Mid Year Evaluations

Written evaluations for all students from all teachers will be placed in parent cubbies by the end of the school day

Field Trip to the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum (Kindergarten)

Students will be participating in the museum's Ohlone program and then picnicking on the beach across the beach. Kathleen will be leading this trip. Check in with her for more specifics or to sign up to drive.

All field trips are subject to change.

Parent Meeting -- Guest Speaker

All school parent meeting in the Rug Room.

After Orchard business, sexual health educator, Heidi Winig, will present an interactive talk for parents and caregivers. Details below. Please note, for this evening event, there will be free childcare up in the gym.

“How to Talk With Your Child About Sexuality and Relationships.”

  • create an on-going dialogue with your child at any age and at any stage

  • establish yourself as your child’s main resource for these conversations

  • gain tools for initiating conversations and answering sensitive questions

  • identify your own values about sexuality and relationships

Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine's Day Celebration

Bring Valentine's cards for classmates (if you bring for one, bring for all) and for other grades if you wish (no need to bring for everyone in other grades). No candy please. Students will deliver cards throughout the day to each other's handmade boxes. We'll decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies after lunch with nuts, fruits, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Students who wish to share original poetry or read the poetry of others will have the chance to do so in a morning all-school get together. 

Homemade cookie donations (large enough to decorate) welcome!

Financial Aid Deadline for Returning Students

Please apply using the FAST service. Link is on website under Admissions. Questions? Contact Rosy Weiser (rosy@orchardschoolaptos.org)

Field Trip to Castro Adobe in Watsonville (3rd Grade)

Liana will be taking the third graders to the Castro Adobe in Watsonville to learn about the early Spanish settlers and their way of life in our area.

Students will need a sack lunch and to dress in layers.

Email Liana if you can drive with details on how many students you can accommodate. Look out for permission slips in your parent cubbies.

All field trips subject to change.

Pizza My Heart Fundraiser

Pizza My Heart (map)

Come dine at Pizza My Heart on 41st Avenue on this night between 4 and 9 pm, mention “Orchard School” to the cashier, and 30% of your purchase will be donated to our school.

Good for Dine In, Take Out or Delivery (doesn’t include online delivery orders)

Let’s have dinner together and make money for our school!

Field Trip to Santa Cruz Natural History Museum (2nd Grade)

Liana will be taking the second graders to the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum to learn about how the native people of Santa Cruz lived.

Students will need a sack lunch, a booster seat, and to dress in layers.

If you can drive on this trip, please email Liana directly. If you’ll be driving straight to the museum for drop off at 10:30, please let Liana know asap.

All field trips subject to change.

Field Trip to Aptos Fire Station (Kinder and First Grade)

Aptos Fire Station (map)

Rosy and Liana will take the kindergarteners and first graders to the Aptos Fire Station to meet with the fire fighters, learn about fire safety, get a tour of the station and climb aboard a fire truck. More details to follow, along with permission slips and a request for drivers.

All field trips are subject to change.

Re-registration Deadline (Returning Students)

This is the deadline by which to pay your early bird re-registration fee if your student will be returning to school next year. This fee holds your child's spot.

All paperwork and the non-refundable re-enrollment fee of $400 must be received by this date. Between March 18th and April 15th, the non-refundable re-enrollment fee will increase to $500. After April 15th, the fee will be $650 and enrollment will open up to new applicants.

CircOrchard Public Performances

CircOrchard Public Performances

Ladies and Gentleman! Orchard School is presenting its 7th Annual Children’s Circus, CircOrchard, involving the whole student body, kindergarten through sixth grade. This is truly a show to be enjoyed by all ages, featuring clown antics, juggling, acrobatics, unicycling and stilt walking, hijinks, roust-a-bout, and circus spoofs.

Specifics regarding the public show performance locations and times are still to be determined. 

Tickets will be $12 for adults, $6 for those under 12 and over 65, and free for those under 2. 

Stay tuned for ticket purchasing instructions.

Field Trip to Point Reyes (4th/5th/6th Grade)

Erica and parent chaperones will take the 4/5/6 students on their science trip (3 days, 2 nights). Students will be camping in tents at Olema Campground and exploring Point Reyes National Seashore. They will visit the Earthquake Trail, Miwok Village, Limantour Beach, and many scenic trails. Some of the concepts they will be introduced to include star studies, regional geology, ecosystem dynamics, local geology and group building.

More details to follow.

All field trips subject to change.

Spring Break

Field Trip to Elkhorn Slough (3rd Grade)

Erica will be taking third grade students on this field study trip with Camp Sea Lab and Kayak Connection. They will be kayaking in Elkhorn Slough in the morning, and then eating a picnic lunch on the beach.  In the afternoon, the students will be participating in a mammal observation of otter behavior around Moss Landing Harbor.

Students will need to arrive early, and plan to depart Orchard at 8:30. Theywill be leaving Moss Landing at 2:00, which will hopefully get them back to Orchard before the end of the day.

Please see Erica for more details. Look out for permission slips and request for drivers in your parent cubbies.

All field trips subject to change.

May Faire

Come join us for a day full of spring time fun. We'll have a giant inflatable water slide, wreath and craft making booths, face paints, popsicles, delicious lunch options prepared by parents and staff in our lunch hut, tours of the campus on the half hour from 11 to 1, a maypole dance, local vendors, and more! This free event is open to the public. 

Bike to School

Bike to School

Bike (or unicycle) from our meeting point off Cathedral Drive to school. Parents welcome. Kindergarteners have the option of biking from the parking lot over the bridge instead of making the longer trek. Don't forget your helmet. Free breakfast will be served to all bikers. Bike activities will take place on the field throughout the day.

Final Performance/6th Grade Graduation

Final Performance/6th Grade Graduation

This is an all school event with an all school performance followed by a graduation ceremony. Please plan to stay for the entire event as all grades are part of the ceremony. There will be a zero-waster potluck at the end of the evening.

Kindergarten Graduation

Kindergarten Graduation

Meet on the kinder deck at 12:30! Kindergarten family and friends only. Ceremony followed by potluck.

Family Beach Day

Family Beach Day

Let's spend the day at the beach (Platform Beach) together just as we did when school started in September. Details to follow.