Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Today was our last flag of the school year. It is amazing how fast this year has gone by, but equally amazing how many wonderful things have happened at Saklan. Our flag was hosted by three Hoot Owl students, Sean, Caleb and Elyse, who showed the confidence and courage to speak in public, which is a trademark of Saklan.

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At flag, we also recognized our entire student council for their work and efforts this school year and gave out appreciation awards. A big thank you to Kim Parks and Lisa Rokas for advising the student council and helping to develop the skills of leadership, community service and collaboration, which we have seen grow stronger in our student body.

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Today, we also held a Thanks-A-Latte event to thank and appreciate the many parents that have supported the school during the year through their volunteering efforts. In the spirit of acknowledging our volunteers, at Flag we recognized Hillary Conlon and Miranda Heerah for their many years of service and support of the school.

Next week is our last week of school, and on Monday our students will have fun participating in the Family Group Field Day. This is the last event in our Family Group program and is one that highlights the sense of community and “being at home,” which our students feel while they are at school

While this will be the last blog of the year, you will receive more communications from the school during the course of the summer. Please look for updates on staffing, transportation, and events planned for the next year.

It has again been a great pleasure and honor to be part of the Saklan community this past year and I look forward to an exciting last week of school.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peter

Poetry Cafe

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On Wednesday morning, the third grade classroom was transformed into a Poetry Cafe as the third graders took to the stage to share their original poetry with family and friends.
The students embraced the Beatnik culture of the 50’s by dressing in black shirts and berets.  Each poet shared two of their favorite poems, their book dedication and their “About the Author” page.  This was a fun way to celebrate the end of our poetry unit!

First Grade Field Trip to Doodleton Ranch

The first grade class learned about Pond Life and Animal Habitats. They ended the unit by doing a workshop called ” Who Lives in an Oak Woodland Habitat?” at Doodleton Ranch. It was a good experience for the kids and they were brave enough to explore looking for animal homes.  They really had a great time!

Pond Life

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The Hoot Owls have been learning about animals that live in and around ponds. The children read books, sang songs and created art projects while learning about many pond animals.

Finally, they took a field trip to the pond at Heather Farms. The Hoot Owls saw ducks and ducklings, geese and goslings, dragonflies, tadpoles, turtles and otters. A picnic lunch and time on the playground made it a memorable day!

The Forty Book Club

Each year, the students of the Fourth Grade join The Forty Book Club and get the opportunity to read 40 or more books for the year. The books have to be chapter books and 150 pages or more. Although the ultimate goal is forty books, each student sets their own personal goal as well. It is fun to see how close they get to their goal. It is wonderful to see how many books each student reads and how reading becomes an even more important part of their lives. One student this year read 129 books, which is truly awe-inspiring! Several students read 40 books or more, and although some did not read 40 books they reached their personal goal.

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This year the Fourth Graders read a grand total of 328 books, which is 48 books over the class goal. This is the first time in the history of The Forty Book Club that a class had met the goal, let alone exceeded it.

Congrats to the Fourth Grade for a job well done!!!

5th Grade Makes Piñatas

This week, the 5th graders worked on their final project of the year in Maestra Padilla’s Spanish class.

The students made piñatas using balloons and paper mache. The process involved blowing up a balloon to the desired size, cutting up paper, and then using a mixture of flour and water to dip the pieces of paper in the concoction and wrap them around the balloon. They learnt that it’s important to put several layers of paper strips so that when the piñata dries it will be sturdy and not fall apart.

The students enjoyed this fun cultural project. They will take their piñatas home on the last day of class.

Our Diverse Universe

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The Spring Issue of The Saklan School Literary Magazine, Our Diverse Universe, was published last week. In this issue, students shared their ideas about the environment and how to make the world a more eco-friendly place. Thank you to everyone who submitted! A special thanks to the Editorial Crew: Brigitte Demers, Juliet Pecher, Kyle Yasumura, Skylar Ellis and Olivia Schindewolf. Here’s the electronic version of the magazine that you can share with your families and friends:

Our Diverse Universe Environmental Issue Spring 2018 (1)

Join Us!

Party invite

All Saklan Parents are welcome to come and celebrate our Graduates of the Class of 2018. Students from all grades will be performing and making special presentations to our Graduates.

Coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the ceremony.