BISD
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,
Wow, you are really stepping up! Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped their child participate in our Coho Run fundraiser. As of this morning, we are 47% of the way to our goal. A shout out to Ms. Stoknes’s class for almost having 100% participation already!
We are almost half way to our goal and still have a few weeks left. Every bit helps and we are so grateful for your generosity. Some activities this money will fund are additional recess materials, new Sakai Reads books, math enrichment subscriptions, social study assemblies, and Bike to School incentives. Those really are just a few of the many items our amazing PTO budgeted for this year.

One incentive our PTO has offered for full student participation is to bring Hogwarts to Sakai. This is a fun tradition of decorating the halls of Sakai to look like they are right out of a Harry Potter novel. A team of us will do this the Sunday after the Coho Run, to add a bit of magic to the days leading up to conferences. If you are able to volunteer to help us create this fun environment for our kids, please sign up here. Again, thank you so much for your support!
 
We have many students choosing to ride their bikes to school, which is a wonderful and healthy option. However, I have received some reports from community members expressing concern about our bicyclist’s safety on the roads. Usually, in the spring we play bike safety videos and do some mini lessons on the broadcast leading up to Bike to School Day. To help, we will move some of these lessons up to this fall to enforce safe ridership with our students. If your student rides to school please go over safety rules with them as well. 
A few things to remind our kids:
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic as far over as you safely can
  • Use hand signals and follow rules of the road
  • Be predictable, ride as straight as possible, and don’t swerve in front of cars
  • Ensure cars can see you when you are crossing the road
  • Walk bikes across crosswalks and on the school campus
  • Always wear a helmet, and if possible, wear bright colors
I appreciate your help keeping our kids safe as they transition to and from school.
 
Have a nice week, Sakai!
Drew
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

Counseling Groups
We are fortunate to begin offering small counseling groups at Sakai.  One group we are going to offer is a Changing Families Group beginning in November.  This is a 7 week group focused on the changes that occur as a result of parent separation, divorce or remarriage.  The Changing Family group sessions will occur during lunch. Each session will consist of fun activities and time for discussion.  If you are interested in having your child participate in the Changing Families Group please contact the school counselor.
Beth Hebert
206-780-6506
CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE
Student Chromebook Insurance
Enrollment deadline extended to October 16th.
Parents have the ability to purchase insurance to cover accidental damage to their student's Chromebook.  Information on insurance and the enrollment form are available on the district technology website.  The annual fee easily pays for itself. If you are in need of a scholarship to cover the cost, please contact Mr. Tebo or Ms. Hebert.
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.

SAKAI SPIRIT
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

                   Daphne Jackson
              Aysen Lampa
              Hudson Griffith
              William Ruddick
              Georgiana Becker

These students invited a friend to attend a pizza party with Mr. Crandall. 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, Reasonable, Reliable.
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
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: Substance Abuse Prevention on Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 PM. 

The session is focused on providing parents an overview of community resources regarding prevention and intervention - from the home, to the schools and into the community. 
Register (for free) at https://www.raisingresilience.org/connectionscafe to receive the zoom link.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.

Community Events

CALENDAR


OCTOBER
OCTOBER 12 - 5TH AND 6TH ELA SBA.
OCTOBER 13 - 5TH AND 6TH MATH SBA.
OCTOBER 15 - SPIRIT DAY - 70S DAY 
OCTOBER 19 - 6TH SCIENCE SBA.
OCTOBER 20 - UNITY DAY - WEAR ORANGE
OCTOBER 20 - PTO MEETING 1:30 PM
OCTOBER 28 & 29 - CONFERENCES - 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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