Friday Flyer, September 18, 2020

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OA Online BookstoreAttendance Reporting
If your student will be absent from school for any reason, either for the whole day or for part of the day, please email as soon as you know of the absence so that we may record it and report to teachers. Thank you!Back-to-School Night
Yesterday afternoon we sent a message with links to our Back-to-School Night teacher video messages and class syllabi. There are reports that a few of these messages landed in spam folders, so if you did not see a message from OA, please check your spam folder. If you did not receive a message or experienced any difficulty viewing videos or syllabi, contact Laura Turnbull and we can re-send links if needed. We will make the video messages available for you to access for a week so that you may watch them at your convenience. OA Family Directory
The Orinda Academy Family Directory is now live and available on the ParentsWeb portal of RenWeb. Please log in to ParentsWeb to change or update your family’s information or sharing preferences.Sync RenWeb Calendar to Google
Here are some step-by-step instructions to sync your RenWeb calendar to your Google calendar. This can help you keep everything in one place – even on your phone!Oh, It’s ON. Faculty vs. Students Trivia Night
It all goes down on Friday, September 25 at 6 p.m. – mark your calendars and study up on the topic of U.S. politics for our faculty vs. students trivia competition. Sara will send a link to join on Thursday. The OA Show with Simon
In case you missed it, here’s episode 1. Click to watch!OA Talent Show
Orinda Academy Talent Shows are not to be missed, and everyone is invited to participate – parents, siblings, students, faculty, staff – basically anyone who is a part of the OA community. Submit recordings to Molly Smart by September 23 one of two ways: share a YouTube link with her, or send it in a google doc ( She will compile all of the submissions and use her magic to create a show for us. The Talent Show viewing party will be on October 2 via ZoomNew Tech Tools at OA – and Photo Class Results
Orinda Academy received a grant of computer equipment from a Bay Area tech company to support creativity in the arts and design. Huge thanks to parent Cari Borja (Royal, ’21) for nominating us for the grant. The equipment comes with maximum specifications for processing speeds and memory that will allow our students to fully explore the capabilities within Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Procreate for art and graphic design, yearbook production, and multiple music production applications. Here are some projects from Simon, Solomon, and Finn for Photo 1 class using both restoration and colorization techniques.Big Data Boot Camp
Big Data at Berkeley is a student-run organization at UC Berkeley that provides an introductory data science boot camp to high schoolers every semester. They are hosting a free, fully remote 8-week boot camp every Saturday starting on October 3. If any OA students are interested or need help with the application, email Megan. Information about the program can be found on the Big Data website. For your convenience, we’re including here links to the application and syllabus of the program.Writing and Visual Art Contests
Students – if you have any questions or want more information about the writing and art contests that were announced in the All-School Meeting, email Laura who will be happy to help you with the process.OAPG – First Meeting of the Year – Join Us
Join us for the first Orinda Academy Parent Group meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Sue Porter, OA Head of School. Contact Rebecca Castelli (Leo, ’22) or Jill Gorman (Kyle, ’23) for the Zoom link. Hope to see you there!What’s for Lunch?
Thanks to Kaolin, Laura, Jeff, Izzie, and Aidan for shots of their distance-learning lunch fare. All kinds of healthy deliciousness and outdoor dining happening! Kat also reported having consumed some kind of magically delicious pumpkin muffin, but it was already digesting at press time and there was no photo available. Next time…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. Sara’s Chill Lounge and Social Hour(s)
Come by Sara’s virtual office on Thursdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to hang out with friends and solve the world’s problems. Sara sent the Zoom link in an email, but contact Sara if you can’t find it.

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