December 19, 2016

Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Principal's Message
Since this is the last Sentinel of 2016, here's wishing your family a restful, joyous, and safe holiday season and winter break.

The staff is looking forward to our holiday luncheon. Thanks in advance to all the PTSA and ELAC volunteers who make this special event possible. Gathering to break bread and share laughs is a wonderful way to close out the semester for our staff.

Students return to Sequoia on January 12, 2017. Zero period will meet. Everyone's first class will be posted in the main hallway as during the first semester. Students will receive a new copy of their schedule only if there have been any changes.

Looking ahead, there is much to be excited about as we begin the second half of the school year. League games for winter sports begin immediately (boys and girls basketball versus Woodside High School is on January 13!). Both varsity soccer teams will be in the hunt for the championships and CC has a playoff berth. It should be a fun couple of months.

Starting in February, current Sequoia 9th-11th graders will begin one-on-one meetings with counselors to discuss next year's schedules. The meetings are an important time for students to reflect on their progress towards meeting UC/CSU A-G requirements, graduation requirements, as well as their elective pathway. I encourage families to review the program planning handbook in order for students to be prepared for those meetings.

I hope you are able to enjoy spending time together as a family over these next two weeks. Thank you for the part you played in making the first semester a success, and looking forward to 2017 at Sequoia.


Cookies and Conversation
Please join us on  January 17 at 6:45 PM in the MPR for coffee, cookies and conversation - to share your thoughts with other parents and guardians as well as with Sequoia staff.  It will be a different format than past conversations, but we're hoping that you will have the opportunity to meet, share with and learn from others in the Sequoia community. View flyers here: English / español.

Thank You for Adopting Families!
A HUGE thanks to all of you, the Sequoia community, for providing gifts for 57 Sequoia families in need!  There were 462 items requested, and you have poured out your amazing generosity in response. 

As of Sunday night there were only 4 items not allocated yet; feel free to  view the list (scroll way down the list to find the open spots) if you can help donate any of these last items.  

Sentinel Information
Did you know that past issues of the Sentinel are archived on our PTSA website?  Feel free to browse previous editions or to check the archives if you're looking for information on events and news.

Also, if you have news that you would like to share with the Sequoia community through the Sentinel, please email a brief write-up and a photo if applicable to We love to hear about student clubs, special events, sports, and other news!  Articles are due by 5 PM on Thursdays for the following Monday's issue.

The next issue of the Sentinel will be sent out on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

December Raven Report
A new issue of the Raven Report was published last week - read articles from the December 14 issue at!

You Can Still Shop and Support Our Seniors 
While doing your holiday shopping, consider these ways in which you can benefit the Class of 2017's Safe and Sober Grad activities!

Honey Bear Trees for your holiday tree or wreath - Visit any of their 3 locations:  Redwood City (Woodside Road), San Carlos (El Camino Real), and San Mateo (Delaware Street).  See this flyer (volante aquí­) for details.


LoveBags - These stylish and useful bags make great gifts!  See this flyer or visit and enter code 5ZF16.


In This Issue
Dec. 19-21
Finals ( Finals schedule here )

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Holiday Staff Luncheon

Thursday, Dec. 22
Winter break begins

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Classes resume

Tuesday, Jan. 17
6:45-8:15 PM - Cookies and Conversation, MPR

Thursday, Jan. 19
6 PM - 8th Grade IB Info Meeting, Carrington Hall (7 PM en español, en la biblioteca)

6:30 PM - Middle College Information Meeting, 480 James Avenue

Saturday, Jan. 21
10-11:30 - 7th/8th Grade Sequoia Campus Tours

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