Saklan Students at EF Global Leadership Summit

EF France

This summer, Miss O and Miss Parks traveled with a group of 13 Saklan students and parents through Europe to learn about “future of food” trends related to production, security, sustainability, and climate change. They then met up with 1,500 high school students and teachers from around the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia to participate in a two-day EF Global Leadership Summit – a leadership conference that this year focused on student collaboration to create innovative solutions that address global food challenges. To learn more, please read the article published in the Lamorinda Weekly earlier this month.

Lower School Back to School Night

For Grades PreK – 5welcome

Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 – 8:00PM

At The Saklan School, 1678 School St

We have now completed the first three days of the 2017-18 academic year and I am very impressed by what I have seen at Saklan thus far. I would like to compliment our outstanding teaching staff and supportive parent community for a great start of the year. Following our informal greetings at the Parent Association BBQ, we are now ready to officially meet all parents in Pre-Kindergarten to grade 5 at the Back to School Night. This has been scheduled for Thursday, September 7th, and I look forward to seeing all of you there.  Please note that a second Back to School Night for the Middle School has been scheduled for Thursday, September 14th from 6:00-8:00PM.

The following is the schedule for the evening which will allow the teachers to present their individual program of instruction and discuss general issues relating to the class. I appreciate that some parents with children in different grades may have difficulty in attending the grade meetings. One suggestion would be to have each parent attend a different meeting. You are also free to leave a meeting at any time and join another presentation already in session.  Teachers will communicate their individual parent teacher conference times and will be happy to accommodate a parent that missed their presentation due to a schedule conflict.

6:00 – 6:30PM

  • Head of School Welcome  (Sports Court)
  •  Introduction of Faculty
  •  Board of Trustee Welcome
  •  Parent Association Welcome
  •  Director of Development Welcome

6:30 – 8:00PM

  • Classroom Presentations (in classrooms)

All presentations must end by no later than 8:00PM. In order to facilitate your participation at this important event, we will offer free child care from 6:00-8:00PM in the Humanities Room and Library. If you need this service you must RSVP the office by Wednesday, September 6th. We will not be able to accept any students on a walk-in basis.

Saklan School Hours 2017-18

Pre-Kindergarten               8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Lower School (K-5)             8:30 AM – 3:00 PM      

Middle School (6-8)             8:30 AM – 3:30 PM on Mon – Thu

                                                         8:30 AM – 3:00 PM on Fri

PreK Extended                     2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Lower School Extended    3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Middle School Extended   3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Early Morning Extended   7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

Today was our last flag of the school year.  It is amazing how fast this year has gone by, but equally amazing how many wonderful things have happened at Saklan. Our flag was hosted by two Kindergarten students, Arik Lopez and Narayani Chandra, who showed the confidence and courage to speak in public, which is a trademark of Saklan. At flag, we also recognized our student council and gave out student council awards. Our two Co-Presidents, Mikayla Perrin and Kylie Choi, have shown outstanding leadership this year, which is another trademark of Saklan students. A big thank you to our Middle School Dean, Kim Parks, for advising the student council and helping to develop the skills of leadership, community service and collaboration, which we have seen grow stronger in our student body.


Another area where great leadership has been shown is in our Parent Association. The well-attended, well-supported, and well-organized community events this year, such as our stellar Family Fun Night, is due to the efforts of our Parent Association. A big end-of-year thank you to our PA Board, which is made up of:

Co-Presidents: Vivian Ma & Jen Cogen

Secretary: Sandy Lo

Treasurer: Jenny Park-Choi

Communications: Lori Anders

Room Parent Coordinator: Sandy Lo

Next week is our last week of school and on Monday, our students will have fun participating in the Family Group Field Day. This is the last event in our Family Group program and is one that highlights the sense of community and “being at home” which our students feel while they are at school.

Enjoy your weekend!


First Grade Field Trip to LHS

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The first grade class learned about Pond Life. We ended the unit by doing an indoor workshop called “Finding Animal Clues.” It was a great experience for the kids and they were brave enough to touch different kinds of animals. The first graders also became detectives and worked together to solve a mystery.

One-Room School House

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On Tuesday, the third grade had the wonderful opportunity to spend most of the day in the Tassajara One-Room School House. The students wore adorable pioneer clothes and completed lessons which the school might have been given in the 1880’s. They stepped back in time and wrote with quill pens and ink, used chalk on slate board, and played traditional games. Big thanks to all of the “Pioneer Moms and Dad” that came along and participated in this fun day.

Owlets Bug Hunt

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On Wednesday, the Owlets went to Moraga Commons for a bug hunt. They all had a blast looking for bugs and playing at the park. It was a great way to end their plants and insects unit.

Roller Coaster Project

The 8th graders culminating physics project was to design and create a roller coaster for a marble, that utilized the four forces we learned about in class, had enough momentum to fulfill a loop, and had a slow down stop. Each group used their creativity, math skills, and the scientific method to design, redesign, start over, and eventually create their coasters.

We are extremely impressed with their designs and efforts in this project. They are a great class and we are glad to see they are ready for high school!

Fifth Grade at the Farm

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Last week, the Saklan fifth graders had the opportunity to visit and help our neighbors down the street at the Moraga Gardens Farm.

Our class has been learning about plant life cycles and gardening, so we were thrilled to be able to spend a day in the garden working with the volunteers and learning hands-on about organic gardening. We planted hundreds of beet and chard seeds and helped to move many, many wheelbarrows full of compost to the gardening beds. We also learned about the care of their tomato plants (800 in total!) and how they were all started from seeds at their garden.

We would like to thank Mr. Deva Rajan and all of the other garden volunteers for sharing their knowledge and love of gardening with us, and for allowing us to work along side them in their beautiful garden oasis!

Kindergarten Butterflies

Last week, we finished our butterfly unit by setting free the butterflies that had been with us since they were tiny caterpillars. As scientists we have been predicting and recording our findings since these little friends arrived. Bye bye butterflies!