The Nest Newsletter, January 25th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
1/27/17 Friday NO SCHOOL! Lunar New Year Observed
2/2/17 Thursday Starr King Chinese New Year performances (details TBD)
2/2/17 Thursday, 6 - 7:30pm   PTA meeting
2/3/17 Friday 1-2:40 p.m. Chinese New Year Carnival
2/3/17 Friday 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!

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

School Site Council news!  The School Site Council, or SSC,, which makes recommendations to the principal about budget and programs, is made up of parents, teachers, and staff, and its meetings are open to all members of the school community. The SSC meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30, usually in the school library. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 21.

At its most recent meeting on Tuesday, January 17, the SSC discussed the upcoming budget process and how the available funds can be used to support the school’s overall goals. In that context, the SSC discussed current issues at Starr King including academic performance and attendance issues. Starr King will receive a preliminary budget in mid-February and the SSC will then go through a process of identifying school priorities, soliciting community input, and making budgetary recommendations during the months of February and March.

PTA Meeting - Please come to our February PTA meeting!  We will introduce the nominating committee for next year’s PTA leadership, as well as announce some fun community events planned this semester.

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

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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 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.

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