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January 2018 Newsletter

January Activities

Happy New Year! Welcome Back~I hope everyone had a healthy and relaxing break!

1/15/18 No School~Martin Luther King Day 1/16/18 - 1/26/18 K-5 begins NWEA for Numeracy/Literacy

Stay Healthy! Please read the following letter "Is it the Flu ... NOT?"


Coming Soon 2/2/18 One School, One Book Kick Off!

Posted Wednesday 01/03/18 12:00 AM
December 2017 Newsletter

December Leaves

The fallen Leaves are cornflakes,

that fill the lawn's wide dish.

The right and noon, the wind 

a spoon,

and stirs them with a swish.

The sky's a silver sifter,

a-sifting white and slow,

that gently breaks on crisp

brown flakes

the sugar known as snow.


December Activities

12/5-12/7 PTA Sponsored Holiday Shop

12/6 Early Release Day for Students

12/9 Student Council Begins

12/11 Trimester One Report Cards sent Home

12/20 Fourth Grade Field Trip to The Nutcracker

12/25-12/29 Holiday Recess

Posted Friday 12/01/17 2:02 PM
November 2017 Newsletter


Thank you are the words we say,

Not just on Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you are two magic words, 

Say them loud so they are heard.

Thank you are the words we say,

We give thanks in many ways.

November Events:

November 1, 2, 3 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences

Early Release for students is 1:15pm on Conference Days ONLY

November 7 ~ Election Day~Professional Learning for Staff~ No School for Students

November 10 ~ Veteran's Day Ceremony ~ 1:45

November 22 ~ Early Release Day~ Thanksgiving Break

November 23 & 24 ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break

Posted Monday 10/30/17 10:04 AM
October 2017 Newsletter

Falling Leaves

Little leaves fall softly down
Red and yellow, orange and brown
Whirling, twirling round and round
Falling softly to the ground

Little leaves fall softly down
To make a carpet on the ground.
Then, swish, the wind comes whistling by
And sends them dancing to the sky.


October Events

October 6th~Grade 5 Assembly

October 25th~Early Release Day for Students

October 27th~Halloween Parade


Posted Monday 10/02/17 12:00 AM
June 2017 Newsletter

Fireflies in the Garden by Robert Frost

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies.

It is hard to believe that the End of the Year is near! OHS had a GREAT Year! Please have a safe summer! See you in August!

June Events:

June 1 ~ Field Day

June 3 ~ OHS's Achievement Day at the Bridgeport Bluefish game!

June 7 ~ Grade 5 Up & Out 

June 12, 13  ~ Early Dismissal Day for Students

June 14 ~ Last Day of School ~ Early Dismissal for All


Posted Friday 06/02/17 10:34 AM
May 2017 Newsletter

"The world's favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May."
-  Edwin Way Teale

Congratulations to OHS's Student Council for receiving the Mayor's Youth Award!

NWEA for Grades 1-5 is complete! Congratulations to all students. You have "Shown what you Know"; taken your time and did a GREAT Job!

May Events:

5/2 - 5/19 Smarter Balance Assessment

5/5 Wear your Favorite Baseball Shirt and/or Cap Fundraiser~donate a $1~proceeds will be collected in honor of an OHS Family

5/15 - 5/19 Kindergarten NWEA 

5/30 - 6/ 2 Grade 4 & 5 Science NWEA

SAVE the Date~Orchard Hills School's Academic Achievement Night at the Bridgeport Bluefish on June 3rd. Be on the look out for the Flyer!

Posted Thursday 04/27/17 3:10 PM
April 2017 Newseltter

April Showers, Bring May Flowers!

April Activities:

April 4 Open Land Assembly Pre-K - 5

April 10 - 14 Spring Recess

April 17 & 18 -Author Visit

April 17 - April 28 Grades 1-5 NWEA Reading & Math Testing

April 19 - Grade 5 Spelling Bee: City Hall 

A word from our Kindergarten Outreach Worker~Mrs. Lisa Burton:

Do You Know How Many Different Academic Skills are Covered in the first 10 Minutes of Kindergarten?

From the moment your child enters the school building, learning begins.  Important responsibility skills of time management and organization are practiced as they walk to their classroom, unpack their backpacks, and organize their learning materials for the day.

Morning Meeting is a valuable experience involving both social and academic skill building.  This is a time to strengthen friendships and school connections.  This is also the time of day when important upcoming events and lesson topics are announced so students can be properly informed and prepared.  It provides opportunities for social sharing with a partner and the entire group through turn taking, listening and having empathy for others.  Math and sequencing concepts are reviewed when interacting with the Calendar.  Students engage with beginning reading and writing concepts through letter identification, phonics, word recognition, and story time.

And that is just the first 10 minutes!  When a student enters the classroom, even just a few minutes after the day has officially started, it can often take them another 10-15 minutes to catch up and get into the routine of the day.  They have missed out on the opportunity to receive new and valuable daily information as well as review prior concepts learned.

Help your child become an “Attendance Hero” – Here in School, Every Day, All Day, Ready to Learn and On Time!”


Posted Wednesday 03/29/17 4:06 PM
March 2017 Newsletter

Spring, spring is coming soon,

Grass is green, and flowers bloom,

Birds returning from the south,

Bees are buzzing all about,

Leaves are budding everywhere,

Spring, spring is finally here!

--Author unknown

March Activities:

3/1/17 Third Trimester Begins

3/3/17 Sweet Heart Dance

3/9/17 Kindergarten Parent Workshop

3/15; 3/16; 3/17 Parent/Teacher Conference Days~Early Dismissal for Students

3/21/17 First/Second Grade Parent Workshop

3/28/17 Rainforest Animals Enrichment Program sponsored by the PTA

3/29/17 Early Release Day for Students

March comes in like a lion, goes out like a 


Posted Tuesday 02/28/17 11:35 AM
February Newsletter

On February 1st, we celebrate the 100th Day of School! Time flies when your having fun! Spring will be here before we know it!

Reminder for Physical Education: Please make sure your student wears sneakers on his/her P.E. Day. Safety is our number one priority! If you are unsure of your child's P.E. Day, please don't hesitate to contact the classroom teacher or myself to inform you. 

February Activities:

2/1/17 100th Day of School

2/9/17 West Shore will visit OHS and perform a Concert

2/13/17 Random Acts of Kindness Week

2/15/17 NAEP for 4th Grade Students

2/16/17 Pennies for Patients Assembly

2/17 - 2/21 Winter Recess

2/23/17 African Dance & Drum Enrichment Program for All Students Pre-K-5

NOTE: Ask your student to check OHS's Random Acts of Kindness Bulletin Board--They may have performed one! 

Posted Monday 01/30/17 2:24 PM
January Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a healthy and restful break!

Reminder: Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess~winter coats, hats, gloves, boots.

January Activities:

1/6/17 PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night

1/12/17 PTA Meeting~7:00 PM

1/16/17 No School Martin Luther King Day

1/18/17 One School, One Book Kickoff!

1/25/17 Early Release Day for Students

A word from our Kindergarten Outreach Team:

Megan Kuchta & Ryan Hayden

NEWSLETTER FOR MONTH: the A B C’s of good attendance

“B” is for being on time

Being on time to school is a critical factor in any child’s school success. Here at Orchard Hills Elementary School we stress the importance of being on time to school daily. At Orchard Hills school, teaching begins right away so any time that a student is late they are already missing valuable learning time. School starts at 8:50 AM and you can begin dropping your child off at 8:30 AM.  Here are some helpful attendance strategies to get you child to school on time.

1. Map out a schedule. Have the family came up with a schedule together. Hold a meeting to brainstorm a list of tasks and talk about who should do what. And then decided on an order in which the tasks should be completed. Involve the kids in creating the schedule so they'd also feel some responsibility for getting to school on time.

2. Choose outfits the night before. Have kids set their clothes next to their beds. Parents should then review their choices, making sure they have included everything.

3. Find shoes the night before. Demand that your kids find their shoes the night before and set them next to the front door, this way you can grab them and go.

4. Get the kids to bed on time. When children are in bed by 7:30-8:00 P.M., they wake up the next morning cheerful and lively. When they go down late, they wake up groggy and grumpy.

5. Prepare the night before. Devote some time the night before to making lunches and putting homework in backpacks.

6. Invest in a few alarm clocks. Investing in multiple alarm clocks will allow everyone in the family to wake up on time. If one alarm clock fails, a backup can help. Allowing children to pick out their own alarm clock for their room will also give them a sense of autonomy when they wake up.

7. Keep breakfast simple. Having a hearty grain and a piece of fruit keeps kids full and energized. Bowls of cereal, a piece of toast, or bananas sliced into wheels are some quick and easy suggestions.

8. Put together an emergency pack. For mornings when you're running late, assemble a emergency pack (ziplock bag/old makeup bag/pencil pouch) that you can keep in your car’s glove box. Items you can include are granola bars (breakfast), sugarless gum & floss (cleans teeth), hairbrush, barrettes and hair ties, and a few dollars so kids can buy their lunches at school if you didn’t have time to pack one. Always make sure that it is stocked after you use it!
Posted Wednesday 01/04/17 9:26 AM
December 2016 Newsletter
Sharp, crisp, scent-filled air Inundates the nose, winter Smells of frosty cold.
Lisa Denney 2014

Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the cold weather. 
There are many activities this month! 
Winter NWEA testing 11/28-12/16
December 7~Early Release Day for students
                 Grade 5 Concert
December 12~Report Cards are sent home
December 20~Grade 5 DARE Graduation Ceremony
December 23~Early Release Day for all
December 26-January 2 Holiday Recess

A word from The Kindergarten Outreach Team:
Megan Kuchta & Ryan Hayden

Every winter, bad weather such as snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains in warmer climates, can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. These tough, but common winter conditions can sometimes present a challenge to families, however, it is important that parents make every effort to get their child to school. Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble.

Tips for Keeping attendance high and staying healthy during the winter months
  • Dress your child warmly for the cold weather.

  • Stress the importance of eating a good breakfast every morning.

  • Stress hand washing, particularly in the winter months. Send your child to school with a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Research shows that something as simple as hand washing can improve attendance.

  • Talk to your doctor or school nurse about when a sick child should come to school. Most health providers allow a child to attend with a cold, but not with a fever.

Develop back up plans for getting your child to school in bad weather
  • Always check your local weather station to see if bad weather has caused a delay to the school day or if school is closed. Do not assume school will be closed for all bad weather.

  • Check to see if your child can get a ride with other families who have a reliable car that can manage the snow.

Posted Monday 11/28/16 11:24 AM
November 2016 Newsletter

October was a busy month at OHS! Please make sure students are dressed appropriately as the weather turns cooler. 

Here is a look ahead for the month of November:

November 8~Professional Learning for Staff~No School for Students

November 11~Veteran's Day Celebration

November 17~Student Council Assembly for Grades 4 & 5

November 23~Author Visit for Grades PreK-2; Early Release for Staff & Students

November 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday

A word from our Kindergarten Outreach Worker:

The A B C’s of School Success

“A” is for attendance
Attendance is a critical factor in any child’s school success. Children should attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergency. Here are some helpful attendance strategies to put your child on the path to success.
Make School A Priority: Every absence, whether excused or not, can impact a child’s academic achievement. Talk to your child about how important their education is. Making daily routines for homework, packing backpacks the night before, regular bedtimes, and waking up on time for school can be beneficial for your child's academic success. It is also important to maintain communication with your child’s teachers and to keep an eye on their academic progress.
Report In: It is important to know the school’s policies, which can be located at www.milforded.org. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoidable, contact your child’s school. The phone numbers for each school can also be located on the Milford Public School website stated above.
Make A Plan: If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Create a carpool or transportation plan with other parents or family members, or ask your school outreach workers for community programs or school initiatives that could help. Getting on time to school is key to success
Schedule Wisely: Know your school’s academic calendar, and try to arrange doctor, dentist and other appointments after school, on weekend’s, or during holiday breaks. Resist the urge to schedule vacations during the school year when students will miss school. This gives students the impression that school is not a priority.
For additional questions regarding attendance, Please feel free to contact the Kindergarten Attendance Outreach Worker.


Posted Monday 10/31/16 9:10 AM
October 2016 Newsletter

Happy Fall!

Our 2016-17 Safety Patrol is up and running! The students are doing a fabulous job reminding others of our expected behavior!

Here is a look ahead for the month of October:

October 3: No School~Rosh Hashanah

October 4: Wear Blue today to celebrate Anti-Bullying Month. Grade 5 students will be presenting a variety of activities at our Assembly.

October 5,6,7: Parent Teacher Conferences

October 10-15: Fall Book Fair

October 12: No School~Yom Kippur

October 26: Early Dismissal for Students

October 28: Halloween Parade in the morning (more information to follow)

 A WORD from our Outreach Team:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to another exciting school year at Orchard Hills Elementary School. At Orchard Hills we understand that providing a high quality education is of the utmost importance. It is our goal to see each and every one of our students be successful during their time here and with all of their future endeavors.

We believe that attendance plays a vital role in being a successful student. The learning done within the classroom is not something that can be easily replaced. We also understand that illnesses and other unforeseen circumstances do arise. Our schools attendance policies and procedures are located in our student handbooks, which can be viewed online at the Milford Public Schools Website, www.milforded.org. We hope that by communicating effectively and working together as a team, we can provide an outstanding education to our students.


The Kindergarten Attendance Outreach Team

Megan Kuchta mkuchta@milforded.org

Ryan Hayden rhayden@milforded.org


Posted Thursday 09/29/16 12:00 AM
September 2016 Newsletter

Welcome Back!

We are off to a great start of the 2016-17 School Year! Thank you for sending your wonderful children to our school everyday!

We had our First Assembly on Friday, September 2nd. We reviewed Expected Behavior for Assemblies, Cafeteria, and the Bus.

We recited our School Pledge:

AS OHS Students WE:

Care for each other, Act responsibly, Show Respect, and NEVER settle for less than our BEST!

We also recite this pledge as a school community every morning!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Open House on September 15th!


Posted Thursday 09/01/16 12:00 AM
June 2016 Newsletter

It is hard to believe that June is here! There are many activities planned for the End of the School Year!

June 1     Frozen Treat during Lunch Waves

June 2     Field Day

June 6-10 Spirit Week

June 8, 9 Early Dismissal Days for Students

June 10  Grade 4 & 5 Award Ceremony

June 10  LAST Day for Students & Staff

Have a Safe, Relaxing Summer! Please support your student's learning by reading daily & working on any of the district math options! 

Posted Wednesday 06/01/16 12:00 AM
May 2016 Newsletter

"If April Showers bring May Flowers, What do May Flowers bring?? Pilgrims!!"

Thank you to all who participated in this month's activity "Thank-A-Teacher"! I was able to fill THREE bulletin boards with all of the wonderful sentiments the students wrote to teachers and staff! 

There are many activities and events taking place this month! 

5/2/16 NWEA Spring Testing begins

5/9/16 DRA Testing begins

5/18/16 Enrichment Program: Steve's Songs

5/23/16 5th Grade Field Trip

5/25/16 Enrichment Program: Bubblemania

            Early Dismissal Day for students

5/30/16 Memorial Day~No School





Posted Friday 05/06/16 12:00 AM
April 2016 Newsletter

"April showers, bring May flowers!"

With the warm air arriving, please take a moment to review Milford Public School's dress code:
Thank you to all who have contributed to Pennies for Patients! We have exceeded our $2,000 Goal! Well Done!
Reminder: April 6th is an Early Release Day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:35.
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is well under way. The testing window will close on April 14, 2015. 
Spring vacation is the week of April 18th~Have a fabulous break!
On April 25th, I will kick off a "Thank-A-Teacher" Project to honor all educators and staff at Orchard Hills School. Please encourage your student to participate in this activity. 
Posted Tuesday 03/29/16 2:18 PM
March 2016 Newsletter

SPRING is in the AIR!

We began this month by celebrating Read Across America week! Every morning we had a Mystery Reader. Each class that guessed correctly earned an Eagle Badge! Thank you to our volunteers for a job well done: Mrs. DaPaz, Mrs. Agria, Mrs. Cavanna, Mrs. Carlson and Mr. Messina.

We kicked off Pennies for Patients on March 4 with an assembly! Please have your student bring in pennies to help reach our goal of $2,000!

The Second Trimester closed on March 7th. Reports will go home on March 15th.  

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on March 16, 17, 18. Remember that dismissal will be at 1:15 for students on these days. 

Grade 5 Science CMT will be on March 23rd. SBA Assessments will take place from March 28-April 14.
With the warm air arriving, please take a moment to review Milford Public School's dress code:
"March comes in like a LION, but goes out like a LAMB".


Posted Friday 03/11/16 11:59 AM
February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings! I hope everyone is enjoying Mr. Popper's Penguins. Here is the reading schedule for February:

Week of 2/1/16 Read Chapters 12, 13, 14

Week of 2/8/16 Read Chapters 15, 16, 17

Week of 2/15/16 Read Chapters 18, 19, 20

Our Numeracy & Literacy Coaches will conduct a Grade Two Parent Workshop On February 3rd. Don't miss out on this terrific afternoon!

On February 19th, Mystic Aquarium will be visiting OHS to provide a presentation on penguins~unfortunately they are unable to bring Live Penguins! Thank you to our PTA for supporting our OSOB with this fun enrichment activity. 

In honor of Act of Kindess Day, which will be on February 17th this year, I am creating an Instagram Wall of #KINDNESS. This is an optional assignment students may participate in. A student will simply provide a photograph (or draw a picture) of him/herself performing an Act of kindness. Directions and a template were sent home on February 1st. 

Please fill out the anonymous Mid-year Parent Feedback form:


Thank you! Your opinion matters in the education of your student.


Posted Monday 02/01/16 12:00 AM
January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year and Welcome Back! 

I trust that everyone had a fun & restful winter break. 

We began NWEA testing on January 4th and will be completed by January 18th. Please remind your student to work carefully. In addition, teachers are conducting DRA assessments to ensure our students reading levels continue to rise. 

Please take a moment to fill out the Parent Midyear Feedback form:


Our One School, One Book Kickoff will take place on January 8th. We have a special guest reader attending this fun filled event!

Our Numeracy & Literacy Coaches will conduct two Parent Workshops this month:

January 13th - Kindergarten

January 20th - First Grade

PLEASE do not miss this opportunity to visit your student's classroom and find out how you can help your learner at home!

Please remember there is no school on January 18th as we observe Martin Luther King Day. January 27th is an Early Release Day for all students. 

Posted Monday 01/04/16 12:00 AM
December Newsletter

Greetings! It is hard to believe the first trimester ended on November 24th! Report cards will go home on December 8th. 

This is a very busy month at OHS! The Grade 5 winter concert is on October 9th. The Holiday Fair will take place on December 15th & 16th. We will have a holiday schoolwide sing-a-long on December 23rd. 

Students are earning so many Soaring Eagle Badges that I have begun holding weekly drawings! Keep up the Soaring Eagle Behaviors!! 

I wish all of our families a Happy& Healthy Holiday Season. I look forward to working alongside you in 2016! 

January 2016 Highlights~

1/4 NWEA Testing

1/8 One School, One Book Kickoff

1/18 Martin Luther King Day

1/27 Early Release Day

Posted Tuesday 12/01/15 12:00 AM
November Newsletter

Greetings Families! Our Halloween Parade was a huge success! The students were excited and supportive of one another. 

On November 11th we will have a Veteran's Day celebration at 2:00 in the all purpose room. We look forward to honoring all of our service men and women!

Please look forward to our upcoming Parent Workshops to begin in January for K-2 parents. You will not want to miss it!


*CARE for each other

*ACT responsibly

*SHOW respect

Never settle for less than our BEST!


Posted Tuesday 11/03/15 12:20 PM
October Newsletter

Happy Fall! It is so refreshing to have cooler school days!

The students are settling in and working hard! During our October Assembly, we read aloud the book Have you Filled a Bucket Today? OHS eagles are striving to Fill each other’s buckets. If you would like to read the book at home with your student use the following link for a digital copy of the book:

http://www.teachertube.com/video/have-you-filled-a-bucket-a-narrated-picture-314654 .

Bus and Hall Monitors were officially introduced to the school community and received their belts and badges. I’m so proud of our Safety Patrol! They are doing a wonderful job helping to keep all students safe!


  • CARE for each other

  • ACT responsibly

  • SHOW respect

  • Never settle for less than our BEST!

Posted Saturday 10/03/15 9:22 AM
September Newsletter

Welcome Back!

We are off to a great start of the 2015-16 School Year! Thank you for sending your wonderful children to our school everyday!

We had our First School Assembly on Friday, August 28th. We went over Expected Behavior for Assemblies, Cafeteria, and Bus.

We introduced our New School Pledge:

AS OHS Students WE:

Care for each other, Act responsibly, Show Respect, and NEVER settle for less than our BEST!

We recite this pledge as a school community every morning!




Posted Wednesday 09/02/15 12:00 AM
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