Lost & Found – last chance to claim!

Reminder that ALL Lost and Found items need to be claimed by June 5th.  After the last day of school, any remaining items will be donated to charity.

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Last Day of School Reminders

On the last day of school, June 5, dismissal times are earlier than normal:
– All Kinders are early friends and will be dismissed at 11:15am.
– First through fifth graders will be dismissed at 12:30pm.

The Fifth Grade Promotion ceremony is scheduled for 9-10:30am in the MUR, with a reception to follow.

With all of the last day festivities, parking will be a challenge, so please plan accordingly!

And please plan to join us for Annual End-of-Year Party that evening at Nancy Boyd Park in Martinez!  This party is an annual-favorite, not-to-be-missed social event for the whole family, and it’s FREE!!  Just bring some food to share, and SPA will provide beverages.

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Day on the Green

Day on the Green is Tuesday, June 4th! For those of you new to Sequoia, this is a day when parents are invited to share lunch with their child(ren) in Grades 1-5 on the grassy field during their lunch time. Parents, please be sure to sign in and get a “Visitor” sticker upon arrival.

The lunch schedule is as follows:
1st & 2nd Grades: 11:30am – 12:05pm
3rd Grade: 11:50am – 12:25pm
4th & 5th Grades: 12:10 – 12:45pm

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Sequoia Elementary is in the process of adopting new Vision and Mission Statements in conjunction with the IB accreditation process.  Principal Kawahara wanted to share the new statements with our parents and community:

Sequoia Elementary Vision Statement

At Sequoia Elementary we are engaged learners. We celebrate our diversity and the diversity of the world around us as we work together to learn and grow.

Sequoia Elementary Mission Statement

The mission of Sequoia Elementary is to develop compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that they are part of a global community.  Students become critical thinkers through an emphasis on foundational skills, collaboration, and inquiry. This is accomplished through a mutually supportive partnership of parents, faculty, and administration that provide a safe, respectful, and joyful learning environment that honors individual differences.

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End-of-Year Party: Save the Date!

Join us as we say farewell to another amazing year and kick off summer at the annual Sequoia Elementary End-of-Year Party on the last day of school! Bring the family to Nancy Boyd Park in Martinez on Wednesday, June 5th, from 5 to 9 pm, for fun and games, DJ, dancing, socializing, relaxing, and a potluck smorgasbord. This event is FREE to attend, and drinks (for adults and kids) will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share and, if you like, a picnic blanket/chairs and a ball, frisbee, or other lawn game, as well.

Park address: 250 Church St, Martinez

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SPA Board Elections

SPA Board Elections
Dear Sequoia Families,
It’s time to vote and select the 2019-20 Sequoia Parents Association Board Members.  Yes, we need your vote!!!  These are the parents that help coordinate the events that your kids love so much: the Back to School Jamboree, Book Fair, Spell-A-Thon, and STEM Fair, not to mention the Gala that raises much-needed funds for important supplies and extra support for our teachers.  In your INBOX, you’ll receive an email from Election Buddy — please click on the personal link in your email and make your vote count!  There’s only one link (and one email) sent per family, so please check all your email accounts and take a couple of minutes to help elect the best team possible for next year’s SPA Board.
If you do not receive an email from Election Buddy, please contact spaelection@gmail.com – we will send out a new link for you.  Our election runs Tuesday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 7.
Thank you!
Sequoia Elections Committee
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Welcome Miss Mary!

Our new Secretary, Mary Hasson, will be starting at Sequoia on Monday, 4/22.  Please stop by the office one day soon to meet her!  She is a Senior Secretary within the district and was an internal transfer; she comes to us from the Dent Center and has a lot of experience supporting MDUSD families.  Thank you in advance for the warm welcome you will give her to the Sequoia Community!

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Student Information Forms

Student Information Forms are available in the office, if a parent wishes to inform us about a specific learning environment for a student for next year.  The forms are in the document holders on the wall by the chairs.  This is NOT a teacher request form, and it is NOT mandatory.  Forms are due back in the office by Friday, May 3.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Info

We wanted to share some information about the IB Program that is coming to Sequoia Elementary!  There is a lot of info available online to help you to start familiarizing yourself with the program.

Sequoia Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School. We want to share with you the “IB Parent Pack” from the IB’s “digital toolkit.” This packet includes information about IB and the Primary Years Program (elementary school level).


The digital toolkit can be found online here:  https://www.ibo.org/digital-toolkit/brochures-flyers-and-posters

You will see a “General Materials” section, which is a great place to start, as well as a section right below that one called “PYP Materials” — PYP stands for “Primary Years Program,” which is what Sequoia will become, so this section has more specific info about the IB program at the elementary school level.

As an example, here’s an overview of the IB Learner Profiles document, which describes how the program strives to develop internationally-minded, inquisitive, well-rounded learners:

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Sequoia Family Dance

Reminder that this Friday is the Famous Sequoia Family Derby Dance 6:30-9pm.
Dance the night away with friends & great music. Be sure to take photos with your besties at the photo booth!!  It will surely be a night to remember!
If you don’t have your tickets yet, don’t worry! You can still purchase for only $10 each!
Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with set up & take down.
Please click here to sign up to help:
Thanks and looking forward to a fun night!!
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