BISD
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,
It’s a busy week for us at Sakai! This is our last week for the Coho Run fundraiser and we are 78% of the way there. It’s not too late to get involved, see message below on how to participate. It will be fun to see all the student’s class spirit on Friday.
This Wednesday, October 20th, is Unity Day. On Unity Day, we are asking the Sakai community to wear orange.  On Unity Day, people come together to send one large message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Student’s will be discussing this, as well as hearing powerful messages from BHS students today in COHO time.
The call to action is to wear the color orange, as a visible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying.  The color orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity for bullying prevention. 
To learn more about Unity Day, visit the National Bullying Prevention Centers site.
Thursday we will be joining schools across the state for the annual “The Great Washington ShakeOut”. This drill is focused on earthquake preparedness. We will address this schoolwide, ensuring students know how to react if an earthquake occurred 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!
Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey 2021
Our district is participating in the Washington State 2021 Healthy Youth Survey. This survey will be administered to 6th graders only on Monday, October 25th in their science classes.
The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.
Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter, english version and spanish version, for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.  
Contact Beth Hebert - Health Youth Survey Coordinator if you have any questions  - 206-780-6506.
HALLOWEEN
On Wednesday, October 27th, students can bring costumes to school and will be allowed to change into them after lunch. We do not wear costumes all day. We do not have a school-wide activity, but homerooms will have time to celebrate. Here are some school guidelines we have around the modified costumes students will be allowed to bring:
  • No make-up
  • No fake blood
  • No fake weapons
  • Nothing overly gory or vulgar
  • Nothing revealing
  • Masks are okay to bring, but students may be asked to remove them at times
  • Costumes should be relatively easy to put on and take off since we are changing at school, and bathroom capacity is low to allow for social distancing
We have always been so impressed with students being respectful and tasteful with their costumes, even will scarier-themed ones. We really appreciate that. Also, this year of course we will not be celebrating with food. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon.
PARENT CONFERENCES
Thursday, October 28th and Friday, October 29th 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.

PTO NEWS
COHO RUN UPDATE

WE ARE 80% OF THE WAY TO OUR GOAL! 
Thank you to everyone who have participated so far.  We are really excited about how close we are to our goal already. Money raised in the COHO Run support many activities such as: additional recess materials, new Sakai Reads books, math enrichment subscriptions, social study assemblies, and Bike to School incentives. The school is buzzing with friendly competition between classes and whispers of plans for the class spirit competition.  A big shout out to Stoknes and Walter leading top earning fifth grade class and Kitley and Miller leading the sixth grade. The leaderboard is constantly changing and it's anyone's game.  We have had numerous raffle drawings for gift certificates to local businesses and there are handful more this week.

  • Friday, 10/22: COHO Run around the Woodward track during specialist and "Spirit Day" where homeroom classes compete for the most class spirit
  • Friday, 10/22: Last day to return envelopes of cash or check (made to Sakai PTO) and last day for online donations at Rally Up (https://go.rallyup.com/212bac)
  • Sunday, 10/24:  Help transform the halls of Sakai into Hogwarts to celebrate 100% participation.  It will take a big team of parents to add magic to the school. If you are able to volunteer to help us create this fun environment for our kids, please sign up here.
  • At the end of the campaign, if you are interested in checking who has donated to your student, please contact Megan Livingston (mjrlivingston@gmail.com) to get an updated list of donors. 
Thank you for supporting the Sakai PTO and our school community! 
Want an easy way to help support Sakai?

Remember Box Tops for Education?

We no longer need to clip cereal boxes, Box Tops have gone modern! When you grocery shop you can help Sakai earn cash for new soccer nets, teacher grants, classroom and teacher supplies, subscriptions, educational programs, and community events/parent resources with the products you already buy!
 
Get the Box Tops app and sign up to support Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School. Then just snap a photo of your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase and it will automatically identify any Box Tops participating products for you! 
If you shop online, you can earn with your digital or email receipt, too. See how to submit those receipts at BTFE.com/digitalreceipts.
SAKAI READS
Sakai Reads is our yearly all school reading project organized around a theme. 

This year the theme is Expanding Perspectives. Ten titles have been selected and each student is reading one. Learn more about the books at the Sakai Reads webpage.
Wednesday, November 3rd has been selected for the all school discussion event. Volunteers are needed to read a book and lead a discussion group.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here: https://www.bisd303.org/Domain/1809

All volunteers must review the COVID-19  Safety Handbook, complete the COVID-19 quiz and verify their COVID vaccinations are completed.  Even if a volunteer is "active" they are still required to complete these new additions prior to volunteering.

Please wait to sign up until you have completed this process.
LUNCH VOLUNTEERS
Sakai Lunch:  Parent Volunteer Signup

Each day we could use two parent volunteers, thank you for considering signing up to help us out.

All volunteers must have completed our district's application process outlined here: https://www.bisd303.org/Domain/1809

All volunteers must review the COVID-19  Safety Handbook, complete the COVID-19 quiz and verify their COVID vaccinations are completed.  Even if a volunteer is "active" they are still required to complete these new additions prior to volunteering.

Please wait to sign up until you have completed this process.

Volunteer Times:
Mondays: 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Tuesday through Friday: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

If you volunteer, simply arrive at our main entrance near the flagpole.  Our office staff will have you sign in and head down to our gym.


Thank you again for the gift of your time.

Regards,
Sakai Lunch Team
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.

Community Events

CALENDAR


OCTOBER
OCTOBER 19 - 6TH SCIENCE SBA.
OCTOBER 20 - UNITY DAY - WEAR ORANGE
OCTOBER 20 - PTO MEETING 1:30 PM
OCTOBER 28 & 29 - CONFERENCES - NO SCHOOL
NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 3 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:20 AM
NOVEMBER 11 - VETERANS DAY - NO SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 18 - SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKES 9:00 AM
NOVEMBER 19 - SPIRIT DAY - WESTERN DAY
NOVEMBER 19 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
NOVEMBER 24, 25 & 26 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
Nondiscrimination Statement: Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.
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