Environmental Stewardship

This year at Sea Crest, our programmatic focus is Environmental Stewardship.

Our vision for the program is that…

  1. our learners will feel emotionally connected to the natural world;
  2. students will understand basic ecological concepts;
  3. their actions and habits will show that they are responsible stewards of their local and global communities.

Teachers from all grade levels are working together to help students understand that when we throw things “away,” they don’t really go away. Click here to view “Reuse,” “Recycle,” and “Landfill” signs we made for our classrooms.

More Environmental Stewardship news:

  • There is now a water bottle filling station in the Middle School in addition to the one in the gym. Everyone is encouraged to use reusable water bottles!
  • Fifth Graders prepared our garden for planting as part of their Science curriculum.
  • Environmental Stewardship Coordinator Michaela O’Connor is leading an after-school gardening club as part of Extended Day.


Happy Thanksgiving from Sea Crest School!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sea Crest School!
Click here to watch a video greeting from our students.

Kindergarten: November Update

Dear Families,

In the spirit of gratitude, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate all of you for a great many things. Thank you for volunteering to help us in the classroom, thank you for giving us warm words of wisdom and insight about your children, and thank you for being you. This is a remarkable community of which we feel grateful to be connected.

Ask Your Kinder About…

Dinner table conversation starters:

  • Our Thanksgiving Friendship Feast and Turkey Tango performances. What are you thankful for?
  • Making and identifying repeating patterns in math. (Help your child choose some household items to create patterns at home!)
  • Strategies for writing words to label our stories in Writer’s Workshop.
  • Meeting in small groups in Reader’s Workshop.
  • Celebrating holidays with our older Learning Buddies.
  • Making patterns with our bodies. What’s the fanciest pattern you can make?
  • Pumpkin experiments: Did your pumpkin sink or float? Why?
  • Calming strategies for self-control in Friendship Workshop.


First Grade: November Update

Dear First Grade Families,

Our classrooms are bursting with excitement. Our bulletin board shows all the things that we are thankful for this season. Please stop by with your child and admire their hard work and gratitude!

I am thankful for my dog Max

Here is what we have been up to the past weeks:


We have added yet another decoding strategy as a tool to help when we get stuck on a word we are reading. Asking “does it make sense?” is a way for your child to self-monitor as they read to ensure that comprehension is happening. After all, the whole reason we are reading is to understand! During your nightly reading homework time, instead of correcting the words they misread, prompt them by asking if it makes sense the way they read the sentence. This should encourage them to return to the word that is out of place and use the other word attack strategies we have previously practiced: Look at the Picture, Get Your Mouth Ready, Chunk and Cover, find Little Words in Big Words, and Skip and Return.


Our How to Books are nearing completion! We will continue to put the polishing touches on the pages that explain the steps in the process and then begin adding things such as a dedication page, a new words page for our bold words, and an about the author page.

Word Study

Over the past few weeks, students have been working with consonant digraphs. Digraphs are two letters that when put together make one sound. The digraphs we have been exploring are SH, CH, and TH. The students have been brainstorming words with these sounds at the beginning and ending of words, along with completing activities and playing games to reinforce the concept.


We completed our fifth math assessment last week. Students showed what they learned about plane shapes as well as solid shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres, rectangular prisms, and pyramids. They also recognized shapes divided into equal halves or fourths, and shaded parts of the whole shape. This week, we begin to count, read, and write numbers 11 to 20. As we recognize the numbers as one group of ten and a particular number of ones, it will set the stage for the concept of place value. This is a key stage and sets the foundation for developing the idea of tens and ones and being able to make sense of two-digit numbers.


The students have begun our second unit of study, Testing Materials. We will continue to investigate the materials in our First Grade Museum by performing tests in our classrooms. The students have learned what a ‘fair test’ is: a test where only one variable changes, and have worked in pairs, following directions in a book to build a ‘Puffer Machine.’ Then they tested their machines on a collection of objects made of wood, paper, fabric, plastic metal and glass. They recorded their findings in their science journals.

Social Studies

Our school study continues as we have started exploring maps. Last week we investigated maps from many different places; states, countries, cities, towns, theme parks, etc. We talked about side view and birds eye view maps. The students mapped their lunches from both perspectives. We talked about the importance of information on the map using a legend or a key. The students mapped their bedrooms at home and did a fabulous job! All this map work has led to us mapping Sea Crest School. We have created a legend and have started walking the school, map in hand, marking and charting where everything is located.


Mrs. Kohrs has joined us to lead Technology classes in our classroom. We created a picture that showed how we are connected to our classmates and a holiday themed web of related ideas. The app is called Popplet and there are free versions available. A few students have asked to continue this learning at home!

Innovation Lab

Last week we decided to add a challenge to a few of the iLab stations. At the domino station, the challenge was to work together to build the longest domino train. With connecting cubes, the challenge was to build the tallest structure, and with wooden blocks it was to build a structure using only one piece at the base. The students enjoyed the challenges and are asking for more.

Character Education/Mindfulness

After our K-8 Assembly last Friday, we met with our Learning Buddies to practice grouping feelings according to four zones of regulation. The Blue Zone is for emotions such as being tired or sad. The Green Zone is calm or happy. The Yellow Zone is for when we begin to feel frustrated or overwhelmed, and the Red Zone is where we feel angry or out of control. As our awareness of our emotions increases, we understand what tools to use to help increase our self-control.

Environmental Stewardship

Our Friday assembly concentrated on how and why we should become stewards of the world. We hope that our students will think more about where their things come from and where they go after we use them. We cannot really “throw things away” because nothing truly goes “away.” We will strive all year to reduce the amount of waste we make, reuse what we can, and only then send what is left to the landfill.

Additionally, we had the opportunity last week to get out to the garden with our Fifth Grade Learning Buddies. We planted fava beans and will be checking on their progress and helping to tend and water them in the weeks to come.

We are thankful for you and all you do!


Your First Grade Team


Second Grade: November Update

Dear Second Grade Families,

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to:

Character Education

Character Education is embedded throughout the day, from our morning meeting to lining up at the end of the day. Some things we’ve been working on are cooperation, classroom agreements that align with our Guiding Principles, body movements to help us stretch, and yoga for whole body mindfulness. During whole group time, students practice “Whole Body Listening.” The expectation is that students listen with their eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, brain, and heart.

World Discovery

Our visit to Francis State Beach to bird watch and learn more about snowy plovers kicked off our science study of Sandy Beaches. Thank you to our parent volunteers for chaperoning! We continue to investigate what other plant, animal life, and non-living things we can find on our beaches. As we enter the holiday season, we have begun talking about our own family traditions and investigating a little more about where our own families originated.

If your family has a special story or tradition you would like to share with the class, please let us know! We would love to have you or a grandparent visit and share. If that is not possible, please feel free to send your child prepared to share a tradition with the class. We are learning about the tradition of oral storytelling all over the world. In the spirit of gratitude and cooperation, we will make our own Friendship Soup.


We are playing games to practice adding two and three digit numbers with and without regrouping. It is necessary for students to fully understand place value before they can regroup when adding larger numbers, so we are giving them many opportunities to practice building these number skills with base-ten blocks so they can actually build, see, and check their answers by counting the blocks by ones, tens, and hundreds.


Students continue to practice choosing “just right books” for independent reading. We are meeting in reading circles and enjoy whole group read-alouds, including reading different versions of the folktale “Stone Soup” and other nonfiction stories about Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving. We are enjoying reading suspenseful stories to the class, including stories about Día de los Muertos, which is celebrated in many Latin American cultures.


This week we are looking at how to add ‘s’, ‘ed’, and ‘ing’ to root words. Additionally, each child is working on learning to spell Second Grade core words correctly. You will see these core words on a list in the homework folder on Mondays. Please help your child study these in a fun way throughout the week. There will also be a list of 5 content words. These words are optional for studying the correct spelling. Your family can choose to study the spelling or to just discuss the meaning of the words.


We finished the final copies of our spooky stories and set about reading our published books at the Spooky Story Breakfast! It was delightful to see your children read aloud their original stories in small reading circles. Thanks to all who were able to attend and to the parent volunteers who provided the tasty morning treats. We really appreciate it.

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