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The mission of Orchard Elementary School is to create a safe and supportive environment that emphasizes self-esteem and the mastery of academic and life skills to help students become life-long learners.  Goals include cultivating each child’s intellectual capabilities, their awareness of moral, cultural and human values, as well as multicultural differences and being environmentally responsible.  It is a strongly held belief by the Orchard School community that teaching and learning are the responsibilities of students, staff, and parents working collaboratively.

Online Portal for Parents Coming Soon

Dear Orchard School Families,  

Orchard School has been selected by the District to pilot the Aeries on-line Parent Portal.  Many of you have been asking for an easier more efficient way to update the school with relevant and important student information forms.  We are going to try to deliver this option by granting you access to Aeries Parent Portal that would allow you to update family information on-line, including: 

  • Adding or editing contact information such as best text message number, email, phone, address, etc.   
  • Adding or editing emergency contacts (NOTE: we will only release your child from school to adult contacts listed in the  Parent  Portal) 
  • Viewing Attendance  
  • Adding or editing medical information (with system generated emails to appropriate school personnel) 
  • Downloading school related documents such as the school calendar, flyers, parent events, etc. 

AERIES Parent Portal on-line---IT’S COMING SOON! In mid-August (before school starts), you will receive a letter via US Mail with login information needed to register for this on-line enhancement. 



Ken Ratti




We are excited to welcome all our Orchard Owls back to school. All kindergarten letters have gone out - if you did not receive your letter but are registered please call the Front Office to get the information needed.

The Office is open 8am-4pm, Monday - Friday.


Class Lists will be posted in the Front Office window on Wednesday, 8/16 at 4:30 pm as well as the updated supply list for classes. Please note that the teachers will not be expecting your student to come to school on Thursday, 8/17 with these supplies.


I would like to remind you of the dress code. For the full list of dress code expectations please visit the Orchard web site.

Students are encouraged to dress neatly and appropriately for all school activities.


 As outlined in District Policy 5470 (appendix F):

  • Students are not allowed to wear anything that promotes/reflects any alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or drugs
  • Short shorts (body parts must be covered), halters, backless and tube tops are NOT allowed.
  • Shirts must have a sleeve that covers the shoulders and are long enough to cover the waistline (no skin showing).  
  • Spaghetti straps (including sundresses with such) or mesh shirts may be worn only with a T-shirt underneath.
  • No muscle shirts. No deep side scooped tops/jerseys; or plunging neck lines.
  • Undergarments or pockets below the short-line must not be visible.
  • Pants may NOT be worn low off the hips. "Sagging" is not appropriate nor allowed.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times (no slippers). Heelies and flip-flops are not safe for elementary school activities and are not allowed at school. Athletic type shoes are highly recommended for PE days.
  • Sandals must have a strap in the back so that the sandal does not easily come off.  
  • Hats (and sweatshirt hoods on cold or rainy days) may be worn outside only. No beanies except during cold or rainy weather.

“Tank tops” were allowed years ago; they haven't been for the past three years.


My goal is to prepare our Orchard Owls for easy transition to the next level of education (usually Jepson), where the dress code also does NOT allow tank-tops and most items listed above. The saying "Dress for Success", applies for school too.


Thank you,

Ken Ratti




2017-2018 Bell Schedule

Office Hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You may call 453-6255 to report an absence.

AM  Kindergarten: 8:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. everyday

PM  Kindergarten: 11:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. MTTHF   Wed. 8:30-11:50 a.m.

KINDER   minimum daysAM =  8:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. 

                                                PM=  8:30-11:50 a.m.

Grade 1-3:  8:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. MTTHF

minimum days = 8:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.


Grade 4-6: 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. MTTHF

minimum days = 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Wednesdays grades 1-6: 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Attendance at school is important for academic excellence and mastery of subjects. Please be on time every day.


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