Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sacajawea's Olympic Trials

To celebrate Healthy Kids Day the YMCA and Mr. Thomas joined forces to give Sacajawea students an action-packed day of fun and exercise. In honor of the upcoming summer Olympics, the event began with the staff and students singing the national anthem, led by Miss Chavarria, before they headed off to the different events to compete in.
Thank you Mr. Thomas and the YMCA volunteers for organizing such a wonderful event for the Sacajawea students!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Science Night is Coming!

Save the Date!

Thursday, May 12


Science, Fun, and Food

 *Come and see the amazing and crazy science experiments happening in the classrooms.*

Science Night is sponsored by Micron.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Carnival

Thanks for coming out for our Spring Carnival. What a fun time we had with you and your families. We loved watching them dance to The Falcons + Ms. Chavarria. We enjoyed watching them giggle, play, build towers, eat, celebrate, and get kissed by a camel. What a great night. We flexed with a seriously rainy evening. 

The Sacajawea PTO raised more than $2000 to contribute to activities, field trips, extra equipment, and enrichment for our students.

Thanks to the following people who worked over the last couple months to coordinate this activity. There are numerous others. Many worked all day long yesterday getting things ready. Teachers put in extra hours to spend time with our kids and families and to run fun activities.


Carnival Games and Booths - Melissa Hughes and Debbie Penor

Food Service - Val Blackburn

Raffle - Esmeralda Fine

Bake Sale - Mary Korn

Sherman and Sabrina Warner - PTO Presidents

PR and Advertising - 21st Century - Tami Burton and Debbie Penor

Finances - Pam Hoilien, Esmeralda Fine, and Aimee Stocks

Friday, April 22, 2016

SAC Carnival Tonight 5:00 - 7:30

Don't forget the Sacajawea PTO Carnival Tonight
Time: 5:00 to 7:30
at Sacajawea


  • Fun games
  • Food (Hot Dogs, chips, etc)
  • Bake sale
  • Raffle (An amazing selection of baskets)
  • Live Music (The Falcons)
  • Popcorn
  • Fun, Fun, Fun.
The carnival will be held rain or shine.  We will bring it inside if it is raining.

Thanks for coming out to support extra events and activities for the students at Sacajawea.
Thanks to the PTO and Sacajawea staff for organizing this event.
Thanks to the many generous donors in our community.

Monday, April 11, 2016


We know that certain character traits lead to success in school and in life.  Our new character focus this week and next is Grit. Grit is a little word that has a big meaning.  It makes a huge difference in our lives.

  • The Definition of Grit: Unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.  
  • Other words that are similar to grit are Toughness, Guts, Determination, 

Some examples of Grit:

  • The American pioneers had grit when they chose to cross mountains, rivers, plains and all kinds of weather to get where they wanted to go.
  • Sacajawea must have had grit when she led Lewis and Clark on their brutal adventure through the mountains, and all of that with a baby on her back.
  • An athlete has grit when they dive to catch a loose ball or when they slide into home plate.
  • A student has grit when they work their very hardest at something, even when it is not easy for them.  You can almost see the brain sweat when they are determined to figure something out.  
  • I can see grit in our students when they work out hard math problems on scratch paper, making it visual and then breaking it down into an equation or math sentence.
  • I can see grit in our students when they plan out their writing to make it great, even though it would be easier just to throw together a short response.

For both adults and kids, we are guaranteed to have some hard times on our way to success.  Grit mean we stubbornly refuse to quit and we keep pushing towards success. Grit means we do our very best, even though that may mean we risk some scrapes and bruises along the way. It makes me so proud of our students when they show grit.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

4th Grade Scientists Dig in to Squid

At Sacajawea, 4th graders dove into their Animal Defense Mechanisms Unit through a hands-on dissection lab this week. Students were trained on appropriate lab safety and learned about animal organ structures and functions. Using squid, they were able to identify each structure and function, as well as have some extra time to use scientific inquiry to explore their species!
Thank you to Syringa Middle School for loaning us the dissection equipment and tools!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

STEM-Launching Army Men in the Name of Science

The STEM Enrichment 3rd - 5th grade classes sent army men flying this week. Students used the engineering design process to create a design that would go the farthest. They first imagined the design to begin with, then built it. They tested the design and then made improvements and tested again. They did this until it was time to launch with the group or they were happy with their design. After the group launch they then explained what problems they still had and what tweaks could still be made. They were challenged to continue with design improvement and return next time to demonstrate.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gently Used Clothing Needed

When cleaning out old school clothes to make room for the new, remember

to donate gently used polo shirts and jeans. 

 All sizes are welcome!

If you have clothes you would like to donate please bring them to Mrs. Hansen's office.

Thank you!

March's Skyhawks of the Month

1st Grade

Congratulations to all of our Skyhawk Award recipients!

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Kinder Registration - April 13 - 7AM to 6PM


All elementary schools will be holding kindergarten registration on

Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016,
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In order to register your student you will need the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunizations
  • Proof of Residency (lease agreement or utility bill)

Students must enroll in their assigned zone.

Please click HERE to view the school zones or click HERE to see what zone your student resides in.

Students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2016.

For more information, please call any of the elementary schools.

  • Lewis & Clark - 455-3345
  • Lincoln - 455-3321
  • Sacajawea - 455-3333
  • Van Buren - 455-3326
  • Washington - 455-3317
  • Wilson - 455-3313

Distrito Escolar de Caldwell - Registro de Kindergarten

Fecha: 13 de abril, 2016
Horas: 7:00 de la mañana hasta las 6:00 de la tarde

Por favor traiga:

  • Prueba de Residencia
  • Registros de Vacunación
  • Acta de Nacimiento Certificada

*Los estudiantes deben de inscribirse en su zona de asistencia. Toca aqui por ver las zonas escolar o aqui por entrar su direccion a encontrar la escuela de su direccion.

*Los estudiantes deben cumplir cinco años de edad el 1 de septiembre, 2016 o antes.


  • Lewis and Clark Elementary 1102 E. Laster 455-3345
  • Lincoln Elementary 1200 Grant 455-3321
  • Sacajawea Elementary 1710 N. Illinois 455-3333
  • Van Buren Elementary 3115 Marble Front 455-3326
  • Washington Elementary 2918 Washington 455-3317
  • Wilson Elementary 400 E. Linden 455-3313

Monday, April 4, 2016

Second Graders-Collecting and Counting Money for a Good Cause

Over the last few weeks students at Sacajawea have been donating their extra change to the Student Council Fundraiser. Each year Student Council raises money to give a scholarship to a Caldwell High School student who is a Sacajawea alumni and has worked hard academically.

As the students started bringing money in Mrs. Hurd saw this as a great learning opportunity. Here is what she shared about the learning in her classroom:

 " I had my class sort the money in their groups and we counted the number of each coin we had, and made tally marks to count totals. Then we got to practice skip counting by the amount they were worth to find the total value of each coin. We now get to use that data to introduce some different ways to graph the information, AND even practice adding numerous numbers together. ALL of which are concepts we are working on in second grade!"