SMS GIANT News

September 10, 2021

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Want Sequoia Spiritwear? THere are only 9 days left, don't miss out!

Back by popular demand! Click on the link to access SMS Swag!

Choose sizing carefully as any exchanges are done through the vendor Spoken Cloth and NOT through SMS.

Online store open until September 19th!


DEADLINE: 9/19

PICKUP/DELIVERY to your home for $8) : 10/14

Important- If you choose your items to be delivered to the school for pick up, we will distribute them directly to the students on pick up day. More info to follow.

Sequoia Spiritwear on sale now! Click here…

Check out the coolest styles showing off your Sequoia Strong Spirit. Show off your SMS pride by owning SMS SWAG that proudly highlights our SMS logo.

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COVID-19 TESTING - NEW SCHEDULE

A new COVID testing schedule will begin on Monday, September 13th.


This schedule will allow the testing company to staff more nurses at fewer sites, minimize the disruptions of daily school activities on fewer sites, and address the new requirements of testing for high school athletes and others. As we find lines getting long, we will communicate with the testing company that will provide additional nurses.

  • The MDUSD website will be updated on Friday of each week with the testing schedule for the following week.


The new protocols are as follows:

  • - testing is ONLY for MDUSD students/staff and athletes will have priority
  • - preregistration online is no longer required
  • - for the safety of those on our school campuses, staff/children with notable active symptoms (congestion, fever, vomiting) will be turned away and should be seen by your health provider or at one of the locations noted on the MDUSD website under "Other Testing Locations"


To accommodate parents, other family members, and the community, our partners at PMH Labs will roll out a Saturday walk and drive-up testing center on the Concord High School campus from 8 am to 2 pm beginning Saturday, September 18th. It will be fully staffed with nurses and parking attendants to speed up the process for those needing testing, including those who may be symptomatic with active symptoms.


MONDAYS

College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Northgate High School: 3 - 6 pm

Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3 - 6 pm


TUESDAYS

College Park High School: 3:30 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School: 3 - 6 pm


WEDNESDAYS

Concord High School: 3 - 6 pm

Mt. Diablo High School

Willow Creek Center: 10 am - 5 pm

Ygnacio Valley High School: 3:30 - 6 pm


THURSDAY

Riverview Middle School: 3 - 6 pm


FRIDAY

Northgate High School: 3 - 5 pm


SATURDAY

Concord High School - Testing offered by PMH Labs - 8 am - 2 pm

Mark your Calendar! Monthly Dine and Donate- September: CHIPOTLE- SEPT 22ND 4-8PM

ELAC-English Language Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting- Join us!

Virtual ELAC Meeting for 1st Quarter

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 21st

Time: 8:15am - 9:15am

Where: Virtual via Zoom

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/88008587949


*This meeting will be recorded so you may view it at your convenience. The video link will be included in the SMS GIANT Newsletter.

DAILY VIDEO BULLETIN

Bulletin for Friday, September 10th, 2021

OTHER IMPORTANT RESOURCES TO REFERENCE...

Afterschool Homework Club

What: Afterschool H.W. Club

When: 2:45-3:45 from Mon, Tues, Thurs

(First come, first serve- no prior sign up needed)

Where:

Mondays in C-7

Tuesdays in C3 (for now)

Thursdays in C3

Students are required to Sign-in and stay in an assigned seat to work on their H.W. We are limiting the capacity so we ask that they students only attend if they are working on H.W assignments and/or school projects.

Contra Costa Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

Contra Costa Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) is so excited to kick off our 2nd Annual Family and Community Engagement Series! We will host three countywide webinars and two interactive workshops this school year. All events will be provided in English and Spanish.

Our first webinar will be held on Thursday, September 23 at 5:30 PM and will cover Tobacco, Vaping, and Cannabis: Everything Adults Need to Know. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration is required. Visit the registration page for more information and to register.

The webinars will feature live presentations from youth and adult experts addressing:

  • Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis: Everything Adults Need to Know – More information/registration
  • Putting the Target on Big Tobacco
  • Youth-Adult Partnerships in Action

The workshops will be interactive with engaging discussion, group activities, and ready-to-use resources. Topics include:

  • Parenting During a Pandemic with COPE Family Support Services
  • Talking Our Kids Through Addiction with La Familia

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, September 5-11th is Suicide Prevention Week, and Friday September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Every person and organization can play a role in suicide prevention by knowing the signs of suicide, finding the words to support a friend or family member, and by reaching out to and promoting local and national resources.

The Know the Signs campaign and the annual Suicide Prevention Week Toolkit provide effective ways and tools to promote suicide prevention across California communities.


https://www.suicideispreventable.org/prevention-kit.php


Virtual Coffee with Keck- Fri, September 24th at 8:15 am

Join us for the first Coffee with Keck for the 2021-2022 School year. We will discuss all things SMS. Join us from the comfort of your own home while you sip your coffee or tea and log on. Hope to see you there!

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/89333450568

Campus Happenings...

SMS- Dress Code

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself and your student with our updated Dress Code.

Sequoia Middle School Website

Up-to-date information on campus happenings. Please check regularly!

Daily Video Bulletins

Grab your popcorn and the rest of your family and learn about all of the wonderfully cool and exciting events taking place at SMS. See the creative ways our students broadcast important messages and happenings at Sequoia Middle.

COVID 19 MDUSD Testing Sites Information

Please check this link periodically for the most up to date information regarding the FREE MDUSD Testing sites for our MDUSD families.

Superintendent Friday Letter

Click here for past Friday letters. Dr. Clark will also send out the most recent Friday Letter in Parent Square so keep an eye out for it to keep up to date with MDUSD events and happenings in our district!

Universal Complaint Procedures.

UPCOMING DATES:

Tues, Sept 21st- Early Release day 1:00 Dismissal

Tues, Sept 21st @ 8:45 am- (ELAC) Virtual Meeting

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/88008587949


Wed, Sept 22nd 4-8pm Chipotle Dine and Donate Fundraiser


Friday, Sept 24th @ 8:15 am- Coffee with Keck

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/89333450568


Tues, Sept 28th- Site Council Virtual Meeting-

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/83214916303


Fri, Oct. 8th- Early Release Day- 1:00 Dismissal


Thurs, October 14th- Make-up Picture Day