Week of January 28, 2019


Dear Orion Families,

I have been tremendously lucky to have been the recipient of some "extra" Orion love these past few weeks. The kind words, sweet notes, supportive emails, thoughtful treats and big hugs have deeply touched my heart. I truly can't thank you enough! This really is a magical community filled with compassionate and caring kiddos and families. What an amazing gift we all have!

However, I should not be the only one feeling this special Orion love and joy! I hope that amidst all of the work and emotions embedded in our transition process that you each find a way to focus on the precious moments we get to share with each other in the upcoming 5 months! We all need to remember to CELEBRATE and to allow ourselves to feel the love and joy that is ever present in our special community!

With much love and gratitude,

Principal Julie


As you all read this weekend, our wonderful Teacher Nina announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year. We have been incredibly blessed to have Teacher Nina at Orion for an astounding 29 years!! Her dedication and love for our special community is truly unsurpassed! And our love for her is even bigger than that! I know she will miss Orion, but I know you all join me in wishing her happiness and joy as she and her husband embark on the exciting adventures that await them beginning this summer!

With Orion's transition, we are all anxious to learn next year's plans for all of our teachers. Our amazing teachers are equally as anxious. Our teachers each have individual work/personal situations as well as unique decision making styles that will impact not only their decisions but the timing of those decisions.

As of today, Teachers Jen & Kristina, Teacher Dana, Teacher Julie and Teacher Stephanie all plan to remain at Orion next year and that is wonderful news!

As soon as our other amazing teachers have decided what their plans will be, they will let our community know. I know it is difficult to await more teacher news, but I would ask that we all give our teachers the gift of the time and space they need to make their personal decisions. Thank you!!


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) The two (2) remaining Kinder Information events will be held this week at Orion.

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 early 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)


WOW!! Our talented Orion Stars shone brightly on Friday evening! The night was filled with sensational stick tapping, singing, dancing, drumming, acting ,mystifying magic tricks & utterly hilarious and spontaneous joke telling. A HUGE thank you to Teacher Jen, Teacher Kristina, Robynn Garfield, Erika Vetter and Frankie Wasilewski for sharing your own talents, time and energy to create this spectacular evening for our kiddos and for us all!


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.

January/February Events

Prospective Kinder Night at Orion

Monday, Jan. 28th, 6:30-7:30pm

Orion MUR

Kinder Tour at Orion

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 8:30-10am

Orion MUR

ELAC Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 12:30-1:30pm

Orion MUR

SSC Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 1:45-2:45pm

Orion Staff Room

Coffee with the Principal

Friday, Feb. 1st, 8:15-9:15am

Orion MUR

Orion Author/ Illustrator Festival

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 10am-3:30pm

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