California Regions

The Fourth Graders just finished studying California’s regions – coast, mountains, central valley, and desert. They were each assigned a region, which they then researched. After that, they wrote a research paper and created a collage using magazine pictures.

In addition, they were tasked as a group to take a song of their choice and rewrite the lyrics to tell a story about their region. Each group chose very unique songs and made them informative and entertaining. The Fourth Graders truly rocked the house!

Honoring Our Vets


At Friday Flag, the Hoot Owls and 4th Grade took a moment to honor all of our courageous and dedicated Veterans, by singing the military songs for all branches of the armed services: the Coast Guard, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines, and the Army. We thank them for all that they do to keep our country safe.

Fall Leaves & Gratitude Poem

The Hoot Owls spent some time this week with their buddies, the Fourth Grade, and created vibrantly colorful fall leaves. The end result of this paint-filled activity is loads of beautiful leaves that will be used to create our Gratitude Tree. They also brainstormed ideas for a Gratitude ABCs poem, which represents all of the things that we are thankful for. Hanging out with our Buddies is the best!!!

Family Groups This Month

This past month, the students at Saklan have been learning about Self-Regulation. On Tuesday, our 8th graders led their first family group meeting of the year around this topic: helping the students to recognize or identify when they need to help themselves to achieve a goal, task, assignment and being able to get themselves back on track. The students watched a video staring cookie monster, where he must fight his urges to eat his cookie partner in order to save a princess. The students saw that sometimes not one solution is enough.

Each family group was then given one issue that might happen at school, and came up with tools that could help them overcome that, so they can get back to the task at hand.   These included: when a child is stressed, when they can’t stop giggling, when they are angry or upset (at a friend or situation), or when they are having a hard time focusing. Each family group made a poster showing their tools on the cookies, surrounded by their own cookie monster! Come check these out in the breezeway!

Villains in the Gold Fields

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The Fourth Graders did it again! They put on a tremendous performance of the melodrama, Villains in the Gold Field. For our dress rehearsals, we invited our buddies, the Hoot Owls, to come and see the play, as well as the First, Second, and Third Graders.  It was especially fun to see our buddies participate in their first melodrama. For the final performance, the parents came, and we made a party of it. There was singing, acting, chanting, laughing, cheering, and of course eating. We had a great time! Well done, Fourth Grade!

Hoot Owl and Fourth Grade Buddies

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It was buddy time this week as the Hoot Owls and 4th grade worked on a project to honor our departed vets as well as our flag. Look for the red, white and blue on the board in the foyer.

4th Grade Coloma Trip


Eureka! That means “I found it!” The Forty-Niners used this word all during the Gold Rush of 1849. It can also be found on the California State Seal. The Fourth Graders could be heard saying that as well numerous times during our trip to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School, especially when they were panning for gold.

We spent two days and one night in Coloma immersed in all things Gold Rush. Our first day was rainy and cold, but we persevered like true 49ers. We learned how to make cornbread in a dutch oven over hot coals, how to build a structure, sew gold pouches, and square dance. The second day was sunny, which allowed us to explore the city of Coloma, visit Sutter’s mill, James Marshall’s cabin, and much more. We would like to give a special thank you to our chaperones. We couldn’t have done it without you! It was a great trip!

California Missions

The students have been studying, researching, and writing about missions as part of their study of California history. The class worked in groups and they used all of this knowledge to create, design, and build four new missions for the California mission chain. As many of you know, the missions are primarily located along the coast, but to change things up a bit, the students were tasked to create their missions in a specific region of this great state. The students used science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). They had to construct a mission model, create a back story about their missions, and draw a composite map representing the mission.

The final part was presenting these masterpieces to their parents. The presentations were engaging, informative, and fun.