SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
 11/02/20
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Sakai Families,

Happy November! It was great seeing so many of you at school photos and material pick up last week. Even if it was brief, it was nice to touch base in person and have students on campus. Last week BISD announced that the decision to pivot to the Hybrid Model is on pause until January. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on providing an engaging and rigorous learning environment in our Continuous Learning Model. However, I want to start providing information about our Hybrid Model so you have a thorough understanding for when we make that transition.

Once in the Hybrid Model, our school day at Sakai will be from 8:05 to 3:25. The expanded day allows for transition, lunch and cleaning to take place between the AM and PM cohorts. Monday through Thursday, students will be learning on campus for a portion of their day and asynchronously for the other portion. Students have a designation of either AM or PM for in-person learning. On Fridays, no students will be on campus and all learning will be remote. Here is a look at our Monday through Thursday schedule for both an AM and PM student in the Hybrid Model:
While at school in the Hybrid Model students will have lessons in core academic areas as well as class meetings and time for Social Emotional Learning. Students will stay with their cohort in their homeroom and teachers will move from room to room. While on campus students will need to wear a mask and stay socially distanced.

During the asynchronous portion of their day, students will work on assignments from class, enrichment tasks and independent work. Students may also receive support services, as needed.

Although January may seem like a long way off, it will be here before we know it. I encourage you to read the information in BISD’s Return to Learn Handbook, and share it with your child. This is a great resource for both families and students. I will continue to provide information relating to our Hybrid Model each week in the newsletter.
My goal is that we are all well informed and ready to make the transition.  Please reach out with any questions you may have.

Have a wonderful week Sakai!

Drew

COUNSELOR'S CORNER
From the School Counselor

This month we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th.  There will be segments honoring Veterans on the morning Broadcast leading up to Veterans Day.  On Friday, November 6th, during COHO time students will participate in an activity where they will put together a red Poppy in memory of someone who served our country.  The material for this activity is in the materials bag you picked up on Friday the 30th.  When students have completed this activity on November 6th, please drop your Poppy in a box at Sakai during school hours if you would like it displayed on a large flag in the front window at Sakai. The poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.

I am amazed to realize that it is already November. As I shared in an earlier newsletter, I really enjoy this time of year.  The season of Fall is so beautiful with the changing of the leaves and the cool crisp morning air. My office at school has a beautiful view of the trees in the parking lot whose leaves are all bright red this time of year.  The season of Fall is a visual reminder of things changing. 

Action for Happiness has put out a calendar for November that I will share here - New Ways November.  It seems like we are all doing our best to move forward and work through situations that are difficult and out of our control.  Trying out new things can actually boost our well-being. When we open up to new ideas, it helps us stay curious and engaged. It can also bring a sense of accomplishment and help to boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are so many ways to learn new things and this month we're encouraging everyone to find new and creative ways to overcome our frustrating situations.

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 on Thursday, November 12th.  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 COMING SOON!
Monday, November 9 - Sunday, November 22 
Discover a world of books!  Join us in celebrating a love of reading.
A percentage of all sales go to support Sakai library.
Books will ship to Sakai after our eFair is complete. We expect the books to arrive the first week in December. A message will go out to families with pick up information.         
PTO NEWS
We are still in need of a few more volunteers to lead student discussion groups via Zoom for our annual Sakai Reads event this Thursday, November 5th!

Do you have an hour to spare on Thursday, from 10:00-11:00am for our school-wide book group event? It's a great opportunity to sit and listen to our kids - to hear their thoughts and ideas and to understand a bit more about the 5th and 6th grade perspective on life. (For more information, see the Sakai Reads home page.)

Are you available and willing to lead a student group? If so, we can provide you with a copy of the book, a list of discussion questions, and an optional activity. Please sign up via the link below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4fafab22a0f85-sakai 

*Please note that you must currently be a District-approved volunteer; to sign up or renew your volunteer status, please visit the BISD Volunteer page.

DISTRICT NEWS
Before winter weather comes our way, we are testing our Emergency Notification System to make sure we can contact you if the need arises. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, we will test our Emergency Notification System. Among other things, this system is used to alert you to weather-related or time-sensitive delays and closures. We will test all aspects of the system — phone, email and text (you must first opt-in to receive texts, see below for instructions.) STAFF & GUARDIANS: If you do NOT receive the test messages on Wednesday, Nov. 4, please contact Erin Bischoff at ebischoff@bisd303.org

STAFF, PARENTS & GUARDIANS: Please login to Skyward and verify that your contact information is current by clicking on the Account link in the top right corner. If you need to make changes, please update the information and click "save".

ENROLLING IN TEXT ALERTS*: 
If you haven't enrolled to receive texts via our notification system, using your cell phone, please text Y to the code 67587. (Or, if you've changed your mind and no longer wish to receive texts, text N to the code 67587). You must enroll in the system to receive texts from BISD. 
Tell your friends, family and neighbors! BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitutes. 

Part of BISD's reopening plan includes growing our pool of awesome substitute staff. Please consider helping out during this most challenging time — you will also be making a difference in the lives of children.
Interested in joining our team of substitutes? Learn about the application process and what being a substitute entails at our Substitute Informational Webinar. 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-5 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
WHAT: Please join BISD's Human Resources team and district personnel for a webinar where we will share the ins and outs of being a substitute. There are two types of substitute positions: Substitute Teachers & Substitute Support Staff. Both positions offer a flexible schedule. 
R.S.V.P: Please complete this form with your contact information and we will send you the Zoom link prior to Nov. 19. 
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
Free Access for 5th Graders

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!
For community activities of interest to students and families, click the button below.
Community Events


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 4 - STUDENT COUNCIL 11:05 AM
NOVEMBER 5 - SAKAI READS 10-11 AM
NOVEMBER 6 - 5TH GRADE VIRTUAL ART TOUR OF SAKAI
NOVEMBER 9 - 20 - LIBRARY BOOK FAIR
NOVEMBER 11 - VETERAN'S DAY - NO SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 13 - SPIRIT DAY - CRAZY HAIR DAY
NOVEMBER 20 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
NOVEMBER 26 - 27 - THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

November 11th

Veteran's Day

No School