Cielito Lindo

Third Grade Spanish has been practicing the popular song “Cielito Lindo” that they sang at Flag this morning. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

“Cielito lindo” is a popular Mexican song from a Spanish copla, popularized in 1882 by Mexican author Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859–1957). It is roughly translated as “Lovely Sweet One.” Although the word cielo means “sky” or “heaven,” it is also a term of endearment comparable to sweetheart or honey. Cielito, the diminutive, can be translated as “sweetie;” lindo means “cute,” “lovely” or “pretty.” Sometimes the song is known by words from the refrain, “Canta y no llores” or simply the “Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay song.

Commonly played by mariachi bands, it has been recorded by many artists in the original Spanish as well as in English and other languages. It is debated if the song talks about the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in the south region of Spain, or the similarly named Sierra Morones in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. It has become a non-official symbol of Mexico, especially in Mexican expatriate communities around the world, or for Mexicans attending international events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup.

It has been sung by a plethora of artists, such as Tito Guizar, Pedro Infante, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Eartha Kitt, and Ana Gabriel. It was part of the iconic Mexican movie “Los Tres Garcia.”

News from the Sports Court


The lunch time intramural soccer round robin tournament is in effect. Five lower school teams 1st thru 4th grades are playing against each other during lunch and are currently in the third round. Four middle school teams 5th thru 8th grades started playing each other this week. These tournaments will finish the week we come back from break.

Also The Great Saklan Straw Race winter edition will take place in December! Stay tuned for the date.

Let’s go Saklan!

Sixth Grade Trip to Yosemite


In late October, the 6th grade took off to Yosemite for a week of hands on science, team building, connecting with nature, learning about themselves and becoming more independent. It was one of our best trips ever. Between hiking below Half Dome, climbing through giant sequoias, dancing in the rain and supporting each other when they needed it, I know they won’t forget their Yosemite trip. Here are some of the thoughts from the week away.

In the solo hike, I felt connected to nature when I saw the waterfall and just looked up at it. It was so peaceful because it was so quiet, and I heard no one scream or anything except for the sound of rain and the waterfall. – Devin

One of my favorite moments was probably when we saw that bobcat. It happened with the whole class on the second day or the first. I learned what they look like and that they were fast. I named him Ernie. – Abby

I felt connected to the group and nature in the spider caves. I really had to depend on my classmates, listen and focus to conquer my fears. I also had to be aware of my surroundings. I definitely will remember that moment of the trip. – Ysabel

I felt really connected to nature when my friends and I were hiking around Boystown in the morning. It was so fun hiking over the rocks and having those memories with my friends. – Harrison

One of the motives for going on these types of trips are to be away from our families. It helps us stay on the overnight trips better! – Hudson

I think the spider and bear caves were a HUGE bonding experience. We had to help each other through big challenges. I want us to be able to support each other like that for the rest of the year. – Isabel

Eighth Grade Field Trip to LHS

Last week, the eighth grade went to the Lawrence Hall of Science to investigate the properties of Liquid Nitrogen. The students safely worked with the freezing liquid to manipulate matter and see what happens to different items at about -200 degrees Celsius.
They saw balloons completely contract inward, to only crinkle and fill to the original shape once back at room temperature. They also saw leaves crack and shatter once dropped on a table after being submerged in the liquid, and they saw it completely take the energy out of different elastic items.
It was a SUPER fun field trip!

News from the Sports Court


The Saklan School raced against three other schools around the Lafayette Reservoir on Tuesday. Thirty-six runners ranging from 4th thru 8th grades ran 5 kilometers during this cross country event.

Saklan had five runners. Congratulations to Abby (6th) and Ruben (7th) for running a good race; Finn (8th) and Leo (5th) for finishing within the top ten; and Nick (5th) for finishing first. Nick had the fastest time of 20:35 minutes.

This was a terrific event and more are planned in the future, so get out there and run.

Let’s go Saklan!

Dia de Los Muertos


The Saklan students 3rd through 7th grades created their own Dia de Los Muertos Altar curated by Maestra Ester and Maestra Morales. The students made their own art work to contribute to the altar which were made of bright colors and various designs. The students were excited to learn about Dia de Los Muertos again this year but mostly excited to participate on a larger scale.  If you haven’t checked out the altar, please take a look and enjoy in the main entry way of Saklan.

8th Grade Altar


The 8th Grade Spanish Students created their very own theme oriented altar. Coupling our Humanities curriculum with our Dia de Los Muertos curriculum, the students honored those who were killed by police brutality in recent years.


They are currently working on informes/reports on the person they have chosen  to honor and created Spanish artwork with messages, such as: “Las Vidas Negras Importan,” ” Basta,” and “No Puedo Respirar.”

Students will share their reports in the middle of November and 8th Grade parents will be invited to visit.

News from the Sports Court

Last Friday during lunch, Saklan held its first known Hula-Hoop Contest. The contest was inspired by Camp Saklan which held a similar event during the summer. Twenty-three adults and students signed-up for the competition. After twenty minutes of hooping, there were five contestants left. Gracee (5th), Leo (5th), Makenna (4th), Meera (5th), and Will (5th) all participated in a championship round where they had to keep two hoops moving around their waists.

In the end, Will (5th) was the last one still hula-hooping. Congratulations to Will and all other competitors! This fun activity will take place again in the future so start practicing.

Also in the news, there will be a cross-country race for fifth thru eighth graders on November 8th. This race involves other schools and will take place at the Lafayette Reservoir. The course will be 2.8 miles and racers will start running at 4:10 pm. All foot racers please inquire with Mr. Crabtree if interested.

Let’s go Saklan!

Dia de los Muertos

Third Graders decorated sugar skulls in celebration of the Day of the Dead or “Dia de los Muertos.” Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, other Latin American countries, and parts of the United States from October 31st to November 2nd.

On this important and joyful holiday, people celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have died. Altars are decorated with the deceased person’s favorite food and belongings. Marigolds are sprinkled on the graves and along paths to lead the spirits of the dead back home. In some places, spirits are believed to visit the earth on the wings of monarch butterflies.

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