Friday Flyer | October 18, 2019


RenWeb and ParentsWeb

RenWeb and ParentsWebI want to thank those parents who have brought their concerns about RenWeb to our attention. We are working to address specific issues and welcome additional feedback about the system. We are in the process of troubleshooting and plan to circle back soon with an update. If you have immediate questions, or are having trouble navigating the site, please contact Janet Harrison. Click below to find a tutorial for setting up your Parents Web account.

Instructions: Setting Up ParentsWeb

Also, if any of your address or other demographic information has changed since your student enrolled, you can make changes on ParentsWeb and they will automatically update in our database.

In ParentsWeb, navigate to Family > online filing cabinet > Student Demographic Form.


Mid-semester Progress Reports

Progress reports for mid-semester have been emailed to families. Please note that the grade reported on the progress report is a grade in progress only; it is not a recorded transcript grade. The mid-semester progress report is a snapshot of your student’s progress to date. Please direct questions about a specific class to the teacher. Reminder that our email formula for all faculty and staff is teacher first name @


OA Open House

OA Open House for prospective families is this Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m. Please spread the word to prospective students and families you know!


OA 2020 Vision – Join Us!

Check your mailboxes (the snail mail kind) for your annual fund letter, which is in the mail.

You can donate online (click below) or mail a check:

Orinda Academy
Attn: OA 2020 Vision
19 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563

Make a Gift to OA 2020 Vision


Special Programming on October 30

On Wednesday, October 30 we do not have regular classes; instead, we will have special programming for all students as follows:

9th grade
 – Habitat restoration field trip with Vicky, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10th and 11th grades – PSAT test at OA, 9 a.m. to approximately noon
12th grade – College essay/planning day

9th graders will receive more detailed information about their field trip (along with a permission slip) from Vicky. 9th graders will participate in habitat restoration and will receive two hours of community service credit as part of this field trip. The group will eat lunch together and return to OA at approximately 1 p.m.

10th and 11th graders should plan to be at school by 8:50 so that we can start the testing on time at 9 a.m. We will distribute test information booklets in advisory on Tuesday. These tests are NOT reported to colleges and are preparatory and practice for students who may take the ACT or SAT in preparation for college. For 11th graders nationwide, the PSAT is used to determine National Merit Scholarships for the very top tier of scores.

12th graders (all students) should report to the Art and Music rooms at 9 a.m. and plan to stay until noon. Students who need more time may stay later than noon. Please note that attendance will be taken. Cyndy, Katherine, and Peter will be supervising college application processes and essay writing, and for those students who are not applying to four-year colleges, there will be a supervised study group for working on missing work, upcoming projects in senior classes, or test preparation. Cyndy, Peter, and Katherine will be available to both groups of students for help with their college and academic tasks.


Food of Western Europe

The CIA (Cultural Inclusion Association) will be holding a food fair next Friday (10/25) to celebrate the food culture of Western Europe! We will have various selections of food and we welcome the whole school. There will also be music playing to immerse us even further into the Western European culture.

– The Students of the CIA




Teal Pumpkin Project

From Sophomore Melody R:

Halloween is coming soon! Halloween is a fun time for many young children as well as teenagers. But for some children with food allergies, Halloween can be a little stressful. Being a person with food allergies myself there were many years that I had to give all of my Halloween candy up because I was allergic to all of it. The Teal Pumpkin Project is changing the Halloween experience for children all over the world. To participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project, you put a teal-colored pumpkin on your doorstep during the Halloween season. This color shows the kids with allergies that the house that they are passing has something for them – something not food-related, like small toys from the dollar store. This makes it so children have someplace to trick or treat and no child is left out. If you would like to know more about this project please visit the website for more information or feel free to come ask me! Have a wonderful weekend!


Bryson and Simon – S2 E7

After a week hiatus, Bryson and Simon are back with yet another retreat video. And they’ve fired Peter again. 


November Lunch Menus

November Classic Catering lunch menu and Friday pizza menus are here! Please return menu choices and payment to Macy by Thursday, October 24.

November Friday Pizza Menu

November Lunch Menu


College Corner

Hello dear seniors,

Katherine, Peter, and I are planning to spend the morning with you on Wednesday, October 30 (there will be treats!) to work with you on college application tasks and work in progress for senior classes. We are looking forward to this dedicated work time with all of you in the class of 2020! Please be on time to the Art and Music rooms at 9 a.m. on that day, and plan to stay until noon. Students who need more time may stay later than noon. 

Please note that attendance will be taken.


Get Social – OA Facebook and Instagram

Check us out and follow us on our Facebook page and our reborn Instagram feed (@orindaacademy). We’ll post photos of what’s happening at OA each week, plus reminders of events and breaking news. Check us out, and spread the word.


Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

October 20 – Open House for Prospective Families
October 25 – Open Mic Night
October 30 – 9th grade Environmental Science Field Trip
October 30 – PSAT for 10th and 11th graders
October 30 – 12th grade College Application + Study Day
November 11 – Veterans Day – No school
November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Break – No school
December 6 – Winter Concert
December 7 – Open House for Prospective Families
December 11-13, 16 – Final Exams
December 17 – Teacher Work Day
December 18 and 19 – Conferences
December 20 – January 5 – Winter Break

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