LaserQuest Fundraiser

We are excited about our Laser Quest night! The facility will be open to Orion and MI families as well as friends and community members. Outside of food cost and credit card fees, all remaining proceeds go to Starship Orion PTO!

Here are some details about the event:

~ Each participant will pay in advance, and select a time slot. Each slot will contain two 15 minute laser tag sessions with a small break in between each session.

~ Each paying player will also receive a slice of pizza and a beverage. We will have additional slices available for purchase the day of the event.

~ Both adults and kids can play. There is no age limit. If you have smaller kids that would like to play, they can play alone if they are able to carry the pack. Alternatively, a parent can carry the pack for them, and they can work together.

~ All participants should wear appropriate shoes for running. Flip flops/crocks/slides can easily come off during the game can cause a hazard.Date: 12/04/2019 (Wed.)Location: LaserQuest San Carlos

Orion tours

Teachers + Parents = Bright Orion Stars

Orion’s vision is to guide students to become global citizens who pursue life-long civic engagement and believe in a shared sense of humanity. We do this by emphasizing social emotional skill building, thematic learning, and parent involvement to develop and reflect our core values.

We support teachers and staff in creating a rich, flexible, and joyful learning environment. We encourage family participation in all workings of the school so that we can model the type of community engagement that is the foundation of global citizenship. Come meet us!

8:30-8:45 Welcome and introductions
8:45-9:05 Kindergarten classroom tours
9:10-9:30 Grades 1-5 classroom visits
9:30-10:00 Q and A session in ES2

To sign up for a school tour, please email

Available dates are:

  • December 4th, 2019
  • December 11th, 2019
  • January 16th, 2020
  • January 21st, 2020
  • January 28th, 2020
  • February 4th, 2020
  • February 11th, 2020

Parents, please plan to attend school tours without your children.

Author Illustrator Fair

Join us for the 2019 Children’s Author-Illustrator Fair!
FREE and Open to the Community

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm
Orion Alternative School at John Gill Campus!
555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City

Orion Alternative School invites you to the 2019 Author & Illustrator Fair, a family event featuring authors and illustrators of beloved children’s books for all ages. All members of the community are welcome!

Confirmed Authors & Illustrators:
* Oliver Chin
* Kate DePalma
* Cindy Derby
* Susan Gal
* Francisco Jiménez
* Elisa Kleven
* Tim McCanna
* Annemarie O’Brien
* Daria Peoples Riley
* Emma Bland Smith

Meet the authors & illustrators and get your book signed.
Attend a talk, writing, or art workshop with the authors & illustrators.
Enjoy: Food Trucks | Baked Desserts and Snacks | Kids Craft Activities

Plan ahead for birthdays and holidays — signed books make special gifts for the readers in your life!

Speaking Schedule (Subject to Change):
10:10 – 10:40am Annemarie O’Brien (Writing Workshop)
10:45 – 11:15am Kate DePalma
11:20 – 11:50am Oliver Chin
11:55-12:25 Daria Peoples-Riley
12:25 – 12:55pm Tim McCanna
1:00 – 1:30pm Emma Bland Smith
1:30 – 2:00pm Francisco Jiménez
1:30 – 2:00pm Elisa Kleven (Art Workshop, registration required)
2:05 – 2:35pm Susan Gal
2:30 – 3:00pm Cindy Derby

Author/Illustrator Fair book sale proceeds benefit Starship Orion, the Parent Teacher Organization for Orion Alternative and Mandarin Immersion in Redwood City, CA. Starship funds programs such as PE, field trips, Art in Action, theater, instructional aids and more. Starship Orion is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Halloween Carnival

Join the Orion and Mandarin Immersion families for an evening of games, bouncy houses, face painting, halloween fun and food. Fun night for the entire family! Costumes are optional.

October 25, 2019, 5:30pm – 8:00pm at the school campus.

To make it easier for everyone you can now order your Armbands or Tickets in Advance for $15. The armband gives UNLIMITED access to all Carnival games! Last day to turn in is Octubre 18. After the 18 you can only purchase at the day of the event for $20.
-Children under 3 PLAY FREE
-Tickets are required for food purchase.
Ways to Order:
*Turn-in the form with money/check to your child’s teacher.
*Stop by the school office with exact amount or check (payable to STARSHIP)

After School Sports Registration for Kinder & 1st-Graders

Orion has teamed up with Legarza Sports to offer a low-cost ($20), after-school, all-sports program, funded in part by a generous donation from Prima.

The fast-paced hour-and-a-half sessions are run by Legarza’s energetic and knowledgeable staff . Your child will learn and have fun while playing basketball, soccer, hockey, and recess games such as 4-Square, tag games, relay races, capture the flag, and MORE! The focus is on fun-filled activities that help to build confidence, teach cooperation and teamwork, and improve athletic ability.

  • For kindergartners and first graders
  • 10-weeks on Tuesdays: 3/19-6/4 (NO CLASS 4/2 & 4/23)
  • 2:30-4:00 P.M.

If you would like your child to attend, please read and sign the attached permission slip. Include a check for $20 made out to Starship Orion and deposit it with the permission slip in the Starship mailbox in the front hall at school. Permission Slip

Orion “Go West” Auction!

Orion’s biggest fundraiser is around the corner…

The “Go West” auction night includes complimentary drinks from 6pm-7:30pm, dinner & dessert, silent auction, live auction, and professionally-led line dancing! Kid’s Night Out is available through Ingenium for a small fee, and all proceeds are generously donated to Orion.

And last but not least… in the spirit of our Orion community, please consider helping out at the auction for an hour or two, so everyone (including our hard-working auction committee) can have some fun!

Dine Out for Our Schools!

Starship Orion and the John Gill PTA invite you to dine at Main & Elm from this Wednesday, February 27th through Saturday, March 2nd to benefit RCEF.

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is the only organization that fundraises to support all Redwood City School District schools. In a district where two out of three students are from low-income families, RCEF partners with RCSD to help boost school success through enrichment opportunities. Learn more about RCEF…

Where: Main & Elm, 150 Elm St. Redwood City
When: Wed., Feb. 27th through Sat., March 2nd. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner!
Please show this image and mention you’re dining for RCEF: Dine-Out Flyer