Dear Sakai Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I apologize in advance, but our newsletter is really long today. Thank you for taking a moment to read it. October is always a very busy time of year for schools, however, this year it’s even more so with state testing.

Our COHO Run fundraiser is off to a promising start. In just our first few days we are already at 11% of our goal. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed. Please see the information below on how to participate. All donations are gratefully accepted.

As you may have read in the BISD newsletter last week, Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction delayed state testing last spring until this fall. For Sakai, our fall testing calendar will be:

October 12th-English language arts assessment
October 13th-Math assessment
October 19th-Science assessment (6th-grade only) 

Students will be taking the previous year’s assessment this fall. For example, 5th-grade students will take the 4th-grade assessment. English language arts and math assessments will be given in the morning by student’s homeroom teachers. These tests will be shorter than in years past, with estimated times around 60 to 75 minutes, however, they are untimed so students can take as long as needed. 
Families, please remind students to charge their Chromebooks the night before the assessments and bring in a pair of earbuds (preferably in a labeled plastic bag) if they have them. Most importantly, as with all assessments, please reinforce with your child that they should put forth their best effort but not worry or stress. If your child is feeling any anxiety over these assessments, please reach out to me or our counselor, Ms. Hebert.
You may have noticed that on Friday an events tent was assembled in our North parking lot. So far this year we have had ample outdoor lunch seating due to 63 desks under the covered area and students choosing to sit on top of the hill. With winter weather coming, however, we want to ensure we have outdoor lunch seating available for all students that choose it, along with some covered recess options for very rainy days. Our wonderful maintenance staff constructed this tent to test its viability and are ordering a few more for us to go next to it. Each tent will hold about 28 students at 6-foot distance. Once we are ready to implement lunch in the tents, we will continue to have tables in the gym for students that would prefer that option.
Have a great week, Sakai!

From the School Counselor

I am amazed that we are already into October. I love this time of year, so many beautiful transitions and changes in nature to observe.  I enjoy the crisp feeling in the air in the mornings and on my evening walks with the dog.  I have even enjoyed walking in the rain.

We have been busy during COHO Time continuing to build community, and connections in the classroom.  Students have been engaged in activities that encourage and help build relationships. 

Last week in COHO Time the lesson focused on the difference between everyday conflict, unkind behavior and bullying. The next two lessons are focused on How We Treat Each Other at Sakai.  These lessons will teach students the four pro kindness - anti bullying expectations we have for students at Sakai.  The lessons frame 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.
These lessons lead up to our celebration of Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20th. On Unity Day, students will wear and share orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that nobody should ever experience bullying.
Feel free to call me 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. 
Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
Meet Your Child’s Specialists Teachers

We would like to thank you for participating in our family nights. In addition to your student’s classroom teachers, they have several specialist teachers. Please take a moment to watch these introductory videos from Ms. Hitchcock, Mr. de Guzman, and Ms. Gibbs to learn more about them and the enriching activities your students will be engaged in this year. Also included in this video is a message from Steve Tremble, Executive Director of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.
Student Chromebook Insurance
Enrollment deadline extended to October 16th.
Parents have the ability to purchase insurance to cover accidental damage to their student's Chromebook.  Information on insurance and the enrollment form are available on the district technology website.  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.
Thursday, October 28th and Friday, October 29th are Parent/Teacher conference days.   

There is no school for students on conference days.

Conferences are an important time to further that home to school, and school to home connection that is so valuable in education. It's a time for students to be recognized for their efforts, and a time for students to re-establish their goals and their dedication toward reaching those goals.  Parents and teachers work together to support the student. In so doing, parents and teachers show the caring and teamwork that is a crucial connection in a student's education.  Teachers are looking forward to conferencing with all of you.  If you have not yet heard from your student's teacher about signing up for a conference, you will soon.  When you do, please act quickly to sign up for the conference time that works best for you.  All conferences will be held virtually via zoom meetings.

The 3rd Annual Sakai COHO Run is Here!

Dear Sakai Families,
The COHO Run, Sakai PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year, kicks off today.  We will conclude the fundraising period with a run for kids on October 22nd at the Woodward trackThe event will also feature a “spirit day” where homeroom classes compete for the most class spirit by dressing up in costume. Funds raised by the COHO Run will help support enrichment and educational resources such as teacher grants, grade-level assemblies, classroom and teacher supplies, subscriptions, educational programs, and community events/parent resources. 
Your PTO is committed to funding experiences and events to foster a strong sense of engagement and community among all. Our goal is to collectively raise $70,000 (about $145.00 per student), though donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. We would like to acknowledge that these past few years have been difficult financially for so many of us, and we are truly grateful for any financial support you can provide at this time. Our goal is 100% participation, and no donation is too small!  Donations can be made online, or by check/cash (details below).  
  • Experience life at Hogwarts in the hallways of Sakai to celebrate our school-wide 100% participation goal
  • All students will be entered in drawings to win gift certificates to local stores
  • The top earning 5th and 6th grade class will each receive an extra recess!
  • The 5th and 6th grade classes that earn the “Most Spirited” will each win a pajama day with hot cocoa!
How to Collect Donations
  • Go to Rally Up (
  • Scroll down to “Search for a Student” to find your student's name. 
  • Click donate and select flat amount
  • Enter the amount you wish to donate and add to cart.
  • Proceed to checkout to complete your donation! 
  • Please note there is a prompt about tipping that we are unable to remove, but tips are not required. Simply select “custom” and set the amount to $0. 
  • Donors who would like to support Sakai PTO without assigning their donation to a particular student can click the purple donate button at the bottom of the Home page. 
Online donations will be open through Friday, October 22. 
Cash or Check: Today your student received a donation envelope from their homeroom teacher. This is only for cash/check donations (online donations will be tracked through the Rally Up platform). Please place cash and checks inside and fill out the tracking form. Make checks payable to Sakai PTO. All donation envelopes are due back on Friday, October 22. 
Corporate Matching: Many employers offer corporate matching programs for charitable donations.  Be sure to check with your employer to help boost our student's fundraising efforts.  
If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Livingston (COHO Run Chair)
Thank you for supporting the Sakai PTO and our school community! 
Your Sakai PTO
Sakai Reads is our yearly all school reading project organized around a theme. 

This year the theme is Expanding Perspectives. Ten titles have been selected and each student is reading one. Learn more about the books at the Sakai Reads webpage.
Wednesday, November 3rd has been selected for the all school discussion event. Volunteers are needed to read a book and lead a discussion group.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here:

All volunteers must review the COVID-19  Safety Handbook, complete the COVID-19 quiz and verify their COVID vaccinations are completed.  Even if a volunteer is "active" they are still required to complete these new additions prior to volunteering.

Please wait to sign up until you have completed this process.
Sakai Lunch:  Parent Volunteer Signup

Each day we could use two parent volunteers, thank you for considering signing up to help us out.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here:

All volunteers must review the COVID-19  Safety Handbook, complete the COVID-19 quiz and verify their COVID vaccinations are completed.  Even if a volunteer is "active" they are still required to complete these new additions prior to volunteering.

Please wait to sign up until you have completed this process.

Volunteer Times:
Mondays: 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday through Friday: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

If you volunteer, simply arrive at our main entrance near the flagpole.  Our office staff will have you sign in and head down to our gym.

Thank you again for the gift of your time.

Sakai Lunch Team
Kitsap Public Health District has updated its guidance regarding communication of COVID-19 positive cases in our school district.
We are now able to share when there is a positive individual in the same classroom, involved in the same activity or athletic team, or on the same bus as your child. 

A few important things to note:
  • BISD will continue to send a general notification to the impacted school community. 
  • ACTION NEEDED: In order to receive notifications for transportation (K-12) and activities (9-12), parents must opt-in by completing the appropriate forms below.
    Bus Riders K-12 Data Collecting Form
    Activities (9-12) Data Collecting Form
  • If your child was in class, rode the bus, and was involved in the same extracurricular activity, you will receive a total of 4 notifications (3 targeted notifications plus one general notification) regarding the one case. We apologize in advance for the redundant communications but we are limited to what our communications systems can handle. 
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: Substance Abuse Prevention on Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 PM. 

The session is focused on providing parents an overview of community resources regarding prevention and intervention - from the home, to the schools and into the community. 
Register (for free) at to receive the zoom link.
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.

Community Events


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