The Core

April 16, 2021, Volume 11, Issue 28

Letter from the Principal

Parents & Guardians,

April Break is here! We are looking forward to some downtime enjoying the beautiful weather. It feels like we are having a "real" Spring!

Opening up full-time continues to be a moving target and we will be taking our lead from the superintendent. In the meantime, we will start thinking about student placement for next year. The Parent Feedback form is available electronically. Please complete the survey when you have a little time - also repeat for each student. Thank you and remember, requesting a specific teacher will not be accepted. Here is the link: Also please let us know if you will be moving or not sending your student to Orchard next year.

We Purpled Up on Thursday to honor all of our students of military families. It was so nice to see. Have a terrific April Break everyone, be safe! Take some time to read to your child.

Mark Trifilio

Quote of the week:

"Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is."

~author Jessica Harrelson

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Memory Book - Update!

LAST CALL FOR MEMORY BOOK ORDERS: Order by Friday, April 23rd

Memory Books are a great way to commemorate your child's year at Orchard. It certainly was a year like no other! Books cost $14 each and can be ordered using the link below. If you are able, please consider donating an extra book for a family in need.

Order Link::
School Code: 920771

You will need the school code above and then follow the directions on the screen to set up an account. If you donate a book, you can put it in your name or your child's name as the system requires a name be entered but we will be sure the book goes to someone in need. Thank you!

Ms. Antonioli's Class Purpled Up!

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School Nurse Notes


    If you plan to travel to another state: quarantine is not necessary upon return to Vermont. A
    student may return to school after travelling out of state. See international travel information below.
    Unvaccinated Vermonters must be tested within 3 days upon return to the state (though families may want to consider testing on the day they return to VT).
    Unvaccinated people, including students, who travel
    INTERNATIONALLY will still need to quarantine. Please inform the school nurse if your student travels internationally to determine a safe return to school plan. See more detailed information here.
  • The CDC continues to recommend delaying travel until a person is fully vaccinated and suggests seeking safer travel ideas found here.


​Please continue to follow gathering guidance; see below for health department guidelines:

  • People who are fully vaccinated may gather with other people who are vaccinated.
  • Two unvaccinated people or households may gather at a time.
  • Find out more detailed information here.


  • For information about making an appointment, visit "Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine" by clicking here.
  • Need help? Contact the call center at 855-722-7878.
  • To speak with someone in a language other than English, call the above number,
and then press 1.

Be Well,

Kara Cassani & Darcy Mazlish

Orchard School Nurses

Photos from Wednesday Remote Learning ... at School

PTO News

DID you catch the EXCITING NEWS next this week? The PTO has resubscribed to the Konstella app, so parents can communicate with each other! And, we are raising funds for NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT! Please donate - it's easy using Konstella! (IF you don't want to donate using Konstella, please send a check to the Orchard PTO, 2 Baldwin Street, South Burlington, VT 05403. And please join us 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:

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 .
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Recreational Lacrosse

Hello South Burlington Wolves Families,

We are excited to share that we're planning our boys' lacrosse season for players in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Registration is now open for you to sign your son up for the team on this website.

Please note, you will need a current US Lacrosse Membership before completing the registration. Instructions for new or renewal memberships are on the registration page.

Please continue to pass this information along to anybody that may be interested!

We expect that we will start practices in mid-April. Game season will run on weekends throughout the month of May and into the first weekend of June with an occasional opportunity for one more weekend of play in mid-June, TBD.

For new players to the game of lacrosse, you will need a helmet, mouthguard, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, athletic protector, cleats, and a stick.

We are looking forward to getting on the field this spring with our team and having fun playing the great game of lacrosse.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or text the coaches listed below.

Have a great day,

Tim Knoth