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February 2023 NEwSLETTER

Raven raves from principal rickey

Happy February Raven Families. This month is full celebrations including Black History Month, the 100th day of school, Kindness and Friendship/Valentine’s Day, Leap Day, and Mid-Winter Break.

We want to highlight some of the amazing things happening at our school. In 5th grade, Power Hour has started its second rotation. This is where students get to pick a class of interest for the last hour of each Friday. Unicycles, Guitar playing, 3D printing, leadership club, and more are offered! The leadership group, Braven Club, is teaching some of our younger grades Bully Prevention lessons. They are using some of the great instructional moves they see teachers using like, “teacher timeouts” and turn and talks.

In 4th grade, students learned about salmon health and habitat needs. They learned there is a new asphalt plant site planned nearby on the Cedar River. They had some initial questions as to what impacts an asphalt plant at that location might have, and what the company plans to do to help. Students gathered information to better understand the issue by news videos, studying photos and diagrams, reading newspaper articles, searching on websites, and exploring interactive maps. Then, they worked diligently to compose their current thinking and reasoning on the issue and share it through messages, essays, and speeches. Then they sent off their ideas or questions to government officials.

In 1st grade, students are writing stories inspired by wordless picture books. Just ask them about the adventures Carl, the dog, is having while babysitting!

It is an exciting time of the year where we see students owning their learning and seeing themselves as the change makers and leaders.


Liza Rickey
Principal Sartori Elementary
Where each student feels included, is represented, and thrives



Lottery Application Process Closes Feb 12

Sartori Lottery Application Deadline for 2023-24 New Students: 2/12/23 at 4 pm

If your student’s sibling would like to attend, be sure to apply before the deadline! All students who attend Sartori MUST enroll via the lottery application process. NO students are automatically enrolled, including siblings of current students and students who live in the neighborhood.

PLEASE NOTE: Students already enrolled at Sartori Elementary do not need to reapply every year. Their enrollment carries over until the student is withdrawn.

Share the news with anyone you know who may have a student who would like to attend.

March 1, 2023: Lottery Event If the number of enrollment applications exceeds the available space at a grade level, an Enrollment Lottery will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Students will be pulled in the priority order specified on our website. Families may attend the lottery, but do not need to be present.

For more information about the Sartori Elementary Enrollment Lottery process, and to find the online application, please check out our Lottery Section on the web here



From the library

Hello Sartori families!

This month in the library we will be continuing reading Washington Children's Choice Books for K-3 classes including "Room for Everyone" and "Someone Builds the Dream". Grades four and five will be using both Sartori and King County Library student accounts to explore biographies with an emphasis on Black History. Just a reminder that you may also be receiving a note that your child owes a fine for lost or damaged items this month. Fines may be paid on Skyward. If an item is lost and later found, you will be reimbursed for the item if it is found in the same school year. Please talk to your child about making sure water bottles are tightly closed before books go in backpacks, and please help your child keep books away from pets and younger siblings who may like to draw in library books or tear out pages. Thank you for your continued support and don't hesitate to send an email with any questions you might have to

Happy February Reading!
Mr. Colwell

scholastic donation

In partnership with Sartori PTA, we are asking for a $5 donation for each SARTORI student to support Scholastic News, a nonfiction current events magazine delivered to classrooms monthly and Science Spin, which introduces students to the wonders of science and engineering.

Our amazing PTA purchased the magazines for half of the grade levels. In order be able to expand this to provide for all grades, we would greatly appreciate families’ support by way of a $5 donation.

To make your donation, please use this link



no drop off/garden ave/parking lots

Do NOT drop students off on Garden Ave in the morning. Please park in the grass lot and walk your kids to the gate. Do not use Garden Ave for parking; this is our bus lane. Please keep all of our students safe. Also, never park in any of the school parking lots except if you have business inside the front office. The only parking available is the grass lot.


Please review the following map for a reminder Garden Ave serves as a bus lane during drop off and pick up times for students.




5th Grade middle school visits

All four RSD middle schools will be visiting Sartori on March 14th to meet with our 5th grade students, share information about the schools and to help students register for their classes.

Details about middle school information nights will be shared as soon as we have them; right now, we only have McKnight & Dimmitt’s Registration Information Night flyers pictured below. McKnight’s info night will be held on Thursday, February 9 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the McKnight cafeteria. We will continue to update you as we receive information about the other schools' events.

If you have school specific questions, please reach out directly to the middle school offices.

How to determine which middle school your child will attend: Check your address on the school boundary map.

Transfer Requests

If you want to transfer to a different middle school, you will need to contact the middle school office. Middle school transfers are not arranged by Sartori staff.

Renton School District is now accepting middle school intra district transfer requests for the 2023-2024 school year.

Deadline to submit requests is March 31, 2023.

Families will be notified by May 5, 2023 of acceptance or denial.

Transfers will be granted based on capacity, program availability, and good academic standing, including grades, discipline, and attendance.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL IS THE PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY. Please visit the RSD registration page for information and links to the transfer request forms.



Order your own Sartori Spirit Wear here!


community for sartori elementary facebook group

All families are encouraged to join the Facebook group created and managed by Sartori families. 



upcoming dates


February 12 - Lottery Application Closes


February 15 - PTA Meeting


February 16 - PTA Fundraiser - Dining for Sartori/Menchies


February 17 - Spirit Day - Hat Day

February 20 - 24  - No School - Mid Winter Break