Head’s Corner

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Dear Saklan Community,

Our Annual Concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts is truly one of the most exciting events of the school year. Yesterday, a big audience of about 570 parents, relatives, friends, staff, and students were treated to a program that was fun, engaging and instructive. I would like to highly commend our music teacher, Mrs. Grace Chaffey, for another outstanding Annual Concert at the Lesher Center. I would also like to commend Mr. Isaac Narell, whose work with the 4th and 5th graders was superlative. A big thank you to the band which featured Saklan’s own Mr. Sam Prestianni, Mr. Isaac Narell, Ms. Ashley Jennings, Mr. Javier Yacarini, and alumnus James Rokas. The theme of our concert was “Rise Up – Motown, Funk and Soul.” This show was the culmination of a year-long educational exploration of music that has shaped popular culture and left us a rich legacy of tunes that have stood the test of time over the decades. I am certain that the theater full of parents, relatives, and friends were as impressed as I was by the unique talent, energy, and joy that our Saklan students can pack into one show!

Have a great weekend!

Peter

2017 Annual Concert

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Here’s to another inspiring performance by the Saklan students!

Powerful lyrics, beautiful voices, creative dance moves, and talented instrumentalists filled The Lesher Center with positive energy last night during the 2017 Annual Concert. Audience members felt compelled to get up and move to the music of Motown, Soul and Funk. Thank you to all who came out to support our community.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Saklan! We couldn’t catch the leprechaun, but at least he left some gold and sweets behind.☘️

Enjoy the slideshow from this fun day!

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Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Last Friday marked the end of our second trimester and report cards are being put in the mail today. You will also receive an email today inviting you to sign up for our Parent-Teacher Conferences which are held on March 23 & 24. This year, we will be doing all of conference sign ups online using SignUp Genius. This is a great time to get an update on your child’s academic progress as we move towards the end of the year.

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One of the important themes that we have been working on at Saklan has been generosity. This has clearly been embraced by our community at the Saklan Annual Auction, An Evening in Old Hollywood. This was not only a fun event but produced impressive earnings which will help us keep on track with our programs, and give us a tremendous boost in further developing our STEM program. A big thank you to Katy DeBasa, Tony Edwardson, all of the volunteers that worked on the auction, and all of the parents that donated and supported the auction, for a memorable evening. Our Fund-a-Need project was well supported, and we managed to raise over $50,000. As a result, this summer we will be able to renovate our Science Lab and purchase new equipments and materials to enhance STEM at Saklan.

Two exciting dates are on the calendar for March. Our annual concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts is scheduled for March 16th, and Grandparents and Special Friends Day is on March 31st. I look forward to big crowds on these important and fun events.

Have a great weekend,

Peter

Music Music Everywhere!

As part of our unit on Sound and the Ear the second graders designed original instruments. They sketched their idea, labeled the parts, wrote a short description, and lastly created the instrument.

They enjoyed sharing and playing them for their friends in second grade and also playing them for other classes at Saklan.

First Grade Paul Klee Project

The first grade recreate Paul Klee’s Castle and the Sun. Using rulers, they started with a castle outline and then continued dissecting each building in the cubist style. Here they use watercolor and evenly distribute the colors for a cohesive composition.

Open for Business!

Thank you to everyone for contributing to the success of the second grade bake sale. A special thank you to Keely Dreisbach for helping me organize this event and to all the second grade parent bakers. We raised $355.00 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Concert Preparations

In collaboration with the music department, the students worked together to paint the backdrop for the Annual Concert.

The 4th and 6th grade started with spray painting the preliminary drawing while learning about graffiti culture. Here the 8th grade do the finishing touches of outlining records and other focal points of the backdrop, while listening to the songs they are singing in the concert.

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Come to the Annual Concert next Thursday, March 16th to see the three panels of work the students created!