Sayéik GastiNEWS

January 28, 2022

Happy 2022 SGCS families!

After the longest Christmas break ever, January has flown by. We held our Battle of the Books and the Spelling Bee. Some of our classes got a preview of Native Youth Olympics, talk about tremendous core strength! Students and staff alike are appreciating the return to some of our normal activities.

As you are all well aware by now, we have implemented a 'Test to Stay' protocol. It is a great way to keep as many students in school as possible. A sincere thank you to all of our families who have been patient and graceful during this ongoing pandemic!

As the light slowly but surely returns, I am hopeful for a bright and healthy spring!

Stacy Diouf

SGCS Principal


The school Battle of the Books was held last week on Thursday for 3rd/4th graders and Friday for 5th graders. Congratulations to the 3rd/4th grade winning team of Nehir Caf, Nayeli Hood and Sequoia Jackson! Congratulations to the 5th grade winning team of Lucy Wall, Nelenna O'Brien and Eleanor Peterson!

This week Sayeik: Gastineau's 3rd/4th grade team won the district battle on Tuesday night! They will be in the state battle on February 14th. There will be teams from all over Alaska competing. We wish our Sayeik: Gastineau team the best of luck!

All of the students in the BoB Club are winners in Ms. Ferguson's book!

Native Youth Olympics

A team of Sayeik: Gastineau students will participate in the Native Youth Olympics (NYO) competition next Friday (February 4) at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The competitors are Levi Shibler, Boone Ritter and Megan Pounds. They will be competing in a variety of NYO events including the Inuit Stick Pull, Alaskan High Kick and the One-Foot Kick. Let’s wish them luck!

Winter Book Fair

Save the date(s)! The Winter Book Fair will be held February 7-18. The book fair flyers will be sent home with students next week.

February 17th now a school day

To make up for the snow days we had at the return to school this year, Thursday, February 17th will now be a student attendance day. It was previously scheduled to be a parent/teacher conference day. Now, parent/teacher conferences will be held on Friday, February 18th only.

Parent/teacher conferences staff appreciation potluck

With parent/teacher conferences being squeezed from two days down to one day, the staff is going to have one busy day. Join other parents in dropping off food to keep the staff well-fed throughout the day on Friday, February 18th.

Sign up here:

Free at-home Covid-19 tests

Every household in the US is now eligible to receive four free rapid Covid-19 tests from the federal government. It's quick and easy to sign up and they will be shipped directly to your household via the US Postal Service. Order at

Locally, CBJ recently received a 2nd shipment of tests. They are again available for pickup at:

  • City Hall Cash Office
  • All Juneau Public Libraries
  • Juneau Public Health Center
  • Juneau Police Department