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

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

The photo above captures the awe of the ocean as the fifth graders learned about sharks... and that was just the end of a very eventful week.

I was casually telling a friend about the children's research at Pillar Point Harbor and the resulting presentations, when she looked at me aghast and asked: "How long have you been in school?"  That's when I realized that the school year was off to a fine start.

Did you know we live next to the largest marine sanctuary in the United States? The fifth graders have learned all about it through the workings of Pillar Point Harbor.  Each child generated questions, took notes, organized the notes, synthesized the information and presented their findings to rest of the class with creativity and humor. Please add the knowledge, skills, and cooperation required to complete this project to their resumes. 

Ask your fifth grader:
  • What's does MBNMS mean?
  • What is a marine sanctuary?
  • How is the habor used commercially?
  • What forms of recreation are available?
  • What kind of gulls of flying around?


Your Fifth Grade Teacher
Anastasia Pickens 

Important Reminders
Science expedition on the San Francisco Bay
Tuesday, October 4, 2016.




  1. snack & lunch
  2. water bottle
  3. sun hat
  4. sunscreen (please apply before school)
  5. close-toed shoes
  6. layers of clothes 

The boat departs from Redwood City at 8:00 a.m.


Students have been busy preparing for their Coastweek presentations on Friday. Mrs. DeWeerd has been absent this week due to a family emergency, but look for a full Humanities update in the next Classroom Connections.

Math & Science

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!


Tuesday 10/4: Field trip (7:15 departure from SC)

Thursday 10/6 - Monday 10/10: Parent-Teacher Conferences


Friday 11/11: Balclutha overnight trip

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 questions ever arise, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are available by email at: apickens@seacrestschool.org and/or hdeweerd@seacrestschool.org. Email is our preferred method of communication. We will check our email after school daily.
  • If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.
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