|Attendance Reporting – Parents and Guardians|
If your student will be absent from school for any reason, either for the whole day or for part of the day, a parent or guardian must email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know of the absence sothat we may record it and report to teachers. Students may NOT report their own absences to teachers or administrators. Thank you!
OA Talent Show – TONIGHT at 6 p.m.!
Check your email for a Zoom link to join the Talent Show watch party tonight at 6. The show is fun, and so is watching with your friends and fam!
Conferences – Next Week – October 8 and 9
Next week on Thursday and Friday we will be holding Parent-Teacher-Student conferences. There are NO classes being held on those two days. If you did not receive an email with links to calendar signups for your student’s teachers, please contact Laura Turnbull. For any technical issues with accessing teacher calendars, please contact Janet Harrison.
The OA Show with Simon – Episode 3
Art, a visit to the Zoo, and more!Student Affinity Groups
In addition to our Cultural Inclusion Association to which all students are invited, we are also forming student identity affinity groups for students to have safe spaces to explore and build their identities outside the larger community. The groups will meet monthly on Mondays at lunch (12:15) on the following schedule, beginning Monday, October 5:
1st Monday – Students of Color Union – for students who self-identify as biracial, indigenous, and/or as a person of color racially, culturally, and/or ethnically
1st Monday – Vegas – for students who do not self-identify as biracial, indigenous, and/or as a person of color racially, culturally, and/or ethnically and are interested in learning more about: Recognizing and understanding racial and cultural identity Allyship – the state or condition of being an ally: supportive association with another person or groupTools for finding common ground
3rd Monday – Neurodiversity – for students who self-identify as people with learning and thinking differences
4th Monday – Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) – for students who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and as cisgender heterosexual allies.Caught
Doodle art is definitely a thing in virtual school. Thanks to Teah, Abi, Matt, Kaolin, a mystery staff member, Nick D., and Thomas for sending us their work this week, and congrats to Abi (photo contributor drawing for September) and Teah (guessed the most correct feet from last week) who will be enjoying delicious bags of candy soon.Drop-in with Danielle
Danielle Jaynes, our Learning Specialist, will be hosting a weekly drop-in period every Wednesday during 7th period. Students should email Danielle for a Zoom invitation if you would like to stop by during her drop-in. College Corner
Financial Aid for College – Click below for a guide to filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Also see this article for a good overview of the importance of using the FAFSA for financial aid.
Students are encouraged to sign up for the NACAC virtual college fairs coming up:
Monday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 from Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Guide to the FAFSAUpcoming Events: Mark Your CalendarsOctober 2 – TONIGHT! Talent Show Watch Party at 6 p.m on Zoom
October 4 – Virtual Open House for prospective students and families
October 5 – Students of Color Union and Vegas – 12:15
October 8-9 – Parent-Teacher Conferences for all Families
October 12 – NO SCHOOL – Indigenous People’s Day
October 19 – Student Neurodiversity group 12:15
October 26 – QSA 12:15
October 30 – Halloween Costume Day and Virtual Party
November 3 – Election Day
November 11 – NO SCHOOL – Veterans’ Day
November 23-27 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving WeekOrinda Academy Contact Information(925) 254-7553
Sue Porter: Head of School
Mollie Mowat: Assistant Head of School
Sara Hall-Kennedy: Dean of Students
Susan Neylan: Business Manager
Danielle Jaynes: Learning Specialist
Janet Harrison: Admissions Director
Cyndy Gifford-Palermo: College Counselor
Laura Turnbull: Director of Academics
Chloe Jhangiani: Coyote Coast Counselor