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    Sacajawea Community News

    Mar. 4th, 2021

    Top Items This Week & Upcoming School Events

    • Distribution Day Reminder: Mar. 4th at 8:15am through Mar. 5th 3:15pm. Please pick up library books, return cloth bags and be Covid Safe
    • Pack for Kids Donations: New Health and Safety Items needed. See our updated list of needs and to Sign up to donate now.
    • Yearbook update: Portraits, candid photos, artwork or writings submission deadline is March 28th. Click here to learn more. 
    • Vaccine Opportunity: West African Community Council has secured a COVID vaccination opportunity for immigrants & refugees. Click here to learn more. 
    • PTA Board Meeting: March 11th, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom. Click here to register.
    • 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,
    Next week will be the one year anniversary of what we thought was going to be a brief school closure due to the pandemic.  There is part of me saying, “Can you believe it has already been a whole year?”  and another part saying, “Really, has it only been a year?”  It feels like the longest year ever! When I look back over the past year, I have to give us all a great big kudos! I know it has been hard, but if you think back on it, we’ve done some amazing things!  We have shifted our entire way of doing school, and while it took some time to get our bearings after the change, our students are making progress, teachers are teaching online effectively, and families are developing new routines.  While I am looking forward to having us back in person, and still believe in person is best for most students, I know that I will also take some lessons back with me that will change how I do some things.  Here are some of the things I’m taking away from this experience:
    1) The home-school connections between families and school have been more important than ever during this time, and online learning has given all of us a window into each other’s lives.  I’ve “met” some of your pets, seen children’s favorite toys or blankets, and many of you have seen my home office (formerly my craft/music/gift wrap storage/library/guest room…), living room, dining table, and my husband too!  These small moments are building a bit of community for us, and I will miss that when we are all in person again.
    2) We can help each other and make a difference.  When I see what our community has done in supporting families through Packs for Kids and the Friday food bank, I’m amazed!  Our community has come together to help each other and we are better as a whole for it.
    3) Big changes can be big opportunities.  The amazing amount of learning our children, teachers and families have made in the area of technology is a piece of growth that will transform how we’ll do education in the future. Also, having to provide one to one technology for students during the pandemic has accomplished a goal I’ve had for a long time of making Sacajawea a one to one technology school.  We’ll be that much stronger when we return to in person learning because of it.
    I know that we will have work to do to rebuild routines, augment health and safety procedures, and most of all to teach and learn things we weren’t able to do as well online, but I’m proud of what we have done this year!
    Thank you for your partnership,
    Rachel Friesen, Principal


    Volunteering makes a BIG Difference

    Check out the school PTA website for volunteer opportunities or email the school Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene Shanahan:

    School Updates

    Distribution Reminder 

    Today and Tomorrow are distribution days.  (Thursday 3/4 8:15am through Friday 3/5 3:00pm). Everything is staying outside overnight

    Covid Safety: Please wear masks and stay 6-feet apart from others.  Only one family/household group at a time should be on the porch. 
    Please remember:
    • Pick up student library books
    • Place returned bags in the blue rolling bins under the tables. There is one bin for each grade level.
    Having trouble finding something? Please call the office.  One of us will come out to assist you.
    Not able to pick up during our distribution hours? We will hold bags in the office for you. If you need items to be delivered, we can do that too.  Just contact the office or your child’s teacher to make arrangements. 
    Thank you!

    Packs For Kids Donations

    Packs for Kids is collecting health and safety kits for our families.  
    Items we could use are:
    • boxes of bandages
    • antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)
    • reusable first aid ice packs
    • quarters for laundry
    • disposable face masks.  
    Check out our sign-up genius to donate.  Thank you!

    Yearbook Update

    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.

    Next weeks newsletter will have a link to order a yearbook.

    Watch for more update via the newsletter, Sacajawea website, and Sacajawea Facebook page.  
    If you have any yearbook questions please email Lori Phipps at
    Thank you!

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    District Updates

    West African Community Council has secured a COVID vaccination opportunity for immigrants & refugees.

    West African Community Council is working with the City of Seattle, Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs to bring free COVID-19 vaccines to South Seattle to protect refugee and immigrant communities, especially BIPOC individuals and families. Vaccines will be FREE, regardless of health care coverage.

    To be eligible for a vaccine at this pop-up you must be:

    • an immigrant or refugee
    • 65+ years old OR 50+ years old and living in a multigenerational household (e.g. grandparents living with grandchildren, or adults caring for an elder unable to live by themselves)

     At the pop-up, you will be asked your name, birth date, and address in order to record your vaccination in the Washington State Immunization Information System. Data from this system is not shared with any other governmental agency. You will also be asked the name of your insurance provider, but you do not need to have one.

    To receive the vaccine or to volunteer to help with coordination and translation click on this url:

    The date has not yet been scheduled - you will be contacted once a date has been set. The more people that sign up, the sooner Seattle will host this pop-up vaccination clinic (you don't need to live in Seattle to qualify).  Questions? Contact Grant Lyons 206-539-7837

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    PTA Updates

    PTA Board Meeting

    Subhead: March 11th, 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom

    All are welcome to join our March PTA Board Meeting! Have an item you'd like to discuss with the board? Email co-chairs Seth Bridges ( and Laura Riley ( and let us know by Monday, March 8th.

    To register for the meeting, please use the following link:

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    Parent Racial Equity Team, Updates & Events


    Parent Equity Team News and Upcoming Events

    1. Refuge Day - Spring Edition. Mar 6 from 2:30pm–5:00pm Free.

    2. Rebel Girl's Fest. Mar 7 from 9:00am–10:00am. Free.

    3. ParentMap Live Event 'Who We Are - A Chronicle of Racism in America'. Mar 10 from 9:00am–12:00pm. Free.

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

    5. Black in the Valley Exhibit with White River Valley Museum. Mar 4–14. Free.

    6. 9th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Mar 4–14. $10, some free.

    7. New York International Children's Film Festival. Mar 5–14. $18/$40 pass.

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

    Next Equity Team meeting:

    Wednesday Apr 7 @ 7 pm

    Contact for more info and meeting links.

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