Aug/Sept Newsletter

August 2021

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A Note from the Principal

Greetings Orion Families,

It’s a great start of the year at Orion Elementary School. Teachers and staff are filled with energy and enthusiasm for helping students feel welcomed, connected and a part of our Orion Lions family. It is our mission that students develop socially/emotionally and are challenged to grow in his or her academic abilities.

We kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews the guidelines set forth for safety. Currently, the following are in effect for how school will operate this year:

  • Required use of appropriate personal protective gear indoors (facemasks)
  • Required social distancing as much as possible
  • Require an increase in school wide cleaning and disinfection
  • Limited access to the building during the school day.

Updated information will be shared as we get it through Orion Facebook page and school website.

I am honored to serve as the principal of Orion Elementary School. It is a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at (907) 742-0250 or at

Office staff is also available to assist and answer questions Monday- Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm, please leave a message if your call is not answered. Someone will get back to you right away.

Once again, welcome back! Let’s make it a great year at Orion Elementary school!


Brenda Cheathon


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Notes from Nurse Wurm

Hello Orion families!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

I am happy to be here again this year as your School Nurse.

Our goal to keep the Orion community healthy continues, with masking, social distancing, frequent disinfecting and “Keeping ASD Symptom Free”.

Please see that attached guidelines and keep your student home if they are ill, Covid testing is easily available in the community, please get tested if symptoms warrant.

I hope to start “screening” in September, this involves checking vision, hearing ,height and weight for select grade levels.

If you have concerns with your student’s vision and or hearing, contact me, I can do a screening.

Thanks for doing your part to keep our Orion community healthy.

Remember the # 1 way to keep virus from spreading is HANDWASHING.

In good health,

Mrs. Wurm, RN, BSN, NBCSN

907 742-0266

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Orion Library Notes

Battle of the Books titles are in the library. We have at least one copy of each book on this year's list. These are excellent books, reviewed and chosen by librarians!

Some of this year's titles include:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson and Hello Universe by Erin Kelly for grades 5/6.

And for 3/4 grades, A Wolf called Wander by Rosanne Parry and Henry Heckelbeck Gets a Dragon by Wanda Coven.

Practices will begin later in the year.

And - if you are just looking for some good reading, last year's Battle titles and lots of other great books are ready to check out.

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Student Nutrition

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Anchorage School District (ASD) offers healthy meals every school day. For the 21-22 school year, the Anchorage School District will participate in the National School Lunch Programs Seamless Summer Option Program at National Lunch Program Schools. First meals are provided at no charge. ASD encourages application for meals even under the temporary 21-22 program as meal applications qualify your child for other benefit programs, have a 30 day carryover into the 22-23 school year, help fund additional ASD meal programs such as Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Summer Feeding Programs, After School Programs and other school based and USDA grants.

For second meals, Breakfast costs $2.75 in Elementary Schools; $3.00 in Middle Schools and $3.25 in High Schools. Lunch costs $4.50 in Elementary Schools; $5.00 in Middle Schools and $5.50 in High Schools. A-la carte items may also be available for purchase at some Middle and High Schools. Your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls within the limits on the Federal Income Chart.

Lunch Menu

Apply for Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

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Regular Transportation

Transportation is provided for students who live at least 1 ½ miles from their neighborhood school. Bus stops are established in accordance with Anchorage School District Transportation Department criteria. A link to routing schedules can be found at the top of this page.

Special Needs Transportation

Transportation is provided for students as a related service and part of the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). For more information, see Transporting Children with special needs, an informational guide for parents, teachers, school bus drivers and attendants.

Bus Routes

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Virtual - Zoom Meeting (link coming soon)

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Orion Elementary is looking for enthusiastic noon duties. If you are interested, please apply!

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