SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 02/01/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

Happy February! I hope you had a restful weekend. Maybe it was just me, but last week was exhausting. However, it was also very joyful and exciting. It felt wonderful to have so many students back in our school. Right now we have some students learning on campus in the morning, and at home in the afternoon. We have some students learning at home in the morning and on campus in the afternoon. We have some students learning at home all day. We have a few students learning on campus all day. Regardless of the daily schedule, we are all one Sakai. I could not be prouder of our students and staff for the perseverance and spirit they’ve shown this year. 

It seemed our procedure for pick up continued to smooth out over the week. By Friday we were able to get everyone safely off-campus in about 8 minutes from the bell. Thank you for your patience and for following our plan. We will continue to look for ways to make the process as smooth as possible while always keeping safety first. Just a reminder that Woodward Middle School starts in-person learning today, which will lead to more traffic on Sportsman. 

If you are looking for an alternative to the Sakai parking lot loops, there is a walking lane on Sportsman from our school to Island Church. This is a coordinated effort with the city and our district. Please see the maps below.

On Fridays each teacher will have specific schedules for your students, however, all students have COHO starting at 8:05. This time is extremely important for our students as we continue our social-emotional learning and building of a community. Also, for our Hybrid students, this time is now extra valuable as it brings the class back together after being separated into two cohorts throughout the week. If your student is unable to attend school on Fridays, synchronously or asynchronous, please call the attendance line to excuse them.

This week starts our annual food drive that will run for the next two weeks. Families, please drop off bags in the front drop off loop during drop off times, even if your child has a last name beginning with L-Z. We will be storing them under the metal awnings before adults bring them inside to store. We have a school challenge of 15,000 pounds of food! If you can, please help us. Food will be delivered to Helpline House on the 12th.

Have a wonderful first week of February!

Drew
WALKING LANE 
Walking Lane on Sportsman

The City of Bainbridge Island and BISD is offering an alternative to the Sakai parking lot and allowing parents to drop kids off at Island Church on Sportsman Club. Children will then walk or bike to school on the pop-up bike lane that COBI has put up. They will cross to Sakai from Coppertop at the crosswalk. 
The flow of traffic in Island Church will be:
ATTENDANCE 
It is important that students have consistent attendance and arrive to school on time.

If your student must be late or absent, please notify the school. Students that are enrolled in our Hybrid Learning Model must be on campus Monday-Thursday to be considered present. If your student will be absent from in-person learning, you may either call our attendance line, 206-780-6600, or parents/guardians may report their student's absence via Family Access.

Click here for instructions to report an absence via Family Access.

Our automated phone system will call to confirm your child’s absence if you haven’t reported your student's absence or tardy.
FOOD DRIVE
Coho Community Food Drive

The food drive continues until Friday, February 12th.   
Each student is encouraged to bring items to help us fill the shelves at Helpline House.  This is part of our Coho program which includes community service.
Food donations may be dropped off at school Mondays - Thursdays in the north parking lot loop.  Please place food donations on the pallets under the covered canopy.  
If you still have a food drive cardboard cut out from last year, please return it to school.  We are looking for the tractor, zebra, shark, gorilla and giraffe cut outs. Thanks!
YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Student School Photos For Yearbook

Our photographer is scheduled to be here on Thursday, February 11th to photograph students that missed our previous picture days in the fall.  This will be the last chance to have your photo taken to be in our yearbook.
Photo order envelopes may be picked up in the office or you may order online at www.qualityschoolportraits.com click ORDERPHOTOS, click on the click HERE TO ORDER words, enter code SAKA9 and click View Gallery, enter email and click Submit then follow ordering prompts.
You may also email an electronic photo of your student that can be used for the yearbook to the school office, iwhite@bisd303.org or asalmon@bisd303.org
THANK YOU
THANK YOU to our wonderful PTO that provided our staff with a box lunch  during Parent Student conferences.  Our staff tremendously enjoyed lunch and is so appreciative of their support.
SAKAI SPIRIT
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

                           Farrah Colby
                           Sam Hodus

                            Sophie Terp
                           Samia Fonaas
                           Holiday Wiley

                          
These students received a certificate for a pizza lunch.  Thank you to That’s a Some Pizza and Westside Pizza for providing free pizza for our student incentive program.  The nominations are made in reference to Sakai’s Four R’s:  Responsible, Respectful, Reasonable, Reliable.

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: A therapist-led session on Parenting Through Change to offer tools to help families work through reintegration anxiety. on Tuesday, February 9th at noon.
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


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@bisd.303.org.
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CALENDAR

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 1-12 - FOOD DRIVE
FEBRUARY 3 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:30
FEBRUARY 11 - SCHOOL PHOTO MAKEUP
FEBRUARY 12 - FOOD DRIVE DELIVERY
FEBRUARY 15 - PRESIDENT'S  DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 16 - 19 MID-WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 26 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
Presidents Day and
Mid-Winter Break

February 15-19

NO SCHOOL