January 6, 2020  
Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
PTSA President's Message
Let's Hear It For Routine!

Lisa's chickens: Big Deal, Lil' Blue, and Aunt Annie, and their daily gifts for our family!
The wonderful thing about having backyard chickens, aside from their delightful company, is beholding the regularity of their schedules.  Chickens lay eggs... one a day... every day. Their built-in routine is cause for marvel, especially as my attempts at keeping some sort of order over the holidays each year vanishes amidst all the late-December activities. 
Over the past couple of weeks  - 18 days or so - if your life is anything like mine, things have been a little crazy on the home front.  The holidays can bring fun and chaos.  What we eat, when we sleep, or work, or exercise, gets a little turned upside down during this time of year.  Friends and family come together creating joy and sometimes, well... you know...

Of course with school-aged kids, schedules get even more scrambled (pun intended) with no rehearsals or sports practices to go to, after-school activities being cancelled for the break, and the refrain of "What are we doing today?" can be heard to parents' disdain.  As much as I like all the excitement and good feelings of this time of year, I am REALLY glad to get back to the routine.  Sure, it's not sexy to like structure and predictability but let's face it, a regular schedule is good for us all.

When our kids were little, we could see first-hand that they were a little more lovable after a good night's sleep and regular meal times.  As they grew up, knowing what was expected of them and where they had to be made them more independent and confident.  Now that our kids are teenagers, regular schedules allow them to develop habits that will help build success in their post-high school lives.

I read somewhere that a person's net worth to the world is "usually determined by what remains after you subtract your bad habits from your good ones," and building a routine creates plenty of good habits. When kids are allowed to create routines like packing their soccer bag the night before the game instead of in the car on the way to school, or looking over the week's anticipated assignments on Sunday evening, they can minimize chaos and anxiety that takes a toll on everyone in the house!  You probably know from your own experience that developing routines, whether you work from home or at an office, allows you to be more productive, and minimizes jumping randomly from one task to another.
We still have a day left before second semester begins on Tuesday, January 7th but maybe there's still time for you and your kids to find ways to embrace the beauty of routine and start the new semester off on a strong foot.  Do yourself a favor and take a regular look at Sequoia's calendar on the website and see what student activities, parent meetings, and upcoming minimum days and holidays are on the horizon.
How about channeling your inner hen and check the Sentinel every week?  You'll be amazed when you uncover a golden egg or two of information that can be gleaned from even a quick review!
I look forward to catching up with you at the parent community dialogues on January 14th or our next PTSA meeting on Tuesday, February 4th.
And I wish a Happy New Year to you and your whole family!

Lisa Hane
PTSA President
Mark Your Calendars
PSAT Results Info Meeting for Sophomores and Juniors on January 9, 2020

Sequoia's College and Career Center will be hosting a meeting from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Students and parents will be shown how to interpret and use the results to prepare for the upcoming SAT/ACT.  The second part of the meeting will focus on how and when Juniors should sign up for the SAT/ACT.

If you have questions about the SAT or ACT, such as when or how to sign up, and which ones to take, please come to this meeting.  For those unable to attend, the information will be posted on the College and Career page of the Sequoia High School website.

Sequoia Community Dialogue Meeting on January 14, 2020

All parents and guardians are welcome to attend the Sequoia Community Dialogue Meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR.   
This is a yearly all-school event open to parents, students, teachers, and staff, and the topic of discussion will focus on the impact of stress on our community and strategies for a more stress-free life.  Come join other members of the Sequoia community, both new and veteran.  We'll enjoy fun games, engage in small-group discussions, and rumor has it, have plenty of delicious food. 
Everyone is welcome!

Junior Families: Upcoming Quad Game Basketball Concessions Need Your Help!

concessions Attention Class of 2021 Families!  Our class fundraising season is kicking off and we need your help!  Donations and volunteers are needed for the concessions stand at three upcoming Quad Basketball Games on January 24, January 31, and February 7.  Money raised will help fund graduation activities for the Class of 2021. 

Please sign up to donate items or volunteer to help staff concessions during these game nights. 

Questions?  Contact Jen Pedrotti.

CAPTA Scholarships for Seniors
Add a description The California PTA provides two annual scholarships to seniors:
  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship:  This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year.
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship:  Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.
The applications for these scholarships are due by February 1, 2020.  To learn more about the these scholarships, click here
In This Issue
Tuesday, Jan. 7
School Re-opens 
Thursday, Jan. 9
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
PSAT and Standardized Testing Info Night, Carrington Hall 
Tuesday, Jan. 14
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
8th Grade IB Info Night,
Carrington Hall 
Tuesday, Jan. 14
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Community Dialogue Night, MPR 
Thursday, Jan. 16
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Parent Ed: Raising the Resilient Learner, Birch Rm, SUHSD Office 
Monday, Jan. 20
No School
MLK Day 
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Raising a Resilient Learner
Adina Glickman, MSW, Founder of the Stanford Resilience Project 
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City
Students who thrive develop a range of intellectual and social-emotional skills and capacities.  The Resilient Learner is an integrated approach to learning that can help children and teens flourish - both in school and outside of school.
Adina Glickman, MSW,  is the former founding director of the Stanford Resilience Project  for Stanford's Learning Strategy Programs, and co-founder of The Academic Resilience Consortium

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!  Free admission and light refreshments.  
Parent Education Mini-Series events are sponsored by Sequoia Healthcare District and Sequoia Union High School District.

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The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton High School,
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies of kids and teens co-authors Bill Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson have helped over the years to teach you how to set your child on the real road to success.
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!  Free admission and light refreshments.  Spanish interpretation will be available.
M-A Parent Education Series events are sponsored by M-A PTA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.
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Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum  
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Woodside High School
Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
As one of the most fundamental aspects of self, gender impacts everybody--particularly children and teens.  
Gender Spectrum's mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth.  Today's young people have significantly different understandings of gender than previous generations, with consequences for children, families, organizations, and institutions. 
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!  Free admission and light refreshments.  Spanish interpretation will be available.
Woodside Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Woodside PTSA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.
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LIKE: The Impact of Social Media On Our Lives
Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Carlmont High School, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Join us for an exclusive showing of LIKE , the new IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. By understanding the impact of technology on the brain, we can learn how to navigate it more safely with our teens.
Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!   Free admission and light refreshments.  Spanish interpretation (film subtitles) will be available.  Film showing to be followed by a panel discussion.
Carlmont Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Carlmont PTSA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.
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Questions?  Contact Charlene Margot , M.A., Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series.