— Call to Conserve Project

Sixth graders presented their Call to Conserve projects at the Marine Mammal Center to students from schools all over the Bay Area, the Marine Mammal Center staff, and the visiting public. It was a fun and educational event emphasizing the understanding that for every harmful human interaction, there is a way that people can help. Sea Crest students shared their creative and thoughtful ideas about how we can make small changes to make a big difference in ocean conservation.


 

— Celebrating Earth Day on the Coast

In honor of Earth Day on April 21st, our entire K-8 school community spent two weeks learning about our beautiful coastal environment.

We kicked off our learning on Tuesday, April 10th, with a special all-school assembly from the Pacifica Beach Coalition entitled Sea Stars, Sea Change.

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On Wednesday, April 11th, students in grades 2-4 explored the fascinating world of sharks with a visit from the Greater Farallones Association Sharkmobile and shark expert, Peter Winch.

The second week, students in grades 5-8 explored the biology of pathogens and how they impact marine mammals in the Greater Farallones Association Germs in Our Waters, Infecting our Otters workshop.

Each grade level engaged in a unit of inquiry on one aspect of our amazing coastal environment. On Friday, April 20th, classes shared what they have learned with students in other grades during our Coastweeks Learning Celebration.

Learning more about our amazing coastal environment helps to inspire a spirit of responsibility and stewardship for all. We encouraged all students and families to cap off the Sea Crest Coastweeks experience by participating in one of the local beach clean-up events planned throughout the coast.

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— Clean Energy at Sea Crest

Solar Panels Clean Energy at Sea Crest

Solar Panels Clean Energy at Sea Crest

Solar Panels Clean Energy at Sea Crest

“We are thrilled to see our solar panels being installed and another step was taken toward reducing our carbon footprint. It ties our goals together: environmental stewardship and the importance of role models. We want to show our pupils this was the responsible thing to do and we are not just thinking of today, but preparing for the future.

Ryan Popple, a board member and Sea Crest parent who is very passionate about the environment, spearheaded a task force last year for our solar panels. This board committee, comprised of parents and administrators, looked at various companies and long-term costs, always seeking the best for the environment, school and pupils.

After this strategic and rigorous process, we made the right decision: generate our own, clean energy and make a positive impact on our planet. We are also looking forward to seeing this enhancing our curriculum and the excitement of innovative learning, which ultimately speaks to our mission.”

Dr. Tekakwitha M. Pernambuco-Wise
Head of School

 

 

Solar Panels Clean Energy at Sea Crest

Solar Panels Clean Energy Sea Crest School

“We had been looking into solar energy for several years when we connected with Mike Casterline, a Sea Crest parent who worked at Solar City, about a year ago. He was instrumental in helping us formulate our plan and find the right price point for us.

After researching our options, we made our decision and started taking the first steps. A few weeks ago our solar panels were successfully installed and are now being connected to the grid. Solar energy will soon represent about 80% of our consumption.

There is no doubt this project will greatly benefit our school in different ways: lowering our energy bill, decreasing our footprint, and most importantly, helping us educate our students. We will be able to track how much energy we are generating and we want to get our students involved in understanding the impact.”

Andrew Geller
Facilities Manager & Project Lead


Families Walk and Bike to Raise Awareness

In keeping with our focus on environmental stewardship, Sea Crest is proud to support National Bike to School Day. This year’s event took place on Wednesday, May 4th.

Twenty-five Sea Crest community members met early that morning to walk and bike to school together from a house on Poplar Street. In addition, many students and parents chose to bike to school that morning, and the school’s bike rack overflowed with bikes!

This was the second Walk/Bike to School Day event this school year. On October 7th, 2015, dozens of students, parents, and staff participated in National Walk to School Day (accompanied by local police). These safe and fun opportunities were coordinated by parent volunteers, including Heidi Gilman Bennett, Rick Hernandez, Hilary Stamper, and Katerina Hollblad-Fadiman.

Walking to school is important for many reasons: it’s healthy, it’s an opportunity for quality time, and it reduces traffic and pollution on our streets. In addition, events like this and the efforts of our families have helped raise awareness about the need for safer roads in our neighborhoods. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved, please email us.

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Walk to School Day 2015


Bike to School Day 2016

Bike to School Day 2016

Earth Day in the Bay: 2016 Events

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd! We’ll be celebrating on campus with fun Environmental Stewardship activities. Below are a number of local events being held this weekend in honor of Earth Day.

Friday, April 22nd

Earth Day Film Festival in San Francisco
Choose from a number of environmental film screenings at Global Consciousness Film Night.

Saturday, April 23rd

Aquarium of the Bay, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero & Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
This aquarium’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

Aquatic Park Earth Day Beach Cleanup, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

California Academy of Sciences, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Explore the incredible diversity of life on our planet at the California Academy of Sciences. In honor of Earth Day, check out Family Nature Crafts, a penguin feeding, 3D Earth: Rainforests, and the Coral Reef Dive.

Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration on Stinson Beach, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures.

CuriOdyssey, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
In honor of Earth Day, check out Backyard Science!

Earth Day Cleanup at Coyote Point, 9:00 a.m.
1701 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401

Earth Day @ Shoreway, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This event, held in collaboration with Recology San Mateo County and South Bay Recycling, will include free compost, Tours of Shoreway, information booths, giveaways, arts and activities, a raffle, and more.

Earth Day Film Festival Screenings, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Merchants of Reality, 285 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Earth Day of Action, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Hosted by the Pacifica Beach Coalition
For the 12th year in a row, Pacifica Beach Coalition is organizing one of the largest eco-friendly events on the Peninsula, leading beach and neighborhood cleanups from Daly City to Half Moon Bay. Last year, more than 7,150 volunteers picked up and removed 5,000 pounds of trash, 650 pounds of recycling, and 11,000 pounds of greenwaste from over 75 sites.

Portola Valley / Woodside Earth Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This event at the Portola Valley Town Center includes an Alphabet Rockers hip hop show, Chaparral Ranch Petting Zoo with a pony, an Electric Vehicle Showcase, live jazz music by Charged Particles, Indian Soul Food, barbecue, water bottle filling stations, free compost, and more.

San Francisco Earth Day Street Festival, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Between Valencia and Mission Street on 22nd
This event brings together renowned speakers, eco-innovators, earth friendly products, green nonprofits, leading designers form the sustainable fashion industry, top brands from the electric vehicle industry, major solar and alternative energy companies, and many hands-on DIY projects for all ages.

Sunday, April 24th

Aquarium of the Bay, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Embarcadero & Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
This aquarium’s mission is to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

California Academy of Sciences, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Explore the incredible diversity of life on our planet at the California Academy of Sciences. In honor of Earth Day, check out the Ocean Action Project Lab and the Ssssnake Encounter!

CuriOdyssey, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
In honor of Earth Day, check out Backyard Science!




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