THE NEST, APRIL 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Date/Time Event
4/9-4/23, 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 4 & 5
4/23-5/4, 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 3
4/26, Thursday, 6-7:30 pm SK Sports Celebration!
5/3, Thursday, 6 pm PTA Meeting
5/5, Saturday, 10 am Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast; And Green Workday!
5/10, Thursday, 6 pm StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/12, Saturday, 6:30 pm StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/15, Tuesday, 5:30 SSC
5/28, Monday, Memorial Day Holiday - No School
6/2, Saturday, 11am–2pm End of Year Carnival
6/3, Sunday Green Workday!
6/4, Monday 5th Grade Promotion
6/5, Tuesday Kinder Promotion
6/6, Wednesday Last Day of School!

A Note from Principal Martin

My heartfelt thanks to all members of our community. I am always in awe of the hard work of our students, staff and parents.  Here are some examples: Students in all classes have been focused on the SBAC and I hope that will show in their results. Staff continue to support students in and outside of the classroom. Parents have been available for events big and small From the Spring Fling to Math Circle to greening days, it is clear we have an  engaged and caring community. Thanks to all for your continued support as we continue to make SK a place of peace and learning, -D

PTA Meeting—Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm, SK cafeteria

Agenda:

  • 6 pm SKASP update
  • 6:05 Treasurer’s and Auditor’s Report and Ratification
  • 6:15 Events Updates
  • 6:20 4th/5th classroom/teacher model update
  • 6:45 Teacher 18 proposal and budget ask
  • 7:00 PTA 2018-2019 preliminary budget strategy and community discussion
  • 7:30 Adjourn

Please join us at our final PTA meeting of 2017-2018. Typically, our last meeting is a celebration, and this year, we have a lot to celebrate! But we also have developments on our Mandarin Immersion 4th and 5th grade model, with accompanying  budget proposal. More info to come via skpta google group and hardcopy next week! Come one, come all—even if the upper grades feels years away, it’s never too early to engage!

Come to the Starr King Sports Celebration, Thursday April 26, 6-7:30, SK cafeteria

All are invited to celebrate our 150 athletes and our fabulous coaches. Enjoy dinner, professional athletes and FUN!

rsvp: sarafoster@me.com

Thank You Starr King Community from Spring Fling Committee!

A huge thank you to the Starr King Community!  I am so proud to share that we matched last year and reached our goal of  raising $85,000.  And the $ donations are still trickling in!  This includes $34,500 for the Teacher Fund-In-Need which goes to dedicated teacher programs, such as teacher summer institute and conferences for professional development.

My heartfelt appreciation to:

  • Teachers, Staff and Principal Darlene for coming to Spring Fling, donating teacher parties for our auction, and all the amazing things you do everyday for our students.
  • Parents who volunteered, are hosting family  parties, signed up for family parties, sold raffle tickets, bought raffle tickets, bought wine lotto tickets, bid in our online auction, solicited donations. Starr King Parents rock!
  • Our awesome Spring Fling Committee who sure know how to throw a party.

Since $ donations are still coming in, we will report the final Spring Fling  #’s before end of year. In the meantime, be on the lookout for the Post-Spring Fling (Fire Sale) Online Auction.  

END OF YEAR CARNIVAL! Saturday, June 2.  (11AM ~ 2PM)

  • Come one, come all to Starr King's End of the Year Carnival on Sat., June 2, 11a-2p @ SK.
  • Enjoy Hot Dogs, Games and Win Prizes.  Free for the SK community.
  • As a reminder, we are accepting donations for the Toy & Book Drive until May 4. New/gently used items small and large (esp. Stuffed Animals) can be brought to the Main Office bin near the Teacher Mailboxes. These treasures will be used at our Carnival Prize station.

Can you help with the Carnival fun? Carnival Volunteers are needed for food and game stations as well as donations for an old-fashioned Cake Walk. (What is a Cakewalk? Think musical chairs but the winner gets to pick a delicious treat!)

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Please see the attached treasurer’s report from March 16-April 13.  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X3Wa6xb4RheSkEl-BAcUtPhlHCkq5JB0/view?usp=sharing

We will be voting to ratify this report at the May meeting.  Receipts for all transactions (including the names of people to whom checks were written) are available upon request.

I'll also be asking the PTA to approve around $1000 in preliminary spending for next fall for the period of time between budgets, so I can pay bills over the summer and at the beginning of the school year, and also the final list of approvals needed so I can close out this year's budget.  I'll provide a more detailed breakdown of what we're requesting as we get closer to the May meeting. We will also present a preview of next year's budget for community input.

Thanks for reelecting me for treasurer for next year, and I'm looking forward to working with you all and our new families!  

THE NEST, MARCH 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Date/Time Event
3/20 Tuesday SSC
3/21-3/23 Wed-Fri Annual Fifth Grade Overnights to Point Bonita
3/23 Friday Holi Festival of Colors!
3/24 Saturday, 1-4pm March for Our Lives Rally, Civic Center
3/26-3/30 Mon-Fri Spring Break - No School
4/1 Sunday Green Workday!
4/3 Tuesday Math Festivals (2nd/3rd and 4th/5th)
4/4 Wednesday Gene Yang Literacy Assembly
4/5 Thursday, 6pm April PTA Meeting
4/7 Saturday, 6pm Spring Fling (oh yes!)
4/9-4/23 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 4&5
4/10 Tuesday Soul Shoppe Anti-Bully Parent Workshop
4/17 Tuesday, 8:50–9:30am Spring Q/A with Principal Darlene Martin
4/17 Tuesday, 5:30-7pm SSC
4/19 Thursday SK STEAM night!
4/23-5/4 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 3
4/26 Thursday, 6-8pm SK Sports Celebration! [date to be confirmed!]
5/3 Thursday, 6 pm International Potluck and PTA Meeting
5/5 Saturday, 10 am Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast, And Green work day!
5/10 Thursday, 6 pm StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/12 Saturday, 5 pm StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/15 Tuesday SSC
5/28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - No School
6/2 Saturday Year End Carnival
6/3 Sunday Green Workday!
6/4 Monday 5th Grade Promotion
6/5 Tuesday Kinder Promotion
6/6 Wednesday Last Day of School!

SFUSD SURVEY!

Please help us complete our district family survey! One for each student in your family:

http://bit.ly/2Br0Jot

See Ms. Brandy in the office if you are in need of a hardcopy!

You will note similar questions between this and our PTA/SSC survey earlier this year. Thank you for participating in both! We needed ours early for our budget cycle, and the district needs theirs for school evaluation!

A Note from Principal Martin

It’s almost Spring Break and that means the end of the year is approaching. But learning is not over. We are starting new Kinder tutoring to get students  on grade level and purchasing computers so all kids have access to online programs. This summer we will host a new program called Springboard so our students don’t lose reading skills while school is out. Of course, we are also planning for the next school year including literacy training and planning for teachers. This is Starr King...where learning never stops. Peace! -D

PTA Meeting—Thursday, April 5th, 6pm, SK cafeteria

Agenda:

  • 6 pm SKASP update
  • 6:05 2018-2019 PTA executive committee nominations and voting
  • 6:15 Events Updates
    • Family Inclusivity initiative
    • Student Growth committee
  • 6:30 4th/5th classroom/teacher model update
  • 7:00 2018-2019 PTA preliminary budget presentation/discussion
  • 7:30 Adjourn

2018/2019 ExCom Nominees

The 2018 PTA Nominating Committee is proud to announce our nominations for next year’s PTA leadership positions (Executive Committee):  President/Tessa Lee, Secretary/Anna Hennessey, Treasurer/Rita Hao, Family Engagement/Lajuana McKinnon, Facilities/Jennifer Serwer, Fundraising/Alisa Shen, Events/Monica Jones!  Please join us for the voting (including any new nominations) and welcoming our new leaders at the 4/5 PTA meeting.

HOLI—Friday, March 23—RAIN OR SHINE!

Third time’s a charm! It’s now or never! It’s HOLI this friday! What could be more fun than throwing rainbow colored powders [food safe!] on your classmates, teachers, and yes, parents! It’s free dress day so don’t wear anything you don’t want to turn into a rainbow! And bring goggles!

Spring Fling ONLINE AUCTION—Opens this Friday, March 23 till April 1st!

The countdown to Spring Fling begins. The first thing to kick it off is an online auction starting this Friday. Lots and lots of great stuff for yourselves, your kids, your family and friends. Make sure to share with your family, friends and coworkers to bid on and win items ranging from restaurant gift certificates to hot spots like Central Kitchen, Delfina, and Mister Jiu's, to kids sports and summer camps, to outings to museums, to goods like Razor A2 Elite Kick Scooters, and stuff just for you - custom designed jewelry, spas, personal training.

Keep an eye out for the link to come this Friday and get ready to shop. Only 10 days to shop before the online auction closes.

Also don't forget to buy your ticket to Spring Fling today! Less than 3 weeks to go!

Spring Fling—Saturday, April 7!

Spring Fling is part fundraiser, part community event, part teacher love letter, and ALL fun! Get your tickets now: https://www.starrkingschool.org/spring-fling

Meanwhile, planning is in full swing, so if you like partying, we’re looking for Spring Fling volunteers!  Please contact Angeline Yeo angeyeo@gmail.com.

Teacher and family parties are the big hits, so get going! A Haitian dinner, a Mandarin movie night, a scavenger hunt, a how-to party—continue a tradition or start one! Set a date, and complete the donation form https://goo.gl/forms/7d3irtpMZrIS8HYH2

March for our Lives Rally—Saturday, March 24, 1-4 pm—Civic Center

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. —marchforourlives.com

As students take to the streets of Washington DC, our kids can take to the streets of San Francisco together with young people across the nation to end gun violence in our schools and in our communities. Rally at Civic Center from 1–2:45 pm, march from Civic Center following. [The organizers are releasing details as they are developing.]

If you’re interested in participating with Starr King families, meet at the San Francisco Public Library Larkin Street entrance at 12:45 pm. [Take MUNI or BART to Civic Center station.] Typical SF activism preparedness: sunscreen, layers, water and snacks! Make a sign! Wear your Starr King Ts!

Math Festivals—Tuesday, April 3

Starr King 2nd-3rd graders and 4th-5th graders will participate in math games and concepts to encourage math thinking and perseverance!

Gene Yang Literacy Event—Wednesday, April 4

Gene Yang is a Bay Area author and illustrator, via careers as a computer scientist and teacher. His book, American Born Chinese, was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. He is the writer of the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, and The New Superman [introducing the first Chinese superhero]. And in 2016, he was named a MacArthur Fellow [the “genius grant”!].

Gene is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and travels the country promoting the "reading without walls" campaign which focuses on inclusion and challenges children to read a book about someone who lives or looks differently than them.

He’s coming to Starr King for two assemblies [k-2 and 3-5] to talk about coding and his new Secret Coders book. Every student will get an autographed book from the series!

Soul Shoppe Anti-Bully Parent Workshop—Tuesday, April 10, 6–7:30 pm

Last week, the Golden State Warriors and Soul Shoppe came to Starr King to work with our 4th and 5th graders and support social emotional learning and create a bully-free school! Please join us for an evening we’ve all been waiting for—social emotional learning for parents!

Thank you Golden State Warriors for bringing Soul Shoppe to Starr King!

www.soulshoppe.com/what-2/parent-programs/

More info and RSVP to follow!

Q & A with Principal Martin—Tuesday, April 17

In a large and diverse community, communication is key to a positive environment. Maybe you have had questions? concerns? compliments? But didn’t know where to take them. Here’s your chance to be heard. This meeting is a chance for all members of the community to submit their thoughts and have them shared - anonymously - in a meeting and in notes. When we return from break, we’ll forward a link for you to upload your thoughts so Ms. Martin can hear your voice and answer your questions.

STEAM night—Thursday, April 19

Starr King ASP will host our 3rd Annual Science-Tech-Engineering-Art-Mathematics night!

Hands on family fun! Details to follow!

END OF YEAR CARNIVAL! Saturday, June 2.  (11AM ~ 2PM)

Come one, come all!

Starr King is holding an End of the Year Carnival.

Enjoy games, food and family fun.  Details to follow!

Good Eggs

This spring, Starr King is running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door.

In March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they donate 10% back to our school! All you need to do to enroll is

  1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com

  2. Enter the code STARRKING

  3. Shop and 10% goes back to the school! When you place your next Good Eggs order, you don’t need to enter the code again; do it once and you’re enrolled for all of March and April.

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Please see the attached treasurer’s report from Feb 15- March 16.   Spring Fling income is starting to come in! Our other big expense this month was the Chinese New Year carnival.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uC8zZh5M_BUUZz0cqBYd2lwSorWYLdTv/view?usp=sharing

We will be voting to ratify this report in April and receipts for all transactions are available upon request.

Notes from March 1st PTA Meeting

6:05pm Meeting begins

  • Rita Hao covered the Treasurer Report.  Rita asked for approval of Increasing PTA meeting food by $50, and hiring ASP 3rd caregiver
  • Both were approved

Representing PTA nominating committee, Peter Liang gave an update on nominations for 2018-2019 PTA Executive Committee.  They are still looking for Engagement and Events Chairs. Next PTA meeting will be April 5th when the next school year’s slate will be presented for PTA to vote in.

There was an announcement on Good Eggs Fundraiser

Tessa Lee reviewed the key events calendar.  (See 1st section of Nest).

Next PTA meeting is scheduled for April 5th where we will get pre-budget review/

Grace Kao gave update on Spring Fling which will be held on 4/7.  Tickets go on sales 3/7. We are looking for volunteers.

Tessa Lee then reviewed School Survey Results

Summary of key priorities (see attached for full survey results)

  • Student growth and differentiated learnings
  • Social emotion support
  • Teacher recruitment
  • Clean bathrooms and stop/kiss/roll

Principal Darlene presented “State of the School”

       Vision – Partnership of families and educators united in building a community that support students on their individual and unique paths to the same goal. Continue growth to meet or exceed state standard by 5th grade.

       Mission - Starr King is dedicated to providing a supportive and equitable learning environment that empowers students to be lifelong learners and community learners

Recent successes at Starr King

  • Math Circle on site
  • ELD Tutoring and reclassifications
  • No budget cuts
  • No suspensions
  • Skate day, movie night, CNY carnival and parade, jazz

Challenges

  • Development of wrap-around services (no Seneca)
  • Alignment of programs – too many programs
  • Daily schedule – tight, close, snack and lunch
  • 4th/5th MI structure
  • Moving up grade levels in testing
  • 2nd and 5th are low for moving up in grade levels and % grade level span or above
  • Lots of 5th graders with learning disabilities
  • Need to boost higher for GE
  • 52% of Kinders are readers (we would like this to be higher)

Guiding questions

  • How can we continuously engage and accelerate readers at both ends of the reading spectrum
  • How can we build student academic identity and confidence and facilitate transference of student skills to increase student independent
  • How can we integrate support services throughout the school day to provide student support and ensure continuously learning

Current Budget

  • $2M
  • $1,7M staffing
  • $3) English learnings for tutoring and materials
  • $27K extended teacher hours and razz kids
  • $173K 1.4 teachers for extended hours, staff, books, supplies, testing subs
  • Title I $59K – artif, dreambox (math), reading volunteers
  • SPED, $2300 supplies
  • PEEF $3310- supplies
  • Additional Resources: 3 teachers and 8 paraprofessionals = special Ed
  • PTA supports
  • Playground supervisor
  • 0.2 teacher MI
  • 0.2 teacher Art
  • Sci Paraprofessional
  • Edu outside
  • Stage Write

Projected Budget

  • $2.1M (336 students)
  • Almost the same as this past year
  • PTA to support ($223K)
  • Playground supervisor
  • Sci Paraprofessional (teacher?)
  • Summer hours
  • 0.4 teacher (art/MI)
  • Education Outside
  • Stage Write

Principal Darlene brought up that maybe we don’t need have all these programs for everyone.  Teacher feedback that too many programs is taking away from regular curriculum teaching time

Considerations

  • Declining GE pop – transitions and charters
  • Increasing MI pop at grades 4 & 5
  • Integrations of Tech
  • Literacy across school
  • School day/ASP integration
  • Wrap around budget

What are the decisions:

  • To get 0.5 Social Worker, is there something we have to give up
  • Do we need a 4th teacher in 4/5 MI
  • Do we need a literacy coach
  • Where can we get $27K for computers

Misc Announcements

  • Meeting with Bayview chief 3/7
  • Lockdown drill 3/8-3/9
  • Peaceful Warriors Summit 3/15 (4th & 5th graders bringing in SoulShock and Adobe on anti-bullying)
  • 4/10 workshop with parents & SoulShock

7:40pm Meeting Adjourned

The Nest, February 2018

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
2/28 Wednesday SK ASP Fundraiser at Goat Hill Pizza
3/1 Thursday, 6:00PM March PTA Meeting
3/3 Saturday SSC Budget Workshop and Planning Day
3/4 Sunday Green Workday! ( eWaste Drive canceled )
3/5-3/9 Monday-Friday Parent-Teacher Conferences; EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40pm ALL WEEK!
3/9 Friday, 6:00–9:00PM 3rd-5th grade family night at Academy of Sciences! FREE! RSVP!
3/20 Tuesday SSC
3/23 Friday Holi Festival of Colors!
3/21-3/23 Wed-Fri Annual Fifth Grade Overnights to Point Bonita
3/26-3/30 Mon-Fri Spring Break - No School
TBD SK STEAM night!
4/1 Sunday Green Workday!
4/3 Tuesday Math Festivals
4/4 Wednesday Gene Yang Literacy Assembly
4/5 Thursday, 6:00PM April PTA Meeting
4/7 Saturday, 6:00PM Spring Fling (oh yes!)
4/9-4/23 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 3&5
4/23-5/4 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 4
4/17 Tuesday, 8:50–9:30AM Spring Q/A with Principal Darlene Martin
4/17 Tuesday, 5:30-7:00PM SSC
5/3 Thursday, 6:00PM International Potluck and PTA Meeting
5/5 Saturday, 10:00AM Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast / And Green work day!
5/10 Thursday, 6:00PM StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/12 Saturday, 5:00PM StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/15 Tuesday SSC
5/28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - No School
6/2 Saturday Year end Carnival
6/3 Sunday Green Workday!
6/4 Monday 5th Grade Promotion
6/5 Tuesday Kinder Promotion
6/6 Wednesday Last Day of School!

THANK YOU . . .

. . . SK community for funding SKate Day, and Principal Martin for providing a bus, and students and families for roller-skating with us!

. . . Sandy and Kristin and all of our volunteers for an unforgettable  2018 Chinese New Year Carnival! It was our first year inviting families to celebrate with students and we look forward to improving for next year!

. . . Suzy and Jennifer for Stop/Kiss/Roll and continued efforts to make getting to school safe! Props to all the parents who stepped up to fill in for Suzy! Gentle reminder to give up U-turns, and exercise patience and good will!

. . . Jane for assuming the mantle of Wednesday Folder superhero!

---Thank you Gina and Leon, all the parents who volunteered, all the families who cheered, AND all the students who marched! The Chinese New Year Parade was amazing!

. . . School Site Council for all the work you will be doing in the coming weeks and months on our 2018-2019 site budget!!!!

 

A Note from Principal Martin

It’s the end of February already.  We’ve spent a month learning and celebrating Black History as well as Chinese New Year and we continue to focus our attention on anti-bullying and social emotional supports for all students. It’s been quite eventful. I was  pleased to learn this week that we have no budget cuts for the coming year. Of course, there is no budget increase either! That’s why it is especially important that we take care this year to evaluate our current services and supports while planning for 2018-2019 and beyond. I invite you to attend upcoming PTA, SSC, ELAC, or other meetings this month to provide your input. You will also receive our school culture and climate survey which tells us how we are improving as a school. If you need to talk to me personally, I  am available during the afternoon of parent conferences. Always happy to work on improving our community’s goals for peace and learning, -D

 

After School Program

Please join us at our annual Goat Hill Pizza Fundraiser! This year it will be held on Feb. 28.. All you have to say it that you are part of the Starr King community!

 

PTA Meeting—Thursday, March 1, 6pm, SK cafeteria

  • Treasurer’s Report and Ratification
  • SSC/PTA survey results
  • SSC prelim site budget presentation and discussion

Come join us for a first look at our site budget! Great news above from Principal Martin will be explored / explained in further detail. As with everything at Starr King, a reprieve from emergencies is an opportunity to prepare and improve! We’ll also have another look at our SSC/PTA survey results! Community input is invaluable to the site and school governance, and hearing from our principal and each other is critical for our growth as a school and a community! Dinner, childcare, and translation will be provided!

 

Looking for 2018/2019 ExCom Members

Are you (or do you know someone who might be) interested in playing a greater role in shaping our PTA and our school?  Our Nominating Committee is seeking a diverse and committed group of passionate parents to round out our Executive Committee for next school year.  All positions are available for new candidates:  President, Secretary, Treasurer, Facilities Chair, Fundraising Chair, and, in particular, the Family Engagement Chair and the Events Chair.  Please contact Peter Liang, peterliang@me.com.

 

eWaste drive and Green Day— Sunday, March 4!

It’s back! Our annual eWaste drive! So don’t throw away any old electronics, cell phones, etc.  Save them for the eWaste drive! On the same day, we will be hosting another Green Day.  If you love making our school yard beautiful and helping the environment, this is the event for you.

 

HOLI—Friday, March 23!

Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India, also known as the "festival of colours".
The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. [Thank you Wikipedia!]

At Starr King, we know Holi as the best thing ever! What could be more fun than throwing rainbow colored powders [food safe!] on your classmates, teachers, and yes, parents! It’s free dress day so don’t wear anything you don’t want to turn into a rainbow! And bring goggles!

 

SAVE THE DATE! Spring Fling—Saturday, April 7!

Spring Fling is part fundraiser, part community event, part teacher love letter, and ALL fun! Ticket sales AND our online auction go live March 7th!

Meanwhile, planning is in full swing, so if you like partying, we’re looking for Spring Fling volunteers!  Please contact Angeline Yeo angeyeo@gmail.com.

Teacher and family parties are the big hits, so get going! A Haitian dinner, a Mandarin movie night, a scavenger hunt, a how-to party—continue a tradition or start one! Set a date, and complete the donation form https://goo.gl/forms/7d3irtpMZrIS8HYH2

 

PROMOTIONS

Camp EDMO

We Believe in Summer Camp for the Whole Kid

At Camp EDMO, we fuel our Pre-K–8th-grade campers' curiosity by immersing them in maker-infused art, science, technology, and the natural world. We bolster kids' confidence by introducing them to new experiences and champion their compassion by encouraging kindness.

Learn more and enroll at campedmo.org.

Good Eggs

This spring, Starr King is running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door. Some of the parents at our school already use Good Eggs and swear by it.

 

In March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they donate 10% back to our school! All you need to do to enroll is

  1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com
  2. Enter the code STARRKING
  3. Shop and 10% goes back to the school! When you place your next Good Eggs order, you don’t need to enter the code again; do it once and you’re enrolled for all of March and April.

Psst! Enroll in the fundraiser by March 15th and you will be entered to win a week of free Good Eggs dinners!

 

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Please see the attached treasurer’s report from Jan 12-Feb 15.  Highlights include teacher supplies reimbursement, the K-2 Chinatown field trips, and two great events (Skate Day and Holi).  We will be voting to ratify this report at the March meeting.

 

Compiled by Grace Kao -- Send news and announcements via e-mail: gracekao33@gmail.com to be published in the next monthly edition of The Nest!

The Nest, January 2018

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
1/23 Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm SSC meeting (in rm 213)
2/1 Thursday 9:00am African American Achievement Breakfast
2/1 Thursday, 6pm February PTA Meeting
2/4 Sunday Green work day, build planters!
2/10 Saturday, 10am–1pm Starr King Skate Day@Church of 8 Wheels
2/15 Thursday, 1pm Chinese New Year Carnival
2/16 Friday HOLIDAY
2/19 Monday HOLIDAY
2/20 Tuesday SSC mtg
2/23 Friday Black History Month Celebration
2/24 Saturday, 5pm SAVE THE DATE! SF Chinese New Year Parade
TBD SK STEAM night!
3/1 Thursday, 6pm March PTA Meeting
3/2 Friday Holi
3/3 Saturday SSC Budget Workshop and Planning Day
3/4 Sunday eWaste Drive + Green Workday!
3/9 Friday 6–9pm FREE family night at Academy of Sciences!
3/20 Tuesday SSC
3/26-3/30 Mon-Fri Spring Break - No School
4/1 Sunday Green Workday!
4/3 Tuesday Math Festivals
4/5 Thursday, 6pm April PTA Meeting
4/7 Saturday, 6pm SAVE THE DATE! Spring Fling (oh yes!)
4/9-4/23 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 3&5
4/23-5/4 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 4
4/17 Tuesday SSC
5/3 Thursday 6pm International Potluck and PTA Meeting
5/5 Saturday 10am Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast/Green work day!
5/12 Saturday, 5pm SAVE THE DATE! StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/15 Tuesday SSC
5/28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - No School
6/2 Saturday Year end Carnival
6/3 Sunday Green Workday!
6/4 Monday 5th Grade Promotion
6/5 Tuesday Kinder Promotion
6/6 Wednesday Last Day of School!

Important reminders!

Our first PTA meeting of the new year will be Thursday, February 1, at  6pm.  It will be a joint SSC/PTA endeavor. In addition to our standing agenda items [presentation/ratification of Treasurer’s Report], we will be reviewing our community survey! Dinner and childcare provided.  

A Note from Principal Martin

As we embrace the new year, it seems a good time to make note of how well we at SK are fulfilling the mission our teachers developed this year: …”providing a supportive and equitable learning environment that empowers students to be life-long learners and community leaders.” This statement requires us to confront our assumptions about the many different students we encounter and instead  listen to their desires, understand their needs and respond appropriately.  Recently, on a  “school tour”, I took a deep look at the functioning of our school. I am happy to report that I found a compassionate and caring community, new teachers making tremendous progress, and engaged and independent students. I have also seen efforts to create one community through combined classes, broader parent participation in community events and an amazing ASK campaign. For my part, I am  developing a partnership with the GS Warriors which will complement our efforts to combat bullying and build leadership. Thanks to all in this warm and supportive community for your tremendous efforts to build peace and learning at SK, -D

Take the Survey!  Make your voice heard!

The School Site Council (SSC) and the PTA are making PLANS, and they want to hear from you!  As part of our ongoing efforts to stay on top of what the Starr King community wants and needs, SSC and PTA has launched a survey.  Surveys went out by email on January 15 in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and hard copies will go out on January 24.  Please fill out the electronic version if possible!

The survey closes on January 31, so please fill one out before then!  Thank you Starr King!

First 2018 PTA Meeting! Thursday, February 1  (No January PTA meeting)

Happy New Year Starr King! Please make sure to get all of our upcoming school and community events on your calendars! Our first general PTA meeting of 2018 will be on Thursday, February 1. Agenda as follows:

  • Treasurer’s Report [attached and available online: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gvQQFjg6FqRveTfaLCZ0X_zy_Bd3gfVN/view?usp=sharing] and general membership ratification [EVERY PTA meeting we will present our financials for discussion and approval by YOU!]
  • Nominating Committee and introduction to SKPTA executive committee nomination and election process
  • Academic Volunteers
  • SSC/PTA Community Survey—presentation and discussion

Starr King Skate Day @ Church of 8 Wheels - Save the Date - February 10th (Saturday) 10am - 1pm

Come for a fun day of roller skating with the whole family at the Church of 8 Wheels (554 Fillmore Street between Oak and Fell Streets)!  Skate equipment is provided FREE of charge for use during the event or you may also bring your own skates/rollerblades/helmet/pads.  There will also be the option to take a free bus leaving from Starr King in the morning to take families to the Church of 8 Wheels and returning to Starr King at the end of the event.   More information and a (required) bus permission slip in your student’s Wednesday folder coming soon!  

Chinese New Year Carnival @ Starr King Elementary - Save the Date - February 15th (Thursday) 12:10PM - 12:50 PM ( Pre K - 2nd grade students and parents only) 1:00PM - 1:40PM ( 3rd - 5th grade and parents only)

An event you won't want to miss!  Mark your calendar now! Please come celebrate Chinese New Year with the Starr King families!!  This year, the PTA would like to invite all the parents & families to experience the Chinese New Year culture with your child!

Adults need to R.S.V.P. for tickets. Tickets are required for food tasting and raffle but not for other activities. (R.S.V.P with Ms. Carmen/Ms. Christina in the office, online or turn in the R.S.V.P. form with your child’s homework folder). R.S.V.P by 2/8.

Online R.S.V.P.: https://goo.gl/forms/BA0yoZoqpwlAmGAE2

Volunteers for the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4facae2dabfd0-starr

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE:
Chinese couplets ; Chinese paper cutting art; Making lanterns ; Experience Chinese handkerchief/tumbling technique; Learn how to drum a Chinese drum (Lead by Master Wang) ; Learn how to kick a jianzi (Chinese shuttlecock); Dress up like a Qing dynasty royalty and take pictures with your child ; Red envelope raffle and FOOD!!
 

2018 Taiwan Summer Program Applications Due 2/9

Registration has started.  Application is attached here.

Availability of camp spots are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • Please submit the registration form and a copy of your child’s passport.
  • Hand in both documents to the main office
  • Ask Carmen or Christina to write down the date and TIME you submit your documents.
  • Put your documents in Ms. Zhou’s mailbox in the main office.
  • Ms. Zhou will email you a ”congratulation” email.

After you receive Ms. Zhou’s email, you will have two weeks to purchase plane tickets.

Registration will close on February 9th.  

Please note, this summer camp is for students currently in 3rd to 5th grades.  However, if your child is in 2nd grade now, you can apply, but will be put on the waitlist automatically.  

Save all your old electronic devices.  eWaste Drive & Green Day  coming soon!

We will be hosting our annual eWaste drive Sunday March 4th.  So don’t throw away any old electronics, cell phones, etc.  Save them for the eWaste drive! On the same day, we will be hosting another Green Day.  If you love making our school yard be beautiful and helping the environment, this is the even for you.

Spring Fling

If you like party planning, we are looking for Spring Fling volunteers.  Please contact Angeline Yeo angeyeo@gmail.com.

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Numbers!  Please find attached a Financial Report from 12/15 to 1/12.  Parent and teacher names are redacted.  

The PTA membership will be voting to ratify this report and the December one at our next meeting.   A copy of the document is in the PTA shared Google Drive (in the Jan 2018 folder), and at this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gvQQFjg6FqRveTfaLCZ0X_zy_Bd3gfVN/view?usp=sharing

Compiled by Grace Kao -- Send news and announcements via e-mail: gracekao33@gmail.com to be published in the next monthly edition of The Nest!