News from SEA CREST SCHOOL
Sea Crest Currents
November 10th, 2016
Speaker Dana P. Blum
Parenting in a Digital Age
Thursday, November 17th, 6:30 p.m., Kohrs Family Center
We are excited to announce the first event of our Parenting in a Digital Age Series!  Dana P. Blum, Bay Area Director for Common Sense Media, will provide an overview of the digital media landscape in which our kids live, learn and play. We’ll discuss media usage statistics, opportunities and challenges presented by digital media, and how parents can navigate this rapidly evolving landscape with their kids.

Dana will offer expert advice on how parents can guide their kids to make responsible, respectful and safe media choices. Special attention will be paid to middle school and adolescents' social media usage, including the digital drama that pervades teens’ lives. She will share their latest research on  Children and Teens Media Usage: 8-18 and Technology Addiction.

Follow-up Coffee 
Friday, November 18th, 8:30 a.m., Extended Day Room
You are also invited to a coffee and a moderated discussion the next morning.  We will provide take-away resources and materials from the evening event. Whether or not you attended the prior evening, we welcome you to join the conversation!

Device-Free Dinner 
Take the challenge!
Did you know that 92% of parents think dinnertime conversation is critical to connecting with kids? We couldn't agree more!

Sea Crest is partnering up with Common Sense Media for Device Free Dinners. Click here to show your commitment to happier and healthier kids!

#DeviceFreeDinner -- Take the challenge!

Thank you to all the families who have already pledged to our Annual   Fund!
We are hoping for 100% participation from parents by  December 16, 2016. We would love to add you to our 100% participation from our faculty/staff and Board. Please click here  to make your gift. Thank you for your continued support!
Parent Resources
How to talk with kids about politics
Following the election on November 8th, many of our students returned to school with numerous questions, some expressing anxiety.

As educators, we did what makes this community strong: meeting students where they were, giving space to process feelings, providing stability through structure and the normalcy of routine. We also provided age appropriate opportunities for discussion and journaling. 

Here are some resources to help you navigate these questions at home with your child:


Talking with Kids: Politics , The MomVent, a mom-focused podcast whose mission is to help parents survive with helpful tips and much needed laughs. 

What Do We Tell The Children?, The Huffington Post.
Faculty Spotlight
We are so proud of our K-6 Spanish Teacher, Paulina Hidalgo, who successfully completed the San Francisco Half Marathon last Sunday. Congratulations!
Upcoming Events
Healthy Transitioning to Kindergarten
Monday, November 14th, 6:30 p.m., Think Tank
Raising Healthy Kids (Ages 5-7) is a workshop series for  Kindergarten and  First
Grade
 parents as an opportunity to help their young children develop healthy self-esteem, resilience and school relationships.

In the first event of the series,  Healthy Transitioning to Kindergarten, we will discuss how to help your children make healthy transitions to Kindergarten: how to navigate the mornings, the evenings and everything in between. 
Fifth Grade Parent Coffee & Middle School Tour,
Tuesday, November 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., beginning in the Think Tank.
Please click here to RSVP and see this NPR article on the value of K-8 schools prior to the event. All Fifth and Fourth Grade parents are invited!

Fall Athletics Recognition
Friday, November 18th, 8:20 a.m., Kohrs Family Center

Athletics News:

  • Sea Crest's A1 Volleyball team finished the season as undefeated champions with a 25-13, 27-25 victory over The Wornick Jewish Day School.
  • Sea Crest Girls Cross Country team finished second overall in the S.S.I.L. Championship Meet.
All our student athletes deserve a shout out. Join us next week to celebrate them!

Tea with Tekakwitha
Thursday, December 1st, 2:30 p.m., Executive Conference Room
We invite you to our second Tea  gathering this year, where we will have a small-group discussion about the strategic vision for our school.  Please sign up here if you would like to attend. 

We will have two more events this year and each of them will be limited to eight people: 
  • Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 24th, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.

Winter Concert / Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Friday, December 16th,  8:30 a.m., Kohrs Family Center

Save the date!
Adopt-a-Family
This year Eighth Graders are leading the Adopt-a-Family initiative once again as part of their service learning yearlong study. Organized through Coastside Hope, the program provides gifts of new clothes, toys and food to hundreds of low-income families in our community. Sea Crest is providing holiday gifts for 10 families. You will receive an email soon with more information.  The due date for all items to be brought in is December 6th.
Reminders
Athletics: 
Please register you child for a Winter I Sports Team by Friday, November 11th, using the following links:  Girls Soccer &  Boys Basketball. You must select the radio button that reads  $175.00 Payment Via FACTS and then submit for the registration to be completed. If you would still like to pay with a check, please send it in by Friday, November 18th. If we do not receive a check from you, we will bill you via FACTS the week of November 21st.

New Leaf Gift Cards:
When you purchase a  New  Leaf Gift Card from Sea Crest or reload an existing one with Cathy at the front desk, the school will receive 5% of every purchase you make, at no additional cost to you.  Please consider taking this opportunity to help raise funds for our school.

Lost and Found:
We will be putting out the items in the  Lost  &  Found  bin on  Friday, November 18th for students and parents to claim. Thank you for supporting us as we encourage students to be good stewards of their belongings and their school.

Severe Food Allergies:
During this time of the year when there are many classroom or school-wide events and celebrations it is important to remember that some students at Sea Crest have severe, life threatening food allergies including dairy, gluten, soy, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. When preparing food for potlucks, bake sales, celebrations, or community gatherings, please avoid peanuts and tree nuts and clearly mark any dishes that may include them. 

Photo Galleries
Do you have photos you'd be willing to share with the school?  Please upload them here, or email them at communications@seacrestschool.org.
Community News
Concert in the Park, Saturday, November 12th, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.,  Mac Dutra Plaza, HMB - T he band  The RiP-TiDEs!  will be playing the hits of the 60's.

5th Annual Wine Tasting Fall Fundraiser benefiting the Table of Plenty HMBSaturday, November 19th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.,  I.D.E.S. Society Hall, 735 Main Street, HMB -  A weekly supper for  struggling families, elders and homeless in Half Moon Bay.  Click here for more information.

Night of Lights, Friday, December 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Downtown HMB - A tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Plaza, a Parade of Lights down Main Street, carolers and musical entertainment, roasted chestnuts and activities for the kids. Many stores will stay open late.  Click here for more details.

Thank You
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