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Picture Re-Take Day is Wednesday, October 29
Sacajawea Community Letter

Dear Sacajawea Community,

The Sacajawea Staff and I appreciated your attendance at Curriculum Night last Thursday.  This event helps introduce all of the members of our community to each other at the beginning of the year.  The Parent Partnership Conferences and Curriculum Night are two features at Sacajawea that help you to gain an eye into the classroom and school your child spends time in every day.

This week’s highlight is our Career Ladder Teachers.  This year we have 3 Career Ladder Teachers, Chrissy Jackson, Deb Sherwood and Mary Mills.  In addition to their roles teaching students, they are also working to provide support, resources, mentoring, and professional development to teachers.  This summer, these three amazing professionals attended the district’s Summer Leadership Institute with me.  This week, we met together again to plan how this excellent resource most effectively.

Here at Sacajawea, we love serving your children.  Our goal is to help them to become the best human beings they can be.  We do this through academics, social skills instruction, and experiences in the arts.  Working together, I know that we can continue to make Sacajawea a wonderful place for students to learn and grow.

In Partnership

Rachel Friesen
District Policy on Excused/Unexcused Absences
What absences can be excused?

Unplanned absences:  when your child's personal illness or injury, or the illness, injury or death of a family member, prevents your child from attending school, and you notify the school within 48 hours of the absences.  The school may require a note from your child's doctor if your child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number of days (10 or more during a school year) before excusing those absences.

Five days of a trip for a funeral can be excused.

Planned absences

When you submit a request to the principal at least school days before the start of the planned absence, usually for a doctor or dentist appointment, religious holiday, or a special one-time event of a day or two.  The school principal has the final say on whether your planned absence will be excused.

Absences due to disciplinary actions such as suspensions of your child are excused on District attendance records.

What absences are not excused?

Vacations and trips are not excused when school is in session.  Families should plan vacations and family travel for when school is not in session.  Going to another city, state or country to visit family or friends won't be excused.  Extra days before or after school holidays are not excused.

Missed assignments

We require your student to complete missed assignments.  It is up to the parent/guardian to make sure you receive the classroom work from the teacher and have your child complete it.  For more information about state and district attendance policies, see this link:

Parking and Student Safety
In order to ensure student safety, we are asking that no one enter or exit the parking lot between 8:20 and 8:50 AM, and between 2:40 and 3:10 PM.  This will be safer for students who are entering and leaving the playground, and walking to and from busses.  Please park on nearby streets if you need to come and go during those times.

Free & Reduced Meal Benefits
Families must complete a new application for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits each year.  If you have not completed and submitted a new application by Wednesday, October 15, your students will be charged full price for school meals.  For more information, go to:

Advance Learning Packets
The packets are available in the school office.
Student Release Procedures
Classroom teachers will walk ALL students to the lower playground and teachers will make sure all students are released to the appropriate person.  Any student not picked up after 10 minutes will be brought to the school office.

Bus riders will be released from the playground to go directly to their busses.  Students will line up outside the bus door until invited onto the bus by the driver.

Driver parent pick-up:  teachers will send students from the playground to Deb Olson at the back entrance of the school.

Students going to the Boys and Girls Club or to after school activities will be released to go from the playground.  Boys and Girls Club will meet children and check them in; students will walk to after school clubs and classes.

Students who walk home independently can be released from the lower playground.  They need to walk home, not stay and play on the playground.
Walking To Sacajawea
Walking to Sacajawea?  Please take a look at this important safety information about construction along the pedestrian bridge route.

The Seattle School District has implemented new rules and requirements for volunteering.  Please note that every school volunteer (Sacajawea family member or community member) must complete the following three requirements annually:

1)  Complete the WATCH background check form:

2)  Read the Seattle School District Volunteer Policy:

3)  Read the "Volunteer Handbook."  It is located on the right hand side of the linked page below.  Sign pages 18 & 19 and return them to the Sacajawea school office.

Additionally, volunteers who are community members (not Sacajawea parents) should complete the Volunteer Application located on the right hand side of this page:

One time only for all volunteers:  Complete the online video course "Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention"
using the link below.  Sign and print the "Award of Excellence" at the end of the course and turn in to school office.

Please contact the school office if you have any questions:  206-252-5550.

Quick Link For Seattle Public Schools Volunteers
November 2014 Parent Teacher Conferences
Families:  please make a note about Sacajawea's Parent Teacher Conference Schedule in November, 2014.  Staff will vote in August about which days are conference days, but they have traditionally been on the Saturday, Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day.  We want to alert parents to this schedule so that you won't schedule out-of-town vacation plans and miss being able to attend your student's conference.
Eckstein Middle School Open House
For prospective 6th grade students and their parents:  Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 6 - 8 PM.

Upcoming Events
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Sacajawea Daily Schedule

7:30 - School office opens
8:25 - Playground supervision & school breakfast
8:40 - School begins
8:45 - Tardy bell rings
11:40 - 12:15 - Primary lunch, recess
12:10 - 12:45 - Intermediate lunch, recess
2:50 - School day ends

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September 9, 2014

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