Hello Sakai Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! For us, it was filled with lots of rainy outdoor time. The highlight being a trip to Suyematsu Farm for our pumpkins. This is such a fun Bainbridge tradition and one we always look forward to rain or shine.

Our COHO RUN fundraiser is officially live! Thank you for signing up on the Get Movin’ platform and encouraging your students participation. It’s so fun to see how many different ways our students got their physical activity time in. Please see more information below from our PTO and thank you for your support!

This week we will have our first emergency drill, joining schools across the state for Thursdays “The Great Washington ShakeOut”. This drill is focused on earthquake preparedness. We will address this during our morning broadcast, ensuring students know how to react if an earthquake occured when we are on campus. This may also be a good time to discuss your family's plan. If you are looking for help with your home preparedness, the Great ShakeOut website has many helpful resources.

Have a wonderful week, Sakai!

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.
The following students were recently honored for outstanding spirit: 
Anna Claesson
Oliver Curtis
Stewart Reeves
Christopher Welch 
Theodore Wilson 

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.

Today is the official kick-off day for our 2nd annual COHO RUN, Sakai’s one-and-done fundraiser! For the next two weeks (Oct 12th-26th), we need your help to achieve our school goal. Huge thanks to those of you who have already registered and/or donated!

If you haven’t yet done so, please register your student(s) by visiting, and use our school identifier code 5d3747f18557e. Special prizes for the first classrooms to get to 100% registration!

If you’ve registered on the Get Movin’ platform before (either last year at Sakai, or at another school), you can enter those login credentials and then just join this year’s event (Sakai COHO RUN 2020) and select your Team (homeroom teacher). 

Once you've registered, you can rally donation support from anywhere in the world via text, email, and social media. Login and simply share your student's webpage with friends and family. And although the Get Movin’ platform is designed for online donations, you can still solicit support offline as well. We will happily accept cash or checks (made out to Sakai PTO); those donations can be dropped in the lockbox in the entry vestibule at Sakai, or sent via snail mail to Sakai COHO RUN, 9343 NE Sportsman Club Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Be sure to mark these donations with the student's name, and as soon as we receive them, we'll manually add them to the tally.

Do we really need to raise money this year, you might ask? The answer is yes.

Donations from this year's COHO RUN will be used to support the specific needs of an unusual school year – for everyone at Sakai, whether remotely or in person. Along with underwriting many classroom supplies, online subscriptions, teacher grant requests, and other educational materials, your PTO is committed to funding experiences/events to foster a strong sense of engagement and community among all. Participating in the COHO RUN at any level is a great place to start! 
Our goal is to collectively raise $50,000 (or an average of $125 per student), though donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

In addition to asking friends and families for monetary support, we’ll also be encouraging students to find creative ways to stay active and healthy during a global pandemic. 
Just like the 200 miles that our school mascot Coho salmon will swim upstream to spawn, we're asking each student to commit to 200 minutes of active movement during our 2-week drive. As a school, we're aiming for 6,000 collective minutes (like the 6,000 miles a salmon will swim in its lifetime). Students will log their activity minutes as part of the Question of the Day each morning. 

As usual, there will be plenty of incentives and prizes for participating, including:
  • Special prizes for the first classrooms (and their teachers!) that get to 100% registration!
  • Entry into weekly drawings for gift cards from local businesses for all donations of $5 or more!
  • Special recognition for all students who achieve their fitness goal!
  • Zoom lunch spirit party hosted by Principal Crandall for all classrooms reaching their collective fitness goal!
  • School-wide celebration (exact details still TBD) if we reach our fitness and donation goals!
Many thanks in advance for your support at any level!

 -The Sakai PTO

Questions? Please contact COHO RUN co-chairs Megan Livingston - 5th grade ( or Lisa Timmins - 6th grade (
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