Sequoia Elementary Newsletter
School News and Updates
Our fencing is nearly complete. The gates and locks have been installed except for the far garden entrance off of Dupont Dr. which is coming soon. Starting Monday the gates will be open before and after school and on weekends. From 8:45am-2: 45pm the gates will be locked and guests will need to come through the office to check in and enter campus. The only caveat to this are the two gates located on Calistoga Road. Those two gates will be locked at all times, even on the weekend. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to be in touch.
We had 4 teams represent us in the Regional Odyssey of The Mind Competition last month with 2 of our teams moving on to state. The state competition was last weekend at Maria Carrillo and both groups did awesome! One of our Sequoia students, Cassidy Cornelius, is on a team with students who she worked with last year from other schools. Cassidy's team came in first place overall and won several other awards for outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary behavior and more. Cassidy and the team will head to the World Finals to compete at Michigan State University in May. This is an amazing achievement! Way to go, Cassidy!
You may not know but Mr. Tayler runs an art club on campus each week. This small group of students works on various art pieces all year long and show their art at STEAM Night for all to see. This year, Mr. Tayler planned a field trip for our art club students to go to the Sebastopol Center for The Arts to experience a real art show reception. With a little planning and work with Sebastopol Center for The Arts, Mr. Tayler was able to get each student's art work into the actual art show! The opening reception is tomorrow evening. Congratulations to all our student artists!
I wanted to remind everyone that the front parking lot is closed before and after school in both directions. Please do not go around cones or come in the exit drive way as this is creating concerns around student and staff safety.
Online Safety for Students
Keeping Kids Safe Online: As some of our students get older and have more access to the internet and social media, it is becoming increasingly important that educators and parents are aware of how to help students navigate these platforms safely. Below is an internet safety resource put out by our local Sonoma County Office of Education, adapted from the Federal Trade Commission. Although this is not a comprehensive list, I hope these will be a good start for keeping our students safe online and with social media. Also, remember that a showing of Screenagers will be on April 10th in the Sequoia MPR at 6:00pm. This is intended for 6th grade students and parents of all upper grade students.
INTERNET SAFETY: TIPS FOR PARENTS
Groundbreaking advances in technology make the 21st century an exciting time to live. There is an endless amount of information at our fingertips, and people all over the world are connecting with each other in diverse ways. There are many benefits to living in the digital age, but with those benefits come challenges and responsibilities—especially when teaching youth about how to be safe, ethical users of the internet.
Young people are particularly vulnerable to online dangers like cyberbullying, sexting, and even human trafficking. Each of these things can have life-changing and devastating consequences. Thankfully, knowing the right information can help minimize potential risks. That’s why it’s important for parents to regularly talk to their children about online safety. The tips and resources listed on this page are meant to help guide you in starting the conversation.
ONLINE SAFETY TIPS AT A GLANCE
Talk to your child.
Start early, initiate the conversation, communicate your expectations, and be patient and supportive. It’s important to emphasize that actions online have real-world consequences. Once you put information out there, you can’t get it back.
Consider using parental controls, especially for younger children.
There are many tools that allow you to filter, block, and monitor the content your child posts and sees on social media and other apps.
Help prevent cyberbullying and sexting.
Encourage your child to treat others the way she wants to be treated, online and in person. If you suspect your child is being cyberbullied, tell her not to respond in kind. Instead, encourage her to work with you to save the evidence and talk to you about it. If the bullying persists, share the record with school officials or local law enforcement. It’s also important to strongly discourage young people from participating in sexting, an activity that can jeopardize friendships and reputations—and even break the law.
It’s important for online users of any age to learn how to determine the credibility of an article or website, especially with mass amounts of information circulating the internet. Encourage young people to think critically and be on the lookout for “fake news.”
Make security top priority.
Urge your child to use privacy settings on apps and create strong passwords. It is never safe to share personal information with strangers online. Alarmingly, this type of sharing and subsequent “meetups” are frequently how crime rings lure young people into human trafficking.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND HELPFUL LINKS
Common Sense Media This organization is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They provide information, advice, and tools to help parents and educators harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Digital Citizenship SCOE’s Digital Citizenship page offers more tips and resources for teaching children how to use the internet responsibly.
Federal Trade Commission This website offers free, printed guides with practical internet safety tips for parents, educators, and children.
Good Will Community Foundation This page contains more internet safety resources for kids of all ages.
#iSMART Campaign Created by the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, this campaign educates youth about the dangers, risks, and threats the internet and social media pose for them today and in the future.
Keeping Youth Safe in the Cyberbullying & Social Media Era These are slides from a presentation given by Esther Lemus of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office on some of the possible short and long-term consequences of social media use (including criminal liability) and how adults can work together to help keep youth safe.
State Testing Coming Soon...
Below are the testing dates for each grade:
3rd-4th grade - April 29th - May 2nd
5th-6th grade - May 6th - May 10th
Parents will receive a letter in your child's backpack explaining the testing process, a web page for you to explore and even sample test questions you can do with your child. I've included the letter below for you to review as well.
STEAM Night Coming Soon!
Thursday, April 18th, 5:30-7:30pm
Dine and Donate: Amy's Drive Thru
Thursday, April 25th, 10am-10pm
58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA
A Spring Orchestra Concert
Monday, May 6th, 5:45pm
Village Elementary School, 900 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Sequoia, Matanzas, and Village
Elementary Schools Performances
Sequoia Elementary Orchestras
Matanzas Elementary Orchestras
Village Elementary Orchestras
Students need to arrive 15 minutes early to tune.
Concert Dress is black slacks and a white dress shirt or dress to match.
2019 Spring Band and Chorus Concert
Tuesday, May 7th, 6pm
6:00pm in the Sequoia MPR
4th grade Band
5th/6th grade Band
Please remember: Students should arrive 15 minutes early, dressed in “Concert Black and White” (Black pants or skirt, white shirt or blouse).
Lego Club is happening 3 Wednesdays in April. Click the button to sign up!
Dates to Remember
- April 5th - New Superintendent Meet and Greet, 3:00-5:00pm at the District Office
- April 11th - SPC Meeting, 6:30pm in library (child care available)
- April 18th - STEAM Night, 5:30-7:30pm
- April 25th - Dine and Donate at Amy's Drive Thru, 10am-10pm
- May 22nd - Open House