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  • The Nest Newsletter, Jan. 18, 2017

    Starr King Elementary School News

    January 18, 2017

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    415-695-5797


    The Nest

    1/20/17 Fri  1:45pm MLK Rally and Peace March

    1/23/17 Monday, 8:45a.m.-3:30p.m. 4th grade Sacramento Trip

    1/24/17  Tuesday, 6 p.m. ELAC meeting

    1/27/17  Friday NO SCHOOL!  Lunar New Year Observed

    2/2/17 Thursday, details TBD Starr King Chinese New Year performances

    2/2/17 Thursday, 6  - 7:30pm PTA meeting

    2/3/17     Friday 1-2:40 p.m.                             Chinese New Year Carnival/ Free Dress Day

    2/11/17     Saturday, 6 p.m.                             San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

    2/21/17   Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council meets

    4/15/17 Saturday Save the date for Spring Fling!


    Reminder -- there is no school on Friday, January 27, when SFUSD observes Lunar New Year!


    Chinese New Year Carnival, Friday, February 3rd. Help our school celebrate the year of the rooster with food, games, and fun! To Laoshi puts this amazing event together that our kids love, and she needs our help in putting it on. The carnival will take place in the schoolyard from 1:00-2:40
    Sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044fa5a62cab9-chinese1


    Chinese New Year Parades.  Saturday, February 11th. Starr King will be marching in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade!  50 of our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th  grade students will perform dragon dance, drumming, and watersleeve dance. Look for flyers with more information, and please contact ginasatomi at gmail dot com if you’re interested in helping out. In addition, we are planning a school-wide parade and performance at Starr King on February 2, 2017.


    New Starr King Gear!  Parents Becky Williams and Gina Lee-Satomi have designed some new Starr King swag -- you can now get sassy new logos on hoodies, t-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts.  Gina is accepting pre-orders for the new gear, which will be custom-printed after the orders are received.  To see samples, check your inbox for an email to the SKPTA list from Gina, or email her directly at ginasatomi at gmail dot com.  Orders are due by January 27.


    Spring Fling is coming!  Please save the date -- Saturday, April 15, 2017! -- for Spring Fling, when Starr King’s grown-ups get together and celebrate our community.   Spring Fling is a live and silent auction event.  We solicit donations from local restaurants, museums, jewelry makers, etc etc etc, and then sell those items in the silent auction.  We also put on a great party at the Verdi Club and top it off with a live auction of amazing items and trip packages.  This is an adults-only event, so line up your sitter now!  Call for volunteers:  We need volunteers to help solicit donations and plan the party.  Please contact gracekao33 at gmail dot com if you can contribute your time and talents.


    Notices!  Reminders!

    • Construction  on the Potrero Annex is getting underway, and there may be more traffic congestion in the area.  Starr King is in touch with the construction managers about air quality and traffic issues -- look for an update notice in your child’s backpack soon.

    • Parking and traffic continues to be tough at drop off.  Please use the STOP, KISS and ROLL system on Wisconsin, and please be don’t park on or off the sidewalk on the south side of Coral Street during drop off.

    • ATTENDANCE! Students cannot learn if they are not here. Our attendance has dipped -- please continue to make sure your child is present, on time and ready to learn, every day!  Vacations and planned appointments should be scheduled for outside of school time.


    Three cheers -- Immense thanks to Nancy Hom and Sean Tao, kinder parents who are already making a huge contribution to our school.  Nancy has taken on the task of making sure the PTA is in compliance with all our nonprofit recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and Sean has joined the School Site Council.  Yay Nancy and Sean! Also, thank you to 1st grade parent Amy Davidson who has already spearheaded applications to two grants this year and successfully earned us $5k from the Lowe’s Home Improvement company for greening and outdoor education projects!  Don’t forget to say thanks to the great people at Lowe’s for their vision for helping great school projects.


    Newsletter compiled by Christine Van Aken -- please send announcements to cbvanaken at gmail dot com.


    Posted by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest Newsletter, January 11, 2017

    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    1/12/17 Thursday, 6 p.m. PTA General Meeting - in the Library!

    1/14/17   Sat. 8-11am MLK, Jr. Day of Service (SK closet cleanup)

    1/16/17 Monday - all day Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

    1/17/17    Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council Meets, Library

    1/20/17 Fri  1:45pm MLK Rally and Peace March

    1/23/17 Monday, 8:45a.m.-3:30p.m. 4th grade Sacramento Trip

    1/25/17  Wednesday, 6 p.m. ELAC meeting

    2/2/17 Thursday, details TBD Starr King Chinese New Year performances

    2/3/17     Friday 1-2:40 p.m.                             Chinese New Year Carnival

    2/11/17     Saturday, 6 p.m.                             San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

    4/15/17 Saturday Save the date for Spring Fling!



    WELCOME to the New Year! As you can see we are off to an exciting 2017. We hope that you will join us for the many special events we have planned including the MLK, JR. Peace March and the Chinese New Year celebrations. We are also starting our Kinder/Grade 1 Raise a Reader programs and will be sending home book bags so that  students and parents can read together for enjoyment over the weekends. As I walked around classrooms last week I was impressed by how serious the students were in getting back to the academic routine. But it didn’t really seem like the same old routine. As a colleague noted last week: The students really seem happy. This is a great testament to all those working in partnership at Starr King… parent, teachers and community members. Thank You! -DM


    TWO BIG ISSUES:

    1. Parking is becoming a bit of a mess. Please use the STOP, KISS and ROLL system on Wisconsin. Parking on or off the sidewalk on Coral is leading to traffic jams. We want to be sure to be courteous to our neighbors at the health clinic across the street as they have patients arriving and departing throughout the day.

    2. ATTENDANCE! Students cannot learn if they are not here. Generally, attendance improves throughout the school year. However, our attendance has dipped. Please schedule appointments and vacations outside of school time so that students are here to learn. For excused absences we can provide a worksheet, but we are not able to recreate the conversations in the classrooms which lead to the development of students’ language, presentation and critical thinking skills.


    ASK Campaign - Final update! Drumroll please …  This year, the ASK team set an audacious goal of raising $175,000 to fund hands-on science, outdoor education, Mr. Kenny’s healthy play program, writing enrichment, classroom support and supplies, and much much more.  Our community dug deep and we successfully raised $177,931.91.  Wow!  Congratulations and thanks to the ASK co-chairs, Alisa Shen and Jackie Chou Lem, to the Hawkeye donations coordinator Lauri Mashoian, and to all of the room parents who helped out by encouraging their classes to give.


    January General PTA Meeting - Our general meeting will take place on Thursday, January 12 at 6 p.m. in the library rather than the cafeteria.  We’ll celebrate our ASK success and plan for lots of fun stuff in the spring, including our school-wide Chinese New Year celebrations.




    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - It is traditional to perform community service in honor of Dr. King. This year we will clean out some of our storage closets on Sat. Jan 14th. 8-11 am. Lauri Mashosian is coordinating. We hope you’ll join us.


    Call for volunteers!  Parent volunteers are gearing up for the annual Spring Fling auction, and we need your help!  Spring Fling is a live and silent auction event.  We solicit donations from local restaurants, museums, jewelry makers, etc etc etc, and then sell those items in the silent auction.  We also put on a great party at the Verdi Club and top it off with a live auction of amazing items and trip packages.  We need volunteers to help solicit donations and plan the party.  Please contact gracekao33 at gmail dot com if you can contribute your time and talents.


    Chinese New Year Parade.  Saturday, February 11th. Starr King will be marching in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade!  50 of our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th  grade students will perform dragon dance, drumming, and watersleeve dance. Look for flyers with more information, and please contact ginasatomi@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping out. In addition, we are planning a school-wide parade and performance at Starr King on February 2, 2017.


    Chinese New Year Carnival Friday, February 3rd. Help our school celebrate the year of the rooster with food, games, and fun! To Laoshi puts this amazing event together that our kids love, and she needs our help in putting it on. The carnival will take place in the schoolyard from 1:00-2:40
    Sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044fa5a62cab9-chinese1


    SKPTA email list transitioning from Yahoo to Googlegroups in 2017. The PTA email list will be transitioning to googlegroups in the new year. If you are a member of the yahoo list, you do not need to do anything. The address of the new group will be skpta@googlegroups.com. Please email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


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    Volunteers, log your hours for 2016! Please log the hours you spend devoted to Starr King students. This helps us maintain our nonprofit status and helps emphasize our all-volunteer group for grants. Thanks for all you do!

    Go to: http://goo.gl/forms/ltYxGeBxYk or use the bar code  ------------------------------>   

    Email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions.


    Box Tops Update.  Thank you everyone for bringing in those box tops for Starr King! In total, we were able to collect close to 700 box tops in just less than a month.  The winning class for our box tops contest is Ms. Liu's 2nd grade class!! Congratulations!!


    Please continue to collect and bring them into school the rest of the school year. Parent volunteer Jane Jaimes will be doing another collection contest near the end of school year.


    REMINDER - 6th grade school applications are due Friday, January 13th. Every 5th grade student must submit an application. Also, incoming kinder applications(with required documents) are due on Friday, January 13th. These applications may be brought to the SK office; instead of going to 555 Franklin St.


    CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Construction on the Potrero Annex is starting next week. There may be more traffic congestion in the area. Also, there have been some concerns about air quality. We have been in contact with construction managers and will send home information soon.



    Compiled by Christine Van Aken - send news and announcements via e-mail: cbvanaken at gmail dot com


    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:37 PM by Will Luo
  • The Nest Newsletter, December 14, 2016

    Starr King Elementary School News

    December 14, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797


    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    12/14      Wednesday, 4:30pm-5:45pm              Rising Starrs ASP End of Semester Showcase

    12/19/16(Monday)-( Tuesday)1/2/17  Winter Break (Note: 1st day back to school: Tuesday, Jan. 3rd)

    1/12/17   Thursday, 6 p.m.                 PTA General Meeting

     

    ASK Campaign - WE’VE GOT THIS!  This year, the ASK team set an audacious goal of raising $175,000 to fund hands-on science, outdoor education, Mr. Kenny’s healthy play program, writing enrichment, classroom support and supplies, and much much more.  As of this writing, the Starr King community has raised $174,050!!  When our community comes together, we can do anything.  If you haven’t given yet, please do by visiting http://www.starrkingschool.org/giving/fall-ask to give online by PayPal, or drop off a check in the office.  Huge huge thanks to the ASK co-chairs, Alisa Shen and Jackie Chou Lem, to the Hawkeye donations coordinator Lauri Mashoian, and to all of the room parents who helped out by encouraging their classes to give.

     

    The E-Waste Drive Was a Big Success!  Not only did we raise money this month to support Starr King, but we are also working to help the environment.  On December 10, Jon Padilla and his intrepid Tech Committee braved the rain to organize Starr King’s first e-waste drive.  In collaboration with Peter Liang and the Green Team, this drive collected discarded electronics from our school and from families in our community.  By disposing of them responsibly, we helped prevent toxic chemicals from going into landfills and groundwater, and we raised money for Starr King.  It was a big success -- we kept more than ~3,500 pounds of e-waste out of landfills!  What that means is the equivalent of -- 1) 747 gallons of gas conserved, 2) 6,384 plastic bottles recycled, 3) 170 trees saved, 4) 29,366 aluminum cans recycled, and 5) 4,405 lbs of carbon emission!

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by to drop off waste, and thanks to Jon Padilla, Peter Liang, Will Luo, Jocelyn Chung, Damon Choi, Mike Lin, Sean Tao, Christine Van Aken, and Jenn Lee for running such a successful effort.  Thanks also to Ms. Christina Quiroz for site operations and staff coordination and Joe Kuo for designing our flyers and announcements!

    Rising Starrs ASP Showcase.  Want to see what our ASP crew has been up to this semester?  Come to this semester’s showcase to see our students show their stuff by performing music, dancing, and singing!  Wednesday, 12/14, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

    SKPTA email list transitioning from Yahoo to Googlegroups in 2017. The PTA email list will be transitioning to googlegroups in the new year. If you are a member of the yahoo list, you do not need to do anything. The address of the new group will be skpta@googlegroups.com. Please email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions or concerns.

    Volunteers, log your hours for 2016! Please log the hours you spend devoted to Starr King students. This helps us maintain our nonprofit status and helps emphasize our all-volunteer group for grants. Thanks for all you do!

    Go to: http://goo.gl/forms/ltYxGeBxYk or use the bar code  ------------------------------>  

    Email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions.

     

    Winter Break begins on Monday, December 19, 2016!  School resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017!

     

    Compiled by Christine Van Aken - send news and announcements via e-mail: cbvanaken at gmail dot com

    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 3:17 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest Newsletter, Dec. 7, 2016

    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    12/8    Thursday, 6-7:30 pm        December PTA meeting

    12/10    Saturday, 9am-1pm        E-Waste Drive/Greening work day

    12/12        Monday, all day.                       Bring food for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day

    12/13    Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm        School Site Council meets

    12/14    Wednesday, 4:30pm-5:45pm    Rising Starrs ASP End of Semester Showcase

    12/19/16 - 1/2/17                Winter break


    ASK Campaign Update.  We do not yet have the final counts but as of last week, we were at $130,000 and climbing fast on our way to 100% participation in $ and Hawkeyes, and to meeting our $175,000 goal!  We’ll announce the results of the campaign at our December 8th PTA meeting.  Even though the last official day of this year’s campaign was Monday, December 5th, there is still time to donate and for it to count to our fall campaign total - especially since the PayPal Giving Fund is providing a 1% match for all donations made through 12/31/16 so if you make a one-time donation via Starr King’s Giving Fund webpage, 101% of your gift will go to the school!   If you haven’t given yet, please donate or email us about your pledge TODAY to fund teacher support, science learning, writing enrichment, and much much more!  You can drop off at check in the office, or give online here: http://www.starrkingschool.org/giving/fall-ask.  


    PTA meeting, December 8, Starr King Library!  Please come to our general meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.  We’ll announce the results of the ASK campaign and get ready for our E-Waste drive.  Dinner and childcare will be provided! Please note the change in venue, we’ll be meeting in our library [not our cafeteria].


    E-Waste Drive, Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Get rid of unused electronics properly, reduce environmental pollution, free up space at home, redistribute working equipment to our classrooms and ASP programs, and help Starr King raise money with the items you drop off!  This is open to the general community so share with your network of friends as well as employers.  Just drive up (Wisconsin Street ramp) and we’ll unload your items for you. Co-sponsored by  Tech Committee Chair Jon Padilla and Greening Chair Peter Liang.  Batteries and light bulbs… virtually anything to do with electronics is OK!  More $$ for computers, LCD monitors, laptops, cellphones, game consoles, tablets and power cords! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided throughout event, and we’ll also be tending to our school yard, so stay and led a hand!  Contact Christine at cbvanaken at gmail dot com if you’d like to volunteer.


    Bring in Food for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day, Monday, December 12!  Let’s show our beloved teachers and staff how much we appreciate their hard work!  Bring something good to eat next Monday the 12th and drop it off in the office.  


    Bring in your Box Tops!  Our Box Tops fall collection contest is still going strong! Families, please clip Box Tops off products you already have at home and send them to your child’s teacher to be counted towards the class total. Sorry but we can’t use expired Box Tops. The class that collects the most Box Tops by 12/7/16 will win a class pizza party!  So far we have Ms. Wang’s 2nd grade class in the lead and Ms. Liu’s 2nd grade class right behind it! Keep sending those Box Tops in to your child’s teacher!


    SKPTA email list transitioning from Yahoo to Googlegroups in 2017. The PTA email list will be transitioning to googlegroups in the new year. If you are a member of the yahoo list, you do not need to do anything. The address of the new group will be skpta@googlegroups.com. Please email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


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    Volunteers, log your hours for 2016! Please log the hours you spend devoted to Starr King students. This helps us maintain our nonprofit status and helps emphasize our all-volunteer group for grants. Thanks for all you do!

    Go to: http://goo.gl/forms/ltYxGeBxYk or use the bar code  ------------------------------>   

    Email pennanbarry@gmail.com with questions.


    Winter Break runs from December 19, 2016 through January 2, 2017.


    Compiled by Christine Van Aken - send news and announcements via e-mail: cbvanaken at gmail dot com

    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 5:36 PM by Will Luo
  • The Nest Newsletter, Nov. 30, 2016

    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    11/30    Wednesday, 5: 30-7pm        English Language Advisory Committee cancelled

    12/2    Friday                Free Dress Day

    12/5    Monday            ASK Campaign update

    12/8    Thursday, 6-7:30 pm        December PTA meeting

    12/10    Saturday, 9am-1pm        E-Waste Drive

    12/13    Tuesday, 5:30 pm        School Site Council meets

    12/14    Wednesday, 4:30pm-5:45pm    Rising Starrs ASP End of Semester Showcase

    12/19 - 1/2/17                Winter break


    Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break!


    It’s December and the weather is…

    Fine, so far.  We are still outside enjoying spectacular days and all that our community has done to create a beautiful space for our children to play and learn in. I’m just amazed, though, at how fast the time has flown and all that is being accomplished in our community. From publishing parties to social emotional learning we are seeing real growth in students.  This month brings special performances and work in the arts. Look out for information on field trips to the symphony, presentation of plays written with Stage Write, more artwork in the halls and a special hip-hop dance assembly. Welcome to the holidays. Enjoy.   -Ms. Martin


    ASK Campaign - Final Push!  Every year the PTA asks our families to dig deep and give to support the programs that make our school special.  In previous years the ASK campaign has funded class-size reduction and Mandarin support in the 4th and 5th grades along with lots of enrichments in science, writing, and healthy play and conflict resolution.  Please give today so we can reach our goal of $175,000 and 100% community participation by December 5.  For more information, go to http://www.starrkingschool.org/giving/fall-ask


    PTA meeting, December 8.  Please come to our general meeting on Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.  We’ll announce the results of the ASK campaign and get ready for our E-Waste drive.  Dinner and childcare will be provided!


    E-Waste Drive, Saturday, December 10.  Get rid of unused electronics properly and reduce environmental pollution, free up space at home, redistribute working equipment to our classrooms and ASP programs,  and help Starr King raise money with the items you drop off.  This is open to the general community so share with your network of friends as well as employers.  If anyone needs a place to dispose of E-waste properly, just drop it off in the playground on  Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Co-sponsored by  Tech Committee Chair Jon Padilla and Greening Chair Peter Liang.  Aside from batteries and light bulbs, everything is OK!  More $$ for Computers, LCDs, Laptops,  Cell Phones, and  cords and wire! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided throughout event.   Contact Christine at cbvanaken at gmail dot com if you’d like to volunteer.


    Bring in your Box Tops!  Our Box Tops fall collection contest is still going strong! Families, please clip Box Tops off products you already have at home and send them in to your child’s teacher to be counted towards the class total. Sorry but we can’t use expired Box Tops. The class that collects the most Box Tops by 12/7/16 will win a class pizza party!  So far we have Ms. Wang’s 2nd grade class in the lead and Ms. Liu’s 2nd grade class right behind it! Keep sending those Box Tops in to your child’s teacher!


    Compiled by Christine Van Aken - send news and announcements via e-mail: cbvanaken at gmail dot com

    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 5:34 PM by Will Luo
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