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  • The Nest Newsletter, Nov. 9, 2016

    Starr King Elementary School News

    November 9, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797

    The Nest


    Mark Your Calendars!

    11/9 Wednesday ASK Campaign begins!

    11/11 Friday Veteran’s Day - No School

    11/14-18   Early dismissal week DISMISSAL WILL BE AT 1:40 PM DAILY

    11/15 Tuesday, 6-7p.m. School Site Council meets

    11/18          Friday, 9am-1pm Make-up Picture Day

    11/22 Tuesday, 3:30pm-5:30pm Rising Starrs ASP Thanksgiving Potluck

    11/23-25 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

    11/25 Friday (TBD) “Green Friday” school yard work day

    11/29 Tuesday Rising Starrs ASP Fundraiser - eat at Goat Hill Pizza                

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

    12/2 Friday Free Dress Day

    12/5 Monday ASK Campaign closes

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

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

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


    ASK Campaign kickoff!  Every year, the Starr King PTA holds an ASK campaign. We simply ask families to give

    money to the PTA to support our beloved programs. This year we are ambitiously asking our families to give and raise $175,000 and we are striving for 100% participation by the campaign’s closing date of December 5, 2016 (See info provided in your Wednesday envelope).  We are asking for more than we ever have in order to support:

    • an overhaul of our 4th and 5th grade teaching plan to ensure stability and academic excellence;

    • a science program that provides hands on learning to deepen kids' academic engagement in every grade and every strand;

    • and programs to build our kids' social and emotional competencies.

    Kids can participate too, by donating Hawkeyes!  Look for collection jars in every classroom -- an anonymous donor will match a dollar for every 10 Hawkeyes kids give.  Classrooms that reach 100% participation will get a spring popsicle party!


    Parent-teacher conferences will happen the week of November 14.  Look for sign-up information from your child’s classroom teacher.  Because of PT conferences, that’s an early dismissal week, with school ending at 1:40 pm.  ASP will begin at 1:40 pm and run until 6 pm.


    Rising Starrs ASP Thanksgiving Potluck is coming up Tue, 11/22!  Every year has gotten better and better with our Thanksgiving Potluck, and when something works--you keep going!  Be on the lookout for what your child(ren)'s group will be responsible to bring.  Just put this on your family calendar now, so that you remember to send your child with something to share for this day!


    E-Waste Drive, Saturday, December 10.  Do you have old electronic equipment sitting around the house?  Did your Commodore 64 finally die?  Don’t throw out your electronics -- it pollutes the waste stream.  Instead, help Starr King raise money by dropping off your dead gadgets at the school on Saturday, December 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Tech Committee Chair Jon Padilla and Greening Chair Peter Liang are looking for volunteers to help out with the event -- please email cbvanaken@gmail.com  for more information.


    Three cheers!  Thanks to Rita Hao for organizing a school clean-up on Saturday, November 5!


    Staff news!  Congratulations to our social worker Matt Higgins, who had his first baby two weeks ago!


    School pet!  Have you met Mimi, our new school guinea pig?  She is making her classroom rounds.


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


    Posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:58 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest Newsletter, Oct. 26, 2016

    Starr King Elementary School News

    October 26, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797


    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    10/26    Wednesday, 5:30-7pm ELAC meeting - Reclassification and reporting

    10/29    Saturday, 9:30am-2:30pm     SFUSD Enrollment Fair @ City College

    10/31    Monday, 1:30 pm         Halloween Parade

    11/3     Thursday, 6pm -7:30pm           PTA general meeting

    11/4     Friday         Free Dress Day

    11/8      Tuesday, 7am-8pm         Election Day! Don’t forget to vote!

    11/11     Veteran’s Day         No School

    11/14-18   Early dismissal week- DISMISSAL WILL BE AT 1:40 PM DAILY


    Important reminders!

    • Food Pantry - every Tues. Fill up a bag for yourself and volunteer to help others.

    • ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) is the last Wednesday of the month at 5:30.  This is a meeting to meet and advise school programs for English language learners.  We will discuss report cards. Translation is provided in Chinese and Spanish.


    Respect is the word for October!  At Starr King we are a community of learners who show respect for themselves and each other.  Throughout October, students have been working to combat bullying and show empathy for others through a Unity Wall sharing student compliments and through posters created by students who share strategies to resolve disputes. Student leaders are also investigating a "buddy bench" where students who are feeling lonely can find a friend.


    Volunteer for the Enrollment Fair - Every year, SFUSD hosts an enrollment fair for prospective families.  This year the enrollment fair is on 10/29.  We still need a couple of volunteers for the Starr King booth.  To sign up, contact Suzy Chen-Harding at schen.harding@gmail.com.


    Halloween is coming!  Our annual Halloween parade will be on Monday, 10/31 in the yard at 1:30 p.m.  Students must wear uniforms to school and change into costumes before the parade. Students may not have any type of weapon, mask, or blood. No terrifying costumes, including clowns, please!


    November’s PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 6 p.m.  Ms. Martin will give an update about staffing in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms in Mandarin Immersion.  We’ll hear about the launch of our ASK fundraising campaign.  And we’ll have the opportunity to continue sharing our goals for Starr King as part of our community visioning process. Please come!  Dinner and childcare will be provided.


    Parent-teacher conferences will happen the week of November 14.  Look for sign-up information from your child’s classroom teacher.  Because of PT conferences, that’s an early dismissal week, with school ending at 1:40 pm.  ASP will begin at 1:40 pm and run until 6 pm.


    Three cheers!  Thanks to Bridget O’Neil for another great event -- this past weekend’s Harvest Festival!  Also thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped out, including Nancy Hom, Jean Zheng, Sam Shao, Zoe Ng, Juan Valderramos, Sara Foster, Chris Elmendorf, Lauri Mashoian, Gloria Lee, Stephanie Valderramos, Gina Lee-Satomi, Ruby Liu, Missy Walthew, and Will Luo!


    Compiled by Christine Van Aken - send news and announcements via e-mail: cbvanaken at gmail dot com
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 12:57 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest Newsletter, Oct. 19, 2016


    Starr King Elementary School News

    October 19, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797


    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    10/22    Saturday, 11am-2 pm       Harvest Festival @ Starr King Schoolyard

    10/29    Saturday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm    SFUSD Enrollment Fair @ City College

    10/31     Monday, 1:45pm Halloween Parade

    11/3     Thursday, 6pm -7:30pm   PTA general meeting

    11/8      Tuesday, 7am-8pm Election Day! Don’t forget to vote!

    11/11     Veteran’s Day - No School

    11/14-18   Early dismissal week- DISMISSAL WILL BE AT 1:40 PM DAILY


    Important reminders!

    • Food Pantry - every Tues. Fill up a bag for yourself and volunteer to help others.

    • Reading Club - Every Wed. 3-5pm at the housing office @ 1095 Connecticut. Snacks and fun;  read books or complete school assignments. Sponsored by our Urban Services, YMCA, Education Liaison, Betty C.


    Respect is the word for October!  At Starr King we are a community of learners who show respect for themselves and each other.  On October 25th, our student leaders will hold our first Compliment Day. Student leaders will gather compliment cards and use them to create a Unity mural. Other students are creating posters to share strategies for resolving differences and investigating a “Buddy Bench” where students who are feeling lonely can find a friend.


    Lights On!  After School  is a National Day to celebrate After School Programs.  Stop by and participate in Health & Wellness activities on Thursday, October 20th from 4:30-5:30pm.  There will be Dance Lessons, Nutrition/Cooking demos, and a Ninja Warrior obstacle course!  All the activities are open to youth and families and will highlight Rising Starrs ASP’s “Fire Up Your Feet” project.


    Harvest Festival!  It’s the third annual Starr King Harvest festival -- join us on Saturday, October 22 from 11-2 for fun, food, and games on the schoolyard.  There’ll be games, hot dogs, popcorn, and prizes.  Free to all.  Come for the fun or volunteer to run a game!  For information on volunteering, contact Bridget O’Neill (bee.oneill@gmail.com) or sign up directly here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044fa5a62cab9-harvest


    Volunteer for the Enrollment Fair - Every year, SFUSD hosts an enrollment fair for prospective families.  This year the enrollment fair is on 10/29.  We need volunteers to staff the Starr King booth and tell families what makes our school special.  To sign up, contact Suzy Chen-Harding at schen.harding@gmail.com.


    Halloween is coming!  Our annual Halloween parade will be on Monday, 10/31 in the yard at 1:45 p.m.  Students must wear uniforms to school and change into costumes before the parade. Students may not have any type of weapon, mask, or blood. No terrifying costumes, including clowns, please!


    Parent-teacher conferences will happen the week of November 14.  Look for sign-up information from your child’s classroom teacher.  Because of PT conferences, that’s an early dismissal week, with school ending at 1:40 pm.  ASP will begin at 1:40 pm and run until 6 pm.


    Hawkeye Store Volunteers Needed- We need parent volunteers for  Friday Lunch Hawkeye Store.  Please email Lauri Maoshian at lkopra@yahoo.com, to sign up, or just show up at lunch time(beginning at 11:30 am-1:10 pm) on Fridays!


    Three cheers!  Huge thanks to kinder parent Jane Sastra, who is coordinating our Box Tops for Education fundraising effort.  Look for more information from Jane for how you can help!


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



    Posted Oct 18, 2016, 2:41 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest Newsletter, Oct. 12, 2016

    Starr King Elementary School News

    October 12, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797


    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!

    10/13 Thurs. 10 a.m. Aptos Tour @ Aptos Middle School

    10/14 Friday   Picture Day!  Students must wear uniforms

    10/18 Tues., 10 a.m.   Aptos Tour @ Aptos Middle School

    10/22 Saturday, 11am-1 pm      Harvest Festival @ Starr King Schoolyard

    10/29       Saturday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm     SFUSD Enrollment Fair @ City College

    10/31 Monday Halloween Parade


    Important reminders!

    • Food Pantry - every Tues. Fill up a bag for yourself and volunteer to help others.

    • Reading Club - Every Wed. 3-5pm at the housing office @ 1095 Connecticut. Snacks and fun;  read books or complete school assignments. Sponsored by our Urban Services, YMCA, Education Liaison, Betty C.

    Respect is the word for October!  In October we will focus on respect at Starr King.  Look for a student-led anti-bullying campaign this month!


    Play Structure update:  The latest word is that it will open on Thursday, October 13 for all to use.  Three cheers to Peter Liang and Rennie Saunders for their hard work making this happen!


    Picture Day is this Friday, October 14.  Fill out the LifeTouch forms you received in last week’s Wednesday folder to pre-order photos of your child, or order pictures online at mylifetouch.com.  Starr King’s reference number is ‘BY41647Q0’. Students must wear their uniforms for school pictures!


    Aptos Tours!   Are you thinking ahead to middle school?  Our feeder middle school, Aptos, has arranged two tours for Starr King and Jose Ortega families from the Mandarin Immersion and General Education strands:  Thursday, October 13, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, October 18 at 10 a.m.  Meet in the main lobby at Aptos Middle School.  If you can’t attend one of these but want to tour Aptos, please contact Aptos to sign up for one of their regular tours.


    Harvest Festival!  It’s the third annual Starr King Harvest festival -- join us on Saturday, October 22 from 11-2 for fun, food, and games on the schoolyard.  There’ll be games, hot dogs, popcorn, and prizes.  Free to all.  Come for the fun or volunteer to run a game!  For information on volunteering, contact Bridget O’Neill (bee.oneill@gmail.com).


    Volunteer for the Enrollment Fair - Every year, SFUSD hosts an enrollment fair for prospective families.  This year the enrollment fair is on 10/29.  We need volunteers to staff the Starr King booth and tell families what makes our school special.  To sign up, contact Sara Foster at sarafoster@me.com.


    Hawkeye Store Volunteers Needed- Need parent volunteers for  Friday Lunch Hawkeye Store Please email Lauri Mashian at lkopra@yahoo.com, to sign up, or just show up at lunch time(beginning at 11:30 am-1:10 pm) on Fridays!


    Three Cheers - Huge thanks to Bridget O’Neill for bringing Zootopia to our school!  Movie night was a huge hit!  And hip hip hurray to Patti Huang and Will Luo, who are keeping our school website and calendar current this year!


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



    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 3:44 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest, September 28, 2016

    Starr King Elementary School News

    September 28, 2016

    www.starrkingschool.org

    415-695-5797


    The Nest 

    Mark Your Calendars!

    09/28      Weds., 6-8pm          Aptos African American Parent Council @ Aptos M.S.

    09/28      Weds., 6-8pm          ELAC meeting in Cafeteria

    09/30      Fri., 7pm-9 pm        Outdoor Movie Night @ Starr King Schoolyard

    10/6        Thurs., 6-7:30pm    PTA meeting

    10/7        Friday                       Free Dress Day!  First Friday of every month

    10/14      Friday                       Picture Day!  Students must wear uniforms

    10/22      Saturday, 11am-1 pm       Harvest Festival Starr King Schoolyard

     

    Important reminders!

           Shots!  If you haven’t provided proof of immunizations for your incoming student, please bring that into the office ASAP.

           Food!  Starr King’s food bank is every Tuesday morning in the cafeteria.  We need volunteers!  Come help out on Tuesdays at 8 a.m.

           Tutoring for English Language Learners is available. Please return your forms.

           Join/renew PTA membership: http://www.starrkingschool.org/community/pta or email: pennanbarry@gmail.com

     

    Rising Starrs After School Program

    The on-site after school program still has spots available for Kindergarteners.  Contact Maybelle Miranda (mmiranda@ymcasf.org) for more information.  Also, if you are in ASP and are curious to know which enrichments your child got into--make sure to check the enrichment roster on their website (risingstarrs.weebly.com).

     

    Free Books!

    The Starr King library has cleaned out its shelves and is offering free books on the stage in the cafeteria.  Take some home and grow your own library!

     

    September is attendance month!

    Come and learn every day!  We are continuing to celebrate attendance this month, and the classrooms with the highest attendance in September will get prizes. Congratulations to our attendance raffle winners: Hazel H, Liam A., Ana Beatriz E, Braden C., Amina H. and Mario L. All won college t-shirts this month.

     

    Outdoor Movie Night - Zootopia! September  30th 7-9 pm

    Come to the yard for Starr King’s first-ever Outdoor Movie Night!  We are showing Zootopia.  Share popcorn, bring your friends, enjoy the show.  Free to all!

     

    The Play Structure Is Coming!  The Play Structure is Coming!  However, maybe not as soon as we hoped.  Another parts issue is causing another delay.  Stay tuned:  fences will come down soon (probably first week of October)!

     

     

    Congratulations to Mr. Kenny!   Mr. Kenny’s wife, Yvonne, just had their fourth baby boy on Sept. 16!  Congratulate him when you see him around campus! Volunteers, log your hours! Please log the hours you spend devoted to Starr King students: http://goo.gl/forms/ltYxGeBxYk or

     

    Volunteer Opportunities!  Want to put in some hours to log?  There are lots of opportunities to help with fundraising or community events.  Contact PTA president Sara Foster (sarafoster@me.com) for more information.

     

    Three Cheers!

    More hurrahs!  A big thank you to kinder parent Nancy Hom, who has stepped up to help the PTA comply with its requirements for reporting to our regional PTA.

     

     

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

    Posted Sep 27, 2016, 5:02 PM by SK Webmaster
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