December 9, 2019  
Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Principal's Message
My Study Week Pep Talk
Study Week at Sequoia has arrived.  It's the week before final exams in all classes and although some new material may be presented, the focus in most classes is to review the semester.  After-school activities are limited, field trips are halted -- the school is in a state of collective buckling down.  

This morning, I will share the following remarks with students over the intercom to mark the start of Study Week:

Good morning Sequoia students.  First of all, I want to express my gratitude for how well everyone took advantage of last Friday's flex period.  You were responsible and mature when given the freedom to make your own choices.  

Today is the first day of Study Week.  We are preparing as a school for final exams which begin next Monday.  In other news, May 5th, just five short months away, is Teacher Appreciation Day.

I'm pointing this out because amidst the pressure of the end of the semester, I want you to observe your teachers.  See them, truly see them for what they do to prepare, inspire, and support you.  I hope that by the time May 5th rolls around, you'll be able to tell them in an authentic way what you appreciate about them.

See their commitment to you and your classmates in the energy they bring to class, the thought and care they put into the assignments and tests they create, and the high expectations they have for you.

Notice it.  Be grateful for it, because even if you don't always understand it, or may even think it's unfair... their commitment to your education and success is where those expectations come from.

And as much as I hope you'll notice them in order to appreciate them in May, I hope you also show them that you appreciate them through the hard work YOU do for the rest of this week.

This can be a stressful time, but you are not alone.  Pressure, deadlines, and stress are a part of life.  We are learning how to be successful under these conditions - together!

Study Week is on, Sequoia!  Finals is going to be a big hurdle.  But you got this.  Si se puede.

Thank you for listening and have a great week!

Even though speaking to the entire school via intercom is easily one of the more fun parts of my job, I only make announcements like these once or twice a year.  I shared these remarks with Sentinel readers because I hope you share my appreciation and gratitude for Sequoia's awesome students and staff.

Here's to a strong end to the semester for our entire community!

Mark Your Calendars
Herald in the Holidays with Sequoia's Winter Music Concerts

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Sequoia's Winter Music Concerts are on Tuesday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Carrington Hall!   
On Tuesday, both bands and Jazz Ensemble will perform music from Frozen and Sesame Street, a symphony inspired by the Lord of the Rings novels, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!  
On Wednesday, Choir and Orchestra take the stage with Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival, Haydn's Symphony 52 Movement 1, Overture to The Barber of Seville, Sleigh Ride, a three minute version of The Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells (an Estonian carol), Riu Riu Chiu (a Spanish Carol), S'vivon (Hanukkah), Jingle Bells, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (performed by the Sequoia HS Treble Clefs).
Tickets are available for $5 at the door; one ticket is good for both performances.
Sign Up to Donate or Help at Holiday Staff Luncheon
Kick off the Holidays with a Luncheon for Sequoia teachers & staff .  Help our staff and teachers celebrate the holidays with a PTSA sponsored luncheon on Thursday, December 19th!  There are lots of ways to pitch in to show our appreciation for the amazing team at Sequoia.  
Click here to provide a food or drink item, donate a gift card, or help at the event (shifts from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., 10:00 - 12:00 p.m., and 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.). 

Support Sequoia With Your Holiday Online Shopping!

Did you know you could support Sequoia High School programs just by doing your regular online shopping?  Using the link below or the logo above will automatically take you to SHSEF's AmazonSmile page where you can do your regular purchases using your existing account, Prime included.

SHSEF receives up to 0.5% of your purchase total.  If half of Sequoia's 2,000 families spent just $200 each using this link, Sequoia would receive $1,000!  Sequoia benefits only when you use the link so bookmark the link and use it each time you make a purchase at!

Please check if Sequoia High School Education Foundation is your default charity.  If your account is already associated with a different charity, you will be prompted with the question:
  1. "Would you like to change your charity to Sequoia High School Education Foundation?  You are currently supporting (your current charity).
  2. Click on the yellow button "Yes, change my charity" if you would like to update this information.
  3. On AmazonSmile, under the Amazon search bar, you can confirm the charity being supported as it will read, "Supporting: Sequoia High School Education Foundation."  If you see a different charity, click on the tiny arrow next to it for a link to change this info.  Search for "Sequoia High School Education Foundation", select it, and you are all set.
Copy and paste SHSEF's AmazonSmile link below onto your browser bar for quick access to future contributions while shopping!
Honey Bear Tree Lots Stocked with Trees
If you are still 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. 

Looking for a Garland, Wreath, or Centerpiece to Round Out Your Holiday Decor?
Our Evergreen Fundraiser in support of 2022 grad activities ended up with a few extra items that are available for purchase.  If interested, please contact Barba Kandarian to arrange a purchase and pick-up.  All transactions are in cash or check only.

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Need a Job With a Flexible Schedule?

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.

In This Issue
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.  
Thursday, Dec. 19     
12:00 p.m.  
Staff Luncheon, MPR 
Dec. 20 - Jan. 6, 2020
No School
Winter Break
Tuesday, Jan. 7
School Re-opens 
Thursday, Jan. 9
PSAT and Standardized Testing Info Night
Time and Location TBD   
Tuesday, Jan. 14
8th Grade IB Info Night,
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Carrington Hall 
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Community Dialogue Night
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., MPR 
Monday, Jan. 20
No School
MLK Day 
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 Parent Education

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Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors  
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
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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Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
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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An IndieFlix Original Production  
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.