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Picture Re-Take Day is Wednesday, November 12

Sacajawea Community Letter

Dear Sacajawea Community,

One of the highlights of last week for me was walking to school with a group of students on our Walk to School Day last Wednesday.  It was a pleasant time for chatter and friendships as we walked along in the fresh air.  It was great to see so many students and families participating in this fun event.

Last week, I introduced the four questions from Richard and Rebecca DuFour.  These four questions help guide our decision making and improve our instructional practices to create the best environment for excellence for every student.  This week I'll highlight the first question:  What do we expect our students to learn?

When we ask this question, our answers help us to align our curriculum from classroom to classroom and from one grade level to the next.  In addition, if we have a measuring stick for what students are required to know and be able to do, students, parents, staff and community members will all know what the learning targets are, and work together to help students to meet those targets.

Resources we use to help us answer this question are the Common Core State Standards, our text books and assessments, and our professional expertise.  At this time the staff is beginning to work together to align our math instruction.  This will be a process throughout this year of working together as a staff to make sure that we can guarantee what students will leave each classroom knowing and being able to do, and what the next grade level up can expect students to bring with them into that grade level.

I'm excited about working together with all of our community to continue to make Sacajawea a wonderful place for students to learn and grow.

In Partnership

Rachel Friesen

November Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule
November Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held as follows:
Tuesday, November 18, 3 - 7 PM
Thursday, November 20, 3 - 7 PM
Monday, November 24, 7:40 - 3:10
Tuesday, November 25, 7:40 - 3:10 

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.
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.

Quick Link For Seattle Public Schools Volunteers
Eckstein Middle School Open House
For prospective 6th grade students and their parents:  Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 6 - 8 PM.
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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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