BISD
SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
08/16/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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! 

Drew Crandall
Principal

Calendar Items

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
DISTRICT NEWS 
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.
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. 

PLEASE NOTE: BISD school health rooms are very diligent and will send students home if they are exhibiting signs of illness. 
Attestation Form
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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