— Parenting in the Digital Age: Resources

Aligned to the school’s work with Common Sense Media on digital citizenship, our 2016-17 Parent Education Series was designed to help Sea Crest families tackle some of the most challenging issues in raising happy, healthy and successful children. Here are some of the take-away resources from the workshops:

Here are some of the take-away resources from the workshops:

1) Screen Time (from Common Sense Media)
Top 32 questions asked by parents

2) Media Rules (from Stanford School of Education)
Top 10 tips from Stanford researchers

3) Media Use in School-Aged Children & Adolescents
(from American Academy of Pediatrics)
Revised recommendations:
Easy-to-Read News Report
Actual AAP Statement
Detailed AAP Technical Report

4) Parenting in the Digital Age (from Dana P. Blum)
Materials from the presentation

5) Managing Screen Time (from Donna Blethen)
Materials of the Presentation
Customizable Device Contract
Family Media Agreement
Media Rules – Challenge Success
Self Esteem & Boundaries
Steiner Adair Tips

Many thanks to the wonderful parents who helped organize this successful series of workshops!


 

— After school spotlight: Judo class

This year in JAWS, our Extended Day Program has provided a wide range of opportunities for students to learn and develop their social, emotional and physical development. We recognize that each student has different interests and we strive to support their individuality. Our focus is to model positive behaviors such as responsibility, accountability, and to respect all things and people. Sketching, i-Lab, Chess Club, Band Jam and Glee Club were a few of the classes we offered this year.

Our “Spot Light” class this year has been our Judo Class. Judo is a Japanese word meaning “gentle way,” and is a type of martial art that comes from the ancient Japanese martial art of jujitsu, meaning “yielding way” in which the object is to throw, hold to the ground, or otherwise force an opponent to submit, using the minimum of physical effort. Dr. Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, who holds a third-degree black belt in Judo and was an international competitor and national champion for Guiana, has spent this year with a group of students teaching the ways of Judo. The class ran once a week throughout the school year for grades 4th through 8th.

After School Judo After School Judo After School Judo


 

 

— Why support our Performing Arts Program

We are excited to announce that this year Sea Crest School’s targeted fundraising initiative supports our Performing Arts Program!

Why support our Performing Arts?

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Thank you for your continued support!

We look forward to the bright future of our Music and Theatre Arts program!


— Head of School for the Day

Eighth Grader Ryan Tate was our Head of School for the Day on March 17th. He greeted cars at the curb that morning, participated in the Athletics Recognition Assembly, and then announced that there would be no homework the next Monday (and a Pajama Day the following Wednesday!).

Next, Cole met with school administrators and read to the Kindergarteners. He then helped Ms. Sherri with recess duty. He ended his day with a lunch meeting with Dr. Pernambuco-Wise, Mr. Thompson, and two of his friends before heading back to class at 1:00 p.m. Thanks for your service, Ryan!

Head of School for the Day


— 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 seems 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. We interviewed these wonderful grandparents to learn more about they connect with their grandchildren, what lessons they hope to teach them and if they have some advice to offer other grandparents. Here are some excerpts:

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, (he is) my best pal. I don’t see my older (grandchildren) 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 and I created a fund for them. I also gave them a diary to write down how they are using their 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. We create 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 (who live) 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.”

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! “, said Diane Sikes to conclude the lovely conversation.

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