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    Sacajawea Community News

    November 14th, 2019

    Top Items This Week

    • PTA Board Meeting, tonight at 6:30 pm.Come join our monthly meeting and participate in the discussion. We'll have childcare and serve pizza/salad.
    • 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.
    • Arts Team Opportunity. Help shape Sacajawea's participation in a Creative Advantage Arts Grant, a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning. Details below.
    • Sac T-Shirts for sale, now through Nov. 22nd. It's that time again. Look for the form that came home via kid mail and get your orders in before the Thanksgiving break!
    • Book Fair is coming, Dec. 3rd - 6th.Be on the lookout for details coming home next week. Kids will have variousopportunities to shop during their day. We'll need volunteers, too!
    • 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.
    • 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,

    I hope you all enjoyed our 3-day weekend this week. If you are a veteran or active duty service person, thank you for your service!

    This week our 4th and 5th-grade students are getting ready to go to IslandWood. This wonderful Environmental Learning Center hosts a 4-day overnight experience for our students every year. They spend time each day hiking around the large campus and engaging in outdoor science, history, and environmental learning activities each day. Every year, the students return from IslandWood with new learning and deeper bonds within the school community.

    Want to know more about IslandWood? You can learn more on their site: I’m excited to send them off on Monday!

    In Partnership,

    Rachel Friesen
    Sacajawea Elementary School

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Nov. 14th: PTA Board Meeting
    • Nov. 18-21: 4th & 5th Graders at Islandwood
    • Nov 20th: Spirit Day, Crazy Sock Day
    • Nov. 23rd, 25th, and 26th:Parent-teacher conferences
    • Nov. 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Break (No school)

    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

    School Rules After School

    Did you know that Sacajawea School Expectations are the same after school as they are during the school day? Sacajawea SHINE (Safe, Helpful, Inclusive, Neighborly, Engaged) expectations are posted in many areas throughout the school so everyone will know what to do in each space. We’ve had several instances of students who’ve forgotten lately, so I’d like to highlight a few items. You can help by reminding students of the expectations when you are at Sacajawea outside of school hours:
    • Upper playground logs – When we remodeled our playground a few years ago, the PTA at that time purchased several logs to be used as seating and play areas and had them installed. These logs are a lovely natural feature and a great place to rest and hang out with friends. Replacing them would require a significant outlay in labor and financial cost. Over the last few months, students have been breaking the logs and/or digging into them. This is creating splinters, making them unpleasant places to sit and causing the logs to break down more quickly than they would in nature. We’re asking everyone to treat them carefully as a resource we are not likely to be able to replace easily.
    • Lower Playground garden area and Tree – Our garden area on the lower playground adds beauty and allows a place for plants to grow. One thing we’re seeing is that many students have been climbing on the big tree that is the centerpiece of the garden area and breaking the branches. We want the tree to have a long and healthy life on our playground. Please help us by encouraging students to stay out of the tree and climb on the climber instead.
    • Preschool play equipment in the covered play court and the preschool playground area-The covered play court is a play area for our preschool students only. The trikes, balls, trampoline and other play equipment in the covered play court are there for their use while they are with their teachers during playtime. After school, we’ve found several older students using the equipment, even though they know it doesn’t belong to them.
    In addition, we’ve found play items from the preschool outdoor play area spread across the larger playground and taken apart. While we do expect that our playground will be used by community members, we hope that everyone using the playground will take care of the equipment and keep it where it belongs.

    Thanks to all our community members for your assistance in helping our community to treat our school grounds and equipment with care and follow Sacajawea Expectations at all times when on campus.

    Thank you!

    Arts Team Opportunity

    A note from Principal Friesen

    Sacajawea and the other schools feeding into Jane Addams Middle School and Nathan Hale High School are currently part of the Creative Advantage Arts Grant. In order to plan for how to use this grant, we need a team of staff and community members to help.

    The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts learning for all Seattle Public School students. A partnership between SPS, the City, and more than 100 arts organizations – they work with schools to increase access to visual and performing arts classes, integrating arts into other subjects, creating opportunities to learn from professional artists and engaging students in culturally relevant arts. This year, the K-12 schools in the far northwest and northeast including our school, are starting the Creative Advantage 3-year implementation process. The focus of this year is on school-based arts vision and action planning.

    This month, I am forming a school arts team to develop a vision and action plan for ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn through the arts and that students of color furthest from educational justice have access to and are thriving in the arts. Arts team members are invited to attend a 3-hr orientation at a north-end location (TBD) in early December (tentatively December 9th, 4:30 – 7:30 PM) to learn about the components of quality arts education and do some arts-making themselves. Then, this winter, the team will meet in two, 3-hr school planning meetings that are facilitated by a principal arts leadership coach to develop an arts vision and an action plan - a multi-year, school-wide road map that outlines decisions about arts staffing, integrated arts, professional development, and how to connect school-community arts partnerships to our school’s goals. The team will include school staff – arts and non-arts teachers, families, a community arts partner, and me.

    Might you be interested in joining the team? Please contact me by email, Please title your email “arts team” and tell me why you are interested in joining the group as well as your availability to participate in the above-mentioned team meetings. This promises to be a great resource for our school, and a wonderful opportunity to help increase access to arts education to all Seattle Public Schools students in our region.

    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 was sent home with all students last week and are also available in the office. Please return to the office by this 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. (All requests are kept confidential)

    To get started, fill out the Packs for Kids form, which can be found in the school office, or email Charlene Shanahan for more information.

    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

    Sac T-Shirts for Sale!

    It’s that time again: t-shirt (and sweatshirt) sales season! Order forms went home last week with all students, and we need all orders back by November 22nd. If you have any questions or need a new form, please don’t hesitate to email Laura

    Scholastic Book Fair is Dec 3rd-6th in the School Library!

    Our annual book fair is less than a month away. More details will be coming home before Thanksgiving break, so be on the lookout. Kids will have the opportunity to shop and purchase books before school, after school, and during recess throughout the week. We will also need volunteer help for setup, preview day, running cash registers, helping students find books and tear down. All profits from the book fair support our library!

    If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact Demetra Manaois ( or Laura Riley (

    PTA Board Meeting is Tonight

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

    All are welcome to join in the fun at ourmonthly PTA Board Meeting! We'll offer childcare in the gym, and we'll be servingpizza/salad.PleaseRSVP nowto help us plan.

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

    2. Alebrijes Inspired Art Workshop.Nov 15 from 4:00pm–5:00pm at Burien Library. Free.

    3. Diwali Family Festival.Nov 16 from 11:00am–2:00pm at Seattle Art Museum. Free.

    4. Explorastory! Suminagashi.Nov 16 and Nov 19 at Kirkland Library. Free.

    5. Northwest Folklife Presents Soyaya.Nov 16 from 6:30pm–8:30pm at at Market Stage Crossroads. Free.

    6. RICA Diwali Event.Nov 17 at Interlake High School. $30/$20, 4 and under free.

    7. The Monkey King.Through Nov 17 at Bellevue Youth Theatre. $15.

    8. Free Lecture with Aidan Key - Gender Diversity.Nov 18 from 7:00pm–9:00pm at Crown Hill Explorers Cooperative Preschool. Free.

    9. Sugar Skull! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure.Nov 19 from 7:30pm–8:30pm at Pantages Theater Tacoma. $12-$39.

    10. We're Still Here: An Art Showcase from Members of Chief Seattle Club.Through Dec 15 at Level 8 Gallery in the Central 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