Orion Gazette

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School Calendar

June Calendar

June 1 Courageous Conversations #4 from Teacher Persepctive

June 3 PTO Elections

June 5 PTO Sponsored Variety Show

June 7 Field Day for students

June 8 5pm Grade 5 Promotion Ceremony on site

June 10 Last Day of School-Early dismissal at 1:30 pm for DL and onsite instruction (This is new information)


August 13 Kindergarten Maze Day 3:00-5:00pm

August 16 Grades 1-6 Maze Day 10am-3:00pm in the cafeteria

What is Maze Day? Students and families come to the school site to learn their name and room number of their teacher, meet parent leaders from the PTO, complete the annual lunch application and receive the Student/Parent handbook.

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Read a Thon Student Recognition with Librarian Cristina

A Message from Principal Katherine Rivera

I want to thank all of the parents, community volunteers, and the Parent Teacher Organization for the incredible support and love you showered upon us! THANK YOU!

All parents/guardians please be aware that we will be collecting all of the District Technology devices(iPads, Chromebooks, Hot Spots, and chargers)that students have been using on the last day of school: Thursday, June 10th, and June 11th.

June 10th -Drop of in parking lot on Ave del Ora 1:30-3:00

June 11th - 9-3 in the main office

Some of you have been asking if your child can access some of our online learning tools like RAZkids and iReady over the Summer? The good news is that students can still use Clever to access Learning A-Z/RAZkids, iReady, and other applications. We recommend that families bookmark the district Clever page on their home devices BEFORE students return the district i-Pads and Chromebooks. It is important to test it out to see if it works on the home devices before Summer vacation starts. Families can find Clever at www.rcsdk8.net/clever. It's a good idea to write down your child's User name(the student's kids.rcsdk8.net address) and password or they can also use their Clever Badge to be able to log in with Clever.

We are expecting that all students will return to In-Person learning with our normal school schedule for the next school year(Distance Learning will not be an option). If you are moving and your child will not be returning to our school, please call the office or email me. We are already creating balanced classes for next year and need accurate numbers of students.

Please note that I have attached a "Draft" School Calendar for next year below(a few of the community events have not been approved yet by PTO). Parents, please make your family travel/vacation plans according to the district vacations so your child does not miss school. You will receive the Final Calendar with the MAZE day packet in August.

I wish everyone a great and relaxing summer vacation!

Courageious Conversations #4 Teacher perspectvie

Tuesday, June 1st, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/84733940078?pwd=aXd5MUhMVC9RdmJFeDRoOGFmQUwvZz09 Meeting ID: 847 3394 0078 Passcode: orion1

REACH After school program registration for 2021-22 begins June 2

For REACH program questions contact Onika Tarver at 650 4446560 Otarver@redwoodcity.org

Registration opens at 9 am on Wednesday, June 2nd.

Click the link to register:

http://bit.ly/OrionEarlyKinder (Early Kinders)

http://bit.ly/OrionK-5th (K – 5thgrade)

http://bit.ly/OrionPostCare (Post Care)

Flexible Tuition Program- Our Flexible Tuition program helps ensure access to our After School Program for all and helps ensure the continued socio-economic diversity of the program’s student body.

See attached flyer for the full details.

The Flexible Tuition Program allows families to apply for reduced tuition based on varying income levels and current economic or family hardships. If you are interested in applying for the Flexible Tuition Program, please contact Onika Tarver, Program Coordinator.

Mandarin Immersion Families - Special Guest Speaker Elizabeth Weise Recording

All families are welcome to view the recording of Elizabeth Weise from last week

use this one.

Free Online Coding Club for grades 3-5

Coding taught by University and High School students: flyer

Starship Update


6/1 Listening Session: Teachers voices

6/3 PTO Elections

6/5 Variety Show

6/7 Field Day

6/8 Graduation 5pm

RCEF Fundraiser and Documentary La Comunidad


Redwood City Education Foundation is seeking to raise $100k to fund mental health services at Garfield, Hoover and Taft for next week. Please watch this moving documentary profiling a few families and consider donating to this important effort.

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser: Results!!

We raised $18,555 for STEAM next year. We ended just slightly short of our goal. The fundraiser is over but will be kept open for a short time so that you students can purchase rewards in their rewards store.

Please log in to the rewards store and have your children choose their prizes by Wednesday, June 2nd. Items will be mailed to your teacher on Wednesday and be distributed to your students next Wednesday.

There is no wiggle room on this, so please do it ASAP. If nothing appeals to your child or you have extra monies left, please consider buying classroom incentives for your teacher.

A huge thank you to Wanny Tam for leading this fantastic effort! We hope everyone enjoyed it! We will be trying this fundraiser again in November before Author-Illustrator Faire!

Variety Show June 5th 6:30 pm

Sign up here! http://www.ourschouolauction/starshiporion

We are excited to host a virtual Variety Show and Fund-a-Need community event on June 5th. Students submitted video entries to be streamed live. Musical performances, jokes, magic tricks, etc. The variety show will be a fun night, including fantastic performances and other festivities to engage the whole community!

Field Day Monday June 7th!

Classes will be rotated through different field day stations through out campus! This should be a fun event to celebrate and close out this eventful year!

Parent Volunteers needed!

8:15-9:45 - Set up and field day event k-2

18 slots needed

9:45-11:15 field day event and clean up 3-5

10 needed

Sign up here: Field Day Volunteer Sign Up

Yard duty Sign Up

We need volunteers for yard duty, especially during 12-2:30pm. Volunteers must be fingerprinted and cleared.

Jennifer Sandoval at the District Office can check if you are cleared: Jsandoval@rcsdk8.net

Sign up here:


Email Jessica T for questions: jmtsang@gmail.com

Multicultural Updates:

Flamingos are on the Move!

Friends all over town are getting “flocked” by Orion. Support Orion Parent Participation and Mandarin Immersion Programs while having a little pink flamingo fun! Make a donation and send a flock of pink flamingos to your friends’, family members’, or neighbors’ front yard! Check out the website for details.


We will also begin flocking Orion with students’ fun decorated flamingos. Please pick up a flamingo to bedazzle in the office and bring it back to school to join the flock! Look out for other animals and surprises on campus next week.

Next week will be our final Kenyan Assembly. Sam will be touring us through Nairobi.

Don’t forget to check out our website where we are posting all of the amazing resources.

PTO Special Listening Sessions:

Last week’s listening session was held for the spanish speaking, original John Gill families. Parents had the opportunity to share the impacts of the merger on their community in an intimate setting. Parents from other communities were limited in attendance to encourage candid sharing..

Our final listening session will be from the perspective of the current teachers and staff. At the Teachers’ request, this week’s listening session will not be recorded and a written summary will not be provided. We encourage all to attend to hear their perspecitves. We thank everyone who has participated so far and we look forward to the next steps in restoring and nourishing our school community.

June 1st 7-8pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 847 3394 0078

Passcode: orion1

PTO Budget and Fundraising

Paypal Link for Donations: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2207235

We voted to pass the proposed Budget on May 13th. One small change was made. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Please Review the approved Budget for 2021-2022 PTO Budget

Please review the school wide budget survey: 2021-2022 Budget Survey

PTO Elections

Final Meeting and PTO Elections will be held on June 3rd at 7:30pm


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 970 2128 0039

Passcode: 748040

2021-22 Proposed Executive Team

Co Presidents: Meghan O’Reilly Green & Lilli Milton

Co Vice Presidents: Christina Hsu & Krissie Rice & Open

Co Treasurers: David Weekly & Open

Co Secretrary: Jess Bryski & Diane Chung

Structure of PTO: Roles and Responsibilities

Here are the overview slides from last week’s PTO orientation for new and interested families.


Contact Renee at yearbook@orionschool.org for any questions.

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Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.

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