Gala Volunteer Meeting Tomorrow

2019 derby gala logo Please join us for a volunteer Gala meeting tomorrow, Friday, January 11th at 8:30 am in the Sequoia Cafeteria.  We have a lot to accomplish with only 52 days until our Gala.  All hands are needed to make this event a success.  Please stop by after am drop off if you can. We will also be accepting donations for the class competition.
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STEM Fair Boards and Registration Information

Dear Sequoia Parents,

We hope you are enjoying your preparations for our coming STEM fair (Thursday, Feb. 7). We wish to pass on to you that project boards are now available at the school office for $5 each. Please make checks payable to Sequoia Elementary School.

We’ve also created a worksheet for you to work through the details of your project with your student. Complete the sheet, bring it to school for a teacher review, and then transcribe it into our online registration form to register for the fair. If you prefer to register without completing the worksheet, no problem. Just make sure your student’s project idea has been discussed and agreed with their teacher.

More details are on the way for this special event. We are super excited to see boards standing tall in the MUR and to experience the excitement of the awards ceremony. We hope you are too.

If you can volunteer for one of our open roles, especially judging, please see our SignUpGenius. Judges should have a technical or scientific background.

STEM Organizers

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Gala tickets are going fast!!!

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The numbers are in…..

We have sold 224 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 will increase Feb. 1st.

Posted in Auction, Gala, Sequoia

Gala Volunteer Meeting Friday

Please join us for a volunteer Gala meeting on Friday, January 11th at 8:30 am in the Sequoia Cafeteria.
We have a lot to accomplish with only 54 days until our Gala.  All hands are needed to make this event a success.  

Please stop by after am drop off if you can. We will also be accepting donations for the class competition.

Posted in Auction, Gala

Derby Hat and Mint Julep Party

8118099_still  Do 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, has created hats for our Gala for you to shop and purchase.  She has created one of a kind hats for you 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 for sale for you to accessorize your own 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.  A sign up will be sent out with the location and details. This is an adults only event.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website:

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Happy New Year.  Don’t forget the  Sequoia Elementary Spell-A-Thon officially kicks off next week when the kids go back to school.  Over the break, feel free to study those words and collect pledges.

Posted in Sequoia, Spell-A-Thon

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.






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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
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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