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New and Favorite Traditions

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Thursday October 19, 2017

The Orchard School is in the second month of their school year and students are enjoying Orchard traditions old and new. These annual events and programs create a rewarding and exciting year for all grades.

Beginning their journey of learning, kindergarteners were welcomed this fall into the Orchard fold. Owen, one of Orchard’s newest students, said about his experience in kindergarten so far, “I love to go to recess and lunch and I have new friends who are cool. I like my new teacher and we learn a lot.” In an ongoing tradition, kindergarteners are paired with fifth grade “book buddies,” whose role is to spend time with them, read books, and serve as a role model and mentor. Fourth graders also take part in this tradition, pairing with first graders in the Book Buddy program.

On the drama front, the tradition of working with the Very Merry Theatre continues. This is the 18th year that Very Merry has partnered with Orchard for a unique experience that draws as many as 130 students onto the stage. Evie, a fifth grader, who participated in previous school plays, says, “I’m so excited for ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It’s going to be so magical! I can’t wait to see all of the different characters and their costumes!” Casting and rehearsals will get underway soon.

Another tradition to add to the fold is this year’s Fun Run at Orchard, held October 13. Inspired by the South Burlington School District’s encouragement to move towards healthier fundraising activities, the Orchard School PTO began exploring the concept of a fun run to replace a chocolate fundraiser. Angi Murray, PTO co-president and stepmom of Harper, a second grader, borrowed the idea from her nephews’ school in Iowa. Murray said, “The inaugural Fun Run at Orchard has given me the opportunity to work with so many of the great people in and around the school and community, which I’m very thankful for. The response from South Burlington business leaders was exceptional and generous, the kids are excited, and we’ve raised enough to have a substantial impact on the 2017-18 school year. All of this is the ultimate reward for the hard work the PTO put in to prepare.”

SOURCE: Nicole Lukas, Orchard PTO

Orchard PTO meets 6:30-8 p.m., the second Monday of each month. For more information: