Final Stretch for the Boosterthon!

Parents, the Wild West Fun Run is TOMORROW! Tonight is your last night to help your student receive pledges. Please make sure to enter your last few pledges on FUNRUN.COM tonight, or send in your checks and cash to the school office tomorrow morning! We are running just shy of our overall school goal, and we need YOUR help to get us across the finish line! Don’t forget that the top pledging class will receive a doughnut party with the principal, and the entire school will get to enjoy a Dance Party if we hit our goal of $30,000. Need help thinking of people to ask? Try your Facebook friends, colleagues at work, neighbors, and long distance relatives. Together we can achieve our goals!

Thank you all again for supporting our school and helping us reach our target! We can’t wait to celebrate our students and cheer them all on. You’re invited to join us for the fun tomorrow (Friday) morning! The run times are: 3-5th grade from 8:30-9:30 am, and K-2nd from 10:10-11:10 am.

Posted in eBlast, Fun Run, Fundraising, Sequoia

Halloween Bowling – Sign up now! Lanes going fast!

Come join us at Sequoia’s Halloween Bowling for a night of family fun.  We will be bowling in COSTUME on October 27th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at Diablo Valley Bowl.

Each lane is for up to six bowlers and includes three hours of bowling, snacks, drinks, and a cheese pizza.

Prizes will be awarded to the best family, boy, and girl costumes!

Come on out, get festive, and bowl to raise money for our school! Deadline for registration and payment is Monday, October 21st.

Posted in Sequoia

Wild West Fun Run Update

We currently have over 75% of our students registered online for the Wild West Fun Run! That is fantastic! Can we get to 100% by Friday?

Please go online today and register your child(ren) at (if you haven’t already), and help your child(ren) collect pledges for the run itself. Anyone can make a pledge or donation to benefit Sequoia! Online is the preferred method, but we can also accept cash and checks payable to “SPA” in the school office.

Today students are learning about the character trait of humility and are continuing their Wild West adventure with our partners at Booster.

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the run itself on Friday morning. Volunteers will be marking laps completed by each student, handing out water to keep everyone hydrated, etc. If you’d like to help out, please email Natalie Bressem-Chang at Thank you!

Posted in Fun Run

Red Ribbon Week 2019

Each year we honor the Red Ribbon Campaign in the month of October.  This year, Red Ribbon Week will be from October 21st-25th.  Our focus during this time will be to help our students learn the value of making healthy choices while developing skills to stand strong against peer pressure.  Using the IB Program, the students will be integrating the Learner Profiles in the daily planned activities.  You will see the students’ dedication to these messages displayed all over our campus. Please remember to ask your children about what they learn during the week and support their interest in making good choices every day.


The red ribbon is worn as a symbol to show strength in standing together against drugs and violence.  We will show our pledge to make healthy choices by wearing spirit attire that coincides with the daily slogan. The class with the greatest spirit wear participation will win a Popcorn and Otter Pop party.  Let’s show the Red Ribbon Campaign what the Sequoia Community is all about!

Posted in Sequoia

Sorrento Dine-Out Fundraisers Moved to November

We were originally planning to have a series of dine-out fundraising opportunities this month at Sorrento Italian Restaurant in Walnut Creek, many thanks to the Caturegli family. We have rescheduled this event for November; please visit Sorrento for dine-in or carry-out the First Tuesday evening in November (11/5), and they will donate 30% of your bill to SPA! Thanks for supporting Sequoia, and thanks again to the Caturegli family!

Just show this flyer at the restaurant to support Sequoia! Feel free to share with family, friends, neighbors, etc!

Sorrento Italian Restaurant, Countrywood Shopping Center, 2064 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek

Posted in Dine-Out Fundraiser, eBlast, Sequoia

Update your TB Screening

Attention Parent Volunteers: Many TB clearances will expire on 10/31/2019! Especially if you have a current fourth grader (who started Kinder in 2015), this may apply to you.  Your expiration date is printed on your original clearance mailed from the district, but you can also email Mary Hasson in the school office to check the master list for you (please email rather than calling the office).

As a reminder, you must have a current TB screening in order to volunteer at school, chaperone field trips, etc. TB screenings are valid for four years (fingerprinting only has to be completed once). Please contact Mary Hasson with any questions, or visit for more information.

Posted in eBlast, Volunteering

Gala Meeting

thumbnailPlease join us for our first official Gala Meeting on Saturday, October 12th, at 2pm at Toni’s house.  Planning the Gala takes a lot of helping hands and we need your help. We have a lot of fun planning this amazing event and would love for you to be a part of it!  Please join us and learn about all the things that are needed to make this evening a success.   Please email Toni Shay at to RSVP and for the address.

Posted in Auction, Gala, Sequoia



Parent Action Steps:

  1. Register your student(s) on FUNRUN.COM starting on 10/1.
  2. Reach out to sponsors by sharing your pledge link.
  3. All pledges and payments are made online.*
  4. Cheer on your student at the FUN Event on 10/18.

Run & Done” Collections

  • EASY for everyone! Sponsors pledge and pay online, saving our volunteers 50+ hours and helping our school collect more pledges faster.
  • Sponsors can either make a pledge per lap or a flat donation. If they make a pledge per lap, their credit card is charged after the Event. Participants typically complete 30-35 laps.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000. Thank you for supporting our school!

*Cash and check payments are still accepted. Must be turned in according to school policy. Your student will still get credit for the pledge or donation.

Posted in eBlast, Fun Run

Mrs. Joukoff’s Retirement Party – 11/19

Calling all Sequoia Elementary Alumni, Parents, Teachers, and Friends – We Need You!

It’s time to celebrate one of Pleasant Hill’s most treasured teachers, Mrs. Beverly Joukoff. After 44 years of teaching – 23 years in MDUSD, and 17 years at Sequoia Elementary – Mrs. Joukoff is retiring, and we’re sending her off in style.

To celebrate her extraordinary career, please mark your calendars:

  • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Place: Sequoia Elementary MUR
  • Time: 3:15 pm

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District, in partnership with the teachers, colleagues, and parents of Sequoia Elementary, invite all present and past students of Mrs. Joukoff and their families to stop by, share some stories, and wish her a very happy retirement.  Everyone is welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

Since her early days working in Richmond at Dover Elementary, Mrs. Joukoff has always strived to create transdisciplinary and collaborative teaching in her classroom. Working to inculcate critical thinking in all of her students, Mrs. Joukoff worked diligently to instill an inner drive so they believe anything is possible. As a stellar member of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District community, she was recognized as MDUSD Teacher of the Year in 2014 for Sequoia Elementary, awarded the District’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and nominated for Educator of the Year in 2017 for the City of Pleasant Hill. Mrs. Joukoff devoted her teaching career to helping students and continually encouraged them to be lifelong learners.

If you’re a past student, a colleague, a friend, or a fan, please stop by on Tuesday, November 19, and help us celebrate one of the best teachers we have been fortunate to know!

Please RSVP to Yvonne Ortega at

For additional information, please contact Margot Kuhre-Lipkin at

Posted in eBlast, General, Sequoia

2019 Bookmark Contest – Entries Due Tomorrow (10/8)

Reminder that entries for our 2019 Bookmark Design Contest are due tomorrow, Tuesday, 10/8. Students should make sure their names are on their entry forms and turn their designs in to their teachers. Forms were distributed last week, or you can download them via the link below.

Winners will be announced next week!

Posted in Book Fair, Sequoia