Orchard Gardens Family Newsletter

November 3, 2020

The Guide to BPS

Please take a few minutes to complete the Student Information Update Form so that we have your updated information. It can be completed online using this link:

Student Information Update Form

Email Emily (ebekenstein@bostonpublicschools.org) if you need your child's BPS ID #.

Orchard Gardens is a Meal Super Site!

Meals will now be distributed from Super Sites on Monday and Thursday from 10am-6pm. Families can pick up free breakfasts and lunches on these days. Orchard Gardens is one of the sites, or you can go to one that is closer to your home. Learn more here:

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Update

Now that all students are learning remotely 5 days a week, eligible students will receive $5.86 per child per eligible school day on your P-EBT card. You can find out more information here:


Comcast Internet Essentials is the best internet option for your home. Be sure to call the phone numbers below, NOT the regular service line to sign up.

Other City of Boston Internet Resources (including low cost options).

$9.95 per month (Free for first 6 months) with up to 25 mbps
Enable camera and mic permission on Chrome for Seesaw
EDU in 90: Chromebook Accessibility Features
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BPS Parent University

Parent U is planning a conference for parents on Saturday, Nov 14th, 2020. They would like your feedback so they can plan and offer the classes that parents like yourself need or would like to attend. If can take a few minutes and take the survey, it will really helpful.

Parent Child Reading Club - Email sdesrosiers@bostonpublicschools.org to RSVP

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Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, November 18th 3:30PM - OG Food Pantry

  • Thursday, November 19th, 5:00PM - Parent Conversations (formerly Parent Council)

  • Friday, November 20th - Quarter 1 Ends for Grades 6-8

  • Friday, December 11th - Trimester 1 Ends for Grades K-5


We know that many things are new this year and you might have questions. Please submit any questions here!