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Principal's Update - December 2019

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Happy Holidays!

Greetings Orchard Hill Families!

The time between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays always seems to fly by so quickly! We hope that your parent-teacher conferences were productive and that together with your child's teacher future goals were discussed. The next formal progress report will be available in February and you will receive information on how to access your child's report card through the Genesis/Parent Resources system.

As the winter holiday season approaches, excitement naturally builds with young children. Our PTA will sponsor the annual Holiday Gift Fair where students have an opportunity to shop for family members or friends. This event will take place December 2nd - 9th and provides an opportunity for the children to find that special gift that will bring a smile to the special people in their lives. Stay tuned for more information from the PTA and your child's classroom teacher.

We wish all of our Orchard Hill families the very best during the upcoming holiday season and a safe, healthy new year in 2020!

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Scotti and Mr. Van Hise

From the School Nurse

With the winter cold and flu season imminent, you often read advice on how to keep your child healthy. Unfortunately, children become ill and parents are faced with the question of when is it necessary to keep my child home from school?

It is recommended that you keep your child home when they have a fever, heavy cold symptoms (persistent cough, excessive nasal secretions) vomiting, diarrhea or a generalized body rash. These are indicators that your child is contagious and should minimize contact with others. Your child may return to school after they are symptom-free for a 24-hour period without the use of medications.

Medicating your child before sending off to school masks symptoms, exposes others to illness and may even prolong the time your child is sick. Illnesses are generally the most contagious during the first few days. Besides the obvious indications of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, it may be difficult to determine if your child should attend school or stay home. If your child experiences a fever, unusual tiredness with body aches, uncontrolled coughing, an unexplained rash, or a severe sore throat, they should stay home to allow for rest and a speedy recovery before they return to school.

As parents, you are the best judge of your child's needs. Children who are too ill to participate in learning activities in school benefit by taking a day or so to recuperate so they may return to their classrooms healthy and ready to learn.

In the event you are having trouble determining your child’s illness and their ability to attend school, contact your child’s primary care physician or the school nurse. The school nurse is a great resource in determining if your child’s symptoms warrant time at home to recover. Remember, when reporting your child’s absence, please detail the illness symptoms so the nurse can successfully track prevalent trends.

Minimizing the spread of illness protects others who may have a difficult time battling the cold or flu. And remember — thorough hand washing is the most effective prevention from spreading germs. Stay healthy!

Winter Recess December 23 - January 1

As a reminder, we will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 20. Please review the following information:

  • Grades 1 & 2: 9:30am - 1:30pm (Parent Pickup begins at 1:15pm)
  • AM Kindergarten & Preschool: 9:30am - 11:20pm
  • PM Kindergarten & Preschool: 11:50pm - 1:30pm (Parent pickup begins at 1:15pm)

Emergency School Closing Information

In the event of inclement weather, hazardous road conditions or any other emergencies requiring the closing of schools for one day, phone messages will be used to notify families. You may also check the following:

  • Message Line: 609-466-7610
  • District Website: www.mtsd.k12.nj.us
  • NJ 101.5 FM
  • Channel 27 (Local Access Cable)

In the event of an emergency school closing, the 6-day rotation cycle will remain unchanged. For example, if there is an emergency closing/snow day on Day 1, the following school day will remain Day 2. Missed days will be made up later in the school year. Please refer to the district calendar for details.

Reinforce Math Skills with Everyday Activities


From the moment they step onto the bus in the morning, until their safe arrival back home later in the day, your children are Orchard Hill students. At the beginning of each new year and periodically throughout the year students are reminded of expectations at OHES, the bus being one area of focus. Students learn to follow the A, B, C, D, E of bus safety and behavior.

A: Assigned Seat

Students are assigned a bus seat and should remain there for the duration of the ride.

B: Buckle up

Students should buckle their seat belts and pull the belt snug across their lap.

C: Correct Sitting

Students sit facing forward with their bottoms on the seat and feet to the front.

D: Driver is in Charge

Bus drivers should be treated respectfully and their bus rules be followed. They have a difficult, yet extremely important job - getting our students to and from school safely.

* Stay seated

* Buckle up

* No food or drinks

* Quiet voices

* Respectful language

E: Even on the Bus be a Bucket Filler

Be kind and respectful towards others.

Your assistance in reinforcing these bus riding safety reminders with your children is appreciated!

Follow Us on Twitter!

There are many exciting things happening every day at OHES. We will share these special events on Twitter. Please follow us for updates on Twitter at @MONTYOHES. Also be sure to stay up to date with literacy learning by following Mrs. Amy Monaco, Supervisor for Language Arts and Social Studies at @MontyReaders.