Dear Saklan Community,
As you may be aware, seven Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa County, announced on March 25th that they have made a unified decision to extend school closures through May 1st, 2020 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.
The Saklan School will also follow this recommended timeline with the hope that we may be able to return to campus on Monday, May 4th. While we were prepared for this extension, it is still hard to realize we will be off-campus for a longer period of time. Our decision to reopen campus to in-person teaching will be made after carefully considering information provided by county and state officials. Until then, we are prepared to find new and creative ways to stay connected to one another and learn together.
We will be in touch in the coming weeks with more updates. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate this challenging situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Here is one of the most dedicated distance learning student working on her sea creature research project. Miss Traci asked students to pick a sea creature that they wanted to learn more about and find out: Where does it live? What does it eat? Is it a predator, prey or both? Is it a fish, mammal, crustacean or other? Is it venomous? What does it look like? Draw a picture of the creature.
The Hoot Owls have been talking about different ways to do research in class. Books, Internet, experiments, ask an expert. Miss Traci really liked assigning this project because it actually wasn’t something they are able to do in class with each student because it takes so much individualized attention. It worked as a distance learning project because they could work one on one with a parent and take all the time they needed. Their theme for March is sea life.
The Kindergarteners have been learning about money. The children gathered some toys and their parents put a price tag on each toy. The children went shopping with real coins: pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to purchase the toys. The children were encouraged to figure out two different ways to pay for a toy. Some students really enjoyed having a toy store in their house!
On Tuesday, 7th graders had a virtual Science Lab with Miss O. The students did a flower dissection using a Stargazer Lily. They identified the different parts of the flower, learned their function, and how each part contributes to its reproduction. Check out the video above to learn more.
Week 2 of Distance Learning is a wrap. Here are some videos to brighten your day.
3rd graders sing Little Light of Mine during virtual Music class with Mrs. Chaffey.
The Kindergarten class is spreading love, hope and happiness with their virtual Beatles concert.
Carson (K) sings Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da by The Beatles during virtual Music class.
2nd grade Art Class with Miss Natalie.
The past three weeks, the 3rd graders made their way to the Science Lab to learn about our earth’s atmosphere, including how air reacts and moves, and how weather is created. After learning about air pressure, wind, clouds, precipitation, and types of weather, students had the challenge of trying to create a house that could withstand a weather pattern not experienced by most Saklan students.
This weather phenomena has quite an effect on the air pressure, wind, precipitation and clouds of the land masses it comes across; a hurricane. Each build had to be able to withstand wind, waves and precipitation. The goal was to make a waterproof house that would remain standing in the tray through the different elements.
Each design was quite different, but all successful in their own way!
Kindergartners have been enjoying reading fairy tales. Using the many skills introduced in their Reading program, the children discovered that fairy tales usually have good and bad characters, a setting, a problem and a solution, a beginning, middle and an end, as well as magic.
Fairy tale fun helps the children with the skills of sequencing and retelling a story. The enjoyment was palpable as the children acted out “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, complete with using our classroom tables as a bridge.
Last month, the Hoot Owls learned about abstract artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas! The class talked about abstract art vs. representational art. The Hoot Owls studied a few of Thomas’s paintings and talked about how the paintings made them feel. They also took inspiration from her colorful style with two different art projects. First, the Hoot Owls used paper rectangles to create circular artwork. This was a challenge for their fine motor skills and attention spans. Many students chose to revisit the project on the second day. Revisiting difficult projects teaches perseverance.
Next, the Hoot Owls practiced painting with delicate brush strokes. They experimented with small, medium and large brushes. Most students were not used to painting this way, but they all did a fabulous job!