— In the News: Farmers market unit sprouts ideas for community, business

Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on June 14th.

Sea Crest students ground learning at farmers market. By Sara Hayden.

Farmers Market

The Sea Crest School first-grade farmers market was a chance for kids to do some hands-on learning

Out of the fog came sparks of color at Sea Crest School — blushing nectarines and cherries, blue hydrangeas in mason jars and purple eggplants no bigger than a palm. With the sharp tang of garlic in the air, first-graders gathered on a cool Friday morning to manage their school’s annual Box Town Market and sell their wares.

It was the last event of their social studies unit. They had rolled up their sleeves and dug into the dirt, planting fresh lettuce, beets and carrots, connecting the food on their tables to the ground in which it’s grown, as well as others who would eat it.

Farmers Market“It’s all about self and how we fit into the world,” teacher Stephanie Hanepen said. “We talk about what makes Half Moon Bay such a unique community to live in … We talk about seeds, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting.”

“They get a grip on and an exposure to one of the things I see as one of the miracles of the world,” said Coastside Farmers Market manager and Half Moon Bay Farmer of the Year Erin Tormey, who had the honor of cutting a ribbon to kick off the event. “It’s such a holistic, healthy thing … There’s work involved, there’s science, there’s effort and attention. I think they get that early on.”

Students managing such stands as Baking & Taking (selling gluten-free baked goods, hummus and Sea Crest-grown lettuce) and Awesome Everything (boasting duct tape wallets and packs of handmade greeting cards) carefully counted dollar bills and quarters in exchange for their homegrown goods.

Farmers Market

They donated proceeds to support Market Match, an incentive program for people to buy wholesome foods.

First-grader Autumn Seaborn showed off fresh apricots, leeks, plums and pumpkin bread.

“Everyone wants peaches,” said Seaborn, working quickly to meet queuing customers’ demands.

“It was really fun,” Paxton Holden chimed in. “When we first planted, it was really small, but then it gets really big, and it’s surprising.”

Ashleigh Evans was also proud of what she had grown with her business partners.

“I feel awesome because we grew all this for a while,” Evans said. “I hope people like the taste of them.”


 

— Third grade hosted their Annual Entrepreneur Fair and raised money to save the wetlands

The Third Grade hosted their Annual Entrepreneur Fair on Thursday, June 1st, during the night of the Community Open House. This sale is part of their economics unit in an effort to earn money to save the wetlands.

Early in the Spring, students initiated their projects: conducted research, taking market surveys and interviewing other entrepreneurs, started to learn important concepts and finalized their business ideas. Once they had their business ventures approved, they soon began manufacturing or preparing the parts of their service, purchasing business licenses, choosing rental spaces, creating advertisements, and making business cards and thank you receipts. Students even got a loan from Sea Crest for petty cash in preparation for the Open House.

Third graders donated all the money raised from the Entrepreneur Fair to the Coastside Land Trust in an effort to help save the wetlands –We are so proud of them!

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— Second Grade’s Country Presentations

The second grade embarked on some exciting trips around the globe with our resident experts! It was thrilling to have second-grade students share what they learned about the countries they studied. Presentations were varied and creative: students were able to taste a little bit of food and learn about the culture, language and interesting facts from all over the world!

Our second-grade experts did a fantastic job of leading their class on these adventures, from pointing out where their country is located on the world map to sharing a customized slide show, artwork, game, folktale, sport, or tradition from their respective countries. It was an exciting experience for everyone, as our students practiced public speaking in a fun and meaningful way.

 

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— Clam Dissection

Third grade students learned much about a clam’s anatomy from the dissecting activity last week. They had a great time seeing all the body parts up close. Thank you to all our adult helpers who assisted us in this exciting activity!

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Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School
Clam Dissection Science Elementary School


 

— Walk in my shoes and you’ll know that…

As part of their Character Education curriculum, fifth-grade students shared their personal stories with the school. As they transition to middle school, their footsteps in the hallway enabled us to walk in their shoes.

In this lesson, students were encouraged to think about their feelings and emotions. They wrote their responses on footsteps that they placed in a hallway that leads to the middle school. This form of art intervention allowed the rest of the school to get involved as well. Other students walking by would often stop to read and follow the steps, usually touched by the feelings and situations represented there.

Students practiced kindness and compassion, and also celebrated uniqueness in our inclusive community!

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