Alumni Gathering

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County (map)

Wine and refreshments will be served at this kick off for the alumni association.  Invitations will be mailed.

To register: Please contact info@orchardschoolaptos.org and indicate names of those who will be attending.

CircOrchard Public Performance

CircOrchard Public Performance

Harbor High Little Theatre (map)

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. New location this year: Harbor High Little Theater!

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

Click here to purchase.

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.

Parent Work Day

Come earn parent hours by helping us beautify our campus in preparation for our May Faire/Open House.

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.

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. 

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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.