Dear Sakai Families,
We exceeded our COHO Run fundraising goal! This was truly a team effort. Thank you to parents, relatives, friends, and neighbors for supporting the Sakai community.  And a big thank you to the Sakai staff and teachers who helped motivate students and bring spirit to the school. 
On Friday classes competed for the most spirited with themed outfits, chants, and cheers. After a photo for the yearbook students ran around the track, some jumping through hula hoops, some with choreographed dances, and all with (masked) smiles. Congratulations to the top two fifth grade classes that earned the greatest amount: Stoknes and Walter and the top two sixth grade classes: Kitley and Atkinson. These classes will head outside for an extra recess. And congratulations to the ENTIRE SCHOOL for earning the most spirited. It was impossible to choose just one class. Your energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Students will receive a spirit day soon, themed with pajamas and hot cocoa.  
Today students walked through the Sakai doors and onto platform 9 3/4. A dedicated team of witches and wizards were busy yesterday magically transforming the school into Hogwarts to celebrate an outstanding level of participation the last three weeks. Thank you to Trae and Lauren King for your vision and leadership. It looks incredible. Here are a few photos:
We are looking forward to meeting with you this week. Conferences are a valuable time to connect with your child's teacher. Here are a few tips to prepare for your conference this fall: 
  1. Please share the essential information you have about your child. You are your child’s first teacher and know them best. Sharing information that you find important about your child will help us connect and best educate your child.
  2. Ask us questions. Please ask about what your child will be learning, how they are progressing or what additional help they might need. Please know that all questions are good questions.
  3. Build a relationship with your child's teacher. We have missed several opportunities to welcome families on campus, such as the Ice Cream Social and Family Nights. Please use this meeting as an opportunity to build a relationship with your child's teacher. We are all on the same team with the same goal of ensuring your child is happy and learning.
  4. Finally, please remember that teaching is different this year due to our health guidelines. I’m not sure I have ever seen a staff work as hard as the Sakai staff this year. Our teachers are working to provide the best educational experience we can, while maintaining safety guidelines, attending to students' social-emotional needs, and making up for some lost instruction. We are constantly working to improve how we do this. Teachers would appreciate hearing any bright spots you have so far.
We know these are busy times and it’s a challenge to find time for conferences. Thank you for doing so and for your continued partnership!
See you this week, Sakai!
From the School Counselor

What is Happening During COHO TIme
This past Wednesday we celebrated Unity Day.  On Unity Day, students wore orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that nobody should ever experience bullying.  At Sakai, we work toward these ideals every day. 
During COHO Time the Monday prior to Unity Day our students heard presentations from a couple of former Sakai students who are now juniors at Bainbridge High School.  These guest speakers delivered powerful and positive messages about the importance of always being kind and treating everyone with respect.  They shared that if you do make a mistake, reflect on your actions, learn from those mistakes and move forward in a better and more positive way.  We are all unique, different and special in our own way.  An environment where everyone feels included and accepted is important for everyone in our community.
Students reflected on what they could do to create a positive, kind and unified community at Sakai.  They wrote their intention on orange hands.  If you have the time, come take a look at the front window of Sakai to see the impressive wave or orange hands, all with a positive intention to be kind and create Unity at Sakai.  Students also signed the COHO Pledge:
I pledge to be Caring and kind to those around me
I pledge to Observe what is happening and take action if needed
I pledge to Help Others because I know "When we stand together, no one stands alone"
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
On Wednesday, October 27th, students can bring costumes to school and will be allowed to change into them after lunch. We do not wear costumes all day. We do not have a school-wide activity, but homerooms will have time to celebrate. Here are some school guidelines we have around the modified costumes students will be allowed to bring:
  • No make-up
  • No fake blood
  • No fake weapons
  • Nothing overly gory or vulgar
  • Nothing revealing
  • Masks are okay to bring, but students may be asked to remove them at times
  • Costumes should be relatively easy to put on and take off since we are changing at school, and bathroom capacity is low to allow for social distancing
We have always been so impressed with students being respectful and tasteful with their costumes, even will scarier-themed ones. We really appreciate that. Also, this year of course we will not be celebrating with food. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon.
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.

This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

Ronan Hayes
             Olivia Conlon
             Olyvia Stevenson
             Kailani Yette
             Allie Wetter

These students invited a friend to attend a pizza party with Mr. Crandall. 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.

If you are interested in checking who has donated to your student, please contact Megan Livingston ( to get an updated list of donors.
Here is a COHO Run tax receipt for your records.
Hogwarts Clean-up 

We need help on Thursdsay to take down the amazing Hogwarts scenes that the kids are enjoying this week! Please join us from 10-12 if you can (or for a portion of that time). Apprecaite your assistance in advance...thank you!

Please sign up here!
Sakai Bay Hay Spirit Wear

It's not too late to order your Sakai Bay Hay Spirit wear!

We still have youth T-shirts and a few youth hoodie sweatshirts available.  Stock is limited to quantities on hand.

Please complete the attached order form and we will try to fill your order.  
The PTO Sustainability Team is looking for a parent volunteer to chair the Sustainability Lead position at Sakai.  The primary goal of this position is to identify conservation and waste reduction opportunities at our school.  You'll be collaborating with other PTO Sustainability Leads across the district to share ideas and resources.  If you are interested or would like more information about this role contact Melanie Danelli at 
Also, don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do that falls under the sustainability umbrella.  In pre-covid times I arranged for reusable dishware for PTO meetings, provided guidance for less wasteful classroom parties, educated the community at school events through fun side activities, assisted in student led trash audits, provided collection sites for school-generated depleted batteries, and monitored styrofoam and plastic film collection bins.  I'm kind of all over the place!  It's been a really fun position to hold and I'm hopeful there's another parent out there who also gets excited about this kind of stuff.  
Thank you!

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
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