Dear Saklan Community,
Next year Saklan turns 60! It is amazing to think that our school has been around this long. Founded in 1954, it was originally a preschool located in Lafayette and called the Gertrude Nielsen Learning Center. Mrs. Nielsen subsequently moved the school to the present site in Moraga, re-named it the Carden School of Moraga and expanded the program to include elementary through fifth grade. This later became the Saklan Valley School and then more recently, The Saklan School.
Turning 60 is a big thing and it is our intention to celebrate this milestone in the months to come. To this end we are forming a 60th Anniversary Committee which will be co-chaired by Kay Long Martin, mother of Jacob (8) and Ada (6), and Annie Barendregt, mother of alumni Nick. Kay and Annie, and the committee that will be formed, will organize a number of celebratory events and they will tell us a little about this at the Annual Town Hall which takes place on January 15th, 2014.
Thanksgiving is on our doorsteps and this is naturally a time to reflect upon all the wonderful things that we have in our lives. I would like to express my gratitude for the wonderful community that is our school and to the creative, courageous and compassionate teachers, staff, parents and students that share and work towards our common goals. Please take a moment and think about what Saklan is doing for your children and, if you have not already done so, support our Annual Giving Fund.
Today the first report card for K-8 students will be sent home. Report cards are used to validate the growth and progress that each student has made on their educational journey. I encourage all parents to both celebrate the accomplishments that your children have made and reflect upon goals for the next trimester. This will also be a good time to plan to connect with teachers to discuss any concerns or questions that may have come up as a result of the report cards.
Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday and thank you for being a wonderful and supportive community!!!
Have a great weekend!