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Hello Beach Families! 
I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite activities with family and friends over the summer!  Creating those moments and memories are vital to our mental and physical health!  I spent much of my time with family at our cottage on Big Star Lake; swimming, relaxing, and eating too much ice cream!  I am very excited to be part of the Cedar Springs community and to be working alongside you at Beach!
I have enjoyed 9 years as an administrator with Grand Rapids Public Schools and was a 2nd/3rd grade Special Education Teacher prior to my move to administration.  I am very passionate about my work with children and I love what I do.  I chose to leave GRPS in hopes of being more involved in a smaller community.  I am so fortunate to have been given this opportunity to join your community and to transform your 2nd and 3rd graders!
I have heard wonderful things about the Cedar Springs community and District.  You have accomplished some amazing things over the past couple of  years and I plan to help keep the momentum going!  I believe in strong relationships between school and home, so I hope to get to know every family well during your 2 year stay at Beach.
We have an amazing staff of dedicated, hard-working people that will ensure that your child will strive to achieve academic excellence and social responsibility.  We will work daily to grow every child’s mind, even more than what they think is possible!
I look forward to meeting you at the Open House on Wednesday, August 30th, 5:30-6:30 pm!  School begins on Tuesday, September 5th, at 8:30 am.  This is going to be an amazing school year!

Ms. Tricia Shenefield
Principal, Beach Elementary