School Newsletter

Orion & Mandarin Immersion on the John Gill Campus

The Welcome Back to School Edition - August 2019

A message from Principal Katherine Rivera

Dear Families,

On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to a new school year.

We are at the beginning of a new journey together and have a great opportunity to create a wonderful community with two innovative and successful programs that have flourished in Redwood City with community support: Orion Alternative and Mandarin Immersion. Each program has much to be proud of and celebrate. As we build on these traditions and create new ones, we look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your children during this coming school year.


Maze Days for Orion and Mandarin Immersion

August 14 & August 15


The school cafeteria

To receive your child's classroom and teachers assignment please complete the following forms. There will be limited volunteer support at Maze Day to assist with the online forms. Each form will take about 30-40 minutes to complete at Maze Day with volunteer support.


  • PowerSchool Enrollment - You will need your code that was sent to your address via US mail or email
  • Annual lunch application (a new form needs to be completed each school year)
  • Parent Teacher Organization Forms

First Week of School - August 19-August 23 Early Release Schedule 8:15-1:30

The first week of school, all students in grades k-5 are on an early release schedule.

Teachers will have specialized trainings unique to each program for Orion and Mandarin Immersion during the first week of school.

Start time for students in grades k-5: 8:15am

End time: 1:30pm

Please note, kindergarten students, the regular early group and late group schedule begins

August 26.

Early Group schedule:


Late Group schedule:


Welcome Back Coffee for Parents

Monday, Aug. 19th, 8:30-9:15am

Picnic tables

The Starship PTO is hosting a parent coffee right after drop off at the student lunch tables.

Picture Day with Lifetouch

Wednesday, Aug. 28th, 8:30am to Thursday, Aug. 29th, 2:30pm

Cafeteria on Campus

August 28 Picture Day for k-2

August 29 Picture Day for 3-5

Save the Date - Back to School Night September 5th