April 2, 2018

Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
Raise Your Hands for Sequoia!
Last weekend I found myself at the Booster's Annual Crab Feed.  I didn't bid on a beautiful team basket like so many folks did.  I didn't step up for the fund-a-need campaign.  I didn't even purchase a string of purple beads that could have me rich!
Why didn't I contribute to this worthy effort?  Well...I did, but in a very different way. 

In the weeks leading up to the Crab Feed, I secretly checked the online Sign-Up debating almost daily whether or not I should jump in to help with the event.  Something must have come over me one evening as I looked at the "Kitchen Manager" position (which had gone unfilled for weeks) and I clicked to sign up. There was no going back!

Wondering what I had gotten myself into, I sat through a planning meeting that was buzzing with energetic Crab Feed veterans.  I checked out the lists and timelines from the past.  I met with the Kitchen Managers from last year.  And as I prepared, I began to think that this might actually be fun. 

On the day of the event, I met with my team of a dozen volunteer parents and student workers (only 2 of whom I previously knew), and I was sure this was going to be fun! Everyone pitched in with enthusiasm and cooperation prepping appetizers, salads, and condiments, cooking pasta and marinara sauce, sending out buckets of crab, plating desserts and we got that kitchen at Hiller Aviation Museum humming like a restaurant on a busy Saturday night. As we mopped our way out of the kitchen after all the guests had gone, we knew we had made some new friends and future volunteer buddies!

We kitchen workers weren't the only volunteers.  In the main event area, there were parents and students setting up tables, decorating, organizing the bar, and in the months prior to the Crab Feed, there were scores of volunteers who arranged for prizes, reached out to sponsors, and so much more.

Events like the Crab Feed are important for raising funds but they are also vital to building community.  The experience of the volunteers was as varied as their jobs that evening; parents new to Sequoia signing up to help for the first time, parents who have been around the block with several kids, and even parents whose kids graduated several years ago. And it didn't matter if we were in PTSA or SHSEF or Sports or Performing Arts Boosters -- we all worked together.

The takeaway? The next time a sign-up opportunity comes across your smart phone or laptop, throw your hat in. We need you! You'll have fun, you'll meet new people, and you'll be supporting the best high school around...Sequoia.
Have a great month,
Lisa Hane
PTSA Communications
PTSA Meeting Tomorrow Night
Haven't got around to attending a PTSA meeting this year even though you have been meaning to? Well, now's your chance!!

April's PTSA meeting on Tuesday, April 3 will be packed with important information, and everyone is invited to attend.

Come hear the monthly State-of-the-School address from Principal Sean Priest from 7:00-7:30 PM in the MPR.   At 7:30 PTSA members will gather in Room 100 to meet many of the parents who are willing to be nominated for 2018-2019 PTSA Executive Board and other committee leadership positions. Following that, we will hear a presentation from this year's Sojourn to the Past students.

The Sequoia PTSA is pleased to announce the PTSA Executive Board slate for the 2018-2019  school year that  will be presented for approval:
  • President - Erika Pretell
  • Executive VP - Susie Gilbert
  • First VP, Special Projects - Adrienne Heist
  • Second VP, Communication and Outreach - Lisa Hane
  • Third VP, Mini-Grants - Marlena Griffin
  • Treasurer - Karen Ha
  • Auditor - Gail Blomstrom
  • Recording Secretary - Linda Burt
  • Parliamentarian - Open
  • Grad Week Activities Representative - Sian Davies
Even if this will be your first meeting of the school year, please consider attending.  View the full agenda here .
Open House Is Thursday and Everyone Is Invited!
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Please mark your calendars and join us for our annual Spring Open House on Thursday, April 5th, from 7-8:30 PM. Open House provides an opportunity to explore the school, visit classrooms, talk with faculty members and gather information about the school's programs and offerings.  We hope to see you there!
Can You Do Some Quick Shopping?
Thank you to all who have signed up to help with our PTSA Espresso Coffee Cart and Breakfast Treats on Friday, April 6!

We just need a few more items;   sign up here  if you can pick up some grapes, apples, yogurt, or boil some eggs -thanks!
Only 13% of IB/AP Proctor Spots Are Filled: We Need Your Help!
Our IB and AP exams from April 27th and May 25th are coming up soon!   There still are many proctoring times that need to be filled, so please  SIGN UP NOW.  All  our volunteers need to complete a simple clearance process which takes time to process, so don't delay any longer.
Parents may proctor an IB exam their student is taking, but please check with your student first to be sure he or she would be comfortable with this. 

For AP exams, you may not  proctor an AP exam that your student is taking. Also, the AP rules allow a proctor to sit during part of the exam.
Sequoia Musicians Shine at Recent Music Festival
On March 16th the SHS Instrumental Music Program hosted its annual Sequoia Music Festival. The event was held in Carrington Hall, with warm-ups occurring in the newly renovated M-Wing. The Sequoia Band and Orchestra enjoyed showing off their beautiful new digs and welcoming groups from local middle schools. 

The event overall was a great success both in terms of logistics and musical talent exhibited. All attending groups performed at a very high caliber, and it was a joy to witness so much young talent. Sequoia's own Orchestra and Advanced Band both received "Unanimous Superior" ratings, and Sequoia's Intermediate Band also had a triumphant showing, receiving the second highest rating of one "Superior" and one "Excellent." 
Student Art Contest
Create a custom logo for a new Sequoia High School sweatshirt!

Sequoia High School Education Foundation is having an art contest to create a logo for new, Limited Edition Sequoia Sweatshirt. Winners will receive cash prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $50.  The deadline is  midnight Friday, April 6.

Details:  All Sequoia students are eligible to enter.  Individual or group submissions are accepted.  
  • Original artwork only; ANY medium can be submitted --drawing (pen/ink only; no pencils), painting, collage, mixed-media, photos (including manipulated photos), watercolor, computer art
  • Artwork needs to be high contrast
  • Size: No bigger than 10 in x 10 in
  • Logo must include the word "Sequoia"
  • Theme: What image/images best represents Sequoia to you?
Please submit your artwork to Ms. Sheehan in Rm 153 or .   For assistance or questions, please see Ms. Sheehan in Rm 153 or Ms. Snow in the Media Center.
Crab Feed a High-Flying Success
Guests enjoy dinner at the Crab Feed on March 24.
This year's Crab Dinner & Auction at the Hiller Aviation Museum sold out in record time and helped raise funds for all Sequoia sports teams, as well as other programs at Sequoia.  This annual event is the biggest fundraiser for the Sequoia Sports Boosters, and this year our new Corporate Sponsorship manager Kelly Baird garnered even more donations which will not only benefit sports programs, but also programs funded by SHSEF. 

Our dedicated volunteers arrived last Saturday at the close of museum business and, under extremely tight time constraints, created wonderful food, an inviting dining area, and a festive silent auction section.  Among the many Sequoia parents who gave us their time on and before the day of the event, we'd like to extend special thanks to the following Team Leads:
Returning chef Tommy Vargas made his famous homemade sauce and pasta, while Lisa Hane oversaw the preparation of additional appetizers as well as salad, and of course crab.  Mary Finn's delicious cake completed the meal, and Trisha Mirel and Victoria Mendiola's Wine Pull rounded out the beverage offerings.

Our student servers were fantastic under the supervision of Joan Fazio and Alice Henderson, and this year they were joined by Sequoia's own CTE Culinary students who prepared a bruschetta appetizer.  

Once again the decorating team of Meredith Armienti and Dina Acreman transformed the dining area, while Cathy Siri and her crew set up all of the silent auction tables, and Christy Poulos did an amazing job coordinating the team basket donations.  The check-out team and the clean-up crew led by the Schembris ensured that the party ended on schedule and proved once again that many hands make light work!

Thanks very much to alumni parents Judy Sloan for running the bar, and to Jennifer Marino for helping her.  And of course we couldn't have done all of this without the many parents, teams, coaches, and community members who donated auction items, thanks to the indispensable donation management of Lynn Pierce!  

Most of all thanks to all of you who attended and made it a fun and successful night!

-Sequoia Sports Boosters Executive Team / Crab Co-Chairs
Susan Alley, President
Ann Berljafa, Vice President
Kim Rosenmiller, Treasurer
Linda Hanson, Secretary

P.S.: If you have questions about the Boosters or want to participate in next year's event, please contact us!
Attendees browse auction items and displays during the Crab Feed at Hiller Aviation Museum.
Sequoia Dance Show Coming Soon
On Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, Carrington Hall will be exploding with energy as 125 dancers take the stage at Sequoia Dance '18.  For those of you who have seen the show, you'll know how impressive the event is.  For those who haven't had the chance, get your tickets now and prepare to be wowed!

Tickets go fast and as usual, this event will sell out, so visit now!
2018 Sequoia Prom Gallery
The Sequoia Parent Center is  collecting brand new and very gently used prom dresses for the  Sequoia Prom Gallery.  Donations may be dropped off at the Sequoia Parent C enter (Room 129) by Wednesday, April 4th. We are also accepting new  and very gently used shoes and accessories. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Bené at

The 2018 Sequoia Prom Gallery will be held  Wednesday, April 4th through Friday, April 6th for any Sequoia student who feels discouraged by the cost of a prom dress. The Gallery will be open at lunch time and from 3:00-5:00 PM in Room 150. 

The 2018 Sequoia Prom is Saturday, April 21st at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Juniors PTSA Scholarship Applications Due April 17
Applications for our annual PTSA Junior Scholarships are due soon after spring break: Tuesday, April 17 by 10 PM. There are three categories of scholarships to recognize students: academic success, community service, or achievement in the face of socio-economic challenges.   We have 20 scholarships to offer, each worth $250.

This is a great way for juniors to get a head start on college applications, to be recognized for all they've done to make Sequoia a better place, and to earn some extra money to continue their education!   Click here to apply.

PTSA Junior Scholarships are generously funded by the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
In This Issue

Tuesday, April 3
CAASPP Testing Schedule

7 PM - PTSA Meeting, MPR (agenda here)

Wednesday, April 4
7 PM - Spring Concert: Orchestra and Choir, Carrington Hall

Thursday, April 5
7 PM - Open House

Friday, April 6
Minimum Day (schedule here)

April 9-13
Spring Break

Tuesday, April 17
10 PM - Deadline to apply for PTSA Junior Scholarships

Saturday, April 21
7 PM - Prom, California Academy of Sciences

April 27-28
Sequoia Dance Show (tickets here)
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SUHSD Parent Education Series - All Are Welcome

George Anders, Author
You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Carlmont High School, Performing Arts Center (CPAC)

Is your student taking the right classes? Will your child's college  major help get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choices for finding a successful post-graduate career.
Come learn why resume-writing is fading in importance and why "telling your story" is taking its place. Author George Anders is a contributing writer at Forbes and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Kiersten Hewitt, FCD Prevention Works
Just Say Yes: Encouraging Healthy Conversations about Substance Use and Abuse
Wednesday, April 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City

FCD Prevention Works is the world's leading non-profit provider of school-based substance use prevention services. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to say "yes" to creating and nourishing a climate of prevention.

Kiersten Hewitt, FCD Executive Director, will discuss what parents can do to keep their kids healthy, and how they can learn to facilitate dialogue with their teens regarding substance use (alcohol, marijuana, e-cigs / vaping, etc.). 

Rhea Subranamian, Founder, and Nutrition/Health Professionals
S.H.I.N.E. for Sports (Sports Health, Injury Prevention & Nutrition Education)
Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City
SHINE for Sports is an organization founded by a student athlete to address the growing incidence of sports-related injuries among adolescents. As more pre-teen and teen athletes participate in competitive sports, the number of injuries -- including ACL tears, concussions, and ankle sprains -- has risen steadily.
SHINE aims to educate athletes, parents, and coaches about sports health and injury prevention so that athletes can avoid debilitating injuries and continue to participate in the sport they love!

Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! 
Free admission and light refreshments.
Parent Education Series events sponsored by Carlmont PTSA, M-A PTA, SHSEF, Woodside PTSA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.
Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director, The Parent Education Series. 

Community News
Register for Riley Run 
Riley Norton was a Central Middle School Student who would have been a 9th  grader this year. He passed away 4 years ago from a congenital heart defect, and we created an annual 5K in San Carlos to honor and remember him. 

This year, the Riley Run will occur on April 21 st  at 4 PM at the Brittan Acres upper playground. To register, please send your name and shirt size to . The $25 fee will be split between his 2 charities: Children's Heart Foundation and Camp Taylor. Please join us ! The cut off to register is March 30th if you want a t-shirt.