SAKAI INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
COHO CONNECTION
04/26/21
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Sakai Families,
I think you are a true Northwesterner if you felt a sense of joy with the rain returning this weekend. It was an amazing couple of weeks of weather for our Cherry Blossom Festival though, and we really enjoyed the extra time outside.

We are busy planning for fall and what next year will look like at Sakai. As I’m sure you read in the BISD newsletter, we are committed to bringing students back full time and returning to a more typical year. At Sakai, one aspect of a typical year would be students first experience with a Band class if they elect to do so. For the few weeks leading up to Spring Break we asked your interest in enrolling your student in Band for the 21-22 school year. Due to the positive response we received from families, I am excited to announce that Band will be happening next year at Sakai.

Band is now happening at both Woodward and Bainbridge Island High School following current safety protocols. Of course, we will also be conducting Band class following all guidance from the Kitsap Health Department, CDC and District Officials. 

At this time, for staffing and scheduling purposes, we really need an accurate count of interested students.

Families of 5th-grade students, if you are interested in band:

1.  Check out the Google Slide presentation: https://bit.ly/3liVHiu

2.  Read "Beginning Band at Sakai Fall 2021": https://bit.ly/3lnWga

This document provides specific information about each instrument as well as guidance how to choose the right instrument for you.

3.  After reading through this information, checking out the videos, and discussing this wonderful opportunity together, please use the linked form below to register by the end of the day on Monday, May 31st.

4.  Registration Link: https://forms.gle/6mgjCyuDpSXyBQct5
Have a wonderful week, Sakai!

Drew
YEARBOOK PHOTOS
2020-21 Sakai Yearbook Photos - Deadline is April 26th!

We need photos of your kids! Please submit photos from the first Day of School (at home and at school), Halloween, learning via Zoom, playing in the snow, working on Science, Music, Art, Library, PE and any other photos that show your student's school day from the 2020-21 school year. 
Use the link below.  Please also add a photo tag, which you can select from the drop down space after you add your photo.  Be sure to list your student's name, grade, teacher name and activity in the photo.  
BIKE TO SCHOOL
2021 Bike to School Event
Starting on May 3rd and continuing on every in-person school day in the month of May, students will be encouraged to travel to and from school using non-motorized means of transportation. Travel may be door-to-door from home to school, but it may also be from the satellite drop-off and pick-up spots at such as Island Church on Sportsman. While we cannot have the traditional volunteers we would normally, adults are encouraged to accompany their student on their ride.

Students attending class online will be encouraged to engage in meaningful outdoor exercise.

On every Thursday in May, there will be a special theme. On those days students will have the added encouragement of kicking their commutes into high gear by draping themselves in clothing, colors, hairstyles, and accouterments that have a specific focus. This year’s themes will include Favorite Team/Color Day, Favorite Character Day, Inside Out Day, Decade Day. The order and ideas for these days will be announced to students on the broadcast.

Students will be asked to complete an online Google Form every day in May when they take part in non-motorized travel to and from school. They can also let us know if a parent or guardian participated with them. Those forms will be logged and tracked. Participants (yes, even adults) will become eligible for prizes based on the frequency of participation day in and day out and quality of participation on the Thursday theme days. Prizes will vary but include traditional Sakai Bike to School Day t-shirts and gift certificates to island businesses.

All students that wish to participate need to have a signed consent form returned to the office. Students should stay tuned to the Sakai Broadcast for more information and promotion of human-powered transportation.

Many thanks to Squeaky Wheels and local businesses for their support of fun and healthy habits.
SAKAI SPIRIT
This month the following students were honored for outstanding spirit: 

Jorie Coleman
Halle Morgan
Yara Reddy
Emma Terp
These students received a certificate for a pizza lunch.  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.
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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@bisd303.org.
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CALENDAR
APRIL
APRIL 26 - VISION & HEARING SCREENING
APRIL 30 - PTO MEETING 9:15

MAY
MAY 6, 13, 20 & 27 - BIKE TO SCHOOL RIDES
MAY 20 - SPIRIT DAY - FAVORITE COLOR DAY
MAY 20 - TALENT SHOW WEBINAR
MAY 28 - PTO MEETING 9:15 AM
MAY 31 - MEMORIAL DAY - NO SCHOOL
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