Out-of-Door Admissions Newsletter


Dear Families,

With the humidity down and our campuses nicely adorned with pumpkins and other fall decorations, it finally feels more like autumn around here. Our annual family picnic and homecoming weekend was a big hit. It is so much fun to have everyone from our youngest PK students to our alums and all of our families come together at Lakewood Ranch to celebrate. Nothing feels more like community than that!

We have another big community event coming up in November - our annual Thunder Fun Day. Many of you have already joined us in the past for this old fashioned fair that includes games, crafts, rides, good food and great company. I hope even more of you will join us this year. This is definitely a wonderful opportunity to get to know us!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Historic Siesta Key Campus

444 Reid Street

Sarasota, FL 34242

I am always at the ticket booth, so please introduce yourself to me if you are able to join us. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to let me or any member of my team know how we can help you as you consider Out-of-Door for your family.

With warmest regards,


Out-of-Door Students Tasked with Creating Community App

Instructional Technologist, Mr. Ryan Kinser was contacted by Ms. Phyllis Trettien, co-Founder of the Center for Sustainable and Just Communities (CSJC) in Baltimore, Maryland, after she visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) website to find assistance in building a mobile app for a community project. Kinser, who is a Master Trainer for MIT in the mobile computing education department, has the skills she believes can help create a mobile app for residents who feel disenfranchised. CSJC works on social justice issues around police misconduct, incarceration, and barriers to reentry.

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Senior/Kindergarten Buddies: The Class of 2017 Comes Full Circle on this ODA Tradition

On Friday, September 30th, the annual tradition of pairing students in the senior and kindergarten classes at The Out-of-Door Academy took place. The tradition began 13 years ago, when the Class of 2017 were kindergarten students. Eleven of the 73 seniors, affectionately known as ODA Lifers include: McCabe Ballance; Cody Cheney; Kevin Deems; Emily Dixon; Clarence Dodge; Lacey Eaden; Jason Fineberg; Sophia Gardinier; Christian McCarthy; Nicholas Murphy; and Joey Runge, have very special memories of this program.

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ODA Students Discuss Journey of Dreams with author, Marge Pellegrino via Skype

On Thursday, September 29th, renowned author, Marge Pellegrino Skyped with Middle School students to discuss her book, Journey of Dreams, a required reading for seventh grade students.

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Easter Seals Visit Opens Eyes

By Jack Malcolm, Class of 2019

“What will we talk with them about?”

“Do you have questions prepared?”

“I hope my buddy isn’t to quiet or shy.”

These were all worries of Sophomores, who would soon be having their first meeting with their Easter Seals buddy. As we filed into the Student Center nerves were high. Both my partner and I were unprepared for the occasion, like many of our classmates. As other students began to get paired up with the Easter seals I could see the tension slowly seeping from everyone’s faces.

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Contact Us

Laura Murphy

Director of Admissions PK-12


Michael Salmon

Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions


Rosemary Shofe

Associate Director of Lower School Admissions


Cheryl Zaccone

Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions