The Core

December 20, 2019, Volume 11, Issue 16

Notes from the Principal

Hello Parents & Guardians,

So long 2019! It's has been a busy, productive, awesome school year. So much going on and so much more learning on the way.

Don't forget, we return on Thursday, January 2nd.

Safe travels to all families who are traveling; take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

Happy Holidays!

Kindergartners Awesome Performance at our Annual Winter Sing-Along

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Mr. Hamlin and Crew get us all on our Feet for a Festive Hip Hop Dance

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Peter Pan: Playbill Advertising & 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:

Check Us Out!

Nine fifth grade students have been helping out author Melissa Stewart for her new educators' book on writing nonfiction with children.Four pictures and two writing samples have been chosen for one of the book's chapters. This image below has been selected for the beginning of chapter one!
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PTO News

Orchard Bolton After School Ski and Ride Program: Registration, Rental Forms and Fees due by Friday January 17, 2020­. It seems like a like way off, but it is just two weeks after we get back from winter break! Forms are posted on Konstella under Bolton Ski Program Committee. Please complete your forms and return them to Orchard School office, or email to Please send your check made payable to Orchard PTO with with your Registration, or indicate that you have made your payment via Konstella.

Next PTO Meetings: The PTO takes a break during this busy month. Our next monthly meeting is January 13 at 6:30. Please join us! Everyone is welcome!

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online:





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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: