March newsletter


Student Phones, Watches, Beyblade

Please do not allow your student to bring any toys to school. We have been seeing a lot of Beyblades in pockets and backpacks. They get traded, lost, or taken and then there are very sad students. Please help us by reminding your student of this expectation and cleaning out any hiding toys!

Phones and smart watches – these need to be turned off and in backpacks at all times before/during/after school. Smart watches need to be in ‘airplane’ or school mode only. 

We have attached the RSD technology agreement for you to review with students. We have taught and reinforced digital citizenship lessons at school, but this is a great reminder for us all to be safe online.

Student Pick Up/Drop Off

Please follow the drop off/pick up routines. Only use the drop off/pick up zone in the large parking lot. Students should always get out next to the sidewalk, never in the parking lot. Do not enter the south parking lot near the office during arrival and dismissal times. No students are to be dropped off or picked up in the South parking lot, as it is a working bus zone, and extremely unsafe.

If you arrive after the tardy bell (8:55) parents must walk students into the office and sign them in.

Please ensure that you pick up your student on time. School is released at 3:35. All students are into cars and buses by about 3:45.

Sartori Application Process Now Open!If you have student siblings who are not currently enrolled at Sartori, or entering Kindergarten in 20-21 school year, please note that the enrollment lottery is currently open through February 14. If you have questions, you can read about the lottery process and about the school here. If you would like to apply for incoming students to be selected to attend Sartori, please visit our website and follow the application process. If your student is currently attending Sartori, you do not need to reapply. Your student is enrolled through 5th grade, or until you move out of the Renton School District boundaries or withdraw them. Siblings are NOT automatically enrolled; EVERY new student must apply via the lottery process.

Prospective Families Open House

We will be hosting an informational session for prospective families who want to learn about Sartori on February 11 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the library. Feel free to tell your friends and families who may want to attend Sartori.

Important Dates:

February 11  – PTA Meeting 6pm

February 11 – Prospective families Open House

February 14 – Valentine’s Day

February 14 – Enrollment Lottery closes

March 4 – Class Pictures/Spring Pictures

March 4 – Enrollment Lottery

Tardy Letters

We sent out letters to families that had students with numerous tardies. Our intent was to communicate with families, express the importance of being in class, and offer partnering to support any barriers that might be affecting on time arrivals. We received feedback regarding some of the language and we are making some revisions. Thank you for reaching out and helping our community be stronger together. If you need any assistance with attendance, please contact Liza Rickey (Assistant Principal).


Report Attendance by Email or Phone

Please report student absences by email to or call the 24 hour attendance line at 425-204-4510 and leave a message for the attendance office.

Be Ready for Winter Weather Closures/Delays

There's talk of possible snow in our area in the coming days and weeks, which could lead to school delays or closures. If inclement weather—like snow or ice—makes a school schedule change necessary, the decision will be made by the Superintendent and communicated to families and staff by:

  • Phone call/email/text to all families and staff (please ensure your school has your updated phone/email)
  • Renton School District website and school websites
  • The district's Facebook page
  • The district's Twitter page
  • The district's Instagram
  • Local media outlets (TV, radio)

If road conditions warrant, we may also change some of our school bus routes and pick-up/drop-off locations. See your limited school bus route here:

Learn more about what happens if bad weather causes school delays or closures, and expectations for students and staff, at this website:

Nurse’s Message

Currently there are two types of illnesses impacting students and staff in areas of our district.  

1.     People are fine when they arrive at school and rapidly develop a fever in the 101 – 105-degree range with other flu-like symptoms. 

2.     Vomiting & stomachache

 Why is this important?

·       Illnesses are impacting our school.

·       Hand washing and covering coughs is important for stopping the spread of illness.

·       Students and staff should stay home until they have been fever-free without fever-reducing medication or vomit-free for 24 hours.

·       Families need to have current contact information for themselves and their emergency contacts on file.

Bus Safety

Please remind your student to come straight from classes to the bus line and stay seated. We are having an increasing number of students missing their bus because they are not going straight to their line or they are playing in line. Please be sure to use the Versatrans App to follow your student’s bus. If the bus is late, you can call Transportation

@ 425-204-4455.

Bus Stops

If your student’s bus stop is at another RSD elementary school, please be aware that the other schools are not staffed to supervise Sartori students. Please treat this as you would any other bus stop. Parents are responsible for their child’s supervision until the bus arrives.

School Conferences

Elementary conferences will be held on November 21-27. Sartori will be on Half-Day schedule. School will start at the regular time every day. There will be NO late start Friday on November 22. 

  • Thursday November 21 - 8:55 - Noon
  • Friday November 22 - 8:55 - Noon
  • Monday November 25 - 8:55 - Noon
  • Tuesday November 26 - 8:55 - Noon
  • Wednesday November 27 - 8:55 - Noon 

Sartori Elementary featured in tech magazine GeekWire

October 31, 2018—Sartori Elementary School’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has drawn the attention of the onlineGeekWire logo  Technology and Business magazine GeekWire. GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper visited the school this week and reported on its focus and commitment to providing students with a high-quality education rooted in STEM.


GeekWire is a technology news website that covers startups and established technology companies. The site launched in March 2011 and is based in Seattle. 


Read the Sartori Elementary School story.



Sartori STEM Integration Plan

STEM is not a curriculum, set of standards, or materials. STEM is the intentional integration of content with critical thinking and problem solving skills. We will be using a STEM focused approach to instruction in order to prepare our students to be contributing citizens in our community.