Species Interactions

The sixth grade, as part of their ecology unit, have been looking at species interactions. To do this, they had to portray with a partner the relationship of two organisms found in nature, take pictures of the portrayal, and then make a comic strip with them. They used their laptops to create these impressive comics! Come check out more of them in the science lab!

It’s Time to Dawn Your Glad Rags!

The Saklan School Annual Auction, March 4, 2017


It’s official! The “store” is open! Send in your reply cards to the office or buy your tickets online for a glamorous night at our Auction on March 4.

Interested in chances to win the Grand Prize for the Instant Wine Cellar Raffle or the Catamaran Resort Vacation Raffle? Send in your raffle order form and payment to the office before the tickets get sold out.

Don’t know what to wear?  What’s a Drowsy Chaperone? When does the Auction start?  Answers to these questions can be found here.

Parents, we’re still building our Instant Wine Cellar Raffle… Please drop off your wine bottle donations by February 10. Thank you very much.

Until then, hope all’s ducky and plan on joining us for a mah-velous time, darling!

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Parents,

Yesterday, we held an all-school earthquake drill. Saklan students did an outstanding job of following the prescribed procedures of duck and cover and then evacuating the building in an orderly fashion. To simulate what might happen in a real earthquake, we had one student hide in the restroom, which required our search and rescue team to go back and find her.


Being prepared in an emergency is something we take seriously and practice regularly at Saklan. Every month we do an earthquake, fire or lockdown drill, and our faculty and staff have done an outstanding job in emergency preparedness. After every drill, we do an evaluation and look for issues and improvements. After yesterday’s drill, we discovered that a visitor had signed into the guest book but failed to sign out. In a real earthquake, this might have resulted in a team going back in to search for the missing person. This told us that we need to be more attentive with documenting visitors on campus.


Today, after school, we will run a bus evacuation drill. It is important for our students to also know how to exit from the bus in the event of an emergency. More information on our safety procedures can be found in our Crisis and Preparedness Plan, which is found on RenWeb.

Another safety issue that we are working on is the crossing from the parking lot at Willow Spring Church to the campus. The need for an official crosswalk has been brought to the attention of the town of Moraga, and we are working with Moraga Public Works to address this concern. Until we get this situation resolved, please be exceptionally careful when crossing School Street to and from the parking lot.

Many thanks to the parents that came out to our Town Hall this morning. My compliments to all the Board Members, PA Officers and staff, all of which made excellent presentations. The slides will be posted on our website next week.

Have a great weekend!


An Evening In Old Hollywood Awaits YOU!


March 4 is almost here! You’re invited to our swanky and swell auction gala party! And to help raise funds for Saklan students and teachers.

It’s coming up quick! So, make your list and check it twice for An Evening in Old Hollywood beyond compare:

  • Receive my invitation. Check.
  • Pull out my flapper dress from the back of the closet. Or my cocktail dress. Check.
  • Go online to buy my tickets and sponsor a teacher. Check.
  • Drop off my bottle of premier wine at school or the bus stops: Jan 30 – Feb 3. Check.
  • Buy 10 Vacation Raffle Tickets for $100 and the chance to win a week at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego. Check.
  • Buy a Teacher Appreciation Raffle Ticket for 3 (or more) of my favorite teachers. Check.
  • Buy an Instant Wine Cellar Raffle Ticket for $100—only 52 cards will be sold. Check.
  • Go online to learn more about this ritzy adults-only night in Old Hollywood. Check!


5th Annual Vacation Raffle Drawing: One week at the Catamaran Resort, San Diego, CA

4th Grade at the State Capitol Museum in Sacramento


The Fourth Grade visited the California State Capitol this week. It was a long ride to Sacramento, but worth every minute. They were able to take a tour of this beautiful and historic building where the Governor and our representatives work.

The class was able to see portraits of all the past governors and sit in the Senate meeting room and the Assembly meeting room. It was a wonderful experience and something that every Californian should do.

The Magic of Reading

The second graders have been working very hard on their Dragon and Fairy Tale Unit this month. They read stories in their Open Court reading series as well as many additional fairy tales and fables.

The next task was to write an original fairy tale. This involved mapping out their ideas, writing a rough copy, editing, final copy, and then illustrating their stories.

This unit also included several fun art projects. The second graders designed and painted a castle cover for their fairy tale unit, painted a water color picture of an imaginary dragon, and lastly made “egg carton” dragons. This unit has been a lot of fun.

Book Tasting in 5th Grade

Who doesn’t love to curl up with a good book in your pajamas?  Since Wednesday was Pajama Day here at Saklan, the 5th grade class devoted the entire morning to books and reading!

We began the day with a “book tasting.”  Each student entered the room to find a menu, placemat and book at their seat, plus many other books in the center of each table.  I let the students know they would be getting a “taste” of all kinds of new books!

They had about a minute to look at the book on their plate.  If they truly weren’t interested in it AT ALL, they could trade out their book for one of the books in the middle of the table.  Then, they began writing in their menus the genre, title, and first impressions of the book.  After that, they had about 3-4 minutes to “taste” their book.  During this time, they were reading several pages out of their book.

Each student “tasted” a total 5 different books from different genres, and also helped to recommend books to each other.  At the end of the tasting, they all ended up with a new book to read and a list of books that they can’t wait to read!