2019

  • Fall Arts Showcase, Nov 16

    by Cheryl Lee, Co-Chair US Arts Department
    The community is invited Shorecrest's Fall Showcase on Saturday, November 16, at 7pm in the Janet Root Theatre. The free event has general admission seating.
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  • Poetry in the Park, Nov 13

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    ES and LS parents and friends are invited to our annual Poetry in the Park on Wednesday, November 13.
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  • Transform: A Night to Rise, Nov 15

    by Advancement Department
    Please join us on the 2nd floor of Charger Commons for A Night to Rise. The fun and festive evening celebrating our community will be Friday, November 15, at 6:30pm. 
    RSVP today at: https://www.shorecrest.org/riseRSVP
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  • Experiential School Announcements

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Announcements and updates from Dr. Danyali
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  • All-School Family Potluck Playdates, Nov. 16 & Dec. 7

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The International Connection Family Potluck will be Saturday, November 16, 3–6pm at North Shore Park. The Shorecrest LGBTQ+ Families and Allies Group invites all Chargers to campus for a fun filled afternoon on Saturday, December 7, 11am-2pm at Charger Commons.
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  • Alpha Learns about Diwali

    by Elizabeth Daley, Alpha Teacher
    This week, the Unicorns (Mrs. Daley's Alpha class) learned about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Shorecrest parent Nidhi Patel visited the classroom to share a book about Diwali and guided the students through a project. Each child created their own Diya from clay and decorated it with colorful gems. 
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  • Fall Festival Thanks & Photos

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    A big thank you to Art Buser, Alex Lavoie, and Thomas Richmond for doing a great job putting together this year’s Fall Festival. They rocked it! The ES and LS are grateful to them and to the Fall Festival Committee members, as well as all of the people who volunteered.
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  • How to Order a Yearbook

    by Casey McDonough, Upper School Art Teacher
    The Shorecrest community and activities are featured annually in our yearbook, “Crestviews.” This student-made publication is free for seniors and $50 for others to purchase.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Golfo Alexopoulos and Thomas Smith

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Today’s Contributing Chargers, Golfo Alexopoulos and Thomas Smith, are the parents of Upper School students Athena ’22 and Sophia ’24. Both Golfo Alexopoulos and Thomas Smith are professors and have a passion for education. For this reason and more, they choose to support the students, teachers, and families of Shorecrest by giving to Two Funds. One Mission.
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  • Dads Night Out Schedule

    by Matt Frey, Shorecrest Parent
    Shorecrest parents Matt Frey and Patrick Lamb organize casual, low key Dad's Nights Out during the school year. This is open to fathers of Shorecrest students all grade levels. No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy.
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  • Shorecrest Annual Fund: $482,000 and Counting!

    by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Thank you so much to those families who answered the call or responded by text. You’ve brought us half-way to our overall goal of $760,000 and 100% participation!
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  • Holiday Greenery Volunteering

    by SCA Greenery Committee
    Get in the holiday spirit a little early! Holiday Greenery bow making volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:30am in the SAC. No experience necessary, we'll show you the ropes while accompanied by the scent of pine needles.
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  • Session 2 Club Information

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Session 2 clubs will run October 28 - December 13 with a makeup week December 16. Sign up is open at https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com/.
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  • Global Readers in Experiential School

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Global Readers brought the world to The Experiential School of Tampa Bay on October 24 by connecting Alpha and JK children with a guest reader's language and culture. Hearing stories in Turkish, Hindi, Spanish, German, French, and English from members of the Shorecrest International Connections group engaged students and piqued their curiosity.
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  • Homecoming 2019

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Powderpuff cheerleading videos may be found here. Check Friday's Ebytes for photos/videos from the Pep Rally, Senior Night, Court Crowning and Preparty!
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  • 2019-2020 Box Tops for Education Drive

    by Kristi Aussner, Box Tops Coordinator
    The Box Tops for Education program has now gone digital! All you need to do is download the Box Tops for Education app, search for Shorecrest (easiest way to is search by zip code – 33703), and scan in your receipt that contains qualifying Box Tops products within 14 days of purchase.
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  • Experiential School Pep Rally

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Cheerleaders performed some fun stunts and Sparky took a photo with each class. Now the Alpha and JK Chargers will be ready and excited for their next all-school pep rally!
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  • Be More Connected

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    First grade and eleventh grade buddied-up on the lawn in front of Charger Commons for storytime last week. The younger Chargers brought some of their favorite books to share with their buddies, and each took turns reading to each other. Scenes of intentional cross-divisional connections are becoming more common as the Shorecrest Buddies program grows.
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  • Alpha visits 3D Art Studio

    by Taylor Styke, Alpha Teacher
    Last week, alpha classes visited the Upper School 3D art studio, led by faculty member and Shorecrest parent Casey McDonough. This jumpstarted their exploration into clay.
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  • Why do we need to Complete Transform?

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    This year, fundraising for the Transform Campaign focuses on the necessary completion of the second floor of Charger Commons. Each phase of the ongoing construction adds excitement and possibilities. But the immediate focus to rise up and finish the second floor is worth the reminder that Transform is far from complete.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Sue Shin ‘94 and Daniel Kim

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Over the course of the year we will be highlighting some of our Contributing Chargers, those members who have participated in Two Funds. One Mission., and sharing their stories of why they gave. Today’s Contributing Chargers, Sue Shin ‘94 and Daniel Kim, are a returning family to our community.
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  • SAGE Scratch Cooking

    by SAGE Dining
    Have you heard SAGE’s philosophy of scratch cooking? That means the SAGE food in the Charger Commons dining rooms is prepared fresh from scratch by an on-site chef.
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  • Fall Food Drive Going on Now

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning,
    The Shorecrest community has begun a fall Food Drive for The Kind Mouse, a local food pantry serving Pinellas County families in transition and their chronically hungry children. The drive runs until after Thanksgiving. Please donate only the items listed. 
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  • Why Participate in the Annual Fund? [video]

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Why is participating in the Annual Fund important? Since tuition does not fully cover the school’s operational costs, the success of the Annual Fund is crucial to providing excellence in academics, arts, and athletics for students of all ages.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Steve Wilcox and Thuy La

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Over the course of the year we will be highlighting some of our Contributing Chargers, those members who have participated in Two Funds. One Mission., and sharing their stories of why they gave. Today’s Contributing Chargers, Steve Wilcox and Thuy La, are new to the community and after only a few short weeks, knew why they wanted to take part.
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  • Be a Global Reader

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and parent volunteer Catherine Nelke from the International Connections group have partnered to bring the world to Experiential School classrooms through a new Global Readers program.
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  • Environmental Science Conversations in JK

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Upper School honors environmental science students visited JK classes this week. They wrote and hand-illustrated books about the environment in the style of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax." The teens read their books to the preschoolers and discussed ways to be kinder to the planet. Kindergarteners also presented what they learned about water conservation.
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  • How to Talk to Your Preschooler about Race [Video]

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
    Roderick Avery Fludd, Shorecrest's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, presented for Experiential School parents on the topic of, "How to Talk to Your Preschooler about Race."
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  • Experiential School Students Tour Kitchen

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Alpha and Junior Kindergarten classes received a warm welcome from the SAGE Dining staff and enjoyed taking behind the scenes tours of the kitchen in Charger Commons. The walk-in freezer and commercial cooking facilities were exciting, new places to explore!
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  • Growing Community in ES

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of the Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The feeling of community now present in the Experiential School is palpable. To allow for students and teachers to have the time and space to fully immerse themselves in the rhythm of school life, the ES faculty and I have decided to cancel the October 16 and 17 Family Engagement Days. 
    We encourage parents / guardians to join us on October 31 for the Costume Parade and Fall Festival.
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  • Hurricane Dorian Aid

    by Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning,
    Thank you to everyone who reached out wanting to help provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Diego Duran-Medina, Director of Service Learning, has been monitoring the situation closely and decided to extend our support to Sol Relief. They are an organization working with volunteer pilots to get supplies to affected areas quickly and safely. You can find more information at https://solrelief.org/dorian.
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  • Hosting an International Student

    by Dr. Jean Spencer-Carnes, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
    New Oasis International Education is looking for nurturing and supportive host homes for international students.
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  • Library Volunteer Training

    by Christina LeBlanc, Parent Volunteer
    Do you want to volunteer in the Charger Commons Library this year but haven't been able to attend a training session? An additional training session is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18 at 10am and Thursday, September 19 at 8:15am. Learn the layout of the new library and our new circulation program!
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  • Join the Parent/Guardian SEED Group

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    As some of you may know, Shorecrest Preparatory School’s Administrative Leadership Team is entering its third year of an Administrative Team SEED group. We are excited to offer a Parent/Guardian SEED program for this year and hope you will join us.
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  • Concessions Volunteers Needed for Homecoming, Oct 18

    by Debe Shenkman, Manager of Events
    Are you available to volunteer for a 2-hour shift in concessions?
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  • Families Visit Experiential School *More Photos Added!*

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    This week, the Experiential School faculty welcomed families into classrooms for an Alpha Community Breakfast on Wednesday, and JK Explorations on Thursday. It was a beautiful sight observing students proudly showing new spaces and friends to the people they love, and watching children and adults meet, interact and enjoy being together.
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  • Two Funds. Twice the Impact.

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement and Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Over the course of these early months of the school year, you will hear about our Two Funds. One Mission. efforts. This is a pivotal year to sustain the Shorecrest Annual Fund and finish Transform. When we make a gift to Shorecrest, we are really just a giving to each other.
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  • NORTHEAST LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

    by Northeast Little League
    Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL this FALL! Registration is now open. Fall Ball is an instructional season that focuses on player development and teamwork while gaining confidence, building new relationships and having fun! Register now to be a part of an exciting new season!
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  • Touch of SAGE App

    by SAGE Dining Services
    The Touch of SAGE mobile app lets you connect with SAGE 24/7. View menus, favorite and recommend menu items, create a custom allergen profile, plan meals, view events, rate menus and more! SAGE uses this information to build menus the community will enjoy.
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  • Welcome new Faculty/Staff 2019-2020!

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest is excited to announce changes and new additions to our faculty and staff for the 2019-20 school year.
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  • About the Shorecrest Community Association

    by SCA Board
    An introduction to SCA and the 2019-2020 Board.
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  • Updates from Chargers Athletics

    by Anthony McCall, Athletic Director
    New developments from the Shorecrest Athletic Department including the introduction of the TeamSnap app for families of athletes and the redesign of the Booster Club into the Athletic Council.
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  • Website Calendar Tips and Tricks

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
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  • Parking on Campus

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As our school grows, we understand parking spaces are at a premium. New visitor spots have been added along the median in front of Charger Commons. When there is an event on campus and a large group is expected, the softball field (the grass across the street from Charger Commons) is used as an event parking lot.
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  • What do those dots on our menu mean?

    by SAGE Dining Services
    The dots the colors of traffic lights that appear on SAGE menus are part of SAGE's nutrition education program called Spotlight. It helps educate students about which foods are the most nutrient dense. 
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  • Supply Lists, Reading Lists

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Back to school supply lists and reading lists.
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  • Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The attached calendar for the 2019-2020 school year has a few changes that are intentional. While we are still just finishing the first quarter of this school year, we hope this information will help you with you planning.
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  • Nancy Spencer

    Nancy Spencer Named Shorecrest Head of School effective July 1, 2020

    by Stacy Alexander, Director Alumni and Community Engagement
    The Shorecrest Preparatory School Board of Trustees has appointed Nancy L. Spencer as its Head of School effective July 1, 2020. Spencer will serve as the school’s 7th Head since the school was founded in 1923.
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  • Kindergarten Spring Orientation [VIDEO]

    by Kimberly Hudson, Assistant Director of Admissions
    Kindergarten Spring Orientation is for Parents of 2019-2020 Shorecrest Kindergarten Students - those rising from JK and for incoming new families. Enjoy a sneak peek of the Kindergarten program at Shorecrest to help you make a smooth transition next school year!
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  • JK Activity Day

    by ES Teachers
    Last week, JK students and their visitors enjoyed a morning of under the sea fun! The day of activities culminated their studies of water, the habitats it creates and the plants/animals that live in those habitats.
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  • Wonder Soul Sessions at The Wonder Studio

    by Shannon Lipan, Wonder Studio Founder
    Meditation and Expressive Arts Class for 10 years old and up, including parents/guardians/grandparents.
    Fridays 4:30 - 5:45pm, 6 week summer session
    $50/child/adult per class or $300 for the 6 week session.
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  • Octopus Science Provocation

    by Meredith Markunas, JK Teacher
    Junior Kindergarten were able to observe one of the sea animals they have been studying - a real octopus specimen! They were amazed to notice all the suction cups on the octopus and could find and identify all the body parts, including the beak and siphon.
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  • JK Color Mixing

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Students in junior kindergarten started using paint pallets to mix and create their own colors. Some worked individually, while others created “friendship” paintings.
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  • Presentation: International Study Tour of Reggio Emilia [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Presentation by Dr. Sherri Danyali and Shannon Booth Lipan, M.Ed. on their recent travel experience to Italy to study the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. View video here.
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  • SCA: Wrapping up the 2018-2019 school year

    by SCA Board
    This summer a SCA volunteer calendar will be sent home to all families listing event dates and opportunities. Please contact Samantha Nevins at volunteer@shorecrest.org for help in finding the right volunteer position for your interests, talents and schedule.
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  • Picky Eating Presentation [VIDEO]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Food Therapist Kristina Madden presented: Avoiding Mealtime Misery: When is picky eating a problem and what can you do about it?
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  • Volunteers Make the Difference

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    The Shorecrest Community Association hosted an appreciation breakfast to thank all school volunteers for what they did to make the 2018-2019 school year so special. Grandparent Council Chair Donna Gaffney introduced the day’s guest speaker, International and New York Times Bestselling author and Shorecrest parent Ashley Rhodes-Courter and her topic "The importance of volunteerism and giving back." The incoming SCA Board for the 2019-2020 school year was voted on and announced. The volunteer breakfast is also when the annual recipient of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award is announced each year. Last year’s winner, Corrie Stover ‘90, was there to present the 2018-19 award. Congratulations Anne Dowling and Heather O’Neill as this year’s Janet Root Volunteers of the Year! 
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  • Dr. Baralt awarded 2019 Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The Elizabeth Samuelson Community Spirit Award was initiated in 2018 in honor of Elizabeth Samuelson, who during her time as a parent and Trustee at Shorecrest engaged in every possible volunteer activity, modeled inclusivity and was a magnet for attracting others to be involved in the Shorecrest Community. The award acknowledges the importance of community building and the positive energy and impact an individual can bring to a school. The recipient for 2019 is a unanimous choice by the four School Heads and Headmaster. She has supported students, teachers and families on every inch of our campus and beyond.
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  • Families of Children with Learning Differences, May 22

    by Miriam Pardoll, TLC Coordinator for ES and LS
    Parents/Guardians of Children with Learning Differences
    First Meeting: May 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm in the Student Activity Center
    Speaker: Dr. Chrissy Stabler, licensed Psychologist
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  • Child Care Available When School Closed

    by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    There are a limited number of child care openings on upcoming School Closed dates.
       
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    • Alpha on-the-go-athon (photos)

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      The Alpha on-the-go-athon served two purposes this year. It was the culminating activity for Alpha's investigation of transportation and it was their end of the year family celebration. Our Alpha athletes marched out to "Eye of the Tiger" and then stood for the National Anthem. Then they rode out in heats and completed two laps around the track to cheers from an exuberant audience.
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    • Shorecrest International Day 2019 (photos)

      by Paula Cooper, International Connection Committee
      The month of May started with a new event on the Shorecrest calendar – our first campus-wide International Day. Spearheaded by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Roderick Avery Fludd, and organised by parent volunteers from Shorecrest's International Connection Committee, the event brought together students, faculty/staff, parents/guardians, alumni and performers from around the world. Chargers of all ages were invited to attend, gaining an insight into customs, pastimes, sports, landmarks, language, calligraphy, traditional dress, food, beverages and more from 34 different countries represented by the Shorecrest community
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    • Meet Felicia Mendenhall, new Registrar

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Felicia Mendenhall is the new Registrar at Shorecrest. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.B.A. in Finance, and later an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Felicia taught Spanish for two years, middle school math for 10 years and technology for five years while in her role as Technology Integrator.
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    • A Community Endeavor: The Heart and Hearth of the Transform Campaign

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      When do communities come together? What inspires a group of connected individuals or families to quietly gather and offer their service, time and talents? Isn’t it easier to just go it alone?

      Short term - it is true that we all have busy lives and personal goals, but the long term interdependency of a thriving school community was founded on our common and collective decision to raise, educate and care for our children together.
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    • Celebrate the Arts Week Recap (Photos and Videos)

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Art instruction is interwoven throughout the Shorecrest curriculum. To celebrate the lessons and skills taught all year, we open the campus to the community each spring during Celebrate the Arts Week.
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    • Shorecrest Annual Fund Colors Their World

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      April is often a month of reflection for our students and their families. As the school year draws to a close, we look back and remember where we started and revel in the realization of how far we’ve come. However, we also acknowledge the time that still remains as an opportunity for continued growth during these last few weeks. In the same way, one can look at the Shorecrest Annual Fund and celebrate just how far we’ve come. As a community, we have raised over $700,000 that will go towards the betterment of our campus, classrooms, extra-curricular programs, and teachers all in an effort to enhance the experience and opportunities of our students.
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    • An Update from the Head of School Search Committee

      by Elizabeth Samuelson and Beth Vivio, Search Committee
      The Head of School Search is moving along incredibly well, and we are excited by the diversity, caliber and enthusiasm of our candidates. We hope to invite the finalists for the Head of School onto campus for the community to meet in early to mid May. Thank you for your support and patience through this process. We are eager to have community input when our finalists visit.
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    • Relay For Life of Shorecrest 2019 Recap

      by Stacy Alexander and Raffi Darrow, Communications
      Now in its 14th year at Shorecrest, Relay For Life continues to make a lasting impact in the fight against cancer. This student-led initiative raises money for the American Cancer Society through a variety of activities including spirit night events at local restaurants, the Links Project in Lower School, team fundraisers and sponsorships.
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    • TOP 10 TIPS TO PERSUADE PICKY EATERS

      by SAGE Dining
      You want your children to have the best nutrition possible—but let’s be real, when it comes to eating new or healthy foods, kids can be stubborn. Don’t despair! These tips from our Dietitians, coupled with some patience and perseverance, will help expand the palettes of even your most finicky eaters.
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    • You're Invited to be a Host Family

      by Shorecrest Admissions
      Shorecrest has partnered with New Oasis International Education to help recruit and house international students at Shorecrest. New Oasis homestay is not about renting a room in an American house, it's about joining an American family. By saying "yes" to the experience, we can foster a global understanding.
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    • Summer Art Programs for Teens & Adults

      by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
      Beloved Upper School art teacher and Co-Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department, Charla Gaglio, is opening up her summer programs to Charger parents! Learn more about the two programs: Observational Drawing and Painting
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    • Oldie Goldie Book Sale Collection

      by SCA
      It's time for some spring cleaning! Help SCA give loved and gently-used children’s books new homes. SCA will start collecting used books on Monday for the annual Oldie Goldie book sale. Collection boxes will be in the hallways of Lower School and in the Middle School breezeway. Used books will be sold to ES and LS students for rock-bottom prices so they can find new literary favorites on the cheap. Proceeds benefit the Shorecrest library.
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    • Charger Winnings Success!

      by SCA Board
      The Big Event Chairs, as well as the SCA Board, would like to thank the following people for their assistance in making Charger Winnings so successful: all Shorecrest teachers / staff who donated their time and items, Sam Soth, Charlene Hosseini, BA Beatty, Annette Eichenbaum and Eve Cline. A special thanks to Catherine Nelke and Heather Delrahim for their time on the class books project.
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    • SAGE Dining Details & FAQs

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
      Charger Commons has dedicated space for Middle and Upper School student dining and for Lower School dining. Additional details and FAQs are here.
       
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    • International Connection Community Survey

      by International Connection Committee
      In order to better understand Shorecrest’s international profile and the Shorecrest community’s interest in becoming more engaged in future activities, we would be most grateful if you would complete this brief questionnaire.
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    • Dr. Danyali hosts Storytime and Cooking Class

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      A few lucky Junior Chefs and their parents/guardians signed up to have story time and cooking class with Dr. Danyali through the Big Event website. Together, students and their adult partners cooked recipes inspired by wonderful children's stories that were read aloud to the group. Getting to be the first chidlren to use the new Mike Murphy Experiential School kitchen was a big treat!
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    • What Color Did You Pick?

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      Over the last week, Lower School students gathered together during their art classes to help the Shorecrest Annual Fund team with a special project: coloring in the progress of our community’s fundraising efforts so far for Shorecrest! Each student carefully selected a colored marker then approached the massive 5’ x 3’ Color Their World board to make their mark.
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    • Starting a Garden

      by SAGE Dining Services
      Did you know that more than 200 of the school communities SAGE serves have a type of garden — from simple herb boxes to full-fledged farms? Campus gardens provide endless opportunities for learning, and they have a positive impact on the food and vegetable consumption of the students. Spring means it's time to start planting your garden. If you’re eager to start but new to the gardening game, check out these basic tips and helpful hints. You're just a few steps away from enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables grown right at your own home!
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    • Little Breakfast and Ribbon Cutting welcomes Shorecrest’s youngest Chargers to the Mike Murphy Experiential School

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      The morning of March 18 was an exciting one for Shorecrest’s Alpha and Junior Kindergarten students and their families as The Experiential School of Tampa Bay settled into its permanent home in the Mike Murphy Experiential School building. On the first day back from Spring Break, faculty, staff, Experiential School students and families gathered for a celebration to acknowledge this special moment and to highlight the value placed on community-building and family engagement.
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    • Thank you Book Fair Volunteers

      by SCA Board
      Thank you to Book Fair Co-Chairs Tonya Farkas and Bernice Murphy and all of their helping hands for their extended Book Fair hours this year and helping everyone find just what they need to read!
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    • Reggio Emilia Parent Presentations: Videos

      by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Experiential and Lower Schools
      Shorecrest hosted two parent presentations focused on the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching and learning (0-6 yrs.) They were led by the author of “We Are All Explorers,” Dr. Karen Haigh.
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    • After School Clubs, Chinese Language club

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      Registration for session 4 After School Clubs is currently open online at: https://shorecrest.campbrainregistration.com. Clubs are available for ES, LS and MS students, and run April 1 - May 10; with a make-up week May 17.
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    • Big Event: One of a Kind Class Books!

      by Big Event Committee
      Your children have worked hard on creating masterpieces and sharing ideas that have been transformed into beautiful class books. These projects are unique mementos that also contain special class pictures. You can pre-order your child’s book for $25 from the Shorecrest in Wonderland website.
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    • Carline & Schedule Changes

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      The attached map highlights the new construction zone, which has taken effect. The entrance of Pratt Blvd. is two-way to allow cars to exit the First Street parking lot, but otherwise campus traffic will be one-way at all times. Please see the Traffic Map shared here.
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    • Extended Day Updates

      by Terry Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
      When the Shorecrest community returns from Spring Break, Extended Day for Alpha - 4th grade will be relocated. A new student check-out system will also be implemented. Anyone picking up a student should enter through the main door of the Mike Murphy Experiential School, located towards the right when facing Charger Commons, the new building (view map for location). At the desk the parent/guardian will show ID and sign out the student. They will receive a pass to give to the teacher and retrieve the child.
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    • Milestone Celebration reveals Charger Commons and much more!

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      On the morning of Thursday, February 28, 2019, the full Shorecrest community gathered to celebrate a major milestone in the Transform Campaign. Almost one year to the day of the campaign's public launch, the school community celebrated the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name - Charger Commons
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    • THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      “The families of Raymond James were proud to join together to make a substantial collective gift to Shorecrest’s Transform Campaign. Collective giving has the potential to substantially grow philanthropy and build stronger communities. Giving as a group has allowed us to achieve greater impact to something that we all value, the experience that Shorecrest provides our children,” said Jim Bunn, President of Global Equities & Investment Banking for Raymond James and Shorecrest parent.
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    • Toast and Tour

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      More than 150 people, including Shorecrest parents, board members, faculty and staff gathered on February 28 under a bubble-filled sky to celebrate the opening of the first floor of the new 60,000 square foot facility and the building's new name — Charger Commons. The Toast & Tour event provided an opportunity to toast to the tremendous progress of the reimagined lower campus and acknowledge the Shorecrest community for all of its efforts in making the first phase of the Transform Campaign a success.
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    • MLK Day of Service in Lower School

      by Christine Oman, First Grade Teacher
      In honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Experiential and Lower School students have been finding ways to be of service to one another. These acts, big and small, bring our community of learners together.
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    • Blood Drive, 3/20

      by Leddon Zwack '21
      Parents/guardians, older students, faculty and staff, please consider donating blood on Wednesday, March 20. The OneBlood bus will be parked behind the Athletic Center from 11am-4:30pm.
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    • Legacy Breakfast 2019

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      Shorecrest alumni and their children who are current Chargers gathered in the Rec Gym on Friday, February 22, for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. It is always a special treat to have this group gather together. Legacies are an important component of community-building here at Shorecrest. Our Alumni and legacy children heard from Bob Willis ‘77.
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    • LATINOS en SHORECREST Meeting, March 6

      by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
      Te esperamos a la reunión de LATINOS en SHORECREST:
      Queremos oir tus ideas para las actividades de nuestro próximo año escolar.
      ¡Tus ideas cuentan!
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    • Building Outdoor Learning Tools

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      Shorecrest Parents, Grandparents, Faculty and Staff volunteered together to build an art wall, eight garden boxes, and a mud kitchen last week for the playscape outside the new Experiential School.
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    • Adolescent Health Symposium [video]

      by SCA Board
      Adolescent Health Symposium with Dr. Jasmine Reese: A panel of pediatric experts presented an evening symposium on adolescent health. Full video now online.
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    • Relay For Life Special Events Update

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      The Pre-Relay for Life Fundraising Lunch was a great success. Team Gold Together Admin and Friends thanks all ES/LS students and parents for supporting the team and the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Grillmaster/Headmaster Mike Murphy with the help of administrative staff grilled and prepared over 450 hot dog lunches in the rainy weather! Many Middle School teams sold out of sandwiches, pizza, drinks and more!
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    • Interact Hosting Toiletry Drive

      by Taylor Emerson '19, Interact Club President
      Interact is hosting a toiletry drive starting Monday to collect travel-sized toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House. When new families arrive at RMH, they will be provided with these supplies. Please bring in any travel-sized toiletry items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, lotion, etc.) by February 22. Collection boxes will be in Landy Hall, Upper School. 
       
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    • Become a Parent Ambassador

      by Admissions Office
      Do you remember your first day at Shorecrest? Help a new family by providing a friendly face - become a Parent Ambassador!
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    • Investing in Progressive Education

      by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
      With Grandparents & Special Friends Day and St. Pete STEAMfest in our rearview mirrors, we can reflect on the success both of these programs have in bringing our ever-growing community together. Our Grandparents and Special Friends, along with families outside of the Shorecrest community had the unique opportunity to experience the inclusive, innovative and transformational education available to our students firsthand. Project- and inquiry-based learning, hands-on activities centered on technology, and a commitment to social responsibility are all hallmarks of a Shorecrest education. These each share something vital in common: they are all supported by The Shorecrest Annual Fund.
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    • Dr. Sherri Danyali Promoted to Head of Experiential School

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      Dr. Lisa Bianco, Shorecrest Head of Lower School, and Headmaster Mike Murphy are pleased to announce that Dr. Sherri Danyali will assume the role of Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay.
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    • 35th Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day

      by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
      Grandparents & Special Friends Day is a beloved Shorecrest tradition, 35-years strong and counting. This year's event, held on January 25, brought together nearly 600 guests for food, music, drama, classroom tours and more. The next Grandparent Council event is a meeting of the Grandparent Book Club on Tuesday, April 16, at 10am in the Middle School Conference Room. The group will be discussing "The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story."
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    • Social Learning in the Experiential School

      by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Director of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
      The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, which houses our 3-5 year old Chargers, often focuses on social learning and the opportunity to participate in experiences between grade levels and divisions - balanced with the time to establish strong roots in a student's home classroom.
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    • Social Emotional Learning [Video]

      by Kate Fierce, LS & MS Counselor
      Kate Fierce, LS/MS School Counselor, gave a talk focusing on stages of child development geared towards K-5 Families. Find a video of the full presentation here.
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    • Skittles Science Provocation in Alpha

      by Meredith Brandimore, Alpha Teaching Assistant
      Ms. Daley and Miss Brandimore’s alpha class has been studying rainbows. Last week they conducted a science experiment with Skittles candies.
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    • Chargers Study First-Hand Child Development

      by Courtney Ellis '02, US AP Psychology teacher
      Shorecrest Upper School AP Psychology class visited Junior Kindergarten students to see their Developmental Psychology unit in action. Members of the class of 2019 came prepared with activities and questions relating to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development and Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development.
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    • Parent/Guardian SEED - Date Change

      by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
      SEED, The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum, will meet on April 18, 2019, 7-8:30pm in the Media Center/Library Classroom. A light dinner will be served. If you are interested in participating in any of this year’s Parent/Guardian SEED group introductory sessions, please complete this form to indicate your interest. *The meeting scheduled for February 7 has been canceled. 
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    • Shorecrest Announces Historic Philanthropic Evening

      by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
      On Friday, January 11, a historic philanthropic evening for Shorecrest Preparatory School took place at Sea Salt in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. In one night, an event hosted by several Shorecrest families called “30 for 30” raised $1.2 million for the school’s Transform Campaign. Transform is the final puzzle piece to the Shorecrest campus: creating more than 60,000 square feet of new facilities and reimagining the lower campus to align with Shorecrest’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.
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    • Weiss Family Memorial

      by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
      Since the tragic loss of the Weiss family - Mitchell, Leslie, Hannah '16 and Ari '20 - last year, several families, with the support of Headmaster Mike Murphy, have worked to determine how best to honor the Weiss Family on the Shorecrest campus. After a year of careful thought and reflection, the group is proud to share with the community plans for the Weiss Family Stage.
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    • HOW TO DONATE OLD TEXTBOOKS

      by Zuri Patel '20, Books Committee Head
      The Upper School Spanish Club is collecting used textbooks to sell online. Profits will be donated to a children’s village in Los Mina, Dominican Republic, through SOS Children’s Villages.
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    • Spring 2019 Community-Inclusive Dining Program

      by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
      When we return to school after Spring Break 2019, our community will enjoy the benefits of our new Community-Inclusive Dining Program in the Dining Rooms in our new facility. Starting on March 18, 2019, SAGE Dining Services will offer our community their full-service, community-inclusive program, a major shift from the retail cafe-style program we use currently.
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    • Northeast Little League Registration

      by Northeast Little League
      Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL! Registration is open at: www.NortheastLL.com.
      Standard Registration ends: January 28. Late Registration ends: February 17.
      All players who register will be placed on a team. Tryouts are held so players are assigned to the correct division.
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