Principal’s Letter, July 2018

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Sequoya staff, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We look forward to many enriching opportunities to meet and work with you. Whether you are a returning family or you are new to the school, we are happy to have you as part of the Sequoya community. In fact, nothing creates a more dynamic school than the efforts of the school and the home working together.

It has been another busy summer. Your Bond money has been at work to paint the exterior of our building. I hope that you are as excited as we are when you see how wonderful it looks. They have also added more videos camerason our buildings, increasing the security on campus. We have many more projects planned over the next year and I will update you as we make progress.

Our amazing APT has been busy all summer preparing for the new school year. We hope to see more of you volunteering any time that you are available. There is no greater reward than being involved in your child’s education.  As we continue to include Rosetta Stone in our school day, we are always looking for input. Our APT has asked that you complete the following survey to get your feedback. Please use this link to the Rosetta Stone 4 question survey to gage interest in the before school program:

Due to retirements and increases in enrollment, you will be seeing some new faces on our Sequoyacampus. Holli Scharf, full time Dean of Students, Karen Wiebel, kindergarten, Cherie Kujawa, 2nd grade, Tanya Schultz, 2nd grade, Natalie Henes, 2nd grade, Pert Beck, 3rd grade, Suzanne Cahill, gifted specialist and Nate Greene, P.E. They are all so excited to be at Sequoya. We will be sending out introductions in the upcoming weeks so that you will see the wealth of experience that they bring to Sequoya.

We look forward to seeing all of our students and are excited about having a great year. Please take note of the following information:

Our bell schedules remain the same as last year

The instructional day is 8:45-3:15.
Student supervision on the playground begins at 8:25 AM, please do not arrive on campus before then.  
The morning recess bell rings at 8:40 AM.
A second bell rings at 8:45 AM noting the start of the instructional day.
Students arriving after 8:45 are considered tardy.
Office hours are from 8:00 – 4:00 PM.
Morning care for students starts at 6:30 AM and aftercare starts at 3:15 PM. Please contact Phyllis Hutchinson at or call 480-484-3208 for more information.

A few important dates for you:

August 6, 2018: Meet and Greet, 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  

​​Classrooms are open from 9:45 to 10:45 to meet their new students.

August 7, 2018: First day of school Boo-Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten families 8:45 to 10:00 AM
August 16, 2018: Curriculum Night/Open House

K-2nd5:15 p.m. – 6:15 PM
3rd – 5th…6:30 – 7:15 PM

I would like to thank the Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) for hosting the Meet n’ Greet on Monday, August 6, 2018. APT members will be in the cafeteria to meet with you. They will be available to answer questions or provide information on how you can get involved and support your child’s educational experience. Sequoya’s success is dependent upon the large cadre of volunteers that are committed to and support the school. So please sign up and help out!  

Classrooms are open from 9:45 to 10:45. Setting aside a specific time insures that teachers are available to greet you. Please feel free to come to the school to introduce or familiarize your child with the layout of the building and classroom location. This is a perfect opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher as well as enabling the teacher to meet you and your child.

I am ready to begin an exciting year with you and your child! Working as partners only enhances a successful educational experience for all.

Veronica Leiper  

Sequoya Elementary, Principal