The Core

November 20, 2020, Volume 11, Issue 11

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We made it to our first official landmark of the school year - the Thanksgiving Break. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday & Tuesday and then we have our first official, well-deserved break.

It is so important that we follow the state's guidelines about maintaining physical distance, wearing masks ... and not traveling for the Thanksgiving Holiday. This will be difficult but consider this - "all of us" want Orchard School to stay open. We've been doing great and want to maintain the highest level of safety possible. Please stay home and have a quiet, but thankful, Thanksgiving - it will be good for all of us.

Parents in Grades 2 - 5: We are sending Chromebooks home today. We don't think we will be going to remote learning after Thanksgiving but are being pro-active.

SBSD Food Service Order Form for Meal Delivery On November 24th, click here:

Parents - do you have any old pots around the house? Please consider donating one to recess in the Magical Woods. They are great fun to bang around!

The PTO was able to open the online Orchard Store through the weekend, check the link below!

Have a great break and Happy Thanksgiving, take some time to read with your child.

Mark Trifilio

Quote of the week:

"I will do my best to honor Mother Earth and all its living beings, including the water and land. I will always remember to treat the Earth as I would like to be treated. I will treat the winged ones, the crawling ones, the four-legged, the two-legged, the plants, trees, rivers, lakes, the Earth with kindness and respect."

by Carole Lindstrom from the book, We are Water Protectors.

COVID-19 Check-In

COVID-19 Check-In:

Please view this link for a Questions (from our parents) and Answers written conversation with local doctors.

Also click on this link for a 10-minute video conversation with our nurses and a local Pediatrician, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner about recent updates about COVID-19 Health and Safety Practices:

They are both really important to check out!

Updates from our Medical Team


Rapid Antigen Test versus PCR Test:

  • Rapid Antigen Test: Detects specific proteins from the virus. The Health Department indicates that antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests and therefore a negative test generally requires a PCR test for confirmation.

  • PCR Test: detects the virus's genetic material. This test is highly accurate.

Only PCR test results are accepted at school when your student is being tested due to COVID-19 symptoms or when your student is testing out of quarantine. Rapid antigen test results will not be accepted.

If your student needs to get tested, please contact their health care provider. There are a variety of places to get tested; see this link to find a COVID-19 test site.

Some local PCR Testing Sites:

  • UVM Drive-Through at Fanny Allen: #847-5440
  • Kinney Drugs, So. Burlington: #860-0714
  • ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, So. Burlington: #448-8205

Travelers Must Quarantine

If you decide to travel out of state, whether for a day or longer, please follow the Vermont quarantine requirements before returning your student to school. You must do the following prior to your student returning to school:

  1. Quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine guidelines are here.
  2. If your student has not experienced COVID-19 symptoms, a PCR test may be an option, on or after day 7, to end quarantine early (with a negative test result).

Please also notify the school of your travel, return date and test results, as well as indicating "travel" on the health screening app.

Be Well,

Kara & Darcy

School Nurses

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The Orchard Store is Open for One More Weekend!

Did you shop? The Orchard Store is open for one more weekend!
Click on this link to get the best Orchard gear and sag:

Fourth Grade Badminton - Yep, Wearing Masks!

Good News from our Library

The pandemic isn't stopping Orchard School students from diving into good books. Just this week, an amazing 625 books were checked out for vacation reading! Students in grades 3-5 have learned how to log in to "hold" a book through the library's Destiny Discover web site: Students in all grades may also explore several FREE "Learning Links" and a "Collection" featuring fun Thanksgiving activities. Take a look!

Happy reading,

Mrs. Macdonald

Orchard School Librarian

Our Virtual Book Fare

Dear families,

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online only from November 16-29. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.

You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

· Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

· All orders ship directly to home

· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

· All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

Thankful Giving Reminder

THANKFUL GIVING Reminder: If you would like to donate a gift card for an Orchard family, we are still gratefully accepting any and all gift card donations. Department store cards are most versatile to meet needs at this time. Please try to hand them in by Monday, December 14 to give us time to get them out to families before the winter break, but know that we are happy to accept them after that date as well. Sign Up Sheet


Make Voting Fun Again!

The South Burlington Rotary is replacing the traditional “Ugly Sweater Run” with an Ugly Mask Competition! See rules and submit your entry HERE!

Elementary, Middle/High School, and Adult Categories!

Non-SB residents welcome to participate!

Vote for your favorites on the Rotary Facebook Page!

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Lost & Found - Check it Out!

Ski & Ride Program

Bolton Valley After School Ski and Ride Program 2020-2021
Snow is coming! Things will be different this year, but please join Orchard at Bolton Valley for 4 (Thursday) nights of ski or snowboard lessons starting Thursday, February 16, 2021. Costs for 4 weeks of lessons is $50; lift tickets for the 4 weeks is an additional $75 (total $125). Children 6 & under lift tickets FREE. Kids Rental is $50 for just ski or board setup; $75 includes helmet. For additional information please email (Bill Lammer). I would like to hear from families if you are potentially interested, and your level of comfort in participating in light of COVID.
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Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 1
Parenting During a Pandemic: Your Questions Answered Part 2
COVID-19 Conversation November 20, 2020

Important Information from the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health

Students and staff who arrive from out-of-state must follow Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and Health Department guidance around quarantine before returning to school, which also applies to travel out-of-state at any point during the school year, including breaks and holidays. More information is available on the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 travel site and the ACCD website. School leadership is encouraged to remind families and staff of these travel requirements periodically to ensure they are taking the appropriate steps when planning for travel or receiving guests from out of state. Information about travel that is considered essential (which does not require quarantine) and daily border travel to and from neighboring states can also be found on these sites.