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Principal's Message

Dear Park Orchard Families, 

I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2019-20 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining Park Orchard this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well! I am honored to be your Principal. 

Our goal at Park Orchard is to work together to provide our students with a rich learning environment. Our staff is working hard to prepare engaging and rewarding learning experiences for all students. As educators, we will strive to discover how each child learns in order to differentiate our instruction to support the diverse and different learning styles of our students. In a collaborative effort, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. My vision, as the Principal, is to always put kids first and to ensure that all children will LOVE school and experience a learning environment that is positive, safe, caring, and most importantly a fun place to learn and grow.  


In addition, we place a high value on our partnership with parents, families, and community. We invite you to be an active part of helping your student achieve his/her full potential.  We consider it a privilege to work with your kids every day to help them be their very best selves. We believe that each and every student has a gift to share with the world, and we work hard to unlock their highest potential. We have high expectations of our students, and we have high expectations of ourselves to help all Park Orchard students learn and grow into well-rounded citizens, become life-long learners and have success throughout their lives.


It is my belief that the elementary school years are important and critical times for students.  What happens during these years will have lasting impressions on their growth and development. As Principal, I will provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that is safe and respectable, in order for your child to learn as much as they can.  I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.  I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Park Orchard meet their goals and have a successful school year.


To all my fellow GRIZZLIES - let’s make it the best year yet!


Cheri Ward

Principal