From the Principal's Desk

August 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian of an Orchard Student:

Our fourth year at Orchard is about to begin! Welcome to all of our Orchard families to the 2018-19 school year. We look forward to collaborating with you in providing your children with the best education possible.  Please welcome our new assistant principal, Sean Langdon, to the Orchard family. 

Through the summer, many of our teachers have used the break to gain training in various disciplines.  Parent volunteers have completed work around the school and our custodians, have worked hard cleaning up the school and getting it ready for another year.  

Our professional goals for 2018-19 include:

  • Continuing to implement Balanced Literacy, specifically Readers & Writers Workshop in all classrooms, as well as implementing the new district adopted ELA curriculum, Benchmark and ReadyGen. 

  • Continuing to implement Common Core Math, specifically: Constructing Viable Arguments & Critique the Reasoning of Others; Making Sense of Problems and Persevere Solving Them; Modeling with Mathematics

  • Continuing to use Caring School Community resources to sustain a welcoming and sound social-emotional learning environment.

  • Orchard teachers and staff have now been Kids at Hope trained.  Kids at Hope is a belief system that gives all students and adults HOPE.  We are committed to finding success in our students each and every day.  All children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Continuing to provide a welcoming environment for all of our Orchard Families!

I have an open door policy and encourage open communication.  However, I am not always in my office.  I spend time, as needed, with teachers and students. If you would like to speak with me, please schedule a time with Mrs. Flohr and Mrs. Stivers, our school secretaries.   

For any concerns about your child’s class, I encourage you to first contact your child’s teacher. She/he will be in the best position to help you.  Please ask questions and communicate concerns so that we can build a partnership which will ensure student success.

Since we recognize that parents are their children's most important teachers, we need your cooperation and involvement to provide them with the best education possible. Your interest and concern in your child’s school progress, and the learning they receive at home, will motivate them to do their best.


Alysia Arsanto

Principal, Orchard Elementary