Sequoia Middle School TGIF -

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Calendar of Upcoming Dates


Math CAASPP Testing - Week of May 13th

Book Fair - May 20th - May 23rd

Open House - Wednesday, May 22nd 6:30 - 8:00 pm


8th Grade Party - Saturday, June 1st 5 -8 Clayton Valley Bowl

8th Grade Picnic - Tuesday, June 4th

8th Grade Promotion - Wednesday, June 5th, 10:30 am

Last day of school - Wednesday, June 5th


Camp Sequoia 6th Grade Registration - Thursday, August 8th

7th/8th Grade Registration - Friday, August 9th

First Day of School - Thursday, August 15th

Back to School Night - Wednesday, August 28th

Sequoia Updates

CAASPP Testing:

We have had a great first week of CAASPP testing in English Language Arts and next week we move onto Math testing. Students will test in both Math and Science classes on Monday and Tuesday and then will have additional time in their elective classes on Thursday and Friday. We are asking our students to do their best on the state assessment. While the scores do not impact grades, the scores are used to help determine placement in both middle school and high school classes as well as show growth from year to year.

Week of May 13th - Math Testing

Week of May 20th - Make-Up Testing

8th Grade End of the Year Activities Update

Permission Slips and Order forms are due ASAP. We will be making final orders on Wednesday, May 15th. All forms can be turned into the office.

Promotion Party - June 1st

8th Grade Picnic - June 4th

Promotion - June 5th

Spirit Week Next Week

Our last spirit week for the year is next week. Here’s the list so you can start planning early. As always, dress code still applies. Let’s have fun and show the world that the Giants have spirit!!

MONDAY: Meme/Vine Day


WED: Crazy Hair Day

THURS. Jersey/Sports Day

FRIDAY: School Spirit Day

Teacher Appreciation Week

On behalf of all of our teachers and staff, we would like to thank our Sequoia community for the very generous notes, gift, food and support during teacher appreciation week. We are very fortunate to be apart of this wonderful school community.

STAFF APPRECIATION MONTH: We are Sequoia GIANTS and We Go Big! We will be celebrating our staff and showing our gratitude on each Wednesday in May, beginning Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Our school year is rapidly coming to an end and it is time to show our appreciation to the incredible teachers and staff who work hard to enrich our children’s education. We need lots of food donations for this to be a success.

The full schedule for the month is:

Wed., May 15th - Lunch Theme: Loaded Baked Potato Bar with all the fixin's!

Wed., May 22nd - Dinner Theme: Gourmet Italian Luncheon buffet provided by PFC for staff.

Wed., May 29th - Dessert Theme: Cookies, bars, and treats - Oh My!

Parents and SMS Families, please click on this link [] to sign up and help us make our staff feel our APPRECIATION. Thank you very much for your generous contributions to this celebration. We are ever grateful for you!

Jen White and Kristine Cortes, SMS PFC Hospitality

Spring Book Fair:

The Spring Book Fair is from May 20th to May 23rd in the SMS Library.

We are in need of parent volunteers to help. Click the link to sign-up.

SMS Spring Book Fair

2019 4th of JulyFirecracker 5K Fun Run

The 15th Annual Firecracker 5K Run and Walk and Kids 100-Yard Dash is a fantastic way to startthe July 4th holiday. So, gather up the family, dress is your best patriotic gear, and come join the fun on July 4th in downtown Pleasant Hill! Entry fee includes a commemorative race t-shirt!

  • WHAT: 5K Run and Walk and Kids 100 Yard Dash fun run for 7 & under
  • WHEN: July 4th with 5K at 8:00 AM; 100-yard dash fun run about 7:50 AM
  • WHERE: Downtown Pleasant Hill
  • WHY: Because all race net proceeds go to support Pleasant Hill schools
  • PRIZES FOR: Top male and female in the 5K and Kids 100-yard dash fun run

8th Grade End of the Year Surprise to students:

The yearbook class is putting together a surprise for the 8th grade class of 2019. We need a couple favors from you to complete this assignment.

What is needed:

  • Baby/infant photos (1-2) of your student.

  • Any group picture you may have of your child with their friends/classmates over

the three years at Sequoia Middle.

Photos Due:

  • ASAP

  • The final deadline is May 10th

Photos can be emailed to

or turned into the office as hard copies. (If you want the hard copies of the photos returned please include a envelope stamped and addressed.)

Thank you so much for your help on our “Secret Project” for all of our classmates.

Concord High School Message:

Athletic Parent Meeting - Thursday May 23, - CHS Multi Use Room 7 pm

If you have a student that will be participating in sports at CHS next year, please plan on attending. We will be covering information that will streamline your process of signing up for CHS sports. Questions? please call Student Services Main Office 682-8000 ext. 3321.

Homework Club:

Homework club is from 2:50 - 3:50

Monday - A3- with Mrs. Warholic

Tuesday - C3 - with Mrs. Sutherland

Thurday - C7 with Mrs. Perlberg

Updated Immunization Guidelines for 2019-2020 7th Graders

The immunization regulations have changed starting July 1, 2019. Students advancing to 7th grade will need to show proof of

· the standard required immunizations for school

· and 1 dose of Tdap (booster for tetanus; diphtheria; and pertussis, also called whooping cough), given on or after the 7th birthday,

· and 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox), both doses given after 12 months of age, or healthcare provider verified “had disease”.

Without proof of these additional immunizations, your child will not be allowed to attend school. Full letter attached to this email.

Please bring appropriate documentation to Maggie Bowker in the office.

Character Ed/Counseling Corner


  • Standing up for others
  • Taking risks, whatever the outcome
  • Believing in yourself!

Confidence is having a feeling of self-assurance. It's important for our students to learn to be confident. It comes from appreciating you own abilities and achievements, big or small. Helping our students set realistic goals and letting them stumble along the way are important ways to help them have Confidence in their own abilities.

Club Corner

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