The Orion Gazette

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School Calendar


Oct 6 Walk, Bike or Roll to School

Oct 7 Virtual PTO at 7:30pm

Oct 8 Spirit Day "Crazy Hair Day"

Oct 11 Indigenous People's Day No School

Oct 14 Re-scheduled from 9/28 Community Dialogue "Building a Positive Schoool Culture Part 2" via zoom

Oct 23 & Oct 24 Orion Garden Family Volunteer Days

Crazy Hair Day - FRIDAY October 8

Get in the School Spirit of a fun-shared activity across the school for students and staff.
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Orion's Outdoor Learning Spaces under construction

A few hearty souls showed up Saturday morning to start the demolition work.

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

Oct. 23rd:

Oct. 24th:

Oct 6 International Walk - Bike - Roll to School

Join us on October 6th by walking, biking, or rolling to school in honor of International Walk to School Day! Help reduce traffic congestion and pollution all while celebrating the benefits of walking and bicycling.

If you live far from the school, park in the neighborhood and enjoy a peaceful stroll with your child to school.

Expanded Covid Testing at Orion School Site - Week 3

Orion tests students and staff from Orion who have pre-registered with Primary Health.

Primary Health Registration link: This registration link is exclusive for students.

As of last week, students will be tested only if parents schedule an appointment ahead of time using the Google Form shared each Friday from Primary Health in partnership with RCSD.

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

"Yearbooks are for sale now through Treering. Purchase yours here: Please help us make a memorable yearbook by submitting photos to"

Orion Alternative Recognized for Positive Character Building

Teachers and staff of Orion Alternative School have been recognized by the California PBIS Coalition for an outstanding approach to social, emotional, and behavioral support. Orion was one of three schools selected in RCSD

The California PBIS Coalition is a collaborative organization that supports California schools with implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program.

PBIS is a comprehensive student support program with an aim to improve outcomes for all students in their daily lives at school and beyond. Character building, modeling, and positive reinforcement are at the forefront of this data-driven program.

The California PBIS Coalition recognized the three RCSD schools in the following categories:

  • Platinum Level - Roy Cloud School for its Thunderbolts program

  • Silver Level - Roosevelt School for its PBIS implementation program

  • Bronze Level - Orion Alternative School for its PBIS implementation program

Notifying the schools of recognition, the California PBIS Coalition wrote, “We sincerely appreciate your hard work and commitment to implementing PBIS with fidelity and creating the conditions to maximize academic and social behavioral outcomes for ALL students.”

Each school’s name will be featured on the California PBIS Coalition webpage and at the 6th Annual California PBIS Conference in Sacramento early fall.

Starship Corner

10/7 Starship PTO Meeting 7:30

10/8 Crazy Hair Day

10/22 Halloween Picnic @ Red Morton

10/27 Pumpkin Carving Contest

11/5 Dia De Los Muertos Picnic

11/13 Author Illustrator Virtual Event

Celebrate Halloween

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

Campout Update: Payments due 10/4. Payment Link

Sign up for activities to help make this trip memorable! There's everything from Spooooky Story Teller to Crafts Coordinator to Smores Chef (you'll be beloved by all!) and Night Hike co-leader.

Starship Meeting 10/7 7:30 pm: Everyone is encouraged to attend this month’s Starship Meeting. We will be voting on our revised budget and our revised PTO Bylaws. Additional agenda items will include

  • Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Festivities

  • Author-Illustrator

  • Committee updates

Revised Starship PTO Bylaws

Revised 21-22 Budget

Meeting ID: 882 3621 9955

Passcode: 382774

Here are the slides, and minutes from September’s meeting, including the complete presentation from Teacher Bryan.

Remember to 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 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!

Paypal Link for Donations:

Traffic Volunteers Needed

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

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Please see Konstella for sign-ups!

Here are the steps to getting cleared for volunteering. We hope to get on-campus very soon so get cleared right away!

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

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