2020

  • Flexible and Distance Learning Handbook, SAGE Plan

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    The Flexible and Distance Learning Handbook outlines our plans for Flexible Learning while school is in session on-campus, and our plans should we need to move to all-school Distance Learning. The Return to School Plan is updated starting on page 14 with detailed SAGE safety procedures.
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  • Start of School Forms Due August 5

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    The plans and details outlined in PowerSchool are what we intend as of today, July 15. As an administration, we are ever-mindful of the events and circumstances outside of our control. We are watchful and aware and are prepared to make changes as appropriate to maintain the health and safety of our school community.
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  • Summer Reading & Supply Lists *Updated 7/12/20*

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    SCA knows you're busy! We'll get your back-to-school supply shopping done for you (binders, folders, dry erase markers, index cards, etc...) Purchase online early to clear it off your list and get the best prices. Prices will go up on July 1, and SCA Supply sales close August 7.
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  • Health & Safety Update: July 1 , 2020

    by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
    Balancing our goals of preserving community health and offering in-person, on-campus instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, Shorecrest will require all people, including students in grades K-12, to wear a mask while indoors on-campus. This policy is effective July 1.
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  • Summer Camps Close for 2020

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    The decision to cancel Summer Programs allows us time to strengthen our Return to School Plans and preserve our resources to ensure we may open as safely as possible when school resumes in-person, on-campus on August 19.
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  • LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: The Legacy of Headmaster Mike Murphy

    by Paul Abercrombie
    Shorecrest wouldn’t look the same if not for soon-to-retire Headmaster Mike Murphy. Most of the campus as it exists today was built during his 15 years of leadership. Proud as Murphy is of the role he has played at Shorecrest - which he emphatically calls “supporting only” thanks to the leaders who came before him - he’s more gratified to have helped remake the school’s approach to education.
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  • Support from TLC

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    www.shorecrest.org/health
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  • JK Ocean Project Share

    by Abbie Hahn, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    For the past 9 weeks, Junior Kindergarteners have been investigating water. They started with freshwater, rivers, ponds and lakes and then ended the unit with the zones of the ocean. Their final projects, based on ocean exploration, were presented via Zoom to their peers this week.
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  • So Long, Farewell, Volunteer Paula Cooper

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    In June, the Shorecrest community will bid farewell to the Cooper-Nixon family. Paula Cooper, the matriarch of the family, has been a volunteer dynamo at Shorecrest from day one! Paula’s most lasting legacy at Shorecrest will most likely be establishing the International Connection group.
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  • Thank you for supporting the annual fund

    by Advancement Department
    During these difficult times, we want to say thank you to our community for your continued support to the Shorecrest Annual Fund during the 2019-20 school year. Without these funds, we would not have been able to support our teachers, families and students—especially during this period of Distance Learning. 
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  • Prepping for August: Communicating our Return to School Plans

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    On Thursday, May 7, Headmaster Mike Murphy and Incoming Head of School Nancy Spencer shared high level plans for the safe return to school in August. The full video message and transcript, and other details are posted at www.shorecrest.org/health
     
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  • Summer 2020 Camps for all ages (*Updated!)

    by Terry L. Kessel, Director of Auxiliary Programs
    Summer programs are a tradition at Shorecrest. This year camps for the month of June will be hosted online and we hope to open the campus for more summer programs in July. 

    You don't have to be a Shorecrest student - camps are open to the public! Some of our online camps are even run nationally!
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  • Supporting your child's social-emotional health [Video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The Experiential School School of Tampa Bay hosted a parenting webinar: Supporting your child's social-emotional health while at home, with guest experts Jennifer Phelps, MS, BCBA, and Juli Hindsley, MS, MA, CTP, RMHI. View a video recording of the Zoom session.
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  • Tips for Working from Home with Children at Home [Video]

    by Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center
    Distance Learning is challenging for students and parents. One of the most frequent recent requests to TLC has been for ideas and resources to help manage and organize working from home while schooling from home during the campus closure.
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  • Relay For Life 2020 Closing Ceremony

    by Emery Camp '20
    This year has been crazy, to say the least, but our Relay For Life event leadership team, our sponsors, faculty support, and all the teams participating have still managed to do exceptional things to help fight cancer! The Relay season was run by Chair Kirsten Price ‘21, Fundraising Chair Emery Camp ‘20, Relay Events Chair Lindsey Leonhirth ‘20, and Community Engagement Chair Lauren Epstien ‘21.
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  • Shorecrest Chargers Spirit Week

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Join in the all-school Shorecrest Spirit Week next week, and see which Chargers wear it best!
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  • Thank you Volunteers! [Video]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Although the annual Volunteer Breakfast was canceled, there was still so much to celebrate! Visit https://www.shorecrest.org/sca for a special video, presentation of the Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Awards, and announcement of next year's SCA Board Officers.
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  • Great Monarch Butterfly Release

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Mrs. Hahn’s Junior Kindergarten students have been following the progress of a caterpillar that formed a chrysalis on her porch.
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  • Nature Self Portraits

    by Brenda Rosas, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
    In Junior Kindergarten, the children create self-portraits every month. This week, students in Ms. Rosas' and Mrs. Trayer’s class created self-portraits using natural items.
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  • Growing Beans in JK

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Before we embarked on our distance learning days, Junior Kindergateners germinated beans in wet paper towels and hung them in the windows of the Experiential School. To continue their project while at home, Mrs. Hahn moved the delicate plants to a window of her home office. Shortly thereafter, the seeds began to sprout! Mrs. Hahn shared pictures with her students so they could observe the roots and small sprouts. She then planted each sprout in a seedling pot and the children have been watching them grow through their weekly chats.
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  • 2020-2021 General Calendar

    by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
    Please see the attached calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. As we continuously evolve to meet the needs of students and families, there are a few changes that I hope you find beneficial.
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  • Share Your Distance Learning Experience

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Share your distance learning and community support stories on social media using #ShorecrestTogether. Email them to ebytes@shorecrest.org to be included in this year's Crestviews yearbook.
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  • A Little Extra TLC...

    by Tracie Belt, Director of The Learning Center
    The Learning Center (TLC) is here to help you navigate your child's distance learning needs. We offer online resources for parents and students to assist with distance learning such as supporting your children with Executive Function Skills (organization, task initiation, planning, etc.) Please fill out this Google Survey to tell us what you are finding most challenging.
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  • Using Zoom for ES Gatherings

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    The ES teachers would like to invite Alpha and JK students to connect with them using Zoom. Through the Zoom platform, the Experiential School aspires to achieve the goals of assembling, seeing each other and sharing experiences together. These learning experiences are being designed thoughtfully and intentionally to ensure that the Zoom sessions are developmentally appropriate for young children, positive, and meaningful.
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  • Cooking Videos from SAGE

    by Tina and Paco Rodriguez, Marcel Gallo, SAGE Dining Services
    With many families preparing meals at home and trying to keep their children engaged, SAGE is prepared to help! We’ve developed a video series with easy, delicious recipes to prepare at home (pasta Primavera with marinara sauce!), instructions for various cooking techniques, nutritional guidance, and even home food sanitation and hygiene tips.
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  • JK Creates a Rainforest

    by Abbie Hahn, JK Teacher
    Last month, JK students in Mrs. Hahn’s class started exploring South America, specifically all the plants and animals that call the Amazon Rainforest their home. The students wanted to create their own rainforest to hang in the classroom, so they designed, drew and painted layers of the rainforest, as well as foliage and animals that live there.
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  • Distance Learning Silver Linings

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    As Chargers face new growth and learning experiences through distance learning, expressions of appreciation combined with stories of how families are meeting the challenges of social distancing and self isolation are inspiring. Read more in this week's letter from the Headmaster, and find some great distance learning moments below.
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  • EMOTIONAL WELLBEING DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

    by Courtney Ellis & Kate Fierce, Shorecrest Counselors
    Our daily lives have changed in ways that might have been unimaginable even a week ago. We are all feeling a wide range of emotions as a result of the changes in our lives due to COVID-19: anxiety, sadness, anger, loss, loneliness, frustration, maybe even irritation. These emotions are, of course, very normal human reactions to such an extraordinary circumstance. Furthermore, we know that children can be very influenced by the emotional states of the adults who are caring for them. With that in mind, we can help both ourselves and our children by identifying ways to manage our stress and build resiliency during these trying times.
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  • Contributing Charger: Jennifer Nguyen

    Over the course of the year we will highlight some of our Contributing Chargers, those members who have provided the Shorecrest community with their time, talent and/or financial support. Today’s Contributing Charger is Jennifer Nguyen, a Lower School parent of Jocelyn A '33. 
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  • Celebrating Legacy Families [video]

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Shorecrest alumni and their Shorecrest students gathered in Charger Commons on Friday, February 28 for the Alumni Association's annual Legacy Breakfast. For nearly 70 current Shorecrest families, donning the green and gold is a family tradition!
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  • GLOBAL READERS IN EXPERIENTIAL SCHOOL

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Shorecrest's International Connection volunteers engaged students and piqued their curiosity with picture books in foreign languages. Students made predictions, asked questions, and practiced saying a few new words in the language introduced by the Global Reader.
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  • Third Grade Learns with Others

    by Jennifer Hobbs, Third Grade Teacher
    Third graders have been creating and learning in tandem with other students of different grades and even a different country! Direct interaction between peers promotes active learning, critical thinking, and student engagement. 
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  • Show Shorecrest a Little Love this Valentine‚Äôs Day!

    by Laina Bennett, Director of Annual Giving
    Since every gift to the Annual Fund is an expression of gratitude to the teachers and administrators invested in your children, let's show them a little love this Valentine’s Day by making a gift of support!
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  • JK Students Study Collage art at Morean Art Center

    by Jill Gallego and Brenda Rosas, JK Teachers
    On Thursday, Jr. Kindergarten students in The Experiential School of Tampa Bay shared a field experience at the Morean Art Center in downtown St. Petersburg. There they met Shorecrest alumna and artist, Beth Reynolds ‘84. She shared one of her own passions, portrait photography, along with the collage-style art of Chinese-American artist Kirk Ke Wang.
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  • Box Tops for Education

    by Kristi Aussner, Box Tops Committee Chair
    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. Remember to credit your child’s class by typing in your child’s teacher’s name under “credit.”
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  • AP Psych visits JK

    by Courtney Ellis, US Counselor
    AP Psychology students are learning about theories of child psychology, including cognitive, moral, and psychosocial stages of development. They were able to put their learning into action while visiting with Junior Kindergarteners.
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  • Contributing Charger: Tom Richmond

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Today’s Contributing Charger is Tom Richmond, a Lower School parent of Enzo ’28. He is a very active parent volunteer, this year’s Fall Festival Co-Chair, and a supporter of Two Funds. One Mission. Tom and his wife, Elizabeth, contribute to the Shorecrest community because they believe that investing their time and talent will help their child as well as current and future students of Shorecrest.
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  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day [Video, photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Grandparents & Special Friends Day is a beloved Shorecrest tradition, 36-years strong and counting. This year's event was held on Friday, January 24 and welcomed more than 600 visitors to campus!
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  • St. Pete STEAMfest [Photos]

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    St. Pete STEAMfest is an annual event geared toward children in preschool through middle school at Shorecrest Preparatory School. It is a family-friendly, community-wide celebration of all things creative, inventive, imaginative and fun! 
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  • New Student Applications & Financial Aid Applications Open Now

    by Admissions & Enrollment Management Office
    All financial aid applications for the 2020-2021 school year are due no later than January 31, 2020. To apply click here or contact the Admissions Office to learn more.
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  • The JK Experience, Jan. 22 [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Parents/Guardians of those heading to Junior Kindergarten next year heard from Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay, and JK teachers Mrs. Abbie Hahn and Ms. Brenda Rosas, about the curriculum, philosophy and expectations.
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  • NORTHEAST LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

    by Northeast Little League
    Northeast Little League invites you to PLAY BALL! Registration is now open.
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  • ES Global Library Book Donation Drive

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    From February 24-28, ES families are invited to drop off books at ES morning arrival carline for a Global Library.
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  • Third Grade Led Children's March for Social Justice

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing & Communications
    On Friday, January 17, the entire K-4th Grade Lower School participated in an empowering Children's March for Social Justice. Led by the Shorecrest third graders, the Lower School students paraded throughout campus to honor and recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom we celebrate on January 20.
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  • Contributing Chargers: Lila and Brenton Ross

    by Olivia Segalman, Advancement Associate
    Lila and Brenton Ross, parents of Experiential and Lower School students, are grateful for Shorecrest and that their children love learning much as they do! The Ross family contributes to Two Funds. One Mission. because they experienced firsthand that Shorecrest is more than a school, it is a family, and they want to give back and support the people and children who make up the Shorecrest community.
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  • Discover Kindergarten [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School, shared a little bit about the kindergarten program, such as curriculum and distinguishing features. 
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  • Talking with Young Children About Race Part 2 [video]

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Roderick Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, presented an ES Parent Seminar, "Talking with Young Children About Race Part 2" on January 14.
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  • End-of-Year Challenge Update

    by Michael Gillis, Director of Advancement
    Before leaving for Winter Break, Shorecrest announced an End-of-Year Challenge. An anonymous donor family challenged the community to match and exceed their $70,000 philanthropic investment to the Transform Campaign. We rang in the new year by exceeding this challenge and raised $635,317! 
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  • ES Visits for Potential New Students, Jan 11 & Feb 8

    by Dr. Sherri Danyali, Head of The Experiential School of Tampa Bay
    Are you or your friend interested in ES for a little one? Join us on either January 11 or February 8 to participate in a playful learning event planned for potential new students and parents. Families interested in enrolling a child in Alpha or JK for the 2020-2021 school year should contact Beth Mantooth bmantooth@shorecrest.org and/or Dr. Jean Spencer Carnes jcarnes@shorecrest.org for more information and to sign up for a time.
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