The Core

August 19, 2022, Volume 14, Issue 2

Notes from the Principal

Hello Orchard Families,

The countdown is on, school starts a week from Tuesday! Are you ready? It's okay, there's still time, and still time to enjoy summer.

Here are important important dates:

  • Thursday, August 25th - Kindergarten Informational Night, parents I just sent you an email about the evening, I hope you can join us!

  • Monday, August 29th - Open House from 8:15-9:30. Stop by to visit the new classroom and meet teachers and new classmates.

  • Tuesday, August 30th - First Full Day of School*

  • Monday, September 5th - No School, Labor Day Holiday

*Please note we are back to our pre-pandemic school hours: Doors open at 7:50 and the school day begins at 8:05. Dismissal will be at 2:30.

🚌 School Bus Schedules are linked below, click on the link and then click for Orchard Routes.

Happy August everyone, take some time each day to read with your child.

Mark T

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

Summer Library Round-Up

Update from our Nutritional Services

In School Year 2022-2023, all students will receive one free reimbursable breakfast and one free reimbursable lunch at school. The State of Vermont has provided money to do this for one year through the Universal School Meals Act. 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.

We need your help to keep providing free meals to all students in future years. Please fill out thisapplication for free and reduced price school meals. You may also complete the application online in MySchoolApps if your student was previously enrolled in the district. 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. Filling out this form also helps our community provide free summer meals to all kids.

Required Annual Student Update for 2022-23

Get started today! Please register your student for the 2022-2023 School Year by completing the Annual Student Update forms before August 17. These forms provide the District with updated contact, medical, and transportation information, for the health and safety of our students. To complete your Annual Student Update, please log into the SBSD PowerSchool Parent Portal, click Forms, then click "Welcome! New Registrations and Annual Student Updates Start Here..." to get started. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact your school/program directly.

Here are final stats from our short three hour mornings:

843 people visited over the summer - an average of 94 people each three-hour day!

1158 books were checked out over the 9 weeks - an average of 129 books each day!

Many thanks to Cara Johnson for greeting guests and checking out so many books!! Thanks also to Orchard's PTO for supporting Summer Library over the years.

See you soon,

Donna Sullivan-Macdonald

PTO News

Join the PTO! Being a member of the PTO is a great way to be actively engaged in what's going on in your child's school. We are currently looking for a secretary, a co-treasurer, and a co-VP. Email with any questions, or sign up through the Konstella app to be notified of our summer planning meeting to happen in August.