Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Today we had a very interesting Flag. Of course they all are. What stood out was the depth and variety of learning that occurs at Saklan on a daily basis. The spectrum of this was wonderfully shown by Kindergarten students presenting an analysis of the structure of the fairy tale, and then 8th grade students presenting an analysis of the algebraic function. Equally impressive as the depth of our curriculum, was the creativity of the presentations and confidence that the students demonstrated in speaking before the entire school community.


Thanks to our parents, their families and friends, The Saklan School has a long-standing history of being voted BEST OF in the annual contest put on by both the Bay Area Parent magazine and the Parents Press magazine. Please take a moment to vote for your favorite school.  Please note that there are separate categories for:

  1. Preschool
  2. Elementary School
  3. Middle School
  4. Summer Camp

Tomorrow night is our Annual Auction and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Lafayette Park Hotel. This is not only an important fundraiser for Saklan but a fun event that brings our community together. Please remember our fund-a-need project, which is in support of the Creative, Performing and Visual Arts.

Have a good weekend,


4th Grade – Coloma


Eureka! That means, “I found it!” The Forty-Niners used this word all during the Gold Rush of 1849. The Fourth Graders could be heard saying that as well numerous times during our trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, especially when they were panning for gold.

We spent two days and one night in Coloma immersed in all things Gold Rush. We learned how to make cornbread in a dutch oven over hot coals, how to build a structure, sew gold pouches, and square dance. We explored the city of Coloma, perused Sutter’s mill, visited James Marshall’s cabin, and much more. We would like to give a special thank-you to our chaperones. We couldn’t have done it without you! It was a great trip!

Miss O in Senegal


Our Science Teacher, Miss Vickie Obenchain, arrived safely in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday evening. As we mentioned earlier this year, she was selected for the 2017-18 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. As part of her field experience, she will be teaching and traveling in Senegal for two weeks. Click here to follow her adventures.

Just Added to Our Festival Des Arts Auction!


Only 10 spots will be available for purchase for Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour on Friday, May 25. Enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with other Saklan parents from the comfort of an Executive Suite at the Oracle.

In case you missed it, our Auction Catalog is online!

If you see an item you want to bid on and can’t attend, it’s not too late to give an absentee bidding form to a friend who is going.

Thank you to all those who have helped make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating with many of you tomorrow night!

Mark Your Calendars!

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Friday, May 11th, 3:00-7:00PM

Students will participate in an Art Scavenger Hunt during school hours from 2:15-2:50PM.


Please come see all the work your child has done this year! They are very excited!

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

This morning at flag, our 8th graders presented their Legacy Baskets, which will be auctioned off next Saturday evening at our annual auction. I was very impressed by the amount of effort, thought and creativity that went into each basket. It was also interesting to see how each basket reflected the character and interests of each graduate. One can truly see what a group of dynamic individuals we will soon be sending on to a variety of high schools in the upcoming school year.


In addition to this, Carol Goldman, our Director of Development, presented two works of art that will also be auctioned off. They are a collage made by the Owlets and a painting made by our talented Spanish Teacher, Ester Vines. I look forward to seeing you at the auction, and if you haven’t already signed up, please do come and support the great education that we provide for each of our students.

This is the time of the year when our 8th graders have found out which high school they will attend in August. Finding the right high school is important and the middle school faculty at Saklan has worked hard over the past months helping our graduates make the right choice to match their skills, interests and goals. I am pleased to announce that this year’s graduates were accepted to the following list of high schools:

  • The Athenian School
  • Campolindo High School
  • Bentley School
  • Las Lomas High School
  • San Ramon Valley High School
  • St. John’s-Ravenscourt School (Winnipeg)
  • De La Salle High School
  • St. Mary’s College High School

Have a good weekend,


Earth Day

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This week, we celebrated Earth Day with a series of activities at school that involved our Family Groups. The program included a presentation by Classroom Safari – an educational and entertaining adventure into the wild. The animal ambassadors shared interesting facts about the animals diets, enemies, and special adaptations that help them survive. The students were excited about learning conservation and seeing animals from around the world. After the presentation, the students in Family Groups discussed what the idea of Responsibility has to do with animals and Earth Day.

Earth Day was organized by our wonderful Science Teacher, Vickie Obenchain, and supports our program of environmental education to make Saklan students aware of the issues that are confronting our planet.

Sighting and Angle of Elevation

In seventh grade Algebra, the students used Slope-o-meter to measure the slopes of inaccessible objects with a method called sighting.

To find the slope of the roof of the building next door to Saklan, the students held out their Slope-o-meter and lined up the bottom edge with the slope of the roof. Then they sketched the slope and recorded their measurement. Thank you for another fun lesson Mr. Zippin!