FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  Bartel Melinda Smith
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
04/16/2018
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
Orchids Paper Products CO /DE [TIS]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
C/O ORCHIDS PAPER PRODUCTS COMPANY, 4826 HUNT STREET
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
Chief Financial Officer
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

PRYOR, OK 74361
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Common Stock Option (Right to Buy) 04/16/2019 04/16/2028 Common Stock 20,000 (1) $ 7.9 (1) D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Bartel Melinda Smith
C/O ORCHIDS PAPER PRODUCTS COMPANY
4826 HUNT STREET
PRYOR, OK 74361
      Chief Financial Officer  

Signatures

/s/ Melinda S Bartel 04/23/2018
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) The options were granted on April 16, 2018 upon Ms Bartel's appointment as Chief Financial Officer with an exercise price equal to the average of the high and low price on the date of grant. One third (1/3) of the options vest one year from the date of the grant with the remainder vesting ratably over the following two years.

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