ORVA Family Newsletter

May 3, 2016

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the 5th of May, celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with the country's Independence Day.

If you're looking for Cinco de Mayo activites, Scholastic has everything you need! Follow this link for crafts, games, math puzzles, and more! http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit/cinco-de-mayo-everything-you-need

Think Outside the Brick STEM Contest Winner from ORVA!

Eesa H., a 5th grader at ORVA, won first place in the 3rd-5th grade category of this year's K12 LEGO/STEM contest, which challenged students to do the following:

With one or more LEGO bricks—and unique crazy brilliance—build something that could change the world, solve a problem, or would be crazy fun. Submissions must be related to:
  • Energy and the environment
  • Health and nutrition
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Cybersecurity and technology

CONGRATULATIONS, EESA, Oregon Virtual Academy is so proud of your innovation and unique brilliance! Here's a little more about Eesa and his invention:

Eesa loves working with his hands. He is constantly building things with anything he finds. Boxes, wood, paper, anything he can turn into something, he does. He also loves LEGO, especially robotics. So when this year's STEM contest theme was LEGO, he was beyond excited. He came up with a few ideas and finally settled on 'Smart stick 4 the blind.' He thought the blind need something that warns them if obstacles are in their path so they don't fall. He designed a walking stick completely made of LEGOs. He attached infrared sensors and programmed it to 'talk.' The sensors sense the object in front of it and tells the user to turn left, or right, guiding the user away from bumping into the object.

You can view all the winners at Learning Liftoff, and watch Eesa's YouTube video that made him a winner!
Smart stick 4 the blind
Read it here!
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the ORVA MOMS! Sunday, May 8.

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Upcoming Calendar!

May 5: Secondary School Orientation - Gladstone. Join us in person for a “Secondary School” (ORVA Grades 7-12) Orientation to learn more about next year's platform change and exciting enhancements.

Gladstone Community Club

255 E Exeter St.
Gladstone, OR 97027

7:00 PM

Please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/ORVASecondaryOrientation

May 9: 8th Gr-High School Hiking Outings - 1:00 PM

Portland - Multnomah Falls
I-84 exit 28
Meet in front of the lodge.

Eugene - Ridgeline Trail at Fox Hollow
Entrance is across the street from the Cascades Raptor Center (32275 Fox Hollow)
Meet in the parking lot.

Coos Bay - The Cape Arago Beach Loop
From Hwy 101, head west on Newmark Avenue (just south of the Mill Casino). Follow the road until you reach the Stop sign at the End, follow the signs and turn left onto Cape Arago Hwy. Follow this road, once you cross the bridge into Charleston, the road will fork; veer to the right to head for the docks.
Meet at the docks.

To register for these events, visit: http://goo.gl/forms/C0DdTSmd14

May 10: Secondary School Orientation - Corvallis. Join us for a “Secondary School” (ORVA Grades 7-12) Orientation to learn more about next year's platform change and exciting enhancements.

Corvallis Public Library

645 NW Monroe Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

6:30 PM

Please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/ORVASecondaryOrientation

May 14: Jr./Sr. Prom - Tigard. Oregon Virtual Academy and Insight School of Oregon are partnering for this year's prom, with a theme of "Enchanted Forest Masquerade." 8900 SW Commercial St., Tigard, OR. 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

May 16: 8th Gr-High School Hiking Outings - 1:00 PM

Salem - Silver Falls State Park
20024 Silver Falls Hwy
Meet at the South entrance past the fee booth in main parking lot near the bathrooms. Stay left at the Y.
Day Use fee of $5 per vehicle.

Beaverton - Cooper Mountain Park
18892 SW Kemmer Rd.
Meet in the parking lot.

Portland - Mount Talbert
10945 SE Mather Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Meet in front of the pavilion.

To register for these events, visit: http://goo.gl/forms/C0DdTSmd14

May 19 & 20: ‘Splash Into Summer Pool Party’ ORventures

For our last ORventure, we will be making a big splash at local pools to celebrate the school year! Admission for these special events will be covered by ORVA for all who register to attend in advance. Children 7 years and under must have a parent or guardian in the water with them. Review the details for your chosen event(s) for specific location information. Please also observe the swimsuit etiquette. We look forward to swimming with you soon!

All participants must register to attend by 8:00am on Wednesday, May 18th

at http://goo.gl/forms/Bi66eEffSq

June 4: Class of 2016 Graduation

Willamette University- Smith Auditorium

900 State St.

Salem, OR 97301

June 14: Last Day of School!

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ORVA Strong Start Website

Don't forget to visit ORVA's Strong Start site at http://orva.k12start.com/ - you will find very helpful information on everything, from getting started as a new family, to how to stay on track to parent workshops and more! Another very helpful link is the ORVA school calendar!

SafeSchools Alert

Safety is one of our school’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, we’ve taken an important step. Our school is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways:

Phone: (541) 435-7047
Text: Text your tip to (541) 435-7047
Email: 1460@alert1.us
Web: http://1460.alert1.us

You and your child can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue you're concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our school is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.

Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our school a safer place to work and learn! Thanks in advance for your support.

PreK-2 Corner

May 20 Work Sample Due Date:

Congratulations to students for completing the work samples throughout the year! Your teachers appreciate your commitment to your education and your diligence in completing these important samples of your best work. It is now time to start the last work sample, in the area of art.

Who: Grades PK ~ 2

What: Art Work Sample

When (Due): May 20, 2016 at noon

Where: Turn in through File Share, or check with your homeroom teacher.

May 23 - May 26: Dora/Adam Testing for PreK-2

May 31 - June 10: End of Year Conferences

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3rd - 8th Highlights

Last week of Class Connects (Not Monday Meetings): May 23rd -27th

Scantron testing days: May 24-26th -- REQUIRED and needs to be done before end of year conferences. (Students, you may take Scantron sooner than these dates, but only if you have finished OACCS state assessments).

May 31st (Tuesday)--You will have a Tuesday Meeting (Monday is a Holiday)

June 1st- 10th End of Year Conferences

FunTastic Friday: May 13 ~ Showcase for grades 3-8. submissions due by May 9. Watch your Class Connect schedule for specific times for your grade level. Contact Keena Hormel if you have questions.

Middle School Book Club: Thursday, May 26, 3-4 pm. Book: Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood. Contact Ashley Lopez via Kmail for a Class Connect invite!
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ORVA Graduation – Saturday, June 4, 2016

Willamette University

Smith Auditorium

Ceremony begins at 2pm

Graduation Day Schedule

9am – Graduation Planning Committee arrives (teachers and administrators)

10am - Check-in for teachers and students

10:30am – Walk through – ceremony rehearsal

11:45am – Activities for students

12:15pm – Lunch for students

1:40pm – Students head to ceremony

2pm – Ceremony Begins

3pm – Ceremony Ends

Students check-in at 10am. We ask that only students stay for the walk-through, activities, and lunch. Families that arrive early will be able to explore Salem or the university during that time.


Please let us know if you are planning to attend and use this link to RSVP: https://goo.gl/wVSn1Y

If your status changes, please keep us posted.

The Smith Auditorium seats 1,200 people and we anticipate about 50 graduates will participate, so there is no limit to the number of friends and family members you can invite. Tickets will not be required.

FORECASTING: ORVA's High School Advisory Teachers and Counselors
are here to work closely with your students and help keep the communication flowing and students on track. They are currently forecasting & scheduling your courses for next year, be sure to respond to their surveys and requests!

Last name A-L: Jessica Bell; Last name M-Z: Melissa Arrigotti
9th Grade Advisory Teacher:
Jane Rice
10th Grade Advisory Teacher:
Carissa Trepka
11th Grade Advisory Teacher:
Todd Anderson
12th Grade Advisory Teacher:
Cindy Dauer

Grades: Remember, you can check your students’ grades in their classes at any time. If you need some reminders on how to access progress, below are “how-to” videos:

http://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/OD:104:836 - “How to check your students’ grades”

http://help.k12.com/support/video-resources - Library of support videos

Remember that you need to make TWO CONTACTS per week with each one of your teachers on different days of the week.

Ways you can get credit for a contact:

  • Attend a live BlackBoard class connect session: most classes have more than one class connect session a week
  • Send your teacher a Kmail
  • Reply to a Kmail sent to you by your teacher
  • Speak with a teacher over the phone
  • Attend an outing face to face and meet with a teacher.

NHS YouTube channel: The ORVA National Honor Society has a new YouTube channel! Check out the fun videos featuring the group, different features of the D2L high school learning platform, and some "Day in the Life" videos from students! Kudos, NHS!!!


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Special Education Teacher Spotlight: Natalie Conway

I grew up on the coast of Massachusetts, about 30 minutes south of Boston. Boston is a wonderful city and my suburban town of Weymouth was a great place to grow up. I took dance lessons for years, learned to play the flute, and started an ultimate Frisbee team at my high school. I loved spending summer days at the beach and traveling to the mountains in New Hampshire to hike and camp. Growing up on the South Shore I quickly grew to love all kinds of seafood, especially fried clams. They’re still my favorite food. I had fun cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park and visiting all the historic sites in Boston.

After high school, I didn’t go too far from home for college. I earned my B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College in Rhode Island in 2005. By that time my older brother, my only sibling, had moved to San Diego, California for work. I was applying for jobs and decided I couldn’t move that far from home, though the pictures he’d send did tempt me! I stayed in Massachusetts and started my teaching career. I earned my M.Ed. in Special Education a couple of years later from Bridgewater State College (now University).

I taught K-5 in a small elementary school in the neighboring town and loved it! About seven years later, I had the chance to become a general education teacher at that same school, so I applied for the job and got it. I spent two years teaching third grade before deciding to make the big move out west with my husband and our dog, Raven. It was hard to leave Massachusetts and most of our family, but we’ve never been happier. Now we live in Prineville and get to do the things we love: hiking, camping, biking, running, snowshoeing, and backpacking all the time! I love the big sky views we have and how close to nature we are here. I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere of central Oregon and how the pace of life is a bit slower than back in Boston. I think we’ll be calling Oregon our home for many years to come!

Summer Reading Recommendation: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – This fiction book is fun, silly, a little thoughtful, and perfect for summer.

Free Time: This summer I want to spend my free time taking my dog, Raven, for walks in the Ochocos with my husband. I also want to spend lots of time with friends having bar-b-ques and sitting around the fire pit in our back yard roasting marshmallows.

Favorite Thing: I’ve had a model boat that I made in middle school since, well, middle school! I don’t think I can ever get rid of it. It’s just for decoration, but it reminds me that I can do more than I think I can. I made it in after-school woodworking club. I had to use different chisels, saws, sandpaper, wood stain, and glue lots of small pieces of wood together and use vice clamps. It took a long time to get it to look just right and I learned a lot of new woodworking skills making it. When I think something is too hard, or that I don’t know how to do it, I look at that small boat and I remember that I can learn lots of different skills and make great things! I might need a little help, but it’s always worth the try!

[Natalie and her husband & dog below, hiking at Broken Top, Bend, Oregon]

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High School Advisor Spotlight: Carissa Trepka

I am Carissa Trepka, 10th Grade Advisory teacher at ORVA. I am originally from Michigan where I got my Master’s Degree in School Social Work from Michigan State University in 2010. After graduating I moved to Portland, OR and began my career. I have worked as a Social Services Director of a Nursing Home, a School Counselor for an alternative High School, and as a Case Manager for a GED Program.

This is my first year at ORVA, and I love working in the virtual world. I have an 11 year old son who plays basketball and football, and a 4 year old cat named Leroy Brown. In my spare time I am an artist and I volunteer weekly at an art gallery and a local youth center.

Summer Reading Recommendation: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Free Time: Road Trips & River Days

Favorite Thing: My Mid-Century Vintage Dresser

[Carissa's art below]
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Middle School Teacher Spotlight: Krista Geffre

I grew up in the Northwest on 6 acres of land with a small flock of sheep that my family raised for fun. In first grade I joined a professional choir and learned the value of hard work. Through choir I discovered my love of music, performing, and travel (choir tours to Australia, Norway, Sweden, and more!). I had always enjoyed jobs with children (babysitting, nannying, summer camps, and afterschool programs) but decided to major in music and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music from Linfield College. I’m classically trained in opera!

After realizing that my favorite jobs were working with children, I decided to pursue teaching and completed my Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Now in my 13th year of teaching, I have taught grades kindergarten through middle school and have realized that I was meant to be a teacher. I have a passion for teaching and inspiring students to realize their full potential and believe in themselves.

When I’m not teaching I spend time with my family, read, take photographs, run, practice yoga, and explore the outdoors.

Summer Reading Recommendation: There are so many books that I love. One that I would recommend for summer reading is Pictures of Hoolis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. Another great series is Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

Free Time: I’m looking forward to exploring the outdoors with my family this summer.

Favorite Thing: If I cleaned my room today I would get rid of some things but would definitely keep my camera and gear.

[Krista and her beautiful family below.]

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Family Academic Support Team Spotlight: Keena Hormel

You may know me as the FunTastic Friday host, but I do a lot of things behind the scenes at ORVA. This is my fifth year with ORVA. I work with the most talented, supportive, and all around amazing colleagues. This year, I am on the Family Academic Support Team and my role is the Family Academic Support Liaison, which is a coach that helps students and families be successful at ORVA.

ORVA is one of the best schools I have worked for in the past ten years, because I was not a traditional student. As a teacher, I wanted a working environment that fit my style and personality. It is important to feel connected and I am always looking for more ways to connect students to each other.

When I am not connecting online or on the phone with families, I am fulfilling a life-long goal and co-raising a guide dog puppy. I love to be outdoors and on nice days I set up a workstation outside. I love to Stand Up Paddle and have already been out on lakes in Oregon and Washington and in the Columbia River this year!

Reading books when I was young fueled my desire to go beyond my neighborhood and travel the world. I have made that dream a reality; I have been many places in the US and all over the world.

The ORVA community has supported me through some challenging times, I feel deep gratitude at being able to give back to our school community through the work I do on the Family Academic Support Team. #ORVAwesome!

Strong to the Finish by Keena Hormel, Family Academic Support Liaison: 7 tips to keep motivation high through the end of the school year.

This is a busy time of year. The weather is getting better and we are all starting to make plans for summer. We still have lots to do and just over a month and a half to get it all done.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep motivation high for you and your student.

Set goals: Teaching our students how to move incrementally by setting short range and long range goals is a skill that they will use throughout their life. As a learning coach you can work with your student and model how you set a goal and create the steps to help them reach the goal. Remember SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. Setting goals can foster the growth mindset. Knowing what is expected makes getting to the finish line much easier. Let your teacher know if you need help with SMART goal setting.

Stay organized: Take a look at the workspace for your student. Does it need a bit of spring cleaning or re-organizing? Is your calendar up to date? Be sure to include due dates for projects and important assignments so that both the learning coach and the student know when they are due.

Keep up with the pace: Procrastination does not help get the work done, it just prolongs the process. Think about what needs to be done and write down the steps to help get the work completed.

Enjoy the good weather: Get creative by studying and doing work outside when possible. Changing your environment is good for the brain and the body.

Take breaks: Find time for fun! This actually helps you stay focused. Breaks are good for fun, lengthening your attention span (which means you can get MORE done) and your sanity.

Adjust your attitude: Check in with yourself. What is your attitude right now? Are you feeling down? Can you not wait for school to end? Simply adjusting your attitude to be more positive can make an amazing difference.

Take care of yourself: Following a schedule and routine, eating well, exercising and getting lots of sleep helps you stay focused and accomplished all of your tasks.

Be sure to let your ORVA staff know what we can do to help you stay strong to the finish! We are all here to support you! Communication can go a long way in finding solutions for you and your student.

Making Friends in the Virtual School World by Ashley Lopez, Family Support Liaison

When doing school from home, in the virtual setting, it can be tough to develop meaningful relationships offline and away from your computer. While class time can be a great jumping-off point for making a new friend, it is important to keep that communication going once the Class Connect session is over.

How can I make more friends at ORVA?

You may not realize just how many students are here at Oregon Virtual Academy! There are about 2000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade who are in your school with you! You are far from alone! But how can you connect with them?

Ask your homeroom teacher for a list of clubs here at ORVA or even the National K12 student clubs! Joining one of our clubs will automatically make you a part of a group of students with similar interests as you, and in most cases, of similar ages. There are book clubs, art clubs, gaming clubs, and more!

Another way to make more friends here would be to use your Breakout Room time wisely! When your teachers put you into those Breakout Rooms, don’t sit there silently! Use the chat box (or better yet the mic!) to talk with those in your group. Once you have done the tasks that your teacher has given you, use the extra time to ask your classmates what city they live in, what they did over the weekend, or what they like to do in their spare time. You never know- one of them may live close enough to you to meet up once class is over.

How can I make more friends off-line?

The computer is a great tool, both for your schooling and your socialization. But it is important for everyone to come out from behind the screen and meet people face-to-face.

Does your city have any local Boys and Girls Clubs? These are low-cost to most families, and can be a great place to go to meet peers of your own age, play fun games, and sometimes get some help with school work you are struggling with. A quick Google search of “Boys and Girls Club in (insert your city name here)” will give you the contact information you need.

Look for local activities in your area. Search for a Parks and Recreation site for your city (for example: Westside Portland has Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreations http://www.thprd.org/) and look at the calendar of events coming to your area. Especially with the nice weather coming soon, there are often free movie nights in the parks, low-cost sports leagues, or summer camps around you.

Remember to have fun! Take your time, go at your own pace, but try to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone just a little bit! Making friends is worth the risk!

Oregon State Assessments

We are on Round 2 of State Assessments! Most students have completed ELA (English Language Arts) and have now moved on to Math. For grades 5, 8, and 11, you are also doing Science.

Please check your Kmail for your testing times! Look for the subject line "Oregon State Testing" or "state assessment." New families and those that may not have confirmed their information, please use this link to do so now. http://goo.gl/forms/J4kWExuBGl -- use this link if you need changes, and someone will contact you regarding your request.

PRACTICE: Please go to https://oakspt.tds.airast.org/student. This is our official site to prepare for our upcoming state testing. Please log into this site and complete the practice tests.


We are looking forward to the opportunity for the staff to meet you and your student in person. The following information will help in your preparation and planning for the state assessment.


All 3rd - 8th & 11th grade students will take 2 OACCS Assessments – Language Arts & Math

5th & 8th & 11th graders will also complete Science

Students bring their laptops (fully charged, plus bring charger) to each assessment

Time: Students start at 8:30 am

Pick your student up at Noon for lunch - return at 1:00

You will be called when your student has completed testing for the day

Supports: Students will be allowed breaks as needed
Student may bring a water bottle
Student may bring a book for reading while waiting to be picked up

Security: Parents cannot be in the room during the assessment

Students cannot have cell phones, tablets etc. during the assessment

Students must be checked in and out of each testing time

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Re-Registration - Please Let Us Know Your Plans!

Re-registration for the 2016–2017 school year is in full swing! This is the process by which you tell us your plans for the upcoming year. We value that you have chosen us for your student’s education. We know that the longer students stay with us, the better they perform academically. We hope to have the opportunity to continue working with your family and setting your student up for success in the future.

What action do you need to take?

ALL families will be required to make an election in the Online School (OLS):

· Re-registering

· Not re-registering

· Undecided

Log into the online school, click on “My Info,” and follow the simple instructions under the “Registration” tab.

If you need additional information to complete this process, visit http://www.k12.com/reregistration. You’ll find valuable tips, a printable step-by-step flyer, and a video that will walk you through the process.

Why re-register now?

Early re-registration ensures that you’ll be prepared and off to a great start in the fall. You’ll also have peace of mind, knowing your student’s plans are already squared away.

From all of us at ORVA, we look forward to continuing the learning journey with your family in the year ahead.

Free Medical/Vision/Dental/Chiropractic Clinic - June 4, Oregon City

FREE Medical/Vision/Dental/Chiropractic Clinic coming up on June 4th in Oregon City. Free lunch and childcare provided! First come first serve, so people need to get there early. Please help spread the word. Go to: http://www.compassionoc.com

Free lunch from Olive Garden provided. Limited time slots are available. First come will be first served. In years past, those that arrived at or after 8 am were not able to be treated. So, get there early!

Childcare will be provided. Se habla español.

When? Saturday, June 4, 2016 8AM - 3PM
Where? Oregon City Church of the Nazarene, 716 Taylor St. Oregon City, OR 97045

For more information call: English: 503-656-9444

Oregon Rising - Take the Survey

"Oregon Rising is a public outreach effort about what Oregonians want for their children and their schools. At the heart of our work is the prompt to dream big. In the first phase, we ask that you describe the education Oregon students would receive, if it were up to you."

The project is supported by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (superintendents and principals), Oregon Education Association (educators and teachers) and Oregon School Boards Association (board members of districts, education service districts, community colleges and charter schools).

The project sponsors are asking you to dream unencumbered. It’s a truly open question.

Take the survey here: http://www.oregon-rising.org/Take-the-Survey

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We asked our ORVA students a few questions this month: recommended summer reading, what to do in their free time this summer, and what is a favorite thing they would like to keep?

Here are some answers from your classmates to the following questions:

1. What is one book you'd recommend for summer reading?

2. How would you like to spend some of your free time this summer?

3. I'd like you to clean your room today, get rid of some things. ;) But what is your favorite item that you'll probably keep for a long time?

Parley D., Pre-K

  • Recommended Book: The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris
  • Free Time: Blow bubbles
  • Favorite Thing: My stuffed dogs, "Popcorn" and "Pupkick"

Isabella T., 1st Grade

  • Recommended Book: American Girl series

Austin H., 2nd Grade

  • Recommended Book: Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
  • Free Time: Playing minecraft, of course!
  • Favorite Thing: All my stuffies!

Joseph D., 3rd Grade

  • Recommended Book: Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert
  • Free Time: This summer I would love to spend my free time playing with friends.
  • Favorite Thing: I would definitely keep my Legos.

Ben L., 3rd Grade

  • Recommended Book: Geronimo Stilton books
  • Free Time: This summer I want to stay home and play with my stuff.
  • Favorite Thing: I want to keep my LEGOS forever!

Katelyn C., 4th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Free Time: I would really like to go swimming with friends and family or go on vacation.
  • Favorite Thing: My favorite toy is my toy bunny, it's a girl and I call her Isabelle and I plan to keep her for a very long time.

Joplin G., 4th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Jacob L., 4th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep

Oliver N., 4th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
  • Free Time: Playing at Grandma's house (in her pool), playing with friends (mine are Jadon and Fox), and helping my Mom with her business (Rodan+Fields).
  • Favorite Thing: It'll probably be my Legos and made-up super-hero costume (Scavenger).

Ambika V., 4th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Dork Diaries 7 by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Free Time: Spend my summer at a beach.
  • Favorite Thing: My favorite pen.

Madison C., 5th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Bone book series by Jeff Smith
  • Free Time: I'd like to spend my summer with friends and family.
  • Favorite Thing: One thing I'd like to keep is my keychain that says "I love basketball."

John D., 5th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • Free Time: I would like to spend some of my free time this summer selling candy to make money.
  • Favorite Thing: I would keep my Star Wars ship fighter.

Eion M., 5th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Free Time: Watch TV, play video games, jump on my friend's trampoline.
  • Favorite Thing: My mega bloks collector's edition COD set.

Emma M., 5th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Jinx or Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood

Rosemary C., 6th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Frozen novel by Disney
  • Free Time: Going to summer camp, also pool time, BBQs, sleepovers, and family time.
  • Favorite Thing: The stuffed animal family on my bed, especially the polar bear.

Hannah C., 6th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Dear America: Standing in the Light - The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Free Time: I love riding my bike, getting to feel the breeze while enjoying the view.
  • Favorite Thing: I have had a blanket since I was a baby.

Shay F., 6th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Batman comics
  • Free Time: Spend time with my friends and ride my bike.

David M., 6th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Captain Underpants
  • Free Time: Playing on Minecraft
  • Favorite Thing: My stuffed animals

Jasmine D., 7th Grade

  • Recommended Book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Free Time: I would like to spend time with my family this summer.
  • Favorite Thing: One thing that I will not get rid of is my Red dog that is a stuffed animal.

Marina D., 7th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Free Time: Spend a lot of time with friends, I also want to go swimming this summer.
  • Favorite Thing: One item I will probably keep for a long time is my typewriter. Me and my Uncle love to write on it!

Carissa G., 7th Grade

  • Recommended Book: The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
  • Free Time: Swimming
  • Favorite Thing: A dress I've had since I was a baby.

Halli M., 7th Grade

  • Recommended Book: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Joy W., 7th Grade

  • Recommended Book: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Free Time: I like to go to my grandparents in the summer.
  • Favorite Thing: I will probably keep my kitty blanket (baby blanket but it has cats all over it so I call it my kitty blanket.)

Nicole F., 8th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • Free Time: Swimming and camping.
  • Favorite Thing: My favorite thing that I would keep forever is my dog "Jersey."

Tulsi P., 8th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Haleigh A., 9th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
  • Free Time: Drawing or with my friends.
  • Favorite Thing: My stuffed animal I made after my first best friend Maggie (who is a dog) who died of cancer.

Joscelyn F., 9th Grade

  • Free Time: I hope to be at a missions trip this summer.
  • Favorite Thing: An item I would keep is this hat my first boyfriend gave me before he had to move to California.

Alyssa T., 9th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales
  • Free Time: Curled up with my dogs while we sit outside in the sun.
  • Favorite Thing: Either my manga/books or my stuffed animals!

Cella A., 10th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Free Time: I want to spend as much of it as I can outdoors, doing some form of physical activity or not. I really want to start painting and sketching again, too!
  • Favorite Thing: My favorite item(s) would probably be my fairy lights, my crystals, and all the letters, art, and zines my friends have made for me!

Rayann H., 10th Grade

  • Recommended Book: Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  • Free Time:Driving down to Disneyland with some friends. I also have a list of little things I would like to do. For example: a paint fight, camping, stargazing on a roof, etc…

Wulf S., 11th Grade

  • Recommended Book: 1984 by George Orwell or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (for over 16 yrs old)
  • Free Time: I'd just like to relax and do whatever's available. I'm probably going to take some summer classes to get some credits out of the way.
  • Favorite Thing: No idea really, most of it is pretty special, I would like to keep all of them for when I'm older to remind me of how great of a life I have had.

Poetry Corner: Apples by Samantha E., Gr 11




Leave me and my apples to

Enjoy ourselves without the company of

Those who do not enjoy the succulent taste of

These, red, green, gold, and yes, even red and

Green little slices of sweet heaven. We who wish

To be healthy may be left in our paradise of

Flavors, if only for a moment, oh how

Glorious that would be, but, ah,

It cannot be so. Never

Again my dear. It is

Fate, so it is.

Poetry Corner: Wind by Emma M., 5th Gr

The Wind is made of horses, of every shape and size.

There are small ones that go along with a little gentle Breeze,

And big ones that stomp and tromp as they run all through the street.

And if you reach outside your window,

And try to touch what you can't see,

The Wind won't mind at all.

Sunlight Dragon by Alyssa T., 9th Gr

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Learning Coach Spotlight: Becky Demers

My name is Becky, I am a stay at home Mom and I have the privilege to be the learning coach of my 3 school aged kiddos. I have John in 2nd grade, Luke in 1st grade, and Natalie in kindergarten. As you can imagine it keeps me on my toes homeschooling three at once - and here’s some more to surprise you - I have two more little ones waiting in the wings for the school years and one more bundle on the way this summer. I have a house full of kids but I can’t imagine not taking part in their education the way I do now. I won’t lie, it is quite a bit of work and it can get busy and difficult at times. Overall though, it has been a wonderful experience for our family.

My husband and I chose to homeschool using ORVA because of the flexibility in scheduling; being able to jump ahead or spend extra time on a given subject, and the chance to be so involved in what our kids were learning. The opportunity to see what I call “light bulb moments,” when your child understands a new concept for the first time, is priceless. Homeschooling also makes it possible to notice when my kids struggle with a subject or topic right away, and unlike in a traditional school, I can afford to take the time to help my students understand the subject before they get so frustrated that they give up or no longer enjoy learning. This year has been wonderful for my kids and I look forward to many more years of learning with ORVA.

Recommended Summer Reading: I recommend heading down to your local library and checking out the Magic Tree House books for your elementary aged kids - my son loves the action and the characters he read about. I also recommend checking out magazines like Zoobooks for some fun learning.

Free Time: My family has a lot of fun during the summer. Spending time together in the pool is a must for those hot days but we also enjoy getting our ATV’s out and riding around our property. We usually take one trip to the Newport Aquarium as well and spend a day having fun, learning, and enjoying the beautiful Oregon Coast.

Favorite Thing: One thing I’d like to keep in my house forever…that is a tough one because there are many things I want to hold on to (including my kids) but I guess if I had to pick I would choose my collection of my children’s art and photos. I have books for each child that have random selections of school work, art work, mementos, and photographs.

[Photo below of Becky and her amazing family.]
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