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    Sacajawea Community News

    September 12th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • Afterschool Enrichment Enrollment is still open. Please call or come into Meadowbrook community center if you are interested in registering: 206-684-7522. You can see classes on Date Change - Classes starting 9/24 & 9/26.
    • Lunchroom Volunteers for first lunch. We could use a few extra hands on deck from 10:55 - 11:30 a.m. to help our new friends open their milk, Gogurts, and learn the ropes in the lunchroom! Please email Miss Charlene ( if you can help out for a day or two, or all week!
    • Volunteering Opportunities. We have a variety of needs to fill from Packs for Kids to Library, so scroll down or check out the full list on our volunteering page.
    • 2019-2020 Fundraising Overview. This year, our PTA is raising $100,000 to support Sacajawea, and Fundraising Chair Dana Robinson Slote put together an overview of our goals and events for the year.
    • The 8th Annual Move-a-Thon. On Oct. 3rd, we'll have our first big event of the year! Students will have a chance to raise money for the PTA via per-lap and flat donations. More info coming home soon.
    • PTA Activity Leads Needed. We're still working on rounding out our PTA activity leads for the year. If you're looking to help, check out our Open Positions page.
    • Walk to School Day, Oct 2nd. This annual event is coming soon, so save the date. If you can help as a route leader, please email Amy Hobson:
    • 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.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    We’ve made it through our first week! Kindergarteners have been enjoying their first few days, and our Preschoolers will start on Monday. We’re excited to have everyone back!

    Have you noticed how beautiful our grounds look right now? Just before school started, a wonderful group of parents came and worked for many hours to trim trees and bushes, weed planted areas, and add several beautifully planted containers to many places around the school. Thanks to our beautification crew! We appreciate the beauty you added to our school.

    So many volunteers contribute in many ways at Sacajawea. Your efforts help to make our school the wonderful place it is.

    Thank you!

    In Partnership,
    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Sept. 19th: PTA Board Meeting
    • Sept. 23rd: Advanced Learning Referrals Due
    • Oct. 2nd: Walk to School Day
    • Oct. 2nd: Equity Team Meeting
    • Oct. 3rd: Move-a-Thon
    • Oct 3rd: Curriculum Night

    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!

    If you filled out the online requirements last year, you are approved for this year as well. If not, it’s easy to get started at and look for the Getting Started as a School Volunteer tab. If you have any questions, contact me, Miss Charlene:!

    Here are some of our current needs for school:
    • Lunchroom and Recess Volunteers. (Cafeteria and Upper Playground from 11 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)
    • Packs for Kids. Team members and driver. (Pack grocery bags Friday mornings to distribute to families for the weekend.  Also looking for a driver who can pick up the food at the University Food Bank Friday around 9 a.m. and transport to Sacajawea for packing.)
    • Library. (flexible schedule - help Mr. Harvey maintain the bookshelves)
    Our PTA also has a number of activity leads we're looking to fill with volunteers:
    • Thursday School Newsletter. (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.
    • T-Shirts. Help coordinate our school shirt sales in the fall and winter. 
    • Drama 4th/5th Parent Lead for (Sept-Dec).  Coordinate with Drama families to organize snack & chaperone schedules, facilitate communications with Director. (Do not need to be at every rehearsal.)

    School Updates

    Got an extra mini fridge?

    We need refrigerators to support student needs in our preschool and distinct classrooms. Some have broken down, and others belonged to staff members who are no longer at Sacajawea. If anyone has one they are not using, we’d put your donation to great use! Please contact Rachel Friesen if you can help with this need.

    PTA Updates

    Our First PTA Board Meeting is Next Week

    Thursday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

    All are welcome to join in the fun at our monthly PTA Board Meeting! Have an item you'd like to discuss with the board? Email co-chairs Ara Swanson Merkens ( and Seth Bridges (, and let us know by Tuesday, Sept. 17th.

    Move-a-Thon is Coming Soon

    October 3rd, 2019

    Sacajawea’s 8th annual Move-a-Thon is coming soon: on October 3. This is a totally FUN event in which all kids get to participate. It’s also the first of this year's three main fundraisers for the PTA here at Sac.

    Students will have a chance to raise money for the school “per lap” or flat donation and then challenge themselves at the Move-a-Thon! Participants can set up a donation page online, and next week, paper sponsor sheets will be coming home for checks/cash donations.

    Move-a-Thon is a great way to get involved, so if you want to volunteer, we need help before, during and after the event. Contact Stephanie Henry at if you are interested in helping. 

    Activity Leads Needed

    A full list of open positions is on our Open Positions page.

    If you're interested in a role within the PTA this year, we have something that is right for you. Here are some key positions we're trying to fill ASAP.
    • Newsletter Lead: Manage and produce the school’s weekly Thursday newsletter.
    • Building Leadership Team (3rd-5th): Participate in bi-weekly meeting with BLT group (after school) working closely with teachers and principal.
    • Directory Co-lead: Help create and edit the all-school directory in the fall.
    • Grants Lead: Work with committee members to secure grants through an ongoing research and application process.
    Questions about these roles or looking for other volunteering opportunities? Contact Charlene Shanahan and we'll find the right role for your time, interests and talents:

    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Attend the Next Equity Team Meeting

    Oct. 2nd @ 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 Sac parents:

    Upcoming Community Events

    1. Children's Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Sep 13 from 4:00pm–6:00pm at Donnie Chin International Children’s Park. Free.

    2. Renton Multicultural Festival. Sep 13–14 at Renton Pavilion Event Center. Free.

    3. Salmon Homecoming Celebration! Sep 13–14 at Waterfront Park. Free.

    4. Fiestas Patrias. Sep 14–15 at Seattle Center. Free.

    5. Fiestas Patrias South Park Parade & Community Festival. Sep 14 from 11:00am at South Park Community Center. Free.

    6. Musical Trip Around the World! Sep 14 from 11:00am–11:45am at The Shoreline Library. Free.

    7. Celebrating Cultures Concert featuring HooDoo Marimba Ensemble and Radost Folk Ensemble. Sep 14 from 2:00pm-4:30pm at Pearrygin Lake. Free.

    8. Chinatown-ID Night Market. Sep 14 at 4:00pm. Free.

    9. Homecoming Festival: Town Hall's Month-long Housewarming. Through Sep 29 at Town Hall. $5.