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    Our Mission: Teach every student with kindness, equity, and empathy.
    Our Vision: Educational justice for all.

    Sacajawea Community News

    Dec. 10th, 2020

    Top Items This Week

    • Holiday Giving Wreath - please have wrapped gifts to the school office by Friday, Dec. 11th. 
    • Move-A-Thon Thank You! - We raised $24,133 this year! 
    • Book Fair Books and Sacajawea T-Shirts Have Arrived!! Pick up at school Dec. 17th 3:30-4:30pm
    • Yearbook Needs YOUR Help: We are requesting photos from your child's homeschooling adventures. Instructions on how to submit your photos below.
    • Parent Support Group: Meets every other Tuesday. Register at the link below.
    • Library Books Update: The next library book distribution will be the second week in January.  
    • Volunteering Opportunities Available - check out how you can help at Sacajawea
    • Packs for Kids Food Donations - We're still collecting food donations. See how to help here.
    • Upcoming community events - check out the collection of community events compiled by our Equity Team

    Dear Sacajawea Families,
    Today at our staff meeting the Sacajawea Staff and I spent a little time reminding ourselves and each other of why we do this work.  It was uplifting to remember that we do this because we love children and we want to see every child succeed in life. We expressed this thought in many different ways, but that is what it boils down to.   We care about every child and family that is part of our community and for children and families around the world. 
    In this time of change, we are still focused on our mission to teach every student with kindness, equity and empathy, and our vision of educational justice for all.  No matter who our leaders are, or what is happening in the world around us, or sometimes because of what is happening in the world around us, we will maintain our focus. Each member of this community has a part in helping our children to be ready for learning today and prepared for whatever may come in the future.
    If you, your child or your family needs support during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We have resources available through our weekend food program (contact Charlene Shanahan: , our school counselor (Contact Ximena Grollmus:, our staff and me (
    What I do matters, what you do matters.  We are strongest when we work together. 
    In Partnership,
    Rachel Friesen, Principal     


    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Holiday Giving Wreath: Wrapped gifts to office by 12/11
    • Sacajawea Parent Support Group: Dec. 15th 7-8pm on Zoom
    • Book Fair and Sacajawea T-Shirt Distribution: Dec. 17th 3:30 -4:30pm
    • Next Virtual Equity Team Meeting: Jan. 6th at 7 pm
    • Next Virtual PTA Meeting: Jan. 14th at 7 pm
    You can always access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site.


    School Updates

    Holiday Giving Wreath 

    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

    Sacajawea Parent Support Group

    Next meeting is Dec. 15th 7-8pm on Zoom

    Looking to connect with other parents, hear stories of successes and challenges, and generally just affirm you are not alone in this arduous journey? Drop in for a meeting of the Sacajawea Parent Support Group. The group meets every other Tuesday from 7-8 pm on Zoom. 

    Register at this link:

    Library Distribution Day

    Our next distribution of library books will be the second week in January.  Students may keep their library books until then.
    Parents of K, 1st and 2nd students can help their child learn to put books on hold by watching this video:
    Questions?  Contact Mr. Harvey at

    Donations for Packs for Kids!!

    Three ways to give:
    • Every Friday at Sacajawea upper playground between 10-10:15am
    • At school on 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.  Donate one time or multiple times, any help is greatly appreciated. 
    If your family could use a little help, contact Charlene Shanahan  All records are kept confidential. The enrollment form is available for download, too.


    Volunteering makes a BIG Difference

    Volunteering benefits our students, creates community, strengthens relationships with teachers and staff and makes you feel good!

    Here are some ways to get involved:
    • Join our PTA -  More info
    • Attend a virtual PTA or Equity Team meeting.
      • Next Equity Team meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 6 @ 7 p.m. - Via Zoom. Email for meeting link.
      • Next PTA Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m. - Via Zoom. Registration link will be advertised in the weekly newsletter and Facebook group.
    • Help fulfill teacher or school requests
      • Teacher requests in your student's classroom newsletters
    If you can help fill any needs or have questions about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene Shanahan:

    PTA Updates

    Book Fair Books and Sacajawea T-Shirts Have Arrived!

    Thursday, Dec. 17th, 3:30 - 4:30pm

    We will be having a special distribution day on Thursday, Dec 17th from 3:30-4:30pm in order for families to pick-up their Sacajawea eFair Books and/or their school T-Shirt orders

    Pick-up will be the same process as it was earlier this month for materials distribution day. Please drive onto the upper playground and stay in your car.  We will bring the orders to you.  If you don’t have access to a car during this time, walk-ups are allowed, but please maintain social distancing and be mindful of the vehicles that will be driving on the upper playground.

    All books that were purchased for teacher wish lists will be delivered directly to the teachers, with a label indicating who the book was from. If you aren’t able to pick-up your items at this time or have other questions, please email Laura Riley ( 


    Submit Photos for the Yearbook!

    Submit your best candid homeschooling photos to be used in the school yearbook. Each photo is reviewed before being included in the yearbook. Here is how to upload your photos:

    • In a Google Chrome browser, go to:
    • Search for Sacajawea or use the school code: 93978
    • Click ‘Create an Account’
    • Use your email address to make your account (You only need to do this once!)
    • Click on the blue ‘Upload Images’ bar
    • Select the image(s) to upload
    • Choose which album to upload the image to
    • Don’t forget to “Tag” the people in the photo (This is very important, I need to know who is in the photo.)
    Congratulations! You've completed the upload and supported the yearbook. There is no limit to how many photos you can upload, so keep them coming! 

    If you have questions, please contact Lori Phipps


    Move-a-thon Fundraiser Results

    Thank you, students and families, for your movement, participation, and donations to the 2020 Sacajawea Virtual Move-A-Thon!

    We raised $24,133 this year towards educational enrichment, including support for arts, music, tutoring, and our teachers!
    • 1st place in fundraising and participation was Ms. Maynard's class. 
    • 2nd place in fundraising was Ms. Neal's class. 
    • 2nd place in participation was Ms. Jackson's class. 
    Great job to every student who participated!
    Thanks for moving and grooving, Sacajawea!


    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events


    Next Equity Team meeting:
    Wednesday Jan 6 @ 7 pm

    Contact for more info and meeting links.

    Upcoming Events:

    1. Hanukkah Celebration Guide. Various.

    2. Human Rights Day: The Black Experience in Seattle. Dec 10 at 6:00pm. Free.

    3. Cinema Italian Style. Dec 10–17. $12.

    4. FROM AFAR—a film festival. From Dec 10–20. Free.

    5. Tacoma Little Theatre presents A Minidoka Christmas. Dec 11 from 7:30pm–8:30pm. Free.

    6. The Harlem Nutcracker. Dec 11–13. $20 (3 day pass).

    7. Seattle Turkish Film Festival. Dec 12. $9 single/$25 pass.

    8. Northwest African American Museum Interactive Story Time. 2nd Sunday of each month, Dec 13–Jan 10 from 1:00pm–2:00pm. Free.

    9. Cultivate the Genius of Black Children Part Three: Sharing Teaching & Learning. Dec 15 from 5:30pm–7:30pm. Free.

    10. Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Virtual Step Show. Dec 16 from 4:30pm–5:30pm. Free.

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

    12. Virtual Winterfest Performances. Through Dec 24. Free.