SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 12/14/20
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Sakai Families,

In August, I asked our teachers to name how we wanted our students to feel this school year. Their answers are reflected in the word cloud below. As we plan for the second semester and a move to the Hybrid Learning model, keeping our students connected and cared for is our number one goal. 
As I know you are aware, we have been working hard on preparations for Hybrid learning. I want to note a few important things specific to instruction:
  • Students will be expected to transport their Chromebook to and from school. They will be given a Chromebook protection sleeve at our January materials pick-up to help with this. Students will also be given a bag for materials they will be asked to bring with them each day, since they won’t be leaving belongings in their desk or lockers.
  • At Sakai, we are continuing instruction in all four core areas. This means students will have in-person instruction and asynchronous work in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • During in-person instruction, Fifth grade students will see both of their core teachers each day providing shorter daily in-person lessons. Sixth grade students will have a slightly different schedule to accommodate longer science instructional blocks, with most seeing their core teachers for two longer lessons every other day. Look for more specific schedules from your child's teacher.
  • Specialist classes will happen in-person with your child’s cohort (no mixing of classes).
This is a wonderful resource from Seek Common Ground aimed at helping families understand and reinforce learning targets specific to this school year.

When we return for winter break, you will be getting information regarding logistics for the return of students on campus in the Hybrid Learning model. I will share with you procedures specific to Sakai such as arrival and dismissal plans and student check-in.

Also, our wonderful PTO is organizing a communication channel to connect and support families regarding transportation in Hybrid learning. Look for more information from PTO coming soon.

At the school board meeting last Thursday there was a lot of information related to the opening of schools, including a presentation from advisors to the Washington State Board of Health. If you did not get a chance to see it, here is the link.

Yesterday, December 13th, would have been our dear friend Kay Sakai Nakao’s 101st birthday. Kay was an active member in our community and had a positive impact on so many Bainbridge Island School District students as they passed through our school. Our current sixth grade students were able to meet Kay at the Opening Day Ceremony last year as well as her 100th birthday celebration. As you and your family celebrate and reflect this time of year, I hope you can find space to honor Kay and her wise words, “Try to love everybody, be happy, have joy in your heart.”

I hope you and your family have a healthy and joyful winter break.

Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

I can’t believe we are already in December and coming up on the Winter Holiday. I think I am one of the biggest kids in the building as all I want to do right now is listen to special music and find myself hoping for snow.  Most of us are experiencing this year differently from years past, having feelings of being unsettled and stressed.  As a way to reframe, this year is also an opportunity to make some new traditions and focus on what is going well and what we have to be grateful for. Here is a link to an article that shares 10 tips to help manage stress in the Holiday season during a pandemic.  When Holiday and Pandemic Stress Collide

In COHO time since the last newsletter, students were taught about the importance of gratitude and how studies have shown that actively practicing being grateful improves well being.  Students and staff have been taking part in the challenge of remembering what they are grateful for each day and to keep a daily gratitude journal.

Recently in COHO time we taught about executive function skills and the specific skill of time management in order to be ready to be successful in Asynchronous learning time on Fridays.  Students learned about and discussed tips to help them plan and use their time.  Learning to manage your time is a lifelong skill and practice that is always beneficial in all areas of life.

This past week in COHO time the lesson was titled - How we treat each other at Sakai.  The lesson teaches students the four pro kindness - anti bullying expectations we have for students at Sakai.  The lesson frames an ongoing message we share here at Sakai about the importance of treating others with kindness and respect wherever you are.  Kindness starts with you and how you treat others and spreads from there. The specific expectations at Sakai are:
  • We will not bully others.
  • We will try to help students who are bullied.
  • We will try to include students who are left out.
  • If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Here is a link to a Kindness Calendar for December from Action for Happiness.
Do Good - December

One thing that can hold us together and help us get through is kindness. Although we can't change our situation, we can choose to respond to others (and ourselves) with kindness. And when we're kind, everything goes better. We help others, we help ourselves and we encourage others to be kinder too.

Remember, the school counselor is available to students via email, phone or a check in form available on the Counselor Corner.   Parents and teachers may also request a check in with their student. Feel free to call the school counselor anytime if you have questions about Coho Time or if you would like to check in about your student.  I look forward to partnering with you to help your students have a successful school year.

I hope you have a peaceful and restful holiday and that you all stay well. Enjoy the last few weeks of 2020!!!

Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
206-780-6506
DISTRICT NEWS
During this time of unprecedented stress, many of us are experiencing normal reactions to a highly abnormal situation. 

Never before have we experienced an ongoing pandemic (we are in our ninth month now), economic insecurities, racial and equity experiences/awareness of historic and ongoing injustices, political division and much more. The experiences of ongoing stress and trauma affecting our brain, our body and our functioning can result in the following symptoms:
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression, fatigue and lack of motivation
  • Workplace burnout and lack of purpose
  • Memory problems: Difficulty concentrating, organizing,  planning and recalling
  • Heighten emotions and reactions
A great tool for managing these symptoms and building healthy coping habits is the Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families created by the Washington State Department of Health. Practicing self-care and healthy mental health practices are more important than ever. If you are experiencing any of these warning signs or need extra help getting through these challenging times, please visit our website for counseling & crisis resources.
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CALENDAR

DECEMBER
DECEMBER 18 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
DECEMBER 21 - JANUARY 1 - WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

JANUARY

JANUARY  4 - SCHOOL RESUMES
JANUARY 6 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
JANUARY 8 - SPIRIT DAY - PAJAMA DAY
JANUARY 18 - MLK HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
JANUARY 21 AND 22 - SCHOOL CONFERENCES - NO SCHOOL
JANUARY 25 - SECOND SEMESTER STARTS

December 21st

through January 1st


Winter Break

No School


School Resumes January 4th