During September and the first week of October, the Hoot Owls, Owlets, first graders, second graders, third graders and fourth graders took their first field experience of the year to Moraga Gardens Farm! Ms. Meredith led each of the classes on the two-block walk to the farm, and then on a tour of the community garden. The garden was filled with eggplants, cucumbers, kale, apples, pears, tomatoes, and much more.
During the tours, students learned that fruits and vegetables grow from flowers after being pollinated. They saw the difference between seasonal trees, such as a peach tree (summer) and persimmon tree (fall). The children saw how vines grow by attaching their tendrils to other structures and plants, and how plants defend themselves from predators. They went inside the greenhouse, heard the bees buzzing in their hives, and got to sample some of the garden’s produce. Lastly, the students were invited to feed and pet the chickens.
The students all had a great time in the garden. Thank you, Ms. Meredith, for leading these interactive, engaging field experiences!
One of our second grade students shared his family’s tradition of celebrating Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, with his classmates. He started his presentation by sharing background information on what Moon Festival is and how it is celebrated.
Moon Festival is a big holiday celebrated in East and Southeast Asia. It celebrates the harvest and it is a time to be thankful for what the year has given to you and your family. It is kind of like Thanksgiving.
Moon Festival is also when the monthly full moon is the biggest and brightest of the year.
During Moon Festival, people eat moon cakes and hang up lanterns. Buildings and streets light up with colorful lights. Families get together for big meals, then watch the bright floats in a parade together.
Kids do not have school for one week and parents do not have work!
Moon cakes are big and round like the moon. They bring good luck to you the whole whole year.
After learning about Moon Festival, the second graders were invited to try moon cakes. These were a big hit with the second graders, and Mr. O’Connell too!
We are excited to offer music enrichment classes this fall! The classes, listed below, will begin on Thursday, September 30th and run through December 16th.
Music & Movement for Preschool & Pre-K on Thursdays from 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Students will experience music through play, movement and singing games. Students will work towards development of perceiving and performing the steady beat in music, identifying and understanding musical form, and recognizing musical opposites such as fast and slow, loud and soft and high and low. In addition, the classes will emphasize the development of proper vocal technique and health. Students in this class will receive complimentary Extended Day care from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. on days the class meets.
Beginning Choral Habits for K – 2nd Grade on Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. The K-2 after school music course will be an opportunity for students to develop beginning choral habits and structure. Students will learn proper body alignment, breathing and vocal techniques and will work on developing beautiful blend with several unison choral arrangements. Later on in the year, students may work towards arrangements in canon and two-part harmony. Singing games will also be incorporated to allow for musical enjoyment and allow the students to engage the music with movement, imagination and creativity.
To sign your child up for one of the above classes, please click on the class name.
During their map skills studies, the second graders have been learning about directions. The students came up with multiple mnemonic devices to help them remember north, east, south and west. A few overheard during lunch were:
Never eat shredded wheat.
Never eat Meredith’s shoes.
After learning about the directions on a map, the second graders learned the essential life skill of using a compass. As a class, the second grade traveled around the school using a compass to help them navigate. After learning to navigate with a compass, the second graders learned how to calculate distance on a map, how to use a map grid, and why both of these are useful skills.
Classes begin the week of September 13th, and have limited space available. If you are interested in signing your child up for one of the above classes, please click on the class name for additional information about the class and sign up options.
Saklan will also have enrichment opportunities for our Preschool and Pre-K friends that will be announced in the coming weeks. Our youngest students take a little more time to settle into the routines of coming to school, so we want to give them additional time before we introduce new classes into their day.
Last year gave us time to think about some of the things we have done for years and how to do them better. One of those things is Friday Flag- a long tradition that we have held out in front of School every Friday morning. After conversations with parents, teachers and students, we will be moving to a new Friday morning assembly called CLAS (Community, Learning, Appreciation, and Sharing).
The impetus to move to CLAS was to emphasize the aspects of Saklan we sincerely appreciate: our community, that love of learning is central to everything we do, that gratitude and appreciation is our lifeblood, and that sharing is how we all grow as individuals.
CLAS will be held on the Saklan Sports Court every other week. This allows each division to meet on the off weeks and hold assemblies that bring them together as a smaller group; the Saklan Sports Court provides a more protected gathering space.
Parents are invited to join us for CLAS by entering campus through the fire lane near the church right at 8:30 a.m.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning for our first CLAS! It was so wonderful to see our entire community in the same space and to hear the words of wisdom and appreciations that the students shared with us. Check out pictures from today’s gathering below.
The Saklan second graders have been turning a scientific eye to the plant world! They started by learning all about seeds, including studying the lifecycle of a plant and what seeds need to grow, and cutting open different fruits and vegetables to see what seeds were inside.
Then, the students were put in charge of planting their own bean seeds. Fortunately, the second grade classroom has a sunny window sill, and the second graders got to watch as their seeds sprouted and grew. Each day, they had the opportunity to measure their plant, and track its progress in their plant journals.
Now that they’ve gotten big enough, each student will get to take their plant home and continue to make observations to make its growth and other changes over time.
The second graders in Mrs. Prizeman’s class closed out their biographies unit by embodying noteworthy figures from throughout American history. After researching about the life of their chosen person–including their childhood, noteworthy accomplishments, and overcome challenges–each student created a short video to teach others what they had learned.
Many students pulled out all the stops–including costumes and accessories–to bring their historical figure to life! To see Saklan creativity at work, and to learn more about people who made a difference, watch the video here!