Dear Sakai Families,
Today ends our annual food drive and we are so excited to deliver to Helpline House this afternoon. A huge thank you to Safeway, T&C, and Rite Aid for welcoming us into their stores. And, to Bainbridge Self Storage for donating both the trucks we need to transport our donation. Families, thank you for your support and for helping our students make a difference in the community!
The start of the second semester brings with it planning for the upcoming school year. At Sakai, this means a time full of preparing for students to transition. Each year half our student population changes as our 6th-graders move on to Woodward, and we welcome in a new 5th-grade cohort. We take great care in ensuring all our students are well-prepared for the next step in their educational journey.
With that sentiment in mind, I would like to extend a huge and heartfelt welcome to our 4th-grade families! We are excited and honored to have your students join us next year. Because of the intentional design of Sakai, we have always been able to focus on the unique needs of our 5th and 6th grader learners and next year will be no different in that regard.
At Sakai, students come together to form their learning cohort that will continue on through graduation. We do not take this significant event lightly. This rising cohort of 5th-grade students will be the BHS/EHHS graduating Class of 2031! We recognize that 5th and 6th-grade students have unique needs and are able to create a learning environment catered to those. We want all kids to be successful in this important transition, and dedicate our work to understanding student individual needs and providing for their healthy academic, social, and emotional development. As both a former 5th-grade teacher and current 6th-grade father, I feel so fortunate that Sakai exists to focus on this exciting and pivotal time for our kids.
For our 4th-grade families, we will be holding our Sakai Incoming Parent Night on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30 to 8:00 at Sakai. I am excited to announce that we will get to have this night in person. You will hear from Sakai staff about the day in the life of a 5th-grader, specialists at Sakai, the Sakai broadcast, Sakai culture and climate, 6th-grade science, and band at Sakai. I’ll follow up afterward with a Google Site filled with the same information for families that are unable to attend.
Have a wonderful week Sakai!