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Friday, March 17, 2017


Quick Links:
Friends of the Orinda Library Writing Contest
EdRev 2017
Roadtrip Nation's Being You
Vote for us for Parents Press Best of...
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Orinda Academy Fund
Double the Donation for matching gifts
Amazon Smile

Friends of the Orinda Library Writing Contest
All Orinda Academy Students who love to write are encouraged to enter the Friends of the Orinda Library Poul Anderson Writing Contest for a chance to show off their skills and win $250.00!  Categories include poetry, short story, science fiction, and essay/memoir.  Students should pick up an entry form from Katherine for details about how to enter.  For more information, visit the website. Entries are due before noon on April 21, 2017 to Katherine. 

Viewing Party for "Being You" 
Thanks to all who came out on Wednesday night to watch Being You and share some snacks! It was a small but enthusiastic group with some great ideas about empowering our kids and sharing our stories. If you still want to see the documentary, you can check it out online, for free: Roadtrip Nation's Being You.

Student Council Collective FUNdraisers
On Wednesday, March 29 parents can purchase a drive-up coffee in the parking lot from 8:30-9:30. All proceeds will support student activities including the prom on May 20. The last March Madness donut sale will be next Friday at lunch.

Student of the Week - Naiya Rougeau
Junior Naiya has earned this honor for her work ethic and performance in all of her classes, including badminton! Congratulations, Naiya!

Summer Activities: Send Us Your Suggestions!
Summer plans are underway for many of our families, and we would like to give you the opportunity to share great summer activities for high school kids. Please send your suggestions and recommendations to Laura Turnbull and she will publish them here!

Teacher Feature - Chris Booth

If you could be a grazing animal on any historical battlefield, what battle would you choose?  
The Battle of Stirling Bridge, 1297. It would be quite peaceful, with lovely scenery....whilst the Scots annihilated the English.

Favorite Takeout Food?
Depends on how much I've exercised that day....if considerable, then Pepperoni and Anchovy pizza....if I've been sedentary,  sushi.

Water: sparkling or still?
Sparkling water...I was asked that at every restaurant in London!

What's your walkup song? 
"Hand of Fate," Rolling Stones, 1976.

If you could get rid of one state in the U.S., which state would it be, and why?
I would get rid of Florida. Then, my parents and sister might move back to California.   

Have you ever stolen a pen from work?
I've never consciously stolen a pen from work, just several thousand dollars....there's not a lot of people reading this..... right?

What kitchen utensil do you most relate to?
As a history teacher, the knife. Knives were used as utensils for eating before forks came into play. Also, it's
good defense for anyone trying to take my sushi. 

Happening at OA
Students in English 3 are studying the classic American novel The Great Gatsby. To illustrate Fitzgerald's beautiful, poetic prose, students created Found Poems from lines of the novel. Here is a poem compiled by Ian Williams:

Unquiet Night 

I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.
As if each speech is an arrangement of notes
that will never be played again 
Where an evening was hurried from phase to phase 
Towards its close 
The wind had blown off 
Leaving a loud bright night.
The silhouette of a moving cat
wavered across the moonlight.
When I looked once more
he had vanished And I was alone again
In the unquiet darkness.

Spread the Word - Open House on April 19
Parents--do you know a family looking for a new school for their child for next year? Please spread the word--Orinda Academy is hosting an Open House for new and interested families on April 19 from 7-9p.m.  We appreciate the power of our valued parent network!

Yearbook Request: Fun Family Photos
Yearbook class would like to include photos of your families or students doing things they enjoy outside of school--skiing, cooking, traveling, goofing around--whatever you do that you have fun pictures of, please send to yearbook teacher Andy ( for our yearbook.

Vote for us on Parents Press!
Please vote for Orinda Academy for the Parents Press "Best of..." issue! We'd love to be recognized as Best Alternative Learning Style High School and with your support--WE CAN! Here's the link to vote.

Support OA with Amazon Smile!
Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit Orinda Academy? Use this link to sign in and choose North Bay Secondary School (OA's legal name) as your charity, and OA gets 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases. Last holiday season we doubled our usual Amazon donation...sign in and help us triple it this year!

OA Contact Information
Ron Graydon: Head of School; ext. 1002
Lisa Graydon: tuition payment, book ordering, office needs; ext. 1001
Barbara Owens: attendance, office; ext.1000
Janet Harrison: Admissions Director; ext. 1005
Norm Coleman: college counseling; ext. 1003
Mollie Mowat: learning support, discipline; ext. 1007
Laura Turnbull: development/fundraising, Orinda Academy Fund; ext. 1008
Roger Wise: scheduling, transcripts, academic and tech needs; ext. 1004
Chloe Jhangiani: Coyote Coast counselor; ext. 1011


3/29 - Drive-up coffee fundraiser 8:30-9:30
3/30 - End of third quarter
3/31 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL


4/3-7 - Educational Adventures Week
4/10-14 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
4/19 - Open house - New and interested families 7-9 p.m.
4/22 - EdRev at ATT Park
4/26 - Parent Group meeting 7 p.m.


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