Dear Sakai Families,

This Friday, September 30, will kick off our annual school fundraiser, the COHO Run. We are excited to announce that this year's COHO Run will conclude with a run for kids on October 21st at the Woodward track.

What is it?
The COHO Run is our annual fundraiser. Funds raised 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. 

Some additional awards will be given, such as:
  • Most Spirited Award for the top 5th and top 6th grade class will enjoy a pajama day with hot cocoa
  • Extra recess for the top 5th and 6th grade class for most earnings
  • School-wide Hogwarts celebration for 100% participation
  • Free yearbooks for meeting our financial goal
I would like to stress that we understand these past few years have been difficult financially for so many of us. We truly are grateful for any financial support.

Why now?
As a 2-year school, we find it’s important to raise money in the fall to support learning happening this school year. As such, money raised will be applied to the 2022-23 school year.

What’s next?
Look for more information this Friday from our amazing PTO on how to sign up and contribute to our COHO Run! And then, please sign up.

I want to give a huge thank you to our PTO Board-Kelly, Susan, Bob, and Emelyn. Also, thank you Megan for organizing this event! We truly could not do it without you all!

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday at our Guardian Night!
Back to School Guardian Night

Please join us for back to school Guardian Night on Wednesday, September 28th.

Fifth grade Guardian Night is from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Sixth grade Guardian Night is from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Guardian Night will be in person in your student's homeroom classroom.  

Meet our Specialist Teachers

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at our Guardian Night. In addition to your student’s classroom teachers, they have several specialist teachers that would like to introduce themselves to you.

Welcome to Music at Sakai!

"Welcome to music at Sakai! My name is Katie Gibbs. I am a vocalist, performer, choral director, and a passionate music educator. I will be your child’s music teacher for 5th and 6th grade. Here at Sakai, we will be taking your children’s musicianship to the next level. They will be reading music, playing instruments, composing and performing and, as you may have heard, playing lots of games! Students will work with their classmates as part of an ensemble, learning, practicing and performing a wide variety of music throughout the school year. This year, we will be playing many instruments including the ukulele, keyboards, drums and Marimbas. We will also focus on singing and learning to read and write music on the staff. Finally, we will nurture the strong sense of creativity at this age by learning to write and perform their own original songs. This year we are also excited to offer a choir club and a marimba club, both you will see in performances here at Sakai and around our community!

Music education is an essential part of a well-rounded education and society. It supports children’s social-emotional development and well-being, it nurtures their creativity, their sense of place in the world, and their understanding of cultures outside their own. It provides a place for students to grow in their confidence and self-regulation. It gives them another opportunity to create community. And of course, it continues the legacy of amazing music makers, and music appreciators into the future. Here at Sakai, we value the importance of a high-quality music education. I cannot wait to make music with your kids! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email!"

Welcome to Art at Sakai!
Hello! My name is Maggie Hitchcock and I’m your child’s art teacher.

Sakai Art is aligned with the National Core Art Standards which provides a framework for advancing students' artistic understanding.

We work to build creative habits as we learn to:
  • Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work
  • Organize and develop ideas and work
  • Refine and complete artistic work
  • Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
  • Perceive and analyze artistic work
  • Interpret intent and meaning
  • Apply criteria to evaluate work
  • Make art by synthesizing and relating knowledge and personal experiences
  • Deepen understanding by relating artistic ideas to societal, historical, and cultural contexts.

As the Art Teacher at Sakai, I am fortunate to be teaching all the students, all year long. My personal goals for my students are for them to love art. I hope that they will enjoy the process, gain skills, find artistic confidence, and experience a variety of mediums. I am looking for volunteers to assist me in various jobs. Please contact me at The jobs I have in mind are:
  • Putting up art in the hallways
  • Media consultant, taking photos of art and posting on Instagram (only art No students)
  • Helping prep for certain units, such as clay
  • And wiping down tables each day
  • June art show
If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out. I look forward to a great year! Thanks!
Welcome to PE at Sakai!
Welcome to P.E./Health at Sakai Intermediate School!  My name is Ben de Guzman and I’ll be your student’s P.E./Health Specialist this year.  I’ve taught in the Bainbridge Island School District for the past 22 years, but this is only my 5th year at Sakai. 

In P.E., we will be doing and playing a variety of activities and games to keep students active and healthy.  Although we won’t be playing any sport-specific games like football, soccer, or basketball, we will be playing games where they may use some of the skills found in those sports.  I try to provide activities/games that are all-inclusive despite athletic ability or skill level.  Ideally, students will be able to improve their athletic ability as they participate in these games. 

For Health, most of the topics will be covered through monthly assignments through Google Classroom.  On these occasions, I will be assigning a new topic every month beginning in October.  Later in the spring, we will meet in a classroom during P.E. to go over specific Health topics that would be better served in a classroom environment rather than an online one. 

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in Intramurals (class competition games during lunches) if they would like to do so.  This is a good time to build class camaraderie and practice good sportsmanship.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email ( or via phone (206-780-6516).
Our photographer is scheduled to take school photos the morning of Thursday, September 29th.
Orders can be placed online at the following Olympic Photo Group link.
Order envelopes will also be sent home with students prior to picture day.

Picture retakes will be on Thursday, November 3rd.
We would love to have more volunteers to help with this year's yearbook.  There are many little and big jobs to help make a great yearbook.  If you are interested in helping with the cover art contest, compiling the yearbook, or taking photos, please email Annie at  Also, if you have any photos that you've already taken from the first few weeks of school, email them directly to Annie.
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

                Kale Kim-Waibel
                Belle Spruance
                Phisher Rous
                Sofia Juaraz Guadalupe
                Rhett Helland

These students invited a friend to attend a pizza party with Mr. Crandall.  The nominations are made in reference to Sakai’s Four R’s: Responsible, Respectful, Reasonable, Reliable.
The Chromebook insurance window is open until Oct. 7.
Did you know that the cost to replace a damaged student Chromebook is $428 but the cost for accidental insurance coverage is $35 a year?

To minimize the risk of potential fines, we encourage families with students in grades 5-12 to enroll in accidental insurance coverage. For more information about Chromebook accidental damage insurance, please visit the Technology Services webpage to read the Student Device Insurance FAQ.

The window for signing up for the insurance closes on Friday, Oct.  7.  Click here to purchase the insurance. 

Families facing financial challenges may request to have the insurance fee waived for the year through this online form
ACP is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure affordable internet service to eligible households. 
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Students participating in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision are eligible.
To learn more information about the application process and to view all the ways in which households can qualify please visit the ACP Consumer FAQ Page or review the printable flyers below:


If you have questions about the program, please contact BISD’s
Director of Technology, Kiyo Toma, by email at or call the BISD Technology Department at (206) 780-1060. 
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