The Core

May 28, 2021, Volume 12, Issue 33

Notes from the Principal

Parents & Guardians,

Congratulations to all of our 3rd through 5th graders. They completed their SBACs over the past two weeks. Our teachers all agree that our students demonstrated perseverance and remained focused throughout the duration. Hats off to all!

Can you believe it, just three weeks to go! Remember, Monday is Memorial Day, a national holiday. We do not have school. I recommend checking the calendar below for how these last three weeks play out.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, take some time to read to your child.

Mark Trifilio

Quote of the Week:

We had a daily quote this week to commemorate Bob Dylan's 80th birthday!

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PTO News


The PTO is excited to announce that after a year of lockdown and restrictions, with your help, this summer the Orchard playground may be getting a major (and long overdue!) upgrade so that more outdoor play is possible!

You can donate on Konstella - please go to: or you can send a check or cash into school with your child - just mark 'playground' on the envelope.

EVERY DONATION COUNTS! Consider asking your friends, neighbors, and relatives for just $5 each - it all adds up! Thank you - we look forward to seeing you on the playground this summer!

And please join us, the PTO, to help our Orchard community. We need YOU to join in! Pop into one of our monthly Zoom meetings and share your ideas! Meetings are usually on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. You don't have to stay for the whole meeting - you can join in just for a bit! Email Kristin at or for the Zoom meeting link, or email to share your ideas and thoughts if you cannot attend.

HANNAFORD HELPS is happening now through May 29. Shop at Hannaford's, collect your School Dollars, and drop them in the Collection Tower at the store! Or, shop online at the store website.

  • Earn money for your local school. Now through May 29, 2021, choose from up to 1,500 participating products.

Help Us Raise $1 Million for Local Schools

4 Products = 3 School Dollars. If 100 families buy 4 products each week (3 School Dollars) for the entire program, your school will raise $3,300!

Learn how to shop, earn and redeem School Dollars.

Shopping In-Store:

SHOP – Look for shelf tags to shop up to 1,500 products in-store.

CHECK OUT – Collect your School Dollars from an associate at checkout.

DEPOSIT – Drop your School Dollars in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower in-store.

Shopping Online:

SHOP – Look for the apple icon to shop up to 1,500 products online.

CHECK OUT – Receive your School Dollars with your receipt.

DEPOSIT – Drop your School Dollars in the Hannaford Helps Schools collection tower on your next trip in-store, or send them to school with your child if they're attending in person.

And, don't forget those BOX TOPS!

Join us in earning CASH for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and they add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies or experiences the kids love!

Download the Box Tops for Education app at your App Store or here:

Class in Session - Grades 1 - 2 - 3!

School Nurse Notes

COVID Vaccine:

People 12 and older can make appointments. Part-time Vermont residents, including college students, are also eligible to get vaccinated. The health department is arranging for more walk-in clinic opportunities. Visit the "make appointment" link above to find a walk-in near you!

The Vermont Department of Health is offering a series of online town hall meetings with local pediatric providers for parents who may have questions about the vaccine. Here is the DOH link to these meetings:

Be Well,

Kara Cassani & Darcy Mazlish

Orchard School Nurses

Summer Library News

Come to Orchard School's library! SBSD employee and former Orchard School parent, Janette Hasenecz, will once again be running the Summer Library program at Orchard School. Thanks to the generosity of our PTO, the library will be open for eight weeks on Wednesday mornings from 9-12, beginning on June 23rd and ending on August 11th. Our summer theme is "Go for the Gold." Every student who comes to Summer Library will receive a special prize that just might have an Olympic game connection. Families may come in each week for a different surprise.

While at Summer Library, Orchard School students may play a game of checkers, build with LEGOs, and, of course, check out some books. Mrs. Janette will be changing activities weekly so stop by on Wednesday mornings for some books and some fun!

Can't make it on Wednesday mornings? In addition to this, our "Little Free Library" located in front of the school, is a place where students may give and take donated books 24/7. Please feel free to clean out your bookshelves for donations, as well as stop by to pick up a couple of "new to you" books over the summer.
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Annual Student Update Forms Are Open for the 2021-2022 School Year

Get started today! Please register your student for the 2021-2022 School Year by completing the Annual Student Update formsbefore August 17th. These forms help families verify and share important health and contact information as well as allow for permissions to be set for school technology devices. To start, click this link: Getting Started: Register a Returning Student. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact your school directly.

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open for Incoming Kindergarten students as of March 1, 2021. If you would like to register a student who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2021, please visit .