Orinda Academy - Congratulations Class of 2017!

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Friday, June 9, 2017


This is the last Friday Flyer of the school year. Watch your inbox for information about summer learning and back-to-school communications.


Quick Links:
Orinda Academy Fund: Donate Here

2017-2018 Calendar
Textbook Buyback

Ron's Reflections: A Message from the Head of School
My beautiful wife Lisa Graydon will be retiring from Orinda Academy at the end of this month. Lisa has dutifully served the school for 32 years beginning in 1985. She worked full time for about 21 years and part time for the last 11. Lisa has been registrar, bookkeeper, office manager, nurse, purchasing agent, banker, textbook coordinator, HR manager, and more. She has also been my personal assistant for all this time, I have benefitted tremendously from her diligence, hard work and dedication. She has contributed to most facets of the school and even worked for the school at home during her days off. Lisa developed many of the office and business systems at school. She originally helped computerize the school's office and database systems back when the first Apple Macintosh computers came out. Lisa was self taught in many of the computer and business systems. Orinda Academy is clearly indebted to Lisa for her valuable work in helping to create and manage the school's business and office needs. She is a key figure in the success and management of the school during her tenure. I am personally indebted to Lisa for her support and contributions assisting me in my leading the school. Lisa's job will be carried on by Barbara Owens and Roger Wise. If you would like to honor Lisa's legacy and contributions to the school please make a donation to the Orinda Academy Fund in her honor.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to our 2017 Graduates!
We are so proud of each of you, and we will miss you!

Becky Barr
Eric Byberg
Jonathan DeWitt
Drew Evans
Kelly Handler
Nicolaus Haslund Fitzgerald
Jin He
Jordan Leon
Alejandro Ochoa
Julia Pankonin-Dahl
Josh Ratto
Sean Stover
Livie Tompkins
Aidan Walker
Joseph Whipple
Annu Yamaguchi
Peter Zhang
Ansen Zhu

The Orinda Academy Fund: We Made It--Let's Break It!
BREAKING NEWS: We achieved our Orinda Academy Fund goal of $50,000. We are thrilled with this achievement and  e could not be more grateful to our community for your tremendous support.
How about this--our fiscal year goes until June 30. Let's break that $50.000 goal! If you have not yet contributed and want to help us reach even higher, please do! Donate securely online here.

A huge thank you to the following who made pledges and contributions since last week's newsletter:
Henry Gardner
Bill Greif
Trudy Hsu
Mark Matteucci
Steve Podell
Orit Vogel
Debbie Scott and John Williams

Textbook Buyback Opportunity
If you would like to sell your student's used textbooks, visit TECHcampus through July 5. 

College Essay Workshop Opportunity
Melissa Masland and Christy Higgins will be offering a three-hour essay workshop this summer at Orinda Academy. The workshop will cover the Common App essay, what colleges are looking for in an essay, common pitfalls, and how to find your voice.
Dates: June 11 from 11 - 2 p.m.
June 13 from 11 - 2 p.m.
June 15 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $75 for Orinda Academy students, $150 general public.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

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


6/11, 13, 15 - College essay workshops
6/13 - Family conferences 1-7 p.m.
6/14 - Family conferences 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
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