Orion Gazette

May 17 - May 21

School Calendar

May 2021 School Calendar

May 19 Orion Alternative Parent Participation Multicultural Presentation to the board via zoom

May 20 New Parents for 2021-22 PTO Welcome & Orientation

May 25 Building a Positive School Culture #2 community meeting via zoom

May 26 School Site Council at 4:30 pm

May 26 7:00pm Guest Speaker for Mandarin Immersion Families-Elizabeth Weise

May 31 Memorial Day No School

June Calendar

June 3 PTO Elections

June 5 PTO Sponsored Variety Show

June 8 5pm Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony on site

June 10 Last Day of School

Community Dialogue on School Culture

Tuesday, May 25th, 7-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/89194862843?pwd=OEVHMVRjWTFBN0NaS1dVcVMwVzc3dz09 Meeting ID: 891 9486 2843 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +16699006833,,89194862843#,,,,*640152# US (San Jose)

Mandarin Immersion Families - Special Guest Speaker Elizabeth Weise May 26 at 7:00pm

Elizabeth Weise (it rhymes with ‘geese’) is the mother of two daughters who has been in Chinese immersion since they began school in San Francisco. Both took college-level Chinese classes in high school and are finding Chinese useful in college. Weise’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion, is the how-to guide she wished she’d had when her kids began in immersion. She also edits the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council blog. Her day job is as a national correspondent for USA TODAY covering COVID-19 vaccines.

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/88308011076?pwd=TlA2bTd6eitFZi90eHlRdVByUGJ1Zz09 Meeting ID: 883 0801 1076 Passcode: Mandarin

Field Day Possibility for June 7

We would like to hold a field day for students learning on-site, Monday, June 7 in the morning and we need parent volunteer support.

Field Day is an hour-long event for students to have fun with their classmates in the stable cohort outdoor activities.

Parent volunteers must be cleared through the district office with the parent volunteer packet. Please reach out to office manager Elizabeth Araiza at eariaza to find out if you are cleared to volunteer on-site.

Sign up here for a block of time to help set up or clean up the event and run the event with another parent volunteer.


Starship Update

Calendar of Events sponsored by the PTO: Dates

5/10 Read-A-Thon Begins

5/19 Variety Show Auditions

5/20 New Parent PTO Orientation

6/3 PTO Elections

6/5 Variety Show

6/7 Field Day is a tentative pending parent volunteer sign up

Yard duty Sign Up

We need volunteers for yard duty, especially during 12-2:30 pm. Volunteers must be fingerprinted and cleared. Elizabeth, our office manager can check if you are cleared:

earaiza@rcsdk8.net. Sign up here:


Email Jessica T for questions: jmtsang@gmail.com

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser: May 10th-May 28th

We have raised $12,000 profit for our school. We have $8k more to raise to meet our goal of providing a STEAM curriculum for our children next year.

Sign up your reader ASAP so they can participate with their friends!

Use this link to Register your Reader: Register your Reader

Here is a summary:

  1. Students read and log reading sessions.

  2. They share out to friends and family their reading achievements and ask for support.

  3. They earn rewards from the school for participation, Treasure Chest Prizes, Lunch with Librarian, and Pajama Day.

  4. They can earn a portion of their $ raised to spend in a Read-A-Thon reward store, which will be distributed by the teacher or parent volunteers for Distance Learners.

  5. The class who wins the contest for top reading minutes will earn a Pizza and Ice Cream Party!

The money raised by families and friends will benefit the school-wide fund for PTO and be allocated specifically toward Science and STEAM curriculum and training for next year. Our goal is to raise $20k profit for Science Enrichment! Help the school reach our goal!

Multicultural Updates:

Flamingos are on the Move!

Friends all over town are getting “flocked” by Orion. Support Orion Parent Participation and Mandarin Immersion Programs while having a little pink flamingo fun! Donate and send a flock of pink flamingos to your friends’, family members', or neighbors’ front yard! Check out the website for details.


We will also begin flocking Orion with students’ fun decorated flamingos. Please pick up a flamingo to bedazzle in the office and bring it back to school to join the flock!

This week’s assembly will be introducing amazing Kenyan Photographer, Brian Otieno and include some tours of Nairobi with our friend and travel guide, Sam. Be on the lookout in the next two weeks for Kenyan wildlife popping up on campus!

Don’t forget to check out our website where we are posting all of the amazing resources.

PTO Special Listening Sessions:

The next listening session will be held for the Spanish-speaking community. This meeting will be shared out by Elizabeth and Michelle Redmond, a district parent advocate. This meeting will be held in Spanish only. Aside from Katherine Rivera, Sarah Rutherford Quach and Lilli Milton will attend as representatives of the other groups and share out a translated summary of the meetings. Only Spanish-speaking Heritage John Gill will be invited to attend or share. The reasoning for this is to create a safe space for this historically underserved community to speak freely.

7-8 pm Topic: What has been your experience with the schools merging?

Tuesday, May 18 -- From the perspective of the original John Gill School families (English program)

Tuesday, June 1 -- From the perspective of the current teachers and staff

PTO Budget and Fundraising

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

We voted to pass the proposed budget on May 13th. One small change was made. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Please Review the approved Budget for 2021-2022 PTO Budget

Please review the school-wide budget survey: 2021-2022 Budget Survey

PTO Elections

Elections will be held on June 3rd at 7:30 pm

There are plenty of positions to fill and we welcome participation from everyone! If you are interested in a position but aren’t sure which one, please take the opportunity to look over the current Starship PTO structure here which may change as the schools’ needs evolve. Structure of PTO: Roles and Responsibilities

An orientation for new or interested families will be held on May 20th at 7:30 pm. This zoom meeting will provide a PTO overview and any parents interested in learning more or getting involved are encouraged to join us.

If you are interested in a position, we would be so happy to have you nominate yourself by emailing Starship@orionschool.org. Nominations are due May 24th.

Starship PTO Welcome May 20th, 7:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 918 5424 0020

Passcode: 911289

Variety Show June 5th, 6:00 pm

We are excited to host a virtual Variety Show and Fund-a-Need community event on June 5th. Students will have the opportunity to submit video entries to be streamed live. Entries can be anything! Musical performances, jokes, magic tricks, etc.

“Audition” is Wednesday, May 19th via zoom. Students will have the chance to present their ideas in preparation for submitting their entries.


Meeting ID: 468 345 5833

Password: j979np

School Picture info:

There is no makeup day for school photos this year

Link to view the portraits: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000843150#login

To get your student’s code, email the vendor or Elizabeth in the front office (earaiza@rcsdk8.net) with the student's name and you will be sent the code. The codes are individualized.

For further questions, please contact the vendor representative;

Christine KestersonLasting Memories School Photography / An Inter-State Studio Affiliate

8115 Morningside Drive

Granite Bay, CA 95746LMSEP.com Tel: 916-259-1356 office@lmsep.com

Child Nutrition

Schoolsdistributing meals: Adelante Selby, Garfield, Hoover, & Kennedy

April 14, 2021 - June 30, 2021 WEDNESDAYS

11:00 am to 12:30 pm:


(Please use the Washington Ave. parking lot to visit Kennedy)7


once a week

pick up for all meals

on Wednesdays!

Can't come by Wednesdays or don't have room for 7 days of meals? Please call 650-482-2279 for special arrangements to pick up meals.

Please note:

Distribution schedules may vary by school site.

All families welcome regardless of income or school child attends Free meals are available to children 18 years old and younger No meal card is required

Students do not have to be present

Anyone in the household can pick up meals

Breakfast, lunch, supper & snack!