Orchard Park Academy

Weekly update 9/15/2023

Important Dates

Monday September 18th, 2023: Teacher Work Day no school

Wednesday September 20th, 2023: Early release day, K-8 1:51pm, Pre-k 1:10pm

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

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

No School Teacher Work day

There is no school on Monday September 18th as it is a teacher work day!

We will see everyone on Tuesday.

Early Release Day

Wednesday September 20th is Early Release day.

Pre-k will be dismissed at 1:10pm

K-8 will be dismissed at 1:51pm

Lexia & SuccessMaker Challenge

This week was our first week of the Lexia and SuccessMaker Challenge. We will be rewarding the top winners in Lexia and SuccessMaker, and their AE teacher!

Our 1st winners will be announced on Tuesday and will also be in next weeks newsletter!

Competition Groupings:

  • K-2

  • 3-5

  • 6-8

Book Trust

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce that we have a literacy non-profit called Book Trust at work in our Pre-k thru Level 5 classrooms this year! Research shows that when students choose their own books, they read more often and become more confident readers and learners. Book Trust will help make that happen.

Here’s how it works:

Six times throughout the year teachers will support your child in selecting up to $12.00 worth of books from Scholastic. Every pre-k thru level 5 student in our school gets to participate in the program at no cost to you! Students get to keep these books, they do not have to be returned!

Once books arrive we’ll celebrate them and the choices students made! Next, we’ll enjoy our new books by reading and discussing them in class. We will explore what our classmates chose, and then take our books home for further enjoyment with family members.

When the books come home, we encourage you to:

• Read with your child for 15-20 minutes per night

• Interact with their new books, reflecting on their choices and interests

• Create a home library or special place to keep their books

• Visit the Book Trust website to learn more.

We are proud to partner with Book Trust to bring this literacy experience into your home.

For more information about the Book Trust Program, please visit booktrust.org.

Happy reading!

GSA Club

Hey 5-8th graders!!

Are you looking for a safe space to make new friends, have fun and build community? Join GSA!

Students who return permission slips to Mrs. Cohen for this week's GSA meeting will be able to participate in a fun cupcake decorating party. Come join us! Permission slips need to be returned, though.

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.

Free Money!

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

Contact Ms. Tami to find out how!

TPister@wps.org or 303-487-2272



Students should charge their Chromebooks fully every night at home to make sure it has enough charge to get them thru the day.

Please make sure your student brings their Chromebook to school EVERYDAY as they need it daily for their schoolwork!

If a student forgets their Chromebook they will have to call the parent to bring them their Chromebook.

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

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.

Chromebook Protection plan

Thank you everyone for promptly filling out the Chromebook agreement!

If you selected the optional Chromebook Protection Plan please be aware it does not go into effect until you have paid the $50.

In order to pay it please contact Mrs. Tami Pister at tpister@wps.org or 303-487-2272 so she can add it to your student account at which time you can make the payment online or in person with cash.

If you didn't mark yes on the form but changed your mind and you do want it just contact Tami and she can get it added for you.

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.

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

Thank you!

Westy Futures Sports

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

  • Football: Wednesday September 20th @ 4:30 @ Adams City Middle School
  • Volleyball A & B teams: Wednesday September 20th @ 4:30 vs Adams City Middle School at CSLA
  • D League Volleyball: practices start Sept 19th see email for schedule.
  • K-3 Soccer: practices have started see email for schedule.

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.

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

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