The Orion Gazette

September 27-October 1

School Calendar


To be re-schedule to October, date TBD Community Dialogue "Building a Positive Schoool Culture Part 2" via zoom

Sep 29 9:00am Virtual Principal Coffee

Sep 29 English Language Advisory Committee via Zoom

Sep 29 4:30pm School Site Council via Zoom


Oct 8 Spirit Day "Crazy Hair Day"

Orion's Outdoor Learning Spaces Coming Soon this Fall! Volunteer Help is needed.

Thanks to San Mateo County, Orion school has been awarded a grant to improve and update our garden valued at $19,000. We are working in partnership with Each Green Corner to have a sustainable garden. To learn more about our new partner, visit:

The scope of the project includes composting bins, improved raised garden beds, an outdoor sink, outdoor classroom materials, raised stumps, additional storage shed, and some plants.

The vision for the garden and outdoor areas is not only an interactive garden space but also two separate outdoor learning spaces.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Orion community, the project will also include the following outside of room 26 area.

- 25 Dwarf Fruit Trees estimated at $125.00 each, totals to $3,125.00

- 17 native pollinator plants estimated at $25.00 each, total to $425.00

Below are the links for the workdays; the tasks get easier as we progress. The first workday is more heavy lifting and not a great family one. The second and third workdays, Oct 23 and 24 will have tasks for ages 5+.

Oct. 2nd is a heavy workday and not great for families.

Oct. 23rd:

Oct. 24th:

Virtual Principal Coffee

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 9-9:30am

This is an online event.

Bring your preferred beverage and join our monthly Coffee with Principal Katherine.

This is an informal time for parents and the principal to connect, answer questions and share our school-wide goals and focus for the year.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 568 380 5514 Passcode: orion1

Expanded Covid Testing at Orion School Site Began last week on September 20

Last week, Orion began COVID19 student and staff testing on-site for students who have pre-registered with Primary Health.

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

Starting this coming 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. This is a change from the prior week.

Starship Corner

9/24 Ice Cream Social 5-7 pm Red Morton Park

10/7 Starship PTO Meeting 7:30 pm via zoom

Ice Cream Social Tonight 9/24 5-7 pm!

Join us for another Fun Friday evening this Friday at Red Morton next to the magical bridge playground. Bring a picnic and mingle with other families while kids can enjoy a sweet treat and play as the sun goes down. We hope to see you all there!

Starship Corner

Campout Update

If you signed up for the campout, you should have confirmed your dates with Tanaya already. Requests for payment will be coming soon. QUESTIONS: Tanaya Mills - - 650-430-9320

Starship Meeting Recap: Thanks to everyone who attended September’'s Starship PTO meeting. We covered a lot of information and are looking forward to a fun and busy year. Steam Teacher Bryan Howell joined us for a wonderful presentation and we hope to have another STEAM info night soon. The next meeting is October 7th, agenda items will include

  • Budget presentation and amendment vote

  • Halloween Festivities

  • Author-Illustrator

  • Approve updated bylaws

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 $105k 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!

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.

Join the Halloween Committee!

Halloween is around the corner and we want to make this year extra festive for our students. We will have to modify our traditional Halloween Carnival given the current limitations but there are lots of ways we can make the season fun. Please sign up on Konstella to join the planning committee and look for school-wide signups coming soon.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Please see Konstella for sign-ups!

Pick up your volunteer form in the school office. Email questions

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

Volunteer Requirements

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

English Language Advisory Meeting in Spanish

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 3:30-4:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 568 380 5514 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +16699006833,,5683805514#,,,,*440073# US (San Jose)

September School Site Council

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 4:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 568 380 5514 Passcode: orion1 One tap mobile +16699006833,,5683805514#,,,,*440073# US (San Jose)