Week of February 11, 2019

Author/Illustrator Fair Thank You

This past Saturday's Author & Illustrator Fair showcased all that is special about Orion! Students, families, teachers and staff collaborated throughout the year to build a true connection and hands on learning experience between our students and real authors and illustrators. The magical day where our kiddos got to meet, listen to, learn from and work along side "their" authors would not have been possible without the tireless work and dedication of Kirsten McMullen, Andrea Parisi, Librarian Cristina & the 70 plus volunteers who brought the day to life. A HUGE thank you to all of you for carrying on our unique and inspirational community tradition!

A Message from Principal Julie - Celebrate!

As we celebrated the 100th day of school this past Wednesday, I found myself joyfully focused on the celebratory moments of the special day. It felt wonderful to be fully present and engaged with all of the excitement and fun! Our kiddos are just too cute!!

With the transition, it is easy to become distracted and overwhelmed with the uncertainties ahead of us and then to loose sight of the precious moments in front of us. We each process and experience change differently. Please remember to be kind to yourselves and to those around you. Continue to share your thoughts and listen to one another with open hearts and minds. And most importantly, wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate the time we have together before summer break is upon us!


The transition of the Orion Alternative Parent Participation Program to the Gill campus for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. There is much to be done but thankfully we have time do it!

There are many things we are all anxious to see happen in this process. Principal Rivera, myself, District Leaders and Parent Leaders from both school sites will be working together to provide a smooth transition for both the Gill and Orion communities. I will keep you all updated on our progress.

Please note the following important next steps in the transition process:

1) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH - ORION COMMUNITY MEETING: Our Orion Parent Task Force invites you to attend this meeting to learn the latest transition updates from Principal Julie, the SSC and the Starship PTO. There will also be lots of time to share ideas, questions and concerns.

2) In February, the leadership from each site (Principals, SSC Teams and PTO Groups) will begin meeting with school transition facilitators from the San Mateo County Office of Education. (Dates and times TBD)

3) In March, Principal Rivera will host both a weekend tour and a weekday evening tour for our current Orion families to tour the Gill campus. (Date and time TBD).

4) In the spring, events will be scheduled for our kiddos and families to visit the Gill campus and have some fun with the Gill community. (Dates and times TBD)


We are in desperate need of 1-2 paid lunchtime yard supervisors. The hours are 11:50AM - 12:50PM each day. The hourly pay is $14 per hour. If you can help or know someone who can, please let Liz or Principal Julie know. We are hoping to have the positions filled ASAP. Thank you!


RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders

located at Clifford and Hoover Schools. If you would like your child in current grades 3/4/5 tested for GATE this Spring, you can read more information about the GATE program on the Parent Information website.

Parents must complete a permission form for their student to be tested. At the end of the survey, please check that you have seen the "Thank you for your survey" results page. If you do not see this page, then please go back and complete the survey again until you see this page. This confirms you have submitted the permission form accurately.

February Events

Orion Community Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 6:30pm

Orion MUR

President's Holiday - February 18th (NO SCHOOL)

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 7-8:30pm

Orion MUR

Friday, February 22nd - Orion Spirit Day (Mix & Match Day)

ELAC Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 12:30-1:30pm

Orion MUR

SSC Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 1:45-2:45pm

Orion Library