December 2, 2019  
Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
PTSA President's Message
A Big Thank You as 2019 Winds Down

The post-Thanksgiving traffic around SFO yesterday may have been crawling along at a snail's pace but my mind was going a blue-streak as I thought about the month ahead.  Can you believe it is December already?  There is a lot to be done and there is a lot of energy - ok, stress - in the air! Anyone have a year-end work assignment that's due? Are you preparing for out-of-town holiday guests or planning to leave town after school finishes for the holiday break?  Even the everyday task of going to the grocery store feels more chaotic as wet roads and traffic congestion conspire against us by increasing our adrenaline.
Beginning today and over the next week or two, our Sequoia students and teachers will be finishing up the semester's lessons, completing projects, and preparing for final exams.  The Family Center, thanks to Elvira Macias, Elisa Niño-Sears, and a host of generous parents, continues preparations for the Adopt-a-Family project and for the traditional Family Holiday Party that will provide holiday cheer for a record number of Sequoia families.  Meanwhile, our PTSA hospitality coordinator Jennifer DiGrande and her team, are well underway planning the holiday luncheon for our teachers and staff before the well-deserved break.
Over this past long weekend, I was able to put aside the anticipation of December anxiety and reflect a bit on how fortunate I am to work with such enthusiastic and dedicated members of our parent community in my role as Sequoia's PTSA President.  I can't say enough how thankful I am when I see a hand go up or a sign-up list fill when a volunteer need arises.  You are the best! 
As the year-end approaches, I would also like to acknowledge a very special team of parents who go the extra mile attending monthly general meetings and executive board meetings, and give their time and energy to help lead our school community in making Sequoia a great place for students, teachers, and parents.  
PTSA Executive Board, take a bow! 
Thank you to PTSA Treasurer: Karen Eller Ha, Recording Secretary: Natalie Henderson: Auditor: Gail Blomstrom, Historian: Shannon Chi, Mini-Grant Chairs: DeeDee Clarke and Karen Latina, Communications and Outreach VP: Isha Bhatt, Special Project VP: Adrienne Heist and Class of 2020 Grad Night Chair: Linda Burt and Parliamentarian: JR Bae.
And even though she is not on the executive board, Jocelyn Kelemen, the Sentinel editor who works every week making this excellent newsletter a useful and entertaining source of information, deserves a huge appreciation!  Three cheers, Jocelyn!
If you know any of these wonderful individuals, please take a moment to thank them the next time your paths cross.
There's no denying that December is here.  And though we're sure to experience our share of craziness as the month unfolds, it's kind of like childbirth or home renovation, you'll get through it eventually!
Keep breathing, practice a little mindfulness, relax your shoulders, and try to enjoy the ride.
See you around school,

Mark Your Calendars
PTSA/ELAC Meeting This Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the MPR

Please join us for our December PTSA/ELAC meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Sequoia's MPR.  This week Principal Sean Priest will not be giving his usual state of the school report due to a SUHSD event conflict so our meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Come along and hear about how to get involved as we close out 2019 and hear about our upcoming plans for 2020!  Please click here for this week's agenda.

Evergreens and Reindeer Have Arrived!

evergreen wreath Your evergreens and reindeer are ready for pick-up this week!  
  • Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. - noon.
Location:  Barba Kandarian's House at 9 El Sereno Drive, San Carlos.  El Sereno is a small road at the corner of Elm and St. Francis. 

Barba's Home Phone Number: 650-591-2541. 

Questions? Please contact Christy Fletcher.

Thank you for supporting the evergreen sales! The Class of 2022 appreciates your support!
Remember SHSEF Tomorrow on Giving Tuesday!
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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, please consider making your gift during this season of giving.  Thank you for your generous support of our students and community.
Our goal this year is to raise $630,000 to continue and expand the resources that make Sequoia a place where all students can thrive.  Please give any amount and make a difference in the lives and success of all our students!    

Help Check In Donations for Adopt-a-Family Project Next Week 
We have successfully filled all the gift slots for this year's Adopt-a-Family Project, thanks to your generosity!
Next week, we are looking for help with the check-in of items during donation drop-off.  If you have an hour or two to spare Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, your help would be much appreciated.  Sign up to help here.  

Questions?  Please contact Elisa Niño-Sears, SHSEF Family Support Chair, (650) 387-8390.  Thank you!  ¡Gracias!

Shop Your Local Honey Bear Tree Lot This Holiday Season
If you are looking for a Christmas tree this winter, remember that Honey Bear Trees will be supporting Sequoia High School Class of 2020. 

Please consider buying your Christmas tree or wreath from Honey Bear and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the graduating class.  Take your flyer ( Spanish) to either 955 Woodside Road, RWC or 1579 El Camino Real, San Carlos so the funds are dedicated to Sequoia High School. 

Sequoia Highlights
Media Center December Newsletter is Here and Thank You to Our Volunteers
Check out the Media Center's December newsletter.  Ms. Betsy Snow, Sequoia's Media Specialist, distributes this guide to teachers and staff monthly.  The newsletter includes links to fun and helpful resources that teachers can share with their students.  
As the semester draws to a close, we give a heartfelt thanks to all of the Media Center volunteers who have generously given their time in the Media Center throughout the Fall semester: Judy Adams, Jim Clifford, Roxana Dommer, Pamela Ehrlich, Isabel Hartmann, Andrea Hernacki, Diane Jacobson, Nani Kadrichu, Susan Leathers, Grace Mizutani, Becky Morris, and Christina Strathdee.  These volunteers have contributed over 30 hours helping out either in the mornings with textbook check-outs and textbook re-shelving and/or during lunchtime to help students with a variety of library tasks while our Library staff takes a lunch break.
If you are interested in joining the volunteers of the Media Center Support Team, please contact Pamela Ehrlich, PTSA Liasion to the Media Center.  

In This Issue
Tuesday, Dec. 3   
7:30 p.m.  
Tuesday & Wednesday,  
Dec. 10 & 11    
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.  
Winter Concert, Carrington Hall 
Monday - Thursday,
Dec. 16 - 19 
Finals Week, see Bell Schedule  
Tuesday, Dec. 17    
7:00 p.m.  
Booster Meeting, Staff Rm. 
Dec. 20 - Jan. 6, 2020
No School
Winter Break
Tuesday, Jan. 7
School Re-opens 
Substitutes Wanted! 

Are you a parent who would like to work a flexible schedule in a subject you like?  If you have a college degree, all you need to do is pass a basic skills test ( CBEST), get fingerprinted, and you can sign up to be a substitute!

Please contact AVP Kristin Stout, Anilisa Manolache, or Katrina Grant at the District Office with any questions or check out the SUHSD info here.

Last Week to View the Art Show in the Powell Gallery During Lunch
The show will feature art from Drawing, Painting, Art I, Ceramics, Digital Photography and IB Art, years one and two.  All visitors to will need to check-in with the AVP office for a visitor's pass.

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Community Events

Redwood City Hometown Holidays Festival

Join the Redwood City community downtown this Saturday, December 7 for the 14th annual Hometown Holidays celebration starting at 10:00 a.m.  The Sequoia High School Band will kick off the day's events at the Courthouse Square stage.

This family event is FREE and will have snow, carnival rides, food, vendors, entertainment, a parade at 4:30 p.m., tree lighting around 5:45 p.m. in front of City Hall, and the Caltrain Holiday train (share the spirit of the season and bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots) at 6:10 p.m. at Sequoia Station.
 Parent Education

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Happy Holidays - Parent Ed events will resume in 2020!