Sequoia Elementary Newsletter

School News and Updates

Principal's Message

I can't believe how quickly the school year has flown by already! Last Wednesday was a great time with our annual Halloween parade and spooky class parties. As I walked around campus I saw broom races, toilet paper mummies, bowling for pumpkins and some amazing costumes! In addition, many classes got creative and chose healthy treats or even a breakfast party to keep the sweets and sugar to a minimum. We appreciate all your efforts to keep our Sequoia Giants healthy while also having some fun!

I want to give a special shout out to our girls basketball team! Our Lady Giants, comprised of both 5th and 6th grade girls, went undefeated in the regular season this year. They weathered some tough and aggressive competition and did so with poise, grace and skill. They also did awesome in the end of season tournament last weekend. We are so proud of all of you! Congratulations on an awesome season!

Our new digital check in system has been up and running for a week now. We encourage ALL visitors (even frequent volunteers) to check in at the office to get a name badge. We would appreciate it if you would swing by the office on your way out as well. Once you've checked in, your name is in the system and it's an easy 2 click check out. Starting this week, we've added a new feature! We will now use our digital system for students who are tardy or getting checked out early. It is a very user-friendly system and Mrs. Carvalho is always available in the office to help with this new process. Thank you for keeping our campus safe and using our new, stream-lined system!

Sometimes at this time of year with all the fun and festivities, it is easy to forget the vision for our school. It is important to revisit this throughout the year to remind us of our purpose and keep us moving in the right direction. Our vision for Sequoia is to Grow All Kids and Grow Community. In particular, for the 2018-19 school year we are focused on how we Engage students to maximize learning in the classroom. We also want to create meaningful opportunities for families to Engage in our school in ways big and small. This Thursday, at our monthly SPC meeting, I will review our academic and school climate goals from last year and how our students and school performed. I will outline our goals for the coming year as well. I invite you to come this Thursday at 6:30 in the MPR to hear more about our progress and goals as well as events and updates for the year. Childcare is provided.


Mrs. Clark

Slimed...STEAM Workshop at Sequoia!

Explore the world of STEAM with this fun and educational after school program. Students will use steps of the scientific method to complete their own slime projects. They will be able to take home their slime, as well as recipes. Students will explore methods to measure/ evaluate the slime and create a clever name and label for their finished product.

Check out the flyer below for more details! Must sign up by Friday, November 9th.

Give-A-Gift 2018

This year, Sequoia Elementary School will be partnering with the Sonoma County Medical Alliance Association Foundation (SCMAAF) to provide holiday gifts to foster children here in Sonoma County. Who is the SCMAAF? The SCMAAF is a non-profit organization made up of physician families with a mission to “create a healthier Sonoma County by improving the lives of those in need”.

For over 60 years the SCMAAF’s Give-a-Gift Program has partnered with the Sonoma County Family, Youth, and Children’s Division to provide gifts during the holiday season for children in foster care. These children have entered the Foster Care System through no fault of their own, and this separation is particularly difficult during the holidays. Our goal is to help lessen their sadness during the holiday season by providing gifts matched directly to their wishes. These gifts often provide essentials such as clothing, books, board games and school supplies.

This will be the first year that Sequoia will have a SCMAAF Give-A-Gift holiday tree on campus! The tree will be filled with gift tags; on the tag, you will find the child’s first name, age and gift request. Sequoia will have the holiday tree in/by the front of the office starting Thursday, Nov. 8-15th. There will be a box by the front office to drop off gifts and a parent who will pick up gifts before and after school each day. We ask that you return the gift with the tag attached, unwrapped, by 11/15/18.

For more information please contact Samantha Doemeny at

Dine and Donate at Mary's Pizza Shack!

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 11am-10:30pm

535 Summerfield Road

Santa Rosa, CA

Come on down to Mary’s Pizza Shack on Summerfield Road and support Sequoia Elementary! On November 14th, 15% of your purchase will be donated back to our school when you present the flyer with your order. This includes dine-in, take out and online orders.

Superintendent Update and Search

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


  • We are having issues in the large parking lot with so many parents trying to pick up their children at Sequoia and RVCS-Sequoia at the same time. Please try to be patient as we get cars in and out of the parking lot. On Wednesdays, please try to arrive no earlier than 1:45 to pick up your child from the large parking lot. If you do come earlier, please park on side streets rather than wait in the parking lot as RVCS-S gets out at 1:30 and the parking lot is already impacted. Thank you for your consideration and help in this matter.

  • 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.

Dates to Remember

  • Nov. 12th - No School: Veterans Day

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

  • Nov. 16th - Report Cards go home

  • Nov. 19-23 - Holiday Break

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.