The Core

October 8, 2021, Volume 13, Issue 9

Notes from the Principal

Hello Orchard Parents,

Wow, what a wonderful morning we had today! The weather was perfect for the Fun Run and everyone had a great time running and cheering on their friends. The day was about perseverance and meeting our goals and supporting each other to meet their goals as well. Bravo Orchard School Runners!

A special shout out to our Fun Run organizers, Jessica McCloud and Deirdre Fenderson. They worked extensively through the challenges of the pandemic to make the run and the fundraising a success. We'll have fundraising numbers available soon but please consider donating. Konstella (on our PTO website) is an easy way to make a donation (of course we would be happy to take a check too).

Monday, October 11th is a holiday, it's Indigenous Peoples Day. There is no school.

We have many reasons to be proud of the Orchard School Community. Here are three data points that support everyone's positive work: (1) above state averages in all SBAC scores, (2) named as one of the top ten Vermont Elementary Schools by, and (3) just recently acknowledged by Vermont PBIS (an agency of the State of Vermont) for our work ion the Core Project. What can I say, I'm a proud principal!

Check through the articles below, especially the nurse's one for updated information.

Have a great three-day weekend; take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

Don’t forget the power of yet, our anonymous quote of the week is, “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

Our Fun Run Sponsors!

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School Nurse Notes

Help lower the spread of respiratory illnesses:

Last year we hardly saw any respiratory illnesses and certainly no influenza. This year, right from the start, we have been seeing respiratory viruses circulating (that are not COVID). We know this because most children are following the health department's illness guidelines, getting tested and many results are negative for COVID-19.

  • If your child has a COVID-19 test and it's negative, they may return to school when:
    • It has been 24 hours or more of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine, AND

    • Other symptoms have resolved or markedly improved.

    • Please consider your child's symptoms before sending them back to school. For example, if they are still coughing, having a drippy nose or have low energy, they may not be ready for a day of learning, interacting with peers or wearing a mask for a good portion of the day. Keeping your child home also helps to minimize the spread of those respiratory germs to other children!

Please continue to fill out the Ruvna app each morning.


Ticks are hardy and stubborn and still active!

  • Check your body DAILY for ticks.

  • Check out the CDC's website for helpful information about tick bite prevention, tick identification, tick removal and symptoms to look for during tick season.

Be well,

Kara Cassani, RN & Darcy Mazlish, RN

Orchard School Nurses
SBSD Elementary Health Services
p. (802) 652-7303
f. (802) 652-7354

Photos of our Grand Marshall, our P.E. Teacher Mr. Hamlin, joining us in the morning from his paternity leave!

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Congratulations to one of our Evening Custodians, Tenzin Tsultrim, for passing his Citizenship Tests!

Two Proud Ts - Tenzin & Mr. T

Oct. 13th Anti-Bullying/Unity Day

Oct 13th is National Anti-Bullying/Unity day where we wear orange in solidarity to stand up against bullying and to not become a bully. Wear orange to show your support and stand up to bullying and remember to always be your healthiest by becoming and being the best person you can be.

Ms. Garland's Kindergarten Class at Farm to School this Week

Join Homecoming Weekend at the High School!

The SBHS Booster Club is looking for ways to get the elementary and middle school students excited about being part of the Wolfpack. This year for Homecoming, we are planning to provide SB Wolves Homecoming bracelets for all the students. These bracelets will act as a pass for the elementary and middle school students to get into any HOME GAME happening during Homecoming weekend for FREE. Of note, the Homecoming soccer game has been moved from Saturday to Monday, 10/18

The schedule of fun events includes:

Friday, 10/15

JV Field Hockey vs. Rice at 5:30 pm

Varsity Field Hockey vs Rice at 7 pm

Saturday, 10/16

JV and Varsity Girls Soccer vs St. Albans at 10 am

Monday, 10/18

JV Boys Soccer vs Colchester at 4 pm

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Colchester at 7 pm.

Monday night’s game is a WHITE-OUT, so wear white apparel if you can!

For more information about the SBHS Booster Club, visit and click on “Athletic Boosters”

Go Wolves!

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Indigenous Peoples Day - No School!

Monday, Oct. 11th, 12am

2 Baldwin Avenue

South Burlington, VT