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Monthly Activities

Others First Receives the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award!

Congratulations to Others First for receiving the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award! We received this because so many of you participate in Others First. Please continue your support by signing up for activities online now!

Read about it in the Orinda News!

Learn more about William Penn Mott and his dedication to California State Parks.

"OIS Others First - we would not be able to man the stations without the help of the amazing WR Alums!"

— Alissa Lille, Wagner Ranch Round Up

Online Sign Up!

We are blessed with so much; let's give back a little and help others in our community! Sign up for any or all of the following activities.

By using SignUp Genius we will no longer be sending out confirmation emails. If you sign up, we expect that you will mark your calendar and honor your commitment. The system will send out a reminder email 2-3 days before the activity to the email address you used to login with SignUp Genius. If something comes up where you cannot go, it is your responsibility to remove your name from SignUp Genius as soon as possible to free up spots for others and for us to plan accordingly. If you are canceling or adding within 24 hours of the activity, please contact Jeanette Chang directly. The number of spots available is a little generous to make sure we have enough. We will contact you if we need to wait list anyone. The sign ups are time/date stamped; it will be first come first serve but with first priority to anyone wait listed previously or with parents chaperoning. Please refer to the descriptions below for drop off and pick up instructions.

August Activities Click here to sign up


NorCal Kids Triathlon 2017, Sat, 8/26, 7:30am to 12:00pm

NCKT is a Super Sprint Triathlon dedicated to encourage children to try a new activity, remain active, and remain healthy.

Volunteers are needed to help with NorCal Kids Triathlon.  Volunteers are to be at Miramonte High School by 7:30 am, and the event will be over around 1200pm.  Volunteers do not need any technical or athletic experience, just interest in helping out.  When you arrive at the event, please report to the volunteer table. There will be light refreshments. Drop off and pick up at the same place.  Miramonte HS is located at 750 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563. 

June/Summer Activities - Click here to sign up


Contra Costa Food Bank, June to August 2017

This event is no longer offered after school. All volunteers must register online this year using this link to the Contra Costa Food Bank& Calendar. You may browse through monthly calendar to view volunteer opportunities. Space is limited so sign up early! If only interested in Sort Food at Concord Warehouse during June to August 2017, check details here. Warehouse volunteers sort and box food donations, and box or bag fresh produce. This position does require standing and some volunteers may need to lift filled boxes up to 35 pounds. All volunteers must be scheduled. Groups in Concord may not exceed 15 volunteers per slot. Closed toe shoes are mandatory (tennis shoes are fine.)  Age 11 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers provide own transportation. Volunteers need to fill out and bring the Independent Activity Hours Form, and have it signed by the event coordinator to receive Others First volunteer/credit hours. Concord Warehouse is at 4010 Nelson Ave., Concord, CA 94520.

Lunchtime Activities - No Advance Sign-ups needed!


OIS Green Team, meetings on Friday during lunch, Room 11 (Ms. Kisch's room)

The Green Team is an active group that is trying to improve the environment, starting here at OIS! We have done many things to make the campus greener and cleaner. We monitor the recycle/landfill/compost centers, sort bins, educate students, conduct waste audits, and host lunch time activities which include "green screenings" and games. The highlight of the year is our week long celebration for Earth Week/Earth Day in April. We also participate in off campus activities throughout the year, Brower Youth Awards in the Fall and Goldman Environmental Awards in Spring, both in San Francisco. See Ms. Kisch or Ms. Hessefort to know more about OIS Green Team activities.


Knit-A-Square Project for Africa, Wednesdays during lunch, Room 33 (Ms. Hodder's room)

Come join us on every Wednesday lunch period in room 33 for a special knitting project. Students will be making 8' x 8' squares that will be sent to Africa and turned into blankets for abandoned orphans. Don't know how to knit? It's easy. Mrs. Hodder and her helpers will show you the basics. This project will be on going throughout the year. We welcome parents to join us. No knitting experience necessary.

Participating this month? Thank you!

Please Note:

  • An annual permission form must be on file for each student volunteer (included in on-line registration).
  • Please ensure the student has no conflict with the times or dates of the activities checked below.
  • Make every effort to honor the commitments signed up for as the community organizations rely on our ability to show up, be on time and fulfill the commitments.
  • Because of the large number of students signing up for activities, your student might not get the activity(ies) he/she has signed up for.
  • Students not getting a choice this period will have first priority in getting an activity the next period.
  • Students whose parents can drive will be given first priority!
  • We will contact you if we need to waitlist anyone.