The Core

February 10, 2020, Volume 11, Issue 22

Notes from the Principal

Hello Orchard Parents,

Good call on the snow day, right? It was really coming down. We had a lot of activities planned for Friday, but it's better to be safe when transporting our students and staff on such a snowy day. Here are some changes:

  • Family Math Night - moved to Tuesday, February 18th.
  • 5th Grade DARE Graduation moved to Thursday February 13th from 8:30-9:30 in the cafeteria.
  • 100 Day Celebration - right away!

Please note in the PTO news that I am doing a presentation on our Consolidated Funded Programs. We are required to give this on an annual basis. I promise it will be quick and interesting (hopefully). Child care will be provided! I hope you can join us and learn how active our PTO is in the enrichment of Orchard School.

We are receiving a number of elementary age-appropriate flyers each week. Scroll down to the bottom to see all the offerings in South Burlington.

Have an awesome week; take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

Our Awesome Lunch/Recess Crew

From left to right: Avery, Hayden, Storm & Thomas

PTO News

Combined Grant Funding Presentation: At the PTO meeting on February 10, Principal Mark Trifilio will do a very short presentation on the Combined Grant Funding. Free Childcare and Snacks will be provided.

Save the Date for Skate Night: Skate Night will be Friday night, March 20, at Cairns Arena. More information to come!

Next PTO Meeting: Please come to the meeting on Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. It's a great way to find out what's going on and how the PTO helps make Orchard School a Wonderful Place to Grow! Everyone is welcome!

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online or ask Mr. Trifilio to put you in touch:





Math Night Rescheduled - Tuesday, Feb. 18th!

Family Math night has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 18th from 6 - 7:30. Please rsvp to if you would like to join us for Math Night.

Original Message:

Join in the Orchard School gym for Family Math Night! Come play lots of fun math related games, such as building 3D structures with gum drops, Rubik’s cube mosaics, chess, art, Lego marble mazes, estimation, and many more games that even the most reluctant math student will enjoy! Please RSVP with the number attending to if you would like to attend.

We are looking for donations of math related games for the raffle at the end of the night. Please email if you are able to donate a game. Not sure of which game to buy? Here are some suggestions: Rush Hour, Sequence, Mancala, Shut the Box, Rumikub, Racko, Chutes and Ladders, Dominoes, Chess, Yahtzee or Farkel. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

K/1 Pete the Cat Artwork

February Farm-to-School News

This month we are learning how to use clues like color, and plant part (root, stem, leaf, fruit), to understand what food will give our bodies. We’re highlighting the color purple with red cabbage and purple radish slaw, and we’re drizzling an orange-honey dressing over top.

February Farm to School: Color Slaw Recipe

Dressing: 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tbsp Olive Oil, 1 tbsp Honey, 2 tsp Orange Zest, a pinch of both Salt and Cumin

Whisk together

Salad: Slice purple and green cabbage into small pieces (cutting across the head horizontally allows the cabbage to fall apart into little strips), add cabbage pieces to the bowl. Shred radish with a cheese grater or food processor. Add cabbage and radish. Pour dressing and toss.


Kayli O'Donnell

Farm-to-School Educator

Photos from February Farm-to-School

MPV Presentations

MPV upcoming community meetings. We have one this coming Wednesday, February 12 from 7-9 pm in SBHS Caf 2. A brief presentation followed by information tables/booths - people can have their questions answered one on one by the architects, board members, and administrators. We have also just added a Saturday info session! Based on feedback. That one will also be in SBHS Caf. 2, February 15 from 10-noon. Light refreshments provided! These two are flexible formats - come in for the entire time or pop in and out, especially during the second hour. Our project specific website is:

Not sure if you had seen this, but the 7 minute RETN video on existing conditions is complete and, in my opinion, so well done.

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Interested in Substituting for SBSD?

Are you looking to get more involved at your child’s school? Need a bit of extra income or additional work experience? Want to get out in the community a bit more now that your child is in PreK or Kindergarten? Apply to substitute now!

Seeking substitutes for:

  • Classroom Teachers (all subjects)
  • Paraeducators & Interventionists
  • School RNs and LPNs (Must have appropriate licensure and/or certifications)
  • Custodians
  • Nutritional Services
  • Bus Drivers (Must have current valid CDL with appropriate endorsements)

All SBSD substitutes are required to undergo a criminal record check and be fingerprinted for a VT public school District.

For more information and to apply, please contact Sarah McNally, SBSD HR Coordinator, at or 802-652-7255

Pre-School Registration

The South Burlington School District Pre-Kindergarten Fall Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is open.

We now have three STARS Accredited Licensed Programs, one in each of our three elementary schools. We offer 10 hours of Free Public Pre-Kindergarten Monday thru Thursday 8:00-10:30 and 12:00 to 2:30 throughout the school year.

Our classrooms provide a warm nurturing environment with a low student/teacher ratio.

We provide opportunities for purposeful play coupled with teacher-directed activities in an language-rich environment promoting social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The curriculum follows the Vermont Early Learning Standards and is taught by an Early Childhood Special Educator and Speech and Language Pathologist.

To register, your child must be a South Burlington Resident and 3 years old on or before September 1, 2020.

The Pre-Registration Form is located on our school district website and select the Pre-Kindergarten Quick Link. You might also want to take a sneak peek into our classrooms by visiting our school pages. For early placement, registrations should be received on or before February 7, 2020.