— The importance of grandparents in the lives of children

 From our Grandparents’ Circle Steering Committee: Kay Beffa, Diane Sikes, Lilia “Toots” Bromley, Theresa Coughlin and Maryann McGuirk, who have been meeting regularly for the past year to create opportunities to honor and involve our grandparents and special friends in meaningful ways at Sea Crest.

Italian Proverb ~“If nothing is going well, call your grandparents.” As with many proverbs handed down through the generations, this one does seem to have some truth!

Grandparents are very important people in the lives of their grandchildren and adult children. “The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren is second in emotional importance only to the relationship between parent and child,” according to Dr. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University. Having grandparents involved in the lives of children offers tremendous benefits, for both the grandchildren and the grandparents.

Dr. Pillemer writes, “Research shows that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel their grandparents influenced their values and behaviors. Grandparents transmit to their grandchildren the values and norms of social order.” 

Sea Crest School welcomes grandparents on campus and their active involvement with their grandchildren’s school life – by volunteering in the classroom, on field trips, and in activities planned by our Grandparents’ Circle.  And remember that the relationship between these generations offers an important marker for the kids: A chance to be aware of themselves in the long generational line of people that led to them!  

Here are some thoughts we wanted to share with you:

What activities do you do to connect with your grandchildren? 

“We write together, we are writing a book together. We share the love of music, we travel together, my best pal. My older, I don’t see them often, but we communicate.”

“They are paying more attention to texting. If I need to make a connection, I text them. They respond quickly. People complain about texting and new tech, but I like it because it’s instant and an advantage to stay closer.”

“Making yourself available for whatever is needed: pickups, Drs’ appointments… parents are busy. I always try to be there for them.”

“Being on call. He invited me to go to the movies and paid with his card.”

Do you have long-distance grandchildren? How do you connect with them?

“I have 10-12 yr old grandchildren in LA, I created a fund for them, but I also gave them a diary to write down how they are using their money. They didn’t spend much money. I’m trying to teach them money management.”

“I sent my granddaughters a treasure card. One of them bought an Apple watch. We spoil them, but we teach them.”

“We travel together every year to Tahoe. Creating opportunities to have the whole family together if it can happen.”

What values or lessons do you hope to teach your grandchildren?

“Family”

“Social justice”

“Self-confidence”

“They always teach ME something.”

“I believe in the Asian philosophy that passing on my values to reflect them who they are. If you are stubborn and passionate, I like to reflect back what you see and teach them to get to know themselves and stand up for who they are. It’s priceless for both.”

What advice do you have for other grandparents?

“Have one-on-one, thoughtful relationships.”

“Give them their own space, especially those nearby, I always call first.”

“Not to step on the parents’ toes. I’m always careful when giving advice to my grandchildren. You can’t be judgmental.”

“Parents need to vent, but sometimes they are not asking for advice. They are just sharing. They don’t need us to say anything, just listen.”

“Be engaged. This is what we are here for now. Help raise healthy children. Make them feel they are important. Our grandkids’ independence is admirable and deserves respect.”

— Astonishing, student-driven behind the scenes

Our students were widely involved in putting on Seussical, The Musical. Middle School students were given the choice to perform or support the behind the scenes through various elective classes during their second trimester, what we call explorations. Some of those who decided to work on the behind scenes were able to design, 3-D print and craft all sorts of props in our Innovation Lab. Others used their artistic skills in the Art Room to create the artwork that served as backdrops during the performances and the cover of the program. Amazing examples of collaboration and creativity, and how we all came together as a community to put on the most colorful, animated show that we have ever created!

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— In the News: A curtain call of community

The Half Moon Bay Review just published a wonderful article about Seussical, The Musical at Sea Crest School and how combined efforts from all members of our community contributed to its success.

By Sarah Griego Guz

The curtain rose on Sea Crest’s “Seussical” as whimsical monkeys, kangaroos and birds with feather boa tails bounded across the stage to the tunes of “Biggest Blame Fool” and “Solla Sollew.”

The triumph of Friday’s final production was the culmination of three months of hard work by both middle and lower school students as well as the effort and dedication of parent and community volunteers.

On stage, seasoned veteran Kai Guevara shined as Horton, the sensitive elephant who hears a sound coming from a speck of dust.

Guevara along with Macy Chase, who played Jo Jo, the mayor’s daughter residing on said speck of dust, belted out “Alone in the Universe,” executing every note perfectly.

Among many other notable moments were the appearances of the whimsical Wickersham Brothers, a band of monkeys determined to swipe Horton’s speck.

Monkeys Connor Johnstone, Roman Miele and Guido Togliatti infused humor and a bit of acrobatics into the roles, inducing many a giggle and grin from the audience.

“I thought the performance was amazing,” said technical adviser Andrew Geller. “It was a nice experience doing it at the school, having everybody here. Caleb Goh and Marcus Cooper have prepared these kids extremely well.”

Geller, who has two children who have graduated from Sea Crest, considers the annual event to be a rite of passage for students.

Indeed, as the eighth-graders tearfully take their final bow on the middle school stage, elementary-age children are getting their first taste of the spotlight by participating in bit parts that contribute to the flavor of the show.

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Johnny Brozovich is ready for his cue as sea crest School students put on a musical based on the work of Dr. Seuss

Middle-school pupils are given two options when it comes to the musical. Those who hope to feel the warm glow of the show’s spotlight can take a trimester-long exploration and are assigned a part and then set about preparing for the performance. Others can choose to work behind the scenes, constructing stage sets and crafting props or controlling the light and sound.

Lead light board operator Finn La Guardia is one of those kids. He learned how to effectively operate the light control panel.

On Thursday, he was preparing to put what he learned into practice.

“I was talking to Johnny over the headset,” he said, pointing to where fellow student Johnny Brozovich was safely perched on a scaffold. “It’s fun. All I really need to do is tell him when he needs to do the spotlights.

“I’ve really learned how to use the equipment a lot better,” he continued. “This is an older light board. The new one is a lot more complicated, so this one is pretty easy.”

“Finn La Guardia is doing a great job and is very engaged,” said Bo Putnam.

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Behind the scenes, Andrew Geller, Bo Putnam, Marcus Cooper and Matthew Cerza work to make Sea Crest’s “Seussical” a success.

Putnam, who has a granddaughter in third grade at Sea Crest, volunteered to be the sound technician.

“Finn will be wearing a headset, the guy up there will be wearing a headset, and they’ll talk the entire show,” he continued. “Sometimes I pick up the phone and they’re jabbering. It’s fine because that’s how production works.”

La Guardia is no stranger to the stage. His mother, Greet Jasparert, is highly regarded in the local theater community and has produced her fair share of plays. For “Seussical,” Jasparet helped craft the set as well as advise on prop design.

And speaking of props, one of the highlights was the extra large helicopter hat worn by the Cat in the Hat, who served as a sort of emcee, effortlessly tying all the scenes together.

The contraption, consisting of a large propeller attached to a blue and red dome hat, had been created on the Innovation Lab’s 3-D printer by Kai Lin, a sixth-grader at Sea Crest School.

Sea Crest instructors Khalid Birdsong and Patrick Neary guided Lin and his fellow creators in the art of crafting props of all types.

As opening day neared, Putnam graciously donated a sizable chunk of his time to ensure the sound was up to par.

Putnam, who has worked as a sound technician for the Pescadero Art and Fun Festival and was on tour for eight years with Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band, was instrumental in making sure all the hard work wasn’t lost due to subpar sound.

“I carved out the week and as we got into it,” said Putnam. “You have a little bit of a skill set and you want to help the kids.”

“The volunteers, kids and parents, everyone put in a lot of time, but, as you can see from tonight, it was well worth it,” said Geller after Friday’s final curtain call.

— Seussical, The Musical

By Dr. Caleb Goh, Director & Choreographer, Theatre Arts Teacher

Mounting a musical is extremely hard work, from the direction, lighting, sets, sound, casting process, budgeting, costumes, rehearsals, and much more. Through the past few months, all of these students acquainted themselves with the intricacies of musical making, whether they were embracing a technical challenge, or focusing on a task from a performance perspective.

The amount of work that went into the production was monumental, and my hope is that you felt the heart, exuberance, and soul, in every movement made, lyric sung, word spoken, and tear shed. Talent is only part of the equation defining musical greatness. Hard work, resilience, and imagination is what makes a show truly shine.

Through the journey of one intrepid elephant, I hope you felt the joy and heart of each performer and student involved in the musical. The passion of every student, performer, crew member, designer, and engineer played a part in making the magic come alive on stage. “A person’s a person, no matter how small”.

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Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th
Kohrs Family Center
Sea Crest School


— Five winners at the San Mateo County STEM Fair

Congratulations to our 7th grade Sea Crest School representatives at the San Mateo County STEM Fair this past week. The five of them won a recognition at the event!

  • Matthew Spink with his project “True Green Hydro: Expanding the use of hydro electric power by going small and portable” received the honorable mention award in the Engineering category.

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  • Callisto Lodwick with her project “Effects of different liquids on amount, pH and specific gravity of urine” received the honorable mention award in the Biological Systems category.
  • Emma Steadman with her project “Cookie Sheet Bake-Off” received the 3rd place award in the Materials Science category.

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  • Thomas Cevasco with his project “Is Fresh Air Killing You? Radon: A Deadly Gas” received the 2nd place award in the Earth, Space and Environmental Science category.

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  • Olivia Cevasco with her project “Diabetes: A Bloody Mess, Non-Invasive Glucose Testing” received the 1st place award in the Biological Systems category. Olivia will be going to the California State Science Fair, April 24-25 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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Many thanks to our incredible Science Teacher, Rob Kashima, for guiding our students to this level of excellence!


 

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