Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Many thanks to all the parents, Board members, faculty and staff that came to our Envisioning Round Table last Friday led by Robert Miller and I. We had a good turnout with 21 participants representing a cross section of the school community. In well over an hour of discussion and sharing of ideas, we generated a list of things which would be important to consider in looking at the future of the school over the next five to ten years. The Parent Association is planning further discussion around envisioning at the Family Night at Fuddruckers in Walnut Creek on January 22nd, so if you couldn’t make it to the round table last Friday, you still have a chance to get involved in the discussion. The ideas from these sessions will be looked at by our Board and Community Committee and we will talk about the results at our Town Hall on January 27th at 9:00AM.

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Students in Pre-K through 5th Grade will get a true taste of the future on Thursday, January 19th when we will have Moving-Up Day. This involves students spending some time in the next grade level, and meeting and interacting with their future teacher. It will be a fun event and will allow students to get a small taste of what is to come and also let our faculty see what great students are on the horizon.

Our SEL theme for the month of January is perseverance. One of the best ways to develop this skill is through goal-setting. This fits in well with the start of the new year and the tradition of setting goals or resolutions for the new year. This past week our students have been working in their classrooms on setting goals and discussing on ways to track their goals. Our faculty committee that have been working on this theme, made up of Sam Prestianni, Carly Russavage and Lisa Rokas, have come up with many great materials and graphic organizers for our faculty and students to use, and will be creating the Family Group lesson which will take place on January 27th.

When we talk about perseverance, we often also talk about grit. When students persevere for a goal with passion and over time, that is called grit. This has been a hot topic in parenting and education, and I encourage you to have a look at Angela Lee Duckworth’s outstanding TED talk titled, “Grit: the power of passion and perseverance.” Angela, who taught 7th grade math in New York City public schools, came to the realization that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. In her talk and book of the same title, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

On February 15th, our Parent Association will be offering our community an outstanding parent talk given by Dr. Erica Reischer, author of the book, “What Great Parents Do.” This will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette at 7:30PM. Make sure you get this on your calendar.

Remember that Monday is a holiday.

Have a great long weekend!

Peter

Author: The Saklan School Friday Blog

The Saklan School is a private Pre-K through 8 school located in Moraga, CA. Our mission is to think creatively, act compassionately, and live courageously.