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August 21, 2018

Dear Park Orchard Families,

I hope many of you have taken some time this summer to relax with family and friends. School is just a few days away, and I’m hoping you enjoy the time before the kids head back to school.

This letter is to help you plan and prepare for upcoming events. This year school starts on Wednesday, August 29th.  It is important to start preparing your children with a school day routine for at least a few days leading up to the first day of school.  School times remain the same; Monday's school is from 10:15 am – 3:30 pm, and Tuesday – Friday school is from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. I can’t express enough how critical it is that your child gets to school on time and is here every day.  

As many of you know, Park Orchard continues to grow.  We will have ten new faces at Park Orchard (including myself) and a change in positions for one of our staff.  Here is a list of our newest members to the Park Orchard community.

Marivel Vela - 2nd Grade Teacher 

Andy Adame- 2nd Grade Teacher 

Prelita Owen - 4th Grade Teacher

MoniQue Haring - 5th Grade Teacher

Denise Krober- Muisc Teacher

Stephanie Chaffin - Life-Skills Teacher 

Jessica Smith - Instructional Coach (new position)

Jennifer Adams - Life-Skills Paraeducator

Krista Bennett - Paraeducator II
Leenda Knigge - Night Custodian (started in April)

The following are dates for you to take note of as you prepare for the beginning of the new school year:  

Upcoming Calendar Events:

August 20-23, 25 Registration for new students, 9:00-4:00pm.

August 23                 Park Orchard Back to School Community Event from 5:30-7: 30 pm at The Assembly Church - 431 E. Brown. This is a free event with Serve Moses Lake and The Assembly Church where Park Orchard families can enjoy food, carnival games, and get free school supplies.

August 24                  The office will be closed all day for staff trainings and to finalize class lists. Class lists will be posted by 5:00 pm in the front of the school, outside of the building.  

August 27                  6:00-7: 00 pm - Open House in your child’s classroom.  This is an opportunity for you to meet teachers, put supplies in desks or cubbies, put money on lunch accounts, bring medications to the office, and become oriented with the school.  In addition, our PTO will have a table with information regarding the amazing activities they are doing for our school. They will also have shirts and other grizzly gear available for purchase.  

August 29                 First Day of School for grades 1st-5th! School begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm.  Please do not drop your child off before 8:25 am as we are not prepared to supervise students until that time.


Kindergarten families - a letter was sent home explaining the startup for your student.  Contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

September 3 Labor Day - No school.


September 4 First Day of School for Kindergarten students.

September 10            First late start of the school year. School will begin at 10:15 am. Please do not drop your child off before 9:40 am on Mondays.

There will be additional information at open house or will go home with your child on the first day of school.  Please look through it carefully as it will contain a lot of very important information about our daily schedule, the district calendar, pick-up and drop-off routines, free and reduced lunch applications, etc.


Class supply lists can be found at Walmart, Staples and posted on our school webpage.

If you have any questions, give us a call or swing by the week of August 20th.

Looking forward to a great year!  GO GRIZZLIES!

Cheri Ward, Principal