Sequoia Middle School TGIF

Friday, November 22nd

Calendar of Upcoming Dates


Thanksgiving Break - November 25th - 29th


School Resumes - Monday, December 2nd

Tea with Honey - Friday, December 6th

Cookies and Coccoa - Friday, December 6th (6th Grade)

Black Light Blowout - Friday, December 6th (7th-8th Grade)

Vaping/Tobacco Use Prevention Education @ College Park High School - Wednesday, December 11th. (See attached flyer)

Last day of 2nd Quarter 1pm release - Friday, December 20th

Sequoia Families,

On behalf of the teachers and staff at Sequoia Middle School, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. While away from school for the week, I hope our students have time to rest, enjoy time with family and friends, and come back ready to go on December 2nd.

Personally, I am thankful for having the opportunity to be the Principal of Sequoia Middle School. I am honored to work with such a skilled and hard working staff of educators who care so much about their students. Most importantly, we have a great group of students who build community, work hard and take advantage of learning opportunities.

When we return from Thanksgiving break, there will be only three weeks left of the 2nd quarter. Students will need to make sure they are all caught up on assignments and missing work as the quarter will close on Friday, December 20th.

Mr. Honey

Sequoia Socials:

6th Grade Cookies & Cocoa on Friday December 6, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm. All students must have ID and an ASB sticker. All students must be picked up at 4 pm. Permission slips are attached and due on Monday, December 2nd.

7th/8th Grade Blacklight Blowout on Friday December 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 7:00pm. All students must have ID and an ASB sticker. All students must be picked up at 7 pm. Permission slips are attached and due on Monday, December 2nd.

Toys for Tots:

Do you have any gently-used, like-new, or brand new toys, games, or stuffed plushies that you're willing to part with? Then take part in the gift of giving by bringing them to the bin outside the A-Side office door for our Sequoia Middle School Toy Drive with the United States Marines' special program, Toys for Tots! Our Toy Drive runs from now until Thursday, December 5th!

Vaping/Tobacco Use Prevention Education -

Wednesday, December 11th @ College Park High School

Join us for an evening with Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist, from the Contra Costa County Office of Education. Derrick Kirk will discuss up-to-date information on e-cigarette/vape pen products, adolescent use rates, impact on young people, tobacco-free schools policy, prevention strategies, how to support current users, and resources available for young people, schools, parents, and families. We look forward to seeing you for this very informative evening.

Celebrate Sequoia - 80's Prom Auction

Thank you to our Sequoia community and PFC volunteers who helped us raise over 25K during our Celebrate Sequoia auction last Saturday night.

Sequoia Basketball

Congratulations to our 2019 Volleyball team. They won the Volleyball Jamboree at PHMS on Monday. Kudos to Coach Yuen and Coach Dodson.

Basketball Teams have been announced.

Our first game is Monday, December 2nd @ Foothill Middle

B teams play at 3:30

A teams play at 4:30

Click her for more information about Middle School Sports.

Homework Club:


Monday's - Room A3 with Mrs. Warholic

Tuesday's - Room C3 with Mrs. Sutherland

Thursday's - Room C7 with Mrs. Perlberg - Homework Club Cancelled - Thursday, Nov. 21st.

Parent Patrol:

We ask for all families to work one day of Parent Patrol per student per year. We have found that these extra parent eyes on campus help keep our students safe. Click here to sign up if you haven't done so already. Parents are more than welcome to do extra days as well.

Have a great weekend!

8th Grade Parent Ad in 2020 Yearbook

8th grade parents can purchase an ad for their child to commemorate their last year at Sequoia. The cost of the color ad is $35 and includes a photo and a message from the parents. There are two ways you can purchase your ad:

  1. You can submit your information online, design your own ad and pay by credit card (see attached flier). Submit by Monday, December 23.
  2. You can also submit your information directly to room E-5 or Mrs. Amerson’s box in the office by Friday, December 20, 2019. Use the following checklist:

o Photos (Do NOT physically cut your photos). We will electronically scan your photos. If you want to focus on just one area of a photo, use Post-It Notes to cover the unwanted areas.

o Text (maximum of 25 words)

o If you would like your photo returned to you in June, include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your order.

o Please write your name and address on the back of the photo submitted. Although it is rare for the yearbook staff to misplace a photo, it can happen. Help make sure your photo is returned to you by taking this extra step.

o Cash or check payable to “SMS”.

If you have any questions, please leave a message for Mrs. Amerson at 682-8000 ext. 5675 or email questions to

Character Ed

Character Ed: Self-Control

Many of us believe that high test scores are the best indicators of how successful their children will become. But research reveals that there is more to that equation. If you want your children to be successful in life and become good problem solvers they must cultivate strong self-control. In order to do this we must help students to focus, plan, and think before they act. Throughout the month of November we will be talking about different strategies to develop self-control “skills” in our students.

Below are some ideas to work on at home:

· Create family routines and habits

· Develop consistent rules and explain the reason behind your rule

· Give clear instructions. Tell your child exactly what he/she needs to do

· Provide opportunities to practice willpower and self-regulation. A good way to do this is with electronics. Set boundaries and limits.

· Model good self-discipline and self-control

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