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Free Full Day Kindergarten at Sacajawea 2015 2016
Sacajawea Kindergarten students will be able to attend full day Kindergarten next year for free.  For more information about Kindergarten enrollment, please go to:

Principal Friesen's Weekly Newsletter

Dear Sacajawea Community,

Last weekend was a busy time here at Sacajawea.  On Friday, it was great to see students, staff members and families out at our Family Dance Night.  This was a fun event that gave us a chance to make connections and spend time together.

On Sunday, I met with a group of Sacajawea alumni.  Many of them were part of the very first class of first graders at Sacajawea.  They graduated from Sacajawea as 6th graders in 1965.  As part of a reunion day, they brought their first grade teacher, Mrs. Ames, and came by for a tour of the school.  I heard lots of great stories, and they were impressed with how well our building has been maintained.

A few weeks ago, I introduced RULER, a new social-emotional learning program we will be introducing to Sacajawea in the fall.  Recently, RULER was the focus of an article in The Seattle Times.  Here is a link:

Thanks for your partnership,

Rachel Friesen

Sacajawea Smarter Balanced Testing Schedule
Here is Sacajawea's schedule for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Please make sure your students are in school, on time and ready to do their best on the assessments!

May 20 & 21:  Grade 4 & 5 Math Assessment

Please note:  these days are scheduled to give students the maximum allowed time for testing; some students will not be testing during the whole testing window.

Seattle Public Schools 2016 Levies
Seattle Public Schools is seeking community input for the 2016 Operations and BTA (Building, Technology and Academics/Athletics) Levy.  Please use the link below to input your ideas:

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:

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:


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.

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.

Quick Link For Seattle Public Schools Volunteers
Please click below to complete the requirements for Seattle Public Schools volunteers:

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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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