Orchard Park Academy

Weekly update 9/22/2023

Important Dates

Saturday September 23rd, 2023: Westy Homecoming parade 10am

Monday September 25th, 2023: Pajama Day

Tuesday September 26th, 2023: Twin Day

Wednesday September 27th, 2023: Barbie Day (wear pink)

Thursday September 28th, 2023: Jersey day

Friday September 29th, 2023: Puma Pride Day

Monday October 2, 2023: Field day

Wednesday October 4th, 2023: Early release day, K-8 1:51pm, Pre-k 1:10pm

Tuesday October 10th, 2023: All School Museum field trip

Wednesday October 11th, 2023: Picture day

Thursday October 12th, 2023: PTO meeting 3:05pm

Thursday October 12th, 2023: Fall Band Concert 5:30pm

Monday October 16th, 2023: Fall Break no school

Tuesday October 17th, 2023: Fall Break no school

Tuesday October 17th, 2023: Texas Roadhouse night

Wednesday October 18th, 2023: Early release day, K-8 1:51pm, Pre-k 1:10pm

Wednesday October 18th, 2023: Skate City night 6-8pm

Thursday October 19th, 2023: Family literacy night 4-6pm

Monday October 23rd- Friday October 27th, 2023: Fall Book Fair

Tuesday October 24th, 2023: District Showcase at Westy HS 4-7pm

Wednesday October 25th, 2023: Parent Teacher Conferences 3-7pm

Thursday October 26th, 2023: Parent Teacher Conferences 3-7pm

Monday October 30th, 2023: Trick or Treat Street

Homecoming Parade

Come cheer on our Orchard Park Academy float in the Homecoming parade this Saturday September 23rd at 10am!

The 2023 Westminster Public Schools Homecoming Parade has a new “family-friendly” route that will bring people into the Westminster Arts district along 73rd Avenue.

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, take advantage of the local coffee and donut shops and join WPS families for the parade which begins at 10 a.m. The stretch of 73rd Avenue between Bradburn Blvd and Meade St includes plenty of park space and a sculpture garden.

As in years past, all WPS schools have been invited to participate and this year’s Hollywood-inspired theme of “Dancing with the Stars” should make for some fantastic floats and costumes.

Homecoming Spirit week

Next week we are having Spirit week in celebration of WPS Homecoming week!

We always love seeing everyone in all their fun spirit day gear!

  • Monday: Pajama Day, wear your favorite school appropriate PJ's, no slippers or stuffed animals please.
  • Tuesday: Twin Day, dress the same as someone else
  • Wednesday: Come on Barbie, Let’s go Barbie: Wear pink
  • Thursday: Jersey Day: Wear your favorite jersey
  • Friday: Puma Pride Day: Show your Puma Pride by wearing your Puma gear or school colors (Red, Black & Gold)


We are so excited to announce that library is starting up next week.

Each student will come to library once per week with their class.

If your student has an unreturned or lost books from last year they must return the book or pay the lost book fee before they can checkout any new books this year.

Please contact Mrs. Amarosa at CAmarosa@wps.org with any questions.

Field Day

Join us for Field Day on Monday October 2, 2023!

  • Pre-k-2nd will be in the morning on the field by the kindergarten playground from 8:15-10 am.
  • Levels 3-5 will be on the large field by the horseshoe pit/large playground from 12:45-230pm.

Students should wear comfortable clothes they do not mind getting dirty.

Parents and families are welcome to attend.

If the weather cancels the event, it will be postponed to the following day.

Lexia & SuccessMaker Challenge

Congratulations to our 1st Lexia and SucessMaker winners!!

Lexia Winners

K-2: Jesse and Izabelle with 60 units gained.

3-5: Johana with 137 units gained.

6-8: Jesus and Yareli with 40 units gained.

SuccessMaker Winners

K-2: Alex with152 problems correct.

3-5: Adrian with 98 problems correct.

6-8: Ronaldo with 96 problems correct.

OPA & Harris Park night at the Nuggets!

Join us on December 18th to watch our Champion Denver Nuggets take on the Dallas Maveriks!

Enjoy special savings for Orchard Park's Night out at a Denver

Nuggets game!

The first 40 students to purchase will get to

participate in our Red, White & Blue Crew experience on the

court during the National Anthem!

**Once you buy your tickets please email Mr. White

at zwhite@wps.org to secure your spot on the court!



Family Resource Corner


Friday September 22nd and Saturday September 23rd

Clinic Doors open at 6:00am. First come, first served. No appointments needed.

Event Center - Island Grove Regional Park

501 N 14th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631


Every Thursday 2-5pm

For children 4-18

No insurance required

Kids First Health Care

8030 Irving St. Westminster, CO 80030

SNAP Application Assistance

2nd and 4th Thursday every month 1:30-3:30pm

Irving St. Library

7392 Irving St. Westminster, CO 80030

Study Room 08

WPS nights at the Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche!

The WPS Foundation has set up some special nights at the Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche games!!

A small profit from each ticket sold will come directly back to the WPS Foundation.

Please see below for the information on each night.

Ticket Links(to purchase tickets click on the team name)


Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins September 29th, 2023 (includes fireworks show)

Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins September 30th & October 1st, 2023


Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City December 16th, 2023

Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets January 1st, 2024


Colorado Avalanches vs. Montreal Canadiens March 26th, 2024
Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets on April 13th, 2024

WPS District Accountability Advisory Council (DAAC)

Dear Friends and Family of Orchard Park Academy:

If you want to learn more about WPS, meet a variety of district officials, share information with your school community, and get to know engaged parents from schools across the District, we hope you consider applying for the 2023-2024 WPS District Accountability Advisory Council (DAAC).

WPS DAAC will allow you and other community members to expand your knowledge of our District’s mission, operations, and strategic priorities and provide your insights. You will leave the program with a solid understanding of the business and governance side of the educational system, providing you with the leadership skills to be a more engaged community member. This will be an invaluable learning opportunity.

We are accepting applications now until September 25th. Depending on the applicant pool size, all applicants may not be taken into this year’s program. Every effort will be made to ensure that all parents and guardians can become engaged in their school and/or District.

Click the link below to apply:

Join the WPS DAAC! Apply HERE

If you have questions, please get in touch with Ryan McCoy via email at rmccoy@wps.org.


Mr. White

Estimados amigos y familiares de Orchard Park Academy:

Si desea obtener más información sobre WPS, conocer a una variedad de funcionarios del distrito, compartir información con su comunidad escolar y conocer a padres comprometidos de las escuelas de todo el distrito, esperamos que considere postularse para el Consejo Asesor de Responsabilidad del Distrito de WPS 2023-2024 ( DAAC).

WPS DAAC le permitirá a usted y a otros miembros de la comunidad ampliar su conocimiento de la misión, las operaciones y las prioridades estratégicas de nuestro Distrito. Saldrá del programa con una sólida comprensión del aspecto comercial y de gobierno del sistema educativo, lo que le brindará las habilidades de liderazgo para ser un miembro más comprometido de la comunidad. Esta será una oportunidad de aprendizaje invaluable.

Estamos aceptando solicitudes ahora hasta el 25 de septiembre. Dependiendo del tamaño del grupo de solicitantes, es posible que no todos los solicitantes sean aceptados en el programa de este año. Se hará todo lo posible para garantizar que todos los padres tengan la oportunidad de participar en su escuela o distrito.

Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para aplicar:

¡Únete al DAAC de WPS! Aplicar aquí

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Ryan McCoy por correo electrónico rmccoy@wps.org.


Sr. White

Chromebook Protection plan

Time is running out to purchase the Chromebook Protection plan!!

All Chromebook Protection plans must be paid for my October 1, 2023!!

The Chromebook Protection Plan is an optional insurance plan you can purchase for $50 per student per year. This covers the Chromebook & Charger incase of accidental damage. It does not cover loss or intentional damage.

If you purchase the Protection plan the 1st incidence is covered 100%, the 2nd incidence is covered at 50% and the 3rd and subsequent incidences are not covered.

The cost of a damaged or lost Chromebook with no protection plan is $220 and a lost or damaged charger is $50.

To pay for the Chromebook Protection Plan please contact Mrs. Tami Pister at TPister@wps.org or 303-487-2272

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Amarosa at camarosa@wps.org or 303-487-2261.

Thank you!

Free Money!

Offer ends October 1, 2023!! Act fast!

Would you like to get $20 off your school fees?

Contact Ms. Tami to find out how!

TPister@wps.org or 303-487-2272

Attendance Challenge

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

To continue to celebrate our students, we are excited to start a few attendance challenges next week:

Weekly Attendance Challenge

The class (first hour) with the highest percentage of attendance for the week will win a donut party, 10 puma points per student in the class, and the traveling puma.

Monthly Attendance Challenge

The class (first hour) with the highest percentage of attendance for the entire month will win a breakfast party (think breakfast burritos, Mcdonald's breakfasts),10 puma points per student, and the coveted traveling attendance trophy.

Reminder: Because attendance is so crucial to your student's academic success, please send your child to school every day unless he or she has a contagious illness or is running a fever. Absences will only be excused with documentation from medical professionals and scenarios approved by the principal.

Unified Classroom behavior Support

OPA Families,

We are switching our school-wide communication from Classroom Dojo to Unified Classroom Behavior Support. Below, you will find the link to sign up for your child. If you do not have your unique access code, please reach out to your student's teacher.

We will be providing each student 10 Puma Points when their parent/guardian links their account!

Unified Classroom Behavior Support


Have a great weekend!

Mr. J White

Westy Futures Sports

Good Luck to our OPA Athletes in their games this week!

  • Football: Tuesday September 26th @ 4:30 @ Ranum VS Prospect Ridge
  • Volleyball A Team: Sunday September 24th: 12:30 vs Golden & 1:30 vs Lakewood at Gold Crown
  • Volleyball A Team: Wednesday September 27th @ 5:30 vs Prospect Ridge at CSLA
  • Volleyball B teams: Wednesday September 27th @ 4:30 vs Prospect Ridge at CSLA
  • D League Volleyball 6-8: Thursday September 28th @ Shaw Heights 4:45-5:45
  • D League Volleyball 4/5: Thursday September 28th @ Shaw Heights 5:45-6:45
  • K/1 Soccer: Wednesday September 27th @ Flynn 5-6pm
  • 2/3 Soccer: Wednesday September 27th @ Flynn 6-7pm

Winter Sports registration is now open for coed wrestling K-8 and also K-5 basketball (middle school basketball registration will open soon) for more information or to register go to www.westyathletics.com

Free & Reduced lunch application

Please make sure you fill out your free and reduced lunch application at https://www.nlappscloud.com/.

Please fill out 1 form per family.

Drop off and Pick up safety

Please do not park in the bus zone on 74th between the delivery driveway and the crosswalk.

Please make sure you are driving slowly in the school zones.

Please make sure to use the crosswalks to cross the road and wait until the crossing guard makes sure it is safe.

Please no U turns in the school zone.

Pay your fees online

Did you know you can pay your school fees on your parent portal from the comfort of your home?

Just login to your parent portal at https://westminsterco.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/westminster.jsp

Panorama survey

The Panorama survey will be administered to our Levels 3-8 students starting on September 26th.

We will be asking your child to answer questions related to their social-emotional well-being and skills. Their responses will provide valuable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs.

If you have any questions, or you wish for your student to not participate in the survey, please contact Jacklyn Gocke at jgocke@wps.org.

OPA Puma Gear

Did you know you can order Orchard Park Academy hoodies, shirts and other gear at https://www.geminipromos.com/orchard-park-academy.htm