Community Service Day Food Drive

Community Service Day Food Drive

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is sponsoring a food drive on Community Service Day, Saturday, Sept. 28.  Drop off food donations at Pleasant Hill Park!

Most-Needed Foods

When thinking about what food to donate, we always suggest choosing healthy, nonperishable food that you would like to eat if you were hungry. Some of our most-needed foods are listed below as a guide:

  •     Natural Peanut Butter
  •     Whole Grain Cereals
  •     Hearty Low Sodium Soups
  •     Beans and Lentils (dry or canned)
  •     Canned Tuna and Chicken in Water
  •     Canned Fruit in Juice
  •     Nonperishable Low Sodium Ready-to-Eat Meals (chili, ravioli, etc.)
  •     Low Sodium Canned Vegetables
  •     Brown Rice
  •     Whole Wheat/Grain Pasta
  •     Canned Tomato Products
Posted in Community, Community Service Day, eBlast

Plan Ahead – Halloween Info

Attention parents: a few people have already been asking about Halloween, so here is some important information:

  1. All Kinders are Early Friends on 10/31, so will need to be at school by 8am and will be dismissed at 11:35am.
  2. The Annual Halloween Parade will take place at 8:30am for the entire school out on the playground.
  3. The Book Fair will open that same day, so parents can shop while they’re already on campus for the parade; exact times for the Book Fair TBD
  4. Remember that THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE STAFF LOT, so please plan ahead and arrive early to find parking.

Also, please save the date for our annual Halloween Bowling event on Sunday afternoon, Oct 27th, and for our annual Movie Night in the MUR on Friday evening, Nov 1st! Stay tuned for more information; you won’t want to miss these annual traditions!

Posted in Book Fair, Bowling, eBlast, General, Movie Night

Planning meeting on 9/18 for Mrs. Joukoff’s Retirement Party

Mrs. Joukoff’s Retirement Party – Planning meeting

Wednesday, Sept 18    ~    8:30am to 9am   ~   MUR

All ideas and input welcome!

Mrs. Joukoff’s Retirement Party will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at 3:15pm, and it will be open to the public.  We are in the planning stages, and welcome all parents of former students or any other interested people to participate!

Posted in Community, eBlast, General, Teacher Appreciation

Community Service Day is Sept 28!

Each September, the City of Pleasant Hill schedules a Community Service Day.  For the past few years, Sequoia Elementary has been designated as one of the project sites, where volunteers can sign up to come work.  The event normally runs from 9am – noon.  Volunteers from the PH community and our school weed, sweep, plant new plants, pick up trash, and more.  In the past, we also have asked volunteers to assemble storage sheds and school equipment, for example.

We are desperately looking for a parent volunteer to coordinate our Clean-Up Day efforts this year.  Plans are already underway, but we need someone to help coordinate efforts leading up to and on the day of the event.  Duties include working with school staff to organize the list of tasks to be accomplished, soliciting donations of plants and such from local businesses, and coordinating volunteers on the day of the event.  Please contact Derek Mims if you are interested in helping out!

Of course, we also need volunteers on Clean-Up Day to help with a variety of cleaning and beautification projects around the school.  Please plan to join us for this fun morning of community service!  Register with the City of PH as a volunteer here, or just show up at Sequoia on Saturday morning, Sept 28.

Posted in Beautification, Community Service Day, eBlast

Welcome Back Jamboree / TB Screening – THANK YOU

Thank you all Sequoia parents for volunteering and donating to make Welcome Back Jamboree a success. We had tremendous success with TB Screening and Fingerprinting this year. We processed 70 volunteer registrations (51 new parent volunteers), an incredible increase from last year. Thank you to our awesome office secretary Mary Hasson for volunteering and guiding us through the process. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Sequoia Parent volunteer health professionals who conducted the TB assessments: Amelia Scudiere (Mrs.Ricard’s friend), Yvonne Eberly, Guadalupe Ceja Stanley, John Paulo Palmos Cunanan, Laura Colebourn and Aimee Edell . For those who registered to volunteer, you should be hearing from the District in 2-3 weeks time.

We were not able to accommodate many walk-ins due to time limitation. If you want to get registered, here are instructions to register to become a volunteer, through the district office or an outside agency. We are contemplating to schedule one more TB Screening / Fingerprinting opportunity ON SITE, depending on the demand. If you are interested please contact us here by September 17th, for us to make a decision.

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Welcome Back Jamboree

Jamboree is our first family fun event that should not be missed! Cake Walk, food trucks, music, kids playing and laughing while the adults hang out in chairs or blankets (make sure pack them) this night is for everyone to just relax and get to know all of the newcomers and see old friends after a long summer! Check out our flyer here.

For the convenience of new parents to Sequoia, SPA will have TB testing and Fingerprinting clearance ON SITE, and to start volunteering in your child’s classrooms. There is a cost, but it saves a trip to the Dr and also to district offices, which had 6-8 weeks of wait time. Remember, the TB screening must be done every 4 years.  We highly recommend you to pre-register here, for you to have more time to enjoy the event festivities. Deadline to pre-register is at 12pm on Sept 6th 2019. If you didn’t get a chance to per-register, you can walk-in once all per-registered people complete with their screening. All documents required for TB screening and fingerprinting can be found in the pre-register link. DO NOT FORGET to bring required id proof for your TB screening. Here is the MDUSD approved list. Cost is 60$ per person or 110$ for two people.

We will also need a ton of helpers to keep the bathrooms frosting free, man the cake walk and many other things. If you can spare 30 min or more (please, sign up for multiple spots) it will help make the event even better! We have made the volunteer slots 30-45mins, so that everyone gets to chill-out and have fun. Please sign up here :

We will be accepting cake, cupcakes, brownies, donuts, cakepops, cookies etc (PLEASE NO ICE CREAM CAKES) the day of the event. You can drop items off to Maggie and Mary in the front office during the normal office hours or at the library from 5-7pm.

SPA can’t wait to see everyone! Let’s get this Jamboree started! 

Posted in Sequoia

Picture Day is Sept 10!

All students will be photographed on Tuesday, September 10th.

To pre-order a picture package, click here:

If you are not pre-ordering a picture package, you DO NOT need to sign up in advance on the website. You will be able to order pictures after picture day; proofs should be available online to view before you order, if you choose.

Posted in eBlast, School Photos

Volunteers Needed for Jamboree!

We could still use some more parent volunteers to help with the cake walk, campus cleanup, and other jobs at our Welcome Back Jamboree this Friday evening; please visit and see how you can help!

Posted in Volunteering, Welcome Back Jamboree

IB Update

From Mrs. Kawahara…

The IB Learner Profile of the Month for September is “Risk Taker.” We are encouraging students to be risk takers in their learning: share their thinking, challenge themselves with a more difficult problem, read a book that they wouldn’t usually choose, etc. We will be discussing, encouraging, and celebrating Risk Taking all month!

A question came up about how we do IB and still teach Common Core. Actually, IB is a great way to meet the Common Core standards. The content that we cover at each grade level is determined by the Common Core state standards. Our work for IB is to align the standards with the IB transdisciplinary themes. The methodology of IB coordinates well with the Common Core standards and 21st Century Learner skills.

Posted in eBlast, International Baccalaureate (IB)

ACE Class Registration is Live!

Just a reminder that regular registration for our Fall ACE Classes began on 8/23 and runs through 8/31. Late registration is available from 9/1-9/3, but a late fee of $25 will be assessed. Visit our ACE Classes page on the SPA website for all the information and our “At-a-Glance” document listing all available classes. Visit the ACE Registration page to register for classes; pricing information will be available on the registration site. Please contact with any questions!

Posted in ACE, eBlast