Orinda Academy - Welcome to 4th Quarter!

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Friday, May 12, 2017


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Ron's Reflections: A Message from the Head of School
The Orinda Academy community is fortunate to have teachers who are dedicated to our mission and vision and invested in the academic and emotional growth of all of our students. The faculty work as a collaborative team to assure each student's success, spending a great deal of time in meetings discussing individual students and how we can best meet their needs. Our teachers wear many hats because they also facilitate clubs, teach enrichment electives, provide excellent week long Educational Adventures programs, and are grade-level advisors. Several teachers teach PE classes, drive shuttles, supervise the lounge and study hall, and shepherd students through the often turbulent emotional struggles of their teenage years. I am grateful for the dedication and care for our students that they demonstrate every day. Thank you, teachers!
I would also like to thank the parents for their support and appreciation of the entire staff, and especially Laura Cottril for providing the delicious snacks for the teachers this week.

End of Year Conferences
End-of-the-year conferences for parents and students will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, and from 9 a.m. to NOON on Wednesday, June 14. Please call the office or email Barbara ( to schedule a convenient time with your student's advisor. We will discuss progress and achievement for this year, placement for next year, college preparation, goals, and answer any questions you may have. We don't schedule conferences for seniors unless you specifically request one. Just ask!

Student of the Week: Nick Haslund-Fitzgerald

Nick's teachers acknowledge him as student of the week for his academic achievement along with his maturity and self-advocacy, all skills that he has worked to develop during his time here at OA. Congratulations, Nick!

Last Parent Group Meeting of the Year
All parents are welcome to join us for the final parents meeting of the year! We are meeting next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the study hall room. Come to celebrate our school, plan for graduation ceremonies next month, and find out changes that are in store for next year!
Your co- presidents, Bill and Kathie

Happening at OA
Friday, May 5 our 
arts department featured visual and performing arts talent for two performances and vistual art display at the Orinda Library. The show was, as usual, fantastically entertaining! Thanks to art teacher Andy, drama teacher Kathy, dance teacher Samantha, and music teacher Molly for wrangling a great group of kids into a marvelous showcase of student talent. Extra special thanks to Molly: in addition to directing the music groups, she coordinated and produced the entire event and directed both performances. Thank you, Molly!

Soap! Chemistry classes made soap, experimenting with various components to create custom blends, while learning about acids and bases and proportions of ingredients and their effects on a final product. 

Steven LOVES his soap!

Annu creating the perfect blend...

Master soapmaker Ben C.

8th graders just finished reading chef Marcus Samuellson's memoir Make it Messy and had fun cooking food from both parts of Samuelsson's heritage: Ethiopia and Sweden. They made raggmunk (potato pancakes), Swedish meatballs, doro wot (spicy chicken), and messer wot (spicy lentils). The kitchen STILL smells good! Oh, and if anyone is looking for lingonberry jam--IKEA will hook you up!

Lucy, the meatball shaper

Eli and Simon sharing the stove

Simon and Aidan digging in

Eli's thumb of approval

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. Students will walk to the ceremony after final exams in the morning and return to school after the ceremony for a yearbook signing party and lunch. The day will end around 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to this event. Please join us for this rewarding end to a successful and enriching school year!

Summer Activity Recommendation from Parent Bill Greif
Recommended by Bill, the True Colors Seminar is a week-long program that is now offering scholarship opportunities. See the website for more information, or contact Bill to discuss his experience with the organization. Thanks, Bill!

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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


5/17 - 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 11:30 a.m.; day ends at 1 p.m.
6/9 - 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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