Black Lives Matter

Dear Sequoia Community,

In recent days, our city has been convulsed by the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, James Scurlock, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery are only the most recent names we’ve had the sad duty to memorialize. The anger, pain, and fear prompted by their deaths have only compounded a deep sense of crisis and uncertainty in Black communities already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout associated with it.

To the Black families in our Sequoia community and beyond who are suffering the incessant daily traumas of racism, manifested in so many ways, we stand with you and embrace you in love and support. We are horrified by the ongoing systemic racism of the American justice system, from mass incarceration to police murders of Black people in the streets and in their own homes. We recognize the pain and trauma that such heinous events continue to generate in our community. We believe that solidarity means working with our children to dismantle such systems, and have begun compiling a list of resources to help with the difficult conversations that such work requires. This is a community-wide project; please suggest resources you feel serve this work. We implore you to recognize further that what may be difficult or uncomfortable conversations for some are a matter of survival for others.

Creating a safe space for all students and raising anti-racist children who are aware and loving towards all is a critical part of our mission, and an integral component of the emphasis on equity, inclusion, and tolerance our children receive at Sequoia. Sequoia leadership, staff, caregivers and community representatives collectively condemn racism, racist violence, white supremacy, and police brutality. We vow to continue the work of equity and inclusion; to act as allies to our beautifully diverse school community; and to uphold anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practices in our work within and beyond Sequoia. As stakeholders at a school in Oakland, a city at the heart of America’s Black liberation movement, we cry out that Black Lives Matter, and we set ourselves to the work ahead. It is our responsibility to serve as a model for the children of our community in how we engage with what is happening in the world and respond to the injustice around us.

Rest in power George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, James Scurlock, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Stephon Clark, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Freddie Gray, Atatiana Jefferson, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Alton Sterling, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and the countless others whose names we may never learn but whose memories we strive to honor.

In solidarity,

Principal Ada Carter & SPTO Board

Race & Anti-Racism Resources for Caregivers and Children

Sequoia Elementary School – 3730 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602 (510) 531-6696

 

Welcome To Sequoia!

Sequoia Elementary School sits in the heart of Oakland’s foothills. A fine model of an urban learning community, Sequoia reflects a richly diverse community in all ways: cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic. This is our strength and our joy.

It is the mission of Sequoia Elementary School to provide a powerful education to all students, enabling them to become effective, contributing citizens in our democratic society. Our vision is to ensure that all students have access to our core program within the context of a heterogeneous classroom. Our students learn vital academic, personal communication and problem-solving skills in a rich, multicultural environment that promotes both academic and social success.

Classes at Sequoia are balanced in terms of gender, ethnicity and academic achievement. We present a curriculum that addresses different levels of linguistic and cultural orientations, complexity, pace, and material to all students, and a variety of enrichment programs. We are committed to fostering a positive school-wide climate to support this vision.

What Makes Sequoia Special

Sequoia Elementary buildingOutstanding Faculty

Sequoia’s outstanding faculty boasts 100% credentialing. Our teachers are acknowledged district-wide as leaders in various disciplines, and offer students the best possible academic and social support with their commitment and expertise. Each year, the faculty chooses an academic focus for all grades together, such as writing, mathematics or literacy. Classroom learning is project-based for the greatest depth of knowledge, and involves the collaboration of parents, student teachers, retired teachers, and community volunteers. Instruction is differentiated for the various abilities of our diverse student body.

Rich Diversity

Sequoia’s rich cultural diversity is celebrated throughout the school year, honoring holidays such as Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year, and Cinco de Mayo. Our full-inclusion program helps all of our students to be understanding of and accepting of human differences.

Strong Community and Parental Involvement

Faculty, staff, parents, caregivers, relatives, friends, and neighbors build a network of support for children, and help them to form friendships, through communication and celebrations. Strong parental involvement greatly benefits student achievement, and much of our school success relies on Sequoia’s volunteers. Our 80-year old Dads’ Club and our parent group, Sequoia Parent Teacher Organization, work together to create fun events for the whole family, raise funds for school improvements and enrichment, and socialize and create a strong community for their children.

Positive School Climate

On a daily basis, students are provided with character education to teach conflict resolution and healthy social skills. Our buddy class program allows students to build friendships between older and younger grades.

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