The fourth grade class shared a poetry presentation at Friday Flag last week in which they presented poems called “Behind My Mask.” In the poems, students expressed some of the relatable thoughts and feelings they had been having “behind their masks” during this challenging time. One student expressed his “awe at the world and what is has become,” while others hoped for world peace and safety for their families. One poet noted that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and another dreamed of teaching his own children how to “be kind” one day. As they shared, the students realized that not only were they experiencing similar emotions, but that the rest of the world was as well. Sharing their poetry both in class and at Flag gave the students an opportunity to connect with each other and the Saklan community, and enabled them to view the world from a more global perspective.
Yesterday, the 1st – 8th grade students met in their first family group lesson to discuss the importance of being accepting.
Students introduced themselves, heard a story called The Crayon Box that Talked, and then discussed the story to understand that sometimes getting to know someone or learning how unique they are can help breakdown misconceptions. While everyone of us is unique here at Saklan, it is our similarities and our differences that make us such a special school. From soccer players to cat lovers, artists and passionate young scientists; the more we listen to others, respect our differences, are kind with our words and think of others, the more accepted everyone will feel.
Students then colored their own crayon with a picture of themselves, and listed something they feel makes them special! These self-drawn crayons are to be returned to Saklan, either by the next connect day or the next swap and drop so they can be inlcuded in the Family Group posters that will be put on display in the breezeway.
***We deeply apologize for any technical issues you suffered that may have caused stress during the Family Group time. Ms. O was not able to get into meeting rooms either as she was trying to help people. Zoom locked her out! 😦 We can only assume others were just as frustrated. If that is the case, please know your student can still draw their crayon and return them to Saklan to be included on the Family Group poster. Their teacher can help them with any instructions they need.
In an effort to do a little something fun with our Friday Flag, we asked families to create their own version of Happy by Pharrell Williams. This video certainly made everyone smile and happy this morning!
Special thanks to Noah M. (8th grade) for putting the video together!
With art museums closed, institutions such as the Los Angeles Getty Museum made their collection accessible online. The museum challenged their viewers to choose their favorite artwork and re-create the painting. What does that look like?
Well, branching off of performance art, the 4th-8th grade took on the challenge. Using household items, costumes, pets, plants and beyond, they re-created the artwork of their liking. Each piece is nothing short of creative! The question is, who did it better?
4th graders wrapped up their year in history by creating History Heroes! They selected any person from their 6 Units in 4th grade History to research. Their little gingerbread-people were decorated at home with so much creativity!
Practicing their public speaking skills, they created Flipgrids and shared with others how their hero ultimately contributed to the California we know today! Fabulous way to wrap up our time together in History 4th graders!!!
The Saklan Student Council, along with our partner Pledge to Humanity, would like to thank the Saklan Community for making our food drive a huge success. We collected 1,415 pounds of food for the Monument Crisis Center. Together we made a difference for struggling families in our county.
When the Art Fair was cancelled, Miss Natalie wanted to figure out a way to still share the amazing artwork created by all our artists. A lot of thoughtfulness, patience, hard work, and creativity went into these amazing works of art. Just too good to not share with our Saklan community and beyond!
Artsonia is the world’s largest online collection of student art portfolios. Schools all around the world use this platform. It does need your consent as a parent because of the online public presence your child’s artwork will now have. This week an email was sent from Artsonia and once you give permission to display your child’s artwork online, you are able to view all other artwork that is public as well. The online art gallery will officially launch next Friday, May 22, 2020.
Hats off (or helmets should we say) to Mac and his family for taking the live storytime to a new level. Mac, Melanie and Ben read The Cycling Wangdoos by Kelly Puller in their Le Tour de Quarantine. If you want a good laugh, take a few minutes to enjoy their live reading.
If you would like to do a live reading, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org. Live readings are done through Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm.