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    Sacajawea Community News

    Nov. 19th, 2020

    Top Items This Week

    • Book Fair Time - Sacajawea's Book Fair has gone virtual! Make your selections now. till Nov. 22nd.  
    • Holiday Giving Wreath - sign up now to participate in the giving wreath
    • Virtual Harvest Heritage Potluck - Join us conversation and community. Nov. 19th 6:30pm
    • School Picture Day be sure to reserve your spot! Contact Lori Phipps if you have questions. 
    • Sacajawea T-Shirt - The school's Continental Focus T-Shirts are ready to order, check out this year's Europe design.
    • Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: I am Native - A Conversation
    • Volunteering Opportunities Available - check out how you can help at Sacajawea
    • Packs for Kids Donations - We're still collecting food donations, too. See how to help here.
    • Packs for Kids is offering food assistance to Sac families - please contact Charlene Shanahan
    • Upcoming community events - check out the collection of community events compiled by our Equity Team

    Dear Sacajawea Community,
    This year, the holiday season may look very different than usual, but we still have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful to be a part of the wonderful Sacajawea Community.  I’m glad I get to work with our children, families and staff every day. Even though we are mostly seeing each other on screens, we are still a loving place (or online space) for children to learn and grow. Thank you for all you do as part of this caring community school!
    With Governor Inslee’s new restrictions, and rising Covid-19 numbers, I am rethinking some of the procedures and timing of our December distribution day.  I am planning ways to lower the number of people at Sacajawea at a given time, and minimize contact between all of us when we are at school.  We still plan to distribute materials the week of November 30th through December 4th.  I will send out a separate communication with the schedule and procedures in the next few days. 
    What I do matters, what you do matters.  Mask up and stay safe!
    Rachel Friesen, Principal


    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Holiday Giving Wreath: Gift request due Nov. 20th 
    • Nov. 23rd: School Picture Day at Dorian Studio - Have you reserved a time yet?
    • School Book Fair: Starts now and goes till 11/22
    • School T-Shirt Order: Order due by 11/26
    • Holiday Giving Wreath: Wrapped gifts to office by 12/11
    • Distribution Days: To Be Announced
    You can always access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site.


    Volunteering makes a BIG Difference

    Volunteering benefits our students, creates community, strengthens relationships with teachers and staff and makes you feel good!
    • Research shows that students who receive direct support from volunteer tutors achieve higher grades, test scores, and are more likely to graduate.
    • When volunteers provide clerical support to staff, educators have more time for instruction and individualized support for students working to meet academic standards.
    • Volunteers make programs supporting lowest-income students possible: Friday food backpacks preventing weekend hunger, school supply drives, etc.
    You can apply, renew or update applications at  New this year are Remote Volunteer categories!  

    Here are some ways to get involved: If you can help fill any needs or have questions about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene

    School Updates

    Holiday Giving Wreath Request Form Online

    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 using the link below.  Please complete by TOMORROW Friday, November 20th.   All requests are kept confidential.  For more information, please contact Doreen Norman at Main Office: 206-252-5550, or email Amy Oakley, Family Support Coordinator, at  

    Request a gift for your child using the online form links below: 


    Gift cards needed for Holiday Giving Wreath 

    Every holiday season, Sacajawea offers a Giving Wreath for those in our school community who may need extra assistance in making holiday wishes come true. This year, we are using a sign-up genius form (link below) to coordinate.  The link will be updated as new requests are made, so check back frequently!  Most urgently, we need Target and grocery gift cards that can be distributed to families asap to purchase winter clothing and necessities.  Wrapped gifts need to be delivered to the Sacajawea main office by Friday, December 11th.  Make sure to label your gift with the child ID code listed in the notes section of your slot. 

    Thank you for your generosity this season! 
    If you have questions, please call Doreen Norman in the Sacajawea School Office at 206-252-5550, or email Amy Oakley

    Sign-up today at:

    School Picture day!! Nov. 23rd, Reserve a spot now

    School pictures will be taken this year at the Dorian Studio.
    Located at: 17712 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
    Please sign up to reserve your spot. 

    Pre-Order Pictures Today!

    You may pre-order pictures by visiting and search for your school name.  Your online order may be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day. 

    Contact Lori Phipps at if you have questions. 


    Donations for Packs for Kids!!

    Three ways to give:
    • Every Friday at Sacajawea upper playground between 10-10:15am 
    • Every other Thursday afternoon at Distribution Days
    • Any day in the Sacajawea drop box on the porch at 2043 NE 97th St - a Sacajawea family will bring these donations to school each Friday. 
    If you're able to assist with donations, please see our updated list of needs.  
    Thank you!

    Need help connecting with your device or have a tech question? 

    Send questions to Amy Spivey at

    Thank you Amy!  

    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.


    District Updates

    Celebrating Native American Month: I am Native - A Conversation 

    November is Native American Heritage Month and November 27 is Native American Heritage Day.  This month, and beyond, SPS celebrates Native American contributions and values that have shaped the past and present day social, political, environmental, cultural, and economic fabric of Seattle and our greater region.  SPS is fortunate to have a thriving Native American Education Program and Native leaders working towards a better future for all students. This video, I am Native - A Conversation with Native American Leaders and Students, is the first in a series.  You can learn more about the work of the Native American Education Program and find Native American Heritage Month resources on our website

    Information Technology Advisory Committee

    Application due date has been extended until Dec. 7th, 2020 at 6 p.m.

    Seattle Public Schools is seeking members for the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC).  The committee comprises dedicated students, community members, teachers, and other staff that help plan future funding and provide technical expertise and community input on technology solutions' recommendations.  

    We encourage students, community members, teachers, and staff to apply for this exciting opportunity to serve our district.  Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Director of Technology and the Board Executive Committee. Based on that review, new members will be selected to serve on the committee. 

    The committee membership application and requirements can be found here:  ITAC Membership  

    PTA Updates

    Sacajawea Book Fair - Only 4 Days Left!  

    We’re so grateful and excited to report that, with nearly 200 books ordered so far over $400 has been raised to help support our library revitalization!  Thank you to everyone who has purchased a book for a child, our library or a teacher!  If you’d like a scholarship, please email Laura at or talk to your teacher.  There’s still time to order books if you haven’t yet or you need more.  Our Book Fair will run until Sunday, Nov 22nd
    You can access the Sacajawea Book eFair by going to: OR and enter the code: 4E92R
    Please consider sharing our eFair info with relatives as an idea for holiday gifts for your families.
    For additional details on shopping, teacher wish lists, scholarships and distribution please checkout our Book Fair detail page on the PTA website:
    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to your Book Fair Team – Laura Riley (, Jenny Waller ( and Anne Singh (

    Sacajawea T-Shirt Sales: Explore Europe with Sacajawea!

    It's that time of year again: T-Shirt sales, and this year we're trying something new and using an online ordering system. Please note: orders need to be in by 11/26 to allow for a pre-holiday break delivery.

    You can visit our virtual storefront here:

    As always, we're providing student shirt scholarships, and you can request one (or ask other questions) by emailing us at:
    You can donate to the shirt scholarships fund through the Custom Ink site, or by visiting:


    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Virtual Harvest Heritage Potluck

    November 19th at 6:30pm! 

    Let's virtually come together for a night of food and fun. Make a dish that celebrates your family's heritage, and join us in conversation and community. 

    Email us at by Monday November 16th if you would be interested in sharing a written recipe or story about your heritage foods for our community cookbook, or if you have a student who loves to cook and would like to help create a cooking video.


    Black Lives Matter t-shirts are still available 

    There are still BLM T-shirts available in limited sizes and quantities. 
    • Youth: Small / Medium / Large / X-Large
    • Adult: X-Small / Large / 2X-Large
    If you would like to order a BLM T-Shirt in one of these sizes, please contact There will be an opportunity to order other sizes in the beginning of 2021. 

    Upcoming Events:

    1. Join us tonight, November 19, from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Sacajawea Virtual Harvest Heritage Potluck!

    2. Giving Thanks Virtual Charity Concert. Nov 21 from 4:00pm–6:30pm. Donation.

    3. Legendary Children. Nov 21 at 8:00pm. Free.

    4. Virtual Indigenous People Festival. Nov 20–21. Free.

    5. Artisan Market Holiday Auction Night. Nov 20 from 6:30pm–8:00pm. Free.

    6. Poet Jordan Presents: "Black Excellence": An Evening with Nikkita "KO" Oliver. Nov 20 from 7:00pm–9:00pm. $10/$15.

    7. Virtual Julefest at Nordic Museum. Nov 21–22. $10.

    8. Setsuko’s Secret: Exploring The Multigenerational Effects Of The Japanese American Incarceration. Nov 22 from 4:00pm–5:15pm. Free.

    9. Virtual Bunka no Hi - Japanese Culture Day. Every Sunday in November from 12:00pm–1:00pm. Free.

    10. Plate of Nations. Through Nov 22. Fixed price menus.

    11. Our Big Neighborhood at Seattle Center Winterfest Online. Nov 27. Free.

    12. Duwamish Native Gift Fair & Art Market 2020. Nov 27–29 at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center. Free.

    13. Hip Hop Nutcracker Virtual Edition. Dec 1 from 7:00pm–9:00pm. $25.

    14. Vera Brosgol Virtual Author Visit. Dec 2 from 4:00pm–5:00pm. Free, register by 5pm on Dec 1 to receive a Zoom link.

    15. SAL & CD Forum Present: Black Futures with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham. Dec 2 at 7:30pm. Pay what you can.

    16. Ballard Tomte Trail. Through Dec 20 in Ballard. Free.

    Next Equity Team meeting:
    Wednesday Dec 2 @ 7 pm

    Contact for more info and meeting links


    Community News

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