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October 20, 2020

As we continue making lemonade out of lemons, Orchard's traditional Halloween Fun Day has turned into Halloween Fun WEEK!

Show your Orchard spirit by wearing Orchard colors or Orchard spirit wear on Monday and Tuesday. Wacky Wednesday show up wearing your silliest socks. Thursday and Friday are Halloween dress-up days. *Don't forget children still need to wear an appropriate health related mask while in costume* Here are some more Halloween tips from the Health Office.

If you ordered spirit wear last month it will be dropped off at your house this week.

The 2020 Fun Week line up starts with the Decorated Pumpkin Raffle on Monday. Pre-Order your Halloween Scratch-Art Craft Kits by 10/22 and the kits will go home with hybrid students on Tuesday and Wednesday. Remote learners can pick up their kits on 10/27 outside the main entrance between 2-2:30. On Friday, meet Omni and pick up a map to the spookiest local places in Ridgewood. Wrap up the week with scary stories via Zoom on Friday night and Halloween Bagels Saturday Morning.

Thank you for your continued support of the Orchard HSA! Don't forget to download GroupSpot to your phone to access the live directory.

We are well past the mid-point of October! Please read this Phase I update from the elementary principal team.

Our School Specialists have started their afternoon meets with students in grades 1-5. These fun, socially based meet-ups are open for all students in the grade level.  Please review the attached schedule for google classroom codes and check your specialists classroom for more information. These social sessions are designed to foster connection and and socialization and are non-academic in nature.


November is a time to give thanks...

Attached is the link to November's SHARE Guest Chef Program.. Please consider signing up for our Guest Chef Program by providing a meal for our SHARE seniors. Thank you to the Perlman, Gallo, Schoenherr and Cuneo families who have already signed up! Go Orchard and Go Choose To Be Nice!!

Attached here is the A/B November Calendar


Missed picture day?

New students and anyone who was absent or had a conflict, remote or hybrid, can schedule an appointment on 11/9 by signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044EA4AE2AA6FB6-orchard 

Birthday Books:
The Orchard HSA is pleased to offer the Birthday Book gifting program. Please click here for more details and deadlines.

Holiday Travel Update:
In the upcoming weeks we have some holidays and long weekends. We ask that if you do travel out of state, please check the NJ Travel website for any states on the quarantine list. This list is updated every Tuesday. Please also read this informative message from our school nurse. We are all in this together!


Save the Dates:
Spirit Day - October 26
Spirit Day - October 27
Wacky Wednesday - October 28
Halloween Dress-up Days - October 29/30
Birthday Book Deadline - November 2
School Picture Make-up Day - November 9

Community Notices:


The Woman's Club of Ridgewood is hosting a safe and socially distanced Halloween Party. For more information and tickets, click here.





October 13, 2020



Halloween is right around the corner. It has always been a favorite Orchard event and although this year will look a little different we are still planning to have fun! Click on this informative one sheet that will give you all the details.

Speaking of fun; the annual "Jingle Bell Jog" all-school, community service event is also coming up. The JBJ is open to both remote and hybrid students and will take place over two days. Sponsor sign ups and more detailed information included here.

Mrs. Ferreri is excited to share an update regarding auction funds from last spring's successful virtual 2020 auction! Her letter explains how the funds will be used to enhance the learning experience for teachers and students during these unprecedented times.

Your school pictures are ready!
To access photos and order online click here. More detailed information can be found by clicking here. Please note: you can find your child's ID number in the family access section of skyward.


Missed picture day?

New students and anyone who was absent or had a conflict, remote or hybrid, can schedule an appointment on 11/9 by signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044EA4AE2AA6FB6-orchard 

HSA Meeting: 
Join us via Zoom at 8 PM on Thursday, 10/15 for our October HSA meeting! The agenda is linked here

You can click on this link to join our meeting.

Meeting ID: 379 292 3913
Passcode: Orchard 

Birthday Books:
The Orchard HSA is pleased to offer the Birthday Book gifting program. Please click here for more details and deadlines.

In the upcoming weeks we have some holidays and long weekends. We ask that if you do travel out of state, please check the NJ Travel website for any states on the quarantine list. This list is updated every Tuesday. Please also read this informative message from our school nurse. We are all in this together!


Save the Dates:

Spirit Day - October 15
HSA Meeting - October 15
Jingle Bell Jog - October  19/20
Halloween Dress-up Days - October 29/30
Birthday Book Deadline - November 2
School picture Re-take day - November 9

Community Notices:

The RHS New Players presents: Macbeth on 10/30 at 2 and 4:30pm. Get your tickets!


Attention Ridgewood Voters: There are 4 questions on the ballot. The League of Woman Voters has broken it down for you in this flyer. Today is the last day to register to vote. Registration forms, as well as online registration, are available at njelections.org. A review of election protocols is listed here for your information.




October 6, 2020

Happy October! We are thrilled to be well into our second month of school, making lemonade out of lemons!

Please read here for important information, updates and reminders from Mrs. Ferreri.

The HSA has been busy getting the directory together. Thank you for your support of Orchard and Ridgewood Public Schools. The HSA invites you to partner with them by advertising in the annual school directory. Click here for more information on how to gain access to the mobile directory. Don't forget to pay your dues! 

Please remember to fill out this brief form granting permission for your child to speak at CBA this year. Thank you!


Save the Dates:

Spirit Day - October 15
Jingle Bell Jog - October  19/20


Community Notices:


Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your kids and make a difference to members of the Ridgewood community in need? Please consider volunteering to make a meal for residents of one of the SHARE facilities in town. 


Ridgewood High School Baseball is hosting a Car Wash this Sunday, October 11, 12-4pm. Don't miss it!






September 29, 2020

  
Hello Orchard Families!

Please make a copy of the attached October A/B Calendar.

Grade level specials calendars will be coming home in the backpacks this week.

Here is a helpful article from our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Rubin, on supporting your child with regulating their emotions.


Save the Dates:

Orchard School Week of
RESPECT is coming up October 5th-9th. Check out this flyer and join us in showing your support to stomp out bullying. Share your Spirit Week photos on social media with the hashtag #orchardspiritweek2020!


Community Notices:


RHS Columbus Day Girls Soccer Clinic for grades K-8, will be hosted by the RHS Varsity Team on Monday, October 12th. Check out the flyer here.

Have you registered to VOTE? Click here for an informative one sheet about how to register to vote in New Jersey.





September 22, 2020

Save the Dates:

HSA Meeting Wednesday 9.23

Join us, via Zoom, at 8 PM on Wednesday for our first HSA meeting of the 2020-21 school year! The agenda is linked here
You can click on this link to join our meeting.
  
Meeting ID: 379 292 3913
Passcode: Orchard
  

The meeting will also be live streamed on our Orchard website and archived there for future reference.


The Back To School (Virtual) Picnic is just a couple of days away on Thursday, 9/24 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Get ready for some backyard fun together (at a distance) with your fellow Orchard community! Check out the plans attached. 


Orchard News:

   
 
Pandemic Response at Orchard Form
Have a question or feedback on our school year thus far? The Pandemic Response at Orchard  Team would love to hear from you. Use this Google Form below to record your feedback. Thank you!


Community Building Assembly ~ Student Speakers!

Given the unique circumstances this year surrounding our CBA live stream, we are asking all families to fill out this short survey for each of their Orchard children. This will provide permission for your child to participate in CBA if you wish. Thank you!
 

Reminder: School Photos on Thursday for Cohort B.  Click here for information on convenient online ordering. Remote students click here for the sign up genius form. 

Please note: ***Only fully remote students need a sign up, one sign up per family***.

 

Community Notices:

Get your car washed while supporting RHS Girls Soccer this weekend!




September 15, 2020


Save the Dates:

Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, 9/17
Click on the link below for a livestream with Mrs. Ferreri @7pm. 
https://orchard.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/our_school/about_us/webcast

New Family Orientation will be held on Tuesday, 9/22

HSA Meeting 9/23 8:00 pm

Zoom links to follow


Orchard Notices
Smile for the Camera! School Picture Day is coming up 9/21 and 9/24. Rod Bolten Photography is excited to offer online proofing and ordering.

Get into the school spirit with Orchard Spirit Wear....then wear your new Orchard spirit T-shirt to the Back-to-School Picnic 2020! This virtual picnic will take place in your own backyard on 9/24.

Get organized this fall by downloading GroupSpot to your phone. The new home of Orchard's mobile directory and other important school information.

Scouting is Adventure. Click here to learn more about Ridgewood Pack 44 Cub Scouts.
 


Community Notices

Ridgewood Public Library Children's Department Fall 2020 Line-up

Ridgewood Public Library Teen Department of Virtual programs

Support RHS Senior Class 2021 at a BBQ & Band Party on 9/26

RHS Boys Lacrosse are holding their annual car wash fundraiser on 9/20 - Rain or Shine!

School Spirit Tastes Great! Support the class of 2024 while taking a night off from cooking at Chipotle!

Concerned about racism in America? Join the community read...



September, 8 2020

Hello Orchard! See below for a short weekly e-news. More info to come next week for our Virtual Back to School Night on 9/17. Stay tuned for a few more revised dates for September, including our New Family Orientation (9/22) and September HSA meeting (9/24)!

Return Materials to Orchard!
Have some Orchard supplies at home from last year's remote learning? Click the link above for more information on returning items to Orchard.

Welcome back letter from Mrs. Rubin, our guidance counselor.

Orchard Master Hybrid Schedule K-5

Community Notices

RBSA Fall Rec Baseball & Softball 2020




September 1, 2020
Orchard Notices
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Parental Rights Info

For Free and Reduced Lunch Information, please refer to the following:
Business Administrator's Letter regarding Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
Free and Reduced Lunch Application Instructions (English Version)
Free and Reduced Lunch Application (English Version)

Free and Reduced Lunch Application Instructions (Spanish Version)
Free and Reduced Lunch Application (Spanish Version)

Student School Supplies will be delivered to Orchard the week of 8/24/2020. Remote learners can pick up their school supplies at the front door between 2-4:00 on 9/1/2020.