Author’s Tea

For those unfamiliar with this annual OCS tradition, in the month of March our K-8 students each write a book. The books vary in their contents from fiction to nonfiction, from poetry to short stories, from biographies to mysteries. The students write and edit their prose as well as including illustrations. Author’s Tea is the event where their hard work is showcased!

This year’s Author’s Tea looked quite a bit different than in years past. Each cohort got their own table and pop-up tent where the collection of books written by that cohort’s students could be accessed (the high school students represented the snack table, much to their delight).

Mr. Rivera added ambiance with guitar music and the OCS parents provided a wide array of snacks (one of students’ favorite parts of Authors’ Tea) including lots of vegan and gluten free snacks.

Check out the gallery of photos from the event below!


New Teacher: Kallie McCutcheon

OCS is thrilled to be able to announce a new addition to our staff for the 2021-2022 school year. Kallie McCutcheon is heading to Orcas with her husband, Ryan, and their two kids, Rigel and Piper. The family is moving from Sitka, Alaska where she has worked at Sitka Adventist School for 8 years and is currently the principal and sole teacher (grades 1-8). At OCS, she will be teaching 4th and 5th grade, with Mrs. Pottle taking our large 3rd grade group.

Kallie with her two children, Rigel (age 4) and Piper (age 2)

Here are some fun facts about our new addition:

  • She and her husband honeymooned at Rosario Resort
  • For 5 summers, she worked in commercial fishing for sockeye salmon in Egegik, Alaska
  • In Sitka, she is part of a Russian dancing team where they dance troikas and wear lots of fun costumes
  • Her family loves hiking and kayaking
  • Habukkuk 2:3 is her favorite Bible verse: “Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
  • Almond aux croissants are her favorite pastry (and her husband says her homemade ones rival those in a Paris patisserie)
  • Tan is her least favorite crayon color
  • She loves gardening and teaching children to garden (so she’ll feel right at home getting her hands dirty in the Enchanted Food Forest)
Kallie and her family will be visiting the island next week in preparation for their move this Summer.

Spirit Week 2021 Announcement

This year we had each of our 5 cohorts (a cohort is a sub-group of the school, kept separate from the others due to Covid-19 precautions) select a theme for the 5 days of Spirit Week!

When the second week after Spring Break rolls around, the cohorts will be in a competition to see which group has the highest percentage participation (highest number of participants would give an edge to the larger cohorts). The winning group will get to help craft their own reward event!

Check out the graphic below to see the themes each cohort chose! And expect lots of pictures in April.

World History Icon Day

Tuesday, March 2, the 9th and 10th grade students made presentations on the historical icon of their choice. We were able to Zoom the performances so family, friends, and fellow students could watch the culmination of weeks of preparation.

Thank you to the Orcas Center for their assistance and support with costumes! You made this project even more magical.

See if you can identify which student is which of the following icons! Click the image to see if you are correct and to learn a little bit about these historical figures.

  • Alexander the Great
  • Cleopatra
  • Kali Ma
  • Ibn Battuta
  • Joan of Arc
  • Henry VIII
  • Grace O’Malley
  • Peter the Great
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • Anne Bonny
  • Jeanne Louise Antonini

High School Bake Sale

As the snow dampened our hopes for a pop-up at Luna’s on Valentine’s Day, the OCS high schoolers have opted to do a second, pre-order-only bake sale to raise additional funds! If you ordered from our last sale, please note the changes to our offerings (an updated list is below).

Orders will be taken through the end of the day Friday, February 26, and will be available for pick-up or delivery on Sunday, February 28.

Please be sure to indicate if you would like to purchase your treats for yourself or if you would like them delivered elsewhere (the fire department, a workplace, a friend, etc.) Orders can be placed through an OCS high school student or by calling the OCS office at (360) 376-6683.

All goods will be baked in a commercial kitchen with COVID-19 precautions taken.


Chocolate Chip Cookies (can be made GF upon request): $2 for 1 -or- $5 for 3 -or- $20 for 12

Cupcakes and Brownies: $5 for 2 -or- $10 for 5 -or- $25 for 12

  • Chocolate Cupcakes (can be made GF and vegan upon request)
  • Vanilla Confetti Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Brownies (cupcake-style)

Chocolate Fudge: $10 for 12 pieces (naturally GF)

Bread: $15 per loaf

  • GF Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
  • Banana Nut Bread


Valentine’s Day Pop-Up at Luna’s

The OCS high school students will be preparing baked goods to sell pop-up style at Luna’s Cafe in Eastsound on Valentine’s Day from 12 PM to 6 PM. Preorders are encouraged and appreciated. To place a preorder, call Kami at (360) 376-6683 or e-mail her at Be sure to mention if you are GF or Vegan so we’re extra careful!

Cookies – $2 for 1 -or- $5 for 3 -or- $20 for 12
• No Bake – GF
• Snicker Doodle – GF
• Chocolate Chip
Cupcakes – $5 for 2 -or- $10 for 5 -or- $25 for 12
• Chocolate – Vegan/GF
• Red Velvet
• Vanilla Confetti
Fudge – $10 for 12 pieces
• Peanut Butter
• Chocolate
Muffins – $4 each or $20 for 6
• Banana
• Brownie – GF
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (GF) – $15 for whole