The Core

January 3, 2020, Volume 11, Issue 17

Notes from the Principal

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Peter Pan Play Tickets on Sale Today

Check your child's backpack for the bright green paper ticket order form and important ticket information. You can also order your tickets on-line by going to You do not need to send in a paper form if you order on-line. Your receipt IS your ticket.

Please refer to ticket order form sent home today for a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions. The ticket maximum is 8 PER SHOW. You may buy more than 8 tickets but you may not buy more than 8 for any single performance. Tickets cannot be exchanged for a different performance or refunded. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


Peter Pan! Playbill Advertising and Shout Outs

Once again, we are creating a keepsake program for this year’s drama production of Peter Pan. Shoutouts and advertising are a great memento for the cast, crew and chorus, and all the proceeds go directly to fund our amazing drama productions!

Advertisements in the program can be purchased by local businesses, and/or by Orchard families and friends. Ads may include photos, logos, clip art, drawings, poems, songs, or just some words of encouragement for the cast, crew, or chorus. Salute your own child or cheer on an entire group of kids! You can be as creative as you’d like!

Please create your ad using any application that is capable of producing a “pdf” or “jpg” file. They are easy enough to do in Microsoft Word. Please note the sizes and prices below when creating your ad.

This year we will again be offering the ever-popular “One Line Shout Outs.” You can purchase one line of text which will be added to shout-out pages in the program for just $10! E.g. “We are so proud of you Susie? Love, Nana and Papa”, “Welcome to the stage 3rd grade chorus!”


Prices and Sizes of Ads and Shout Outs are as follows:

Full Page B&W (8”H x 5”W): $140

½ Page B&W (4”H x 5”W): $ 75

¼ Page B&W (4”H x 2.5”W): $40

One Line Shout Out: $10

Here is the link to for the form:

Bolton Ski & Snowboard Program - from Konstella

Registration, Rental Forms and Payment is due Friday January 17, 2020. Forms are posted under "More" drop-down/"Files & Links" as well as two safety videos participants need to watch. There are also copies in the main office at school. Please fill them out and send them in to the main office in an envelop labeled Bolton Ski/Snowboard Program. Checks should be made out to "Orchard PTO" w "Bolton ASP" in memo line.

Join Orchard School at Bolton Valley for 5 Thursday nights of ski or snowboard lessons (1 hour each week) and fun starting February 6, 2020 !! Families are responsible for coordinating transportation to and from Bolton Valley each week.

Dates: Thursdays Feb 6, 13, 20, March 5, 12; Make-up March 19. 4:00 - 8:00 pm.

Bolton is currently planning on staggering the lesson starts, so that Level 1 and 2 will start at 4:30 and Level 3,4,5 will start at 5:30.

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.

If parents are interested in renting equipment, please fill out a separate Rental Form - if you pay with your child, then you can rent for their rate.

Season Long Lease: $89 skis, boots, poles or snowboard and boots - call Rental Department at (802) 434-3444, ext 8 and mention that you are participating in the After School Program. Pick up after November 12, return by April 12, 2020 and they are yours for the season.

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Community Dialogue Event Focuses on How to Start the Conversation about Race with Children

Kerry Fantelli and Keith Smith of UVM’s Center for Health and Well-Being will co-facilitate learning and dialogue addressing how to start the conversation about race with children on Thursday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m., F.H. Tuttle Middle School Cafeteria and Library (500 Dorset Street).

This event is part of the South Burlington Community Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In its fourth year, the series intends to offer the community an opportunity to come together and engage in thoughtful, intentional dialogue on topics often difficult to discuss. This evening is especially designed for the parents/guardians/caretakers of the community’s youngest learners, recognizing that “at birth, babies look equally at faces of all races. At 3 months, babies look more at faces that match the race of their caregivers (Kelly et al. 2005)” (“They’re Not Too Young to Talk about Race,” The Children’s School).

A free dinner will be offered at the January 23 event from 5:30-6:00 p.m., and the presentation will run from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and will include resources for families to bring home. Free childcare is also available. Please call 802.652.7035 to register for childcare and/or the event.

This event is sponsored by South Burlington School District’s Healthy Schools Program. For further information, please contact Susie Merrick at or 802.652.7035.

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Shakespeare’s Comedy 12th Night coming to South Burlington

Tuttle Middle School in association with the First Light Theatre Project is warming up the winter season with a new take on Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, Twelfth Night. Set in the rock-fueled era of the 1970s, this production will bring a sense of romantic whimsy and yearning to the coastal region of Illyria.

Comedic mistaken identity and deception abound, as the party rages, the laughter flows, and the live rock music plays on. Twelfth Night is a story of mistaken identity, concealed truth, and comic revelation. When siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked off the coastal region of Illyria, each believes the other to be dead. Viola disguises herself as a man to find employment but unintentionally catches the eye of Olivia, the beloved of her new employer, Duke Orsino. To make matters worse, Viola has fallen for the Duke. The situation gets no less complicated when Sebastian arrives on the scene and is quickly mistaken for his sister, the disguised Viola, and finds himself married to Olivia. Meanwhile, Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek are wreaking havoc among the servants with no less need for illusion, confusion, and concealment. In the end, most things work out and everyone at least gets their just deserts. Twelfth Night is filled with dance, folly, poetry, music and a cast of unforgettable characters, as well as some of Shakespeare’s best wisdom and wordplay.

It is most suitable for ages 10 and up. Twelfth Night will be performed on Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, 2020 at 7 pm in the South Burlington High School Theatre. Tickets are $10 ($7 for seniors and students) and are available at the door. For more information, or to order tickets online, contact: