Kindergarten Meet and Greet/Work Day

Come meet the rest of the kinder crew, kids and families, and your teachers. We'll socialize, eat a pot luck lunch and get to work beautifying the indoor and outdoor kindergarten space. Bring tools, painting equipment, gardening supplies, anything you think might come in handy. There will be jobs big and small, something for everyone.

Orchard Ice Cream Social

Orchard Ice Cream Social

The Ice Ceam Social is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  This is a time to meet and greet new and returning families,  locate your parent boxes, have children choose their cubbies, prepay for lunch and/or aftercare, sign up for carpooling, and double check information and paperwork. If you have not already done so, please be sure to bring the filled out forms from your back to school packet and any payments due.

Drive For Schools Begins (Ends 10/20)

Drive For Schools Begins (Ends 10/20)

Buy & sell tickets to win!

Tickets can be sold for $5.00 per ticket or $25 per packet of 6. Families each receive 12 packets to sell for starters.

You don’t have to live in Santa Cruz or be present to win. Schools all over our community are participating in this event, so the sooner you can get out and sell your tickets, the better.

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For questions or comments please contact parent, Lindsey Kent at Kent_lindsey@yahoo.com or (831) 234-7701

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Family Beach Party and Clean-up Day

Family Beach Party and Clean-up Day

We'll start the morning by participating in the International Coastal Conservancy Clean Up, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. We actually get a head-start for the county as the clean up is officially the following day. We'll divide into teams and comb Platform Beach in Rio Del Mar gathering and sorting all kinds of trash. (Students will analyze the data from their haul in science class throughout the first weeks of school.)

The rest of the day will be spent frolicking on the beach. Orchard parents (and siblings) are welcome and encouraged to come along, but are not required to do so.  More details to follow.

Parent Meeting

Come to the first parent meeting of the year. Find out about fundraisers, parent participation, and much more. Aftercare provided free of charge.

Orchard's Sunset Sail

Orchard's Sunset Sail

Come on board September 27, 2019, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a sunset cruise on the O’Neill Sea Odyssey catamaran!

Harvest Party

Harvest Party

Come to a feast prepared by your children using food they gathered from the garden. There will be sweets and savories galore. Arrive on time and don’t forget your waste free place settings.

Back-to-School Night Grades 1-6

Visit your children’s classrooms to hear from teachers about plans for the year, teaching styles, curriculum, field trips etc.

Back-to-School Afternoon (Kindergarten Only)

Visit the kinder hut and learn more about how the year will go, about our teaching philosophy, classroom needs, and curriculum plans for the year. Please be on time. We will perform some songs for you at the beginning of the event. After this, childcare through the after school program will be provided free of charge

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Classes will perform skits. There may be a puppet show and the older kids will take anyone willing through the "haunted willows". We'll have a zero-waste finger food potluck to finish out the festive night.

Parent Meeting

All school parent meeting. Aftercare provided free of charge.

Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

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!

Mid Year Evaluations

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

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)

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

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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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.

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.