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    Sacajawea Community News

    October 17th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • Please submit your Move-a-Thon donations by tomorrow, Oct. 18th. Donations can still be made on our Pledgestar site for Move-a-Thon until the 18th, and we'd love to hit 100% envelope return (with or without money).
    • Heritage Potluck is Oct. 24th. This is one of Sacajawea’s biggest events! There will be delicious food, crafts, and a winter coat exchange. Event flyers in English and in Spanish. We also need volunteers
    • 60th Anniversary Sock Hop is Nov 7th. Save the date. Food, concert, limbo contest, dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome. Hosted by Sacajawea Alumni and our PTA.
    • El Día de Muertos Celebration, Oct. 31st. and Nov 1st. We'll be celebrating the Day of the Dead at the end of this month. We could use volunteer help with decorations on Monday and Tuesday next week.
    • The SPS LGBTQ Families Dinner is next month. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. RSVP Details are below.
    • 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.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    This week, we had a lovely assembly about Indigenous People’s day brought to us by the parents of our Sacajawea Racial Equity Team. They did a wonderful job helping students to understand that the first people who lived on this land still live here today. They also introduced a new tradition, Land Acknowledgement, to our Sacajawea community. Land Acknowledgement is a way for us to honor the people who lived on our land before we came and it helps us to consider our part in how we live on the land today. To learn more about this tradition, I recommend this video from the US Dept. of Arts and Culture.

    At Sacajawea, we plan to start our public meetings and Monday Morning Assemblies by acknowledging the Duwamish people as the first people on the land on which we now exist. In the meantime, we are committed to teaching our children about Native American Heritage in ways that honor Native Americans both past and present and help our children to understand our country’s history honestly and in age-appropriate ways. Thanks to our Equity Team parents for supporting our community in this endeavor.

    In Partnership,
    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Tomorrow, Oct 18th: Flu shot clinic [Please note date change]
    • Oct. 24th: Heritage Potluck @ 6 pm
    • Nov. 7th: 60th Anniversary Sock Hop @ 6pm

    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:
    • Heritage Potluck. The Racial Equity Team could use some help for the upcoming Harvest Heritage Potluck. Sign up to help on our SignupGenius list for the event.
    • Día de los Muertos Celebration. We will also be decorating the hallway on Monday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 22nd in preparation for our celebration. If you can help, please email Rosa Rodriguez at
    • 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.
    • Move-a-Thon (Co-lead for next year). Did you love the energy of last week's Move-a-Thon?! Well, we need someone to help carry on the fun and fundraising for next year. Getting up to speed from this year's 5th-grade parent lead, Stephanie Henry will make next year's transition seamless.

    School Updates

    Supervision Start Times at Sacajawea

    Families, please remember that Sacajawea Elementary opens to our community at 7:40 AM. This is when busses unload, playground supervision begins, the cafeteria opens for breakfast, and car drop-off assistance begins. Before 7:40, our staff members are working to get ready for the school day. Please do not bring children to school before this time. Thank you!

    El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration

    Oct. 31st and Nov. 1st


    We will be having the Day of the Dead Celebration in classes on October 31st and November 1st. This year we will do an altar for Ritchie Valens, a young Rock and Roll singer in the late 1950’s. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens, who was only 17 years old, left behind a small but influential body of work in the music industry.

    We will also be decorating the hallway on Monday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 22nd in preparation for our celebration. We would love to have volunteers to help put up some papel picado and also come help make some tissue paper flowers.

    If you can help, please email Rosa Rodriguez at Also, feel free to show up on 10/21 or 10/22 from 2:30—4:30. The more people that help, the faster we can finish!

    Flu Shot Clinic

    Oct. 18th, --Please note the date change--

    There will be a Flu Shot Clinic on October 18th from 12:30-2:30 in the school cafeteria. Parents do not need to be present for the administration of the flu shot if a parental consent form has been signed. The nurse will have a list of students whose parent’s provided consent and will be able to escort them to the Flu Shot Clinic for their annual flu shot. Consent forms went home in kid mail last week.

    On a related note, Seattle Public School students are invited to join the Seattle Flu Study, a community science project to help prevent and prepare for flu outbreaks. Look in our community news below for more details.

    District Updates

    LGBTQ Families Dinner

    Nov. 14

    The annual LGBTQ Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 14th from 6-8 pm at Meany Middle School. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Please share this information with your families.

    If you have questions, or to reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or


    PTA Updates

    Upcoming Meeting of Seattle Special Education PTSA

    Oct. 22nd, 7 pm at the John Stanford Center

    We are fortunate to have two members of our Sac community that regularly attend meetings of the Seattle Special Education PTSA. For parents who have Special Education questions or concerns that they'd like Meg and Kara to convey at the upcoming meeting, please send them an email.

    Outside of the Special Ed PTSA meetings, please consider both Meg and Kara a resource if you're a parent who needs extra support and guidance regarding Special Education.

    Move-a-Thon Pledges Due Tomorrow, Oct. 18th

    Reminder: Envelope/sponsor sheets with money or checks are due this Friday, Oct. 18th and can be returned to teachers or the office.

    All classes with 100% participation will receive an ice cream party, and participation means returning the envelope (with or without money!) and/or participating with the online donation page. So, get those envelopes in! Winners will be announced at the Monday Morning Assembly on November 4.

    Donations can still be made on our Pledgestar site for Move-a-Thon. If your child did not get their bib returned with the lap count, feel free to reach out to Stephanie at

    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    The Sacajawea Harvest Heritage Potluck

    Oct 24th at 6:00pm


    Hosted by Sacajawea’s Racial Equity Team, the Family Heritage Potluck is one of Sacajawea’s biggest events! Bring a family dish or drinks to share! Enjoy a performance by our special guests - Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre.

    Stop by our Continental Focus themed craft table, take a family picture at our Photo Booth and pick out or donate a winter coat (or accessories) at the Kids' Winter Coat Exchange!

    Volunteer sign-up on our SignupGenius page. Questions? Contact Jennifer Sunami

    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 Sac parents:

    Upcoming Community Events

    1. Seattle Queer Film Festival. Oct 10–20, various locations. $14/$12.

    2. Sugar Skull Decoration Art Workshop. Oct 18 from 3:00pm–4:30pm at Boulevard Park Library. Free.

    3. Day of Inclusion. Oct 19 at Seattle Center. Free.

    4. Iceland Day at the National Nordic Museum. Oct 19 at Nordic Museum. Free.

    5. Diwali Festival of Lights Celebration. Oct 19 at Bellevue Square. Free.

    6. Saturday Family Concert: Ganesh Rajagopalan. Oct 19 from 11:00am–12:00pm at Town Hall Seattle. $5, 22 and under free.

    7. TurkFest. Oct 19–20 at Seattle Center. Free.

    8. Diwali Festival of Lights. Oct 20 from 1:00pm–3:00pm at Bellevue Family YMCA. Free.

    9. Celebrate Diwali: Create Paper Luminarias Art Workshop. Oct 20 from 3:00pm–4:30pm at Sammamish Library. Free.

    10. Create a Sugar Skull with Metal Embossing Workshop. Oct 21 from 5:30pm–7:00pm at Tukwila Library. Free.

    11. Create a Sugar Skull with Metal Embossing Workshop. Oct 22 from 4:30pm–6:00pm at Renton Library. Free.

    12. Alebrijes Inspired Art Workshop. Oct 23 from 4:00pm–5:00pm at Des Moines Library. Free.

    13. Diwali-themed Story Time. Oct 24 at 5:30 at Lake City Library. Free.

    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 Rieder

    Fundraiser For Our Neighbor, Northgate Elementary

    October 23rd from 10am - 9pm

    The PTO at Northgate Elementary, one of our neighboring schools, is raising money for their fall campaign to support teacher grants, Islandwood scholarships, and field trips. Their PTO is still building support, and they have asked us to help spread the word within our community.

    There are two ways you can help:
    1. Attend their Dining for Dollars event at Northgate Mall Food Court at Panda Express on Wednesday, October 23rd from 10am - 9pm. Just show their flyer when you go to make sure they get credit.
    2. Give to their fall campaign directly via their website.

    Northwest Boychoir Auditions

    SING WITH US!  We are now scheduling auditions for January enrollment. Boys ages 6-9 who enjoy singing are welcome to tryout! No prior musical training is required, just musical aptitude and obvious enjoyment of music.

    Learn more: