June 18, 2024

To make a new beginning, we must begin at an ending…

We will miss all our graduates and most especially our graduating families listed below. Please come back and visit!  Happy Summer!

The Barnes Family The Bryan Family The Bustamante Family

The Camejo Family The Chou Family The Coder Family

The Czarnecki Family The Dabestani Family The Fitzgerald family

The Giacopelli Family The Giancamilli Family The Ginde Family

The Goldstein Family The Kazerani Family The Lee Family 

The Lewis Family The Lopriore Family The Ly Family

The Malkin Family The Mou Family The Paes Family

The Ponchak Family The Petree Family The Popovich Family

The Shimpfky Family The Sodha Family The Yan Family

The Yang Family The Rajadhyaksha Family


Please read this important end-of-year update from Mrs. Ferreri.


Photograph of teacher Xue Tan

Xue Tan, Special Education Teacher  ~ My favorite thing about teaching is… “ When the students see with their own eyes how much they've grown from September to June! “


Orchard News: 

Lost & Found

Table with clothes on topSee anything you recognize? The lost & found tables will be outside the main entrance through Wednesday. Anything not picked up will be donated.


End of Year Celebration

The whole school is invited to celebrate the last day of school tomorrow with a fun-filled bash on Orchard grounds! Get ready to boogie to DJ music, bounce around in inflatables, and enjoy some end-of-year cheer with your classmates. This free event is sponsored by Orchard's HSA and runs from 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm. Just a reminder, this is not a drop-off event - all students must be accompanied by an adult. 

Want to Get Involved?

The Orchard HSA runs events and fundraisers that benefit our amazing school. To help ensure these programs and events can continue each year, please consider volunteering. It's a great way to get involved, meet new people, and be a part of your child’s school experience. There are many volunteer opportunities for next year. Email HSA Vice President & Volunteer Coordinator Vanessa Carr at [email protected] with any questions.

Class Parent Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in making a difference in your child's classroom for the 2024-2025 school year? We're looking for dedicated parents to take on the role of class parent! This role involves some key tasks that support the teacher and classroom. You'll help coordinate sign-up sheets for things like classroom supplies and fun events. Additionally, you'll attend HSA meetings to stay informed about school happenings and then share important updates with the other parents in the class. If you're enthusiastic about getting involved, please email [email protected]. We'll add you to our list of interested candidates. Once class rosters are finalized in August, we'll be in touch to confirm if a class parent spot is available for you.

Last Call for Supply Kits

When placing your orders, be sure to choose your child's grade for the 2023-2024 school year.  The deadline to order is June 30th, 2024.


2024/25 Middle School Supply Kit - account #89375. 

2024-25 Elementary School Supply Kit 


Grade 5 - PE Uniform Ordering Info

Rising middle schoolers are required to order a PE Uniform. T-shirts will be delivered to GW or your home at the end of September. All custom printed merchandise is not returnable so please choose your size correctly. The recommendation is to order two.


Red CrossFrom the Health Office:

Please read this important letter from Nurse Caruso regarding medications in the nurse’s office.

It is a district policy to submit an updated physical exam report each school year. Having comprehensive and up-to-date medical information allows our staff to support each student properly. 

We are approaching the end of the year and the GW nurse is missing proof of required vaccines from many of our outgoing 5th graders. Please make every effort to get this done and hand them in to the nurse before the summer starts.


Community and District News:

Ridgewood Friends of Music

Calling all composers! The 6th annual song-writing competition is open to any student who attends public school in Ridgewood.


Ridgewood Parks and Recreation

Every Wednesday in July - join in the fun with Kangoo Kids Bootcamp. Sign up now!

Ridgewood Education Foundation

Save the Date - Saturday, October 5, 2024, for an authentic Oktoberfest at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club.


AlphaBest Before and After Care registration is now open for the 2024-2025 school year.

Ridgewood Junior Football Association

Registration is now open! To register for Flag and Tackle for grades k-8 visit

Ridgewood Public Library

Check out all the Summer happenings at the Ridgewood Public Library!

Artists & Crafts Toddler Summer Camp

One week only July 8-12. Sign up now for this fun camp at Somerville School.

Kicking Camp

Is your child interested in kicking or punting? An RHS alum and kicking star for the NFL Atlanta Falcons is offering a summer camp with all proceeds will go back to the Ridgewood Football Program.

RBSA Summer Softball Program

Sign up now for this fun program for 1st-8th graders. Both morning and afternoon sessions include drills, scrimmages, and games during July and August.

Cruising Into Kindergarten

Prepare your future kindergartener for success with our 'Cruising into Kindergarten' program! Join us for an exciting adventure that offers a sneak peek into the world of kindergarten through engaging activities. Appealing to different learning styles, your child will refine essential skills and discover new ones all while having fun. Sign up now for a journey that will make the transition to kindergarten a breeze!


Summer Language Camp

Summer camp consists of daily language lessons, vocabulary and grammar enrichment activities, regional cultural workshops, arts & cultural crafts, theatre arts, and indoor & outdoor language games. Sign up today.


Lacrosse Summer Camp

Musketeer Lacrosse is a girls' lax camp directed by Liz Henky at BF Middle School. Sign up is open to grades 1 -7.


Summer Music Academy

A summer music camp that provides exciting performing opportunities, small group lessons, private instruction, and various music and art elective classes for all levels of young musicians, including classes for babies and toddlers.


West Bergen Mental Healthcare

In collaboration with the Ridgewood School district, West Bergen Mental Healthcare will offer a new resource program for parents with children in K-5. Raising children can be challenging, and stressful and is a constant balancing act - this Parent Connections Program can help.


Looking Ahead:

6/19 - CBA Closing Assembly

6/19 - Step up Day

6/19 - Minimum Day/Last Day of School