Join Team Saklan Suns For Clean Air

Fight for Air Climb is American Lung Association’s annual community fundraising event. Participants climb up 52 flights of stairs within the Bank of America Center (555 California Street) in Downtown SF. All donations go into American Lung Association’s programs and efforts to reduce nicotine and tobacco use, expand cancer research and educate the community about pollutants.

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The Saklan School is participating in this year’s  Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, March 7th. We are calling all parent and student climbers to join Team Saklan Suns for Clean Air led by Team Captain Ryan Lo (6th grade). If you are interested, please sign up here. Our goal is to have at least 12 climbers to show our strong support for cleaner air and healthier environment.

Here is one student’s take on why he is climbing: “I am climbing 52 flights of stairs on March 7th in honor of my Uncle Doug. Uncle Doug was my hero and told me to never give up.  He was strong, he was positive and he lived life to its fullest. I miss him every day.” – Dashiell H-N (6th grade)

Please consider joining Team Saklan Suns for Clean Air on Saturday, March 7th in San Francisco to show your support for a cleaner environment!  Thank you.

#SaklanSunsForCleanAir

Charlotte’s Web

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At the end of January grades K to 4 went on a field experience to the Children’s Theater at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

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The St. Mary’s students there gave a fantastic production of a classic of children’s literature, beloved by youngsters and adults alike. Charlotte’s Web is a book that all Saklan students read in 3rd grade. The acting was amazing and the sets impressive. Tears and laughter (you know how it ends…) were had by all.

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Toot! Toot!

January was a toot! The Owlets had fun learning about transportation. They first were asked what they thought transportation meant and some of the responses were:

“Going to school.” – Adeline

“Playing” – Alice

“Airplanes” – Parker

After they all said what they thought it meant, Miss Amanda explained that transportation is something that takes you from one place to another place, like a car, truck, airplane, bike, and so on. They then talked about transportation and learned some fun facts. For example, the first flight was by Orville Wright 117 years ago and he flew for a whole 12 seconds! The children read many fun books about transportation like, Old MacDonald Had A Boat, I Wish I Were A Pilot, and many more. The Owlets, of course, did lots of fun projects as well. They made different modes of transportation, they made a shape helicopter, and they got to paint with cars.

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The Owlets had so much bringing their own bikes or scooters to school one day. They got to ride them around the yard and even on the sports court.

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Before they rode their bike or scooter, the children got to ride the Saklan school bus! It was very nice of Mr. Chuck to take the Owlets for a ride around the block. It was so much fun!

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Doodle For Google Contest

Doodle for GoogleIt is that time of year again!

Artists K-8th at Saklan have the opportunity to submit an original Google design that will be placed on the Google homepage and the chance to win some amazing prizes including a college scholarship, a school technology package, a trip to Google headquarters, and some fun Google swag! This years theme is: What kindness means to you? In this week’s Friday Folder K-5th will receive the template Google provides with directions. It is completely optional for the artists to participate; however, there is a lot to strive for with those kind of prizes!

How it works: Create a Google Design incorporating the theme: What kindness means to you?

*No logos, copyright images, and only one submission per artist

Using any materials: colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, sculpey oven baked clay, etc.

Write: Artist’s statement – Tell us about what you have drawn and how it represents kindness to you. *All other information on form needs to be completed with a parent signature!

Submit: Online is preferred by March. 13th or turn in a hard copy by March 10th to your grade level teacher- who will give to the Art teacher Ms. Natalie to submit by mail on March 11th.

With the four day weekend ahead, this is a great way to keep the kiddos creative! For more information on judging criteria by grade levels and states, submission details, prizes, and a digital copy of the Google Form please click here.

Look forward in seeing the creative creations by the Saklan artists!

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Learning Spanish Vocabulary Using Peardeck

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Studying a foreign language can improve your ability to analyze and interpret information and help you succeed in many other subject areas. We start with the basics such as vocabulary, grammar and culture. As with many things you want to learn, starting out can feel slow and unrewarding. When I started teaching Spanish as a foreign language, vocabulary lists and flash cards were almost universal practices among language-learners; however, here at Saklan students are totally engaged in learning their vocabulary using interactive tools like Pear Deck-Flashcard Factory.

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Peardeck is designed to transform the way students interact with vocabulary. When you play Flashcard Factory students pair up and work together to create dynamic and engaging flashcards. Students collaborate to illustrate and define terms, making learning vocab an active and social experience. Research tells us that the more social an activity, the faster learning takes place. I am always looking for better ways to have students interact with themselves and each other to enjoy learning the Spanish vocabulary. Using Peardeck technology takes language learning to the next level. I am very excited to be able to provide a way to enhance the learning experience and make it their own.

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Head’s Corner

Saklan Speakeasy / Fund-A-Need

Each year, the Saklan community hosts an auction to help raise funds to do some of those extra things that make Saklan a special place. The event itself serves another purpose, and that is to bring us together as a group and get to know each other better. Last year’s auction was more fun than I imagined it could be, and we are topping ourselves this year. This year, we will have tarot card reading, swing dance lessons, and a DJ to end the evening in style. Our live auction prizes include a Pixar Tour as well as a night in an observatory with an astronomer.

In the past, we have raised money to renovate our Science Lab and give students increased exposure to STEM education. A couple of years ago, the community raised enough money to “amplify” our arts program; renovating our music and art spaces, purchasing African Drums and a Kiln among other things.

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The “BEFORE” Picture

This year, our Fund-A-Need will go towards creating a multi-use space out of our current Pavilion. We are currently working with an architect to design a space that will allow us to enclose the space during cold or wet weather, and to open it up during the warmer months. Besides lunch, we would use the space for assemblies, meetings, PE classes, and special projects. Design images coming soon.

I hope you can join on the 14th of March for our Saklan Speakeasy; it promises to be a great time for a great cause.

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Winter Icicles

January began the Hoot Owls’ winter theme. They have been exploring some exciting science and math concepts through this theme. The Hoot Owls strengthen their fine motor skills once again by using pipettes to create icicles.

However, the Hoot Owls didn’t create these amazing works of art all on their own. They had a lot of help from a very important force called gravity! Miss Jessica talked with the students about gravity, but no explanation would suffice without giving the Hoot Owls the opportunity to experience it for themselves!

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Aloha Hawaii!

About ten years ago, Miss Obenchain and Miss Parks created a seventh-grade field experience that would bring together both their subject areas: Humanities and Science. What better place to study adaptations of plants, animals, and people than on the island of Oahu! This trip allows our students to explore how many plants and animals have adapted to live on an island that was formed about five million years ago, which consisted of hardened lava. But over time, Polynesian settlers traveled there and brought life-sustaining plants and animals to the eight Hawaiian Islands. As transportation improved and man’s curiosity peaked, several groups of English and American settlers arrived to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, bountiful resources, and generous Native Hawaiians. Unfortunately, these settlers had a devastating effect on the land and people. After 1,000 years of relative peace among the Native Hawaiians, the Caucasian settlers brought smallpox, measles, and other contagious diseases. Additionally, these settlers saw the economic potential in the islands and bought land, created businesses, took over the government, commandeered Pearl Harbor for U.S. military use, spread Christianity, encouraged speaking English only, and many other monumental cultural changes. Because of these changes, there is a projection that there will be no Native Hawaiians left by the year 2040. This means that most Hawaiians are mixed with other races. Hawaii has truly become a cultural melting pot whether it wanted to be or not.

Another important topic that the seventh graders studied in preparation of their trip is the United States and Japan’s role in World War II. They looked at how Japan was changing in the 1930s and 1940s, and how these economic and government goals led them to take other countries’ resources. Then, they examined the attack on Pearl Harbor which happened on Dec. 7, 1941. The students looked at the reasons why Japan attacked the United States, the day’s events, and its aftermath. After their Hawaii trip this week, the seventh graders will be researching and learning about the atomic bomb dropping by the United States on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They will examine the events, as well as the short- and long-term consequences of these two choices. Although the seventh graders has spent this week on an island paradise, we want our Saklan students to understand, respect, and have compassion for the Hawaiian people and their environment.

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Let It Snow

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In January, snow was a recurrent theme in many activities in the third grade class. The students created drawings of snowmen from a worm’s eye view perspective. They also made snowmen out of math fact snowballs to practice their multiplication facts.

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Lastly, the students each wrote their own creative story about being trapped in a snow globe and their quest to escape.

Third graders are quite creative!

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Join Team Saklan Suns For Clean Air

fight for air climb

Fight for Air Climb is American Lung Association’s annual community fundraising event. Participants climb up 52 flights of stairs within the Bank of America Center (555 California Street) in Downtown SF. All donations go into American Lung Association’s programs and efforts to reduce nicotine and tobacco use, expand cancer research and educate the community about pollutants.

The Saklan School is participating in this year’s  Fight for Air Climb on Saturday, March 7th. We are calling all parent and student climbers to join Team Saklan Suns for Clean Air led by Team Captain Ryan Lo (6th grade). If you are interested, please sign up here. Our goal is to have at least 12 climbers to show our strong support for cleaner air and healthier environment.

Here is one student’s take on why she is climbing: “I am doing the climb to honor my grandfather, Al Buhl. He passed away before I was born due to lung disease. I would have loved to be able to meet him in person. I want to climb to raise money to help support better air quality and lung disease prevention.” – Bjerre B. (6th grade)

Please consider joining Team Saklan Suns for Clean Air on Saturday, March 7th in San Francisco to show your support for a cleaner environment!  Thank you.

#SaklanSunsForCleanAir