The Core

November 15, 2019, Volume 11, Issue 12

Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,


We have rescheduled our PTO Meeting for this Monday, November 18th! Remember it was cancelled last Monday due to the snowstorm. The design for the new middle and high school is actually for our current elementary children! I hope you will join us for the MPV (Master Planning & Vision) presentation on the design for the new Middle & High School at Orchard School, 6:30 PM. Please see the Letter below form our Administrative Team regarding the presentation at Orchard and the other elementary schools.

We still have the same child care available for the night. Parents who signed up last week can keep their spots, we still have spaces available. Here is the link for signing up for childcare for the presentation:

The Harvest Fest was such a huge success! Thank you parents & families for joining us for this special event. A BIG thanks to our Kitchen Staff for putting together such a delicious luncheon.

Just two weeks until Parent Conferences - have you scheduled yours with your child's teacher?

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

Mark Trifilio

Master Planning & Vision- Come Join Us!

Join us for the district's presentation of construction of a new Middle & High School (MPV). Monday, November 18th, 6:30 at Orchard School.
Big picture

News from the PTO

Next PTO meeting: The PTO meeting that was canceled due to snow this week has been rescheduled for next Monday, November 18 at 6:30. As was the original plan, this will be a special meeting that includes a presentation on the Master Planning & Vision project for the new Middle/High School. Sign up here for childcare if needed:

Square One Art Project – order deadline extended! Your student’s custom art catalog should have arrived home by now. Instructions for ordering keepsakes were included with the catalog. The Online Order Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, November 19 – all orders submitted before this date will receive free shipping to Orchard School. Orchard School receives a percentage of all Orchard student orders. Please direct questions to Lianne Cleary via Konstella.

The Orchard School Book Fair: This event is just around the corner! Support our library and pick up some awesome new books for you and your family! The Book Fair is a unique fund-raiser focused on raising money for our wonderful library. A portion of the profits on all sales comes right back to our school. You can also buy books for your child's classroom that the teacher has pre-selected.

The Fair runs during the school day for several days, but is open into the evening only on Thursday, November 21st! On Thursday, you can shop until 7pm! Stop by for some holiday shopping!

The Thursday evening portion of the Fair is made possible through the help of the Orchard PTO and the wonderful parent volunteers who help us set up the event, run the registers, and help out around the shelves. Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible! Sign up on Konstella ( or email Dayna Lorentz (

Still seeking a Lake Monsters Orchard Night Volunteer/Organizer needed: The PTO is looking for a volunteer to take over organizing the Lake Monsters Orchard School Night at Centennial Field next summer. Tasks include communications with the Lake Monsters to plan the event, distributing and collecting ticket order forms and arranging for Champ to appear a Friday morning meeting. Please contact the PTO at for more information.

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online:





An Awesome Team - Making our Harvest Feast the Best it Can Be!

Dew Wilde, Heather Liberty, Karen David & Lobsang Norbu

Bolton Valley After School Ski and Ride Program 2019-2020

Informational Meeting Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:30 Orchard School Cafeteria.

Snow is here! Join Orchard at Bolton Valley for 5 (Thursday) nights of ski or snowboard lessons starting Thursday, February 6, 2020. Costs for 5 weeks of lessons is $60; lift tickets for the 5 weeks is an additional $90 (total $150). Children 6 & under lift tickets FREE. Kids Rental is $60 for just ski or board setup; $85 includes helmet. Additional information posted to Konstella Bolton Ski Program Committee webpage, or feel free to contact (Bill Lammer).

Please note families will be responsible for coordinating transportation to and from Bolton Valley.

Congratulations to our 3rd Graders for their Fire Safety posters, the team attended a celebration at the State House!

Big picture

Health Room Hints

It’s that time of year when we begin to see flu and flu-like symptoms, stomach, upper respiratory and cold symptoms. It is especially important to reinforce with your child(ren) the importance of covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow (“chicken arm”) or tissue and reviewing and practicing clean-hand hygiene: wash your hands often with soap and water (or using alcohol-based sanitizer if water/soap is not available).

Please see these links for helpful posters:

Handwashing, Keeping Your Family Healthy

Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands

In an effort to reduce the spread of illness, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, please KEEP YOUR SICK CHILD HOME (your child must be fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medicine, before returning to school).

Big picture