SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 02/08/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

We are two weeks into Hybrid Learning and are very excited with how things are going. While we will always be looking to improve, we are encouraged by how cooperative and adaptable our students have been adjusting to our safety procedures. Most importantly, our students seem happy and engaged.

A HUGE thank you to everyone that has donated to our Food Drive! It has been so heartwarming to see our students rally around this community service project. It’s not too late to help. We have one week left, with all donations being delivered to Helpline House on Friday, February 12th. We have a school goal of 15,000 pounds of food and are about a third of the way there.

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week at Sakai. Along with our Food Drive, we will be discussing ways to show kindness in class and in broadcast. Students are also being challenged to complete bingo cards and return them to the office (or email a picture of a completed bingo to me). Students that do will get a Kindness Week certificate.

Finally, due to safety precautions, district-wide students are not allowed to distribute within classrooms this year. Instead, teachers will be discussing alternative ways to celebrate this year with their class. Thank you for your support as we continue to seek creative and alternative ways to celebrate traditions safely.

I hope you have a week full of kindness and a quiet and restful break.

Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER 
From the School Counselor

It is so wonderful to have students back in the building.  The transition back has been pretty smooth and it has been really fun getting to know the students in person.  As you know we are in the middle of our biggest community service project - the Sakai Food Drive of Love for Helpline House.  This food drive is in itself a large intentional act of kindness from our Sakai community to the larger community of Bainbridge Island.  It is great to see students enjoying participation in this event.

Along with the Food Drive - this next week we are celebrating as a school - Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 8-12.    We have been focusing on Kindness at school throughout the year but this particular event kicked off last week in COHO Time and on the morning Broadcasts leading up to COHO Time last Friday. 

What are the benefits of Kindness?  The Mayo Clinic reports that kindness has been shown to increase, empathy, compassion, self esteem and overall mood.  Kindness has also been shown to decrease cortisol, a stress hormone that impacts our stress levels.  Kindness can increase connectivity with others which can improve your mood and build up relationships.  Kindness can be contagious and that is what we want here at Sakai.

In COHO Time, students reflected on the benefits of kindness and brainstormed ways to show kindness in their different communities: home, school, class, family, neighborhood, etc.  Students are encouraged to write down their acts of kindness throughout the week on post-it notes that will be posted on a large display in the main hall.  Students can also participate in a Kindness Bingo sheet and when it is completed and turned in, they will receive a certificate.

All students received “Kindness is Contagious" bookmarks today.  We are really focusing on spreading love and kindness and lifting each other up. Ask your student what they are doing to be kind.

Throughout the year I have shared calendars from Action for Happiness.  The February calendar goes well with our Kindness theme.  Friendly February  
We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realise - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion.
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
FOOD DRIVE
Coho Community Food Drive

The food drive continues until Friday, February 12th.   
Each student is encouraged to bring items to help us fill the shelves at Helpline House.  This is part of our Coho program which includes community service.
Food donations may be dropped off at school Mondays - Thursdays in the north parking lot loop.  Please place food donations on the pallets under the covered canopy.  
If you still have a food drive cardboard cut out from last year, please return it to school.  We are looking for the tractor, zebra, shark, gorilla and giraffe cut outs. Thanks!
YEARBOOK PHOTOS
Student School Photos For Yearbook

Our photographer is scheduled to be here on Thursday, February 11th to photograph students that missed our previous picture days in the fall.  This will be the last chance to have your photo taken to be in our yearbook.
Photo order envelopes may be picked up in the office or you may order online at www.qualityschoolportraits.com click ORDERPHOTOS, click on the click HERE TO ORDER words, enter code SAKA9 and click View Gallery, enter email and click Submit then follow ordering prompts.
You may also email an electronic photo of your student that can be used for the yearbook to the school office, iwhite@bisd303.org or asalmon@bisd303.org
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CALENDAR

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 1-12 - FOOD DRIVE
FEBRUARY 11 - SCHOOL PHOTO MAKEUP
FEBRUARY 12 - FOOD DRIVE DELIVERY
FEBRUARY 15 - PRESIDENT'S  DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 16 - 19 MID-WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 26 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
Presidents Day and
Mid-Winter Break

February 15-19

NO SCHOOL