Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

On Wednesday we had our Moving-Up Day for students in Pre-school through Grade 4. This was a great way for our students to meet their next year’s teacher and get a feel for what the next grade will be like. Hopefully some of your children told you all about it.

Mrs. Rokas in circle

Re-enrollment contracts went out in the mail yesterday.   We have again built in an early enrollment discount, which effectively keeps the tuition at this year’s level.  Please feel free to speak with me if you have any questions or concerns.

A big thank you to all the parents that came out for our Town Hall last Friday and to all the Faculty and Board Members that presented.  For those who missed the event, the slides will be posted on renweb.

Please note that next week we will have a new code for the front gate, so look for that notification in a separate email.  This is something we do on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our community.  We also ask all parents, alumni and visitors to sign in at the office.  It is important to the safety of everyone that we know who is on campus at all times.

Finally, I ask that all parents using the school driveway for drop off be mindful of the time you take to do so.  It is not possible to park in the driveway while you are waiting and certainly not in the handicap spot.  We have ample parking at the Trinity Church or on the road.

Have a great weekend!


Pearl Harbor Survivor

Pearl Harbor talk

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6th at 12:30PM to hear childhood Pearl Harbor survivor, Tom Marnane, speak to our 7th & 8th grade classes about his experiences as the young son of a Navy officer stationed at Pearl Harbor on the fateful day of December 7, 1944. Tom is able to offer a unique perspective on this historical event that is especially relevant to our 7th grade students as they travel to Hawaii and study the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It’s a perspective that you have never heard on the history channel or in a history textbook!



Cheer for the Saklan Suns!

Here is the schedule for the upcoming basketball season:

CCJDS vs.  Saklan Wednesday, Feb. 7th @ 4:30pm (Home)

Saklan vs. CCJDS Wednesday, Feb. 14th @ 4:30pm (Tice Gym)

Saklan vs. East Bay Waldorf rescheduled Tuesday, March 27th  @ 4:15pm (El Sobrante)

EBW vs. Saklan Wednesday, Feb. 28th @ 4:15pm (Home)

Saklan vs. The Berkeley School Tuesday, March 6th @ 4:15pm (Berkeley)

Saklan vs. Pacific Boys Choir Thursday, March 29th @ 4:45pm (Home)

Do you have experience refereeing? If you do and would like to help, please contact Mr. Crabtree (ccrabtree@saklan.org).

We hope to see you out there cheering on the Suns!

A Magical Time

January was a magical time in second grade as the students worked on their  Dragon and Fairy Tale Unit.  After reading many fairy tales and fables they wrote original fairy tales. This assignment involved filling in a story map, writing a rough copy, editing, recopying, and then illustrating their stories and designing a cover.
They have enjoyed reading their fairy tales to some of the younger classes at Saklan.
There were also several projects that went along with this unit including making an “egg carton” dragon and painting a dragon and castle using watercolors. The students also memorized fairy tale poems and performed them for their parents. Lastly, the second graders and first graders went to St. Mary’s College to see a theater production of Puss in Boots.

Yearbook Dedications Due 2/9!

We have extended the deadline for Yearbook Dedications until next Friday, February 9th!

yearbook image

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!



Dedication pricing :

$75.00 – Quarter (¼) page

$125.00 – Half (½) page

$250.00 – Full page (8 x 10.5)

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.


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!

Calling for Wine Donations

Wine raffle

Love wines?  We are excitedly preparing this year’s Instant Wine Cellar Raffle Collection for our annual auction, and we would love your help!  Please consider donating a favorite bottle or two to this year’s collection.


Please bring your wine donations directly to Ms. Shay in the front office ANY DAY


Drop off at MORNING BUS STOPS on Friday, February 16th or Friday, February 23rd

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Lo, Wine Raffle Coordinator, at sandralo@gmail.com

Saklan Sweat Jackets


Sweat Jacket Orders Have Been Extended for a limited time only.

Order by February 13th and receive your new jacket in time for the next

Saklan Spirit Day on Friday, March 2nd!

Cost is $26.82. Click here to place your online order today!

Mr. Metzger the Storyteller!

Boys, smiling

To end our Penguin Unit for the month of January, Mr. Metzger visited the first grade class and read a book called ” The Lost and Found Penguin”. The book is a profound story about the importance of friendship between a boy and a penguin. Thank you, Mr. Metzger!

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