Sequoia Elementary Newsletter

School News and Updates

Principal's Message

Happy Friday! Last weekend we spent several hours in our school garden mowing, pruning, clearing garden beds and more! It is now ready to plant new fruits and vegetables. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, staff and students who helped make our garden another great place to learn! If you are still interested in being a garden parent for your child's classroom, please let your child's teacher know.

Halloween is next Wednesday. We will have a Halloween parade on the blacktop at 9:30am. There was a previous facebook post on our Sequoia Elementary page that stated our parade was at 9:00. Please disregard that post as our parade will be at 9:30am on the blacktop. At our assembly this week I reminded students about expectations for Halloween costumes. Please make sure that all costumes are appropriate for all age students. No weapons or excessive blood or gore. Weapons, shields and wands can be used for night time trick or treating. Masks are ok during our parade but should be kept in backpacks during the school day.

Recently, with the help of our Sequoia Parents Club we were able to purchase a program called "School Check-In". This is a digital check-in system for visitors and volunteers that come on our campus. Starting next week when you come on campus during school hours, you will use the new touch screen monitor to check yourself in and print out a detailed name badge. This program is linked to an app on my phone that allows me to see who is on campus at all times. Having this information will be helpful for safety purposes and if we have an emergency drill. Eventually, we will also check in students who are tardy or get checked out early. I'm excited for this more stream-lined, modern check-in system and feel it will make our school a safer place. Thank you to SPC for your help in purchasing the program, touch screen monitor and printer!


Mrs. Clark

Superintendent Update and Search

Here is the most recent update about our interim superintendent and plans moving forward.

Halloween Carnival

Sunday, Oct. 28th, 2-5pm

Sequoia Elementary MPR

Join us for a SPC sponsored Halloween Carnival!

Arts and Crafts, haunted stage, entertainment, and refreshments! Costumes encouraged.

Email Jeremy De La Torre to help set up, run and clean up the event.

Happy, Healthy Kids!

Our Healthy Kids Committee came together recently and discussed many ideas and thoughts on how to grow healthy kids ready to learn and play. Recently, we had Walk and Roll to school day and are continuing that every Wednesday to encourage students to do something healthy for themselves and the environment. We also saw MANY students get excited about bringing healthy foods to school on Healthy Lunch Day. Our Healthy Kids Committee wants to keep the momentum going. One way we can do this is by trying to keep birthdays and classroom parties healthy and creative. For inspiration you can search Google and Pinterest for "healthy treats for class parties and birthdays". I'm also including a list of creative ideas for celebrating birthdays and holidays in a fun, healthy way. In addition, our Healthy Kids Committee is doing more year long planning and value your input and ideas. Feel free to let your child's teacher, room parent or myself know any healthy ideas you'd like to contribute.

More ideas coming our way this year:

  • More healthy lunch themes
  • Incentives for ido26.2 and healthy eating
  • Planting and harvesting foods from our garden
  • Including healthy recipes from families and students in the Giants Gazette
  • Color Run for Fun

We're excited for all the ways our students will be happy and healthy this year!

Interested in Odyssey of the Mind?

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

"Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. Odyssey proves that students can have fun while they learn, and challenging them to go beyond conventional thinking and incorporate creative problem solving in learning."


  • Teams can be 5-7 students from your school site, with one team member allowed from a different school.
  • Parents can form their own team with their own designated coaches (recommend a couple to share the duties)
  • Reach out to your classroom teacher to see if others may be interested in joining or participating, and have the teacher send out a email or note home
  • Team members can be different grades within the same division
    • Divisions:
      • Primary (K - 2)
      • Division I (3 - 5)
      • Division II (6-8)
      • Division III (High School)

If you are interested in creating a team, being part of a team or have more questions, please contact our Sequoia Parent Representative, Lisa Cornelius at (562) 706-8326 or The deadline for teams is November 9th.


  • We are asking that students use sidewalks during pick up and drop off. Some students are still jumping over the fence on Calistoga Rd. after school. Please help us keep students safe by encouraging them to use marked pathways.

  • Check out the lost and found for jackets, sweatshirts, lunch boxes and water bottles.

Dates to Remember

  • Oct. 28th - Halloween Carnival

  • Oct. 31st - Halloween Parade at 9:30am

  • Nov. 2nd - Non Student Day

  • Nov. 12th - No School: Veterans Day

  • Nov. 14th - Dine and Donate @ Mary's Pizza Shack

Events and Activities Flyers

Sequoia Elementary School App

Please download our school app! You can buy lunches, report absences, email teachers and more! For android users please go to the Google play store and search Sequoia Elementary School. For iphone users, click on the button below and make sure to follow the directions carefully.