Support Sequoia Begins Aug. 29

Support Sequoia Begins Aug. 29

We have many fundraisers at Sequoia, but the easiest and most fruitful is Support Sequoia. There is nothing for you to buy, sell or do except donate what you can. Watch for the Support Sequoia packet at the Welcome Back Night on Wednesday, Aug. 29. If you can’t make it, your student(s) will bring home the packet this week. Please sign and return the form and give if you can.

Support Sequoia is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with funds raised going directly to support Sequoia enrichment classes: art, science, music, physical education, gardening, and computer skills. Sequoia students are exposed to many cultures, music, art, and more every day through our community and enrichment classes. OUSD does not provide funding for the enrichment classes. The Sequoia community needs your support to make these classes happen.

As costs rise in the Bay Area, it is crucial that all of our enrichment teachers can afford to continue to be a part of the Sequoia community. We can directly aid their salaries through our donations to each of the school fundraisers. This year’s fundraising goal has increased in order to meet these salary needs.

The programs that your donations support cost around $400 per student per school year, so it is important to participate. Please help keep these classes going by donating what you can. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference as we work to raise $80,000 over the next four weeks. Our goal is 100% participation. Every student who returns the Support Sequoia form, with or without a donation, receives this year’s new glow-in-the-dark Sequoia wristband.

In addition, if the class participation is 100%, the class will get an extra recess. If the whole school is at 100%, Mr. Bertolo will do something wacky. Feel free to suggest your crazy ideas to Mr. B. (Remember those water balloons last year?)

Donate online at You can make a one-time donation, or you can spread your donation over the year by signing up for 12 automatic monthly payments. If you can, please consider increasing your donation to cover enrichment for another child in the Sequoia community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions: Arianne Wagner (Jax White, third grade),

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