Parent Association

Naomi Smith, S.P.A. President


You made an important decision when you chose Seacrest for the student in your family. Now you have another important decision to make!

How will you get involved at Seacrest so your student receives one of the most important messages you can send - the message that YOU are involved at their school.

Welcome to the Seacrest Parents Association.

I encourage you to get involved as much as your schedule allows. And anytime you are at school be sure your student knows! Stop in the classroom or be sure to pass them between classes because when they see you on campus they get the message that you support what they are doing at school.

I’ll see you at school and Go Stingrays!

The Seacrest Parent Association (S.P.A.) is dedicated to the healthy growth, development and well-being of Seacrest Country Day School through building community, fostering education and nurturing the spirit of the School's social life.

Seacrest prides itself on developing meaningful relationships with our students and our parents. The relationship between parents and the school is one of reciprocity. Seacrest provides services and communications and our parents provide their time and talents. Seacrest fosters opportunities for parents to become engaged members of our community through opportunities of purpose.

There are no applications or dues to be a member of the S.P.A. Each family is automatically a member. Your involvement is valued and encouraged.

S.P.A. Sponsored Events and initiatives

Stingyray 5K
Seacrest Social
Box Tops for Education
Coffee Cart
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Movie Night
Scavenger Hunt
Teacher Appreciation Luncheons




Friday, September 14
8:15 am - Library

Friday, October 12
8:30 am - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)

Friday, November 2
After Flag Ceremony - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)

Friday, January 11
8:30 am - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)

Friday, February 8

After Flag Ceremony - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)


Friday, April 5

8:30 am - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)


Friday, May 10

8:30 am - VCR (2nd Fl. above the Library)




















2018-2019 Executive Officers

Naomi Smith

Vice President
Andrew Miller

Jenny Wimsatt

Christina Francis

Event Operations
Claudia D'Alessandro

Division Contacts

Lower School

LS Division Liaison
Denise Tyler-Nieman

Middle School

MS Liaison
Julie Earnest

Upper School

US Liaison
Job Open. Interested? Email the SPA at

S.P.A. Minutes

April 13 Meeting Minutes


Lower School Playground & Stage Equipment Update:

* Phase 3: We’re almost there! Help us reach our goal!

* 54% raised for the Middle and Upper School stage equipment.

* A letter will be sent home informing families on how they can donate if they have not already done so.

* Thank you to all of our generous donors!

Committee Reports:

* Scavenger Hunt: April 21, 2018- Julie Earnest

o From 4pm to 7pm

o Over $4,000 in raffle prizes

o Friends, family and alumni welcome to join.

* Stingray Golf Tournament: May 12, 2018

o In its twelfth year, the Stingray Golf Tournament benefits Seacrest Athletes.

o Hole sponsors needed

o If you are interested in supporting the tournament, or have any questions, please contact Christina Brown, Assistant Athletic Director, at

Summer Opportunities from Seacrest Faculty:

* Seacrest Basketball & All Sports Camp with Bill Carufe.

o June 11- June 15

o Students entering Grades 2 through 8

o Full Day & Half Day camps available

o If you have any questions, please contact Bill Carufe, Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, at

* Strength & Training Program

o For students in Middle and Upper School

o Individualized to each child and the sport the play, reducing the risk of injuries.

o If you have any questions, please contact Mario Mendoza, Middle and Upper School Science Teacher, at

Hosting International Students:

* Seacrest partners with Assist

* Families that choose to host a student will do so for 10 months.

* Great way to experience other cultures while creating a meaningful lifelong bond.

* If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Jobe, Director of Enrollment, at

Election of 2018 - 2019 SPA Officers:

* President: Bill Richards

* Vice-President: Naomi Smith

* Treasurer: Andrew Miller

* Secretary: Jennifer Wimsatt

January 5 Meeting Minutes


Seacrest Parent Association Gift Cards Available

$10 Paragon Theater Movie tickets.

$50 gift certificate for the price of $40 to Pinchers Crab Shack, Texas Tony’s and Deep Lagoon Seafood. One gift card per household.

All proceeds benefit Seacrest Country Day School.

See Cindy or Claudia to purchase.

Committee Reports

Movie Night: January 19, 2018

Starts a 6pm in the courtyard.

Bring your own chair or blanket.

Rita’s frozen ice, popcorn and water will be available for purchase.

Elaine-Maria Zafar is chairing this event.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day: February 16, 2018

Volunteer opportunities still available. Please see the Seacrest Parent Portal.

Renea Tucker is chairing this event.

30th Annual Auction: March 10, 2018

Being held at the luxurious Naples Grande Beach Resort.

Great Gatsby theme

Wine raffle offering a various assortment of wine.

Be on the lookout for an invitation, which will be sent out later this month.

Kyla de Asla is chairing this event

Scavenger Hunt: April 21, 2018

Next meeting January 18, 2018 at 2:00 in room 5.

Julie Earnest is chairing this event.

Seacrest In Depth- Key Club/ Builders Club

Student led organizations that teach leadership through service to the community.

Key Club is a service program for high school students.

Builders Club is a service program for middle school students.

One to two events per month.

Continued Sponsorship of 5 families from Avalon, which consists of buying groceries once a month.

Builders Club meetings held Wednesdays at noon in the Middle School science room.

Seacrest Enrichment Program

Starts Monday 1/8/2018

Upper School Fashion Show

January 13, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 in the courtyard adjacent to the Lower School Gym.

Student led fashion show.

Tickets available on the Seacrest Parent Portal.

Next meeting:

Friday, February 2 - immediately following flag ceremony and at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, February 5 - 6:00 p.m.

November 10 Meeting Minutes


Committee Reports:

    • 30th Annual Auction: March 10, 2018
      • Next meeting being held Tuesday, December 5 after drop off in room 5.
    • Movie Night: January 19, 2018
      • Movie TBD
    • Coffee Cart: December 6, 2017
      • Holiday inspired
    • Scavenger Hunt: April 21, 2018
      • Next meeting being held Thursday, December 7th at 2pm in room 5.

Volunteer opportunities available, please see Volunteer button above.

Seacrest In Depth/ Skills Center:

    1. Katherine Arpin, Middle School and Lower School Guidance Counselor, Shanon Greenfield, Lower School Learning Specialist and Penny Kline, Middle School and 9th grade Learning Specialist work inside and outside the classroom.
    2. Plan to expand further into Upper School.
    3. Collaborative approach at creating a cohesive learning plan geared toward each student’s learning style.
    4. Jim Timmerman, Seacrest parent, spoke about his experience with the Skills Center. Jim’s son works with the Skills Center and is available to any parent who may have questions.
    5. If you want to learn more about the Skills Center or believe your child may benefit from working in the Skills Center, please contact Katherine Arpin at

  1. Marc Barry, Upper School Mathematics and Robotics teacher will oversee Upper, Middle and Lower School robotics teams.
  2. Parent involvement encouraged, but not required.
  3. Lower School - Offered in the 3rd session of SEA, which begins in March. This will encompass a mix of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Junior and other curricula.
  4. Middle School - FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the LEGO robotics room above the library.
  5. Upper School -A class is offered to interested students
Athletics- Team Parents

    1. Team parents to help coordinate carpooling for in town practices and games.
    2. Team parents chosen at team meeting.
    3. If parents are interested in serving as a team parent, please contact Christina Brown at
SGA Food Drive

    1. Annual canned food drive for the Salvation Army .
    2. Please bring in healthful non-perishable food items to the Front Desk and Upper School Reception Area.
    3. Items will be picked up the Monday or Tuesday following Thanksgiving Break.
Donation Yoga

    1. Sunday, December 3 from 9:30am-10:30am in the courtyard.
    2. Half of the proceeds from this event and the two subsequent events will aid Seacrest scholarship funds.
    3. December 3 Donation Yoga to benefit the Jeffrey Ortiz Memorial Scholarship fund.

Next Seacrest Parent Association meeting will be held Friday, January 5 in room 5 immediately following flag ceremony.

Naomi Smith
S.P.A. Secretary

October 6 Meeting Minutes

1. Welcome & School News

  • Middle School winter athletics starting later this month.
  • Email will be sent from Christina Brown, Assistant Athletic Director or the team parent asking which children will need transportation to in-county games.
  • Parents MUST respond to email in order for transportation to be provided.

2. Hurricane Irma & Maria Efforts

  • The Upper School Key Club has been collecting donations for Everglades City, Goodland, and Isle of Capri.
  • Sponsored two families from Everglades City. The first family has a young boy and girl asking for sizes 6/7. The second family has three girls and are asking for sizes 10/14, youth XL and adult small.
  • Key club is also helping a Seacrest employee who was affected by hurricane Irma and are asking for Lowes, Home Depot, Publix, Walmart and Visa gift cards.
  • Puerto Rico supply drive ends October 9th

3. Quick Guide to the Seacrest Portal

  • Class curriculum found in the resource folder
  • Class/ parent lists are found in the members folder.
  • Volunteer button lives on the Parents as Parents page that can be found under the Life at Seacrest tab.
  • Meghan Easterly, Webmaster and Database Manager is working to sort the Parent Directory by class or grade.

4. November SPF Discussion – November 30

  • Creative Inquiry in-depth.
  • Seacrest core operating principle.
  • Focusing on making classrooms and the learning process transformational rather than transactional.

5. Student led Conferences

  • Grades 2-12
  • Monday, Oct. 23rd and Tuesday, Oct. 24th from 4-7pm.
  • The student articulates what he or she has learned. Sets goals that aren't just focused on obtaining straight A's, but what sparks the interest of the students.
  • Parents of preschool through first grade students will meet with the teacher for a more traditional conference.

6. Committee Report

  • Coffee Cart: October 18, 2017
  • Teacher Luncheons: October 23, 2017
  • 30th Annual Auction: March 10,2018
    • First meeting being held November 7th after drop-off in room 5.

Scavenger Hunt: April 21, 2018

    • 3-hour family fun event driving from various locations, solving puzzles, riddles, collecting miscellaneous objects and completing tasks.
    • Seacrest family businesses can sign up to host a stop at the scavenger hunt.
    • Route to be finalized by February. Please email Julie Earnest if you're interested in having your business be a part of this new tradition.

September 1 Meeting Minutes

1. Welcome & School News

  • The Upper school deck is being transformed into an outdoor learning lab, available to all students
  • A small portion of the library is being converted into a media studio. Here students and teachers can record things like the news, and stream them to other classrooms.
  • Room 5 is now the parent teacher collaboration room. This is a space for parents to go, stocked with materials and supplies needed for volunteer opportunities throughout the campus. There will also be an area for siblings to play while parents volunteer. We want parents on campus, finding meaningful ways to be partners in their child's education.

2. S.P.A. Purpose & Mission

  • The Seacrest Parents Association (S.P.A.) is dedicated to the healthy growth, development, and well-being of Seacrest Country Day School through building community, fostering education and nurturing the spirit in the school’s social life.
  • The S.P.A is focused on increasing parent involvement whether it's in the classroom, with clubs, athletics, or events; providing volunteering opportunities for everyone in areas of their interest.
  • We want to open the lines of communication; feedback is welcome.

3. Meet your Division Heads

  • Upper School- Howard Schott
  • Middle School- Steven Caruso
  • Lower School- Patricia Stanley

4. S.P.A. Officer Introductions

  • President- Pam Hawkesworth


  • Vice President- Bill Richards


  • Treasurer- Andrew Miller


  • Secretary- Naomi Smith


5. Committee Chair Introductions

  • Movie Night- Elaine Maria Zafar

January 19, 2018

  • Book Fair- Naomi Walden

February 11-16, 2018

  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day- Renae Tucker

February 16, 2018

  • 30th Annual Auction- Kyla de Asla

March 10, 2018

  • Scavenger Hunt- Julie Earnest

April 21, 2018

  • Teacher luncheons- Melissa Kruk

October 23, 2017; March 2, 2018

  • Box Tops- Erin Standhart
  • Coffee Cart- Robin Mizwa

October 18; December 6; January 10; March 28; April 18; May 8

6. Seacrest In-Depth

Seacrest Country Day School fuels intellectual engagement, teaches ownership of the educational experience, cultivates quality of character, and inspires students to lead lives of significance.

  • As approved by the Seacrest Board of Trustees in June 2017, Seacrest’s core operating principle is Creative Inquiry.
  • Evening classes will be offered to parents helping them explore Creative Inquiry and how it will impact our Seacrest community.

May 12 Meeting Minutes

Seacrest Parents Association | S.P.A.
May 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes

1. Welcome and thank you to current S.P.A. Officers

2. Parent Association Survey Overview

  • 30% response rate with equal response between divisions. Such a response rate is considered typical of surveys.
  • 94% of parents said they wanted more family centered events. While 34% wanted parent only events.
  • 2017/2018 SPA is aiming toward more family centered events, while still having a few events for parents to have a night to socialize as well.
  • 48% of parents said they only check the Seacrest portal once a month. We need to come up with a timelier, efficient method to get information out to families.
  • 94% suggested email as a source.
  • Text messaging information was also suggested, but needs to be discussed further considering it's currently being used for emergencies.

3. Restructuring of the Seacrest Parents Association

a. Introduction of 2017-2018 Executive Committee

President- Pam Hawkesworth -

Vice President- Bill Richards -

Treasurer- Andrew Miller -

Secretary- Naomi Smith -

b. Increase parent involvement

  • Many parents are limited on time, have multiple children or are unsure on how they can get involved.
  • The S.P.A. is aimed at increasing parent involvement whether it's in the classroom, with clubs, athletics, or events.
  • Providing volunteering opportunities for everyone in areas of their interest.

The Seacrest store is being converted to a volunteer office. It will be a designated place for parents to go, stocked with materials and supplies needed for volunteer opportunities throughout the campus. There will also be an area for siblings to play while parents volunteer.

c. Focus on community and family events.

  • Stingray Picnic
  • Movie Night
  • Trunk or treat
  • Seacrest Family Scavenger Hunt

d. Monthly meetings – duration, topics

  • We want to open the lines of communication, and hear feedback whether it's positive or negative.
  • A suggestion box will be located in the new parent volunteer office and on the website.
  • Monthly meetings lasting no longer than 1 hour.
  • Multiple meeting times throughout the week to ensure everyone has the opportunity to attend a meeting and get involved.

e. Website, availability of information, meeting minutes

Over the summer, the Seacrest portal will be updated to make S.P.A. easier to access. You will find minutes from previous meetings, opportunities for involvement throughout the campus, and a suggestion tab.

4. Middle School Athletics

  • 80% participation rate
  • Compete in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, which is broken down into two divisions: Middle School A division (7th/8th) and Middle School B division (6th/7th).
  • Students can participate in varsity high school sports if no middle school program offered. (i.e. swimming)
  • State-mandated sport physical and forms need to be filled out prior to competing in any sport.
  • Parent sports meeting on Wednesday the 17th at 6:30pm in the Upper School common room.

5. Dress Code Update Pk-8th

  • Lands' End will be the new uniform provider. All uniforms will be ordered through the Lands' End and delivered to your home.
  • Collared shirts will be required for Pre-K through Grade 8 students.
  • Students can still wear the shirts they currently own.
  • Spirit Day Fridays- you can buy everything through the sideline store. Spirit Fridays will continue during the 17-18 school year.

6. Q&A

a. The issue of transportation to and from practice (swimming and golf) or games was raised.

  • The S.P.A will further investigate this issue, and will be meeting with the Booster club to brainstorm ideas.

7. Upcoming Events

a. End of School Calendar

b. Tentative Preview of 2017-2018 Social Calendar