News from SEA CREST SCHOOL
Sea Crest Currents
October 27th, 2016
Spotlight: Music

Hello Sea Crest Families,

It has been an exciting year in Music! We have been learning the musical elements: melody, harmony, rhythm and timbre, as well as practicing instruments in our classroom.  

In Lower School, we have been creating the foundation to understanding music: singing diatonic scales (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) and performing them on classroom bells, learning how to listen to music and allowing students to put their musical ideas into practice through Garageband composition projects. 

In Middle School, our two explorations have been rocking! In "Music Technology", students are learning how to use basic recording software and will soon build their own short song portfolio, performing live sound recordings on synthesizers and MIDI instruments. In "A cappella", students have focused on practicing proper vocal techniques and, as we fight through nervousness, beautiful voices emerge! 

It is been such a wonderful experience working with each and every student! I look forward to the continued growth of our music program and the many exciting performances to come!

Sincerely,

Marcus Cooper
Music Teacher

Admission
Admission Open House
Saturday, November 5th
We are hosting our K-8 Admission Open House this Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m . This event provides prospective families with the opportunity to learn about the innovative programs and resources at Sea Crest. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors, and share the event on Facebook!
Siblings Applying?
Please let us know --
If your family is planning to apply for a sibling for the 2017-18 school year, please let us know so we can assist you in the admission process.

Contact our Director of Advancement Michael Thompson:  mthompson@seacrestschool.org, and  click here for more information.
Parent Education Series
Speaker Dana P. Blum
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!

Upcoming Parent Workshops
Save the Date!
Managing Screen Time,  Friday, January 20th, 8:30 a.m.

Distraction, Multitasking & Time Management,  Friday, March 17th, 8:30 a.m.

Social Media,  Friday, April 28th, 8:30 a.m.
Reminders
Halloween  K-8  A ssembly & Costume Parade, Monday, October 31st, 8:30 a.m., beginning  in the gym. All students should come to school in their costumes and bring extra clothes to change after the festivities.  This a great photo opportunity!

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!

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 Thank you!
Community News
Winter Break Basketball Camp, Grades 3rd - 8th,  Tuesday, January 3rd - Friday, January 6th, Cunha Middle School, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Instructed by HMBHS Girls Basketball Team with the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside. For more information, email basketballfromthecoast@yahoo.com, or call (925) 286-8290.

Sewing School for Kids, Mad Stitches, Half Moon Bay. Hosted by Vanessa Love. For more information, email vtlove.madstitches@gmail.com, or call  (650) 269-0304.

Talking with Kids: Politics ,  Alison Park, Blink Consulting, recorded a podcast with The MomVent, a mom-focused podcast whose mission is to help parents survive with helpful tips and much needed laughs. Please feel free to listen and share forward. 

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