The Nest, February 15th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
2/16/17 Thursday, 6-8p.m PTA Executive Committee meets
2/20/17 Monday President's Day No School
2/21/17 Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. School Site Council meets
2/24/17 Friday, 1:45pm Black History Month Assembly
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
3/21/17 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
4/15/17 Saturday Spring Fling at the Verdi Club

No School on Monday, February 20 for President’s Day!

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.

Starr King continues to celebrate Black History Month!  We will assemble on Friday, February 24 at 1:45 to celebrate the many contributions of African American civic, academic, and cultural leaders in American life.  Did you know that young people and students were heroes in the civil rights movement?  Even before Rosa Parks launched the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat for a white person.  When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she later recounted, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up."  She was arrested, and she successfully challenged Alabama’s bus-segregation laws in court.

Be a leader in the Parent-Teacher Association!  It’s time to nominate officers for next year’s PTA.  The nominating committee members are Lauri Mashoian (lkopra at yahoo dot com), Rita Hao (ritahao at gmail dot com) and Sara Foster (sarafoster at me dot com).  There are lots of open positions.  If you’re interested in supporting our school through a PTA leadership role, or want more information, please contact a member of the nominating committee.

School Site Council meeting on February 21st -- At its February meeting, the School Site Council will begin the process of reviewing the preliminary 2017-18 budget our site receives from the district and developing spending priorities for next year.  Meetings are open to the entire Starr King community.

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:

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..

Three cheers to our Chinese New Year volunteers!  Thank you to Sandy Wan, Tessa Lee, Gina Lee-Satomi, Joanne Lee, Leon Yu, Pierre Barolette, and many other parent volunteers for putting on hugely successful Chinese New Year events, including our school celebrations and our citywide parade contingent.

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