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Dear Saklan Community,

Saklan students enjoy having authors come to school to share their stories and talk about the creative process of writing. Last week, we had San Francisco based author and illustrator Jon Agee speak to our Kindergarten to third graders. Mr. Agee told us about his new book called Lion Lessons, as well as some of his other popular titles such as Milo’s Hat Trick and It’s Only Stanley. What was even more engaging for our students was the fact that while he told the stories he also made illustrations. Mr. Agee was truly a funny and creative story teller and our students enjoyed every minute of this talk. 

Next week, our fourth to sixth graders will listen to Ginger Wadsworth, an Orinda based author, whose new book is called, Poop Detectives: Working Dogs In the Field. Ms. Wadsworth will actually bring a dog with her to illustrate parts of the book. She will also talk about her book, Seasons of the Bear, A Yosemite Story, which will be of great interest to our sixth graders before they go to Yosemite for their annual field trip the following week.

Today, we closed school so that all teachers and staff could engage in professional development. Being up-to-date with the latest ideas and practices is important in any profession and especially so in the dynamic field of education where trends and developments are constantly evolving. The entire faculty and some staff attended the EBISA Annual Symposium in Oakland at Holly Names University. EBISA is the East Bay Independent Schools Association, of which Saklan is a member. As such, many of the independent schools in the East Bay were also closed today to allow their faculty and staff to attend this annual conference. The theme of this year’s symposium is, “Meeting the Diverse Needs of Our Students," and will allow our faculty and staff to hear and interact with many leaders of this very relevant topic. The keynote speaker is Hanna Bogen and her presentation is titled, “The Importance of Metacognitive and Executive Functioning Skills for Diverse Learners.”

Have a great weekend!