March 10, 2023, Volume 14, Issue 27
Notes from the Principal
Hello Parents and Guardians,
I can't tell you enough how excited and thankful we are for your strong support on the school budget and the capital improvement bond! These are so important for the continued success of Orchard School and I will definitely keep you updated on the planning for the arrival of the ZEMs (Zero Energy Modulars).
📌 We've recently been sharing out about #SEL days but are postponing them for a different week. In the meantime, we're upgrading our Core Project celebrations to keep students motivated and engaged throughout the end of the winter. We'll also be reteaching the rules for transitions in hallways and lunch/recess expectations. We started this discussion today in our Afternoon Assembly and I'll have more details to share asap.
📌 March is a tricky month so I left a copy of our Calendar-at-a-Glance right below. I understand the appearance of having an Early Release Day with an InService Day right after the February vacation. Please know this merely to smooth out all the training days throughout the school year.
Don't forget to move your clock ahead Sunday morning.
Have a great weekend, take some time to read with your child.
Go, Cats, Go!
Mark T & Olivia K
We ❤️ our PTO, please support them!
School Nurse Notes
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Please do not send medication to school in your child's backpack. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medicine.
Per SBSD's medication administration procedure, students in grades pre-k through 8th must have an adult bring the medication to the school nurse, in the original container with proper labeling.
Students in 9-12 grade can bring their own medicine to the nurse (other than controlled substances).
Nurses must also have parent/caregiver written permission to administer medication, as well as a written instructions for prescription medicine from the prescribing licensed health care provider.
Elementary schools do not carry over-the-counter stock medications (such as cough drops, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.);
middle and high school nurses will administer certain over-the-counter stock medications only after receiving parent/caregiver written permission.
Thank you for adhering to our safety guidelines.
DISPOSAL OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
Drop off unused medication at a kiosk at your local pharmacy or police station or
mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope: Request a Free Medication Mail-Back Envelope
FOOD ALLERGY WEBINAR
sponsored by: FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)
Food Allergies Are My Superpower: Using your Skills to Empower Yourself and Others
Hear how food allergy journeys can empower individuals from a food allergy advocate and specialist.
March 15, 2023, 1:00-2:00
Register free HERE.
Be kind, stay well~
Kara Cassani & Sarah Pineda
The Orchard Drama Rehearsals Started this Week!
Our Announcers Finishing up this Week, George & Penelope!
Bus Drivers Please!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning this process to take it over for next year."
Girls on the Run!
Registration Opens Soon!
Girls On The Run is coming back to Orchard Elementary! Our program focuses on the whole girl by empowering girls’ minds, bodies and souls. It inspires participants to appreciate, love and respect what makes them unique, set actionable goals that they can complete by the end of the season, and develop new habits and activities that create a healthier lifestyle. Registration for Girls On The Run opens on Wednesday, February 22nd at gotrvt.org!
Our 10 week program is for students in grades 3-5. Our season begins the week of March 27. Our team will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45pm to 4:15pm at Orchard Elementary.
The registration fee is $115. GOTRVT provides financial assistance directly on the registration form for qualifying families as well as a payment plan. GOTRVT is committed to being accessible to any student who wants to participate, and is dedicated to ensuring that program cost is not a barrier. Please contact GOTRVT directly at 802-871-5664 regarding financial assistance options.
Questions? Contact Coach Patiance at email@example.com or 802-393-5223.
Common Roots Summer Camp
Common Roots - Summer Camps 2023
Centered on the Common Roots' mission of land stewardship, food education, and food access, our Common Roots Summer Camp program will be centered on cooking, gardening, drama, and community-building. In conjunction with our food and land-based values, we will be connecting our vital natural landscapes to the creation of puppets, stories, and performance. Stoking the creative fire in our youth is an essential aspect of development and greater transformation in our community. Inherent in puppet-making, theatrical games, and story development, there is an opportunity to expand our hearts & minds, imagination, and enhance a wide variety of skills.
Common Roots leases the beautiful natural environments of the Wheeler Homestead, the Hubbard Park Farm, and the Farm at South Village. Our camps will be facilitated by our talented land and food educators.
Our camps begin with 3 weeks for 7-12-year-olds, then 3 weeks for 12-14-year-olds.
July 2nd-7th (no camp on July 4th)
July 31-August 4th
Please see our attached flyer for more details.