Week of February 25, 2019


This past Wednesday, February 20th the School Board unanimously voted to approve Orion's new Statement of Understanding. This new document will replace the Orion Parent Participation Agreement we have been using for many, many years. Our SSC team began developing this new document in mid December. Thank you to our entire team - Jessica Bryski, Stacie Ciraulo, Diane Friedlaender, Tanaya Mills, Julie Tao, Teacher Dana, Teacher Linda, Teacher Nina & Teacher Stephanie - for your tireless work and dedication. And an extra shout out to Aaron Hand for pulling it all together for us! This new document will be distributed to everyone by the end of March.


The transition of the Orion Alternative Parent Participation Program to the Gill campus for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. Principal Rivera, myself, District Leaders and Parent Leaders form both school sites will be working together to provide a smooth transition for both the Gill and Orion communities. There is much to be done but thankfully we have time do it! As always, I will keep you all updated on our progress.

Last week, all of our teachers and many of our families had the opportunity to meet Principal Rivera. Principal Rivera is eager to get to know our wonderful community, and she is looking forward to spending more time together in the coming months.

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

1) February 28th, 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.

2) 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)


Please sign up for spring conferences this week. Sign ups will be posted on Monday, February 25th @ 2PM. These student led portfolio conferences are a wonderful Orion tradition. These unique conferences allow our Orion Stars to shine brightly as they "present "their learning to their families. The kiddos and their teachers work hard to prepare for these special presentations. Pure pride and joy radiate from all of our kiddos during this week!


Reminder that Orion’s “Go West" Auction is happening, and it is not to be missed on March 16, 2019 from 6pm-11pm at Devil’s Canyon Brewery in San Carlos. Donations are being accepted and tickets are available at Questions? Email


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/March Events

Spring Conference Sign Ups Posted

Monday, Feb. 25th, 2pm

Bulletin Board Main Hallway

Wednesday, Feb. 27th - Albert from Asante visits Orion Classes!

ELAC Meeting

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

Orion MUR

SSC Meeting

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

Orion Library

Spring Conference Week - March 11th - March 15th

MINIMUM DAYS ALL WEEK (1:35 Dismissal).

Asante Africa Assembly

Thursday, March 14th, 10:30-11:30am

Orion Blacktop

Orion PTO Meeting

Tuesday, March 19th, 7-8:30pm

Orion MUR

ELAC Meeting

Thursday, March 28th, 12:30-1:30pm

Orion Library

SSC Meeting

Thursday, March 28th, 1:45-2:45pm

Orion Staff Room

Orion Walk - A- Thon

Friday, March 29th, 10:15am-12pm

Orion Blacktop