2009 Sequoia Auction

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Spots Available for SF Pub Crawl on 6/6 June 1, 2009

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SAN FRANCISCO DOUBLE-DECKER BUS PUB CRAWL
30 spots available
$35 per person
(must be 21 or older)

Hit the San Francisco pub scene with old and new friends from Sequoia. Enjoy touring SF in an open-top double-decker English bus, which will transport you from pub to pub. We have plenty of spots still available for this party, which will be this Saturday, June 6, from 7-11 p.m. Everyone will meet at the Embarcadero Station at 7:00, where the bus will pick you up … cheers! Donated by: Christian Watts’ company City Sightseeing.

To purchase your spots, put a check in Karen Booth’s hanging folder in the Auction bin, located in the copy room on campus. We will take new sign-ups through Friday, June 5, 2:45.  There are no tickets — if you paid, your name will be on the list on the bus. Please join us for this fun evening!

 

PARTY SIGN-UPS TODAY April 10, 2009

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Happy Friday, Sequoia families!  Look for us this morning in the Kiss-and-Drop Zone in the front of school at drop-off. We will have our sign-up party displays there, and spots available for all of our six sign-up parties. Sign yourself, friends and family up for some fun in support of our kids’ education! Details about all our parties are posted earlier in this blog. See you there!

 

FINAL AUCTION SALE April 9, 2009

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Welcome to the final sale of auction items! This is first-come, first-served — the first email received will determine the purchaser. Sorry, prices are not negotiable. We strongly prefer credit card payments for these items, but we will also accept payment by check or cash (do not send credit card info via email). Auction treasurer Jen Mercer will be in contact with the winners to arrange payment. Purchase of these items is “as is” — no refunds will be issued. All proceeds from today’s sale will go to auction revenue, which goes into SPA’s budget for the ’09-10 school year.

In order to purchase, send an email immediately with your name and phone number, and listing your desired item(s) to:

Karen Booth
booth_doorlay@yahoo.com

SOLD! ITEM #1:  LUNCH FOR 4 KIDS WITH MRS. MATTEONI — $25 SOLD!
Enjoy a yummy lunch and conversation with Mrs. Matteoni in the MUR on a special day of your choice. Bring friends along — Mrs. Matteoni will take up to four — and spend some special time with our principal!

SOLD! ITEM #2: PORTRAIT AND SITTING FROM PAUL FILLINGER PHOTOGRAPHY — $100 ($700 value) SOLD!
Paul Phillinger Photography offers a professional portrait sitting for your family, plus an 11″x14″ heirloom portrait mounted on artist’s canvas, for a keepsake for your home for years to come. Expires 12/31/09.

ITEM #3: FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION FROM WENTLING STUDIO — $50 ($155 value)
Wentling Studio of Concord offers a portrait session with a 5″x7″ custom portrait for you and your family. Photography Dirk Wentling also does pet portraits for an additional fee. Expires 7/15/09. For groups of 8 or fewer.

SOLD!! ITEM #4: SACRAMENTO FAMILY FUN BASKET — $30 ($319 value) SOLD!!
This fun package of museum passes hits many of Sacramento’s best museums. You’ll get passes to the CA Museum for History, Women & the Arts, plus passes to the Sacramento History Museum; and the California State Railroad Museum.

ITEM #5: MARTINI/DRINK SET (new in box) — $25 (unknown value)
Pick up this beautiful, brand-new set of nine bar glasses: four martini glasses and four highball glasses, plus an extra-large martini glass for display. Set by Libbey.

Libby 9-Piece Grand Martini Set

Libbey 9-Piece Grand Martini Set

SOLD!! ITEM #6: FLOWER WATERCOLOR — $10 SOLD!!
This beautiful watercolor by Sequoia mom Elaine Hannah is 5″x7″ and comes with a brand-new white matte ready for your 8″x10″ frame.

Flower watercolor by Elaine Hannah

Flower watercolor by Elaine Hannah

SOLD!! ITEM #7: FOREST WATERCOLOR — $10 SOLD!!
This beautiful watercolor by Sequoia mom Elaine Hannah is 5″x7″ and comes with a brand-new white matte ready for your 8″x10″ frame.

Forest watercolor by Elaine Hannah

Forest watercolor by Elaine Hannah

ITEM #8: NEW PATIENT EXAM OR RECALL VISIT AT PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF CONCORD — $50 ($250 value)
Keep your child’s smile beautiful and healthy with a new patient exam and X-ray from Pediatric Dentistry of Concord. Certificate is also good for a recall visit if your child is already a patient.

ITEM #9: NEW PATIENT EXAM OR RECALL VISIT AT PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF CONCORD — $50 ($250 value)

Keep your child’s smile beautiful and healthy with a new patient exam and X-ray from Pediatric Dentistry of Concord. Certificate is also good for a recall visit if your child is already a patient.

 

April 6, 2009

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PARTY SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! The following six parties have spots available to all Sequoia parents and their friends and family. The party displays and sign-up sheets will be set up in the Kiss & Drop Zone at school this Friday, April 10, during drop-off. Come by for more info, and sign up for a party or two with friends!  If you can’t come by Friday, email Karen at booth_doorlay@yahoo.com to reserve your party spot.

Private Tour & Wine Tasting at Byington Winery aboard the Dreyer’s Rocky Road Bus

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS PARTY NEEDS 20 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE TO IN ORDER TO MEET THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. Wine lovers will be in heaven for this all-day trip to Byington Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos aboard the Dreyer’s Rocky Road Bus. This sign-up party is scheduled for You’ll meet the bus in the parking lot of Sequoia in the morning, and travel the one-and-a-half hour trip into the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. Box lunches, chilled wine and cold drinks will be available on the bus, so you can sit back and relax as you approach Byington.

You’ll be treated to a tasting of five wines during this exclusive tour of their beautiful winery, which will include the vineyard, crush area, production area and stunning storage cave. The tour also includes their 18,ooo-foot, Italian-style villa, sloping vineyards and gorgeous vistas of redwood forests and the Monterey Bay. The Rocky Road bus will drive you home after a relaxing day of wine tasting with friends, so bring a friend or family member along for this special day! Party takes up to 32 people.  Winery restrictions: Participants must be 21 years of age or older.  Bus restrictions: The Rocky Road bus is non-smoking.

When: Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:
Meet at Sequoia, travel to Byington Winery in Los Gatos
Cost:
$35 per person
Spots available
: 26
Donors:
Byington Vineyard & Winery, Dreyer’s, Black Tie Transportation

Poker Party with the Bautistas at Back Forty BBQ

Shuffle up and deal! This fantastic party will be the talk of Sequoia! Sequoia parents Michele and Beau Bautista are hosting a No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament for up to 200 at Back Forty Barbeque in Pleasant Hill, including delicious food, poker chips and much more. You’ve seen it on TV — now here’s your chance to check, bet and bluff your way to the final table. This is a Las Vegas-style poker tournament, run by a professional poker tournament company exclusively for Sequoia parents and their friends.

You’ll play at real poker tables, with casino-quality chips, cards, music and tournament software … just like the pros! Although you will feel like you’re at the World Series of Poker, this tournament is run in a beginner-friendly fashion. All skill levels are welcome to play. The tournament will include food, prizes and poker. First place raffle prize is a $500 Visa gift card, and second place is a $250 Visa gift card. Third and fourth runners up will get a 500-piece Ultimate Poker Chip Set. Your $50 per person tournament entry fee gets you $1,000 in chips and a delicious Back Forty Barbecue dinner. Support Sequoia and have a blast!  Restriction: No minors allowed.

When: Sunday, May 3, 2:30-8 p.m.
Where:
Back Forty BBQ, Pleasant Hill
Cost:
$50 per person
Spots available
: unlimited
Donors/Hosts:
Michele & Beau Bautista, Back Forty BBQ


Backyard Family Movie Night

What could be more fun than a backyard big-screen movie night with the kids this summer? This fun party for families will be in Charlen May’s beautiful backyard, with lots of room for kids to cuddle up in their sleeping bags for a big-screen showing of “The Tale of Despereaux,” rated G. The hosts will provide popcorn, drinks and candy for the kids, and will kick off the movie night with free raffle drawings — one boy prize and one girl prize will be awarded to the lucky kids!

Because this is not a drop-off party, parents can mix and mingle together with light appetizers and cocktails while the kids enjoy the flick. Families are welcome to sign up family friends to come along for the fun. Bring sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and/or lawn chairs — whatever your child would like. Party takes up to 50 people.

When: Friday, June 12, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where:
The May Home, 1674 Foothill Park Circle, Lafayette
Movie:
The Tale of Despereaux, rated G
Cost:
$10 per person
Spots available
: 22
Hosts:
Michele Bautista & Charlen May

Bocce Ball Tournament

Let’s play bocce! Join us and learn to play the fun and social game of bocce ball. Enjoy appetizers and wine while you learn the game, meet new people or visit with old friends.  There will be a friendly tournament at the end of the afternoon to see who’s a true bocce ball aficionado. No experience is necessary … just a good sense of fun and adventure!

When: Sunday, May 17, 1-5 p.m.
Where:
Rogers-Smith Park, Pleasant Hill
Cost:
$25 per person
Spots available
: 26
Hosts: Suzanne & Greg Guzaitis, Shea & John Lansberry

San Francisco Double-Decker Bus Pub Crawl

Hit the local San Francisco pub scene with old and new friends from Sequoia. Enjoy touring SF in an open-top, double-decker English bus, which will transport you from pub to pub. Everyone will meet at the Embarcadero Station at 7 p.m., where the bus will pick you up … your drive and guide for the evening will decide which pubs you’ll visit. Cold beer and wine will be available on the bus … cheers! Party takes up to 70 people.

When: Saturday, June 6, 7-11 p.m.
Where:
San Francisco
Cost:
$35 per person
Spots available
: 27
Spots available: Donor: Christian Watts & City Sightseeing

Little Black Dress Cocktail Party

Okay, ladies, it’s time to dress up in your favorite little black dress and join your co-hosts for a fun evening of trendy cocktails, fun music, appetizers and great company! This will be a great way to kick off the new school year, don’t you think? Party takes up to 40 people.

When: Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m. until
Where:
Jen & Brian Mercer’s house, 907 Mohr Lane, Concord
Cost:
$30 per person
Spots available
: 24
Hosts:
Jen Mercer, Karen Booth, Julie Hood, Terri Edwards-Nixon, Ann Rekoske Orso, Susan Rubenfeld, Betsy Balmat, Sandy Engdahl, Michele Bautista

 

Last Chance for Auction Tickets March 23, 2009

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We are down to the final days before our Auction event! We still have a few tickets left, so if you are interested in coming this weekend, there’s still time.

To purchase tickets, log on to our school Web site at http://www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/sequoiaelementary/ and you will find a link to Google Checkout to purchase online. You can also drop a check into the red Auction folder in the front office.

RAFFLE TICKETS
You can continue selling raffle tickets through this Friday, March 27. We will collect all final raffle tickets and money (check or cash) from the red Auction folder in the front office at 2:45. Good luck!

— The Auction Team

 

Auction Preview Day this Friday!! March 18, 2009

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THIS FRIDAY IS OUR AUCTION PREVIEW DAY!

Friday, March 20, 2:45 to 6:00 p.m. in the MUR. We will showcase our class projects and open bidding on all these projects to the entire school.  Drop by after school or after work to see the wonderful projects that our kids, parents and teachers have created for this year’s Auction.  We have gorgeous original art, patio furniture and garden accessories, cute creations perfect for a child’s room, lots of hand-made goodies … and many more surprises.

Open bidding on class projects: If you see something you like, you can write down the maximum amount you’re willing to pay. If you are not outbid on Auction night, you win it!

We have three new things at this year’s Preview Day:

  • You can purchase raffle tickets for our ongoing 3 raffles: a one-week stay for two in a Mazatlan, Mexico beachfront bed & breakfast ($10 per ticket) ; a brand-new Wii gaming system ($5 per ticket); and an “instant wine cellar” of more than 50 bottles of fine wine ($20 per ticket)!  Drawings will be Auction night — but anyone can buy raffle tickets.
  • You can buy Auction tickets! We have less than 20 tickets left — don’t miss out on a great party … the biggest school fundraiser of the year! Tickets are $60 per person.
  • You can reserve your spot(s) at one of our seven sign-up parties. Prices range from $10 to $50 per person, depending on the party.

Bring your check or credit card on Friday … we’ll see you there!

 

Friday Spotlight: Sign-up Parties March 13, 2009

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Sign-up Party #2: BYINGTON WINERY TOUR ABOARD THE DREYER’S ROCKY ROAD BUS

Wine lovers will be in heaven for this all-day trip to Byington Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos aboard the Dreyer’s Rocky Road Bus. This sign-up party is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, costs $35 per person, and takes up to 32 people.

You’ll meet the bus in the parking lot of Sequoia in the morning, and travel the one-and-a-half hour trip into the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. Box lunches, chilled wine and cold drinks will be available on the bus, so you can sit back and relax as you approach Byington.

You’ll be treated to a tasting of five wines during this exclusive tour of their beautiful winery, which will include the vineyard, crush area, production area and stunning storage cave. The tour also includes their 18,ooo-foot, Italian-style villa, sloping vineyards and gorgeous vistas of redwood forests and the Monterey Bay. The Rocky Road bus will drive you home after a relaxing day of wine tasting with friends, so bring a friend or family member along for this special day!

Donated by: Byington Vineyard & Winery, and Black Tie Transportation

Please note that all of our sign-up parties are open to all Sequoia parents, their family and friends who would like to participate! Look for sign-ups at Preview Day and at the Auction.

 

Spotlight: Sign-up Parties March 12, 2009

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Our fantastic Sign-up Party Coordinator, Michele Bautista, has put together seven great parties open for sign-up at both Preview Day (3/20) and the Auction (3/28). Here’s how they work.

Each party has a theme, and a limited number of spots available at a set price. By signing up for that party, you are purchasing your spot (or your child’s spot) for that party.  Grab a friend, your spouse, or a group of friends, and decide which parties you’d like to go to this year. All parties are hosted by Sequoia families … we’re anxious to see which ones will be the big hits!

PARTY #1:  SAN FRANCISCO DOUBLE-DECKER BUS PUB CRAWL

Hit the local San Francisco pubs with old and new friends from Sequoia. Enjoy touring SF in an open-top double-decker English bus, which will transport you from pub to pub.  The event will be Saturday, June 6, from 7-11 p.m. Everyone will meet at the Embarcadero Station at 7:00, where the bus will pick you up … cheers!

Donated by: Christian Watts’ company City Sightseeing

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City Sightseeing double-decker bus

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PHE parents enjoy their Pub Crawl party in 2008

 

More great stuff to bid on … March 11, 2009

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Here are the latest classroom projects you can put on your wish list for Auction Preview Day (Friday, March 20, 2:45-6:00) and Auction night.  More to come here in the days to follow …

Grapevine platter (front)

Grapevine platter (front)

(back)

(back)

Class: Mrs. Clack
Project Coordinator: Kim Barentsen

This large oval tray is really gorgeous … against a cream background are painted grapevine clusters and leaves. The back features the names of all the kids in Mrs. Clack’s class this year.

Stepping stone (one of a set of three) from Mrs. Murphy's class

Stepping stone (one of a set of three) from Ms. Shedore's class

Class: Ms. Shedore
Project coordinator: Gregory Vasgerdsian

Create a sweet garden path with this set of three mosaic stepping stones created with the help of Ms. Shedore’s first grade class. This set is bright and cheery and features the names of all the kids.

 

More class projects March 9, 2009

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Golden Gate Bridge painting by Mrs. Feinberg's brother, Sam Frankel, and her 2nd grade class

Golden Gate Bridge painting by Mrs. Feinberg's brother, Sam Frankel, and her 2nd grade class

Class: Mrs. Feinberg
Coordinator: Mrs. Feinberg and Sam Frankel

Every year, Mrs. Feinberg’s brother, Sam Frankel, leads a group painting session with her first grade class, and the results are always a huge hit at the Auction. This year’s project features the Golden Gate Bridge and is beautiful enough to hang in your living room. The acrylic painting was designed and created under the direction of Sam,who says the students “followed the flow” to paint this one-of-a-kind piece. As you can see, the results are just fantastic!   Please note: this item will be part of the Live Auction.

Colorful Self-Portrait Quilt

Colorful Self-Portrait Quilt by Mrs. Kehr's 3rd grade class

Class: Mrs. Kehr
Coordinators:  Eva King & Janis Baldwin

This beautiful handmade quilt features a self portraits by each child in Mrs. Kehr’s class. The pinwheel design is highlighted by reds, browns, yellows and greens, and the entire quilt is bordered in a bright turquoise blue. This gorgeous labor of love was put together by Mrs. Kehr’s students, and Eva King and Janis Baldwin, and measures 52″ x 60″.

Thumbprint Cookie Jar

Thumbprint Cookie Jar

Class: Mrs. Smith
Coordinator: Mrs. Smith

This adorable ceramic lidded cookie jar is decorated with Mrs. Smith’s students’ first names made from their thumb prints around painted chocolate chip cookies. Every time the family gets a treat from this jar, they’ll remember good times with Mrs. Smith’s talented class!

Beautiful Lupine Original Art

Beautiful Lupine Original Art

Class: Mrs. Ricard
Coordinator: Kirstin Duey

Gorgeous colors of gold, deep red and blue come together to create a unique framed print of lupine flowers … look closely and you’ll see that Mrs. Ricard’s students used their thumbprints to create the details of each flower! This original art is framed in a stained wood frame with deep gold matte and comes with five sets of 5 notecards, each featuring the same lupine image on the front.

Check back in a couple of days for more photos of class projects!
— The Auction Team

 

Class Project Spotlight March 2, 2009

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Only 26 days until the Auction! Today we’re going live with photos and information about some of our newly completed class projects. I have to say, the class projects are absolutely phenomenal this year.  The parents and teachers who worked with the kids to create these original pieces were truly inspired! A big thanks to Betsy Balmat for keeping everyone organized and on track.

All class projects (with the exception of two that we moved to the Live Auction) will be available for bidding on PREVIEW DAY on Friday, March 20, in the MUR — 2:45-6:00 p.m.

Check back often this week. We’ll be posting more photos as the week progresses. Enjoy!

Handpainted Adirondack chair with cushion

Hand painted Adirondack chair with cushion

Class: Mrs. Tornheim
Project coordinator: Kim Brunelle
Kim hand painted and lacquered this beautiful fire-engine red Adirondack chair, with the green garden design hand painted by the kids in Room 5. The chair comes with the seat cushion shown in the photos, as well as (not shown) a grapevine and flower wreath, hand painted gourd bird feeder, and a bird watching book. Bring this home on Auction night to create your own backyard nook for relaxing!

Shadow boxes with student-made origami

Shadow boxes with student-made origami

Class: Mrs. Risken
Project coordinators: Gaby Avina & Rosa Delgman

Four sleek, black shadow boxes hold sets of hand made origami created by the students in Mrs. Risken’s class.  The smaller shadow box features origami animals that comprise the animal zodiac of the Chinese New Year. These items will be auctioned off separately.

Colorful wooden heart puzzle

Colorful wooden heart art

Class: Dr. Ogden
Project coordinators: Sue Carpenter & Betsy Balmat

This cool and funky heart art reflects the individual talents of the top-notch artists in Dr. Ogden’s first-grade class. Each student took one piece of the puzzle home to paint as they wanted. Put together, it’s a great original work of art — perfect for your child’s room or a colorful playroom — that will brighten your home.

Leaf art wood/glass tray and matching glass coaster set

Leaf art wood/glass tray and matching glass coaster set

Framed kaleidoscope leaf-art

Framed kaleidoscope leaf-art

Class: Ms. Klaas
Project coordinator: Susan Petersen

This is one of our favorite class projects this year. Rosa Yokoyama coordinated this stunningly beautiful photographic art project for Ms. Klaas’s class.

This item will be available for bidding in 5 units: tray & coaster (shown left), and four different multiple-frame sets of photographic leaf art (two are shown above).

Each one-of-a-kind photo in these sets looks like you’re gazing through a kaleidoscope and has beautiful shades of greens, white and yellows.

 

Donation of the Day: Trish Lowry Pottery February 24, 2009

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Super-talented Sequoia mom Trish Lowry has once again donated several beautiful pottery pieces from her collection of handmade and fired creations. This year, you’ll have the chance to bid on an unglazed, beach-fired vase and an adorable prosperity pot. Also up for bid is this beautiful glazed blue bowl (shown below) with an earthy, one-of-a-kind finish in shades of slate and cobalt blue and seafoam green. It is 11″ wide and 4.5″ tall, and would be a great gift for someone special … although if you’re the winning bidder it will be hard to part with!

Blue glazed bowl made by Trish LowryBlue glazed bowl made by Trish Lowry
The inside bottom is a deep cobalt blue ... beautiful!

The inside bottom is a deep cobalt blue ... beautiful!

 

Packet gals February 20, 2009

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A special THANKS to the following Auction Committee members and terrific volunteers who helped sort and stuff the raffle packets that went home in backpacks last week:  Suzanne Guzaitis, Terri Edwards-Nixon, Julie Golinski, Lisa Westphal and Julie Hood. Well done!

A finished volunteer is a happy volunteer

A finished volunteer is a happy volunteer

Hundreds of auction packets ready for delivery

Hundreds of auction packets ready for delivery

 

Donation of the Day: Mayor for a Day! February 17, 2009

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We have a fantastic donation that’s perfect for the little aspiring politician in your family: Mayor for a Day!  Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris has generously donated this to our Live Auction, and will join us that night to help auction off his donation.

Your lucky little boy or girl will start the day with a behind-the-scenes private tour of City Hall and a photograph with Mayor Harris and your entire family.  After reviewing the City Council agenda, the Mayor for a Day will help call the meeting to order, do roll call, and help run the first 30 minutes of the televised meeting. The winning bidder’s little mayor will also be treated to dinner (for up to 4 people) with Mayor Harris in Pleasant Hill, and will get to take home lots of cool City of PH swag (T-shirt, baseball hat), along with a certificate commemorating this special day and a DVD of the city council meeting.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind donation … it will be a day your child will always remember!

 

Sale on our registry items February 13, 2009

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If you’re still pondering the question, What on earth do I donate to the auction this year?!” you can easily select an item from our online registries at Macy’s and Crate & Barrel. We just checked both registries this morning, and many great items are now ON SALE at Macy’s so it’s even less expensive to buy and donate a cool item that we can auction off!  Here’s how to view what our wish list:

http://www.weddingchannel.com

At the prompt type in “Sequoia Elementary” for first name, and “School” for last name. Anyone can donate from our registries: extended family, grandparents, out-of-town supporters … let everyone know!

 

Raffle Packets Going Home this Week

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Check your oldest child’s backpack this week for the February auction newsletter and info on our all-new RAFFLES!  We have three great raffles this year, and all parents are encouraged to buy and sell raffle tickets before the auction. Your packet includes raffle tickets to sell. Here are our raffle prizes:

One week in Mazatlan, Mexico! Sand, beautiful sunsets and the historic town of Mazatlan await you at the Oceanfront Inn. ($10 per ticket)

Instant wine cellar! More than 50 bottles of wine will go home with the lucky winner on auction night. Wine has been donated by area businesses and by many generous Sequoia families. ($20 per ticket)

Wii gaming system! Take home a brand-new Wii, for fun and fitness with the whole family. ($5 per ticket)

The great thing about our raffles is that anyone can buy tickets and enter the drawings — neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc. — and you need not be present at the auction to win. Need more tickets? Call 609-9205.

So go forth this weekend … sell lots of raffle tickets and help support the school!

 

Donation of the day: Private tour of Pixar February 11, 2009

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One of our coolest donations last year was a private tour of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville with one of their senior animators. Carl and Wenlan Ng won this tour last year in the live auction, and Wenlan had this to say about the experience:

“It was a very exciting experience for us.  We were “the visitors from the outside.” Bob was a great tour guide. Kids got to see the Pixar complex and were amazed by the whole environment.  They got to see lots of displays of different movies Pixar put out, some are a work in progress, ideas and original storyboards/art work.  I think they were inspired about the prospect to work at somewhere that could be fun!”

We’re excited to announce that Pixar has once again donated a private tour for four this year, including lunch in their Luxo Cafe! You and your family will tour Pixar with Bob Whitehill, who is now Pixar’s stereographer (that’s industry lingo for “head of 3D animation”). Bob will show you original character and scene concepts for films like Wall-E and Cars, as well as the fabulous Pixar in-house movie theater and art gallery. It’s a wonderful tour for the whole family.

This donation will be up for bid as part of our Live Auction on Saturday, March 28 … don’t let it get away! Check out the Ngs’ photos from their tour:

 

All you single ladies February 2, 2009

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Hey, all you single ladies — we’re setting aside a couple of “singles” tables for those of you who are coming “spouse-free” to support Sequoia and have a fun night at the Auction with friends. Seating is open for the other tables; however, if you notify us that you want to be seated at a singles table, we will reserve your spot! Email booth_doorlay@yahoo.com.

… here’s a little inspiration …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGD0pzvDWxQ

 

Donate Wine Tomorrow!! January 29, 2009

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Our Wine Donation Station #2 is Friday, Jan. 30 … drive by the corner of Liahona Ct. & Boyd Rd. just a few steps from campus, and drop off a bottle (or more) of any variety of wine you have on-hand: red, white, rose, champagne, etc.
We’re building an “instant wine cellar” that will be raffled off on Auction night.

Times: 8-8:30 a.m. AND again from 2:30-3:00.

Thanks for your support!

 

See the show and meet Jimmy Kimmel! January 28, 2009

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Meet Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles!

Meet Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles!

At this year’s Auction, you’ll have a chance to bid on two tickets to see Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio, right in the heart of Hollywood … PLUS you’ll get to meet Jimmy after the show, and bring home some cool show swag!  Check back here soon for more details about this fantastic, one-of-a-kind live-auction item …

 

This week’s updates … from the Auction Team January 26, 2009

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IN TODAY’S BLOG: another Wine Donation Station scheduled for this Friday, Jan. 30 … how and when to donate … auction survey … how to buy your tickets … photos from last year’s auction

Wine Donation Station #2 — this Friday, Jan. 30

We’re trying it again, folks! A wet and dreary day made for a less-than-spectacular turnout for last Friday’s donation station, so we’re setting it up again this Friday. Same location: the corner of Liahona Ct. and Boyd Rd. just past the creek and adjacent to campus.

Here’s what we would like donated: wine (no boxed or jug wines, please … or two-buck Chuck, either) of any variety — chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, etc.  We’ll also gladly accept champagne, dessert wine, port and anything else you have on hand. We’re building an “instant wine cellar” that will be raffled off on Auction night.

We would also like your unused gift cards and any other donations you have — bring ’em by!

Many thanks to the parents who dropped their donations by last Friday: Ursula Hawe, Laurie Taul, Adam Warda, Karen Gottschalk, Dick Barkelew, Elisabeth Lucio, Heather Gowdy, Cathy Chang, and Jill Newquist.


Donations, donations, donations

Please donate now to avoid a begging phone call from our donations team! We’ve put out lots of info about what makes a good donation — check the Auction newsletter that went home in backpacks last week if you’re unsure. Or call us to chat about it — we’re always available. Also, some parents have asked if they can only donate on the days we hold a Donation Station … we are accepting donations anytime, anywhere.

Julie, our donations guru

Julie, our donations guru

Karen

Karen

In fact, here I am … if you see me around campus, I’m happy to take it. Oh, and here’s Julie Hood, too – she’ll take your donations as well.

Survey

Thanks to all you busy parents who took time to respond to our Auction survey. Results are helping us get the donations you are most interested in. If you haven’t taken it yet, you can still do so; copy and paste this into your browser:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=bGG9gGYfOC0HD9Mn9BZYSw_3d_3d

Buy your tickets today!

Get ’em now while we still have tickets available … the price is $60 per person, available by calling Susan Nelson at 229-9693. You can also write a check and remit to the red Auction folder in the school office — we’ll contact you later about your meal selection for the evening. Thanks!

Here’s what you have to look forward to …

Check out these photos from last year’s Auction. It was a really fun evening, and all proceeds went right back to Sequoia to buy classroom supplies, books, and help support SPA programs such as field trips, art appreciation, classroom grants and much more.

Check back soon for photos of new donations we’re getting in …  Enjoy!

Karen Booth

The main ballroom, all dressed up and waiting for Sequoia supporters to arrive

2008 Auction: The main ballroom, all dressed up and waiting for Sequoia supporters to arrive

A donation from Tiffany's

2008 Auction: A donation from Tiffany's

Painting from Mrs. Feinberg's Class

2008 Auction: Painting from Mrs. Feinberg's Class

Basket of fine wines

2008 Auction: Basket of fine wines

After the bidding and dinner wrapped up, there was plenty of dancing into the night …

Mrs. Matteoni on the dance floor

2008 Auction: Mrs. Matteoni on the dance floor

Sequoia moms Tracy, Janis and Gaby out for a night of fun

2009 Auction: Sequoia moms Tracy, Janis and Gaby out for a night of fun

Dancing the night away ...

2008 Auction: Dancing the night away ...