September 17, 2018     

Sequoia PTSA's weekly eNewsletter in partnership with the Sequoia High School Education Foundation
TopPrincipal's Message
2018 Club Day
Future leaders unite under the banner of the Key Club.
Below are my random observations and overheard utterances from last Friday's Club Day gathering during lunch.  Club Day brings together Sequoia's broad collection of student clubs to recruit new members and generate excitement about the year ahead:
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    Running enthusiasts ready to recruit.
    The Speech/Debate Team and the Investment Club could be heard good-naturedly heckling each other from across the walkway ("We've already filled two sign-up sheets!")
  • Girls Who Code is excited about their plans to submit a PTSA Mini-Grant .
  • If you want to purchase reusable straws this year, the ECOS Club has you covered.
  • My eyeball estimate put the crowd at between 700-800 over the course of the lunch period, but Student Activities Coordinator Corey Uhalde insists at least a thousand made their way through the "gauntlet" of tables.
  • I didn't know what the Postal Art Club did until Friday, but now I know it's where some of Sequoia's most gifted visual artists pool their talent.
  • The popularity and high caliber presentations by Health Occupations Students of America, BioTech Club, and Unite Against Cancer indicate Sequoia students understand the important role health and medicine play in our world today.
  • Members of The Office Club list " Christmas Party " and " The Injury " among their favorite episodes.  I'm partial to " Ben Franklin ".
  • I signed a pledge put together by the Best Buddies Club to end the use of the r-word -- and I had to wait in line to do so!
  • If stargazing and watching Cosmos is your jam, the Astronomy Club is where it's at.
  • The Cooking Club's table placement adjacent to the Sock Club's table may have been ill-advised.
  • Reps from the Boys and Girls Club were so astonished by the crowd and enthusiasm of the other clubs, they're toying with the idea of bringing Kevin Durant next year to set themselves apart.
  • Of course there is a Ping-Pong Club!  I'm surprised you had to ask.
Club Day 2018 was a blast.  I was energized and inspired by the exciting extracurricular passions on display.  You should be very proud of your students!


2018 Club Day
The Office Club seeking new fans during Club Day. 
Mini-Grants Application Closes This Friday!     
Don't miss out!!!  The application deadline for Fall Mini-Grants is this Friday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. 
PTSA Mini-Grants are offered, through the support of the SHSEF, to enhance the excellent education offered at Sequoia High School.  These grants are designed to encourage creative approaches to learning and/or to address compelling need which would otherwise go unfunded.  Students, teachers and staff may apply.  Additional information and application are available on the PTSA webpage.
Parents, would you like to be on the front row to some of Sequoia's innovative educational efforts? Consider joining our team to help with the selection process.  If you have a few hours to review applications and meet with the committee, we would love to have you on board.  No experience is necessary, and there will be seasoned committee members assisting along the way.  This is a great opportunity for new as well as returning Sequoia parents to learn about the great projects going on in our school!  Correction: Our fall meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.  We apologize that the date published last week was incorrect.
Contact our Mini-Grants committee chairs Marlena Griffin and DeeDee Clarke at
Photo Re-takes on Friday, September 28 - Helpers Needed
Students will have the opportunity to re-take their school photos on Friday, September 28.  We need a few more parent volunteers to assist the LifeTouch photographers with handing out name cards.
Please sign up here to help for a couple of hours during the school day.  It's an easy job and a fun way to meet students and teachers!
Reflections 2018-19: Heroes Around Me 
Give Voice to the Artist in You!  
A few submissions from 2017-18 Reflections' contest.
Reflections is a national celebration of student art.  Encourage your student to let creativity reign with this year's theme, Heroes Around Me /tema,roes a mi alrededor.
Enter artwork and a personal reflection of its meaning in one of six categories:
  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
All entries will be recognized for its artistic achievement -- participation itself is a meaningful contribution to the Sequoia community!  First-place finishers in each category enter the district competition.  District level winners move on to the state level, and winners there ultimately compete at the national level.
Submissions can be applicable school assignments or a personal creative project.  Background information on Reflections, rules, and category descriptions can be found at HERE.  Due date is Monday, November 5, 2018.  Stay tuned for updated submission guidelines! 
Questions: Contact Viki Young, Reflections 2018-19 Chair at
dream club
Dreams CAN Come True...
And You Can Help
Mark your calendars for November 16, 2018 for Sequoia's 9th Annual Dream Club Dinner! 
Now's your chance to attend one of Sequoia's most inspirational events and support a worthy cause.  More information to come.   
Be A Part of the Shadow Program  
The Shadow Program, run by Student Activities Director Corey Uhalde, is a great opportunity for incoming 8th graders to get a feel for Sequoia, and you can be a part of that by helping out.  No special skills are required.  Just a positive attitude and desire to help.
We need parent volunteers for 90 minute shifts on Mondays from October to January.  Shifts are from 7:45-9:15 a.m.   From time to time, Corey may ask you to chime in with your personal experience, but the majority of the role is to be a  Sequoia  Ambassador -- warm, welcoming and helpful to the nervous 8th graders (and their parents!).
Please consider participating; it's a fun opportunity to make someone's first impression of Sequoia overwhelmingly positive.   Please sign up here if you would like to volunteer.  F eel free to email Sara Mancini if you have any questions.  Thanks for your help!

And by the way, if you know of any families who have 8 th graders interested in shadowing at Sequoia, share this link: for Shadow Days fill quickly so tell your friends now!
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Hey! Where Did You Get That Cute Bag?? 
Love Bags are now available for purchase! These bags are well-made, available in many different styles and great for gifts.  40% of each order placed goes directly to support our 2019 Safe & Sober Grad activities.  See this flyer for details
Check out all the different styles and order at .  Remember to use Promo Code  SEQUOIA18 at checkout.       

Bleachers Have You Bummed?  
Show your school spirit and enjoy watching your favorite Sequoia games on a comfortable stadium seat cushion.  They feature our Unaliyi logo and have an easy carrying handle.  This fundraiser benefits seniors during 2019 Safe & Sober Grad activities.  
You can purchase yours at home football games and online on our Webstore. 

Stay In Touch with Sequoia on Social Media   
Your favorite HS is easy to follow on  social  media!!  Be sure to take advantage of the following opportunities.  Pick and choose or follow them all!!!

1.   Download Sequoia's official app SEQ LIFE (search SEQ Life in the IOS or Android app stores).  Set up your profile, check in when you attend Sequoia events and accumulate points that can get you free stuff!!  Also, be sure to turn on notifications to get alerts about important goings-on!  SEQ Life is for use by students and staff members, as well as friends and family.

2.   ' Like' Sequoia's Official Facebook Page  - SEQHS.
And a few other Facebook pages:
Raven Report: School Newspaper  
SEQ Cheerleaders
Dream Club: Support Sequoia's diverse community
3.    Prefer tweets? Follow Sequoia's Official account on Twitter -  @seq_hs.
And also:

4.   Or pictures? Follow Sequoia on Instagram (Student Run) -  And follow a bunch of other awesome Sequoia Groups:

PTSA Membership Growing... Grow with Us!   
Click  HERE  to join online or use the purple button on the right.  
D on't want the hassle of another online login?  Go old school!   Fill out the membership form in  English or  Spanish .   Put the form and your check in an envelope and drop it off at the school office.  We'll take care of the rest!
Almost 300 members have joined.  Are you one of them?   Check out the latest Membership List.  Your $20 fee goes a long way at Sequoia. 
In This Issue

Monday, September 17
Professional Development Day - No School

Friday, September 21
8:00 p.m.
PTSA Mini Grants Due

Friday, September 28
Photo Re-take Day

Tuesday, October 2 
7:00 p.m.

2018-19 Visual & Performing Arts Schedule 
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Mark your calendars for this year's events from our Visual and Performing Arts Department.  Be sure to check the school calendar for the most up-to-date information about the music, theater and dance programs as each event nears!
Quick Links
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California State PTA Statement on Family Separation and the U.S. Administration's "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policy
Sequoia Sentinel
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Parent Education

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ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Documentary Film + Panel Discussion
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Date & Venue: Multiple dates and locations

Join us for a special screening of IndieFlix documentary, ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, followed by a student panel. Resource tables staffed by mental health organizations available from 6:30pm - 9:00pm.
Parents, students (ages 10 and up), educators, and community members welcome! FREE admission and light refreshments. Spanish interpretation will be available.
Dates & Details:
Tuesday, September 18
Menlo-Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA
Thursday, October 11
Carlmont High School
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA
Tuesday, October 16
Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA
Presented by SUHSD Wellness Advisory Council (WAC) with support from Children's Health Council, Sequoia Healthcare District, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, SafeSpace, and The Parent Education Series.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Director, The Parent Education Series.
Charlene Margot, M.A. | CSM Consulting
650.868.0590 |
Community News

Let's Talk About Sex! 
logoHealth Connected, the organization that provides Sequoia's sex education curriculum is currently collaborating with several statewide agencies that support comprehensive sex ed, and some AMAZING parent advocates, to create a campaign to celebrate #LetsTalkMonth this October.

#LetsTalkMonth promotes frank talk about sex between teens and "tweens" and the adults they trust to promote youths' well-being. You can read more about #LetsTalkMonth  here.

Parents want to see the kids in their lives happy, healthy and thriving. Comprehensive sex ed in schools, along with open dialogue at home, can help make this a reality. October is #LetsTalkMonth - a time to promote open, caring conversations about sex and relationships within families. Follow   Health Connected on Facebook (@healthconnectedorg) the entire month of October for amazing tips and resources to have these discussions in your own home!

If you think comprehensive sex ed is important for teens, and that parents play a vital role in this education, join us! Be an advocate - follow, like, and share our posts!

Jennifer Rogers  |  Communications Manager & Senior Health Educator
Health Connected | P: 650.367.1937, x20 | F: 650.367.4940
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Do You Have a Student receiving Special Ed. Services?   
The SUHSD Transition Services Team is offering you and your student some exciting events:

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mills High School, Millbrae 

It's that time of year again when the San Mateo Commission on Disabilities is planning their annual  Transition to Independence  resource fair promoting independence and full participation of people with disabilities in San Mateo County.  

Last year, we were honored to host at Sequoia HS and you can s ee photos from last year's fair at Sequoia HS  here .  This year, we continue to collaborate with community agencies, other school districts in San Mateo and The County of San Mateo Commission on Disabilities to put together this event.
Students and their caregivers can explore resources, visit information tables, attend workshops, activities and demonstrations.  This is a great event for parents and students to access resources such as Department of Rehab, Colleges, Employment, Mental Health, Independent Living, Leisure and more, all in one space!!!

Free food, Free T-shirts, Free SWAG, Free shuttle from Millbrae CalTrain Station to Mills HS.  Quiet area will be available for those with sensory issues.

Recommended Audience: Open to the public

For questions or more info, contact:
Gail Oytas
650-369-1411, x22373
Transition Specialist and WorkAbility Coordinator 183-03 

Navigating Conservatorship  
Monday, November 05, 2018 
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Sequoia HS, Multi Purpose Room

Come join us as lawyer Alexis Lynch helps us understand the benefits and legalities of conservatorship. 

From her  website :
"Working with families to ensure their disabled family members were protected through conservatorship became Alexis' passion.  She launched her own practice to focus solely on this need.  She prides herself on her friendly and compassionate approach to representing clients within the special needs community."
Students and their caregivers currently open or eligible for Regional Center (GGRC) services are welcome!
For questions or more info, contact:
Gail Oytas,
650.369.1411 x22373 
Transition Specialist and WorkAbility Coordinator 183-03