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Welcoming Ada Carter, Sequoia’s new principal

Welcoming Ada Carter, Sequoia’s new principal

Please download the letter from LaResha Martin here Ada Carter_ Welcome Letter We will hold a “Meet and Greet” on June 17, 2019 from 5-6pm at Sequoia Elementary. Please plan to attend. »

Principal’s Corner

Principal’s Corner

Dear Squirrel Families: As one door closes and another opens, I have been reflecting on my time here at Sequoia. First, I want to thank you for everything you have done for Sequoia and for me personally. Our school is a better place because of all the work and effort of everyone here. You are truly one of those key pieces that makes a difference. Change is inevitable, however, and it is always a heavy emotional lift when someone leaves. I am confident that Sequoia will stand strong and remain the jewel of the Dimond District. This week, I will be sending out a letter from OUSD introducing your new principal. I am excited that the Principal Recommendation Committee chose someone that understa... »

Summer TK/K Playdates

Summer TK/K Playdates

Two summer playdates for incoming TK/K families offer a great opportunity to meet other families and for the kids to start to make new friends and get comfortable with the transition to Sequoia. Playdates meet on the school yard by the Kindergarten play structure. Questions? Email adeline.zensius@gmail.com. Here are the dates and times: Saturday, Jun. 22, 9–11 a.m. Sunday, Jul. 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. »

Minimum Week:  May 28–30

Minimum Week: May 28–30

Mark your calendars. The last week of school has only three days and is a minimum week. Dismissal will be at 1:20 p.m. all three days. »

Fifth Grade Promotion May 30

Fifth Grade Promotion May 30

Fifth grade families, come celebrate the promotion of your Squirrels! The ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. This ticketed event will be held on the Sequoia school yard. The school will provide a maximum of three seats per family. If bringing additional people, be prepared to bring your own seating or stand. Your rising sixth graders will be dismissed at the close of the ceremony. »

End-of-Year Potluck/Thanks and Bertolo Farewell: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

End-of-Year Potluck/Thanks and Bertolo Farewell: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Join the SPTO, the Dads’ Club and staff this Wednesday on the school yard as we celebrate the end of the school year with a potluck for ALL Sequoia families. We will say thanks and goodbye to departing fifth grade families, and there will be a special farewell for Mr. Bertolo. Teachers will be providing pizza as a THANK YOU to this fantastic community for your support. You don’t want to miss this. Families should bring a dish to share; sign up here: https://bit.ly/30p7zoh. Any help setting up or cleaning up is appreciated. Questions? Email kara.dekernion@ousd.org. »

Needed: Rising Fourth/Fifth Graders for Girl Scouts

Needed: Rising Fourth/Fifth Graders for Girl Scouts

Sequoia’s Junior Girl Scouts troop is recruiting rising fourth and fifth graders for 2019–20. Our troop explores the outdoors, participates in hands-on STEM activities, gets engaged in community service projects and learns about leadership and friendship. Email sequoia.junior.girlscouts@gmail.com for more details. Unleash Strong: Be a Girl Scout! »

Need Volunteers for Registration Week: Jul. 29–Aug. 2

Need Volunteers for Registration Week: Jul. 29–Aug. 2

Angelina needs family volunteers for a few hours for all five registration days before school starts. Here is the schedule: Mon–Tue, Thu–Fri: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12:30–1:30 p.m.) Wed: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (lunch 2–3 p.m.) If you can help for a half day or a full day, please email angelina.bazan@ousd.org. »

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Here are a few reminders for the upcoming last day of school this Thursday: Lost and Found Items Cleared and Donated: Please take a moment and visit one of the Lost and Found areas to pick up any misplaced items before they are cleared out for the summer. Third Trimester Report Cards Sent Home: Check backpacks for your student’s final report card. We wish our students a happy summer break and our fifth graders a fantastic transition to Middle School! »

Thanks to Communications Team

Thanks to Communications Team

As we close out another year at Sequoia, I’d like to thank all the hardworking parent volunteers of our communications team: Virginia Afentoulis, Jenny Boyden, Elizabeth Hansen, Kathleen Hogan, Bobby Jordan, Doug Kearney, Tracey Kelp, Jesse Kelsey, Heather Pitman, and Issabella Shields. Special thanks to Kathleen, who is relocating out of Oakland, and to Jenny and Doug, who are moving on as their Squirrels graduate to middle school. Shout out to Hailey Magsig for helping our team transition into the world of Moment. Major kudos to Ms. Angelina for all the endless photocopying and distribution of paper newsletters. And honorable mention goes to Mr. Bertolo for supporting what we do for ... »

Thank You SPTO Board Members

Thank You SPTO Board Members

At the May 21 year-end meeting, the Sequoia Parent Teacher Organization (SPTO) passed a budget for next year and established the school calendar. The SPTO also voted in the 2019–20 board (new members in bold): Co-Chairs: Aruna Sokol and Andrik Cardenas Co-Treasurers: Lynell Lacey and Andy Dreyfuss Co-Secretaries: Nate Landry and Charron Quintanar Fundraising Chair: [open] Volunteer Co-Coordinators: Jenny Kimball and Jen Bellenger Thank you SPTO for all you do for our school! »

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