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News and Events

Free Full Day Kindergarten at Sacajawea Next Year

Dear Sacajawea Community,

I am excited to be able to announce that Sacajawea will be able to offer free full-day Kindergarten beginning this fall.

As you may know, Washington State only funds half-day kindergarten for most schools.  The state, however, makes an exception for schools in which at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  For those schools, the state covers full-day kindergarten.

In Seattle Public Schools, the district has been able to cover additional schools using Learning Assistance Program (LAP) dollars.  LAP funding has been applied to schools in which at least 25% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals.  In the 2014 - 2015 school year, for example, the district has been able to use LAP funding to offer free full day kindergarten in 17 additional schools, but Sacajawea did not qualify.

In the 2015 - 16 school year, the Learning Assistance Program funding threshold has been dropped to 20%.  Due to changes in our student population and the new threshold, Sacajawea Elementary now qualifies for the Learning Assistance Program funding.  This means families who would like their children to attend full-day kindergarten at Sacajawea will not have to pay during the 2015 - 2016 school year.

Please go to the Admissions tab at seattleschools.org or http://tinyurl.com/SPSKenrollment to learn more about kindergarten enrollment and find contact information for Enrollment Serivces.

I am excited to be able to share this news with our community, and encourage you to share it with anyone you know who may have a kindergartener interested in coming to Sacajawea.  Though the open enrollment period has ended, you may still request to attend Sacajawea when enrolling your child.

In Partnership

Rachel Friesen

Information About Smarter Balanced Assessments
Please go to this link for information about the new Smarter Balanced Assessments starting this Spring for students in Grades 3, 4 & 5:

http://tinyurl.com/SBACSeattle

Click here for Principal Friesen's letter to the community about the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Seattle Public Schools has produced a video designed to help families understand Smarter Balanced and view portions of the test format:

https://youtube/sDvHFFEytis?list=PLd1qfjKjaOxTbw7Zsk4nauEeDsFTp11XG





Sacajawea Spring 2015 Enrichment Classes
Enrollment for the next session of After School Enrichment classes is soon to open.  Classes run for six weeks:  April 21 through May 26.

Enrollment options:


Sacajawea School Tours
We welcome visitors on Monday mornings.  Begin with us at our Monday Morning Assembly, have a tour of the campus and have your questions answered by Volunteer Coordinator Ann Schlossman.  Please phone the school office to let us know you are planning a Monday morning visit, 206-252-5550.  We are unable to provide classroom visits on these days in order to limit classroom disruptions.

Community Meetings About Growth Boundaries
Seattle Public Schools is holding community meetings to provide information about the changes that will be made to attendance area boundaries for 2015-2016.

To see the proposed changes and for the community meeting schedule, please go to:  http://bit.ly/GrowthBoundaries.

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:  http://tinyurl.com/SPSAttendance

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.
Walking To Sacajawea
Walking to Sacajawea?  Please take a look at this important safety information about construction along the pedestrian bridge route.


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.

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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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