Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

Next week we will have our annual Town Hall meeting.  This will be an opportunity for our community to reflect on the results of the last year and hear about plans for the future.  During this meeting we will be recognizing our faculty members who have arrived at 5, 10 and 15 years of service to the school.  It will also be an opportunity to hear from our Board of Trustees and engage in a conversation on the direction of the school in the years ahead. The Town Hall will be held on Friday, January 26th at the Willow Spring church.  The program starts at 9:00 am and will run about one hour.


On Wednesday, January 31st will have our Moving-Up Day for students in Pre-school and Lower School.  With the re-enrollment season ahead of us, students will have a chance to meet their future teachers, see the next classroom and get a taste of what it will be like at the next grade level.   At the end of January we will be sending out re-enrollment contracts.   We have again built in an early enrollment discount, which effectively keeps the tuition at this year’s level.  We are very eager to have all of our students back again next year, and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our programs.  Please share your experiences with your friends and neighbors who might be looking for an outstanding school with a supportive community.  While we have been stepping up our marketing every year, your referrals are still out biggest promotional tool. So please continue to spread the word about Saklan.

Thank you to Kim Manning for running the day-long Uniform Boutique today. As I mentioned at Flag, all items are free which made it the ultimate shopping experience!  Also remember that with the cold weather, we have decided to put no restrictions on outerwear.  However, once in the classrooms, all students must adhere to the uniform code.

Have a great weekend!



On our way to 100% Participation!


Did you know that foundations and corporations view high participation rates as an indicator of a school’s strength and health?  It’s true!  Your gift is seen as a vote of confidence in our students, teachers, programs and mission. Saklan is a school that others want to financially support, too.

Our goal is to reach 100% participation in our Annual Giving Fund from parents, trustees, faculty and staff. To date, our Board of Trustees and all of our teachers and staff have donated and pledged—leading the way at 100% participation in our Annual Giving Fund.  Yay!

Currently, our parents are participating at 56%. Well on their way to 100!

Here’s the breakdown by class:  
  3rd Grade  =  57%
Owlets  =  42% 4th Grade  =  58%
Hoot Owls  =  47% 5th Grade  =  58%
Kindergarten  =  50% 6th Grade  =  83%
1st Grade  =  40% 7th Grade  =  56%
2nd Grade =  64% 8th Grade  =  50%

Parents, if you haven’t already, you will be receiving a phone call from the school in the coming days. Pick up the call! We’re excited to hear from you!

Please donate/pledge today and reach 100% participation by tomorrow!

  • To donate online, please click HERE.
  • Giving by check? Please mail in or drop off at the office.
  • To pledge NOW and pay by May 15, 2018: Please email your commitment amount to development@saklan.org
  • Want to discuss your gift further? Please contact our Director of Development, Carol Goldman, at cgoldman@saklan.org

Thank you very much!


Skyping in Science


Yesterday the 7th grade class skyped with a Scientist from the Gulf of Mexico, Ms. Samantha Silvestri. Samantha is a marine scientist specializing in reef zooplankton.

The students first spent some time learning about her and her research, asking great questions. Perhaps more importantly, however, they learned about how marine debris (such as plastics and oil), have made their way into ocean organisms and have caused biomagnification of pollutants in our food.

To end on a positive note, Samantha discussed positives people are doing to help the human impact on the ocean.

Fun Fridays in February!


Saklan’s Student Council has planned lots of fun and games on the last three Fridays in February!  They have chosen a different theme for each of these Fridays.  Please have your child dress in clothes that relate to the specified theme.  At lunchtime each day, the Student Council officers will play a cooperative game with the elementary and middle school students to boost school spirit and to encourage teamwork.  Please refer to the list below for days and themes, and please remember that your outfits must be school and weather appropriate!

Friday, February 9th-Hawaiian Day

Students are encouraged to wear clothes that are in a Hawaiian theme. During lunchtime, student will be participating in a water balloon toss contest.

Friday, February 16th- Class Theme Day



Each grade level will choose a class theme so all students can match and build team spirit. We will have a 3-legged race for grade level pairs to participate in during the lunch hour.

Friday, February 23rd-Pajama Day


This is a Saklan favorite!  Kids should wear their favorite pajamas and appropriate slippers to school.  At lunch, the students can participate in a donut-eating contest

We hope you join in the fun!

Yearbook Dedications

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Would you like the opportunity to place special, personalized notes in Saklan’s yearbook? You may design your dedications digitally or they can be handwritten. Special pictures, drawings, and notes are all welcome. They just need to fit within the space purchased and follow the guidelines.


  • Be sure to include who the dedication is to and from
  • If handwriting the dedication, please use BLACK INK only; a fine line marker works best
  • You can email, save on a flash drive, or if you are submitting a non-digital dedication, we will scan it for you. All submissions need to be given to Shay at the front office or via email at office@saklan.org
  • Please use high quality photos as much as possible
  • All files must be in JPEG, PNG, or TIF format at 300 dpi with a total file size of no more than 12 MB
  • Be creative and have fun!


Please submit your dedications to the school office with payment. All dedication submissions must be given to Shay or emailed to office@saklan.org.

Questions? Please contact Yette Prizeman  at yprizeman@saklan.org.

Dedication pricing :

$75.00 – Quarter (¼) page

$125.00 – Half (½) page

$250.00 – Full page (8 x 10.5)




Head’s Corner

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Dear Saklan Community,

Over the break we officially moved into the Winter season and cold weather, especially in the mornings, is a feature of our Moraga micro-climate.  Coming from Berkeley every morning, I notice a significant temperature drop as I come down Moraga Way.  As such I encourage parents to make sure your children are dressed warm for school. The flu season is also upon us and reports are that this year’s strain is a bad one.  Please refrain from sending children to school if they have flu symptoms.

A question came up recently about the school’s uniform guidelines and outdoor wear.  In the interest of keeping our students warm, we have decided that there would be no restrictions on outerwear. The goal is to stay healthy and keep our students coming to school to learn. However, once in the classrooms, all students must adhere to the uniform code.   For those of you with children that have outgrown, consumed, or maybe lost items, our Parent Association’s uniform guru, Kim Manning, is offering a day-long Uniform Boutique next Friday, January 19 in front of the school. All items are free which makes it the best deal in town!

A very creative idea was given to me this morning by Debbie Budowski, mother of Max (Grade 7).  We currently use cones to delineate the area where the bus lets off in the mornings. Sometimes parents do not park there even after the bus has left.  So to let you know how things stand, if the cones are on the road it means the bus has not yet arrived.  If the cones are on the sidewalk the bus has already left.

This coming Monday will be a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King.  Our Grade 2 students have been studying MLK and at Flag this morning shared their own personal ‘I have a dream’ statements:

Max: I have a dream that everybody will get along and never ever fight.

Lilah:  I have a dream that everybody can have a good doctor.

Jordan: I have a dream that everyone can go to a good school.

Emily: I have a dream that there will not be any pollution.

Mori:  I have a dream that people won’t be mean to other people.

Kori: I have a dream that people will follow the law.

TJ: I have a dream that all people are treated equally.

Lilia: I have a dream that people will pick up trash.

Nikko: I have a dream that everybody has food to survive.

Hailey: I have a dream that people will not use guns.

Hana: I have a dream that everybody has friends.

Remember that Monday is a holiday.

Have a great long weekend!


Worm’s Eye View Snowman


During our first week back from break, the third graders created Snowman pictures inspired by a book we read: “Snowmen at Night.” We made our pictures from the perspective of a “worm’s eye view” and used chalk pastels to add shading and dimension. Come by our classroom to check out their masterpieces!