Hello Sakai Families,

Thank you so much everyone who has signed up to participate in our annual Coho Run fundraiser! I am so thankful and humbled by your support. This will be the last week to get involved. If you haven’t done so, please register here. Our school identifier code is:5d3747f18557e. You can find more information from our PTO below. While our PTO budget is significantly reduced from a typical year, funds raised will be used for:
  • Classroom supplies needed to ensure students are not sharing materials.
  • On-line subscriptions needed to support student learning at home and at school.
  • Fun experiences that foster community, such as virtual assemblies
  • We know this is a difficult year for families. So we are waiving fees we would normally charge, such as planners and yearbooks. Donations would help offset these costs.
Each donation gets students an entry in the raffle drawing for gift certificates to local businesses. Also, during our fundraiser students have been challenged to be physically active for 200 minutes. We have had so many students already complete this challenge in the first week. And, in a wide variety of ways. Students that reach the goal will have their name written in front of the school next to a Coho stencil. 

Important Reopening Information

At the last School Board Meeting it was decided that if the Kitsap Public Health data and BISD logistics were in order, hybrid schedules could start for students in a roll out schedule. Today it was determined that it is safe to do so. 
The tentative schedule for bringing back hybrid students will follow this schedule:
  • Grades K-1: Nov. 9
  • Grades 2-4: Nov. 23
  • Grades 5-6: Dec. 7
  • Grades 7-8: Jan or second semester
  • Grades 9-12: Second semester

Of course, we will monitor Kitsap Public Health data closely. Please continue to look for communication from our school district and myself regarding reopening plans and information.  

While we are excited about the potential to move to a hybrid schedule, for now we continue to focus on supporting our students in the Continuous Learning Model. I am so proud of our staff and students! They have fostered authentic learning communities despite all the challenges. And families, as a father of two elementary students, I know how difficult this has been. We could not do it without you. Please know we appreciate your partnership! 

Have a wonderful week Sakai!


Unity Day: Be an Upstander!

On Unity Day, Wednesday, October 21st, we are asking the Sakai community to wear orange.  On Unity Day, people come together to send one large orange message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

This year, a worldwide pandemic and a growing movement for racial equity and social justice have highlighted the need to unite communities for a better future.

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. 

Students will hear a unique story from Bainbridges history of what it means to be an upstander on Wednesday in the broadcast. On Friday in COHO, students will discuss the importance of being an upstander, as well as hear from BHS students.

To learn more about Unity Day, visit the National Bullying Prevention Centers site.

School photos are an important part of the start of every school year.  Our photographer is scheduled to take school photos over two days using a reservation system. 
WHEN: Two dates and six hours to choose from when making your reservation.
  • Tuesday, October 27th: 3:00-6:00P
  • Wednesday, October 28th: 9:00AM-12:00PM
WHERE: Sakai outside covered play area.  

Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, December 9th.
Wednesday, October 28th, Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th 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.
As of today, we are 1/3 of the way to our $50K goal, with just 1 week left to go!

Thanks so much to those of you who have already registered and donated! You can keep tabs on our progress (, and see how your classroom is doing by visiting the classroom leaderboard page (

We need your continued support!

Donations will support our students and staff during this unprecedented year, whether remotely or in person. While our PTO budget is greatly reduced from a typical year,  funds raised will be used for:

to ensure students are not sharing materials

to support student learning at home and at school

to foster community,
such as virtual assemblies

for items such as student planners and yearbooks

How you can help:

→ REGISTER by visiting, and use our school identifier code 5d3747f18557e. (If you’ve used Get Movin’ before, you can enter previous credentials, and then just join this year’s event, select your homeroom teacher, and take it from there.) Special prizes for the first classrooms to reach 100% registration!

→ RALLY DONATION SUPPORT from friends and family around the world via text, email, and social media. Login and share your student’s webpage. You can also solicit donations offline; those funds (made out to Sakai PTO) can be hand-delivered to the school office or sent via snail mail to 9343 NE Sportsman Club Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

→ BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE! Students will report their minutes of physical activity as part of the Question of the Day. Get to 200 minutes and you’ll become part of the sidewalk salmon run. And there will be a Zoom lunch spirit party hosted by Principal Crandall for all classrooms reaching their collective fitness goal! 

Sakai Reads is our annual, school-wide book group event! This year it's happening via Zoom on Thursday, November 5th from 10:00-11:00am, and we could use a few more volunteers* to lead student discussion groups. 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:

*You must currently be a District-approved volunteer; to sign up or renew your volunteer status, please visit the BISD Volunteer page.
Return to Learn Handbook

In preparation for bringing hybrid students to school, BISD has created a Return to Learn Handbook. The handbook includes a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning.
The handbook includes:
VIDEO: Required steps prior to entering school buildings
VIDEO: Safety measures for riding the bus  Please note: because of the pandemic, BISD is encouraging students to arrive at school via walking, biking or personal vehicle, if at all possible, and leave the seats on the bus to students who need them. 

In addition, the Return to Learn Handbook links to the BISD COVID-19 Safety Handbook for those who wish to dig deeper into the details.
Spanish translated document: Regresar para aprender el manual
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