Sequoia Middle School TGIF
Friday, October 13th, 2017
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Teachers and staff are looking forward to seeing students back on campus on Monday, October 16th (Air Quality Permitting). It will be a "Blue" day and we will be back on our normal schedule for the rest of the year.
In my all of my years being a student and educator in schools, I have never experienced a school closure. That being said, I appreciate our district putting student safety first in making the decision to close schools.
Most importantly, I am saddened by the destruction that our Sonoma, Napa, and Santa Rosa neighbors have suffered over the past week. The devastating stories of casualties, homes destroyed and lives turned upside down has been hard to digest. Everyone I talk to seems to have a friend, a relative or an acquaintance who has been impacted.
Finally, I am inspired by our community members and their efforts to give time, supplies and financial contributions to those in need. In challenging moments, the collective power of human kindness can do incredible things.
Have a safe weekend.
Calendar of Upcoming Dates
Transfer Window Opens - Tuesday, October 17th
LCAP Speaker Series #1 - Tuesday, October 17th @ Mt. Diablo High School
Sequoia PFC Dine-Around "The Counter" in Walnut Creek - Tuesday, October 17th
Tie dye Day - Wednesday, October 18th
Quarter 1 End - Friday, October 20th
Picture Day Make-Up - Friday, October 20th
Report Cards to Students - Friday, October 27th
Early Release Day - Friday, October 27th
Celebrate Sequoia - Saturday, November 4th
Cookie Dough Fundraiser:
Cookie Dough pick-up is Wednesday, October 18th, in the Sequoia Multi-Use room from 12:45 - 3:30 pm. We do not have space to store frozen cookie dough overnight, so please make arrangements to pick-up on October 18th.
Dinner Out Fundraiser!
Enjoy great burgers and help Sequoia raise money for tech, classroom supplies, teachers support and everything that makes Sequoia great! Just dine at The Counter on Oct. 17th (or order a catering order before then) and 15% of proceeds will go back to our school! Click here for flyer and location and info! Click here for the menu. Please bring flyer with you!
After School Safety Concerns:
Over the past two weeks, I have had several parents contact me about unsafe behavior after school. Several of our students have been reported running in the streets, crossing against a red light and even lying down in the roadway. While we have good supervision on campus, school officials can not monitor the downtown Pleasant Hill area after school. If your student is meeting downtown for their ride home, please review safety procedures with them. We don't want any of our students getting hurt!
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?
- Have you bought your tickets? Go to Eventbrite.com to buy them NOW! Search "“Celebrate Sequoia Auction”.
- Can you help us with donation acquisition? Here is the DONATION FORM:2017 Donation Form JC_form.
- 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.
- Are you a baker and can donate a cake, cookies, pie etc.? Email Jen Knuckles at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Playoffs- Postponed til Monday, October 23rd @El Dorado
A Team vs. Riverview - 4:30 pm
B Team vs. Oak Grove - 4:30 pm
Picture Day Make-ups
Picture day make ups will be held this Friday, October 20th.
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.
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 17th - November 17th. All transfers must be completed online.
See attachment below for 3 Step Process
LCAP Speaker Series:
Click links below for information on MDUSD's LCAP Speaker Series - First Edition- Tuesday, October 17th at Mt. Diablo High School at 6pm.
IB at YVHS
Click below for information on Ygnacio Valley High School's International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
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.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions: Honeyk@mdusd.org
Sequoia Strong Character Education for October: Responsibility
Responsibility is taking ownership of thoughts, words, and actions. This trait is essential for becoming a healthy, happy, and productive person. Responsibility begins with “little things” like taking care of your belongings, working with a good attitude, resolving conflicts peacefully, and owning up to mistakes. Taking responsibility in these “little things” prepares students for greater opportunities in the future. We are responsible for ourselves, others, and our community at Sequoia!
Check out our Spirit Club in the photo above making Anti-Cyber-bullying posters for Sequoia.