We Love Our Buddies!

This week, Kindergartners worked with their third grade buddies exploring, gathering and charting their candy information. They love working and collaborating with their buddies, and learning through talk. Sadly, no candy was eaten. ūüėČ

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

Following two weeks of almost constant rain, we finally had enough of a dry spell to hold Flag this morning. During Flag, we presented a check for $782 to Kevin Reneau, President of Rotary Moraga, in support of the All-Access Playground Project in Moraga Commons. The Rotary is the organization promoting this project, which ensures all children have access to playground structures, and has raised over $200,000 from many local community organizations and businesses. Our donation was the result of three bake and hot chocolate sales last month. A big thank you to the many parents, faculty, staff, and students that worked together to support this worthy endeavor.


In a few weeks, we will have our annual auction and as I mentioned in a previous blog, the Fund-A-Need proceeds will go directly towards enhancing our Science Program. The first goal will be to redesign and renovate our current science classroom to better facilitate STEM activities and collaboration. We also aim to incorporate newer technology and purchase equipment, such as digital microscopes with projectors, 3D printers, and STEM related building kits and activities. Future ongoing plans will be to send teachers to related educational conferences and adding more in depth STEM & design and coding projects. Our talented science teacher, Ms. Vickie Obenchain, is thrilled by this opportunity to take our current science program to a whole new level and further inspire and prepare our students for the future.

In the spirit of setting our sights high and in reflecting on what is made possible through collaboration in science, engineering, technology, and math, we are excited to be able to offer our donors at $10,000 or above, an absolutely priceless archival quality personalized, signed, and framed print of the iconic ‚ÄúEarthrise‚ÄĚ photo taken by Saklan grandfather, astronaut Bill Anders on the historic Apollo 8 Mission in 1968. Our sincerest thanks to the Anders family for making this amazing gift possible. Please come to the auction on¬†March 4 to have some fun and¬†help us bring our science program to another level.

Have a great weekend,


Fifth Grade Tall Tales

The fifth grade students completed writing original tall tales and shared them with their parents last week. We began this process by reading American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne. There was a lot of discussion that included comparing and contrasting the exaggerated lives of the many American “tall tale” characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett, Stormalong and John Henry, to name a few.¬† We paid particular attention to the figurative and descriptive language that was used so that we could “pattern” our tall tales in a similar fashion.


Each original tall tale needed to follow a particular format that included the following:

  • Describing the character’s exaggerated physical ability and personality.
  • Creating a “problem” that the character can solve with their remarkable ability and solving the “problem” in a creative way.
  • Weaving in some historical information of the time period, and how some famous landmarks and landforms were created.
  • Concluding the tale by describing how the character dies and how they are remembered today.

Some of our characters are named:  Robin Red, Enormous Edward, Elastica, Lucy Ann, Thylacine, Florine Shannah, Raider Cramora, The Wimpy Eagle, Billy Bob, and Chris Andrew Robinson.

The tall tales will be displayed in our classroom for several weeks. Please feel free to drop in and read them!

Hoot Owls Celebrate 100th Day of School



Wednesday was the 100th day of school. One of the fun activities the children did was to answer the question: If I was 100 years old, I would…

Here are the responses:

…sleep. ~Natalie¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …walk with a cane. ~Skyler

…have a bun in my hair. ~Makena¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …do nothing. ~Cecily

…be crooked. ~Luca¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …have a picnic outside. ~Maeve

…be a silly person. ~Brooke¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …be building a snowman. ~Jack

…look old. ~Danielle¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …sit down a lot. ~Colin

…have blue eyes. ~Grady¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …have pink hair. ~Jordan

…move fast. ~Ochir¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …teach P.E. with a cast on. ~Avery

…have lines on my face. ~Ashley

Cut Up/Cut Out at Bedford Gallery

This week Kindergarten went to the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek where we saw some truly amazing art that people created just by cutting! They definitely used their skills of perseverance to create such detailed works of art.

We then created our own art in their workshop and found out how truly talented our Kindergarten class is!

Join Us for a Swell and Swanky Time on March 4!


Imagine…stepping back into 1920s Hollywood…entering through a VIP entrance…being handed your Drowsy Chaperone cocktail…tasting elegant passed appetizers and a choice of scallops for dinner…enjoying grand conversations and bidding on attractive baskets…all the while raising money for our students and teachers.

You no longer need to imagine. All this and more will be yours when you purchase your tickets to our auction, An Evening In Old Hollywood. RSVP HERE by February 25.

Here’s how you can support our Auction this week:

Buy & Sell San Diego Vacation Raffle Tickets: 10 tickets for $100 and the chance for a week with your feet up and sunshine on your face at the Catamaran Resort.

Buy & Sell Instant Wine Cellar Raffle Tickets: 1 ticket for $100 and the chance to win a large collection of premier wines including wine tasting experiences.

Buy One or More Teacher Appreciation Raffle Tickets: 1 ticket for $25 for every teacher you want to have a chance to win a one week stay at a South Lake Tahoe cabin.

Let us hear from you with questions, comments, ideas, and how you would like to help by emailing Katy and Toni at auction@saklan.org  Thanks! You’re the best!

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