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Orchard Back-to School Update

Dear Parents and Students,

As we prepare for all remote learning to start the 2020-21 school year on August 26, please refer to important information below. Everyone at Orchard is excited to meet our 5th and 6th grade students. 

Especially for our new families and all 5th grade families, we understand that we were unable to do our typical in-person orientation programs. However, we believe we have come up with a solution that meets the needs of students who are new to our school.

Student Pick-Up of 1st Quarter Materials:

We will follow the schedule below for students to come to Orchard, meet their three team teachers and gather textbooks, Chromebooks, workbooks, supplemental reading materials and other information they will need to start the year. 

Students will receive their placement letters with their schedule via mail at the beginning of next week. This letter will include students’ specific schedules, supply lists, specials schedules and where they will enter and exit OMS.

For materials pick-up, students ONLY will enter their assigned door and walk to each of their classrooms.  

Students MUST wear masks when they enter the building through their assigned door. Teachers and other Orchard team members will assist students upon entering the building.

Dates for Pick-Up: 8/21, 8/24 & 8/25 from Noon – 3 p.m.

Students should come to school on either August 21, 24 or 25 based on the alphabetical distribution list below:



A – E

12:00PM – 12:30PM

F – I

12:30PM – 1:00PM

J – L

1:00PM – 1:30PM

M – P

1:30PM – 2:00PM

Q – S

2:00PM – 2:30PM

T – Z

2:30PM  – 3:00PM


First Day of School:

ALL students will begin on Wednesday, August 26. Teachers will cover their expectations, where assignments will be posted, how assignments will be turned in, how students will login to meets, etc.

Daily Bell Schedule:

Because we know the importance of making connections and developing relationships in a virtual learning environment, we have adjusted the start to our Orchard school day. While we are fully remote, our school day will include a 15-minute homeroom period every day. During this time, Homeroom Huddles will engage in a variety of activities to support their social-emotional well-being and get to know their classmates. 


For 5th graders, the school day will begin with their Homeroom Huddle at 8:35 a.m. each day. 

For 6th graders, their school day will begin at 9:15 a.m. for the first two weeks of school. Beginning September 8, all band and orchestra students in 6th grade will start meeting with their music teachers for instruction. 


The 6th graders will have their Homeroom Huddles each day at 9:15 a.m. 


Virtual Learning Example Schedule:


5th Grade


Sixth Grade

8:35 – 8:50


8:30 - 9:15

Activity Period



8:55 -10:10

Rotation 1

9:15 - 9:30 


10:15 – 10:50


(Music, Physical Education, Art)

9:35 – 10:50

Rotation 1

10:55 -12:10

Rotation 2

10:55 – 11:30


(Music, Physical Education, Art)

12:15 – 12:55


11:35 - 12:50

Rotation 2

12:55 – 2:10

Rotation 3 

12:55 – 1:35


2:15 – 2:55

Independent Reading - Time - Office Hours for teachers, intervention and extension opportunities

1:35 – 2:15

Independent Reading - Time - Office Hours for teachers, intervention and extension opportunities

2:55 – 3:35

Activity Period



2:15 – 3:25

Rotation 3


What Will Class Look Like?

Students will be required to log in and meet with their class during each rotation every day. Orchard students have three core content classes, called rotations, each day for math, science/social students and literacy (reading, writing, word study). Each rotation will be 75-minutes. For daily instruction, teachers will use a combination of live streaming, group meets, individual work, whole class discussion and direct instruction.  

Additionally, students will have a 35-minute specials class every day. Students will have music, art and physical education on a three-week rotation. Students will see this specials schedule when they receive their placement letters next week. 

More information will follow about instrumental music for both 5th and 6th grade. 

Please understand we have been working with our teachers and they have made adjustments to their typical pacing to accommodate these changes. 

How to Succeed During Remote Learning:

Here are suggestions to help our students:

Get ready for each class:

  • Dress appropriately for school
  • Give yourself time to login so you are on time for each class every day
  • Make sure you have completed all homework, activities, etc., so you will be ready to learn
  • Think about what you want to achieve in class today
  • Work with your family to find a quiet space that won’t disturb other people and you won’t be distracted
  • Prepare your learning space.  Make sure you have a clear workspace to write and store your materials
  • If there are items that have personal information you wouldn’t want other people to see, move them out of camera range
  • Check your lighting so that your classmates and teacher to see you
  • Make sure your first and last name are displayed on the screen

During class:

  • Ask clarifying questions so you fully understand the learning intentions an success criteria for the lesson
  • Listen carefully to others
  • When you are not speaking, mute your microphone
  • Shut down your cell phone so you are not distracted
  • Turn off all notifications from email and social media so you are not distracted
  • Stay in one location, do not move around your house

 At the end of class:

  • Review the goals you set each period – did you achieve them?
  • Ask clarifying questions so you fully understand the day’s learning targets
  • Make sure you know what assignments need to be completed and where you can access any information needed to prepare for the following day’s class  


We will take attendance at Orchard during each rotation and during specials, just as we would if we were at school in person. If a student is ill or has an appointment and will not be able to log in to each class, parents are required to call the Orchard Attendance Line at (440) 349-7252.

How Can Students Get Extra Help?

Each teacher will have office hours during the day. Teachers will communicate with students and families about their specific times for office hours and help times.  Students will be encouraged to attend office hours to work with their teachers to get extra help, just as they would if we were at school in person.  

Social/Emotional Resources:

We understand the difficulty all of us face when we are not as connected in person to one another. Each day, our teachers will conduct a Homeroom Huddle with our students to address their concerns, practice mindfulness, talk about the day and check in with them. 

We want our students and families to know that even though we are learning remotely for the 1st quarter, our counselors, school psychologists and administrators are still available to meet virtually with our students to provide them the support they need to be successful and navigate these challenging times.