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Friday, March 31, 2017


There will be no Friday Flyer on April 7 or 14. Have a good break!

Quick Links:
Friends of the Orinda Library Writing Contest
EdRev 2017
Vote for us for Parents Press Best of...
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Orinda Academy Fund
Double the Donation for matching gifts
Amazon Smile

Meditation Garden: Sit and enjoy the view!
Thanks to planning and execution by Juvenal Bermudez and parent Deb Andrich, we have a new meditation space around the corner from the gazebo overlooking the lower basketball court. Come by and sit for a spell and enjoy the lovely view!

Rose, enjoying the peaceful Meditation Garden

Student of the Week - Caroline Yao
Junior Caroline earned the honor this week for outstanding work in all of her classes and for her consistent work ethic and effort. Congratulations, Caroline!

Seniors in the News
Julia Pankonin-Dahl was accepted to Pace University
Alejandro Ochoa was accepted to 
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz

Teacher Feature - Angela O'Brien
What is your least favorite thing about humans?
I'm not sure, but my FAVORITE things about humans include their creativeness, intelligence, and capacity to love.
On a scale of 1-10, rate your board game competitiveness.
I'll just say that Chris Booth won't play Boggle with me anymore.
What would be the name of your debut album?
TriBATHlon Winner
If you could teleport anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
I would go to Montgomery Woods near Ukiah- my favorite place.
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
I'm more of a "room service at the Hyatt while watching TV" type.
What gardening implement do you most relate to?
All I know is that I LOVED using a scythe when I cut weeds from the corn fields in Iowa.

This Week at OA
Chemistry students are preparing a voltaic cell to convert chemical energy into electrical energy. Their goal is to light up a battery this way. 

Alejandro, Naiya, and Adam working on a voltaic cell

Reminder: 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. 

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!

Upcoming NACAC and WACAC College Fairs

Students should register prior to attending the college fairs to receive a bar code that will enable colleges to collect student data for follow-up and allow students to visit the fairs efficiently.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Free and open to the public, National College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions.

Use this link to register for the NACAC College Fair at the Cow Palace.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Daly City: Cow Palace Arena and Event Center
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
North Hall and Arena Floor
2600 Geneva Ave
Daly City, CA 94014

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)
WACAC’s annual College Fairs provides students with the opportunity to meet representatives from colleges and universities from all over the country and beyond.
Use this link to register for the following WACAC College Fairs:

Wednesday, May 3
Marin: Dominican University of California
6 to 8 p.m.
1475 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Site Chair: Maria Upmeyer, Office of Admissions Dominican University of California

Saturday, May 6 (This is the same day as the May SAT exam)
East Bay: Saint Mary’s College of California
1 to 4 p.m.
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94556

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!

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


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.

4/29 - NACAC College Fair

5/3 and 5/6 - WACAC College Fairs
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