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Principal's Summer Update

New Building Leadership Excited for September!

August is here, families! After four years as the building's vice principal, I am extremely excited to take over as principal of Orchard Hill. Lisa Caudill, our new VP, comes to us from the Hillsborough School District where she taught fourth grade. Mrs. Caudill started on July 1st, and the experience she is gaining this summer will no doubt pay off once our students arrive on September 6th.

Our summer has been jam-packed with the "3 Ss of Summer": staffing, scheduling, and student placement. As always, our teachers have been engaged in professional development, and, after some much-deserved summer self-care, will be ready to deliver the high quality instruction we are all used to here in Montgomery. District initiatives tied to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as social-emotional learning will continue to be a point of emphasis this year, as we continue to take steps forward with integrating this work at a pace appropriate for our youngest learners.

I certainly hope you have found the time to enjoy your family and friends this summer, and somehow, found creative ways to beat this heat! Soon enough, we'll be watching the leaves fall and breaking out the sweaters and hoodies (Mr. Van Hise's favorite piece of clothing).

The staff and I are looking forward to welcoming all of our students to the 2022-23 school year in a few short weeks!

Wishing you all the best,

Mr. Van Hise

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Orchard Hill Open House Information

On Friday, September 2nd, we will open our doors to parents and guardians for our annual "Open House" event. Homeroom teachers will be on hand to greet you as you and your child get a first look at their new classroom. Specific "windows" of time for you to visit are below and we ask that you please be respectful of your teacher's time.

  • Pre-K & 1st Grade:: 8:40-9:20am
  • AM Kindergarten: 9:30-10:00am PM Kindergarten 10:00-10:30am
  • 2nd Grade: 10:20-11:00am
  • K-2 Self-Contained/Autism Program: 2:00-2:40pm

Further details will be provided in a separate communication prior to the event.

Student Placement Information

On Friday, 8/26, you will be able to access your child's placement for the school year through the Parent Access portal. We have worked diligently to place your child in the best possible setting. Please know that at this time we will not be able to accommodate any requests for classroom changes. Thank you for your understanding. Once in Parent Access you will navigate to a welcome letter from your child's teacher. Also be sure to look at our Parent/Student Handbookfor more information about our school.

Student Placement Information :

1) Visit https://parents.mtsd.k12.nj.us

2) Enter your username, which is your email address, and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "forgot my password" link. Your password will then be sent by email. If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact genesissupport@mtsd.us.

3) Click on documents and view the teacher's welcome letter

School Supplies

As a reminder, school supplies by grade level can be found here.

Important Links

OHES welcomes our new school nurse, Mrs. Hannah. Please click here for an important letter regarding your child's health.

Our new lunch service will be provided by Maschio's Food Service. Please click here for information for parents/guardians.

MES PTA Information

Our Montgomery Elementary School PTA co-presidents for the upcoming year are Mrs. Christine Hoffman and Mrs. Unnati Patel. They are working hard with their team of volunteers to plan special events for this year and encourage you to get involved. They will make sure we have many Welcome Week volunteers to assist the children in finding their way to classrooms during the first days of school and we are grateful for their help. Our MES PTA is a great organization that supports many of our school-wide events. Click on the PTA link for more information on how you can get involved in our school

Other Important Dates to Remember

Friday, August 26th: Homeroom Teacher assignments will be visible in the Genesis parent portal

Thursday, September 15th: 1st and 2nd grade Back-to-School Night

Tuesday, September 20th: Pre-K and Kindergarten Back-to-School Night

Follow Us on Twitter!

We're intending to step up our social media presence this year!

There are many exciting things happening everyday at OHES. We will share these special events and learning that happens on Twitter. Please follow us for updates happening at OHES on Twitter at @MONTYOHES.