SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 11/16/20
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
“Don’t follow the path. Go where there is no path-and start a trail.”
-Ruby Bridges-

Hello Sakai Families,

On November 14, 1960 Ruby Bridges walked to school with federal marshals so she could attend first grade. In doing so, she became part of public school and American history. Sixty years later, our country continues to work toward equity and civil rights for all and her story seems as relevant as ever. This article, by Time for Kids, is aimed at 5th and 6th graders and a good anchor for a conversation with your kids. This might also be a good time to review our District Improvement Plan, which includes a goal on equity, anti-racism, inclusion, diversity and justice.

Another of our school district goals is on the health, well-being and safety of our students. Regardless if we are learning remotely or in person, we want our students to be happy, healthy and engaged. To help us make progress on this goal we are partnering with the Center of Educational Effectiveness to administer the Educational Effectiveness Survey to students, families and staff.  The student survey will provide valuable data about their academic, social and emotional needs. Teachers are scheduling time in class to go over this survey with students and provide the guidance and support they may need to complete it. The family survey will provide us with helpful information about the wellness of our families, what is needed for students to be successful in the current learning environment, and if any changes need to be made to support our families. For both of these, it is important to note that they are formative and not evaluative. There is no final score indicating “good” or “bad” and they are confidential and anonymous.

As I'm sure you read in BISD’s newsletter on Friday, Dr. Bang-Knudsen shared a tentative date of January 25th for our pivot to the Hybrid Schedule. This, of course, is contingent on COVID-19 rates being moderate or low as determined by the Washington State Department of Health. Again, I encourage you to read the information in BISD’s Return to Learn Handbook. This is a wonderful resource for both families and students. Please reach out with any questions you may have. 

Have a wonderful week Sakai!
Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

November brings a sense of anticipation for the upcoming Holiday Season.  As is appropriate this time of year, this next week our COHO time lesson will be on the importance of Gratitude.  Gratitude is a positive emotion.  It is about focusing on what is good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.  
Why is it important?

Research shows that gratitude is important and correlated with positive life outcomes. Those who routinely practice gratitude see life differently. They don’t see the glass as half empty or half full: they are just appreciative to have a glass with something in it. As we enter the holiday season, practicing gratitude will help us to stay grounded. It should also be noted that when we practice gratitude we give rise to other virtues such as compassion, generosity, wisdom, joy, and integrity.

How to foster gratitude in our children-

Model gratitude
Teaching real gratitude takes time and repeated modeling by adults. Our children learn through our daily actions and words. When you model gratitude be specific. Instead of saying, “I’m grateful to live on Bainbridge Island,” try saying, “I’m grateful to live in a community with such great parks.”

Create a gratitude journal
Encourage your child to appreciate the things they might otherwise take for granted. It could be a place, experience, person, relationship, or a belonging. Practice having them write down one thing they are grateful for every day.
Thanksgiving ritual
Create a tradition at Thanksgiving where everyone shares what they are grateful for. One idea is to have each family member or guest write down three things anonymously and then make a game of trying to guess who said what.

This last week in COHO Time students learned how to recognize the difference between everyday conflict and bullying.  Students learned different steps to de-escalate a conflict and how to manage conflict respectfully when it comes up.  Students created their own story of conflict illustrating the write way and the wrong way to solve the problem.

I continue to offer Lunch Bunch on Thursdays for students who are interested in having lunch on ZOOM, socializing and meeting students from other classes, playing some games and having some fun. The next one will be this Thursday, November 19th.  If your student is interested in this, please email me.  I will make sure they get an invitation with a ZOOM address.  This is all for fun and for those students who are interested. 

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
BOOK FAIR
SAKAI LIBRARY BOOK FAIR IS HERE!
 Orders can be placed through Sunday, November 22nd.
Discover a world of books!  Join us in celebrating a love of reading.
A percentage of all sales go to support Sakai library.
Be sure to check out the teacher wishlists.
Books will ship to Sakai after our eFair is complete. We expect the books to arrive the first week in December. A message will be sent to families with pick up information.         
MATERIALS PICK UP
Families will have an opportunity to pick up student materials from their teachers and library books.

WHAT: Classroom Materials & Library Pick Up
WHEN: Friday, November 20th, 10 am - 3 pm
WHERE: Sakai south parking lot 

It will be a drive-by event.  Due to Covid restrictions, please do not exit your vehicles and please wear a mask.  You will be given the materials for your student.  Please see the attached map with driving directions. 
If you are unable to attend, you may pick up your student's items by stopping by the Sakai office weekdays from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
RAISING RESILIENCE
CONNECTIONS CAFE (by Raising Resilience) is a FREE virtual Cafe to help our parenting community come together (while keeping their distance) to process and implement the shift in our daily lives during the pandemic.
Sessions happen monthly and topics and guest speakers vary.
Up next: Parent Self-Care on Tuesday, November 17th at Noon.
Register (for free) at https://www.raisingresilience.org/connectionscafe to receive the zoom link.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
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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@bisd.303.org.
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CALENDAR

NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 9 - 20 - LIBRARY BOOK FAIR
NOVEMBER 20 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
NOVEMBER 20 - CLASSROOM MATERIALS PICK UP 10 AM - 3 PM
NOVEMBER 26 - 27 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER
DECEMBER 2 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
DECEMBER 9 - SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKES
DECEMBER 11 - SPIRIT DAY - HAT DAY
DECEMBER 11 - CLASSROOM MATERIALS PICKUP 10 AM - 3 PM
DECEMBER 18 - PTO MEETING
DECEMBER 21 - JANUARY 1 - WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

November 26th - 27th

Thanksgiving Break

No School