Welcome back! I am excited to work with you and your children to
make this a great school year. We work very hard at Sequoia at
every level, in every way to make your child’s experience the
very best that it can be. Sequoia is a family of caring staff,
parents/guardians, and students.
There will be some changes this year at Sequoia due to budgetary
cuts. As you may know, the School District has eliminated much
transportation for students. This may change your daily patterns.
We will only have supervision for students beginning at 8:30 each
morning and until 3:10 each day after school. It is crucial that
students get to school no earlier than 8:30 and by 9:00 (or their
kindergarten) start time EVERY DAY. While I know that absence
occurs, please parents, do all that you can to schedule
appointments and vacations when we are not in session.
In addition to transportation cuts, our custodial time has been
cut. Our custodian hours have been reduced by 4 hours
daily. Please help us by reinforcing to your child the need
for picking up after one’s self and making sure that jackets and
coats are picked up. Donations of hand sanitizer and disinfectant
wipes for the classrooms would be appreciated.
Safety is a number one priority at Sequoia. As a reminder, please
make sure that when dropping kids off in the circle that they
exit quickly and safely and that you are able to drive right
through. Parking is not allowed in the morning along the circle
in non-spots. Cars should turn right outside of the parking lot
for ease and safety reasons. When dropping students off in front
of the school across the street, they must walk to the cross walk
and cross with the crossing guard. Students are to walk onto the
campus, not run. They are to turn off their cell phones as they
come onto campus. Parents that drive their children are NOT to
make U-turns in front of the school, block the buses or park in
the bus lane. By following simple traffic safety rules, all of
our students will stay safe.
Our school focus this school year will be on Writing. Every child
will be taught reading, math, science, and history, but you will
see that we will do more writing within those areas. Students
will learn to write to express thoughts and support arguments.
You can help by encouraging your child to read and write as often
as possible at home.