BISD
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

School starts this week! We can’t wait to meet our students and get started with learning. 

My own children were in the PM cohort last year, so it’s been a really long time since they’ve needed to wake up early for school. To prepare, we have been trying to get them up early last week, as I am sure many of you have been doing. I hope you have had better success than us! In addition to starting the morning routine, I also encourage you to spend extra time talking with your student about what they are excited about and what anxieties they might have. Our kids are resilient, but it has been a long time since they’ve experienced a full day of in-school learning and that may increase their nervousness. I encourage you to also take some time to review the BISD and Sakai Specific Return to Learn handbooks with them. 

Last week our staff at Sakai spent a lot of time discussing and preparing for the emotional needs of our students. In particular, ways of connecting them to one another again and fostering student relationships. Attending to the specific needs at this age level has always been a priority of Sakai, but this year we know we have to be even more intentional. While your child's teacher will be the most direct connection at Sakai, please know that you can always reach out to me or our counselor Beth Hebert.

As we look to start, here are a few of the most common questions I have received over the past week.

How will my student find their class on the first day?
Unfortunately, we are unable to have our annual Ice Cream Social tomorrow. Please know that we are all hands on deck Wednesday morning and will help every student find their class. Teachers will be waiting outside classrooms and other adults will be spaced throughout the building directing and helping students find their way. Let your student know that finding their room will not be a problem.

Will students be wearing masks at recess?
Yes, our current guidance from the Department of Health is to have all students and staff wear masks while on campus, except while eating lunch at a 6-foot distance. This includes outdoor recess.

How does my student get school lunch?
Lunch is free for all students this year. There is nothing you have to do ahead of time. On the first day, and every subsequent day, students will just come in from recess and get into the school lunch line.

Lastly, we have received the response data from the transportation survey. While it seems we have a lot more bus ridership than last year, we still have about half our school coming and going by car. Because of this, car lines will be long. We will work to be as efficient as we can but student safety is the number one priority. Please have patience and grace with us and one another.

It’s going to be a wonderful school year. Thank you for your support and partnership!

Drew

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. 
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.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
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Community Events

CALENDAR


SEPTEMBER
SEPTEMBER 1 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 9 - 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

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