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    Sacajawea Community News

    Sept. 24th, 2020

    Top Items This Week

    • 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. Last day to order for this round is 9/27/2020
    • 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.
    • School Directory and PTA Membership - Please fill out your family directory page, visit the Directory and PTA Membership page


    Dear Sacajawea Community,

    Thanks to all who came out to our distribution event today.  We’ll do these events every other week. Starting in October, we’ll be adding an option for students to order library books!  Here are a few other things coming up in October 1) Our iPad cases are due to be delivered, 2) An event to welcome new families (date to be announced) 3) Virtual Curriculum Night (date to be announced) 4) Our newly-asphalted playground is scheduled for the district part of the painting on October 5th and 6th.  After that, if the weather stays dry enough, our Sacajawea volunteers will work on adding color and decoration to the white paint that the district will provide.  We hope to have a beautiful, inviting playground when we return to in-person learning.  Yes, we will be back in school in person one day!  We don’t know when, but we are preparing for that time to come. 

    One thing I’d like to remind you of is that presently, the way Teams is set up for the district, we do not have control of the chat feature in Teams.  While teachers can ask students not to use it during key times in the classroom, we can’t control student choices to use the chat feature at other times, and chats cannot be deleted.  The district is working with Microsoft to get this changed so I have hope that it won’t be long before we can have control over this.  In the meantime, we are setting and reinforcing expectations around the use of the chat with students.  This is new for them too, and they are excited about being able to interact with friends and schoolmates in this medium.  We don’t want to keep them from enjoying friendships, but we do want to keep the time, place and content of the chats safe, appropriate and not interrupting learning times.

    Thanks once again for your patience, perseverance and kindness as we are making the transition into remote learning.  We’ve had many positive notes and encouraging words to teachers and to me as we are learning while doing.  We are continuing to work toward more stable, consistent systems, and helping students become more independent to be able to access learning and work.

    Thank you for your partnership,

    Rachel Friesen, Principal

    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Sept. 24th: Distribution Day, 3pm-4pm
    • Oct. 7th: Equity Team Meeting, 7pm
    • Oct. 8th: Distribution Day, 3pm-4pm
    • 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.)
    • 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)
    • Sacajawea Tech Team - If you would like to join contact Charlene Shanahan:



    School Updates

    Distribution Day Schedule 

    Our next distribution day is this Thursday, September 24th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  This will be much simpler than the last two, as we will only be distributing learning materials and supplies as needed.

    Each grade level will have a location on the playground from which to pass out their items.  You may also return any work or books that need to be returned.

    Starting today, each student will have a set of bags with his or her name tagged to it.  Teachers will use the bags to give items to you, and you will use them to return items.  There will be two bags for the classroom and two bags for the library.  Classroom bags are blue and library bags are black.
    Thursday, students will receive the first classroom bag and will exchange it in two weeks for the second classroom bag.

    Cars will be able to drive directly to their teacher’s location, receive their bag, and exit the playground.  We will have someone there to assist in directing traffic to help as we enter and exit.
    Walkers will need to stay under the breezeway and walk around the playground, staying out of the vehicle pathway to go to their teacher’s area to pick up their bags.

    As always, please wear a mask and maintain 6-feet of distance.

    This week will be classroom materials only, and will not include library books.  We will begin library curbside pick up with 3rd-5th Grades in October, and will add K-2 the following distribution day.
    Need delivery of your items?  Please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Friesen.

    Can’t be here on Thursday?  We can hold your items in the office.  Please let us know when you will be able to pick them up.

    Upcoming Distribution Days: 
    Thursday 9/24 – all students 3:00 – 4:00 PM
    Thursday 10/8 – all students 3:00 – 4:00 PM
    Thursday 10/22 – all students 3:00 – 4:00 PM


    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!

    Tech Troubleshooting and Resources

    1) Looking for General Helpful Information and "How To" videos? 
    Seattle Public Schools has set up "How To Guides" for Remote Learning in one place.  Has helpful information and videos showing how to access Schoology, SeeSaw, and Teams.

    2) 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.

    3) Need help connecting with your device or have a tech question? 
    If the SPS Technology for Remote Learning page and "How To" videos didn't answer your questions, we are fortunate to have some tech-savvy parents at our school that are available to share their knowledge.  

    Sac Tech Help
    Send questions to Amy Spivey at

    Thank you Amy!  

    If there are others who’d like to join the tech team, please contact Charlene Shanahan 


    4)  Device not working or need internet service?
    Eight Technology resource centers are open to support PreK-12 students and families with technology access.  

    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:

    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




    District Updates

    Join Superintendent Juneau for a Virtual Town Hall Tuesday, September 29 at 4:30p.m


    Department of Technology Executive Director Carlos Del Valle and Digital Learning Manager Rafael Gallardo will join Superintendent Juneau to share updates and answer questions about remote learning technology. This Teams Live event will be streamed on Seattle Public Schools Facebook pageYouTube, and our SPSTV local TV cable channel.

    To join the conversation and ask questions, please connect to the Teams Live event.



    PTA Updates

    School Directory and PTA Membership

    We've taken our Sacajawea School Directory and PTA Membership process completely online this year. By completing your information quickly, you'll help us compile the directory in record time! Later this fall, we'll distribute paper copies of the school directory to each Sac family.

    For our directory, we need to get the info and confirmation from 100% of our families. Please help us by participating.

    To complete your information, visit the Directory and PTA Membership page on the PTA website.
    Please contact Tiffany Elliott ( and Laura Riley ( for questions or concerns.


    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

    Contact for more info and meeting links.


    Upcoming Events:

    1. Taste of the St. Demetrios Greek Festival. Sep 21–27.

    2. In the Spirit -Virtual Northwest Native Festival. Sep 23–Oct 17. Free.

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

    4. Virtual Italian Festival. Sep 25–26. Free.

    5. Carpool Cinema Drive-in Movie. Sep 25–Oct 3. $20 per car.

    6. Intiman Theatre Presents The Race 2020. Sep 25–Oct 4. Free.

    7. Story Salsa - Liz Mangual Story Connection. Sep 26. Free, registration required.

    8. Shofar Together: Moment of Unity. Through Sep 26. Free.

    9. PJ Library High Holidays at Home: Yom Kippur. Sep 27–28.

    10. John Lewis: Good Trouble - Virtual Cinema with Ark Lodge Cinemas. Through Sep 30. $12.

    11. Tacoma Moon Festival with Tacoma Chinese Park. Oct 1. Free.

    12. Inclusion Fest. Oct 3, Nov 7, and Dec 5 from 11:00am–12:30pm. Free.

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

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

    15. Virtual Gathering of Leaders. Oct 7. $49.