Summer News 2017
Just a reminder that the class configurations for this year will be a straight first grade, a straight second grade, a third/fourth grade, and a fifth/sixth grade. Your children will continue to have many opportunities to interact with all the grade levels just as they have done in the past, regardless of the class configurations.
Please welcome Emily Scavarda as Orchard School’s new science teacher. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Departmental Honors, a Minor in Chemistry from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. She has been developing and teaching hands-on, inquiry based science curriculum for five years at Camp SEA Lab as a Program Coordinator, Field Coordinator, and Naturalist. She has much experience teaching environmental education and has been a docent at Long Marine Lab, a naturalist at Pathfinder Ranch Outdoor School, interpretive intern at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and volunteer at the Surfrider Foundation and Shared Adventures . Emily says, "I have spent the last seven years teaching science to learners of all ages across a wide variety of settings and contexts, and I could not be more excited about bringing that passion and experience to the learning community at Orchard School as your new Science Teacher."
Kristin Allen Farmer will be joining our teaching staff this year as our new music teacher. She comes to us with a wealth of teaching experience. She has been teaching music for 17 years and was the head of the K-8 music program at Gateway School in Santa Cruz for 5 years. She is currently teaching music at Pacific School in Davenport. After taking time off from full-time work to raise her young children, Kristin is excited to start taking on more teaching projects. She holds a Single Subject K-12 Clear Teaching Credential (Music) from the University of California, San Diego; has a Master of Arts (Education) from Bethany University, Scotts Valley; a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and is a Certified Orff-Schulwerk, Levels I - III, Mills College, Oakland. Kristin also has a website that you can check out to learn more about her: www.kristinallen.com.
Please note: Orchard School is transitioning away from the Yahoo Group email to the Google Group email in order to be more efficient and diverse in our communication concerning events, activities, posts, and notices. This will be our primary means of schoolwide communication and we strongly encourage you to accept the invitation to the join when you receive it.
Kinder Meet and Greet is Tuesday, August 29, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Kinder Work Day is Saturday, September 2, from 10:00 to 2:00pm.
The Ice Cream Social is on September 5, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Hope to see you there!
The First Day of School is September 6, 9:00am.