The Core

February 21, 2020, Volume 11, Issue 24

Principal's Notes

Parents & Guardians,

Wow, we're here - February Break! Our staff and students have worked hard these past eight weeks and are deserving of a little R&R. Just this week, we had a lot going on - here is a recap:

I Love to Read and Write Weeks - we had a wonderful All School Morning Meeting today celebrating the work of inspirational black women. This was a big undertaking providing books of civic leadership as well as art and poetry, music and athletic accomplishments. We learned a lot today. A special shout out to our Committee consisting of Kathleen Collaro, Donna Sullivan-MacDonald and Abby Klien!

Family Math Night was on a cold, wintry school night but we still had a terrific turn-out. It occurred to me that many families might even know our organizer, Sandy Flemer. Sandy was an involved member of Orchard School while her daughter attended and it is really terrific she continues to be an active community member.

Congratulations to our 5th Graders for sharing their favorite poems on Thursday at the annual Orchard 5th Grade Poetry Slam.

Finally, Mrs. Sullivan-MacDonald finished our week bringing in owls! Orchard School is always on the move.

Don't forget to vote, Tuesday, March 3rd!

Doors open again on Wednesday, March 4th (actually never really closing); take some time to read with your child. Safe travels to all of our families leaving town!

Mark Trifilio

Important Updates from our District

  • Budget Information Highlights are here.
  • Voting is March 3rd, but Early Voting is Underway at City Hall, for more information click here &
  • Master Planning and Visioning: Find the Latest Updates here

I Love to Read and Write Week(s)

The Orchard School community has enjoyed learning about Famous Black Women during our I Love to Read & Write two week long celebration. Today at our All School Morning Meeting, students and staff shared posters and new learning with the entire school.
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PTO News

Skate Night is Coming Up: Please see the information below! Skate Night will be Friday night, March 20, at Cairns Arena. Come join the Orchard Community and have fun with your whole family!

Science Fair: The Science Fair is Thursday, March 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a fun, noncompetitve, non-judged event for ALL grade levels! Sign-up sheets went home in backpacks last week. If you need one or need more information, contact Emily Frazier WIlliams at

Next PTO Meeting: Please come to the meeting on Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are just an hour, but you can leave anytime. We'd love to see you and hear your ideas! It's a great way to find out what's going on and how the PTO helps make Orchard 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:





Family Math Night Photos

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FIfth Graders taking part of our Poetry Slam

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.