THE ORION GAZETTE

Week of December 3 2018

ORION MOVE: 2019 -2020

After a long a thoughtful process, the Redwood School Board held a meeting last Wednesday night to vote on the Superintendent's proposal regarding Planning for Our Future and right sizing our district. The Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Specifically for Orion this means:


PHASE 1 -

Effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Orion will move to the John Gill Campus. Orion will remain a Parent Participation Program. We will be a School of Choice Program operating on the John Gill Campus. We will share the site with the Mandarin Immersion Program. All current John Gill Non-Mandarin Immersion families, will be offered spots in the Orion Parent Participation Program if they decide to stay at John Gill.


PHASE 2 - Next Year

The District will officially change the Boundary for the John Gill School. The site will no longer be offering services as a neighborhood school site.


IMPORTANT DECEMBER MEETING – December 11th @ 6PM (Orion MUR)


The district will be coming to meet with our staff and families before we go out on Winter break to further explain the next steps during this transition period and to answer questions. I will let you know as soon as I have a confirmed date and time. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.


I know this has been a long and emotional process for all of us - parents, students, staff, District Leadership, and School Board Trustees. I am incredibly proud to be part of this wonderful community that has worked through this process together with care, concern and grace. As we move into the implementation and transitioning plan, we will undoubtedly continue to have lots of questions, feel anxious and hear rumors. Please know that I am always available to hear concerns and answer questions. My door is always open! I encourage all of us to be patient and to stay fully engaged in the process. By continuing to listen to and support one another, the strength of our community will grow even stronger!

STAFF APPRECIATION - THANK YOU

WOW! Thanks to our wonderful Orion community, our teachers and staff were incredibly well fed and pampered during Staff Appreciation Week! The delicious food, the special coffee bar, the flowers, the cards, the massages and the adorable door decorations warmed all of our hearts! Thank you to everyone who organized and provided such yummy food and thoughtful gestures and surprises . We are all tremendously thankful!

BOOK FAIR - THANK YOU

This past week our kiddos and their families experienced a spectacular Book Fair! A HUGE thank you to Librarian Cristina, Elisabeth Stockton and their crew of volunteers for setting the stage for the magic of books come to life in our MUR. We all greatly appreciate all of your time, energy and dedication! Thank you, thank you!!

MOVIE NIGHT/PARENT'S NIGHT OUT - December 14th

Need time to do that special holiday shopping? Want a date night with your spouse or friends? We have the perfect evening! The ELAC Committee is hosting a fundraiser night on Friday, December 14th. To register for the event, fill out the form that went out last Friday and return it by Tuesday, December 12th. Payment must be included with registration: $25/child, $35 for 2 or more children, for students on free and reduced lunch: $8/child, $12 for a family of children. Children must be from kindergarten to 5th grade age.

DECEMBER 20TH EVENTS


We have the following fun planned for 12/2O/18:


**Pajama Day – Wear your cozy Jammies to school!


**Winter Assembly - Each classroom will present a play, song, poem, or some other creative arts item. The assembly will be divided into two seatings and both seatings will take place in our MUR.


Parents are invited to attend their child's class performance at the following times:


8:15AM:


Teacher Anna's Class

Teacher Dana's Class

Teacher Julie's Class

Teacher Erin's Class


9:15AM

Teacher Nina's Class

Teacher Linda's Class

Teacher Stephanie's Class

Teacher Jules /Esme's Class

Teacher Jen/Kristina's Class


Please join the festive fun!!!

**EARLY DISMISSAL – 12:00PM

December Events

Meeting with Superintendent

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 6pm

Orion MUR

Movie Night - Parent's Night Out

Friday, Dec. 14th, 6-9pm

Orion MUR

PTO Meeting-Main & Elm Restaurant

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 6:30pm

150 Elm Street

Redwood City, CA

Winter Assembly -

Thursday, Dec. 20th, 8:15-10am

Orion MUR

8:15AM:

Teacher Anna's Class

Teacher Dana's Class

Teacher Julie's Class

Teacher Erin's Class


9:15AM:

Teacher Nina's Class

Teacher Linda's Class

Teacher Stephanie's Class

Teacher Jules/Esme's Class

Teacher Jen/Kristina Class

Pajama Day - Thursday, December 20th

Super Minimum Day - Thursday, December 20th (12PM DISMISSAL)