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Friday Flyer 12/11/2020

The Friday Flyer is a weekly communication from Orinda Academy. Please read it to stay up-to-date with news and events.
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Friday Flyer

December 11, 2020

Reminders for Next Week and Beyond
Next week’s classes will be all virtual – there will be no on-campus attendance.
The class schedule will be the same as usual next week – there is no special schedule for final exams. Some classes will be providing final exam or project opportunities within the parameters of the regular class times.
The last day of first semester classes is next Thursday, December 17. Teachers will produce grades on Friday, December 18, and first-semester report cards will be processed and emailed to you by Monday, December 21 at the latest.
When we return to campus for second semester, the week of January 4-8 will be virtual only, and we will announce the logistics of ongoing plans for on-campus attendance at that time.
Winter Music Show – TONIGHT at 6:00!
Come see the OA Winter Show online viewing party TONIGHT at 6 p.m. We emailed a Zoom link to the show – please feel free to share the event link with anyone who would like to attend. The more the merrier! The show video will also be available for viewing on YouTube after the performance.

The band and vocals classes are proud to present the songs they have been tirelessly working on this semester, and a few brave souls have also submitted solo pieces for your listening enjoyment.

We have not one, but two dog cameos, excellent cinematography produced by dedicated parents and siblings, some seriously inventive at-home recording solutions, and we are very excited to share our hard work with you.

Any questions about the event please email molly@orindaacademy.org Here’s a look at the impressive setlist!

RenWeb – Student View of Posted Assignments
Parents who wish to see the student view of Renweb should ask their child for their login. Parents need to use the student login credentials to sign in at https://renweb1.renweb.com/renweb1/. The district code is ORIN-CA; parents, you will use your student’s username and password, and then be logged in to your student’s class schedule dashboard, where you see assignments, announcements, and documents for all classes.
Welcome, Jasmine Coleman!
As the semester winds down, and as we prepare to bid Dr. Sara farewell, we have created a temporary position on our staff, Student Success Coordinator, to work closely with students, faculty, and administrators in ensuring student success through the end of the school year. We have hired the talented and enthusiastic Jasmine Coleman, for this role. Jasmine is bright, energetic, and brings to the position lots of great ideas. Jasmine will begin work in January and will be on campus when students are onsite. We are looking forward to introducing you all to Jasmine in January.
Scenes from Campus
Clara and Hannah keeping their distance, Matthew in his fort of solitude, artistic Kate plus actual art class, general playfulness, and Aidan showing us all how to properly mask up. Plus: bonus footage of Aidan, caught smoking a candy cane in the bushes. Busted.
Click to watch – he confesses to the whole thing!
Save the Date – Parents of Transfer Students Meeting January 6
Parents of students who joined us this year in grades 10-12 please plan for at least one parent to attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 with Head of School Sue Porter, Assistant Head of School Mollie Mowat, Director of Academics Laura Turnbull, Learning Specialist Danielle Jaynes, and Counselor Chloe Jhangiani. The purpose of our meeting is to welcome you to the OA community, introduce you to the administrative team, and begin our partnership in supporting your student at OA. Look for a Zoom invite in your email at the beginning of that week.
The OA Show With Simon – Episode 10
On the show this week: a Macaw, and Abe Lincoln (aka Leo, the poet).
Orinda Academy Annual Fund
Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to the OA Annual Fund – we are already off to a great start. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation, so every contribution counts! You may donate securely online using PayPal through the OA website by clicking the link below. You may also donate by mailing a check to us:
Orinda Academy
Attn: Annual Fund
19 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563
Matching corporate gifts are most welcome also!
Make a Gift to the OA Annual Fund
TAX NOTES: Your gift is tax-deductible. The federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) allows all taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300, even if you do not itemize deductions. If you itemize, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified organizations to be deducted (up to 100% of your gross adjusted income) for the 2020 calendar year Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
College Corner
The Cal State application has extended the due date to December 15. https://www2.calstate.edu/apply Many other schools have a deadline of January 1.
Be aware of upcoming deadlines and plan ahead. If you need letters of recommendation, you should be communicating deadlines to your teachers. Please contact Cyndy with questions.
Drop-in with Danielle
Danielle Jaynes, our Learning Specialist, hosts 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.

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

December 11 – TONIGHT – Winter Music Show
December 17 – Last day of first semester
December 18 – January 3 – NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
January 4 – First day of 2nd semester
January 6 – Parents of Transfer Students Meeting 6:30 p.m.
January 13 – Juniors and parents –  college night with Cyndy 6:30 p.m.
January 18 – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 26 – PSAT for 10th/11th grades


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