Sequoia Middle School TGIF

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming Dates

September:

Blood Drive - September 22nd 8 am - 2pm C3

Site Council - September 26th, 3pm SMS Library

Progress Reports Mailed Home - September 29th


October:

Disney Day - Wednesday, October 4th

Sequoia Spirit Day - Friday, October 6th

Quarter 1 End - Friday, October 20th

Picture Day Make-Up - Friday, October 20th

Report Cards to Students - Friday, October 20th

Early Release Day - Friday, October 27th

Celebrate Sequoia - Saturday, November 4th

Sequoia Updates


Celebrate Sequoia Auction:

The excitement is building for Sequoia Middle School’s “Sock Hop” dinner, dance & auction – Saturday, November 4th, 2017 — at the Concord Hilton. Are you ready?

  1. Have you bought your tickets? Go to Eventbrite.com to buy them NOW! Search "“Celebrate Sequoia Auction”.
  2. Can you help us with donation acquisition? Here is the DONATION FORM:2017 Donation Form JC_form.
  3. Do you have something that you’d like to RE-GIFT? Fill out a donation form (print out form above) & drop off your donation and form in the office.
  4. Are you a baker and can donate a cake, cookies, pie etc.? Email Jen Knuckles at jenknuckles@gmail.com

This year’s theme is the Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop – all guests are invited to dress in 50’s themed attire, so dust off your dancing shoes, leather jackets and your poodle skirts and get ready to party with a purpose!


Sequoia Blood Drive:

Thank you so much for all of those who participated today in our Blood Drive today!


Middle School Sports:

Congratulations to our A and B teams with big wins over Valley View on Monday. Next game Monday, September 25th vs. Pine Hollow at Sequoia. 3:30, 4:25 Kick-offs.


PEER TUTORING

Are you looking for the satisfaction that comes with helping someone new? Have you ever wanted to help your 6th and 7th grade peers do better but weren’t sure how? Apply to become a Peer Tutor and feel what it’s like to give back! Benefits of becoming a Peer Tutor include: CJSF points, an invitation to the Peer-Tutor lunch party and an official certificate of participation. Pick up an application on the B-side of the office and ask Mr. CK for further details!


G.S.A:

The Sequoia Middle School GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) will be holding its first meeting on Monday, September 25th in A-1 during 8th grade lunch. Everyone is welcome to come by and snacks will be provided.


FOOD DRIVE

CJSF is having a food drive as one of our service projects. We are having our food drive from September 25th to October 19th. Food will be collected in period 5 classes and the Period 5 class with the most items will win a party. Food will be given to the families we adopt and to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Flyers will be posted in their classroom to give students ideas of what to bring. Start right away bringing food to your fifth period class. If you have any questions. Please see Mrs. Montoya.


CHESS CLUB

Chess club will be starting today at 2:45-3:45 in C-4. We will meet every Monday and Thursday. Come join us and have some fun! Please see Mr. Aberle if you have any

Questions.


Write Club

Who likes to write poetry, songs, fan fiction, short stories or comic books? Well if that is you, please come join us in D-2 Fridays 2:35-3:30 starting NEXT Friday 9/29. Come and show off your creative minds! Please see Mrs. Still if you have any questions.


Pick-Up and Drop-Off:

We know that Drop-Off and Pick-Up at Sequoia can be difficult. During drop-off and pick-up please make sure to pick students up in the designated Yellow areas on the sides of the Sequoia Parking lot.

Please be considerate of our neighbors on both Campbell and Mosio Lane. Campbell Lane is a private road and not open for Sequoia pick-up. Mosio Lane is a narrow street behind the school, and families are recommended to pick-up across the street at the Senior Center parking lot.


Please help keep our kids safe!

Message from the Principal

Transfer Policy for 2018-2018 School Year:

8th grade parents, if you are looking to transfer within the Mount Diablo Unified School District for next school year, take a look at the link below. The transfer window is open from October 19th - November 17th. All transfers must be completed online.


Community Speaker Series:

Mark your calendars for Simone Marean's talk on"Raising Resilient Girls". Hosted at Pleasant Hill MIddle School on November 8th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. See flyer below for more details.


Site Council:

We are looking for on additional Site Council member for the the 2017-2018 school year. Terms are for two years and meeting are held every other month. Please contact Mr. Honey - honeyk@mdusd.org if you are interested or want to learn more about serving on Site Council.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions: Honeyk@mdusd.org

Counseling Corner

'Middle School 101' for 6th Grade Parents

Purpose of the Meeting: To provide a forum where 6th grade parents can discuss the various changes associated with students moving from Elementary to Middle School. In both large group and break-out, small group settings, 6th grade parents will get an opportunity to explore their experiences around the elementary to middle school transition. Counselors will be present to facilitate conversation and answer questions,


Format: At 6:30 on Tuesday, September 26th, parents will convene in the Library where SMS counselors will introduce themselves formally and discuss the purpose of the meeting. At 7:00 the large group will break-out into two smaller groups based on counselor-alpha assignment (A-K with Mrs. Stewart and L-Z with Mr. Cormier-Knopp) to discuss common experiences and how the elementary to middle adjustment is coming along. The meeting is set to conclude at 8:00.


Sequoia STRONG! RESPECT

At Sequoia Middle school we are committed to creating students of strong character. That is why each month we focus on a different school-wide trait that fosters a school community to ensure everyone feels safe, respected, valued, and able to learn. During the month of September we are focusing on RESPECT, which is an essential foundation for good relationships. Students are learning what respect means in the classroom, around campus, within relationships, and outside our community.

“If we want our children to possess the traits we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are.” ~William Bennett

Club Corner

See Attachment Above or Click here for a list of Clubs and Club meeting dates.