Friday Flyer | October 25, 2019

Special Programming: Wednesday, October 30









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/NMSQT test at OA, 9 a.m. to approximately noon
12th grade – College essay/planning day 9 a.m. – noon

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. Test information booklets were distributed in advisory on Tuesday. Individual scores on the PSAT tests are NOT reported to colleges and are preparatory and practice for students who may take the ACT or SAT for college admissions. For 11th graders nationwide, the PSAT is used to determine National Merit Scholarships for the very top tier of scores. We do not expect or encourage students to spend time preparing for this test; rather, we encourage curious students to take a look at the question types and/or try out the practice test in their information booklet, but only if time allows. If you would like more information about the content of the PSAT, click HERE

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.

Lunch will not be served on Wednesday, and we are dismissing early as noted above (depending on grade level and activity, from noon – 1 p.m.)


Spirit Week + Halloween

Next week is Spirit Week with a class competition for participation in each Spirit Day:

 – Dress for the job that you want
Tuesday – Class Colors: 9th=pink, 10th=teal, 11th=purple, 12th=orange, Faculty=black (like our souls…)
Wednesday – Blue Jay Day
Thursday – It’s Halloween! Wear your costume! (and there will be treats)
Friday – Pajama Day

It’s spooky season


Student Activism: GEN-Up

From senior Francesca:

GEN-Up is a student organization fighting for education funding for public schools and community colleges in California. We want to ensure students are getting a complete education and teachers are compensated fairly. Given the Oakland school board’s recent decision to close multiple elementary schools and the recent arrests at the school board meeting, taking back control of the education in our cities and state is crucial. Our teachers and students need your help and support. Come march with us at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9 in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Mateo. We have partnered with March for Our Lives, Women’s March, Oakland Teachers Union, and many more. You can also share the march details on social media, with friends, family, contacts, email lists, or any other method of spreading the word is greatly appreciated! You can find additional information at

We’ve already marched for science, for gun violence, for gender equality, and for climate: Let’s finally march for education and show the community that education matters! 

We also have a few unique volunteer opportunities coming up that we would appreciate help with. On Saturday, November 2 (one week before the march) we will be painting all of the signs and banners to be used on the day of the march. This will take place at Lake Merritt Amphitheater from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can find additional information and sign up to help here. Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to help collect petition signatures for the Schools and Communities First (ballot initiative) Campaign. You can find further information about the campaign here. Although one has to be 18+ to actually collect signatures, students are invited to bring along an adult ally in order to work together. We can train you on how to collect signatures an hour before the march start-time on the day of the march.

For more information or questions you may email me at

We invite all students to join our effort by applying to our organization through this link:


Mountain Biking, Anyone?

Rich Manalang, father of Luke (9th grade), is the Head Coach of Oakland Devo, a non-competitive mountain biking club for middle and high school students. Beyond it being really fun, research suggests that biking is a great activity for kids with ADHD, so check it out!


OA 2020 Vision – Join Us!

Contribute to our vision for OA by donating online (link below) or mailing a check to:

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

Make a Gift to OA 2020 Vision


Food of Western Europe

The CIA (Cultural Inclusion Association) shared foods from Western Europe – Italian Pizzelle, Irish soda bread, scones, pretzels, and crepes (with Nutella!). It was all delicious and a fun way to learn about students’ cultural associations. The students’ next activity will focus on Native American cultures. Stay tuned!


Bryson and Simon – S2 E8

Bryson and Simon are here with announcements and special guest Katherine who clarifies the unclear. Peter’s still fired.


College Corner

Wonders never cease. Every year there are new changes to college admissions processes that blow me away. However, ACT’s new policy that allows students to retake just one section of the exam at a time will benefit high school students as they ready themselves for college applications. Although the changes come too late to help the Class of 2020, underclassmen should be smiling. The changes will be implemented in September 2020. Read more HERE.

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.

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Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

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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