Dear Orchard Drive families,

Happy Fall y'all! The year is well underway with great learning, exciting events, and most importantly-happy children!

We use iReady and diagnostics in reading for individualized instruction time throughout our day known as WIN ( What I Need) Time for reading instruction and PowWow (Response to Intervention). This is a time that your child will receive instruction based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. If you have questions about what your child is working on during this time please feel free to contact us!

There is NO SCHOOL this Friday or Monday. Enjoy your 4 day weekend!


Can you believe that we are already halfway through the 1st quarter of school? We are off to a great start at Orchard Drive Elementary! Good school attendance is a very important factor for success in school. Please make sure that your child is here on time, and if possible make any doctor appointments for after school. Students are dismissed to go in their classrooms at 7:50. Please try to get your child to school by 7:50. If you arrive at 8:00 or after you will need to sign your child in at the office. Our teachers are trying very hard to make the most of every minute of the school day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me

at jsimmons@jr2mail.org

Jessica Simmons, Assistant Principal


In our September counseling classes, we have been learning about school responsibilities. We have discussed topics such as listening, following classroom

rules, study skills, and goal setting. Ask your child the four listening rules:

Eyes watching, ears listening, voice quiet, and body still.

In October, we will focus on disABILITY awareness topics and making good, safe choices. During the week of October 14-18, students at Orchard will participate in a disABILITY Awareness activities during their specials class time! Please take some time to ask your child what they learned during the week.

Over the next few months, our students will participate in bully prevention lessons. In kindergarten/first grade, we will learn the difference between tattling/reporting, and techniques to resolve conflicts with others. In second/third/fourth grades, we will learn techniques to resolve conflicts with others, how to recognize bullying, and the differences between a bystander and an upstander.

A great resource for information regarding bullying/bullying prevention is stopbullying.gov. On the website, there is a list of ways for parents to help prevent bullying. Also, just a reminder…there is an anonymous bullying reporting form on the Jackson R-2 website at www.jacksonr2schools.com/district/anti-bullying/

At Orchard, the safety of our students is a top priority!

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the “Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.” Please follow this link, https://dese.mo.gov/traumainformed to locate resources about Trauma Informed Schools and the Missouri Model for the State Trauma Initiative. The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing process; it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. If you have any questions regarding what our district is doing as part of being trauma informed, please contact your school counselor, Jill Hadler, at 243-9555 or jhadler@jr2mail.org.

Birthday Book Club


Ava Penfield 3 Winchester

Landon Ticer 10 Wren

Lawson Ticer 26 Conrad

Mariella Koenig 30 Conrad

Thank you to all who helped with the Scholastic Book Fair and those who shopped and supported our school!