The Core

September 10, 2021, Volume 13, Issue 5

Notes from the Principal

Hello Orchard Parents,

I want to remind you how important it is to complete the RUVNA app every school day morning. We are experiencing an extensive amount of parents not answering the health questions. The RUVNA app needs to be completed every morning before your child comes to school. Our guidelines have us call each family that does not complete the app so the numbers are making us do double-time. Using the app each and every day will significantly help us - as well as help our families who may need our assistance with health questions. Thank you for your attention to this. Please check out the Nurses' Notes: Updated Illness Guidelines below for more information.

Don't forget - the Fun Run is coming! Check out the volunteer sign-up sheet as well as the PTO article below.

Our hearts go out to all of our families who are deeply affected by the 20th anniversary of September 11th. Have a good weekend and take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

Quote of the week:

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

~Dolly Parton

3rd and 4th Graders Working on Leaf Art

School Nurse Notes

Students should stay home if they are not feeling well. If COVID-19 symptoms arise while at school, those individuals will be sent home. Consider contacting your student's health care provider. Even when experiencing mild symptoms, a COVID PCR test may be needed (at a testing site or through the health care provider).

The State has provided schools with guidance for if your child gets sick and when to return to school. For any COVID-19 symptoms, please reference the Return to School Following Illness COVID-19 Information for Families.

What are the next steps if my student has symptoms while at home or develops symptoms while at school?

If your student has illness symptoms (even a runny nose!), please refer to the above guidelines regarding when your student should be tested for COVID-19 and when to return to school following an illness.

If a COVID-19 test is obtained:

  • It must be a PCR test.
  • Please have your student stay home, and avoid others while awaiting the COVID test results. Please also notify the school nurse, of the outcome of the test result, before your student returns to school.

Be well,

Kara Cassani, RN & Darcy Mazlish, RN

Orchard School Nurses
SBSD Elementary Health Services
p. (802) 652-7303
f. (802) 652-7354

First Grade Recess!

Orchard School PTO News

PTO Greetings: Who is the Parent-Teacher Organization? Once a month (on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, to be specific!), PTO board members, our school principal Mr. Trifilio, a teacher representative, and other interested parents (insert your name here) meet to discuss school community events, bringing in-school enrichment activities to our students, building equity within classrooms, and more. Your voice is welcome! If you are interested in becoming a board member, sign up through Konstella or email Kristin at for more information.

Join Konstella! What is Konstella? It is an app/phone-based or web-based site that connects parents to one another. When you sign up, you can see the other students in your child's class and can reach out to other parents/families to communicate and arrange get togethers. Use this link to join:

Simple ways to help Orchard School raise money for events:

Reusable Bags from Shaws: For the month of October 2021, Orchard School PTO will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag at the Shaw's store located at Shaw's 570 Shelburne Rd, Burlington VT.

Boxtops: Help us earn money for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Use this referral code VI7J42XS when you sign up and you’ll get 20 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/29/2022. Use the link below to download the Box Tops app:

Screenshot from the Konstella Webste of What's Needed for Fun Run Volunteers

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Our Virtual All-School Morning Meeting Crew!

From left to right - Principal T, Ms. Frostman (Art Teacher), Ms. Susie (Art Teacher) and Ms. Abby (Behavior Facilitator)

Would you like to work at Orchard School?

We have openings!

Join the team, we are looking for:

  • Support Staff employees
  • Lunch/Recess Supervisors
  • Substitute Teachers

All positions are decent pay, very rewarding, well supported and fun! Come join our team. Contact Mark Trifilio with any questions at

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Update from our Lunch Program

Although complete meals of breakfast and lunch are free, milk is NOT free for students who need milk for their home lunch. The cost of milk is 50 cents per carton and parents/caregivers can send in a check, made out to South Burlington Nutritional Services, to credit their child's account or have money taken directly from an account to credit to your child's account.

Bus Route Updates

Parents -

Here is the link to the district transportation. We are thinking the bus routes will continue to be updated so check the transportation website on the district website for changes:

If you would like to try alternative transportation (AT), please complete this brief survey: