OPEN IN SKYWARD AT 4:00 PM
AUGUST 31 - NEW FAMILY TOURS 
SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 1 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 13 - BAND INSTRUMENT RENTAL NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 21 - 5TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 6:30-8 PM
SEPTEMBER 23 - 6TH GRADE OPEN HOUSE 7-8 PM 
SEPTEMBER 23 - SCHOOL PHOTOS

SEPTEMBER 1st
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

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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