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    Posted Aug 6, 2016, 10:16 AM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest - Starr King's Weekly Newsletter - April 4th


    Mark Your Calendars!


    4/7 Thursday 6 p.m. April PTA Meeting

    4/8 Friday Free Dress

    4/19 Tuesday 5:30-7 p.m. ASP STEAM Night



    SPRING FLING -- Thank you!

    A HUGE thank you to the entire Starr King community for a wonderful Spring Fling event.  It was an incredible night. And we hope that everyone had fun!  We are also so very happy to share that we raised $86,000 for our school!

    We exceeded last year's Spring Fling fundraising total of $50,000. We sold 200 tickets, also exceeding last year. The LIVE auction brought in over $35,000.  And we raised over $20,000 for Teacher Summer Stipend Fund-in-Need.

    It took a village --- parents, teachers, staff donating, soliciting, giving --- money, resources, time, brain power, creativity, manual labor, passion and love to the school.  Heartfelt thanks!!

    Congratulations to Ms. Yuan's classroom 107 for selling the most raffle tickets and winning the CPK make-your-own pizza party.  Out of more than 1,800 tickets sold, Ms Yuan's class sold 659 tickets.  A shoutout to Room 103 and Room 111 for coming in 2nd and 3rd place in raffles sales.

    And for those who missed the event or didn't have a chance to bid on all the items or family parties that you wanted, the Spring Fling online auction will be launching this week!


    PTA Meeting *This Thursday,* Budget Discussions on Deck

    Come for the discussions, stay for the food!! Topics at the April PTA meeting include reviewing the SSC budget and vote on the 2016-2017 PTA executive committee slate. It’s also bingo and bahn mi sandwiches night!! At the cafeteria, 6 p.m.


    ASP STEAM Night

    Please mark your calendars: On Tuesday, April 19, starting at 5:30 p.m., our ASP program will hold its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) night, open to all Starr King families. Details about specific activities will be forthcoming!


    Restarting the Stop, Kiss and Roll Morning Drop-off Program

    The PTA need several parent volunteers to help make this program work! Each cohort/class will take turns every 2 weeks (second grade did March):

    Kinder - April 4 - April 15

    1st Grade - April 18 - April 29

    3rd Grade- May 2 - May 13

    4th Grade - May 16- May 27

    Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dQf48hnQfkDKKrrhoIVk6mCPTZv-QXWV5bioKGAbuXU/edit?usp=sharing


    CAASP/SBAC Testing Dates, Cell Phone Policy

    Grades 3 through 5 will be taking the CAASP/SBAC test starting in mid April.  It is an online computerized test where students will be assessed in English Language Arts and Math:


    3rd grade - 4/11 through 4/22

    4th grade - 4/25 through 5/6

    5th grade - 5/9 through 5/20

    5th grade science test - 4/11 through 4/13


    Make-ups are possible but not desirable as students often do best assessed along with their classmates. Please ensure a good night sleep, breakfast, and prompt attendance.

    Additionally, as part of school policy and testing regulations, student cell phones will be handed over to the testing administrators each testing day before testing begins. Cell phones will be returned to the students at the end of the day. If students need to use the phone during the school day, they are to ask permission and use the school phones.


    April is a Super Attendance Month!

    Attendance competition from April 4 through April 29th! The classrooms with the best and most improved attendance will participate in a  special celebration in May. Help your child's classroom win by getting your child to school and on time.


    Social Emotional Family Survey

    Assist our school in completing the Culture & Climate Family Survey to provide feedback on the culture & climate of our school.  This survey is part of our school's School Quality Improvement Index SQII and is it one way to help us understand how families  feel about school and your child's learning, and how our school can improve.  The survey is available online and is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Arabic. It is approximately a 15-20 minute survey. If you have more than 1 child coming to the school, please fill out 1 survey for each child. If you have children in another school, you should fill out a survey at that school as well. Please help us complete the survey by clicking https://goo.gl/q7E3Ok before the deadline May 15, 2016.


    Keep Our School and Students Safe!

    Many adults visit our school to support our students each day. Part of ensuring everyone's safety on site is to make sure all visitors have signed in at the office and wear a yellow or blue SK visitor's badge. This way, we know who is in and who is not. Please help us by doing so!


    Picking up Early? Follow These Rules

    A reminder that if you need to take your child out before the 2:40 p.m. dismissal, please report to the office and sign your child out in the sign-out binder. Please be aware that the classroom teacher will direct you to the office or call the office and expect you to sign them out to make sure that your child is taken by the designated parent/guardian.  Thank you for your cooperation.

    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 8:37 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest - Starr King's Weekly Newsletter - March 14th

    Week of March 14

    The Nest

    Mark Your Calendars!


    3/16 Wednesday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Final Community Meeting on Budget, BSC

    3/19 Saturday 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Spring Fling Auction and Party

    3/25 Friday Extra Free Dress -- Congrats on a successful Ask

    3/29-4/1 Mon-Fri SPRING BREAK - No school

    4/7 Thursday 6 p.m. April PTA Meeting


    SPRING FLING IS THIS SATURDAY!

    Come party at Spring Fling and raise money to support our kids, teachers, and school! It’s our flagship fundraiser AND community building event! Have a great time and bid on a wide variety of items donated by our local merchants, teachers, and families through our silent and live auctions. We will have an open bar, savory hors d’oeuvres, and sweet treats. Leave the kids at home. Bring your checkbook. See you there!


    Remember, the party is March 19, Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110).


    **Please buy your event tickets here http://goo.gl/akeq2r


    We need a few more volunteers

    Please contact gracekao33@gmail.com if you can help. Needs include live auction spotters (only 45 minutes in the middle of event), check-out helpers, and clean-up crew.


    Buy Raffle Tickets

    Classroom that sells the most tickets wins a "make-your-own-pizza" party at CPK. E-mail heypatti@gmail.com for your booklet (or 2, or 10). Each ticket costs $5, 5 for $20. Return stubs and money with classroom number to count toward the classroom competition.


    Spring Fling Tips

    Bring your checkbook to get "speed checkout" and avoid fees!  We will be accepting credit cards but there will be a charge fee from Square/Paypal.

    Take a cab/uber/lyft or public transportation.  Parking is tricky near the Verdi Club.  Plus, why drive when there's going to be an open bar of wine & beer!

    In addition to the silent auction, we will have a LIVE auction this year.  So be on the lookout - we'll be announcing the LIVE auction items and instructions beforehand through the PTA email groups.

    See you there!!


    Last Community meeting on budget, Balanced Scorecard

    Starr King has held community meetings to share the school’s proposed budget and the Balance Scorecard to get input from the parent community. The last one is on Wednesday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


    Restarting the Stop, Kiss and Roll Morning Drop-off Program

    The PTA would like to get this program back up and running again to make it safer for our children and for the school community during drop- off time. We need several parent volunteers to help make this program work! Each cohort/class will take turns every 2 weeks:

    2nd grade-- March 14 - March 25

    Kinder--       April 4 - April 15

    1st Grade--  April 18 - April 29

    3rd Grade--  May 2 - May 13

    4th Grade-- May 16- May 27

    Please sign up here!

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dQf48hnQfkDKKrrhoIVk6mCPTZv-QXWV5bioKGAbuXU/edit?usp=sharing


    April is a Super Attendance Month!

    From April 4 through April 29th we will have an attendance competition between our classrooms. The classrooms with the best and most improved attendance will be able to participate in a  special celebration in May. Please help your child's classroom win by having your child be present and on time.


    Social Emotional Family Survey

    Assist our school in completing the Culture & Climate Family Survey to provide feedback on the culture & climate of our school.  This survey is part of our school's School Quality Improvement Index SQII and is it one way to help us understand how families  feel about school and your child's learning, and how our school can improve.  This year's data will be worth 9% on our school's SQII social emotional data scale.

    It is important that we get as many of our families to respond as possible so that we have data that truly represents the whole school. Everyone's voice is important. There are no right or wrong answers - just your honest opinion. The survey is available online and is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Arabic. It is approximately a 15-20 minute survey.

    If you have more than 1 child coming to the school, please fill out 1 survey for each child. If you have children in another school, you should fill out a survey at that school as well.

    Please help us complete the survey by clicking https://goo.gl/q7E3Ok before the deadline May 15, 2016. (Ms. Cheong)


    Interested in joining the 2016-2017 PTA executive committee?

    We are looking for parents interesting in joining the PTA's executive committee for the 2016-17 school year.  Help steer parent-led support for our school!  Do good and have fun!  Please contact Susan Sun (ss194@columbia.edu), Renee Tung (renee.tung@gmail.com) or Christine Van Aken (cbvanaken@gmail.com) if you are interested.


    Posted Mar 24, 2016, 8:19 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest - Starr King's Weekly Newsletter - February 29th

    Mark Your Calendars!


    3/3 Thursday 6 p.m. March PTA Meeting

    3/4 Friday Free Dress

    3/4 Friday Spring Picture Day

    3/8 Tuesday 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Community Meeting on Budget, BSC

    3/9 Wednesday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Community Meeting on Budget, BSC

    3/15 Tuesday 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Community Meeting on Budget, BSC

    3/16 Wednesday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Final Community Meeting on Budget, BSC

    3/19 Saturday 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Spring Fling auction and party

    3/25 Friday Extra Free Dress -- Congrats on a successful Ask

    3/29-4/1 Mon-Fri SPRING BREAK - No school



    PTA meeting *THIS THURSDAY*

    Come to the cafeteria 6 p.m. this Thursday to hear from Seneca and its work at Starr King. We will also have announcements about summer camps from our on-site ASP and Rec & Park and an open mini forum to continue our discussions about budget priorities. Childcare and dinner provided.


    Community meetings on budget, Balanced Scorecard

    Starr King will hold four community meetings to share the school’s proposed budget and the Balance Scorecard to get input from the parent community. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend any of the meetings. Evening meetings: March 9 and 16 (both falling on a Wednesday), from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Morning meetings: March 8 and March 15 (both falling on a Tuesday), from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.


    Spring Fling 2016 -- Tickets for sale; buy yours today!

    Our annual Spring Fling fundraising party and auction is set for March 19, Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110).

    Buy tickets here: https://www.blueskyingit.com/auction/register.xhtml?eid=uvo057jt

    It will be a fun night with open bar, heavy hor d'oeuvres, auction and raffle.  Adults only please - enjoy the night and book a babysitter! Those interested in volunteering should email gracekao33@gmail.com.


    Get some Spring Fling raffle tickets!

    Patti Huang and Tessa Lee need help selling raffle tickets! E-mail heypatti@gmail.com for your booklet (or 2, or 10). Each ticket costs $5, 5 for $20. Return stubs and money with classroom number to count toward classroom competition for a free pizza party!

    Sell to friends and family!


    Donate a Family Party/Outing/Lesson for Spring Fling

    Are you a fantastic cook? Do you have a hidden talent (like beer brewing, knitting, or tightrope walking) that you could teach to others?  Or do you just throw a great party?

    Then support the Spring Fling by donating your time and talents -- donate an event or activity to the auction, and your friends will bid on it.  Starr King raises money and we all have a great time! If you want to donate, please let Christine Van Aken (cbvanaken@gmail.com) or Claudia Assis (mclaudia_assis@yahoo.com) know.


    PSA: Label those coats

    Unfortunately some coats have mysteriously disappeared from the lost and found recently. Make sure it doesn’t happen, take a moment to write your child’s name on clothing and other items.


    Interested in joining the 2016-2017 PTA executive committee?

    We are looking for parents interesting in joining the PTA's executive committee for the 2016-17 school year.  Help steer parent-led support for our school!  Do good and have fun!  Please contact Susan Sun (ss194@columbia.edu), Renee Tung (renee.tung@gmail.com) or Christine Van Aken (cbvanaken@gmail.com) if you are interested.


    Playworks -- Hawkeye Store Donations and Help on Fridays

    Coach Donna needs volunteer help "staffing" the Playworks store on Fridays during lunch between 11:50am-1:10pm. Also, prize donations to replenish the weekly Friday Hawkeye store. Please e-mail her at donna.chan@playworks.org for more details.


    Starr King e-mail lists

    Sign up for the existing e-mail lists by going to starrkingschool.org and, under the Parents tab, selecting Email lists. Follow the links there to request addition to the SKPTA (PTA) and SKMI (Mandarin Immersion) email lists.



    Starr King now on Facebook and Twitter!

    The PTA is ramping up its social media presence! Like us on Facebook at Starr King Elementary School PTA (https://www.facebook.com/StarrKingSF?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) and follow us on Twitter at @StarrKingPTA (https://twitter.com/StarrKingPTA). These will allow the PTA to get important news and opportunities out.


    Uniform Donations Needed

    Used and in good condition uniform items are needed, mostly large sizes. Of particular need are medium and large adult-size white collar shirts and blue pants.


    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 5:30 PM by SK Webmaster
  • The Nest - Starr King's Weekly Newsletter - February 15th

    Mark Your Calendars!

     

    2/20

    Saturday

    11 a.m.

    Starr King CNY Performance

    3/19

    Saturday

    6 p.m.-10 p.m.

    Spring Fling auction and party

    3/29-4/1

    Mon-Fri

     

    SPRING BREAK

      Spring Fling 2016 -- Tickets for sale; buy yours today!

    Our annual Spring Fling fundraising party and auction is set for March 19, Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110).

    Buy tickets here: https://www.blueskyingit.com/auction/register.xhtml?eid=uvo057jt

    It will be a fun night with open bar, heavy hor d'oeuvres, auction and raffle.  Adults only please ­ enjoy the night and book a babysitter! Those interested in volunteering should email gracekao33@gmail.com.

     

    Interested in joining the 2016-2017 PTA executive committee?

    We are looking for parents interesting in joining the PTA's executive committee for the

    2016­17 school year.  Help steer parent­led support for our school!  Do good and have fun! Please contact Susan Sun (ss194@columbia.edu), Renee Tung (renee.tung@gmail.com) or Christine Van Aken (cbvanaken@gmail.com) if you are interested.

     

    Chinese New Year Performance at the Chinese Cultural Center Feb. 20

    Come watch our fantastic Shooting Stars (second through fifth graders) perform at the Chinese Cultural Center's Spring Festival Lunar New Year Celebration.  Featuring fan dancing, lion dancing and drumming performances, and a dragon too! Pacific Wu Shu will perform with us, featuring many SK students.  Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. The Chinese Cultural Center is located on 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor.

     

    Playworks -- Hawkeye Store Donations and Help on Fridays

    Coach Donna needs volunteer help "staffing" the Playworks store on Fridays during lunch between 11:50am­1:10pm. Also, prize donations to replenish the weekly Friday Hawkeye store. Please e­mail her at donna.chan@playworks.org for more details.

     

    Starr King e-mail lists

    Sign up for the existing e­mail lists by going to starrkingschool.org and, under the Parents tab, selecting Email lists. Follow the links there to request addition to the SKPTA (PTA)  and SKMI (Mandarin Immersion) email lists.


    Starr King now on Facebook and Twitter!

    The PTA is ramping up its social media presence! Like us on Facebook at Starr King Elementary School PTA (https://www.facebook.com/StarrKingSF?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) and follow us on Twitter at @StarrKingPTA (https://twitter.com/StarrKingPTA). These will allow the PTA to get important news and opportunities out.

     

    Uniform Donations Needed

    Used and in good condition uniform items are needed, mostly large sizes. Of particular need are medium and large adult­size white collar shirts and blue pants.


    Compiled by Claudia Assis. Send news and announcements to thenest@starrkingschool.org​ by Monday noon.

    Posted Feb 22, 2016, 6:48 AM by SK Webmaster
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