Stars and Moons

Our imaginative first graders fashioned constellations out of marshmallows and q-tips! Then the students wrote facts and stories to explain their creations and presented them to the class. They wrapped up their unit by learning their own version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

After learning about stars and constellations, the first graders delved into a unit about moons. Each student kept their own moon log for 4 weeks, observing the moon at home twice a week. They identified and described the different phases and drew them in their logs. Check out some examples of their logs below.

If you have questions about stars, constellations or moons, check with our local experts – the first graders!


Saklan Food Drive

In their Service Learning class, the eighth graders have been learning about food insecurity. They studied what food insecurity is and why it can occur in all areas of our world, including in our own communities. The eighth graders heard from two experts in the field who shared that those in need are mostly seniors on fixed incomes, working poor, and children. 

In order to give back to the community, the eighth graders are going to be engaging in some activities around hunger in the coming month. On campus, the students will be leading a family group activity where they will teach the first through seventh graders what they have learned about food insecurity. Additionally, the eighth graders will be helping the 10,000 Lunches organization to make approximately 50 lunches for the homeless, and will be hosting a canned food drive for the Monument Crisis Center. They invite you to join them in giving to those facing food insecurity by donating to the food drive.

Since many families have been struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic and need help, the 8th graders decided that donated food would be the most practical way to help them. There will be large bins in the breezeway near the main office starting early next week, November 8th, and ending on Friday, December 10th. The following food items are requested: peanut butter, tuna, canned food (including soup, stew, vegetables, etc.), dry pasta, cereal, and rice. If your family does not want to donate food but still wants to help out, please click here to make a monetary donation. Thank you for showing compassion to our local community!


Dia de los Muertos

Saklan students have been learning about Dia de los Muertos in their Spanish classes. Dia de los Muertos is a celebratory tradition to welcome the spirits of loved ones who have departed. Ofrendas (altars for the spirits) are built using bright paper, flowers and candles (to show them the way), salt (for preservation and purification), calaveras (sugar skulls that symbolize the sweetness of life), food and drink (for nourishment) and photos of the loved ones. The students learned key vocabulary and then constructed different parts of the ofrenda in Spanish class.

The study of Dia de los Muertos was not only a great way for our students to practice Spanish vocabulary, and take part in a widely celebrated cultural tradition.


Why We Give

For the past nine years, Annual Giving has become a welcomed time of reflection for our family. It’s a time when we pause and think about just how much Saklan means to our family, and to our kids individually. We initially joined Saklan to give Ryan (and eventually Cameron) an academically rigorous experience. We not only found that but gained so much more! We truly feel Saklan works with parents to raise future leaders; individuals with empathy and confidence who are capable of creating community-focused solutions for their generation. The special relationships between the teachers and students have empowered both Ryan and Cameron to embrace their individuality and passions, and be bold about acting on their ideas! The kids love going to school because they are having fun as they learn and they know that their actions, however small or large, can make a difference in the world!  

We feel energized when Annual Giving comes around because it is a time when we can show the school how much we believe in its vision, and support them in shaping a new generation focused on compassion, courage and creativity.  The Saklan community has been our community pillar for nearly a decade and our boys call it their ‘second home.’  What more can we ask for?!

Sandy and Myron Lo

Ryan (8th) and Cameron (2nd)

Join the Lo Family in supporting Saklan by making an AGF gift today!

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Does Your Family Have the Sugar Blues?

The Zoom link for this Parent Ed event is in the Thursday, November 4th edition of Next Week at Saklan, and will be emailed to all Saklan families on Monday, November 8th.

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A Conversation with Experts on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Children

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 5:30- 6:30 P.M. PT

With the recent news that children ages 5-11 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, UCSF physicians are hosting a virtual conversation to answer your pressing questions.

Time: 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM PT
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Place: Zoom

Register Here

Introduction by Kelley Meade, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics; Dean of Academic and Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, UCSF BCH Oakland

Moderated by Dayna Long, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics; Co-Director, UCSF Center for Child & Community Health, and Saklan Parent

Lisa Arcilla, MD, FACC, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, UCSF BCH Oakland
Prachi Singh, DO, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UCSF BCH Oakland
Martha Tesfalul, MD, FACOG, Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UCSF 

Closed-captioning and Spanish and Cantonese translations will be available.

Register Here

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