Classroom News

Thanksgiving Recess: No School

Thanksgiving Recess: No School

School will be closed for the week of Nov. 19–23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 26. »

School Closed on Monday

School Closed on Monday

Please note that Sequoia will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday. Enjoy the long weekend. »

Principal’s Corner

Principal’s Corner

Starting in November, we will offer opportunities for Sequoia families to learn from our coaching experts. Coach deKernion will join us for Breakfast with the Principal at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the cafeteria. Coach deKernion will talk about how to support your child in reading at home and school. She will answer your questions about book levels, choosing appropriate books and how to engag... »

Spirit/Rainbow Day Nov. 7

Spirit/Rainbow Day Nov. 7

Sequoia will have its first Spirit Day of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 7. On Rainbow Day, everyone will dress in an assigned color: Kinder and TK will wear red. First grade will wear orange. Second grade will wear yellow. Third grade will wear green. Fourth grade will wear blue. Fifth grade will wear purple. Teachers will wear their grade’s color, and special teachers will wear their favorite... »

No School This Friday, Oct. 19

No School This Friday, Oct. 19

This Friday, Oct. 19 is an OUSD school holiday. All schools will be closed. The district calendar lists the reason for this as “in lieu of Lincoln’s Birthday,” but you can just think of it as another excuse for a three-day weekend! »

Minimum Days This Week

Minimum Days This Week

Students will get out at 1:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 12 for parent-teacher conferences. »

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Please welcome Erin Turner, the new inclusion specialist to Sequoia Elementary! This is Erin’s ninth year teaching and she is excited to be in a role with a focus on inclusive practices. She began her teaching career in New York City in an inclusion program in the Bronx. Erin moved to the Bay Area three years ago. She loves Oakland and is excited to be teaching close to home in such a positive, su... »

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Please welcome second grade teacher Leah Aguilera to Sequoia Elementary! Ms. Aguilera is an educator living in Oakland. She has taught students from preschool through high school and has found a passion for training beginning teachers. Ms. Aguilera has taught in public and independent schools, in both urban and suburban environments. She is able to cross communies with ease and believes that treas... »

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Meet Sequoia’s New Teachers

Please welcome art teacher Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh to Sequoia Elementary! Dawline-Jane is an Oakland-based visual and teaching artist. Her work explores history, identity and the creation of a visual narrative. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the United States and was recently featured in an article about artist activists in Teen Vogue. She is currently a Print Public Artist... »

New start time for grades 1-5

New start time for grades 1-5

NEW THIS YEAR: Grades 1-5 start at 8:30 a.m. TK and Kindergarten, as in previous years, start at 8:45 a.m. »

Minimum Week June 4–7

Minimum Week June 4–7

Please note that the last week of school is a minimum week. Dismissal will be at 1:20 p.m. all four days. »

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

In lieu of Lincoln’s Day Holiday and in celebration of Memorial Day, there will be no school for students on Friday, May 25, and Monday, May 28. Enjoy the long weekend! »

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