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    June 21, 2018

    Hi Everyone,
    It’s hard to believe this is my last letter to you this school year.  Thanks, everyone, for making Sacajawea a great place for kids to learn and grow!  Best wishes to our fifth graders as they move on to middle school and to those of you who are moving to other schools and places. 
    Looking forward to seeing the rest of you in September!
    -Rachel Friesen, Principal


    Paid Hourly Positions Available at Sacajawea next year
    School Volunteer Coordinator
    Interested in a part time job that will help bring volunteers to Sacajawea?  Please apply for our Volunteer Coordinator Position. The job description is attached here.  This position works a few hours during our Jump Start – August 20th – 24th, and starts regular hours when school starts in September.  10 hours per week.  $15.00/hour.  Additional hours may be available for tutoring and/or supervision duties.  
    Please send a Resume and Cover letter to Rachel Friesen at no later than 5 Pm on Friday, June 29th.  Interviews will be conducted in late July or early August for this position. 

    Hourly Tutors
    We are seeking to add two hourly tutors for the 2018-19 school year.  At Sacajawea, hourly tutors assist teachers in serving individuals or small groups of students with learning needs.  They may be assigned to our Reading Specialist or to classrooms or grade levels.  They also assist with recess supervision.  Tutors typically start work the second or third week of school, and can work up to 19 hours per week at $15.00 per hour.  If interested, Please send a Resume and Cover letter to Rachel Friesen at no later than 5 Pm on Friday, June 29th.  Interviews will be conducted in late July or early August for these positions.

    June 21, 2018
    Tomorrow ~ Last day of school for 2017–2018 school year

    First Day of School:

    • 1st – 5th graders - Wednesday, September 5th
    • Kindergarteners - Monday, September 10th
    • PreSchool - Monday, September 17th

    Outstanding Teacher, Golden Acorn and Sac SHINE Award Winners
    At the ice cream social on Tuesday night, we honored several important people in our Sacajawea community.  Congratulations to our Outstanding Teacher 2018 Award winner  Sharon Rings.  Sharon has been teaching at Sacajawea for 13 years.  She has championed our arts program and serves as a member of the arts and culture committee.  Sharon is an amazing teacher and we are so thankful for all that she has done for our students and school.

    We would also like to recognize a previous Outstanding Teacher award winner (circa 2014) - Jesse Dickerson. Mr. D. has brought so much to Sacajawea as a 4th/5th grade teacher and we will miss him immensely when he moves to JAMS next year.  Mr. D. led our amazing 4th/5th spring musical, played (and wrote part of) our Sacajawea song at every Monday morning assembly and has made a meaningful impact on every student he came in contact with. Good luck, Mr. D!

    Three Golden Acorn Awards were given to our PTA volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to Sacajawea.

    • Charlene Shanahan – co-chairs our equity committee, put on an amazing auction/spring fundraiser event, coordinated teacher appreciation week, volunteers in the classroom and at just about every other Sac PTA event.  Thank you, Charlene!
    • Amy Oakley – led our grants team and successfully secured funds from Windemere, Safe Routes to School and our technology grant which gave us new computers for our 3rd-5th graders!  Amy coordinated an amazing Arts Fest this year and will be greatly missed next year. 
    • Irit Shechtman – Has been working hard behind the scenes at Sacajawea for the past 7 years.  She has made sure both of the Distinct classrooms have all that they need.  She picks up the Food Bank donations every Friday for our Packs for Kids and donates her time and financial support whenever Sac has asked.  Good luck to you and Yonatan at JAMS next year!

    A special Sacajawea SHINE Award was presented to Ann Schlossman.  Ann has been a constant point of support and an advocate for our school and students for many years.  While her time as volunteer coordinator is coming to an end, she will continue to be an important part of our community as PTA Secretary and Field Day Diva.   
    Honorable Mentions – thank you for all you do!!

    • James and Shelby Buchanan
    • Rosa Rodriguez
    • Matt Walker
    • Janet Schertzinger
    • Web Pierce
    • Ara Swanson-Merkens
    • Laura Riley
    • Rowell Llanillo
    • Claudine Miller
    • Gretchen Smith
    • Equity Team
    • Kindergarten and New Sac Parents –Lori Phipps, Dana Robinson Slote, Jennifer Sunami, Katherine Delo Jones and Craig Jones, Emily Hull, Karla Sclater, Mimi Fontenelle, Barb Steffens and Mark Rieder

    PTA News

    2018-2019 PTA Leadership
    Introducing your 2018-2019 PTA Executive Board:

    • Ara Swanson Merkens – co-chair
    • Matt Walker – co-chair
    • Ann Schlossman – Secretary
    • Laura Riley – Treasurer

    We still have positions available, so please reach out if you are interested in getting more involved!

    Gold Membership Award
    The Sacajawea PTA received the Washington State Gold Membership Award for a 10% increase in PTA membership from the previous year.  Thank you PTA members!!
    PTA Treasurer Request - Get Your Receipts and Invoices In!
    The PTA’s books close at the end of June along with the school year, so if you have been holding onto any receipts that need reimbursing, please get them into Laura Riley (, as soon as possible.  (Anything not submitted before June 30th becomes a donation to the PTA.)  There is a form for reimbursement you can fill out and leave in the office (in the files under the teacher mailboxes, just look for the Treasurer folder) or feel free to email Laura directly, to get it figured out.  (Similarly, please cash your checks as soon as you receive them so everything hits this year’s budget.)  Thanks!

    Gift Card Buy Back to Support Summer Reading
    The PTA received gift cards from several local business to support the Summer Reading Program. We are selling these below face value in order to buy specific books for kids who may be at risk for losing some of their reading skills over the summer. Please contact Laura Riley ( if you are interested in these items (or would like to make an offer). First to claim each gets the card! Laura will coordinate getting you the gift card before the end of school. (Cash, checks - made out to the PTA or venmo will work for the transaction.)
    Let's get these last couple gift cards purchased!

    • $175 ($260 value) - Seattle Gymnastics Academy birthday party package: Free 1 hour and 45 min birthday party for 10 kids - 1 hour on the gym floor and 45 mins in the party area. Good at Lake City, Ballard or Columbia City locations.
    • $125 ($250 value) - 2-night stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel (Lynnwood)

    Help us get money for books and you get gift cards to give as gifts or for places that you spend money at anyway. Win-win!


    Yearbooks were given to students yesterday (Wednesday). We still have a few available for purchase - Cost is $20. Contact the office 206-252-5550

    Parent Equity Team News and Upcoming Events


    1. Seattle Pride Parade. Jun 24 from 11:00am–3:00pm. Free.
      2. Dragon Mama. June 21–24 at 18th & Union: an arts space. $15–$25.

      3. Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility. June 28 at 7:00pm at the Central Library. Free.

      4. Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival. June 29-July 1 at SIFF. $10-$12.

      5. Pop-up Mini BREAKS" Breakdancing for Kids Class. Saturdays through Jun 30 at Washington Hall. $15.

      6. The Cat Returns. Saturdays through Jun 30 at the Capitol Theater Olympia. $4-$7; kids 12 and under free.

      7. Seattle International Butoh Festival. July 5-15, various.

      8. Polish Festival. July 7 at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

      9. Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations. July 8 at 6:00pm at Shoreline Library. Free.

      10. Japan Fair. July 7-8 at the Meydenbauer Center. Free.

      11. Dragon Festival. July 14-15 in the ID. Free.

      12. Seafair Pow Wow. July 20-22 at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Free July 20; $5 July 21-22.

      13. Bon Odori Festival. July 21-22 at Seattle Buddhist Church. Free.

      14. Northwest Folklife. July 21 and Aug 18 from 1:00pm–3:00pm at the Crossroads Market Stage. Free.

      15. Anandamela. July 28-29 at Redmond City Hall. Free.

      16. Pista Sa Nayon. July 29 at Seward Park. Free.

      17. The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington. July 29 at  2:00pm at Schack Art Center Everett. Free.

      18. Umoja Fest. Aug 3-5. Free.

      19. Iranian Festival. Aug 11 at the Seattle Center. Free.

      20. Northwest Native Festival. Aug 11 at the Washington State History Museum. $11-$14.

      21. Chief Seattle Days. 
      Aug 16-19 in Suquamish. Free.

      BrasilFest. Aug 19 at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

      23. Tibet Fest. Aug 25-26 at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

      24. Chinatown I.D. Night Market. Sep 8 from 4:00pm–12:00am. Free.

      25. Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Sep 9 at the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

      26. Double Exposure. Through Sep 9 at SAM. $25.

      27. Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies. Through Sep 23 at the Frye. Free.

    District News

    Community News


    Safe routes to school: proposed pedestrian improvements in Maple Leaf need your help!

    Hello Sacajaweans,

    A proposal for a new crosswalk to be installed across 15th Avenue NE at NE 85th Street here in Maple Leaf has made the “your city your vote” ballot. These are neighborhood nominated projects that are of import and the top three vote getters in each City Council district have the opportunity to get city backing and funding. If you are so inclined to vote for a crosswalk at 15th Ave NE and 85th (The ONLY Maple Leaf based project on the entire city list) here is how:


    1. via the web browser on your cell phone visit:

    2. click “vote now” and verify your phone number, then enter your confirmation code that is texted to you. Then hit “confirm.”

    3. fill in your name (email is optional), check the box that you are over the age of 13 then click “proceed.”

    4. scroll through the project list (you can vote for up to three) and select:


      4H. Maple Leaf Crossing (Project #18-425): Crossing Improvements at 15th Ave NE and NE 85th St . Neighborhood: Maple Leaf)


      Then scroll to the bottom of the list and click ”submit my vote” then “next.” You are all done voting when you get to the “privacy notice” screen. 


      Note: you can also vote via paper ballot at local libraries such as the Northeast Branch Library located at 6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. The Northgate and Lake City branches have the paper ballots for Dist 5 projects but this Maple Leaf crosswalk project is on the Dist 4 ballot. 


      Questions can be directed to:



      Lara Sim

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