The Core

November 8, 2019, Volume 11, Issue 11

Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you to all the families who were able to join us for our International Night. It's a an awesome tradition of Orchard School and we appreciate everyone's participation.

I hope you can join us on Monday night for the MPV (Master Planning & Vision) presentation on the design for the new Middle & High School. Join us at 6:30, here is a link if you are interested in childcare at Orchard:

All fourth and fifth grade families should have received last spring's SBAC scores. Orchard School's assessment scores are listed below, please scroll down to check them out.

Are you joining us for our Harvest Feast? Be sure to make your reservation! We are moving it this year to the gym, it's going to be great!

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

Mark Trifilio

Master Visioning & Planning - Come Join Us!

Join us for the district's presentation of construction of a new Middle & High School (MPV). Monday, November 11th, 6:30 at Orchard School.
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News from the PTO

PTO Meeting: Monday, November 11 at 6:30 is the next PTO meeting. This will be a special meeting that includes a presentation on the Master Planning and Vision project for the new Middle/High School. Sign up here for childcare if needed:

The Orchard School Book Fair: This event is just around the corner! Support our library and pick up some awesome new books for you and your family! The Book Fair is a unique fund-raiser focused on raising money for our wonderful library. A portion of the profits on all sales comes right back to our school. You can also buy books for your child's classroom that the teacher has pre-selected.

The Fair runs during the school day for several days, but is open into the evening only on Thursday, November 21st! On Thursday, you can shop until 7pm! Stop by for some holiday shopping!

The Thursday evening portion of the Fair is made possible through the help of the Orchard PTO and the wonderful parent volunteers who help us set up the event, run the registers, and help out around the shelves. Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible! Sign up on Konstella ( or email Dayna Lorentz (

International Night: Thank you to all the families who attended and presented at this year’s International Night. We love to celebrate all of Orchard’s cultural diversity. A special thank you goes to Merin Maxwell for organizing the event; we could not have had the success we did without her!

Square One Art Project – order deadline is next week! Your student’s custom art catalog should have arrived home by now. Instructions for ordering keepsakes were included with the catalog. The Order Deadline is 11/11 via paper, and 11/12 online – all orders submitted before this date will receive free shipping to Orchard School. Orchard School receives a % of all Orchard student orders. Please direct questions to Lianne Cleary via Konstella.

Do you have PTO questions? Please find us online:





Peter Pan 3rd Grade Chorus Registration Closes Monday Nov. 11th!

Final call for 3rd graders that would like to participate in the chorus of this years production of Peter Pan! Register by Monday, November 11th via this link; If you have any questions please contact

Orchard SBAC Scores

The scores below represent the percentage of students who "met or exceeded" the standard on the SBACs (Smarter Balance Assessment Collaborative). The table is a comparison of our scores and the district and the state. Last year's scores are also included.
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Wow! A big thank you to all the trick-or-treaters who collected money for UNICEF despite the bad weather! If you have not brought your box back, you still can do so: deadline is Tuesday November 12th.


Lisa Charlebois

Check it Out - Parenting in the Age of Tech - the sign up date is extended to Nov. 11th!

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RAFFLE for a CAMEO appearance!

Disney's Beauty and the Beast the musical, at South Burlington High School, Nov. 22nd, 7pm, and Nov. 23rd, 2pm and 7pm.

One lucky elementary student will win a chance to join the cast in the Saturday matinee performance! No experience necessary. Costume fitting and entrance fee included. Winner will be chosen on November 15th.

Raffle tickets available at RMCS, Orchard, and Chamberlin Elementary School front desk, or through any BATB cast member. Checks are payable to South Burlington Drama department.