January Newsletter

January 2022

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A Note from the Principal

Greetings Orion Families,

It is so hard to believe that winter break is over and 2022 is already here! This school year is going by so quickly and students still have much to learn. We are excited for a new year and the sense of excitement and renewal brought with it. We are so grateful for all the students, parents, and staff that bring joy to Orion daily.

A few safety reminders.

Please have your child dressed for the weather every day. Our students will be outside for recess unless the temperature is below a real feel temperature of zero degrees. Please make sure to send your child with hats, mittens, boots, snow pants, and winter coats. Also, please take time to label your child’s items with initials or last name.

Students who walk to school should be reminded to walk carefully, staying on the sidewalks, and wear reflectors on clothes. You can purchase reflector tape from any local store including the BX. Tape to outerwear and this will allow students to be seen clearly by drivers when it's foggy, rainy, cloudy, or dark. Encourage your child to walk with friends whenever possible. There is safety in numbers.

Morning drop off is in the back of the school on Bullard Ave. Students are released through the back exits of the school for pick up on Bullard. Please do not drive or park your car in the bus lanes at the front of the building. This is a safety issue for students and staff coming into the building for work. Please use caution with speed and watch out for our little ones. Students should not be arriving on campus before 8:50 am. Staff is not on duty until that time. It is cold and dark outside, and we want to ensure everyone's child is safe. If your child is later that 9:05am, please drop your child off at the front entryway. For early release, please call ahead and we will have your child ready for when you arrive. Please try to call before 3pm if there is a change in plans for how your child will be getting home.

It truly does take a village to keep our little ones safe and our school running smoothly. Thank you, Orion Families, for the positive things you do for our students and Orion school each and every day.

Brenda W. Cheathon- Principal

Message From Interim Principal - January 10th

Greetings Orion students, families, and staff.

My name is Lena Brower and it is my 13th year serving as an educator. Currently, I'm the assistant principal at Bowman Elementary and have taught at both the secondary and elementary levels as an English teacher, reading interventionist, special education teacher, department chair, and behavior analyst. I believe every day there are opportunities to alter the life chances of children by building and continuously fortifying relationships, providing high-quality academic instruction, and teaching life skills. My husband and I moved to Anchorage in 2014 after being assigned to JBER. This fall, after 15 years of Active Duty he transferred to the Air National Guard making our tour in Alaska permanent. My daughter attended Talkeetna CDC while my son still attends the preschool-age program. We love the JBER community and are proud to be Arctic Warriors. I'm excited to fill in for Principal Cheathon in the upcoming weeks.

See you soon Orion,

Lena Brower

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January Events

- January 3, 2021

Students Return

- January 17, 2021

*No School*

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Notes from Nurse Wurm

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Happy 2022, Orion families!

The Anchorage School District continues to follow the guidelines to keep “Orion Symptom Free”.

These include wearing masks, distancing, disinfecting and keeping students home who display ANY of the following symptoms:


-runny nose, nasal congestion


-sore throat



-nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

If your child has even one of these symptoms, please keep them home, get a PCR Covid test, and keep at home until negative test results are received.

It is an inconvenience all around if your student has to leave school due to one or more of these symptoms, as well as potential exposure to others in the building.

It is my hope that sometime in 2022, we will be able to ease up on these precautions, if and when ASD makes any changes to protocol, you will be informed.

Wishing you all a healthy start to 2022!

T. Wurm RN, BSN, NBCSN Orion School Nurse

907 742-0266


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Student Nutrition Mission and Vision

Student Nutrition's mission is to provide healthy, satisfying meals to students in the Anchorage School District, assisting the District’s goal to educate all students for success in life.

Our Vision

Student Nutrition is a team of professionals that are respected within and outside the Anchorage School District. We are known for our commitment to supporting students, our professional demeanor and our high quality customer support. We are fully integrated with the schools and are an essential component to the District’s mission to educate our community’s children.

Employees are treated with dignity and respect and are valued for their contributions to the District. The work environment remains free from discrimination or harassment. Everyone holds themselves and each other to the same high standards of personal conduct, professional behavior and commitment to the mission. We will be the best place to work for people who share our passion and commitment to excellence. Together we will give our students the nutritional advantage they need to develop, learn and achieve their full potential.

Lunch Menu

Apply for Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

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Be a Cafeteria Hero!

You can play a vital role to build a strong community. Join the team that serves 30,000 meals and fuels our students for success. We need your time and talent to build a strong community. School nutrition professionals have a direct impact on the health and well-being of children today. Not only do they have the opportunity to influence child nutrition daily through meal service, but they also have the opportunity to foster healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.

This is a career path to help create a healthier generation and make a difference in the lives your children, grandchildren and community members.

Hiring Bonus of up to $2,500

Some manager and assistant manager positions are eligible for a bonus of up to $2,500 and many cafeteria assistant and central kitchen positions are eligible for up to a $1,000 starting bonus.

In addition to starting bonuses, ASD benefits to a career in school nutrition include:

    • competitive salaries
    • opportunities to advance professionally
    • convenient work schedule.
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Orion Elementary is looking for enthusiastic noon duties. If you are interested, please apply!

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