Orchard Gardens Family Newsletter

December 12, 2020

Upcoming Events:

  • December 16th - OG Food Pantry

  • December 21th - Elementary Report Cards emailed to families

  • December 24th-January 4th - Winter Vacation

  • January 5th - All students return to class

  • January 8th - Middle School Progress Reports emailed to families

Playworks Play Kit Pick Up - December 13th, 10AM-2PM

Playworks is distributing Play Kits tomorrow (Sunday, December 13th) from 10AM-2PM at Orchard Gardens. Please stop by to pick one up! The kits will include:

  • A Playworks bag

  • A BFit fitness guide ring

  • Soft Gator Balls

  • A Nerf Basketball hoop and ball

  • A brain teaser puzzle

  • School supply pack

Social Emotional Well-Being Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this Social Emotional Well-Being Survey for your child/children. You can email Alex Piering with any questions, epiering@bostonpublicschools.org


We got our final delivery of chromebooks, so every student now has the opportunity to have a touchscreen chromebook. You can check to see if your child has a touchscreen chromebook by looking at the number on the bottom of the chromebook.

  • C732T and C733T are the new touchscreen models

  • C720, C740, C771 and the old models (you are eligible to upgrade)

The chromebook that your child has right now will be theirs to use for the next four years. Please make sure you are teaching your child safe chromebook habits to ensure that the chromebook is ready for learning.

  • Keep all food and drinks away from the chromebook

  • Close the lid on the chromebook and hold it with two hands when walking around

  • Power it all the way off at night so that it can update

  • Charge the chromebook in a safe space where no one will accidentally trip over the charging cord

Many chromebook issues can be solved by doing a factory reset. You can try to reset your child’s chromebook at home, or you can bring it to Orchard Gardens and we can help you to do it. If this does not fix the problem, we can send it out for repair and give you a loaner Chromebook. You are not guaranteed an additional touchscreen Chromebook if your Chromebook can not be repaired.

Story Time - Wednesday Night!

Thank you to all the families who joined us on Wednesday nights for OG Story Time! Please join us again on December 16th for the next one! K-2 is at 6:30PM and 3-5 is at 7:00PM. Story Time will take place every Wednesday night (except for vacatios/holidays). Zoom link:


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Materials Pick Up at OG

We are ready to help you exchange broken chromebooks or pick up materials every Monday and Thursday from 7:30AM-1:30PM. Meals are also distributed on these days starting at 10:00AM. Please stop by Orchard Gardens if you need anything!


We know that many things are new this year and you might have questions. Please submit any questions here!