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Message from the Principal
At this Thanksgiving season, I would like to take a moment to express how thankful I am to be the Principal of Sequoia Middle School and to have the opportunity to work with great students, an excellent staff and supportive families. I hope that all families are able to celebrate and enjoy this holiday time.
Looking forward to seeing your students back at Sequoia on Monday, November 27th.
Calendar of Upcoming Dates
Thanksgiving Break - Monday, November 20th - Friday, November 24th
School Resumes - Monday, November 27th
Dine Around Kinder's (Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez see Flyer Below) -Wednesday, November 29th.
Tea with Honey - Postponed to December 15th
Progress Reports Mailed Home (D's and F's) - December 1st
Volleyball Jamboree - Monday, December 4th
Winter Holiday - December 25th - January 5th
School Resumes - Monday, January 8th
On Thursday, November 16th, all Sequoia students met with Deputy District Attorney Whalen and Inspector Holcombe to discuss Cyber safety. Key items discussed were - Digital Footprint, Privacy, Sexting, Cyber-Bullying, and "Digital Drama". Please take a moment to discuss the assembly with your student.
Healthy Kids Survey:
We are asking parents to take the annual "Healthy Kids Survey". This anonymous parent survey provides great feedback for us on your experience here.
Click the link here to be directed to take the survey.
The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
Homework Club Update:
Starting Monday, November 27th, there will be two homework clubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Monday - A3 (General) and E4 (ELL and General)
Tuesday - C3 (General) and B3 (ELL and General)
Thursday - C7 (General) and D7-Silver Days, C8 - Blue Days (ELL and General)
Middle School Sports:
Boys and Girls Basketball permission slips will be available Monday, November 27th in the office and are due Thursday, December 7th by 3pm. Tryouts will be December 12th and 14th after school in the gym. This is open to all grades.
Cold Weather Clothing Drive:
the Sequoia GSA is hosting a clothing drive for the Larkin Street Youth Services Organization of San Francisco. This organization provides shelter and meals to homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults around the country. We are seeking donations from SMS families of jackets, sweaters, gloves, etc to distribute to homeless LGBTQ youth during the winter. Donations can be dropped off in the donation bins in front of the office from Monday, November 27th to Friday December 1st. Your donations of new or gently used warm clothing can go a long way in bettering the lives of these amazingly brave young people.
November 29th - Crazy Sock Day, December 1st - Sequoia Spirit Day, December 13th - Sports Day
6th Grade - Cocoa and Cookies December 15th 3-4 pm
7th/8th Grade - Blacklight Blowout December 15th 5 - 6:30 pm
Students must have ASB sticker and signed permission slip to attend.
Permission slips are due December 8th at 3pm and ASB Stickers available in office for $10. (Permission slips are attached below)
Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Awards:
Magnetic holders for bumper stickers will be sold by CJSF ($3) in the office.
President's Volunteer Service Award:
All students are eligible to participate in this program.
Yearbook Ads for Yearbook:
8th Grade parents, do you want to purchase an ad in the 2018 yearbook for your student? Click here to find out more. Ads are due by December 23rd.
November Character Trait: GRATITUDE
The result of numerous studies suggest that gratitude not only helps young people form, maintain, and strengthen supportive relationships, but it also helps them feel connected to a caring community.
Due to this, throughout the month of November, Sequoia Middle will be celebrating GRATITUDE in multiple ways. Next week we will start our “Wall of Gratitude”. This is an opportunity for students to write on post-its what or whom they are grateful towards. This is a powerful, reflective, visual that remains up during the entire month. Several students and clubs are also participating in Random Acts of Kindness to share their gratitiude. This year they choose to focus on their teachers. (Shhhh…teachers don’t know!)
Having a sense of purpose and gratitude for life gives youth a compass for creating a meaningful life. As adults, it’s our job to help our kids discover their passions and to find a path to purpose that resonates with them— with their values, interests, and dreams.
Click for copy of Gratitude Flyer below
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