A Visit from a Feathered Friend

Tumbling down from the sky and landing in our play yard, our Owlets and Hoot Owls had a special visitor this week. They were deliriously excited, to say the least. A pigeon!  Close up and personal! They were amused and had many questions. Their curiosity was uncontainable. Look! He has a green bracelet! What is it? Why is it here? Is it hurt?

Our little Friend was tagged with his “name” and his owner’s information. After a little bit of detective work on the American Racing Pigeon Union site, we were able to find out that he was lost and where he came from.

To make a 2-day story short, our Feathered Friend is at home with Matt from Concord.  Matt says “Thank you” to our Owlets and Hoot Owls for showing compassion and concern for the safety and well-being of our Feathered Friend.

Invention Exploratorium

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The first grade class learned about Simple Machines. They each invented their own machine using various scraps of recycled materials. During their presentations, they had to explain how this invention would work and why it was helpful. Way to go First Grade!

Robotics

The 1st grade is in the science lab this month learning about robots and coding. Students have taken part in a few challenges. First, with a push button mouse students had to learn how robots think, and how that is different than we do. They moved their mouse through a track to reach food, water and finally shelter after avoiding danger, such as a cat and fire!

Recently, the 1st graders have moved on to Wonder Dashbots. These are app based robots where the students learn to code for different tracks, sounds, lights, etc. They have become awesome little programmers!

Lindsay Wildlife Comes to Saklan

On Wednesday, docents from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum came to school and did a wonderful presentation for the Kindergarten through Second Grade on Animal Habitat. The students discussed and saw many wild animals that live in our neighborhood and found out about their habitats and adaptations.

To help their learning, the students also saw and touched some wild friends: a tarantula, a gopher snake and a guinea pig. They learned so much and had a wonderful time!

First Grade Learns About Space

Star light, Star Bright. Constellations, What a sight!

These creative constellations, fashioned from marshmallows and q-tips, were made by the imaginative first grade class. The first graders presented all the facts and stories behind their individual constellations.

Each first grade kept a ” Moon Log” observing each night the moon and its form.

First Grade Field Trip to Space!

Our class had a field trip at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. We toured some of the exhibits, we saw a movie about the solar system, and learned more about the planets.

Coming soon… Simple Machines! Look forward to some imaginative inventions!

Student Council Elections

The Saklan School recently held an election for Student Council. The students campaigned by writing speeches and presenting them at Flag. The students voted later that day. We announced the results of the election to the middle school students on Tuesday. Here is a list of the elected officers.

Max B. (8th grade) and Harrison L. (8th grade)

Co-Presidents

                Jordan D. (6th grade)                                       Makenna C. (6th grade)

                           Secretary                                                                  Treasurer

Evy A. (6th grade) and Elishka G. (6th grade)

Co-Publicity Chairs

Lauren A. (8th grade) and Phoebe K. (6th grade)

Co-Activity Chairs

We are very proud of all the students who ran and we are excited for a great year!

Me and My Community

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First grade students have been learning about communities. One of their topics was producers and consumers. They went to Safeway to take a peek of the products in a grocery store. They saw how some of them are made and met people who provide services and deliver fresh goods in stores in our community. They had a great time!

Family Groups

 

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This month, Family Groups discussed collaboration: working as a team, taking turns, listening to ideas, doing your best, and encouraging others. Students read the book: The Dot, where a girl is encouraged to find out she is actually a great “dot” artist. She ends up encouraging others to find out what they are good and what they bring to the community. Students were then asked to create their own dot with something they are good at and bring to their community. Each family group worked together to build paper and sticky dot towers.

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!

Homes Around the World

Homes

Meet the architects and builders of fabulous homes around the world in the first grade class!

We discussed what homes have in common, learned a lot about countries, climate, culture, and resources.