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Friday, May 5, 2017


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Ron's Reflections: A Message from the Head of School
On Saturday, April 22, Orinda Academy participated in The EdRev Fair, an educational fair at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This fair is for and about students with learning differences and is presented by the Parents Education Network, a nonprofit group serving LD families and educators with resources, support, workshops, and professional development. The EdRev Fair includes for schools, educational therapists, LD resources, and vendors selling assistive technology, fun activities, art show, and other educational resources and support. There are also many workshops, programs and speakers designed to support LD students. Orinda Academy had a table there to promote our school. OA teachers also attended the fair to hear speakers, attend professional development workshops, and explore the resources available. If you couldn't make it this year, we encourage you to join us next spring!

Jeff, Norm, and Molly at the OA EdRev booth

Spring Arts Festival: TONIGHT!
Please join us for our annual Spring Arts Festival TONIGHT at 7 p.m., at the Orinda Library Theater (26 Orinda Way). Our dance, drama, music and art students have been working hard on their performances, and are excited to share all of their hard work with you! 
Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for students at the door. We have some excellent performers this year, including musicians, actors, dancers, and the faculty band.
Students from Andy's art class will also be showing their art in the lobby. Hope to see you there!

Seniors in the News
Jin He will attend the College of San Mateo.
Joseph Whipple will attend Las Positas College.
Peter Zhang will attend Diablo Valley College.
Nicolaus Haslund-Fitzgerald will attend Diablo Valley College and San Francisco City College.
Becky Barr was accepted to San Francisco State University, San Jose State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jordan Leon was accepted to USC and Syracuse University.
Sean Stover was accepted to Sonoma State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Boise State University, University of Arizona, Gonzaga University and Whitman College.

Our Celebrity Sighting: Katherine Saxby!
Look who went to Los Angeles to be an alternate on Jeopardy! We think she was the smartest person in the room, but then we're a little biased.

Student of the Week: Steven DeGalan

Junior Steven DeGalan is honored as Student of the Week for his consistent focus and effort in all of his classes!

Happening at OA
The leadership class sponsored a games mixer during all-school meeting on Thursday to encourage local and international students to mix in fun games from both cultures. Everyone had fun in the sun!

Last Friday a group of students, parents, and staff went to Urban Remedy in Richmond to tour their production facility. The group learned about the business and the marketing process of their products and got to sample some juices.

Photo credit: parent Deb Andrich who also helped organize the field trip!

Basketball Team and Cheer Squad Party: May 11 -  4 p.m.

The basketball team and cheer squad are invited to an end-of-the-year party to honor your effort and achievement for the 2016-17 season. The party will be on Thursday, May 11 at Yan's Chinese Restaurant, 1 Orinda Way, at the bottom of the hill. Come celebrate your season!

8th Grade Graduation and All-School Awards Ceremony: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
On Thursday, June 8 at 11:30, we will hold our 8th grade graduation and all school awards ceremony in the Masonic Hall, 9 Altarinda Rd., just down the street from us. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon and the day will end around 1:00. Students will walk to the ceremony after finals in the morning. The 8th grade graduates will be honored and all students, grades 8-11, will receive an award for what they did best during the year. Everyone is invited to this event. Please join us for this rewarding end to a successful and enriching school year!

End of the Year Dates to Remember:
Thursday 5/11 - Basketball and cheer squad party 4 p.m.
Wednesday  5/17 - Final OAPG meeting 7 p.m.
Friday 5/19 - Senior graduation fee due
Saturday 5/20 - Junior/Senior Prom 7-10 p.m. @Hotel Shattuck Plaza - $75  
Tickets and permission slips available in the office
Friday 5/26 -  Senior volunteer hours due
Monday 5/29 - No school-Memorial Day
Mon-Thurs. 6/5-8 - Final exams
Thursday 6/8 - Final exams 9-11 a..m - All-school awards ceremony/8th grade graduation/luncheon 11:30 -1 p.m. - parents/families invited (LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)
Friday 6/9 - Senior graduation 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday 6/13 - Family conferences 1-7 p.m.
Wednesday 6/14 - Family conferences 9 a.m.-noon

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.

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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


5/11 - Basketball/cheer squad party 4 p.m.
5/17 - Last OAPG meeting - 7 p.m.
5/19 - Senior graduation fee due
5/20 - PROM: Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 7-10 p.m.
5/26 - SENIORS: Volunteer hours due
5/29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day holiday

6/5-8 - Finals Week
6/8 - Finals 9-11 a.m., 8th grade graduation, awards ceremony; day ends at 1:00 p.m.
6/9 - Friday--Senior Graduation 3-5 p.m.
6/13 - Family conferences 1-7 p.m.
6/14 - family conferences 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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