Starship Meeting Invitation/ Invitación a la reunión de Starship

Hi Orion Families! Please mark your calendar for the next Starship PTO meeting… shifting it to Wednesday, 12/19 at 6:30pm. Please note that all Orion families are automatically members of our PTO, so everyone is encouraged to attend every meeting. The venue will be Main & Elm. We will be providing appetizers and having a bit of a social gathering once we take care of business. (Please note: this event is for adults only.) Hope to see you there! Please RSVP here

What: Starship PTO Meeting
Where: Main & Elm, 150 Elm St., Redwood City
When: Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM
RSVP: adults only

Hola Familias de Orion! Por favor marquen sus calendarios para asistir a nuestra próxima reunión de Starship…Se cambió para el Miércoles 19 de Diciembre a las 6:30pm. Recuerden que todas las familias de Orion son miembros de nuestra Junta de Padres (PTO), entonces todos estan invitados a asistir a cada junta. También les cuenta para sus horas de voluntariado. Esta vez va a ser en el reaturant Main & Elm. Nosotros vamos a proveer unos bocadillos y socializar un poco después de terminar con los asuntos a tratar. (Por favor tome nota, este evento es solo para adultos). Esperamos verlos a todos ahí! Por favor RSVP aqui.

Qué: Reunión de Starship Junta de Padres
Lugar: Main & Elm, 150 Elm St., Redwood City
Fecha y hora: Miércoles 19 de Diciembre a las 6:30pm
RSVP:ólo para adultos

Orion Move – District Meeting

Meeting in the ORION MUR, Tuesday, December 11th 6:00-8:00 PM

Superintendent Baker will share information regarding the logistics and timelines for the transition of the Orion Parent Participation Program to the John Gill campus. There will also be time for parents to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions. This is an extremely important meeting.


From Principal Julie:
After a long a thoughtful process, the Redwood School Board held a meeting to vote on the Superintendent’s proposal regarding Planning for Our Future and right-sizing our district. The Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Specifically for Orion this means:


Effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Orion will move to the John Gill Campus. Orion will remain a Parent Participation Program. We will be a School of Choice Program operating on the John Gill Campus. We will share the site with the Mandarin Immersion Program. All current John Gill Non-Mandarin Immersion families, will be offered spots in the Orion Parent Participation Program if they decide to stay at John Gill.

PHASE 2 – Next Year

The District will officially change the Boundary for the John Gill School. The site will no longer be offering services as a neighborhood school site.

What: Meeting to Review Orion’s Move to John Gill Campus
When: Tuesday, December 11th 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: The Orion MUR

Shop our Scholastic Book Fair!

Our annual Book Fair is open in the MUR from Monday, 11/26 through Friday, 11/30

We will be open for shopping every day after school.
We have also added special shopping hours:
Tuesday Morning, 11/27 8:15AM-10:00AM
and Wednesday, 11/28 11:30AM-12:30PM
Remember, all proceeds benefit our school library!

You can also shop at our Online Book Fair now through December 3rd.

All online sales through this link also benefit the library. Purchases will be delivered to school after 12/3.

Orion Performance Opportunities/Oportunidades de presentación de Orion

Join the fun! Dance Classes Start 11/29
¡Únete a la diversión! Inicio de clases de baile 29/11 Sign up here!

This year Orion is combining the variety show and the school play! There are three ways kids can participate:

  1. Audition with a Variety Act! Sing, dance, magic, jokes, you-name-it!
    • Coordinators: Teachers Jen and Kristina
    • Audition date: Wednesday, December 12 after school at the MUR
    • Rehearsal commitment: independently + 1/24 dress rehearsal
  2. Be in a dance! Sign up here!
    • Coordinator: Erika Vetter
    • Kinders: Learn the routine during class time. No other rehearsals.
    • All other Grades: Just come to the after-school dance class 11/29, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24. Students must commit to the entire series of classes to join.
    • Class Schedule
      • 1st-3rd graders: Thursdays 1:45-2:30
      • 4th-5th graders: Thursdays 1:45-2:50
  3. Audition to be in a skit!
    • Coordinator: Robynn Garfield
    • Audition date: Wednesday, December 12 at the MUR
    • Rehearsals: to be determined + 1/24 dress rehearsal at 1:45

The performance date will be Friday, January 25th at 6:30pm at the McKinley Auditorium.


¡Este año Orion está combinando el espectáculo de variedades y la obra escolar! Hay tres formas en que los niños pueden participar:

  1. Audición con un acto de Variedad! ¡Canta, baila, magia, chistes, lo que sea!
    • Coordinadores: Maestras Jen y Kristina.
    • Fecha de audición: miércoles 12 de diciembre después de la escuela en el MUR
    • Compromiso de ensayo: ensayo de vestuario de forma independiente + 1/24
  2. ¡Ser parte de un grupo de baile! Sign up here!
    • Coordinador: Erika Vetter
    • Kinders: aprenden la rutina durante las horas de clase. No hay otros ensayos.
    • Todos los demás grados: Solo venga a la clase de baile después de la escuela 11/29, 12/13, 12/20, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24. Los estudiantes deben comprometerse a toda la serie de clases para unirse.
    • Horario de clase
      • Estudiantes de 1er a 3er grado: jueves 1: 45-2: 30
      • 4er-5to grado: jueves 1: 45-2: 50
  3. ¡Audición para estar en un sketch!
    • Coordinador: Robynn Garfield
    • Fecha de audición: miércoles 12 de diciembre en el MUR.
    • Ensayos: por determinar + 1/24 ensayo general a las 1:45

La fecha de presentación será el viernes 1/25/19 a las 6:30 pm en el Auditorio McKinley.

Staff Appreciation is Nov 13-16!/Semana de Apreciación a los maestros del 13 al 16 de Noviembre!

Say thank you to our teachers and staff during this special week honoring all that they do for the Orion kids and community!

Teacher Appreciation Week – Daily Schedule:

Tuesday, November 13th

  • write thank you cards for teachers and staff (cards will be in front of the office) and drop them in the basket
  • school staff will enjoy a coffee/breakfast bar in the staff lounge

Wednesday, November 14th:

  • each student to bring a flower to school in the morning – vases will be available in your classrooms
  • school staff will enjoy mini massages

Thursday, November 15th:

  • bring your assigned dish to school in the morning – your room coordinator has the sign up sheet – and drop it off at the teachers’ lounge
  • volunteer to help with the Friday teacher surprise after school

Friday, November 16th:

  • teacher surprise revealed!


Consentimos a nuestros maestros y personal de la escuela!

Semana de Apreciación a los maestros- Horario diario

Martes 13 de Noviembre:

  • Firma las tarjetas de agradecimiento para los maestros y trabajadores de la escuela(las tarjetas estarán en frente de la oficina) dejalas en la canasta
  • Los trabajadores de la escuela disfrutaran de una barra de cafe y desayuno en su area de descanso.

Miércoles 14 de Noviembre:

  • Cada estudiante puede traer una flor a la escuela en la mañana- los floreros estarán disponibles en cada salon
  • Los empleados de la escuela disfrutaran de unos mini sesiones de masajes.

Jueves 15 de Noviembre:

  • Trae tu plato asignado a la escuela en la mañana-tu coordinador del salon tiene la hoja donde apuntarse- y dejalo en el salon de descanso de los maestros
  • Se voluntario para ayudar a preparar la sorpresa para los maestros despues de la escuela

Viernes 16 de Noviembre:

  • Se revelara la sorpresa a los maestros!

2018 Campout is Full. Signup for Waitlist is Open.

The campout for this year is fully booked – we are at full capacity for the group campsites that we have reserved.

If you are interested in going but did not yet sign up, let me know and I can put you on the waitlist.


The 33rd annual Orion campout will this October 12-14, 2019. Open to all Orion families, spend one or two nights, or just come for the day. We have reserved two group campsites at Memorial Park in Loma Mar. Just 45 minutes from Orion, the campout provides a fun opportunity for families to socialize and enjoy nature.

  • Friday Night Only ($20)
  • Saturday Night Only ($20)
  • Friday and Saturday Nights ($40)
  • Saturday daytime only (not camping) ($10)

Ice Cream Social & Recess Night/Reunion Social Con Helados Incluidos, 9/14

Orion is hosting its first annual ice cream social and recess night! Bring your whole family and enjoy a wonderful night with the Orion community.

Free ice cream! Friday, September 14th from 5:45-7:45 PM on the Orion playground


Primera Reunion Social con Helados Incluidos! Trae a tu familia y disfruta de una noche divertida con la communidad de Orion!

Les esperamos el viernes 14 de Septiembre! Estaremos sirviendo helado de 5:45pm a 7:45pm en el area de juegos.


Sign Up for the Orion LaserQuest Fundraiser, October 2nd!

Sign-ups are open for our Laser Quest fundraiser night! The facility will be open to Orion school families as well as to our friends and community members. Outside of food and credit card fees, all remaining proceeds go to Starship Orion!


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 and can cause a hazard.

Volunteer Opportunity: Interested in accruing volunteer hours? We would love help at the registration table and pizza room. If you sign up for a 1 hour slot, you (or your child) will also get to play for free. We will work with you to coordinate your time slot for play.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2019, 3:00-7:20 PM
Cost: $25 per person, includes pizza and drink

Sign up:

Starship PTO Meeting Schedule for 2018-19

The Starship PTO meeting calendar has been published for the 2018-19 school year. All meetings are monthly on a Tuesday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Orion MUR (multi-use room), unless otherwise noted. All parents are encouraged to participate, meet your Starship officers, and take part in making important decisions for our school.

  • September 18, 2018: First meeting of the school year!
  • October 16, 2018  NEW DATE: October 23, 2018
  • November 13, 2018
  • December 18, 2018: NEW DATE & LOCATION: Wed., 12/19, at Main & Elm, 6:30 PM
  • January 15, 2019: Meeting is tentative; if determined to be necessary.
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 16, 2019
  • May 14, 2019:  RESCHEDULED TO MAY 21! Final meeting of the school year.

Visit the Orion calendar for other important dates