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March 19, 2020

Dear Parents and Students of Orchard Springs,

I just wanted to reach out to you, and let you know that I am thinking of you. We are experiencing changes to our normal routine daily. During this time of uncertainty, it is important to remember that there are still things that we can do to help us feel better, and lift our spirits.

Our physical and mental health can be supported by doing simple things every day.

I know that you have heard over and over again that there are things you should be doing to protect yourselves from this virus, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. These include:

How to protect your family

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but there are a few things you can do to keep your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based.
  • Reduce close contact with others by practicing “social distancing." This means staying home as much as possible and avoiding public places where close contact with others is likely. You should allow 6 feet between you and others who are not members of your family when you are out in public. Social distancing protects those around us, as well as ourselves, and helps to reduce the number of infections in our community.
  • Keep your kids away from others who are sick or keep them home if they are ill.
  • Teach kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into their arm or elbow, not their hands.
  • Clean and disinfect your home as usual using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.
  • Wash stuffed animals or other plush toys, following manufacturer's instructions, in the warmest water possible and dry them completely.
  • Avoid touching your face; teach your children to do the same.
  • Follow local and state guidance on travel restrictions.

There are also things to do to help your body stay healthy during this time. This includes planning nutritious meals, and being physically active. Your family can work together to plan nutritious meals that will ensure that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. You should eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Each food group supplies important nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.

These five groups and typical minimum servings are:

  • Vegetables: 3-5 servings per day. A serving may consist of 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables, 3/4 cup of vegetable juice, or 1/2 cup of other vegetables, chopped raw or cooked.
  • Fruits: 2-4 servings per day. A serving may consist of 1/2 cup of sliced fruit, 3/4 cup of fruit juice, or a medium-size whole fruit, like an apple, banana, or pear.
  • Bread, cereal, or pasta: 6-11 servings per day. Each serving should equal 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of rice or pasta, or 1 ounce of cereal.
  • Protein foods: 2-3 servings of 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish per day. A serving in this group may also consist of 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, one egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for each ounce of lean meat.
  • Dairy products: 2-3 servings per day of 1 cup of low-fat milk or yogurt, or 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese.

Since your child is home more than usual, their normal sense of routine has been disrupted. Here are four ways to keep your kids happy if they are home for long periods

  1. Create a routine Plan a rough daily routine with times for different activities: school work, exercise, chores, creativity or free play, and time on devices.
  1. Help them get exercise. Many sporting activities have been cancelled, but exercise is still critical for our children’s physical and mental health. Think creatively about activities that children and teenagers can do when confined to This could include a mini bootcamp in the backyard, an obstacle course through the house, physically active video games, or kid-friendly exercise options on YouTube. Being physically active releases chemicals in our brain that help us feel happy, and promotes a feeling of well being
  1. Help your teenagers remain social, through social media, to bond with friends and peers. However, the quality of support they find there may be poor. Encourage them to remember to verify information they find on reputable sites like gov. Our elementary age children will miss the company of their friends during an extended period of isolation. Supervised Facetime, writing letters or drawing cards, and sending them digitally can also be a way to remain connected to friends.
  1. Learn new There are endless opportunities to learn new skills together through online platforms such as YouTube.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am available by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information go to


http://theconversation.com/kids-at-home-because-of-coronavirus-here-are-4-ways-to-keep-them- happy-without-resorting-to-netflix-133772


Stay safe, and put into practice the things you can do to remain healthy during these ever changing times.


Debra Mines, MSN, RN
School Nurse
Orchard Springs Elementary


Dear Parents,

In an effort to support families during the “soft closure” of schools, Weber School District will be providing "Grab and Go Meals" for breakfast and lunch at federally approved schools.  All Weber School District students 18 years of age and under are eligible to pick up a free meal at the following schools:

Lakeview Elementary
North Park Elementary
Washington Terrace Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Riverdale Elementary

Muncipal Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Burch Creek Elementary
Green Acres Elementary
Roy Elementary

In order to serve “Grab and Go” meals to even more families throughout the district, 10 additional satellite sites have been identified. Students 18 years of age and under can pick up breakfast and lunch at these sites free of charge.

Fremont High
Snow Crest Jr.
Wahlquist Jr.
West Weber Elementary
Uintah Elementary

Weber High
Rocky Mountain Jr.
Kanesville Elementary
Hooper Elementary
Majestic Elementary

Serving Times:

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 - Breakfast 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Lunch 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Because our breakfast and lunch serving times run back to back, a student could pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.


Mrs. Barnes, our amazing librarian, has put together a website with a few resources that may be of interest or use. 

Check it out at: https://sites.google.com/wsd.net/orchard-springs-library/home

On our school website, under the Parents tab, there is a tag for Counseling Resources. In that tag you will find links for community resources, as well as social-emotional resources you can use at home with your family. Over the past few weeks we have been working on unit 3 - Emotion Management. All students were taught and have been practicing calming down, keeping our actions in control, and choosing helpful strategies when we experience strong emotions. As there is a high probability your children will be experiencing some strong emotion (fear, anxiety, worry, confusion) over current events, I encourage you to remind them of the strategies they have been practicing, and perhaps have them teach you the steps they have learned and sing the “calm it down” song for you.There are grade-level specific activities available through the posted resources, and a link for the SEL Parent Portal with additional ideas and activities. I have also attached some resources below you may find helpful.

SAMHSA Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (pdf)

Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource (pdf)

I will not be returning to school until the fall, as I will be starting maternity leave, but please know I am still available to help with any concerns you may have. I will be checking my email daily and will continue to be in frequent contact with Mrs. Williams and classroom teachers. Your kids are always a high priority for me and I will continue to support them and you any way I can.

Sora is the student-friendly ebook application used by the Weber School District.  With Sora, you can get free ebooks and audiobooks from our school!

  1. There are three ways to access Sora:
    1. Go to the Sora website for Weber School District (https://soraapp.com/welcome/login/201473 for Weber School District
    2. Install the Sora app from the Apple Store (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sora-by-overdrive/id1376592326)
    3. Install the Sora app from the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overdrive.mobile.android.sora&hl=en_US)
  2. Enter your Username and Password (The one you use to sign on to the school computers and Chromebooks.)
  3. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.
  4. Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books. From there, you can:

- Tap OPEN BOOK or OPEN AUDIOBOOK to read or listen to a book.
- Tap OPTIONS to renew or return the book, get your notes and highlights, and more.

For more help, check out https://help.soraapp.com/en-us/home.htm.

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