Starbucks Store needs your help!

The school is looking for one or two parent volunteers to man the Starbucks Store!  This is an easy way to help out and can be done whenever people have time.  They are hoping to be able to have the store open for just 20 minutes or so, once each week, either in the mornings around drop off time, during lunch/recess, or after school around pick up time.  The Store is just an opportunity for kids to trade in the Starbucks they have earned for prizes.  Please let Principal Kawahara know if you might be able to help with this important incentive program!  Thank you!

Posted in eBlast, General, Sequoia, Volunteering

STEM Fair Registration Ends Friday

Dear Sequoia Scientists and Engineers,

The last day to register for this year’s STEM fair is this Friday, Jan. 25. Make sure ideas are finalized with teachers and then register at our online form! If you’re feeling extra confident, feel free to register without first reviewing with your teacher. If changes are needed later on, just click the edit button in the registration confirmation email to make changes. Teacher tweaks your plan? No sweat!

Many projects have been registered thus far. Join the fun. There’s still time to start and finish before the 7th.

We will accept registration changes through the Tuesday the 5th. To make changes, use the edit button in the registration confirmation email OR submit a new registration form. We will use your latest submission on event night!

If you have questions or need more time to register, let organizers know. Needs will be accommodated almost always.

STEM Organizers

Posted in Sequoia, STEM Fair

4th & 5th Grade Choir

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Students and Parents,
Rehearsals for students for our 4th-5th Grade Choir are on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:10am. This ensemble is open to ALL 4th-5th grade students on a volunteer basis.
The next concert we are preparing for is a regional choir festival performance of all choral ensembles from Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in Pleasant Hill. The performance will be on Wednesday evening, February 27th, at College Park High School. Elementary students will sing two songs, plus a combined number at the end of the concert with all other grade levels. This performance is not mandatory, but is the district’s way of providing the children the experience of singing with a large group. We hope you and your children will participate!
Thank you for your encouragement and support for the music education program at Sequoia and in MDUSD.
Kind regards,
Mr. Kenn (
Music Education Specialist
Sequoia Elementary School
Posted in eBlast, Music, Sequoia

Library Help Needed

The library needs your help!  Come help our students develop a love for reading.  This is a great way to get involved with Sequoia Elementary.  No experience necessary!  We currently have a number of spots open for parents to come in and volunteer.  Remember, you need to be TB tested and fingerprinted to volunteer. See the signup genius link below.

Questions? Contact Linda Justice,


Posted in eBlast, Sequoia, Volunteering

Libation Donation Station this Friday!

Do you have the perfect bottle of wine or liquor laying around that needs to be donated? Or did you buy a case too much at your last visit to Safeway? Let us help you out. We will be having a Libation Donation Station on Friday 1/25/19 before and after school. We will be located on the sidewalk by the gravel walkway at the Kinder playground and in the back of the school on Theo Lane.

Posted in Auction, eBlast, Gala

We need your help!

We need YOUR help gathering donations to make our auction a success!  We are asking each family to donate one item to our upcoming Gala, “A Night at the Derby”.  Please ask businesses for donations of goods, services, or gift certificates, or see if they are interested in becoming a sponsor!


Last year’s online auction, silent auction, and live auction raised over $50K for the Sequoia Parents Association, which funded school programs like PE, the STEAM Lab, IT/systems upgrades, Field Trips, Outdoor Education, and our Intervention Teacher.  None of this would be possible without the help, donations, volunteering, and hard work of all the SPA parents (which includes YOU). To help bring in the much-needed donations, we are once again holding our Class Donation Competition!

This year we will have two chances to win:

1. Total number of donations per class

2. Total value of items donated

Donation Wish List (although nothing is too big or to small!)

  • Corporate Sponsorship/Advertising for the Gala, or donation match from your employer
  • Bottles of Wine (for the Gala event)
  • $25+ gift cards, unused gift cards (re-gift cards)
  • Vacation – Timeshare, vacation home stay, air miles, hotel rewards/points
  • Trial memberships & classes – gym, cross-fit, gymnastics, martial arts, camps, adventures, bike camps, tanning, art/wine, sport clinics, rock climbing, skydiving, BASE jumping
  • Services – Tax prep, home cleaning, home inspection/upgrade, landscaping, massage, salon
  • Eats – restaurant gift cards, catering, free food coupons
  • Tickets/Outings – Sports, games, WWE, concerts, museums, golf, Formula One, opera, movies, David Copperfield, Gallagher
  • Cool Stuff – artwork, bikes, camping, tools, bbq, gift baskets, Pick-Up Trucks, etc.

Please visit the Class Competition page on the SPA page for more information

How do I get my Donation to you?

  • Get copies of the Gala Donation Request Letter and Form in the front office or (download from here)
  • Get the donation and fill out the online donation form (here).
  • Drop it off in the Gala Envelope in the Office
  • Contact a Gala Team Member for hand off

Questions? Contact Toni Shay

Posted in Auction, eBlast, Fundraising, Gala

Gala tickets are going fast!!!

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The numbers are in…..

We have sold 226 tickets for our upcoming Gala, “A Night at the Derby“.  Don’t miss out buy your ticket today before they are all gone.  You do not want to miss this amazing event.

Buy tickets online or drop a payment in the office.  Please make checks out to SPA. Tickets are $75 and the last day to purchase will be January 31st.

Posted in Auction, eBlast, Gala, Sequoia

Derby Hat Shopping Event

images Please join us for our Derby Hat Shopping Event on  Friday, February 8th 6:30pm-8:30pm. Spaces are filling up don’t wait to sign-up.  The SPA Board will be serving Mint Juleps along with other drinks to make this a party you don’t want to miss.  Space will be limited to 30 attendees.  This is an adults only event.  Please note this is a shopping event of hats that Sarah has already created we will not be making hats at this event.  

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website:

Sign up below you do not want to miss this event!

Posted in Auction, eBlast, Gala, Sequoia

Derby Hat Party Sign up

imagesDo you have your hat for our upcoming Gala, “A Night at the Derby”?  Did you know having the perfect hat is what it’s all about?  Well we have the event for you!  Our very own Sequoia parent, Sarah Padgham, will be bringing a selection of her one of a kind hats for you to try on and purchase.  Come pick out a hat to complete your Gala outfit.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Sequoia.  If you already have your hat don’t fret, Sarah will have kits for you to purchase to accessorize your existing hats.

Mark you calendars for our shopping event.  Friday, February 8th 6:30pm-8:30pm.  The SPA Board will be serving Mint Juleps along with other drinks to make this a party you don’t want to miss.  Space will be limited to 30 attendees.  This is an adults only event.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website:

Sign up below you do not want to miss this event!


Posted in Auction, eBlast, Gala, Sequoia


Please turn in sponsor sheets and pledge envelopes tomorrow (Thursday, January 17th).  After the tests are taken and graded, the Spell-a-thon team will tally what is due and return the sponsor sheets and envelopes back to the students for collection of all funds.

Posted in Sequoia