The Core

September 9, 2022, Volume 14, Issue 5

Notes from the Principal


Thank you to all the parents who joined us last night for Orchard School's Curriculum Night. Many parents left sharing how nice it was to be in classrooms and walking around the building. I totally agree and hope this serves as the first of many family activities to come this school year. I hope it was informational as well!

Heads up - we have an Early Release on Friday, September 23rd. For new parents, there are nine early release days scattered throughout the year (approximately one per month) designed to provide staff time with curriculum work and professional development. Dismissal will be at 12:30 and a bag lunch will be available on those days.

There's an updated school calendar approved by the SBSD School Board (version 2) linked below. Please print out a copy for your fridge.

Full week next week? We've got this!

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

Mark T & Olivia K

PTO News

Fun Run: The Fun Run is coming on October 7th! See your child's take-home sheet for more details, and go to Konstella to volunteer or donate today!

Fundraising: The Fun Run is meant to be our one big fundraiser for the year, but there are other ways you can support our school. Orchard School is a beneficiary of Amazon Smile; click here to learn how to set Orchard as your charity of choice:

Box Tops is another easy way to support the school! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

Use referral code VI7J42XS when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops.

Konstella: Join today to connect with your child's friends, to sign up for classroom events, and more!

What is Konstella? It's an app and website with a school directory by classroom (students are added by their caregiver, so it is not necessarily a full class list). It is also used throughout the year as a place for people to sign up to volunteer for classroom events, and it can accept payments for field trips and other donations

Kindergartners Getting in the Groove in the Cafeteria!

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News from Our Medical Team


Parents and caregivers often ask us when they should keep their student home for illness reasons and when they should send their students to school. In general, we encourage parents/caregivers to ask themselves, "Is my child ready to be a student today?" If their illness is preventing them from being a productive member of their class, then staying home is best. Also, please keep in mind that a sick child can spread illness to their classmates, so staying home is also important for others' health as well.

In an effort to help facilitate a healthy learning environment, please keep your child at home when they are sick. The Vermont Department of Health and CDC recommend COVID testing immediately if experiencing symptoms, even if your child has tested positive previously or if they are experiencing only mild symptoms. We can provide antigen tests; just let us know and we can send a box home with your student, or it can be picked up at school. Please click here for SBSD illness procedures.

Be well,

Kara Cassani &

Sarah Pineda, School Nurses

Free Parent Workshop!

Vermont Family Network Free Workshop: Implementing Dr. Ross Greene's "Collaborative Proactive Solutions Model at Home"

The workshop, Implementing Dr. Ross Greene's "Collaborative Proactive Solutions Model at Home", will be held on Sept. 14, 2022, from 10-11 a.m. It will focus on the Collaborative Proactive Solutions Model and look at the work of Dr. Ross Greene, which examines how concerning behaviors that arise in a family are simply saying that there are expectations that the children (or caregivers!) are having difficulty meeting. Learn how to shift lenses to one of lagging skills/unsolved problems and move towards collaboratively solving problems in a way that benefits both caregivers and kids. Presenter: Sara Wilkins, Vermont Lead Advocator for Lives in the Balance program.
Contact: Rachel Boyers at

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Building Bright Futures

Hello Orchard parents!
We have an opportunity as caregivers to share our thoughts and experiences on raising young children in Vermont through the Building Bright Futures Family Needs Survey.

You can complete the survey online by clicking on this link or request a paper copy from the school office.
The survey is designed to gather information and feedback on up to 3 supports and services (you choose) that families with young children prenatal through age have received. Responses to this survey are anonymous and will be used to inform policy and decision-makers on how families are feeling about services and supports in Vermont.

Those who complete the survey will be entered to win a $50 gift card.
Here's to a great year, and thank you for considering adding your voice to the survey!

Leigh Jaschke,
Orchard Parent and member of the BBF Families and Communities Committee

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s early childhood public-private partnership, charged under Vermont Title 33 § Chapter 46 and the Federal Head Start Act (Public Law 110-134) as Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) and Network.

Updates from our Director of Nutritional Services

Create a Lunch Account

Orchard students can receive a free breakfast and free lunch at school each day.

  • Extra meal items and a la carte items, including milk, are not part of the USDA Free & Reduced meal programs. If your student brings lunch from home and wishes to purchase milk, the cost is $.50.
  • Extra meal items and a la carte items may not be charged; a student must have funds in their account or pay cash at the register.
  • All students will be assigned a pin # to be used for making a purchase from their lunch account. Don't worry! if your child can't quite remember their pin # yet, we can credit the account by name.

MySchoolBucks is an online payment service that provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set up low-balance alerts for FREE!

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to or download the mobile app and register for a free account.

  2. Add your student(s) using their school name and student ID.

  3. You will find the student ID, listed as Student Number, in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

  4. Make a payment to your student's accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

Already have an account?

Registration is Still Open For SB Youth Football!

Do you have a child who is interested in football? The South Burlington Youth Football organization offers both flag (grades K-8 as the Jr. Wolves) and tackle, as there is a team made up of fifth and sixth graders, as well as a team of seventh and eighth graders.

The Jr. Wolves NFL Flag team will practice once a week (Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m.) at Farrell Park starting on Wednesday, September 7, with a focus on fundamentals, having fun, and learning the game. The Jr. Wolves will also have one game per week.

For kids in grades fifth through eighth, there is also a tackle option. That team practices four nights a week from 5:30-7 p.m.

Learn more and register online by visiting:

You can also direct any questions that you may have to:

We are Hiring!

We have been hiring new staff throughout the summer though there are still lots of employment opportunities. The pay is good (with health insurance benefits) and you would be working during your child's school schedule. Most importantly, the work is very rewarding and you will make a difference in the lives of students. We have lots of support staff openings ranging from para-educators and interventionists to lunch/recess supervisors. Contact me with any questions at