Week of November 12, 2018


The Superintendent's Advisory Council has completed its work. Our Superintendent, Dr. Baker, reviewed the ideas from the council along with ideas from the broader community and developed his recommendations for "right sizing" our district. These ideas will be presented to the School Board at a public meeting on November 14th. There will be time for comments from both the Board members and the community. After this meeting, the Superintendent will put forth his final recommendations for a Board Vote on November 28th. This will again be a Public Meeting in which the community will be given time to speak.

This link enables you to view the recommendations our Superintendent, Dr. Baker, will be presenting to our School Board on November 14th. There are many recommendations that will affect our entire district. Specifically, the Superintendent is recommending closing 3 schools and consolidating 2 other schools. Orion is one of the schools recommended to be consolidated.

The Superintendent's recommendation for Orion calls for our Orion Parent Participation program to move to the John Gill Campus. We will be sharing the site with the Mandarin Immersion Program currently housed on the Gill campus.

Dr.Baker outlined the implementation details for the Orion Consolidation:

**The campus currently housing Orion's Parent Participation Program, 815 Allerton Street, will be repurposed in the future in a manner yet to be determined.

**John Gill Elementary School will no longer exist as a neighborhood school.

**The Mandarin Immersion program will continue on the current John Gill campus.

**Existing John Gill students will be invited to join the Orion community, or will have the option of requesting choice to another program.

Listed below are IMPORTANT ways to stay INFORMED AND UPDATED:

Read the Superintendent's Recommendations:

Email our SAC representatives:

Wednesday, November 14th (7PM at the Fox Theater in Redwood City):

**Attend Board Meeting to hear Formal Recommendations and Implementation Plan

Friday, November 16th (8:15AM at Orion MUR)

**Attend Principal's Coffee to learn more and to ask questions

Wednesday, November 28th (7PM at Carrington Hall on the Sequoia High School Campus):

**Attend Board Meeting to hear Board's Final Vote

**Read District Emails: Link to all District Updates

**Talk to Principal Julie: ANYTIME!!

PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE - November 16th

With the announcement of the Superintendent's recommendations, I wanted to have a place for our community to gather, to discuss, to process and to ask questions. Please join me on Friday, November 16th at 8:15 in the Orion MUR for Coffee and Conversation.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone during our Fall conferences. Please check your conference time. It is important to arrive on time and not go over the allotted time. Our wonderful teachers have back-to-back conferences and can’t get backed up – Thank You!


Need time to do that special holiday shopping? Want a date night wit your spouse or friends? We have the perfect evening! The ELAC Committee (English Learner Advisory Committee) is hosting a fundraiser night on Friday, December 14th. Please save the date! More information to come!


Fall brings a time of reflection and a time of gratitude. While lately I awake every morning to news of many destructive forces impacting our nation and our state, I find comfort in all the positive forces at work in our corner of the world. Compassion showing itself in the selfless actions of strangers protecting one another and bringing aide to one another.

And the compassion, warmth and grace generated by the caring relationships in our wonderful Orion community bring much joy to me every day. I am immensely grateful for being given the opportunity to be part of this magical community.

I wish you all a Thanksgiving holiday filled with relaxation, joy, family friends and love. We have so much to be thankful for in our special community! Thank you all for everything you do to make Orion shine and for sharing your spectacular Orion stars with us!

With deep gratitude,

Principal Julie


VETERAN'S DAY - Monday, November 12th (NO SCHOOL)

Starship PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 7-8:30pm

Orion MUR

Orion ELAC Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 12:30-1:30pm

Orion MUR

Orion SSC Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 1:45-3pm

Orion Library

SUPER MINIMUM DAY - Friday, November 16th (12PM DISMISSAL)



SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - November 26th - November 30th