Dear Sakai Families,
I am so excited to welcome you and your child to the 2021-22 school year! I hope you are enjoying a safe, relaxing, and joy filled summer. For those of you returning to us, welcome back! For those of you new to our school, I think you will find Sakai an extraordinary place for your child to learn and grow.
I am fortunate to know many of our families, but those of you I haven’t had the pleasure to meet, let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Drew Crandall and this is my second year as principal at Sakai. Last year was certainly a unique introduction to a new school, but I feel lucky to be working with such thoughtful, caring, and supportive staff, families and students. I have been in education for 19 years as a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach and teacher. My wife and I are originally from Michigan and moved to Bainbridge Island eight years ago after living in Seattle for seven years. We have two children in the Bainbridge Island School District, Porter who is going to be 5th-grader this year and Olive who will be in 1st-grade. As a family we enjoy camping, skiing, playing pickleball, cheering for the Sounders, and walking our dog, Juno.
This is the first COHO Connection newsletter of 21-22 and you can expect to receive one each Monday throughout the school year. Please take a moment to read these as they will have important information on the week ahead and future events.
With every start to the school year, there comes a range of emotions from nervousness to excitement. With a return to full day learning this year, those feelings may be understandably increased for your child. We recognize this and the need to spend extra time getting students connected and comfortable with their new learning environment. Sakai has always had a focus on the unique social-emotional needs of students at this age, and I assure you this year will be no different. Also, please know that the Bainbridge Island School District continues to work closely with the Washington Department of Heath to ensure a safe school environment. Please take a moment to read the BISD Return to Learn Handbook, linked in this message.
Below are some important calendar items to note as we get started. Look for our COHO Connection next week to answer questions regarding arrival and dismissal schedule, lunch plans, and specialist rotation. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.
We are so excited for this upcoming school year, and can’t wait to get started!
August 25: Class placement will be open for families on Skyward at 4:00 pm (please note that recommended supply lists are created by teaching teams and can viewed on the teacher’s website after you know your student’s teacher)
August 31: New Family Tours. Due to Department of Health guidance, we will not be holding our Ice Cream Social. For families that registered over the summer, look for a communication on signing up for tours soon.
September 1: First day of school! (Sakai hours for this year are Tuesday to Friday 8:55 am - 3:25 pm and Monday 8:55 am - 1:55 pm)
September 13: Band Instrument Rental Night for band students from 4:00-7:00 pm
September 21: 5th-Grade Open House from 6:30-8:00 pm
September 23: 6th-grade Open House from 7:00-8:00 pm
September 23: School photos during the school day