Principal's Monthly Update
Principal's Monthly Message
Posted on 01/01/2018
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Mary K. Ferreri, Principal


January Update

Good Morning Orchard School Families!

I hope that you all enjoyed a restful and relaxing week off of school.  As we ring in the new year, stay warm, and have a safe, happy, and healthy start to 2018!  School is open tomorrow (1/2/17) and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Orchard!

As always, before you read below - please login to Village Fresh and place your January lunch orders if you have not already!  



Community Outreach Programs:

Our next community outreach program will be on Wednesday, January 24, at George Washington.  More information is linked below:

For future presentations, please visit the RPS website to view the complete lineup for the 2017-18 Well-Being series.  



Media Usage, Cell Phones & Students:  This month, there was an interesting interview regarding teens, cell phone use, depression and suicide on NPR.  You can read a synopsis here or listen to the interview in its’ entirety.   We continue to stay abreast on this topic as a district.  

  • Please make plans to attend our next district presentation:  January 11, 7 PM @ RHS.

On January 11, we will work with local cell phone providers to inform and update parents on the latest they can do to keep their students safe and exhibiting positive behaviors.  The calendar of events can be found here.  This discussion was springboarded by our work with the book, The Big Disconnect, from last year’s community outreach program.  Consider putting that, and Screenwise on your 2018 reading lists!  It literally will take a village to tackle these issues together.  




Long Range Planning Team Meeting:  Please consider attending our Long Range Planning Team Meeting this month.  

  • It is on Wednesday, 1/17/18, at 7 PM at Orchard School.  All parents are invited to attend!

At our meeting in November, the following topics were discussed.  Each will be researched and followed up on at our next meeting (1/17/18).  Following our March meeting (3/21/18), information regarding fundraising options will be put out to vote by the HSA.  We hope to have everyone informed and involved!  Please see below for our current areas of interest, in no particular order:

  • Updating our Performance Space:  Investigating updating/refurbishing curtains, upgrading stage lighting to LED’s

  • Making a Difference - Creating a Philanthropic Connection:  Identifying and connecting with a “sister” school in an area of need, locally or internationally, to support and connect with on an annual basis

  • Beautification & Aesthetics:  Creating a mural for our front school wall, completing remaining landscaping work near back playground, front school bed, amphitheater and cafetorium area

  • Playground Upgrading:  Repurposing basketball court to accommodate 3 smaller courts with adjustable rims, repainting and adding in additional blacktop games, refurbishing and repainting games on Kindergarten blacktop

Again, each of these topics will be discussed in greater detail at our next meeting on Wednesday, 1/17/18, at 7 PM at Orchard School.  Any and all are welcome to attend, listen, and add to our work together!




As with every monthly update, we need reminders about our procedures and policies here at Orchard.  Please read below on two items of note:

  • School is OPEN for students and staff on 1/2/18 for a full day.  We look forward to seeing everyone back in the halls of Orchard!

  • Please remember to follow all regular traffic rules and regulations in and around the Orchard School area.  This includes parking in designated spaces, and please do not double parking in the lot.  Everyone is busy, everyone has things to do - please be smart and safe - and follow the rules!

  • Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-19 school year is coming up soon!  We will start on 2/6 and 2/8.  More information to follow.  Please spread the word to friends and neighbors!

  • Link and follow our Google Calendar for HSA events!  Go to this link and click on the +Google Calendar in the right bottom corner.  

  • Lunch Ordering:  Another reminder for ordering lunch through Village Fresh.  All orders are placed online.  Orders must be in by 8:00 AM, otherwise, they will not be delivered on that day.  January lunch begins tomorrow!  Thank you!

Please review the list of dates below for upcoming events at our school.  I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Long Range Planning Team meeting on 1/17 and at other district events.



Mrs. Ferreri




Upcoming events:

1/11:  Tech Night:  Hands On Support from Service Providers, 7 PM, RHS

1/15:  No School - MLK Jr. Observance

1/17:  Long Range Planning Team Meeting, 7 PM, Orchard School

1/18:  CBA - Choose to Be Nice; HSA Meeting 9:15 AM - Spotlight Grade 3

1/19:  Bingo Night!  6:30 PM, Orchard School

1/23:  Winter Concert, 1:30 PM (Grades 4&5 Perform)

1/24:  Community Outreach Program:  How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World, 7 PM, GWMS

1/26:  Wizards Basketball Game, 7 PM, RHS Gym