October SPA Meeting (Caption This)

Thank you all for coming out to the October SPA meeting last night (Thurs 10/19)! We took care of a lot of business, as is obvious from the picture. Who can create the best caption for this photo?

Trivia Question: How many SPA members are in this picture?
All correct answers submitted before 5pm Monday will be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Submit your captions and trivia question answers in the comments!



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Community Clean-Up Day

The Pleasant Hill Community Clean-up Day was a complete success! We had over 50 community members, high schoolers, students, Sequoia families, SPA Board, and staff (teachers, principal and our custodian, Dean) showing up to make Sequoia Elementary sparkle. We weeded, pruned, trimmed, dug (swing that pick, Ms. Gascot!), and swept. We put in new dirt, planted and watered new perennials for the classroom and office landscape. Parents moved and organized the PE equipment in our new Sports hut, and put down walkway pavers. Finally, an assembly line of students and parents put together our new stools for the STEAM Lab. Many thanks to Anne Baker, Republic Services, for our dumpster, the Franke family for the plants and new soil, and our SPA Board for help in organizing (Dee Dee Tully) and all the Board for showing up and making it happen.


Jen Risken, Leslie Altman, and Maryann Spakousky
The Beautification Committee

Posted in Community Service Day, eBlast

Book Fair needs YOUR help!

Greetings, Sequoia Family! We are all excited for the opening of our Book Fair and Movie Night this Friday, Oct 13th.  However, we are in desperate need of additional volunteers to help make sure the Book Fair happens and is successful.  Julia Chen, the Book Fair chairperson, and Mrs. Conner, our librarian, along with other parent volunteers, have been doing great work lining up everything, but they need YOUR help to cover all the shifts and ensure our kids and fellow parents have access to the Book Fair.

Especially for the opening night on Friday, we need more volunteers to run the event; the first night is when we usually make the most sales throughout the Book Fair week.  Besides opening night, we also need at least three volunteers for lunch and after school shifts next week.  If Julia doesn’t have at least three volunteers, then we might not be able to have the Book Fair open for those shifts.

Please take a look at the SignUp Genius link and see where you might be able to help out.  And please contact Julia Chen with any questions.  Thanks so much for your time and support!

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Book Fair and Movie Night This Friday, Oct. 13!

Book Fair is from 5-8 pm.  Movie (Sing) starts at 6 pm. (Parents will enjoy it too!)
Pizza slices for sale, and free popcorn (next to the donation jar).
See you there!


Posted in Book Fair, eBlast, Movie Night

Gala Donation Station @ Book Fair / Movie Night

Last year’s spring gala raised over $50K for Sequoia. Most of that came from our online, silent, and live auctions!

Our Second gala donation station will be at the Book Faire/ Movie night this Friday. Now is the time to start soliciting donations from people you know and places you go (gift certs, trial memberships, etc). Use the online donation form to register donations so you and your class gets credit. Bring donations to the Book Faire/ Movie Night (Look for the DONATION STATION banner, near the popcorn table) if you like or contact us at sequoiagala@gmail.comto arrange delivery.

More donations = a more successful auction and gala! Remember the class with the most donations wins a party and prizes at the end of the school year.

Posted in eBlast, Gala

Re: Last week’s Sorrento Dine-Out Fundraiser!

Thank you so much for joining us last week at our first Sequoia Elementary School Dine-Out Fundraiser.  It was a huge success, and Paul (center in pic below) the owner of Sorrento Italian Restaurant said the turn-out was larger than he expected.  The food was absolutely fantastic, and the portions were HUGE.  If you attended, please help Sorrento with a Yelp review.  More pictures at our Dine Out Fundraiser page.

Sorrento 3

Posted in Dine-Out Fundraiser

RISO Training Tomorrow

A reminder to parents who volunteered for our Copy Cats program. There will be RISO copy machine training on campus tomorrow at 8:30. Sign up at the office (925-935-5721) if you haven’t done so already OR if you haven’t already made arrangements with Tania, our program chairperson. Click here for more details about Copy Cats. Thanks for volunteering!!

Posted in Copy Cats

Believe Kids – Last Call

First I want to thank everyone who participated in our Believe Kids fundraiser.  I am in the process of going through all the order forms and will be sending them off to Believe Kids this week.  If you forgot to turn in your form on Friday please bring it to school tomorrow!

As soon as I know a delivery date (sometime early November) of all the items I will let you know.  We should also know in about a week how much money we raised.  Thank you again for supporting our school!!

Posted in Believe Kids, eBlast, Uncategorized

Believe Kids Fundraiser ends Friday (9/29)!

Just a quick reminder that our Believe Kids Fundraiser ends this Friday.  Please send the order forms to school with your student(s) and have them turned in to the teacher.  We will be collecting them that day.  Friday is also the last day we will be handing out the poppable keychains.  If you lost your coupons or need more click on the link below.

Thank you everyone for your support!!


Posted in Believe Kids

Final Week of the Spring Gala ticket sale!

We are quickly selling out.  The tickets are on sale this week only.  $65 each.  After Saturday 9/30, they will go back to $75.  Don’t get left out!

Event is Saturday 3/17/2018 5pm at the Hilton in Concord

Purchase them online here


Emerald and Gold Ball image

Posted in eBlast, Gala