Holiday Outreach / Donation Drive

As most of you have heard, this year we have been unable to coordinate with the District to support the Adopt-a-Family program as we have in the past. However, we still want to encourage members of our Sequoia Community to help those less fortunate this holiday season, something we feel is an expression of who we are as a school and also a  wonderful lesson for our children.

With the recent fires in Butte County, there are many families that are still homeless and in need of our help! We have identified two organizations that are working hard to help those families in need, and we want to invite our Sequoia community to participate. Please remember that any contribution will make a difference to those families who are struggling as a result of the devastation. If you are interested and able to help, we encourage you to support these organizations:

  1. Rotary Helping Students Rebound:

Local Rotarian Allen Mueller and the Danville Rotary Club have launched a Go Fund Me page, with donations going to the Durham Rotary Club in Butte County. School kits are being provided to K-8 students for $11 each, and to high school students for $28 each. Since almost all of the schools in the Camp Fire area were destroyed or heavily damaged, all of the students from K-12 are being enrolled in surviving schools throughout the county.

PLEASE donate now to:

  1. Ridge Kids Christmas:

Every year in Magalia, CA, is the Ridge Kids Christmas, where gifts are given to underprivileged  children in the community.  Santa arrives to hand out presents, and this year gifts are especially needed!  A wish list has been created on Amazon, where you can purchase gifts that have been requested by the children. There are still many items needed; please help make their dreams come true this holiday season!


We hope our Sequoia Community will be able to reach out and assist those in need this month.  Thank you so much for all of your help, and may you be blessed this holiday season!!


Posted in Community, eBlast, Sequoia, Volunteering

A Night at the Derby Update

2019 derby gala logo   The numbers are in…..

We have sold 210 tickets the 2019 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 will increase Jan. 1st.






Posted in Sequoia

Thanks for shopping at the Vendor Boutique!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Fall Vendor Boutique last week to do some holiday shopping and support SPA, fellow parents, and other local businesses!  Despite the rain, we had a good turnout and raised almost $600 for SPA and 5th Grade Outdoor Ed!  Of course, we couldn’t have been successful without all of our amazing vendors; special thanks to all the businesses that participated!

If you are still looking for some gifts or supplies for holiday entertaining, please consider consulting these amazing vendors!

Logo Boisset                                    Logo Pampered

Derek Mims, Boisset Collection                Natalia Bello, Pampered Chef


Name Company Website
Diane Brown Always Something
Emily Richards Beauty Counter
Jenna Dyer Color by Amber
Lynnette Benard Color Street
Kathy Britton DotDotSmile
Jennifer Knuckles Jammin’ Jen’s
Kayte Hansen Kayte’s Crafty Cottage
Lisa Graham Lula Roe
Cathy Rankin Norwex
Janessa Oriol Perfectly Posh
Jody Knight Rodan + Fields
Kristin Kohs The Sanctuary
Posted in eBlast, Sequoia, Vendor Boutique


This week all students should be bringing home a SPELL-A-THON packet. While the test date is not until Thursday, January 17, 2019, both the SPA Board and the Sequoia staff wanted to give the students plenty of time to collect pledges and study the words. For those of you who are new to Sequoia, this is a unique way of raising funds for our school, in addition to showing students the importance of correct spelling.  Spelling words are chosen from grade level spelling lists, with bonus words from the next grade’s list. Academic and social areas of our curriculum that are incorporated into the Spell-A-Thon are:

Language Arts:       Listening, reading, writing

Mathematics:          Computing the amount pledged by the number of words spelled correctly for each sponsor

Personal Growth:   Self-esteem, interaction between individuals


Because we do want the students to experience a sense of success, the Spell-A-Thon word lists are most likely easier than what your student brings home on a weekly basis. This year, we are once again having bonus words (picked from the next grade’s list of words) that the student may try as a challenge. As an added incentive to learn the bonus words, the student can get “bonus word pledges”. However, because the bonus words are voluntary, the Spelling Excellence grade winners will be calculated using the standard list of words.


Students are encouraged to obtain pledges from sponsors for this fundraiser using the enclosed sponsor sheet. Sponsors can be parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, and neighbors. Elementary students are not encouraged to perform door-to-door solicitation. Students are encouraged to collect either per-correct-word pledges or set-amount pledges. Because no goods are being purchased or sold, all pledges are fully tax-deductible. For any individual pledges over $100, the donor will receive a receipt for the pledge. For any pledges under $100, the cancelled check will serve as the receipt.

The money collected from this fundraiser will be used to continue our teacher support with teaching assistants, classroom grants, field trip support, and new classroom study aids (readers, literature, videos, musical aids, computers, etc.).

More details regarding the 2018/2019 Spell-a-thon are in the packet.

Thank you very much for your continued support of Sequoia Elementary School.

Delia (Dee Dee) Tully

Diana Carcamo

Toni Shay

Spell-A-Thon Chairpersons


Posted in Fundraising, Sequoia, Spell-A-Thon

Donation Drive for Wildfire Victims

California’s deadliest wildfire on record broke out in the small community of Paradise, CA, on November 8th. The entire town of 27,000 was evacuated and displaced. Neighboring towns of Magalia, Concow, Chico, and Pulga were also affected. Over 8,000 homes have been destroyed as well as almost 300 businesses. There are currently 85 fatalities, and hundreds more are still missing. Though the fire is now mostly contained, the community is still in crisis and needs our help. We are asking for donations from our Sequoia Community.

Please consider helping out by providing the following:

  • Visa gift cards
  • Gift cards from Walmart, Target, and Safeway
  • Backpacks
  • Canned pet food
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries

Please collect any items that you’re able to donate and bring them to the school office this week, 11/26-11/30. All items will be distributed this coming weekend to various organizations in the Chico area.

Thank you so much for your help!!!

Posted in Community, eBlast, Sequoia

SPA Meeting this Thursday 11/29

Quick reminder that the SPA meeting originally scheduled for 11/15 was postponed; it will be held THIS Thursday, 11/29, at 7pm in the school Library.  We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families, and look forward to seeing you on Thursday!  Come for the Vendor Fair, and stay for the SPA Meeting!

Posted in eBlast, Sequoia

Attention Sequoia Shoppers: Fall Vendor Boutique this Thursday!

Please join over 15 vendors this Thursday afternoon, Nov 29th, in the Sequoia MUR for the Fall Vendor Boutique!  We’ll be open to the public from 3-6:30pm, but Sequoia parents can enjoy early access starting at 2pm (as long as you sign in).  Our amazing vendors will be offering cookware, crafts, jewelry, wine & wine gifts, bags and purses, skincare products, and more!  Shop for gifts and prepare for holiday entertaining as you support Sequoia, fellow parents, and local businesses.

Fall Vendor Boutique Flyer 2018

If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Bello (

Posted in eBlast, Fundraising, Sequoia, SPA Biz, Vendor Boutique


A few tickets for our annual Gala are still available.  Be sure to get yours before they are sold out!  Gala tickets could make a great holiday gift!  Tickets can be purchased here or by dropping a check in the Gala Event Envelope in the school office.

We also need YOUR help gathering donations to make our auction a success!  As you’re doing your holiday shopping, 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

STEM Fair Early Preparation

It’s not too early to start thinking about the STEM fair! Mark your calendars for February 7, 2019. That’s a Thursday evening full of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math in the MUR with family and friends! All students from all grades, including kinders, are invited to participate.

The fair gives students an opportunity to explore technical ideas in a creative way. There are endless project possibilities, from models and collections to experiments and scientific principle demonstrations.

Visit our STEM page at the SPA website for more information. If you can help us put on a great fair this year, have a look at our SignUpGenius form. We’ll need a lot of help, especially help with judging.

Allow 4 weeks to plan and prepare. Once you’re settled on an idea, register for the fair using our SPA registration form.

Posted in eBlast, Sequoia, STEM Fair

Thanksgiving Feasts Rescheduled

The Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 11/28.  All Kinders will be early friends that day and will have class from 8-11:35am.

The Third Grade Heritage Feast has been rescheduled for Friday, 11/30.

Please contact your teachers with any questions.

Posted in eBlast, Sequoia