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    Sacajawea Community News

    October 24th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • The Heritage Potluck is tonight at 6pm. 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. Food, concert, limbo contest, dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome. Hosted by Sacajawea Alumni and our PTA. Want to help with the bake sale to benefit our Equity Team? Sign up here.
    • Coffee with Principal Friesen on Nov. 1st. 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 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.
    • Young Reader's Choice. Learn all about this new, optional reading incentive program for 4th and 5th-graders that Mr. Harvey is running in the Library. Read his full letter for details.
    • 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.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    At Sacajawea, we are happy to be stepping into Fall. Thanks to everyone who helped put up the decorations for Dia de Los Muertos! Mr. Ryan, our art teacher, has worked with the students to create many amazing art pieces, and our whole community is excited and proud to see this student art work on display. 

    We’ve been working on some late fall hiring over the last few weeks. Our interviews have been conducted, and I should be ready to announce several new staff members next week, including two tutors, one instructional assistant who has been added to our Access program, and our new academic interventionist. Thanks to all who volunteered to take part in our hiring teams.

    If you are interested in being part of hiring teams in the future, here’s a link with information about the required district/SEA hiring team training. Just let me know once your training is complete, and I will add you to my list of people to ask when a hiring opportunity comes up.

    I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Heritage Potluck this evening!

    In Partnership,
    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Tonight, Oct. 24th: Heritage Potluck @ 6 pm
    • Oct. 30th: Spirit Day, Wear orange and black!
    • Nov 1st: Coffee with Principal Friesen at 8:05 am
    • 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:
    • 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


    How We Celebrate Halloween at Sacajawea

    At Sacajawea, in place of costumes, we have our Wednesday Orange and Black Spirit day.  Students and staff alike wear orange and black to show our spirit. This year that will be on Wednesday, October 30th. Students may also wear orange and black on Halloween if they wish. 

    Students should not wear elaborate costumes or bring props for Halloween. While some classes may have in-class celebrations, we want to maintain safety and order during learning times and recesses. If children do want to wear something different than their normal school clothes, it should be comfortable and appropriate for wearing at school and not disruptive to learning. Please check with your child’s teacher to know whether your child’s class is planning any kind of celebration for next Thursday.

    A Note from Mr. Harvey about Young Reader's Choice

    A reading incentive program at Sacajawea

    I want to inform you of a wonderful reading incentive program we are offering in the Sacajawea Library this year.  It is called Young Reader’s Choice Conversations. This is an optional program that any Sacajawea student in 4th or 5th grade can participate in. There are eight book titles in the program.

    Students who read all eight books on the Young Reader’s Choice list by the end of the 2019-2020 school year get to attend a Soda Float party in the library hosted by Mr. Harvey.

    For the full list of books and additional details, please see the full letter from Mr. Harvey.

    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


    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    The Sacajawea Harvest Heritage Potluck

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

    2. Harvest Heritage Potluck at Sacajawea. Tonight from 6:00pm–7:30pm. Bring a global dish or drinks to share. Enjoy crafts for the kids, a photo booth, performances, a free winter coat exchange, and of course, delicious food!

    3. Cracking the Code: The Systems of Racial Inequity with Dr. Pamela Taylor. Oct 24 at 7:00pm at Seattle Waldorf High School. Free.

    4. Oktoberfest. Oct 25 at 6:30pm–10:00pm at Mount Baker Community Club. $10.

    5. Festal: Diwali — Lights of India. Oct 26 at Seattle Center. Free.

    6. Honoring Licton Springs. Oct 26 at 1:00pm at Central Library. Free.

    7. Russian Bazaar. Oct 26 and Oct 27 at Russian Community Center. Free.

    8. Leif Erikson 2019 Bazaar. Oct 26 and 27 at Leif Erikson Lodge. Free.

    9. Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda. Oct 26–Nov 3 at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Free.

    10. Diwali 2019. Oct 28 at UHeights Center. Free, RSVP.

    11. Creating Just, Regenerative, and Democratic Economies
    with Aaron Tanaka. 
    Oct 29 from 5:30pm–7:30pm at Central Library. Free, RSVP.

    12. From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story. Oct 30 at 6:00pm at Renton History Museum. $5.

    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

    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

    11th Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes

    October 27th at 3pm

    Starting at Rick's Chevron on 5th and 8th and ending at Maple Leaf Park. More details about the event and after-party in their flyer.