Dear Sakai Families,

Woo hoo-school starts this week! We can’t wait to get started with connecting and learning. It was so much fun seeing so many of you at our Ice Cream Social. It’s amazing to think, but although this is my third year as principal at Sakai that was my first in-person back to school night. There was such a positive feeling having families back on campus and I look forward to more in-person events this year.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Ice Cream Social, no problem. Please know that we are all hands on deck Wednesday morning and will help every student find their class. Teachers will be waiting outside classrooms and other adults will be spaced throughout the building directing and helping students find their way. Let your student know that finding their room will not be a problem.

This week we will be spending lots of time connecting as a learning community as well as going over school expectations. We want students to feel safe and comfortable at school, and a big aspect of that is having clear expectations. Because we are not able to discuss arrival with them before they come to school, I wanted to give you a few arrival details you can pass along to your student regardless of how they get to school.

  • Students will wait outside until it’s time to come in for school
  • Students getting breakfast can come in at 8:30 and head right to the cafeteria
  • The first bell rings at 8:40 and all students can start heading to class at that time
  • Phones will need to be turned off and stored in their backpack at all times when in the building, including in the halls before the 8:55 bell rings
  • Students should be in their seats ready to learn at 8:55

My own children have become pretty good at sleeping in this summer and it seems like a really long time since they’ve needed to wake up early. To prepare for Wednesday, we have been trying to get them up early over the last week, as I am sure many of you have been doing. I hope you have had better success than us! In addition to starting the morning routine, I encourage you to try this week's Family Dare: Invest 10 minutes each day this week right when everyone gets home to sit together and share about your day. No distractions, just full attention to what matters: each other. Use intentional questions like, What was a high and a low today? From 1-10, how was the day, and how will tomorrow be better? What’s a snapshot from today you want to remember? If you had to describe your day as a type of weather, how would you describe it? Please know you can always reach out to me or our counselor, Beth Hebert, for any help you may need as your students get adjusted to the new year.

It’s going to be a wonderful first week, Sakai!

It is important that students have consistent attendance and arrive to school on time. If your student must be late or absent, please call our attendanc
e line, 206-780-6600, each day of your student's absence.
Our automated phone system will call to confirm your child’s absence if you haven’t called our attendance line by 9:30 am.
If a transportation change occurs during the school day and your student is not aware of the change, please call our office at 206-780-6500 to inform us of the change.  We will write a note to your student that will be delivered to their classroom at the end of the day. 
For example, student usually rides the bus but will be picked up today instead and the student is not aware of the change.
If the student is aware of the change before school starts, the office does not need to be notified.
Students may not use the office phone to arrange after school plans with friends. We request that this be taken care of before coming to school.
Please see additional information regarding bus transportation in the 2022-23 BISD Family Handbook.
Please note, the district is continuing assigned seating on school buses this year.  Transportation is limited to a student's home or to one of the following locations: Boys & Girls Club, Big Kids / Kids Club, Hazelcreek Montessori.  Please contact the transportation department at 206-842-4641 with any questions.
Rules and Procedures
Student planners will be distributed the first week of school. The first 10 pages of the planner contains the Student Handbook which covers policies concerning such things as attendance, medication at school, Student Rights and Responsibilities and much more. Please be sure to review this handbook with your child.
We are excited to announce that all Sakai students will have take-home Chromebooks this year. 
Incoming 5th graders will receive new Chromebooks on the first day of school.  This Chromebook will be theirs until they enter 9th grade.  Please discuss with your students proper care for their Chromebook.  Students are responsible for their Chromebooks 24/7 and should bring them to school, fully charged, everyday and take them home every afternoon.  They should always be transported using the assigned bag.  I encourage everyone to review the BISD Take Home Device Information.

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase insurance to cover accidental damage to their Chromebook.  Information on insurance and the enrollment form are available at Chromebook Insurance Program. 
We are so excited to start a new school year and have students together again.
Mark Gurtler
Building Technology Support
Families who think they may qualify for free and reduced price meals should complete an application for the new school year.
Electronic applications and information can be found on the district Food & Nutrition Services page.
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Here is the 2022-23 BISD Family Handbook with key information about BISD.  This is a handy guide and a good place to start when you have questions involving the district's policies and practices. 
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