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Sacajawea Community Letter

Dear Sacajawea Community,

Sacajawea is a busy place!  In addition to our school day, there are many opportunities for students and families to participate outside of school hours.  Here are a few:
  • Tuesday After School:  Yesterday, we began our first set of Tuesday After School classes for the year.  Students participated in art, comic book making, Lego construction, basketball and drama. This set of classes will run through March 17, and another series will be scheduled in the spring.
  • Game Nights:  Last Friday we held our second Family Game Night.  Families brought pot-luck food to share, played games, and helped Ms. Mills with a great Lego project.  Game Nights are a wonderful way to get to know other families in our community, and are fun inexpensive family activities.  The remaining game nights for this year are:  February 20, March 13, April 3 and May 15.
  • PTA:  Our amazing PTA welcomes and encourages every family to become involved.  This Thursday, January 22, at 7 PM at the PTA General Meeting our guest speaker will be Seattle School Board member Sherry Carr, who represents our area on the Seattle School Board.
  • Day of Giving:  On Saturday, February 7, students (ages 6 and older) and their families are encouraged to join us in supporting the Food Lifeline.  See information in this week's Community Newsletter (linked to the right below on this page) for how to sign up.
  • Math and Science Fair:  This annual event will be held on February 12.  This is a great time to learn about life at Sacajawea, see student projects, watch as students test our their designs on our CatEGGpult, and have a meal from Dante's Inferno.

More About MTSS:  Over the last few weeks, I've been using this space to introduce MTSS.  MTSS is a framework designed to accelerate academic and social/emotional learning behaviors for all students through high quality instruction and intervention, curriculum aligned to standards and collaborative decision making using student achievement data.  The framework integrates many of the initiatives within Seattle Public Schools including transition to Common Core State Standards, Professional Growth and Evaluation and Professional Learning Communities.

One component of MTSS is intervention provided to students who need additional help beyond the regular classroom instruction.  At Sacajawea, some intervention is provided inside the classroom.  In addition, our Reading Specialist provides reading intervention for students in Grades 1 through 3 who are reading below grade level.  We also have tutors in each classroom who work alongside teachers to assist them in providing instruction for each student's needs.

In Partnership,

Rachel Friesen, Principal

Sacajawea Winter 2015 Enrichment Classes
Meadowbrook Community Center, in conjunction with Seattle Parks and Recreation, is offering Tuesday After School Enrichment Classes to Sacajawea students.  Click here for the registration packet or you may regsiter online.  Turn in registration packets to the Meadowbrook Community Center.

Sacajawea Kindergarten Tours
Parents of next year's Kindergarten class are invited to tour Sacajawea on Monday, January 26.  Please join us for our Monday Morning Assembly at 9 AM, view the Kindergarten classrooms, and meet Principal Rachel Friesen.

Parents will be able to see the school on the evening of the Sacajawea Math & Science Fair, February 12.  The Kindergarten Open House portion of the evening is from 6 - 6:45.  Families should plan to meet in Kindergarten Room 2 (go to the school office first and staff will direct you) and then will also view Kindergarten Room 5.

Drop-In Visits:  if you are unable to come on January 26 or February 12, we invite you to visit on other 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 Mondays other than January 26, in order to limit classroom interruptions.

Kindergarten Enrollment Nights

Click here for information about Seattle Public Schools Kindergarten Enrollment.
Middle School Open House Dates
For prospective 6th grade students and their parents:

Jane Adams Middle School - Wednesday, January 28, 6:30

Eckstein Middle School - Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 6 - 8 PM.
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:

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.
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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