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    Sacajawea Community News

    Apr. 8th, 2021
     

    Top Items This Week & Upcoming School Events

    • Pack for Kids Donations: Please bring your Packs for Kids donations to school or other donations drop off sites by Wednesday morning. See our list of needs and to Sign up to donate now.
    • 5th Grade Families - Do You Have Middle School Questions?: We’re putting together a newsletter Q&A to help answer any questions that 5th grade families may have about moving onto Jane Addams or Eckstein Middle School next year. Send your questions to Laura Riley lkriley99@outlook.com.
    • Join us in commemorating Deaf Heritage this month!: Deaf History Month began on March 13 and continues through April 15. Deaf Heritage Month is a period for deaf people all over the United States to celebrate the history, accomplishments, and potential of the Deaf communities of this country.
    • Upcoming community events - check out the collection of community events compiled by our Parent Racial Equity Team (more...)
    * * * * * Access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site. * * * * *
     
    A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

    Dear Sacajawea Community,
     
    It has been wonderful to see so many students at Sacajawea over these last few days!  It is amazing to see how they have grown both physically and in maturity over this year of remote learning, and I enjoy being able to welcome a few new students to Sacajawea as well.  For students who are remaining in remote learning, I hope you are enjoying smaller learning groups, and seeing the whole class together on Wednesdays.  We want to continue to support our school culture and learning for all students, no matter which model they are learning in. I Hope you enjoy Spring Break next week, and look forward to coming back to school, in both models, refreshed and ready for more learning throughout the Spring!

    Have you noticed the beautiful flower pots that have been placed around the school outside these last few days?  Thanks go out to Barbara Steffens, Dana Robinson-Slote, Nicole McKenzie and Nicole's sister Michelle who got us a friends and family discount at Swanson's for the flowers you see this morning at the entrance to school!  Inside the building, Mr. Ryan has added decorations and many potted plants in the hallway.  They are making the hallway cheerful and helping to keep our air clean inside.  Thanks to everyone contributing to the beauty of our building.  
     
    Have a great Spring Break,
     
    Rachel Friesen, Principal

     

    Volunteering makes a BIG Difference

    Check out the school PTA website for volunteer opportunities or email the school Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene Shanahan: cyshanahan@seattleschools.org
     

    School Updates

    5th Grade Families - Do You Have Middle School Questions? 

    We’re working on putting together a newsletter Q&A to help answer any questions that 5th grade families may have about moving onto Jane Addams Middle School next year. We have lots of current families that have kiddos in middle school and at Sacajawea that we can tap into to help answer any questions that you or your kids may have. (We can connect you to Eckstein resources as well.)  If you have questions, please email Laura Riley (Lkriley99@outlook.com). We’ll compile the list of questions and answers to share in the newsletter.  If there is additional interest, we could also do a short virtual info session with 5th and 6th graders and their parents. Contact Laura if you need more info.  

     


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    Parent Racial Equity Team, Updates & Events

    Join us in commemorating Deaf Heritage this month! 

    Deaf History Month began on March 13 and continues through April 15. 
    Deaf Heritage Month is a period for deaf people all over the United States to celebrate the history, accomplishments, and potential of the Deaf communities of this country. It includes three key events in American Deaf history:
    • March 13, 1988: The Deaf President Now (DPN) movement was met with success as Dr. I. King Jordan became Gallaudet University’s first deaf president.
    • April 8, 1864: Gallaudet University was founded, as President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter which established Gallaudet College. This historical event is known as Charter Day.
    • April 15, 1817: American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut, the first permanent public school for the deaf, opened.
    While these dates and events stand out in Deaf American history, there have been many other memorable dates and events in Deaf history in terms of human accomplishments, advances in knowledge in the arts, sciences, and technology, and breakthroughs in toppling the artificial barriers set by difference. A few include the recognition of ASL as a bona fide language, the groundbreaking studies on Black ASL, the Miller v. Board of Education case which led to the integration of Kendall School for the Deaf, advances in the fields of deaf education, the activism which resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the advent of closed captioning, the TTY, videophone and video relay services, and more. 
     

    Parent Equity Team News and Upcoming Events:


    1. Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day. Apr 8 from 12:00pm–1:00pm. Free.   https://holocaustcenterseattle.org/programs-events/645-yom-hashoah-holocaust-remembrance-day-community-event

    2. SPL It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series. Apr 8 from 6:00pm–7:30pm. Free, registration required.   https://www.spl.org/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D151603775

    3. Seattle International Film Festival. Apr 8–18. Various. https://www.siff.net/festival/how-to-fest-2021

    4. Fade to Black: Seattle Black Film Festival Preview. Apr 9 at 6:30pm. Free.   https://www.langstonseattle.org/home/sbff/

    5. Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival. Apr 9–11. Free.   http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/featured-events/festal/seattle-cherry-blossom-festival

    6. Spring Fling Pop-Up! Native Art Market. Apr 10–11 from 11:00am–7:00pm. Free.   https://www.duwamishtribe.org/events/2021/4/10/spring-fling-pop-native-art-market

    7. Clarion West & Seattle Writes Presents Beyond Afrofuturism: Black Editors And Publishers In Speculative Fiction. Apr 12 from 6:30pm–7:30pm. Free.   https://www.spl.org/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D150783414

    8. Photography Northwest Exhibit: To Survive on This Shore. Through Apr 15. Free.   https://pcnw.org/to-survive-on-this-shore/

    9. Yellow No. 5. Through Apr 18 at BAM. $15/$8. https://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/current/yellow-no-5

    10. Anastacia-Reneé: (Don’t be Absurd) Alice in Parts. Through Apr 25 at the Frye Museum. Free.   https://fryemuseum.org/exhibition/7398/

    Next Equity Team meeting:
    Wednesday May 5 @ 7 pm

    Contact equity@sacpta.org for more info and meeting links.

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