The Nest, March 22nd, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
3/24/17 Friday (Extra) FREE DRESS DAY!!!
3/24/17 Friday, 2 p.m. Holi Celebration CANCELLED Rainy day, new date TBD
3/27 - 3/31/17 Spring Break - No school!
4/6/17 Thursday PTA general meeting -- Visioning Meeting
4/7/17 Friday Free Dress Day
4/15/17 Saturday Spring Fling at the Verdi Club
4/19/17 Wednesday, 5:30-7p.m. STEAM Night with the After-School Program -- all are welcome
5/6/17 Saturday, 10am–Noon SAVE THE DATE — Kinder Welcome + SK/Stanford Alumni Greening Collaboration + Clean Schoolyard Trash Pick Up

Starr King Parent Survey - Families!  We need your help!  Did you know that Starr King’s district scorecard depends on getting parent/guardian responses to a survey about the school’s climate?  Help out by taking the survey here:  https://surveys.panoramaed.com/sfusd/4795109529/surveys?language=en.  Take the survey once for each child you have enrolled at Starr King!

Vote for Starr King to win $10,000 for new computers!  Vote every day!  The ScholarShare program is giving away $10,000 technology grants.  Vote for Starr King each and every day from as many email addresses as you have at this link: http://www.myscholardollars.com/?school=3393.  Starr King is currently in FIRST place and eligible for a grant, so keep voting!!!

PTA and Site Budget Update - As past newsletters reported, SFUSD proposed some big cuts to Starr King’s non-teaching staff.  Some of this money was restored (such as funding for our Assistant Principal), but Ms. Martin and the administration asked the PTA to fill in some of the gaps.  We did so at our emergency meeting on March 15.  The PTA voted to fund outdoor education, the SK playworks elementary advisor (Mr. Kenny), the small part of the third MI teacher for 4th/5th grades that the district won't fund, and science instruction.  The PTA is also providing $70,000 in discretionary funds for the site that can be used to fund a short list of specified activities (StageWrite, academic support for students, coaching support for teachers, mental health services, and others spelled out in the spreadsheet).  This discretionary allocation gives Ms. Martin maximum flexibility as she continues to work to restore district funding for our programs and staff.  Thanks to everyone who provided input and came out and voted -- it was a great example of how involved and generous this amazing community is.

Starr King Visioning - PTA General Meeting, Thursday, April 6. Starr King is expressed through all aspects of it’s diversity, and our community is defined by how we meet every challenge and opportunity with passion and action. In every endeavor or emergency, whether we are winning or losing, we are constantly learning about what our kids need and how we can better meet and exceed their needs. Let’s put our collective expertise and fresh perspectives to work—join us for part two of our Starr King visioning, where we’ll explore the challenge of creating one community within a school of  four programmatic strands [pre-K, sped, ge, mi], and embracing the opportunity to be a school that builds and fulfills the potential of every student.

Starr King’s YMCA Summer Camp Registration is Available! Our on-site After School Program, run by the Y, has their summer registrations available (link:  http://risingstarrs.weebly.com/registration.html ). The Y has fun for everyone, and they plan to continue the “Best Summer Ever” theme this summer with weeks planned to be a “Summer of Discovery”. Summer Camp will be located at Cesar Chavez ES from June 5th to July 21st, with weekly enrollment available. A bus from SK to CC is available. For questions, please email Maybelle (mmiranda@ymcasf.org).

2016 Fall ASK Campaign “Perks” and Acknowledgement Letters for Tax-Deductible Donations.  Remember the Fall ASK campaign, and how this community ROCKED IT by hitting our goal of $175,000?  Well, it’s time for our kids to get the incentives they earned.  This coming Friday, March 24, there will be an extra FREE DRESS DAY for the kids.  Look for more rewards coming soon.  Also, acknowledgement letters for your tax-deductible donations are coming  this week (either by mail or by email, depending on what information you provided to us).  If you have any questions about the letters, please contact Alisa Shen at ashen71@gmail.com.  Thanks again to everyone for your generous donations!

Holi Celebration!  RAINED OUT!  The trees and flowers are happy, but our kids aren’t -- another rainstorm is forecast for this Friday, making it hard for our kids to throw colored powder at each other with wild abandon.  So we’re going to reschedule -- the new date is TBD.  Look for information in the next newsletter.

Spring Fling is coming!  Buy your tickets!  Tickets for the Spring Fling - a fabulous annual fundraising gala - are now on sale.  There will be food, drinks, silent and live auction.  Spend time with friends and meet new parents while also supporting the school!  Spring Fling is happening at Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110.  It’s on April 15th, Saturday 6pm-11:00pm.    It's ADULTS ONLY.  So book your sitter early!  You do not want to miss out on the fun.   Please buy tickets here:  https://www.starrkingschool.org/spring-fling/.  Tickets are $65 per person, or $240 for the Bring Your Friends Pack.

If you need a sitter, Urban Sitter is offering a promotion to our school.  UrbanSitter is a website and app that helps parents find and book their community's most trusted babysitters and nannies. Here’s the list of sitters Starr King Elementary parents recommend: https://www.urbansitter.com/school/starr-king-elementary-san-francisco-ca. Sign up for free and use code VIPOFFER17 for a $50 credit towards your first booking, good until May 31, 2017.

Seneca Social and Emotional Toolbox -  Have you ever heard your kids say “He’s touching my stuff!” or  “Move over!”?  Our fifth Toolbox Skill is the “Personal Space Tool” which addresses the need for clear boundaries.  We want the students to understand:

  • Every person has personal boundaries and a right to space around them.
  • Each person has a cause (impact) and an effect on others.
  • How to honor and respect the personal boundaries of others.
  • How to communicate their needs for physical space boundaries.

At home you can have conversations with your children about Personal Space.  Point out the different Personal Space boundaries when you’re in different settings:  at home, at the grocery store, waiting for the bus, in elevators, etc.  Practice the gesture and tagline together.  Have your child put their hand in front of them, palms facing outward, with the sides of their thumbs touching each other.  They should move their hands away from each other, in a kind of curved motion to signify their Personal Space boundaries.  The tagline is:  “I have a right to my space and so do you”.

If you have any questions about Seneca’s lessons or tools, please feel free to email Laura Lin at Laura_Lin@senecacenter.org.


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

The Nest, March 15th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
3/14/17 Tuesday, 6 pm Emergency PTA Meeting - Budget revisions
3/21/17 Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council meets
3/24/17 Friday, 2 p.m. Holi Celebration
3/27 - 3/31 Spring Break - No school!
4/15/17 Saturday Spring Fling at the Verdi Club
4/19/17 Wednesday, 5:30-7p.m. STEAM Night with the After-School Program -- all are welcome

Starr King Parent Survey - Families!  We need your help!  Did you know that Starr King’s district scorecard depends on getting parent/guardian responses to a survey about the school’s climate?  Help out by taking the survey here:  https://surveys.panoramaed.com/sfusd/4795109529/surveys?language=en.  Take the survey once for each child you have enrolled at Starr King!

Vote for Starr King to win $10,000 for new computers!  Vote every day!  The ScholarShare program is giving away $10,000 technology grants.  Vote for Starr King each and every day from as many email addresses as you have at this link: http://www.myscholardollars.com/?school=3393.  Starr King is currently in third place and eligible for a grant, so keep voting!!!

PTA emergency general meeting - Tuesday, March 14, 6 p.m. - SFUSD has announced cuts to some of our staff (non-teaching) positions.  SFUSD may restore these positions, but nonetheless our community may have some hard choices to make about funding priorities.  Please come to this general meeting of the PTA, where we will consider whether to amend the PTA budget to move money to backfill the SFUSD cuts.  The executive committee will announce some options by email prior to the meeting.  Dinner and Childcare will be provided.

Thanks to everyone who completed the online surveys about our school priorities.  By a wide margin, the highest priority was to fund the staff positions that Ms. Martin and our teachers believe are most important for Starr King.  The next highest priorities, in descending order, were:  keeping an assistant principal, having a science consultant teach supplemental science school-wide, keeping a full-time social worker, having staff to provide academic support for struggling students, having staff to provide recess and lunchtime support for healthy play and conflict resolution, having Education Outside provide outdoor gardening and science instruction, having the StageWrite program, and having staff to coach teachers and improve their skills.


Starr King’s YMCA Summer Camp Registration is Available! Our on-site After School Program, run by the Y, has their summer registrations available (link:  http://risingstarrs.weebly.com/registration.html ). The Y has fun for everyone, and they plan to continue the “Best Summer Ever” theme this summer with weeks planned to be a “Summer of Discovery”. Summer Camp will be located at Cesar Chavez ES from June 5th to July 21st, with weekly enrollment available. For questions, please email Maybelle (mmiranda@ymcasf.org).

Holi Celebration!  Just before Spring Break begins, on Friday, March 24 at 2 p.m.,  Starr King celebrates Holi, or the spring festival of colors.  Permission slips went out last week - please sign and return if you want your child to participate.  Your child should wear clothes that can get messy and bring eye protection like goggle or sunglasses.  Parent volunteers are needed to come at 1:30 on Friday and help set up and supervise the colorful madness.  Contact Gina Lee-Satomi (ginasatomi at gmail dot com) if you are interested in helping out.

Spring Fling is coming!  Buy your tickets!  Tickets for the Spring Fling - a fabulous annual fundraising gala - are now on sale.  There will be food, drinks, silent and live auction.  Spend time with friends and meet new parents while also supporting the school!  Spring Fling is happening at Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110.  It’s on April 15th, Saturday 6pm-11:30pm. It's ADULTS ONLY.  So book your sitter early!  You do not want to miss out on the fun.   Please buy tickets here:  https://www.starrkingschool.org/spring-fling/.  Tickets are $65 per person.

If you need a sitter, Urban Sitter is offering a promotion to our school.  UrbanSitter is a website and app that helps parents find and book their community's most trusted babysitters and nannies. Here’s the list of sitters Starr King Elementary parents recommend: https://www.urbansitter.com/school/starr-king-elementary-san-francisco-ca. Sign up for free and use code VIPOFFER17 for a $50 credit towards your first booking, good until May 31, 2017.

The Nest, March 8th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
3/11/17 Saturday Potrero Terrace Mural Installation
3/14/17 Tuesday, 6 pm Emergency PTA Meeting
3/21/17 Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council meets
3/27 - 3/31 Spring Break
4/15/17 Saturday Spring Fling at the Verdi Club
4/19/17 Wednesday, 5:30-7p.m. STEAM Night

Starr King Parent Survey - Families!  We need your help!  Did you know that Starr King’s district scorecard depends on getting parent/guardian responses to a survey about the school’s climate?  Help out by taking the survey here: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/sfusd/4795109529/surveys?language=en.  Take the survey once for each child you have enrolled at Starr King!


PTA emergency general meeting - Tuesday, March 14, 6 p.m. - SFUSD has announced cuts to some of our staff (non-teaching) positions.  SFUSD may restore these positions, but nonetheless our community may have some hard choices to make about funding priorities.  Please come to this general meeting of the PTA, where we will consider whether to amend the PTA budget to move money to backfill the SFUSD cuts.  The executive committee will announce some options by email prior to the meeting.  To give early input into those options, please go online and fill out a survey about your priorities. Dinner and Childcare will be provided.

English version of survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DKXW6DR

Spanish version of survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBNFLQC

Chinese version of survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHL9LHX

Social-emotional learning -- another message from Seneca!  Our second Toolbox Skill is the “Quiet/Safe Place Tool”.  This tool is about learning to focus on a memory of our safe places, which triggers our body to relax.  We ask children to locate both an actual physical place that feels good to them, and to create one in their imaginations that can be visited again and again.  We teach them how to “go to” their Quiet/Safe Place in their minds whenever they feel the need for comfort or to reduce stress.

At home you can talk about your own Quiet/Safe Place and ask your children about theirs.

During times of stress, suggest that your children use their Quiet/Safe Place Tools along with their Breathing Tool.

Practice the tagline with your children, “I remember my quiet/safe place,” and the hand gesture that goes with it.

Our third Toolbox Skill is the “Listening Tool”.  The Listening Tool highlights the importance of accurately reading the signals and words of others.  We listen “with our ears, our eyes, and our hearts.”  Listening actively means we are committed to really understanding what our child is trying to communicate- beneath the presenting words, tone of voice, volume, or behavior.  When people are in conflict, one of the most common statements is that they don’t feel heard.  When the Listening Tool is practiced, understanding becomes easier.

At home you can ask your child to explain the Listening Tool tagline, “I listen with my eyes, ears, and heart” and the hand gesture.  When you’re having conversations with your family members, you can prompt each other to listen with their eyes, ears, and heart.

If you have any questions about the lessons or tools, please email Laura_Lin@senecacenter.org.

 

Spring Fling is coming!  Buy your tickets!  Tickets for the Spring Fling - a fabulous annual fundraising gala - are now on sale.  There will be food, drinks, silent and live auction.  Spend time with friends and meet new parents while also supporting the school!

Spring Fling is happening at Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110.  It’s on April 15th, Saturday 6pm-11:30pm.  It's ADULTS ONLY.  So book your sitter early!  You do not want to miss out on the fun.

Please buy tickets here:  https://www.starrkingschool.org/spring-fling/.  Tickets are $65 per person.

If you need a sitter, Urban Sitter is offering a promotion to our school.  UrbanSitter is a website and app that helps parents find and book their community's most trusted babysitters and nannies. Here’s the list of sitters Starr King Elementary parents recommend: https://www.urbansitter.com/school/starr-king-elementary-san-francisco-ca. Sign up for free and use code VIPOFFER17 for a $50 credit towards your first booking, good until May 31, 2017.

Potrero Terrace Mural Painting!  As part of the Rebuild Potrero project, Bridge Housing is painting a new mural.  March 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Missouri St @ Turner Terrace.  Kids and caregivers are encouraged to attend.  No artistic background necessary! Just a willingness to have fun & be creative!  WEAR PAINT CLOTHES.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

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

The Nest, February 22, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
2/24/17 Black History Month Assembly - see below for times
2/25/17 Saturday, 12-3pm Family Literacy Day at Potrero Rec & Park
2/27-3/3 Monday-Friday Parent-Teacher Conference Week-EARLY DISMISSAL 1:40 p.m.
2/28/17 Tuesday, 6 p.m. ELAC/Parent Workshop: Online Learning Supports
3/2/17 Thursday, 6-7:30 General PTA meets
3/3/17 Friday Free Dress Day
3/6-8 Mon.-Wed Fifth Grade Field Trip to Point Bonita
3/11/17 Saturday Potrero Terrace Mural Installation
3/21/17 Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council meets
3/25 Saturday 12:30-3:30 p.m. YMCA Family Literacy Day in the Park
3/27 - 3/31 Spring Break
4/15/17 Saturday Spring Fling at the Verdi Club

Starr King Parent Survey - Families!  We need your help!  Did you know that Starr King’s district scorecard depends on getting parent/guardian responses to a survey about the school’s climate? Help out by taking the survey here: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/sfusd/4795109529/surveys?language=en.  Take the survey once for each child you have enrolled at Starr King!


Starr King continues to celebrate Black History Month!  In order to accommodate all families (and possibly rain) we will have two assemblies. K-2 will meet in auditorium at 9:30am, 3-5 will meet at 1:30pm.  Both assemblies are on 2/24. Come celebrate the many contributions of African American civic, academic, and cultural leaders in American life.

Parent-Teacher Conference Week is coming!  Early dismissal!  Remember that school is dismissed at 1:40 the week of February 27 - March 3 for parent-teacher conferences.  Look for information from your child’s teacher about how to sign up for a conference.  Rising Starrs After School Program will provide extended hours (1:40-6pm).

Parent Workshop - The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) will host a parent workshop on online learning support programs in the library on Tuesday, February 28, at 6 p.m.  Principal Martin will summarize all of the available online supports for Starr King students, including iChineseReader for Chinese and TenMarks for Math.  We also need to review the ELAC budget for the 2017-2018 school year.This event is open to everyone and will discuss resources that can be used by all Starr King students, not just English learners.

Bridge Cup - Mandarin Immersion students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Bridge Cup Chinese poetry recital contest.  In addition, students in all strands can participate in the Bridge Cup painting and drawing contest.  More information and registration available here:  http://www.sfsu.edu/~ci/

Social-emotional learning -- a message from Seneca!  This week Starr King teachers started teaching students social emotional skills using the Toolbox curriculum.  The first skill was the “Breathing Tool”.  Here is how the tool works:

Take a slow, deep breath.  With one hand on your stomach and the other hand over your heart, breathe in slowly through your nose, and focus on the air coming into your lungs.  With the in-breath, count slowly 1…2…3… Notice how your stomach expands like a balloon.  Then let out the breath through your mouth, counting 1…2…3… Do this three times.

At home you can ask your child to teach you how to use the Breathing Tool.  Ask them to explain the tag line “I calm myself and check-in” along with the hand gesture that goes with the tool.  For the breathing tool, you touch thumbs and index fingers together in front of you as if holding a tape measure; slowly pull hands apart while taking a breath.  On exhale, bring hands slowly back together.   You can practice with them so that it becomes a part of their regular practice.  Use it during transition times to help thing run more smoothly, and during times of conflict or frustration to help everyone calm down before resolving the issue.

Spring Fling is coming!  We need volunteers!  Spring Fling is an amazing party and live and silent auction.  This year it will be at the Verdi Club (same venue as last year) on April 15.  Here are some ways you can help out -- just contact Grace Kao (gracekao33 at gmail dot com) to sign up:

If you want to help but on your own time:

Auction Items  - if you are connected to someone who can donate items for our auction, let us know!  E.g. cargo bike, special tour of Pixar/Disneyland/etc.

Raffle Lead  - If you are super organized and down with data entry,  we need someone to help track raffle tix sold per class.  Class who sells most tickets gets a free pizza making party.

If you want to volunteer the day of event (4/15):

Backroom - If you love data entry and finding out first who are the auction winners, let us know!

Live Auction - We have an auctioneer!  We just need a couple of volunteers to help us run the super exciting live auction.

Set up - If you like setting up parties, we would love some extra hands.

Clean up - If you have 30-45min to spare after the party, we would love some extra hands after the party too..


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