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    Sacajawea Community News

    Sept. 17th, 2020

    Top Items This Week

    • First PTA Board Meeting is tonight, Thursday, Sept. 17th. Want to learn more about what's going on at Sac? Looking to meet other parents? All are welcome at our monthly meetings. Register here for the zoom details.
    • Packs for Kids is offering food assistance to Sac families. If your family could use a little help, please contact Charlene Shanahan We're still collecting food donations, too. See how to help here.
    • Sacajawea Black Lives Matter T-Shirts. The Parent Racial Equity Team is taking pre-orders for a Sacajawea BLM T-Shirt featuring Sac student artwork. Check out the online order form or read below for more details.
    •  PTA Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant. Congrats! Thanks to the combined efforts of the Packs for Kids, Equity, and Grant teams of the PTA.
    • Upcoming community events. If you're looking for community-based (virtual) diversions for the family, check out the collection of community events compiled by our Equity Team.

    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    Whew!  We’ve almost made it through our first full week of remote learning!  Thanks to families, students and staff for your patience and perseverance as we learn new technology and programs, set up iPads and laptops, figure out bandwidth and work through a whole new way of teaching and learning. We are in this together! 

    For K-2 families, I received information today that the iPad cases that were on backorder have been delivered to the district warehouse. As soon as they arrive at Sacajawea, I’ll send out information about how we will get them to you.

    Preschool families, we are still waiting for information about when your iPads will be delivered. Your teachers and I will keep you informed as we get information.

    I know this time is hard for all of us, but I believe we are going to succeed. So, take a deep breath, know that we are partners in this, and know that whatever you can do, that is enough right now. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help or support. We are here for each other.

    In Partnership,

    Rachel Friesen, Principal

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Sept. 17th: PTA Board Meeting, 7pm
    • Oct. 7th: Equity Team Meeting, 7pm
    • Oct. 9th: No School State In-service
    • Oct. 15th: PTA Board Meeting, 7pm
    You can always access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site.

    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!  We'll find the right role for your time, interests and talents!  Contact Charlene Shanahan:

    Here are some current needs for our school and PTA:
    • Packs for Kids and Families. Team members -  Our Packs program supports families who could use some extra help with food and household items.  We are seeing an increasing need and would love to add a few more team members!   Variety of duties depending on availability.
                        o    Food Packing (Fridays 10 - 11:30 a.m.)  
                        o    Monday order email to the food bank
                        o    Food Pick up at Food Bank (Fridays 9:30 - 10)
                        o    Deliveries (Fridays 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.)
    • Directory Co-Lead -  Help input contact information for the all school directory in the fall.
    • Grants Committee Co-Lead - Apply to grants for funding that supports our mission. We have several grants that we apply for annually. Additionally, find new grants to support initiatives.
    • Move-A-Thon Committee Co-Lead - Help reimagine and coordinate the first big fundraiser of the year!  Event happens during the fall. (Includes: planning a virtual race, sponsorship packets, online sponsorship platform)



    School Updates

    Need Tech Help? Here are some resources:

    Having trouble getting into (or back into) a class session? 

    We’ve noticed that sometimes teachers are not able to see the waiting room while they are teaching or sharing their screens. If you don’t get a response after waiting a few minutes, you can call the school office. Mr. Harvey or Mrs. Friesen will work with you to try to get your child back to class as quickly as possible. We can also send you your child’s username and password, reset a password, or send you a teacher’s whole class Teams Meeting Link.

    Need other technology assistance?
    Eight Technology resource centers are open to support PreK-12 students and families with technology access.
    Technology support includes:
    • Laptop and SPS device support
    • Hot spots support
    • Support with remote learning software (e.g., Seesaw, Schoology) and other educational resources
    • General technology resource information and support
    • Language help for remote learning tools
    • Additional English Language instructional support
    • Technology Resource Center Locations and Times
    These sites are open for families and students for walk-ins and appointments. Students and families can make appointments for the following services by calling Student Tech Line at: 206-252-0100 or email:
    Here’s a link to all of the sites.
    The closest to Sacajawea are:
    Nathan Hale High School
    10750 30th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
    Entrance is on 110th street near the athletic field. Parking is available on 110th.
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Closed for Lunch: 11 - 11:30
    John Marshall Alternative High
    520 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98115
    Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Closed for Lunch 11 - 11:30

    Packs for Kids and Families

    Packs for Kids, the Hunger Intervention Program, and community members partner with Sacajawea Elementary School to offer extra help during school building closures and COVID-19. Each Friday, participating families discretely receive a box for delivery or pick-up, free of charge.
    If your family could use a little help, contact Charlene Shanahan All records are kept confidential. The enrollment form is available for download, too.

    If you're able to assist with donations, please see our updated list of needs. Thank you!

    District Updates

    Time for Flu shots/Protect your Community

    All SPS students regardless of insurance can get a flu shot through any of the 30 school-based health centers  ( County School Health.

    All SPS staff and their families, and all SPS students and their families can get a flu shot through any one of 32 “Drive-through” Flu Shot Clinics starting Sept 21-Oct 2 at 16 different school locations.

    The “drive-through” flu clinics are sponsored by Seattle Visiting Nurse Association and SPS.

    Families can stay in their car but could also walk or bike up to the site. Children ages four and older can get the flu shot through the drive-through.

    SVNA accepts most private insurance, Apple Health, Medicare and credit cards.

    Families who do not have health insurance are also invited to sign up for a flu shot thanks to a grant from the City of Seattle.  

    Parents can enroll all family members for the same time slot. Choose a convenient date and place and sign up online at Seattle Visiting Nurse Association ONLINE FORM.


    PTA Updates

    PTA Board Meeting

    Tonight, Sept 17th at 7pm - 8:30pm on Zoom


    All are welcome to join our first PTA Board Meeting of the year! Our agenda for the evening includes our Principal’s Update, fundraising planning for 2020-2021, fall events, and any new business that arises. If you’re looking to learn more about life at Sac or to meet new people, please join us!

    To register for the meeting, please use this registration link.

    PTA Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant. Congrats!

    A huge thank you and congratulations to the Packs for Kids, Equity, and Grant teams of the PTA for putting in the work to earn a $5,000 COVID-19 Relief grant from the National PTA. This award enables us to continue to fully support our Packs for Kids initiative during this school year, providing Sac families with extra food assistance during the pandemic.

    Only 100 PTAs received this award nationally, and our team should be proud of their efforts to serve our community. Bravo!


    Sacajawea Black Lives Matter T-Shirts

    The Parent Racial Equity Team is taking pre-orders for a Sacajawea BLM T-Shirt featuring artwork from Sacajawea student Calle Shanahan. The suggested donation is $10 per shirt to help cover printing costs. In case you're wondering, this shirt project is in addition to the continental focus t-shirts we'll do later this year.

    Fill out your order online at, or drop off checks and printed order forms during materials distributions at Sacajawea. If you'd like to print your order form, download it here in English and Spanish.


    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Next Equity Team meeting: Wednesday Oct 7 @ 7 pm

    We also will be having a special work session on Sep 23 at 7pm. Contact for more info and meeting links.


    Upcoming Events:

    1. Virtual Kaleidoscope Series: World Of Butoh With Kogut Butoh and the Seattle Japanese Garden. Sep 17 from 6:00pm–6:45pm. Free, registration required.

    2. Virtual SJCC: Shabbat & Rosh Hashanah Candle Lighting with ECS. Sep 18 from 5:00pm–6:00pm. Free.

    3. PJ Library High Holidays at Home: Rosh Hashanah. Sep 18–20. Free.

    4. Local Sightings Film Festival 2020. Sep 18–27. Sliding scale.

    5. Virtual Sundae Sermon: A Celebration of Black Folks and the Outdoors. Sep 20 and Oct 4. Free.

    6. International Day of Peace. Sep 21. Free.

    7. Storytelling Series with Wing Luke Museum. Sep 23 and 30 from 12:00pm–12:30pm. Free.

    8. Racial Justice is Climate Justice Learning series. Sep 24 and Oct 1 at 6:00 PM. Free.

    9. Shofar Together: Moment of Unity. Sep 19–26. Free.

    10. PopUp Storywalk. Various dates at Peter Kirk Park, Redmond Library, and Kenmore Library/Hangar Community Area. Free.

    11. First Indigenous Online Film Festival. Through Oct 5.
    Registration required at

    12. John Lewis: Good Trouble - Virtual Cinema with Ark Lodge Cinemas. $12.