Sequoia Elementary Newsletter

School News and Updates

Principal Message

Dear Sequoia Families,


I know the late start time today makes everything feel a bit out of sorts but I am glad we are able to have students at school and the power came on just in time to warm up classrooms and get staff prepared for teaching with electricity. We were preparing to go "old school" for a few hours so it was a pleasant surprise when our lights came on at 9:00. I hope you know that our teachers and staff are disappointed and frustrated as well about lost instructional time and all our time away from school. We know how important the learning is that we are doing each day so please be assured that teachers are carefully planning and making instructional decisions about how to make up for the lost time. During the Thanksgiving holiday, I would encourage you to make sure your children are reading daily, ask them questions about the stories they read, or take a trip to the library if you can. For math, you can access websites like Zearn or Freckle for free, check out an app called Bedtime Math or use one of these Mars Tasks to stretch your child's thinking: https://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/ccss-mathematics.html. Giving students opportunities to keep up their thinking skills is so helpful when they come back to the classroom after these longer holiday breaks. As a reminder, report cards will go home Friday afternoon.


I'm sure most of you have noticed in stores, on social media and everywhere we look, it seems we have gone from Halloween straight to Christmas. To me, it feels like we skipped thankful! We can't skip being thankful, even during this time that feels uncertain and inconvenient, and perhaps especially during this time. I am exceedingly thankful for the community we have at Sequoia and the way we support and help each other. I am thankful for our teachers and support staff and the way they love and care for children everyday. I am thankful for the incredible learning that is happening in classrooms daily, for Grateful Grams with kind notes to classmates and for 6th graders still getting to go to camp this week! I hope you will see all the big and small things to be grateful for during this season.


Mrs. Clark

Give a Gift 2019 Items Due Friday 11/22/19

With the power outage we are asking that if you grabbed a tag off the Give a Gift Tree, you can return the gift with the tag attached, unwrapped, by Friday 11/22/19. If you have any questions feel free to contact Samantha Doemeny sfdoemeny@gmail.com.


We thank you so much for helping brighten the holidays for these children. Your generosity and support mean more to them than you know!

Click the button below to access the updated Public Safety Power Shutdown FAQ Sheet from Superintendent, Tracy Smith

RVUSD Music Concert!

Monday, Dec. 16th, 5:45-8:30pm

4575 Badger Road

Santa Rosa, CA

Our winter concert is coming up soon for Sequoia students!


5:45 - 4th, 5th, 6th grade Orchestra

6:30 - Chorus

7:00 - 4th grade band

7:30 - 5th grade band

8:00 - 6th grade band


Students should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time wearing concert black and white.

Professor Smart: Fun with Physics

Giant Insights Podcast #1: Transitions

Dates to Remember

  • November 22nd - Report cards go home


  • November 25-29th - Thanksgiving Break


  • December 12th - Kindergarten Tour


  • December 16th - Band, orchestra and choir concert

Events and Activities Flyers