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    Sacajawea Community News

    November 7th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • TONIGHT, 60th Anniversary Sock Hop at 6 pm.Food, concert, limbo contest, dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome. Hosted by Sacajawea Alumni and our PTA. Sign up to help with the bake sale, too.
    • The Next PTA Board Meeting is Nov 14th. Come join our monthly meeting and participate in the discussion. We'll have childcare and serve pizza/salad.PleaseRSVP nowto help us plan.
    • Packs for Kids:Could your student(s) use extra food over the weekend and during school breaks? If so, please sign them up for Sacajawea’s Packs for Kids, which provides extra meals and snacks for our Sacajawea families.
    • Need some extra help making holiday wishes come true?Please fill out theHoliday Giving Wreath form and return it to the office by Nov. 15th.
    • The next Sac Social is next Tuesday, Nov. 12th.Join us forSac Social, an informal monthly gathering where wecan make the personal connections that strengthen our community. 8 pm at the Growler Guys on Lake City.
    • 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.
    • Choose Sacajawea on Amazon Smile.Heading into the holidays, we'd love it if you'd choose our Sac PTA as your Amazon Smile organization.It's simpleto start, and we'll get 0.5% of your Amazon purchases.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    Last Friday, I enjoyed meeting a group of you at my first monthly Coffee with the Principal. I enjoyed the conversation and finding out what people are asking about. I hope to see more of you over time as I continue these monthly meetings. Thanks to our PTA for helping to make this happen and for providing the coffee and treats!

    I’m also looking forward to seeing many of you at our 60th Anniversary Sock Hop tonight! We are looking forward to welcoming several Sacajawea Alumni, including members of the band who were part of Sacajawea’s original first-grade class in 1959! Thanks to the Sacajawea Alumni for sponsoring this wonderful event!

    In Partnership,

    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • TONIGHT, Nov. 7th: 60th Anniversary Sock Hop @ 6 pm
    • Nov 11th: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
    • Nov. 12th: Sac Social at Growler Guys
    • Nov. 14th: PTA Board Meeting
    • Nov. 23rd, 25th, and 26th:Parent-teacher conferences
    • Nov. 27th-29th: Thanksgiving Break

    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 SchoolNewsletter.(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.

    School Updates

    Does your student have up to date Immunizations?

    The Washington State Law on Immunizations changed in 2019. Seattle Public Schools put together a 3-minute video explaining the changes, and translated videos will be available soon. You can watch the video on the SPS YouTube channel.

    Holiday Giving Wreath

    It is our tradition at Sacajawea to reach out during the holiday season to those in our school community who may need extra assistance in making special holiday wishes come true.

    If you would like some help in providing a gift for your child(ren), please fill out a Holiday Giving Wreath form, which were sent home with all students today and are also available in the office. Please return to the office no later than Friday, November 15th.All requests are kept confidential.

    If you would like to give a gift, please visit our Giving Wreath in the upstairs hallway outside of the office beginning November 22ndand sign up to give a gift! For more information, please contact Doreen Norman Main Office: 206-252-5550

    Packs for Kids

    Could your student(s) use extra food over the weekend and during school breaks? If so, please sign them up for Sacajawea’s Packs for Kids, which provides extra meals and snacks for our Sacajawea families.

    Simply fill out the Packs for Kids form which can be found in the school office. You can also email Charlene Shanahancyshanahan@seattleschools.orgfor more information or to sign up.

    Your child will receive food packs on Fridays. The food packs contain items such as: instant oatmeal, snack bars, microwavable meals, cereal bars, peanut butter, nuts, milk, and fruit. We are also able to accommodate special dietary needs!

    Classroom and School Newsletter Online Access

    Did you know we post our Sacajawea School and Classroom newsletters on our website every week? There’s a Newsletter Quick Link at the top of our home page and it’s also in our Featured News section.All your Sac news in one place! If you want to bookmark the links:

    PTA Updates

    Move-a-thon was a great success!

    Congratulations Sacajawea on a hugely successful Move-a-thon! We can’t thank our parents, teachers, students, community, family and friends enough for their amazing support. Whether it was cheering, running, walking or donating time and money, everyone played an important role in making this event a success.

    We were able to raisealmost $27,000to help support our students and school. And, we’re hoping that with some additional company match donations, we may get even closer to the $30,000 we were aiming for! Please don’t delay in submitting your matching donation requests.

    We awarded prizes to classrooms based on raising the most money, returning all of their envelopes (with or without money), and completing the most laps. Parties will be happening for the following classrooms. Congratulations again!

    Fundraising Prize –will receive a pizza or ice cream party
    • 1stplace – Ms. Bermet with $5,156
    • 2ndplace – Ms. Rings with $4,472
    • 3rdplace – Ms. Jackson with $3,229

    Participation Prize– will receive an ice cream party
    • 100% participation – Ms. Teague (and raised $3,223)
    • 100% participation – Mr. Norman (and raised $2,581)

    Most Laps Prize– will receive an ice cream party
    • 672 laps (40 laps more than the next closest classroom!) – Ms. Doss (and raised $2,466)

    Let's offer a big thank you to Stephanie Henry for leading the event for the 1sttime this year. Everything went as smoothly and successfully as it did because of her hard work. Thank you for your time, coordination, ideas, and enthusiasm! And of course, thank you to Laura Riley, our PTA Treasurer, who helped keep the event (and the accounting) on track. Go team!

    PTA Board Meeting is Next Week

    Thursday, Nov. 14th @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    All are welcome to join in the fun at ourmonthly 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, Nov. 13th.

    We'll offer childcare in the gym, and we'll be servingpizza/salad.PleaseRSVP nowto help us plan.

    TONIGHT: 60th Anniversary Sock Hop Celebration

    Nov. 7th @ 6 pm - 7:30 pm

    Celebrate Sacajawea Elementary's 60th Anniversary with a Sock Hop celebration hosted by a group of big-hearted Sacajawea alumniand our PTA.

    We'll have pizza, live music performed by The Del Montes (members are Sacajawea alumni), a limbo contest, a bake sale, and photos with motorcycles and dancing! All past and present Sac staff and families are welcome.

    This event, including pizza, isFREE!

    At the event, we’ll collect donations to benefit the PTA's Sacajawea Alumni Scholarship Fund. This fund helps ensure all our Sac students participate in field trips, after school enrichment, the book fair,extracurricular activities, yearbooks, and school t-shirts.

    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Attend the Next Equity Team Meeting

    Next Wednesday, Dec. 11th@ 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 us:

    Upcoming Community Events

    1. Brighter Future Opening Reception.Nov 7 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at ARTS at King Street Station. Free.

    2. SAGA Laternenfest.Nov 7 from 6:00pm–8:30pm at The Seattle Area German American School. Free.

    3. We're Still Here: An Art Showcase from Members of Chief Seattle Club.Nov 7– Dec 15 at Level 8 Gallery in the Central Library. Free.

    4. The Monkey King.Nov 8–17 at Bellevue Youth Theatre. $15.

    5. Theater Games & Stories for Kids.Nov 9 from 11:00am–12:00pm at Federal Way Library. Free.

    6. Movies That Matter: Lilies of the Field.Nov 9 from 11:00am–1:00pm at Blue Mouse Theatre Tacoma. $15.

    7. Hmong New Year Celebration.Nov 9 at Seattle Center. Free.

    8. Salish Stories and Discoveries.Nov 9 from 1:00pm–2:30pm at Renton Highlands Library. Free.

    9. 2019 Latvian Christmas Bazaar.Nov 9–10 at The Seattle Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Free.

    10. The New Filipina: Cultural Show.Nov 9 from 6:00pm–9:00pm at Beacon Hill Church of the Nazarene. $8/$10/$20, 12 and under free.

    11. Queer Parent Networking Dinner.Nov 14 from 6:00pm–8:00pm at Hillman City Collaboratory. 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

    Northwest Girl Choir Auditioning for January

    Established in 1972, the Northwest Girlschoir offers outstanding music education and a welcoming community where young singers can learn, grow, and be themselves. We’re proud to serve over 270 girls and young women in grades 1-12 from across the greater Puget Sound region. Scholarships are available at every choir level.

    Learn more
    PTA Facebook Group PTA Facebook Group
    PTA Website PTA Website
    Sacajawea Website