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News and Events

Many Cultures, One World
Don’t miss one of Orca K-8’s signature events – Many Cultures, One World.
This Thursday, March 26, 2015
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You'll start in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck dinner made up of dishes representative of the many cultures our children have been studying. Then grab a passport, and head out into the school to visit each of the classrooms, and learn and experience more about the featured cultures.
 
What is Many Cultures, One World, and how did it get started?
 
There was a time when the saying, “we are all the same,” led to the idea of unity and cohesiveness. But then someone asked, “If we are really all the same, then why do I dress differently, eat differently, and hold different beliefs than others? If we are all the same, are these differences ignored?”
 
This was the conversation that started Many Cultures, One World at Orca 12 years ago. Many Cultures, One World started with a desire for each student to be seen for who they truly were. We, as a staff, recognized the value of really looking at each other and identifying the differences that make us special and add to the lovely diversity we value here at Orca K-8.
 
How do we study culture? First, we must define what culture is. Culture has many definitions, but they all synonymously denote culture as the accumulation of systems of knowledge shared by a group of people. Although the definition of culture is easy enough to understand, how to study culture continues to create debates.
 
But what does that mean to the students and families? It means that as a community we plan this large and very intensive study that allows us to learn and appreciate different cultures we have here at Orca. That process looks something like this:
·      Students share a little about who they are culturally, which can include race, ethnicity, nationality, etc.
·      As a class, students can decide which culture they would like to study more and focus on for Many Cultures, One World.
·      Parents are invited to share about this culture and bring in community resources to add to the experience. After a few months of really immersing in the literature, geography, music, food, art, etc. of this culture, students, with the help of parents, transform the classroom into reflections of this country/culture (the culminating event).
 
Many Cultures, One World is a culmination of months of hard work and study. Traditionally an evening event, families are invited to see the cultures represented at Orca K-8. This is the time to share what has been learned, showcase projects, food, art, performances, clothing, etc. The best part is that students and parents get to see themselves reflected in the classroom.
The bigger picture: If we are able to truly SEE who each of our students are, and involve our parents, then we are truly appreciating the differences that make our school special and valuable.


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The March issues of the Orca K-8 Newsletter, Middle School Newsletter, and PTSA Orca Wave have arrived.

You can find them here: School Newsletters




Smarter Balanced Information
 
If you were unable to attend our information sesson or have lost track of the information letter, we have it here for you! Also, we have the most recent testing schedule. If you have further questions, please contact Katherine Law at KDLAW@Seattleschools.org.

Grade

ELA Dates

Math Dates

Science – MSP Dates

3

4/6 – 4/9

5/11 – 5/15

 

4

3/30 – 4/2

5/11 – 5/15

 

5

3/30 – 4/2

5/5 – 5/8

5/12

6

4/20 – 4/23

5/4 – 5/7

 

7

3/16 – 3/19

4/27 – 4/30

 

8

3/16 – 3/19

4/27 – 4/30

5/12



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About Orca K-8
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A Kid, A Can, A Month
 
OK Orcans!!!! It is time to help our community. Orca K-8 is one of the largest contributors to the Rainier Valley Food Bank. Let's continue that tradition. Please send non-perishable foods to your student's class. Or, you can deliver items to the office. In addition to food, our neighbors need diapers and formula. If you would like to send cash, please make the check out to: Rainier Valley Food Bank.

At the end of each month the cans for each class are tallied and the Golden Can Award is given to the class with the most contributions. 




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