Archives / 2018 / March

Principal’s Corner: Safety First

Principal’s Corner: Safety First

There is no parking on Hearst from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There have been some severely angry situations between parents, and dangerous altercations with parent parking and the buses. The only parking allowed there is for the buses and after-school provider vans. I know parking is horrible, but please use alternate areas and give yourself time to park and walk. Please pick up your kids on time after sch... »

Sequoia Sings! Breakfast With the Principal,  Apr. 11

Sequoia Sings! Breakfast With the Principal, Apr. 11

The next Sequoia Sings event is scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 11, at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Families are invited to attend. After the performance, beginning at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria, join Principal Bertolo for breakfast and Q&A. »

SSC Meeting, Apr. 10, SPTO Apr. 17

SSC Meeting, Apr. 10, SPTO Apr. 17

The Sequoia SSC meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 10, just after school resumes from Spring Break. SSC is scheduled for 5 – 6 p.m. in the library. Sequoia PTO is scheduled for Apr. 17, 6:15 – 8 p.m in the cafeteria. Childcare will be provided. Dinner served at 6 p.m. »

A Message From Our Teachers: We Need Your Support

A Message From Our Teachers: We Need Your Support

During this week of Mar. 26–29, Sequoia teachers will again be working only our contractual hours, and volunteering no additional hours of work (referred to as “work-to-rule” or “work-to-contract”). This was a united staff decision in response to the current contract negotiations between the Oakland Education Association (our union) and OUSD. The best way you can support OUSD teachers, counselors ... »

Dads’ Club Meeting, Apr. 12

Dads’ Club Meeting, Apr. 12

The Dads’ Club is having its monthly meeting on Thursday, Apr. 12, at Red Boy Pizza on Leimert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome. »

Happy Spring Break!

Happy Spring Break!

As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, Mar. 30, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. Next week, Sequoia Elementary will be closed for Spring Break Apr. 2–6. School resumes Monday, Apr. 9. »

Reflections on MUSE Orchestra

Reflections on MUSE Orchestra

Written by the Student Council Communications Team The MUSE Orchestra is like a music paradise for our band and string members here at Sequoia. MUSE, a free program open to all fourth and fifth graders, encourages their members to challenge themselves and work hard, but we don’t do it alone, we do it together. Ms. Vandervennet, Education Coordinator for the Oakland Symphony, says “play... »

Family Workday! Apr. 21

Family Workday! Apr. 21

Mark your calendars and please join us for our last Sequoia workday of the school year on Saturday, Apr. 21, 9 a.m. to noon. We will have jobs for all skill levels and interests. We’ll need people to attend to the gardens, some indoor projects, and cleaning in the classrooms. There is no requirement to stay for the duration, so drop in for as much time as you have. Snacks and refreshments will be ... »

Science Extravaganza Night Recap

Science Extravaganza Night Recap

What an amazing night of science, fun and snacks! I would like to thank these amazing parents for stepping up to assist running activity stations: Minda Murphy, Jessica Swesey, Dave Lewak, Kevin Smith, Jeremy Sutton and Dirk Williams and his whole crew for volunteering. We also had four Oakland Tech (thanks again to Jeremy Sutton) high school kids, two Berkeley high kids, and one Cal student helpi... »

All Hail the Readathon Winners!

All Hail the Readathon Winners!

All the minutes have been calculated & donations counted, so let’s celebrate these amazing kids! We are proud to announce….. Winners and Honorable Mentions for Most Minutes Read: Ninh-An Kimmons, Sydney Hansen, Dante Santina, Finn Salyk, Myles Ogden, Sammy Beardsley, Walter Rodrigo Alonzo Lopez, Diana Cardenas, Naomi Brack, Cy Palino, Xavier LaRoche, Abby Givler, Eden Kinnon, Kaho... »

Sequoia Variety Show- with much appreciation!

Sequoia Variety Show- with much appreciation!

Another Variety Show is in the books and what a wonderful night of performances it was! It is such a sincere pleasure to work with your children; what a talented, dedicated, courageous, and passionate bunch of youngsters! We are always impressed with the creativity, initiative, and hard work the performers have. We certainly would not have a show without them or their parents who make sure they pr... »

2018–19 School Year Calendar Approved

2018–19 School Year Calendar Approved

At the Mar. 14 regular meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved the 2018–19 OUSD School Year Calendar. Download your copy today at ousd.org/districtcalendar. The first day of school is Aug. 13, 2018. »

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