Art piece created by Sakai students
Dear Sakai Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and honored Dr. King in a way that was meaningful for your family. I heard a lot of different stories from students this morning about writing letters of action, cleaning their neighborhoods, and learning about civil rights with their families. As you know, I have challenged students to write an essay to me about how we can live Dr. King’s words at Sakai. I’ve received so many entries with encouraging sentiments such as this excerpt from a 6th-grade student, “If everyone starts thinking as Dr. King did, it’ll start a chain reaction and a ripple effect of kindness and compassion spreading joy throughout our community. Imagine the hundred of students and tens of staff at Sakai all thinking, ‘What am I doing for others?’ If they take that thought into action, then every person will feel appreciated. A happy Sakai is a kind, Sakai. A kind Sakai is a unified Sakai. And a unified Sakai is a community.” I always love hearing our student's voices and am so inspired by their words. Several students will read their essays to their classmates at next Monday’s assembly.

We hope to see you at our PTO meeting this Thursday at 9:15. We are excited to have John Garland joining us to discuss digital safety and citizenship and how to have that conversation with our kids. Here is the Zoom link. If you aren’t able to attend, I will send a recording of John’s presentation out in next week’s COHO Connection. 

Thank you for signing up for our conferences next week. Please read the important information below about our new Progress Report that will be handed to you at your conference. They will also be live to view on Skyward Family Access on January 24th.

This week’s Family Dare is to write a handwritten thank you note to leave for the person who delivers your mail and/or picks up the garbage. Think creatively about how to leave your message, like using a string to hang it somewhere nearby or creating a larger note/poster. Practicing gratitude as a family not only leaves the recipient feeling good, but helps the family feel accomplished for making someone’s day better.

Have a wonderful week, Sakai!

Wednesday, January 25th, Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th are Winter 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.  Families and teachers work together to support the student. In so doing, families 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.  
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

             Jack Covey
             Claire Nordberg
             Nathan Osteraas
             Julia Wilson
             Kailani Yette

These students invited a friend to attend a pizza party with Mr. Crandall. Thank you to That’s a Some Pizza and PTO for sponsoring our student incentive program.  The nominations are made in reference to Sakai’s Four R’s:  Responsible, Respectful, Reasonable, Reliable. 
Popcorn Day and Mini Mart

The Winter Student Mini Mart & popcorn sale is coming up on Friday, January 20th!
Student Council members will sell items (erasers, mechanical pencils, pens, pencil pouches, squishy toys, slap bracelets, etc) that range in price from 25 cents up to $5. Popcorn will also be available during lunchtime.
Volunteers are needed to help set up items, pop the corn and supervise students while they make the sales. Volunteers will be outside (undercover) during recess, so bring a warm jacket, wear warm shoes and gloves if you tend to get cold. Please arrive at 10am and plan to stay until 1pm. If y ou would like to volunteer, please signup at this link.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here:
With teacher conferences coming up January 25th - 27th, the Sakai PTO are asking parents and guardians to help sustain our teachers through the 3 days of meetings with snacks, lunch and breakfast goodies. If you can contribute, please sign up here:

Any questions can be directed to Sarah Mann ( 
Sakai Volunteer Opportunities

We have several upcoming volunteer opportunities.  Thank you for considering signing up to help us out.
All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here:

Please email Annie at
Art Room:
Please email Ms. Hitchcock at
Updates to Grading & Assessment
The School Board held a Study Session focused on Grading & Assessment.  Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, BISD began the process of updating our kindergarten through 5th Grade Report Cards, now called Progress Reports. This work was accomplished through many hours of committee meetings involving stakeholders from each K-5 grade level and school building in BISD. The result is a Progress Report aligned with our curricula and assessments and is consistent across grade levels and schools. 
These new Progress Reports will be used as of January 2023, replacing our former K-5 Report Cards. Elementary principals and teachers will provide parents and guardians with additional information. 
For questions, please contact Amii Thompson, Executive Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning, at 206-780-1067 or
Please report COVID-positive cases involving BISD students and staff at this link.
Take home COVID Tests are available in Nurse's office if needed.
Bainbridge Wrestling 2023

For Middle and Intermediate School students

What: Bainbridge Wrestling

When: February 27th - April 27th
 Practices: Monday 2:30 - 4:00
                  Tuesday - Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Where: High School wrestling room

The middle and intermediate school program for Bainbridge Wrestling is a free after school program held at the Bainbridge High School wrestling room. We are excited to use the great sport of wrestling as a way to build and grow more athletic and tougher athletes on Bainbridge Island. We want everyone that wants to try wrestling to have the opportunity and welcome those who would not be able to make all the practices because of other commitments. Wrestling is a fun and competitive sport that provides opportunities for growth of the mind and the body. Some young athletes will be glad to hear that singlets are no longer required for wrestling.

To sign up, please contact Dan Pippinger,, fill out the attached registration form and bring it on the first day of practice.
Bainbridge Island Park & Rec Middle School Dances

Calling all 6th, 7th and 8th graders! Come alone or as a group. We will have a DJ playing all our favorite pop hits so come show off your best moves or just chill with friends.
For more information, please go to or email
Concessions available for February dance, food included for the May dance. February dance Valentines theme, May dance Prom theme.
There are a few ways to buy tickets. You can use the link below, call the Aquatic Center or stop in and speak to the front desk of the Aquatic Center.

This link should get you to the Middle School Dance Registration.
Registration mentions you need to bring a school id.  Sakai DOES NOT have school ids.  Please contact the Parks department with any questions.
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.

Community Events


Winter Conferences
January 25th, 26th & 27th
No School

Nondiscrimination Statement: Bainbridge Island 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, Kristen Haizlip at

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