Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

EarthCapades Assembly

We’ll have an all-school interactive performance assembly in the gym by EarthCapades called the “H20 Show”, sponsored by the Soquel Creek Water District. The performers blend comedy and circus skills (such as juggling, singing, storytelling and magic) to teach lessons about the Earth and environmental sustainability. Students won’t want to miss this!

Open House

Open House

Come to our first open house of the year. Teachers will be giving presentations about curriculum and teaching philosophy. Current parents and students will be on hand to help answer questions. A complete tour of the campus will be part of the evening. Please be on time and plan to stay for the whole event. The evening will end in the kindergarten so those who are only interested in the upper grades can plan to leave at 5. RSVPs required. Please contact with questions or to let us know you will be there!

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

All school parent meeting in the Rug Room. Aftercare provided free of charge.

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 (

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!

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

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.