The Nest, October 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
10/31 Tuesday, 1:30pm Halloween Celebration
11/03 Friday Free Dress Day
11/09 Thursday, 6:00pm NEW DATE - Movie Night at Starr King!
11/10 Friday HOLIDAY - Veterans’ Day
12/07 Thursday, 6:00pm PTA Meeting (no November PTA Meeting)

Important reminders!
All meal forms are due by Friday. The new form is for meals and other scholarships such as after school programs. If you have not turned in a meal form, please do so now. Our funding depends on getting forms in. Right now we are missing 70 forms. You do not need to request free or reduced lunch, simply put in child’s name and check “Not needed”. You can complete online at

A Note from Principal Martin
One of the questions I get most often from students is why don’t we serve chocolate milk? I usually tell students about how much sugar is in one carton, but don’t have time for a longer discussion. As we enter this holiday season (Halloween to Winter Break!) I think it bears reminding students and parents that obesity is on the rise. And with it comes diabetes and a host of other diseases. It’s important that students learn about healthy eating when they are young so they have the chance to make the most of their teen and adult lives. Please follow SFUSD healthy food guidelines when providing snacks for classroom parties and events.

Notes from Starr King PTA
Notes from our October PTA meeting are in our google drive here.
Other documents from our meetings are also in the PTA public Google Drive, Including our 2017-2018 approved program plan and budget.

We’d like to hear from you! The PTA SUGGESTION BOX located in the front office is awaiting your suggestions, questions, concerns, ideas! And every PTA meeting, we’ll make time for Community Initiated Topics!

We do not have a PTA meeting in November. Instead, come out for our Movie Night on Thursday, November 9!

Our next PTA meeting is Thursday, December 7th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Childcare and dinner provided!

2017 ASK Campaign Kicking Off
ASK Campaign continues! Our fall fundraising campaign continues through Friday, December 2! If you haven’t yet, please make a contribution today. It doesn't matter how much you give—every dollar gets us closer to our fundraising goal and 100% participation.

The ASK funds so many programs that make a difference every day at our school, such as our on-site healthy play program run by Mr. Kenny, our science program with Ms. Sam, our outdoor education program with Mr. George, our StageWrite writing enrichment, and much much more. Please give to support them! See the SK website for more info about how to donate:

SSC Report
The School Site Council (SSC) held elections for the open parent positions on the SSC. The newly elected parents are Amy Salfen (kinder MI), Katrina Grant (3rd grade GE), Rita Hao (2nd grade MI), and Bart Balocki (3rd grade MI, who served a prior term on the SSC including as SSC Chair). Alternates are Anna Hennessey, Eric Fong and Sol Granados (ASP, Community Member). Stacey Leyton (4th grade MI) will continue on SSC in the second year of her term, along with 2nd grade MI teacher Cheryl Liu, 1st grade GE teacher Jessica Erickson, K-2 special day teacher Cathy Bellin, and school staff representative Christina Quiroz. Principal Darlene Martin is a permanent member of the council.

SSC meetings are generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the school. Agendas will be posted outside the office prior to the meeting, and we always open with an opportunity for public comment by community members. Due to the upcoming holidays, the upcoming meetings will be Tuesday, November 14 and Tuesday, December 19, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

At our October meeting, the SSC elected Bart Balocki as chair and Rita Hao as secretary. The SSC approved amended bylaws and discussed upcoming topics for the year, including ELD Power Hour (the first hour of the school day), support for teachers, social emotional learning programs, presentation of sensitive topics in class, planning for upper grades in future years, use of the library, homework policies, morning assembly, traffic safety, and early release day management.

The SSC also received a report from Darlene Martin about the results and status of English Learner reclassification tests, English reading tests and Mandarin tests.

Halloween Parade
The Halloween parade will start at 1:30pm on Tuesday, October 31st. Classes may begin outfitting students at 1pm and can begin arriving on the yard at 1:15pm. We will listen to music and march together then students will return to their classes for fun and spooky activities. Please remember that costumes must meet school dress code requirements. We do not allow bloody costumes, weapons or full-face scary masks (we have a lot of wee ones!)

Movie Night - Thursday, November 9th
We’re showing Sing and serving pizza and popcorn! Showtime is 6:00pm in the Starr King cafeteria. Come early for dinner, get cozy [bring a beach chair and/or a blanket] and get popcorn—fun for the whole family!

Parent Teacher Conference
Parent-teacher conferences occur the week after Thanksgiving break from Nov. 27- Dec. 1. Teachers will contact parents with their available schedule. School will be dismissed 1 hour early during conference week and busses will arrive one hour early as well.

Starr King On-Site After School Program
Check out what’s new or find out how to apply at Please contact Sol Granados at if you have any additional questions.

Compiled by Grace Kao -- Send news and announcements via e-mail: to be published in The Nest next month, as the newsletter is distributed monthly.

PTA Meeting Minutes are published on their own page.