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    January 18, 2018

    No School – Wednesday, 1/31 – Day between Semesters

    Dear Sacajawea Families,

    Next month, our Sacajawea Racial Equity Team will be hosting a Saturday event about Kids and Race with speaker, Jason Frelot. This event will be free to Sacajawea Families.  This powerful workshop will include activities for both adults and children.  The activities will help us to learn how the stories we unintentionally tell our children can cause negative views of people of color that detrimentally affect both white children and children of color and how to talk to our children about race in ways that help to change the negative narratives our children hear.  I am planning to attend.  I hope to see your family there!  Please see the Equity News items below for information about this very important event.

    In Partnership, Rachel Friesen

    Supervision Hours at Sacajawea - In recent weeks, we have had an increasing number of children coming to school before supervision begins at 7:40 AM.  Our office and teaching staff are not able to provide child care outside of scheduled supervision times.  Please be considerate of their time and do not bring or send children to school before 7:40 AM.  

    Parent Equity Team News and Upcoming Events: 

    Thanks to all the Sac families that made it out to the MLK March on Monday! It was a wonderful to see so much Sacajawea pride, and community unity. Share your photos on the Sacajawea PTA Facebook page:

    1. Good for a Change Refugee Welcome Gift Assembly. Tonight (Jan 18), 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at University Lutheran Church. Make cards and/or bring welcoming gifts for refugees joining the Seattle community. Free.

    2. Cocktails & Karaoke for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Tonight (Jan 18) at 7 pm at Kona Kitchen. Belt out tunes and imbibe spirits with 10% of food and drink sales donated to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Free, RSVP required.

    3. BLACK Imagination: The States of Matter. Closing tonight (Jan 18) at CORE Gallery. Technology and storytelling create a dialogue around black joy, wellness, and creativity.

    4. Zohra Opoku: Harmattan Tales. Jan 19-Mar 17 at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. German Ghanaian artist Zohra Opoku's multimedia and photography give a glimpse into Muslim women's lives in Accra through their dress. Free.

    5. A Thousand Cranes. Jan 20-Feb 3 at SecondStory Repertory, Redmond. The true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the small city of Hiroshima, where she lived. $12.

    6. Zhi Lin: Confronting History, Retrieving Memory. Closing Jan 21 at Prographica / KDR. Explore themes of Chinese immigration. Free.

    7. Resist: A Pop-Up Exhibition and Artist Book Launch. Jan 21 from 1-4 pm; exhibit through Jan 28 at BONFIRE. Ellen Sollod's projects aim to stoke resistance and spread empathy on the anniversary of the Womxn's March. Free.

    8. Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. Jan 24 at 7:30 pm at NAAM. Charles Waters performs poetry and converses with writer and activist Reagan Jackson to explore the complex feelings that children navigate around identity and race. $5.

    9. Children's International Film Festival Opening Gala. Jan 25 from 7:00 pm–10:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. Come as your favorite character from any Miyazaki film, and compete in a costume contest with special prizes! $9–$14.

    10Kids and Race Workshop—Changing the Narrative hosted by Sacajawea Elementary. Feb 10, 1-4 pm. This powerful workshop uses a combination of lecture and open discussion to show how the stories we unintentionally tell our children can cause negative views of people of color that detrimentally affect both white children and children of color.  Kids and Race empowers adults and children to take responsibility for dismantling racism through conversation and action.  Separate adult and children programs will be offered. Free for Sacajawea families. Space is limited so please RSVP to Sac parent Jennifer Sunami at to reserve your spot! Please include number of adults and kids attending.

    11. Next Equity Team meeting:

    Wednesday, Feb 7 @ 6 pm, in the Library 

    Want more info about the team? Contact Sac parents:

    Kattie Jones or Charlene Shanahan

    PTA News- January 18, 2018


    • Friday, January 19 - Sacajawea Math and Science Committee – 8 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle, WA 98115, For more information, contact
    • Thursday, January 25 - PTA General Meeting- 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. in the school library 
    • Friday, February 2 - Save the Date for the Spaghetti Dinner & Movie Night- at 6 p.m. at Sacajawea

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Sacajawea Elementary School Tours 2018-

    Mondays January 22, 29 and February 5th at 8:10 a.m.

    We are excited for another year of welcoming prospective families! This year, Sacajawea is offering 3 Monday morning tours. Please sign in at the front office then watch our all school assembly in the Cafeteria, finally tour the campus lead by our Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Schlossman (

    RSVP for tours by calling 206 252 5550

    Kindergarten Information Night February 2nd, 6-8 p.m. 

    Our big Kindergarten Information Night is on February 2nd, 6-8 p.m.  We are offering a spaghetti dinner and a movie, starting at 6 pm.  Come and enjoy a meal with school staff, current students and families.  At 6:30 p.m., while your children watch a movie in the gym with staff and families, prospective parents view the kindergarten classrooms, meet staff and have Q & A with our Principal Rachel Friesen.

    RSVP by clicking this link: or by calling our school office 206 252 5550.

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    Community News

    Looking ahead to summer: LEEP – Summer program for 5th Graders Lakeside Education Enrichment Program – Four Weeks Summer 2018 -for information contact –

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