MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Sakai Families,
Our wonderful PTO is still tallying donations from our COHO Run fundraiser. Thank you so much for your participation! We are very grateful for your support. I want to give a huge shout out to the classes of Mrs. Walter, Mrs. Stoknes and Mrs. deGuzman for having 100% participation. Also, as a school our students recorded almost 200,000 minutes of physical activity during the past two weeks, with all classes tallying over 6,000! Way to go Sakai!

We are looking forward to meeting with you this week. Conferences are a valuable time to connect with your child's teacher. Like all things this school year, they will look a little different than usual, however they are still a critical aspect of fostering student success. Here are a few tips to prepare for your conference this fall: 
  1. Please share the essential information you have about your child. Since you are seeing your child learning at home, you may notice strengths and struggles we don’t. The more you share about your child’s remote learning experience, the more we can work together to help your child succeed. Please be honest about what’s working and what isn’t.
  2. Ask us questions. As in a typical year you might ask about what your child will be learning, how they are progressing or what additional help they might need. This year, you might also have questions on schedules, Google Classroom or Zoom expectations. Please know that all questions are good questions. 
  3. Build a relationship with your child's teacher. Being remote this year has provided less opportunities for us to connect in person. 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 is all new to us as well. Our teachers have been working so hard this year to provide the best educational experience we can. However, none of us have done this before and we are constantly figuring it out and working to improve. 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!

Finally, you likely have just read the communication from our Superintendent, Dr. Bang-Knudsen, regarding the delay of our move to the hybrid learning model until January 2021. If you’re like me, this news comes with a lot of emotions. Some of which may be contrary to others you are having. Learning in a pandemic is a challenge for educators, families and students alike. I hope you know we are committed to our Sakai students and their emotional and academic well being. 

I will keep you updated on information as it’s available. As always, please reach out to me with any questions you have. 

Together we can. Together we will. Together we are Sakai!

Have a wonderful week,
Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

We have been busy during COHO TIme at Sakai.  In our last update, I shared that students learned about parts of the brain and how to recognize and name our feelings and emotions in order to tame or address them.  Students learned the hand brain developed by Dr. Dan Siegel  and the importance of recognizing how we are feeling before we “flip our lids”.  

During COHO Time students created Bliss Lists.  A Bliss List is a “go to” list of all the things that will help to calm down, take a break and feel better when stress hits.  Everyone's list is unique and special to them.  This was a wonderful exercise.  It was suggested to them to keep the list visible in their work space or other area where they will see and remember what they can do when stress hits.  I have my personal list hanging right above my computer monitor.

While preparing for student conferences we also focused on goal setting.  We discussed what it means to have a dream and work hard, sometimes through difficult circumstances to reach our goals.   

This last week was Unity Day.  Students wore Orange to stand up for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion for all.  Our students experienced two special videos that shared the special story from our Bainbridge Island history and the Japanese community and their neighbors who stood up for them during difficult circumstances, creating the special community that we still share today.  Students also heard from two of our own BHS students who shared their experiences about someone standing up for them in difficult times and the importance of Unity.  It was shared by them wisely that Unity Day is just one day, but that the importance of the message of Unity Day should be celebrated every day.

I am continuing to offer Lunch Bunch on Thursdays for students who are interested in having lunch on ZOOM, socializing and meeting students from other classes, playing some games and having some fun.  If your student is interested in this, please email me.  I will make sure they get an invitation with a ZOOM address.  This is all for fun and for those students who are interest

Remember, the school counselor is available to students via email, phone or a check in form available on the Counselor Corner.   Parents and teachers may also request a check in with their student. Feel free to call the school counselor 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
206-780-6506
SCHOOL PHOTOS
School photos are an important part of the start of every school year.  Our photographer is scheduled to take school photos over two days using a reservation system. 
WHEN: Two dates and six hours to choose from when making your reservation.
  • Tuesday, October 27th: 3:00-6:00P
  • Wednesday, October 28th: 9:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Sakai outside covered play area.  

Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, December 9th.
PARENT CONFERENCES
Wednesday, October 28th, Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th 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.
MATERIALS PICK UP
Families will have an opportunity to pick up student materials from their teachers and library books.

WHAT: Materials & Library Pick Up

WHEN: Friday, October 30th, 10 am - 3 pm
WHERE: Sakai south parking lot 

It will be a drive-by event.  Due to Covid restrictions, please do not exit your vehicles and please wear a mask.  You will be given the materials for your student.  Please see the attached map with driving directions. 
Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume.
If you are unable to attend, you may pick up your student's items by stopping by the Sakai office weekdays from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
BOOK FAIR
SAKAI LIBRARY BOOK FAIR IS COMING SOON!
Monday, November 9 - Sunday, November 22 
Discover a world of books!  Join us in celebrating a love of reading.
A percentage of all sales go to support Sakai library.
Books will ship to Sakai after our eFair is complete. We expect the books to arrive the first week in December. A message will go out to families with pick up information.         
SAKAI SPIRIT
The following students were recently honored for outstanding spirit: 
Camden Brown
Tristan Bast
Jaxon Helland
Brody Weindl 

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.
PTO NEWS
Together we’ve raised over $33,000 for this year, while also accumulating almost 200,000 minutes of physical activity! 

Big shout out to Team Walter, Team Stoknes and Team deGuzman for reaching 100% registration! And to Team Kitley, Team Walter, and Team deGuzman for most funds raised (and highest average per student)! Physical activity honors (most minutes/highest average) go to Team Kitley, Team Barrett, Team Starrs, and Team Walter!

We did fall a bit short of our fundraising goal, but are grateful to all who participated, donated, and came together in support of our school. Funds raised will be used all year long to provide Sakai students and staff with the extra tools and support needed during this challenging year. More than ever, we are striving to keep everyone engaged and connected.

If you are among those who have already donated, we thank you. We are so grateful for your support. If you haven’t yet donated and are able, please consider doing so. It’s not too late! You can visit our online Fund Hub at
https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/event-webpage/5f71e5ed40f9f 
through November 13th. You can also always send or drop off a check (for “Sakai PTO”) to school at 9343 NE Sportsman Club Rd.

DISTRICT NEWS
Tell your friends, family and neighbors! BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitute teachers. 

BISD is looking for Emergency Substitutes:
  • Starting pay $135/ full day
  • Emergency Substitutes need a college degree but not a teaching background
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid training
  • Learn more at: www.bisd303.org/Page/16214
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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
OCTOBER 
OCTOBER 27TH & 28TH - SCHOOL PHOTOS
OCTOBER 28, 29, 30 - FALL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - NO SCHOOL
OCTOBER 30 - PTO MEETING 9:15
OCTOBER 30 - CLASSROOM MATERIALS PICKUP 10 AM - 3 PM 
NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 4 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
NOVEMBER 5 - SAKAI READS 10-11 AM
NOVEMBER 6 - 5TH GRADE VIRTUAL ART TOUR OF SAKAI
NOVEMBER 9 - 20 - LIBRARY BOOK FAIR
NOVEMBER 11 - VETERAN'S DAY - NO SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 13 - SPIRIT DAY - CRAZY HAIR DAY
NOVEMBER 20 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
NOVEMBER 26 - 27 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

October 28th, 29th & 30th

Parent Conferences

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