What Great Parents Do with Erica Reischer, Ph.D.


Join us for this informative talk with therapist and author, Dr. Erica Reischer. Erica will present highly useful parenting advice from her best selling book, “What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive”.


Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, speaker, and parent educator.  Dr. Reischer’s writing about children and families appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Reischer earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development, and is an honors graduate of Princeton University.  A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, she sits on the advisory board for Happy Healthy Kids and continues to lead popular parenting classes at schools and organizations such as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Habitot Children’s Museum, and University of California.

Wednesday, February 15

7:30 – 9:00PM

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

RSVP required

Head’s Corner

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Happy New Year! I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable time with your family and friends. After two weeks of relaxation, it is great to be back at Saklan and start 2017 with a very enjoyable Flag and hear what our Grade 8 students learned from their week-long Washington D.C. field trip. We were also fortunate that the weather was dry and sunny, something that we have not seen much of this week. Next week, it looks like we will be having more rain, so for the days, and maybe weeks ahead, please keep an eye on the weather forecasts and make sure that your children’s rain jackets, hats and rain boots are ready to go.

Community service is a very important aspect of our program at Saklan. Each year our community and students engage in a number of activities that support our local community, both through direct involvement, such as volunteering at a food bank, or indirect involvement, such as raising funds for worthy causes. Starting this month, we will be supporting an important local project, the Lamorinda All-Access Playground. This project is being sponsored by the Moraga Rotary and is supported by many local schools, clubs, organizations, and businesses. The project involves the building of an all-access playground in the Moraga Commons that will provide specialized recreational equipment to benefit children of all abilities. Here is a link to a recent article about the project in the Lamorinda Weekly.


This is a community project that truly speaks to the Saklan mission and resonates with our educational philosophy of building an inclusive community and valuing the importance of play and movement. To this end, we will be running a series of bake and hot chocolate sales during the month of January with the proceeds being donated to the Lamorinda All-Access Playground Project. These will take place on three Friday afternoons, which are January 13, 20 and 27 from 2:00-3:30PM in the Hoot Owl room. Baked goods and hot chocolate will be only $1.00. A big thank you to the Student Council and to the many parents that are contributing with baked goods. Please support this important community project.

Have a great weekend!


Kindergartners And Their Buddies

Last week, Kindergarten spent time with their buddies reading their incredible stories that they have worked so hard on. Later, they developed their amazing collaboration skills making gingerbread men and snowflakes.

News From The Sports Court


Basketball players wanted! Fifth through eighth grades! Starting in January, The Saklan School has scheduled seven games against four other schools. We have to start preparing to host some of these games and travel a short distance for others. All interested players start playing as much as possible during recess and learning periods.

2017 Basketball Season

Saklan Suns Basketball Team Fifth Grade thru Eighth Grade

*Tuesday, Jan. 17th German International School vs. Saklan 4PM

*Tuesday, Feb. 7th Contra Costa Jewish Day School vs. Saklan 4PM

Thursday, Feb. 9th Saklan vs. CCJD 4PM.

Tuesday, Feb. 14th Saklan vs. East Bay Waldorf 4:15PM

Thursday, March 2nd Saklan vs. The Berkeley School 4:15PM

*Thursday, March 9th EBW vs. Saklan  4:15PM

*Tuesday, March 21st GIS vs. Saklan 4PM

*Four home games, three away

Let’s go Saklan!

Good Humor Month Is Here

January is Good Humor Month at Saklan!  Saklan’s Student Council has planned a month full of fun! We have chosen a different theme for three Wednesdays during the month. Please have your child dress in clothes that relate to the specified theme. At lunchtime each Wednesday, the Student Council officers will facilitate a cooperative activity between grades 1-8. We hope these activities encourage teamwork and build school spirit. Please refer to the list below for days, themes, and activities.

Wednesday, January 11: Sports Day

Students should wear a jersey, shirt, sweatshirt, hat, etc. of their favorite sports team. It can be a professional team, a little league team, or any type of team in between.

Activity: 3-Leg Race (4 students from each grade)

Wednesday, January 18: Crazy Hair/Clash Day

Students are encouraged to wear clothes that are outrageous and do not match. Also, students should style their hair as crazy and wild as possible. Yikes!

Activity:  Freeze Dance Contest (everyone)

Wednesday, January 25: Pajama Day

This is a Saklan tradition! Students should wear their favorite pajamas and slippers to school. Remember that your pajamas have to be school appropriate!

Activity: Limbo Contest (everyone)

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

We’ve come to the last act of the 2016 academic year and it’s hard to believe that this event filled year has come to an end. The final act has been the superlative rendition of Seussical KIDS by our Grades 3 to 5 students this morning. Thank you again Mrs. Chaffey and all the teachers and staff that helped, for creating the stage and the enthusiasm. Ending our year with such a showing of talent and passion is a fitting way to sum up the Saklan experience and underscore our mission of thinking creatively, acting compassionately, and living courageously.


With the start of 2017, we will continue our school-wide discussions around creating a vision for the future of Saklan. This will take place as a round table discussion on January 6th at 9:00AM. Another important event in January is our Town Hall meeting on January 27th. It will be at 9:00AM right after Flag. Please make sure you put this date on your calendar as there will be a full agenda of important announcements and news that will interest the entire community.

As I reflect on the year 2016, I am pleased to affirm that each student has tried his or her best and has moved a little closer to reaching his or her full potential. I am very proud of them all. I’d also like to thank each of you for your contribution to our community. It’s the people of Saklan that make it such a special place and I appreciate your support and positive energy. I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful break together and I wish you many blessings in the coming New Year.

Have a great holiday!


Invention Convention

The first grade class learned about simple machines. They each invented their own machine and then created those machines using various scraps of recycled materials.

During their presentations, they had to explain how this invention would work and why it was helpful. Way to go First Grade!