Gastrointestinal Illness – Don’t Share It

Multiple Orca students have reported gastrointestinal illness. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been in contact with the Orca K-8 school and has begun a collaborative investigation & response plan.

The symptoms have been similar to those of norovirus, a common cause of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks. People who have norovirus infection are typically sick for 1-2 days (though some may not totally recover for several days). Because norovirus infection is easily transmitted from person to person, we recommend you follow these guidelines to prevent spread:

 Frequently wash your hands, especially after toileting and before eating or preparing food. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.

 Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with feces or vomitus (use hot water and soap).

 Persons who are experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness can be contagious for a few days after they are feeling better. Therefore, students should not attend class and staff should not work until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.


If you have symptoms of a more serious illness, please contact your health care provider. For more information about norovirus, including the fact sheet in different languages, go to our website at


School Tours and Open House

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Curriculum Night – Wednesday, September 27th

Orca K-8 Curriculum Night Wednesday, September 27, 2017


5:15 – 5:30 PM – All grades: Meet Orca Staff and PTSA Members in Cafeteria

5:30 – 6:15 PM – Elementary: Parents meet in student’s classroom

6:15 – 7:30 PM – Middle School: Parents meet in Orca Library (Third Floor)


2017-2018 Orca PTSA Welcome Packet, Yellow Sheet & Volunteer Application

Orca PTSA Welcome Packets went home in backpacks last week.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to assemble and put packets together. Each packet contains a welcome letter from Volunteer Coordinator, Krista Marceron, as well as important forms for families like the “Yellow Sheet” – the PTSA Membership & Family Contact Info Sheet, Annual Fund, and Volunteer Application forms.

Families can pick up hard copies of the PTSA Packet at the Volunteer Coordinator’s office, in the stacks outside the Front Office or download the packet online here:

2017-2018 Orca PTSA Packet

Orca K-8 Back to School BBQ

Everyone is welcome at the Orca K-8 Back to School BBQ!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on the Orca K-8 playground & playfield.

Join Orca K-8 families, students, teachers, parents, staff, and friends at the Back to School BBQ. Help us kick off the school year with a fun event.

Burgers & hotdogs are provided. bring a dish to share:

  • A-M: Salad or side to share

  • N-Z: Dessert or drinks to share

Bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste. Everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic blankets and chairs to be more comfortable.

Orca Garden Recipes Books Make Great Gifts!

Support the Orca K-8 PTSA and the Orca Garden by purchasing an Orca Garden Recipes Book for yourself, a friend, or family member.

1. Online Store (click here)

  • Delivery options: shipping ($2 extra), backpack delivery with Orca student, or pick-up

2. In person – Thursday, Dec. 15 & Friday, Dec. 16

  • Cookbook sales table at Orca K-8 during AM drop-off


PTSA Back to School Potluck – September 22, 2016


Back to School Potluck!

Orca K-8 Families – join us for a fun community building Back to School Potluck on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Orca Cafeteria.

Everyone is welcome! Bring a dish to share!

Meet new Orca K-8 families, teachers and staff. See you at the Potluck!