Did you know that this Sunday is the official World Book Day? The date of April 23 is symbolic for world literature and it is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla, and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference held in Paris in 1995 to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. With this in mind, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day. For more information on this go to: http://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/
At Saklan we naturally celebrate books and reading every day, and many of our students actually become authors during the school year. We also love having professional authors visit our campus and every year we introduce our students to a number of celebrated writers from our area and beyond. This coming Friday, our PreK through 2nd graders will meet author Frans Vischer who worked for the Walt Disney Company on such films as The Princess and The Frog and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He is the author and illustrator of Fuddles and Fuddles and Puddles.
I am also happy to report that we have four authors lined up for our three-day Book Fair which runs from May 17-19. The authors are Mitali Perkins (Rickshaw Girl and Tiger Boy), Lily Williams (If Sharks Disappeared), Lisa Bakos (Wrong Side of the Bed and Too Many Moose) and Penny Warner who writes the popular middle grade mystery series, TheCode Busters Club. Every year, our Book Fair gets better and better and this year looks to be stellar!
Today, we celebrated Earth Day and the Family Groups took part in three different activities. First, the students learned about environmental issues, sustainability, and discussed the consequences of their choices and behaviors. They built planters made out of recycled plastic bottles and hung them by the middle school lunch area. Please check out their beautiful work when you are on campus!
Next, they looked at marine species from the San Francisco Bay that were brought on campus by the Marine Science Institute. The instructors introduced the students to the diverse aquatic life, helped them understand science, and foster a responsibility to protect the environment.
Finally, the students did an activity on this month’s Family Group theme that was Wonder. The students looked at beautiful photographs of nature and silently reflected on each of them. Later, they discussed how awe and wonder made them feel. It was a fun day of learning how we can help save our planet. Every day is Earth Day!
Last week, the fifth grade class spent three days and two nights in the Marin Headlands. This science-filled experience was both educational and fun! The weather was a bit cold and windy at times, but overall we had beautiful clear, skies!
We hiked, hiked and hiked, as well as visited the Marine Mammal Center, spent time at the touch tank with many tide pool creatures, and observed living plankton under a microscope. One of our hikes took us to ice plant hill where we not only tasted ice plant, but also rolled down ice plant hill. In addition, we hiked to Point Bonita Lighthouse and along the way observed a herd of harbor seals sunning on rocks and frolicking in the bay. We also took a night hike, enjoyed singing songs around the campfire, played games with other schools, and ate cookies on the beach.
The food was delicious, our dorms were comfy and warm, and our guide, Bryan, was terrific. It was a fabulous trip!
Eureka! That means “I found it!” The Forty-Niners used this word all during the Gold Rush of 1849. It can also be found on the California State Seal. The Fourth Graders could be heard saying that as well numerous times during our trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, especially when they were panning for gold.
We spent two days and one night in Coloma immersed in all things Gold Rush. Our first day was rainy and cold, but we persevered like true 49ers. We learned how to make cornbread in a dutch oven over hot coals, how to build a structure, sew gold pouches, and square dance. The second day was sunny, which allowed us to explore the city of Coloma, visit Sutter’s mill, James Marshall’s cabin, and much more. We would like to give a special thank you to our chaperones. We couldn’t have done it without you! It was a great trip!