The Core

March 25, 2022, Volume 13, Issue 29

From the Principal

Hello Parents,

I was so proud to represent Orchard School along with one of our ELL Teachers, Jackie Parrott, at the English Language Learners Open House at the South Burlington Library. We had a really nice turnout of South Burlington families from all over the globe. It was an awesome evening and it was my first time in the new library - so impressive!

Parents, as mentioned last week, we want to get our school day started earlier in an additional step to move forward as fully reopening. We want to start our day at 8:05. If you are dropping your child off and want to avoid the busses, feel free to use the "teardrop" parking lot. To help us reclaim a little more of our school day, doors open at 7:50 AM.

  • Most Busses Arrive at 7:50
  • Walkers Arrive at 7:50-8:05
  • Drop Off in the Teardrop Parking Loop at 7:50-8:05

Finally, in our efforts to move toward re-opening our schools, we are holding our Parent Conferences in person (with a zoom option). I hope you can join us in the building!

Don't forget to keep an eye out on the Covid Dashboard on our district webpage, it's good to continually keep an eye on it:

Finally, we're excited to announce we are kicking off Spirit Week on Monday, April 4th. Our theme will be in honor of Autism Acceptance Week. We'll be sharing daily themes and ideas next Friday!

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

Mark T

Quote of the week:

“Being a boy isn’t better than being a girl. But being myself is the best.”

From the book, Call Me Max, by Kyle Lukoff

5th Graders Rocket Launch last Monday

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is open on the District web page.

Register for 2022-2023 Kindergarten

You will need to complete the registration forms to enroll your student at Orchard School for the fall. You will be registering a returning student.

We are having Kindergarten Open House for all registering students and their parents on Tuesday, April 12th or Wednesday, April 13th from 12:15-1:30.

Please contact: Allyson Yandow 802-652-7362 or email: to schedule a time or if you have any questions.

Thank you!

School Nurse Notes

"TICK" TOCK: Check out this video on proper TICK REMOVAL.

Has your student outgrown their pants and shirts? We are in need of stretchy pants / leggings and basic shirts (no big logos please). If you have some to spare, that are washed and in good shape, please send them in. Thank you!


For students in all grades, please consider keeping a spare set of socks, underwear, pants and shirt in your student's backpack.

Please check out SBSD's COVID-19 Dashboard and scroll down for information on returning to school following illness.

Please keep your student(s) home when sick.

Be well,

Kara Cassani, RN & Darcy Mazlish, RN

Orchard School Nurses
SBSD Elementary Health Services
p. (802) 652-7303
f. (802) 652-7354

March's Read Aloud - Call Me Max

Two years ago, our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team created the Reading to Raise Anti-Racists project. As you know, the RRAR project provides a monthly school-wide read-aloud book to increase equity awareness for students using developmentally appropriate books. The RRAR project has been highly successful and schools across the state have been reaching out to inquire about our special work. This month's book, Call Me Max introduces Max, a transgender elementary student. It's a beautiful story that thoughtfully approaches being transgender. It is developmentally appropriate, just like all our other books. Reading Call Me Max is just one of the many ways we include and affirm students of all identities.


Order early! Deadline by Monday, April 24th

Memory Books are a great way to commemorate your child's year at Orchard. Books cost $14 each and can be ordered using the link or QR code below. If you are able, please consider donating an extra book for a family in need.

Order Link:
School Code: 920771

You will need the school code above and then follow the directions on the screen to set up an account. If you already have an account from last year, please update your child’s information so their order goes to this year's classroom teacher. Do so by clicking on the “+Add/Update Information” purple button in your account and adjusting the teacher's name and grade. If you wish to donate a book, you can put it in your name or your child's name as the system requires a name be entered but we will be sure the book goes to someone in need. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity: This Memory Book coordinator is graduating in June! If you are interested and willing to take on the Memory Book in future years, please reach out to learn the ropes and be mentored in this current ordering season.

ELL Open House at the SB Library

Champlain Valley Regional Art Show

Art teachers throughout the area are proud to be displaying the work of kindergarten through high school students. Orchard School and Several area schools will be represented. A sample of K-5 Orchard Art will be on display. The exhibition opened this week and runs through Thursday, April 2nd. Exhibits are available for viewing during normal University Mall hours. Bring your family and friends to see this local artistic event. South Burlington displays are close to the mall entrance of Kohl’s. Congratulations again and enjoy the show.

Susie Ely

Art Teacher

Orchard School

UVM Women's Basketball Players Working with Ms. Evenson's & Mr. Pecor's 1st Grade Classes!

Maple Moon Festival Rescheduled for March 26th


Common Roots, our Farm to School partners, have an exciting family opportunity for you and your family! Maple Moon is a Spring Festival at the Wheeler House

(1100 Dorset Street) with music, a scavenger hunt in the woods, maple sugaring, and cultural stations with taste tests. Dress for the weather.

The Maple Moon Festival will be held on March 26 from either 11 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 -2 pm (two shifts). The event itself is free. Lunch tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children; children 2 and under are free, to cover the cost of lunch. The menu will be Flatbreads from our clay oven and maple lemonade. Common Roots has provided some complimentary tickets for families who would like to attend, for whom the cost of lunch may be challenging.

Please visit to reserve your free event tickets (11-12:30 or 12:30-2), or call the Orchard front office (802-652-7302).

Complimentary lunch tickets are available at each school on a first come first serve basis. See the attached flyer.

Parking will be at the Islamic Society on Swift Street. There is a light at the corner and sidewalks all the way.

Get your family out on the land at our beautiful Wheeler Nature Park. We hope you can join the fun! Invite your friends!

(Maple Moon - brought to you by Common Roots, SB Rotary, and SB Park and Rec)

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Mr. Schmidt's 3rd Grade Scientists

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South Burlington Lacrosse

Hello South Burlington Wolves Families,

We are currently planning our boys' town lacrosse season for players in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Registration: Registration for South Burlington Boys Youth Lacrosse will open on Saturday, March 26.

If you visit, at the very top of the page you will see information and a link to register once it's open. The registration fee for this year will be $85 per player.

Please note that you will also need to register with USA Lacrosse prior to registering to take part in the South Burlington Lacrosse program. You can either take care of this ahead of time by visiting the USA Lacrosse Membership site, or, you will be guided through the process when registering for SB Lacrosse.

Please continue to pass this information along to anybody that may be interested! ABSOLUTELY THE MORE THE MERRIER!

We expect that we will start practices on MON/WED/FRI in mid-April. Game season will run on Saturdays throughout the month of May (excluding Memorial Day Weekend), and will continue into the first weekend of June with a likely opportunity for potential tournament weekends of play into mid-June, TBD.

No prior experience required, just a desire to exercise, have fun, be a valued member of our Family Team, and play the fastest game on 2 feet with friends!!!

For new players to the game of lacrosse, you will need a helmet, mouthguard, *shoulder pads* (EKG CERTIFIED), arm pads, gloves, athletic protector, cleats, water bottle, and a stick.ASK FOR HELP HERE PLEASE AS NEEDED ;)

We are looking forward to getting on the field this spring with our team and having fun playing the great game of lacrosse. Please join our great group for a couple awesome months!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or text me at anytime.

Thank you for your time, GO WOLVES!

Coach Tim Knoth


Test Kit Use

Test kits are for you to use at your discretion, possibilities for use include:

  • When you student has a COVID-19 symtpom.
  • When your student is a presumptive contact at school.
  • When your student is a close contact outside of school.