The Core

March 5, 2021, Volume 11, Issue 22

Letter from the Principal

Hello Parents,

Welcome back Orchard students! I hope you all had a good vacation and are feeling good about being back at school. The late winter weather is really helping our vibe (so does the anticipation of a vaccination). Celebrating 100 Days of School is pretty cool too!

Funny story - I was being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal over the vacation (a story for another time) about our re-opening efforts. I think the WSJ is putting a series together about schools starting to open. It is amazing to think there are so many elementary schools across the country that have still not opened. Anyway, I shared some of our challenges (especially the pods and lack of room to move around) and also how we've been working at celebrations and enrichment experiences to keep students engaged and excited about school. The goal in sharing this is to give a big shout-out to our I ❤️ School Week Committee. Our teacher teams are always on the go and I truly appreciate their work to provide these special experiences for our students.

Congratulations to our fifth graders. They all completed their DARE classes with Officer Bri. Their hard work and perseverance will work to keep them informed as they continue to grow and become more independent.

We are planning for the Black Lives Matter Flag to be raised next Friday, March 12th! The plan includes simulcasting our ceremony to each of our classrooms and hopefully provide a slideshow the following week.

Registration is open for Incoming Kindergarten students on March 1, 2021. If you would like to register a student who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2021, please visit .

I made a change to the calendar below. The Remote Learning Day on Wednesday, March 17th, is actually a day off for students, In-Service for staff.

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

Mark Trifilio

Quote of the week:

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." Jane Goodall

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Mr. T and Ms. Kathy zooming classes with some math humor along with their favorite tarantula!

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School Nurse Notes


This chart includes information about General Quarantine Guidance if you had COVID-19, and if you are Vaccinated:

Vermont COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines chart (click).


Hang in there! We are all feeling COVID fatigue, but we must continue to be diligent, as positive cases are still occurring in our communities.

Please do not gather with people you do not live with; have fun participating in activities outside with others, but do not be tempted to bring the fun indoors.

Continue to stay 6 feet apart and wear a mask when outside with others.


The Vermont Health Department encourages testing as a critical tool to slowing the spread of the virus. The sooner you know if you have the virus, the sooner you can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

COVID-19 PCR Testing Sites:

    • If you/your student has symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health care provider first, to determine if testing is needed. If you don't have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to connect to care.
    • If you/your student are not sick but need a test, consider scheduling a test at a pop-up site on the Health Department's website: "Where to Get Tested," through your provider, or call the Health Department @ 863-7240.


  • Vermonters 65 years and older can now make an appointment to get a COVID-19 Vaccination.
  • Visit the "Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine" site on the health department's website by clicking here.
  • If you know someone who can't make an appointment online or needs to speak with someone in a language other than English, call 855-722-7878.

Take Care,

Kara Cassani, School Nurse
Orchard School
SBSD Elementary Health Services
p. (802) 652-7303
f. (802) 652-7354

100 Day Celebrations in Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classrooms

Memory Book!

Hello Orchard families! It’s time to start collecting photos for the Orchard Memory Book. We know this year has been very different and we have unfortunately missed out on many of our favorite Orchard events, but we’re hoping to gather some great photos of our students participating in classroom activities or remote school. Please send any photos you have to And please send photos in large or actual size for optimal resolution.

Fifth Grade Fun Day:

A few fifth-grade parents are starting to plan for the possibility of having a Fifth Grade Fun Day. If you would be interested in helping organize, please contact Aimee Hutton at"
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Photos from DARE Classes

PTO News

The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) continues to work to make this year a fun and productive one! We support teachers and the whole school in creating a strong community. We believe it is important to continue to show appreciation and support for our teachers and staff, so we would like to occasionally give some sweet treats! We are also thinking ahead to when things get back to normal and we can bring our events back (Skate Night, Spring Fling, Math Night, etc.) - even if they cannot happen until next year! Your support is still very important, especially since we could not host our major fundraiser, the Fun Run, last fall. If you can, please donate by sending a check to the Orchard PTO, c/o Suzanne Hebeler, 36 Cortland Avenue, South Burlington, VT 05403 OR donate online:

We are also creating Joy Bags! These bags have sensory supplies, books, and other boredom killers and happiness givers that teachers can have on hand to tuck into the backpacks of students who seem to need a pick-me-up during these times.

Please join us! If you have a little room in your schedule, consider volunteering! Email Kristin at with thoughts, questions, and ideas.

Everyone is always welcome at meetings, and new energy and ideas are always appreciated! Meetings are once a month on Zoom. Join in and be a part of what's happening!


Join us in earning CASH for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Download the Box Tops for Education app at your App Store or here:

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SB Youth Baseball & Softball

South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball has been providing a safe, healthy way for kids to make friends and stay active for 40 years.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for ages 5 to 12, best of all T-Ball is now being offered free of charge!

Sign up today at

  • Scholarships available for all league ages
  • State and local safety and social distancing recommendations are strictly enforced
  • Your child will improve their game and learn important life skills.