2019

  • 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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  • SCA Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, May 8

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    On behalf of all Shorecrest personnel, Mike Murphy and the Shorecrest Community Association invite all Shorecrest Volunteers to a complimentary Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Janet Root Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation. Every parent/guardian who has volunteered this school year is invited to join us on May 8Digital invitation to come... please save the date!
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  • Spring Music Concert, Apr 17

    by Ethan Updike, Band Director
    The 2019 Spring Music Concert will feature dedicated student musicians from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Please join us on Wednesday, April 17, 7 - 9 pm.
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  • Lower School Announcements

    by Dr. Lisa Bianco, Head of Lower School
    Important announcements, updates and reminders for Lower School Families
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  • Art All Around Campus, and Awards

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Where to find student artwork on campus.
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  • Mad Hatters Ball & Ninjas in Wonderland, Sign-up parties

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Mad Hatters Ball on Friday, April 26, 7-9:30pm in the Rec Gym on campus.
    Ninjas in Wonderland on Saturday, April 27, 6-8pm at Bayside Sports Academy.

     
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  • 2019-2020 SCA Board Positions Open

    by SCA Board
    If you have an interest in serving on the SCA Board for the 2019-20 academic year, or know someone who would be a great fit, nominations and self-nominations are underway! Contact Stacy Conroy at stacyes@gmail.com or 813-944-7951.
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  • Caleb Kravitz ‘20 Announced as Finalist in National “Teendrive365” PSA Challenge

    by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
    Driving while distracted can make it difficult to react during a potential crash, especially for teen drivers. More than 1200 videos created by teens to inspire their peers to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior were submitted in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge by Toyota and Discovery Education. Among the 10 finalists is Caleb Kravitz '20! Caleb’s video "Don't Recline Behind the Wheel" and the other ten finalist videos can be viewed at teendrive365inschool.com/vote. The public can vote for their favorite video once per day through April 23. The People’s Choice winner will receive $5,000 - so please vote for Caleb every day!
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  • Celebrate the Arts Week

    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, April 8-13, 2019. Following the ES/LS Teach-in on Friday, April 12, LS and ES students will have a performance around 11am. The Week will finish out with Shorecrest Performing Arts' production of the new Broadway adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella,” to run April 11-13, in the Janet Root Theatre.
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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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  • Parent/Guardian SEED Meeting, Apr. 18

    by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
    SEED, The Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum was developed and launched at the Wellesley College Center for Women in 1987. It is the nation's largest peer-led leadership organization through which participants develop ways of understanding complex relations between self and systems with regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability/disability, and other  cultural experiences. 
    We are excited to offer parents/guardians an introduction to the program for this year and hope you will join us on Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7-8:30pm.
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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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  • Dad Nights Out

    by Matt Frey, Shorecrest Parent
    Shorecrest dads are invited to meet other dads at fun, monthly nights out.  All events will be at 7:30pm unless otherwise stated.
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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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  • Shorecrest Performing Arts presents “Cinderella”

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Over the past year the Shorecrest campus has undergone a transformation. The completion and opening of the first floor of Charger Commons, the new 60,000 square foot facility made possible by the Transform Campaign, marks a major milestone in that transformation. To connect this new chapter of Shorecrest history to the time-honored tradition of "Celebrate the Arts" week, Shorecrest Performing Arts is proud to present the spring musical "Cinderella," April 11, 12, and 13 in the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest. Showtimes will be Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.
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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 Day, Sign up today

    by International Committee
    Shorecrest's first International Day is on Wednesday, May 1! Thank you to all who have signed up to represent countries. Please learn more and sign up here: http://signup.com/go/gpCrOTK.
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  • Second Grade Visits Historic Landmarks in DTSP

    by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
    Last week, second graders took a trolley tour of downtown St. Petersburg to view some of our city's historic landmarks. Starting at the The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, the trolley drove students through the streets passing and stopping at many of the sites recommended on the Historic St. Petersburg Downtown & Waterfront Walking Tour Guide Yellow Route. Other portions of the trip included snack and free play in Straub Park, time to explore the banyan trees, and a walking tour along the waterfront.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Register Now for Summer at Shorecrest

    by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
    Registration for summer programs is now open! Summer at Shorecrest offers camps, programs, and classes for students age 4-years-old through high school; there are even offerings for parents this summer! Visit www.shorecrest.org/summer for full descriptions, schedules and registration.
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  • Children Around the World

    by Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
    Second grade teacher Mrs. Johnson collaborated with Assistant Head of Lower School Mrs. Craft on a “Children Around the World” unit for second grade that incorporated a questioning strategy called The Question Formulation Technique - working intentionally to promote curiosity, inquiry, and self-directed learning in our young students.
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  • Second Grade Tours Historic Landmark

    by Marion O’Mullane, Second Grade Teacher
    As part of their study on landmarks, second graders visited and toured one of St Petersburg's iconic gems, the Don CeSar Hotel. They learned about the history of the hotel, its architectural story, climbed the spiral staircase to what was formerly a window that is now the entrance, passed through the ice cream parlor to view what was the former main staircase entering the hotel, and studied the history wall of facts.
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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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  • 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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  • Black History Month Exchange

    by Kurt Wahlgren, Social Studies Department Chair
    Third grade and eleventh grade students met to discuss some of what they worked on in February. The result: a very enlightening exchange and a sense of comradery between third graders and juniors.
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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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  • A Small Part of the World [Video, photos]

    by Rob Mitchell, Lower School Music Teacher
    The second graders have been taking a trip around the world in their study of the different continents. This week they took audiences with them in their musical program, "A Small Part of the World." They dazzled audiences with their knowledge through poetry, dancing, and singing traditional songs from countries around the world. Most impressive was the fact that they sang in five different languages! 
     
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chickens Visit Kindergarten

    by Allison Hawley and Alissa Vigue, Kindergarten Teachers
    Ashley and Erick, Shorecrest parents and Founders of the Sustainable Family Farm, came to talk to kindergarten as guest experts last week. Not only did they teach kindergarteners about the different things chickens need, they brought two very exciting guests as well - two hens from their farm! Kindergarteners were excited to meet and pet these two full-grown hens while observing the differences between them and the tiny, 3-week old chicks that have recently hatched in kindergarten. 
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  • Packer Invitational Math Competition

    by Mandy Howell, Fifth Grade Math Teacher
    Mathletes from Shorecrest fourth, fifth and sixth grades competed in the 1st annual Packer Invitational Math Competition at Largo High school on Saturday, February 23. The Chargers came home with some impressive hardware, including third place overall elementary school!
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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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  • Sophomores Visit Kindergarten

    by Dominique V. Craft, Assistant Head of Lower School
    It was a very exciting morning in the Lower School building on Wednesday, as Kindergarten students met their tenth grade buddies for the first time face-to-face! The week before, buddies had exchanged letters, sharing their interests, favorite things, and stories about themselves. Needless to say, there was great enthusiasm in the Kindergarten classrooms when the tenth graders arrived with huge smiles on their faces and books to read to their new friends.
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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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  • Second Grade Celebrates 100th Day of School

    by Michele Johnson, Second Grade Teacher
    As part of Shorecrest's 100th Day of School celebration, Mrs. Johnson's and Ms. Tucker's second grade classes met to make and launch 100 paper airplanes.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • America's Kids - Third Grade Show [video & photos]

    by Robert Mitchell, LS Music Teacher
    Third graders dazzled audiences with their knowledge of United States history as they performed the musical "America's Kids." Thank you to teachers and parents for making this experience so memorable for the students!
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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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  • Guest Reader in Spanish Class

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, Lower School Spanish Teacher
    This week, fourth grade Spanish class enjoyed a visit from Michael Cibran '95, alumnus and Spanish-speaking parent. He read a book in Spanish to the class and interacted with the children during their Spanish class. Thanks so much for your visit and for taking the time to read in Spanish to our students! 
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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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  • Lower School Links Project for Relay

    by Lilianna Baralt '21, Lauren Merrifield '21 and Sofia Marston '21, Relay For Life Committee
    Relay For Life is around the corner, and as a community we are trying to reach the goal of raising $100,000 to support cancer research. To raise money in Lower School, students can participate in the Links Project. For every dollar your child brings in, they will receive one colored paper link. The links are then connected to form a paper chain in each classroom.
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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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  • Fourth Grade Spanish Project Share

    by Emili Jaime-Allwood, LS Spanish Teacher
    This week fourth graders had their project share in Spanish class: Escuelas Urbanas y Rurales en Latinoamerica (Urban and Rural Schools in Latin America.) 
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  • Guest expert Heather Vidal visits Kindergarten

    by Allison Hawley, Kindergarten Teacher
    For our living and nonliving study, kindergarteners in Mrs. Hawley's class welcomed guest expert Heather Vidal, a Shorecrest tutor. Mrs. Vidal came to talk about some living things she has as pets. She has some typical pets like dogs and cats, but she also shared with us another type of pet she has -- chickens!
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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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