September 1, 2023, Volume 15, Issue. 1
Notes from the Principal
This has been one of our best School Year beginnings in a long time. We have some kinks to work out but it's been pretty smooth.
Unfortunately, our bus routes have struggled with consistency. They are definitely improving by the day but I don't want to sugar-coat parent anxiety. Finding bus drivers has been tough this summer but our district has been supporting the Orchard School routes really well. It's getting better every day.
It looks like there has been a misunderstanding about our pick-up locations. Some parents have been parking and walking over. To reduce crowding, we are asking parents who are picking up in a car to drive to the turn-around in the far parking lot (see the photo below). Bikers can be picked up by bicycle racks and walkers can be picked up in front. Thanks for your help on this.
We've had gorgeous weather these last few days but the weather will be challenging next week (80s plus). We are encouraging all of our parents to check in with their children about cool clothing, a water bottle will be very important.
Speaking of water bottles, don't forget to label everything. We already have a few items in the Lost & Found so please make sure everything is labeled!
Check out the September calendar. You can see we have a lot going on the following week. And we're excited to welcome back AMV photographers for our school pictures.
As you know, meals are free; however, we still have to account for each meal given away. This is why we still require students to enter their PIN (numbers). There is a photo of a keypad below to help new or younger students practice their numbers.
One last note, we are seating students by class at this time. We do this to work on lunchroom expectations (it can get loud in there).
Thank you parents for all of your support and we appreciate all of the contributions to our staff luncheon! Have a t terrific Labor Day Weekend everyone, we all deserve it! Take some time to read with your child.
Mark T & Olivia K
Happy Families on the First Day of School!
Map For Drop-Off and Pick Up
Orchard PTO News
Enjoying the Outdoors
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Try this out for Practicing PINs
Student Lunch Accounts
News that's worth repeating...all students will have access to one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch at school each day!
- The State of Vermont is again providing money for free meals through the Universal School Meals Program..
- Milk is included as a part of reimbursable meal. However, if your student wishes to have milk to accompany a meal brought from home it is considered an Ala Carte item and is not part of the USDA meal programs. If your student brings lunch from home and wishes to purchase milk, the cost is $.50.
- Ala Carte items, including milk, may not be charged; a student must have funds in their account or pay cash at the register.
You can help provide free meals to ALL students in future years!
What? We are asking all families to please fill out this application for free and reduced price school meals. We will send home paper copies to all students the first week of school. Please fill it out and send it back with your child.
Why? If many families fill out and return this form, we will get more money from the federal government for free school meals now and in the future. We will also get more money for other school programs - at our school, we use these funds for reading and math intervention teachers, tutoring and support for our students who are homeless. Filling out this form also helps our community provide free summer meals to all kids.
How? Fill out the form and return it (in a sealed envelope to protect your personal information) to the GCS main office or your child's teacher. You may also complete send the completed application directly to Nutritional Services, 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT, 05403.
Exciting Employment Opportunities in Nutritional Services:
Are you currently searching for employment? Do you like working with children? Would you like to work the same schedule as your children while receiving full benefits and a generous starting wage ($17.85-23.10 per hour) Nutritional services has several open positions, either full time, 7 hours a day or part time 4.5 hours per day or as a substitute. No experience necessary. For more information or to apply please contact Rhonda Ketner, Director, Nutritional Services; firstname.lastname@example.org