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September 27, 2022




Have you seen the new mural in the main office? Mrs. Chicas has created something special to brighten up our days. The students and staff love how it came out!

From the Guidance Office:

October 3rd - 7th, 2022 is RESPECT week at Orchard. This flyer has all the information you need to participate in a week of School Spirit!

Orchard News:

Musical Theatre at Orchard

This fun new class allows all children to experience acting, dancing and singing! Open to beginner and experienced performers in grades 3-5 who would like to sharpen their acting skills. Sign up information in this flyer Classes start this Thursday - so sign up fast! Classes go from 9/29-11/17.

School Photo Day 

Get Ready: School Photo Day is Monday, October 3. All photos will be automatically emailed to you via a link, with information for ordering. The link will be shared prior to photo day. Make sure you register to view/order your child’s online private portrait gallery. The registration link will close at 11:59pm, Oct. 2.  If you do not want your email shared with the company, please email Mrs. Moran ([email protected]) to have your email removed. 

 

Back-to-School Picnic

Bring a blanket and join fellow Orchard families this Thursday, 9/29 from 5-7pm for an evening of pizza, music, and lots of fun! Ice cream and Bake Sale items (cash only) will be available for purchase. Whole pizzas and activity bags are available to purchase in advance and will be distributed at the picnic. Click this link to Pre-order your pizza and activity bags - Deadline to pre-order is today! Follow this link to volunteer for the bake sale.

Spirit Wear Sale

The Orchard Fall Spirit Wear sale is LIVE on the Varsity Hues website. Please visit the SPIRIT WEAR SHOP to grab your newest gear and show your Orchard School Spirit! the store runs for 2 weeks and then these items are gone forever - so get shopping!

Fifth Grade Movie Night

The 5th-grade class invites all Orchard families to an outdoor screening of Casper on October 14th. The red carpet opens at 6:30 pm and the movie will start at 7 pm. For more information on purchasing tickets and snack bags, please click here.

Fifth Grade Fundraiser

Cards for a Cause: The fifth graders are selling affordable greeting cards to raise money. Each collection of cards is $30 and includes 30 individually wrapped cards within a reusable storage box. There are multiple options available, such as all occasion cards, a box of blank cards, thank you notes, and even a box of children’s birthday cards. Orders must be placed by 11/1 through this link: Card for a Cause Fundraiser *PLEASE SHARE THE ORDER LINK FOR THIS FUNDRAISER WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. For every box sold, more than 1/3 of the cost goes directly towards our fifth graders. *See attached flyer for details.

Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch

Orchard is proud to partner with Table to Table to raise money for their annual Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch campaign. For every $1 donated, we provide 10 meals! Place your “lunch money” in the brown bag provided. The money raised directly helps to feed our hungry neighbors. Read more about our partnership with Bag a Lunch here. Brown lunch bags will go home with your children on MONDAY in their backpacks. Check back here next week for a link to donate online.

Walk to School Month

October is Walk/Bike/Scoot to School Month. 

There are so many benefits of walking or biking to school:

  • Physical activity

  • Teaching safe pedestrian and cycling skills to children

  • Helping the environment; reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near school and in the parking lot

  • Sharing time with friends and neighbors along the way

Please make sure children cross at crosswalks with a crossing guard. Children should be reminded to walk their bike or scooter while crossing the street and on Orchard property. 

 

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

A friendly reminder to parents...thank you! Please adhere to all parking regulations at Orchard School. This includes the Orchard Place Circle behind our school as well as our front loop (both are no parking areas). Please do not congregate along the school pathways to allow for students to arrive and dismiss freely. 

Author Visit

Award-winning graphic novelist and animator Jason Patterson will visit Orchard on October 28. Use this  ORDER FORM to purchase books in advance of the author's visit. Orders and payments are due by September 28. Any questions please direct to Jenna Hammond at [email protected].

Orchard Fun Day

Join fellow schoolmates and families on the blacktop on  Friday, October 21st from 3:00-4:30 (rain date 10/28). Enjoy festive activities, crafts, treats, a DJ, and games from Entertainment on Wheels! Purchase your Wristbands for entry and raffle tickets by Tuesday 10/18 to avoid the lines. See attached flyer for volunteer opportunities. Don’t miss out - sign up for the cake walk and the pumpkin raffle!

Volunteers Needed

Looking for ways to become more involved in school? Consider volunteering as a committee member or chair to help with one of the HSA organized programs. Benefit our students and community. No prior experience necessary. The HSA will be your partner and will work with you for success! See attached for all volunteer opportunities. Email HSA Vice President & Volunteer Coordinator Becky Chin at [email protected].

 

Birthday Books

 Click here to learn more about Orchard's Birthday Book Program.  Order your Birthday Books by October 21st by clicking this link: ORDER HERE 

Cub Scouts

An Orchard and Willard pack has a few openings in the 3rd and 5th grade Dens. If your child is interested in joining, please reach out to Cubmaster Todd Black at: [email protected] Registration is open all year, but the season is beginning and spots fill up quickly. See attached flyer for additional details.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are back at Orchard! If you are interested in signing up or volunteering, visit the Girl Scouts website to find out more.  Space is limited.  Financial assistance is available.  Contact Jen Zolcinski if you have any questions: [email protected].

Yearbook

The HSA Yearbook Committee is collaborating with the 5th Grade Yearbook Club to create a school-wide yearbook that commemorates the entire school year and all grade levels.  We ask parents to upload their children's memories at Orchard School, from 1st-day photos, to field trips, plays, school activities, etc.  Please upload your pics to the attached PDF. The 2022-23 yearbook will be available for pre-order this spring. Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Save the Dates:

9/28 - Author visit order forms due

9/29 - Back-to-School Picnic

9/29 - SPIRIT DAY!

10/3 - School Picture Day

10/3 - Board Meeting

10/4 - Super Students Assembly

10/5 - Yom Kippur - SCHOOL CLOSED

10/6 - School Photos Raindate

10/10 - Columbus Day, SCHOOL CLOSED for students

10/14 - Jingle Bell Jog

10/14 - 5th Grade Movie Night

10/17 - Board Meeting

10/20 - HSA Meeting

10/21 - Fun Day

10/27 - Make up Picture Day

10/28 - Fun Day Raindate

10/31 - Halloween Parade

Community News:

Job Fair

Ridgewood Schools are hiring. Come to a paraprofessional's job fair on Thursday. Meet the principals and find out more. Same day onboarding and hiring. More details in this flyer.

 

Halloween Costume Drive

Donate your costume to kids in need. Drop off a gently used costume at your local elementary school 10/3-10/21. Details here.

 

LSHSA Fundraiser

Do Good with Chipotle - 33% of event sales get donated to the cause. Take a night off from cooking on 10/25 - details here.

 

Cheerleading

RHS Varsity Cheerleaders are hosting a youth clinic on 12/10 at the high school. More details here.

 

RHS New Players Company

The upcoming production of Clue is looking for Sponsors whose picture will be displayed as an antique portrait. To participate click here.

 

Tic Toc (to Introduce Culture to our Children)

Are you interested in becoming an art docent at your child’s school? It’s fun and easy. Learn how in this workshop starting 10/4 in the Ridgewood Library. 

On 10/2, there will be an ARTboretum with 5 interactive Art Stations at the Thielke Arboretum.Details here. 

 

Ridgewood Soccer

Columbus Day Soccer Clinic for girls in grades k-5th. To sign up, click here.

 

Care Plus

Join in a zoom meeting on 9/27 in honor of suicide prevention month - “Accessing Mental Health Support for Your Child.” Workshop login information can be found here.

 

Ridgewood Education Foundation

Come to an authentic Oktoberfest on 10/15 at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club. Scan here for tickets.

Food Truck Festival

Join this fun community event to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. Music, food and fun. For more details, click here

Ridgewood High School

Project Graduation is sponsoring a NO-Cook night fundraiser with Don Chicken 9/26-9/30. Click here for details and take the night off from cooking.















September 20, 2022


Make the Ordinary Come Alive

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” ~ unknown

From the Main Office:

Please join us for our first HSA Meeting of the year. We are back in person and will meet in the library immediately following CBA. Click here for the agenda.

 Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 379 292 3913

Passcode: Orchard

From the Health Office:

Kindergarten Families: If you have not already handed in your physical, please do so on or before September 30th. Also, please update any allergies in Skyward. Please call the health office with any concerns.

Orchard News:

Musical Theatre at Orchard

This fun new class allows all children to experience acting, dancing and singing! Open to beginner and experienced performers in grades 3-5 who would like to sharpen their acting skills. Sign up information in this flyer. Classes will meet on Thursdays after school from 9/29-11/17.

Author Visit

Award-winning graphic novelist and animator Jason Patterson will visit Orchard on October 28. Use this  ORDER FORM to purchase books in advance of the author's visit. Orders and payments are due by September 28. Any questions please direct to Jenna Hammond at [email protected].

Orchard Fun Day

Join fellow schoolmates and families on the blacktop on  Friday, October 21st from 3:00-4:30 (rain date 10/28). Enjoy festive activities, crafts, treats, a DJ, and games from Entertainment on Wheels! Purchase your Wristbands for entry and raffle tickets by Tuesday 10/18 to avoid the lines. See attached flyer for volunteer opportunities. Don’t miss out - sign up for the cake walk and the pumpkin raffle!

New Family Orientation - Date change! 

New families, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 21, for our new family orientation at 7:30 PM. This orientation is for parents only.

Lego Robotics

Sign your child up for hands-on STEAM learning. Structured Robotics build plus creative storytelling free build. Tuesdays, starting September 27 through December. Sign up here.

Tech Info

Print out this helpful tech login letter and refer to it whenever you need it.

Back-to-School Picnic

Bring a blanket and join fellow Orchard families on Thursday, 9/29 from 5-7pm for an evening of pizza, music, and lots of fun! Ice cream and Bake Sale items (cash only) will be available for purchase. Whole pizzas and activity bags are available to purchase in advance and will be distributed at the picnic. Click this link to Pre-order your pizza and activity bags by Tuesday, 9/27. Follow this link to volunteer for the bake sale.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are back at Orchard! If you are interested in signing up or volunteering, visit the Girl Scouts website to find out more.  Space is limited.  Financial assistance is available.  Contact Jen Zolcinski if you have any questions: [email protected].

School Photos

School Photos will be held on Monday, October 3. All photos will be automatically emailed to you via a link, with information for ordering. If you do not want your email shared with the company, please email Mrs. Moran ([email protected]) to have your email removed. 

Yearbook

The HSA Yearbook Committee is collaborating with the 5th Grade Yearbook Club to create a school-wide yearbook that commemorates the entire school year and all grade levels.  We ask parents to upload their children's memories at Orchard School, from 1st-day photos, to field trips, plays, school activities, etc.  Please upload your pics to the attached PDF. The 2022-23 yearbook will be available for pre-order this spring. Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Memory Book

Calling all 5th grade parents! Save time and relive cherished memories while ensuring your child and their classmates are well represented in this year’s Memory Book. Separate from the yearbook, the Memory Book celebrates 5th graders’ time at Orchard School via photos and autobiographical entries. How to prep: separate your pictures by year (K, 1st, 2nd…) in digital folders or any means that will help you upload them easily when a link goes live later this fall. Stay tuned for a packet in November with the full details. Please email Vicki Roubal ([email protected]) or Jenna Hammond ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

Save the Dates:

9/21 - New Family Orientation (date change!) 7:30

9/22 - HSA Meeting, School Library (9am - Zoom link to follow)

9/26 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

9/29 - Back-to-School Picnic

9/29 - SPIRIT DAY!

10/3 - School Picture Day

10/5 - Yom Kippur - SCHOOL CLOSED

10/10 - Columbus Day, SCHOOL CLOSED for students

Community News:

Ridgewood Soccer

Columbus Day Soccer Clinic for girls in grades k-5th. To sign up,click here.

Encore Music Studio

Take private instrumental music lessons with a professional musician at a reasonable price! Fall Semester is open for registration now. Click here to learn more.

 

Learning Services Home & School Association

The LSHSA is hosting their first event of the school year - come network with other special education parents on 9/22. Details here.

 

Ridgewood Parks and Recreation

The Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute is presenting a Youth Leadership training 2-day workshop today and 10/11, to teach leadership skills to teens who need to make informed and positive decisions in their everyday lives. Open to any high school student residing in Ridgewood. More info here.

 

Care Plus

Join in a zoom meeting on 9/27  in honor of suicide prevention month - “Accessing Mental Health Support for Your Child.” Workshop login information can be found here.

 

Ridgewood Education Foundation

Come to an authentic Oktoberfest on 10/15 at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club. Scan here for tickets.

 

A Walk in The Park

Pleasant Park near Hawes School is a beautiful green space. Get a guided tour on 9/24. More info here.

Food Truck Festival

Join this fun community event to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. Music, food and fun. For more details, click here.






September 13, 2022


“A smile is the universal welcome.”


We welcomed all our students back and enjoyed seeing so many parents on Back-to-School Night. As we begin our first full week, schedules will get busier. Please be sure to check the “Save the Dates” section below so you don’t miss a thing!

From the Health Office:

Kindergarten Families: If you have not already handed in your physical, please do so on or before September 30th. Also, please update any allergies in Skyward. Please call the health office with any concerns.

Orchard News:

Author Visit

Award-winning graphic novelist and animator Jason Patterson will visit Orchard on October 28. Use this  ORDER FORM to purchase books in advance of the author's visit. Orders and payments are due by September 28. Any questions please direct to Jenna Hammond at [email protected].

New Family Orientation - Date change! 

New families, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 21, for our new family orientation at 7:30 PM. This orientation is for parents only. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Lego Robotics

Sign your child up for hands-on STEAM learning. Structured Robotics build plus creative storytelling free build. Tuesdays starting September 27 through December.

Tech Info

Print out this helpful tech login letter and refer to it whenever you need it.

Back-to-School Picnic

Bring a blanket and join fellow Orchard families on Thursday, 9/29 from 5-7pm for an evening of pizza, music, and lots of fun! Ice cream (cash only) and Spirit Wear will be available for purchase. Whole pizzas and activity bags are available to purchase in advance and will be distributed at the picnic. Pre-order your pizza by Tuesday, 9/27. Follow this link to volunteer for the bake sale.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are back at Orchard! If you are interested in signing up or volunteering, visit the Girl Scouts website to find out more.  Space is limited.  Financial assistance is available.  Contact Jen Zolcinski if you have any questions: [email protected].

Start Strong Testing

Please read this important letter from the Elementary Principals regarding NJ Department of Education’s Start Strong assessments.

School Photos

School Photos will be held on Monday, October 3. All photos will be automatically emailed to you via a link, with information for ordering. If you do not want your email shared with the company, please email Mrs. Moran ([email protected]) to have your email removed. 

5th Grade Memory Book

Families please start cataloging your school photos through the years. Everything from the first day of kindergarten and  the Thanksgiving Feast to school plays, field trips and Field Day. The 5th Grade Memory Book is a special volume separate from the yearbook that captures the 5th graders' six years at Orchard School through photos and autobiographical text. 

Would you like to help as a Memory Book Committee member? We’re looking for volunteers! Please email Vicki Roubal ([email protected]) or Jenna Hammond ([email protected]) to express interest! 

Save the Dates:

9/19 - Board of Education Meeting (7pm)

9/21 - New Family Orientation (date change!) 7:30

9/22 - HSA Meeting, School Library (9am - Zoom link to follow)

9/26 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

9/29 - Back-to-School Picnic

9/29 - SPIRIT DAY!

10/3 - School Picture Day

10/5 - Yom Kippur - SCHOOL CLOSED

10/10 - Columbus Day, SCHOOL CLOSED for students

Community News:

Ridgewood Cheerleading

The Ridgewood Varsity Cheerleaders are hosting a car wash and clothing drive on 9/12 in the BF parking lot. All donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Ridgewood Education Foundation

Come to an authentic Oktoberfest on 10/15 at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club.Scan here for tickets.

 

A Walk in The Park

Pleasant Park near Hawes School is a beautiful green space. Get a guided tour on 9/24. More info here.

 

Monkeypox

Learn more about monkeypox, how to get vaccinated in NJ and who is eligible for the vaccine.

 

Ridgewood Library

Your voice matters - please take this survey to help plan for the future of the Ridgewood Public Library.

 

Food Truck Festival

Join in this fun community event to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. on 10/9. Music, food and lots more! For details, click here.


September 6, 2022


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

Welcome to all our students and families, new and old. We are excited to embark on an exciting new year filled with learning and fun.

Remember - Back to School Night is this Thursday! View this letter for more information on timing. We look forward to seeing you!

From the Health Office:

If you have not already handed in your physical, please do so on or before September 30th. Also, please update any allergies in Skyward. Please call the health office with any concerns.

Orchard News:

Lego Robotics

Sign your child up for hands on STEAM learning. Structured Robotics build plus creative storytelling free build. Tuesdays, September - December. Sign up here.

Start Strong Testing

Please read this important letter from the Elementary Principals regarding NJ Department of Education’s Start Strong assessments.

School Photos

School Photos will be held on Monday, October 3. All photos will be automatically emailed to you via a link, with information for ordering. If you do not want your email shared with the company, please email Mrs. Moran ([email protected]) to have your email removed. 

5th Grade Memory Book

Families please start cataloging your school photos through the years. Everything from the first day of kindergarten and  the Thanksgiving Feast to school plays, field trips and Field Day. The 5th Grade Memory Book is a special volume separate from the yearbook that captures the 5th graders' six years at Orchard School through photos and autobiographical text. 

Would you like to help as a Memory Book Committee member? We’re looking for volunteers! Please email Vicki Roubal ([email protected]) or Jenna Hammond ([email protected]) to express interest! 

Fall Chess

Your child can join the Chess Wizards community today for fun, friendship, and some serious chess skills. All experience levels are welcome. For class times and more information click here.

 

Save the Dates:

9/7 - Class Parent Orientation (9am)

9/8 - Back-to-School Night (7pm)

9/12-9/16 - Start Strong Assesments (Grades 4&5)

9/12 - Board of Education Meeting (7pm)

9/19 - Board of Education Meeting (7pm)

9/22 - HSA Meeting, School Library (9am - Zoom link to follow)

9/22 - New Family Orientation

9/26 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

9/29 - Back-to-School Picnic

9/29 - SPIRIT DAY!

10/3 - School Picture Day

10/5 - Yom Kippur - SCHOOL CLOSED

10/10 - Columbus Day, SCHOOL CLOSED for students

Community News:

Before and After school Care

AlphaBest Extended Day program is available for grades K-5 at Orchard. For more information call 973-739-4511.

 

Monkeypox

Learn more about monkeypox, how to get vaccinated in NJ and who is eligible for the vaccine.

 

Ridgewood Library

Your voice matters - please take this survey to help plan for the future of the Ridgewood Public Library.

 

RHS Wrestling

This Sunday, come out and get your car washed and help raise money for the Ridgewood High School Wrestling Team. More info linked here.

Food Truck Festival

Join this fun community event to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. Music, food and fun. For more details, click here.