March 25, 2019  

Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Principal's Message
Your Open House Checklist 
Can you find this plaque? 
Open House is this Thursday, March 28 and, as in previous years (exclusive to Sentinel readers), here's my checklist of awesome activities to enjoy throughout the evening:
  • Arrive a little early and catch the end of the Track and Field meet versus rival Woodside on Terremere Field.  
  • Give yourself a few minutes (around 7:30 p.m. should be good) to enjoy the sun going down on campus.  Dusk is indeed a magic hour at Sequoia, especially in the front of campus.  Take a picture, post it on social media! #sequoiahs
  • Talk to a representative from the Foundation about some of the vital Sequoia programs your gift to the annual campaign supports.
  • See how many places on campus you can spot the word U naliyi (Sequoia's motto: it means "Place of Friends").  Four is respectable. Seven is a level above.
  • Ask one of our student ambassadors from ASB (the ones in the purple t-shirts) for directions.  Then ask them what they love about Sequoia.
  • Visit the PTSA table and learn about some of the teacher-student initiatives funded by this semester's mini-grant program.
  • Have a warm glass of tea in the Sequoia's one-of-a-kind Tea Garden.  Take a break in one of the comfy adirondack chairs.  Let us hope for a warm and dry night!
  • Give yourself plenty of time for the annual IB Art Show.  The students' creative output merits a deep dive.  So much art in two rooms: the Powell Gallery and Room 128 (across the hall).
  • Check in with the Boosters for the latest Sequoia gear as well as results from the swim meet, track meet, and baseball games being played on Thursday afternoon.
  • Gym 3 is the place for Dance.  Watch Sequoia's dance program tune up for the 50th Annual Sequoia Dance Show April 25-27.
  • The Media Center renovation is complete.  See for yourself how Measure A funds and the collaborative vision of students, teachers, district leaders, and the inimitable Ms. Snow has come together to serve 21st Century learners at Sequoia.  
  • Track down some of your student's favorite teachers and let them know how much their hard work and dedication is appreciated.
Open House night is about discovery and exploration.  Poke around and meet new people - staff, students, and parents alike.  Keep your eyes open for middle school families who look like they may have questions about Sequoia life.  I'll put my money on Sentinel readers being great ambassadors for our place of friends.  See you Thursday!

Have a great week!

Mark Your Calendars
Adjusted Bell Schedule This Week 
The week of March 25 - 29 will be block schedule Monday through Thursday and a 7-period minimum day on Friday, March 29.
Monday - B-day
Tuesday - A-day
Wednesday - B-day
Thursday - A-Day
Friday -  minimum day (see schedule) 
Spring Music Concerts!
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Sequoia's Spring Music Concerts are coming up!  Jazz Ensemble and both concert bands will take the stage on Tuesday, March 26 with metal and Motown hits, music from Superman and Game of Thrones, and classics like "Hard to Handle" and "How High the Moon." 
Wednesday, March 27 features Sequoia's Orchestra and Choir.  Orchestra will be playing some exciting selections while choir  will perform songs and arrangements by Joseph Hadyn and Pentatonix, including selections by the Sequoia Treble Clefs.  Both concerts start at 7:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall, and tickets are $5 at the door.   
Sequoia High School Welcomes All 
Sequoia's annual Open House will take place on Thursday, March 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.  Come tour the school, take a peek at our beautiful new Media Center, say hello to our fantastic teachers and administrators, and find out what is happening in the classrooms.  There will be music from the band and IB art on display.
Specific schedule and details to follow soon! 
Please Join Us in Celebrating this Year's Reflections Participants!
Reception: Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Come view participants' artwork, meet the artists, and enjoy light refreshments.  At 7:00 p.m., we will honor all Reflections participants and announce the winners who advanced to the district and state competitions at the PTSA meeting immediately following the reception.
Please see the entries that advanced to the district level here.

Get Ready for Prom - April 12, 2019!
Prom is coming up right after spring break.  Worried about the cost?  Does your student need help with a dress or tuxedo?
Sequoia's Prom Gallery is THIS week only: Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28.  Students can shop during lunch and after school from hundreds of new and gently used dresses and tuxes.  Men's Wearhouse (Silver Sponsor of SHSEF) will be at the gallery offering complete tuxedo rental packages for ONLY $50 to Sequoia students only - half off their basic rental package!  Get sized for a stylish tux on campus -- convenient and at half the price. Click here to sign up for a gallery appointment.  Questions?  Please contact Elisa Niño-Sears or call (650) 387-8390.
THANK YOU to the hundreds of parents and community members who have donated gift cards and beautiful formal wear to this project.  And a HUGE shout-out to Redwood City's Men's Wearhouse and Dynasty Cleaners for their very generous support of SHSEF and the Prom GalleryTogether, we can make sure all our kids enjoy a fun and safe prom!
Seniors: Save These Grad Activity Dates!

Spring is here, and that means graduation is not too far away!  Save these dates for Grad Week activities:
  • Wednesday, June 5, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. -- Senior BBQ 
  • Thursday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. --  Senior Brunch  before the mandatory graduation practice
  • Friday, June 7, 10:00 am --  Graduation ceremony
  • Friday, June 7, late Friday evening through early Saturday morning -- Grad Night Cruise  on the SF Bay.  Buy your tickets at our  Sequoia PTSA webstore
Watch for a sign-up list later this spring to volunteer at or donate items to the BBQ, Brunch, and Grad Night check-in.  It's a great way to be a part of your senior's celebrations!
Questions - please contact Sian Davies
~ 2019 Graduation Committee

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¡Llego la primavera, lo cual significa que la ceremonia de grado se acerca! Por favor, guarde estas fechas para esa semana especial de actividades:
  • Miércoles 5 de junio de 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. -- almuerzo  "asado"  para los estudiantes del grado doce.
  • Jueves 6 de junio de 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- almuerzo  "brunch" antes del ensayo obligatorio para la ceremonia de grado.
  • Viernes 7 de junio a las 10am --  ceremonia de grado .
  • Viernes 7 de junio por la noche hasta el sábado por la mañana --  crucero  por la bahía de San Francisco. Compre sus boletos en nuestro  Sequoia PTSA  "almacén" por Internet.
Esté pendiente esta primavera de la lista de oportunidades para servir de voluntario y/o donar a estos eventos en junio; es una forma excelente de compartir estas celebraciones con su hijo/a.

Preguntas -- comuníquese con Sian Davies .

~ Comité de Grado 2019
Opportunities: Volunteer, Donate, Scholarships
We Need Your Help for the Staff Appreciation Coffee

Each year on the day after Open House, the PTSA treats our staff and teachers to espresso coffee drinks and light breakfast snacks.  It takes a little from a lot of families (whether donating food or volunteering for a shift) on Friday morning, March 29 to recognize and celebrate our hard-working Sequoia team.  
Please sign up and help with this fun event by contributing a food item or helping serve hot beverages while mingling with our teachers and staff.  We especially need volunteers to purchase and pick up fresh mini-bagels as these treats are a staff favorite.  
Get Involved Get Involved in Sequoia's PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)

The PTSA is looking for parents interested in being involved in Sequoia's teacher and student programs.  If you want to feel connected to your child's school experience and get to know other parents, teachers, and staff, please contact Meredith Park .  We have various volunteer roles available for next year.  Incoming Freshman parents welcome!
Juniors: Apply for PTSA Scholarships!

Applications for our annual PTSA Junior Scholarships are now being accepted and are due Tuesday, April 16 by 10:00 p.m. There are three categories of scholarships to recognize students: academic success, community service, or achievement in the face of socio-economic challenges.  

This is a great way to get a head start on your college applications, to be recognized for all you've done to make Sequoia a better place, and to earn some extra money to continue your education!  Click here for more information and the application for junior scholarships.
Help Proctor IB and AP Exams
Are you looking for a way to get involved at Sequoia that will only take a few hours of  your time?  Help proctor IB or AP exams between May 3 and May 24 If your student will be participating in the IB program at some point and you can be available during the day, the expectation is to proctor at least once each year.
Please help us fill the 107 proctoring spots. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see available spots .
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

After signing up, you will be contacted via email by Elisa Nino-Sears, Sequoia's Volunteer Coordinator. There is a quick and simple clearance process for all volunteers placed in academic settings with students.

AP Contact: IVP Office: Kristin Stout 
IB Contact: IB Coordinator: Lisa McCahon
Last Week at Sequoia...
Academy Students Attend Career Fair

Academy students attending the Career Fair at Skyline Community College.

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, over 80 juniors from the Digital Arts Academy (DAA) and the Health Careers Academy (HCA) participated in a capstone Career Fair field trip at Skyline Community College.  Students have a great time at this event every year as they learn through various speakers about the different career paths people take.  Participating students also learned more about a specific industry of their choosing through a hands-on experience, related careers, and the skills needed to work in those positions. Finally, students dressed and prepared for three mock interviews with our mentor volunteers.

All these experiences at the Career Fair help prepare students in the processes needed to attain their career goals and marks the culmination of their monthly mentoring sessions with the Academy Mentor Program.  For more information on mentoring with the DAA and HCA please click here.
In This Issue


Monday, March 25

Tuesday, March 26 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spring Concert:
Concert Bands & Jazz Band
Carrington Hall

Wednesday, March 27 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spring Concert:
Orchestra & Choir,
Carrington Hall

Thursday, March 28 
6:30 p.m.
Open House,
Sequoia HS

Friday, March 29
7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Staff Appreciation Coffee Cart, Staff Room

Friday, March 29 
Minimum Day Schedule - Early Dismissal


Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 
No School - Spring Break

Tuesday, April 9
6:30 p.m.
Reflections Reception,

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 12
7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Bently Reserve, SF

Quick Links
Read the Latest Raven Report
Buy Your Grad Tickets Now 
Visit the PTSA store
  to purchase your Grad Night Cruise tickets today!   
Find out all about grad activities here
IB Ceremony Needs Your Help!

Annual Sequoia IB Ceremony

May 30 at
5:30 p.m. in
Carrington Hall.
Parent volunteers of non-senior students are needed that evening to help make it all sparkle.  If you can help, please contact Glenn Bugos.  More information about the ceremony will be sent closer to the date.  
Join the PTSA  Anytime!  
Visit the
  to purchase your 2018-19 PTSA membership today, and contribute to Sequoia's Unaliyi spirit and programs!
Sequoia Sentinel  will Take a Break Next Week - Happy Spring Break! 
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 Parent Education

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Kelly McGonigal, PhD, Stanford University
Born to Move: The Scientific Link Between Movement, Joy & Belonging
Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:00  -  8:30 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Kelly McGonigal , PhD, Stanford University, author of  The Upside of Stress, will discuss her latest research and new book,  Born to Move: The Scientific Link Between Movement, Joy & Belonging, on how physical activity can lead to joy and belonging - if we open our minds and bodies to it.
M-A Parent Education Series events are sponsored by M-A PTA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District. 

Safe and Healthy Teens
The One Love Foundation
Escalation - Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City
Join One Love for this special community screening of their award-winning film,  Escalation. Learn how to talk about healthy and unhealthy relationships with the young people in your life.
**Seating is limited
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Denise Pope, PhD, Challenge Success, Stanford Graduate School of Education  
A Well-Balanced Perspective on Co llege "Fit"
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Menlo-Atherton High School, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety  for students and parents alike. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Denise Pope will explore strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admission process.

Dr. Denise Pope  is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and the co-founder of  ChallengeSuccess 
, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Stanford GSE.  
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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Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome!  Free admission and light refreshments.  Spanish interpretation will be available.
Questions?  Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director of The Parent Education Series .

March is Arts Education Month in California

California State PTA and the California Department of Education recognize March as Arts Education Month in California!  It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all five domains of artistic expression - dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.  There are three ways you and your PTA can show your support for arts education during Arts Education Month.
First, join CreateCA! Learn more about California's movement for arts education here.  Even more resources are available on our arts education page here.   Remember, creativity is not optional!
Second, we'd love to hear how arts education has touched your child, your family and your PTA.  Have an arts story to share?  We'd love to connect and hear your story.  Fill out the submission form  here.
And lastly, be sure to check out your local community theaters, county arts commissions, and museums for more events near you.
Art events throughout the state include:
Look for additional ideas and activities from California State PTA all month to celebrate Arts Education Month in California.

 Community News

Support for Teens by Teens!

The SafeSpace Youth Action Board in coordination with local mental health professionals is presenting "This Affects Us All: Helping a Friend in Crisis,"  a 90 minute workshop on how to help a friend struggling with their mental health, handle and defuse crisis situations, encourage help-seeking behaviors, and discuss difficult topics. This free presentation offered twice is for young people ages 11-20.
When: March 28 and April 18,   6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park, CA  
Please register through Eventbrite.
In partnership with 7 Cups of Tea, SafeSpace now offers young people a new 24/7 compassionate listening app, SafeSpace Support Line. Teens can anonymously chat one-on-one about their problems with a non-judgemental trained active listener in multiple languages in a secure environment at any time, on their own device, at no cost.  The smartphone app is basically a supportive friend in one's pocket. This online emotional support service is not meant to replace therapy. Users can choose a random listener, or select one based on the life experiences, ethnicity, and expertise as provided on their profile.  The app provides an extensive selection of exercises, or personal growth paths, that help users gain skills and knowledge on specific issues that concern them, like social anxiety, stress, or loneliness.
SafeSpace is a local student-led organization that empowers young people to engage with their local schools and communities by creating and implementing initiatives to change the conversation around mental health by empowering peers to speak out, share with others and seek help when needed.
Lesley M. Martin, Ed.D.
Managing Director
SafeSpace Center 
708 Oak Grove Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
New generation, new conversation