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April 13, 2021


It’s finally here! Get excited! The premiere of Orchard's Got Talent is this Friday, April 16th at 6:30pm! Use this YouTube link to watch our show! 

April 19 Transition Updates

We are so excited to welcome back our 2-5 students for 5 days a week of in-person learning! A few notes:

  • Drop off will remain rolling with entrance permitted beginning at 8:20 AM
  • Students will have virtual afternoon classes, including a 30 minute virtual special and assigned meets with homeroom teachers
  • All student afternoon sessions will begin at 1:30pm to allow for pickup and lunch at home
  • Most basic skills sessions have been converted to in-person instruction instead of virtual, though some exceptions remain
  • Homeroom teachers will share their new schedules with families and students this week to prepare for Monday.

PLEASE NOTE: Afternoon meets will be canceled this week for grades 2-5 to allow time to prep for the transition.

Our kind and generous HSA is offering the second half of our support and administrative staff a night off from cooking! We are all so grateful and appreciative. Please read this message from the HSA president and see what’s on the menu here.

TEACHERS AND PARENTS NO COOK NIGHT #4 (FINAL ONE)

The sun is shining, the flowers are budding, spring has arrived. And while being outside is more inviting these days, there are still those pesky dishes to deal with when you return home. Take a night off and help Orchard's amazing Administrative and Support staff do the same on Thursday April 15th. For the final time this school year, the Orchard HSA has partnered with Park Wood Deli for the last of four No Cook Nights!

Our final No Cook Night will be supporting the second half of our Support and Administrative staff. To purchase or even partially contribute to a dinner for a teacher in these grades, or to simply take a night off of cooking yourself, call Park Wood Deli at (201) 689-0855, and mention “Orchard School." All Orders MUST be placed by Thursday April 15th at 10:00 AM. Orders are to be picked up at Park Wood. We recommend you enjoy the meal and then eat dessert while you tune into that night's HSA meeting at 8 PM.

 

Please join in to the monthly HSA Meeting at 8 PM. Agenda to follow shortly! Mrs. Ferreri will certainly be updating on the 4.19 transition. Click on the Zoom link below:

https://ridgewood-k12-nj-ua.zoom.us/j/3792923913?pwd=UUlxMTVDeFJseXNSZCtnZmJSVTg3Zz09

Meeting ID: 379 292 3913

Passcode: Orchard

Orchard News:

 

Disability Awareness Day

On Monday, April 19th we are asking students to wear a maroon shirt and high socks to bring awareness to the topic of disability. Ridgewood’s Unified Champion School Program is sponsored by Special Olympics and promotes inclusion among all students. By bringing together students of all abilities, it aims to create friendship and a more positive school culture. 

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Ordering school supply kits is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Follow this link (before July 1st) to ensure that your child's supplies will be delivered directly to his or her classroom and ready to be used on the first day of school.  

 

6th Grade Summer Programming

This summer the program will be offered virtually.There are many classes that your rising 6th graders will want to take advantage of, including Introduction to Middle School, Creative Writing, or Learn to Code. 

 

The Middle School Enrichment Program is offered Monday, July 12- Thursday, July 23 (there is no class on Friday, July 16).

 

Here is the direct link to the MS Program.

 

Save the Dates:

No Cook Orders Due - 4/15

Virtual HSA Meeting - 4/15

Orchard’s Got Talent Show - 4/16

Disability Awareness Day - 4/19

Dance Fit Fundraiser - 4/30

Ruby Bridges Author Visit - 5/6

Last day to order school supply kits - 6/30


Community Notices:

Ridgewood Parks & Recreation Bike Safety Event

This Safe Bike Skills Course for 3rd -6th graders teaches youth basic skills needed to safely ride their bikes around town. Saturday, May 15th (rain date 5/22). Register via Community Pass.

Bergen County Styrofoam Drive

Don’t throw your styrofoam in a landfill anymore. Saturday, April 17, bring your clean styrofoampackaging to the Graydon parking lot.

April Share House

Please consider Signing up for meal prep at one of Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.

April Sign Up.

Ridgewood New Players

RHS New Players Presents: Macbeth, Friday, April 30th, 8pm.

Ridgewood Junior New Players

Enrollment is open for Summer 2021 Junior New Players Company. All information and registration form can be found here.

Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association

Open to all Ridgewood residents and residents of surrounding towns - the 2021 All-Star Program will be held on four Sundays in May. Please click here for further information.

League of Women Voters

Breaking News: NJ Primary Election is in Person! Voters will be able to vote on machines at their usual designated polling locations on June 8, 2021.

Virtual Acting Workshop

If you are interested in acting, Ridgewood Friends of Music is presenting a Virtual Acting Workshop for Singers on May 1st with Opera Director, Anna Etsuko Tsuri. Don’t Miss Out!









April 6, 2021

Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a restful week off. We have a busy week ahead of us and lots of exciting things to look forward to.

This Wednesday April 7th at 7pm log on for a special edition of Orchard@Home.

Some Orchard Teachers (perhaps even yours?) and Mrs. Ferreri are participating in a virtual Orchard Family Feud for all of our enjoyment!

Just like the TV version of Family Feud, the answers will be tallied using super secret surveys we've surreptitiously sent out to the Orchard 5th graders! The teachers have NO idea what categories await them so we have a true "Survey Says" for the teachers to guess.

 

Use this Zoom link on Wednesday, April 7th at 7pm!   (https://ridgewood-k12-nj-ua.zoom.us/j/3792923913?pwd=UUlxMTVDeFJseXNSZCtnZmJSVTg3Zz09#success)

 

Can't wait to see you at the Feud! 

 

On Thursday, May 6th, Orchard 3rd-5th graders will be welcoming Ruby Bridges for a special virtual author visit! Ruby Bridges became one of the first black children to integrate into an all white public school system in 1960. She has written two children’s books that are available for purchase along with another book written by Robert Coles about her inspirational true story.

 

This Book Order Form is due back by Friday, April 9th. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Hammond at jennamhammond@gmail.com.

APRIL Grades 2-5 SPECIALS CALENDAR

APRIL A/B CALENDAR

Due to the model change for K-1 students, all Specials calendars for K-1 students have been distributed by homeroom classes.

Orchard News:

 

Disability Awareness Day

On Monday, April 19th we are asking students to wear a maroon shirt and high socks to bring awareness to the topic of disability. Ridgewood’s Unified Champion School Program is sponsored by Special Olympics and promotes inclusion among all students. By bringing together students of all abilities, it aims to create friendship and a more positive school culture. 

Lost & Found

Please tell your students to check the cafetorium for lost jackets. Also, last call,  if someone is missing their bluetooth speaker, please pick it up in the main office.

Talent Show

Can we get a drum roll please... the premiere of Orchard's Got Talent will be on Friday, April 16th! (Link to follow) The HSA’s Got Snacks for your viewing pleasure! Get your orders in by March 26th for a talent show viewing party kit. 

Orchard Yearbook

Deadline to order yearbooks is April 9th. Please Note: This is your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook. A yearbook purchase was not included in any sales at the beginning of the year and is NOT included in your school membership dues. Extra will be very limited, so be sure to place your order now.

Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Ordering school supply kits is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Follow this link (before July 1st) to ensure that your child's supplies will be delivered directly to his or her classroom and ready to be used on the first day of school.  

Save the Dates:

Deadline to Order Yearbook - 4/9

Orchard’s Got Talent Show - 4/16

Disability Awareness Day - 4/19

Last day to order school supply kits - 6/30
Community Notices:

Before and After Care

Are you looking for help with childcare before or after school hours? AlphaBEST has a program in our school. Click here for pricing and more information

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

April Share House

Please consider Signing up for meal prep at one of Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.

April Sign Up.

Ridgewood Junior New Players

Enrollment is open for Summer 2021 Junior New Players Company. All information and registration form can be found here.

Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association

Open to all Ridgewood residents and residents of surrounding towns - the 2021 All-Star Program will be held on four Sundays in May. Please click here for further information.

Ridgewood Boys Lacrosse

It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it! RHS Boys Lax fundraiser: Annual Carwash is Sunday, April 11th. Only $5 per car and you can even pay through venmo!

League of Women Voters

Breaking News: NJ Primary Election is in Person! Voters will be able to vote on machines at their usual designated polling locations on June 8, 2021.

Virtual Acting Workshop

If you are interested in acting, Ridgewood Friends of Music is presenting a Virtual Acting Workshop for Singers on May 1st with Opera Director, Anna Etsuko Tsuri. Don’t Miss Out!





March 23, 2021

Another way to make lemonade out of lemons is to celebrate favorite traditions for a whole week instead of just one night! Here is a list of great ideas from the HSA for a fun-filled International Week!

Please be aware, our students are now using the playgrounds during the school day. We play within our homeroom cohort and follow safety protocols. Playgrounds are closed during school hours (8:40 - 12:45). If you are playing on the playground after school, we ask that you play smart!

  • Masks are required
  • Do not congregate in large groups or high traffic areas
  • Sanitize hands before and after using the equipment


Are you traveling for Spring Break? If so, have you informed the school nurse?
Any families traveling over break
must communicate with our school nurse, Mrs. Horton regarding dates of travel and plans for return. 

Below are the updated travel guidelines while we are in the orange/high COVID Risk Category. 

New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) for more than 24 hours must self-quarantine. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative. Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations. Please contact Nurse Horton to share the date of return to NJ and navigate through the next steps to safely complete the required quarantine. International travel requires a 14-day quarantine upon return.

APRIL Grades 2-5 SPECIALS CALENDAR

APRIL A/B CALENDAR


Due to the model change for K-1 students, all Specials calendars for K-1 students have been distributed by homeroom classes.

Orchard News:

Lost & Found

Please tell your students to check the cafetorium for lost jackets. We have a few nice ones. Also, if someone is missing their bluetooth speaker call the main office.

Talent Show

Can we get a drum roll please... the premiere of Orchard's Got Talent will be on Friday, April 16th! (Link to follow) Final videos are due by March 25th! The HSA’s Got Snacks for your viewing pleasure! Get your orders in by March 26th for a talent show viewing party kit. 


Orchard Yearbook

Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google album until Friday, March 26th. Only JPEG formatted photos are compatible. 

Order your Yearbook TODAY! - Send $30 via PayPal to orchardHSAtreasurer@gmail.com (indicate Student Name & Yearbook). Deadline to order yearbooks is April 9th. Click here for all the details.

 

Please Note: This is your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook. A yearbook purchase was not included in any sales at the beginning of the year and is NOT included in your school membership dues. Extra will be very limited, so be sure to place your order now.

 

Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Ordering school supply kits is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Follow this link (before July 1st) to ensure that your child's supplies will be delivered directly to his or her classroom and ready to be used on the first day of school.  

Save the Dates:

Talent Show Final Submissions Due - 3/25

Deadline to apply for Young Musician Showcase - 3/29

School Closed - 3/29-4/2

Deadline to Order Yearbook - 4/9

Orchard’s Got Talent Show - 4/16

Last day to order school supply kits - 6/30

Community Notices:

Roller Skate Night at the Rink

Grab your friends and have some fun at the outdoor Rink on April 1, 2021. Open to all Ridgewood students from 5th-8th grade. Pre-registration required.

Before and After Care

Are you looking for help with childcare before or after school hours? AlphaBEST has a program in our school. Click here for pricing and more information.

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.


April Share House

Please consider Signing up for meal prep at one of Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.

April Sign Up.


Ridgewood Friends of Music

Calling all young musicians! The Ridgewood Friends of Music are accepting applications for its Young Musicians Showcase which will take place on Saturday, April 24th.Get the details on how to apply. The deadline for applications is March 29th.

Ridgewood Junior New Players

Enrollment is open for Summer 2021 Junior New Players Company. All information and registration form can be found here.

Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association

Open to all Ridgewood residents and residents of surrounding towns - the 2021 All-Star Program will be held on four Sundays in May. Please click here for further information.

Ridgewood Boys Lacrosse

It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it! RHS Boys Lax fundraiser: Annual Carwash is Sunday, April 11th. Only $5 per car and you can even pay through venmo!




March 16, 2021

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ` Charles Dickens

Spring is in the air! The season of new beginnings, fresh blooms and when the earth seems to come to life again. We share that renewed sense of spring energy here at Orchard!
Please join the virtual HSA Meeting this Thursday night @8:00. Click here for zoom link and agenda.


We are so happy to welcome back our kindergarten and first grade students everyday starting next Monday.
With this new schedule, there will be no afternoon SEL sessions with specialists for grades K-5 beginning March 22nd.

During the school day, we are now using the playgrounds with our students. We play within our homeroom cohort and follow protocols. Please be aware that our playgrounds are closed during school hours (8:40 - 12:45). If you are playing on the playground after school, we ask that you play smart! Masks are required. Avoid congregating or high traffic areas and sanitize hands before and after using equipment.       

Any families traveling over break must communicate with our school nurse, Mrs. Horton regarding dates of travel and plans for return. 

 

Below are the updated travel guidelines while we are in the orange/high COVID Risk Category:

  • New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
  • Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) for more than 24 hours must self-quarantine.
  • All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
  • Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
  • Please contact Nurse Horton to share the date of return to NJ and navigate through the next steps to safely complete the required quarantine.
  • International travel requires a 14-day quarantine upon return.

Attention Grade 5 Students:

Fifth graders are invited to join Sara El Nabli as she hosts a “Fifth Grade Game Night” on Friday, March 19. We will start at 7 PM. Join using the Zoom link below. It will also be posted in your fifth grade Google classrooms!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://ridgewood-k12-nj-ua.zoom.us/j/3792923913?pwd=UUlxMTVDeFJseXNSZCtnZmJSVTg3Zz09

Meeting ID: 379 292 3913

Passcode: Orchard

MARCH SPECIALS CALENDAR

MARCH A/B CALENDAR

APRIL SPECIALS CALENDAR

APRIL A/B CALENDAR


Due to the model change for K-1 students, all Specials calendars for K-1 students will be distributed by homeroom classes.

Orchard News:

Orchard Cookbooks

Cookbooks have arrived! If you pre-purchased a cookbook you can pick it up on Monday, March 22nd (A day) between 12:30-1:00 from the table on the blacktop. (In case of rain, the table will be set up under the awning by the front door.) If you did not order one, but would like to, there are extras available for purchase. 

 

Teachers and Parents No Cook Night #3

Now it's time to show some love for the Administrative and Support staff (half of them, the other half will see some love next month). The Orchard HSA has partnered with Park Wood Deli for the third out of four No Cook Nights on Thursday March 18th, and with a whole new menu to boot! Click here for menu and ordering information.Questions? Contact Todd Rothman (trothy@yahoo.com)


Talent Show

Can we get a drum roll please... the premiere of Orchard's Got Talent will be on Friday, April 16th! (Link to follow) Final videos are due by March 25th! The HSA’s Got Snacks for your viewing pleasure! Get your orders in by March 26th for a talent show viewing party kit. More information on what’s in these yummy kits and how to order yours here.


HSA Nominating Committee

The HSA is beginning its nominating process for the 2021-2022 school year! Maybe you are interested in becoming more involved? Perhaps you know someone who would be a great addition to the HSA executive board?  All the answers to your questions are in this attached letter. All Nominations are due by 3/19/21.


Orchard Yearbook

Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google album until Friday, March 26th. Only JPEG formatted photos are compatible. 

Order your Yearbook TODAY! - Send $30 via PayPal to orchardHSAtreasurer@gmail.com (indicate Student Name & Yearbook). Deadline to order yearbooks is April 9th. Click here for all the details.

 

Please Note: This is your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook. A yearbook purchase was not included in any sales at the beginning of the year and is NOT included in your school membership dues. Extra will be very limited, so be sure to place your order now.

 

Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Ordering school supply kits is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Follow this link (before July 1st) to ensure that your child's supplies will be delivered directly to his or her classroom and ready to be used on the first day of school.  

 

Boxtops

Here's a simple way to earn money for our school. All you have to do is:

  • Download the BoxTops app (make sure to choose Orchard HSA)
  • Submit your receipts within 14 days of purchase
  • Give credit to a specific student. The student with the most BoxTops at the end of the year will earn a surprise! If paper receipts, scan into the app. If digital receipts, forward to receipts@boxtops4education.com
    Questions? Contact Tia Ly (tialy@ymail.com) Click here for more information.

Orchard Pandemic Response Feedback Form  - Please use this form to share any school-related pandemic feedback. The form will remain open so you are able to respond throughout the year as you have suggestions, feedback or concerns. Responses will be discussed anonymously at Orchard’s Pandemic Team Meetings. Thank you for your feedback.
Save the Dates:

Spirit Day - 3/18

Orchard Parent & Staff No Cook Night - 3/18 (order by 10am)

Virtual HSA Meeting - 3/18

HSA Nomination Forms Due - 3/19

Talent Show Final Submissions Due - 3/25

Deadline to apply for Young Musician Showcase - 3/29

School Closed - 3/29-4/2

Deadline to Order Yearbook - 4/9

Orchard’s Got Talent Show - 4/16

Last day to order school supply kits - 6/30

Community Notices:

Ridgewood Library

Join in for the Ridgewood Libraries 18th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival on March 18th @ 7pm. Featuring Bryan Stevenson’s fight for equality in TRUE JUSTICE. Registration information here.
How does a person get things done when depression is a part of daily life? Julie Fast has answers. Join the author in a virtual Meet the Author discussion. Click here for more information.

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math
If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

Ridgewood High School Basketball
Please consider supporting the RHS Boys Basketball Program and their Coaches for Cancer Campaign THANK YOU!!  Donate here.

Food Drive The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.

March/April Share House
Please consider signing up for meal prep at Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.

March sign up. April Sign Up

Ridgewood Friends of Music
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Get a virtual tour of Dublin along with a serenade from Ridgewood’s own Ciaran Sheehan. Click here for more info.

Calling all young musicians! The Ridgewood Friends of Music are accepting applications for its Young Musicians Showcase which will take place on Saturday, April 24th.Get the details on how to apply here.

Bergen County Recycles
Bring all your clean styrofoam to Graydon Pool on Saturday, April 17, 2021. More information here.


Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association
Open to all Ridgewood residents and residents of surrounding towns - the 2021 All-Star Program will be held on four Sundays in May. Please click here for further information.

New Players Company
Students in grades 4-8 who are interested in acting will learn to develop their skills in this summer program. Find out more here.

March 9, 2021


There are many budding scientists at Orchard School!  Please
click here and get a front seat to watch these AMAZING science projects that were submitted for Orchard’s 1st virtual Science Fair. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

We have had many questions regarding quarantine after travel. With Spring Break upon us, we understand that many families will be leaving the tristate area. Any families traveling over break must communicate with our school nurse, Mrs. Horton regarding dates of travel and plans for return. 

Below are the updated travel guidelines while we are in the orange/high COVID Risk Category. 

New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory
beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
and Delaware) for more than 24 hours must self-quarantine. 

All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested 3–5 days
after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even
if their test is negative.

Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for
10 days after travel.

Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.  

Please contact Nurse Horton to share the date of return to NJ and navigate
through the next steps to safely complete the required quarantine.

International travel requires a 14-day quarantine upon return.

 

MARCH SPECIALS CALENDAR

MARCH A/B CALENDAR

APRIL SPECIALS CALENDAR (grades 2-5)

APRIL A/B CALENDAR

Due to the model change for K-1 students, all Specials calendars for K-1 students will be distributed by homeroom classes. 

Orchard News:


Bedtime with the Brennans!
Join Declan (1RO), Kate (3PO), and Sean (5WO) for bedtime stories this Friday evening! K-3 grade students are invited to join the zoom link below. We will start at 7:00 PM and enjoy some favorite stories from the Brennans!

Join Zoom Meeting https://ridgewood-k12-nj-ua.zoom.us/j/3792923913?pwd=UUlxMTVDeFJseXNSZCtnZmJSVTg3Zz09 Meeting ID: 379 292 3913 Passcode: Orchard


Orchard’s Got Talent

Due to the overwhelming amount of interest this year, we are holding rehearsals on two dates. Please check this schedule carefully for your child’s date and time.

HSA Nominating Committee

The HSA is beginning its nominating process for the 2021-2022 school year! Maybe you are interested in becoming more involved? Perhaps you know someone who would be a great addition to the HSA executive board?  All the answers to your questions are in this attached letter. All Nominations are due by 3/19/21.

Orchard Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is working hard to capture all the special moments of this unprecedented school year. Each month has a specific theme. Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google album. Only JPEG formatted photos are compatible. 

Order your Yearbook TODAY! 

Send $30 via PayPal to orchardHSAtreasurer@gmail.com (indicate Student Name & Yearbook). Deadline to order yearbooks is April 9th. 

 

Please Note: This is your only opportunity to purchase a yearbook. A yearbook purchase was not included in any sales at the beginning of the year and is NOT included in your school membership dues. Extra will be very limited, so be sure to place your order now.

 

Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

 

Boxtops

Here's a simple way to earn money for our school. All you have to do is:

  1. Download the BoxTops app (make sure to choose Orchard HSA)
  2. Submit your receipts within 14 days of purchase
  3. Give credit to a specific student. The student with the most BoxTops at the end of the year will earn a surprise! If paper receipts, scan into the app. If digital receipts, forward to receipts@boxtops4education.com


Questions? Contact Tia Ly (
tialy@ymail.com)

Click here for more information.

Orchard Pandemic Response Feedback Form  - Please use this form to share any school-related pandemic feedback. The form will remain open so you are able to respond throughout the year as you have suggestions, feedback or concerns. Responses will be discussed anonymously at Orchard’s Pandemic Team Meetings. Thank you for your feedback.

Save the Dates:

Talent Show Rehearsals - 3/10 & 3/11

Daylight Savings Begins - 3/14

Spirit Day - 3/18

HSA Nomination Forms Due - 3/19

International Night - 3/19

School Closed - 3/29-4/2

Deadline to Order Yearbook - 4/9

Community Notices:

Ridgewood Library

Join in for the Ridgewood Libraries 18th Annual Reel Voices Film Festival on March 18th @ 7pm. Featuring Bryan Stevenson’s fight for equality in TRUE JUSTICE. Registration information here..
Ridgewood Crew Fundraiser
Eat at Chipotle on Wednesday, March 10th and 33% of your bill will be donated to the Crew team. Bring this flyer to show the cashier.

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

 

Ridgewood High School Basketball

Please consider supporting the RHS Boys Basketball Program and their Coaches for Cancer Campaign THANK YOU!!  Donate here.


Food Drive
The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.

March/April Share House
Sign up for meal prep at Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses by clicking here.

March sign up. April Sign Up



March 2, 2021


Happy March!

Please read this important letter from Principal Ferreri.

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning ahead. The HSA is beginning its nominating process for the 2021-2022 school year! Maybe you are interested in becoming more involved? Perhaps you know someone who would be a great addition to the HSA executive board?  All the answers to your questions are in this attached letter

 

MARCH SPECIALS CALENDAR

MARCH A/B CALENDAR

5th Grade Parents: Please be advised that students entering Grade 6 and born on or after January 1, 1997 must provide documentation for the vaccinations listed in this document.

Please remember to inform your teacher or the school nurse of any upcoming travel plans. Ridgewood schools continue to follow the 14 day quarantine period after travel (excluding NY, PA, DE and CT).

Orchard News:
Science Fair

True to Orchard's zest for turning lemons into lemonade, we are going to be carrying forward this vibrant event with a technological twist. This year, Orchard will be hosting its 5th Science Fair VIRTUALLY on Thursday, March 4th!! The deadline for uploading your science fair project is today - do don’t delay!

Registration is free and all students (remote & hybrid) are encouraged to participate. Over the past 5 years, students have loved sharing their imaginative experiments with friends, teachers and parents as they learn about science and experimentation. This year will be no different and our focus is fun not fuss.

 

No project is too small and we hope to see everyone get involved!! And, as a reward, every child that participates will earn a No Homework Pass! 

 

Find out more information and all the registration details about this FUN event here. Registration deadline:  Friday, February 26th. 

 

Questions? Contact Orchard Science Fair Co-Chairs Renu Vitale (renu.vitale@gmail.com) and Regina Kirk (reginamkirk@hotmail.com)


Orchard Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is working hard to capture all the special moments of this unprecedented school year. Each month has a specific theme. Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google Album. Please continue to submit JPEG photos uploaded to the Class Google Albums. Other formats are not compatible. Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

Orchard Pandemic Response Feedback Form  - Please use this form to share any school-related pandemic feedback. The form will remain open so you are able to respond throughout the year as you have suggestions, feedback or concerns. Responses will be discussed anonymously at Orchard’s Pandemic Team Meetings. Thank you for your feedback.


Save the Dates:

Science Fair Goes Live - 3/4

Education Foundation Virtual Winterfest - 2/3 - 3/6

Super Science Saturday - 3/6

Reading Marathon Form due -3/5

Daylight Savings Begins - 3/14

International Night - 3/19

School Closed - 3/29-4/2

Community Notices:

Travel Softball Try-outs

On Sunday March 7, tryouts will be held for all girls between grades 3-8 who missed it in the fall. All grades will tryout at the same time. Please see this flyer for more information.

Ridgewood Library

Join in for the Ridgewood Libraries 18th Annual reel Voices Film Festival on March 18th @ 7pm. Featuring Bryan Stevenson’s fight for equality in TRUE JUSTICE. Registration information here.

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

Super Science Saturday

Join in for the first ever virtual Super Science Saturday This is an interactive Livestream Virtual Event. You can watch at SuperScienceSaturday.org or Fios Channel 33 in Ridgewood. It is the greatest science extravaganza in Northern New Jersey. The kickoff event for this year is "Pancakes with Penguins", a visit with the Omaha Zoo at 10 AM.

 

Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association

The RBSA is offering Recreational programs for all age groups. Register today, Teams forming soon! Baseball, Softball, and Kickball programs available.

 

Ridgewood High School Basketball

Please consider supporting the RHS Boys Basketball Program and their Coaches for Cancer Campaign THANK YOU!!  Donate here.

 

Ridgewood Ice Hockey

Registration is open for Spring 2021. Register here before 3/7/2021.This flyer has all the details.

 

Ridgewood High School Girls Lacrosse

RHS Girls Varsity Coach Crysti Foote and players will hold a clinic at RHS Stadium on Saturday, March 6th, 10am-12pm.  Open to 1st-8th grade girls.   Please see this flyer for more information

 

Friends of Ridgewood Public Library

Calling all Elementary School students! Read for 30 minutes a day for ANY five days in February. Have a parent visit the website www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/readingmarathon to submit your reading form by March 5th. For a list of upcoming library events and more marathon details click here: Reading Marathon

Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.

March/April Share House

Sign up for meal prep at Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.


February 23, 2021

In honor of Black History Month and February being the month of LOVE - I give you this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” 

Tonight: please mark your calendar to attend the Virtual Presentation for Elementary Parents on Tuesday, February 23, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This meeting will be broadcast live on the district home page and on Fios Channel 33.  Questions can be submitted online by using the link which will be provided on the district website.

Thursday: Be sure to join in to this month’s virtual HSA Meeting on Thursday night, February 25th, @ 8:00pm. The link to join can be found here.

5th Grade Parents: Please be advised that students entering Grade 6 and born on or after January 1, 1997 must provide documentation for the vaccinations listed in this document.

MARCH SPECIALS CALENDAR

MARCH A/B CALENDAR

Please remember to inform your teacher or the school nurse of any upcoming travel plans. Ridgewood schools continue to follow the 14 day quarantine period after travel (excluding NY, PA, DE and CT).

Orchard News:

Fifth Grade Jeopardy

Calling all 5th graders for our 1st ever Orchard 5th Grade Jeopardy Zoom Tournament, this Friday, February 26th at 7 PM! To participate in this exciting event,  RSVP to orchardhsa@gmail.com with your name and class by Wednesday 2/24 at the latest. Join your classmates in answering Orchard trivia to see, once and for all, who knows the most about your beloved Orchard School. Each member of the winning team will receive a No Homework Pass and, most importantly, bragging rights forever (or at least until the next 5th grade event)! Don't miss this chance to show the rest of the school what it truly means to be a 5th grader here at Orchard School.

True to Orchard's zest for turning lemons into lemonade, we are going to be carrying forward this vibrant event with a technological twist. This year, Orchard will be hosting its 5th Science Fair VIRTUALLY on Thursday, March 4th!!

Science Fair

Registration is free and all students (remote & hybrid) are encouraged to participate. Over the past 5 years, students have loved sharing their imaginative experiments with friends, teachers and parents as they learn about science and experimentation. This year will be no different and our focus is fun not fuss.

No project is too small and we hope to see everyone get involved!! And, as a reward, every child that participates will earn a No Homework Pass!

Find out more information and all the registration details about this FUN event here. Registration deadline:  Friday, February 26th. 

 

Questions? Contact Orchard Science Fair Co-Chairs Renu Vitale (renu.vitale@gmail.com) and Regina Kirk (reginamkirk@hotmail.com)

No Cook Night #2

On the heels of our very successful first No Cook Night, our second in the series, which will provide meals to all of our teachers in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, will be taking place next Thursday February 25th (see flyer). Our teachers in K, 1st and 2nd who were able to enjoy meals on behalf of the HSA in our first no cook night expressed incredible appreciation for the gesture - knowing we support and appreciate them goes so far as they in turn provide so much guidance and support to our students.

To purchase and contribute to a teacher or to simply take a night off for yourself, call Parkwood Deli (201-689-0855) and mention Orchard School. While $40 will purchase a full meal for a teacher, partial contributions are also welcome. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25th at 10AM. All orders are picked up at Parkwood Deli. Parkwood will be donating $4 of every order to Orchard School. 

Super Science Saturday

Join in for the first ever virtual Super Science Saturday! It is the greatest science extravaganza in Northern New Jersey. The kickoff event for this year is "Pancakes with Penguins", a visit with the Omaha Zoo at 10 AM. More information can be found here.

Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.

Virtual Talent Show

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR ACT. SIGN UP NOW!

It’s time to get your act together! Watch this short video with Mrs. Ferreri and Mrs. Mansbach to learn all about our virtual show this year. Sign up here.  

 

Reading Marathon!

This is the last week to track your reading for the Reading Marathon and the library is celebrating with some exciting events! All week long children from preschool through middle school can enjoy special storytimes, live concerts, classes and games, ending with a grand finale event this Saturday, Feb. 27th. Enroll in Hogwarts and enjoy a day full of Harry Potter themed programs, detailed here. There is something for every age! For a complete list of programs offered this week, visit www.ridgewoodlibrary.org

 

Orchard Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is working hard to capture all the special moments of this unprecedented school year. Each month has a specific theme. Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google Album. See below for monthly theme details:

February: 

Winter: Send along fun photos from the recent snowstorm
Science Fair: Please be prepared to take photos of your children conducting their experiments

Talent Show: Please take photos of your children if they plan on being in the Talent Show. 

January & December: 

Reading spots, Student Art, Holiday/Winter, Lemonade Out of Lemons Photo; Students with their Instruments; Students doing an Outdoor Activity

 

Please Note: Please submit JPEG photos uploaded to the Class Google Albums. Other formats are not compatible. Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).

Orchard Pandemic Response Feedback Form  - Please use this form to share any school-related pandemic feedback. The form will remain open so you are able to respond throughout the year as you have suggestions, feedback or concerns. Responses will be discussed anonymously at Orchard’s Pandemic Team Meetings. Thank you for your feedback.

 

Save the Dates:

Education Foundation Virtual Winterfest - 2/3 - 3/6

Talent Show Sign up deadline - 2/23

Virtual HSA Meeting - 2/25

5th Grade Jeopardy - 2/26 (sign up by 2/24)

Reading Marathon Form due - 3/5

Community Notices:

Ridgewood Baseball & Softball Association

The RBSA is offering Recreational programs for all age groups. Register today, Teams forming soon! Baseball, Softball, and Kickball programs available.

 

Ridgewood High School Basketball

Please consider supporting the RHS Boys Basketball Program and their Coaches for Cancer Campaign THANK YOU!!  Donate here.

 

Ridgewood Ice Hockey

Registration is open for Spring 2021. Register here before 3/7/2021. This flyer has more details.

 

Ridgewood High School Girls Lacrosse

RHS Girls Varsity Coach Crysti Foote and players will hold a clinic at RHS Stadium on Saturday, March 6th, 10am-12pm.  Open to 1st-8th grade girls.   Please see this flyer for more information

  

Friends of Ridgewood Public Library

Calling all Elementary School students! Read for 30 minutes a day for ANY five days in February. Have a parent visit the website www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/readingmarathon to submit your reading form by March 5th. For a list of upcoming library events and more marathon details click here. 

 

Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.

March Share House

Sign up for meal prep at Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses by clicking here.

March sign up attached here.




February 9, 2021


Parents, please read this informative letter from Mrs. Ferreri including some resources for you to help guide conversations at home.


This year, we can ALL use a celebration…..In celebration of the 100th day of school on Wed. 2/17 and the 101st day on Thurs. 2/18 we invite all the students to dress like they are 100!


Let’s also celebrate and enjoy all this snow! Fifth graders will be engaging in SNOW PLAY on Wednesday, 2/10 and Thursday 2/11 from 12:15 until dismissal. Look for an email from Mrs. Ferrari explaining this fun activity exclusive to our fifth grade class.


Friday is Lunar New Year: 2021 is the Year of the Ox. The three overarching themes for this holiday which is celebrated by more than 1.5 billion people are fortune, health and happiness! 


5th Grade Parents: Please be advised that students entering Grade 6 and born on or after January 1, 1997 must provide documentation for the vaccinations listed in this document.


February A/B Calendar

February Specials Calendar

March A/B Calendar


Please remember to inform your teacher or the school nurse of any upcoming travel plans. Ridgewood schools continue to follow the 14 day quarantine period after travel (excluding NY, PA, DE and CT).


Orchard News:


Valentine’s Day

Students will still be able to enjoy the traditions of Valentine's day with a few rules to keep everyone safe during Covid-19. Valentine’s Cards must be kept within cohorts. There will be no “extras” of any kind permitted, including, but not limited to, candy, toys, pencils, stickers, etc. Crafts will be organized by class parents. Most classes are requesting Valentine's cards to be brought in on Monday (Cohort B) and Tuesday (Cohort A) if parents choose to participate. Cards will go home 2/10 for cohort B students and 2/11 for cohort A students. 


Fundraise Your Heart Out

Who wouldn’t love a heart shaped pizza? Orchard HSA is partnering with Park Wood Deli for Valentine's Day. Order your heart shaped pizzas and donuts before Thursday for pick up on Saturday. Click here for details.


Helping Hand-Extra Help Math

If your child is in need of Math help, consider getting a “Helping Hand.” To register visit: helpinghandsrw.com  or click here for more information.


Virtual Talent Show

It’s time to get your act together! Yes, there will be a talent show this year and we are so excited about it!! Watch this short video with Mrs. Ferreri and Mrs. Mansbach to learn all about our virtual show this year. Sign up here.  


Orchard Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is working hard to capture all the special moments of this unprecedented school year. Each month has a specific theme. Please continue taking pictures of your children and uploading them to your Class Google Album. See below for monthly theme details:

February Theme: 

Winter -Send along fun photos from the recent snowstorm

Science Fair-Please be prepared to take photos of your children conducting their experiments

Talent Show: Please take photos of your children if they plan on being in the show. We are happy to have any photos of rehearsals and performances as well as preparations.

January & December:

Reading spots, Student Art, Holiday/Winter, Lemonade Out of Lemons Photo; Students with their Instruments; Students doing an Outdoor Activity


Please Note: Please submit JPEG photos uploaded to the Class Google Albums. Other formats are not compatible. Questions? Contact Merel Wagner (merelwagner@gmail.com).


Orchard Pandemic Response Feedback Form  - Please use this form to share any school-related pandemic feedback. The form will remain open so you are able to respond throughout the year as you have suggestions, feedback or concerns. Responses will be discussed anonymously at Orchard’s Pandemic Team Meetings. Thank you for your feedback.

 


Save the Dates:


Family Pizza Night LSHSA Fundraiser order deadline - 2/9

Valentine’s Day Celebrations - 2/10 (B) 2/11 (A)

5th Grade SNOW PLAY DAY - 2/10, 2/11

Orchard HSA Valentine Pizza/Donut Fundraiser deadline to order - 2/11

RHS New Players Virtual Reading - 2/13

Winter Recess - February 12-16

Dress like you are 100! - 2/17-2/18

Spirit Days - 2/18 & 2/19 

Education Foundation Virtual Winterfest - 2/3 - 3/6

5th Grade Tic Toc Art Contest Deadline - 2/21

Talent Show Sign up deadline - 2/23

Reading Marathon Form due - 3/5


Community Notices:

 

New Players Company: STRUCK BY LOVE - A VIRTUAL READING OF NEW WORKS!

Original Zoom Plays by Ridgewood High School Students. Click here for tickets and information.

 

TIC TOC - Calling all 5th Graders

To enter the 5th Grade art contest, click here. This year’s theme: “Light Up the Darkness.”

 

Friends of Ridgewood Public Library

Calling all Elementary School students! Read for 30 minutes a day for ANY five days in February. Have a parent visit the website www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/readingmarathon to submit your reading form by March 5th. Read here for a list of upcoming library events and more marathon details. 


League of Women Voters

With the increased reliance on online services during the pandemic, These helpful tips for parents or anyone else interested in maintaining data privacy and security are very helpful.


Ridgewood Friends of Music 

The Annual Friends of Music Concert ~

Friday, February 19, 2021, Live Streamed at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $25 per household.  

Visit Ridgewoodfriendsofmusic.org to purchase tickets

This annual favorite features local, professional musicians, including RPS music teachers and administrators, performing music of all styles and genres: classical, musical theater, rock, jazz, opera, R & B, folk, etc. This year's concert will be hosted live and feature pre-recorded performances that you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home.  *This is a great concert for children.

Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Ridgewood A.M & The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood are sponsoring a monthly food drive for local pantries. January 30, February 27 and March 27 - contactless drop off. Please view this flyer for details.

 

Care Plus Parent Workshop Series

The Ridgewood School District and Care Plus NJ have a continued partnership to bring state of the art behavioral healthcare services to students and families in a school setting. Part of this shared goal includes providing our families with additional forums and opportunities to share and discuss important topics. To learn more about this virtual parent program click here.

 

RHS Bands Citrus & Fresh Fruit Sale

Get all the details in this flyer for Ridgewood’s infamous fresh fruit sale happening from January 31st-February 15th! Support the band and your health!

 

Ridgewood Lacrosse

Registration for 2021 lacrosse clinics and teams is open now. Visit http://www.ridgewoodlax.com to register now. View this flyer for more information.


March Share House

Sign up for meal prep at Ridgewood’s SHARE Houses.