A Note From Your First Grade Teachers
First Grade Connections
September 22nd, 2016

Dear First Grade Families,

It's been a busy couple of weeks since we last commuinicated on Back to School Night. It was really great to see and meet all of you. For those of you who did not make it, we hope that you have now received the information packets and have returned all the forms to your child's teacher. We appreciate the support and the work you have been doing with your children reading A Day in the Life of a First Grader each evening. It really helps show that we are a team in your child's learning here at school.

This week was Sea Crest's first ever Coastweek! The first graders celebrated the coast by investigating all the fun things there are to do at the beach. On Monday we spent time gathering ideas and creating a class book of our favorite things to do at the beach.  On Tuesday we explored sand and listened the story The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch and made sand art pictures. On Wednesday we listened to surf stories, learned to pop up on our surf boards and decorated our very own surf boards that we shaped in the ilab on the foam cutter. Today we explored tide pools by reading a tide pool book and looking at a tide pool simulation in a tin pan. Tomorrow (Friday) we will get to show off all of our hard work. The other lower school classes will be coming to our classroom to see all that we have done and then we will visit them to see what they have been up to so that we can all share our knowledge. What a great week!

Please ask your student about what we have been up to the past few weeks:

  • building stamina
  • using shelf markers


  • writing about things that have happended in my life
  • writing about a sea creature
  • using my neatest handwriting
  • putting my name at the top of my paper
  • sounding out words
  • calendar routine
  • 10's frames
  • using whiteboards to write numbers

Word Study:

  • initial consonant picture sorts
  • initial consonant word hunts

Social Studies:

  • creating classroom agreements
  • creating classroom community
  • Me Bags
  • routines


  • learning about the brain
  • prefrontal cortex=Brain Boss
  • strengthening the prefrontal cortex by focusing, making good decisions and practicing self control


Your First Grade Team
Stephanie Hanepen, Lesley Stevens and Vienna Klingele 

Upcoming Events

Friday 9/23: Special Ocean Adventure Assembly with two guest presentations and Coastweek at Sea Crest Learning Share Out where lower school classrooms will present their experiences celebrating the ocean.

Saturday 9/24 - Sunday 9/25: We encourage all our families to participate in our Coastal Cleanup Challenge by attending any of the Coastal Cleanup Days organized by the California Coastal Commission. Please click here to find a beach nearby and help us protect our beautiful sanctuary!

Saturday 9/24:

Sunday 9/25:

Don't forget to wear Sea Crest gear and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag: #SeaCrestCoastweek, or email us at communications@seacrestschool.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 9/28: Our first school-wide Preventative Lice Check of the year. Please make sure your child comes prepared:

  • Dry hair
  • No braids, hair clips, or hats
  • Students with longer hair should come with ponytails or pack a hair tie so they can put hair up after they are checked

Thank you for your help in keeping our school lice-free!

Fundraising Opportunity
Purchase a New Leaf Gift Card to support Sea Crest

Do you shop at New Leaf Market? If you do, you can help raise funds for Sea Crest by purchasing a new New Leaf Gift Card, or reloading an existing one with Cathy at the front desk, and using it each time you shop.

The school receives up to 5% when you purchase with this card . You can purchase a card in increments of $50, $100, $250, or $500 by writing a check to Sea Crest for that amount.

Please consider taking this opportunity to help raise funds for our school. Last year we raised over $1600!

How to Reach Us
  • If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.
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