Orchard Elementary School

Quick Links

Our Mission

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.

AERIES Online Portal for Parents is LIVE !!!

Dear Orchard School Families,


Aeries on-line Parent Portal is LIVE!!!

Orchard School has been selected by the District to pilot the Aeries on-line Parent Portal.

Aeries Parent Portal allows 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. 

You should have received a letter from your student and in the US Mail with login information needed to register for this on-line enhancement.



Ken Ratti




Hello VUSD Families,

As you probably remember, VUSD has been evaluating our school start times with the intent to create optimal learning environments for our students. Significant research shows that the circadian rhythm (or sleep cycle) for humans changes during the adolescent years. While young children typically are naturally wide awake early in the morning, teens biologically struggle with waking early, regardless of the time they go to sleep. Research shows that aligning school start times to better fit students' biological rhythms results in improved student performance and success.

VUSD has been evaluating school start times for over two years. This evaluation included: 

  • reviewing extensive research
  • recommendations from health organizations like the National Sleep Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • school district transportation 
  • cost analysis
  • feedback from principals
  • polls for students, parents and teachers

The VUSD Board of Trustees have taken all of these into careful consideration and have voted to adjust school start times for the 2018-19 school year. In the year to come, we will work with VUSD staff, City Coach, athletics, Vacaville Police and Fire and other community organizations in preparation of these new times. We understand that this positive change for student learning requires some adjustments for our families and community partners. We appreciate your willingness to work with us in fitting our educational system to meet students' needs.

More information about school schedules for 2018-19, research, articles, legislation, health tips and news on later school start time can been found here.


Hola VUSD Familias,

 Tal vez recordará que nuestro distrito ha estado evaluando los horarios de inicio de nuestras clases con la intención de crear ambientes de aprendizaje óptimos para nuestros estudiantes. Ha bastante investigación que muestra que el ritmo circadiano (o ciclo del sueño) para los seres humanos cambia durante los años de la adolescencia. Mientras que los niños pequeños suelen estar naturalmente despiertos temprano en la mañana, los adolescentes biológicamente luchan con despertar temprano, independientemente de la hora que se van a dormir. Las investigaciones demuestran que la alineación de las horas de inicio de la escuela para adaptarse mejor a los ritmos biológicos de los estudiantes mejora el éxito de los estudiantes.

El Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha estado evaluando las horas de inicio de clases por más de dos años. Esta evaluación incluyó:

• revisar extensas investigaciones

• las recomendaciones de organizaciones de salud como la National Sleep Foundation, los Institutos Nacionales de Salud, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y la Academia Americana de Pediatría

• transporte del distrito escolar

• análisis del costo

• comentarios de los directores

• encuestas para estudiantes, padres y maestros

La Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escorar de Vacaville (VUSD) ha tomado todas estas consideraciones y ha votado para ajustar las horas de inicio de la escuela para el año escolar 2018-19. En el próximo año, trabajaremos con el personal de VUSD, el autobús de la ciudad (City Coach), el atletismo, la Policía y los Bomberos de Vacaville y otras organizaciones comunitarias en preparación de estos nuevos horarios. Entendemos que este cambio positivo para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes requiere algunos ajustes para nuestras familias y socios comunitarios. Agradecemos su disposición a trabajar con nosotros para adaptar nuestro sistema educativo a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

 Más información sobre los horarios escolares para 2018-19, la investigación, los artículos, la legislación, los consejos de salud y las noticias sobre la hora de inicio de la escuela más tarde se puede encontrar en: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times


special education night
Join us at Special Education Parent Night Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Orchard Elementary. Meet other families, the special education leadership team and our special needs parent liaison.


The Orchard M.A.D. Club is hosting a BAKE SALE on Wed, Sept 20 after school. This donations-based bake sale will benefit Hurricane Harvey victims. Specifically, we will be using all bake sale funds to buy school supplies for the Houston Null Middle School. Big shout out to Vacaville High school for including our goodies in their shipment to Texas! Individually-wrapped, baked goods can be dropped off on Wed morning in the front office OR after school to the bake sale table. Questions? Please call/text Jenny White (916-220-2941).  


Calling all Orchard Making A Difference (M.A.D.) Club students! This Tues, Sept 19 is the last day to order your club shirts https://www.agpestores.com/skylinedesigns/groups.php and use Access Code MAD17 


Although it is not mandatory, we would love for all M.A.D. Club students to wear red club shirts to our events. If you do not have the means to purchase a shirt and would like to wear one, please let either the front office or Jenny White (916-220-2941) know. We have a few new ones on hand and/or have a family that is happy to purchase extras.


The Academy of 21st Century Learning and Orchard Elementary present:

Family Science Night

Wednesday, September 20th

6:30pm-7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room



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.


“Tank tops” or spaghetti straps of any kind are NOT allowed; they were allowed 4+ years ago. This policy is in line with all elementary school websites in Vacaville.


 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/tops must have a sleeve that covers the outside of shoulders and are long enough to cover the waistline (no skin showing).  
  • Spaghetti straps (including sundresses with such) shirts may be worn only with a T-shirt underneath.
  • No muscle/mesh 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 allowed for safety during 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.

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.


E-News is Here!

Sign up to receive school news via Email. Find out how or see our archive.

Today: 9/25/17

Supply Lists

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]