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.

Kindergarten Celebrates Diwali

Last Friday the Kindergarteners and Hoot Owls enjoyed a presentation on the Hindu celebration of Diwali. One of our Kindergarten parents, Abhinav Chandra came to school. He and his daughter Naryani dressed in traditional Hindu celebration dress; they showed us a video of how Diwali is celebrated and told us the story of Diwali.


Diwali or Festival of Lights is one of the biggest festivals in India. It is a Hindu festival to celebrate the return of victorious Lord Ram to his capital city Ayodhya after he defeated the demon king Ravan. Hindus celebrate Diwali by lighting their houses with decorative lights, inviting friends and family for a festive meal, exchanging sweets, and above all, bursting fire-crackers.

Later kindergarteners were lucky to try a taste of some traditional Hindu sweets that are eaten during Diwali.

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Today we are launching the new version of the Friday Blog. Congratulations to our Communications Manager, Emoke V, who has been working on a number of important projects lately, one of which is creating a new look and feel for our Friday Blog. Even more exciting will be the launch of our new website on November 18th. To celebrate the conclusion of this major project, we will officially launch our new Saklan website at the Fall Follies. This is another reason to not miss this fun event.


Starting next week, the first Friday of each month will be Spirit Day. All Saklan students can wear any of their Saklan t-shirts instead of the normal uniform top. New Saklan t-shirts were given out for the Walnut Creek parade and will be available for purchase shortly.

At this morning’s flag, which was unfortunately rained out, we had planned to present a total of 241 iKind pledges to Mr. Wendell Baker of the Moraga iKind Committee. Hopefully, we will be able to make this presentation at the next Flag. All Saklan students, staff, faculty, and some parents made a pledge earlier this year to promote and value kindness, treat all people with respect, show compassion and honesty, and demonstrate courage to be kind to each other. The Moraga iKind project was a perfect match for our own Social Emotional Learning program and we focused on Kindness as our first theme and family Group session. I was also pleased to learn that the Moraga iKind Project is offering the community a free showing of the movie “Screenagers” on Tuesday, November 1st at 7 PM at Campolindo High School. The Saklan faculty has recently seen this movie and we highly recommend it to all parents and students in grades 5 and up. The movie addresses many issues that have a great impact on school and learning. Here is a summary of what the movie deals with:

SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Yesterday we sent out a note about our lost and found situation which is becoming critical. Following some good suggestions, and the fact that Flag was cancelled today, we will put all of the lost and found articles out on Monday in front of the school when we have the Harvest Festival. Please come and search for any lost clothing. We will also put them out at next Friday’s Flag.

Finally, I have noticed a trend lately of cars parking at the side of the drive-through lane. This is impacting the flow of traffic and also presents a safety concern. I would kindly ask that parents waiting for students park on the road or in the parking lot across the street which is available for the use of the school.

Have a great weekend!


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