Owlets Bug Hunt

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For the month of May, the Owlets are learning about plants and insects. On Thursday, they went on a bug hunt with Ms. Sarah Shaffer of Sarah’s Science (also Carson’s grandma). The students explored the grassy areas and collected a lot of cool bugs. They even caught a jumping spider. It was a lot of fun!

Spring PA Talk

“Importance of Global Education and an Update on the Reading Program Review”

Presented by Vickie Obenchain and Kim Parks


 After Flag on Friday, May 18th

Willow Spring Church (across the street from Saklan)


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand from our outstanding teachers why Saklan education is truly one of a kind. First, Ms. O will discuss the importance of Global Education, what it looks like at Saklan and what she learned by going to Senegal. Then, Ms.Kim will review what the Curriculum Committee learned about Saklan’s reading program and present the recommendations for next year and beyond. Together, the approach and programs give our students the “Saklan Academic Edge.” Come join us!

Please email Sandy Lo (sandralo@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

This past week has been one of the best weeks of school this year for all faculty and staff. All week long, we have been thrilled and pampered by the wonderful messages of appreciation, meals and gifts organized by our parents. All of the faculty and staff feel gratitude and thankful for the wonderful community that supports our efforts and inspires us to do our best in our work at Saklan.


On the theme of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to share with you a video clip by poet Taylor Mali titled, “What Teachers Make.” I shared this a few years ago but it is still relevant and very much sums up the complexity, passion and importance that the job of teaching entails. Please enjoy and share.

Next Friday, on May 11th, we will be holding our Saklan Arts Festival from 3:00-7:00PM. Please come and be astounded by the wealth of creativity that has come from our student body during their Art program this year. On the same evening, we will have our Family Fun Night with a movie and BBQ which makes this an event not to be missed.

Next Wednesday, May 9th, all students in Grades 3-5 are invited to participate in the annual Rotary Field Day. This event involves all schools in Moraga and is a fun event for our students. The event takes place starting at 3:30PM at the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School. Mr. Crabtree and I will accompany our students, and everyone is invited to come out and cheer for the Saklan team.

Have a great weekend!


One Room Schoolhouse


On Monday, the third graders went back in time to 1888 and experienced life as a pioneer child at the Tassajara One Room Schoolhouse. They came dressed in their finest pioneer clothes and brought their lunches in a basket or a kerchief tied to a stick. They learned that the schoolhouse is 130 years old and was built when Grover Cleveland was president. The students got to write on slate boards with chalk and also use a quill pen dipped in ink. Some fun recess activities included tug-of-war, jump rope, and walking on cans and stilts. They also sang songs popular in the 1800’s. The third graders had a great day and decided that school was fun in 1888!
Many thanks to our parent chaperones Keely Dreisbach, Charlene Poziumschi and Jen Barry, who all looked fabulous in their pioneer dresses and bonnets!

Homes Around the World


Meet the architects and builders of fabulous homes around the world in the first grade class!

We discussed what homes have in common, learned a lot about countries, climate, culture, and resources.

Kindergarten at Sienna Ranch

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As part of their Farm Unit, kindergarten went to Sienna Ranch this week. Here they brushed horses, collected eggs, stroked chickens, carded wool, held angora bunnies, and even tried some edible flowers. So much fun!

Spring Arts Festival

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Friday, May 11th, 3:00-7:00PM

Students will participate in an Art Scavenger Hunt during school hours from 2:15-2:50PM.


Please come see all the work your child has done this year! They are very excited!