Hello Sakai Families,

I hope you had a restful three day weekend! My family and I were able to spend some time on the water paddle boarding, swimming and crabbing. Although we struck out on crab, we had a nice time not being on screens and being together.

I love the first day of school so much! It really might be my favorite day of the year. There is always a strong feeling of excitement and possibility. Last Wednesday, while clearly different in so many respects, held a similar sentiment. I am so proud of our students and staff for creating such a positive start to the school year. There were some bumps, however we are pleased with how school has begun. Families, we are so thankful for your support and partnership during this time.

I have greatly appreciated all the positive messages over the last week. Many of you reached out to convey messages of relief, gratitude and hope. At Sakai we have four school expectations that we call the 4 R’s. They are respectful, responsible, reliable and reasonable. This year we will need to include a fifth, resilient. This year offers us many unique challenges and it will take resiliency.  But, I know we will be able to meet those challenges and come out stronger on the other side. 

Next week on Tuesday we will host our Back to School Nights. I will host a short welcome webinar beforehand and then you can join your teachers Zoom meeting. This will be a time to hear about curriculum and academic expectations for the year as well as ask questions you may have. Look for Zoom invites to come.

We are all in this together and committed to our students’ success. You may have noticed yard signs in our community that say, “Home of a Sakai Superstar”. These were put in staff yards as a way to bridge home and school as we start remotely. They have our slogan for this year on them: Together we can! Together we will! Together we are Sakai!

Drew Crandall
What is happening during COHO Time?

Every Friday our students meet with their homeroom classroom for Coho Time.  Coho Time is a dedicated period in our school schedule where we work together on all the lessons and activities devoted to ensuring our school is a positive and safe environment for everyone.  
Our goal is that all students feel connected and cared for.  Some of the topics we will be working on and learning about throughout the year in Coho Time are; Team Building, Empathy, Mindset, Mindfulness, Perseverance, Understanding our Feelings, Recognizing Anxiety, Conflict Resolution, Citizenship and our Anti Bullying Program. These lessons are planned by the Coho Committee and scheduled out for the entire school year. 

The name COHO time reflects not only our mascot as the Sakai Salmon but is also an acronym that describes an attitude we want to nourish to create a positive learning community. COHO stands for:
C- Caring
O - Observers
H - Helping
O - Others

Everyone in the school participates in Coho Time. 
Every adult in the building is connected with a homeroom classroom as we work together on these lessons in a classroom meeting format.  This is truly the entire community of Sakai working together on these positive initiatives.

Last week we introduced and held our first classroom COHO meeting. The focus of the first two weeks are to build community, build relationships and build school connectedness.  On the morning Broadcast we introduced the Four R’s that shape and guide our experience at Sakai: Reasonable, Respectful, Reliable and Responsible. The COHO lesson this week is devoted to more about the Four R’s.

Watch the newsletter for more information about what is going on in Coho Time and ask your student about their experience in Coho Time.  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

For Students/Parents experiencing Technology challenges please use this form,, to submit the problem. 
The letter in student supply bags that stated to call the library was intended for extra immediate support during just the first days of school.
Back to School Parent Night

Please join us for back to school Parent Night.

Fifth and sixth grade Parent Night is Tuesday, September 15th from 5:00 - 6:15 pm.
A zoom link meeting invitation will be sent to families.
If your student must be absent, please notify the school.  You may either call our attendance line, 206-780-6600, or parents/guardians may report their student's absence via Family Access.

Click here for instructions to report an absence via Family Access.

Our automated phone system will call to confirm your child’s absence if you haven’t reported your student's absence.
Join the Family Access Student Directory!
Fostering community in our schools is important to the social and emotional development of our students. Giving parents and guardians the ability to contact each other is one way BISD helps to build connections between families!
Click here for instructions to add your family and how to use the Student Directory in Family Access.  
GUARDIANS: If you haven't do so already, please LOGIN TO SKYWARD and review the Student Privacy Parent Consent Form.

NOTE: You will need to provide consent for EACH student listed in your Skyward account. Once logged into Skyward Family Access, in the left menu, choose “Online Forms” tab. 
If you need assistance, please send an email to:


The USDA extended waivers which allow Bainbridge Island School District to provide free school meals (breakfast and lunch) for all youth ages 18 and younger through December 18, 2020. The program is similar to what BISD provided last spring, but there are a few changes to be aware of:
  • Meal pick-up is weekly on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Sakai Intermediate School, 9343 Sportsman Club Road NE.
  • Meals must be ordered the Monday before Friday’s pick-up day. Meal Kits are offered in bundles for the following week. We are unable to accommodate individual daily orders.The order form is available on our website and here.
  • Students do not need to be present to pick up their meals but the designated individual picking up the meals must provide BISD with the student’s name and school.
  • Milk will be optional at pickup and soy milk will also be available. 
  • Meal storage and heating instructions are included with each meal kit.
  • The first GRAB & GO MEALS — WITH A TWIST distribution date is Friday, Sept. 11.
Funds for this program and waivers to our regular school meal procedures are provided through the USDA due to the COVID Pandemic and this program is presently scheduled to end in December.

State laws and rules require compliance with immunization requirements for ALL students on or before the first day of attendance at school. The purpose of the state immunization requirement is to protect the health of the public and individuals against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Our schools will continue to work with families to ensure compliance with immunization requirements in state law no matter the student’s learning location. This means if a child participates in a school program, regardless of their location including online or remote learning, they must meet school immunization requirements per RCW 28A.210.080.  Please feel free to contact your building school nurse with any questions or concerns. 

The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 21, 2020 for all students in grades 1-12.

Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again. 

BISD's Highly Capable Program serves students who perform at advanced academic levels. Students who are identified as highly capable become part of our district-wide program which provides learning opportunities throughout the student's academic career.

The nomination window for highly capable services for students in grades 1-12 is open now through September 21, 2020. Nominations for kindergarten students will be in January. 

Students who are nominated and have parent/guardian permission will have a cognitive assessment administered by a trained BISD staff member. A BISD team will review the student’s cumulative file, recent testing results and other standardized academic assessments. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services. 

Those nominating students must complete 1) a referral form and 2) a rating scale. Both forms are available from the BISD district main office located at 8489 Madison Avenue or on the Highly Capable webpage The referral form and parent rating scale need to be completed and turned in to the student’s school office by the end of the school day on September 21, 2020.
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