The Orion Gazette

Oct 18-Oct 22

School Calendar


Oct 22 Halloween Picnic at Red Morton 5-7pm

Oct 23 & Oct 24 Orion Garden Family Volunteer Days

Oct 25 Principal Campus Advisory

Oct 27 Bring Your Decorated Pumpkin from Home Contest

Oct 27 School Site Council via Zoom 4:30-5:45pm

Oct 29 Students and staff dress up for Halloween


Nov 1 & 2 Dîa de los Muertos

Nov 5 Make up picture day

Nov 11 Veteran's Day - No School

Nov 12 Trimester 1 Ends

Nov 13 Author Illustrator Fair virtual

Nov 22 & Nov 23 All Day Virtual Parent-Teacher conferences no school for students

Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Halloween Fun at School Oct 29

On Friday, October 29 students and staff are invited to dress up for some Halloween fun for the school day. Classrooms will be hosting some fun and engaging Fall themes. Our PE coaches will be hosting some fun and active stations Wednesday through Friday as well.

We will not be hosting a parade at this time.

We are still following the Pandemic Recovery Guidelines, therefore parents and guests will not be able to come on-site for student celebrations YET.

Costumes will need to be appropriate for an active school day that allows for movement.

In order to keep everyone safe and comfortable, please ensure your child follows costume guidelines:

  • No pretend weapons of any kind including swords, guns, knives, etc.
  • No inflatable costumes
  • Costumes need to allow for safe movement during the school day including PE

Notes and Action Items on Final Community Dialgue "Building a Positive School Culture"

Last Thursday Stephanie Rome, our partner from National Urban Alliance, and I hosted our final community dialogue “Building a Positive School Culture.”

The objectives of the final meeting were:

  • Reflection on the progress of building a positive school culture with two unique programs

  • Develop actionable items that our school community will do to continue to promote a positive school culture that celebrates both programs in a positive environment that allows each program to grow and thrive.

In collaboration with the new Principal Advisory Committee work, there are 3 categories of action items our community has committed to do. The notes are included in this slide deck from Sept 14 and Oct 14.

Building a Positive School Culture Sep 14 and Oct 14

I am honored to be a part of this community that has committed to growing and transforming a school that is focused on collaboration, respect, and inclusion.

Orion's Outdoor Learning Spaces under construction

There are a few spaces left for our Family Volunteer Days in the garden later this month.

Please use the links below to register. We will be there rain or shine.

Oct. 23rd:

Oct. 24th:

Orion Parent Workshops for Supporting Elementary Age Children Social Emotional Health and Development

Diane Gutierrez, Orion's full-time mental health counselor provides on-site counseling services to Orion students.

In our school program model, we also focus on universal access. What does this mean?

Ms. Gutierrez supports every classroom with age-appropriate social-emotional lessons in collaboration with the classroom teacher. Some of the themes Ms. Gutierrez will focus on during the year are:

  • Kindness
  • Inclusion
  • Trauma-informed reflection
  • Restorative circles

Ms. Gutierrez also supports our parent community. Please take a moment to fill out this parent survey to help Ms. Gutierrez tailor bilingual parent workshops that are most relevant to our community.

English Parent Survey

Encuesta en espanol

Orion Alternative Yearbooks for Sale for the 2021-22 School Year - Add your photos

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Starship Corner

10/22 Halloween Picnic

10/23,10/24 Garden Work Days

10/27 Pumpkin Carving Contest

11/13 Author Illustrator Event

Celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos this month with these spirited events! All Hallow’s Eve Social 10/22 5-7pm @ Red MortonFeliz Dia de los Muertos! Come in costume, bring a picnic dinner, and join in the fun with a scavenger hunt and other activities!*In case of rain, picnic will be rescheduled to 10/29

Send Boo-Grams to your child and their class!

Chase away those ghoulish spirits by sending a Boo-Gram to your child and/or your child's class! Students will love the little treats (jack-o-lantern clementines and other small delights) delivered directly to their classroom on Friday, October 29. There is a suggested $2 donation for each Boo-Gram! Send just one, five, or twenty. Order here All funds go directly to Starship PTO to support school-wide events and enrichment. Trick or treat!

Pumpkin Carving Contest 10/27

We are thrilled to bring back our school tradition of the Halloween Pumpkin Decorating contest. Students can bring their pumpkin "entries" to school on Wednesday, October 27 and line them up on the stage where pumpkins will await judging! Prizes will be awarded in categories such as (1) Most Creative, (2) Most Spirited, (3) Best Carved Pumpkin, (4) Best Painted Pumpkin (5) Funniest Pumpkin, (6) Spookiest Pumpkin and (7) Best All Around.

Starship Corner

October Newsletter: See the attached October Newsletter to see all of our Starship highlights in one place

Check out our website for important links and updates

Donate to Starship PTO

See Flyer below for more detail about our Fundraising this year! We need to raise $120k dollars this year for ALL of our exciting resources. Your donations make it possible. Starship Orion is a 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS with EIN 94-3179780. We are registered with Benevity for easy company matching. Please check with your employer!

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!

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

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