Sea Crest Currents
February 16th, 2017
Spotlight: Spanish Program
By Fco. Javier “Cali” Calderón and Paulina Hidalgo, Spanish Teachers

One of our primary approaches to engaging our students in our Spanish language instruction is through the use of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), which is a best-practice methodology that emphasizes language acquisition through oral storytelling and active response from learners while providing comprehensible input. Students quickly become engaged in the process of story creation listening to and speaking en español. Click here to read more and watch the videos!

Essay-Palooza: Fourth and Fifth graders celebrated last Friday the publishing of their essays! Students showcased their essays in a variety of ways, including soapbox presentations, a listening station with pre-recorded podcasts and a gallery display of vision boards. Click here to view photos.
The K-5 Art Show at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery was a success! Thanks to all the members of our community who made it possible, especially Janicee Forchini, Khalid Birdsong and Sara Polgar. Click here to view photos.
Wildlife Associates' Creepy Critters visited our school!  This event was a special thank you to all fifth-grade students and families who helped with the Harvest Party set-up back in September. Wildlife Associates was very appreciative and brought us their fantastic Creepy Critter assembly: a boa constrictor, a tortoise, an alligator, a tarantula and a monitor lizard! Click here to view photos.
Valentine's Learning Buddies: Love cards for our senior neighbors! 

Last Friday, we gathered as a K-8 community to listen to the story  Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. In response to the story, students worked with their Learning Buddies to write notes of kindness and love to our neighboring senior community at Half Moon Village.  
Today, Mrs. Guevara's class hand delivered our notes and a special gift as ambassadors for Sea Crest. The third-grade will continue to connect throughout the remainder of the year with a group of seniors from Half Moon Village for intergenerational activities. Click here to view photos.
Today,  the fifth-grade also spread kindness and love around the neighborhood!  
In the News: Sweethearts go dancing. Father-daughter dances take on more inclusive flavor.  By Sarah Griego Guz.

“When I was first presented the idea of a father-daughter dance, my challenge was, let’s not make it a father-daughter dance, because that’s sort of limiting. So that’s how the dance turned to ‘sweetheart,’” said Director of Lower School Michelle Giacotto. “That was what we were trying to do, to have the tradition of a father-daughter dance that many parents remember when they were kids, but make it more inclusive.” Read more.
Alumni News: Congratulations to Zoe Grisim (class of 2016) who was ranked #1 out of 105 students in the freshman class at Mercy High School in the first semester with a 4.57 weighted GPA! She was also selected, from applicants around the world, to attend a week long dance intensive in London, England this March and was given a scholarship for it.  We are very proud of her!
Upcoming Events
Presidents' Break -No School,  Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th.
K-1 Parent Education:
Healthy Relationships and Communication at Sea Crest
Speaker:  Dr. Keely Sikes Rollings
Monday, February 27th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.Think Tank 

As the final session of the Raising Healthy Kids workshop series for Kindergarten and First Grade parents, Dr. Keely Sikes Rollings will talk about how parent-teacher partnerships are both valued and supported at Sea Crest, as well as discuss tips and tools to navigate the school.
All-School Parent Education:
Distraction, Multi-Tasking and Time Management
Speaker: Laurie Schoeffler, Student Support Coordinator
Friday, March 17th 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. , Think Tank
You are invited! Research shows that media multitasking while studying and learning can have a negative impact on our kids' academic performance. But, learning to work around disruptions (Study...Facebook! Read...Tweet! Homework... selfie!) will be an important skill for their entire lives. What's a parent to do? What are realistic expectations and supportive limits for kids of all ages?

Join us for a guided discussion led by Sea Crest's own Laurie Schoeffler, a former teacher and intervention specialist who has worked with many families to support their children's learning in home and school settings.

Seussical, The Musical
Thursday, March 9th & Friday, March 10th, 7:30 p.m, Kohrs Family Center.
Parent Volunteers: We still need volunteers to assist behind the scenes with the show. We encourage parents to volunteer to help supervise backstage on the evening that you are not in the audience. Volunteers are also needed to help strike the stage and clean-up following the performance on Friday night. This is a great opportunity to earn some valuable Honorable Hours. Each year, the musical relies on the strength of volunteers.
Ticket Sales: We still have tickets available for both Thursday or Friday night performances. If you are interested, please email  Michelle Giacotto by Tuesday, February 28th. Tickets are $25 each. 
Costume Requirements:
  • K-2nd Grade Whimsical Animals: A brightly colored shirt and pants or dress and leggings with a contrasting brightly colored pair of sneakers (Converse, Vans, etc.) 

  • 3rd-5th Grade Whos from Whoville: A Brightly colored stripe shirt and solid color pants or brightly striped dress and solid color leggings with a contrasting brightly colored pair of sneakers (Converse, Vans, etc.)
Children may choose which color to wear but  please avoid neutral colors, such as black, brown, gray, white or tan. Other costume items will be provided by the school. 
Saturday, April 1st, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Long Branch Saloon (321 Verde Rd, HMB)
Ticket Sales: There will be 3 types of tickets available this year.

✯ Boots (Individual/Couples) - $125/each or $250/couple

✯ Chaps Group Tables (Tables of 8) - $1000/8 people

✯ Cowboy Hats Prime Reserved Tables (Reserved Table of 8 with special amenities) - $2000/8 people

Important Reminders
Outdoor Learning Space Survey: As mentioned during our Mid-Year Address,  we value your input and look forward to hearing from you about plans for our Outdoor Learning Space.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey  by tomorrow  Friday, February 17th at 5:00 pm . We greatly appreciate your time and ideas! 

Re-enrollment Contracts:  An email was sent out this week to all parents with important information about  Re-enrollment Contracts  due on Tuesday, February 28th.  If you have any questions, please contact  Michael Thompson.
Parent Resources

Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes? BJennifer Gonzalez. Cult of Pedagogy.

Flexible Thinking: How to Encourage Kids to Go with the FlowBy Katie Hurley, LCSW. PBS Parents.

TED Talk: “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything”By Shonda Rhimes, Screenwriter, Director, Producer.

Community News

How Should I Help My Child With All This New Math? Singapore Math Workshop for Parents, Saturday, March 4th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Menlo Park, CA. Kathleen Jalalpour and Corrinne Khoo Lieu (our Middle School Math Teacher) are nationally recognized math educators and Singapore Math® trainers. Click here for more information.

Coastside Summer Camp Fair, Sunday, March 12th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., New Leaf Community Market, HMB. Click here for more information.

Photo Galleries

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