Orion Gazette

March 8-March 12

School Calendar


March 8 Parent Information Event for Return to School via Zoom In Spanish at 5:00pm & 7:00pm in English

March 9 Parent Surveys Due by noon

March 10 School Site Council at 4:15pm

March 11 PTO Meeting via Zoom at 7:30pm

March 18 & March 19 School Picture Day at Mickinley School from 1-5

March 18 & March 19 Asynchronous Instruction all-day - Teachers Prepare classrooms for onsite instruction

March 15 During the week I will share Return to School plan and schedules

March 15-19 Parent-Teacher Conferences-All synchronous instruction ends by 12 pm this week

March 17 St. Patrick's Day

March 23 Early release day at 11:30 am for teacher professional development

March 29-April 2 Spring Break -no school

Return to School Plans at Orion

Dear Families,

If you have not yet completed the survey, please complete it by TUESDAY, MARCH 9 by 12 noon.

You only need to complete it once.





For families choosing to return to campus, actual in-class instruction begins on Thurs, April 8.

The week of March 22, students returning to campus will participate in an hour-long health and safety orientation and campus tour. The schedule will be shared soon.

I know this change in programming at this time of year is extremely disruptive to families. We will do our best, based on the results of the surveys to keep students with their homeroom teachers if possible.

I have received many emails from families sharing their experiences over the past year. While Distance Learning has been difficult for everyone, I appreciate hearing the overall support and care our community has for our teachers and staff.

Parent volunteers can become paid yard duty, contact jsandoval@rcsdk8.net

We will need your support at drop-off and pick-up times, help direct traffic, provide extra crossing guards, do temperature checks, help supervise during recess, and more!

Parents who sign up to become a district yard duty will participate in regular bi-weekly COVID 19 testing on site with Curative..

Orion School Picture Days March 18 and March 19 from 1-5 at McKinley School

Due to contruction and parking challenges on our campus at this time, picture day for Orion students is at McKinely School.

Date: March 18 and March 19

Time: 1-5pm

Location: 400 Duane Street, RWC 94062

The link to the Sign Up Genius is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a9af28a2fbc16-orion

The link for parents to place an order is: http://lmsep.com/

Bilingual flyer attached.

Multicultural 2021

Last week we launched our multicultural study of Kenya!! We had a fantastic assembly introducing Kenya and the students voted to adopt 3 infant elephants through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Our weekly assemblies will continue to focus on Kenya and there will project and additional resources and links for kids to access. This Wednesday we will have a special guest from Kenya visiting our assembly!

Here are the slides for last week’s assembly

March 3rd Kenya Presentation

Our first all-school art project is to create our school Kenya banner which will include the Maasai Mara sunset and a safari animal. We hope all students will participate in this project and we will hang the banner at school. Please turn in your students' art to the school during the next distribution pick-up and have them take a picture of their art and post it to their classroom.

Here is the video with instructions for the Kenya Banner Art project.


We have a website where we are organizing all of the resources for families. Check-in out!


Our Children Can Soar - Black History Month Multilingual Read Aloud

Parent Forum to Address Questions for Return to School Survey

Monday, March 8th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Principal Katherine is hosting an informational meeting to answer questions and listen to parent voices, concerns and suggestions regarding site plans for opening our school soon.

Families from both programs are welcome to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/84171165367?pwd=b1M0OUN5U01zbDladHBlc1VOamR0dz09 Meeting ID: 841 7116 5367 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +19294362866,,84171165367#,,,,*167971# US (New York) +12532158782,,84171165367#,,,,*167971# US (Tacoma)

A Spanish Language Event is scheduled for Monday, Marc 8 at 5:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/87897690763?pwd=elc0NlpUZ2o3WjU3M3BHVVV0TkxuZz09 Meeting ID: 878 9769 0763 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +19294362866,,87897690763#,,,,

Starship Update


Paypal Link: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2207235

Please make sure you have participated in our Direct Drive, we continue to strive towards our annual goal of $97K and we are about halfway there. If we are not able to meet the goal we will have to cut key services such as supplies for teachers, virtual field trips, Art, Soul Shoppe and Library. Please donate what you can, we ask each family to contribute $500 if they are able.

A reminder that the PTO funds



Soul Shoppe

Supplies for Teachers

Virtual Field Trips

Kinder aid

Training for teachers

and more....


K/1 Book request form: Please sign up here and Librarian Cristina will pack some books for your student.


Bibliocarro request: If you would like books delivered please sign up here


Any questions or issues relating to BiblioCarro, please email Krissie Rice at krissie.h.rice@gmail.com.


What did you do this month? The yearbook will be comprised of pictures we send Renee of this unforgettable year. School at home is still school. Send us pictures of you and your kids and pod did this month! yearbook@orionschool.org


Starship Meeting update This week we have our monthly Starship PTO meeting. Please remember that all parents, teachers and staff are members of Starship. All parents are encouraged to attend, please join us! Priorities this month include

  • Multicultural

  • Returning to campus

  • Spring Fundraising. Zoom Link and 3/11 PTO Agenda

Topic: Orion Starship PTO Meeting

Time: Mar 11, 2021 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 992 6492 4243

Passcode: 488479

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,99264924243#,,,,*488479# US (San Jose)

+13462487799,,99264924243#,,,,*488479# US (Houston)

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 992 6492 4243

Passcode: 488479

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeseA2jn5I

If you have any feedback please email starship@orionschool.org

Thank you!

School Site Council this week-all welcome to attend

Wednesday, March 10th, 4:15-5:15pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/83403952888?pwd=WlgzUTNYTWltMHVXWUJWdDhCQnpSdz09 Meeting ID: 834 0395 2888 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +16699006833,,83403952888#,,,,*419510#

Free Meals to Every Child is RCSD until 18

Attached to the newsletter you will find updated information about our Free Meals in RCSD.

Also check out the school calendar for this school year.