The Orion Gazette

August 30-September 30

School Calendar


Sep 2 Back to School Night 6:00-7:15 Virtual via Zoom for each classroom

Sep 6 Labor Day No School

Sep 8 Parent Participation Kindergarten University 5:00-6:00pm via zoom

Sep 9 Mandarin Immersion Kindergarten University 6:00-7:00pm via zoom

Sep 14 6:30-8pm Community Dialogue "Building a Positive School Culture Part 1" via zoom

Sep 17 Picture Day for grades k-2

Sep 24 Picture Day for grades 3-5

Sep 28 6:30-8pm Community Dialogue "Building a Positive Schoool Cluture Part 2" via zoom

A Message from Principal Katherine

Back to School Night is an important school milestone for a school community. It signals the start of a new year with a new teacher, routines, learning goals, and new friends.

The teacher presentations as well as my welcome to the community will be via Zoom this year. The teaching team for the grade level will share the Zoom link with the families this week.

At Back to School Night you can expect to learn about the learning environment, curriculum, projects, homework or enrichment, and opportunities for parents to support learning.

If you would like to talk about specific topics about your child, please schedule an appointment with the teacher for another day. At this time, meetings are via google meet or Zoom.

Daily Health Forms

To start the year, all RCSD schools are a paper version of the daily health form.

Paper forms were sent home with students on Friday, check your child's backpack the forms.

Attached to this newsletter are PDF health forms for your convenience.

Our staff have extra copies in English and Spanish at drop off and pick up daily.

Back to School Night - Virtual via Zoom September 2

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 5pm

This is an online event.

5:30-6:00 Principal, School Site Council Parent Leaders, and PTO Welcome

6:05-6:50 Grades k-2 teachers

7:00-7:45 Grades 3-5 teachers

Teachers will present their grade level program as a team.

Mandarin Immersion teachers of the same grade level will present together on the same link.

Parent Participation teachers of the same grade level will present together on the same link.

Teachers will share the Back to School Night zoom link this week via email with families.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: orionmi
Or One tap mobile :
US: +16699006833,,86893596231#,,,,*7267637# or +13462487799,,86893596231#,,,,*7267637#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866
Webinar ID: 868 9359 6231
Passcode: 7267637

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Proactive Rapid Antigen Screening Testing for all RCSD Employees and Students: Tuesdays (1:45-4:30) and Thursdays (1:45-3:30) located at Kennedy and Hoover

Families interested in participating will need to register with Primary Health, the provider that will administer the testing for the district, and accept and sign the parental consent form. Parents need to access the Primary Health Student registration form here to consent permission for testing. For your convenience, we have included here this Fact Sheet for Patients of Rapid Antigen Testing.

RCSD students participating in in-person learning will have the option to be tested for COVID-19 free of charge once the parent signs the parent consent form. Rapid test results will generally be available within one hour. Parents will receive a message when the test result is available for both negative and positive cases. If additional laboratory-based testing is needed, parents will be notified. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, parents will be advised to consult with the family’s healthcare provider. As a reminder, any student who experiences symptoms should not come to school.

Proactive Rapid Antigen Screening Testing for all RCSD Employees and Students:

Tuesdays (1:45-4:30) and Thursdays (1:45-3:30) located at Kennedy and Hoover

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Starship Update

Starship Updates

Upcoming dates

8/28 School Social @ Pub in the Park

9/16 Starship PTO Meeting 7:30 pm

9/17 Mid-Autumn Festival

9/24 Parent Coffee


School Social at RWC Pub in the Park August 28

Join us for a school social at Red Morton’s Pub in the Park Saturday! Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a picnic-style afternoon, with live music, lawn games, and food trucks!

Mid-Autumn Festival Twilight Gathering September 17th, 6-8 pm, Stafford Park:

Join our school-wide community for a gathering to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a time-honored tradition that started over 2,000 years ago to mark the autumn harvest according to the Lunar calendar. Families will enjoy mooncakes and lanterns, and we'll also have craft supplies for kids to decorate lanterns. Feel free to bring a dinner picnic for yourselves, or individually packaged treats to share.

Join the fun at the 35th Annual Orion Campout 10/8-10/11, Memorial Park:

Join this fun weekend event getting to know other families in a beautiful natural setting. Bring your tent or trailer and camp a night or three, or just come for the day. Families are responsible for their own camping equipment and meals.

The campsite we have reserved has limited occupancy. If there are more sign-ups than spots available, we will hold a lottery. Fifth-grade families will be given priority if it is their family's last year at Orion/MI

Detailed information and payment information will be forwarded to the families who have gotten spots. A waitlist will be established for those who do not win a spot in the lottery. Payments for the campout will be collected once a final list is established.

Sign-ups due September 16th:

QUESTIONS: Tanaya Mills - - 650-430-9320

Donate to Starship PTO

See Flyer below for more detail about our Fundraising this year!

Your donations are how we can provide a more enriched educational experience for our students.

We suggest donation levels that fit your family's budget. We encourage families to be as generous as possible and donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated!

Paypal Link for Donations:

Yard Duty Volunteers and Traffic Volunteers Needed

To keep the drop-off and pick running smoothly and to support the playground during lunch and recess, parent volunteers are needed. Please sign up on Konstella for the Safety Traffic Committee and sign up for a traffic duty spot here.

Volunteering on Campus

In addition to traffic and yard duty, this year we will need parent volunteers for the following programs

Los Dichos: Spanish Heritage literature program

Art in Action: Art in-class curriculum

STEAM projects: In a class or designed by our new STEAM TOSA

Garden: Manage garden and support teachers in utilizing space in curriculum planning

Please see Konstella for sign-ups!

Parent volunteers must be cleared with the district to be alone with children. We recommend all parents obtain full volunteer clearance. Jennifer Sandoval at the District Office can check if you are cleared:

Here are the steps to getting cleared if you are not yet, or need TB test updating

Volunteer Requirements

We recommend all parents get cleared for volunteering, as the clearance stays with you until your last child leaves the district

Remember all parents, teachers, and staff is automatically members of Starship PTO. Questions or ideas?

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