Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

Today, we had our fourth Family Group session of the year. This past month the theme has been Honesty and our students spent some time thinking, discussing, and reflecting on how this is an important topic. Many of you must have seen the cartoon where the student blames the family dog for not doing their homework. In one of the activities called “Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave,” we used this classic age-old excuse to show what happens when you lie. In a role-play activity, a student gave false answers to a series of questions starting with “Why didn’t you get your homework done for today?” This was answered with a lie, such as “The dog ate my homework.” A follow-up question, such as “How did the dog get your homework?” took the lie to a deeper level. As the questions and lies continued, the idea of a tangled web of dishonesty emerged.

The Family Groups also watched a video on Honesty, and as a bi-product of the discussions, created a poster on reasons why one should always be honest. This will be on display in the notice board in the school entrance.

Tomorrow, March 4 is our Annual Auction and I hope that you will be there to celebrate an outstanding year, have fun, and support our students. STEM, which stands for the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is the focus of our fund-a-need.  The project includes a redesign and upgrade of the entire Science classroom to foster greater collaboration, exploration, and allow for STEM related activities. The project also calls for the purchase of new technology and equipment, such as a digital microscope, 3D printer, robotics and coding resources, and tablets to name a few. This is a project that will impact all the students at Saklan and we hope for your support in achieving our goals.

Have a great weekend,


What Can You Hear?


The second graders are busy exploring the properties of sound and learning about the parts of the ear. They have done many experiments to see how sound waves travel. They held a clock at the end of a yardstick and listened to see if the sound traveled through the wood. They struck a tuning fork to see what happened if you held a ping pong ball on a string and let the tuning fork touch it or if you put the tip of the tuning fork in a bowl of water. They discovered that sound travels through solids, liquids, and gasses and without vibrations there is no sound. The children also brought in sounds for us to guess and even learned to sign their names using the manual alphabet.

News From the Sports Court

The Saklan Suns rise again! Last night, the Suns played The Berkeley School in basketball.  Two games were played; varsity and junior varsity. The Berkeley School won the first game 48 to 34, and the Suns turned it around the second game with a 22 to 12 victory. Overall, the experience was positive and fun.


The basketball season has consisted of eight games against three schools and will conclude next Thursday, March 9 after school with two games against the East Bay Waldorf School here at Saklan.

So show up and help the Suns finish strong.

Let’s go Saklan!

Frank Stella Class Project

Based on Frank Stella’s Shoubeegi 3D painting (at SFMOMA), the 2nd grade started with cutting out organic shapes and painting in layers on cardboard.

Here they are gluing together their final compositions.

Save the Date!


Annual Concert

Motown, Funk and Soul Music

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Lesher Center for the Arts

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

is coming up on Friday, March 31 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

Grandparents whose addresses we have on file will be receiving an invitation in the mail next week. Look for an extra copy of the invitation in your child’s backpack today.

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

At Flag this morning, our eighth graders presented their Legacy Baskets, which will be auctioned off next Saturday night. 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. Our eighth grade students have been a remarkable group this year and have been outstanding role models to our younger students. 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.


The qualities, attitudes and leadership skills that our eighth graders show embody our school mission, and the ultimate goals of our Middle School program. The Middle School is a unique time of change, and at Saklan, we recognize that each student has their own learning style which is why we focus on each student’s individual needs. Our teachers use creative approaches in teaching so that each student discovers how to learn effectively. Through our small classes, distinctive teacher-student relationships, and genuine concern for each student, we emphasize social emotional growth, academic excellence through critical thinking, and commitment to community through leadership and extra-curricular opportunities.

Ultimately, Middle School is a time for personal discovery and learning how to become a positive member of the community. Our students are provided with opportunities to learn who they are, what makes them stand out, and most importantly, who they want to become. Each day is purposely blended with academic challenges and personal growth encounters to keep the teachers motivated, and the students focused on reaching their personal best. All of this is supported by our small class size which, like in our Lower School, allows teachers to go above and beyond academic excellence, and foster the confidence and habits of mind that will assure success in later studies.

Next Saturday, March 4 is our annual Auction and I hope that you will be there to celebrate an outstanding year, have fun and support our students. STEM is the focus of our fund-a-need and I will write more about that next week. I would also like to recommend an outstanding STEM event being offered at St. Mary’s College for our Middle School girls on March 18th.

Have a great weekend,


Don’t Be Late For This Very Important Date!

There are just 2 more days to RSVP for our 1920s glam and fundraising!  Please click HERE to buy your tickets to our Annual Auction on March 4.

Here’s a peek into some of the items being offered:

Sign-Up Parties:

1)   An Intimate Indian Dinner Under the Stars hosted by the Edwardson and Phadnis families for adults only.

2)   Drive-In Movie to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” with Ms. Kim, Ms. O, and Mr. Zippin for students in Grades 5-8.

3)   Clam Bake for Saklan families hosted by the Chois and the Darbys.

4)   Pool Party for Owlets, Hoot Owls, Kindergarteners and their families.


Live Auction:

1)   Thanksgiving Week at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2)   Private Vacation Home near Osaka, Japan

3)   Wonderful Waikoloa for a Week on October on the Big Island, including homework free passes

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Student Art:

1)   Middle School Art: America Today (a contemporary reflection of Thomas Hart Benton’s work by the same name)

2)   Lower School Art: An Homage to E.A. Seguy (famous butterfly artist and entomologist of the early 1900s)


The Sky’s the Limit for Science at Saklan! This year’s Fund-A-Need will provide a facelift, in Hollywood fashion, to our science room and bring more STEM into the classrooms for all of our students.

Each bidder who donates at the $10,000 level will receive one archival quality personalized, signed, and framed print of the iconic Earthrise photo taken by Saklan grandfather, Astronaut Bill Anders from his historic Apollo 8 Mission in 1968. Earthrise is included in Time’s 100 Most Influential Photographs of all time.

So, please join us for An Evening In Old Hollywood. Buy your tickets HERE today!

Seventh Grade Field Trip to Hawaii


Three weeks ago, the 7th grade ventured to Hawaii, after studying for a good month on the organisms that live there, the Polynesian culture, and the Westerners influence; including both the war and farming. The students visited many sites, where they had to show their understanding of the environment or of the Polynesian culture. They also had some amazing experiences as a class. These included trying to make fire at the Polynesian Cultural Center, racing through one of the world’s largest mazes at the Dole Plantation, taking part in a beach cleanup where they helped prevent plastics from making their way out into the ocean, and swimming under a freezing waterfall at Waimea Falls. When we returned, we asked our students why we take them to Hawaii of all places to study culture and adaptation. Here is one of the great responses we got to this question:

The Hawaiian Islands are a great place for us to go to study evolution and history. Its environment makes for a great place to learn about the evolution of organisms that are unique to Hawaii and to see adaptations of many species. One thing that sets creatures in Hawaii apart from others is that many are unique to just the island of Hawaii. There are a lot of rare plants and animal life that have grown and adapted specifically to the tropical environment of Hawaii. For example, many vines have learned that in order to get enough space and sunlight to grow, they must climb up trees for great support and enough room to flourish. In addition, the animal life on the island is vast and can be seen almost everywhere. This allows for us to get an up close and personal look at the majestic creatures that inhabit this island.
From a historical standpoint, Oahu also holds great importance. This is where the Pearl Harbor bombing took place and took the lives of many brave men. This was important for us to learn about because in order for us to prevent tragic events from happening in the future, we must first be educated on the past. Also, it allows us to see an important day in history up close. We also studied the effects of leaking oil in Pearl Harbor. We were taught about how seven liters of oil leaks from the USS Arizona daily and how that effects the environment around it. This causes damage to the surrounding marine life;  Ms. O taught us about the interesting and sad effects. For these reasons and more, I feel Oahu was a fantastic place for us to study and learn.
– Olivia