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    Sacajawea Community News

    October 31th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • 60th Anniversary Sock Hop is Nov. 7th at 6 pm.Food, concert, limbo contest, dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome. Hosted by Sacajawea Alumni and our PTA. Sign up to help with the bake sale, too.
    • Tomorrow morning at 8am, Coffee with Principal Friesen.Come enjoy some small-group discussion with Principal Rachel Friesen in the lunchroom right after the first bell.If you have something you’d like to discuss or hear more about, Rachel will take your questions. We’ll serve coffee and pastries, too.
    • The Instrumental Music Concert is rescheduled until January 13th. Please note this change on your calendars, and we hope to see you at our concert in January.
    • Volunteering Opportunities. We have a variety of needs to fill including lunch/recess helpers and a handful of unfilled PTA activities, so scroll down or check out the full list on our volunteering page.
    • Upcoming community events. If you're looking for community-based diversions for the family, check out the collection of community events compiled by our Equity Team.
    • Want to help outsmart the flu!Seattle Public Schools has been invited to participate in the Seattle Flu Study, which is a new effort to understand how flu spreads in our city. Learn more about the Seattle Flu Study.
    A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    First, Theresa Estrada is our new Academic Interventionist. She is a veteran educator who has served students in a variety of capacities in her career. Her first day at Sacajawea is planned for Monday, November 4th. Families will have an upcoming opportunity to meet her in person and learn more about her.

    Second, we’ve also hired a new Instructional Assistant who will serve in our Access program. Kathryn Jacobson is coming to us from Sand Point Elementary school. Her first day at Sacajawea was today.

    In an upcoming Community News, I plan to give both Theresa and Kathryn the opportunity to tell you a little more about themselves, but for now, please join me in saying, Welcome!

    In other news, I’m looking forward to seeing some of you on Friday at our first “Coffee with the Principal” event. I’ll be in the cafeteria with coffee and treats on Friday morning from just after school starts until 9:00 AM. This will be an informal drop-in time to ask and answer questions and get to know each other better. Everyone is welcome!

    In Partnership,

    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Nov 1st: Coffee with Principal Friesen at 8:05 am
    • Nov. 7th: 60th Anniversary Sock Hop @ 6 pm
    • Jan 13th: Instrumental Music Concert [Rescheduled Date]

    Volunteering Opportunities

    See all opportunities on our Volunteering page.


    Volunteers are part of what makes Sacajawea such a wonderful and welcoming school. We could not do this without our dedicated group of parents, grandparents and community members!

    Here are some of our current needs for school:
    • Lunchroom and Recess Volunteers.(Cafeteria and Upper Playground 10:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.) A fun glimpse into the life of your student! Volunteer once a week or once a month we’d love to have you.
    Our PTA also has a number of activity leads we're looking to fill with volunteers:
    • Thursday SchoolNewsletter.(Wednesday nights) Organize and edit information sent to the newsletter inbox for the Thursday Community News. Great position for a working parent! Come help build the thing you're reading right now.

    School Updates

    Classroom and School Newsletter Online Access


    Did you know we post our Sacajawea School and Classroom newsletters on our website every week? There’s a Newsletter Quick Link at the top of our home page and it’s also in our Featured News section.All your Sac news in one place! If you want to bookmark the links:

    PTA Updates

    60th Anniversary Sock Hop Celebration

    Nov. 7th @ 6 pm - 7:30 pm

    Celebrate Sacajawea Elementary's 60th Anniversary with a Sock Hop celebration hosted by a group of big-hearted Sacajawea alumniand our PTA.

    We'll have pizza, live music performed by The Del Montes (members are Sacajawea alumni), a limbo contest, a bake sale, and photos with motorcycles and dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome.

    This event, including pizza isFREE!

    At the event, we’ll collect donations to benefit the PTA's Sacajawea Alumni Scholarship Fund. This fund helps ensure all our Sac students participate in field trips, after school enrichment, the book fair,extracurricular activities, yearbooks, and school t-shirts.

    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Attend the Next Equity Team Meeting

    Next Wednesday, Nov. 6th@ 6 pm in the Library


    The Racial Equity Team was formed in hopes of creating awareness in the community about how racism affects the daily lives of students as well as their families. Its goal is to eliminate or greatly decrease incidents of racism at school as well as in the community at large.

    Want more info about the team? Visit our Equity page or contact us: equity@sacpta.org.

    Upcoming Community Events


    1. Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda.Through Nov 3 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Free.https://www.biartmuseum.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-ofrenda/

    2. Día de los Muertos.Nov 1 from 4:00pm–5:30pm at Lake City Community Center. Free.https://parkways.seattle.gov/2019/09/30/fall-festivities-across-seattle/

    3. 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration.Nov 1 from 5:00pm–8:30pm at El Centro de la Raza. Free.http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/get-involved/events/dia-de-los-muertos/

    4. Día de los Muertos.Nov 1 from 6:00pm–9:00pm at Burien Community Center. Free.https://www.burienwa.gov/news_events/featured_events/dia_de_los_muertos

    5. Día de los Muertos: Community Night Out.Nov 1 at 7:00pm–9:00pm at Seattle Art Museum. Free.http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/Visit/Calendar/Events?EventID=65106

    6. Día de los Muertos Art Night.Nov 1 at 8:00pm at The George & Dragon Pub. $3.https://www.facebook.com/events/573815290027052/

    7. Seattle Butoh Festival 2019.Nov 1–3 at 8:00pm at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. $20.https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4337489

    8. Día de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed.Nov 2–3 at Seattle Center. Free.http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/dia-de-muertos?id=19

    9. Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale.Nov 2 at Bothell Sons of Norway. Free.http://bothellsonsofnorway.org/Bazaar%20&%20Bake%20Sale%202019.html

    10. Safety Series: Alternatives To Calling The Cops.Nov 2 from 2:00pm–4:00pm at Magnuson Park Community Center (Building 406). Free.https://www.spl.org/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D138862766

    11. Día de los Muertos Festival.Nov 2 from 3:00pm–7:00pm at Phinney Center Blue Building. Free.https://www.phinneycenter.org/calendar/dia19/

    12. Día De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).Nov 2 from 4:00pm–11:00pm at The Growler Guys. Free.https://www.facebook.com/events/450137975860542/

    13. Protectors Pow Wow & Coastal Jam in Support of Climate Emergency Declaration.Nov 2 from 4:00pm–9:00pm at the Olympia State Capitol Steps. Free.https://www.facebook.com/events/420691248860267/

    14. Día de Muertos Celebration.Nov 2 from 6:00pm–9:00pm at Shoreline Spartan Recreation Center. Pay what you can.http://www.shorelinearts.net/event-program/2019-dia-de-muertos-family-celebration/

    15. Unsettling Our Stories: Conversations on Reckoning, Reconciliation, and Decolonization.Nov 6 at 7:00pm at Seattle University. Free.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unsettling-our-stories-conversations-on-reckoning-reconciliation-and-decolonization-tickets-74457368995?aff=ebapi

    16. Free First Thursday.Oct 7, various. Enjoy free admission to NAAM, SAM, MOHAI, Wing Luke, the Burke Museum, Japanese Garden and more.https://www.parentmap.com/calendar/28967

    17. SAGA Laternenfest.Nov 7 from 6:00pm–8:30pm at The Seattle Area German American School. Free.http://sagaschool.org/events

    Community Updates

    Participate in the Seattle Flu Study and Help Science


    You and your family can help Outsmart the Flu!Seattle Public Schools has been invited to participate in the Seattle Flu Study, which is a new effort to understand how flu spreads in our city. If you and your family live in Seattle and have one or more children who attend school, your household could take part in this community science project from the comfort of your own home.

    As part of the study, you'll:
    • Answer questions about your household using an electronic survey that takes about 5 minutes
    • Send swabs of each person’s nose when you join the study (don’t worry; it’s quick and painless!)
    • Take a home flu test if someone in your household gets sick
    • Send one to three nose swabs if a person gets sick
    It is important to enroll before you get sick, so if you are interested, please sign up at Seattle Flu Study. If you want more information, you can contact the study director (and Sac parent) Mark Riedermjrieder@gmail.com.

    Nathan Hale, Prospective Family Nights

    Nathan Hale High School has two upcoming family nights for prospective students.
    • December 10th,6:00 for tours, 7:00 presentation
    • February 10th,6:00 for tours, 7:00 presentation

    Cascades Academy Ultimate Clinic

    Nov. 10th


    Come be coached by Seattle's own pro ultimate players! Clinics are for ALL: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $35 for the clinic, or $50 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item).
    • All abilities are welcome
    • We have cleats to share if needed
    • Allergy sensitive snacks are provided
    • Scholarship is given to all who need it. No questions asked
    More details and registration on their website event page.

    "Promised Land" film screening at JAMS

    Wednesday, November 6, in the Jane Addams MS Auditorium, 6:30 pm

    "Promised Land" is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, both in our regions shared heritage and in their modern struggles for federal recognition, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still lookat tribal sovereignty.

    Filmmakers and representatives of the tribes will be present to discuss their past and future with the community.

    Thiseventis free and open to parents, students and community members. More information about the film can be found atpromisedlanddoc.comand on the film's Facebook page:facebook.com/promisedlanddoc.