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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Upcoming Dine-Out Fundraiser

Please save the date for our next Dine-Out fundraiser supporting Outdoor Ed!
Tuesday, April 9, from 4-8pm at the Chipotle in downtown Pleasant Hill. Good for take-out as well as dine-in (but NOT online orders). Please spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors! Thank you!
Posted in eBlast, Fundraising, Outdoor Education, Sequoia

Fifth Grade Promotion

The Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony and Reception will be held on Wednesday, June 5th (the last day of school) at 9AM in the MUR.  Planning is underway for this fantastic send-off for our 5th graders; if you can help with decorations, refreshments, or other aspects of this event, please contact Alison Chandler.

We are requesting a $10 donation from each student to help cover event expenses.  Donations can be made in cash or by checks payable to SPA (please put “5th Grade Promo” in memo). Each class’s room parents will collect them. Please send in your $10 donations by Friday, March 22, 2019.  Thank you!

We are planning to have a slide show at the promotion ceremony, and we need YOUR pictures!  Please use the Dropbox link below to upload your pictures. No login necessary. We request that you share several photos from grades K through 5th. Group photos are encouraged, and please also share one family photo per student. We’ll do our best to include as many of your images as possible.

Please complete your photo submissions by Friday, March 29th. If you have any trouble using Dropbox, please use this link ( for help or email with any questions.

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Do you like to have fun?

Well, we have just the thing for you!! Come join our Gala Team! We’ve already started planning for next year’s gala, and we’d love to have you on our team. There are lots of different jobs, big and small, so there’s something for everyone!

We just finished our amazing 14th annual gala, “A Night at the Derby,” and you’re probably thinking “Wow, planning the next one already?”  The answer is “YES, we are!”  Planning Sequoia’s largest fundraiser of the school year takes time and a lot of helping hands, and we can’t wait for the next one! Please consider joining us. If you’d like to help, please email with your name, email address, and phone number.  Trust me, you will have a blast helping make our next Gala amazing!!!

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One School, One Book program

This year’s “One School, One Book” program is underway!  We are reading “The Chocolate Touch” this year.  If your child has not received  the book and materials, please contact your child’s teacher.  We hope you enjoy reading the book together and discussing it; remember to turn in your weekly certificates for a chance to win the weekly prizes!

As we start week 2 of our program, we are hoping that you are enjoying your time reading.  We’ve heard the book is bringing up great topics; please let us know if you would like to share any talking points or discussions that you have had with your family.  Visit our web page for more info about the program, discussion questions & a review quiz, and weekly completion coupons:

One School, One Book 2019 materials

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Gala Pictures

Check out some amazing photos from our “Night at the Derby” gala, courtesy of Sequoia dad Eric Beaubien!  Just “Like” and “Follow” the Gala Facebook page to see the pics, share your comments, and be sure to hear about all things Gala!

The photos are also available on Eric’s website for download:

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CA Healthy Kids Climate Survey

From Principal Kawahara:

The California Healthy Kids Survey provides data around the whole child and the school experience and is used by the District to drive priorities.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  The link can be found at the MDUSD website and on our school website.  The window to complete the survey closes on March 31st.  Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!

Note there are different survey links for each school; you can go directly to the survey for Sequoia Elementary here:


Posted in Community, eBlast, General, Sequoia

Don’t miss these events!!

Keep the Races Going with our Sign-Up Parties
Our Gala was a BLAST!!  Looking for more fun events?  We still have spaces available in some of our upcoming Sign Up Parties:
  • Origami Party with Mrs. Risken – Friday afternoon, March 22
  • Family Dance – Friday evening, April 12
  • STEAM Experience with Mrs. Ricard/Altman/Lipkin – Wednesday afternoon, April 17
  • STEM Experience & Ice Cream with Mrs. Felton – Wednesday afternoon, April 17
  • 3rd Grade Ice cream and Movie party – Friday afternoon, April 19
  • Family Bowling – Sunday afternoon, April 28
  • Derby Watch Party (adults only) – Saturday afternoon, May 4
  • Cinco de Mayo Family Pool Party – Sunday afternoon, May 5

You can join in any of these events by clicking below.  Get your tickets quickly before they sell out!

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Fund-a-Need Campaign 2019

If you were unable to attend this year’s gala, you can still be a part of this year’s Fund-a-Need Campaign!  Each year, Sequoia educators and parents brainstorm to determine the goal of our Fund-a-Need project.  This year, your Fund-a-Need support will enable us to pursue a number of initiatives promoting Emergency Preparedness, Communication, and Connectivity at Sequoia.
Specifically, we want to purchase emergency supply kits for each of our classrooms, as well as some school-wide supplies to be used in the event of a natural disaster. We also hope to be able to purchase walkie-talkies for each of our teachers, in order to facilitate communications both during normal day-to-day operations and in case of emergency.
Another specific goal of this year’s Fund-a-Need campaign is to purchase a digital marquee for the school, to replace the manual one we currently have and facilitate timely and accurate communication within our community. If funds allow, we would also like to improve the WiFi connectivity and infrastructure on campus to support increasing needs.
You can make all of this possible by generously supporting this year’s Fund-a-Need campaign and ushering our school community into the 21st-century of communication and preparedness!
Please visit and help us reach our goal!


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Gala & Online Auction Item Pickup

We would like to give a big “Thank You!” to everyone who attended our Gala Saturday night!  Thanks to all of the donors and bidders, everyone who helped bring in donations, and the entire Gala Committee. We couldn’t have done it without you!!  Extra special thanks to our amazing Gala Chair, Toni Shay!

Check out all the amazing pictures from “A Night at the Derby” on the Gala Facebook page!

Item Pick-Up:  This Thursday 3/7 and Friday 3/8, from 2:45-3:45pm, we will be in Room 9 at school distributing all the amazing items you won in the online auction and at the gala. Please plan to pick up your items at that time!  Be sure to look for an email in the next couple days with instructions on how to pay your invoice if you haven’t already; once completed, your items will be ready to pick up.

Student Portraits:  If you didn’t have a chance to purchase your students’ portraits at the gala, we will have those available for purchase on Thursday and Friday, as well.  The cost is $25 per portrait.

Thank you again for making this year’s Gala one for the record books!!!

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