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    Sacajawea Community News

    Mar. 11th, 2021

    Top Items This Week & Upcoming School Events

    • Pack for Kids Donations: See our list of needs and to Sign up to donate now.
    • Order your Yearbook Now:  Place an order for the 2020-2021 Sacajawea Yearbook. Click here to learn how to submit photos to be used in the yearbook.
    • PTA Board Meeting Tonight:Our March meeting starts at 7pm via zoom. Register here.
    • Upcoming community events - check out the collection of community events compiled by our Parent Racial Equity Team (more...)
    Access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,
    Today, we reached the milestone of one year of remote learning and school closure due to Covid-19.  In last week’s newsletter, I reflected upon this milestone.  This week, I’m just going to say that I see a glimmer of hope that we will soon be on our way to returning to in person learning. Presently, we have many students in Access, Resource of Distinct service models who are receiving, or in process of being approved for individualized in-person services.  In addition, we have signage up, PPE delivered and stored, furniture moved, HVAC systems cleaned and updated, electronic filters in rooms that are deemed to need them, and procedures ready for health, safety and learning when students return to school.  After negotiations are complete, the teachers and I will work together to determine learning schedules and cohorts for students returning to in-person services, how we will teach and maintain safety measures and procedures, and how we will continue to serve students engaging in remote learning under the terms of the new agreement.  I have hope that we will have an agreement very soon, and this planning will be able to go forward. One thing I know now is that the return will be done in phases, and will not be full time at first. The first group to return to in person learning, other than those currently receiving individualized in-person plans, will be our students receiving Distinct and Developmental Preschool services.  Staff in those programs are scheduled to return to work in person on March 22nd, with students returning March 26th. We don’t have dates for other groups of students yet, but should have some information on this soon.  This infographic includes some information about what families need to know about health and safety procedures when students are returning to school.
    I’m looking forward to continuing to work with you as students begin returning to in person learning.
    With hope!
    Rachel Friesen


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    School Updates

    Order your 2020-2021 Yearbook!

    Get your copy of this one-of-a-kind collection of photos, stories, and memories from this not-so-normal year of remote learning. Place your order now. Order deadline is 06/01/2021.

    If your child had their portrait taken by Dorian this year their portrait is available to be in the yearbook. If not, then please submit a portrait photo for the class page. Learn how here.

    If you have any yearbook questions please email Lori Phipps at
    Thank you!

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    Parent Racial Equity Team, Updates & Events

    1. Tangled - Why Your Hair Matters to Society with White River Valley Museum. Mar 11 from 1:00pm–2:00pm. Free.

    2. ECA Presents Nambi E. Kelley’s Jabari Dreams of Freedom. Mar 13 from 2:00pm-3:15pm. Free with registration.

    3. We Are Not Silent: Rally Against AAPI Hate and Bias. Mar 13 from 3:00pm–4:30pm. In person.

    4. NAAM's It Takes A Village - COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion Panel. Mar 13 from 3:00pm–4:30pm. Free.

    5. Irish Festival. Mar 13–17. Free.

    6. Story Time with Northwest African American Museum. Mar 14 from 1:00pm–2:00pm. Free.

    7. Black in the Valley Exhibit with White River Valley Museum. Through Mar 14. Free.

    8. 9th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Through Mar 14. $10, some free.

    9. New York International Children's Film Festival. Through Mar 14. $18/$40 pass.

    10. Jacob Lawrence The American Struggle. Through Apr 24. $20 adult; $13 Age 15-18; 14 and younger free.

    11. JCCCW’s Spring All Things Japanese Sale. Mar 28, advance appointment required.

    Next Equity Team meeting:
    Wednesday Apr 7 @ 7 pm

    Contact for more info and meeting links.

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