March 17, 2023, Volume 14, Issue 28
Notes from the Principal
Hello Parents and Guardians,
We just completed Double-Down week! Our SEL (social-emotional learning) team was thinking that waiting for 100 apples was just too long for the next celebration so we decided to have a mini-celebration when we got halfway, to 50. And to add to that, principals handed out double apples as well as a treat (Freeze Pops) to sweeten the deal. We celebrated our halfway celebration today with "The Floor is Lava". Check out the photos and ask your child all about it.
📌 Parents - we are seeing an increased number of cars parked in our handicap parking spaces, notably at arrival time without a handicap sticker. We need those spaces to accommodate all drivers and students, please do not use the handicap spaces unless you have the sticker.
📌 Tuesday is Mis-Matched Sock Day to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, see the article below!
📌 One highlight of my job is creating this weekly newsletter. Years ago, I got feedback about more photos so parents can aww students in action at school. I bet the balance of photos is off so if you haven't seen your child in a photo, let me know. I want to get it right so send me an email and I'll make sure to get a photo(a) of your child at school in an upcoming newsletter!
Have a great weekend, take some time to read with your child.
Mark T & Olivia K
We ❤️ our PTO, please support them!
And we double-down ❤️❤️ our PTO Drama Team!
The Floor is Lava!
Tuesday is World Down Syndrome Day
~taken from Wikipedia
Hanging with our Afternoon Preschool!
Bus Drivers Please!
School Nurse Notes
The official first day of spring is Monday, March 20th. It's hard to believe, but before we know it, noses will be running and eyes and throats will be itching, due to spring allergies.
An overactive immune system is the cause and occurs after exposure to a typically harmless substance (a “trigger). Pollen is the primary trigger for those people who have spring allergies.
Tree and grass pollen are released into the air during the spring, causing the pollen count to rise. Outdoor mold spores are also common spring allergy triggers.
Allergy & Asthma Network Provides Some Facts About Spring Allergies:
- Most allergy medications work best if taken daily, beginning about 1-2 weeks before your allergy season starts.
- There really is no allergy-free zone. Pollen allergies can occur anywhere.
- Non-sedating allergy medications are available and effective for relieving symptoms. These include antihistamines and corticosteroid nasal sprays (see your child's health care provider).
- An air purifier will only remove allergens floating in the air. They do nothing for pollen and mold spores on your clothes, shoes, or hair that you bring in from outside.
- People can develop new allergies at any time, even as an adult. Itchy eyes, nose, throat? Stuffy nose or a runny nose with clear and thin nasal drip? Symptoms that last more than two weeks?
If allergy symptoms are disruptive, it may be wise to contact your child's medical provider or see an allergist. Allergy testing can help determine exactly what a person is allergic to and begin a treatment plan.
Keeping a watch on pollen counts is recommended and medications may help to ease symptoms.
Consider alerting your school nurse when your student is experiencing spring allergies.
Be kind, stay well~
Kara Cassani & Sarah Pineda
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 email@example.com if you are interested in learning this process to take it over for next year.