The Nest, November 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
12/01 Friday Last Day of ASK Campaign -- Please Donate!
Free Dress Day
12/07 Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting + Holiday Party!
12/22-1/5 Friday-Friday Winter Break (2 weeks)

Important reminders!

This Friday, December 1st is the last day of the PTA “ASK” fundraising campaign. We need everyone’s help to reach our $175,000 fundraising goal! See info below about how to donate.

A Note from Principal Martin
It is fitting during this season that I say again how thankful I am for this wonderful community: kind and caring families, engaged students, and dedicated faculty and staff. Even so, I am always wondering what we can do to improve. Every day plans are created, refined and acted upon to make Starr King a more efficient and productive community where all children have a rigorous yet joyful learning community. Current projects include resurfacing, marking and increasing shade on the playground, reviewing science offerings and providing more opportunities for tutoring to make sure all students are reaching proficiency. We invite you to participate in these discussions by attending PTA, SSC or ELAC meetings to give input, or speaking with their designated representatives to pass along your ideas and concerns. As soon as we return from the Winter Break we will begin planning for the 2018-2019 school year and I hope to hear your voice in these discussions. Happy Holidays, peace and learning, -D

New Traffic Patterns
Our traffic has been extremely congested and this has led to disagreements and also unsafe drop-off for students. We have completed a traffic study and are making suggestions through the city traffic office to improve the surrounding street traffic. We are also trying a couple of new drop off procedures so expect changes over the next few days as we see which best suits our school. I ask that you consider our student’s safety in responding to requests from the parent volunteers who are assisting. Sadly, we’ve had some rude comments and angry responses. Please be courteous and responsible. This will improve safety and help build our community. Thanks,-D

2017 ASK Campaign - Please donate or pledge by Friday, December 1st.
If you haven’t already, please help us get across the finish line to our $175,000 fundraising goal by making your donation by THIS Friday. We are in the last week of the ASK Campaign which raises funding for invaluable supplemental staff and programs such as Mr. Kenny, our Elementary School Advisor, hands-on science education with Ms. Sam and Mr. George, Stagewrite and much, much more! We will report back about how we did at the upcoming PTA meeting. Thanks to all in advance for your generosity and support to our school and our kids!

You can donate now: online or drop off/mail a check or cash with a donation form to the school office (1215 Carolina Street, San Francisco CA 94107) OR make a pledge to donate (email Alisa Shen at ). More details on the school website at:

PTA Meeting + Holiday Party, 12/7 - 6pm Dinner, Childcare, Crafts, and More!

Join us for a delicious dinner! Bring a sweet treat for our dessert potluck! Decorate cookies! Make pom poms for our Starr King yarn installation! Win prizes in our raffle. Fun for the whole family. AND, we have a short but very important agenda!

  1. Auditor’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Staff and Community initiated funds for general membership review and vote
  4. Program Plan and Budget amendments

2018 Taiwan Summer Program Introduction Meeting
If you are interested in the Taiwan Summer Program, please attend on Friday, 12/8/17 for the Q&A session from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the school cafeteria. We will be covering all essential camp information such as dates, times, the registration deadline, requirements to secure a free tuition spot, living arrangements, and any questions that you might have to consider joining us next summer. Please note, this summer camp is for students currently in 3r d to 5t h grades. However, if your child is in 2n d grade now, you can apply, but will be put on the waitlist automatically. If you are interested in attending, this meeting is mandatory. If you cannot make it, but are definitely interested, please contact

Parent Teacher Conferences
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 buses will arrive one hour early as well.

School Site Council and PTA Survey - Coming Soon!
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 will be surveying the community in December and January about academics, enrichments, social and emotional supports, and more. The surveys will provide important input to SSC and PTA as they plan for the 2018-19 budget and ongoing programs. Surveys will be available online and on paper, in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Starr King On-Site After School Program
Our Winter Showcase this year will be Friday Dec. 8! Please come stop by and watch our kids sing and play the cello or violin at 4:30pm!

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.