SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 02/22/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,

I hope you had a fun and restful Mid-Winter Break. It certainly was exciting to start the week with so much snow to play in. My own kids took full advantage of it, and it sounds like yours did too! With the snow and cold weather, I almost forgot about all the warmth that was felt at Sakai during Kindness Week. It was amazing to see and hear all the ways students spread kindness throughout the week. To showcase this, students wrote down some of the things they did for others and had their teacher add to our Random Acts of Kindness display. 
I am so proud of our students and their commitment to creating a caring and kind school environment. And, for committing to helping others. Our Food Drive for Helpline House was a huge success.  Families, I cannot thank you enough for your support. For our kids, this was a valuable lesson on what it means to help others, support local organizations, and be a positive member of society. For our community, it was a much needed gift of kindness. 
Since the closure at Woodward, I have received some questions regarding what would happen if there was a positive case at our school. I would like to reiterate that our school district's response is not to close schools for an isolated case, and Woodward was not closed because it was deemed unsafe. Here is some helpful information about what will happen if there are positive cases at a school in the future, as well as some definitions.

Now that we have moved into the second semester, attendance guidelines and reporting are similar to pre-pandemic times. If your student is going to miss school, please call our attendance line (206-780-6600) to excuse them. This applies to all Sakai students, regardless if you are enrolled in the Hybrid or On-line learning model. A reminder that on Fridays each teacher will have specific schedules for your students. However, all students have COHO starting at 8:05. At Sakai, we view this time as an extremely important opportunity for our students to build their Social-Emotional Learning and build their classroom community. If your student is unable to attend school on Fridays, synchronously or asynchronous, it is important to call the attendance line to excuse them.

Finally, I want you to know how grateful I am for your partnership. As I’m sure I’ve stated before, this year has been the most challenging in education I’ve experienced. We have had to totally revision schooling. While we will always continue to make improvements and adjustments, I am immensely proud of the staff and students at Sakai. Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful week, Sakai!

Drew
FOOD DRIVE
Our students were able to deliver a huge truck full of food to Helpline House! 
We want to thank all the students and families who contributed.

HUGE thank you to Bainbridge Self Storage for donating a truck to Sakai to transport all the food items to Helpline House.
It’s about the spirit of giving, the ability of the community to work together, and students seeing what it means to be generous, hardworking and resilient. 
SAKAI SPIRIT
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

                          Maya Jimenez
                          Riley Maricielo
                         
Humberto Roa
                          Micaela Weis
                          
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, Re
asonable, Reliable.
COMMODORE OPTIONS
Please join us for our Odyssey 7/8 Info Night follow up and Q & A this Wednesday night, 2/24 at 7:00 pm in Tricia’s Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7541644158.
This is open to all interested families and students in our community. If you are a current Odyssey 6th grader, you are welcome to attend as well. The presentation will give an overview of Odyssey and  what makes 7/8 a wonderful choice for middle school. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors. Thank you. 
STUDENT MEALS
BISD continues to provide free weekly Meal Kits for youth and children in the community with pick-up weekly on Fridays.
Want to learn more about the BISD Meal Kits? Check out our website.
If you're interested in participating, please complete this order form so our Food Services Team knows to expect you! 
BAINBRIDGE LACROSSE
Registration is open through February 26th, 2021 

Grades 2nd through 8th


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Practices begin the week of March 22
Youth regular season games begins May 1

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CALENDAR

FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY 26 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM

MARCH
MARCH 5 - LEAVING OUR ISLAND WEBINAR 9:00 AM
MARCH 10 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
MARCH 11 - SPIRIT DAY - EMOJI DAY
MARCH 23 - INCOMING  PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT WEBINAR FOR 4TH GRADE PARENTS
MARCH 26 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM