Friday Flyers

Friday Flyer 10/9/2020

Orinda Academy

Friday Flyer

October 9, 2020

Reminder: No school on Monday, October 12 in observance of Indigenous People’s Day
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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 attendance@orindaacademy.org as soon as you know of the absence so that we may record it and report to teachers. Students may NOT report their own absences to teachers or administrators. Thank you!
Parent Survey – Community Building
Dear OA Students and Families,

I am writing with an update about the school’s plans for a transition back to campus. As I said a few weeks ago, this will be a gradual and phased process. Each phase will allow us to assess the community’s preparedness for being on campus safely, and we will not progress to the next phase until we have met all of our expectations at the previous phase.

Please note that the following plans are subject to Contra Costa County remaining in the Red Tier (or lower), and that we will return to an all-remote program immediately in the event that the county falls back into the Purple Tier. In addition, we will postpone all outside activities in the event of inclement weather or AQI above 150.

Today I want to share with you our plans for Phase 1, Grade-Level Community Building Meetings.

On Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, we plan to have grade-level groups meet on campus, outside, for about 2 hours each. There will be no regularly scheduled classes on these days.

9th grade: Thursday, October 22, 10 a.m. – noon

10th grade: Thursday, October 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

11th grade: Friday, October 23, 10 a.m. – noon

12th grade: Friday, October 23, time TBD

During the activities, students will be oriented to our new safety procedures, including a self-assessment to be completed at home (details to follow), and check-in protocols.

We also hope to have fun!

Parents, please complete the survey (linked below) to let us know whether your child will attend. We will be in touch soon with more details about the events.

Parent Survey – Community Building
Conferences – Thanks Everyone!
Thanks to everyone for scheduling and attending conferences for the past two days. We’re all looking forward to a productive second half of first semester – and a long weekend!
OA Talent Show – If You Missed It…
If you weren’t able to attend the talent show watch party last week, click below to watch the video. Thanks to all our talented performers for sharing your creativity with us, and thanks again to Molly for putting it all together.
CIA – Next Meeting
For our second CIA meeting, we’d like to discuss systemic racism and how it connects to SAT/ACT and standardized testing in general. This meeting is a safe space for both those who do and don’t believe in systemic racism to contribute their thoughts and join our discussion. Where does systemic racism start? Does it still exist? All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join us. This is a safe space for everyone to contribute and we invite all to attend and participate at your comfort level.
The OA Show with Simon – Episode 4
Music, squirrels, and “Where’s Rais?” – Enjoy!
Congrats and Best Wishes to Therese!
We are excited to share that senior Therese has been named a semi-finalist in the Posse Scholarship Program. The Posse Foundation “identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities.” We are proud of Therese’s status as a semi-finalist in this highly competitive program, and wish her the best for the next phase of the selection process!
Exercising – Civil Duty and Self-Care
This week we found Kat, Abi, and Crystal doing their duty for self and country. Kat watched the VP debate and then joined her parents in a discussion of ballots as they voted, Crystal took advantage of a clear day to get some exercise in for her PE class, and Abi walked her cat, who may win some kind of award for most appearances in the Friday Flyer.
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
Early action and early decision deadlines are coming in just a few short weeks. Be sure to be in regular communication with Cyndy about what campuses you will apply to and when so she can send your transcripts, and be sure your teacher and counseling letters of recommendation are submitted on time.

Other important deadlines:
The University of California system deadline is November 30.
The California State University system deadline is December 4.

Also, if you are seeking financial aid the first step in that process is filling out the FAFSA. Click the link below for a guide.

Considering whether or not to write a response to the COVID question on the common app? Do what feels right to you. Consult this article for advice.

Guide to the FAFSA

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

October 12 – NO SCHOOL – Indigenous People’s Day
October 19 – Student Neurodiversity group 12:15
October 22 – 9th and 10th grade community building on campus
October 23 – 11th and 12th grade community building on campus
October 26 – QSA 12:15
October 30 – Halloween Costume Day
November 3 – Election Day
November 11 – NO SCHOOL – Veterans’ Day
November 23-27 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Week

Orinda Academy Contact Information

(925) 254-7553
Attendance
attendance@orindaacademy.org
Sue Porter: Head of School
sue@orindaacademy.org
Mollie Mowat: Assistant Head of School
mollie@orindaacademy.org
Sara Hall-Kennedy: Dean of Students
sara@orindaacademy.org
Susan Neylan: Business Manager
susan@orindaacademy.org
Danielle Jaynes: Learning Specialist
danielle@orindaacademy.org
Janet Harrison: Admissions Director
janet@orindaacademy.org
Cyndy Gifford-Palermo: College Counselor
cyndy@orindaacademy.org
Laura Turnbull: Director of Academics
laura@orindaacademy.org
Chloe Jhangiani: Coyote Coast Counselor
cjhangiani@coyotecoast.com

read more…

June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

CONGRATULATIONS to our graduates of the OA Class of 2020! We are so proud of all of you and all that you have achieved. Watch your inbox for a link to the video of today’s ceremony and tributes – coming this afternoon. Read more…

May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020

End Of Year Meetings
Meetup with Sue: All are invited to a community meeting hosted by Sue on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. to wrap up the school year. A reminder and Zoom link will be sent out next week. Read more…

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Summer Enrichment – Coming Soon!
What’s on the Blue Jays summer calendar? Watch your email inboxes next week for information about summer enrichment opportunities for students hosted by our very own OA faculty, plus summer driver’s education with Moira. Music, science, math, movies, and much more are on the menu. Details next week! Read more…

 

May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Scheduling for 2020-2021
It’s that time again! The schedule request process via Google Forms has begun for the classes of 2021 and 2022 who met with Laura yesterday evening, and after their meeting on Monday, the class of 2023 will receive their Google Forms. Read more…

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

We Met Our Goal – Thanks to YOU!
Thank you to all of you for your generous donations to our annual fund campaign and to our spring Feather the Nest virtual fundraiser this past Saturday – we have met and surpassed our annual goal and have raised $103,378.40. We are so grateful for all of your generous support! Read more…

April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Dear Families,

I will continue to offer one parent meeting per week and will alternate between a mid-day and evening schedule. So, next week we will meet on Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m. The following week we will meet on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. I will send reminders and Zoom info in advance of each meeting. Read more….

April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

Dear OA Families,

Instead of Spring Break, I am going to call it Spring Broke.

I will be available throughout Spring Broke if you need to be in touch. The rest of the team – teachers, support staff, and admin – will be taking a well-deserved break. I have asked them to unplug, so they will not be answering emails. Read more…

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

Dear OA Families,

Congrats – we’ve made it through another week of Virtual School! Thank you for all of your support, kind words, encouragement, and Freudian analysis of what we’ve been doing (courtesy of Paul Epstein). It has been a wild ride, and the bronco is still bucking. Read more…

March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

Virtual School in a Parents’ World

This afternoon we had our first OA parent Zoom gathering. There were 25 of us in the conversation. It was wonderful to see everyone’s face and to hear about how you’re all doing.  We discussed how things are going thus far. Here are some highlights from the conversation: Read more…

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Virtual School, Day 2…
Quotes from students to Sue:
“hi i read email.”
and
“Did you know that students could actually unmute themselves when muted by a teacher? And they thought we didn’t have any power.”
What a great note on which to end a challenging week! Read more…

March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Update from Sue
We are continuing to monitor the news about the coronavirus and following guidance from the CDC and Contra Costa Health Services. This situation changes daily, so we cannot make predictions about whether school will remain open or if we will be required to close. Read more…

February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Update
Public Health officials now believe the coronavirus will have a widespread effect on the United States, so we are creating plans in the event that schools are required to close. Read more…

February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020

Celebrate OA! – Feather the Nest on March 21
Please join us for a community gathering on Saturday evening, March 21 beginning at 6:30 to celebrate and close the gap on our $100,000 Annual Fund goal. Read more…

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020

Rolling into 2020 Like…
We’re back and in full swing with a lot going on already! Educational Adventures groups are solidifying, we have new students (YAY!), seniors are being seniors – and getting accepted to college, and there was at least one new puzzle in the Community Room to start the year. Here we go! Read more…

October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Monday and Tuesday is our annual all-school retreat at the Point Bonita YMCA. Please be sure students are at OA by 9:45 at the LATEST on Monday so that we can board our bus and vans for an on-time arrival. Read more…

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Our bright and creative students thrive in our nurturing, small class environment. Through a combination of academic support, executive functioning skill development, and social/emotional balance, every student reaches their full potential.

Orinda Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, or family composition in the administration of its policies, procedures, or admissions process.