Orion Gazette, 1/28

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Starship Meeting Resources

Did you know… every current parent/guardian, teacher, and employee of Orion is automatically a voting member of Starship? Following are agendas for our monthly meetings. Please join us at a meeting to take part in community decisions.

Starship Meeting Schedule 2018-19

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: http://evite.me/Qxd1ZZPFk1 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: http://evite.me/Qxd1ZZPFk1Sólo 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

RCSD Board Meeting FINAL VOTE on Superintendent’s Recommendations, Wed. 11/28

November 28th/28 de noviembre, 7:00 PM
Sequoia High School Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Ave, Redwood City

Message from the Superintendent:

“Dear RCSD community,

The RCSD Board of Trustees will hold a Board meeting tomorrow evening to decide on the superintendent’s final recommendations in regards to the organizational improvement efforts, Planning for Our Future.

The district has arranged to move the meeting to a larger venue from the Boardroom at the District Office in order to accommodate the number of staff, parents, and community members who may be interested in attending.

The meeting will be held as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:00 pm
Sequoia High School: Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Ave.

Parents, staff, and community members interested in attending should keep the following in mind:

The venue requires that the aisles remain clear from items such as walkers, wheelchairs, and strollers. There is designated seating for individuals on a wheelchair and walkers will be set aside and returned to the owner once the meeting is adjourned.

All visitors are expected to be seated during the meeting.
Seating reservations made ahead of time is not available.
Doors will open at 6pm, the meeting begins at 7pm and will adjourn by 11pm.

We look forward to seeing you there should you be interested in attending.

Thank you.”

Orion Task Force Update: November 26

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Dear Orion Community,

This is a long update, we thank you in advance for taking it all in!

It has been an emotional several weeks. The board meeting on November 14th had several hours of public comment and hundreds of parents expressing heartfelt opinions regarding RCSD’s Final Recommendations. The School Board will be moving forward to vote on the district recommendations on November 28th and many schools are facing hard realities.

The recommendation to relocate Orion to John Gill will move forward to a vote. The implementation plan stated that John Gill would no longer be a neighborhood school, but it does not state how it will rezone the John Gill neighborhood boundary.

It is critical for Orion to maintain a school of choice status without a neighborhood boundary. We believe that the school board is in support of this idea and the Task Force will work with the district to learn more details for the implementation plan.

Another important consideration for the Orion Community is the impact of the move on our current students. Many students and families walk to school and we understand that the move to the John Gill campus may create a hardship for some families. The Task Force plans to work with the community to identify transportation support options so that all of our students can move together. Some parents have already volunteered to create carpools to make sure getting to and from school is not a barrier.

Please let your teacher, class coordinator, or Principal Julie know if moving to John Gill Campus poses any challenges to you or your students. The ultimate goal is that all of our students have the support they need for a successful move.

Another important theme that echoed throughout the evening and the last weeks, was the concern that too many students will experience significant hardships with these recommendations and that the changes will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable communities. Some members of the larger community feel that the school district isn’t doing enough to address the inequity and segregation across the district and the proposed changes don’t lay out a clear path to make significant improvement in this area. At last week’s coffee with Principal Julie, this equity conversation continued. We understand the current plans may not change but we hope to join efforts with parents across the district to keep the dialogue going so that we can challenge the district to take equitable paths forward.

A community of parents from Hawes, Selby Lane, Taft, Fair Oaks and Adelante organized a walk on Tuesday 11/27 to bring light to this issue. This walk is NOT meant to be a protest of the the district’s recommendations, but an opportunity to show solidarity with our fellow schools.

One final resounding theme that has surfaced throughout all of the these meetings is that the entire district is full of dedicated, passionate families who love their schools and their communities. We thank everyone at Orion for their continued positive energy and support and we will keep striving to foster the community that we all cherish. 


~The Orion Task Force

Final Vote on District Recommendations
November 28th
Sequoia High School Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Ave
Redwood City

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Querida comunidad de Orion,

Esta es una actualizacion larga,así que les agradecemos su paciencia!

Fue una reunión emocional la de la 14th de Noviembre, con varias horas de comentarios públicos y cientos de padres expresando su sentir acerca de las recomendaciones finales del Distrito. El Distrito votará el 28 de Noviembre y muchas escuelas estarán enfrentando una dura realidad.

La recomendación de mover Orion al sitio de John Gill está en la lista para voto. El plan de implementación indica que John Gill ya no será una escuela de vecindario, pero no dice explícitamente como van a cambiar las zonas de para ahora incluir este vecindario en otra zona escolar..

Es esencial para Orion mantener nuestro status de escuela de opción sin restricción de vecindario. Creemos que el Distrito apoya este idea y el Orion Task Force va a trabajar con el distrito a conocer más detalles sobre el plan.

Otra consideración importante para la Comunidad de Orion es el impacto que tendrá mover a nuestros estudiantes. Muchas familias de Orion caminan a la escuela y el cambio puede crear un problema de transporte para estas familias. La Task Force tiene planes de trabajar con la comunidad para identificar opciones de transporte y apoyar a todos nuestros estudiantes para que todos nos podamos mover juntos. Algunas familias ya se han ofrecido a llevar y traer a estudiantes que lo necesiten.

Por favor acércate a tu Maestra(o), a la coordinadora del salon o la Directora Julie si el cambio al sitio de John Gill va a representar un problema para tu familia. Nuestra meta final es que todos los estudiantes reciban el apoyo que necesiten para hacer este movimiento de forma exitosa.

Otro tema importante que escuchamos en la tarde y las ultimas semanas, fue la preocupación de que muchos estudiantes lan a tener muchas dificultades con los cambios propuestos y afectarán en mayor proporción a las comunidades más vulnerables. Una mayoría de la comunidad no cree que el Distrito está haciendo lo suficiente para evitar la desigualdad y segregación a través del todo el Distrito de Redwood City y los cambios propuestos no dan un plan claro de mejorar dichos problemas. En la junta de cafecito con la Directora este viernes el de desigualdad volvió a relucir. Entendemos que los planes actuales no van a cambiar pero esperamos apoyar a otros padres del distrito para que haya más diálogo y le pidamos al distrito que tome caminos más igualitarios para toda la comunidad. Padres de las escuelas Selby Lane, Hawes, Taft, Fair Oaks y Adelante están organizando una caminata el martes 27 de noviembre para llamar la atención sobre la inequidad de los cambios. Todos están invitados a participar.

Un último tema que ha estado presente durante todas estas reuniones es que el Distrito está lleno de familias dedicadas, que están contentas con sus escuelas y comunidades. Les agradecemos a todos en Orion por su energía positiva y el apoyo. Seguiremos manteniendo nuestra maravillosa comunidad que todos aplaudimos. Les deseamos una tranquila Cena de Acción de Gracias.


~The Orion Task Force

Reunión de District
28 de noviembre
Sequoia High School Carrington Hall
1201 Brewster Ave
Redwood City

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