Newsletter from Principal Leiper – TWIGS, 2-13-2017

February 13, 2017

Dear Sequoya Parents:

It is hard to believe that the 100th day of school has past. The year seems to be flying by. February is a busy month with many events going on. Bench the Bag is in full swing. Nurse Mary our own “Bag Lady” is working hard to win it all. You can help by bringing in all of your plastic bags, not only to help us win another bench, but to help teach our students to be environmentally friendly. Our Student Council begins our yearly food drive the week of Valentine’s Day to give to HEAL (Happily Ever After League) a local non-profit organization that helps support moms going through cancer treatment. Please bring in the items on the list to fill the food pantry. We will be having classroom competitions for both events with students winning an opportunity for extended recess.

Our spring fundraiser begins Monday, February 13th and the final APEX Fun Run is Thursday, February 23rd. We want to thank you in advance for your support. This year’s theme is LEGEND teaching character through inspiring lessons. We could not provide the many programs at Sequoya without the generosity of our community. Another way to support Sequoya is to give through your Tax Credit. It costs you nothing if you are paying state tax. You can decide to give your money to Sequoya rather than the state. You have until April 15th to go online and pay $200 for a single and $400 for a married couple. This is a full credit, not a deduction. Check with your tax preparer to hear the benefits.

Student, Parent, Teacher conferences are scheduled for February 28th, March 1st and 2nd. You should be hearing from your teachers to schedule your conference. These will be Early Release days in order for the teachers to have the time to meet with all of our families. Your involvement in your child’s education is what makes the greatest impact on their success.

We have our next shopping event at Costco on February 25th. This is a great opportunity for you to stock up while helping Sequoya. We receive much needed paper according to the amount spent by our families. You will be receiving more information as the date gets closer.

One of my favorite events of the year is Young Author’s Day, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd this year, during Read Across America Week. I hope that all of our parents will consider getting involved. The success depends on the volunteers. It is such a great opportunity to help out, by just spending time with a group of our students, listening to them read the story they have worked so hard on.

Attendance is an important contributor to student achievement. We have noticed an increased number of student absences for reasons other than illness. Please know that your child’s presence is a significant factor in mastering concepts and skills. Instruction does not come on a piece of paper, students miss important interactions between the child and the teacher and with his/her peers when they are absent. Please make every effort to schedule vacations and celebrations on non-school days. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Ms. Veronica Leiper
Principal