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September 19, 2023

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From the Main Office:

Join us for our first HSA meeting of the school year - Wednesday morning 9/20 in the Cafeteria. If you cannot attend in person, join via  Zoom Meeting

AGENDA


HOW TO REPORT AN ABSENCE OR TARDY


Orchard School is excited to announce the grade-level performance dates for the school year. Families are encouraged and welcome to attend. Please mark your calendars! 2023-24 ORCHARD CONCERT DATES

 

Orchard News: 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PICNIC

Bring a blanket and join fellow Orchard families on Thursday, 9/28 from 4-6 pm for an evening of pizza, music, surprises, and fun! Ice cream and Bake Sale items (cash only) as well as School Spirit Wear will be available for purchase. Whole pizzas are available to purchase in advance and will be distributed at the picnic. Click this link to order pizza - The deadline to pre-order is 9/26! Volunteers are needed for this fun evening. Click HERE if you are interested in providing baked goods for sale or helping at the bake sale table.

 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

Photo day is Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  Image Art Studios will photograph students and staff outside during school hours. Individual shots and class photos will be taken. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints of your child(ren).  Look for a link in eNews the week after pictures are taken. 

 

A rain date is scheduled for October 10th.  If your child is absent on 10/4/23 we will reach out to you regarding a make-up date. Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]

 

FUN DAY

Get excited for Fun Day! Friday, October 20th  after school (3-4:30). Want to help make the biggest fall fundraiser extraordinary? Please contact our Fun Day Chairs, Vanessa Carr ([email protected]) & Jenna Hammond ([email protected])  to volunteer. (rain date: October 27)

 

SPIRIT WEAR

The sale is EXTENDED until 9/22!  Please click HERE to shop the newest assortment of classics as well as on-trend Orchard school styles so you and your child can show your Orchard pride! Click here for more information.  Contact Jackie Parent ([email protected])  or Sarah Kline ([email protected]) with any questions.

 

LEGO ROBOTICS AT ORCHARD

After-school fun! Sign up now for hands-on STEAM learning using a dual approach: structured Robotics building and creative storytelling free build. Register HERE.

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT

Enjoy a Ladies Night Out on Thursday, October 5th at 7 pm. Snacks will be provided. Farm attire is encouraged. $20 per person via PayPal @OrchardSchoolHSA, Please write “LNO Fall” in the notes. Please RSVP to Amy ([email protected]) or Alex ([email protected]) by 10/1. Click here for more information. All proceeds go to Orchard HSA.

 

LUNCH ORDERING

For lunch ordering information, scheduled lunch times, and more information please click here. For the safety of our students and staff, we DO NOT allow food delivery of any kind (ie: GrubHub, Doordash, etc.) to our students. Only parents and caregivers can drop off lunch in the cooler by Door #4.

 

CHESS

Join the Chess Wizards community today for fun, friendship, and some serious chess skills. All Experience levels are welcome! Classes begin after school on 9/27. Sign up here.

 

GIRL SCOUTS

Come join the newly created first-grade Girl Scouts (Daisies) troop! Meetings will begin in October.  If your daughter is interested in joining the troop, please reach out to Kate Leahy: at [email protected], for registration information.

 

PLASTIC RECYCLING

Trex THIN plastic recycling challenge is an ongoing effort at Orchard School.  Please remember, only bring THIN non-recyclable plastics from home. Not all items that can be put in the recycling bin at home can be brought to school.  Think Amazon plastic packaging and dry cleaning bags as a few examples. For more ideas, check out this plastic film info sheet. 

 

5th GRADE MEMORY BOOK

5th Grade families - we want your photos! This special book is not the yearbook. The Memory Book is exclusively for 5th graders -  cataloging their experiences over the years at Orchard School. Pictures may include anything from the first day of school in kindergarten to school plays, talent shows, and field trips, and don’t forget to include all the fun activities they will have this year as well.  Stay tuned for a link to share your photos. If you have any questions please contact Randae LoPriore [email protected] or Tara Clarke [email protected].  

 

YEARBOOK

This book is completely separate from the 5th-grade Memory Book as it includes grades K-5. Yearbook sales will start in 2024 - Information will be listed in eNews, stay tuned. Follow these

Google photo links to upload pictures.  Please limit uploads to Orchard-affiliated events and activities. If you are interested in getting involved with the yearbook, please reach out to Dana Jeong at [email protected]

 

HSA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Orchard School community benefits from the time and talents of its many parent/guardian volunteers. We encourage you to join the HSA to get involved. There is a volunteer opportunity for every schedule and interest, and there’s no better way to know what’s happening at our school. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, click HERE.  We still need volunteers for the committees listed HERE. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. 

 

The Landscaping committee is looking for volunteers to help with Perennial Planting Day this Friday!

 

From the Health Office: 

NURSE NOTES

 

Community and District News:

Second Step

The RPS school district is excited to announce its new social-emotional learning program called Second Step. What is Second Step Elementary? Find out HERE.

 

AlphaBest Glen Holiday Camp

Click here for information about full day Holiday camp programs. (Sept. - April)

 

Autumn Fair

The Conservancy invites you to a country fair at the Stable on Thursday 9/29. The invitation is attached HERE.

 

Girls Soccer

Girls in grades K-5 are invited to a soccer clinic with the RHS girls' soccer team. More information is linked HERE.

 

Ridgewood Cheer

Please support Ridgewood Cheer at their car wash and clothing drive on Saturday, Sept. 23. Flyer attached.

 

Ridgewood Irish Basketball

This program is intended to teach the fundamentals of basketball, build on skill development, and help promote the culture of the Ridgewood Basketball Program. Practices will be run by members of the Ridgewood Boys Basketball Program. Registration information HERE.

 

Looking Ahead:

 

9/20 - HSA Meeting

9/20 - New Family Orientation Evening

9/25 - School Closed, Yom Kippur

9/28 - SPIRIT DAY!

9/28 - Back-to-School Picnic 4 pm

10/2 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

10/4 - School Picture Day

10/9 - School Closed, Staff Development Day

10/10 - Raindate, School Picture Day

10/13 - 5th Grade Movie Night

10/13 - Turkey Trot

10/20 - Fun Day






September 12, 2023

e-News


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.


Why September 15? It is the Independence Day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its anniversary of independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Here at Orchard, we love to learn about other countries and different cultures.


From the Main Office:

Back-to-School Night is tomorrow night


Orchard School is excited to announce the grade-level performance dates for the school year. Families are encouraged and welcome to attend. Please mark your calendars! 2023-24 ORCHARD CONCERT DATES


From the Guidance Office:

Mrs. Rubin has some pointers for starting the year off on a good note. Please read her letter HERE. 

From the Health Office: 

  • If you have not done so already, please contact the school nurse about any allergies. 

  • Continue to drop off any medications.

  • Kindergarten families: Make sure your physical is handed in on or before September 29th. 

Orchard News: 

SPIRITWEAR

One week left to order your Orchard gear! Please click HERE to shop the newest assortment of classics as well as on-trend Orchard school styles for you and your child! See flier here for more information.  Contact Jackie Parent ([email protected])  or Sarah Kline ([email protected]) with any questions.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PICNIC

Bring a blanket and join fellow Orchard families on Thursday, 9/28 from 4-6 pm for an evening of pizza, music, surprises, and fun! Ice cream and Bake Sale items (cash only) as well as School Spirit Wear will be available for purchase. Whole pizzas are available to purchase in advance and will be distributed at the picnic. Click this link to order pizza - The deadline to pre-order is 9/26! Volunteers are needed for this fun evening. Click HERE if you are interested in providing baked goods for sale or helping at the bake sale table

LEGO ROBOTICS AT ORCHARD

After-school fun! Sign up now for hands on STEAM learning using a dual approach: structured Robotics building and creative storytelling free build. Register HERE.

 

LADIES NIGHT OUT

Enjoy a Ladies Night Out on Thursday, October 5th at 7 pm. Snacks will be provided. Farm attire is encouraged. $20 per person via PayPal @OrchardSchoolHSA, Please write “LNO Fall” in the notes. Please RSVP to Amy ([email protected]) or Alex ([email protected]) by 10/1. Click here for more information.

LUNCH ORDERING

For lunch ordering information, scheduled lunch times, and more information please click here. For the safety of our students and staff, we DO NOT allow food delivery of any kind (ie: GrubHub, Doordash, etc.) to our students. Only parents and caregivers can drop off lunch in the cooler by Door #4.

 

FALL MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Calling all students in grades 1-3 who love Disney and love to sing! Join the cast of Finding Nemo Kids! A reminder that the program starts this Friday. There are only a few open spots left, Sign-up now.

 

CHESS

Join the Chess Wizards community today for fun, friendship, and some serious chess skills. All Experience levels are welcome! Classes begin after school on 9/27. Sign up here.

 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

Photo day is Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  Image Art Studios will photograph students and staff outside during school hours. Individual shots and class photos will be taken. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints of your child(ren).  A link will be emailed to you a few weeks after photos are taken for purchase options.     

 

A rain date is scheduled for October 10th.  If your child is absent on 10/4/23 we will reach out to you regarding a make-up date. Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]

 

5th GRADE MEMORY BOOK

5th Grade families - we want your photos! This special book is not the yearbook. The Memory Book is exclusively for 5th graders -  cataloging their experiences over the years at Orchard School. Pictures may include anything from the first day of school in kindergarten to school plays, talent shows, field trips, and don’t forget to include all the fun activities they will have this year as well.  Stay tuned for a link to share your photos. If you have any questions please contact Randae LoPriore [email protected] or Tara Clarke [email protected].  

 

YEARBOOK

This book is completely separate from the 5th-grade Memory Book as it includes grades K-5. Yearbook sales will start in 2024 - Information will be listed in eNews, stay tuned. Follow these

Google photo links to upload pictures.  Please limit uploads to Orchard-affiliated events and activities. If you are interested in getting involved with the yearbook, please reach out to Dana Jeong at [email protected]

HSA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Orchard School community benefits from the time and talents of its many parent/guardian volunteers. We encourage you to join the HSA to get involved. There is a volunteer opportunity for every schedule and interest, and there’s no better way to know what’s happening at our school. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, click HERE.  We still need volunteers for the committees listed HERE. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. 

District News:

Special Announcement from the LSHSA, now SEPAG!

We would like to share a big announcement from the Learning Services Home & School Association (LSHSA), a district-wide organization that serves special education families with students at all levels of support and at all stages of the process of identification, evaluation, and receiving services. In an effort to emphasize its expanded focus on its central purpose of advising the district on system-level challenges in special education, as of the beginning of this school year, the LSHSA will be rebooted and rebranded as the Ridgewood Special Education Parent Advisory Group, or Ridgewood SEPAG.  On Wednesday, September 27th the Ridgewood SEPAG will be co-hosting a coffee event at Orchard with the district's Special Programs Office.  This event will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Ridgewood SEPAG and to meet special education administrators and staff.

 

Community and District News:

Girls Soccer

Girls in grades K-5 are invited to a soccer clinic with the RHS girls' soccer team. More information is linked HERE.

 

Ridgewood Cheer

Please support Ridgewood Cheer at their car wash and clothing drive on Saturday, Sept. 23. Flyer attached.

 

Ridgewood Irish Basketball

This program is intended to teach the fundamentals of basketball, build on skill development, and help promote the culture of the Ridgewood Basketball Program. Practices will be run by members of the Ridgewood Boys Basketball Program. Registration information HERE.

 

AlphaBEST Before and After Care Program

Give your kids a safe place to do their homework and decompress from the school day while you are at work. For information click here.

 

RHS Latin Club

Check out this free event for Latin, Steam, and Art. Sign-up is required.

 

Looking Ahead:

9/13 - Back-to-School Night

9/18 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

9/20 - HSA Meeting

9/20 - New Family Orientation Evening

9/25 - School Closed, Yom Kippur

9/28 - SPIRIT DAY!

9/28 - Back-to-School Picnic 4 pm

10/2 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

10/4 - School Picture Day

10/9 - School Closed, Staff Development Day

10/10 - Raindate, School Picture Day

10/13 - 5th Grade Movie Night

10/13 - Turkey Trot

10/20 - Fun Day





September 5, 2023

e-News


The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one would expect to be treated. At Orchard School, we pride ourselves on the importance we put on choosing to be nice each and every day. Students today made the pledge to be nice during our Golden Rule Assembly. We are off to a great start!


From the Main Office:

Mark your calendars - Back-to-School Night is Wednesday, September 13th. See you there!

 

From the Health Office: 

  • If you have not done so already, please contact the school nurse about any allergies. 

  • Kindergarten families: Make sure your physical is handed in on or before September 29th. 

Orchard News: 

SPIRITWEAR

We are excited to announce the Fall Orchard School Spirit Wear sale is now LIVE on the Varsity Hues website and will run for 2 weeks! Please click HERE to shop the newest assortment of classics as well as on-trend Orchard school styles for you and your child! See flier here for more information.  Contact Jackie Parent ([email protected])  or Sarah Kline ([email protected]) with any questions.

LUNCH ORDERING

For lunch ordering information, scheduled lunch times, and more information please click here. For the safety of our students and staff, we DO NOT allow food delivery of any kind (ie: GrubHub, Doordash, etc.) to our students. Only parents and caregivers can drop off lunch in the cooler by Door #4.

 

FALL MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Calling all students in grades 1-3 who love Disney and love to sing! Come join the cast of Finding Nemo Kids! Sign-ups are open now.

 

CHESS

Join the Chess Wizards community today for fun, friendship, and some serious chess skills. All Experience levels are welcome! Classes begin after school on 9/27. Sign up here.

 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

Photo day is Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  Image Art Studios will photograph students and staff outside during school hours. Individual shots and class photos will be taken. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints of your child(ren).  A link will be emailed to you a few weeks after photos are taken for purchase options.     

 

A rain date is scheduled for October 10th.  If your child is absent on 10/4/23 we will reach out to you regarding a make-up date. Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]

 

5th GRADE MEMORY BOOK

5th Grade families - we want your photos! This special book is not the yearbook. The Memory Book is exclusively for 5th graders -  cataloging their experiences over the years at Orchard School. Pictures may include anything from the first day of school in kindergarten to school plays, talent shows, field trips, and don’t forget to include all the fun activities they will have this year as well.  Stay tuned for a link to share your photos. If you have any questions please contact Randae LoPriore [email protected] or Tara Clarke [email protected].  

 

YEARBOOK

This book is completely separate from the 5th-grade Memory Book as it includes grades K-5. Yearbook sales will start in 2024 - Information will be listed in eNews, stay tuned. Follow these

Google photo links to upload pictures.  Please limit uploads to Orchard-affiliated events and activities. If you are interested in getting involved with the yearbook, please reach out to Dana Jeong at [email protected]

HSA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Orchard School community benefits from the time and talents of its many parent/guardian volunteers. We encourage you to join the HSA to get involved. There is a volunteer opportunity for every schedule and interest, and there’s no better way to know what’s happening at our school. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, click HERE.  We still need volunteers for the committees listed HERE. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. 

District News:

Special Announcement from the LSHSA, now SEPAG!

We would like to share a big announcement from the Learning Services Home & School Association (LSHSA), a district-wide organization that serves special education families with students at all levels of support and at all stages of the process of identification, evaluation, and receiving services. In an effort to emphasize its expanded focus on its central purpose of advising the district on system-level challenges in special education, as of the beginning of this school year, the LSHSA will be rebooted and rebranded as the Ridgewood Special Education Parent Advisory Group, or Ridgewood SEPAG.  On Wednesday, September 27th the Ridgewood SEPAG will be co-hosting a coffee event at Orchard with the district's Special Programs Office.  This event will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Ridgewood SEPAG and to meet special education administrators and staff.

 

Community News:

AlphaBEST Before and After Care Program

Give your kids a safe place to do their homework and decompress from the school day while you are at work. For information click here.

 

RHS Latin Club

Check out this free event for Latin, Steam, and Art. Sign-up is required.

 

Looking Ahead:

9/13 - Back-to-School Night

9/18 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

9/21 - HSA Meeting

9/20 - New Family Orientation Evening

9/25 - School Closed, Yom Kippur

9/28 - SPIRIT DAY!

9/28 - Back-to-School Picnic 4 pm

10/2 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

10/4 - School Picture Day

10/9 - School Closed, Staff Development Day

10/10 - Raindate, School Picture Day

10/13 - 5th Grade Movie Night






August 29, 2023

e-News

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

We are excited to embark on an exciting new school year filled with learning and fun!

Mark your calendars -  Back-to-School Night is Wednesday, September 13th. See you there!

From the Main Office:

Read Mrs. Ferreri’s Welcome Letter with first-day-of-school reminders.

From the Health Office: 

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Caruso. She’s been in over the summer setting up her office and she’s ready to meet all of you!  When asked, what she loves about being a school nurse she replied; “I am passionate about caring for people of all ages, but I especially love kids!” Jamie has two daughters of her own - one in college and one in 4th grade. If you have any questions she can be reached by email [email protected] or by phone at 201-670-2730.

  • If you have not done so already, please contact the school nurse about any allergies. 

  • Kindergarten families: Make sure your physical is handed in on or before September 29th. 

Orchard News: 

WELCOME BACK COFFEE

Meet up with the HSA after drop-off on the first day of school (9/5) in the cafetorium.  Enjoy some coffee and food while chatting with other Orchard families, new and old. We would appreciate any donations you are able to offer to help make this meet-up extra special. Please click here to sign up.

LUNCH ORDERING

For lunch ordering information, scheduled lunch times, and more information please click here. For the safety of our students and staff, we DO NOT allow food delivery of any kind (ie: GrubHub, Doordash, etc.) to our students. Only parents and caregivers can drop off lunch in the cooler by Door #4.

 

FALL MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Calling all students in grades 1-3 who love Disney and love to sing! Come join the cast of Finding Nemo Kids! Sign-ups are open now.

 

CHESS

Join the Chess Wizards community today for fun, friendship, and some serious chess skills. All Experience levels are welcome! Classes begin after school on 9/27. Sign up here.

 

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

Photo day is Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th.  Image Art Studios will photograph students and staff outside during school hours. Individual shots and class photos will be taken. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints of your child(ren).  A link will be emailed to you a few weeks after photos are taken for purchase options.     

 

A rain date is scheduled for October 10th.  If your child is absent on 10/4/23 we will reach out to you regarding a make-up date. Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]

 

5th GRADE MEMORY BOOK

5th Grade families - we want your photos! This special book is not the yearbook. The Memory Book is exclusively for 5th graders -  cataloging their experiences over the years at Orchard School. Pictures may include anything from the first day of school in kindergarten to school plays, talent shows, field trips, and don’t forget to include all the fun activities they will have this year as well.  Stay tuned for a link to share your photos. If you have any questions please contact Randae LoPriore [email protected] or Tara Clarke [email protected].  

 

YEARBOOK

This book is completely separate from the 5th-grade Memory Book as it includes grades K-5. Yearbook sales will start in 2024 - Information will be listed in eNews, stay tuned. Follow these

Google photo links to upload pictures.  Please limit uploads to Orchard-affiliated events and activities. If you are interested in getting involved with the yearbook, please reach out to Dana Jeong at [email protected]

Looking Ahead:

9/4 - District Closed, Labor Day

9/5 - First Day of School, Minimum Day (12:45 pick up)

9/13 - Back-to-School Night, 7:15 pm

9/18 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

9/21 - HSA Meeting

9/20 - New Family Orientation, 7 pm

9/25 - School Closed, Yom Kippur

9/28 - SPIRIT DAY!

9/28 - Back-to-School Picnic 4 pm

10/2 - Board of Ed Meeting, 7 pm

10/4 - School Picture Day

10/9 - School Closed, Staff Development Day

10/10 - Raindate, School Picture Day

10/13 - 5th Grade Movie Night

Community News:

AlphaBEST Before and After Care Program

Give your kids a safe place to do their homework and decompress from the school day while you are at work. For information click here.