SPCA Presentation (Kindergarten)

An SPCA educator will bring a dog to class and teach the children how to safely interact with dogs they meet to enhance our stewardship curriculum.

SPCA Presentation (Kindergarten)

An SPCA educator will come to kindergarten class to give a presentation called “Wild Animal Neighbors” to enhance our stewardship curriculum.

Field Trip to SPCA (Fourth/Fifth Grade)

Erica will be taking the fourth/fifth grade class to the SPCA for a service learning field trip. The students will present the animals with toys that they will make and help the SPCA staff take care of the animals. Students will be back to school in time for lunch.

All field trips are subject to change.

Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

Field Trip to Aptos Library (Kindergarten)

Rosy will take the kinders by city bus (weather permitting) from the base of Trout Gulch to the Aptos Library (2 stops away). The librarian will read some stories, give a tour and hand out library cards to students who don't yet have one. Permission slips, library card applications and more details to follow.

All field trips subject to change.

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 info@orchardschoolaptos.org with questions or to let us know you will be there!

Santa Cruz Natural History Museum Presentation (Fourth/Fifth)

Museum staff will present the students with a 60-minute interactive presentation during their science class at school, highlighting the importance of watersheds in our community. The students will participate in an activity and will be engaged throughout the presentation.

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 Neary Lagoon (Fourth/Fifth Grade)

Erica will be taking students on a watershed walk around Neary Lagoon, leaving Orchard at 8:30, and returning after lunch around 1:00.  Students will need to wear warm layers, bring a lunch and a water bottle. The museum’s description of the program is as follows:

Through scientific assessments, this field trip helps students build an understanding about their role in maintaining the integrity of their watershed. Combining field observations with water quality testing and data analysis, the Watershed Walk gives students the opportunity to not only develop skills but to experience and enjoy a unique habitat, inspiring stewardship of a local natural setting.



Field Trip to Seymour Center (Kinder and First/Second Grade)

Rosy and Erica will take the kinders and First/Second Graders to the Seymour Center for their Survival Structures Discovery Lab and Tour and will have lunch at the site afterwards. Please email either or both of them to sign up to drive. More details to follow.

All field trips are subject to change.

Parent Meeting

All school parent meeting in the Rug Room. Time subject to change.

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 Music Performance at Henry J Mello Center (all school)

This all-school field trip to the Mello Center in Watsonville is to see the performance “Magic Carpet: A World Music Showcase” sponsored by Tandy Beal and Company. Students, teachers and parent chaperones will get to “experience the beauty of our world through music” with a show that melds cultural identities and traditions with costumes, instruments and rhythms from all over the world.

We will be eating lunch and snack back at school upon our return so no need to pack anything besides a water bottle. Stay tuned for more information via email including parking instructions.

Earth Day Every Day Science Fair

Please join us from 2:15 - 3:15 as students (grades 1-6) present displays of all the Earth and community-minded projects that they have developed, invented, and participated in. Exact location TBD but either the gym or the tile room. Stay tuned.

Note: Please arrive on time. Displays will be cleaned up at 3:15 so the classroom is ready for the next day.

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 13th and April 3rd, the non-refundable re-enrollment fee will increase to $500. After April 3rd, the fee will be $650 and enrollment will open up to new applicants.

CircOrchard Public Performance

CircOrchard Public Performance


Ladies and Gentleman! Orchard School is presenting its 9th 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. Location TBD

Tickets not yet available and price still undetermined. Prices listed below are last year’s. Please ignore purchase button below until it is activated closer to the performance.

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

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Final Reregistration Deadline

This is the final deadline for guaranteed re-enrollment for returning students. All paperwork and the non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 must be turned in by 5:30 pm on this day. On April 4th, we will still re-enroll students but the fee increases to $650 and it will be space permitting as we will open up remaining spaces to new applicants.

Spring Break

Field Trip to Elkhorn Slough (3rd Grade)

The second and third grade class will be taking a field studies trip to Moss Landing Harbor. The Camp Sea Lab naturalists have an exciting day planned for the students. Our class will spend the morning kayaking in Elkhorn Slough with the support of Kayak Connection.  We will then eat a packed lunch on the beach, and participate in an Otter Behavior Observation in the afternoon. Parent chaperones will be needed for this trip. Please arrive at Orchard by 8:30 with a packed lunch, water bottle, and extra clothes. A packing list will be sent home with more details. Students will return to Orchard by the end of the school 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.

Field Trip to Santa Cruz Natural History Museum (Kindergarten)

Rosy is leading this trip to the museum for the "Animal Neighbors" program where children will learn about habitats, local species, and animal adaptations. The presentation will be an hour long and afterwards kids can climb on the whale statue, then we may cross the road to Seabright Beach and play there for a while, weather permitting. Please email Rosy if you can drive.

All field trips are subject to change.

SPCA Presentation (Fourth/Fifth Grade)

SPCA educators will come to the tile room to give the 4th/5th grade a presentation called “Tactful Tide Pooling”

May Faire

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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Field Trip to Pigeon Point (4th/5th Grade)

Erica will be taking the 4th and 5th grade class to Pigeon Point Lighthouse and hostel.  There they will meet up with naturalists from Exploring New Horizons who will lead them on a tide pooling expedition and an exploration of Año Nuevo State Park.  Students will spend one night in the lighthouse hostel and return in the afternoon on May 5th. More details and a parent presentation to come.

All field trips subject to change

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. It’s ok to bring bikes for day time activities even if child doesn’t bike to school.

Field Trip to Hedgerow of Soquel Farm (Kinder)

Field Trip to Hedgerow of Soquel Farm (Kinder)

The Kindergarten class will be traveling to the family farm run by our very own Orchard family, the Collins (Jennifer, John, Jack, Jane and Jemma). Here we’ll get to interact with a menagerie of animals including goats, a cow, pigs, llamas and rabbits. We’ll visit crop fields, perhaps pick some edible flowers, and then enjoy a picnic and some playtime.

We’ll leave school at 10:15am and return by about 1:15 pm. Students will need to dress in layers, bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

Permission slips and a request for drivers to follow.

All field trips are subject to change.

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Final Performance/6th Grade Graduation

Final Performance/6th Grade Graduation

Please note the new afternoon time this year and that this is on a Thursday instead of a Friday. 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-waste potluck at the end of the performance.

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.

Last Day of School (Minimum Day)

Don’t forget to clean out student cubbies, parent cubbies and pick up your student’s final evaluations.

All School Sleepover

All School Sleepover

You may set up tents directly after school at 12:30 if you wish or come back at 7pm to set up.