The Core

October 18, 2019, Volume 11, Issue 8

Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

There are times in the school year when there is so much going on with community activities. Right after the Fun Run, we had Fire Safety Workshops, High School students volunteering in our gardens and our favorite director, Don Wright, come and spoke to the 4th & 5th graders about our upcoming auditions for Peter Pan.

Coming up in the next few weeks, keep your eye out for:

  • Peter Pan Auditions
  • International Night
  • Possible MPV Presentation at Orchard. MPV (Master Planning & Visioning) is a look at the plans for the construction of a new Middle & High School.

I hope you will stay tuned and check in with the Core and emails to keep you updated.

We continue to share our concerns about parents transporting children, as we see children not wearing seat belts as well as parents parking in handicap spaces. These spaces are not available without the placard, even for a quick student drop-off. Our SRO (Student Resource Officer), Brianne Williamson, has included a letter below to explain our concerns and action steps.

I am at a conference next week. Joe O'Brien will be my sub. Joe is a retired principal who served at a number of schools including Rick Marcotte Central School and Tuttle Middle School. I am really happy he can join Orchard School while I am away.

Have a terrific weekend, take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

A Vermont Beauty - the Orchard Playground in the Fall

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Last Chance: Peter Pan registrations close Saturday, October 19th

Final reminder that Play registration CLOSES for 4th & 5th students interested in participating in the Cast or Crew this Saturday, October 19th. Please use this link to register your child; Peter Pan (4th & 5th) Registration

Please make sure to register your child by this date. Late registrations will not be accepted. 3rd grade chorus registration will take place in early November.

Thank you!

Orchard Drama

Last minute notes on the Fun Run

There is still time to earn entries for the $200 Grand Prize gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods, Flynn Theater tickets, Ski Rack gift cards, Vermont Teddy Bear, Get Air, Lake Monsters Gear and more. Every $25 raised equals 1 additional entry. We will keep the online donations open for one week after the run and pull prize winners on October 19th.

Please have students turn in the fundraising envelopes to classrooms by Monday morning.

Congratulations to all of our runners. Go Orchard Go!

A Letter from our School Resource Officer

Dear Orchard Parents,

As the School Resource Officer, kids’ safety is my primary focus. It has come to my attention from multiple complaints that people are seeing kids not properly restrained while cars are moving. This has been seen during drop off and pick up times. Vermont Law (T23 VSA 1258 -Child Restraint Systems- persons under age 18) states that no person shall operate a motor vehicle, other than a school bus, on a public highway unless every occupant under age 18 is properly restrained in a federally-approved child passenger restraining system (rear-facing seat/car seat/booster seat) or a federally-approved safety belt.

This means while the vehicle is moving, your kids need to be belted in. If your kid is undoing their belt prior to you parking the car, you need to tell them to wait until the car comes to a complete stop. If you are moving your car before your kids (s) is/are belted in, you need to wait until they are ready. I am sharing this with you as responsible parents. Consider this a friendly reminder. Police will be enforcing this at school. 1st Violation is $25 fine, 2nd Violation is $50 fine, 3rd or subsequent Violation is $100 fine. If you have any questions/concerns you can reach out to me at


Officer Bri

News from the PTO

International Night: This event will take place November 7th from 6-8 pm. This biennial event is great way to share cultural ties and helps our community learn about each other. Forms to sign up for a table are due next week! Please return these to the front office to reserve a table. Please contact Merin Maxwell at for more information.

Last minute Fun Run Donations! Last-minute donations can be made online until tonight (October 18th) at:

Square 1 Art is coming soon: During the month of September, your student(s) have worked very hard in art class to create a unique piece of artwork for this year's Square One Project. In a few weeks, your student's custom art catalog will be coming home.

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online:





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Orchard students will have the opportunity to make a difference in the world again this year on Halloween. More info to come in the next Core! For questions or more information, you can reach Lisa Charlebois at

Photos from Fire Safety Workshops with Lieutenant Dattilio - aka Firefighter Brad!

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SBHS Students volunteering on Wednesday to Clean up Around the School and put our Gardens to Bed. Can you spot the Orchard Alumni?

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