The Core

January 20, 2023, Volume 14, Issue 21

Notes from the Principal

Hello Parents and Guardians,

The 4-day weeks seem to fly by. What a difference a day makes! The snow last night was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students at recess. Looks like we can expect more over the weekend and next week. Winter in Vermont!

We had Seed Time today. Remember, this is when we mix up classes into K-2 and 3-5 groups for lessons on cooperation and resiliency. Check out Ms. Abby's article below for more information. Also check out the attachment below from our counselors on a therapy dog coming to Orchard School!

I just want you to know that we are challenged again with staffing shortages. I really think we are making it work each day but I want to apologize for the communication delays. Our days are booked and I'm hoping to get caught up on email and telephone responses right away. I appreciate your patience and am thankful for your support.

📌 We have an Early Release Day on Friday, January 27th- Dismissal is at 12:30.

Have a terrific weekend; take some time to read with your child.

Bring on the Snow!

Mark T & Olivia K

We ❤️ our PTO, please support them!

Photos from Seed Time!

Seed TIme

During today's Seed Time we talked about feeling our feelings in our bodies. We started by playing a silly "what are you feeling" game to remind us of all the feelings words. Grades K-2 then got to work drawing, writing, or cutting and pasting different representations of how feelings feel in our bodies onto an individual body & feelings paper. Excited might feel like a tornado whirling through your body! Sad might feel slow, like a turtle or snail.

In grades 3-5, groups completed the same activity collaboratively by tracing one person on a large piece of paper and drawing, writing, and cutting and pasting feelings representations. We can't wait to display them in the hallways!


Ms. Abby

School Budget Updates

Just a quick reminder that South Burlington's school budget is up for a vote on Town Meeting Day on March 7th. This includes a bond issue that plans to address the overcrowding that is impacting the elementary schools.

Information is available on the district website and will be discussed at school board meetings throughout January and February.

PTO News

Monthly Teacher Treats: Sign ups needed for Teacher/Staff love! Here is the link to sign up to bring in goodies for the next few months of drop-offs.

News from Orchard Drama

Fundraising for Orchard Drama is underway for this year's school play: The Further Adventures of Peter, Wendy & Hook.

American Flatbread Fundraiser! On February 14th, a percentage of American Flatbread’s proceeds will go toward the Orchard School play. Take out pizza does apply! We went ahead and made your Valentine’s Day dinner plans easy. (see the flier for more details!)

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Memory Book 22-23!

"Hello Orchard parents and caregivers!

I am currently putting together this year's school Memory Book and looking for someone to come alongside me to assist in the process. This is my daughter's last year at Orchard, so I will not be putting it together again next year. A new Memory Book team (parent volunteers) will need to be formed in order for your children to have a Memory Book made each school year. Having some tech skills is a definite plus as part of the process includes uploading portraits and designing the pages. I would love to get a couple of you trained now while I'm still in the creation process, and also looking for assistance in the creation of this year's book. Please reach out via phone at 802-393-5223 or via email at if you are interested in learning this process to take it over for next year."

Grade 2 (Snowy) Recess

SB High School Game Free Tickets!

Rally the Wolfpack January 26-28

Your child will be sent home with a bracelet, which gets all SB students into the events below for FREE! Let’s fill the stands and cheer the Wolves on to victory. We hope to see you there.

Go Wolves!

Thursday, January 26

Girls Basketball vs CVU

JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00

Friday, January 27

Boys Basketball vs Burlington

JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00

Saturday, January 28

Dance Competition at 1:00

Girls Hockey vs BFA at 4:50

Boys Hockey vs BFA at 7:20

Basketball games and dance competition are held at the gym at SBHS

Concession Stand and Wolves Wear Store will be open at the basketball games

Hockey games are held at Cairns Arena, Rink 1

For a full calendar of SB athletic events, visit

This Week's 5th Grade Announcers, Emma & Catherine!

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