December News

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December OCEAN News

Thank you to all the students and families who attended the K-8 student work exhibition. It was great to see students sharing their work and to be together as a school community. We hope to be able to hold additional events this year where we gather in small groups to celebrate student learning.


K-8 students are beginning on an interdisciplinary unit on Trees. Elementary students are learning about mushrooms as part of the ecosystem and will be growing a wide variety of edible mushrooms.


High school students recently received progress reports in the mail. We have about six weeks of the semester left for students to continue to work towards the final grade they want to earn in their courses. Regular attendance and reaching out for extra help are important for success. Katie and Kyle offer a Friday study hall from 12-2pm for any student wanting extra support.


Families looking to get involved, ORCA invites all families to attend regular meetings. Meetings are held over Zoom and are a great way to get involved in OCEAN.


Take Care,

Sarah Rubenstein

OCEAN Principal

Welcome MB Armstrong

MB Armstrong started today December 2. MB will be teaching elementary math and science, enrichment classes, and 11th and 12th grade English. Stop by and say hi and welcome MB.


Students and staff sent Molly off for her advantre to England with many kind cards and treats. She will be missed.

Outdoor Lunch

To support everyone's well being K-8 students who stay for lunch are eating outside any day that is not raining. Please send your student will a coat to keep them warm during lunch.


We hope to soon have a tent in place so that we can be outdoors for lunch in light rain as well.


A big thanks to all the families that helped put together our outdoor picnic tables.

Upcoming Events

Tarboo Trees Field Trip, November 3, 8:45-3:30pm

ORCA Meeting, December 9, 7:00-8:30pm via Zoom

No OCEAN Classes Conferencing Day, Tuesday, December 14

No School, Winter Break, December 20-31

Parking and Student Pick Up and Drop Off

Thanks to Blue Heron Staff who will park in other locations, additional parking spaces have been made available for OCEAN families for pick up and drop off on the orchard side of the Blue Heron building. Please pick up and drop off students by walking from the parking on the orchard side of the building.


Especially at mid-day pick up please do not walk through the playground side as Blue Heron students are having lunch recess.

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